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Youth Inspired Music

 

The Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra program serves more than 170 of the very best young musicians in the greater Asheville area. The program consists of two string orchestras, two symphony orchestras, and one percussion ensemble. Students participate in masterclasses, retreats, workshops, tours and social events. They also receive high quality music instruction from the region’s most respected professional conductors and musicians, and have the opportunity to perform throughout the community. Most importantly, students involved in ASYO gain a strong sense of discipline, increased confidence, and a deep appreciation for music and the arts.

ASYO STAFF

Cynthia M. Roop
General Manager
Cynthia M. Roop
General Manager

Cynthia Roop has an extensive career in music education, performance, and arts management. Her music education career spans twenty-six years and includes successful teaching positions from kindergarten through college where she taught and managed K-4 general music, conducted several middle and high school bands, and instructed music education classes and applied flute studies at Mars Hill University. Cynthia graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) from Murray State University, a Masters of Education (M.Ed) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Masters of Music (M.M) in flute performance from the University of Oklahoma. Cynthia holds a teaching licensure in Music K-12 in North Carolina, Orff Level 1 and 2 certifications, and is a member of NCMEA and NAfME. In 2017, Ms. Roop was recognized as Teacher of the Year for Weaverville Elementary and District Teacher of the Year for the North Buncombe District.

Cynthia has performed flute as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player. She began her studies with internationally known soloist and teacher, Jim Walker. Other teachers include Mr. Paul Thompson, Mr. Christopher Krueger, Dr. Valerie Watts, and Christina Jennings. In 2003, Ms. Roop was invited to attend the International Summer Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany where she participated in an intense course of study with Carol Wincenc and the other members of the Juilliard Faculty. Ms. Roop has presented at music education conferences, various flute day events, and the National Flute Convention.

Ms. Roop’s arts management experience began as assistant tour manager for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps/Youth Education in the Arts from 1995-1999. She worked in Public Radio as the Assistant for Morning Classics at WKMS while attending Murray State University, and founded the Brio Chamber Series in 2004 when she arrived in Western, NC. Cynthia has facilitated numerous committees within the Buncombe County Schools district and currently serves on the Buncombe County Schools Arts Advisory Board.

Cynthia has maintained a private music studio and created summer music and arts camps for children. She has secured numerous grants for her students and worked to raise money for other institutions that impact the lives of children. She and her team participated in the Trail Blaze Challenge where they hiked 28 miles in one day to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Furthermore, Cynthia and her team raised money for Food Connection running a 76-mile relay race from Asheville, NC to Greenville, SC. She is driven by her advocacy for music education and her passion to positively impact her community. Cynthia resides in Weaverville with her husband Brian and two children, Lydia and Asher.

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Hunter Kopcznski
Symphony Conductor
Hunter Kopcznski
Symphony Conductor

Hunter Kopczynski currently serves as assistant professor of music and Director of Bands at Mars Hill University, where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches conducting and courses in music education, and co-directs the Mountain Lion Marching Band.  
 
Dr. Kopczynski earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University. He also completed a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Music from Virginia Tech.
 
While at MSU, he was active in all aspects of the conducting and band programs in the College of Music and served as a Leadership Fellow in the Graduate School. Recent artistic projects include collaborations with composers David Biedenbender, Anna Clyne, and Elena Specht; soprano Michelle Johnson; pianist Zhao Wang; Musique21 and the Maryland Chamber Winds.  
 
Dr. Kopczynski taught for seven years in the public schools of Virginia. Teaching middle and high school music in Roanoke County and most recently in Williamsburg-James City County. While teaching in Virginia, he was active in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association and served on several school and district committees. Dr. Kopczynski is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, and has presented at state and regional music education conferences. He holds professional membership in the College Band Directors National Association and the National Association for Music Education.

Joseph Falconer
Chamber Conductor
Joseph Falconer
Chamber Conductor

Joseph Falconer is the Adjunct Professor of Cello at the University of North Carolina Asheville, Cello Faculty at the Academy for the Arts, and Cellist in the Johnson City Symphony. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Music Education from the University of Tennessee, graduating from both with honors. His other honors include inspirational colleagues, helpful mentors, beloved family, great friends, and winsome students. He also attended the Brevard Music Institute for cello and classical studies. Joseph is a registered Suzuki Cello Method instructor and a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Ashlee Booth
Prelude Conductor
Ashlee Booth
Prelude Conductor

Ashlee Booth enjoys a career that combines her love for performance and string pedagogy. Currently based in Asheville, NC, Ashlee frequently performs as a chamber/orchestral musician in the greater WNC region. Ashlee also performs with her cello/percussion duo Two-Way Street, who’s recent album has received critical attention in the New York Times, Pitchfork, and The Wire. 

Ashlee is currently an Orchestra Teacher in Buncombe County Schools where she strives to give her students a culturally responsible education. Her orchestra students are not only taught the fundamentals of musicality, but a wide range of musical styles, perspectives, and with an emphasis on relating music to the world around them.

Ashlee received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Florida State University where she studied with Greg Sauer. In 2018 Ashlee completed her MM and her work as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Wesley Baldwin at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Brian Tinkel
Percussion Director
Brian Tinkel
Percussion Director

Percussionist Brian Tinkel enjoys a career that draws on his background both in teaching and in performance as chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Music at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina. As Director of Percussion Studies, he oversees all aspects of percussion education. He advises all percussion majors and manages two additional adjunct percussion faculty. He directs University Percussion Ensembles and co-directs the Mountain Lion Marching Band. During his tenure, Dr. Tinkel started additional percussion ensembles to include Marimba Band, West African Ensemble, and Brazilian Percussion Ensemble.

Dr. Tinkel performs with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Lyrics Opera, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater, Asheville Community Theater, Brevard Philharmonic, and the Johnson City Orchestra. He is currently on faculty with the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra serving as Director of Percussion. He was Principal Timpanist with the Enid Symphony and has performed with the Oklahoma Philharmonic. He is co-founder of the Brio Chamber Series, a chamber music series in Western North Carolina, and is a member of Mosaic Flute and Percussion Duo with his wife, Cynthia Roop. Dr. Tinkel earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation, “Rebonds: A Pedagogical Analysis” is published by UMI. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His past teachers include Thom Hannum, Eduardo Leandro, Dr. Peter Tanner, and Dr. Lance Drege.

While being involved in the drum corps activity for two decades, Dr. Tinkel’s performance opportunities led him to being a member of the Boston Crusaders and Star of Indiana. He went on to perform with Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater production where he toured extensively with The Canadian Brass and Nexus. Since devoting his time to teaching, Brian has been on faculty with the Crossmen, Glassmen, and has coordinated percussion activities for Magic of Orlando and the Madison Scouts. In addition he has served as Percussion Caption Director and Arranger for Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps and served as a percussion consultant for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009. Dr. Tinkel served as Percussion Caption Head for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2010 to 2013. In 2011, Tinkel led The Cavaliers Percussion Program to the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance. In 2014, Dr. Tinkel began a position as percussion consultant with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.

Dr. Tinkel has been a featured clinician and adjudicator at numerous events across the United States and at the 25th National Cultural Festival and International Exchange in Okayama, Japan. Additionally, he arranges for percussion ensembles across the country.

Dr. Tinkel is an artist and clinician for Avedis Zildjian Co., Pearl-Adams Corporation, REMO Inc., Innovative Percussion, and StickTape.com. Brian resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Cynthia, and his two children Lydia and Asher.

Jason Posnock
Advisor
Jason Posnock
Advisor

Violinist Jason Posnock enjoys a versatile musical career both in the United States and internationally. He has performed regularly in such prominent American ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has accompanied them on tours to Europe, South America, the Far East and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Mr. Posnock is also an active chamber musician and recitalist, having appeared in venues throughout the United States, England, Puerto Rico, and India. Concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Mr. Posnock has previously held the positions of Concertmaster of the Clarksburg (WV) Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the McKeesport (PA) Symphony Orchestra. He has often been invited to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as serve as Guest Concertmaster of ensembles such as the Bangor, Roanoke, Erie, Westmoreland, and Altoona Symphony Orchestras.

In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Posnock has devoted much of his time to teaching and working with young musicians, serving on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center, as Artist Lecturer in Violin at Carnegie Mellon University, conductor of the Intrada Strings preparatory orchestra, and maintaining a busy teaching studio. Presently, Mr. Posnock resides with his family in Brevard, NC, serves on the faculty of Brevard College, and is the Director of Artistic Planning & Educational Programs at the Brevard Music Center.