Triangle Youth Orchestra

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. TYO rehearses on Mondays, 6:30 - 8:15 , in the Leesville High School band room and performs in Meymandi Concert Hall. 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. Members must be available for the following dress rehearsals and concerts in Meymandi Concert Hall: 11/16/15, 11/23/16, 4/25/16 and 4/26/16. The annual fee for participation in TYO for the 2015 - 2016 season is $300. Families with multiple musicians, or single musicians participating in more than one ensemble, will receive a 20% discount on the smaller participation fee. No musician is turned away for inability to pay the participation fee.

Triangle Youth Orchestra
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Tim Kohring
Triangle Youth Orchestra

Tim Kohring, Conductor,
Triangle Youth Orchestra

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.

Jacob Wenger, Assistant Conductor
Triangle Youth Orchestra

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 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. 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.

2014-2015 Personnel

Violin I

Sophie Sherali, Concertmaster
Krista Wiese, Associate Concertmaster
Kenny Zhang, Assistant Concertmaster
Kai-en Wang
Ingrid Chien
Jennifer Wang
Jaeyee Jung
Woody Livesay
Presley Gilliam
Emily Dai
Sarah Wang
Dongjae Lee
Danielle Rinz
Stephen Gaudette
Anthony Cui
Isabella Jong
Gloria Chien
Joowon Park
Christopher Kim
Caroline Koluch


Radhika Tawade, Principal
Minji Kim, Assistant Principal
Julia Slater
Reed Robinson
Manas Tiwari
Shruthi Gopalan
Karl Peterson
Will Stevenson
Yash Rajpal

Violin II

Sarah Fuller, Principal
Karen Li, Associate Principal
Jonathan Segal, Assistant Principal
Adam Clark
Annie Ernest
Sharayu Gugnani
Hannah Grimsrud
Srikar Nanduri
Maya Krishnamoorthy
Andrew Sin
Kevin Zhang
Smriti Sridharan
Elaine Holley
Andrew Gaudette
Ritvik Bhagawatula
Joseph Choi
Rohan Ray
Olivia Hershfeld


Noor Bejjani, Principal
Sarah Page, Associate Principal
David Kim
William DeStaffan
Sarah Kim
Natalie Wiese
Stephanie Lee
Shefali Pai
Tanya Qu
Dennis Chen
Thuc Dzu


Shaemus Eyre
Sloan Dixon
Sean Darney

Faith Joo
Emily Qiu
Brinda Raghavendra
Tyrone Wu


Kylee May
Jacob Rojas
Nuria Shin


Sherry Liu
Nihar Thakkar
Stephen Li
Olivia Lackner


Mathew Jacob
Karen Nesbitt

French Horn

Julie Elder
Calvin Eyre
Kevin Xu

Caroline Konrad
Matthew Shorb


Christianna Felix
Michael Shorb
Mary-Katherine Thompson


Wesley Major


William Bennett
Adam Clark
Samuel Underwood


Kaily Teng

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