MSYO Season Finale Concert
Ryan Murray, Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Ryan James Murray is a highly regarded conductor in steady demand as both a performer and educator throughout California. Ryan was recently named Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as being named Artistic Director of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony; with which he will make his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Ryan has also been named Music in the Mountains Resident Conductor, and has held the position of Choral Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival Chorale since 2008. Widely praised for his skill on the podium, Ryan’s dynamic conducting, affable personality and deeply-held passion for the arts has allowed him to connect deeply with orchestras and audiences alike.
Ryan also holds the position of Music Director of Townsend Opera in Modesto, California. Since 2008, Ryan has led the company in many critically acclaimed productions, including highly lauded performances of Carmen and La Traviata. Ryan also previously served as the Assistant Conductor and Director of Vocal Activities for the Vocal and Instrumental Teaching Academy (VITA), as well as serving as a Faculty Conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI), and the Opera Academy of California Summer Program.
In 2013, Ryan was selected as an alternate winner for the prestigious Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. In addition, Ryan was selected to participate in the University of Oregon Conducting Workshop with Master Teacher Neil Varon of the Eastman School of Music, as well as the 2013 Waterville Valley Music Center Conducting Masterclass with Maestro Kenneth Kiesler in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.
Donald C. Grishaw, Concert Orchestra Conductor
Donald Grishaw began piano and violin lessons at an early age. His interest in music flourished throughout his high school years. He attended San Jose State University, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance in violin and piano and a minor in Spanish. While attending SJSU, he studied the violin with the late Dr. Lauren Jakey and also with Daniel Kobialka of the San Francisco Symphony. Upon graduation, Mr. Grishaw pursued Single Subject and Multiple Subject teaching credentials and has been teaching in the Turlock Unified School District for over 30 years. His current assignment is at Pitman High School where he teaches Concert Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra as well as Spanish 2 and AP Spanish Literature. With the opening of Pitman High School in 2002, Mr. Grishaw founded the Pitman High School Orchestra which now includes over 100 students, and has received accolades both locally and in Southern California where they perform each year while on tour. Mr. Grishaw performs regularly throughout the surrounding communities on the violin, the viola, and the piano. He is a longstanding member of the violin section of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and also freelances with other local orchestras and string quartets. Mr. Grishaw and his wife, Angelica, play regularly for Sunday Masses, quinceañeras, and weddings at Sacred Heart Church in Turlock. Mr. Grishaw is an active member of S.C.M.E.A. (Stanislaus County Music Educators Association), C.M.E.A. (California Music Educators Association), A.S.T.A. (American String Teachers Association), C.O.D.A. (California Orchestra Directors Association), and A.F.M. (American Federation of Musicians).