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NTYO: Enhancing Life, Enhancing Community

North Texas Youth Orchestra (NTYO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit fine art organization that provides an outstanding musical experience for young musicians in the North Texas area. The orchestra is comprised of over 50 members and nurtures and encourages skills that enable the musicians to reach a higher level of performance but also to become contributing citizens of their communities. The members work with professionals from the north Texas area, which is rich in musical talent. The conductors and section coaches are from the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University and other universities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Our Mission

North Texas Youth Orchestra provides opportunities for young musicians to serve their community, enrich lives through the performance of music, elevate the awareness of the arts throughout North Texas and motivate young adults to excel as musicians and community members.

Next: Meet our Artistic Director, Julianne Booth

Our Artistic Director, Julianne Booth

Maestro Julianne Booth calls El Paso, Texas her hometown. Raised a military 'army brat', her father was a WWII POW and her mother was a professional designer.

She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Violin Performance; her mentor was violinist Laurence Gibson, former concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Mrs. Booth completed all her coursework for a double degree in Musicology and Violin Performance at the University of North Texas. Her mentors were Maestro Anshel Brusilow, former concertmaster of the Philadelphia Symphony and Mr. Philip Lewis, concertmaster of the Richardson Symphony, graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and founder of Chamber Music International.

Mrs. Booth was a member of the Fort Worth Opera, the Dallas Summer Musicals Orchestra, The Dallas Ballet and Dallas Opera, the Richardson Symphony, the Plano Symphony and the Lewisville Lake Symphony. She was also a member of the resident Shreveport Symphony String Quartet and continues to perform professionally. Mrs. Booth has performed with many artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, Josh Groban, Shirley McClaine and the Transiberian Orchestra to name a few. She is also the director of orchestras at Denton High School and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician across the Southwest.

She has been an educator for over 20 years and has had very successful programs in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Highland Park ISD and Plano ISD. Her orchestras have been consistently ranked as one of the top three orchestras in the state by the Texas Music Educators Association over the last 13 years.

A frequent feature writer for the Dallas Morning News, Mrs. Booth has had many articles published over the last 12 years.

Her hobbies include cooking, reading, cooking, dog agility, cooking, performing and cooking.

Mrs. Booth is married to Rodney Booth, professional trumpet player and UNT faculty member. They have two beautiful daughters and among them own 5 dogs and 2 cats. Their children continue to be the center of their lives - as it should be.

Next: Meet the NTYO Board

The NTYO Board

Julianne Booth, Artistic Director

Julianne Booth serves as the artistic director and resident conductor of the North Texas Youth Orchestra. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a performance degree and continued her graduate studies at the University of North Texas with a double major in performance and musicology. Read more



Maike Cheng, Personnel Director

Maike Cheng is the Principal of MC Collaborative Designs, LLC, an Interior Design firm based in Dallas, specializing in hospitality, multifamily, and high-end residential design and residential remodeling. In addition, Maike is also a Real Estate Executive at CEDA Realty in Plano with specialties in residential condominium, single family, and multifamily projects. He is a former violinist, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science alumnus, and University of North Texas graduate. Maike is currently involved with The Real Estate Council and believes strongly in giving back to the community.


Laurie Jeffry, Financial Director

Laurie Jeffry is the mother of former NTYO bassist, Avery Jeffry. Laurie has been a supporter of the orchestra since its inception in 2009. She is a part-time administrative assistant / bookkeeper for a small, local company. Laurie enjoys volunteering for the NYTO as an investment in our local community, as well as a way to develop interest and promote music appreciation.


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