Director, Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Malmquist served as the director of the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1989, overseeing its growth from 16 players to an organization of nearly 200 student musicians in four ensembles.
In addition to his duties with the SYO, Mr. Malmquist is a nationally recognized music educator and string pedagogue. He has presented at the American String Teachers Associating National Conference and the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All State Festival, conducted and coached music throughout the Chicagoland area and is the recipient of the IMEA Mary Hoffman Award for Excellence in Education and the Music Performance Union Award for Contributions to Education.
Also an accomplished violinist, Mr. Malmquist is a member of the 1st violin section of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, 2nd violin of the Solisti di Camara String Quartet and has served as the principal 2nd violin and assistant concertmaster of the Illinois Chamber Symphony and Salt Creek Ballet Orchestra. He received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Western Illinois University, where he studied with Roland and Almita Vamos, and his master’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a student of Marvin Rabin. He is a recipient of the American String Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award and in 2014 was named the Illinois Council of Orchestras’ Youth Orchestra Conductor of the Year.
Mr. Malmquist makes his home in Hampshire, Illinois with his wife Marge and is the proud parent of SYO alumni Lisa and Erik and has three young grandchildren, Carl, Lena, and Anders.
Director, Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra
Ron Polomchak has been directing orchestras in the Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 since 1995. Currently Mr. Polomchak directs the orchestra program at Lake Zurich Middle School South which includes the Chamber Orchestra, the Intermezzo Orchestra, the South Silly Strings and pit for the annual musical production. In Lake Zurich, Mr. Polomchak implemented a middle school strolling string program as well as the district summer orchestra program.
Mr. Polomchak has also served as an orchestra conductor at the Blue Lake International Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and directed the Lake Zurich Community Band. Mr. Polomchak received his Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Orchestral Conducting from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. There, he studied conducting with Stanley DeRusha. At Illinois Wesleyan University, Mr. Polomchak received a Bachelor of Music, cum Laude in Double Bass Performance. He studied double bass with Bill Koehler and conducting with Steve Eggleston. Mr. Polomchak has served as the IMEA District 7 Junior Orchestra Representative.
He is a member of the Conductors Guild, the National Association for Music Education, the Illinois Music Education Association, and the American String Teachers Association. Mr. Polomchak is an active performer on Double Bass performing locally throughout Chicagoland.
He was the recipient of the CUSD 95 Teachers Make a Difference Award in 1998.
Director Schaumburg Youth Sinfonia Strings
Tobin Langridge is the orchestra director at Hoffman Estates High School. Mr. Langridge has been leading orchestras at all grade levels for over twenty years. While teaching in the Moline Schools, he created the Moline Junior Symphony, a youth orchestra for students in grades 9 and younger.
Mr. Langridge has served in leadership roles for the Illinois Music Educators Association and remains active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout Illinois.
Guest Director, Schaumburg Youth Sinfonia Strings
Mark Hamada is thrilled to be back at the Prairie Center with the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra. He loves his job as an orchestra teacher at Robert Frost Jr. High and making music in a supportive community like Schaumburg. His older sister Katie was a charter member of the first Schaumburg Youth Orchestra in 1989. Throughout his life, Mark was able to learn and develop essential skills as a musician through his school music programs and the SYO program. He will always credit Mr. Malmquist and Mrs. Stephanie Preucil for giving him a love and appreciation of music, and hopes to give the same level of passion to future generations of musicians.
Director, Schaumburg Youth String Ensemble
Dung Pham received the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and earned the Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign where she assisted in the undergraduate conducting class and studied conducting with Donald Schleicher. Mrs. Pham currently directs orchestras at Palatine High School in District 211 where she also serves as music department chair and TRI-M Music Honor Society sponsor. Previously, she team-taught the elementary through high school orchestra programs in the Rock Island-Milan School District 41, and Freeport School District 145.
Mrs. Pham has served on the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp in Urbana-Champaign, as well as the D211 Orchestra Chamber Music Retreat. She has guest conducted the IMEA District Junior Orchestra for District II/VIII and District III and music festivals for Rockford Lutheran School and Davenport Schools. Mrs. Pham has served as a guest clinician in western Illinois for middle school competitions and has been an adjudicator for many IHSA solo/ensemble contests, school-sponsored contests, and has served as Orchestra Chair for Illinois IMEA District II and VIII.
Mrs. Pham’s professional affiliations include American String Teachers Association, Music Educators National Conference, Illinois Music Educators Conference, and Pi Kappa Lambda. She is also active as a cellist in chamber music and orchestral performances.
Director, Schaumburg Chamber Ensemble Program
Stephanie Preucil has been teaching violin privately for over forty years and currently has a studio of sixty students. She is founder and music director of the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Program in Schaumburg, Illinois. In January 2006, Ms. Preucil was the recipient of the Illinois ASTA Most Outstanding Studio Teacher Award. Previously, she was on the faculty of the Music Center of the North Shore for ten years. Prior to living in Illinois, she taught in Rochester, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Academy summer program.
Ms. Preucil spends her summers performing chamber music in Midsummer’s Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin. She has been a member of the Classic Arts Trio since 1990. She has served as Principal Second Violin of the Illinois Chamber Symphony in Illinois as well as Principal Second Violin of the New American Chamber Orchestra in Detroit, Michigan. Orchestral performances have included the Oklahoma Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra, and as an extra musician in the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Ms. Preucil received her Bachelors in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music under Charles Castleman and went on to pursue graduate studies at Indiana University under Josef Gingold. Ms. Preucil’s hobbies include swimming, biking, hiking, running, skiing, and racing triathlons. Ms. Preucil and her husband, Walter, have three sons: Zachary, (cellist); Anthony, (violinist /violist); and James, (violinist /violist).