Meet the Staff


p_staff_delmore150.jpgDoug Elmore

Music Director and Conductor, Symphony Orchestra
(Staff member since 2014)

Doug Elmore brings to the podium over thirty years of outstanding musical leadership in the Midwest. He has conducted Youth Orchestra and school orchestra performances across North America and Europe, including performances in New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. As a conductor, Mr. Elmore’s performances have been described as “Vibrant, stunning, and brilliant”…”Outstanding and amazing”...”Fiery, clean, and still elegant”. Mr. Elmore is entering his 32nd year as Orchestra Director of the Indiana State Champion Floyd Central High School Orchestra and the Highland Hills Middle School Orchestras, instructing 5 orchestras and over 350 students daily.  In addition to his duties with the Floyd County schools, Mr. Elmore recently served as conductor with with the Floyd County Youth Symphony (IN) for 28 years, 24 as Music Director. He has been with the LYO for the past 3 years, directing the Repertory Orchestra. He has led the FCHS and HHMS Orchestras to more than 100 Superior (Gold) ratings over the past 32 years.  During this same time, the FCHS Orchestra has performed at the last twenty-eight ISSMA State Finals Contests (an Indiana State record), earning State Champion honors in 1995 and 2017, and Runner-up honors in 1996, 1998, and 2016.  Orchestras from Floyd Central High School and Highland Hills Middle School have performed at 9 IMEA Conventions over the past 30 years.

An active clinician and guest conductor, Mr. Elmore has served on the staff at the Great Lakes Music Camp, the Kentuckiana Music Festival at University of Louisville, and the “Music for All” camp at Ball State University.  He has conducted All-County and All-Region Orchestras and clinics in Carmel, IN; Louisville, KY; Merrilville, IN; Lexington, KY;  Avon, IN; Chesterton, IN; South Bend, IN; and Salem, OR. In 2017, he conducted the Commonwealth Strings All-State Orchestra for Kentucky, and the Jefferson County (KY) All-County Middle School Orchestra.  He is currently on the faculty of the internationally known Abersold Jazz Workshops and has served on the faculty of Bellarmine University as a jazz bass instructor.  He has served on the faculty of the University of Louisville as the instructor for String Methods class.  He has recently been published (“Making Tone a Priority”) in the Indiana Music Education Association journal.

1986 graduate of DePauw University (IN), Mr. Elmore completed his graduate work in Applied Double Bass at the University of Louisville in 2001. As a performer on the double bass, Mr. Elmore has worked with the Louisville Orchestra, Music Theatre of Louisville, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Derby Dinner Playhouse, the Jerry Tolson Quartet, the Ron Jones Quartet, the Mike Tracy Trio, the Platters, the Ron Haydn Trio, and the Sarah Stivers Quartet, with whom he currently performs a standing engagement at the historic French Lick Hotel.  From 2007-2016 he performed with the WHAS “Crusade for Children” Telethon as bassist in the studio band.  Mr. Elmore has been featured on cd recordings by University of Louisville faculty members Jerry Tolson and Mike Tracy.

In 2011, he was selected as Floyd Central High School’s “Teacher of the Year”. He was recognized by the American String Teachers Association as Indiana’s High School Orchestra” Teacher of the Year”. He has been awarded an Eli Lilly Endowment "Teacher Creativity Fellowship" which he used to research and write "Megan's Musing", a jazz piece for high school orchestra.  From this beginning, he founded and wrote for "Celtic Fire" an award-winning  jazz, ethnic, bluegrass string group at FCHS.  He has been recognized with a WHAS TV ExCel Award for “Excellence in the Classroom and Educational Leadership”. 

Mr. Elmore currently resides in New Albany, IN with his wife of twenty-seven years, April, who teaches science at Highland Hills Middle School.  They are the proud parents of Megan, Ian, and Claire Elmore.


ftorres.jpgFelipe Morales-Torres

Conductor, Repertory Orchestra
(Staff member since 2017)

Felipe Morales-Torres is a vibrant young conductor with a passion for education and community engagement. In addition to his role with the Louisville Youth Orchestra, he serves as Music Director of the Concert Orchestra for the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras. He was previously Director of Orchestras for Winton Woods City Schools and played a part in several El Sistema inspired outreach programs, including the Dayton Philharmonic's Q The Music. His performances with students are known for their richness and detail, a result of “outstanding and innovative instruction” that earned him the title of Young Teacher of the Year in 2014 from the Ohio String Teachers Association.

As a Latin-American teaching artist, Mr. Morales is driven to engage diverse student musicians and to make quality opportunities accessible to them. During his tenure at Winton Woods, the orchestra program doubled in size and offerings expanded to include electric ensembles, summer camps, frequent guest artists, and multicultural performance tours. He is credited with reviving the community's interest through unique concerts and partnerships, including collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Sphinx Virtuosi. Described by a parent to be "truly and deeply loved by his students," he brings a unique rapport to the learning environment that earned him the district's Most Influential Teacher Award––twice––in 2015 and 2017.

Mr. Morales is a recent guest of the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, where he conducted and studied alongside its director, Leonid Grin. He has previously studied with Gzegorz Nowak (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London) as a Young Artist Conductor in the 2015 Miami Music Festival, where he also coached and conducted in the Opera Scenes, New Works, and Chamber Music series.

Having started his musical life as a violist, Mr. Morales later pursued bassoon studies as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. In 2017, he returned to pursue a graduate degree in music education and orchestral conducting.


p_clerner161003.jpgChristopher Lerner

Conductor, Concert Orchestra
(Staff member since 2000)

Chris Lerner received his bachelor of music degree in violin performance from the University of Louisville, where he was proud to have studied under Peter McHugh. He has been a registered Suzuki violin teacher since 2001. Chris has benefited from working with fellow conductors Deanna Tham, Jason Seber, and Robert Franz at the Louisville Youth Orchestra.

Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Lerner has filled many roles for the Louisville Youth Orchestra: Director of the Presto! Strings Program, Director of Sonatina Strings Program, Conductor of the Serenade Orchestra, and the Conductor of Concert Orchestra. Mr. Lerner was also excited to be a part of the fiftieth anniversary of the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Lerner is in his thirteenth year as the Director of Strings for the middle and upper school string programs at Louisville Collegiate School. In addition to teaching daily string classes, Mr. Lerner enjoys teaching music theory and composition as independent studies. He also leads the middle and upper school rock bands.  In 2013, Mr. Lerner received Louisville Collegiate School's Katherine McCracken Davis Distinguished Teaching Chair.  In his spare time, Mr. Lerner enjoys teaching a studio of fifteen violin students aged five through seventeen years old.

Mr. Lerner currently lives in Louisville with his wife Erin Fry Lerner, his two sons Bobby(6), Stash(4), and daughter Hazel (14 months).  

p_staff_egambrell.jpgElise Kotheimer Gambrell 

Conductor, Serenade Orchestra
(Staff member since 2007)

Elise Kotheimer Gambrell received her Bachelor of Music degree in violin and her Masters of Arts in Teaching Music from the University of Louisville. She participated as a member of the Louisville Youth Orchestra for five years, where she served as concert mistress of the Repertory Orchestra and assistant concert mistress of the Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Gambrell won the McDowell Music Teacher’s Competition in 2001, and the McCauley Chamber Music Competition in 1999. She has studied under the guidance of accomplished teachers including Peter McHugh, Patrick Rafferty, Cheri Kelley and Hiroko Driver.

Mrs. Gambrell became a certified Suzuki teacher in 2001 and has taught privately for thirteen years.  In November 2011, Ms. Gambrell served as the conductor for the Jefferson County All-County Concertino Orchestra.

Mrs. Gambrell served as the director of the New Albany High School and Hazelwood Middle School Orchestras for seven years.  Under her direction, the orchestras received gold ratings at the Indiana State School Music Association Organizational Festival every year. Mrs. Gambrell has held many positions with the Louisville Youth Orchestra; she was the Co-Production Manager for two years, the Presto! Strings Instructor for three years, and the Serenade Orchestra Conductor for four years.  Mrs. Gambrell is a member of the Concentus String Quartet and performs regularly in the Louisville and Lexington area.

p_staff_rdixon.jpgRobert Dixon

Instructor, Presto! Strings
(Staff member since 2014)

Robert Dixon earned his bachelors of music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Mr. Dixon grew up in Louisville and attended the Youth Performing Arts School where he performed in Carnegie Hall as well as at the Midwest Clinic.  In his senior year, Mr. Dixon also was one of the winners of the YPAS Concerto Competition, performing the Dragonetti Double Bass concerto with the YPAS Philharmonia.

While in North Carolina, Mr. Dixon worked extensively on elementary string education with Dr. Rebecca Macleod and Mrs. Marta Richardson.  His student teaching was comprised of teaching classes ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade strings at Peeler Open Elementary in Greensboro North Carolina.

Mr. Dixon was a member of the Louisville Youth Orchestra for nine years.  He currently teaches orchestra at Western Middle, The School for the Arts where the program has grown from nine students to fifty in three years.  An avid supporter of elementary string education, Mr. Dixon is looking forward to working with the LYO Presto! Strings class this year.


Mark Tate

Coach, Percussion Ensemble
(Staff Member since 2004)

Mark L. Tate received a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Kentucky as a student of David Davenport. He was the first percussionist to receive a performance degree from this university.

Mark received a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. His major teacher was Richard O’Donnell, Principal Percussionist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. While in St. Louis, he also studied with John Kasica and Tom Stubbs of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He performed frequently with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, joining them in 2 east coast tours that included performances in Carnegie Hall. He was also a percussionist with the Might Mississippi Concert Band, Gateway Festival Orchestra, Springfield (IL) Symphony, and staff percussionist at the Westport Playhouse. While in St. Louis he taught drums and percussion at Clayton Academy of Music, Drum Headquarters and was a teaching assistant at Washington University.

Mark began performing as a percussionist with the Louisville Orchestra in 1983. He has also performed as percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a percussionist with Louisville Chorus, the Louisville Choral Arts Society and the Derby City Brass Band. Mark also serves as percussionist with Musical Theatre of Louisville and the Broadway Series at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Mark is a frequent free-lancer with various churches and chamber groups in the Louisville area and is also the drummer for the Dixie Jazz Cats and the Memphis Red Hots, a western swing band.

Mark is the percussion instructor at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN, and Georgetown College in Georgetown. He serves as percussion coordinator for the marching bands at both New Washington High School in New Washington, IN and du Pont Manual in Louisville. Mark also teaches concert percussion at Eastern High School in Louisville and both marching and concert percussion at Oldham County High School, in Buckner, KY, Henry County High School in New Castle, KY and Atherton High School in Louisville. In addition he coaches percussion ensemble at Crosby Middle School and the “Junkyard Hawks” at Hite Elementary, both in Louisville. He maintains a full service studio in his home, specializing in concert percussion instruction for students in the area band programs. He services, as the percussion coach/percussion ensemble director for the Louisville Youth Orchestra. And is also the founder of the Louisville Institute of Drumming and creator of the percussion group Stick-Click.



Katherine Alberts

Coach, Horizons Double Reed
(Staff Member since 2017)

Katherine Alberts is adjunct professor of oboe at Bellarmine University and Indiana Unversity South East. At IUSE she also teaches Music Appreciation. She was a regular member of the Louisville Bach Society Orchestra and has often performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Opera and Bourbon Baroque. In 1998, she recorded for National Public Radio with the Derrière Guard Festival Orchestra. In the summer of 2004, Ms. Alberts was principle oboist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra ’04 River Tour.  Recently as principle oboe on three cds, she recorded with Arlo Guthrie’ In Times Like These, Thomas Pasatieri’s Hotel Casablanca, and George McKay’s Epoch: An American Dance Symphony with The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. In June 2009, Ms. Alberts performed at the Vatican with the UK Women’s Chorus. Currently she is a freelance artist and instructor of Double Reeds at several Kentuckiana schools.

p_jrecktenwald.jpgJames Recktenwald

Coach, Horizons Brass
(Staff member since 2011)

James Recktenwald, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from The Youth Performing Arts School and The University of Louisville where he holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in performance.  He studied trumpet with Leon Rapier and Jerome Amend.  Mr. Recktenwald completed a Master of Music Degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in trumpet performance at The University of Texas at Austin, studying with Raymond Crisara. 

James Recktenwald worked as Instructor of Trumpet at Memphis State University and then as a freelance trumpeter and teacher in Philadelphia.  While in Philly, he also studied with several prominent trumpeters including Phil Smith, David Bilger, Frank Kaderabek and Seymour Rosenfeld.

Currently, James holds the Assistant Principal Trumpet position with the Louisville Orchestra and performs in the Louisville Orchestra Brass Quintet.  He is the founder and manager of Kentucky Brass, a versatile brass and percussion ensemble, and Symphonic Arts Entertainment, a professional contracting/booking agency that provides a variety of professional ensembles for the Louisville area.


Sheri Davino

Coach, Horizons Flutes
(Staff member since 2017)

Sheri Davino received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the Boston University College of Fine Arts. She has studied with
prominent flutists such as Marianne Gedigian, Nina Barwell, and Alan
Weiss in Boston, as well as Carol Wincenc and Keith Underwood in New
York City.  

Originally from New York, Sheri has traveled the United States and Canada with the Gateway Playhouse and Nebraska Theatre Caravan. In addition, she performed with the Long Island Sound Symphony, Hunter Symphony, Stony Brook Wind Ensemble, Brisher Music, Merrick Center for Performing Arts, CM Performing Arts Center in the World Premiere of “Deirdre, a new musical”, and on Off-Broadway in “O Pioneers!” She also had the privilege of performing the radio-broadcast premiere of "Conversations" by Grammy-nominated Apostolos Paraskevas.

Since relocating to Louisville, Sheri has been actively freelancing with such groups as the Chamber Winds Louisville, Orchestra Enigmatic, Cathedral Players, Louisville Wedding Music, various churches and smaller chamber groups around the city.

For over 25 years Sheri has taught private lessons to all ages and levels.  Currently she teachers at her home studio, at the Louisville Academy of Music, and for various schools in and around the Louisville area.

jduncan.jpgJacob Duncan

Coach, Horizons Saxophones
(Staff member since 2017)

Jacob Duncan’s musical path has been a fascinating one, consistently balancing a spiritual, intuitive inclination with a keen, educated intelligence. Band leader, composer, arranger and force of nature saxophonist, Duncan’s ensemble playing is as empathetically assured as his soloing is riskily rewarding. Beginning on alto sax at age eleven, the Louisville, Kentucky native soon distinguished himself as the kid who could play. He graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, played lead alto in the Yamaha Big Band in high school, and won a music scholarship to the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he was a member of the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks, and other stimulating outlets, including his own Liberation Prophecy.

Jacob Duncan has over a fifty recording credits to his name, including his own Liberation Prophecy albums and trio and quartet recordings, he’s an in-demand clinician and teacher, composer, and created a children’s web series called, “Liberation Living Room,” and has developed great connections and friendships. He makes music and collaborates with scores of creative musicians, including Chris Fortner, JD Allen, Mike Hyman, Carly Johnson, Todd Hildreth, Pavel Wlosok,Steve Snyder, Craig Wagner, Dave Dickey, Ryan Mcgillicuddy, Rachel Grimes, Jason Tiemann, Will Oldham, John Goldsby, Dick Sisto, Ari Hoenig, Teddy Abrams, Pavel Wlosok, Chris Fitzgerald among others, as well as many artists from the visual, movement, and writing art forms. Duncan has also had the pleasure of playing or recording with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, Debbie Boone, the Violent Femmes, and The Louisville Orchestra, to Bonnie Prince Billy, Ben Sollee, Rachel Grimes, Helen Money, and the list goes on.

jwise.jpgJessica Wise

Assistant Conductor
(Staff member since 2017)

Jessica Wise is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Louisville with a dual concentration in Conducting and Flute. She recently graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at Ohio Northern University in 2017. Her experience in conducting began in high school. She obtained the position of center field commander in the 2012-2013 academic school years. In the fall of 2015, she auditioned for Assistant Conductor of the Ohio Northern University’s Symphony Orchestra and received the position through her peers and professors. In December 2015 she auditioned for a conducting clinic in Chicago, Illinois and received a participant position in the master class. She conducted a small orchestra during the time in Chicago and had master classes with Professor Don Schleicher of University of Illinois. As a flutist, Jessica was invited to play with “Beyond the Master Classes” at Colburn Conservatory with Jim Walker (guest artist Denis Bouriakov) in 2017, Marina Piccinini’s “Summer Master Class Series” in 2016, and the “Consummate Flutist” at the University of Carnegie Mellon in 2015. She has received several awards throughout her musical career including: GTA position at University of Louisville, ONU Talent Scholarship, ONU Achievement Award, Mildred Loman Henning Scholarship, and Osman Award for Music Scholarship. She studies orchestral conducting with Professor Kimcherie Lloyd and studies flute with Professor Kathy Karr. She plans to receive her doctorate degree in conducting and/or flute and become a professor. 


Melody Welsh-Buchholz

Executive Director
(Staff member since 1985)

Melody Welsh-Buchholz brings a rare combination of talents to the position of Executive Director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra. She is both a professional musician and an accomplished arts administrator. Ms. Welsh-Buchholz holds a Bachelor of Music Education (1977) and a Master of Music (1981 - emphasis in multiple woodwinds). She has had a successful teaching career at St. Francis School and Anchorage School in Louisville and at Clarksville Middle and High School in Clarksville, IN. From 1978 to 1980 Ms. Welsh-Buchholz served as the local KMEA (Kentucky Music Educator's Association) chairperson for the annual Solo/Ensemble and Band/Orchestra Festival. Ms. Welsh-Buchholz currently teaches privately and performs professionally with the Broadway Series and the Louisville Orchestra along with her duties at the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Ms. Welsh-Buchholz has served five terms as a board member for the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras and is the immediate past Chair of the Youth Orchestra Division and ex-officio member of the League of American Orchestras Board.

Ms. Welsh-Buchholz has been on the staff of the LYO since 1985. From 1985-1987 she served as the Wind/Brass Coach and Librarian. From 1987-1990 she served as the Operations Manager. From 1990 to the present she has held the position of Executive Director. During her tenure as Executive Director the Louisville Youth Orchestra's budget has tripled, patron donations have risen by 200%, the orchestra's membership has doubled and the number of ensembles offered within the organization has grown from three to eleven.

p_staff_emccord1.jpgEmily McCord

Business Manager
(Staff member since 2016)

Mrs. McCord is an experienced teacher and performer. She has led a thriving band program for the last twelve years, and performs regularly with community ensembles including the Brass Band of Louisville and the Louisville Civic Orchestra.

Mrs. McCord earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Kentucky University, and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has studied with Dr. Marshall Scott and Dr. Michael Tunnell. Mrs.McCord enjoys working with trumpet students of all ages and ability levels.

Angela Dixon

Co-Production Manager/Librarian - St. Matthews location
(Staff member since 2016)

Angela Dixon received her bachelor of music education and two levels of Kodaly training through Morhead State University. She has taught general music, band, and choir to students throughout the state from preschool through undergraduates. She sings with a local choir, Voces Novae, and plays clarinet and bass clarinet throughout the community. Currently, she is an arts and humanities teacher at Coral Ridge Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky. 


Amy Noon

Co-Production Manager/Librarian - YPAS location
(Staff member since 2011)

Amy A.E. Noon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from The University of the Cumberlands and a Master’s in Secondary Education from The University of Southern Indiana. While at Cumberland, she studied flute with David Threlkeld and served as principle flutist for the wind ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. Mrs. Noon was named Cumberland College instrumentalist of the year in 1995. Upon graduation she traveled to Honduras, Central America and taught at El Buen Pastor (The Good Shepherd) Bilingual Episcopal School. While in Central America, she studied Spanish as a second language in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, which led her to teach at Escuela Internacional Sampedrana, the American Bilingual School in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. During her four year stint in Honduras, she began an Orff instrumental program for the 600 student primary school, directed many all school performances utilizing Orff Instruments, formed and directed a primary school choir and mastered Spanish as a second language.

After returning to the United States in 2001, Mrs. Noon has been actively teaching in public schools in Florida and Kentucky, instructing instrumental music including band and full orchestra as well as many smaller ensembles. Currently, Mrs. Noon is the director of orchestras at Conway Middle School in Louisville, KY. She is an active member of both the Jefferson County Teachers Association and Kentucky Music Educators Association. She maintains a private flute studio and teaches Zumba dance classes to keep fit. Mrs. Noon enjoys working with young people and thrives on the success of her students. As one great philosopher believed “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”