Jay Welenc was appointed as TIYO Conductor in 2013. He brings nearly 40 years of music education and conducting experience to TIYO. While training Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Choir students from elementary through undergraduate studies, ensembles under his direction have earned numerous awards for excellence as well as praise and acclaim from a growing number of audiences across the globe. Named the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Ohio State Board of Education District 2, his educational leadership encompasses a wide range of service from mentor teacher to event chair to co-authoring educational standards. He is currently Band and Orchestra Director at Toledo School for the Arts where he became the first full-time instrumental instructor and founded the Studio Orchestra. Mr. Welenc has performed in a variety of Concert Band, Brass, Jazz, Orchestral, and Choral ensembles across the Midwest and has had the privilege of sharing the concert stage with Dizzy Gillespie, Ernie Watts, Bob Havens, Thom Ritter George and others. Mr. Welenc holds Music Education degrees from Quincy University and the University of Iowa, as well as teaching licenses in Music and Career Education.
Allison Klein joined the TIYO conducting team in 2019. She is a Director of Band and Orchestras in Toledo Public Schools where she teaches instrumental music in grades 6 through 12 in the Roy C. Start learning community. In addition to her teaching duties at TPS, Ms. Klein serves as a graduate teaching assistant at The University of Toledo where her duties include performing in the orchestra, leading sectional rehearsals, conducting, and serving as the orchestra librarian. She is a jazz and classically trained flutist and cellist who has performed throughout Ohio and Europe. Ms. Klein has held leadership positions in the Central Ohio Flute Association, taught at the OSU Flute Workshop as well as Toledo-area music summer camps, and has developed a music curriculum map for TPS. In addition to her passion for music, she enjoys traveling and has visited several countries in Europe and spent time studying abroad in China. Ms Klein is currently working on a Masters of Music in flute performance at The University of Toledo and she holds a Bachelor of Music Education with distinction from The Ohio State University.