Helen Cha-Pyo, Artistic Director Designate, and Interim Conductor Youth Orchestra
Dr. Mesia Austin, Percussion Director and Percussion Ensemble Director
Mark Gunderman, Philharmonia Conductor
Michelle Hatcher, Preparatory String and Junior String Ensembles Conductor
Simon Lipskar, Interim Youth Symphony Conductor
Milan Milinkovic, String Coordinator
Diana Charos Reilly, Flute Choir, Flute Forum and Fortissimo Flutes Conductor
Bryan Rudderow, Junior Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble Conductor
David Schumacher, Director of Jazz Studies
Nate White, Sinfonia Conductor, Chamber Music Manager


Karen Deschere, Executive Director

Deschere, Karen_MG_3945Ms. Deschere served for 8 years as president and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, a community music school based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with three branch locations, outreach programs, and a concert series presenting faculty and guest artists. Prior to Wisconsin Conservatory, Ms. Deschere served as executive director for both the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Chorus, adjuncts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also served as the Managing Director of Education for the Grammy Foundation. Ms. Deschere has a bachelor of music in vocal performance and music education from Syracuse University.


Stacy Beltran, Manager of Orchestras
Adrienne Ostrander, NJYS Student Services Associate
Elizabeth Moulthrop, Program Director, Paterson Music Project
Shanna Lin, Director of Education, Paterson Music Project
Timothy Maureen Cole, Director of Musical Theater Arts


Student Services and Marketing

Andrew Nitkin, Director of Education
Alice Hamlet, Associate Director of Marketing
Kristen Wuest, Manager
Matthew Buckwalter, Assistant



Pamela M. Palumbo, Director
Elizabeth Piercy, Assistant Director of Development
Brenda Kohn, Development Associate



Susan Peterson, Director
Cedric Sanders, Custodian



Jillian Lyons, Director