Meet the Staff

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Doug Elmore

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

jdouglaselmore@yahoo.com

Doug Elmore brings to the podium over thirty-five 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,” and "fiery, clean, and still elegant.” Mr. Elmore is in his 36th year as Orchestra Director of the 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 Music Director of the Floyd County Youth Symphony (IN) for 24 years. He has been with the LYO for the past 9 years, 3 with the Repertory Orchestra. He has led his school orchestras to more than 100 Superior (Gold) ratings over the past 36 years. During this same time, the FCHS Orchestra has performed at the last thirty 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. Elmore has conducted orchestras at 10 Indiana Music Educators Association 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 throughout Indiana, Kentucky, 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 Aebersold Jazz Workshops. He has served on the faculty of both Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville. He has recently been published (“Making Tone a Priority”) in the IMEA journal. In 2019, he was a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Awards “Music Educator of the Year”.

A graduate of DePauw University (IN), Mr. Elmore completed his graduate work at the University of Louisville in 2001. As a performer on the double bass, Mr. Elmore has worked with the Louisville Orchestra, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Derby Dinner Playhouse, the Jerry Tolson Quartet, the Ron Jones Quartet, the Mike Tracy Trio, the Platters, and the Sarah Stivers Quartet. Mr. Elmore has been featured on jazz recordings by University of Louisville faculty members Jerry Tolson and Mike Tracy.

In 2020, he was selected as Indiana’s “Music Educator of the Year” by the Indiana State School Music Association. In 2011, he was selected as Floyd Central High School’s “Teacher of the Year.” He was recognized by the ASTA as Indiana’s High School Orchestra "Teacher of the Year.” He has been awarded an Eli Lilly Endowment "Teacher Creativity Fellowship." 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 thirty-two years, April.

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Ian Elmore

Conductor, Repertory Orchestra
(Staff member since 2020)

ianelmoremusic@gmail.com
 

Ian Elmore is a conductor of LYO’s Renaissance Orchestra and an instructor in LYO's Online Learning programs. Elmore has conducted the University of Louisville, Ball State Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a guest

clinician with multiple young orchestras as well, including but not limited limited to Floyd Central High School Orchestra and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of East Central Indiana.. Additionally, Elmore founded his own orchestra, the Alunos Chamber Orchestra, at the age of twenty and conducted the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Haydn, among other composers.


As a bassist he has performed with multiple orchestras including the Paducah Symphony Orchestra,
the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Ian has served as principal bassist of the Hot  Springs Music Festival, Pierre Monteux Music Festival, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. A champion of new music, he has also performed in multiple new music ensembles, both with universities and professionally. He has given multiple world premiers of solo bass works. As a bass teacher, he has experience teaching privately, as well as in the masterclass or sectional setting.

 

Elmore has studied conducting with Kimcherie Lloyd, Douglas Droste, and Michael Jinbo. He has studied double bass with Karl Olsen, Sid King, Joel Braun, and Ju-Fang Liu. In addition to conducting and double bass, Elmore has also experienced success as an operatic tenor. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, playing basketball, and listening to podcasts.

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Christopher Lerner

Conductor, Concert Orchestra
(Staff member since 2000)

clerner@loucol.com


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, Robert Franz, and Doug Elmore at the Louisville Youth Orchestra.

 

Over the past eighteen 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, Conductor of the Concert Orchestra and Conductor of the Camerata Orchestra.. Mr. Lerner was also excited to be a part of the fiftieth and the recent sixtieth anniversary of the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Lerner is in his fifteenth 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 arranging classic rock and roll tunes for his middle and upper school classes. 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.  Mr. Lerner has judged large ensemble contests for Jefferson County, Ky and has been invited to judge small and large ensemble contests for Owensboro, Ky .  For the second time, Mr. Lerner will be conducting one of the All-County high school orchestras this winter, and he has accepted a position to conduct an event next fall for the East Tennessee Orchestra festival in Tennessee.   In his spare time, Mr. Lerner enjoys teaching a studio of twenty violin and viola  students aged five through eighteen years old.

 

Mr. Lerner currently lives in Louisville with his wife Erin Fry Lerner, his two sons Bobby(8), Stash(6), and daughter Hazel (3 years).

Robert Dixon

Conductor, Serenade Orchestra

Presto! Instructor - Coral Ridge Elementary School

(Staff member since 2014)

Robert.Dixon2@jefferson.kyschools.us

Robert Dixon earned his bachelors of music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his masters in music with an emphasis in education from Morehead State University. 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 Violin at Peeler Open Elementary in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

Mr. Dixon was a member of the Louisville Youth Orchestra for nine years.  He began his teaching career directing the orchestras at Western Middle, The School for the Arts, where the program grew from nine students to fifty in the first three years. Since 2016, Mr. Dixon has directed the orchestras at Louisville Male High School and has continued to foster the school's tradition of excellence.  

 

An avid supporter of elementary string education, Mr. Dixon helped to create the Presto! Beginning Strings program and has been primarily responsible for fostering its continuing development. Serving now as conductor of LYO's Serenade Orchestra, he will undoubtedly bring his enthusiasm and creativity to that ensemble.

 

Mr. Dixon currently resides in Louisville with his wife, Angela Dixon, as well as their two amazing kids, Kelsey (3) and Andrew (2).

Mark Tate

Coach, Percussion Ensemble
(Staff Member since 2004)

tatemn@bellsouth.net

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 two east coast tours that included performances in Carnegie Hall. He was also a percussionist with the Mighty 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.

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John Little

Coach, Horizons Brass Ensemble

(Staff Member since 2019)

jplittle2@aol.com

John Little  received the M.M. and B.A. degrees from the University of Louisville, studied horn performance at The New School of Music in Philadelphia, studied hand horn and Baroque horn performance at Indiana University/Bloomington, and studied liberal arts at Haverford College. Mr. Little enjoys both teaching, and

performing, and maintains a busy schedule of both. In the past he has served as Adjunct Professor of Horn at Centre College, Instructor of horn, and Music Theory at the University of Louisville Community Music Program, horn Instructor at the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia, and gives masterclasses on both the hand horn, and modern horn throughout the country. Mr Little has served as the Band Director for Sacred Heart Schools, and the Jackson Independent School System. Mr. Little is published on the subject of “Teaching the student with Aspergers.” His former students have won positions in the orchestras of Louisville, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Santiago (Chile), and Richmond (VA).

In the performance world Mr. Little has been a member of the Starlight Horn Duo for two years, touring, and recording, as well as performing with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Owensboro Symphony, Paducah Philharmonic, Derby Dinner Theater Pit Orchestra, Iroquois Show Pit Orchestra, Three Amigos Hand Horn Trio, and is an active soloist. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kentuckiana Philharmonic, Jewish Community Center Orchestra, Christian Academy Wind Ensemble, been a featured artist at the conferences of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Kentucky Music Teachers Association, Southern Indiana Organist Guild, Northeast Horn Workshop (Plattsburgh, New York), and the Ohio University Horn Festival. Mr. Little has recently been placed on the roster of performing artists with the Mozart for Munchkins series in New York, and San Francisco. He may be heard on the recording “Blasts of Brass.”

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Brandon Bell

Coach, Horizons Wind Ensemble

(Staff Member since 2019)

brandonbellmusic@icloud.com

Brandon Bell is a Louisville based saxophonist and music educator, holding a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. Brandon is an active educator in the metro Louisville area, maintaining a private studio of students ranging in age from 5 to adulthood.  He is also the saxophone

instructor at a number of high schools in the Louisville area. Brandon has also performed in a variety of musical settings. He has played saxophone, clarinet, and flute in orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, musical theatre, big bands, jazz combos, gospel groups, and rock bands with artists/ensembles including Little Anthony and the Imperials, Michael Bolton, the Louisville Orchestra, Derby Dinner Playhouse, and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Brandon is currently an active freelance musician and can regularly be heard playing with Diamond Empire Band and Zach Longoria Project.

Misaki Hall

Assistant Conductor - University of Louisville Graduate Student
(2021-2022 Season)

Misaki Hall is a first-year graduate student at the University of Louisville studying orchestral conducting with Professor Kimcherie Lloyd. She serves as assistant conductor and graduate teaching assistant for the University Symphony Orchestra and University Opera Theatre program in addition to the Louisville Youth Repertory and Symphony Orchestra.
 
Misaki remains an active instrumentalist in the Louisville community: she continues her violin studies with Dr. Geoffrey Herd at the University of Louisville, performs as a violinist in the Louisville-based quartet, Quartet Dioica, and plays in the Louisville psych-rock band, Dinero Romero. When not conducting the University Symphony Orchestra, she joins the violin section.
 
Prior to graduate school, Misaki earned her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Louisville, where she studied with Professor Brittany MacWilliams. Throughout her undergraduate career, she also studied oboe with Professor Jennifer Potochnic and played in woodwind quintets with Professor Matthew Karr.
 
Misaki is a proud alumna of the Louisville Youth Orchestra having played the violin in the Concert, Repertory, and Symphony Orchestras from 2009 to 2017. She is grateful to have studied under Chris Lerner, Deanna Tham, and Jason Seber during her developmental years of elementary, middle, and high school. Her decision to pursue conducting is largely motivated by the positive influences and lifelong lessons she received from these directors.
 
Outside of school and other serious business, Misaki loves to eat ice cream, thrift shop, and take walks with her Shih-Tzu Poodle puppy, Kaiju.

Joshua Lowery

Assistant Conductor - University of Louisville Graduate Student
(2021-2022 Season)

 
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Alissa Brody

Executive Director
(Staff member since 2021)

abrody@lyo.org

With experience in orchestra administration, communications, and music education, Alissa Brody is an arts administrator, educator, and musician dedicated to making an impact in the Louisville music community.

Prior to her appointment with the LYO, Brody served as Artistic Coordinator and Assistant to the Music Director at the Louisville Orchestra, where she was a member of the Artistic Operations team. She also recently served as Communications Manager with the Louisville Academy of Music. Additional positions have included advising through the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and in recruitment at Indiana University Bloomington's College of Arts and Sciences. An accomplished music educator and conductor, Brody directed instrumental music programs in public schools in Connecticut and Minnesota, and has been involved with summer enrichment programs ranging from instrumental and choral music to jazz and musical theatre. She holds degrees in music from the University of Minnesota and Luther College. As a flutist, Brody has performed in various ensembles including the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Symphonic Winds. As a pianist, highlights include collaborations with jazz vocalists and serving as an accompanist with the United Girls Choir. Her love of orchestras and youth arts ensembles spans back to her own involvement as a youth orchestra flutist in Minnesota. She is passionate about performing arts and is committed to providing high-quality, accessible opportunities for student musicians in Louisville.

 
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Carrie RavenStem

Business Manager

(Staff member since 2021)

businessmanager@lyo.org

Carrie RavenStem is a freelance clarinetist in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the co-founder and clarinetist of contemporary music ensemble A/Tonal as well as the co-founder and half of the clarinet duo, La HERmandad.

As a freelance musician Carrie has performed with several orchestras and ensembles in the area including the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Chamber Winds, and Sacred Winds. 

Carrie was a guest performer at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in July 2018. She performed the solo work Perceptions of Strife, which was written for her in 2011 by Peter Felice. She was recently a guest artist for the world’s first virtual woodwind festival, WoodWindFest 2020, as a guest performer of Silverstein Works. Her upcoming CD project, Yellow Bridge, includes 5 recently-commissioned works from Kentucky-based composers. She will be giving the world premiere of Firefly in Spring 2022, a new work for Eb clarinet and concert band commissioned by Indiana University Southeast and composed by Erich Stem.

 

Her chamber group A/Tonal has been featured on WUOL's The Unheard series and The New Lens series. The group’s premiere EP, Starting Point, was released on April 2nd, 2017 at their Kentucky Center debut. A/Tonal has also served as guest clinicians at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, and held residency at University of Louisville’s School of Music in 2018-19, which resulted in five new chamber works for A/Tonal, written by students of the composition department.

 

Carrie is also the co-founder of La HERmandad, a clarinet duo based in Kentucky with clarinetist Adria Sutherland. They made their virtual debut in Spring of 2021 with the International Clarinet Association’s Clariedoscope Virtual Festival. They are currently commissioning works by female composers to support the growth of women in music. She continues to work towards the advancement of new music as a member of the recently-formed New Music Committee for the International Clarinet Association. She is a clinician in the Kentucky area and frequently gives masterclasses and recitals for students of all levels. Additional work experience in music administration includes Miles Ahead Music and Music & Arts.

 

Carrie is a Backun Performing Artist and performs on Backun MoBa clarinets and Backun Vocalise mouthpieces.

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April Dannelly-Schenck

Site Manager/Co-Music Librarian - St Matthews Pavilion Ensembles

Presto! Instructor - Wheatley Elementary School
(Staff member since 2020)

adannelly.lyo@gmail.com

April Dannelly-Schenck teaches Suzuki and traditional cello through the Suzuki Stars Music Academy, Highlands Music Academy, and privately from her home. She is a substitute music teacher in the Jefferson County Public 

Schools for orchestra, band, and general music classes. April plays as a section cellist in the Owensboro Symphony and actively freelances throughout the Louisville area.

After receiving a Bachelor of Music in cello performance with a minor in music theory from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, April went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with master’s degrees both in cello performance and in music theory. Over the following six years, she completed Suzuki teacher training through Book 10. While teaching privately for more than ten years, she has been on the faculty at Lindenwood University, Ripon College, Webster University's Community Music School, and at the Colorado Suzuki Institute. April recently moved to Louisville from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was the Theory Coordinator at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

 

April has been a regular substitute cellist with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Festival City Symphony, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She has been a cello section member and substitute principal of the Peoria Symphony, the principal cellist of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and the assistant principal cellist of the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra. When not playing or teaching music, April loves to run through the streets and parks of Louisville, do yoga, and read from her lengthy book list.

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Murphy Lamb

Site Manager/Co-Music Librarian - YPAS Ensembles
(Staff member since 2022)

lyosite1@gmail.com

Murphy Lamb is an arts administrator, performer, and music teacher in Louisville, KY. Originally from Campbellsville, KY, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Minor in Physics from the University of Louisville.

Focusing primarily on classical piano, he also studied jazz piano, trumpet, voice, and guitar. In addition to teaching private piano lessons, Murphy is a member of the 201 Jazz Quartet, is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the band The Brothers’ Mother, and is an accompanist serving the Louisville area.

 

Inspired to work with young artists by his time on staff at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Murphy strives to enrich the Louisville arts community, and is excited about the opportunity to do so as a part of the LYO team. His other interests include maintaining and repairing guitars, caring for his grandfather clock, and drawing maps.