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

(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

Conductor, 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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Brandon Bell

Conductor, Horizons Winds

(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.

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Chris Schmidt

Conductor, Horizons Brass

(Staff Member since 2022, earlier positions held beginning in 2011)

cschmidt316@gmail.com

Chris Schmidt is currently the instructor of tuba and euphonium at Indiana University Southeast and has been a low brass instructor in Kentuckiana since 2008. During his time in the area the Oldham County High School Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2013 and 2021 KMEA Conference under his direction. The Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble from the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY also performed at the Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in May of 2022 under his direction.

Mr. Schmidt graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Music Performance in Wind Conducting in May of 2010. While at U of L, he studied conducting with Dr. Fred Speck and tuba with Mr. John Jones. Mr. Schmidt was also a guest tuba soloist with the University Concert Band when he performed The Fantasia for Tuba and Band” by James Curnow under the direction of Dr. Greg Byrne. Prior to his time at Louisville, Mr. Schmidt attended Morehead State University where he earned two degrees, a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education. Mr. Schmidt was the chapter president of ITEA (International Tuba Euphonium Association). He was also awarded placements on the MSU Dean’s List, the KY Intercollegiate Band, the CBDNA Southern Division Intercollegiate Band, and the Lexington Brass Band. His primary teachers at MSU included euphonium virtuoso Dr. Earle Louder and tuba professor Dr. Stacy Baker, as well as wind band conducting lessons with Dr. Richard Miles. After graduating from MSU, Mr. Schmidt taught instrumental music for eight years in the Meade County, Owensboro, and Scott County School Districts. In each of those eight years his concert bands received Distinguished Ratings at the KMEA Concert Band Assessment and his marching bands advanced to the KMEA Marching Band Semifinals.

 

In the marching band world, he operates his company CP Schmidt Music, LLC out of Louisville, KY, with a studio of sixty private students. Mr. Schmidt has created marching band drill designs and music arrangements for several high school and college band programs since 2008. He also serves as an adjudicator for marching band contests, concert band, and solo and ensemble festivals in KY, TN, and IN. As a low brass musician, Mr. Schmidt performs with Chamber Winds Louisville, Commonwealth Brass Band and the Indiana University Southeast Band and Orchestra.

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Misaki Hall

Assistant Conductor - University of Louisville Graduate Student

(since 2021)

Misaki Hall is a second-year graduate conducting student at the University of Louisville studying under Professor Kimcherie Lloyd. Hall serves as assistant conductor and graduate teaching assistant for the University Symphony Orchestra, the University Opera Theatre program, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor of Music also from the University of Louisville, where she studied violin performance under Professor Brittany 

MacWilliams. Hall has conducted the University Symphony Orchestra at the College Orchestra Directors Association Conference and was chosen to participate in the 2022 CODA Masterclass taught by Music Director and Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams. She also attended the 2022 Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival as a conductor, violinist, and oboist.

Hall 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, Doom Gong. 

 

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.

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Christopher Wolfzorn

Assistant Conductor - University of Louisville Graduate Student

(since 2022)

Christopher Wolfzorn is a first year gradate conducting student at the University of Louisville in which he studies with Professor Kimcherie Lloyd. Christopher serves as an assistant conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra, University Opera Theatre program, Louisville Youth Orchestra, and the Derby City Chamber Orchestra

under the direction of David Borman. He has also earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education and Masters in the Art of Teaching at the University of Louisville.

Outside of conducting, Christopher is an active musician playing oboe in local bands and orchestras. He has international experience performing both in Costa Rica and in the Sydney Opera House. He is also a music educator with experience in both elementary and high school settings, and is an advocate for the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education.

 
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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 in leadership and administration have included career advising in the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and in recruitment at Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences.

 

An accomplished music educator and conductor, Alissa directed instrumental music programs in public schools in Connecticut and Minnesota and holds an active teaching license for Music Pre-K through Grade 12 in the state of Connecticut. As a conductor, she has led student musicians at the University of Wisconsin—Madison Summer Music Clinic and participated in conducting workshops including the International Conducting Institute in New York. She has been involved with summer enrichment programs ranging from instrumental and choral music to jazz and musical theatre. She holds a master's degree in music from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in music theory and a bachelor's degree from Luther College majoring in Music Performance (piano) and Music Education. As a flutist, Alissa has performed in various ensembles including the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Symphonic Winds. As a pianist, highlights include collaborations with jazz vocalists, collaborating with musical theatre vocalists in Nicolette Hart Studios, and serving as an accompanist with the United Girls Choir through the United Choir School of Connecticut. Alissa also served for several years as a teaching assistant instructing courses in Music Theory and Aural Skills at the University of Minnesota. 

 

Alissa's love of orchestras and youth arts ensembles spans back to her own involvement as a youth orchestra flutist in her home state of Minnesota. She is passionate about the performing arts and is committed to providing high-quality, accessible opportunities for student musicians in and around Louisville. When she is not busy with her position at Executive Director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra, Alissa enjoys traveling, visiting lakes, eating donuts, and spending time with her husband, Chris, and her 2 year old son, Elijah.

 
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Carrie RavenStem

Business and Project 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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Denver Pascua 

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

lyosite1@gmail.com

Denver Pascua is a musician, educator, and software engineer in Louisville. He actively teaches, performs, and enjoys helping out with the LYO in between. The euphonium and trombone are his primaries, though he has performed professionally on the tuba and trumpet.

Denver is a Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra alumni and sat lead trombone in the KMEA All State Jazz band in high school. He later pursued a double bachelor's in Music Education and Music Performance at the University of Kentucky. Afterward, he earned a teaching assistantship at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. His time at Eastman earned him a double master's in Music Teaching & Learning and Music Performance & Literature alongside the Performer's Certificate. He has taught elementary students to retired citizens in the New Horizons Ensembles, Central Music Academy, and High School Band and Choir.

 

As a musician, Denver has performed across many genres, from classical to contemporary to pop. He has performed with groups such as the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Brass Guild, Blue Lake International Jazz Band, Advocate Brass Band, The Rough Customers (Ska), and Vinyl Richie (Rock). Denver co-founded several chamber groups, such as the Rose Street Brass.

Denver enjoys music production, including recording different instruments and voices for auditioning, sampling, and composition. His music production leans towards video game music and instrumental tracks.

Beyond the arts, Denver is an intern with Code Louisville and #100Devs for software engineering. Denver also has an interest in powerlifting and chess, including competing in tournaments.

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Loren Pascua

Site Manager/Music Librarian - St Matthews Pavilion Ensembles
(Staff member since 2022)

lyosite2@gmail.com

Loren Pascua is a flutist, educator, and creator who has journeyed on an interesting life path. She earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from the University of Kentucky in 2017, studying under Dr. Julie Hobbs. During her time at UK, Loren was a member of the UK Wind Symphony, and was active in numerous chamber and solo performances, and completed an international student teaching

placement in San Jose, Costa Rica. In 2016, Loren received an Undergraduate Summer Research Grant from the University of Kentucky for her work in developing repertoire and pedagogy for beginning flute students using extended techniques. 

 

Loren continued her work in new music and pedagogy at the University of North Dakota, studying under Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Music Performance. She was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and worked closely with the Director of Bands, Dr. James Popejoy, to ensure that the school of music ran smoothly. Throughout her time at UND, Loren also made it a priority to focus on collaboration. She commissioned 6 new pieces from student composers from all around the U.S. and encouraged them to write for all different types of ensembles. She invited students from multiple disciplines to perform these new pieces in a Collaboration Concert. 

 

After graduating in May of 2020, Loren was given the opportunity to work at Baptist Health Louisville during the beginning of the pandemic. The hospital has shown her a deep love for the community through the care of human well-being. She is currently in a Management role at Chick-fil-A and is embracing this new path with excitement. Throughout schooling and her different employment roles, Loren has discovered that people are her passion. She would love nothing more than an opportunity to contribute back to a community that has shown nothing but love, compassion, and acceptance.