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Pacific Youth Symphony Directors

thomas derthick

Thomas Derthick, Music Director and Conductor of Pacific Youth Orchestra

Bassist/teacher/conductor Thomas Derthick enjoys a diverse musical career throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. The long-time Principal Bassist of the Sacramento Symphony, Tom is currently Principal Bassist of the  Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera, Ballet and Choral Society, as well as the Cabrillo Festival, America's foremost Contemporary Music Festival. He frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and the Empyrean Ensemble, with whom he has recorded and toured. Other performances include the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Symphony and Oregon Symphony, as well as recording work and Broadway shows. A quarter-century of service to his fellow professional musicians culminated in Tom's 2006 election as Vice President of the Professional Musicians of Central California, AFM Local 12.

A member of the applied faculty at Sacramento State University and the University of California, Davis since 1982, Tom joined the faculty at University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music in 1988, where he has also appeared as a soloist and guest conductor. His university and private studios have helped many students into major graduate conservatory programs and major professional orchestras. In 2000, Tom was named Music Director of the Central Valley Youth Symphony (currently Pacific Youth Symphony). Under his leadership the orchestra has expanded its performance schedule, enrollment and community outreach; initiated its annual and highly successful Concerto Competition and collaborations with the Stockton Symphony; and twice performed in Carnegie Hall. Read more.

shane kalbach

Shane Kalbach, Conductor of Pacific Youth Preparatory Orchestra

Shane Kalbach graduated from California State University, Sacramento in spring of 2004 in Viola performance (under Anna Kruger) and theory/composition (under Stephen Blumberg). He began working for Central Valley Youth Symphony (currently Pacific Youth Symphony) in fall 2004 as a coach and then in fall 2005 as the Preparatory Orchestra Conductor. He has taught both privately and in schools, in both Sacramento and Stockton, and joined the staff teaching strings at Main Street Music in Tracy in the fall of 2011. Shane also enjoys teaching at summer music camps such as Pacific Music Camp, where he began working in 2005, and Hayward - La Honda Music Camp, where he began attending as a camper in 1997 and then joined on as a staff member after graduating high school.

Shane enjoys an active freelance performance career on both violin and viola, playing jazz, classical and country style music for a variety of events, bands and orchestras throughout the Central Valley. Recently, Shane can most often be found playing fiddle and mandolin for the Stockton-based bluegrass band Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood Players.