About the Conductors

Cynthia Hutton
YSSO Music Director Conductor
Youth Symphony & Youth Orchestra

Cynthia Hutton, D.M.A., began her career as Music Director and Conductor of Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra in 1994-1995. Dr. Hutton is Assistant Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University and is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony. She previously served as Director of Bands at the University of California at San Diego, and she has served as the Assistant Conductor and Horn Instructor of the La Jolla Civic University Orchestra. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. More about Cynthia Hutton ...

Faina Podolnaya
YSSO Associate Conductor
Youth Strings

Faina Podolnaya, Associate Conductor of the YSSO, joined the YSSO in 2000-2001. Ms. Podolnaya conducts Youth Strings. Upon completion of study in violin performance and teaching at the Soviet Conservatory of Music she accepted a teaching position at Kazakhstan’s most prestigious music academy where she worked privately with students, lectured and coached ensembles preparing for competitions and concerts. Ms. Podolnaya has received numerous awards, including her selection as the Soviet Union’s Teacher of the Year. Ms. Podolnaya maintains a thriving private studio for violin and viola. She has conducted Siskiyou Violins, an ensemble of private students in her studio, in performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as in Los Angeles, at a recent national conference for string teachers, at the Craterian Theater in Medford and at various community events.