Robert Loughran, YOBC Music Director
Conductor, Symphony Orchestra

Robert Loughran,YOBC Music Director, and Conductor of Symphony Orchestra, is currently a member of the Arts Faculty of Princeton High School, where he serves as Music Director of the orchestra program. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a former member of the Bucks County Community College faculty. Holding a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music from Northwestern University, Mr. Loughran has studied conducting with Dr. Joseph Barone, founder of l’École Monteux, and Herbert Blomstedt, Honorary Conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. He has conducted the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, Temple University’s Gifted Young Musicians Baroque Orchestra, the Main Line Symphony, and the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia.


Colleen Sweetsir
YOBC Executive Director


Colleen Sweetsir has been the conductor of YOBC’s Wind Symphony for over 15 years. In 2009, she was appointed as the Executive Director of YOBC, a nonprofit, educational organization which has created musical opportunities for almost 2000 young musicians in the Bucks County area. She received her training at Boston Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College and holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY at Cortland. In 1975, she joined the United States Congressional Coast Guard Band and toured the nation with them during our nation’s Bicentennial. She has been a member of the Corning Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Philadelphia Biblical University Band and Symphonic Orchestra, and Music 2000. She is currently an associate conductor for the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony (DWVS) and in 2011 she conducted the Bristol Township Honors Band Music Festival. She is an active French hornist and performs with DVWS, Bucks County Symphony, and other local musical organizations in addition to teaching French horn privately and offering coaching sectionals for area schools.


Steve Sweetsir, Assistant Music Director
Conductor, Fanfare Winds


Steve Sweetsir, Assistant MusicDirector and Conductor of Fanfare Winds, graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in French Horn performance. He has played with many professional organizations, including the United States Coast Guard Band, the Portland Symphony and the Corning Philharmonic. Mr. Sweetsir currently performs with several chamber groups, bands and orchestras in the Bucks County area. He is a partner in Bucks County Piano.


Joseph Caminiti
Conductor, Philharmonia

Joseph Caminiti is a conductor who seeks to share art music creatively with diverse audiences. From formal concerts to family and pops concerts, he has a passion for exploring how art uniquely mingles with daily life, its joys and its struggles. His collaborations with social justice organizations such as Advocates for the Homeless and Those In Need, along with themed concerts, enrich listeners' experiences. To connect with audiences, he has created a variety of concert formats including the pre-concert chat series, “Touching the Sound,” interactive audience programs like “I See That Hand,” “Living Room” and “Café” concerts, and “Smartphone-Friendly” concerts.

He began his career as the Assistant Conductor of the Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in 1996. After arriving in Philadelphia, he started the string ensemble, Solaris before accepting the Music Director position with the Cairn Symphony Orchestra in 2001. In 2006, he was promoted to Chair of Instrumental Studies at Cairn University, where he conducted the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, organized and coached chamber music, and taught conducting and horn. In 2010, he was honored as Faculty Member of the Year.

After his 14-year tenure, he accepted a new position at West Chester University as Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Symphony and String Orchestras. He is also the Music Director of Philharmonia, an orchestra under the umbrella organization, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County.

As a guest, he has conducted the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, and The Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, among others. He has also conducted concertos with many young artists of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and other fine regional institutions. He presents at university conferences, community organizations, high schools, and educational conferences such as the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). In the coming year, he will be a guest conductor of the Delaware County Symphony in its opening concert, and guest conductor of the All Catholic Orchestra Festival, Philadelphia in 2016.

Mr. Caminiti’s repertoire includes opera, cantatas, orchestral and wind literature, spanning the periods of the Renaissance through the present. He enjoys favorable and lasting collaborations with such eminent composers as Judith Lang Zaimont, Kile Smith, and Raoul Pleskow. Some recent concert highlights include Bach’s Cantata, Actus Tragicus, Philip Glass’s Glassworks, the premiere of Kile Smith’s Song of the Angels, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, Judith Lang Zaimont’s Chroma: Northern Lights, and the premiere of Raoul Pleskow’s Chamber Concerto for Saxophone and Ensemble. In 2015, he conducted the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist, Richard Amoroso.

Mr. Caminiti is a member of the horn sections of the Riverside Symphonia (Lambertville, New Jersey), the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble (Philadelphia), and is a chamber recitalist with other professional ensembles throughout the Philadelphia region. He resides in Abington, Pennsylvania, with his wife and violinist, Kirsten. They are active birders and welcome a hearty conversation with a side of coffee.

Erica Cherry
Conductor, Fanfare Woodwind Quintet     

Erica Cherry is a clarinetist and teaching artist active in the Philadelphia area. Passionate about both performance and education, she maintains a vibrant and creative studio of over 50 clarinet and piano students. Erica also acts as a woodwind director and coach for the Young Musicians Community Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, where she leads rehearsals and sectionals and coaches chamber ensembles. She is an advocate for accessible music education and outreach, and has worked as a lead teacher for the Whiz Kids Music Program, bringing music to underserved schools, and COR Music Project, a growing El-Sistema inspired program in Cincinnati. Erica has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center; recent performances include concerts with the CCM Philharmonia, Pierre Monteux School Orchestra, and the Bucks County Symphony. She has also developed a series of interactive children’s concerts that are currently being presented in local non-traditional spaces. Erica completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and previously studied at Carnegie Mellon University.


Thomas Cunningham
Conductor, Ripieno

Thomas Cunningham is artistic director of Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. He recently made his New York City debut conducting a performance of Tchaikovsky’s final opera, Iolanta, for Opera Slavica. Mr. Cunningham is conductor of the Ripieno Ensemble in Bucks County, PA, and works regularly with The Princeton Festival, Opera Slavica and the CoOPERAtive Program. Previously, he has assisted on productions ranging from Jenůfa and Eugene Onegin, to Alcina, Così fan tutte and Der fliegende Holländer. Mr. Cunningham’s previous engagements include Bard SummerScape, the Berkshire Choral Festival, and Westminster Opera Theater.

Highlights of the 2014-15 season include Madama Butterfly with Opera Forza, a return to the CoOPERAtive program for L’Elisir d’Amore, and 3 programs with Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra in New York City. More


Margaret Claudin
Conductor, Flute Choir & Chamber Flute Ensemble


Margaret Claudin, flutist, began her musical studies with piano lessons from her father. Her flute teachers include the late New York Philharmonic principal Julius Baker, English flute soloist William Bennett, David Shostac of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and David Cramer of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, Ms. Claudin also studied the baroque flute with Sandra Miller, and has participated in numerous master classes, including those of Stephen Preston, celebrated English baroque flutist.

She holds the Professional Studies Diploma from Temple University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado, all in flute performance. Margaret has made frequent solo and chamber music appearances throughout the United States and Europe. Her repertoire covers a wide musical spectrum, ranging from baroque sonatas, to premiering contemporary compositions.

Since 1999, Ms. Claudin has served as a chamber music coach and flute instructor at Philadelphia Biblical University and she maintains an active private studio in Philadelphia. She is on the board of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia and serves as an adjudicator in the Philadelphia area. Margaret is a member of the PBU faculty woodwind quintet, Penta Voce, and she plays with the Southampton Chamber Music Society.


Kathleen Mitchell
Director, Saxophone Ensemble

Kathleen Mitchell, coach of YOBC's Saxophone Ensemble, is Adjunct Instructor of Music (Saxophone) at The College of New Jersey. Ms. Mitchell is respected as an outstanding saxophonist, Ms. Mitchell has been the Principal Second Saxophone with Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia since 1994. Her orchestral experience includes saxophone performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and performances on both saxophone and clarinet with Reading Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and Haddonfield Symphony among others.  She has also given solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. Mitchell has recorded with Karel Husa and has performed with KlezMs, the Ocean City Pops, and is a member of the saxophone quartet “3XY,” whose music consists of their own original works with each member of the group contributing to the compositions. They also play original arrangements of jazz tunes by Grover Washington, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and others.  Ms. Mitchell has performed with theater companies throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the Walnut Street Theater, Media Theater, and the Arden Theater.

Ms. Mitchell has an M.M., Music Performance degree in Saxophone, from Northwestern University School of Music and a B.M. in Music Education and Music Performance in Saxophone from Ester Boyer College of Music, Temple University. She studied with Dr. Frederick L. Hemke at Northwestern University and with Marshall Taylor at Temple University.  In addition, she studied jazz with Ron Kerber, clarinet with Beth Vilsmeir, and flute with Anthony Salicondro at the University of the Arts.

Ms. Mitchell is also on the music faculty of Rowan University, The Governor’s School of Music, and the Conservatory of Musical Arts in Haddonfield, NJ.  She has also given Master Classes at Temple University and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


Karl Krelove
Conductor, Wind Ensemble & Clarinet Ensemble

Karl Krelove is a life-long resident of the Philadelphia area. After graduating from Hatboro-Horsham High School he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Temple University. In 1969 he joined the US Army Field Band with which he performed for three years as first clarinetist and clarinet soloist. On leaving the army he spent the next 35 years teaching and performing as a freelance clarinetist in the Philadelphia area. Retired in 2007 after 30 years of teaching music in the Neshaminy School District, Mr. Krelove, who still performs with several area orchestras, has continued teaching and coaching clarinetists in Lower Bucks County and is proud to have begun building a presence in the YOBC program.



Colin Oettle
Conductor, Prima Strings and Concertino
Coach, Honors String Quartet
Colin Oettle is a New Jersey-based conductor and violinist currently pursuing his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Rutgers University, where he is the assistant conductor of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers Sinfonia. Mr. Oettle completed his undergraduate studies in violin and music education at Ithaca College in 2009, and he draws upon his diverse musical and educational background to work with young musicians around the tri-state area. Mr. Oettle has served as assistant conductor of the Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra and has guest conducted the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra. Mr. Oettle is also an experienced writer; he has published many articles about classical music, and in 2009 he won the Ithaca College writing competition in creative nonfiction. Mr Oettle will graduate with a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting in May 2013. More





Erin Sweetsir-Mills
Conductor, Wind Symphony

Erin Sweetsir-Mills is a graduate of Temple University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in music education. She taught general music, choral music, and handbell choir at Haverford Middle School and St. Michael the Archangel Elementary School. For the past five years Erin has conducted the children's choir and orchestra at Neshaminy Valley Baptist Church. She has been a frequent guest conductor with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County and is an active French hornist playing in ensembles including Bucks County Symphony, Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, and Warminster Symphony.


William Trigg
Conductor, Percussion Ensemble

William Trigg is well known as a specialist in 20th & 21st Century music. He has premiered over 100 solo, chamber, and orchestral works and was solo marimbist in the New York City Ballet’s premiere production of Michael Torke’s “Echo.” He is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Car Music Project, Ensemble Pi, and the Glass Farm Ensemble. He has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Manhattan Marimba Quartet, Steve Reich & Musicians, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Group for Contemporary Music, the New Music Consort, Musicians’ Accord, Parnassus, Abandon, Newband, the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Composers Orchestra, and numerous others.

He is currently the conductor & music director for The College of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.