Friday, February 19, 2021

Changes Ahead for Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestras


Appleton, WI – Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra (FVSYO) will say goodbye to the conductor of their top group this spring as Dr. Andres Moran will be leaving the program in April of 2021.

 "I have made the difficult decision to step down as conductor of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony so that I can focus more on my work at UW-Stevens Point and as music director of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra,” says Moran. “In my time with FVYS, I was continuously impressed with their level of commitment and dedication to the music and to each other. The orchestra always rose to the occasion in both rehearsals and performance, and I am sure they will continue to do so.

“I want to thank the staff and FVS board for their amazing support and collaboration. My decision was made easier knowing that the organization and the Fox Valley’s talented young musicians are in great hands.”

“We will definitely miss having him lead our group,” says Jamie LaFreniere, FVSO Executive Director. “He took us to the next level with our students and we can’t thank him enough for all he’s done to get us there. We’re looking forward to adding a new conductor who will continue Dr Moran’s focus of giving our students the best ensemble experience and building lasting memories.”

As part of their planned program growth, the FVSYO is excited to add Marisol Kuborn to the Youth Orchestra team as its first Executive Director. “Marisol has been with our Youth Orchestra as a coach and coordinator and it has been a pleasure watching her work with our students. Her dedication is incredible, and I know our program will soar with her as a leader,” says LaFreniere. “I am so excited for her to join our team in this capacity.”

Born in Santiago, Chile, Marisol Kuborn received a Bachelor of Music and a percussion performance degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Chile.  She has also received a “Fin du 3éme cycle” (Performance Degree) from the Conservatory of Music of Quebec-Montreal in Canada and a “Concours en Percussion” (Master of Music & Artists Performance Certificate) from the Conservatory of Music of Quebec-Montreal, Canada where she also was awarded the “Prix d’excellence” award.  While studying in Montreal, Canada she also received the DESS (Orchestral Performance Degree) from the University of Montreal.

She is a member of the percussion section of Fox Valley Symphony, Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, and Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and teaches Applied Percussion Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. 

The program has one final project planned before Dr. Moran’s departure, and is currently working on a virtual Youth Orchestra project for March. You can stay updated on their project on Facebook (@FoxValleySymphonyYouthOrchestra) and Instagram (@fvsorchestra).

About the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra: The Symphony's mission is to enrich and nurture the human spirit through inclusive symphonic music and education. Founded in 1966, the non-profit provides the community with orchestra concerts, community outreach programming, and three Youth Orchestra programs. Music Director Dr. Kevin Sütterlin leads the adult orchestra, with Greg Austin conducting Youth Concert Orchestra and Adam Brown conducting Philharmonia.