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Wasim Hawary

Artistic Director/Conductor

Mr Wasim Hawary, a lifelong resident of the Toledo area, graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1998 with a degree in music education. While at BGSU, Wasim held the position of Principal Bassist in the Philharmonia. He has continued his education at the Vandercook School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Wasim has been teaching music in the public school system since 1998 and is currently the orchestra director at Maumee High School. He served as the Assistant Director of the TSYO from 1999-2005 and also taught both guitar and piano at Owens Community College. Wasim returned to the TSYO in 2009 as the director of the Toledo String Sinfonietta working with Dr. Kenneth Thompson and, just one year after his return, had the pleasure of watching the group size double and expand into the Toledo Youth Symphonic Orchestra.  It is with great pleasure that Wasim has assumed the role of Artistic Director of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Wasim actively performs in the region with various ensembles on his main instrument, the bass. When not on stage or in classroom, Wasim also spends a great deal of time in various recording studios writing, performing and producing all genres of music. His music has been used in Feature Films and on the USA network.


clientuploads/TSYO/1415/Joan Headshot.jpgJOAN WEILER

Youth Orchestra Coordinator

Joan Weiler has been associate principal/second bassoonist of the Toledo Symphony since 1989. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and has performed with the Columbus Symphony and the Columbus Opera Orchestra.

Ms. Weiler received her master’s degree in performance from Temple University where she studied bassoon with Bernard Garfield, principal bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Ohio State University where she also has completed coursework for a doctorate and was the winner of the DMA Concerto Competition.

In 1987, Ms. Weiler performed under the direction of Leonard Bernstein for the inaugural season of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. She was a finalist in the Fernand Gillet Double Reed Young Artist Competition in Graz, Austria and toured Japan for three weeks with the Ohio State University Concert Band. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Toledo, Heidelberg College, Ohio Wesleyan University and Wright State University, and is currently the bassoon instructor Ohio Northern University.


Dorothy Coats

Youth Orchestra Assistant

Following graduation from Michigan State University, Mrs. Coats taught in several Michigan school systems; among them the then newly consolidated Pennfield Rural Agricultural Schools, where she initiated the band program. In the early 1960s she revitalized the string program in the Okemos Public Schools. During those Michigan years she played double bass with the Battle Creek and Lansing Symphony Orchestras.

After coming to Toledo in 1969, Mrs. Coats lead the orchestra at Central Catholic High School from 1970 to 1974. From 1974 until her retirement in 1992, she taught strings in the Bowsher/Byrnedale district of the Toledo Public Schools.

One of five founding conductors of the Toledo Junior Youth Orchestra, she was named its first permanent conductor in 1979. Mrs. Coats is a long-time supporter of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, a member of the TSO League, and she supports a wide variety of music and arts activities in the Toledo area. Her two granddaughters are double bassists and alumni of the TYO. She was inducted into the Toledo Central Catholic High School Music Hall of Fame in October 2010.