Hong Kong-American conductor and violinist Kin (Desmond) Siu holds the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor with the organization Orchestra Northern Arizona. He also works as acting Music Director and Music Coordinator for Arizona Pro Arte.
A Master of Music graduate of Northern Arizona University, Desmond served as Assistant Director of the NAU Orchestras while working as guest Music Director with the Lyric Opera and acting Music Director with the Chamber Orchestra. Desmond’s past positions include Assistant Conductor positions with Orchestra Northern Arizona, the Skidmore Orchestra, as well as Music Director and founder of the Skidmore Chamber Orchestra.
His attendance of numerous conducting workshops and masterclasses all around the world led Desmond to study with well-known conducting pedagogues such as Jin Wang, Michael Jinbo, Victor Yampolsky, Neil Varon, Mark Gibson, and Kenneth Kiesler. His private conducting teachers include Daniel O’Bryant, Chris Younghoon Kim, and Anthony Holland. Desmond competed in the 2018 edition of the Bucharest Music Institute Conducting Competition which showcased talents from competitors all over the globe.
As a violinist, Desmond currently plays with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Philharmonic, and Verde Valley Sinfonietta. He attended festivals and summer programs such as Kinhaven Music School, InterHarmony Festival, and the Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. Through these festivals, Desmond performed in various halls around the world including Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse of Lincoln Center and Smetana Hall in Prague. During his violin studies, Desmond had the opportunity to learn, work, play, and perform with many Grammy winning string quartets such as the Ying Quartet and the American String Quartet. He has also performed in a masterclass for BBC New Generation Artist, Elena Urioste. His private violin teachers include Shelley Rich, Michael Emery, and former Vienna Philharmonic violinist Eugeniy Chevkenov.
An advocate of contemporary music, Desmond has given many performances (both as a violinist and conductor) of new works by student and established living composers. In pursuit of his passion for new music, Desmond attended a contemporary music program, the Cortona Sessions, as a Conducting Fellow the summer of 2018. In the summer of 2019, Desmond attended the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival as a violinist and conductor.
PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Emma Strub is a prolific freelance musician in the Flagstaff area. Strub received her bachelors in viola performance at the University of Memphis, a masters in viola performance from Rutgers University, and a masters in orchestral conducting from Northern Arizona University.
Strub holds viola positions on the Flagstaff Symphony, the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, and the Arizona Philharmonic.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Strub lives in Flagstaff with her fiancé, Dr. Michael Martinez.