Co-Artistic Director and Conductor
Madison native Mikko Rankin Utevsky is the founding conductor of the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra, which he has directed since 2011. He is assistant conductor of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, where he performs as associate principal viola, and artistic director of the Choral Arts Society Chorale of Madison. He served for five years as music director of The Studio Orchestra, a Madison-area community ensemble that performs at nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Dane County.
As a guest conductor, he has worked with student ensembles at the UW-Madison (the University Symphony Orchestra and All-University String Orchestra, and various chamber groups), Madison East High School, and Eagle School. During the day, he works as the Music Engagement and Outreach coordinator at the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music.
"...a musician of enterprise…"
A graduate of the UW-Madison School of Music, he performed in numerous ensembles (including as co-principal viola in the Symphony, Chamber, and Opera orchestras) and in multiple roles with the University Opera. While a student, he co-founded Impresario Student Opera and led its debut performance of Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor.
Utevsky also maintains a private teaching studio, is active as a musicologist and a program annotator, and sings with the Madison Symphony Chorus. He has studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, Markand Thakar, and James Smith.
Co-Artistic Director and Concertmaster
Concertmaster and librarian Thalia Rosinsky Coombs is a violinist pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Professor David Perry, where she serves as a teaching assistant in the musicology department. Born in Seattle and raised in Phoenix, she received a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance in 2011 from Arizona State University, where she was an active chamber and orchestral musician, and completed her Master's degree at the UW-Madison in 2015.
Throughout her undergraduate career, she was involved with the ASU Visiting String Quartet Residency Program, during which she participated in masterclasses, coachings, and seminars with ensembles such as the Tokyo, Brentano, St. Lawrence, and Orion string quartets.
As an orchestral violinist, Coombs has held concertmaster and section principal positions at both ASU and UW-Madison. She has also performed on Baroque violin with the UW Collegium Musicum, Just Bach, and Sonata à Quattro; and on modern violin with the La Crosse Symphony, the Oakwood Chamber Players, and other local ensembles. Her past and current mentors include David Perry, Felicia Moye, David Crook, James Smith, Katherine McLin, and William Magers.