Matthew Sheppard

Artistic Director and Youth Symphony Conductor


Matthew Sheppard joined EYSO as Associate Conductor of Youth Symphony in 2016. He teaches at the University of Chicago, where he directs the University Chamber Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago, and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony. As a conductor and pedagogue, he regularly guest conducts orchestras across the Midwest and abroad, including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Paraguay and the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra in the past year.

Zachary Bowers

Percussion Director


Percussionist Zachary Bowers is best known for his zealous approach to life and music. He enjoys channeling his abounding energy into a vast spectrum of diverse and integrated artistic pursuits - performance, education, instrument refurbishing...you name it. Dr. Michael Alec Rose described Zachary’s combination of “brilliant technique and irrepressible élan” as “inspiring.” On stage, Zachary’s charisma shines through his performance of a unique repertoire. In 2012, he made his Carnegie Hall debut performing Charles Ives’ Universe Symphony with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 he debuted his solo marimba program "Classics on Marimba"- an ongoing exploration of old and new masterpieces either written specifically for or arranged for the instrument. An avid proponent of new music, he enjoys working closely with composers to premiere new pieces. As comfortable in the classroom as he is on stage, Zachary is committed to sharing his passion for music through teaching and masterclasses. He maintains a small private studio outside of Chicago, Illinois. Zachary holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He is always open to collaborating and brainstorming new musical ventures.

Theresa Goh

Chamber Music Institute Director


Raised in St. Charles, IL, Theresa Goh grew up playing viola in the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she developed her artistic voice under the tutelage of Angela Wifler, Beth Wood and Artistic Director, Randal Swiggum. Following seven years in various EYSO ensembles, Theresa was a member of the Maud Powell String Quartet for the 2009-2010 season, and as a winner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition, she performed Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher with the Youth Symphony.

Anthony Krempa

Philharmonia Conductor


Anthony Krempa lives in Chicago, but hails from Michigan where he grew up in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit.  He attended Wayne State University and taught in Birmingham until moving to Chicago several years ago.  Described as “passionate and inspiring”, Tony brings a vast experience to the EYSO, with both professional and youth orchestras. The Philharmonia conductor since 2014, Tony loves working with such a passionate and engaged group of music educators!

Andy Masters

Sinfonia Associate Conductor


Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Andy has enjoyed a diverse and unique musical background. He began playing violin at age nine, trumpet at age ten, and completed four European tours with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony and Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras before finishing high school. As a chorus member, he performed in Carnegie Hall with Kinderchor. In 2000 he was selected to perform with the National Youth Honors Orchestra at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. Andy received a BM in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a double concentration in both violin and trumpet.