Board of Directors and Staff


Sam Carl, Executive Director

A Billings native, Sam moved to San Francisco and completed his Master’s Degree in Viola Performance at the San Francisco Conservatoryof Music. At conservatory, Sam studied under Jonathan Vinocour, the current principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony. Sam also studied with acclaimed violists Jodi Levitz, Dimitri Murrath, and Jay Liu. Throughout his time in San Francisco, Sam participated in many orchestral and chamber ensembles, including the SFCM New Music Ensemble, Conservatory Orchestra, and the SFCM Chamber Players. He has taught viola and violin privately in Montana and San Francisco, and has given masterclasses throughout the state of Montana. Before attending college, he was a member of the BYO in its founding year! Sam is honored to be on the BYO Board of Directors, and is passionate about bringing music to his hometown and to the organization which inspired him to pursue music.

Dr. Barbara Curry, President

Dr. Barbara Curry has been involved as a parent with the BYO since its inception in 2006, and has been a member of the BYO Board since September of 2012. Dr. Curry is a physician who works at the Billings Clinic, and she is an avid classical music enthusiast. She has witnessed the positive impact of the BYO on young musicians in the Billings community, and joined the Board in 2012 as a way of giving back to the organization. She looks forward to participating in the continued growth and outreach of the orchestra.


Aimee Wagner, Vice President

Aimee Wagner was born and raised in Wyoming.  She is a nurse of 20 years, currently working at Billings Clinic with MedFlight.  While in school she was involved in both chorale and band.  Aimee has been involved with BYO since her son began playing cello in Concert Orchestra where she sees immense progress since he first joined.  As a parent, she enjoys watching him participate and excel at something that will be a lifetime hobby/pursuit, not just something that ends at high school graduation.  “I love that when he started BYO in Concert Orchestra he could barely play and now 3 years in he’s playing principal chair with Young Artists and mentoring younger students in Concert Orchestra.” Aimee’s passion is helping to insure that excellent opportunities exist for growing orchestral, wind and brass students within Billings and the surrounding communities by promoting the Billings Youth Orchestra.

Amanda Kleinhans, Treasurer

Amanda Kleinhans was born in Virginia and raised in several states due to military stationing. In 2006 Amanda and her husband, Joseph, moved from the greater Detroit area to Laurel, Montana with their small family. She has two children, Melody and JJ, that are both involved in music. Amanda has been a BYO parent for the past three years in the Preludio and Concert groups. She currently owns and operates MicroBooks, a bookkeeping and tax service.

Stacey Casterline, Secretary

Stacey was born and raised in Duluth, MN where she began playing viola at her public school in the 5th grade and went on to play for the Duluth-Superior Youth Orchestra all through high school. She attended college in Seattle and played for a local community orchestra as well as her church orchestra. She has a Master’s degree in education and currently works as the academic coordinator for a local non profit agency in addition to being the children’s ministries pastor at Freedom Church. Stacey has taught private lessons, both violin and viola, for over 15 years and is currently teaching her 10 year old daughter, who began playing violin in Preludios in 2013. Stacey also serves as a mentor in the youth orchestra and is excited about the level of excellence in our Billings music community!

Pamela Avery, Marketing

Pamela Avery  has been involved with youth and community orchestras for more than 20 years as the mom of a now professional violinist and as a communications professional. She served on the boards of Omaha Area Youth Orchestra and Colorado Young Sinfonia, and provided communications support to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic, among others. She is president of AveryMassey LLC, a national public affairs firm, and plays viola with the local Canyon Creek String Ensemble.


Janny Kirk*

Janny is one of the founding members of the Billings Youth Orchestra. She is also co-owner with her husband, John Kirk of Kirk Violins/Kirk House of Music. Her expertise is in the area of Celtic fiddling and led the Billings Ceilidh Fiddlers. She grew up taking private lessons beginning at the age of 6 years old in both piano and violin and her father was a professional musician and music teacher. So music has always been part of her life from the beginning. Janny taught for 13 years in various areas of Special Education along with playing in local orchestras. Her passion for educating kids and playing music is a great match for the Billings Youth Orchestra.

John Kirk*

John is a Billings native who went off to explore the world after completing his Master’s Degree in Cello Performance at Boston University. He also studied with famous composer/teacher Nadia Boulanger while living in Paris. John is a luthier by trade and has completed over 1,000 stringed instruments –violins, violas and cellos throughout his career. He has made instruments by hand along with building and designing a CNC process for making stringed instruments. He is the only U.S. maker that owns a CNC router devoted to making stringed instruments of the violin family. Along with being a founding member of the Billings Youth Orchestra, he is also a co-founder of the Classic for Kids Foundation which gifts instruments to students all over the U.S. He also is passionate about education and music and has a private studio of cello students which includes Janny’s and his son, David Kirk, who is attending MSU Bozeman in Mechanical Engineering.

Lauren Reineking

A native of Billings, flutist Lauren Reineking completed her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montana in Flute Performance where she studied with Margaret Lund Schuberg. During her student career, she performed for internationally acclaimed flutists Jim Walker and Carol Wincenc. Lauren currently teaches flute at Rocky Mountain college in addition to maintaining a full private studio of aspiring flutists of all ages. She also performs in various ensembles across Montana including the Billings Symphony Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony, Missoula Symphony, Rimrock Opera, and the Yellowstone Chamber Players. As a a former member of the Billings Youth Orchestra, Lauren shares her passion for the Montana music community and her hometown of Billings.


Past Board Members

  • Susie Armstrong
  • Jacque Boender
  • Lisa Bollman*
  • Lauren Carr
  • Cecelia Emerick*
  • Dave Ficek
  • Jay Frichtl
  • Twila Frichtl
  • Ryan Hennessy
  • Tara Hultgren*
  • Leslie Herbert*
  • Jodi Jones
  • Lindsey Krug
  • Kim Lubkeman
  • Rick Lubkeman, Past President
  • Carol Lustig*
  • Dr. Maggie McBride
  • Melanie Nielsen
  • Tracy Nielsen
  • David Rawlinson
  • Betsy Rivers
  • Corlette Sande*
  • Norma Sitton
  • Karen Stears
  • Michelle Wayman
  • Jack Webb
  • Dave Weinand
  • Debbie Weinand
  • Steve Weiss*
  • LaRaine Kay Weiss*
  • Nancy Wilkins
  • Jeanette Woodgerd

Listed alphabetically unless noted Otherwise
* Founding Members of the Board