About the Conductors
Music Director Conductor
Youth Symphony & Youth
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, Associate Conductor, joined the YSSO in 2000-2001. Upon completion of study in violin performance and teaching at the Soviet Conservatory of Music she accepted a teaching position at Kazakhstan’s 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. She maintains a thriving private studio for violin and viola. She has conducted Siskiyou Violins, an ensemble of private students, in performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, in Los Angeles, at the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center in Medford and at various community events.