This team makes MYRO rock every day.
KEVIN OATES | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
After 8 years of teaching in public schools both in Maine and New York, Kevin Oates decided to launch Maine Youth Rock Orchestra (MYRO) in February 2014. MYRO is the combination of his two passions; music education and performing with bands and artists from across the country. As a classical cellist with a degree in Music Education from University of Southern Maine School of Music, Oates found excitement and drive through playing cello in alternative genres of music. He realized that students need this outlet and ability to apply their skill set into genres of music that they connect with, without compromising technique or playing ability.
Kevin has been featured on NPR ‘First Watch’, Consequence of Sound, Strings Magazine and has presented twice at TEDx. Along with being the founder and executive director of MYRO, Oates teaches a small private studio and has composed | recorded strings on over 30 albums.
Maine Youth Rock Orchestra is an extension of Kevin’s passion to redefine music education.
And we are just getting started.
SAM KYZIVAT | CREATIVE
Sam Kyzivat, originally from Simsbury, Connecticut, received his B.A. in Music (Theory & Composition) and Asian Studies from Bowdoin College. He has spent time working for several Maine-based music nonprofits, including REVERB, an environmental organization working to make bands’ tours more environmentally friendly, as well as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, one of the world’s premiere summer music institutes for the study and performance of chamber music.
Sam is also an accomplished composer, and has not only had pieces premiered at Bowdoin by student music ensembles, but has also had orchestral arrangements performed by MYRO, writing for indie folk artists such as Darlingside, Shook Twins, and Max Garcia Conover. An aspiring media music composer, Sam has written for radio, podcast, and short film, most recently collaborating with Timber & Frame Media, a regional EMMY award-winning production company. Sam is also an active performer, and can be found playing electric violin sets at art museums and yoga classes, or sitting in with Portland’s newest indie-folk band SnugHouse. He is thrilled to be working for an organization whose mission he profoundly believes in, and is excited to make a difference in the lives of young orchestral musicians!
ADELAIDE FULLER | DEVELOPMENT
Adelaide Fuller, of Peru, Maine, graduated from Hamilton College in 2017 with a BA in Music Performance and a love for music education. She has worked as a marketing intern for Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, a waitress in Ireland, and as a long term phys-ed substitute teacher in an elementary school (note: don’t attempt to teach ultimate frisbee if you can’t throw a frisbee).
As a singer, Adelaide specializes in coloratura arias. She listens to psychedelic rock and jazz in her free time, and loves playing Cape Breton fiddle tunes. At Hamilton, she sang with the jazz band, chamber choir, and the Hamiltones a cappella group, an ensemble that she both arranged for and directed for two years. MYRO is her newest and most joyous venture; she could not be more excited about the opportunity to work within an organization that so perfectly encapsulates her various passions.
BEN HEIM | INTERN
Ben Heim, from Des Plaines, Illinois, is currently in his second year at Northeastern University, where he is studying Music Technology. While in high school, he spent his Saturdays enrolled in an extracurricular program in Chicago called the Merit School of Music. There, he played percussion in a number of ensembles, including a chamber group called Sticks and Stones, which competed and placed in a number of chamber music competitions. At his high school, he played percussion in the marching band, jazz band, and musical pit orchestra, and composed pieces for a group of percussionists to perform at the school’s annual Variety Show.
At Northeastern, he is working toward a B.S. in Music with a concentration in Music Technology alongside minors in Music Composition and Music Industry. He also plays in the school’s Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. On campus, he spends much of his free time playing wiffle ball on the school’s field (this often happens with a group of friends after midnight to ensure that nobody else will be using the field) and composing orchestral music.