Triangle Youth Orchestra

Auditions for the full orchestras have occurred. TYO has openings for viola, bass, and percussion.
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Jake Wenger conducts the TYO in November 2016.
Jacob Wenger conducting the TYO in Fall 2016

Triangle Youth Orchestra

Overview of Participation

The Triangle Youth Orchestra is for young intermediate musicians with limited experience. Its mission is to provide a stimulating atmosphere for its members to develop the musical skills necessary to perform in our more advanced full orchestras by working with professional musicians and performing exciting arrangements of great classical music. Membership is by audition held before the season in late August. Playing ability and balance of instrumentation are the determining factors in the selection of members.

Triangle Youth Orchestra Artistic Staff

Tim Kohring, Triangle Youth Orchestra Conductor          Jacob Wenger, Triangle Youth Orchestra Assistant Conductor

Tim Kohring is looking forward to another fantastic year as the Triangle Youth Orchestra director. He was excited to return back to his musical roots in the Philharmonic Association in 2008, having played in TYP and TYS during his years at Leesville High School.

Mr. Kohring received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also studied conducting with Mr. Tonu Kalam and Dr. Michael Votta. He then completed a Master's in Arts in Teaching from the UNC-CH School of Education.

Mr. Kohring has been on the faculty of Wakefield Middle School and North Garner Middle School. He is currently the band teacher at Rolesville Middle School where he teaches concert band classes and jazz band ensembles, and enjoys the benefits and challenges to teaching in a year-round school. He can be seen from time to time playing with various community ensembles as a tuba player.

Mr. Kohring is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and the North Carolina Music Educators Association.


Cellist Jacob Wenger is a native of Raleigh and a former Principal in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Mr. Wenger studied privately with Margo Drakos, Zvi Plesser, Marcy Rosen, and Jonathan Kramer. He has also studied chamber music with Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as Sylvia Rosenberg and Jeffrey Cohen.

Mr. Wenger currently holds positions in the Raleigh Symphony, the Tar River Philharmonic, and the North Carolina Theatre pit orchestra. He has performed with several touring Broadway shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Mr. Wenger has also performed with the "Requiem for Darfur" Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, an orchestra which included some of the best orchestral and chamber musicians in the United States. He maintains a private studio in Raleigh, and is also on the faculty at Ravenscroft School, Community Music School, and the Hayes-Barton School of Music.