conductors, mentors, board



Artistic Staff

The artistic staff of GBYO work as a collaborative team, assisting with many different aspects and ensembles within the broader organization. Emily Bowman, Artistic Director, oversees all aspects of the artistic effort.


Outstanding professional musicians and graduate students at the CU College of Music, GBYO Mentors work with the students on a regular basis. For the student musicians of GBYO, working with Mentors has many benefits, as the Mentors provide strong examples of musicianship in every way:

  • Elements of music - rhythm, pitch, dynamics, etc
  • Rehearsal etiquette
  • Performance practice
  • Technique

The Mentors not only lead sectionals and provide direction for rehearsals, they teach by example.

Team GBYO in action

GBYO conductors

Emily Bowman
Artistic Director, Philharmonic Conductor

Emily Anne Bowman is an active educator and performer who enjoys developing the skill and joy of music making with young players! Ms. Bowman teaches strings grades 3-12 at Shining Mountain Waldorf School and teaches viola, violin and fiddle with Boulder Suzuki Strings.

In addition to her active teaching schedule, Ms. Bowman performs regularly with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. Ms. Bowman also performs with the Seicento Baroque Ensemble, the Free Range String Quartet and joins folk americana group The Bowmans whenever she can.

Ms. Bowman received her formal classical training from the New World School of the Arts and the University of Colorado College of Music. Ms. Bowman graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Viola Performance and was the recipient of the Gabor Ormai Viola Award. Ms. Bowman has twice been awarded the Exemplary Private Teacher Award by the American Strings Teachers Colorado chapter. Ms. Bowman has presented at state and national music education conferences. In addition to making music Ms. Bowman delights in eating and spending time outdoors.

Gary Lewis
Symphony Conductor

Gary Lewis, Chair of Conducting Studies and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, played an important role in the creation of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras in 2010 and was the founding Artistic Director.

A highly sought after educator and clinician, Mr. Lewis has conducted All-State Orchestras in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, Michigan, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Delaware, the Honor Orchestra of America and the American String Teachers Association National High School Honor Orchestra. Maestro Lewis was instrumental in establishing the youth orchestra’s reputation for excellence since 2010 when two previous Boulder youth orchestras merged to create GBYO. In addition to his work at CU, he is the Music Director of the Midland­ Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic.

As a strong advocate of music education, Mr. Lewis has presented many in-service workshops for public school educators, as well as numerous presentations at state and regional music education association conferences. In addition, he has conducted All-State Orchestras and Bands in many states along with the ASTA National Honor Orchestra and the Honor Orchestra of America. In 2010 Mr. Lewis became the founding Artistic Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and served as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Lewis is also a strong proponent of new music. He has been instrumental in the development and production of contemporary music festivals and his interest in new music has led him to collaborations with composers such as Dan Kellogg, Carter Pann, George Crumb, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Chen Yi, Michael Daugherty, Stephen Paulus, and many others.

Erik Johnson
Wind Ensemble Conductor

Dr. Erik Johnson is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Colorado State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, conducts the 130 member CSU Concert Band, and is the Director of the CSU Middle School Outreach Ensemble program. Erik is a 2017 Distinction in Community Outreach Award winner at Colorado State University and a 2016 GRAMMY Research Award winner -- an award that is accompanied by a grant that supports research into how peer-assisted learning in music can help to improve social responsiveness for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He holds a master’s degree in Wind Conducting and a Ph.D in Music Education from the University of Colorado.

As a teacher, Erik has received three school board commendations, two 9-News Teacher Who Cares Awards and a Colorado Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by the Walmart Foundation. In 2009, Erik received first prize in the Hugh McMillan conducting competition. As a conductor, clinician, and educational consultant, Erik has worked extensively throughout Colorado, the United States, Japan, India, Lithuania, Spain, and China. In 2018 he will be featured as an Artist in Residence at the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic. He is a frequent music festival adjudicator and presenter at state, national and international music conferences including recent presentations in India, Spain, Scotland, and Lithuania, and Ireland. His scholarly writings and research have been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Education and Training Studies, and The Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education. Erik’s goals are to cultivate a sincere passion for artistry and music learning for students at all levels.

Paul Rowinski
Sinfonia Conductor

Paul Rowinski has been teaching violin using the Suzuki Method in Boulder, Colorado since 1983. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in music, studying violin performance and pedagogy with William Starr. He is the director of the Woodsong Suzuki Violin Instruction program in Boulder, and performs locally in various community orchestras.

Stephanie Texera
Guest Wind Ensemble Conductor

Ms. Stephanie Texera will be starting her first year as the Director of Bands at Sunset Middle School. Most recently, she was the Director of Bands and the Visual & Performing Arts Academy Coordinator at Skyline High School. Known for her creative and engaging programming, her concert and jazz ensembles have consistently received statewide recognition. Ms. Texera’s true passion is helping students develop a lifelong enjoyment of music. She loves to help students achieve what they never thought possible. “If you believe, then you can achieve.”

Ms. Texera received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She continues to look towards innovations in teaching and learning as well as integrating technology in the classroom in novel ways. During her tenure at CU, she was active in the new music community conducting several premieres for the Pendulum New Music Concert series and CU Wind Ensemble. In the Fall of 2009, she had the honor of conducting “Night Music I” for the “George Crumb at 80 Celebratory Festival” under the guidance of the composer.

Ms. Texera has taught orchestra and band in Colorado and Florida for 21 years. With a strong belief that travel is an extension of the classroom, her ensembles have performed in California, Tennessee, Hawaii, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Most recently, Ms. Texera served as the Director of the Front Range Youth Symphony in Arvada from 2011-2015. She is highly sought after as a guest clinician and conductor throughout Colorado.

In her spare time, Ms. Texera enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband John, traveling, gardening, doing yoga, and hanging out with her cat Toby.

Some of our Supporters

GBYO is a non-profit organization and relies on the support of donors.

Student tuition and ticket sales cover less than half of the costs
of this organization; the rest comes from donations and grants.

GBYO has supported dozens of students with financial assistance,
some of whom have gone to study music in college.

Symphony Mentors

Linsie Katz Violin

J Violinist Lindsie Katz has worked with musicians such as Charles Gray, Francesca Anderegg, Harumi Rhodes, and the Avalon and Takacs String Quartets. She attended St. Olaf College and now CU Boulder, and has played with the Lake Forest Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. Music festivals include Southern Illinois, Icicle Chamber Music, and the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute. 

Yenlik Weiss Violin

Dr. Yenlik Weiss is a dedicated chamber musician, orchestra performer, and teacher. In addition to maintaining contracts with the Boulder Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony Orchestras, she has performed with the San Bernardino Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Opera, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Marina del Rey Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Aspen Choral Society, and served as an Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Mahler Festival and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Symphony, on Colorado Public Radio, and performed numerous chamber solos in the US, Europe, and Asia.

As a member of the Boulder Philharmonic Education String Quartet she has visited and performed at dozens of schools, and performed family and sensory friendly concerts at the Boulder Public Library. Yenlik completed her Masters in Violin Performance in Cleveland and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a freelance musician in Los Angeles, she performed with Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and Earth Wind & Fire among other contemporary performers, and performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. For more information please visit

Erin Napier Viola

Violist Erin Napier recently graduated from the University of Michigan, and is now a masters student at CU Boulder. She has been involved with several productions of new and contemporary premieres over the course of her nascent career, including her feature as a soloist in the American premiere of Juhani Nuorvala’s Variationes ex bene quondam. In addition to her passion for ensemble and solo performance, Napier harbors a profound love of teaching, and continues striving to bridge the connection between her artistic and pedagogical development.

Jason Thompson Bass

Danny Pliskow GBYO Bass Mentor

Jason Thompson moved to Colorado in the summer of 2015 and since has played in orchestras across the Denver Metro Area. He completed a Bachelor of Music at the George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and a Master of Music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD where he had the opportunity to work with musical greats such as Leon Fleisher, Harold Robinson, and Eugene Levinson.

Jason has participated in the Chautauqua Music Festival (NY), Sewanee Summer Music Festival, National Music Festival, Miami Music Festival and most recently Colorado Music Festival. Currently residing in Boulder, Jason plays with the Fort Collins Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic and makes regular substitute appearances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Jason’s mentorship is sponsored by Arthur Lieb, in memory of Detroit jazz bassist Danny Pliskow.

Jennifer Stucki Oboe

Jennifer Stucki maintains a diverse career that includes soloing, orchestra and chamber ensemble work, organizing various collaborative arts projects, and teaching. A recent migrant from Chicago to Denver, she performed as principal oboist with the Skokie Valley Symphony, second oboe and english horn with the Racine Symphony and was a member of the Sapphire Woodwind Quintet. Recent performances include performing with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony and as a guest soloist with North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble performing the Marcello Oboe Concerto. Additionally she has performed with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Marriott Hotel Theater pit orchestras, Fifth House Ensemble, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago as well as many others. From 2005-2009 she was the principal oboist for the Navy Band and part of the Fair Winds Woodwind Quintet. She has been a featured soloist multiple times with the Skokie Valley Symphony, the Navy Band, and multiple chorale organizations in the Chicago area. She is inspired by vocal music, stories, nature, the culinary arts, and enjoys seeing how life can be expressed through music.

A native of Colorado Springs, Jennifer moved to Chicago in 2000 to attend the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Since then she has earned her Bachelor’s degree from CCPA and her Master’s degree from DePaul University. She has studied with Jelena Dirks, Eugene Izotov, Grover Schiltz and Scott Hostetler. In addition, she has performed in masterclasses given by Alex Klein, Robert Walters and Carolyn Hove.

Jennifer is the oboe professor at the University of Wyoming, Colorado Christian University and is a teaching assistant at the Birch Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin. Her students have been accepted into Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music and Northwestern School of music. Additionally, they have also won positions with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Schaumburg Youth Symphony, ILMEA Honors Orchestra and Young Artist Summerfest at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Philharmonic Mentors

Kathleen Edwards Clarinet

Kathleen Edwards, a native to the Seattle area, is a recent graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Clarinet Performance. From the beginning of her studies in her undergrad, she has performed in top ensembles and has travelled to Whistler, Canada and several music education conferences to perform and lead clinics.

Since the age of five, Kathleen took piano lessons until she graduated from high school and competed in her regional contest. In her senior year, she also traveled to Kumamoto, Japan on a music scholarship to experience and share her love of music with others who also play clarinet. Kathleen is very experienced and well versed in playing and teaching the bass clarinet and E-flat clarinet as well as teaching B-flat clarinet. Kathleen has played in the top orchestra in her undergraduate school, as well as musicals and clarinet quartets. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, as a freelance performer and teacher.

Nicolette Andres Violin

Violinist Nicolette Andres enjoys a diverse musical career in teaching, performing internationally, and continuing her own education through the Suzuki Association. In the fall of 2017 Nicolette left the Pacific Northwest and relocated to her native Colorado to build a Suzuki violin studio in her home community of Evergreen, CO. While in the Northwest, Nicolette earned her Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where she studied under the direction of Dr. Maria Sampen. In addition to performing a diverse program of orchestral music at the University of Puget Sound, Nicolette also received coaching in chamber music and solo performance from professors David Requiro, Duane Hulbert, Timothy Christie, Angela Draghicescu, Rob Hutchinson, and Alistair MacRae. Following her graduation in 2015 Nicolette taught privately in the South Sound area for over two years. Over those years Nicolette enjoyed teaching a full studio of violinists including young Suzuki families, students brand new or returning to the violin, and many adults seeking new skills alike.

During Nicolette's undergraduate career she spent six months abroad in Cork, Ireland where she pursued studies with violinist and conductor Tom Crowley. In addition to her violin studies in Ireland, Nicolette picked up the bodhran (Irish frame drum) and studied with Colm Murphy of the internationally known group De Dannan. In addition to Irish music, Nicolette enjoys playing swing, jazz, folk, rock, and bluegrass. Nicolette is now the violinist in touring Steampunk band Abney Park based in Seattle, WA. Recently Abney Park has performed in Seattle, Portland, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Niagara, Ontario; and Tucson, AZ.

Nicolette is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, and she seeks opportunities to travel often because it reminds her how music allows us to share stories and experiences with people all around the world. Nicolette is excited to work with GBYO to teach in the Boulder community, and spend time with such wonderful orchestras and educators alike.

GBYO Board

GBYO admin

Brian Jack Executive Director

Dr. Jack's affinity for education and community involvement has played a large role in his life.

After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance and Education at Ithaca College, he earned both his Master's Degree and Doctorate in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado. As one of only thirty invited participants, he completed the League of American Orchestras' Essentials of Orchestral Management in New York City in January 2010.

A bassoonist, he currently teaches and performs in the Denver-Boulder area, having played with ensembles such as the Colorado Ballet, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Symphony, MahlerFest Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. He is an avid chamber musician, having formed the Boulder Bassoon Quartet.

He and his wife Kaori Uno, a bassoonist in the award-winning Antero Wind Quintet, are proud parents of two boys!