Music Director: Lydia Hynson Park
The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony (CVYS) is proud to announce our next Music Director for its 40th season. With the launch of the 2021-2022 season, Lydia Hynson Park will lead the Youth Symphony with her vast experience in both Symphony Orchestras and as a cello soloist. Her years in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra inspired her to pursue further educational opportunities at Lawrence University under Professor Janet Anthony and at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with Dr. Lawrence Leviton. After graduation from UWSP with a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Certificate of Cello Pedagogy at Colorado State University with Professor Barbara Thiem. She was granted a scholarship to play in the graduate string quartet: The Zinnia String Quartet.
In 2015, Ms. Park founded the Fort Collins All-City High School Honor Orchestra. The 4-day musical event ran successfully for three consecutive years. The event brought together not only the youth of the Front Range, but local business sponsors, as well.
Ms. Park has performed with groups such as The Cheyenne Symphony, Mahlerfest, Bel Canto Chorus, Emerald City Opera, Opera Steamboat, and The Front Range Chamber Players. Her involvement with many musical organizations allowed her to assume many different roles, including board member, administrative assistant, event coordinator, fundraiser, community outreach specialist, and performer.
Ms. Park taught cello privately for 10 years. In 2017, she became a cello instructor at The String Academy of Wyoming where she was trained in the modified Suzuki approach by Professor Sherry Sinift.
Although her love for the cello and classical music have heavily influenced her professional life, she attributes attending live music concerts and music festivals for her vast adoration of and respect for all music genres. Additionally, on most given weekends, you can catch her fly fishing for bass and muskies with her husband Gabe and sweet, floppy-eared mutt, Lilah.
With the return of the CVYS after an extremely difficult hiatus, the CVYS board conducted an extensive search for its next Music Director and is thrilled at the prospects of a new year under the direction of Lydia Hynson Park. The CVYS will announce further details of its 40th anniversary season in the late summer of 2021.
Ivar Lunde, Music Director of CVYS Honors Ensemble
Ivar Lunde was born in Tønsberg, Norway, on January 15, 1944. During his career as a performer he added the Jr. to his name to distinguish himself from his father who was also a conductor, pedagogue and a composer.
Ivar Lunde, Jr., former principal oboist of the Norwegian National Opera, was educated at the Conservatory of Music, Oslo, Norway, and the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. His teachers of oboe include Kees Lahnstein and André Lardrot; of Baroque oboe Grant Moore and James Caldwell; of composition, his father, Ivar Lunde, Sr.; and of conducting Trygve Lindemann, Hermann Scherchen, and Carl Melles. He has taught and performed in Europe and the United States, and appeared as oboe soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic and the Oslo Philharmonic, and many smaller orchestras in Norway, Sweden, Austria, and the United States.
Mr. Lunde is a prolific composer and has been awarded numerous prizes and commissions. His composition OVATION won the 1990 Fanfare Contest of the Milwaukee Symphony. In 1977 his Symphony No. 1 received shared 1st Prize in the Oslo Concert Hall Composition Contest for symphonic music. Several orchestral works have been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic (Norway), the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Norway) and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. Many of his works are published and recorded in the United States and Norway including a CD featuring wind and keyboard compositions released by the Hemera label in Norway, as well as ECCO tells the Tale with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Lunde is also active as a conductor, having conducted symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras in both Europe and this country.
He is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he taught oboe, theory, composition and music technology. He was Music Director and former principal oboist with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and former music director and conductor of the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, which co-founded with Colleen Bates.
When he arrived in the United States in 1966 he taught at the Sun Valley Music Camp in Idaho and was invited to join the music faculty at University of Maryland, College Park. In Washington D.C. he performed regularly with the National Gallery of Art Orchestra. He and his wife, Nanette Gomory Lunde, have performed together as a duo and in ensembles such as Les Favorites in the US and Europe. Mr. Lunde joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1968 and retired from his teaching position in 2003.
In 1988 Mr. Lunde formed a small publishing company, Skyline Publications, to publish art music. Later, Skyline Studios was added to provide audio and video post-production to area artists. Present projects include CD mastering and experimental/abstract video creations. Tonheim Records is the CD label.
Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, arts orgnizations of all kinds are recovering and rebuilding. CVYS is examining our opportunities for the future and determining the best way to restart the youth symphony.
CVYS is seeking interest from qualified individuals for the following vacancies:
- Executive Director
- Board Members
Thank you for your interest in CVYS!
The Youth Symphony is an auditioned music group drawing students, grades 7-12, from a 60 mile radius. This full symphonic orchestra is comprised of students in public, private and home school academic settings. The Youth Symphony plays challenging music and seeks highly motivated young musicians who enjoy music performance. The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony accepts applicants based on their musical ability without regard to sex, race, religion, disability or national origin.
CVYS Music Director: Lydia Park
CVYS Assistant: Charles Kuban
CVYS Honors Ensemble Music Director: Ivar Lunde
Website Editor/Social Media Content Manager: Andrew Song
Executive Director: position vacant
2021-2022 Board Members
Rachel Anderson, Co-President
Gloria Song, Co-President
Diane Peterson, Treasurer