Raúl Gómez-Rojas, Music Director
Raúl’s passion is to inspire musicians to use their art as a vehicle to pursue excellence and spread joy. Guided by this idea, he enjoys a busy schedule as an orchestral conductor, violinist/violist, clinician and public speaker. Raúl is a regular guest with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, where he receives the unqualified support of Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto. Other conducting highlights include appearances with YOA Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and multiple engagements in Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica. As a public speaker, Raúl’s TED talk “El Concierto Inolvidable” was an audience favorite at TEDxPuraVida 2014.In addition to his work with MYS, he serves as Assistant Conductor and Artistic Producer for YOA Orchestra of the Americas and conductor with the Premier Orchestral Institute. Previous posts include Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Kids’ Orchestra in Baton Rouge, LA.
Raúl holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Kevork Mardirossian (violin) and Carlos Riazuelo (conducting). He served as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in 2011.
Diana Scoggins, Executive Director
Diana has served as the Executive Director for MYS since 2010. Most recently prior to joining MYS, Diana was a business analyst with the Bonneville Power Administration, and has been involved with MYS as a parent for nine years (thus far!). Having played the violin with the California Youth Symphony growing up, she is passionate about music and the impact it can have in the lives of young people and the people they touch. When not hanging out at rehearsal or in concert halls, Diana loves to run, cook, read, drink coffee, and travel.
Tyler Bragg, Artistic Operations Manager
Tyler Bragg started his musical journey at the age of 8 by learning to play the guitar. After gravitating toward drums and percussion, he moved from California to Portland in 2006 and earned his Bachelor’s of Music degree in percussion from Portland State University, studying under Dr. Joel Bluestone. He then earned his Master’s of Music degree in percussion as a Graduate Teaching Assistant from Central Michigan University, studying under Dr. Andrew Spencer. Upon graduating from CMU, Tyler moved back to the PNW and began teaching award winning concert and marching percussion ensembles at Lincoln High School (Portland, OR), Skyview High School (Vancouver, WA), Beaverton High School (Beaverton, OR), and Evergreen High School (Vancouver, WA). In 2017, Tyler joined the music publishing team at Tapspace Publications in Portland, OR working under Jim Casella and Murray Gusseck. Outside of music, Tyler can be found reading about Anglo Saxon poetry, perfecting his swing on the golf course, or in his kitchen trying to refine his recipe for bucatini carbonara.
Allison King, Community Engagement Manager
Growing up in a musical and athletic family, Allison’s youth was split between those two passions. Soccer and piano remained constants throughout her life, launching her to place in youth piano competitions along the West Coast as well as find her footing in the game of soccer as an eventual D1 player and international semi-pro player. While playing soccer in Germany, Allison continued to study the piano and piano pedagogy at Musikschule Kreuzer in Weiden. Allison holds degrees in English, Art History, and Journalism. Still an enthusiastic advocate for the arts and athletics comingling, Allison continues to coach competitve soccer and teach piano. When not on the pitch or a piano bench, Allison is an avid writer, fitness competitor, and hobby farmer.
Sarah McLain, Program & Development Coordinator
Sarah McLain received a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She taught and directed preschool programs in California for many years before moving to Oregon in 2002. Sarah volunteered in various roles including board positions at her children’s cooperative preschool and elementary school. Sarah spent 8 years as an MYS parent, an MYS Group Manager, Librarian, and Volunteer Coordinator for the annual CRESCENDO Gala. Sarah played the piano growing up and appreciates the value of a high-quality musical education. Sarah enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, cooking and baking.
If you have questions about registration, tuition, concert tickets or any other general questions about our program, please contact Sarah.
Board of Directors
Brian Johnson – President
Broker, Windermere Real Estate
Former Media Strategist, The Oregonian
Sharon Wynde – Vice President
Senior Vice President, Heritage Bank
Aimee Virnig – Secretary
Principal Broker, Windermere Real Estate
Ross Barbieri – Treasurer
Engineering and IT Executive/Founder
Former Executive Director, Portland Summer Ensembles
Former Chief Digital Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Strategic Finance, Foundry Benchmarking, Intel Corporation
Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
David R. Ludwig
Partner, Farleigh Wada Witt
Holly H. McHugh
Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Financial Analyst, NuScale Power