Stephen Robb – Music Director
Symphony Orchestra and Senior Winds
Stephen is a graduate of Queen’s University, McGill University and the University of British Columbia. Mr. Robb has been with the RDYO since 1990, starting as a woodwind coach, then becoming a staff conductor in 1995. Stephen’s conducting training includes conducting studies at McGill University, University of Calgary, Orchestra Canada workshops and Symphonic Workshops in the Czech Republic. Besides conducting the RDYO, Stephen is an active performer and arranger of orchestral scores.. Stephen is an accomplished clarinetist, performing both classical chamber music and jazz idioms, performing the gamut from classical clarinet, chamber, and orchestral repertoire to jazz standards, original compositions and free improvisation. His orchestral arrangements have been performed by the RDYO, Clyde Mitchell and the Sinfonia of the North Shore (North Vancouver), Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Richmond Community Orchestra, and others. In addition, Mr. Robb is the Music Director of the Delta Community Music School and teaches privately in Richmond BC.
Jonathan Der – Associate Conductor
Senior Strings and Chamber Music
Jonathan Der, violinist, conductor, chamber musician and church organist has appeared as soloist with various orchestras, giving chamber and solo recital in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has given master classes in respected Universities such as Wilfrid Laurier, McGill and Indiana. He has served as conductor of the Royal Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in Toronto, Indiana University Summer String Festival Orchestra, Maine Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Orchestra.
A Graduate with a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University, Mr. Der was appointed Assistant Instructor of Prof. Mauricio Fuks (at I.U.) where he gave regular technique classes and master classes to undergraduate and graduate students. His interest in chamber music lead him to study with such the distinguished Prof. Rostislav Dubinsky (first violinist of Borodin Quartet) and Prof. Gyorgy Sebok.
Jonathan has played as concertmaster in several orchestras under world renowned conductors such as Maestro Kurt Mazur, Christophe Eschenbach and Myung-Whun Chung. He has served as the string department head of the Merriam School of Music in Oakville, Ontario, the music director of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Richmond, BC and the conductor of Maine Symphony Orchestra at the Medomak Summer Conducting Festival in 2010. He is currently the associate conductor of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, String Coach and Chamber Music Director. He holds the position of the music director of St. Anne’s Stevenston Anglican Church and teaches violin at his home studio.
Bo Peng – Associate Conductor
Mr. Bo Peng holds a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and a Performer’s Diploma from Indiana University where he studied with distinguished cellist Janos Starker. His teachers also included renowned cellists Steven Doane, Carter Enyeart, Marc Johnson, and Eric Wilson. Bo was a two-time winner of the Music Teacher National Association Competitions (Strings Division). He also won third prize in the International Chamber Music Competition held by the Czech Radio “Spring of Prague.”
In 2003, Bo toured as member of Vancouver Piano Trio performing concerts and teaching master classes in Japan. In May 2005, he performed in the Shanghai premiere of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” with clarinetist Gene Ramsbottom. A founding member of the Vancouver Trio, Bo has performed regularly in universities and chamber music Series in B.C. since 2006. In 2010, Bo was the featured soloist with the Vancouver Philharmonic, performing Dvorak’s cello concerto. In 2012, Bo joined the Borealis String Quartet as cellist, touring the USA, Canada, Germany, and Italy.
Bo’s teaching experience include being a sectional coach for the Dallas Youth Orchestra, and teaching cello in the Dallas Private School District. Currently, he teaches at the Delta Community School of Music, the Guildford School of Music, and the VSO School of Music. Mr. Peng served as the cello teaching assistant for Mr. Eric Wilson (Cello Professor) at UBC, where he is towards his doctoral degree in cello performance. He has taught master classes in Shanghai, China, Taichung, Taiwan as well as at UBC for the Young Artists’ Experience weeks. He recently joined the faculty of cello and chamber music at Kwantlen Polytechnical University in Langley and was appointed the Junior Orchestra Director at the VSO School of Music.
Manti Poon – Associate Conductor
Manti is a violist and a much sought-after musician in British Columbia as a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber music collaborator. Apart from holding the position of principal violist with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, he also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, to name a few. Mr. Poon is one of the founding members of the Classical String Quartet and also performs regularly with the Vancouver Intercultural Ensemble and the Pacific Rim String Quartet on both violin and viola. Mr. Poon is on faculty at the Douglas College, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Vancouver Academy of Music
Karen Nakajima – Associate Conductor
Karen Nakajima studied music at the University of British Columbia, Universität Wien and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien in Vienna, Austria. Her degrees focus on music theory but she is also an active pianist, trumpeter, and music educator.
Karen is an alumni RDYO trumpeter. In 2005, she joined RDYO and has continuously returned to fill in the brass section. Furthermore, she helps out at a number of community bands and has performed with the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Posaunenchor Harburg in Germany, and many other chamber groups. She has experience leading brass chamber groups and running sectional rehearsals and workshops with larger groups. In addition, she arranges brass music, which has been performed by the Posaunenchor Harburg. Karen has also been a featured pianist with the Capilano Wind Ensemble and has put on piano recitals in the Lower Mainland and Point Roberts. She spends time accompanying singers, instrumentalists, and choirs as well.
Karen has presented a music theory paper at the Pacific Northwest Graduate Student Conference and was a teaching assistant at UBC for musicianship and music theory. She currently leads the RDYO junior wind ensemble and teaches piano, trumpet, and music theory at Delta Community Music School in Ladner.