Our Team

Artistic Staff

Learn more about our conductors by clicking on their names to see their bios. Conductors may be emailed individually, or send a general message to office@eyso.org.

Matthew Sheppard

Artistic Director and Youth Symphony Conductor


Joe Beribak

Percussion Director


Ruth Cavanaugh

Flute Choir Conductor


Tracy Dullea

Primo Conductor and Starter Strings Director


Andrea Ferguson

Prelude Conductor


Aaron Kaplan

Philharmonia Conductor


Dan Sartori

Brass Choir Conductor


Greg Schwaegler

Sinfonia Conductor


Staff

K. Eric Larson

Executive Director


Kyla Brittain

Director of Development


Marina Akamatsu

Marketing & Communications Assistant


Raquel Gonzalez

Marketing Communications Coordinator


Emily Krasinski

Director of Membership and Operations


Anaka Riani

Operations Coordinator


Thomas Rodriguez

Operations Coordinator


Board of Directors

Anthony Riani


President
Director since 2021

James Allen


Vice President
Director since 2022

Peter Van Nortwick

Wellspring Worldwide


Treasurer
Director since 2015

Allison Winsor


Secretary
Director since 2021

K. Eric Larson

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestras


Executive Director
Director Ex-Officio since 2016

Matthew Sheppard

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestras


Artistic Director
Director Ex-Officio since 2019

Casey Clemens


Director since 2022

Grace Fernandez


Director since 2022

Jonathan Horn


Director since 2023

Jen Pierce


Director since 2023

Dina M. Pilipczuk


Director since 2024

Sarosh Saher

Village of Lake Zurich


Director since 2018

Edward Snoble

BMO Private Bank


Director since 2019

Marc Thayer

Elgin Symphony Orchestra


Director Ex Officio since 2022

Board of Directors, EYSO Endowment Fund

Kathryn Canny


Director since 2016

Lucas VanDeWoestyne

Apex CPA's and Consultants, Inc.


Director since 2013