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Conductor Bios

2018-2019 FESTIVAL CONDUCTORS

LISFA GRADES 11 & 12 CONDUCTOR - SOON HEE NEWBOLD

Soon Hee Newbold was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted as an infant by the Newbold family.  She spent her childhood, along with two sisters, in Frederick, Maryland.

Soon Hee began playing piano at age five and violin at age seven.  She won many prestigious competitions and performed as a concert artist at an early age.  As a soloist and in professional orchestras throughout the world, Ms. Newbold has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Disney World, Aspen, and Tanglewood and in countries like Scotland, England, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.

In high school, Soon Hee’s interests included science, languages, and drama.  She studied German, French, and Russian and completed an internship in AIDS and Cancer research at the National Institute of Health in Ft. Detrick, Maryland.  Ms. Newbold received her Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University where she concentrated on film scoring, orchestration, and audio production.

Upon graduation, Soon Hee worked in entertainment for Walt Disney World as a contractor, stage manager, and professional musician as well as performing in the various symphonies in Florida.  She also produced albums and wrote for many recording projects and ensembles.  As an actress, Soon Hee expanded her experiences to film and television.  She got her first break in the film, “The Waterboy,” starring Adam Sandler, and first television role in the family comedy, “Camp Tanglefoot.” 

Sadly, Ms. Newbold’s mother was diagnosed with Huntington's disease, a terminal, devastating genetic neurological illness for which there is little treatment and no cure.  Soon Hee wrote the popular song “Endless Dreams,” and dedicated it to those affected by Huntington’s to spread awareness and hope.

Soon Hee Newbold currently works in Southern California with her husband.  She is involved in many film, television, and commercial projects as a producer, actress, composer, and musician.  Published through the FJH Music Company, Soon Hee’s compositions can be heard around the world in film, orchestras, and other performing groups.  Outside of work, Ms. Newbold enjoys martial arts and weapons training and has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Kigumdo.

LISFA GRADES 9 & 10 CONDUCTOR - DR. YVETTE DEVEREAUX


LISFA GRADES 7 & 8 CONDUCTOR - SUSAN DEAVER


LISFA GRADE 6 CONDUCTOR - EILEEN MURPHY


Eileen Murphy is an experienced conductor and music educator. During her 35 years as a professional educator, she taught all levels of strings for the Manhasset Public School district, served as Leader Teacher for the Fine and Performing Arts department for several years and attained National Board Certification. Her orchestras participated in regional music festivals and NYSSMA Majors Festivals many times, always receiving high praise from adjudicators.

A violinist, Ms. Murphy graduated as a Presidential Scholar from SUNY College at Fredonia with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and received her Masters in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. While an undergraduate, she also studied violin and piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. She is a principal player and guest conductor with the South Shore Symphony of the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts. She has been an “artist-in-residence” for Nassau and Western Suffolk BOCES and an adjunct professor at CUNY Queens College and Hofstra University. Ms. Murphy has conducted both string and symphony orchestras throughout her career. As a music director with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, she currently conducts the Suffolk Concert Orchestra in performances on Long Island and in New York City. In addition, she has conducted numerous pit orchestras for high school musical productions, coached small ensembles, and directed Mariachi and Irish fiddling groups. She is an adjudicator for NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festivals, NYSSMA Majors Festivals, the Long Island Music Festival and is a frequent guest conductor at area festivals.



SUFFOLK LISFA GRADE 5 CONDUCTOR - ALISON PEARL

Alison Pearl received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. Mrs. Pearl is in her 24th year of teaching elementary orchestra, and is presently in her 22nd year with the Massapequa Public Schools where she enjoys composing and arranging music for her students. She is an active member and adjudicator for NYSSMA, is a past Chairperson and Vice President of NMEA, and has held several positions on the LISFA board, currently holding the position of Wesbite Editor. Alison has previously guest conducted for SCMEA and LISFA ensembles and was honored to be named in the 2004 edition of “Who’s Who of American Women.”


NASSAU LISFA GRADE 5 CONDUCTOR - JAMES UZZI