Fremont youth symphony orchestra leadership


Judy Lam

Artistic Director


Judy Lam has conducted flute ensembles, chamber groups, choruses, and musicals, many of which featured her original ensemble arrangements. She has performed with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Youth Orchestra. She has received coaching from Jacqueline Pullinger, MBE; Jane Loschen; Hans Jürgen Möhring, former principal flautist of the German Cologne Chamber Orchestra; and Peter Lloyd, former principal flautist of the London Symphony Orchestra. She received her music education from the University of California in Los Angeles. Since moving to Fremont in 1990, she has been keeping a busy schedule teaching and nurturing a new generation of flautists. She is the Director of Virtuoso International Flute Ensemble, which dedicates their performances to serve the community with the gift of music. She serves as a school band consultant with the Fremont Unified School District coaching young flautists in elementary, middle, and high schools. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.


Grace Lai

Associate Director


Grace Lai holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Lai is on the faculty at West Valley-Mission Community College District, is Music Instructor of Fremont Education Foundation and Flute Coach of La Honda Music Camp. As an avid performer, she has performed with the multiple Grammy award winning contemporary chamber music group Eighth Blackbird, the Kansas City Musica Nova, the Los Angeles New Century Players, and the Fremont Symphony. Dr. Lai has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Yamaha Outstanding Musicians Scholarship, the Mu Phi Epsilon Merle Montgomery Grant Doctural, the Mu Phi Epsilon Summer Festival Award, the UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund, and the UMKC Conservatory Women’s Association Anniversary Scholarship.


Merna Morse

String Director


Merna Morse is a pianist, cellist, and retired teacher of Social Science at Washington High School, where she served as department head. She was one of the original cellists in the Fremont Symphony (previously known as the Fremont Philharmonic) and continued as a member for many years. She also had her own piano studio for some time.