Artistic & Administrative Staff
Earl Lee, Music Director
Newly appointed Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and former Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Earl Lee is a renowned Korean Canadian performer who creates powerful, emotional experiences for audiences worldwide. Earl’s passion for music is reflected in his diverse career as both a conductor and a cellist, appearing on major concert hall stages across the globe. Highlights from the 2018-2019 season include: leading the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, returning engagements with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and debut performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Dedicated to sharing music beyond the concert hall and with the community at large, Lee is passionately engaged in student, outreach and run-out concerts as he firmly believes in music’s ability to nourish, inspire, and heal. With the TSO, Lee played a key role in programming and scripting student concerts and performed for thousands of students annually. As a cellist, Lee performed in numerous run-out concerts with the goal of bringing the joys of music making to people in retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and churches.
As a cellist, Lee has toured with the acclaimed Chick Corea Gary Burton Duo as a guest member of the Harlem String Quartet in 2012. Lee performed in many notable series and venues during this tour including Symphony Hall in Boston, Maison symphonique de Montréal and the iconic Blue Note jazz club in New York City. As a passionate chamber musician, Lee has toured all over the United States as part of such ensembles as Musicians from Marlboro. Lee’s cello performance frequently appears on major radio programs including the St. Paul Sunday. Lee has performed at prestigious summer festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Caramoor Rising Stars, and Ravinia’s Steans Institute. He is currently a member of a conductor-less chamber ensemble, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School with degrees in cello, Earl began his conducting studies in 2010 studying with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. In 2013, Lee received his Masters in Conducting from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with George Manahan. Lee continued his post-graduate conducting studies at the New England Conservatory with Hugh Wolff prior to starting his tenure with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
William Powers, Executive Director
William Powers has served in the arts for more than 25 years. Since 2007 he has served at Pittsburgh Opera where he held several posts including Director of Artistic Operations and Administration and most recently as Managing Director. Mr. Powers has served as Administrative Director for The Juilliard School’s Department of Vocal Arts and Juilliard Opera Center. He subsequently joined the Metropolitan Opera’s Artistic Department as the Associate Administrator in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and served in the Met’s Rehearsal Department. Mr. Powers was General Director of the Berkshire Opera Company, and held posts of Production Manager at The Music Academy of the West and Administrator of the Aspen Opera Theater Center.
Mr. Powers has judged vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, The Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition, The Grand Patronesses of Opera/Florida Grand Opera Vocal Competition, the Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition, and the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He has also served on the Board of Directors of OPERA America.
Mr. Powers holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Hamilton College and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He is also an alumnus of the Juilliard School’s Professional Intern Program.
Eve Goodman, Program Director
Eve Goodman serves in various capacities for PYSO: as Program Director, Personnel Manager, and Librarian. She grew up in Boston, where she played violin in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. She received her BS in Music with a concentration in arranging and guitar from Berklee College of Music. After ten years of songwriting and performing in Nashville, Ms. Goodman moved to Pittsburgh to work with PYSO.
Bridget McKenna, Website & Media Coordinator
Bridget McKenna joined PYSO in 2019 as the Website and Media Coordinator. Since then, Bridget has been keeping PYSO’s blog updated, and producing content centered around current PYSO members, their performances, and alumni. Bridget grew up in Pittsburgh, before moving to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, where she received her BFA in Photography and Film Media in 2018.
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