YYSO is fortunate to have the support of many talented professional musicians who teach our students in schools and private lessons. In addition, we have individuals who serve as Sectional Coaches, rehearsing multiple times throughout the season with our students. Please meet:
Violin I Coach: Vanessa Moss
A native of Washington State, Vanessa is establishing herself in the Pacific Northwest as a versatile orchestral musician, chamber player, soloist, and educator. She collaborates with orchestras across states, serving as Assistant Concertmaster of the Salem Symphony, first violinist with the Yakima Symphony, and regularly performing with groups including the Spokane Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Newport Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony. In 2014, Vanessa was invited to tour with the Fairbanks Symphony to South Korea for the Gumi International Music Festival. As a soloist and chamber musician, Vanessa has been seen performing with Cascadia Music’s Pipestone Orchestra, is a frequent guest artist to Twisp Work’s Spartan Project (Twisp, WA), and is a resident musician for the Washington Allegro Vivaci Ensemble (Bellingham, WA). She was featured soloist with Central Chamber Orchestra, as well as the recipient of the 2013 Achievement in Live Performance award for her performance of Vaughn William’s Lark Ascending. As violinist of the Mundana Trio, Vanessa toured to New York City, placing second at the National level of the Music Teachers National Association Competition. As an educator, Vanessa is committed to sharing her passion and the discipline of musical practice through both her private studio and El Sistema inspired programs, working with both Portland’s BRAVO Orchestras and Yakima’s Yakima Music En Accion (YAMA). Vanessa is thrilled to be joining YAMA’s team of Teaching Artists and is enjoying every opportunity to explore the beautiful Yakima Valley she now calls home!
Violin II Coach: Rebecca Stamm
Rebecca Stamm began her musical training at age four in traditional piano, and began violin lessons with Linda Peterson, an instructor at the Seattle Suzuki Institute, at age eight. She continued her studies at Central Washington University under the instruction of Carrie Rehkopf, and Heather Netz, earning her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Rebecca continued on to obtain her Master of Arts degree at Washington State University under the tutelage of Meredith Arksey. Rebecca is also certified through the state of Washington to be a substitute teacher in the Pullman School District, and is a frequent substitute for the music teachers in the district. Teaching is a primary passion for Rebecca, and she continues to pursue projects for the betterment of her studio. She strongly believes that while her students are learning, she should always be learning herself both as a teacher and as a performer. She spends a great deal of time researching various teaching methods, music for teaching, music history, and is currently working on a string theory project. Her students have participated in various festivals around the state and has had students accepted into various honors orchestras at both the secondary and collegiate level.
Orchestrally, Rebecca performs throughout the Northwest. She frequently performs as a substitute with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Washington-Idaho Symphony, and in the past has been a substitute with the Walla Walla Symphony. She has been a member of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra since 2004, and has occasionally performed as Assistant Principal Second as well as Principal Second. Rebecca has also served as Principal Second Violin and Assistant Concertmaster for the Oregon East Symphony. She continues to participate in summer festivals around the state, and has served as concertmaster for all orchestras at Central Washington University and Washington State University. She also sat concertmaster for five years during her involvement with the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra, and participated in state-wide competitions during high school. As a soloist, she has played with all collegiate orchestras numerous times and in faculty recitals as a guest at both colleges she attended. In 2010, Rebecca won the Young Artist’s Competition for Oregon East Symphony and was chosen to solo the following season, performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s not often heard Concert Fantasy for Solo Violin and Orchestra. She has also been invited to solo as a guest with the Yakima Youth Symphony as well as the Sunnyside High School Orchestra, in Sunnyside Washington.
Viola Coach: Jessica Jasper
Jessica Jasper has been a tenured violist in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since 2012. She is also proud to have recently earned her Master’s degree in viola performance from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Korey Konkol. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from Central Washington University. During her time there she won the College of Arts and Humanities Award for Live Music Performance, the Tom Gause Award for Music Performance and first place in the Helen Crowe Snelling music scholarship competition. In the summer of 2010 she studied abroad in Vienna, Austria and performed solo recitals as part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. Since 2013, Jessica has enjoyed playing with the Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra, subbing with numerous regional orchestras, and teaching private viola and violin lessons. She owns a beautiful property in Cle Elum, with her husband, violist, Tim Betts, and their dog.
Cello Coach: Alex Pualani
Cellist Alex Pualani has already amassed much experience in his young career, from being a member of the Fairbanks (Alaska) Symphony Orchestra and Arctic Chamber Orchestra, to teaching band and orchestra in the public schools, to coaching the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra cello section and directing the Valley String Academy. Mr. Pualani received his BA in Music from Gonzaga University and his MM in Cello Performance-Pedagoy from Central Washington University where he developed his passion for the inner workings of teaching the cello. His main teachers were Kevin Hekmatpanah, Minna Rose Chung and John Michel with coaching from the Kairos Quartet and Zuill Bailey. Mr. Pualani serves as a Teaching Artist at El Sistema-inspired YAMA (Yakima Music en Acción) which aims to promote social change and community vibrancy through music for Yakima children and families. As a Teaching Artist at YAMA, Mr. Pualani conducts, teaches all stringed instruments, arranges and composes music, develops curriculum and performs on any given day. Mr. Pualani frequently performs with various groups in and around the Yakima and Ellensburg areas, maintains a large studio of students of all ages and is the librarian for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Alex Pualani lives in Kittitas, Washington with his wife, son, daughter and dog, Abby. To learn more about Mr. Pualani, visit his website at http://alexander-pualani.squarespace.com/.
Double Bass Coach: Jeff Norwood
Flute Coach: Linda Doria
Linda Doria graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Flute Performance. She also received a Master’s degree in Conducting from Central Washington University. Ms. Doria has been an adjunct flute professor at Walla Walla College, Central Washington University and Yakima Valley Community College. She is principal flute of the Mid-Columbia Symphony and substitute for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in the Dallas, Texas, Flute Convention and played as a guest soloist with the Mid Columbia Symphony. She has performed throughout the Yakima Valley and has a studio of 20 to 25 flute students a year. She currently is a band director at Selah High School and West Valley Middle School and a private flute instructor in the Yakima Valley.
Double Reeds Coach: Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr
Dr. Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr is an Instructor of Music at Central Washington University, teaching Music Theory and courses in music History. Prior to coming to CWU, Dr. Boldt-Neurohr was the Instructor of Bassoon at Metropolitan State College of Denver where she taught Music Theory and Introduction to Music Appreciation. She also previously taught Applied Bassoon, Music Theory and Music History at Southern Oregon University. Dr. Boldt-Neurohr holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Music Performance and Education degree from Ithaca College. She is also an active freelance musician and teaches privately in the area, holding the position of Principal bassoon in the Oregon East Symphony, and performing regularly with the Yakima Symphony, Wenatchee Valley Symphony and the Walla Walla Symphony. An enthusiastic teacher, Kirsten’s private bassoon and oboe students have received honors in All State Band and Orchestra (CO, OR, WA), WIBC, State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, as well as having received college music scholarships.
Dr. Boldt-Neurohr has had the privilege of soloing in the opening concert of the 2007 International Double Reed Society Conference with oboist Gordon Hunt. She has also been a soloist with the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and most recently with the Oregon East Symphony. She has held positions with the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and Berkeley Opera has also performed with the Cheyenne Symphony, San Juan Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony and the Rogue Valley Symphony among others. She also enjoys presenting a regular solo recital; Bassoon and Friends with the St. Marks Concert Series in Medford, Oregon. Her principal teachers have included Mark Eubanks, formerly of the Oregon Symphony; Lee Goodhew-Romm, of Ithaca College; Martin Gatt, of the London Symphony Orchestra; Rob Weir and Stephan Paulsen of the San Francisco Symphony and Yoshiyuki Ishikawa of the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dr. Boldt-Neurohr recently released a CD with Dr. Rebecca Mindock on Centaur Records, The Road Less Traveled, performing lesser-known works for oboe, bassoon and piano trio with the Three Wood Trio. She is also an enthusiastic grower of Arundo Donax, the cane used in the making of woodwind reeds, and has published several articles regarding her research through the International Double Reed Journal.
Clarinet Coach: Aaron Kibbe
Brass Coach: Maegan Ley
Maegan Ley currently serves as a section trumpet player in the Yakima Symphony and principal trumpet of the Mid-Columbia Symphony (Tri Cities). Originally from Wyoming, Maegan received her music education degree from Northern State University (Aberdeen, South Dakota) and her master’s degree in trumpet from the University of Alaska (Fairbanks, Alaska) where she studied trumpet with John Harbaugh.
Maegan moved to Washington in 2003 to begin teaching band, and was hired by the West Valley School District (Yakima) in 2005. Since moving to West Valley she has taught bands in grades 5 – 12, and her bands have been recognized as some of the best in the state by the Washington Music Educators Association. On top of teaching band and performing in the YSO and MCS, Maegan also stays busy teaching private trumpet lessons, serving on the board of the Yakima Valley Music Educators Association, and having fun taking Zumba and Jiu-Jitsu classes.
Percussion Coach: Joshua Gianola
Joshua Gianola is the principal percussionist of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. An active free-lancer in the Northwest, Josh can regularly be seen on stage with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Newport Symphony and many other fine groups. Returning to Yakima after two years living in Portland, OR, Josh brings with him a wealth of teaching experience ranging from beginning private lessons to college-level percussion ensemble coaching. Josh holds a Master in Music degree from Portland State University and an undergraduate music degree from Central Washington University.