Music Director & Sinfonia Conductor
Chiu-Tze Lin, a versatile and multifaceted musician - conductor, pianist, and teacher, was named as a finalist in the orchestral conducting division of the 2010 American Prize Award. Music Director and conductor of the Bravura Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra, Ms. Lin had served as the music director and conductor of the Manalapan Battleground Symphony. Under her baton, the symphony received the 2004 Victor Grossinger Award for Innovative Programming. Chiu-Tze Lin has also directed choirs and orchestras in major oratorios in the Greater Princeton area. Ms. Lin was selected as a “Hottest Artist in New Jersey” by the Asbury Park Press. As a concert pianist, Ms. Lin has been acclaimed by the New York Times for her “strong technique, a hearty tone that sounded big and unforced [which] provides the greatest musical pleasure.” She is a Steinway Artist who has performed in Asia, Europe, and across the United States. Ms. Lin has appeared as a touring soloist with the Chicago Symphony, and was a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony. Her second CD featuring works of J. S. Bach for solo piano has been broadcast from stations across the country. Ms. Lin also conducted the Shanghai Musicians Chamber Orchestra at the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Concert. The performance was broadcast on CCTV9, the Chinese Central Television English Channel that transmits across China and around the world. Ms. Lin is the Artistic Advisor to the Rutgers Mason Gross of Music Young Artist Program, an honors program for the musically gifted pre-college students.
Patty Gonsky, conductor of the 2015 New Jersey All-State Intermediate Orchestra, has taught in the Piscataway school district for the past 18 years. She currently teaches orchestra at Arbor Elementary School, Quibbletown Middle School, and Piscataway High School. Mrs. Gonsky is a freelance cellist in many orchestras and principal cellist of several in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. She also performs with several chamber ensembles, and has made numerous recordings with different groups. Her experience has given her the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse, Trenton War Memorial, and the State Theatre. Mrs. Gonsky was a conductor of the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra. She also was selected to conduct the Region Orchestra for the New Jersey Music Educators Association. Patty spent her educational years in Texas. Her high school, Forest Park, won the Honor Orchestra of Texas award in 1979. She attended Lamar University and North Texas University, where she majored in cello performance.
Wind Ensemble conductor
Michelle Grondin, conductor of the Wind Ensemble, is now in her second year of association with the Youth Orchestra. She has a wide-ranging experience as a flutist, teacher, conductor, and chamber music coach. Ms. Grondin received a Masters degree in Instrumental Conducting from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Grondin is on the faculty of the Rutgers Mason Gross Extension Division. In addition, she teaches flute sectionals and conducts the lower level ensemble of the Tian Guo Marching Band. Ms. Grondin teaches an annual intensive Summer Chamber Music Camp at the Stanley Clark School in South Bend, Indiana. Her interest in the correlation between music and early childhood development led her to pursue a minor in Child Psychology. Ms. Grondin's high school chamber ensemble, the Zenith Quartet, received the 2008 Kenneth Geoffroy Memorial Award from the prestigious Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. She is a two-time Wind Division Winner of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and has performed as a soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.