Staff and Board

Naomi Welsh, Executive Director

Naomi Welsh maintains an active private studio of cello students, and is active as a cellist in the community. Mrs. Welsh taught orchestra for ten years in the North Dakota public school systems and was previously adjunct cello instructor at the University of North Dakota for eleven years. She began her cello studies at the age of four; her teachers have included Ann Alton and Eva Heinitz. She holds degrees in music and in psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and a degree in music education, with emphasis in strings, from Minnesota State University- Moorhead. Mrs. Welsh is an avid chamber musician with over twenty years of private studio teaching experience. Mrs. Welsh was the recipient of the North Dakota String Teachers Association 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Kevin Sütterlin, Artistic Director. Conductor, Symphony Orchestra

A dedicated 21st century musician, German-born conductor Dr. Kevin Sütterlin is passionate about exploring new, non-traditional forms of musical experience. Dr. Sütterlin is Director of Orchestral Activities at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Prior to that, Dr. Sütterlin served in several functions at the University of Memphis – Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, including Chief Assistant Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, Acting Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra, and Acting Music Director of Opera. In 2016, he received the University of Memphis Graduate Performance Award, the school’s highest creative achievement honor. He is an awardee of the prestigious Hirschmann Foundation scholarship and the University of Memphis International Research scholarship. He was finalist in the renowned American Prize Conducting Competition 2013 and 2014.

As Co-Music Director of Sinfonietta Memphis, he strives to present historically informed performances of Viennese Classical composers in fresh and innovative ways. Considering himself a ‘citizen of the world’ Sütterlin has been building musical bridges across three different continents. He has taught and performed in many countries, including Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland. Sütterlin holds a Bachelor in Conducting from the Hochschule Luzern – Musik, Switzerland and a Master of Music and DMA in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Memphis. He is grateful for the continuous guidance of his mentors Pu-Qi Jiang, Mark Ensley, Christoph Rehli, Douglas Bostock, and Michael Stern.

Dr. Sütterlin is passionate about working with young musicians. He is an internationally sought-after clinician and teacher. He has directed youth symphony programs in Winterthur, Switzerland and in Germantown, Tennessee. In both positions, he designed and installed new comprehensive curricula encompassing music history, theory, aural training, and conducting to ensure a well-rounded education for his students.

NVYO Board 2016-17

2017-18 NVYO Board

President: Jackie Spiros: 2nd term complete 6/30/18
Vice President: Jeremiah Johnson: 2nd term complete 6/30/19
Treasurer: Mark Romanick: 1st term complete 6/30/18
Secretary: Wendy Bulman:  1st term complete 6/30/18

Phil Amundson: 1st term complete 6/30/18
Yong Hou: 1st term complete 6/30/19
David Krogh: 1st term complete 6/30/19
Madhavi Marasinghe: 1st term complete6/30/19
Evan Montgomery: 1st term complete 6/30/18
Naomi Welsh, ex officio

After two consecutive 3-year terms, board members must rotate off for a minimum of one year.

NVYO accepts applications for board membership on a rolling basis, and voting for next year’s board takes place in the spring. To run for the NVYO board,  complete and submit the 2018 Board nomination agreement form Note that you must first be a voting member of NVYO by being a parent of active participants OR by applying with this form: Voting Member Application form

NVYO Board members accept the following responsibilities:
• Represent NVYO in the community through business and personal relationships
• Fulfill a 3-year term, with option to run for a second term
• Attend monthly meetings
• Make an annual personal financial contribution
• Participate in one or more fundraising opportunities
• Help formulate and take responsibility for policies and practices

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