Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra
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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 different!
MVYSO is proud of our Executive and Coaching Staff.  They are providing a top notch music education experience for our students.
Emily Maulden 
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  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, violin players and string coaches*MVYSO Studio Teacher
Cherlyn Johnson - Debut Conductor, String Sinfonietta Director & Strings Specialist
David Baldock - Conductor & Program Director
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 conducts our Symphony Orchestra leadins large group sectionals for winds and percussion for Jr. Symphony and Symphony,  trains coaches, and provides 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.​
Naomi Fanshier - Chamber Winds Director & 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
Matt Clegg- Low Brass Coach
Matt holds a Bachelor of Music in Wind Performance from Central Washington Uniiversity as well as a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.  Matt has coached in youth music camps and a variety of other settings.  He is the lead trombone player for Seattle Jazz Night School All-Star Big Band.  He is looking forward to teaching and inspiring our low brass players while also setting an example for a balance life of work and fun.  *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
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  & Philharmonia Winds Coach
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 is a registered Music Together Teacher.  She has clinical experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities. Additionally, she has worked with older adults and adults with mental illnesses.

Garrett Reynolds - Violin Coach - Sub & additional support

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 over 16 years and has studied with Cherlyn Johnson.  Garrett operates his own very successful recording studio business, allowing him little time for MVYSO.  The MVYSO enjoys Garretts additional coaching support at our summer camp and as a coaching sub.
*MVYSO Studio Teacher

MVYSO Has A NEW Studio!

The MVYSO has opened a 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.  

Studio Address:
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

Studio Amenities:
  • 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

Connie Biggs - Viola Coach
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, for UW Husky Drumline and at several high schools including Tahoma High School.   
*Private Teacher
David Harris - Conductor & Artistic Direcotr
The MVYSO is pleased to welcome David Harris on board our staff team this season.  David is currently Director of Orchestras at Kentlake High School.  He came to us highly recommended by peers, students and parents.  He has also worked with Kent Jr. High Schools, Olympic Youth Symphonies, Olympic Youth Symphony Summer Camp and M.I.T.C.  He has a proven track recorded of developing students and the ensembles in which they play by conveying high expectations and achieving a delicate balance of informality and discipline.  Students say "He's Fun!"  He holds a Bachelor of Education in Music from Pacific Lutheran University and at 5th year degree in conducting studies from University of Washington.  In addition to training groups to perform, he teaches private french horn lessons.
Connie has been teaching violin and viola in the Maple Valley area for since she moved to the area in 2012.  Before moving to the area, she tutored reading, spelling, grammar and writing.  Her music experience includes performing with her church, playing in Chapman College Symphony, working with music ministry in her church and teaching viloin and viola privately.  She studied Music Education at Chapman College (now Chapman University.)
*Private Teacher
Janice Halstead - Philharmonia Conductor & Cello Coach
Janice Halstead is a newly retired orchestra teacher from the Kent School District. She earned her BA in music from Seattle Pacific University. Janice is a professional cellist who has played in numerous ensembles and orchestras over her long career of teaching and performing. Her passion is helping string players reach their highest potential while encouraging a love of music.