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Artistic DirectorMichael Neumann
Since 1979, Maestro Michael Neumann has been the music director for the Sacramento Youth Symphony and Academy of Music. Under his direction, the Youth Symphony has made several major tours abroad and won international awards. As music director, Maestro Neumann auditions and selects the musicians, plans the programs and conducts the rehearsals and concerts.
He has also been the music director and conductor for the Folsom Symphony since its inaugural performance in 2004. It is the high stature Maestro Neumann has achieved as an artist and musician that has enabled the symphony, from its fledgling years, to attract top-quality talent.
At the Folsom Symphony's many performances at Folsom Lake College's Harris Center, he interacts with and educates the audience on the context and musicology of the pieces to be played. At one rehearsal a year, he introduces students to classical music and the orchestra instruments. He often invites his young musicians to perform with the Folsom Symphony, as well.
In 1998, Maestro Neumann was awarded a fellowship from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission for his outstanding contributions to arts and education.
Maestro Neumann has been a guest conductor throughout California and the West, including the Cheyenne Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, Sacramento’s Philharmonic and Camellia orchestras, the Napa Valley Symphony and the Nevada and California All-State Orchestras.
He also is an accomplished violinist. His first teacher was Maria Neuss, the great-great granddaughter of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees in music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Sean joined Capital Public Radio as an on-air announcer in 1998 and has been a supportive voice for opera in the region ever since. In addition to local audiences, At the Opera is also enjoyed by a world-wide audience via the Internet. Sean plays vintage opera recordings from the 78 era and new release as well. Sean has been a guest lecturer on opera for the UC Davis Extension program and is also the emcee for the classical concerts series at the Crocker Art Museum. Sean can also be seen giving pre-performance talks for the Sacramento Opera Association. Sean has also assisted with the string programs for the Waldorf School and has taught violin and voice for Sacramento Country Day School. Sean is a voice and violin teacher and has been a rehearsal conductor for the Sacramento Youth Symphony.
Sean lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills with his lovely and supportive wife Paula.
When Beth Ruyak landed her first job as a reporter more than thirty years ago, she knew she had found a career. What she couldn't have imagined, is the people she would meet, miles she would travel and how curious the journey would be.
Beth's first boss called her the "neophyte newsie," but he taught her the basics of broadcast writing and how to take the work one-interview-at-a-time. She found her way from newsrooms in Minnesota to California, and still, the career kept her moving. Covering news, sports, science, health, arts and entertainment, Beth worked as a reporter, anchor, producer, and writer. She hosted daytime television, magazine shows, special events and live coverage. Among the highlights of her career: sideline reporting from 5 Olympic Games and Super Bowl XXV, traversing Europe for 3 Tour de France bicycle races (becoming the first woman television journalist to cover the event), co-hosting "The Home Show," and guest co-hosting "Good Morning America." Her news, sports and health reporting have earned Emmy awards and opportunities to interview, learn from and tell stories about people all over the world.
As host of "Insight" Beth delights in the opportunity to communicate and converse in the region she calls home. People ask her about the differences between television and radio broadcasting; she says she tries to fill in the visuals with language, sounds, voice and imagination. To Beth, being part of the Capital Public Radio team is a privilege, an adventure and a great reason to go to work everyday. Of course, so is the dance as she calls it, with the guests and audience on "Insight."