Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff


Administrative Staff


Chris hails from the Bay Area and is a graduate of San Jose State University and the Juilliard School, along with having been a fellow with Michael Tilson Thomas’s New World Symphony. From 2008 to 2019 he was the Principal Percussionist with the Kansas City Symphony, having served on their Board of Directors, Orchestra Committee, and created high profile development and marketing events. He has also served as a strategic development and marketing consultant for arts groups around the country. As a musician, besides the Kansas City Symphony, he has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and others.


Two of Shayne’s greatest loves are playing the violin and listening to classical music. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Philippine School of Business Administration, in Manila, Philippines.  Prior to coming to the US, she worked in the accounting department for big tech companies and found herself back to her passion for education and never looked back since then. She deeply believes in the importance of education in changing lives and since then, she has been a part of the admissions, financial aid, school operations, accounting, finance, and business management teams from different schools and a college. During her free time, you can find her traveling, hiking, spending quality time with friends and family, reading, and playing the violin.


Judy Chan served as a member of the Board of Directors and as a VP/Parent Coordinator for the California Youth Symphony for 10 years. She has also volunteered as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and a Competitive Soccer Team Manager for her children. She was a full time Office Administrator for 7 years before she decided to become a stay at home parent and an avid volunteer. She graduated in Business Administration from Lethbridge College in Alberta, Canada.


An alumna of the California Youth Symphony, Carmina Eylar graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance on String Bass. She was under the tutelage of principal bassist Robert Manning from the former San Jose Symphony and Bruce Moyer from Symphony Silicon Valley.  Prior to joining CYS, Carmina was as Assistant Account Manager in the commercial casualty and health insurance industry at some of the top insurance brokers worldwide. She was also a co-owner and teacher of a Polynesian dance school in the Bay Area from 1998 - 2002. Carmina is thrilled to be part of the California Youth Symphony - a prestigious organization and leader in arts education and performance.


Violet Leone Rivers is in her first year as the new Operations Assistant at CYS. She is also a director’s assistant for Symphony d’Oro. Leone received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from UC Davis, where she specialized in Percussion Performance. She studied with Chris Froh. She has performed with numerous UC Davis ensembles, as well as Symphony d’Oro Rancho Cordova and Camerata California. She served as Manager for the UCD Concert Band, Music Librarian for the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh, and conductor for the UCD Campus Band. She has premiered pieces in the UC Davis Graduate Composers Concert, and performed in a masterclass with Mayumi Hama. During the pandemic, Leone has guided hundreds of 8-80 year olds through the technical aspects of Zoom rehearsals and virtual performances. As of July 2021, she will have helped put together six virtual concerts, and coached the percussion section of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band for three more! She has spent the pandemic year in rural San Joaquin County with her parents, brother, marimba, cats, and chickens.

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