JSYO Conductors

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Scott C. Gregg
Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, Music Director and Principal Conductor, Winston Family Endowed Chair

Scott Gregg will be in his 21st year holding the Winston Family Endowed Chair with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra (JSYO). He has guided the organization’s growth from a 60-member group to an artistically robust arts education program with more than 200 participants. His youth education work has included stints as Music Director for Education of the Jacksonville Symphony; music director for the Youth at the Beaches Arts Guild productions; and music director for the Summer Musical Theater Experience at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Click here for full biography

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Naira Cola
Conductor, Clay County Foundation Strings I and II 

Violinist Naira Cola has been playing with the Jacksonville Symphony since 2012. Cola was born and raised in Pensacola, FL and her upbringing was filled with jazz, gospel and soul music. She studied at the Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of Sally Thomas and Dr. Ann Setzer before attending New York University and the Julliard School for her graduate and post graduate studies. 

Over the course of her career, Cola has received numerous accolades for her unique artistry, including winning the Doris Kahn Concerto Competition, being a semi-finalist in the National Sphinx Competition and being awarded the Artist Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  As a soloist, she has been featured on NPR radio, WUWF Classic radio and WEAR TV. She has also toured with Ensemble Du Monde chamber orchestra. 

Cola has served as an Artist in Residence for the Sphinx Performance Academy, Queens Borough Community College and the Noel Pointer School of Music, where she became the Artistic Director. She works each summer as the Artistic Director of the Four Strings Academy in Lexington, MA. As a pedagogue and advocate for arts education, she has instructed hundreds of students in Brooklyn and throughout the New York Metropolitan area. She currently serves on the faculty of the First Coast Community Music School and has recently taken the role of leading the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra in Clay County.

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Rocco (Rocky) DiGeorgio
Conductor, Foundation Strings II/Encore Strings

Rocco (Rocky) DiGeorgio has 35 years of experience as an orchestral music instructor. In addition to leading the JSYO Foundation Strings II and Encore Strings, DiGeorgio performs a variety of musical roles in the community. He is founder and director of Jacksonville Suzuki Strings, an ensemble consisting of 60 young musicians from greater Jacksonville. He has also been a guest clinician for Suzuki violin workshops throughout the United States. He also currently serves as Sunday Music Director at San Juan del Rio Church in St. Johns County and conductor for several student orchestras at area private schools. DiGeorgio received his Bachelor of Music Education from Jacksonville University. He resides in Mandarin with his wife Judy and children Antoni and Juliana. 

 

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Marj Dutilly
Conductor, Foundation Strings I

Marj Dutilly’s career has taken her from the military to JSYO but music has always been the base of her success. A graduate of Immaculata University with a degree in music, she served a tour of duty in Vietnam and was utilized as a music recreation therapist at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. Dutilly has performed with the Ventura (CA) Symphony Orchestra, the North Attleboro (MA) Civic Symphony, the Attleboro Civic Opera Company and the Warwick (RI) Symphony Orchestra. She is Director of Music at Faith Christian Academy, Fernandina Beach and founder/director of SELAH STRINGS of Nassau County. Dutilly has taught at the Amelia Arts Academy and is principal cellist with the Amelia Arts String Ensemble. Her work has included assistance with both the JSYO Foundation and Overture Strings as tuning coach and audition judge. She and her husband, Ron, have six children, one of whom, Peter, was a member of the JSYO Philharmonic Orchestra for six years.

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Judith Steinmeyer
Conductor, Premiere Strings

Judith Steinmeyer has been involved with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras for many years serving as a sectional coach, beginner strings conductor, and conductor of the Premiere Strings.

She started her career as a violinist in the U.S. Air Force Band Symphony Orchestra and Strolling Strings in Washington, DC. After completion of her active duty military service she continued to perform worldwide in from the Bolshoi Theatre to Carnegie Hall.

Steinmeyer was personnel manager for the Washington Chamber Symphony at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  She holds a Professional Educator’s Certificate from the State of Florida.  Judy teaches private lessons at the First Coast Community Music School.  She is the Pre-K through 8th grade General Music teacher and choir director at Holy Spirit Catholic School.

Judith received the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Guided Residency Program Scholarship Award.  She is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the American Federation of Musicians, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American String Teachers Association and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

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John Wieland
Conductor, Foundation Strings I and II at Woodland Acres Elementary School 

John Wieland, principal bass for the Jacksonville Symphony, will assume additional duties as Assistant Conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras in charge of Foundation Strings I and II at Woodland Acres Elementary School.

Prior to joining the Jacksonville Symphony, Wieland was principal bass of the Virginia and Oklahoma Symphonies, as well as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City and the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder Colorado.  His bachelor’s degree is from the New School of Music in Philadelphia (now part of Temple University) and included studies with Michael Shahan (Associate Principal Bass/Philadelphia Orchestra and (the late) William Smith (Assistant Conductor/Keyboard/Philadelphia Orchestra. Additional teachers include Eugene Levinson/Principal/New York Philharmonic and (the late) H.Stevens Brewster/Principal of the National Symphony. 

An avid educator, he has taught students from age three up to the university level.  He has held faculty positions at the University of Central Oklahoma, Langston University, Bethune-Cookman University and Stetson University.  His many former students teach all over North and Central America and many play professionally around the world.