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n behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, I welcome you to our 2012 - 2013 concert season of magnificent performances. We are grateful you have invested your time and energy in becoming part of our legacy as an artistic and cultural youth program in Oklahoma City. Our imaginative motivation for success begins with our students in their classrooms and is augmented through advanced training and performance opportunities under the direction of professional musicians, conductors, and teachers. OYO’s borders extend beyond Oklahoma City with deep roots in Norman, Edmond, Midwest/ Del-City, and Stillwater. Our ensembles receive profound accolades as they successfully perform in local, regional, and national concert halls, and internationally tour to diverse venues including: China, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, Mexico, Italy, France, Wales, England, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras program operates ten ensembles and boasts nearly 400 students. We cherish our role in providing a positive atmosphere where students have the opportunity to learn and grow as musicians and individuals. Students of OYO work together to challenge their performance skills, test their limits, and discover their organic potential as performers, artists, and leaders. As a member of our audience, your presence is warmly appreciated as you support our students in their musical development. We are grateful for your attendance and thank you for supporting Oklahoma Youth Orchestras.

Raul Dominguez Interim Executive Director Oklahoma Youth Orchestras

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Youth Orchestras Board of Directors

Artistic Staff


Dr. John E. Clinton Conductor, Oklahoma Youth Orchestra

Vice President

Dr. Matthew Mailman Conductor, Oklahoma Youth Winds

Jerry Messick Peri Bennett Secretary

Sarah Neely Associate Conductor, Oklahoma Youth Winds

John Lynn Treasurer

Michael Norris

Peter Markes Conductor, Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic

Oklahoma City University Representatives

Dawn Thrailkill Conductor, Chamber Orchestra

Mark Edward Parker Dean, Schools of Music & Theatre Oklahoma City University Dr. Mark Belcik Associate Dean, Schools of Music & Theatre Oklahoma City University

Gena Alexander Conductor, Sinfonia Christy Fine Section Coach Mark Osborn Conductor, Norman Festival Strings

Oklahoma City Philharmonic Representatives

Edward Walker Executive Director, Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Jessica Stephens Conductor, North Area Festival Strings Denise McClurg-Kenna Conductor, Stillwater Festival Strings

Members at Large

Greg Bowes Dr. Mary Brodnax John Cain

Kristin Geist Conductor, Edmond Festival Strings Karina Fisher Conductor, Mid-Del Festival Strings

Administrative Staff

Interim Executive Director

Raul Dominguez

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras

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The Auditioned

Oklahoma Youth Orchestra Dr. John E. Clinton Conductor, Oklahoma Youth Orchestra

Dr. John Clinton has conducted the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra since January 1992, and is the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design and the Founder of the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education (OCAE) at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

A native of Ada, Oklahoma, Clinton conducted the award-winning Norman High School Orchestra for 20 years and held the position of Director of Fine Arts for Norman Public Schools for 27 years. Thanks to his leadership, the Norman Public Schools now have one of the premier music programs in the state. A graduate of East Central Oklahoma University, Clinton earned a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1991 he completed a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas, studying string pedagogy and conducting with Anshel Brusilow. Dr. Clinton has conducted high school orchestras at the Music Educators National Conference, the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. He has also directed All-State and All-District orchestras in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. From 1985-89, he served as Associate Conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. Dr. Clinton has received numerous professional honors, including: 1994 University of Oklahoma School of Music Distinguished Alumni Fellow; Oklahoma String Teacher of the Year for 1995; 1996 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Music Education; the Interscholastic Music Association’s Outstanding Music Educator, and 2012 Educator’s Hall of Fame East Central University.


Ensembles Musicians Listed Alphabetically By Section VIOLIN I Molly Cromer Tim Davis Anita Dumar Rae Grellner Maria Marcos Sally Oh Vincent Po Jane Robertson Katherine Wang Eric Wu Wesley Yee Sarah Youn VIOLIN II Ana Bell Chris Dean Megan Dixon Aaron Fine Jackie Fletcher Kevin Grisham Christina Li Christine Luk Michelle Manwarren Jessica Moore Arjun Reddy Alyssa Sperrazza Ronda Sutor Amanda Villamil Annie Yin Nathan Yu

VIOLA Emily Curtis Jeremy Cutter Nick Dean Ratul Esrar Leslie Gonzalez Daniel Lee Mason Maidt Andrew Means Joey Messick Alex Rivas Sharif Solomon CELLO Wendyle Andrews Cody Byrum Aaron Cook Megan Gann David Lee Erin Lupardus Kennedy Patrick Aya Rowe Julia Weldon Scotty Worley BASS Faith Bercier Kelsey Care Hannah Harrell Katie Hart Bryan Townsend

FLUTE Marcos Alvarez Olivia Jirousek Abby Mueller OBOE Tristan Fleeson Michael Holleyman Allegra Knight CLARINET Bridget Clayton Sierra Crider Justin Crofford Steven Higgins Jeff Newell BASSOON Olivia Fletcher Julia Grubisic Rachel Hagemeier HORN Jamie Dougherty Kelsey Doyle Preston Drain Kelsey Hernandez Morgan Smith Katherine Story Lauren Taylor

TRUMPET Daniel Fijalka Jonah Sharp Kara Wallace Caleb Wood TROMBONE Sam Charlton Dillon Downey Josh Stucks TUBA Samantha Baggett PERCUSSION Rachel Simpson Zach Simpson Clayton Smith John Stewart HARP Julie Moran Olivia Wilson PIANO Hannah Braden


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The Auditioned

Oklahoma Youth Winds

Dr. Matthew Mailman Conductor, Symphonic Winds Dr. Matthew Mailman is Professor of Conducting in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, a position he has held since 1995. A very versatile conductor, he has had extensive and diverse experience conducting bands, orchestras, choirs, operas, musicals, and chamber music. He serves as Conductor of OCU’s award-winning Wind Philharmonic and Music Director for the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company. Dr. Mailman has been an associate conductor with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras since 1997 and is the conductor, and founder, of the Oklahoma Youth Winds.

At OCU, Dr. Mailman has conducted thirty-three operas and musicals and has led the Wind Philharmonic in eleven world premieres, on five tours, at two OK Mozart Festivals, and at eight convention performances. He teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and coordinates OCU’s Masters in Conducting program. Recent opera performances include Gianni Schicchi, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, and Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Recent musical performances include Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Light in the Piazza, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. For the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater 2012-13 season, he conducted Dialogues des Carmélites by Francis Poulenc and will conduct Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim. As Conductor/Artist in Residence at Opera in the Ozarks, he conducted Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah in the summer of 2007 and Mozart’s Cosií fan Tutte in 2008. His work has been published in The Instrumentalist and Teaching Music, and he is a research associate and writer for 8 volumes in the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Southern Music published his arrangement of Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314 for Harmonie. For five years, Dr. Mailman hosted a weekly radio program, “No Strings Attached”, on 90.1 FM KCSC Edmond-Oklahoma City/ 91.9 KBCW McAlester during which time he wrote and produced 180 new shows. Dr. Mailman is a native of Denton, Texas. His father, the internationally-renowned composer Dr. Martin Mailman was Composer-in-Residence at the University of North Texas for thirty-four years. His mother, Mary Nan Mailman, a student of Rosina Lhévinne at the Juilliard School of Music, was a concert pianist and teacher at the University of North Texas and is now retired.


Ensembles Sarah Neely Associate Conductor, Symphonic Winds Currently the Head Band Director at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, she maintains a private percussion studio comprised of students from Edmond, Deer Creek, and Midwest City. A native of Oklahoma, she graduated summa cum laude in December 2006 with a Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from Oklahoma City University and then received her Masters of Music in Conducting in 2009, studying with Dr. Matthew Mailman.

While at OCU, Sarah performed as a percussionist with many of the school’s ensembles, including the Wind Philharmonic, Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Steel Drum Band. In 2009, she was selected as a member of the WASBE International Youth Wind Orchestra. Sarah frequently performs with professional orchestras, including both the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Enid Symphony. Musicians Listed Alphabetically By Section FLUTE Tara Freels Baylie Longstreth Sarah McPhail Tara Siebert Addie Simpson Meagan Stevens OBOE Rachel Evans CLARINET Ashley Beavers Jackie Bolton Kalyn Clark Ashleigh Clouse Christina Covington Nicholas Curtis Jonathan Engle DJ Husted Mehma Madahar Maygan Scott Molly Spencer Frances Teran Rachel Whatley Betty Withers

BASS CLARINET Mario Trinidad Megan Reasoner Hollis Taylor ALTO SAXOPHONE Justin Crofford John Rawson Ali Solomon TENOR SAXOPHONE Jeron Fishburn Megan Renfrow BARITONE SAXOPHONE Ronald Bercaw BASSOON Tyler Corson Caroline Graham Phillip Knisley

HORN Edward Bird Sean Burdett Joe Charlton Kyle Grisham Tyler Joy Katherine McKinney Matthew Knisely Richard Riedl

EUPHONIUM Justyn Forrest Tanner Morgan David Mullens

TRUMPET Katie Carmichael Andrew Graham Andrew Howse Cameron Munroe Sammy Willhoite Brenna Young

PERCUSSION Jordan Ashford Chad Chandler Erin Epperly Michelle McKinney Blake Moore Abe Wallace

TROMBONE Sam Charlton Emily Downs Jayden Evans Sarah Gilkerson Jazmin Harmon Mason Peck

TUBA Jalea Aiken Samantha Baggett Guillaume Saaty

ASSISTANT CONDUCTORS Joshua Buxton Joshua Floyd Christopher Hall Benji Stegner


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The Auditioned

Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic Peter Markes Conductor, Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic

Currently Mr. Markes is in his eleventh year as director of orchestras at Edmond North High School and chairs the performing arts department. His high school orchestras are nine-time recipients of the state sweepstakes award, twice honored by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association to perform at their state conference and, most recently, the orchestra was invited to perform at the prestigious 2012 Midwest Clinic. He also team-teaches 8th grade orchestra at both Cheyenne and Sequoyah Middle Schools in Edmond. All of his orchestras have received numerous superior ratings at festival competitions. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education with emphasis in violin and guitar.  While at OCU, he was twice selected as a concerto competition winner on violin and performed with the OCU Symphony Orchestra, performed on master classes with the ProArte String Quartet, violinist Corey Cerovsek and Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano, and played in the pit orchestra for sixteen productions with the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company. Mr. Markes has performed with musical partner, Kyle Dillingham, in over twenty countries and conducted violin and guitar improvisation master classes in Venezuela, Macedonia, and China. In 2000, the two recorded an album of thirteen original songs, entitled Outside the Box and Mr. Markes can still be seen performing with Dillingham’s band, Horseshoe Road. With the Edmond North Orchestra, he has conducted in the Chicago Symphony Center, the Dallas Meyerson Symphony Center, the Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall, and twice in the world-famous Carnegie Hall. In 2012, Mr. Markes was selected as the “Teacher of the Year” for Edmond North High School and was one of the five district finalists for the award. In the same year, he was named one of the “40 Under Forty” by OKC Biz magazine. In 2009, Mr. Markes was selected as the Oklahoma representative for the nation’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”  In 2007, he was selected as the Cheyenne Middle School Teacher of the Year and was awarded a Governor’s Commendation from Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry. Further accolades include: Teacher of Honor at the Oklahoma Academic All-State Celebration of Excellence, Teacher of Today by the Oklahoma City Masonic Fraternity, president for the North Central Honor Orchestra, has twice served as the Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State Honor Orchestra chair, and has served on the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Music Advisory Board, concertmaster for the Enid Symphony Orchestra, a three-year alum of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and is an on-call violinist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Mr. Markes resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Kris, and their sons, Patrick and Vincent.


Ensembles Musicians Listed Alphabetically By Section VIOLIN Joel Ball Katie Castillo Tiffany Chiang Madison Cramer William Dougherty Kamala Frazier Maggie Inzinga Emily Kelting Amanda Kinnamon Ryan Kyker Kennade Long Jade Magluyan Sara McKean Nate Mencke Sarah Moon Travis Myers Joanna Quiah Aleasha Shadid Kristen Veit VIOLA Morgan Fletcher Michael March Lane Perkins Natalie Sadeghy Christina Shadid Samantha Spano Sarah Stevens Leo Valero

CELLO Josh Gorton Benjamin Hsu Ashley Lee Seth Malone Elizabeth Myles Vinayak Raman Tom Wu Jessica Yen BASS Buster Hunter Jasmine Mohammadi Dailey Quinton Jacob Rowe FLUTE Elizabeth Bunting Lydia Bunting Audrey Cullen Olivia Jirousek OBOE Allegra Knight Emily Tran

CLARINET Jackie Bolton Ashleigh Clouse Jonathan Engle Sierra Riley Ali Solomon BASSOON Caroline Graham Shephard Wall

TUBA Joy Anderson PERCUSSION Michelle McKinney Jeffrey Ran Sam Weaver

HORN Tommy Chau Preston Drain Jamie Dougherty Kay McKinney TRUMPET Anthony Barrington Isabella Cavazos Andrew Graham Blake Pringle TROMBONE Terin Brownen Emily Downs Cole Mazza


The Auditioned

Chamber Orchestra

Dawn Thrailkill Conductor, Chamber Orchestra A Norman High School graduate, she was a student of Dr. John Clinton, and studied cello with Marjory Cornelius at the University of Oklahoma, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree. At the University of Oklahoma she was awarded the Colbert Hackler Music Education Award for the most outstanding music education major, and the Lolagene Chaudion Award for most versatile graduating senior. She has taught in the Putnam City School District for 28 years, nineteen years as orchestra director at Western Oaks Middle School, and currently as orchestra director at Putnam City High School, and Rollingwood Elementary, and Coronado Heights Elementary.

Miss Thrailkill has been on the artistic faculty of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra program since 1996. She first served as conductor of the Festival Strings (1996-1999) and since 1999 she has been the conductor of the Chamber Orchestra. Professionally, Miss Thrailkill has served as All-State Orchestra Chairman, Oklahoma Music Educators Association Orchestra Vice-President, Treasurer of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association, Central Oklahoma Honor Orchestra Chair and North Central Oklahoma Honor Orchestra 8th/9th grade Chair. She has been a clinician and judge in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Montana. Honors and recognitions include Western Oaks Middle School Teacher of the Year (2000), Oklahoma Music Teacher of the Year from the National Federation of High Schools (2008), and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teachers Association Teacher of the Year (2009), 2010 Oklahoma representative for “50 Teachers Who Make A Difference” in SBO Magazine, and Oklahoma Music Educators Association Exemplary Teacher (2013). Musicians Listed Alphabetically By Section VIOLIN Kristen Ball Melissa Bender Kelsie Box Lisa Campbell Ryan Choi Olivia Coyer Caralyn Curtis Megan Fine-Thomas Erin Floyd Henry Ingels Calvin Kim Minju Kim Zach Llewellyn William Lin Meagan McCrary


VIOLIN (continued) Veena Muraleetharan Oliver Nguyen Raghavendra Pai Amanda Pan Ashutosh Raman Jesse Rhodes Julie Rider Reina Ruffin Madylan Rusinek Mayan Sanchez Santana Spangler-Day Mitchell Thompson Jordan Woods Lauren Young

VIOLA Matt Baier Noah Bowles Nathaniel Bullock Jaden Frye Mitchell Hammond Owen Mahoney Anna Quinton CELLO Angel Copley Presly Demeyer Emily Doan Madison Howell Alexandria Rolling Vivian Taylor

BASS Trevor Barnett Taylor Dawkins Mady Hendryx Joshua Sears

Ensembles The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras program is a non-profit organization that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, disability or ability to pay.

O riginally founded in 1977 by Guy Fraser as the Guy Fraser Harrison Academy for the Performing Arts, the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras provides advanced orchestral education and performance opportunities for talented middle and high school musicians. It seeks to strengthen already existing school instrumental music programs, and to supplement instrumental music programs that do not include orchestra. It provides the opportunity for youth musicians from many different schools to work together to challenge their performance skills under the direction of respected conductors and music educators.

For the last 35 years, that focus has grown and helped to produce many talented musicians, conductors, performers, instructors and teachers that perform worldwide. The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras program support comes from a combination of sources, including participation fees, concert admission, grants, special projects, and donations. To learn more about OYO, its ensembles or how you can become involved, please visit us at, or call us at 405.232.1199.





The Auditioned Gena Alexander Conductor, Sinfonia Joining the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras staff in 2006, Gena was previously the orchestra director at Hefner Middle School in the Putnam City School District for two years. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, where she earned a degree in Instrumental Music Education and has served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Christian University.

An active violinist, Mrs. Alexander currently performs with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and Lawton Philharmonic. In addition to performing professionally, she currently teaches private Suzuki violin in her Edmond studio. Involved in the Suzuki Association of the Americas, as well as the American String Teachers Association, Alexander has a passion for teaching young musicians. Musicians Listed Alphabetically By Section Violin Jessica Addai Hannah Baudendistel Suzie Boser Julare Butcher Ivy Chen Carolina Collins Elissa Day Shelby Dickerson Kevin Farrar Casey Fletcher Neil Iyer Ritu Kulkarni Victoria Locher Emerald Mack Ezekiel Malone Hannah Marlow Lauren McCabe T.C. Paizis Evynn Steele


Violin (continued) Reed Tietjen Monique Walker Andrew Youn Catalina Zacarias Viola Kaylee Brown Alaina Farney Anevay Greenwood Jace Jackson Davion Juarez Jessica Krawiec Eleanor Little Ashley Schlepp Donovan Taylor Shelby Wright

Cello Nathan Brown Breene Brummell Angel Gooden Daphanie Hardie Eugene Lee Kolton Long Doobee Tarhule Grace Trigler Sarah Yandell

BASS Kaiser Cleburn Ali Moore Daniel Robison MarTazja Williams


Assistant Conductor & Sectionals

Christy Fine Assistant Conductor & Sectionals Coach for the Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia A lifelong love of music has brought many opportunities to Christy Fine, director of the Santa Fe High School Orchestra. Growing up in the small town of Cashion, Christy was a member of the band program as a clarinetist. She attended then Central State University and studied woodwinds with Dr. Jack Sisson, performed with the concert band, marching band, orchestra and woodwind quintet, and sang with a vocal group for a year.

Upon graduation she went on to teach band in the Putnam City School District. In 1989, Mrs. Fine redirected her career and came to Edmond to teach strings at Summit Middle School, adding Santa Fe High School to her schedule in 1992 when the school opened. Mrs. Fine is very proud of her hard working students throughout the years at Santa Fe High School and their ability to consistently earn the OSSAA Sweepstakes Award over the past seventeen years. Christy Fine is a member of OMEA, Oklahoma Educators Association, Edmond Association of Classroom Teachers and Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni and has been named in several issues of Who’s Who among Professional Educators and was honored by the Oklahoma Music Educator’s as Exemplary Teacher in 2012. She has served OMEA as Orchestra Chairman and Orchestra Vice President and has served on the board of North Central Honor Orchestra. Mrs. Fine has worked with several of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras over the past ten years, directing the Edmond Festival Strings for many years and now works with the Sinfonia, Chamber and Philharmonia as an assistant to the directors. She also hosts a Summer String program in Edmond at Santa Fe High School and teaches at the University of Arkansas Summer Orchestra Camp during the summer. Christy and her musician husband Joe, live in Edmond and their two boys are violinist who are either in or are graduates of the Youth Orchestra Program.


The Festival Norman Festival Strings Mark Osborn Conductor, Norman Festival Strings

An Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and Festival Strings alumnus himself, he jumped at the opportunity to conduct the Norman group. Mark earned his Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Oklahoma and studied with members of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. Currently, he teaches in the Norman School System: 5th grade beginning strings at Adams, Lakeview, Madison and Truman Elementary Schools; a team teacher in the Middle Schools, with Norman North and Norman High. In addition to teaching, he also performs in the bass section with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Osborn was the Double Bass Instructor at the University of Oklahoma from 2002-2006 and, in 2001, he was chosen as the Teacher Fellow for the Kennedy Center. He is the co-founder of the Oklahoma Bass Bash, a bass camp that meets each summer for Middle School and High School students. For more information go to

North Area Festival Strings Jessica Stephens Conductor, North Area Festival Strings

Jessica Stephens is a graduate of Putnam City High School, and is an alum of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra program. Ms Stephens studied cello with Greg Sauer at the University of Oklahoma where she received her bachelors of music education.

Prior to graduating Ms. Stephens served as a teacher with the ASTA string project, and was awarded the College of Education’s Outstanding Intern in Music Education major award. This is Ms Stephens’ sixth year as orchestra director at Capps Middle School in the Putnam City School District, and the North Area Festival Strings.


Strings Ensembles Edmond Festival Strings Kristin Geist Conductor, Edmond Festival Strings

This is Kristin’s eleventh year of teaching and seventh year as the orchestra director at Cheyenne Middle School. She currently serves as treasurer for North Central Honors Orchestra and chaired the All-State Orchestra in 2011. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she earned her bachelors degree in music education.

Mrs. Geist worked with Oklahoma City Public School System at Classen School of Advanced Studies prior to graduating, and began string programs at Nichols Hills and Sequoyah Elementary after graduation. She then moved to Dallas, Texas where she was orchestra director at Barbara Bush Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District for four years. She and her husband, Nick, reside in Oklahoma City with their son, Andrew, and daughter, Eleanor.

Stillwater Festival Strings Denise McClurg Kenna Conductor, Stillwater Festival Strings

Denise joined the staff in 2009. She has served as the orchestra conductor at Stillwater Middle School since 1998, and prior to that was the band and choral teacher in the Wellston and Perkins/Tryon schools. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she received a bachelor’s degree in music education, and earned her master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

She is an active member of the American String Teachers Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Denise is on the staff of the University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp, and served as the guest clinician for school and regional ensembles in Oklahoma and Arkansas.


The Festival Mid-Del Festival Strings Karina Fisher Conductor, Mid-Del Festival Strings

Karina Fisher, conductor of the Mid-Del Festival Strings, is currently in her sixth year teaching orchestra at Mid-Del Public Schools. Since her start with the district, enrollment in the Mid-Del Orchestra has tripled and performances have earned her groups awards throughout the central U.S. region.

Mrs. Fisher received her Bachelor of Music Education degree, with emphasis in violin and viola performance, from Oklahoma City University. While attending, she did a three week concert tour across China with the orchestra, performed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and played multiple concerts with legendary Smokey Robinson. She has been playing violin for 17 years and is a proud alumnus of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. She served as the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra chair in 2012, is the vice-president of the North Central Honor Orchestra, and is a two-year alum of the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra and Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. She currently performs with the Enid Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan String Quartet and maintains a private lesson studio. Mrs. Fisher currently resides in Edmond with her husband, Aaron, and their two dogs, Oskie and Timber.


Strings Ensembles Musicians Listed Alphabetically By Ensemble NORMAN FESTIVAL STRINGS


Kristin Dong, violin Alex Elmore, cello Amy English, viola Karina Feng, violin Maya Fitzgerald, violin Samantha Lane, violin Izandra Lodango, violin Maraya Mantooth, violin Osio Okoya, viola Charles Parsons, viola Elanderi Steyn, viola Matthew Wylie, bass

Daniel Haan, viola Victoria Kim, violin Thomas Streeter, cello Kyra Swanson, violin Justin Yang, violin


Laura Dees, viola Rachel Joshua, violin Gabriella Moore, cello Jonathan Richards, bass Rylee Rolling, violin Colton Sandvik, violin Allie Seay, viola Nicholas Smith, bass Destiny Tietjen, violin


Ethan Boykin, viola Natalie Emrich, violin Stephen Emrich, violin Carolann Franklin, viola Hunter Rodgers, bass Shelby Sager, cello Elexis Spears, cello Christian Taylor, viola Sarah Tennett-Hill, viola Braden Thompson, violin


Luke Baldwin, viola Emma Buckles, violin Madison Crider, violin Gabrielle Davis, cello Sophia Dykstra, violin Megan Green, violin Emma Pitts, violin Allison Rhoads, violin Drue Woodmansee, violin


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School Orchestra & Band Directors Oklahoma Youth Orchestras is indebted to the school band and orchestra directors across the region for their selfless dedication to the music of young people.

Andrew Anderson, Piedmont Robert Anderson, Enid Charles Bartrug, Yukon Nancy Bartrug, Yukon MS Molly Baugh, Putnam City North HS Diane Berger, Edmond Sequoyah MS David Bellows, Christian Heritage Michael Brown, Oklahoma Christian Steve Carlton, Bishop McGuinness Darby Cassaday, Putnam City HS Tony Chancellor, OKC Belle Isle MS Barbara Clinkscales, Edmond Cheyenne MS Susan Clothier, Putnam City North Ben Conrady, Edmond Sequoyah MS Bradley Crowe, Moore High School John Davis, Midwest City Trent Davis, Norman North David Davisson, Norman North Abby Denton, Western Heights Jennifer Diaz, Crossings Christian Annie Duggan, Bethany Kevynn Dunn, Edmond Summit MS Ray Eary, Choctaw Ryan Edgmon, Mustang Lynn Ann Feroli, Edmond Memorial Holly Fike, Monroney Middle School Christy Fine, Edmond Santa Fe/Summit Karina Fisher, Mid-Del Schools Tonya Ford, Edmond Central MS Stefanie Fowler, Norman Alcott MS Shaemon Fuston, Enid Kristin Geist, Edmond Cheyenne MS Courtney Gilpin, Putnam City Cooper MS Priscilla Gray, Harrah Roger Gregory, Deer Creek Anne Guevara, Putnam City West Christopher Hall, Washington HS Michael Harp, McCloud High School Jana Heidebrecht, Casady Carrie Hoipkemier, Harding Charter Prep Edward Hudson, Putnam City West


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Music Lessons Private Instruction

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras is proud to refer these passionate and talented private instructors. For more information about these instructors, please contact Raul Dominguez, 232-1199. Gena Alexander, violin Angie Allen, violin Rebecca Anderson, violin/viola John Arnold, violin Molly Baugh, violin Matt Bird, bass Meredith Blecha, cello Sarah Brown, violin Heather Bush, violin Emily Butterfield, flute Donna Cain, viola/violin Brenda Calhoun, violin Joe Caputo, bassoon Darby Cassaday, trombone Eun Mi Chang, violin Wayne Clark, euphonium Geoff Clifton, saxophone John Colbert, tuba Lu Deng, violin Stacey DiPaolo, clarinet Brian Dobbins, tuba/euphonium Annie Duggan, violin/viola Cathi Ebby, saxophone Robin Edwards, violin Ben Fast, clarinet Joe Fine, clarinet Laura Franklin, violin/viola Steve Fry, percussion Dionna Fuston, viola Kristin Geist, viola Courtney Gilpin, violin Susan Gorton, horn Priscilla Gray, bassoon Roger Gregory, trombone Nicole Grooms, clarinet Sarah Grote, violin/viola Susan Haas, clarinet Colbert Hackler, violin Brad Harrison, trumpet Jana Heidebrecht, violin/viola Amy Hobbs, violin

Lisa Hoel, flute Jacob Hofer, horn Ted Hones, horn David Hooten, trumpet Kelli Ingels, violin Ronda Isaacs, violin Sharon Jackson, violin Ray Karchee, trumpet Regina Kenton, cello Jeff Ketch, bass Karen Khanagov, violin David Koehn, viola Lou Lan, violin Art Lantange, trombone Gregory Lee, violin Melissa Lewis, viola Elizabeth Lyon, violin/viola Jennifer Macgrew, cello Greg Mangus, trumpet Marlyn Marcos, violin Kyle Martin, trumpet James Martz, trombone Eldon Matlick, horn June McCoy, violin Sarah McCoy, horn Jessica McCrary, viola Royce McLarry, violin/viola Nicole Melki, violin Michael Misner, horn Larry Moore, bass Ralph Morris, viola Theodora Morris, violin Sara Morrow, viola Katie Nason, violin Mark Newman, viola Peter Nguyen, violin Natasha Nottoli, violin Mark Osborn, bass Julianna Overmier, flute Parthena Owens, flute Chris Ozinga, percussion Guy Parkhurst, cello Jennifer Peck, violin

Dillon Pryor, trumpet Kate Pritchett, horn Carl Rath, bassoon Charles Regier, trombone Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello Anna Resnick, bassoon Jonathan Ruck, cello Jenny Rucker, clarinet Densi Rushing, violin Kerri St. John, violin Lacie Savage, violin/viola John Schimek, bass Ada Sewell, viola Roger Sharp, clarinet Steve Sharp, trombone/tuba Karl Sievers, trumpet Jane Smith, cello Melanie Speer, oboe Stephen Stark, cello David Steffens, percussion Anthony Stoops, bass Emily Stoops, cello Bill Sullivan, tuba Natalie Syring, flute Samantha Sy, violin Patty Tate, flute Valerie Tatge, cello Allison Taylor, violin Steve Waddell, viola Maria Ward, bassoon Gerald Warlick, oboe Chris Wiser, saxophone Katy Watkins, violin Genevieve White, horn Leon Williams, clarinet Christopher Wilson, euphonium Chris Wiser, saxophone Lori Wooden, bassoon Joe Young, viola Hong Zhu, violin Peter Zhu, violin Kristin Zimmerman, violin




AnniversAry CeLeBrAtiOn

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Wanda L. Bass School of Music Oklahoma City University October 15, 2012

Congratulations to the

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The Contributors


Oklahoma Youth Orchestras gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all our contributors whose support helps enrich the lives of the students in our ensembles, and makes our program and concert seasons possible.

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You have the power to make a lasting impact on the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras program and the lives of the musical students it serves through a Planned Giving. Making a bequest is a simple process that can have significant tax benefits for you and/or your estate. Naming a charitable beneficiary, in a will or living trust, is the simplest and most popular way of making a deferred gift. Other possibilities include:

• Establishing a Life Income Plan. This pays a fixed or variable amount to one or more beneficiaries for their lifetime, or a fixed term of years. The remainder is then donated. • Selecting the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras program as a charitable beneficiary of an insurance policy or IRA plan. • Creating a memorial endowment fund, in your name or that of another person, ensuring your gift will benefit music students in perpetuity. For more information, please contact the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras office at 405.232.1199. The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras program is deeply grateful for the benevolence of our great city and those who support performing arts programs for talented and gifted students.



Rehearsal Spaces

Thanks to the facilities that provide vital rehearsal space during our season

Audition Ensembles

Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music

Mark Edward Parker, Dean Dr. Mark Belcik, Associate Dean Ben Nilles, Interim Orchestra Director Brian McQuade, Ensemble Librarian John Cross, Facilities Manager Clint Moore, Operations Coordinator Schools of Music & Theatre Oklahoma City University

Festival Strings Ensembles Whittier Middle School

Holly Swanson, Principal Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Dwayne Schroeder, Pastor Edmond Memorial High School

Dr. Debbie Bendick, Principal Stillwater Middle School

Cathy Walker, Principal Jarman Middle School

Danette Hall, Principal

Performance Venues Thanks to the facilities that provide the performance venues that make our concerts a success Edmond

Edmond North High School Norman

Nancy O’Brien Center for the Performing Arts

Oklahoma City

Petree Recital Hall, Oklahoma City University Civic Center Music Hall First National Center Putnam City Schools, Putnam City West High School

The Volunteers

A very special thank you to the many volunteers who help make the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras programs possible for so many students in Oklahoma


Congratulations to the members of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras

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Upcoming Performances Sunday, February 24, 2013 4:00 pm

Chamber Orchestra & Sinfonia Guest Conductors: Dr. Doug Droste & Anita Archer Conductors: Dawn Thrailkill & Gena Alexander Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, Norman, OK

Sunday, March 3, 2013 3:00 pm

Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Oklahoma Youth Winds & Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic Conductors: Dr. John Clinton, Dr. Matthew Mailman & Peter Markes Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, Norman OK

Monday, March 4, 2013 7:30 pm

Norman Festival Strings Conductor: Mark Osborn Whittier Middle School (Cafeteria/ Gym)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 7:30 pm

Side-by-Side 2013: Oklahoma City Philharmonic & Oklahoma Youth Orchestra Guest Conductor: Joel Levine Conductor: Dr. John Clinton OKC Civic Center Music Hall Tickets: $10 adults and $5 students (with ID); FREE to Philharmonic subscribers

Sunday, April 28, 2013 3:00 pm

Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia, and all Festival Strings with Oklahoma Youth Orchestra Conductors: Dawn Thrailkill, Gena Alexander, Mark Osborn, Jessica Stephens, Denise McClurg Kenna, Kristin Geist & Karina Kezbers with Dr. John Clinton Putnam City West High School

Sunday, May 5, 2013 3:00 pm

Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Oklahoma Youth Winds & Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic Conductors: Dr. John Clinton, Dr. Matthew Mailman & Peter Markes Edmond North High School


Saturday, May 11th & Saturday, May 18th

Please visit our website this spring for details!

OYO 2012-2013 Season Guide