North Texas Youth Orchestra (NTYO) was established in 2009 to build on and enhance the successful public and private school programs in Plano, Carrollton, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Garland, Southlake, Lewisville, Denton, and Dallas. We are a community service oriented, non-profit full symphony orchestra serving young musicians between the ages of 13 to 18. Membership in the school music programs is strongly encouraged and only serves to strengthen the musical foundation of NTYO members. Read more about NTYO.
Michelle Brians serves as orchestra director at Guyer High School in Denton, where she also serves TMEA Region 2 as Orchestra Division Chair. Her orchestras have consistently won Sweepstakes awards at UIL, as well as ranking in the top ten in the Texas Honor Orchestra Competition. Ms. Brians performs with local symphonies and Baroque ensembles, and she sings with The New Collection, an acapella vocal jazz ensemble. She enjoys songwriting, playing the piano, painting, and listening to good music.
Adron Ming has been Music Director of the Lewisville Lake Symphony since 1984. He studied cello with Lev Aronson and conducting with Anshel Brusilow and Daniel Sternberg. He has led the Richardson Symphony, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Sunshine Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, the Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, and the New Philharmonic of Irving.
Violinist York Shaw has a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Music Performance from The University of Texas at Austin and New York University, respectively. His principal teachers while completing his degrees were violinists Brian Lewis and Naoko Tanaka. He has had the opportunity to perform in master classes with esteemed artists such as the Miro Quartet, Anne Epperson, David Kim, Anne-Akiko Meyers, Stephanie Chase, Shmuel Katz, and has also performed with the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland. York has taught at the Northwest School of Music in Austin and was a graduate adjunct professor while at NYU. He currently performs in the DFW region and has an active private teaching studio.
North Texas Youth Orchestra (NTYO) would like to give thanks to PFAMily Arts for being our rehearsal home and concert venue for a second year! PFAMily Arts provides the opportunity for professional training in the performing and visual arts. Please check them out at www.pfamilyarts.org.