Announcement: Youth Symphony Conductor

The Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program is proud to announce that Ms. Sayra Siverson has been named Conductor of the renowned Youth Symphony starting with the program’s 2016-2017 Season.

Previously the Conductor of the Program’s Youth Orchestra, Ms. Siverson will become the first woman in the 62 year history of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program to conduct the Youth Symphony – the program’s flagship ensemble.

“Sayra’s long standing commitment to instilling passion in young people for music, through both performance and education, makes her well suited to lead this program’s premier ensemble,” said Mark Wade, President of the AYSP Board of Directors. “We look forward to her artistic leadership as the Program continues to nurture and grow future leaders in music and in our society as a whole.”

At the age of 17, Ms. Siverson became the youngest member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Henry Charles Smith, as well as the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in Iowa. As a teen, she appeared as a soloist with the Sioux Empire Youth Symphony, performed with the Canadian Brass and The Moody Blues, was a Summit Brass Institute Fellow, and was selected as a McDonald’s All-American Musician.

Ms. Siverson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. During her undergraduate studies, she toured Germany with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, founded by Leonard Bernstein, and recorded a series of TV specials for Germany’s ZDF. Additionally, she performed at Mexico’s Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacan, and performed in the Santa Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Siverson earned a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of New Mexico in 1998. Additionally, she taught public and private school music for 16 successful years. Recognized as a champion for music education in the Albuquerque community, she’s successfully partnered with living composers on commissions and performances of new works including Hegg, Janis, Mauldin, O’Connor, O’Donnell, Salvatore, Sasaki, Schelle, Wallace, and Wilkinson.

Ms. Siverson has been a conductor with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program since 1998, and has served as the organization’s Artistic Director since 2014. Her orchestras have performed at the New Mexico All-State Music Festival, the American String Teachers Association national conference, the League of American Orchestras “Meet the Composer” program, and with Hey Mozart! NM.

An active guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician at events throughout the United States, Ms. Siverson has participated in events at Northern Arizona University’s Curry Summer Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, New Operfestival di Roma (Italy), ISAS Arts Festival, Grand Opera Theater, and multiple All-State and District music festivals. Recently, Augustana University honored her with the Horizon Award which recognizes young alumni who have quickly demonstrated outstanding vocational achievements and have provided faithful service to their community. In 2017, Ms. Siverson will conduct the Colorado All-State Music Festival Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Siverson, along with husband Marc Salter, own New Harmony Music, a company that makes custom accessories for orchestral string instruments with diverse customers like Yo-Yo Ma, Cirque du Soliel, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Avett Brothers.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Siverson!


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