Grand Rapids Youth Symphony & Classical Orchestra
The son of a Polish violinist–one of the first women in the New York Philharmonic, and an Israeli violin-maker, Yaniv grew up speaking three languages in a multi-cultural household. In addition to being a talented conductor, Yaniv is a composer, violinist, and former child actor. He has held positions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, and Naples Philharmonic where he also was the music director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Yaniv is a Music Director Finalist of the Rockford, Salina, and Ashland Symphony Orchestras.
He regularly works with the Detroit Symphony, and has led orchestras around the globe, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic, Ann Arbor Symphony, Sinfonietta Cracovia and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. While Assistant Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic from 2014-17, Yaniv conducted nearly twenty different programs annually, including special performances with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman to the Beach Boys.
Kristen Shoup joined the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony organization in 2001, sharing Classical Orchestra conducting duties with Conductor John Varineau. She also conducts for the West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Association and has previously been an orchestra director for Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Calvin Christian Schools.
Shoup earned a B.A. in music education from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. She has been a member of the viola section of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1992.
Barb Hammond has been the manager of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony organization since 1990. A Grand Rapids Youth Symphony alumna as a violinist, she worked for 28 years as an orchestra director with Grand Rapids Christian Schools. She has a B.A. and M.A. degrees in music education from Calvin College.