About Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra
The Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO) celebrates over 50 years of performances. The institution has provided musical training for gifted young instrumentalists of high school and junior college age. Orchestra members represent 32 different schools, and come from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds. They all come together to work towards one common goal: to learn how to play in a symphony orchestra.
PYMO rehearses and performs at Pasadena City College. PYMO has performed twice in Hawaii and has also played at the Music Educators' Convention. The Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles has hosted them as well as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
In support of all local school music programs, all members must belong to a performance group at their school, making PYMO an extension of their school music program. PYMO rehearses once a week and performs three different concerts each year in addition to its' music tour.
PYMO is operated by the PYMO Association, a non-profit organization dependent on a network of volunteers and donors, including parents, friends, and area businesses. PYMO is particularly grateful for the many benefits derived from its' close association with Pasadena City College, the Pasadena Symphony Association, and the many high schools in the area.
Music Director & Conductor Mr. Fung Ho
Mr. Fung Ho served as Concertmaster for the West L.A. Symphony Orchestra from 1992-2001 and was Concertmaster for the Burbank Chamber Orchestra from 1992-97. He now serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Olympia Philharmonic and Olympia Youth Orchestras in the Greater Los Angeles area.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1984 from New York City where he served as Concertmaster for both the Brooklyn Chamber and Queens Philharmonic Orchestras. He has made appearances as guest conductor for performances at USC and CSULA. Solo and chamber music recitals were also given in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Minnesota.
Besides keeping a busy schedule performing, Mr. Ho also maintains a studio of young and talented violin & viola students. Fung Ho was President of the Los Angeles Section of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA with NSOA) and also served as President of the West San Gabriel Valley Branch of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). Mr. Ho holds a Masters Degree of Music in Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studied with the late Carroll Glenn after receiving degrees from St. John’s University in Minnesota, and Long Island University in New York. Later on, in Los Angeles, he researched on pedagogy and repertoire with the late Noumi Fischer.
Currently, Fung Ho is on the violin and orchestra faculty of Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA), and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) where he serves as the Conductor for the String Orchestra and Chamber Music Coach. He has also served on the faculty of the International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM) at Kansas University at Lawrence and UC Santa Barbara during the summers for 8 years. In the summer of 2001, he was invited by the Music Office of the Hong Kong Government to be the guest conductor at the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp and a well-received concert with the Hong Kong Youth String Orchestra was presented at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on July 29, 2001. Mr. Ho has also given violin master classes in the US as well as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Many of his prize-winning students have gone on to further their musical studies in music conservatories all over the country.
Beginning the Fall of 2012, Mr. Ho will assume his position as Music Director & Conductor for the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO) as well as continuing his duties as Music Director & Conductor of the CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra.