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.

John Eells

Music Director, Conductor of Senior Symphony Orchestra & Sinfonietta 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

Conductor Jordan Webster

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

Dr. Kumiko Ito

Percussion Coach

Adrienne Malley

Wind Coach

Adelle-Akiko Kearns

Cello Coach

Hilary Lewis

Viola Coach

Meredith Clark

Harp Coach

Irving Santana-Garcia

Viola Coach

Dr. Bill Harrington

French Horn and Brass Coach

Yuri Kye

Violin Coach

Christine Kittinger


Jung Eun Lee

Vice President

Albert Thong


Jason May


Richard Cliff


Nicolas Breil

Member at Large

Judy Cooks

Member at Large

Grace Fang

Member at Large

Julie Lee

Member at Large

Chris Makler

Member at Large

Marie Wang

Member at Large

Seth Ducey

Executive Director

Lori Bingham

Director of Membership & Communications

Deepika Kaiwar

Office Assistant

Joanne Lee

Development & Volunteer Manager

Katie Knox

Katie Nakanishi

Artistic Operations Manager

Adam Norton

Orchestra Assistant

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