General Information

Golden State Youth Orchestra provides first-rate music education for our young musicians by fostering a nurturing environment where they can train and develop their artistic talents and skills. As well, we encourage performance excellence by presenting outstanding musical events for the community.
Guided by strong leadership, we ensure that our faculty and staff have the financial and professional support necessary to consistently maintain the high level of all GSYO music education and performance programs. Our Board of Directors is composed of parents and interested community members who volunteer their time and effort.

Dr. Yun Song Tay

Music Director, Conductor of Symphony Orchestra & Camilla Kolchinsky Orchestra

Richard Roper

Dr. Richard Roper

Director of the El Camino Wind Orchestra and the Honors Wind Ensemble

Mariya Borozina

Conductor of the Galbraith Honor Strings

Jordan Webster

Conductor of Chamber Players & Camerata Orchestras, Director of Summer Conservatory

Debra Gardner

Assistant Conductor and Director of Winds

Debra Gardner

Assistant Conductor and Director of Winds

Richard Roper

Dr. Richard Roper

Senior Brass and Trumpet Coach

David Chernyavsky

Violin Coach

James Choi

Violin Coach

Dr. Pasha Sabouri

Violin Coach

Dr. Kumiko Ito

Percussion Coach

Adrienne Malley

Wind Coach

Adelle-Akiko Kearns

Cello Coach

Dan Levitan

Harp Coach

Dr. Bill Harrington

French Horn and Brass Coach

Cathleen Torres

EIP Faculty

Atiba Starr

EIP Faculty

Miriam Snyder

EIP Faculty

Dr. Yoorhi Choi

Violin Coach

Elyse Ader

EIP Faculty

Christine Kittinger


Jung Eun Lee

Vice President

Nicolas Breil


Jason May


Richard Cliff


Stewart Ellis

Member at Large

Sandy Lii

Member at Large

Christine Lim

Member at Large

Albert Thong

Member at Large

Orit Vidas-Horovitz

Member at Large

Dan Xue

Member at Large

Seth Ducey

Executive Director

Lori Bingham

Director of Membership & Communications

Emily Debner

Artistic Operations Manager

Deepika Kaiwar

Office Assistant

Chandler Beck

Orchestra Assistant

Joanne Lee

Development & Volunteer Manager

Evin Blomberg

Special Guest, Violin

MyungJu Yeo

Special Guest, Principal Flute of the Marin Symphony & San Jose Symphony

Stanford Yu

Soloist, Piano

Dayton Nguyen

Soloist, Piano

Martha Marki

Soloist, Flute

Kou Shimizu

Soloist, Piano

Charisse Chao

Soloist, Violin

Yoonsa Park

Soloist, Cello

Joanne Lin

Soloist, Violin

Piyush Shanbhag

Soloist, Viola

Helen Yuan

Soloist, Piano

Xinran Shi

Soloist, Cello

Ashley Huang

Soloist, Violin

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