Artistic Staff

Violin bow

Portrait of Ken Marrs holding a bass

Symphony Orchestra Director

Ken Marrs ~ ken.marrs@vailyouthsymphony.com

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Ken Marrs began studying the double bass with Derek Weller and Stuart Sankey.  He received a bachelor’s of music education in choral and instrumental music from Indiana University where he studied bass with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst.  Ken has performed with the Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw Bay, Toledo, and Tucson Symphony Orchestras, the Arizona Opera Company as well as with True Concord, formerly the Tucson Chamber Artists.  He received his master’s in choral conducting under Maurice Skones at the University of Arizona.  Ken has taught music and performed with orchestras on four continents, and currently teaches orchestra and guitar at Sahuaro High School in Tucson.

Assistant Symphony Director

Amy Osmun ~ amy.osmun@vailyouthsymphony.org

 

Chamber Orchestra Director

Allison Minch ~ allison.minch@vailyouthsymphony.org

Mrs. Minch graduated with a degree in music education with a string emphasis from Brigham Young University.  She has received Suzuki teaching certification and taught middle school orchestra in Houston, TX and general music in the Vail School District.  After several years of work behind the scenes as a board member, she is excited to return to the Vail Youth Symphony as a director for the 2021-22 season!