Our board members are hard at work to secure the next future of GTiYO.
If you are interested in procuring our voluntary board member place please contact our manager and conductor.
Dan was born and raised in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. After attending college for 2 years, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. This is where he met his wife Tami, and they have been happily married for 27 years.
After his tour was complete, they moved to Toledo where Dan began his career as a Local 8 electrician. After 20 years in the local, he began a new job at the University of Toledo as an Electrical and Project Manager. Dan and Tami have 4 children- Mithcell (26), Dillon (23), Caleb (20) and Olivia (15). Olivia has been part of the GTiYO for 7 years and will be a sophomore at Toledo School for the Arts this fall. Dan is currently in his 2nd year serving as GTIYO president and served 2 years as manager.
My family has been with Mr. Song and the orchestra since the very first year it was formed. My eldest daughter Hannah played the violin, and my youngest daughter Rebekah currently plays as a violist. We have been so fortunate to travel with GTiYO to Spain, Austria, China, and Toronto to perform and experience their rich musical cultures. Our involvement with the orchestra has given my family and I so many wonderful memories both here and abroad. I am so excited to contribute my time and effort to GTiYO.
I have been a parent in the GTIYO for five years. The time in GTIYO has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. She has increased her passion, her confidence, and involvement along with her desire to succeed. She and I are both interested in learning about and embracing differences, and music is a tool that we can use to do that. I have experience working with students and families in my career as an elementary school counselor. I see first hand both personally and professionally the benefits the GTIYO can have for students.
John was born and raised on a large dairy and agricultural farm about 45 minutes west of Toledo in Ridgeville Corners. John graduated from BGSU with degrees in computer science and education. After working briefly at Owens Corning in Toledo, he has spent the last 22 years teaching in the Sylvania school system. His daughter, Michaela, joined GTiYO in January of 2021 as a cellist and is currently going into her sophomore year at Sylvania Southview High School. John is Married to Mike Rosania and has a son, Jonathan, who is a senior at Southview. They love to travel when possible and Cancun, Mexico is one of their favorite destinations.
Jason was born in Florida and raised in the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee and the University of Missouri with degrees in Music and Music Education. He taught in the Tennessee public schools and at the University of Missouri before moving to Toledo in 2004 to serve as a faculty member at the University of Toledo. His daughter, Olivia, joined GTiYO in Fall of 2017 as a cellist and is beginning her 8th grade year at Ottawa Hills. Jason is married to Point Place native Katie, and has a daughter, Reagan, who will be a freshman this year at the University of Michigan. They love spending time with their dog Sadie, home cooking, college football, and travel.
Yang Kun Song, a native of Beijing, China, was born into a musical family, and began studying cello with his father at the age of nine. In 1972, he was admitted to the Beijing Music Training Class. The following year he went to the Beijing Conservatory of music to study with Min Yao Shen, the principal cellist in the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China. Mr. Song graduated from Beijing Conservatory in 1976 and later became the assistant principal cellist of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. In 1988, Mr. Song was sponsored to come to the United States by Dr. William Sloan and Dr. Paul Carter, on a recommendation by world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. He studied cello with Professor Steven Elisha at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and graduated cum laude in 1993. Mr. Song retired from his position as a music educator for the Toledo Public Schools. He is married to Sharon Du; they have a daughter, Lee Ann Song, who plays both the piano and cello.
Mr. David Oliver received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University and retired in 2011 after thirty-four years with Toledo Public Schools. During his career, in addition to his duties leading orchestra classes at Bowsher and Scott High Schools, Old West End Junior High and McTigue Middle Schools, and many Toledo elementary schools, he served as director of the Toledo Junior Youth Orchestra for nine seasons. He is currently the Assistant Conductor of the GTiYO.