A native of Rochester, New York, Matthew Glover (b.1992) recently joined the Billings community working for the Billings Youth Orchestra and the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Before his time in Billings, Matthew earned multiple degrees in orchestral conducting and trumpet performance from universities around the United States. Such an adventure began playing the electric organ at his grandparent's home, which has continued to a loving passion for music and education. Matthew is excited about the growth of music and the arts in the community and is eager to see the development of the Billings Youth Orchestra.
Dr. Barbara Curry has been involved as a parent with the BYO since its inception in 2006, and has been a member of the BYO Board since September of 2012. Dr. Curry is a physician who works at the Billings Clinic, and she is an avid classical music enthusiast. She has witnessed the positive impact of the BYO on young musicians in the Billings community, and joined the Board in 2012 as a way of giving back to the organization. She looks forward to participating in the continued growth and outreach of the orchestra.
Aimee Wagner was born and raised in Wyoming. She is a nurse of 20 years, currently working at Billings Clinic with MedFlight. While in school she was involved in both chorale and band. Aimee has been involved with BYO since her son began playing cello in Concert Orchestra where she sees immense progress since he first joined. As a parent, she enjoys watching him participate and excel at something that will be a lifetime hobby/pursuit, not just something that ends at high school graduation. “I love that when he started BYO in Concert Orchestra he could barely play and now 3 years in he’s playing principal chair with Young Artists and mentoring younger students in Concert Orchestra.” Aimee’s passion is helping to insure that excellent opportunities exist for growing orchestral, wind and brass students within Billings and the surrounding communities by promoting the Billings Youth Orchestra.
Amanda Kleinhans was born in Virginia and raised in several states due to military stationing. In 2006 Amanda and her husband, Joseph, moved from the greater Detroit area to Laurel, Montana with their small family. She has two children, Melody and JJ, that are both involved in music. Amanda has been a BYO parent for the past three years in the Preludio and Concert groups. She currently owns and operates MicroBooks, a bookkeeping and tax service.
Stacey was born and raised in Duluth, MN where she began playing viola at her public school in the 5th grade and went on to play for the Duluth-Superior Youth Orchestra all through high school. She attended college in Seattle and played for a local community orchestra as well as her church orchestra. She has a Master’s degree in education and currently works as the academic coordinator for a local non profit agency in addition to being the children’s ministries pastor at Freedom Church. Stacey has taught private lessons, both violin and viola, for over 15 years and is currently teaching her 10 year old daughter, who began playing violin in Preludios in 2013. Stacey also serves as a mentor in the youth orchestra and is excited about the level of excellence in our Billings music community!
Pamela Avery is president of AveryMassey, LLC, a national public affairs and marketing firm based in Billings. She has developed and implemented communications strategies and crisis management plans and provided spokesperson training and facilitation services for clients ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to nonprofit and government organizations. She has served as a marketing/PR advisor to youth and professional orchestras in Denver, Colo.; Omaha, Neb.; and Boston, Mass., and is violist with the local Canyon Creek String Ensemble.
A native of Billings, flutist Lauren Reineking completed her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montana in Flute Performance where she studied with Margaret Lund Schuberg. During her student career, she performed for internationally acclaimed flutists Jim Walker and Carol Wincenc. Lauren currently teaches flute at Rocky Mountain college in addition to maintaining a full private studio of aspiring flutists of all ages. She also performs in various ensembles across Montana including the Billings Symphony Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony, Missoula Symphony, Rimrock Opera, and the Yellowstone Chamber Players. As a a former member of the Billings Youth Orchestra, Lauren shares her passion for the Montana music community and her hometown of Billings.
A Billings native, Sam moved to San Francisco and completed her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. At conservatory, Sam studied under Jonathan Vinocour, the current principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony. Sam also studied with acclaimed violists Jodi Levitz, Dimitri Murrath, and Yun Jie "Jay" Liu. Throughout her time in San Francisco, Sam participated in many orchestral and chamber ensembles, including the SFCM New Music Ensemble, Conservatory Orchestra, and the SFCM Chamber Players. She has taught viola and violin privately in Montana and San Francisco, and has given masterclasses throughout the state of Montana. Before attending college, she was a member of the BYO in its founding year. Sam is honored to be on the BYO Board of Directors, and is passionate about bringing music to her hometown and to the organization which inspired her to pursue music.
Janny is one of the founding members of the Billings Youth Orchestra. She is also co-owner with her husband, John Kirk of Kirk House of Music. Janny specializes Celtic fiddling and was the previous leader of the Billings Ceilidh Fiddlers. She grew up taking private lessons beginning at the age of 6 years old in both piano and violin and her father was a professional musician and music teacher. Janny taught for 13 years in various areas of Special Education while playing in local orchestras. Her passion for educating kids and playing music is a great match for the Billings Youth Orchestra.
John is a Billings native who went off to explore the world after completing his Master’s Degree in Cello Performance at Boston University. He also studied with famous composer/teacher Nadia Boulanger while living in Paris. John is a luthier by trade and has completed over 1,000 stringed instruments –violins, violas and cellos throughout his career. He has made instruments by hand along with building and designing a CNC process for making stringed instruments. He is the only U.S. maker that owns a CNC router devoted to making stringed instruments of the violin family. Along with being a founding member of the Billings Youth Orchestra, he is also a co-founder of the Classic for Kids Foundation which gifts instruments to students all over the U.S. He also is passionate about education and music and has a private studio of cello students which includes Janny’s and his son, David Kirk, who is attending MSU Bozeman in Mechanical Engineering.