Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra
Elisa Lewis - Executive Director & Flute Coach
Elisa was one of the founders of the MVYSO. Her passion for music education is evident in all of her work with the MVYSO. She holds a degree in Therapeutic Recreation from CSU Fresno. This has helped her to make MVYSO fun ... and a little differnt!
MVYSO is proud of our Executive and Coaching Staff. They are providing a top notch music education experience for our students.
April Whyte - Conductor & Artistic Director
April is beginning her fifth season with MVYSO. Her higher education in music includes University of Illinois and Pacific Lutheran University. She has played in the Olympia Symphony, where she held the position of Assistant Principal Violist. Her passion and enthusiasm for connecting people with music inspires students to be the best they can be.
Beginning Strings Instructor & Violin Coach
Emily holds a degree in violin performance from Central Washington University. She teaches privately in Maple Valley and Auburn and coaches for several Puget Sound schools as well as the MVYSO. Her love for teaching strings is evident in all of her interactions with her students.
*MVYSO Studio Teacher
"The MVYSO has the best coaching staff of any youth symphony! Each of them does this because they have a personal story of how youth music has changed his or her life."
- Elisa Lewis, Executive Director MVYSO
The MVYSO is thrilled to be bringing Cherlyn on board this season. She played a big part in the start up of the MVYSO by sending us her top two violin students as part of our original 8 students.holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from North Park University in Chicago. She enjoys a very active career as a performing artist, composer, arranger and private teacher. She loves to help students engage, excel, create and soar. Cherlyn will work with our Debut Orchestra and older, more advanced String Academy Students level. *MVYSO Studio Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherlyn Johnson - Debut Instructor & Strings Specialist
David Baldock - Conductor & Program Assistant
Mr. Baldock is a retired band teacher from the Kent School District. He is a private brass instructor and an all around highly skilled music teacher. Students describe his classes as "epic." He'll be conducting our Philharmonia Orchestra, leading large group sectionals for winds and percussion for Philharmonia, Jr. Symphony and Symphony, training coaches, and providing artistic feedback for our ensembles. He holds a Masters in Educational Admin. from Central Washington University and a Bachelors of Music Education from Wheaton College. He currently teaches privately, works with the WMEA, and works with band programs all over the Puget Sound. *MVYSO Studio Teacher Dbaldock@mvyso.org
Naomi Fanshier - Reeds Coach
Naomi has been playing clarinet since the age of 10, playing throughout high school and college. She holds a Bachelors in Music - clarinet performance from Pacific Lutheran University. She teaches privately in Maple Valley and performs around the Puget Sound Area. *MVYSO Studio Teacher
Chamber Winds Instructor & Low Brass Coach
Mike holds a Bachelor's of Music, Trombone Performance from Univeristy of Redlands. He has worked with several youth symphony orchestras and camps around the US and has participated in the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is an advocate for dreaming, believing, striving, and achieving. He will teach privately, perform professionally, and coach around the Puget Sound Area.
*MVYSO Studio Teacher
Marenka Dobes - Double Reeds Coach
Marenka Holds a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Performance from Pacific Lutheran University. She performs in the Seattle Metropolitain Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, and Seattle Wind Symphony. She is a freelance performer on bassoon and has performed with Puget Sound Concert Opera, Puget Sound Symphony, Skagit Valley Chorale, and Michael W Smith. She has also performed in several musical theater productions. *MVYSO Studio Teacher
String Sinfonietta Instructor and Cello Coach
Daniel holds a Bachelor's of Music in Cello Performance from University of Redlands. He is a gifted performing artist and teacher. He teaches privately, performs in several ensembles including Northwest Ballet's Orchestra, and coaches cello. He has studied music and world instruments in Hungary. He is dedicated to creating positive music education experiences for youth. *MVYSO Studio Teacher
Jarrod Snyder - Trumpet Coach
Jarrod was one of MVYSO's first 10 members. He has been playing for 11 years and has taught privately for the past 3 years. He has completed the Music Theory Program at Bellevue College. Jazz improv is one of his specialties. He enjoys inspiring creativity in our students.
Craig Winter - Percussion Coach
Susan holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Business Administration from Washington State University. While at WSU, she was also involved in music leadership and viola performance. She teaches privately, works at Hammond Ashley Violins, and coaches viola. Her energy and enthusiasm are an inspiration to her students. *MVYSO Studio Teacher
Janea Christensen, MT-BC - Special Needs Program Director
Janea Christensen, a Board Certified Music Therapist. Janea has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Utah State University and has clinical experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities. Additionally, she has worked with older adults and adults with mental illnesses. email@example.com
Garrett Reynolds - Violin Coach
Garret was one of MVYSO's original 8 students. After graduating from high school, he went to Berklee College of Music where he earned his bachelors degree in Music Production and Engineering. He has played violin for 16 years and has studied with Cherlyn Johnson.
*MVYSO Studio Teacher
MVYSO Has A NEW Studio!
The MVYSO has just opened a new studio in Maple Valley. All of our studio teachers are screened by the MVYSO and are top notch teachers. Our current studio teachers are indicated in the bios to the left. Contact the teacher directly for private lessons.
23220 Maple Valley Highway SE Suite 201
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Interested in teaching at MVYSO's studio, give us a call at (425) 433-6009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Large enough space to teach small ensembles
- Excellent teaching space designed by a private music teacher includes white board, printer/copier, pencils, stands, chairs, etc.
- Comfortable waiting area for parents
- Use of refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot
Susan Speicher - Viola Coach & Admin Assistant
Craig holds a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Arizona State University where he studied orchestral percussion with Dr. J.B. Smith, Dr. Mark Sunkett, and Phoenix Symphony Principal Percussionist, Bill Wanser. He also has a passion for marching percussion and has performed with professional drumlines for both the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Cardinals, and is now a tenor player with the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline. Craig currently teaches percussion privately and at several high schools including Tahoma High School.