Our Team - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

The CYSO family is a large network of expert educators, dedicated administrators, and devoted board members. Together we support our young musicians and help model the excellence that is central to the CYSO experience.

Artistic Staff & Faculty

Allen Tinkham

Music Director

Terrance Malone Gray

Associate Conductor

Daniella Valdez

Director of String Ensembles

Dr. Donald DeRoche

Director of Chamber Music

Scott McConnell

Director of Steel Orchestras/CYSO Recording Coordinator

Pharez Whitted

Jazz Orchestra Director

Michael Mascari

Concert Orchestra Conductor

Dana Green

Debut Orchestra Conductor

Anne Huynh McTighe

Assistant Director of String Ensembles

Steven Gooden

Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor

Benjamin Firer

Assistant Director Philharmonic Orchestra

Laura Yawney

Concert Orchestra Teaching Assistant

Eric Leise

Moos Elementary Flute Coach

Hugo Saavedra

Moos Elementary Low Brass Coach

Sarah Christianson

Moos Elementary Percussion Coach

Lindsey Sharpe

Gallistel Academy String Coach

Simón Gómez Gallego

Percussion Ensemble Coach

Noe Mina

Moos Elementary Brass Coach

Michael Tran

Moos Elementary Clarinet Coach

Richard Brasseale

Moos Elementary Saxophone Coach

Abby Black

Debut Orchestra Winds & Brass Coach

Jaron Woodsley

Steel Orchestras Assistant

To get in touch with a member of the artistic staff, contact Madalyne Tregellas Maxwell, Director of Operations, at mmaxwell@cyso.org.

Administrative Staff

Susan Lape

Executive Director
(312) 939-2207 x220

Martha Nolin

Director of Finance
(312) 939-2207 x300

Madalyne Tregellas Maxwell

Director of Operations
(312) 939-2207 x230

Abbey Hambright

Director of Marketing
(312) 939-2207 x310

Kevin Gupana

Development Manager, Events and Special Initiatives
(312) 939-2207 x280

Bridget Duffy

Development Manager, Individual Giving
(312) 939-2207 x290

Andrea Kennard

Operations Manager
(312) 939-2207 x240

Karen Mari

Community & Family Engagement Coordinator
(312) 939-2207 x250

Vidya Ramakrishnan

Staff Accountant
(312) 939-2207 x320

Nico Chona

Operations Assistant
(CO, DO, AS, PS, OS)
(312) 939-2207 x260

Colin Marusek

Operations Assistant
(312) 939-2207 x280

Brent Taghap

Marketing & Development Assistant
(312) 939-2207

Meredith Shaner

Grant Writer
(312) 939-2207


Chamber Music Faculty Yoorhi Choi
Donald DeRoche
Símon Gomez
Terrance Gray
Istvan Loga
Scott Tegge
Paul Zafer
Composition InstructorEric Malmquist
Ensembles in Residence Gaudete Brass

Board of Directors

Officers / Executive CommitteeRoss Bricker | Board Chair
Partner, Jenner & Block

Saurab Bhargava | Artistic & Education Committee Chair
Chief Digital Officer, Merge

Henry E. Turner, Jr. | Governance Committee Chair
Senior Counsel, Litigation, Conagra Brands, Inc.

Kelly Howe | Development Committee Chair
North America Chief Financial Officer, Boston Consulting Group
Pamela H. Conroy | Finance Committee Chair
Retired, Institutional Capital Corporation

Angela O’Banion | Secretary
Interim CIO at Cook County Health
DirectorsRichard Blessen
Partner, FisherBroyles

Valerie Calloway
Retired, Analytical Lab Manager, INEOS (formerly Amoco/BP Chemicals)

Brandon Dixon
Senior Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Tyler Forbes
Assistant Vice President | Project Manager, U.S. Bank

James M. Franklin
Chairman, Marketing & Technology Group, Inc.

Lionel Go

Sophie McCarthy
Managing Director, Kivvit

Yasuko Metcalf
Partner, KPMG LLP

Bryan Miller
Music Department Chair, Leyden High Schools; Commander and Conductor 566th Air Force Band
Delano O’Banion
Retired, Music Teacher at Chicago Public Schools

Shawn O’Leary
Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Nuveen

Jimmy Samartzis
CEO, LanzaJet

John Sandwick
Vice President Client Development, Team Lead, Advantage Marketing Partners

Stephen L. Schwartz
Chairman, First Hospitality Group Inc.

Brittany L. Viola
Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP

Parent Partners Representative
Pam Der

President, CYSO Parent Partners
Board of TrusteesJ. Laurence Costin
Vice Chairman, CCC Information Services, Inc.

Fred Margulies
Vice President, Continental Envelope Company
Jennifer Myerberg
Vice President & Treasurer, The Alvin & Louise Myerberg Family Foundation, Inc.


Job ListingsEvents & Fundraising Coordinator
InternshipsCYSO offers summer internship opportunities for CYSO students interested in gaining valuable experience in arts administration. Applications for these internships are available to students in the spring. Other general internships may be available throughout the year for those who are not CYSO students, but are interested in volunteering with CYSO.

If you are interested in learning more about CYSO internship opportunities, please contact Madalyne Tregellas Maxwell, Director of Operations, at mmaxwell@cyso.org.

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