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808 3rd Avenue South, Ste 302
Fargo, ND 58103

(701) 929-1814

The mission of the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies (GMAYS) is to provide an exceptional and challenging orchestral experience to the young instrumental musicians of our region.


Music Directors

JANE CAPISTRAN - Senior High Symphony Orchestra

Jane Linde Capistran, conductor and violinist, is Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. In addition to conducting the Concordia College Symphonia, she teaches string pedagogy and studio violin/viola lessons, and is a guest conductor for orchestra festivals throughout the Midwest.

A native of Moorhead, Capistran studied violin at Concordia College with Isabelle Thompson and Robert Strava while in high school. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Bemidji State University and her Master of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Ms. Capistran has an extensive history with FMAYS, which goes back to 1973, when she was a student member of the orchestra. On her return to the Fargo Moorhead area, Capistran founded and conducted the Junior Concert Strings Orchestra and was the executive director of the organization for two seasons. During the late 1990’s she guest conducted the Senior Symphony and became their musical director in 2003.

Prior to conducting the Youth Symphonies, Ms. Capistran was an elementary string teacher for seven years in the Iowa City and Community School District. She was also Director of Orchestras at Fargo South High School for six years. She is past Assistant Principal of the FM Symphony and was recently named Principal Second Violin. Ms. Capistran is also Associate Conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, conducting their pops and educational concerts. The North Dakota String Teachers Association awarded Capistran the 2007 String Teacher of the Year and 2009 Distinguished Service Award. In 2008 she received the Master Studio Teacher Award from the Minnesota String Teacher Association. She performs with the 8th Street String Quartet and the Dakota Rose String Quartet, and she is the concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Orchestra.

 Ms. Capistran lives in Fargo, North Dakota with her husband Rod, a mathematics teacher at Fargo North High. Her daughter Madeline, violinist, and son Stuart, percussionist, both alumni of FMAYS, are free-lance musicians in Chicago and St. Paul, respectively.

Brian Cole - Junior High Concert Strings

Brian Cole has been an orchestra teacher in the Moorhead, Minnesota public school district since 1995. Originally from Marshall, Minnesota, Brian graduated from the University of South Dakota, received his Master’s of Music in orchestra conducting from the University of Northern Colorado and has received post-graduate credits from The Ohio State University.

Mr. Cole is now in his 18th season as a conductor with the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphony. His hockey-jersey-clad orchestras have been invited to play at both state and national conventions. The Moorhead program is one of only eight programs in the country to have been invited to perform at both the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the American String Teacher's National Convention.

During his tenure, enrollment in Moorhead's orchestra program has grown from 210 to over 800. Mr. Cole and his orchestra colleague Doug Neill are strong believers in performing outreach concerts for rural schools. Since 1996, orchestras from Moorhead and the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphony have performed more than 100 concerts throughout the upper Midwest for schools without orchestra programs.

A frequent clinician, speaker, and guest conductor across the country, Mr. Cole has appeared at music conventions in more than 20 states. Upcoming engagements include: conducting South Dakota's All-State High School Orchestra and presenting at The Ohio State University. Cole was named Minnesota's string teacher of the year in 2003 by MNSOTA and was given the Heidi Castleman Award from Chamber Music America in New York City. The Moorhead String Program also is a past recipient of MNSOTA's Meritorious String Program award.

A football and track coach at his school, Cole is past chairman for ASTA's National High School Honor's Orchestra. Brian and his wife Deborah make their home in Moorhead with their three children.