Oriol Sans has served as music director of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2016. He is associate director of orchestras and assistant professor in the conducting department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and he was recently appointed music director of the Operation Opera Festival.
A native of Catalonia, Spain, Oriol studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Barcelona Conservatory. He then earned a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting and a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler.
Oriol has appeared as a guest conductor with the DSO, Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, San Juan Symphony (Durango, CO), Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (Guadalajara, Mexico), and Festival des orchestres de jeunes du Québec.
In addition to his engagements as a conductor, Oriol was artistic director of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series from 2011 to 2015.
Ken Thompson directs the DSYWE and Civic Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked with CYE for more than ten years. He serves as professor and chair of music education 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.
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.
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.
A violist, Danny DeRose has been a member of the CYE conducting staff for four years. Prior to working with the DSO, Danny held positions with the Flint Institute of Music, String Project@Wayne, and Cornerstone Schools.
Danny previously served as assistant principal and acting principal viola of the Battle Creek Symphony. He has performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and Michigan Philharmonic.
Danny studied at Wayne State University and earned Master of Music degrees in viola performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan
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.
A Metro Detroit native, Kim Eberly has worked with CYE for six seasons. She studied 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.
While at the University of Florida, Kim was director of the volleyball pep band, staff for the Gator Marching Band, head librarian for band programs, and member of both the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Brass. In 2012 she conducted the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra brass section at a nationally-televised Jacksonville Jaguars football game, and she has also conducted at the International Trumpet Guild Conference as well as programs for the University of Florida Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band and Jenison Public Schools.
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 and artistic director and conductor of the Farmington Community Band.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Damien served as director of bands and orchestras at Southfield-Latrhup High School. Many of his former students are currently professional musicians, music teachers, and artists.
Ms. Gallo is currently the Cover Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and will have her DSO premiere during the 2019-2020 season. Most recently she was the music director for the Life Sciences Orchestra of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ms. Gallo has extensive orchestral conducting experiences throughout the United States and Europe, and holds conducting degrees from the Vienna Konservatorium and Jan Albrecht Academy as well as the University of Michigan. We’re excited to have Ms. Gallo lead the Detroit Community Orchestra through into its next chapter.
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, here he also served as a graduate student instructor and lecturer of jazz studies.
Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist, composer, and educator who has worked with CYE for five years. He leads the popular Marcus Elliot Quartet, which has performed at Cliff Bells, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House, the Lansing Jazz Festival, and other venues.
As a sideman, Marcus has been fortunate to work with jazz greatest Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, Robert Hurst, Karriem Riggins, Bobby Broom, Jimmy Cobb, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Eric Alexander, Etienne Charles, and many others.
Marcus is an alumnus of Michigan State University and has been teaching private saxophone lessons since he was 15 years old, and he has taught at the Young Musicians Program (Berkeley, CA), Michigan State University Summer Jazz Camp, and MSU Community Music School of Detroit.
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.