Who are you?
Member of Board of Directors
Please share a little bit about yourself!
I am the Vice President of Education & Community Engagement for the Omaha Symphony. I am married to another OAYO alum – Craig Mathis (Trombone – graduated 2007). Outside of my work with the Omaha Symphony and OAYO I also work with the Millard North Band program as a brass tech during marching and concert band season. I’m also involved with the Nebraska State Bandmaster Association and have been the Corporate Sponsor and Exhibit Chair since 2015.
How long have you been involved with OAYO?
I joined OAYO in 2000 as a 6th grader in Honors Orchestra. I moved up through the orchestras (YCO, YP and finally YS).
Tell us about your musical background and/or what you appreciate about music?
I have been involved in music my entire life. My mother is a church organist and had me singing in choir since I could walk. I began playing French Horn in 5th grade and have loved it ever since. I actually have a degree in horn performance from UNL and have worked with several music/arts organizations since graduating (National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO; National Symphony in Washington DC; Lied Center in Lincoln, NE; Omaha Performing Arts and most recently the Omaha Symphony). My husband is a band director as well. Safe to say – music incredibly important in our lives.
What do you enjoy most about working with OAYO?
Knowing that students are getting the experiences that I had is the best part of working with OAYO. My school did not have an orchestra program (just band) and the teachers I met, the music I played, the friends and mentors I gained was incredible. I want to make sure that other students get that opportunity.
Please share why do you continue to support OAYO?
I support OAYO because I would not be where I am today with OAYO. I would not know about my career without the mentors I gained, I wouldn’t have known much about orchestras without OAYO, heck – I met my husband in OAYO! If I could pinpoint one pivotal moment in my life – one thing that I am SO incredibly grateful that my mom was able to say yes to – it would be joining the Honors Orchestra in 6th grade. OAYO changed my life!