Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra (IYSO) is comprised of talented and inspired young musicians and performs a full range of complete orchestral works. In 2019, the IYSO will perform Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo by Copland and Symphony No. 9 “New World” by Dvorak, among others.
Each of the groups in the Blue Lake International Exchange Program will visit five to seven towns (hosting communities) in Europe. Tentative countries for the 2019 IYSO are Germany and France.
2019 International Youth Symphony Orchestra
Brad Pfeil, Musical Director
Brad Pfeil received a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degree from the University of Michigan and Master of Music Education degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is currently an orchestra director at Neuqua Valley High School, a Grammy Award winning school in Naperville, IL. Brad taught previously in Las Vegas, Nevada where he performed actively as a double bassist in addition to teaching at Las Vegas High School. Brad was principal double bass of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, played in the Phantom show, and was conductor of the Henderson Civic Symphony. He has also performed with numerous orchestras and artists including the Michigan Opera Theater, Ann Arbor Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Flint Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Styx. Brad currently performs with the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Washington, Il. An active educator and bass instructor, Brad is past president of the Nevada Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and is currently president of the Illinois ASTA Chapter. Brad has spent the past eight summers as a conductor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. When not making music, Brad enjoys cycling, backpacking and reading.