Artistic Staff Members
Kevin Kozacek, Music Director
Originally a native of Colorado, Kevin Kozacek graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with an emphasis in choral conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Howard Skinner. Mr. Kozacek received both his Master of Education and Master of Music degrees from Northern Arizona University, studying orchestral conducting under Dr. Nicholas Ross and Dr. Daniel O'Bryant. He has additionally studied conducting under Maestros Lawrence Golan, Don Thulean, App Hsu, Harold Farberman, Raymond Harvey and Zvonimir Hacko. Mr. Kozacek has guest conducted orchestras in Kiev, Ukraine and Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and been invited to conduct workshops and high school honor orchestras in local Arizona school districts. Mr. Kozacek taught public school music in grades K-12, and directed theater, instrumental ensembles and choral groups in churches and communities in England, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Arizona. He was the founding Artistic Director for ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra, and was invited in 2012 to serve as the founding Music Director for North Valley Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kozacek was recently appointed as Music Director for the Verde Valley Sinfonietta in Sedona, beginning with the 2017-2018 concert season. Mr. Kozacek and his wife Cindy are proud parents of two sons, Matt and Chris, and have two grandchildren, Audrey and Owen.
Craig Triplett, Concertmaster
Craig Triplett began playing the violin at the age of 9 in St. Louis, Missouri. At 17, he won the CASA Concerto Competition and performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the CASA Symphonic Orchestra. Mr. Triplett studied violin and viola at Southern Illinois University for two years, during which he was accepted to the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition where he and his ensemble performed the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in the Semi-Finals. Mr. Triplett transferred to Northern Arizona University on scholarship, where he met his stand partner in life Jessica. While at NAU, Mr. Triplett won the concerto competition and performed the Stamitz Viola Concerto with the NAU Symphony Orchestra. He also performed in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Violist for several years. Mr. Triplett received his Bachelor of Music Performance degree on the viola from NAU in 2002. More recently, he served as Principal Violist of the North Valley Symphony Orchestra before accepting the position of concertmaster this year. Mr. Triplett enjoys mountain biking, watching auto racing, and the enthusiastic applause he receives when he performs for his 2 year old son, Parker.
Josh Lynch, Youth Orchestra Director
Josh Lynch received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern Arizona University, with an emphasis in instrumental music. In his time up north, he was an active member of the NAU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, multiple string quartets, the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. He now resides in Phoenix, where he directs the instrumental music ensembles at Sunrise Middle School, as well as the orchestras at Shadow Mountain High School. Mr. Lynch also has extended experience in group violin classes, and maintains a small studio of private students in his spare time.
Orlando Moss, Youth Strings Director
Orlando Moss received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Grambling State University, and went on to complete his Masters degree at Jackson State University. He has over twenty years of professional music experience as both an educator and performer throughout the United States. He has played with the Shreveport Symphony, Midland/Odessa Symphony, and community orchestras in Atlanta, Milwaukee, and New Orleans. Mr. Moss is an orchestra teacher in the Peoria Unified School District where he loves to teach as many students as possible the true value and essence of music. In addition to directing the North Valley Youth Strings, and playing with North Valley Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Moss also teaches privately at Desert Ridge Music Academy and Allegro Music. He is a veteran of the United States Navy. His favorite quote is "I don't teach, I awaken!"
Eily Hallagan, Symphonettes Director
Eily Hallagan graduated with honors from Hillsdale College in Michigan in 2007. Her bachelor of arts degree includes a double major in music performance and theater arts. She was recently the director of orchestras at Basis Phoenix Charter School for five years. Ms. Hallagan retired from that position to devote more time to her business, Sweetwater Strings, which provides entertainment packages for everything from corporate events to weddings. She also has a very active private student studio. Ms. Hallagan's primary orchestral instrument is violin, though she is very well versed in all the string instruments. Eily provides "a contagious passion for music, performance and the arts” to the NVSO family.