pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas G. Kociela as the new Music Director / Conductor of the Inland Valley Youth Symphony.
a message from Mr. Kociela.....
Dear IVYS Parents and Students,
I am thrilled to have been appointed to the position of music director and conductor of the Inland Valley Youth Symphony
Orchestra. The IVYS staff and I look forward to collaborating with all of you to offer a program that engages and inspires
the IVYS students as well as the surrounding community. My goal for IVYS students is not only improving musicianship and technical
ability, but to create an atmosphere that gives rise to conscientious and well-rounded individuals who are inspired to set
high standards for themselves.
orchestras are comprised of the most qualified and driven students in a given region. By expecting more of themselves musically
students begin to expect more of themselves academically, as well as in other areas of life. Students learn to prepare
independently, work collaboratively, take pride in their work and humbly accept honest criticisms in order to improve. Lasting
friendships are born, leadership skills are developed, and a truly fun time can be had while working on some of the greatest
works of art.
My youth orchestra experiences
opened for me many academic, scholarship and career opportunities, and I will work diligently to enable the same benefits
for each IVYS student. I look forward to my first rehearsal
with the IVYS students on August 18th and meeting parents at the IVYS orientation on September 8th.