QCSYEs Music Director
Youth Symphony Orchestra and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor
While living and working in Lexington Dr. Chetel served as the Assistant Conductor for the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, UK Opera Theatre, and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. Dr. Chetel led the UK Symphony Orchestra at subscription concerts, educational outreach concerts, and special events such as the Opening Gala of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky. In addition, Dr. Chetel has served as the Conductor of the UK Opera Theatre’s Annual Undergraduate Production, Cover Conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in Reading, PA. Recently Dr. Chetel has also served as Cover Conductor for summer concerts of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra as well as Assistant Conductor for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
A strong believer in music education, Dr. Chetel worked for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras as Program Coordinator for the BYSO’s Intensive Community Program, a rigorous stringed instrument curriculum serving underrepresented youth throughout Boston. In the summer of 2008 Dr. Chetel traveled to Acarigua, Venezuela to work with a nucleo of the nation-wide Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, El Sistema. During his time at the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, Dr. Chetel developed the program North Limestone MusicWorks, an El Sistema-inspired string training program in the underserved North Limestone neighborhood of Lexington, KY which is now in its fourth season.
As an operatic conductor Dr. Chetel has worked for DiCapo Opera (NY), University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, University of Maryland Opera Studio, Newton Symphony (MA), Dunster House Opera Society (MA), and the Reading Symphony Orchestra (PA), where he has worked on fully-staged productions of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte, Puccini’s La Boheme, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and Vaughan-Williams’s Riders to the Sea, among others; and world premiere operas by Thomas Pasatieri and Joseph Baber.
Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Chetel holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.M. from the University of Maryland School of Music, and a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Kentucky School of Music where his doctoral research addressed the publication and performance challenges of Hans Krasa’s children’s opera Brundibar.
Youth String Ensemble Conductor
Prelude Strings Conductor
Youth Choir Conductor
Catherine holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Vocal Performance from Bob Jones University and Music Education from St. Ambrose University. She has taught vocal music in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to Iowa, where she has taught in both the Davenport and Pleasant Valley school districts.
Mrs. Lyon maintains a large private voice studio, is a frequent adjudicator in Illinois and Iowa, and is an accompanist for private vocal students. Her students consistently place in state and regional competitions, which allow them to compete at the national level.
Catherine performs regularly as a choir member with Quad City Choral Arts and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Iowa Choral Directors Association (ICDA), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).