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DanBlack11_000Daniel Black

Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor

Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra conductor Daniel Black has a strong connection to the rich Russian tradition of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Conservatory. Since joining the RSYO in 2009 he has guided the youth orchestra to a Second Place finish in the American Prize Competition for Excellence in Orchestral Performance and led the orchestra in an invitational performance at the Great Lakes Music Festival 2010. He has added Chamber Orchestra, Brass Choir, and Woodwind Quintet ensembles to the orchestra during his tenure.  Mr. Black also conducts the University of Illinois – Chicago String Orchestra and the summertime Hamilton Wings SCORE youth opera project.  He was a conducting fellow at the 2011 Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. Black has served as guest conductor for orchestras including the RSO and Champaign/Urbana Symphony Orchestra in what was described as a “tour de force” performance, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Symphony “Classica.” He has been assistant conductor of the Elmhurst Symphony and cover conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony.

He has enjoyed success in international competitions, both as a conductor and composer.  He was a finalist and diploma winner of the International Prokofiev Composition Contest in April 2008, and in September of 2008 he advanced to the second round of the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Eastman School of Music, and the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Mr. Black is a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University.  In addition, he has studied composition privately with internationally-renown composer Richard Danielpour.


Vicki-Hastings-RSYO-colorVicki Hastings

Brass Choir Coach

Vicki Hastings received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Chico, in trumpet performance. She completed three years of doctoral studies at Indiana University School of Music while teaching as an Associate Instructor of Trumpet, and performed as principal trumpet of the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, and as lead trumpet of David Baker’s Jazz Ensemble.  Her performance experience also includes positions in the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Philharmonic, the California Brass Choir, and the Embassy Brass Quintet. She currently performs with the Rockford Wind Ensemble, the Rockford Jazz Ensemble, and is a freelance trumpet player throughout the Stateline area.  Ms. Hastings is also Director of Bands at Rockford Christian Schools.


YoungYiHeadshotYoung Yi

Sterling String Quartet Coach

Originally from Korea, Young-Shin Yi holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in violin performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music.  Young studied the violin with Kwang-Ho Lee and Charles Castleman, and music education with Richard Grunow, Louis Bergonzi and Christopher Azzara.  Ms. Yi previously served as a faculty member of the David Hochstein Memorial Music School and at the Community Education Division of Eastman School of Music.  She was also a tenured orchestra director of the Webster Central School District and the Pittsford School District prior to her move to Rockford in 2008.  Ms. Yi currently teaches at the Beloit College and the Rock Valley Community College.  She also coaches the Sterling String Quartet of Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra and has a private studio.  In addition to being a music lover and a teacher, Ms. Yi enjoys being a mother of three very active children and is thankful for her supportive husband, Andy.


DarleenCarl-BeckwithclarinetDarleen Carl-Beck

Woodwind Quartet Coach

Darleen Carl-Beck serves as principal clarinet for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the RSO since 1990. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Stan Hasty and Northwestern University studying with Russ Dagon and Judith Booth Fischer.

In addition to her work with the RSO, Ms. Carl-Beck is an experienced soloist and a chamber ensemble player. She also performs with RSO Woodwind Quintet in the Symphony Saturdays program, and has conducted school outreach programs for the RSO in programs such as Symphony Goes to School and the Rockford Arts Revival. Additionally she has performed as a soloist with the orchestra and as a featured guest musician in the RSO’s Brahms-Schumann Festival in 2009. Ms. Carl-Beck also maintains an active teaching studio. She is an avid bicyclist, skier, and runs a busy household with her husband and three children.


LorieLanganRSOLorie Langan

Education and Community Engagement Director

Ms. Langan joined the RSO staff in 2003. She has held positions with the Rockford Art Museum (Education Director 1998-2003), Rockford Area Arts Council (Arts Integration Team 1996), Regional Office of Education (Arts Integration workshop leader), and Spectrum School (1989-1998). Her experience working with schools and arts specialists includes administrative and professional development in the areas of interdisciplinary cirriculum and cross-disciplinary arts collaborations. Durring 2006/07 she administered the Rockford Arts Link Learning for Youth (RALLY) project funded by the NEA. In the 2003/04 school year, she was co-administrator for thr Rockford Arts Revival Grant funded by the US Dept. of Education. Ms. Langan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and Masters of Education from the University of North Carolina and holds current teacher certification with the Illinois State Board of Education.