HyeYoun Jang Named New Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor
(DUBUQUE) – The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces that HyeYoun Jang has joined the artistic staff as conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra (DSYO). As conductor of the DSYO, Jang is responsible for conducting rehearsals and concerts, recruiting and auditioning young musicians from area schools, and setting the artistic course for the DSYO.
Jang, a versatile conductor, composer and educator, delivers engaging musical experiences, drawing on her broad knowledge of classical repertoire. She believes in the power of music to move people’s minds, and aims to spread its transformative influence to the community. Jang received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Music Composition at Ewah Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. She also earned a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Iowa, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas.
“I am thrilled to welcome HyeYoun Jang to the Dubuque Youth Ensembles’ conducting team!” states DSO Music Director and Conductor, Dr. William Intriligator. “As the conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra, Maestra Jang will share her musicalilty, knowledge, and experience with our top student musicians as she conducts them in rehearsals and performances. She brings great new ideas to our program, and her personality and charisma make her a wonderful fit for our students and the entire DYE team. We are very fortunate to have found Maestra Jang, and welcome the positive effect she is sure to have on our program and community.”
For more than 45 years the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) have been an important part of the symphony’s education programs. Today they include the String Ensemble (an introductory honors ensemble for young string players), the Philharmonia (an honors ensemble for middle and high school string players), Wind Ensemble (an honors ensemble for middle and high school wind, brass, and percussion players), and the Youth Orchestra (a full honors orchestra for high school and college students). Students gain experience performing a wide variety of advanced repertoire, receive coaching from professional musicians, and participate in side-by-side activities with the DSO. The DSYE ensembles present three full length concerts each school year.
In addition to the Youth Ensembles, the DSO’s youth education programs include an annual concerto competition, master-classes, side-by-side concerts, coaching sessions, the Adopt a Musician program (which places professional DSO players in residence at fifteen area elementary schools), a summer string camp and chamber music camp, and Arts Trek – a program which presents seven free, full symphony concerts for thousands of third and fifth graders each year.