Mario Miragliotta

IYCA Guest Conductor (2011-2012)

“One of the characteristics that make this piece a delight to conduct is the fact that there are sections where the brass is featured, which are my favorite instruments to conduct in the orchestra,” said Osorio.


Finding his way to this point, Osorio created some of his own opportunities. He independently studied musical scores and observed experienced conductors until he felt confident enough to give it a shot. In spring 2011, George approached Sylvia Mann, lecturer of music at CSU Dominguez Hills and conductor of the CSUDH Orchestra, about testing his skills, despite the fact he was not enrolled in her conducting class that semester.


Osorio’s interests in conducting began while in high school. Since then, he’s observed conductors at marching band competitions and formal concerts, which has helped shape his style of conducting.

But Osorio’s interest in music in general began years earlier when he picked up the euphonium, a tuba-like tenor-voiced brass instrument.

“It’s not a really common instrument. I didn’t choose it; it kind of just happened,” Osorio said. “I was in sixth grade, when we were choosing our first instruments. They had clarinets, flutes, and French horns, and trombones, etc. The only openings they had were for euphoniums and the French horn. I didn’t know any of those instruments, but a classmate of mine said, ‘Look, Miss Tory, George doesn’t have an instrument.’ She said, ‘George, there’s four openings for baritone horn. Do you want to play that?’…. I played it, got used to it and I’ve played it ever since.”

Conducting students during rehearsals has helped Osorio mature as a young conductor.


An enterprising junior, Osorio is double majoring in music education (euphonium pedagogy and conducting) and Spanish (medieval literature). 

Zun Hin Woo

IYCA Guest Conductor (2013)

Dean Anderson has successfully conducted numerous orchestras of all levels including professional, community, university, and youth ensembles. He has worked with such artists as LA Philharmonic Concertmaster - Martin Chalifour, LA Phil Principal Trombone - James Miller, Smokey Robinson, Manhattan Transfer, John Tesh, Lincoln Mayorga, Arlo Guthrie and Dick Dale.

He is the Music Director for the Dana Point Symphony, where he has completed four successful seasons with the orchestra. In addition, he is the Artistic Director for Symphony Irvine. Mr. Anderson is also the Director of Orchestra Studies at La Sierra University and the Director of Instrumental Activities at Occidental College.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Anderson has been invited to guest conduct the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, the Siam Sinfonietta, the Grumo Festival Orchestra in addition to other orchestras such as the Capistrano Valley Symphony, the Rose Chamber Orchestra, the Cerritos College Orchestra and the Yakima Chamber Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was invited to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh Ballet Symphony for the 20th Anniversary of the Saigon Times, making him the first American to conduct in Saigon since the end of the Vietnam War. Most recently, he has led a performance of music for orchestra with Chinese Pipa and Erhu featuring soloists Tu Shan Xiang and George Gao respectively. The performance took place in Nagoya, Japan.

As a versatile conductor, Mr. Anderson has collaborated with various artistic organizations such as the Chance Theater, the La Habra Depot Theater, the Maverick Theater, and the Biola University Theater Department. Productions under his music direction include Cabaret, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, A Grand Night for Singing, the Fantasticks, Company, Closer than Ever, FIG:RO (Retro Opera), A Chorus Line, Snow White, Nuncrackers, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, and Into the Woods. 

He has conducted several ballet performances with the Anaheim Ballet including productions of Peter and the Wolfand Nutcracker as well as with the Nouveau Chamber Ballet production of Massenet’s La Cigale. He also conducted music by Kostas Christides and Minos Matsas for the full-length documentary on the life and work of Stan Lee entitled With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010). The recording session took place at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood, CA.

As an opera conductor, he has led the Italian premiere of Il Pianista Disgraziata by Giuseppe Lupis and conducted performances in Bologna, Assisi, Loro Piceno, Grumo, Binetto, and Toritto. He conducted Il Segreto di Susanna by Wolf-Ferrari at UCLA and Gianni Schicchi at Fullerton College. Additionally, he conducted the USA West Coast premieres of Daron Hagen's Little Nemo in Slumberlandwith the La Sierra University Opera and Saverio Mercadante's I Duo Figaro with the UCLA Opera. He also made his Walt Disney Hall performance debut in June 2015 with the original operatic tableaux O My Son, composed by Marcos Galvany.

Mr. Anderson studied conducting with Edward Dolbashian and violin with John McLeod. He also participated in conducting master classes with Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Mark Gibson, Mihail Agafita, Brooke Creswell, Lawrence Golan and Don Thulean. He is currently completing the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting program at UCLA under the mentorship of Neal Stulberg.

George Shaw

IYCA Guest Conductor (2013)

IYCA Composer in Residence (2013)

Tammy Yi

IYJA Music Director (2012-2013)

FORMER IYCA MUSIC DIRECTORS

dream. create. record.

Irvine Young Concert Artists

IYCA

Jennifer Glinzak

IYJA Music Director (2010-2011)

IYCA General Manager (2010-2011)

Zun-Hin Woo attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman where he obtained his B.M. in Violin Performance, and he subsequently earned his M.M. degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Missouri in Columbia. During that time, he also served as the assistant conductor of the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Show Me Opera conducting operas and musicals in the region. He also participated in the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians.


As a professional violinist and violist, Hin has performed with several orchestras in Asia, including the Hong Kong Virtuosi, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Concerto da Camera. He has served as the conductor of the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra since 2007. Past collaborations include working with the Sichuan Symphony and the Shenzhen Symphony in China, where he recorded the soundtrack to the movie Heroic Duo. He has worked with several other organizations in Hong Kong as well, including the Open University, King's College, Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra, La Salle College and Wah Yan College (where he also taught conducting courses), Danse a Lili Ballet Academy, Songsingers Choir, and Hong Kong City Opera.


Having recently moved back to the U.S. with his wife and two sons, Hin is currently the Associate Conductor of Symphony Irvine, the assistant conductor of the Inland Valley Symphony, and the orchestra conductor at Fullerton College.

Los Angeles native Christian Campos is managing artistic director of the Horizon Music Group. In four seasons, Mr. Campos has led over twenty choral and instrumental concerts with the group, including collaborations with the Cincinnati Boychoir (Bach cantatas) and Bach Collegium San Diego (St. John Passion). With the company, Campos has performed at the Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Whittier College Bach Festivals. His conducting style has been described as “expressive, varied and tuned perfectly with the music” (Long Beach Grunion Gazette, 2014).  In July of 2012, Campos participated in the three-week long Master Class in Conducting at the Oregon Bach Festival, studying and performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the tutelage of Helmuth Rilling.

Campos graduated from DePauw University where he studied music and economics while participating in honors programs in business management and information technology. While at DePauw, he served as founding artistic director of the Schola Cantorum of DePauw, an ensemble that performed over two hundred works ranging from masterworks like the requiems of Mozart and Faure to newly commissioned works. Their concerts benefited charities like the American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics. A champion of world music, he received a grant from theASIANetwork to study Indian Carnatic Music, the result of which was the first ever online database of ragas, composers, and compositions.

Since returning to California, he has worked as a guest conductor and contractor of choirs and orchestras, regularly performing with musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. This season Christian will be featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Upbeat Live pre-concert series; last season he lectured as part of the Philharmonic’s Student Insiders pre-concert series. Campos has served on the faculty at Pomona College and the USC Thornton School of Music, where he recently completed his coursework towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

James Hilsabeck

IYCA Guest Conductor (2013-2013)

IYCA Wind Ensemble Director (2012-2013)

IYCA Wind Coach (2008-Present)

Seoul, Korea (2008)

Pacific Church of Irvine (2009)

UCI Smith Hall (2013)

IYCA GUEST CONDUCTORS

George Osorio

IYCA Guest Conductor (2013)

IYCA Wind Ensemble Principal Conductor (2013)

'Music belongs to everyone, to all peoples.  In all my years performing and teaching music, I have come to see one very inspiring thing: people naturally gravitate to music, particularly this thing we call classical music.  I can remember attending some very memorable musical events in my life which have changed me, I like to think, for the better.  This is the power of great music.  It affects us immediately, at a primal level.  However, I have also come to see another side of classical music events.  They can be very intimidating, and sometimes even scary for people to attend.  This is not, and should not be the case.'  - Sarkis Gevoglanyan (Ambitus Orchestra) 

Henry Miller was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Torrance, California. He began playing the clarinet at the age of nine but failed at it miserably. In sixth grade, he switched to trumpet and experienced early success including participation in the SCSBOA all-Southern California Honor Bands in both middle and high school. His playing earned him a scholarship to play trumpet at the University of Southern California where he studied under Boyde Hood of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ed Tarr, renowned trumpet historian from Basil, Switzerland. At USC he performed in many performing ensembles  including the USC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Lewis, and four years in the "Spirit of Troy", The University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band, the Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe.

Eventually he received his Bachelors of Music degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1989 and received his professional clear teaching credential the following year.  He earned membership in several professional musical organizations and honor societies including Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi. In 1998, he graduated with honors from CSULB with a Masters of Music degree in trumpet performance and instrumental music conducting. He studied conducting with Larry Curtis and John Carnahan at Long Beach State and has been involved in conducting symposiums with Mitch Fennell (CSU, Fullerton),  Jerry Junkin (University of Texas), Michael Haithcock (University of Michigan), Kevin Sedatole (Michigan State University), H. Robert Reynolds (University of Southern California), and world-renowned conductor and founder of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell.

He has taught instrumental music in the Irvine Unified School District since the fall of 1990 and has taught at every grade level from third grade up through university graduate school including twelve different elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, Irvine Valley College and CSU, Long Beach. Currently, he is the Director of Instrumental Music at Sierra Vista Middle School where he teaches two bands, three orchestras, and jazz band. He also annually co-conducts the Fine Arts Summer Music Program in Irvine. In 1999, the IUSD Fine Arts staff awarded him with their "Teacher of the Year" award, he has been recognized twice by the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators with an "Outstanding Arts Educator Award", and in 2013, he received the "Irene Schopefle Lifetime Achievement Award". Mr. Miller is sought-after as a clinician on the subjects of trumpet pedagogy and teaching methodology and has presented many workshops for several professional organizations in music education and trumpet. He has directed a variety of ensembles including those at the college and university level and honor groups in the Irvine, Long Beach, Capistrano, ABC, and Ocean View School Districts.

Mischa Lakirovich

IYA Music Director/Co-Founder (2005-2007) 

UCI Smith Hall (2012)

Dr. P. Blake Cooper; a proud native of Louisville, Kentucky; joined the California State University, Northridge faculty in the fall of 2012 and has since worked to provide the tuba students of CSUN with new opportunities and experiences.  Dr. Cooper is also the recently appointed Principal Tubist of the New West Symphony Orchestra of the Greater Los Angeles area and has also had the honor of performing as guest tubist with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Downey Symphony among many others.  Blake also served for one season as Principal Tubist of the American Youth Symphony of Los Angeles conducted my Maestro Alex Tregar. 

Since 2010 Blake has taught as the Brass Faculty Head and Wind Ensemble Director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s premier El Sistema-inspired teaching site, Youth Orchestra LA, a partnership between the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Heart of Los Angeles Youth, known locally as YOLA @ HOLA.  Also housed on the grounds of YOLA @ HOLA is the Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program where Dr. Cooper has the pleasure of working with aspiring El Sistemia teachers as their Mentor Teacher.  Dr. Cooper also serves Bard College as a Field Supervisor for the MAT program where he enters the public school to observe, coach and evaluate MAT students in the classroom as they work toward their single-subject K-12 teacher credentialing in music.

Dr. Cooper can also be heard regularly on stage as a recitalist, guest soloist and lecturer throughout the United States.  Recent engagements include a CSUN Faculty Concerto performance of the Bruce Broughton Tuba Concerto with the CSUN Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Larry Stoffel, solo recitals at the 2013 Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Redland, CA; 2011 Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Flagstaff, AZ; the 2009 South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Corpus Christi, TX; the 2012, 2007 and 2003 Tuba Christmas’ of Tryon, NC and a lecture recital covering the compositional catalog of virtuoso tubist and composer, Roland Szentpali.  He can also be heard all over Southern California in various musical groups ranging a wide array of musical styles, anything from Bavarian Polka to Progressive Modern Jazz Ensembles.  Blake is also an emerging recording artist in the Los Angeles recording scene and has worked with such notable musicians as David Newman, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Bruce Broughton and Tom Holkenborg and well as collaborations with classical artist such as Gustavo Dudamel, Issac Perlman, Sir Simon Rattle and many more.

Blake has been published in the International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal where has presented “From the Back Row,” an on going column featuring interviews with professional orchestral tubists from across the globe. 

Dr. Cooper holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Kentucky in Music Education with emphases in both jazz bass and tuba performance, a Master of Music degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Texas at Austin where he served for two years as the Graduate Teaching Assistant in applied Tuba and Euphonium. Blake then moved west to attend the University of Southern California where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance with emphases in music education, jazz bass and instrumental conducting.  Dr. Cooper is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, American Federation of Musicians-Local 47, Recording Musicians Association of LA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.

Dr. Nick Yee

IYJA Music Director (2008-2010)

IYCA Guest Conductor (2008-2012)

George Shaw is a classically trained composer, who specializes in orchestral thematic music for film, television, video games and online content. He is a huge geek who grew up loving comic books, cartoons, Sci-fi/Fantasy/Adventure films, and imagined being a superhero to pass time on family road trips. He loves John Williams and listened to many of his soundtracks as a kid.

YouTube videos featuring George’s music have amassed over 150 million views. George co-wrote “Ode to Geeks” with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, composes for Geek & Sundry including Wil Wheaton’s popular TABLETOP show, music directs the Geekie Awards, and created the viral hit STAR WARS MUSICAL which was viewed over 120,000 times in the first week of its release, followed up by Netflix Musical which stars Harry Shum Jr. and Chrissa Sparkles.

Other collaborations with top YouTube personalities include NigaHiga, Kevjumba, Wong Fu Productions, Michelle Phan, Jeremy Lin, the Fung Brothers, and Harry Shum Jr. (GLEE). George has also had collaborations with popular musical artists: David Choi, Clara C, Jason Chen, Abraham Lim, Paul Dateh and Dawen.

George’s range of work also covers 17 feature film credits, custom music for trailers (including Lionsgate's "Peacock"), over 60 short films, and video games. George composed the score for the NigaHiga & Wong Fu featurette AGENTS OF SECRET STUFF, which garnered over three million views in the first five days of its release. In 2014, George wrote and produced the STAR WARS MUSICAL (DISNEY PARODY), which was viewed over 120,000 times in the first week of its release.

 George’s latest feature is BABY STEPS, produced by Oscar-nominated Li-Kong Hsu, producer of Ang Lee's CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Past features include HANG LOOSE, starring Kevin “Kevjumba” Wu, Dante Basco (Rufio from Spielberg's HOOK, & voice of Prince Zuko in AVATAR: LAST AIRBENDER), and Justin Chon (TWILIGHT), UPLOADED: THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT, a documentary about a generation of Asian American artists finding a voice through new media (which also features George as an interviewee), and FLASHBACK, a time travel adventure/comedy entirely shot on green screen and made by 3 guys working in their garage over an 8 year period. George's TV work includes producing tracks for performances on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, and licensing music to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER, MOMMA'S BOY, MY ANTONIO and OBSESSED.

In addition to composing, George orchestrates, working on noteworthy films including GHOST RIDER, THE DARWIN AWARDS, KISS, KISS, BANG, BANG and ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES. George also composes for TABLETOP, the show about Tabletop gaming from geek icon Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry. He is also the musical director for The Geekie Awards, which in it's inaugural year honored Stan Lee with the lifetime achievement award (presented by Seth Green), and Nathan Fillion with the Geek of the Year award.

George studied composition and film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, taking part in its world-class Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. While there, he studied composition with Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett and Stephen Hartke.  He was selected to participate in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop and the BMI Conducting Workshop. In 2007, he was a Film Independent Project: Involve fellow, a filmmaker mentorship program that paired him with Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Lennertz (REVOLUTION, HORRIBLE BOSSES, MASS EFFECT 3, SUPERNATURAL).


George plays clarinet, piano, guitar and a variety of exotic woodwind instruments from around the world. He resides in Los Angeles, where, in his limited free time, he can surf and snowboard in the same day. His plans for world domination include earning an EGOT, becoming more famous than Irish-playwright George Bernard Shaw, and perfecting time travel.

David Wen

IYCA Guest Conductor (2011)

Cosima Luther

IYJA Music Director (2007-2008)

IYCA Guest Conductor (2007-2008)

​IYCA Tour Conductor Korea/China 2008

University Synagogue (2005)

HISTORY

Somtow Sucharitkul

IYCA Guest Conductor (2011)

UCI Smith Hall (2013)

Miss Tammy Yi is a violinist, strings specialist and conductor from Los Angeles, CA. She received her Bachelors of Music in violin performance with a Deans Merit as well as the competitive String Merit Scholarship Award at Azusa Pacific University. While serving 8 years in the Navy Reserves, she was also the recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Drake Smetz Endowed Scholarship, where she earned her Masters with a teaching credential in Music Education at the University of Southern California.

Ms. Yi has 8 years of experience in teaching general music, band, choir, symphony orchestra, jazz band and classroom violin instruction in elementary and middle schools. After teaching privately and coaching children’s orchestras, she created and designed an effective curriculum and methodology for string pedagogy for 1st-3rd grade classroom violin instruction and started an award winning children’s string orchestra program in Orange County, CA, who received invitational performances at Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts, Walt Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

After moving to NYC, Miss Yi created a classroom violin program for third graders at Teachers College Community School in Harlem and a fourth grade mentorship orchestra program.

Miss Yi has received much recognition as a strings specialist and orchestral conductor and has been published on several newspapers and magazines such as, USC Rossier Education Magazine, USC Show and Tell, OC Register, OC Parenting Magazine and TC Today. She is also a Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant and a Florence Geffen Scholarship recipient at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Miss Yi plans to continue to teach, mentor and inspire young musicians and music teachers. She is very excited to be part of the Nyack Schools Music Faculty and the Nyack Middle School Team.

Henry Miller

IYCA Guest Conductor (2006)

Village Studios (2014)

Joshua Roach’s career began with the trumpet in Phoenix, Arizona. After studying with Russell Plylar and Timothy Morrison in high school (additionally with Mark Neihaus and Judith Saxton at Eastern Music Festival), Roach moved to Los Angeles to earn a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance at the University of Southern California with Boyde Hood. During his time as an undergraduate, he performed with the large and small ensembles at the Thornton School of Music, freelanced in Los Angeles, played for a summer with Blast! at Disney’s California Adventure, and placed as the runner-up for 3rd/Utility Trumpet with the Tucson Symphony.

After completing work as a performance major, Joshua studied composition in the USC Scoring for Motion Picture and Television, and upon graduation, was hired by the Thornton School to administer the orchestra program. While engaged full-time as the orchestra manager, Joshua earned his master’s degree in conducting with Larry Livingston. He also began working in southern California as a conductor, composer, and trumpet pedagogue. He was the music director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble in Orange County from 2010-14 as well as served as assistant/cover conductor for Pacific Symphony, Downey Symphony (where he also worked as guest-composer), and Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. During the fall 2014, Joshua filled the role of interim director of bands at California Lutheran University. During the summers since 2011, he has taught for the Idyllwild Summer Arts music program in various capacities: assistant conductor, large ensemble coach and trumpet teacher for the Idyllwild Festival High School Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamberfest Chamber Orchestra.

Currently, Josh is pursuing a doctoral degree in wind conducting with Michael Haithcock at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jeff Held

IYCA Guest Conductor (2013)

10th Anniversary

Irvine Young Concert Artists

FORMER IYJA MUSIC DIRECTORS

Dean Anderson

​IYCA Music Director (2008-2013)

​IYJA Music Director (2011-2012)

Grumo Music Festival (2012,2013)

Capitol Records (2015)

Juan Gallegos

IYCA Music Director 2013-2014

Jeremy Delacuadra

IYJA Music Director (2008)

Flutist James Hilsabeck currently holds the position of Principal Flute with the Dana Point Symphony, as well as flutist and piccolo player with Symphony Irvine. James began playing the flute at the age of eight, and made his solo debut performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major with the Irvine Young Concert Artists at the age of 17. 

James’s upcoming schedule for the summer of 2016 includes a five week concert tour of Asia, performing concertos, recitals, and orchestral works throughout Hong Kong, China, and Thailand. 

As an orchestral flutist, James has played concerts with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg under the direction of Ivor Bolton at the Segerstrom Concert Hall. He has also performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with La Sierra University’s production of Oh My Son. In the spring of 2015, he was featured as a soloist with Symphony Irvine performing Mercadante’s flute concerto in E Minor.

James has studied under the mentorship of Florence Estrin, former flutist and piccoloist of Indianapolis Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Additionally, he has received instruction from Bernard Krabatsch, Principal Flutist of the Mozarteum, and Diane Weber, a former student of Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatory. Moreover, he has attended master classes by world-renown flutists such as James Galway, international soloist, Robert Langevin, principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic, and Jim Walker, esteemed pedagogue at USC and the Colburn Conservatory. He has also studied orchestral conducting with  Zun Hin Woo, music director of the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Dean Anderson, music director of the Dana Point Symphony.

His performance experience includes recording sessions for various internationally acclaimed artists and films, recording in iconic studios such as Capitol Records, the Bridge Recording Studio, and most recently, the Eastwest Studio for Season Two of the Netflix hit series, Chef’s Table. Furthermore, he has performed as part of the Saddleback Church Orchestra with Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee James Ingram.

Additionally, James has performed with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Maxim Eshkenazy. In the summer of 2011, James toured Bulgaria as Principal Flute of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra where the orchestra gave three critically acclaimed performances to standing room only audiences in the major concert halls of Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.

As an educator, James currently is director of Flute Choir & Studies at the Diamond Bar Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has served as director of the Irvine Young Concert Artists Wind Ensemble and woodwind coach for the Irvine Young Concert Artists.  Many of his students have gone on to become great flute players, and have been accepted into excellent music schools—including the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and Biola University Conservatory of Music.

Jeff Held is the music director of both the Concordia Wind Orchestra and the Concordia Sinfonietta, as well as Director of Arts Activities and Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences (music, theatre, and art). He joined the faculty of Concordia University in 2005 and established most of the existing orchestral instrument program at the university.

Dr. Held received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. His research interest was comparing learning atmospheres for music majors between large and small universities. He received a master's degree from The American Band College at Southern Oregon University and an undergraduate degree in music from Valparaiso University. In addition, he completed the Lutheran Teaching Colloquy from Concordia University, Irvine. His career began as band director and music department chairman at Orange Lutheran High School, where he established a prominent concert band, jazz band, and handbell ensemble. Held is known nationally for his innovative hymn festivals with wind orchestra and voices, sacred-theme concerts, implementation of new music for wind band in worship, involvement with the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and his work as a board member of Lutheran Music Program (which produces Lutheran Summer Music Academy and other music programs).

In the past 48 years, Mr. Wen is not only the professional composer, but a very successful violin/viola teacher, conductor and painter. He is constantly active and prolific. His works are widely loved and recognized by domestic and international musicians; he leads to over three hundred performances of his music annually and finished more than 10 commissioned works per year in the past 33 years. 

As the first recipient of winning the Netherlands’ Gaudeamus International Composers Competition in 1975, Mr. Wen has been acclaimed by the international music community since the age of 26. With the experience accumulated over the past years, he is strongly aware of the importance in cultivating a globally cultural field of view. Over the past three decades, he has traveled more than 83 countries and cities, where his works were performed. With his passion for music and art, he contracts with numerous musicians, artists, and outstanding performers and groups all over the world. He has rich experience of seeing the humanities. 

Currently, Mr. Wen resides in Los Angeles. He is a musical director of Clap&Tap Chamber Orchestra. Not only does he teach the younger generation, but he also leads them into building up their musical life. 

溫隆信與柝之響

音樂藝術必須透過適當教育與音樂舞台的雙向磨練,方能培養出一批優秀的音樂創作與專業演奏人才,進而為整個社會提供完整的社區服務。原本音樂家是一項以音樂為服務的志業,因此他們從起步到終其一生,都盡力以美好的音樂為生活環境與社會機制創造出更和諧的氣氛,使人類心靈充滿了豐沛的精神享受,此即音樂家SERVE的基本觀念。 

從字面上來看,S=See the future 看見未來,E=Engage and develop 網羅與培養,R=Reinvest continuously 持續創新,V=Value result and relationship 珍惜成果與人際關係,E=Embody the values 落實價值觀;由此可見這是一項艱鉅而神聖的希望工程,同時也是珍貴的人文藝術進程。

台灣出生的著名音樂家溫隆信先生於2002年自紐約大學退休返回大洛杉磯地區,開始以無比的毅力打造一個從零開始的弦樂團;十年之後,這一支樂團在演出實力以及規模上展現出令人驚艷的成果。Clap&Tap Chamber Orchestra 不只受到美國社區的肯定,更秉持非營利機構的立意,獲得社會各界的財務支持與人力支援,包括練習廳各項設施,甚或平日的文化課程,以及海外演出活動等等,相對以音樂藝術交流與社會形成良好的互動關係。為此,溫隆信先生深思並期盼這種美好的經驗能為台北的音樂環境帶來一番新的嘗試,於是展開了柝之響室內管弦樂團的訓練與籌組計畫。他往返於台灣與美國,號召了一批年約12至26歲的年輕學子(音樂家),為他們帶來技術上與藝術上的磨練,激發夢的開創與實踐,希望此舉能為樂壇注入一股新的生命力,進而創造出耳目一新的音樂服務空間。 

音樂家以音樂造福人類,企業家以事業帶動經濟,政治家以良心創造社會福祉;一個安和樂利的社會需要各種力量相互呼應方能常常久久,而音樂家的努力與付出亦需要整個社會的肯定與讚美。非常感謝各位女士先生給予柝之響室內管弦樂團的支持與鼓勵,讓我們共同努力使台灣的音樂家不僅在國內凝聚實力與共識,並進一步在國際上柝更響! 

ASPEN, Colo., Aug. 12 - "It's not every day an opportunity will knock," Mario Sergio Miragliotta told an interviewer in August 2000, "and we have to be ready." But Mr. Miragliotta, then a prize student in the inaugural class of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, could hardly have been ready for the knock of fate that came first.

In June 2001, as he was driving here from California for the academy's second season, he fell asleep at the wheel of his car and had a serious accident near Green River, Utah. His spinal cord was broken and he emerged a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down.

Although his recovery has been less miraculous than slow and laborious, Mr. Miragliotta has regained some mobility in his arms and hands and has done a bit of low-profile conducting since. Tomorrow he returns to the festival for the first time since his accident, to conduct Arthur Honegger's "Pastorale d'Été" in a concert by the Aspen Festival Orchestra, working from a specially built wheelchair.

"I'm better in many ways," he said on Thursday outside the music tent before his first rehearsal. "In many ways I'm still a quadriplegic. I cannot move my legs. My hands are not useful. I cannot grab. That makes a lot of things difficult, but I can get by. A lot of it is all about finding solutions."

Mr. Miragliotta, 39, born in São Paulo, Brazil, to Italian and Japanese parents, was relentlessly but unforcedly upbeat throughout the interview.

"I think what really helped me is that I have always been very positive," he said. "I have always seen the good side of things, or how fortunate I have been. One can be negative about things, and I am at times. I'm not perfect at all. But I think inside me is the ability to be happy about very simple things. I still have a good amount of freedom, and I'm thankful for that."

That freedom has become an issue in recent years. Mr. Miragliotta spent the first months after the accident hell-bent on recovery. He moved from Los Angeles to San Diego, where he did intensive physical therapy at Project Walk, a recuperative program for people with spinal cord injuries. For a season, after some improvement, he conducted the Classics for Kids Philharmonic there.

But he is now focused on carving out his independence. He left therapy and began to exercise on his own, and is planning to move back to Los Angeles.

"My goal now is to get a little bit out of the world of being completely separated," he said. "To be independent -- now that's like a therapy in itself. It's very strenuous physically and mentally. And that starts becoming part of my life."

But it is his continuing relationship to music, he says, that gives him the most sustenance. He came to music relatively late for a professional. He took up guitar when he was 15 or 16, viola a year or two later and conducting a couple of years after that.

It was an encounter with Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" that made him want to conduct. He tried playing it on his guitar, with results one would rather not imagine.

His résumé also shows at least a passing acquaintance with the French horn, clarinet and percussion. He has singing experience and can still sing, insofar as his restricted breathing allows. And he has recently dabbled with the harmonica.

"I can't begin to tell you how much I love music," he said. "And the music is just -- I forget everything. That I'm disabled, it doesn't matter. But now I need music more than music needs me. How many good conductors are there out there? There are plenty. Who knows if the world needs a paraplegic conductor in a wheelchair? There may be space."

Seoul, Korea (2008)

Christian Campos

IYCA Guest Conductor (2008)

Juan Gallegos has been an active musician for over ten years in his native Southern California. He was recently appointed Music Director/Conductor with the Orange County Collegiate Orchestra. Juan has held positions as Assistant Conductor with the California Philharmonic, Assistant Director to the Cal State Fullerton Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds and the University Band, and a conducting internship with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He has also been an invited guest conductor for ensembles at The University of Southern California, The University of Texas, Austin and several local high school ensembles including the Orange County High School of the Arts – Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble. Educationally, Juan has taught at many of Southern California’s high school music programs as a clinician and woodwind specialist that include Ayala, Nogales, Los Altos, Damien, Los Angeles, and Northwood to name a few. He has studied under a broad range of conductors including Mitch Fennell, Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Carl St. Clair and Victor Vener.


In addition to conducting, Gallegos is an active clarinetist involved with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, and New West Symphony. He has also performed with other groups including MUSE/IQUE, San Angelo Symphony (TX), Round Rock Symphony (TX), Temple Symphony (TX), and in the studios of Capital Records, Hollywood. Internationally, Juan has performed in South Korea, Spain, England, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Austria which include the European Premiere of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3 “Circus Maximus”. He has also had the pleasure of performing with international artists that include Lang Lang, Arturo Sandoval, André Watts, Evelyn Glennie and many more. Juan is an International Clarinet Association Artist member, two-time concerto competition winner, and holds Master of Music degrees from both The University of Texas, Austin and California State University, Fullerton.

Jeremy DelaCuadra is an accomplished music educator, brass player, and conductor.  He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education from Chapman University, where he received recognition for both his musicianship and teaching abilities.  Mr. DelaCuadra currently serves as the instrumental music director at Oxford Preparatory Academy and also as assistant conductor for Symphony Irvine.  Prior to that, he acted as assistant conductor of Montage Civic Orchestra, director of the Irvine Junior Young Concert Artists, and assistant conductor of the Orange County Symphony.  His conducting instructors have included John Koshak, Mark Laycock, Michael Luzak, and Daniel Wachs.  An active trombonist, Mr. DelaCuadra has played in many different ensembles including Symphony Irvine, Fullerton Symphony, Orange County Symphony, Montage Civic Orchestra, and other ensembles throughout southern California.  In addition, he maintains a private teaching studio and is active as a freelance musician.

UCI Smith Hall (2013)

The Bridge Studios (2012)

Mischa Lakirovich, started playing the violin when he was four years old and played his first recital at the age of five, studying with his father, Mark Lakirovich, in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia. From the age of six, Mischa has performed and recorded throughout Europe, Australia and the United States, even appearing in a private concert for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. By the age of 13, Mr. Lakirovich had appeared as soloist and concertmaster of the Stoliarsky Chamber Orchestra in over 20 European cities and completed three solo recital world tours.

Young Queenslander of the Year, Mr. Lakirovich is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he earned his Bachelor's and Masters Degrees. He is the recipient of the Dorothy DeLay Scholarship and the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship. He was also awarded the Itzhak Perlman Foundation Scholarship for the Aspen Summer Music Festival.

A frequent soloist, conductor and concertmaster, Mischa has performed with the SBS Symphony, Southfield Symphony, Ann Arbor Summer Symphony, Grosse Point Symphony, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Torrence Symphony and the Young Artists Orchestra in Aspen, Colorado. He also appears frequently as Concertmaster of The New England Symphonic Ensemble performing over a 100 concerts in Carnegie Hall.

Mischa Lakirovich has made a number of US and international recordings and live performances on Radio and Television and has appeared on the Fox TV networks, the National Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), music video with Il Divo at Paramount Studios, recordings on Atlantic Records and Soul Surfer Records, as well as direct broadcast on the Radio Vatican.

Mr. Lakirovich was recently teaching violin, conducting string orchestra and coaching chamber music at the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center in New York and has been faculty at Brooklyn College, Special Music School of America, French-American Conservatory of Music, and a Technique Associate for the studio of Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard Pre-College.

In 2006 he co-founded the Irvine Young Artists with whom he performs regularly and is currently the Music Director and conductor of the NCC Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles.

Once referred to by the International Herald Tribune as “the most well-known expatriate Thai in the world,”  Somtow Sucharitkul is no longer an expatriate, since he has returned to Thailand after five decades of wandering the world.  He is best known as an award-winning novelist and a composer of operas.  

Born in Bangkok, Somtow grew up in Europe and was educated at Eton and Cambridge.  His first career was in music and in the 1970s he acquired a reputation as a revolutionary composer, the first to combine Thai and Western instruments in radical new sonorities.  Conditions in the arts in the region at the time proved so traumatic for the young composer that he suffered a major burnout, emigrated to the United States, and reinvented himself as a novelist.

His earliest novels were in the science fiction field but he soon began to cross into other genres.  In his 1984 novel Vampire Junction, he injected a new literary inventiveness into the horror genre, in the words of Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, “skillfully combining the styles of Stephen King, William Burroughs, and the author of theRevelation to John.”  Vampire Junction was voted one of the forty all-time greatest horror books by the Horror Writers’ Association, joining established classics like Frankensteinand Dracula.

In the 1990s Somtow became increasingly identified as a uniquely Asian writer with novels such as the semi-autobiographical Jasmine Nights.  He won the World Fantasy Award, the highest accolade given in the world of fantastic literature, for his novella The Bird Catcher.  His fifty-three books have sold about two million copies world-wide.

After becoming a Buddhist monk for a period in 2001, Somtow decided to refocus his attention on the country of his birth, founding Bangkok’s first international opera company and returning to music, where he again reinvented himself, this time as a neo-Asian neo-Romantic composer.  The Norwegian government commissioned his song cycle Songs Before Dawn for the 100th Anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize, and he composed at the request of the government of Thailand his Requiem: In Memoriam 9/11which was dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy.  

According to London’s Opera magazine, “in just five years, Somtow has made Bangkok into the operatic hub of Southeast Asia.”  His operas on Thai themes, Madana, Mae Naak, and Ayodhya, have been well received by international critics.  His most recent  opera, The Silent Prince, was premiered in 2010 in Houston, and a fifth opera, Dan no Ura, will premiere in Thailand in the 2013-4 season.  He is composing his sixth opera,Helena Citrónová, at present.

He is increasingly in demand as a conductor specializing in opera and in the late-romantic composers like Mahler.  His repertoire runs the entire gamut from Monteverdi to Wagner.  His work has been especially lauded for its stylistic authenticity and its lyricism.    The orchestra he founded in Bangkok, the Siam Philharmonic, is mounting the first complete Mahler cycle in the region.   For his pioneering work he was presented with a baton used to conduct Mahler’s Ninth Symphony by Leonard Bernstein, which he now uses whenever he conducts Mahler.

He is the first recipient of Thailand’s “Distinguished Silpathorn” award, given for an artist who has made and continues to make a major impact on the region’s culture, from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture.

In 2013, Somtow received the Golden W Award from the International Wagner Society for his championing of Wagner’s music in the region.

Sarkis Gevoglanyan 

IYCA Music Director (2014-2015) 

An Arts Management Master's Candidate at American University in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Glinzak is focused on arts education policy, implementation, and advocacy. Ms. Glinzak holds two bachelors of music in education and performance from the Conservatory of Music at Chapman University. She served as the General Manager of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and Irvine Young Concert Artists following completion of her degrees. Currently Ms. Glinzak is the Operations and Outreach Manager at the Bach Sinfonia, the Choral Manager at American University, and interns with the newly formed Listen Local First, DC. She also sits on the Emerging Arts Leader Symposium Committee as the Fundraising Chair and is a Representative on the Graduate Student Council. Ms. Glinzak plans to continue her studies in policy to advance arts education throughout the country.

Violist Nicholaus Yee completed his doctoral studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he was the teaching assistant to Dr. Pamela Goldsmith and Professor Donald McInnes, and attended as a full fellowship recipient. In addition to his viola studies, he is trained as an instrumental conductor, early music specialist, and music educator, topics he studied as part of the rigorous and multi-faceted program at USC. An avid chamber musician, he was honored to perform with the renowned violinist Midori Goto shortly after her faculty appointment at USC. Nick has been heard in broadcast on KUSC 91.5 both in chamber and orchestral music performances.

Ensembles he has been a member of include the USC Symphony and Chamber orchestras, the USC Early Music Ensemble, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Nick has performed with such musical legends as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby Mcferrin, Lynn Harrell, Doc Severinsen, Gary Graffmann, and David Shifrin. Conductors he has worked with include Carl St. Clair, John Williams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sergiu Commissiona, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Lucinda Carver. Nick is a member of the San Bernardino and the Redlands Symphony Orchestras.  
As principal viola of Del Gesu Strings, Nick toured South America, playing concerts in Panama City (Panama), San Salvador (El Salvador), Quito (Ecuador), and Santiago (Chile). Locally, he has collaborated with various musicians presenting chamber music concerts, and is a member of the Chamber Players of Los Angeles.

A dedicated educator, Nick has taught privately for over 20 years and in various capacities at public and private schools and youth orchestras since 1995. His teaching philosophy centers on the love of music, fostering achievement through discipline and methodical practice, and he encourages a close partnership in teaching and learning music with his students. From 2008 to 2011, he was a conductor for the Irvine Young Concert Artists orchestra. Nick was recently appointed to the faculty for Junior Chamber Music in Orange County.

Nick is an avid sports fan who follows college football and major league baseball, and other interests include billiards, bicycling, tennis, softball, going to concerts, reading, and trying various cuisines.

Accomplished professional violinist Cosima Luther’s biggest thrill is not when she performed live on American Idol with Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera. It’s not her performances at the Academy Awards Governors Ball or with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, and John Williams. It’s not her world travels performing in prestigious venues and not her gig conducting the Western States Honors Orchestra Festival in Colorado this month. So, what is Luther’s biggest thrill?

“It has been by far the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I could ever imagine with music,” Luther enthuses, of her work with disadvantaged children in Los Angeles.

Six days a week, Luther drives to Exposition Park in South Los Angeles to teach violin as the head violin teacher for Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA). YOLA provides free music lessons, instruments, and performance venues to 300 children between the ages of six and 17. Established in 2007, the program is offered through a partnership between the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Harmony Project, and Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.


Luther receives tremendous satisfaction from her students’ accomplishments. In essays for school assignments and college applications that they shared with Luther, students express how practicing violin changed their lives, taught them to complete homework, achieve better grades, and inspired them to apply to college. In fact, several YOLA participants have been awarded college scholarships.


Working with children is not new to Luther. She began teaching music at age 13 when her family opened the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp in 1999 in the mountains outside Denver, Colorado, where Luther was born and raised. She, her father Mark, and her brother Christopher, who both play violin, join other professional musicians in teaching non-classical forms of violin at the annual summer camp.

Luther has also taught violin at Crossroads School for the Arts in Santa Monica, California, and served as conductor and director of the South Bay Youth Orchestra.

When not teaching, Luther is on the road performing in Europe, Asia, and North America with the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra, made up of musicians from many countries. She recently returned from a three-week recording session in Poland and will perform in Italy in the fall.

Josh Roach

IYCA Music Director (2007-2008)

IYCA Tour Conductor Korea/China 2008

Marco A.Mejia, a native of Riverside California, has been a talented emerging conductor and music director in Southern California; conducting highly reviewed orchestral, pop, and opera performances throughout the region and abroad. The maestro holds Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from CBU where he participated in all major performing ensembles in the School of Music. During his studies at the School of Music he was the director of the pep band, a vocal small group leader, served as president of the Concert Band, and a four-year member of the Choir and Orchestra under Dr. Gary Bonner. Mr. Mejia also holds a Master of Music degree from California State University Fullerton where he studied orchestral conducting under the tutelage of Maestro Kimo Furumoto and Dr. Robert Istad.  At CSUF, Mr. Mejia served as the graduate conductor for the symphony orchestra, and worked with the Opera Department as assistant conductor.  Both a clarinetist and vocalist, Mr. Mejia has studied under international concertizing clarinetist, Hakan Rosengren, and Vanguard University’s head of vocal faculty, Dr. Susan Reed. Maestro Mejia is in the midst of conducting his seventh season as Music Director/Conductor for the Corona Symphony Orchestra, Corona California. Mr. Mejia continues to be a sought after music director and seeks to cultivate a rich musical history within the local community presenting musical performances for the masses; making every performance he conducts a musical experience that portrays creative programming and musical excellence. 

Along with his endeavors as music director and conductor for the Corona Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Mejia is the Director of Bands and Music for Southlands Christian Schools, and the Pastor of Worship Arts for First Baptist Church of Alhambra. Within the artistic community, Maestro Mejia has also served as music director and conductor for different symphonic, theater, and opera organizations throughout Southern California including: Opera A La Carte, Coachella Valley Symphony, the California Chinese-American Orchestra, Junior University Theater, and In the Company Theater. Maestro Mejia has attended workshops with conductors like, Dianne Witry (Author of Beyond the Baton), David Hoose (Director of Orchestral Studies at Boston College) and David Zimmerman (Director of Orchestral Studies at Hartt School of Music). Mr. Mejia is a proud member of the Conductor’s Guild, and the National Association for Music Educators. Mr. Mejia is currently working towards a DMA at Claremont Graduate University.

Marco Mejia

IYCA Guest Conductor (2013)

Dr. Blake Cooper

IYCA Guest Conductor (2013)