Soo Han

Dr. Soo Han is the newly appointed Director of Orchestral Studies at Reva and Dew Berry Family School of Music at George Mason University, Music Director of the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is also a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, program coordinator and faculty member with Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer YOLA program. Prior to George Mason, he was the director of orchestral studies at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, OH. There he conducted the symphony orchestra, collaborated on several projects BW Opera Theatre, led a successful performance tour with the BW Symphony Orchestra, and maintained an active conducting studio.

As an active conductor, he has appeared with several orchestras throughout the country in addition to numerous college and university orchestra. He is a frequent conductor for All-State, regional, and honor orchestras appearing in over 30 states and has conducted internationally in Austria, China, Thailand, and Australia. He has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced multiple recordings of complete symphonies and has premiered several commissioned works for strings and full orchestras. He has presented workshops and clinics internationally and for nearly every major national and state music conference including, Australian String Teacher Conference, Maryborough National Australia Conference, Midwest Clinic, ASTA National Conference, NAfME National Conference, and Ohio University Summer String Teacher Workshop.

He is a co-author, contributor, and managing editor for Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, Vol. 4, one of the leading orchestra pedagogical resources published by GIA. He is the past-president of the Indiana American String Teachers Association and the chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president. Having taught in the public schools for fifteen years, he is a passionate supporter of school music programs and continues to remain active in instrumental classrooms throughout the country.

He received his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and studied piano with Edward Auer. He received his Master of Science in Education from Indiana University School of Education, and his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the Michigan State University College of Music where he studied with Kevin Noe.

2024 All-State Orchestra Members


Colin Andrews, Central High School, Springfield
Lana Dauw, Lafayette High School
Noah Dehler, Kirkwood High School
Harris Falk, Kirkwood High School
Quinn Judge, Kirkwood High School
Katherine Klein, Kirkwood High School
Jacob O’Toole, Park Hill High School
Erik Oswald, Parkway West High School

Bass Alternates

Gillian Calder, Liberty High School
Isaiah Smith, Kirkwood High School


Ellie Chen, MICDS
Eliza Cockrell, North Kansas City High School
Holly Davis, Lindbergh High School
Abigail Deeter, Lindbergh High School
Michael Fang, Liberty High School
Alexander Guo, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Tyler He, Clayton High School
Zehra Kilic, Gateway Science Academy High School
Taochi Margaret Leung, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Rachel Li, Parkway Central High School
Noah Lipe, John Burroughs School
Roniel Randelman, Lindbergh High School
Steven Shaw, Ladue Horton Watkin’s High School
Brody Van Wave, Fort Zumwalt North High School

Cello Alternates

Akhil Banerjee, Parkway West High School
Dakota Walton, Central High School, Springfield


Erik Alvarado, Van Horn High School
Sydney Bedell, Kirkwood High School
Natalie Coleman, Liberty North High School
Estelle Cooksey, Lindbergh High School
Madison Gong, Central High School
Macey Heimburger, Parkway Central High School
Reid Huntley, Eureka High School
Stephen Kwon , North Kansas City High School
Michelle Lu, Fort Zumwalt West High School
Brian Sequeira, Liberty High School
Joy Shin, Parkway West High
Cameron Taylor, Lees Summit West
Jessica Wheatley, Lindbergh High School
Kristen Yu, Rock Bridge High School

Viola Alternates

Alexander Farn, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Mallory Mihm, Kirkwood High School

Violin I

Angel Ahn, Parkway Central High School
Anya Akhmadullina , Hickman High School
Ayman Ishmael Amerin, Fort Zumwalt West High School
Neel Chandra, Lafayette High School
Elizabeth Hung, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Klaus Jostlein, Saint Louis University High school
Hazel Keithahn, Rock Bridge High School
Asher Koh, Parkway Central High School
Grace Li, Parkway Central High School
Sarah Lichtenberg, KIrkwood High School
Haowen Liu, Clayton High School
Kaya McNurlen, Timberland High School
Brayden Miao, Central High School, Springfield
Yejun (Aiden) Moon, Parkway Central High School
Sarah Mu, Lafayette High School
Katherine Nguyen, Clayton High School
Gregory Shao, Lafayette High School
Yiding Ye, Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Violin II

Zoe Baldwin, Clayton High School
Hannah Borgstadt, Lee’s Summit West High School
Roman Bunn, Kickapoo High School
Griffin Byrne, Hickman High School
Angelina Casey, Kirkwood High School
Eric Chen, Marquette High School
Andy Dai, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Matthew Fang, Liberty High School
Elizabeth Garrett, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience
Autumn Hayes, Lindbergh High School
Sofia Heredia, David H Hickman High School
Naomi Meng, Central High School, Springfield
Journey Mohn, Lindbergh High School
Duy Nguyen, Lees Summit North High School
Ashlyn Parikh, Webster Groves High School
Norina Shao, Pattonville High School
Sam Wenger-Stickel, Westminster Christian Academy
Sophy Wickham-Zhou, Central High School, Springfield

Violin Alternates

Yosep Maeng , Park Hill High School
Wayne Yue, Clayton High School


Piccolo 1 Yasmine Green, Rock Bridge
Piccolo 2 Hailey Wray, Lees Summit North
Flute 1 Rachel Chung, Clayton
Flute 2 Iris Alvarez, Savannah R3 Schools
Oboe 1 Alice Liu, Marquette
Oboe 2 Emalee Ro, Thomas Jefferson Ind
English Horn 1 Gabriel Toderescu, Smith-Cotton
Bassoon 1 Elizabeth Myers, Kirkwood
Bassoon 2 Alex Chen, Marquette
Clarinet 1 Luan Nguyen, Sullivan
Clarinet 2 Elizabeth Dorman, Hickman


Trumpet 1 Benjamin Platte, Kirksville
Trumpet 2 Lily Bristow, Rolla
Trumpet 3 Sydney Lockridge, Cameron
Trumpet 4 Tyler Langford, Mehlville
French Horn 1 Alexis Doebelin, Rock Bridge
French Horn 2 Sean Roche, Francis Howell Central
French Horn 3 Sarah Peterson, Lindbergh
French Horn 4 Morgan Snyder, Platte County
Trombone 1 Katrina Blumberg, Hickman
Trombone 2 Andrew Moffett, St. Louis Univ High
Trombone 3 Edmund Reske, St. Louis Univ High
Tuba 1 Zachary Hardee, Rockwood Summit


General Percussion 1 Ajay Tosh, Rock Bridge
General Percussion 2 Lucas Brown, Lafayette
General Percussion 3 Brayden Boone, Rock Bridge
General Percussion 4 Colette Miller, Rock Bridge
Timpani 1 Kimmi Lin, Ladue Horton Watkins


Sarah Ebenezer, Lafayette High School

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2024 Honorable Mention String Orchestra

(non-performing ensemble)


J Buch, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
Gillian Calder, Liberty High School
Jaden Jarman, Oak Park High School
Eric Mao, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Cash Qualls, Lee’s Summit North High School
Isaiah Smith, Kirkwood High School


Grant Aho, Central High School, Springfield
Akhil Banerjee, Parkway West High School
Carson Crockett, Staley High School
Robert Flick, McCluer North High School
Sam Garrett, Webster Groves High School
Hannah Mathew, Parkway Central High School
Alex Roesler, Fort Zumwalt South High School
Langston Tervort, Liberty High School
Dakota Walton, Central High School, Springfield


Preston Elliott, Liberty North High School
Alexander Farn, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Ted Henning, Rockhurst High School
Tarini Karnati, Parkway Central High School
Katherine Le, Kickapoo High School
Ash Merenbloom, Liberty North High School
Mallory Mihm, Kirkwood High School
Moses Pavon, Parkview High School
Bracken Potter, Central High School, Springfield


Anya Akhmadullina , Hickman High School
Ella Boeckmann, Parkway South High School
Joshua DeLay, Webster Groves High School
Makena Dickens, Liberty North High School
Ajay Eisenberg, Parkway Central High School
Cassidy Fischer, Webster Groves High School
Felicity Jackson, Parkway West High School
Anish Jindal, Parkway West High School
Anelia Kirsch, Webster Groves High School
Noah Lee, Rock Bridge High School
Beck Linton, Lindbergh High School
Yosep Maeng, Park Hill High School
Nalini Portillo Cruz, Raytown High School
Jason Shi, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Iris Wang, John Burroughs School
Jocelyn Ybarra, Glendale High School
Wayne Yue, Clayton High School
Max Zeng, Clayton High School