New leadership for Omaha's 55-year-old youth orchestras

The Omaha Area Youth Orchestra performs its Youth Symphony winter concert Feb. 8, 2004 at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Omaha Area Youth Orchestras is starting its 55th year under new leadership.

Rana Scarlett-Johnson has been named managing director, and Abby Bogenrief is the new director of orchestra activities. Both begin their new duties this month.

Scarlett-Johnson, a Creighton University law school graduate, has extensive experience in arts fundraising, leadership and collaboration. She has been involved with OAYO as a parent and volunteer for several years.

She replaces Jan Braden, who left after 20 years with OAYO. Braden is director of music at St. John Lutheran Church in Bennington.

Bogenrief, who has a degree in trumpet performance from the University of Northern Iowa, was youth orchestra administrator for the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestras. She was interim stage manager, operations manager and youth orchestra assistant for the South Dakota Symphony.

She replaces Hannah Mayer, who will begin graduate school this fall.

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