CONDUCTORS

Thomas G. Kociela
Music Director and Conductor

Tom Kociela is a sought-after educator, conductor and clinician.  His extensive performance and teaching experience allows for a unique sense of direction, the results of which have been incredible ensemble synergy and enthusiastic student leaders.  Originally hailing from Farmington Hills, Michigan, Tom’s first exposure to a youth orchestra was in the eighth grade when he joined the Livonia Youth Philharmonic (Livonia, MI) at the suggestion of a friend.  In high school, Tom trained and performed with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, he has been involved with orchestras ever since!

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Scott Merrin
Conductor – Junior Youth Symphony

Scott Merrin has been involved with music since the tender age of 5, where he learned piano.  From that point on, his development and relationship to music has been growing.  His experience in teaching and performing allows him to exhibit passion, energy and enthusiasm when on the podium.

Originally from Washington State, Scott added guitar, saxophone, electric bass and string bass to his instrument proficiency list while growing up.  He performed with school bands from 7th Grade through college, as well as being involved with the worship team at church.

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