Roest will lead youth orchestras

Michael Roest has been appointed as full-time executive and artistic director of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras.

Now entering its 47th season, NOYO is a regional orchestral training program that attracts gifted young musicians ages eight to 22 from between Toledo and Cleveland.

Roest will oversee operations and serve as conductor for the Philharmonia Orchestra, NOYO’s flagship full symphonic orchestra.

“We have already seen incredible strides forward during Michael’s tenure as part-time director,” said NOYO board president Ryan Miller. “He has developed an amazing rapport with our students, parents, and audiences and brings a combination of incredible musicianship and keen leadership to NOYO.”

Roest joined the artistic staff in 2013 and was named part-time director in 2014.

“I am thrilled to step on board with NOYO full-time and make a greater commitment to our students and families,” he said. “These students deserve the best, and I am honored to be entrusted with this tremendous responsibility. With NOYO’s incredibly accomplished staff, I am confident that we will provide the finest orchestral instruction in the area.”

A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School, Roest studied tuba performance, orchestra conducting, and music education.

He directs NOYO’s rhythm and brass ensemble, maintains a private studio, and provides clinics to area schools. In addition to his work with NOYO, he teaches brass studies at the Oberlin Conservatory where he leads the Oberlin Brass Ensemble.