YOD Directors

The Youth Orchestra Division (YOD) Directors serves as an advisory group to the League of American Orchestras.

The mission of the Youth Orchestra Division of the League is to promote youth orchestras as essential musical, educational, and cultural assets and to provide resources to help all youth orchestras build and maintain artistic and organizational excellence.


Lindsey Nova, chair

Chair, League of American Orchestra Youth Orchestra Division; Executive Director, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras; Member, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus Board of Directors. Formerly: Member of Artistic Advisory Council, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Board Member, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra; Director of Operations, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera; Convention/Editorial staff for CS Music

Randy Wong, vice chair

President & CEO, Hawaii Youth Symphony. Led HYS to international recognition by Fast Company – “Best Workplaces for Innovators” and top honor in Social Good. Former faculty, New England Conservatory. Former program director, Music-in-Education National Consortium. Board member, Center for Musical Literacy-in-Education. Bassist, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

Kelly Waltripsecretary

Executive Director, Denver Young Artists Orchestra & Managing Director, Alliance with DYAO & Colorado Symphony; Treasurer, AMEE (Alliance of Music Education Equity); Ex-Officio Member Colorado Symphony Board; Former Chair Remix: Young Professionals of the Colorado Symphony; Former General Manager, Lexington Philharmonic

Jonathan Colby, nominations chair

Artistic Executive Director, Worcester Youth Orchestras; Music Director, Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra; Artistic Director, Worcester Winds; Former Music Director & Principal Conductor, College Light Opera Company; Former Conductor & Founder, Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra; Former Assistant Conductor, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra


Norlynn Blocker Price, director

Executive Director, Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program, Member, New Mexico Advisory Council for Arts Education

Dr. LaSaundra Booth, director

Executive Director, Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra; Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women in Business Scholar; Conductor, Arts Education Consultant, Adjunct Faculty, Shenandoah University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rebecca Calos, director

Executive Director, Empire State Youth Orchestra, former Director of Education & Training, Hawn Foundation, Board member Discover Schenectady, past Board member Friends of Chamber Music, James Madison Fellow.

Helen H. Cha-Pyo, director

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, which comprises four programs: the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the New Jersey Youth Chorus, Paterson Music Project, and the Wharton Performing Arts School. Formal Music Director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (NY)

Amy Chung, director

Executive Director, Houston Youth Symphony

Jeffrey Grogan, director

Artistic Director, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras; Professor of Music & Director of Orchestral Activities, Oklahoma City University; Education and Community Engagement Conductor, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Artistic Director and Conductor of Paterson Music Project, The InterSchool Orchestras of New York, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Academy Orchestras, & New Jersey Youth Symphony; Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan and Baylor University

Jonathan Hummel, director

Executive Director, Philadelphia Sinfonia Association (youth orchestras); Senior Consultant, AJS Consulting Group; Faculty, Drexel University Graduate Arts Administration Program; Former Tour Manager, Cleveland Orchestra; Former Director of Orchestral Operation, Curtis Institute of Music; Former Manager of Community Partnerships, Philadelphia Orchestra; Former Electronic Media Coordinator, Philadelphia Orchestra

Bruce Kiesling, director

Music Director, The Adrian Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, The Sequoia Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra and Opera Director, The University of California, Santa Cruz; Former Conductor, YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Former Assistant Conductor/Youth Orchestra Conductor, The Pasadena Symphony; Former Resident Conductor/Youth Orchestra Conductor, The Greensboro Symphony

K. Eric Larson, director

Executive Director, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestras (EYSO); Principal, Moving Mountains Advisors; Director, Explore Elgin convention and visitor’s bureau; Director, BACKBONES; Director, Northeast Neighborhood Association of Elgin; Chair, Elgin Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Juan Felipe Molano, director

Music Director and Conductor, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, Sinfonietta International Musical Festival Morelia Mexico, formerly: Music Director and Conductor, Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles YOLA, BATUTA Colombian National System of Youth Orchestras, Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, YOSAL Youth Orchestra Salinas; Resident Conductor, American Youth Symphony

Steven Murray, director

Executive Director, Youth Symphony of Kansas City; Formerly: Vice-Chair, League of American Orchestras Youth Orchestra Division; Education Manager, Kansas City Symphony; Director of Education/Symphony School, Cedar Rapids Symphony (now Orchestra Iowa)

Rachel Schultz, director

Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts

Carter Simmons, director

Artistic and Music Director, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, Festival City Symphony; Past President, Milwaukee Civic Music Association; Conducted in the United States, China, and Europe in the Royal Concertgebouw; Former students are members of major orchestras and have attended all the finest conservatories and schools of music.

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