Kameron Conley, Executive Director/Board Member
Kameron Conley entered the wonderful world of strings at age eleven. Being precocious from the start, he first took up viola performance and then later embraced the cello. As a graduate from the prestigious Del Sol High School program in Las Vegas, he performed in their award winning chamber orchestra for two years, then studied music at the College of Southern Nevada where he earned two Associates Degrees in education (Mathematics and Music). Currently, he is an Educational Consultant for Summerhays Music (Orem) and serves as the New Executive Director of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Daniels, Director of Development
We're happy to welcome Daniel Daniels to The Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra as the new Director of Development! Daniel has been working in the nonprofit sector for over five years. Entering the industry as a volunteer AmeriCorps member, he has worked diligently up the ranks to work as the director of several non-profits here in the city of Provo. Daniel has a deep-rooted passion and belief in education and the strides it helps young people to take in achieving their goals. His experience, vision, and passion will help The UVYSO fulfill its mission of supporting the youth and communities aesthetic, social, intellectual, development.
David Caldwell, Board President
David Caldwell began his music career at the age of 4 on the piano, then to cello at the age of 8. Music was a huge part of his life and household growing up. He attended music focused schools where he grew up in Houston, Texas, until the age of 13. He then was moved to Utah Valley, where music opportunities needed to be expanded. He was introduced to the Utah Valley Youth Symphony, and began what is now a 36 year association with that group, with a more hands off association from age 18-21 while he was concerned with first, loud cars, then a 2 year humanitarian mission for his church. Upon his return, he was promptly drawn fully back into the group by the Executive Director, serving as fill-in performer, logistics crew chief, tour chaperone, office manager, tour director, and board member. Mr. Caldwell is now the President of the Executive Board. Professionally, Mr. Caldwell took a detour from music into the world of Information Technology, where he has enjoyed a successful career of almost 30 years, now working for ServiceNow, a software company, as a technical trainer. He and his amazing wife, Jenny, have three fantastic children.
Blanka Bednarz, Board Member
Violinist Blanka Bednarz is an alumna of the "Talent School" in Poznan, Univ. of Kansas and the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her playing has been hailed as “beautiful, mature and rich in color” (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland). As soloist she has performed with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra, the Connecticut Virtuosi, Symphony and Chamber orchestras of the New England Conservatory, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia and others. In 2007-8 she joined the Vega String Quartet-in-residence at Emory University in Atlanta, GA (“marvelous foursome” --Strad). She collaborated with artists such as Barry Snyder, Rita Sloan, Brian Ganz, Doris Stevenson, Jeffrey Solow, Simon Gollo, Monte Belknap, Adrian Levine, Richard Stoltzman, Russell and Leslie Harlow, Corigliano and Amernet Quartets, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Alarm Will Sound, Baltimore Symphony and Utah Symphony. She performs in the USA, UK, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, China, Finland and Lithuania, among others at the Jordan Hall in Boston, Miller Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Aula UAM, etc. She can be heard on Capstone Records, Acte Prealable and Musica Omnia. She is concertmaster of Sinfonietta Polonia. She has taught at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Emory University, Utah Valley University and coached chamber music at International Musical Arts Institute, ME; International Music Institute and Festival, MD (www.imif.us), at Franklin Pond in Atlanta, at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City. She is Associate Professor of Music at Dickinson College and faculty at the Young Artist Institute under the Park City Beethoven Festival in Utah. She has given masterclasses at universities and colleges in the USA, Poland and China.
Donna Fairbanks, Board Member
Donna Fairbanks is Professor of Music, Department Chair, String Area Coordinator, and Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra in the Department of Music at Utah Valley University. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University. She has presented recitals and master classes in Mexico, Brazil, China, Europe, and throughout the United States. She has recorded CDs with MSR Classics, 4TAY Records, and Tantara Records. Selections from these recordings have been featured on major public radio stations and networks, among them WNYC New York City, WFMT Chicago, WPRB Princeton, and the Beethoven Satellite Network.
Daniel Christensen, Board Member
Soon to come!