Meet the Directors
CCYO Director, Dr. Osman Kivrak
Osman Kivrak received his Bachelor of Music degree from Gazi University in Turkey and studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London, before coming to the United States to continue his studies. He received a Master of Music and Doctorate of Music degree from the Catholic University of America. He was a winner of the National Scholarship Competition in Turkey, the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards, the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, the Culver (California) Chamber Music Competition and of three Maryland National Parks and Planning Commission Awards.
Dr. Kivrak has performed at the Spoleto Festival in the USA and Italy and has toured Europe a number of times as a chamber music player. His compositions have been performed in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress and throughout the United States and in Turkey. He orchestrated and conducted the theme music for National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation program. He is currently Principal Viola of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra.
Formerly a professor at the Izmir State Conservatory in Turkey, Dr. Kivrak currently teaches viola and chamber music at American University where he is Musician in Residence and where he was a recipient of two teaching awards in 2019.
Dr. Kivrak performs with the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery of Art String Quartet. Recently, the Quartet performed to great acclaim at the Musica Sacra festival in Ecuador. The Quartet has performed with noted pianists Menahem Pressler and Miceal O’Rourke, and with guitarist Roland Dyens and has recorded for the Living Music, Arizona University Recordings, Amcam and AmeriMusic labels. A collection of Christmas music, which they edited, has been published under the imprint of G. Schirmer, Inc. West Virginia Public Television and Chinese National Television have also featured the Sunrise Quartet in a one-hour TV show “A Musical Bridge to China”. Performances by the Quartet have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, “What Makes it Great” and “Front Row Washington”.
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Encore Strings Director, Dr. Krisztina Dér Noble
Hailed by the Washington Post as a musician with “...a clean, full-bodied tone and fleet fingers,” Dr. Krisztina Dér Noble has performed and studied internationally, earning her doctor of musical arts degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The first-prize winner of the 2017 RAFA Artist and 2009 FSW flute competitions, she has been a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Greensboro Opera Orchestra, the Franz Liszt Academy Alumni Orchestra, and others—including the Charles County Youth Orchestra! (She was the very first wind player invited to play with the CCYO, when the ensemble was under the direction of Dr. Roy Jenkins.) Her “bold and compelling” flute/light project (Classical Voice of North Carolina) features concerts that integrate music and light, with invitations including Light City Baltimore, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Liberty University. As a pedagogue and ensemble director, Dr. Noble believes strongly in nurturing her students’ curiosity to excite them about learning. Formerly a Lecturer of Music at Guilford College, she currently teaches general music in Anne Arundel County public schools. For more information, please visit: www.kdernoble.com.
Encore Band Director, Takako Mato
Takako Mato received her Bachelor of Music from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and her Master's in Music from Temple University, both in Clarinet Performance. In addition, she earned a Master's in Teaching from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She maintains a private studio in addition to her teaching duties in Charles County Public Schools and the College of Southern Maryland.
Prelude Strings Director, Dr. Teri Lazar
Teri Lazar, violinist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Lazar performs with the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery of Art String Quartet. The Quartet performed to great acclaim at the Musica Sacra festival in Ecuador and has performed with noted pianists Menahem Pressler and Miceal O’Rourke, and with guitarist Roland Dyens.
The Quartet has recorded for the Living Music, Arizona University Recordings, Amcam and AmeriMusic labels. A collection of Christmas music, which they edited, has been published under the imprint of G. Schirmer, Inc. West Virginia Public Television and Chinese National Television have also featured the Sunrise Quartet in a one-hour TV show “A Musical Bridge to China” broadcast. Performances by the Quartet have been broadcast for National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, “What Makes it Great” and “Front Row Washington”.
In addition to her work with the Quartet, Dr. Lazar has recorded solo violin and chamber music for the Albany, Klavier, North/South Recordings, Plucked String, and Centaur labels and has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today program.
She received a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from the Catholic University of America. She continued her studies at Catholic University with Robert Gerle and received a Master of Music and a Doctorate of Music degree in violin performance. Dr. Lazar is currently on the faculty of the American University where she teaches violin and chamber music and is Musician in Residence. She also serves as the Concertmaster of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra.
She has performed at the Spoleto festival in the USA and in Italy and she toured Europe twice with the New York group, Amor Artis.
For more information, email Dr. Lazar at
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