TYO STAFF TEAM
Support, relationships, facilitation and resourcing: the TYO staff team are there to manage a complex web of moving parts, keep operations running smoothly and ensure everyone involved with TYO has what they need to make glorious music!
More broadly, management has a responsibility to TYO’s financial supporters and the wider family of TYO stakeholders, to ensure day to day work is consistent with TYO’s values and vision – as well as oriented towards growth and sustainability.
TYO is also extremely fortunate to benefit from the efforts and goodwill of many volunteers from the wider TYO family. We couldn't do it without you!
Kyna is a management, communications and engagement specialist, with extensive experience as a lead practitioner and manager on complex private and public-sector projects. A published writer and researcher, she holds a BA(Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an APR. Kyna believes passionately in the value of lifelong musical education and involvement; and is delighted to be working with the TYO family to nurture and support Tasmania’s young musicians and singers in their own musical journeys.
Kyna has worked across a range of sectors including health, community and government relations, infrastructure, funding development, education and research. She has a strong professional focus on co-design: with much of her work focussed on supporting and empowering young people to be involved in the co-creation of youth services and initiatives.
Originally from Ballarat, Victoria, Kyna was heavily involved as a youth musician in orchestras, early music ensembles, bands and choirs. From 1999, Kyna lived and worked in New Zealand for 20 years. Alongside her communications consultancy work, Kyna co-owned and managed a highly successful music tutoring business, which introduced around 1200 New Zealand students to the pleasures of learning music and the joys of performance.
Program Administrator / TYO Assistant Conductor
Alexander completed his Master of Music (MMus) performance degree in Orchestral Conducting with Johannes Fritzsch at the University of Tasmania, after completing his Bachelor of Music with Honours degree at the same institution. In 2018, Alexander was a Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Finalist.
Born and brought up in Brisbane, Alexander graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science (Astrophysics) and Arts (Music). Alexander learnt the piano and violin from a young age before learning the oboe and the pipe organ. Alexander has been the principal oboist of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and the UTAS Conservatorium Orchestra and sings with various choirs around Australia including The Australian Voices and the National Youth Choir of Australia. Alexander’s interest in conducting began in 2009 and has seen him conduct the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Sinfonietta and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic. Locally, he conducts the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, Derwent Symphony Orchestra while also being the music director and principal conductor of the Tasmanian Medical Orchestra. Alexander is excited to now be part of the team at TYO, helping to provide musical ensemble experiences to younger generations, both as rehearsal conductor and as TYO’s Program Administrator.
Chorales & Ensembles Support
Naarah is a prize-winning young actor, singer, musician and performer who proudly identifies as an Aboriginal woman from the Gija tribe in The Kimberley, WA. She has grown up in Tasmania and has since trained in the performing arts at the UTAS Conservatorium, the University of Southampton and the Los Angeles College of Music. Naarah has appeared as a soloist as well as a performer in various productions in Australia and overseas: these include The Sapphires, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You, Mary Poppins, 9 to 5, Lucia Di Lammermoor and Pride and Prejudice.
Naarah’s primary love for the arts lies within her cultural tradition of storytelling and the magic of both watching and creating live performances. Alongside her love for performing, Naarah has also found a passion for arts administration and ensuring 'the show must go on' from behind the scenes.
Naarah also works as a music tutor, running choirs within schools and teaching privately. She is thrilled to be working for the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra again and in particular working so closely with the chorales where her passion for singing lies.