Lois Robinson, Executive Director
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SHREVEPORT, LA, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 - The Shreveport Symphony has selected Dr. Kirsten Yon to be the orchestra's new concertmaster.
" There's a wonderful chemistry between Kirsten and the orchestra. She possesses a marvelous blend of technical skill, leadership experience, and musical insight.  I'm thrilled that she is joining us as our new concertmaster and am excited about the role she will play in the continued artistic growth of our orchestra," said Music Director Michael Butterman.
Yon is currently Associate Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Division at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, and previously served on the faculty of Texas Tech University for eight years. Her active solo career includes recital engagements and masterclasses throughout the United States (including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall), Brazil, Czech Republic, England, South Korea, Honduras, Mexico, Germany, France, Iceland, and Norway. Previously on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dr. Yon has additionally taught at the International Music Academy Pilsen (Czech Republic) and the Nathan Schwartzman String Festival (Uberlâ ndia, Brazil).  
A versatile orchestral musician, Yon has held concertmaster chairs with the Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Caprock Pro Musica Sinfonietta, Ballet Lubbock and the Cypress Symphony, as well as performing with diverse ensembles that include the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), Aperio, the baroque ensemble Ars Lyrica , and the contemporary ensemble Musiqa. As a lauded chamber musician, Yon has founded the Champlain Piano Trio, the Archiano Ensemble, the Karlin Trio, and the Botticelli String Quartet.     
Dedicated to musical outreach at all levels, Yon is founder and artistic director of Encuentro de Cuerdas, an annual pedagogical outreach program in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She spends her summers teaching and performing at the Texas Music Festival, ARIA International Summer Academy (Massachusetts), Cedar Valley Chamber Music (Iowa), the Naolinco International Music Festival (Mexico), the Cambridge International Summer Academy (England), and the Liberec International Violin Academy (Czech Republic). Her major teachers included Stephen Shipps, William Preucil, David Updegraff, and Kathleen Winkler.  Apart from teaching and playing the violin, she loves cooking, reading, yoga, and spending time with her two rescue puppies, Bella and Jasper .
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About the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra 
Since its founding in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become Louisiana's oldest continually operating professional orchestra and one of the most respected regional orchestras in the United States. The SSO's mission is: To Embrace - to embrace the community we serve and to be embraced by the same community; to broaden the level of supporters and their involvement with the orchestra; to work across the region with various arts organizations through cooperation and partnerships. To Enlighten - to educate; to enlighten the senses beyond the norm. To Experience - to provide the unique aesthetic experiences of live orchestral music; to give depth and enriching life; to connect people through music; to foster cultural diversity. To Excel - to foster artistic, organizational, and financial excellence.