History

Where it all began...

The East Texas Youth Orchestra, Inc. began as the Tyler Youth Orchestra in 1955, as a violin ensemble for 5th and 6th graders, reorganized as a string orchestra in 1975 and expanded to a full orchestra in 1979. The Tyler Preparatory Orchestra began in 1991 to provide musical enrichment and training for beginning string musicians, and in 2006, the Tyler Academic Orchestra formed to serve intermediate musicians who are still honing their skills for the East Texas Youth Orchestra.  In the spring of 2014, the Tyler Youth Orchestra saw the need to expand and became the East Texas Youth Orchestra.  Today we offer musical education to all borders of our East Texas area.


Youth Orchestra Conductors

Dr. Gene H. Moon (2014 - Current)

Michael Grinnell (2012 - 2014)

Ryan Ross (2007 - 2012)

Dustin Soiseth (2004 - 2007)

Julie Simpson (1993 - 2004)

Alex Blair (1986 - 1993)

Richard Hohman (1983 - 1986)

Beverly Harrison (1979 - 1983)

Charlotte Morrow (1975 - 1976)


Academic Orchestra Conductors

Sarah Reason (2016 - present)
Joanie Rathbun-Russell (2006 - 2016)


Preparatory Orchestra Conductors

Archie Jones (2007 - 2016)

Hank Hinkie III (2006 - 2007)

Joanie Rathbun-Russell (1994 - 2006)

Julie Simpson (1991 - 1994)