• Niki Mousikos is a life long student of music, starting piano at age 6 and viola at age 10. Mousikos translates to music in greek, so it must be in the genes! In 5th grade, she began playing viola in the elementary public school orchestra under the[...]

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    Joseph Kalisman was a member of the cello section of The Fort Wayne Philharmonic for 31 years, from 1986 until his retirement in 2017, and holds advanced degrees in cello performance from The Hartt School in Hartford, CT and Pennsylvania State [...]

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    A resident of Ormond Beach, Kathy retired from the Volusia County School System in June of 2017, after 34 years as the orchestral/string instructor at several schools. She previously taught three years in the New York ublic school system. She’s [...]

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    Lynelle’s musical background began early on in the midwest. She sang and began studying the violin at the age of 9. All through elementary and secondary school she played violin in orchestras in school, the community and in church.  Lynelle is[...]

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    Kieron is currently studying music performance at the University of North Florida under the baton of Dr. Shiao and the tutelage of Melissa Barrett. He studied orchestra at Douglas Anderson. He also attended the Brevard Music Center twice and once [...]

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    Artistic Director (2013-2020) Sue Cryan

      Sue Cryan is a professional classical violinist who has been teaching privately for over 30 years.  She also has twelve years’ experience as a classroom music teacher in the Hartford, Connecticut public schools. Sue studied violin and[...]

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    FYO Executive Director Cheryl Tristam

    Cheryl Tristam is likely the first person you will have contact with at the FYO. She became involved in the strings program in 2004 when there were only 11 students participating. Since then, and with founding artistic director, Jonathan May, Cheryl [...]

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    Maggie Snively - Artistic Director

    Maggie Snively grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and began playing violin at the age of nine.  Many lessons later, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at Lebanon Valley College, studying under Johannes Dietrich. Maggie continued on to the [...]

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    FYO Cello Instructor - Joe Corporon

    Joe Corporon hails from South Florida, where his musical life began at the age of seven, when he started taking piano lessons. At age 11 he began playing the cello. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, with a degree [...]

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    FYO Instructor - El Gervasio

    El Gervasio began studying violin when she was 7, started by her mother. In high school, El sang in chorus, studied clarinet and baritone horn so she could be in band as well as orchestra. She graduated from New York University with a degree in music[...]

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