Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Announces New YPO Conductor

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Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) Announces
New Young Performer’s Orchestra (YPO) Conductor

Dallas, TX – The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra is thrilled to announce that Charilyne Rojas Siegel will conduct GDYO’s Young Performer’s Orchestra (YPO) beginning in September, 2021 at the start of what will be GDYO’s 50th Anniversary Season. She replaces Susan Younghans who recently received a GDYO promotion to conduct the Sinfonietta ensemble (a more advanced group), while still conducting GDYO’s Dallas String Ensemble (DSE). Jim Frank announced he was stepping down from his long tenure as conductor of the Sinfonietta to focus on GDYO’s Philharmonic ensemble. Charilyne joins one of the largest conducting staffs in the North Texas region, as GDYO now has eight conductors on its artistic team.

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra was founded in 1972 by a group of parents, educators and musicians who valued music education and the outcomes it could provide, with a mission is to provide music education and performance opportunities for youth with demonstrated musical ability. Now entering its 50th season, GDYO has grown to serve over 465 talented young musicians, performing in 9 ensembles including two full orchestras, three string orchestras, a wind ensemble, a flute choir and a jazz combo and a jazz orchestra. GDYO musicians socialize with a diverse group of highly talented peers from over 50 communities in the Metroplex, as well as interacting with professionals from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Winds, the Dallas Opera and multiple other local music ensembles.

Charilyne Rojas-Siegel has a lifelong passion for music and teaching. She earned her BM in Music Education from the University of North Texas where she was also heavily involved with the UNT String Project. Mrs. Rojas maintained a private studio teaching toddlers to adults while starting her career in the classroom as a middle school Orchestra Director, one of her favorite age groups to teach. She previously served in TMEA leadership and as General Manager for a local baroque orchestra before having her daughters, Emi and Victoria.

“She will add a great deal of talent, warmth and energy to our growing programming,” said GDYO Music Director, Richard Giangiulio. “She is a fantastic replacement for Susan Younghans who left this opportunity to receive a conducting promotion from GDYO.”

“It is my honor and privilege to serve as YPO’s next conductor, and carry on its legacy of quality musicianship. GDYO has deep roots, both in Dallas and in establishing string education in North Texas. It is a true privilege to take part in GDYO’s mission, and to help create lasting impact in local music education and within our community,” said incoming YPO Conductor, Charilyne Siegel.

Mrs. Rojas has strong ties to GDYO, being an alumna herself. In 2018, she served on the Board of Directors and steered the Alumni Committee. As of this year, she is also the face behind GDYO’s social media and digital content. Her diverse experiences as a musician, educator, arts administrator, and consultant have all helped shape her musical philosophy and holistic teaching approach. Her student-led organization – Concerts for a Cause – helps students share music through local volunteerism. Along with all things strings and education, Mrs. Rojas is also passionate about STEAM, music therapy, arts advocacy & accessibility, and supporting community organizations.

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Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
3630 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX, 75219

Contact: Cathy Hernandez
(214) 528-7747