Taylor Siling is a Roseburg native. She was one of the earliest violin students in DCYO and was the longest continuous participant. During her final year as a DCYO student, she was concert master. Taylor also participated in the choir and band programs at Roseburg High School and has performed in eight summer musicals at UCC. After graduating from Roseburg High School, she enrolled at UCC and was part of the Umpqua Singers, touring Alaska, Ukraine, Hungary, and Brazil. Taylor then transferred to Oregon State University where she earned a BA in music with a focus in vocal performance and choral music education. While at OSU, Taylor participated in the chamber orchestra, campus band, opera workshop, chamber choir and musical theater. As a member of the OSU Chamber Choir, she travelled to Hawaii, China and Canada.
In addition to her DCYO Director duties, she maintains a private studio of violin, viola and voice and is a Suzuki certified teacher for books 1 and 2. She was music director at Days Creek Charter School for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Taylor also has performed with the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra and was the Music Director for Umpqua Actors Community Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In 2020, Taylor earned a Master of Arts in Teaching, Music education at Oregon State University and is currently the music teacher at Fir Grove Elementary School in Roseburg.
Jenna Nelson began playing violin with a Youth Orchestra and Symphony program in Bremerton, Washington when she was eight years old. She moved to Douglas County when she was 15 and quickly became integrated with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra and Roseburg Chamber Orchestra. Besides performing, she also assisted with teaching and coaching duties within DCYO.
Jenna graduated in 2011 from Umpqua Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in music, and won the Douglas County Young Soloist competition that same year. She has received further training from University of Oregon in Suzuki Pedagogy and other training workshops. She has been teaching string instruments for nine years, and performs with the Roseburg Chamber Orchestra and at other venues in the area.
Douglas County native Kathi Halloran comes to DCYO after over twenty years in the Human Resources field. She has been involved with DCYO since her daughter, Taylor joined at a young age. Singlehandedly, she keeps DCYO running in tip-top shape. There is no question to which she does not know the answer!
Peggy has a vast background in marketing and promotions and has been designing web pages and digital marketing campaigns for over 15 years. Her family has been involved in band and orchestra her whole life so working with DCYO and the Umpqua Symphony seems to be a good fit.
2022-23 Board of Directors
After an extensive career with a major utility company in San Francisco, Trish and her husband, Gene Keller, retired to Douglas County. Since retirement, Trish has been involved in various non-profit organizations. She volunteered at the Roseburg Visitors Center, was on the Board of Directors for the Douglas County Filipino-American Association, was an instructor for the AARP Safe Driving classes, fostered many basset hounds for the Oregon Basset Hound Rescue Organization, was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Wildlife Safari, and volunteered as a clerical assistant at Mercy Hospital.
Trish received a B.S. degree from the University of San Francisco. She continues her education with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra, learning to play the cello.
Karin is a relatively new resident of Roseburg having moved here in 2015 to be closer to her family. Karin became interested in the Douglas County Youth Orchestra because two of her grandchildren were members of the orchestra. As a way of immersing herself in the community she became a member of the Board of Directors of the Umpqua Symphony Association which is the sponsor of DCYO and is presently serving as its president.