Allen Tinkham, November 2015. © Jon Hillenbrand Photography

Allen Tinkham, November 2015. © Jon Hillenbrand Photography

"When I first joined CYSO, the position was more a training position, and Maestro James DePriest encouraged me to see the CYSO post as the training program I really needed to conduct major repertoire rather than pursuing another two or three year post at a professional orchestra where I would mostly conduct pops and education concerts. Needless to say, CYSO and I have really grown together artistically and continue to raise the performance level to where the Symphony Orchestra today is critically acclaimed for performing repertoire such as The Rite of Spring and also has performed a significant amount of contemporary music including commissions."