Artistic Staff

Artistic Staff

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Artistic Staff

Leo Eylar
Music Director | Associate Orchestra & Senior Orchestra

In 1990 CYS Music Director Leo Eylar began his career with the California Youth Symphony under the most difficult of circumstances.  A sudden illness had forced the resignation of Music Director Lauren Jakey a few weeks before the opening concert of the season.  Fortunately Leo, already recognized as a brilliant young conductor, was available to step in on short notice. His debut on the CYS podium on November 11, 1990 was described in the local press as “a triumph” and “inspirational”.  Soon chosen as only the third music director in CYS history, Maestro Eylar has, over the past 25 years, elevated CYS to ever-greater heights. Under his leadership the CYS program has grown from a single orchestra to include the Associate Orchestra as well as three String Ensembles and three Wind Ensembles. He has led the CYS Orchestra on 12 international tours, earning raves from audiences and critics in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand – including a first place award at an international music festival.

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ARTIE STORCH
DIRECTOR | PERCUSSION

As an active Bay Area free-lance musician, Artie Storch is a regular extra percussionist for the San Francisco Symphony, Silicon Valley, Oakland and Marin Symphonies, and has performed with ensembles ranging from Masterworks Chorale to Metallica.  He is a frequent player in the Bay Area theater scene, where he has performed in numerous shows including The Producers, White ChristmasBeautiful (The Carole King Musical), and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.

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PETE NOWLEN
CO-DIRECTOR | CAMP & WORKSHOPS

One of Northern California's busiest musicians, Co-Director Pete Nowlen has been the California Youth Symphony Brass Coach since 1992 and summer camp co-director since 2007. He has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 1988, and the CSU Sacramento faculty since 1990. In 2013 he was named Artistic Advisor of the Music in the Mountains Festival and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. He is the artistic director of Camerata California Chamber Choir and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. 

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Kati Kyme
Director | String Ensembles

Kati Kyme received her musical training (B.A.) at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Felix Khuner of the Kolisch Quartet, and at Yale University (M.A.), where she studied with Broadus Erle of the Yale Quartet. She has been a member of, and frequent guest soloist with, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since its debut season of 1982-83, as well as a founding members of American Bach Soloists, the Arcadian Academy, the Artaria Quartet, and the New Esterházy Quartet.

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ROSITA AMADOR
DIRECTOR | WIND ENSEMBLES

Rosita Amador graduated from San Jose State with a BA in Music and a Minor in Spanish; majoring in clarinet and piano.  She has performed as soloist with a few local orchestras as well as a being a freelance professional clarinetist in bay area operas, musicals, orchestras and bands such as the Monterey Bay Symphony Winds. 

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CHRIS FLORIO
DIRECTOR | WIND SYMPHONY

As a Bay Area Peninsula native, Christopher Florio trained as a prep student at the San Francisco Conservatory of music for five years. Mr. Florio spent eight years in Los Angeles, both studying music and performing with many different ensembles. 

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