Executive Manager

Ai Yamaguchi

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ai Yamaguchi is an active flutist, adjudicator, and music educator in central Illinois. She has recently graduated with a Doctorate in Flute Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Additionally, she holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wright State University. Ms. Yamaguchi has performed with numerous orchestras in central Illinois including the Urbana Pops Orchestra, the Danville Symphony Orchestra, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her relocation to Champaign, IL, she has performed as an assistant principal flute in the Gulf Coast Symphony in Mississippi and the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. Aside as an Executive Manager of Sinfonia da Camera, she also serves as a Visual and Multimedia Communication Chair for the Flute New Music Consortium, a non-profit organization with the shared mission of commissioning and supporting new music for the flute.


Ms. Yamaguchi has gained inspiration from her principal teachers, Dr. Jonathan Keeble, Dr. Danilo Mezzadri, Rachel Taratoot-Ciraldo, Dr. Christopher Chaffee, Dr. Leslie Goldman Maaser, and Diane Gilley.


Stage Manager

Kelsey Maes

Kelsey Maes is currently a third year undergraduate pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree in oboe. She performed with the Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in 2013 and the Music for All National Festival in 2016. In 2015 and 2016, Kelsey was named as an Illinois Music Education Association All-State musician. At UIUC, she performed with the oboe and bassoon studios at the ILMEC All-State Conference in 2017. She is currently the Vice President of the Illini Oboe Society. In conjunction with Stage Manager, Kelsey also works at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as a production assistant.

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