Berlioz Orchestra Conductor
Kyung-Nam Oh was born in Seoul, Korea. He graduated from Sun-Wha Art High School and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music from Kyung-Hee University. He earned a Master’s degree from Ball State University with a full graduate assistantship and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University with a Dean’s Scholarship.
Mr. Oh believes music is not just sound, rather music reflects the performing player’s emotions, knowledge, philosophy and spirit. To produce or create better music, the performer’s personality, knowledge, philosophy, and spirit should be devoted to it and the teacher has the responsibility to assist in the development of all these aspects.
Accordingly, Mr. Oh believes his role is as much as being a mentor to his students as it is in being a teacher. With this philosophy in mind he has served as Director of various youth groups including Master’s Youth Orchestra, MYO Young Artist’s Competition, Anderson University Summer String Camp and NYLO Summer Camp.
He always loves to listen to young players performances and takes care to give constructive feedback. Mr. Oh has served as an adjudicator of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians Competition, Muncie Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Federation of Music Clubs’ State Convention Competition, and ISSMA Solo District Competitions.
Mr. Oh believes that one’s overall teaching philosophy should remain constant but that the practical teaching methods employed should be flexible according to the particular teaching circumstances e.g., size of the class, age-group, learning ability. With this in mind, Mr. Oh has taught cello for more than twenty years and his students have won numerous competitions and in a broader context have developed in many cases as role models for the societies in which they live and work.
Mr. Oh has played cello in numerous solo and chamber music recitals including in the US Mid West, South Korea and Hungary. Until 2014 he was an adjunct faculty member at Anderson University and Taylor University and was a Co-Music Director of the Anderson University Chamber Orchestra. He also served as Choir Conductor at the Eunhye Korean Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis. He was also a member of Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Trio Cantabile and Appassionati Ensemble.
Viotti Orchestra Conductor
Austin Lightfoot conducts the Viotti Orchestra and teaches violin at YoFES. Austin studied violin performance at Berklee College of Music, where he had coursework in music therapy and early education. He has pedagogical training through the Suzuki Institute of Boston. Austin believes music should be fun and to that extent, he finds or makes creative arrangements for his students and orchestra in addition to teaching them fundamentals and standard repertoire.[/ult_accrow] [/ult_accordion]
Kreutzer Orchestra Conductor
Lisa Sailer teaches violin and viola at YoFES. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from SUNY Purchase and a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from The Boston Conservatory, where she is currently pursuing an Alexander Technique teaching certification. Because of her Alexander Technique work, Lisa’s teaching method helps students with injury treatment and prevention in a way that incorporates the use of the whole self and encourages ease and freedom of movement.
Lisa has been a teaching assistant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and the Director of Upper Strings at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Summer Music Festival. She is the new conductor of the Kreutzer Orchestra at YoFES.