Artistic Staff Members
Kevin Kozacek, Music Director
Originally from 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 Arts 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, Apo 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 has 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 where he served for 9 years. In 2012, Mr. Kozacek was invited to serve as the founding Music Director for North Valley Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed as the Music Director and Conductor for Verde Valley Sinfonietta in Sedona, AZ in 2017. Kevin and his wife Cindy have two grown sons, Matt and Chris, and three grandchildren, Audrey, Owen and Ezekiel.
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!"
Robert Reyes, Symphonettes Director
Robert Reyes currently serves as Orchestra Director at Mohave Middle School in Scottsdale Unified School District. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Throughout his career, Mr. Reyes has taught every level of orchestra, from elementary to high school, many of those years within Sunnyside School District in South Tucson. He has served as a guest clinician for Southern Arizona Honors Orchestra (SAHO) in 2015 and 2017, and has conducted student orchestras in numerous competitions such as the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) and Disneyland’s Music in the Parks, earning scores of superior, superior with distinction, and best in show. Mr. Reyes is an active advocate for music education and fine arts in the community, and has been a member of several professional organizations such as Arizona Music Education Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Mr. Reyes and his wife, Amanda, enjoy traveling and spending time with their one-year-old daughter, Caroline.