YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – the twenty-THIRD season
William Reece Waag – Conductor
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ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA
Youth Symphony Orchestra is the leading orchestra ensemble of SFYSA. Members play a range of music, from the orchestral classics through works written in the 21st century. YSO has performed with world-renowned artists such as Mark O’Connor, Guillermo Figueroa, and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with organizations such as the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Ying Quartet, Moving People Dance Company, Denver School of the Arts, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Albuquerque Youth Symphony, and the Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama. Each season, the YSO aims to go on tour. Recent tours have included performing at the White Sands Full Moon Concert series and Las Cruces, Seattle and Northwest Washington, Colorado Springs and Denver, the Czech Republic and Germany, and San Francisco.
Target Age Group: Advanced high school (approximately grades 10-12)
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
William Reece Waag is in his third season as Conductor of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony. A passionate music educator, he’s elated to invest his love for this work into SFYSA. William’s recent guest conducting engagements include the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra, Albuquerque Youth Symphony Reading Orchestra, Honor Orchestras in New Mexico, as well as assuming the Assistant Conductor position with the High Desert Winds of Santa Fe. William has held a variety of conducting and teaching positions ranging from elementary and secondary schools to colleges, public and private institutions, and four states across the western US. He has lead wind ensembles, jazz bands, symphony orchestras, music education courses, music theory, special education, and pre-school music. Above all these, William’s passion is for conducting youth symphonies. Previously with Kittitas Valley Youth Orchestra (Washington), and Anchorage Youth Philharmonic (Alaska), William is so pleased to be guiding the Santa Fe Youth Symphony to creative collaborations and expanding every aspect of the youth symphony experience.
William received a MM in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University, and a BM in Music Education from Boise State University. Raised primarily in Boise, he lived near Seattle, and in Anchorage before moving to the high desert of Santa Fe. A true native of the Pacific Northwest, he loves exploring the mountains in all seasons with ski poles in one hand, and espresso in the other. In his free time, he can be found traveling the country in his 1972 Volkswagen bus.
Phone: (505) 672-5565, ext. 104