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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.

2020 Fall Virtual Schedule

Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm, Zoom

September 15, Orientation

6:00-7:00pm Prelude and Chamber Orientation

7:00-8:00pm Philharmonia and Youth Orchestra Orientation

September 29

6:00-6:40pm Prelude Meet & Greet! Elizabeth Terry and Leigh Dixon

6:45-7:25 Chamber Meet & Greet! Elizabeth Terry and Leigh Dixon

7:00-8:00pm Master Classes (Philharmonia and Youth Orchestra)

7:00pm Karen Pommerich, violins

7:00pm Kara Poorbaugh, violas

7:00pm Isabel Castellvi, cellos

7:00pm Michael DiTrolio, bass

7:00pm Chip Hill, woodwinds

7:00pm Andrew Shelton, brass

7:00pm Brian Tinkel, percussion

October 6

6:00-6:45pm Prelude Sectional

6:45-7:25pm Chamber Sectional

7:00-8:00pm College Preparation/Audition Preparation Discussion and Q&A

October 13

6:00-6:45pm Prelude Sectional

6:45-7:25pm Chamber Sectional

7:00-8:00pm Master Classes

 


October 20

6:00pm Violin Masterclass with Jason Posnock, ASO Concertmaster

October 27

6:00-8:00pm Sign Up & Play: Solo Recitals

November 3

6:00-8:00pm All-ASYO Ensemble Meeting: half-way point/looking ahead to 2021

November 10

6:00-6:40pm Prelude Sectional

6:45-7:25pm Chamber Sectional

7:00-8:00pm ASO’s Composers of the Orchestra, led by Darko Butorac

November 17

6:00-6:40pm Prelude Sectional

6:45-7:25pm Chamber Sectional

7:00-8:00pm Master Classes

November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break

December 1

6:00-8:00pm Alexander Technique lesson

December 8

6:00-6:40pm Prelude Sectional

6:45-7:25 Chamber Sectional

7:00-8:00pm Master Classes

December 15 – Winter Break

ASYO STAFF

Leigh Dixon
Youth Orchestra Manager
Leigh Dixon
Youth Orchestra Manager

Leigh Dixon is a violist from Louisville, Kentucky. She has performed with orchestras on stages across the United States, Canada, and China, and was most recently a violist for the Atlanta Opera before joining the viola section of the Asheville Symphony in Fall of 2019. During the summer, Leigh serves as Assistant Dean of Students at the Brevard Music Center, working with students and assisting in a positive student-life experience for musicians ranging in age from 14 to 28. Leigh was a member of the Louisville Youth Orchestra during her high school studies from 2005-2009.

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Elizabeth Terry
Prelude Orchestra Conductor
Elizabeth Terry
Prelude Orchestra Conductor

Elizabeth is an active performer, and has performed on violin with the Hendersonville Symphony, Brevard Philharmonic, Asheville Lyric Opera, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Asheville Choral Society, as well as other orchestras and chamber groups in the WNC area. Elizabeth also plays violin with the Cafe Strings Quartet and enjoys playing swing and jazz fiddle.

Elizabeth studied music and violin at UNC Greensboro and jazz studies at UNC Asheville and holds a BA in music from UNCA. She also holds National Board certification in Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood Music and is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education through UNCG. Elizabeth lives in South Asheville with her husband and daughter.

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.