Darell "Red" Campbell Jr. is a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher, and preacher who enters his seventh season of working with CYE.
Red has collaborated with The Dramatics, War, India Arie, Stevie Wonder, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Anita Baker, Kris Johnson, Mary Wilson, Mike Powell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, HotSauce Yolanda Adams, LaToya Turrentine, Obie Trice, Freyda Payne, Eminem, and many more.
Vincent Chandler is a trombonist and native Detroiter now entering his third season of working with CYE. He is a protégé of Detroit’s great jazz scene and has studied or performed with local heroes like Donald Walden, Kenn Cox, Marcus Belgrave, James Carter, Marion Hayden, Regina Carter, and Rodney Whitaker.
Vincent has also performed internationally with jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Ravi Coltrane, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and many others. In 2014 he released Embraceable, his first album as a bandleader.
Vincent earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He is now a Lecturer in Jazz Studies at Wayne State University.
Damien Crutcher is a native Detroiter now entering his third season of working with CYE. A graduate of Cass Technical High School, he studied at Michigan State University and earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Crescendo Detroit, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Farmington Community Band, and Managing Director of Detroit Harmony.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Damien served as Director of Bands and Orchestras at Southfield-Lathrup High School. Many of his former students are currently professional musicians, music teachers, and artists.
Violist Danny DeRose has been a member of the CYE conducting staff for seven years. He believes that musical progress and fun can work hand in hand to create an enriching beginning orchestral environment for all.
Danny received his formal education at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, receiving Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in Performance. Both during and his education and for the last ten years, Danny has been an active teacher in the Metro Detroit community, with teaching roles at the String Project @ Wayne, the Flint Institute of Music, and Michigan State University Community Music School - Detroit.
In addition to his work in the Wu Family Academy, Danny is Director of Development & Marketing for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and has many private violin and viola students.
Leslie DeShazor is a violinist, teacher, and recording artist who now enters her seventh season as a CYE instructor. In addition to her work with the DSO, DeShazor teaches students through programs offered by the Arts League of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the Sphinx Organization.
Leslie has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Symphony Orchestra, and Flint Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with jazz ensembles, the Leigh Daniels Ensemble, superstars like Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin, the Detroit-based Musique Noire, and the West African dance troupe Bichini Bia Congo (for whom she has also served as a choreographer).
A Michigan native, Leslie studied at the University of Michigan.
Mrs. Kim Eberly is entering her ninth season serving as director of the Civic Symphonic Band. Outside of her work with the Detroit Symphony, Mrs. Eberly is the Music Director at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School (Riverview), and also maintains a private lessons studio.
She studied music education at Grand Valley State University and earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida, where she was honored with the prestigious “Outstanding Graduate Student” award.
Eberly currently lives in Grosse Ile with her husband Hunter, principal trumpet for the DSO, and their two children, Archer and Bella.
Marcus Elliot (Marcus Elliot Miller) is a saxophonist, composer, improviser, and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. Marcus is a 2020 Kresge Artist Fellow, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit. His compositions and improvisations have been described by the New York Times as "convincing and confident, evolved in touch and tone...", and the Detroit Free Press has said, "Marcus Elliot represents next generation of jazz". Elliot leads and co-leads many different Detroit based bands including the Marcus Elliot Quartet, Clockwork, Balance, Beyond Rebellious, and Lanula. Elliot performs in the Shigeto Live Ensemble. He is a Fellow of the Geri Allen Gathering Orchestra. He co-founded the nonprofit Polyfold Musical Arts Collective. Elliot is the director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Jazz Ensembles. Elliot received his master's degree in improvisation from the University of Michigan.
Conductor Chelsea Gallo has been praised for her ability to "lead the orchestra with grace and with fiery command" (Schubring). Most recently, her European management is through Music Et Talent Arist’s Agency where she is represented by Isabelle Raché-Chappellier. Gallo is currently engaged in a variety of capacities. She was recently selected as a conducting fellow for the Dallas Opera for the 2020/2021 season and holds an additional conducting fellowship through “Turn the Spotlight” in New York City. Gallo regularly assists some of the world’s most prominent conductors and musicians which includes serving as a Staff Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Recent and upcoming conducting engagements on behalf of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra include recording the music for Lincoln Motor Company (™) Aviator commercials, the Young Persons Concert in Orchestral Hall for November, Detroit community Leadership events, and further community engagement. In addition, Ms. Gallo is the newly appointed Music Director of the Detroit Community Orchestra through the Wu Family Academy. Early 2021 engagements include appearances with the Jackson Symphony, Orchestra Sono, and Detroit Pro Arte.
Mark Mutter is a violinist and educator who has collaborated with CYE for eleven seasons. He is a registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is executive director of Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music, where he oversees 11 teachers that teach over 150 students.
Mark began his orchestral career as assistant principal second violin of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. During his time in Hong Kong he also taught at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.
Mark studied Suzuki pedagogy with John Kendall, Ronda Cole, Jacquie Maurer, and Geri Arnold, and he is now a Suzuki lecturer at the University of Michigan. In addition to his work in Michigan, he has proudly served as a clinician at workshops throughout the United States and Asia.
Ashley Nelson is an accomplished violinist and vocalist born and raised in Detroit. Now in her second season working with CYE, she has also taught music through the Sphinx Organization’s Overture program and Detroit Youth Volume.
Ashley studied at Wayne State University with DSO Associate Concertmaster Hai-Xin Wu and professor Laura Roelofs. She first began her musical journey at DPSCD’s Bates Academy and is an alumna of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, DSO Weekend School of Music, DSO Summer Music Institute, and the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts All-State Program.
Oriol Sans is Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directs the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, conducts opera productions, and teaches graduate students in conducting. Before his appointment at the University of Wisconsin, he was Associate Director Orchestras at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
His professional conducting activities include performances with a long list of renowned soloists, collaborations with celebrated composers, and concerts with orchestras and ensembles including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Michigan Chamber Winds and Strings, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the San Juan Symphony (Colorado), the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara (Mexico), the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Four Corners Ensemble.
Since 2016 Mr. Sans has held the position of music director of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra. His reputation working with young and college musicians has brought him to serve in several occasions on the conducting faculty at the Interlochen Sqummer Academy, to guest conduct at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and to be a conducting clinician and guest conductor for numerous youth ensembles.
As an opera conductor, his eclectic repertoire includes performances of Verdi’s Falstaff, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Così fan tutte, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently, he conducted a production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Michigan Opera Theatre and collaborated with the Opera Theatre Saint Louis in a production of Awakenings, a new opera by composer Tobias Picker.
A native of Catalonia, Spain, Mr. Sans studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Barcelona Conservatory, receiving the school’s Honors Award in both specialties upon graduation. Following his training in Spain, he studied with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan where he received his master’s degree in orchestral conducting and his doctorate in musical arts. In addition to his degrees in music, Mr. Sans also holds a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Ken Thompson directs the DSYWE and Civic Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked with CYE for more than ten years. He serves as professor in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.
In demand as a guest conductor and lecturer, Thompson maintains an active schedule with engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and China. He has appeared as a lecturer or clinician with the International Society for Music Education, the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa, West Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri Music Educators Association conferences, and many others.
Ken studied at Limestone College and earned his Master and Doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. He previously served as artistic director of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and associate conductor of the St. Louis Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds.