I started playing violin when I was eight years old, and for a long time, I wanted to be a high school orchestra conductor. When I was seventeen, I changed my mind and decided I wanted to be a doctor instead. I went to Memorial University of Newfoundland to get a B.Sc., but I also played in the Music School orchestra. I started playing with the Detroit Medical Orchestra in their second season, and I’ve been with them ever since.
Medical school is very demanding and tends to dominate my life, so it this orchestra is a welcome opportunity to set that aside for a few hours a week to use a different set of neurons for a while. I believe that our performances are a respite for the community of Detroit as well, and we work hard to make sure those performances are vitalizing to our audience.
Since I learned to play the violin in 4th grade at Lakeview Public Schools, it has always been challenging to Find a balance between music and other academic pursuits. When I graduated Wayne State in 2013 with my B.S. in Biology, I knew how much I would miss playing three times a week with the University Orchestra. As a graduate student at Wayne State School of Medicine, I might not have had time for musical pursuits without the DMO. I’m so grateful to be part of an organization of health care professionals who use their musical talents and passions to benefit the community.
As a pre-medical student, the DMO gives me an opportunity to talk to medical students, residents and physicians about how to prepare for the next steps in my education. And as a board member, I get the chance to help plan concerts and events that allow us to make classical music more accessible to the Detroit community. Most importantly, I’m able to play in an ensemble and add to my own classical repertoire while contributing my sound to the greater picture.
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When I started to learn the piano at age 8, my sole motivation was to be just like my older sister. After the requisite years of reluctant practicing, I finally realized how much I loved playing just for the sake of making music. When it came time to pick an instrument for band in middle school, I chose to learn the oboe and have been playing since. As I entered into college, though my heart was already set on becoming a doctor, I began to study under Jan Eberle, who supported me to pursue a music degree through Michigan State's College of Music. (To her I am deeply indebted!)
Currently, I'm a third year medical student at Wayne State University School of Medicine. I feel incredibly lucky to not only get a top rate education here, but to also be able to give back to the Detroit community. Playing in the DMO is a welcome chance for me to take a break from the rigorous memorization of medical school to collaborate with some incredible professionals from the area. The fact that we can share these performances with the public and generate support for local charities is icing on the cake. I am excited to see where the next few years take the DMO and our impact on the city!
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I was fortunate to grow up in a very musical family in terms of both playing and appreciating classical music. My brothers and their kids are all musicians, so our idea of a family reunion always seems to involve a lot chamber music. I’m very proud of my own two boys who are accomplished violinists--one in high school and the other in college. I’ve had the opportunity to play in many orchestras over the years, including “medical” orchestras in other cities. I love getting to know good music, and I enjoy playing in the Detroit Medical Orchestra and the Spectrum Orchestra here in the Detroit area. I would like to thank my very talented string quartet colleagues for agreeing to play clarinet quintet music!
My "day job" is urologic oncology. I am Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wayne State University and Chief of Urology at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. I have the privilege of caring for patients, teaching medical students and residents, and participating in research projects and clinical trials.
Theodore B. Jones, M.D. is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta GA. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. After serving for three years in the National Health Service Corps in Arkansas, he completed afellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Wayne State University/Hutzel Hospital in Detroit MI. He has been a faculty member at Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) since fellowship completion and is currently an Associate Professor. He is Medical Director and founder of the Perinatal Infectious Disease Clinic at the University Health Center, the only obstetrical clinic for pregnant women with HIV infection in the state. Since 1999, there have been no infected babies born to mothers compliant with the clinic program. In addition, he is the obstetric principal investigator for perinatal HIV infection prevention studies sponsored by the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial Network (IMPAACT). Department administrative posts have included Residency Program Director, Associate Chair for Education, interim Chair for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division Director for Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Chief of Obstetrics for Hutzel Women’s Hospital. Currently, he is Vice Chairman for WSU/Oakwood Programs in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Academic Chair and Residency Program Director at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn MI.
Since arriving in Detroit in 1989, Dr. Jones has been involved in choral music. A member of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and various choirs at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit MI, he is a frequent baritone soloist in classical music as well as music featuring African American composers. In 1995, he sang with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the premiere recording of Hannibal Lokumbe’s African Portraits. An important reason for staying in the Detroit area has been his appreciation for the rich musical legacy that existed here before his arrival and that continues to mature and thrive. Dr. Jones was a violist in high school and college. He feels that the Detroit Medical Orchestra represents the best aspects of music making with its vision of community partnership and emphasis on performance excellence.
For over 45 years the violin has played an integral role in my life. I started playing at 9 years old since my father was a violinist. As a teen-ager I wore a Milwaukee brace for scoliosis and was unable to participate in sports, but was still able to play by hooking the violin onto the brace. I played in the Detroit Youth Symphony in the early 1970's where a young bassoonist assigned to us by the symphony by the name of Paul Ganson urged us to donate our allowances to save an old auditorium named Orchestra Hall. The only residents of Orchestra Hall at the time unfortunately were the homeless staying in a delapidated structure.
As a high school student and as an adult I've played in several community orchestras and have played in assorted Michigan landmarks including many old churches and the old JL Hudson building , Hill Auditorium and Orchestra Hall. When interviewing for Wayne State Medical school I was fortunate that the interviewer was knowledgeable about classical music and that is what we talked about. I am an alumni of Wayne State University Medical School Class of 1984.
When I was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Detroit the program director decided that residents needed to demonstrate cultural expertise. I played the violin and the residents still showed up the next day. When I see people from those years they always ask if I still play.
In my Mid 40's I started to play again and had the privilege of taking lessons from Mr. James Waring. When Dr. Cher called saying there was an orchestra at Wayne State composed of med students I jumped at the chance. The notes look more blurry and neck is defintely less flexible, but music nurtures the soul in a unique way. That coupled with the fact I get to interact with young people just starting their professional life has been a distinct privilege.
My mom studied piano as a child but had to give it up when she went to college. She got herself a piano when I was 8, thinking that with her youngest child in first grade she would have time to get back into practicing. Instead, after several months of enduring my enthusiastic but cacophonous improvisations, my parents found me a piano teacher, and I studied classical piano and cello, which I started a year later, through high school.
My college career started in math, but I missed playing music and transferred to Berklee College of Music to try to learn to improvise and to focus on music. After returning to Detroit, I completed a Master's degree in Music Improvisation in 1995, and have been a private piano teacher and freelance musician and piano tuner since then. Dr. Cher's invitation to join the DMO gave me a perfect reason to pick up my cello which had been languishing under the piano for years. It has been a great experience in many ways, and anyone who is thinking of joining the DMO definitely should!
My dad taught Anatomy at the WSU Medical School for 36 years, and I like to think of my participation in the DMO as being partly in his honor. He was not a musician, but was one of the greatest listeners and appreciators of music I have met. I'm sure he would have been delighted with the idea and the reality of the DMO. My mom taught in the WSU Anthropology Dept. for 50 years. She has not missed a DMO concert since I joined the orchestra.
Michelle S. Lynch, Psy.D. is a graduate of Hope College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree with a double major of Psychology and Japanese Language. Dr. Lynch completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and completed her Internship through the Wayne State University Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology Training Program. She is an alumnus of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, during which time she received the Distinguished Pediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Award for 2004-2006. Dr. Lynch has held positions in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Child Research Division at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, prior to starting full-time private practice in 2005. Dr. Lynch specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and families experiencing emotional and behavior difficulties related to trauma, loss, violence, disaster or other psychologically overwhelming experiences.
Dr. Lynch is thankful to have grown up in a family that strongly supported and encouraged music education. It was at a community symphony concert as a young elementary school student where she experienced the excitement of first hearing a live classical music performance and felt the inspiration of wanting to start playing an instrument. Shortly thereafter, she starting playing the flute and continued to do so through college. After a hiatus from playing due to graduate school studies and post-graduate career activities, she had the good fortune of learning about the Detroit Medical Orchestra while attending a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert. Since joining the Detroit Medical Orchestra, she has rediscovered the joy, artistic energy and creative challenge that comes with playing and studying music. Dr. Lynch is grateful to study under the flute instructorship of Carol Perkins.
Dr. Lynch is passionate about being a musician with the Detroit Medical Orchestra and contributing to the orchestra’s mission of bringing the healing power of music to the greater Detroit community through free classical music performances. Performances that not only bring the community together to revitalize, rejuvenate, and inspire; but also to support and build partnerships with community art, cultural, social and health initiatives.
I'm a practicing cardiologist in the Detroit area. I was born in Warsaw, Poland, at the onset of the World War II. My childhood was not easy. Most of my family members, including my father, were killed during the war. After the war, due to the sacrifice and perseverance of my mother, I was able to finish school and study violin. I graduated from high school in age of 16 and then studied musicology at Warsaw University. I subsequently enrolled and then graduated from Warsaw Medical School.
I practiced and taught cardiology in Warsaw. In 1969, I was recognized as a possible enemy of the communist system, stripped of my Polish citizenship, and forced to emigrate. My wife, daughter, ailing mother and I arrived in Detroit as political refugees in the summer of 1969. To be able to practice cardiology in this country, I had to pass several exams and re-do my residency and fellowship in cardiology (Sinai Hospital). Ultimately, my wife (dermatologist) and I were able to build successful medical practices in the Detroit area. Slowly our life normalized. However there was no time to play violin. Only in last few years, with encouragement from my wife, did I start to play again. It was very difficult - my brain remembered music, but my fingers did not cooperate.
At present, I divide my time between the practice of cardiology, enjoying being a grandfather to my wonderful (of course!) two grandsons, and playing violin with the Detroit Medical Orchestra. I also enjoy chamber ensembles with my talented friends. Last year our DMO quintet performed at a gala dinner event at the Holocaust Memorial Center. That was very meaningful for me, and I'm grateful to my musical partners who participated in that performance.
Jerry Mangona was graduated from the University of Michigan in 2001 after which he began his career as a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments, where he opened a branch office in Ann Arbor, Michigan which now has over $50 Million in assets under his care.
Music has been a constant presence for him, beginning classical organ training at the age of 4. He continued on to study classical piano through his youth and then attended the University of Michigan, studying jazz performance for sometime before leaving the School of Music for a career in business. His musical career includes several years as a piano accompanist for the Cecchetti Council of America, a baritone in the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, a vocalist in the Compulsive Lyres accapella group, and various other blues and jazz bands through the years. He now serves as the board chairman of the Detroit Passport to the Arts non-profit organization, dedicated to connecting young professionals in the Detroit area to the arts and culture scene in the city.
Currently Jerry lives in the Historic Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. He is a triathlete, enjoys sailing, spending summer nights at Comerica Park.
Jasper Yung, D.O. is a graduate of University of Michigan in 2000, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Communications. He completed his medical degree at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton campus as the second matriculated class. Dr. Yung completed both is internship and residency at St. John-Providence Health system in the both Emergency and Internal medicine. While in residency, he served as the Chief Resident and also the Chairperson for the Council of Interns/Residents. Dr. Yung also served as the state Intern/Resident member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association Board and state representative for the Education and standards committee.
Currently, Dr. Yung is set to become the Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association President for 2016, and is employed with Henry Ford Health Systems at their West Bloomfield site where he practices both Emergency and Internal medicine. He is board certified in both medical fields and practices the holistic philosophy of medicine within the cultural arts of society.
Dr. Yung has been playing the piano since age 4 with teachers ranging from Louise Angermeier to Fedora Horowitz. He started playing the trumpet at age 11 and then the violin at age 13. Dr. Yung has spent most of his life in Michigan, with involvements in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra to the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. Having completed his medical training, Dr. Yung has renewed his passions with the Detroit Medical Orchestra in hopes of expanding the music of medicine to strengthen the ties of culture and community.