2019-2020 Season Board of Directors
South Florida Youth Symphony is proud to introduce Jake Monk as New President of the organization.
Jake is a litigation attorney with Miami’s oldest law firm, Shutts & Bowen LLP. He represents corporations and insurers in state and federal courts throughout Florida. He first joined the board of South Florida Youth Symphony in in 2016 to ensure greater Miami-Dade’s youths have access to opportunities to learn, play, and perform music. He began his tenure as President in Spring of 2018.
Jake has always loved music and appreciated music’s many benefits for children. Rumor has it that Jake’s love of music (and of the saxophone) started as an infant when his father played recordings of Grover Washington, Jr. In elementary school, Jake started playing saxophone and has played for most of his life.
While attending The Ohio State University, Jake played lead alto saxophone in the University’s Jazz Ensemble while he majored in business, focusing on corporate finance and investments. In 2009, Jake left the Midwest to attend The University of Miami School of Law, where he earned his juris doctor and, perhaps more importantly, where he met his brilliant wife, Lacee (also an attorney).
In addition to practicing law and serving as the President of the Board, Jake is actively involved performing in the music community.
SFYS Executive Board
Jake Monk, President Lawyer, Shutts Bowen
200 So Biscayne Blvd. suite 4100
Miami, Fla 33131 305-415-9063
Alix Leslie Harper VP Program Director at
Miami Dade Family Learning Healthy Start Program
321 190th Street
Sunny Isles, Florida 33160 305-992-7307
Bobby Bush, VP
HR City of Pompano, Fl 4951 SW 18th Street
West Park, Fla 33023
Cristina Scavuzzo – Treasurer
7840 NW 185 Street
Miami, FL 33015
Christine Padron, Ass’t. Treasurer Teacher
6452 Miami Lakes Dr. East 33014
Ofelia Arlotta, Architech
19100 SW 59th Street
Southwest Ranches, Fla 33337
Cornell Crews, Business Director 1600 NE 135 Street
Miami, Fl 33181 Ccjr82@yahoo.com
Francisco Nagaro, Architect
210 174th Street
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Malou C. Harrison
President- Miami Dade College North 11380 NW 27th Ave Rm 1312
Miami Fla 33167 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fermin Vasques, Sr VP Administration Miami Dade College, North
11380 NW 27th Ave Rm 1315
Miami Fla 33167
Music Educator/Professional Musician 12645 SW 114 Ave
Miami, Fla 33176 305-238-2729
Marjorie J. Gould Hahn
Musical & Executive Director
Now in her 49th season as Conductor, Teacher and Executive Director of the 55-year old South Florida Youth Symphony organization, Marjorie has guided the group to a superb level of education and ensemble development, especially for underserved and low-income youth. She began with the group in 1964 as a student, when her late step-father Maestro Carmen Nappo established the symphony in the Biscayne Gardens Woman’s Club. She received her Music Education degrees from Miami Dade College and the University of Georgia. Assuming the Executive leadership of the SFYS in 1981, she has secured and appointed the finest music faculty in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Mrs. Hahn served for 16 years as French Horn Instructor at Miami Dade College (Kendall Campus) and Trumpet and French Horn Coach at local public & private schools. She remains highly active as a professional performer, teacher and business manager in the Brass Quintet “Miami’s Top Brass” and principal French Horn in the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra. She was honored & awarded a community achievement award from the South Florida International Press Club and is listed in the tenth edition of The International Who’s Who in Music.
Richard A. Zogaib
Associate Conductor of Youth Symphony
Rick performed with the South Florida Youth Symphony on Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Saxophone from 1982 to 1984. Corporal Zogaib then served as a Rifleman & Musician with the bands of the 2nd Marine Division & 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music & VanderCook College of Music. After college, he joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in DC. Staff Sergeant Zogaib served in the music library & performed with the historic band at ceremonial events, frequently at the White House. While in DC, he also served as Principal Clarinetist & Assistant Conductor with the Pan-American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Zogaib is currently a Woodwind Clinician in local schools & runs a busy Private Studio. He is currently the Director of the 36-member Interscholastic Clarinet Choir, Les Art Nouveau Chalumeaux, hosted by Florida International University.
Director of Symphonia Chamber Strings
Angelica is a Music Educator in South Florida teaching General Music, Chorus, Band and currently serving as the Orchestra Director at Scheck Hillel Community School. Ms. Losada received her Music Education degree from the University of Miami and is currently finishing her Master’s Degree at Florida International University. As a Violinist & Violist, she has performed for various artists such as Kanye West, Marco Antonio Solis, Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Mathis, Electric Light Orchestra, Cirque Musical Shows, Jose Feliciano, Sean Combs P. Diddy and Andrea Bocelli. Ms. Losada is an avid performer for artist companies in South Florida. Among her many accomplishments, she has performed in the Game of Thrones Orchestra LIVE Experience under the direction of Ramin Djawadi (the composer of the Game of Thrones series music). Ms. Losada was a member of the South Florida Youth Symphony as a young musician and now serves as Director of the Symphonia Chamber Strings. She serves on the board of the Florida chapter of the American String Teachers Association and the Florida Federation of Music Clubs.
Director of Wind Ensemble
Lowell is Department Chair and Band Director at the award-winning John A. Ferguson Senior High School in Miami. He is an Oboist and Steel Pan Teacher, as well. Lowell serves as teacher and coach to the Symphony’s Wind Ensemble, both during the season and summer camps. He performs locally with the Miami Wind Symphony, the Kravis Center Pops and a variety of additional groups. Mr. Thomas received his B.M.Ed. degree from Combs College of Music in 1987, and his M.M. in Performance from the University of Miami in 1994.
Dr. Pamela Schultz
Piano Class Instructor
Dr. Shultz holds a D.M.A. from the University of Miami. She has devoted her career to Piano Education as a Pianist, Recording Artist, Teacher, Arranger, Educational Writer and Editor. As Co-Author, she dedicated nearly ten years to the writing and production of the Schultz Piano Library, a comprehensive collection of over 400 solo and duet publications for CPP/Belwin, Inc. (now Alfred Music). Dr. Schultz has performed, presented workshops and appeared as Adjudicator in multiple venues throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lucas Sanchez enjoys a multi-faceted career as a timpanist, percussionist, and teacher. In 2019, Mr. Sanchez was appointed as principal timpanist of the Palm Beach Symphony by Gerard Schwarz. Lucas also plays timpani with the Florida Grand Opera, the Nu Deco Ensemble, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; in the past he has appeared with the Houston Symphony and the Amarillo Symphony.
Mr. Sanchez is as comfortable in front of the orchestra as he is behind it; he has appeared as a soloist with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd Percussion Ensemble, and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. In 2018, Lucas was awarded first place in the Frost Concerto Competition with Johann Carl Christian Fischer s Symphony with 8 Obbligato Timpani.
As an educator, Mr. Sanchez maintains a private percussion studio in Coral Gables, Florida. He is an instructor for Greater Miami Youth Symphony program and gives masterclasses at high schools and colleges in South Florida. Lucas enjoys teaching the modern marching arts, since playing timpani with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014.
After studying with Douglas Cardwell in Albuquerque for seven years, Lucas received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University under the tutelage of Richard Brown and Matthew Strauss, where he was awarded the 2016 Sallie Shepherd Prize for Best Achievement in Music.
Mr. Sanchez is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival, and was awarded full-tuition fellowships at both for 3 summers each. He is currently finishing his dissertation for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, studying with Matthew Strauss and Svetoslav Stoyanov.
Director of Training Division Strings and String Consort
A Symphonic String Bassist, Laura serves as the Training Division Strings Director and has assumed her new position as the String Consort Director. Ms. Bass received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University. She is a passionate Music Educator and currently serves as the Lower School Music Teacher, Chorus Director and Co-Music Director for Musical Theater at Scheck Hillel Community School. Her number one priority is making an impact in her student’s lives to develop a life-long love and appreciation for music.
Dr. Deya Deynova
Cello Class Instructor
Dr. Deynova received her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and Music Education from the State University in Sofia, Bulgaria, her Master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas and Doctorate in Cello Performance from Boston University. In 2001, she was awarded an Artist Diploma from the University of Miami. Deya serves as the Principal Cellist in the Alhambra Orchestra and performs regularly with the Miami Lyric Opera and the International String Quartet, among many other groups around the South Florida area.
Director of Beginning Band
Kevin is a former French Horn student of the South Florida Youth Symphony and is the Director of Bands at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School. He earned his Associate degree from Miami-Dade College, his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida International University and is currently working on his M.M. at Florida State University.
Training Division Strings Instructor
A Miami native, Ruth was born into a musical family, and has been playing Violin and Flute since elementary school. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida International University. Miss Jauregui is also certified in Orff Music (levels 1 and 2). She traveled to Spain where she had the opportunity to lead Viola sectionals at the Forum Musikae Festival. Ruth is a String Clinician at Scheck Hillel Community School, John A. Ferguson Senior High School and Miami Arts Studio 6-12 at Zelda Glazer; teaches Elementary Music at Future Leaders Academy of Kendall; and is the Children’s Choir and Instrumental Director at Miami Bethany Community Services.
Dr. Robert David Billington
Dr. Billington received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Miami. Robert holds a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Michigan University. Dr. Billington has also done post-graduate work at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and at the University of Illinois. He is a free-lance Flutist and Instructor in the South Florida area. Dr. Billington currently performs as Principal Flutist with the Miami Lyric Opera Orchestra and performs on Baroque Flute with the Camerata del Re (an early music group), the Encore Chamber Players, the Billington and Gonzalez Classical Flute & Guitar Duo and the LGEM Trio.
Dr. Don Wilner
String Bass Coach
Dr. Wilner performs in both the classical and jazz genres. He earned a Doctorate in Music and taught at the University of Miami, was the Principal Bassist and a featured soloist with the Palm Beach Pops and Assistant Principal Bassist with the Miami City Ballet. He is currently the Principal Bassist for the Symphony of the Americas in Fort Lauderdale. Don is the author of several articles on Jazz Bass, including “Interactive Jazz Improvisation in the Bill Evan’s Trio.” He was named “Best Jazz Musician” in Miami New Times Magazine’s Best of Miami Issue in 2000: “Wilner is one of the rare Symphony Musicians capable of first-rate jazz performance.”
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Guy grew up in a household of musicians and artists, so music has always been part of his DNA. At the age of five, his dad wanted him to play the cello, which Guy did not approve of at first, not until he saw its beauty at a recital. On that day, he found his first love and has never looked back since.
What started as a fun and joyous experience, turned into an immense passion. Guy joined the Saint Trinite Music Program three years later and became part of the premiere orchestra in Port-au-Prince, “The Orchestre Philarmonique de Saint Trinite.
After his primary and secondary studies at the prestigious Nouveau College Bird, Guy emigrated to the U.S. to further his musical studies at the South Florida Youth Symphony and Florida International University, where he received a bachelor’s in Music Education.
Even though Guy is classically trained, he believes that music goes beyond Bach and Beethoven or simply playing complex notes to showcase an individual’s talent. It’s a form of self-expression, a vehicle to awaken and stimulate the imagination. He loves exploring new possibilities on the cello with a repertoire ranging from easy listening to hip hop and EDM. He is currently working on original tracks that are set to be released early in 2020.