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First Violin

Nathan Cole, Concertmaster
Robert Uchida, Associate Concertmaster 
Barrie Cooper
Jordan Koransky
Marcin Arendt
Julia Li
Corrine Stillwell
Randall Weiss
Daga Suchoń-Hobbs
Johnny Weizenecker
Myra Lin

Second Violin

Amy Oshiro, Principal
Johnny Lee, Associate Principal
Jennifer Ross
Yefim Romanov
Steven Lubiarz
Zubaida Azezi
Adelaide Federici
Caroline Slack
Anna Reider
Magdalena Martinic-Jercic
Danica Terzic

Viola

Chiara Kingsley Dieguez, Principal
Caroline Gilbert, Associate Principal
Anne Marie Brink
Sheldon Person
Ames Asbell
Jacob Shack
Kenneth Freed
Allyson Wuenschel

Cello

Brant Taylor, Principal
Joseph Johnson, Associate Principal
Brad Ritchie
David Heiss
Brooks Whitehouse
Noriko Kishi
Jan Simiz
Li Ma

Bass

Robin Kesselman, Principal
Ian Hallas, Associate Principal
Paul Sharpe
Tim Spears
Michael Kazepides

Flute

Henrik Heide, Principal
Greg Milliren
Amy Taylor

Piccolo

Amy Taylor

Oboe

Elizabeth Tiscione, Principal
Bobby Nunes
Rebecca Scarnati

English Horn

Rebecca Scarnati

Clarinet

Ricardo Morales, Principal
Steve Hanusofski
Cris Inguanti

Bass Clarinet

Steve Hanusofski

Bassoon

Glenn Einschlag, Principal
Saxton Rose
Jill Marderness

Contrabassoon

Jill Marderness

Horn

Mark Houghton, Principal
Erin Cooper Gay
Patrick Walle
Cara Kizer
Nathan Mitchell, Assistant Principal

Trumpet

Conrad Jones, Principal
Mike Tiscione
Scott Moore

Trombone

Matthew Vaughn, Principal
Weston Sprott
Matthew Guilford, Bass Trombone

Tuba

Aubrey Foard, Principal

Timpani

Jonathan Haas, Principal
Alana Wiesing

Percussion

Steve Fitch, Principal
Ben Irons
Gene Cervantes
Alana Weising
Matthew Prendergast

Harp

Allegra Lilly, Principal

Piano & Celeste

Lawrence Loeber, Principal

 

 

Nathan Cole

Nathan Cole

Concertmaster

Associate Concertmaster
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Nathan Cole, Concertmaster, serves as First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the Orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. After boyhood studies with Donna Wiehe and Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music. Nathan’s articles and videos on practicing, performing, teaching, and auditioning have helped thousands of violinists worldwide (natesviolin.com). He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School. He and his wife, Akiko Tarumoto, the LA Philharmonic’s Concertmaster, host the weekly podcast Stand Partners for Life, an inside look at orchestra life (standpartnersforlife.com). This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Robert Uchida

Robert Uchida

Associate Concertmaster

Edmonton Symphony
Concertmaster

Robert Uchida is Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony. Previously, he held the same position with Symphony Nova Scotia and also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has performed with Edgar Meyer, Ksenija Sidorova, Sarah Slean, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Tianwa Yang, and Pinchas Zukerman. Robert has served as Concertmaster for Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur. Other engagements as Guest Leader include the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic and the Vancouver Symphony. A faculty member at the University of Alberta, he has also taught at Acadia University, Manhattan School of Music, and the National Arts Centre of Canada’s Young Artists Program. Robert has given master classes across Canada and works with the students of the ESO’s YONA-Sistema program. His teachers include Patinka Kopec, Heratch Manoukian, David Stewart, and Pinchas Zukerman. Robert performs on an 1820 Lorenzo Ventapane violin made in Naples. Now in his third year at Arizona Musicfest, he is also Concertmaster of the Sinfonia.

Barrie Cooper

Barrie Cooper

Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Concertmaster

Barrie Cooper is Concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony. She started violin studies at four with John Kendall at the Suzuki program of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Later on, she served as Kendall’s assistant, traveling across the United States and Japan to workshops and conferences. Barrie studied viola (because none of her friends would) in order to join the Più Mosso Quartet, which gave numerous concerts in the Midwest and East Coast. After attending Ithaca College, Barrie graduated from the Peabody Conservatory, where she won the Marbury Violin Competition and the Josef Kasper Prize for excellence in violin performance. For over a decade, Barrie has spent summers as Principal Second Violin at the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra in Graz, Austria. A die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan, she shares her home with two beautiful dogs and five wonderful cats. This is her fourth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Jordan Koransky

Jordan Koransky

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Violin

Jordan Koransky, violin, joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2019, after three seasons with the Houston Symphony. A Southern California native, he attended USC’s Thornton School as a Trustee Scholar, receiving a bachelor’s, studying under Alice Schoenfeld. He earned his master’s at Rice University’s Shepherd School, where he studied with Paul Kantor. While at Rice, Jordan served as Concertmaster of the Shepherd Symphony on multiple occasions. Jordan has held fellowships at several music festivals, including Tanglewood, Taos, and the Music Academy of the West. In 2016, he was in residence at Tanglewood as a member of the New Fromm Players and performed numerous premieres of contemporary chamber music works. He plays a violin made by Joseph Curtin made in Ann Arbor in 1998. An avid reader and poker player in his free time, Jordan is also busy reacquainting himself with Los Angeles. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Marcin Arendt

Marcin Arendt

IRIS Orchestra
Concertmaster

Marcin Arendt is Concertmaster of the IRIS Orchestra, a member of the Ceruti String Quartet, Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis, and on the faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Memphis in Poland summer festival, which features music in a wide mix of styles, including blues and jazz. Marcin has performed alongside renowned artists, among them Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Clay Aiken, Dawn Upshaw, Corky Siegel, and Joshua Bell. His playing can be heard on many recordings, including chamber works by Jacques Castérède on Naxos Records. Marcin earned a master’s and doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Performer’s Certificate from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in his native Poland. He plays a Jan van Rooyen violin, modeled after the Guarneri “Carrodus”; his bow was made by David Forbes. This is his third year with the Festival Orchestra.

Julia Li

Julia Li

Philadelphia Orchestra
Violin

Julia Li, violin, joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2014. She has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony), and Independence Sinfonia of Pennsylvania. Her chamber music collaborations include performances with Roberto Díaz, Marcy Rosen, and Jonathan Biss. While at the Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Li was part of Curtis on Tour’s first trip to Asia, which included chamber music performances and master classes in Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul. Her festival experience includes Taos, Tanglewood, Encore, and Meadowmount. For the past three summers, she has been part of the orchestra and chamber music series at the Artosphere Festival (Ark.). Ms. Li’s teachers include Shengyin Huang (Beijing), and Bingsun Yang and Kenneth Goldsmith (Houston). Having earned a bachelor’s at Curtis, studying with Pamela Frank, Arnold Steinhardt, and Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ms. Li is completing her master’s at The Juilliard School with Ronald Copes. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Corinne Stillwell

Corinne Stillwell

Tallahassee Symphony
Concertmaster

Corinne Stillwell is Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony and has served in that role for Amarillo Symphony, Randall Chamber Orchestra, Janiec Opera Company, and the School of American Ballet Orchestra. She has also been Guest Concertmaster of the Nanjing (China) Philharmonic and Associate Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic and Victoria Bach Festival. Ms. Stillwell has been featured soloist with New Jersey Symphony, Nanjing Philharmonic, Amarillo Symphony, and Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic. A founding member of Trio Solis, she has collaborated with Richard Stoltzman, Mikhail Kopelman, and members of the Ying, Cavani, Pro Arte, and Carpe Diem Quartets. Her festival appearances include Saarburg (Germany), Aspen, Norfolk, and Skaneateles. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, entering at ten and spending fifteen years working with Dorothy DeLay. Her mentors have included members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Amadeus, and Vermeer Quartets. Currently Associate Professor at Florida State University, she maintains a robust studio and is known for her community engagement activities. She is also Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center. Now in her second year at Arizona Musicfest, she is also serving as Sinfonia Associate Principal Second Violin.

 

 

Randall Weiss

Randall Weiss

Symphony Silicon Valley
Assistant Concertmaster

Randall Weiss, violin, has served as Assistant Concertmaster of Symphony Silicon Valley since 1985; he has also played with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Randall has been Assistant Concertmaster at Music in the Mountains (Calif.), Concertmaster with the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and Acting Concertmaster of the Modesto Symphony. He is a faculty member at Eastern Music Festival and serves as the Principal Second Violin of the Festival Orchestra. Randall is Founder and Music Director of Music in the Mishkan and member of the Bridge Players, the ensemble-in-residence for the chamber series. The Quartet’s Tales from Terezin is a featured CD at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He made his solo debut after winning the Victoria (B.C.) Concerto Competition. In high school, he appeared in the Rice Krispies commercial Music Camp. His principal teachers include Paul Kling (University of Victoria), Tadeusz Wronski (Indiana University), and Sylvia Rosenberg (Peabody Conservatory). This is his twenty-third year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Dagamara Suchon-Hobbs

Dagamara Suchon-Hobbs

The Phoenix Symphony
Violin

Dagmara Suchoń-Hobbs, violin, is a member of Duo Polonaise and has served as Concertmaster of MusicaNova Orchestra. Following family tradition, she began music studies at three taught by her father, Stanislaw, then Assistant Concertmaster of the Poznań Philharmonic. A student of Michal Grabarczyk, Daga graduated with honors from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Conservatory in Poznań. She has also studied with Wanda Wilkomirska, Marina Jashvili, Abram Stern, Alexander Treger, Jeremy Cohen, and Murray Adler. Her performing experience has ranged from early music ensembles, symphony orchestras, and film score recording sessions to jazz groups, flamenco guitarists, and corporate shows. Daga has appeared with musicians such as Joshua Bell, Antonio Meneses, Garrick Ohlsson, Andrzej Ratusinski, Sarah Chang, Ruggero Raimondi, James Galway, and John Williams. Since moving to the United States, she has taught, given recitals, and appeared with orchestras, including The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Opera, and The American Youth Symphony. This is her fifth year at Arizona Musicfest

Johnny Weizenecker

Johnny Weizenecker

Berkshire Opera Festival Orchestra
Violin

Johnny Weizenecker , violin, is an active musician in the Berkshire Opera Festival Orchestra, Symphony in C, and the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. Other appearances include the Albany Symphony, Kollective366, Long Island Symphonic Choral Association, York Symphony Orchestra, Baroquelyn, and the College Light Opera Company. A fellow at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival for the last three summers, he has also participated in chamber and orchestral festivals in Germany, Switzerland, and Ireland. Johnny earned his bachelor’s at Gettysburg College, a student of Rebecca Henry and Yeon-Su Kim, and his master’s from Rutgers University under Carmit Zori. In the interval between diplomas, Johnny also studied privately with Linda Sinanian. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Myra Lin

Myra Lin

Four Seasons Orchestra
Concertmaster

Myra Lin serves as Concertmaster of the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra, and has performed as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada and Europe for over forty years. Sought after as a freelance musician and arranger, she is a founding member, music manager, and violinist of the awarding-winning Sweetwater Strings. From 2014-2016, Ms. Lin was Concertmaster of the Scottsdale Philharmonic and Conductor for the Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Southern California. Ms. Lin has maintained an active and successful private teaching studio for over thirty years collectively in Florida and Arizona. In 2018, Ms. Lin was a soloist with the Phoenix Chorale for their week of Christmas concerts. This is her sixth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Amy Oshiro-Morales

Amy Oshiro-Morales

Principal

Philadelphia Orchestra
Violin

Amy Oshiro-Morales, Principal Second Violin, joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2008. Previously, she was Assistant Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony and Grant Park Orchestra, as well as Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony. Ms. Oshiro-Morales began violin studies at age three, making her orchestral debut with the Chicago Symphony at twelve. She has appeared as soloist numerous times with the St. Louis Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, the Minnesota Sinfonia, and others. She has also been a guest musician with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Oshiro-Morales studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at Oberlin Conservatory, then with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School. Her festival experience includes Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute (MO). Ms. Oshiro-Morales also enjoys hiking and running: she has completed marathons in Chicago and New York City. This is her fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Johnny Lee

Johnny Lee

Associate Principal

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Violin

Johnny Lee, Associate Principal Second Violin, joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2005, after serving as Assistant Concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony and Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony. Previously, he was a member of the Grant Park Orchestra. Johnny has been a featured soloist with the LA Philharmonic twice, performing Vivaldi concertos at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Johnny appears frequently on the LA Philharmonic’s Chamber Music series. He is a founding member of Ensemble Ditto, with whom he has recorded three albums. Johnny began playing the violin at age five, spending his weekends taking lessons at the Cleveland Institute of Music. After graduating from Harvard with a cum laude degree in economics, Johnny realized music was his true passion and returned to CIM for his master’s. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

Pittsburg Symphony (ret.)
Violin

Jennifer Ross is Principal Second Violin for the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. She was Associate Concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony, then graduated from the Curtis Institute and became a member of the Cincinnati Symphony. Ms. Ross spent nearly twenty years as Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony with which she toured, recorded (including two Grammy Awards), and performed as soloist. She has been a guest artist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Ms. Ross has collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman, Johannes Moser, Denis Kozhukhin, Lynn Harrell, Jaime Laredo, and Orli Shaham. Her festival experience includes more than thirty-five summers at Grand Teton Music Festival; she is a founding member of Jackson Hole Chamber Music. A coach at the New World Symphony and the National Youth Orchestra, she also offers master classes, audition clinics, and lectures nationwide. Now in her fourth year at Arizona Musicfest, she also serves as Sinfonia Principal Second Violin.

Yefim Romanov

Yefim Romanov

The Florida Orchestra
Assistant Concertmaster

Yefim Romanov was recently appointed Assistant Concertmaster of The Florida Orchestra, having previously been a Fellow with the New World Symphony. He made his solo debut at nine with Camerata of Kazakhstan and has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States. Mr. Romanov has served as Concertmaster of the Miami Music Festival, Ocala Symphony, and Gainesville Symphony, and also performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. His festival experience includes Bowdoin, Colorado College, and Banff. Mr. Romanov has worked with members of the Brentano, Pacifica, and Ying Quartets, and performed alongside Midori, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, and Valery Gergiev. He received a career grant from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation and was awarded the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship at Yale University. Mr. Romanov holds an Artist Diploma from Yale University and a master’s from Indiana University. His primary teachers have been Ilya Kaler, Kevork Mardirossian, and Hyo Kang. Beyond music, Mr. Romanov enjoys tennis, ballroom dancing, and playing in chess tournaments. This is his sixth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Steven Lubiarz

Steven Lubiarz

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Violin

Steven Lubiarz joined the Second Violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic in 2003. Previously, he was a member of the New World Symphony. He received his bachelor’s from DePauw University, studying with Dan Rizner, Stephen Boe, and Sebastian Gürtler.  Steven earned his master’s at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts as a student of Cyrus Forough and Joseph Golan. Steven has performed as chamber musician and soloist in the Czech Republic, Austria, and throughout Japan. He is a member of the contemporary chamber group Ensemble Resonance and managing member of Bell’arte Strings. Mr. Lubiarz founded the Port Elizabeth Chamber Music Festival in Caseville (Mich.). He has taught in New York, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Arizona, and continues on the faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary. He also volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Calgary. Lubiarz performs on an 1897 Leandro Bisiach, a gift from his first teacher, the late Anne Dodge. This is his twelfth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Zubaida Azezi

Zubaida Azezi

The Florida Orchestra
Violin

Zubaida Azezi, violin, is a member of The Florida Orchestra. Previously, she was a member of the New World Symphony, and has also performed with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Classical Tahoe Festival, and the Baltimore Symphony. After making her solo debut at fifteen with the Toronto Symphony, Ms. Azezi has performed internationally including at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, Usher Hall (Edinburgh), and at the Royal Albert Hall for a BBC Proms concert. Devoted to promoting music education, she traveled to Urumqi (China) in 2014, where she partnered with YOA Orchestra of the Americas and founded the region’s  first youth orchestra. She has served as guest instructor for young musicians from Academia Filharmonica de Medellín (Columbia), and has coached students in Jamaica, Canada, China, and the Dominican Republic. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Adelaide Federici

Adelaide Federici

Atlanta Opera Symphony
Assistant Principal Second Violin

Adelaide Federici is Concertmaster of the Johns Creek Symphony, Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and a member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and Cabrillo Festival. She also regularly performs with the Atlanta Symphony. Adelaide is violinist with the Edgewood String Quartet and also plays with the contemporary music ensemble Bent Frequency. She has appeared in outreach concerts with the Atlanta Chamber Players under the auspices of Young Audiences of Atlanta and offered dozens of performances of Ferdinand the Bull in elementary schools across the country. In the non-classical world, Adelaide has recorded with performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Train, Joe Gransden, and Monica. She earned a bachelor’s at the Eastman School, studying with William Preucil, and a master’s at the University of Southern California under Robert Lipsett. Other teachers of significant influence were Richard Simon and her mother, Lynn Baughman. Adelaide  is on faculty at the Bailey School of Music at Kennesaw State University. This is her thirteenth year at Arizona Musicfest. 

Caroline Slack

Caroline Slack

Britt Festival Orchestra
Violin

Caroline Slack, violin, appears frequently with the Britt Festival Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Philharmonic, Des Moines Metro Opera, Elgin Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony. Originally from Vashon Island (Wash.) and an avid chamber musician, she performs with the Grant Street String Quartet and has collaborated with the International Chamber Artists, Fifth House Ensemble, and the Q Ensemble. Previously, Caroline also performed regularly with the Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra, and Victoria Bach Festival. She was a founding member of the Quartus Chamber Players in Houston. Caroline received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in Austin. This is her fourth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Anna Reider

Anna Reider

Cincinnati Symphony
Violin

Anna Reider, violin, is a member of the Cincinnati Symphony. Previously, she served as Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Born in Russia, Anna began violin studies at an early age, following in the footsteps of her father (Vladimir) and grandfather (Itzhak). Her orchestral debut came at seven. Since then, she won the Grand Prize at the Russian National Competition for Young Violinists, the Clermont Violin Competition in Israel, and the top award of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Her chamber music engagements have included frequent performances with concert:nova, Chamber Music Raleigh, the Constella Festival, and the LaSalle Chamber Music Series, to name a few. Festival appearances include Aspen, Caramoor, Keshet Alon, Sewanee, and the Zenith Chamber Music Festival. In 2019, Anna joined the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta for their tour of Peru, Columbia, Panamá, and Argentina. Anna studied in Novosibirsk with Zakhar Bron and at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, as a student of Dorothy Delay, Kurt Sassmannshaus, and Piotr Milewski. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at CCM. This is Anna’s first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

 

Magdalena Martinic-Jercic

Magdalena Martinic-Jercic

The Phoenix Symphony
Associate Concertmaster

Magdalena Martinic-Jercic, Sinfonia Associate Concertmaster, serves as Associate Concertmaster of The Phoenix Symphony. Born into a musical family, she attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Michigan where she received her bachelor’s and master’s under the tutelage of Paul Makanowitzky and Ruggiero Ricci. Other teachers included Ivan Galamian and Shmuel Ashkenasi. She also earned a Performer´s Certificate from the Eastman School. As first violinist of the Casella Quartet she won First Prize in the Fischoff International Quartet Competition, participated in the Munich Quartet Competition, and the Quartet made their Carnegie debut. Before joining the Phoenix Symphony in 1988, she performed as a recitalist and chamber musician, throughout Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the U.S.. She also toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Mantovani Orchestra. Since 1984, she has performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Danica Terzic

Danica Terzic

West Valley Symphony/Musica Nova Orchestra
Violin

Danica Terzic, violin, is a member of the West Valley Symphony and an extra player with The Phoenix Symphony. Previously, she held positions with the Scottsdale Arts and MusicaNova Orchestras, Symphony of the Southwest, San Francisco’s Peninsula Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Players, and the Dubrovnik Symphony (Croatia). Danica is a frequent participant with the Music & More SummerFest in Trebinje (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Deeply committed to teaching, she is an adjunct faculty member at South Mountain Community College and also maintains a private studio. Danica has taught at the Crestmont Conservatory of Music (San Mateo, Calif.), the North Shore Music Academy (Vancouver), and the School of Music in Dubrovnik. She received her bachelor’s from Zagreb University and her master’s from Arizona State University. This is Danica’s second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Chiara Dieguez

Chiara Dieguez

Principal

Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
Principal Viola

Chiara Kingsley Dieguez, Principal Viola, also serves as Principal for the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. She performs regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington National Opera, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and spends her summers at the Grand Teton Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Ms. Dieguez has collaborated with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Fessenden Ensemble of Washington, D.C., the IBIS Chamber Music Society of Arlington (Va.), Festival Baltimore, the Baltimore-based Sundays at Three and Chamber Music by Candlelight Series, the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble of Richmond (Va.), and the Mainly Mozart Festival of Miami. Previously, she served as Associate Principal Viola of The Phoenix Symphony for seven years and was a member of the prize-winning Sonore String Quartet. Ms. Dieguez holds a bachelor’s from Arizona State University, studying with William Magers, and a master’s from the University of Maryland, a student of Daniel Foster and Michael Tree. This is her ninth year at Arizona Musicfest.      

Caroline Gilbert

Caroline Gilbert

Associate Principal

Buffalo Philharmonic
Principal Viola

Caroline Gilbert, Associate Principal Viola, serves as Principal for the Buffalo Philharmonic, after previously being a member of the New World Symphony. Born in Bloomington (Ind.), she grew up playing the violin in the pre-college program at Indiana University. Ms. Gilbert switched to viola at Indiana University, studying with Atar Arad. While at the Indiana, she won the Concerto Competition and performed as soloist with the IU Chamber Orchestra in Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher. For her master’s, she attended The Juilliard School where she studied with Samuel Rhodes and Rodger Tapping. Ms. Gilbert has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas as a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney (Australia), and at Tanglewood. The last three summers were spent in Switzerland playing with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Ann Marie Brink

Ann Marie Brink

Chicago Opera Theater
Principal Viola

Ann Marie Brink is currently Principal Viola of Chicago Opera Theater and substitute viola with the Chicago Symphony. After serving twenty seasons as Associate Principal Viola of the Dallas Symphony, she joined the faculty of DePaul University in 2019. Ann Marie has performed in solo and chamber music recitals in major concert venues and at festivals throughout the U.S. Twice a Fellow at the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, she has coached and performed in residencies for Chamber Music America with the Cavani String Quartet and participated in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. Ann Marie received her bachelor’s from the Cleveland Institute and her master’s from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the prestigious William Schuman Prize, the graduate prize awarded at commencement. Her principal teachers were Karen Tuttle, Heidi Castleman, and David Holland; her chamber music mentors include the Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, and Cavani String Quartets. Now in her second year at Arizona Musicfest, Ms. Brink is also serving as Associate Principal Viola for the Sinfonia.    

Sheldon Person

Sheldon Person

Houston Symphony
Viola

Sheldon Person, viola, is a member of the Houston Symphony, having previously been a member of the Indianapolis Symphony. He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Edmonton Symphony. He also served as the Assistant Principal Viola of both the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Person is a faculty artist at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and artist at Drake University’s Zenith Chamber Music Festival. He appeared on the Houston Symphony Chamber Music Series Inaugural 2019-20 season, as well as at the Texas Music Festival, Musica Tra Amici, and Musiqa Houston. Mr. Person has collaborated on new trios by Per Mårtensson and Karim Al-Zand, and given world and European premieres of Variations on a Theme of Bartók, written for him by Mr. Al-Zand. He is President of Third Space Music, a non-profit partnership between Houston Symphony musicians and the Houston community, which presents four chamber music concerts annually and contributes to Houston-area non-profit organizations. As First Prize winner of the Bernard Shore Viola Competition, Mr. Person gave recitals in London and, as a member of the Artea String Quartet, appeared in chamber music concerts throughout the U.K. Mr. Person holds degrees and certificates from The Guildhall School (London), Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Alberta. His principal teachers have included Atar Arad, David Takeno, and Karen Ritscher. A native of Edmonton (Can.), this is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Ames Asbell

Ames Asbell

Austin Symphony Orchestra
Viola

Ames Asbell is Principal Violist of the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra, a member of the Austin Symphony, and a member of the classical crossover Tosca String Quartet. She has performed classical, tango, and popular music in international venues ranging from concert halls to clubs. Ames appears on CDs, film scores, and broadcasts, including the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy-winning Home, Richard Linklater’s Waking Life, plus five appearances on Austin City Limits. From 2001 to 2005, she toured globally with David Byrne. She holds a doctorate from The University of Texas and is on the faculty at Texas State University, San Marcos. A passionate teacher, Ames has twice taught the top high school violist in All-State Competition; former students have gone on to Eastman, Rice, Oberlin, Peabody, Interlochen, and Idyllwild. In 2010, she launched the Texas State String Project, which offers string instruction to local elementary students. This is her ninth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Jacob Shack

Jacob Shack

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Viola

Jacob Shack, viola, was appointed Fourth Chair Viola of the Baltimore Symphony in 2016. He earned his master’s at The Juilliard School as a student of Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman, and frequently performed as Co-Principal of the Juilliard Orchestra. He has toured the world as a chamber and orchestral musician, most recently in Hong Kong at Bright Sheng’s Intimacy of Creativity Festival and in Colombia at the Medellín International Music Festival. His festival experience includes Aspen, Sarasota, Spoleto USA, and Tanglewood Music Center. Jacob has also been recognized in competitions, among them the Washington International Competition for Strings and the Stulberg International String Competition. He has collaborated in performance with James Buswell, Steven Doane, James Dunham, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert Levin, and Joseph Silverstein. In 2015, Jacob was violist of the New Fromm Players, an ensemble-in-residence at the Tanglewood Music Center devoted to contemporary music performance. This is his second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Kenneth Freed

Kenneth Freed

Minnesota Orchestra
Viola

Kenneth Freed, viola, has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1998. Previously, he played Second Violin in the Manhattan String Quartet. Mr. Freed is also a conductor: for twelve seasons, he was Music Director of the Mankato Symphony, where he raised the artistic level of performances and collaborated with staff and board to enhance community engagement. During the 2005-06 season, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra under Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Mr. Freed was a Founder of Learning Through Music Consulting Group, a nonprofit that used music as a teaching tool to improve children’s learning outcomes. Mr. Freed started music lessons at the Henry Street Settlement Music School (NYC) with Elizabeth Weickert, then attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division studying with Louise Behrend. He received his master’s from Yale School of Music, a student of Syoko Aki Erle. While at Yale, he was awarded the William Waithe Concerto Competition Prize, the Broadus Earle Memorial Prize for Violin, and the Tokyo String Quartet Prize for Chamber Music. Afterwards, he studied in London with Helen Dowling. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Allyson Wuenschel

Allyson Wuenschel

West Valley Symphony
Viola

Allyson Wuenschel, viola, is a member of West Valley Symphony and honored to be a part of Phoenix’s thriving musical and cultural life. She believes in music as a means for connection, communication, and expression; her greatest joy is sharing this passion with others. Allyson received her bachelor’s from Boise State University, her master’s from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and her doctorate from Arizona State University, where she studied with Nancy Buck. She holds teaching positions at Arizona School for the Arts and Phoenix College. An active freelance musician in the Valley, she also performs with MusicaNova Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Oracle Piano Quartet and the Burn City String Quartet. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Brant Taylor

Brant Taylor

Principal

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Cello

Brant Taylor, Principal Cello, was appointed by Daniel Barenboim to the Chicago Symphony in 1998, after one year with the St. Louis Symphony. His extensive career includes solo appearances and collaborations with leading chamber musicians throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, in addition to orchestral, pedagogical and popular music activities. For five years, he was cellist of the award-winning Everest String Quartet. A faculty member at DePaul University, Mr. Taylor is also a frequent guest artist and lecturer at music institutions and summer festivals around the United States. In 2002, he began an association with Pink Martini, appearing with them on Late Night With Conan O’BrienThe Late Show With David Letterman, and on tours across North America. He can be heard on the album Hey Eugene. Mr. Taylor holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, where his primary teachers were Janos Starker and Paul Katz. This is his thirteenth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Joseph Johnson

Joseph Johnson

Associate Principal

Toronto Symphony
Principal Cello

Joseph Johnson, Associate Principal Cello, serves as Principal for the Toronto Symphony and also for Santa Fe Opera. He has performed as Guest Principal Cellist with the Detroit Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony. This spring, he will serve as Guest Principal Cellist with the San Francisco Symphony for their Carnegie Hall/Europe Tour. His 2020-2021 season included concerto appearances with the Toronto Symphony (Dvořák), Etobicoke Symphony (Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations), and the Niagara Symphony (Shostakovich #1). A champion of new music, Joseph has premiered concertos by Unsuk Chin, Miguel del Aguila Cello, Peter Oetvos, and Marc-André Dalbavie. An Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, he is the cello coach for Toronto Youth Symphony, and regular coach and teacher at the New World Symphony. He has conducted numerous master classes for a wide range of institutions and ensembles. Mr. Johnson holds bachelor’s and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School and a master’s from Northwestern University. Mr. Johnson performs on a magnificent Paolo Castello cello crafted in Genoa in 1780. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest, during which he is also serving as Principal Cello for the Sinfonia.

Brad Ritchie

Brad Ritchie

Atlanta Symphony
Cello

Brad Ritchie, cello, joined the Atlanta Symphony in 1997. The same year, he also joined the Atlanta Chamber Players, with whom he has extensively performed, toured and recorded. Previously, Brad played for two years in the New World Symphony. A founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Sonic Generator, he has played with many other chamber music and new music ensembles in and around Atlanta, including Riverside Chamber Players, Thamyris Ensemble, Emory Chamber Players, Franklin Pond Quartet, GLO-ATL, and Bent Frequency. Brad earned his bachelor’s at Indiana University, where he studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Janos Starker. In his senior year, his string quartet won the Kuttner Quartet Competition, which provided a year of recitals and entry to chamber music competitions from Osaka (Japan) to Evian (France). He then earned his graduate degree studying with Adriana Contino at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

David Heiss

David Heiss

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Cello

David Heiss, cello, is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and performs as continuo soloist in operas of Mozart and Handel. In past seasons, he has joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the same capacity for performances of Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Heiss is Principal Cellist of The New York Pops and a founding member of the OMNI Piano Quartet. He has premiered numerous works, including concertos by Theodore Antoniou and Irving Robbin, and a cello sonata dedicated to him by Robert Manno. On Broadway, he was featured in the Tony Award-winning production of The Elephant Man as on-stage solo cellist, performing his own arrangements of incidental music. His television credits include The Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman; his career has been profiled in 2010 and 2013 on Expressions, a series produced by the PBS station in his hometown of Binghamton (N.Y.). He studied with famed cellist Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School and plays a 1789 John Betts cello. This is his tenth year at Arizona Musicfest.     

 

Brooks Whitehouse

Brooks Whitehouse

Winston-Salem Symphony
Principal Cello

Brooks Whitehouse serves a Principal Cello for the Winston- Salem Symphony. He has appeared as guest artist with the American Chamber Players, Villa Musica (Germany), the Ciompi Quartet, The Apple Hill Chamber Players, and the New Zealand String Quartet. Whitehouse performed in Carnegie Hall with the Garth Newell Piano Quartet as part of their Fortieth Anniversary Celebration. As founding members of The Guild Trio, he and his wife, violinist Janet Orenstein, won both the USIA Artistic Ambassador and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competitions, and toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. He is the co-creator with Paul Sharpe of the popular Low & Lower, a cello/bass duo created to answer the question, “Cello and bass… seriously?” Whitehouse is on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Previously, he held professorships at the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In his fourth year at Arizona Musicfest, he is also Sinfonia Associate Principal Cello.

Noriko Kishi

Noriko Kishi

Utah Symphony
Cello

Noriko Kishi, cello, has appeared regularly with the Utah Symphony and the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble. Formerly, she was Principal Cellist and featured soloist with the New World Symphony and a member of the Sacramento Symphony. Ms. Kishi has performed with notable conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Georg Solti, and Seiji Ozawa. She has also participated in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, and members of the Quarneri and Cleveland Quartets. An advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Kishi was artist-in-residence for the Salty Cricket Composers Collective, premiering solo and chamber works by Utah composers. She earned her bachelor’s at the Eastman School and her master’s at the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers were Irene Sharp, Robert Sylvester, and Bernard Greenhouse. Noriko has taught at the San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco Community Music Center, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Department. A member of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra (Calif.) for twenty-five years, this is her twenty-fourth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Jan Simiz

Jan Simiz

The Phoenix Symphony
Assistant Principal

Jan Simiz, assistant principal cello for The Phoenix Symphony, was born in Barcea, Romania. His musical career on the cello began by chance. In Romania, most children are introduced to music at a very early age, usually in pre-school. Simiz began at age nine, late by Romanian standards, and his only option for stings was the cello. Jan went on to study at Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest, and eventually became an award-winning cellist in his native land. In 1980 Simiz arrived in Los Angeles and won the principal cellist position with Neal Stulberg and the Young Musicians’ Foundation “Debut” Orchestra. He continued his studies at the University of Southern California, where he earned his master’s degree in cello performance. Jan’s teachers include Eleanore Schoenfeld, former head of the string department at USC, and Gabor Rejto, an eminent cellist and teacher who also performed in the Alma Trio. Additionally, Simiz took master classes with Lynn Harrell, Zara Nelsova and Ronald Leonard. Prior to joining The Phoenix Symphony in 1985, he played with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra. While at USC, he met and married Maria Lane, also a cellist, who teaches at Arizona School for the Arts. Both Jan and Maria maintain a private cello studio. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Robin Kesselman

Robin Kesselman

Principal

Houston Symphony Orchestra
Principal Bass

Robin Kesselman, Principal Bass, has served as Principal for the Houston Symphony since 2014. He has performed as Guest Principal Bass with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic, travelled internationally with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and appeared with the National, Atlanta, and Baltimore Symphonies. Performing frequently as a soloist and chamber musician, Kesselman has presented recital programs at universities across the country. He was featured in Krzysztof Penderecki’s Duo Concertante during the composer’s Carnegie Hall residency. Festival appearances include Grand Teton and Mainly Mozart. He has given master classes at the Universities of Southern California and Michigan; Northwestern, Indiana, and Baylor Universities; and the North Carolina School for the Arts. Robin holds a bachelor’s from the University of Southern California and Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute. His primary teachers include David Allen Moore, Harold Robinson, Edgar Meyer, Paul Ellison, Chris Hanulik, and Virginia Dixon. This is his third year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Ian Hallas

Ian Hallas

Associate Principal

Chicago Lyric Opera
Principal Bass

Ian Hallas, Associate Principal Bass, serves as Principal Bass of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit, Atlanta and Milwaukee Symphonies, and the Grant Park Orchestra. His festival experience includes Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Domaine Forget Summer Music Academy. He serves on faculty at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, maintains a private studio, and teaches at the National Music Festival.  He holds a bachelor’s from Rice University, where he studied with Paul Ellison, and a master’s from the University of Southern California under David Moore. He has also been heavily influenced by Chris Hanulik and Todd Seeber, and worked extensively with master luthier Mike Shank. Ian plays on a double bass from the early 18th century crafted in the Brescian style. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Paul Sharpe

Paul Sharpe

Winston-Salem Symphony
Principal Bass

Paul Sharpe is Principal Bass of the Winston-Salem Symphony and a frequent Guest Principal and Assistant Principal Bass of the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony. He has performed in recital at prestigious music festivals and venues internationally, including Villa Musica (Germany), Orfeo (Italy), Bass2008 (France), World Bass Festival (Poland), Bass Encounter (Brazil), Garth Newel Chamber Institute (Va.), and the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Alaska). As soloist, he has appeared with the orchestras of Winston-Salem, Boise, Theatro Sao Pedro (Porto Allegre, Brazil), Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Lubbock, Dallas Chamber, and Aspen Young Artists. His work as a member of the unique cello-bass duo, Low and Lower, keeps him busy and often pushes him far beyond the typical classical musician’s comfort zone on stage—singing, acting, composing, arranging, and more. He is Professor of Double Bass and an Assistant Dean at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. This is his twelfth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Timothy Spears

Timothy Spears

Associate Principal

Symphony Silicon Valley/California Symphony
Bass

Timothy Spears, bass, is a member of Symphony Silicon Valley and California Symphony. He also appears frequently with the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras, and other Bay Area ensembles. He performed with Philharmonia Baroque in the East Coast debuts of Acis and Galatea and Teseo at Lincoln Center and Tanglewood. His interests range from early to contemporary music and include premieres of works by composers such as John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Mason Bates, and Chris Thile. Mr. Spears enjoys a longtime association as Principal Bass with the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra. For twenty-five years, he was Principal Bass with Music in the Mountains (Calif.), resigning to serve as Assistant Librarian/Orchestra Manager of San Francisco Opera. He has been a member of the Filarmónica de Caracas and the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, following studies with Diana Gannett Mizelle and C. Dee Moses. Now in his twenty-eighth year at Arizona Musicfest, he is also serving as Associate Principal Bass for the Sinfonia.

Michael Kazepides

Michael Kazepides

The Phoenix Symphony
Associate Principal Bass

Michael Kazepides was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and began his musical studies on the cello, switching to the double bass after 10 years of study. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, where he served as principal bassist for five years and also performed as a member of the Vancouver Symphony. Kazepides earned his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he performed the American premier of Bantun, a contemporary bass concerto written by Betty Olivero, with The Juilliard Symphony at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. His studies at Juilliard include work with conductors James DePreist, Raymond Leppard, Leonard Slatkin and Kurt Masur. Currently, Kazepides is the associate principal bassist of The Phoenix Symphony and is the bass instructor at Phoenix and Mesa Community Colleges. He also carries a private studio of bass students from the Phoenix-metro area. When he’s not playing the bass, Kazepides is an avid hockey fan. He is the goalie of two Phoenix adult hockey league teams and plays two or three times a week. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Henrik Heide

Henrik Heide

Principal

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Acting Associate Principal Flute

Henrik Heide, Principal Flute, served as Associate Principal Flute of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra from 2014 to 2019. After a two-year absence, he is now serving as Acting Associate Principal Flute. Previously, he was a member of the New World Symphony. Henrik has appeared as concerto soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and New World Symphony. His festival appearances include La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest, Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan). Henrik received his bachelor’s from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Leone Buyse, and his master’s from The Juilliard School as a student of Jeffrey Khaner. This is Henrik’s his second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Greg Milliren

Greg Milliren

Flute II

Minnesota Orchestra
Associate Principal Flute

Greg Milliren is Associate Principal Flute of the Minnesota Orchestra. He has performed as Guest Principal Flute with Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Seattle Symphony. He has also performed with major orchestras throughout the United States. An experienced chamber musician, he has appeared frequently throughout the state. While in Los Angeles, Milliren produced and performed with The Definiens Project, which brought contemporary chamber music to diverse audiences in relaxed and accessible settings. He is in demand locally and nationally as a teacher and audition coach, and has given performances and master classes at the University of Southern California, the Colburn School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, St. Olaf College, Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Milliren holds a bachelor’s from University of Minnesota and a master’s from the University of Southern  California. He credits his many music teachers, mentors, and parents for helping him succeed. Greg plays on a 14K gold Wm. S. Haynes flute and a Keefe piccolo. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor

Flute III/Piccolo

Cincinnati & Detroit Symphony
Flute/Piccolo

Amy Taylor, flute/piccolo, is performing during the 2021-2022 season with the Cincinnati and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. She is a piccolo specialist who has held positions with San Diego, Milwaukee, and Honolulu Symphonies. Ms. Taylor has also played frequently with the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota, Atlanta, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. Her festival experience includes  Bellingham, Sun Valley, NYC’s Mainly Mozart,  Sitka, and Chautauqua. A Yamaha Artist, she joined Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble as a soloist in 2006 in performance at Chicago’s Grant Park. A devoted teacher, Ms. Taylor is currently the Adjunct Instructor at the University of North Texas (piccolo) and at Xavier University and Northern Kentucky University (flute). She has also held teaching positions at Cincinnati College Conservatory. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of North Texas  and a master’s from Northwestern University. Her primary teachers include Walfrid Kujala and Terri Sundberg. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

Principal

Atlanta Symphony
Principal Oboe

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Principal Oboe, also serves as Principal with the Atlanta Symphony. In addition, she is Principal with the Grand Teton Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, and a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players. She has performed with many orchestras, including Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Saint Paul, Detroit, Baltimore, Rochester, Buffalo, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her solo engagements have included the World Youth Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and Dekalb Symphony. She is currently a faculty member at Kennesaw State University and maintains a small private studio. Tiscione began the oboe in the New York State public school system at nine, continuing her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy with Daniel Stolper. At the Curtis Institute of Music, she studied with Richard Woodhams. Other teachers include Mark DuBois, Robert Walters, and Eugene Izotov. Now in her fourth year at Arizona Musicfest, she is also serving as Principal Oboe for the Sinfonia.

Bobby Nunes

Bobby Nunes

Oboe II

Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Acting Principal Oboe

Bobby Nunes, oboe, is currently serving as the Acting Principal Oboe of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Princeton Symphony. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony. Bobby was a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in Carnegie Hall. He spent the past four summers at Aspen Music Festival and, last year, won the Concerto Competition. He toured China (2015) and Europe (2016) as a member of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra. In 2014, he placed First at the Arizona Musicfest Solo Instrument (Division II) Competition. After studies with Martin Schuring in his hometown, Phoenix, Bobby earned his bachelor’s at The Juilliard School under Elaine Douvas, receiving additional instruction from Nathan Hughes, Linda Strommen, and Scott Hostetler. While at Juilliard, he won the Oboe Concerto Competition and performed the Strauss Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder conducting. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Rebecca Scarnati

Rebecca Scarnati

Oboe III/English Horn

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra
Principal Oboe

Rebecca Scarnati serves as Principal Oboe of the Flagstaff Symphony and is a member of the Kokopelli Ensemble. She is Professor at Northern Arizona University and also teaches at the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp. Ms. Scarnati received her bachelor’s, master’s, and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, and her doctorate from the University of Arizona. Her principal teachers include Jerry Sirucek at Indiana and John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Scarnati has been a member of the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, the Wagner Festival Orchestra (Arizona Opera), and the Desert Symphony (Palm Springs). She performed in the United States and Europe with the Con Spirito Wind Quintet, and regularly gives recitals at the Chautauqua Institution. Ms. Scarnati has been a faculty member of Binghamton University and Ohio University. This is her twenty-seventh year at Arizona Musicfest.

Ricardo Morales

Ricardo Morales

Principal

Philadelphia Orchestra
Principal Clarinet

Ricardo Morales, Principal Clarinet, also serves as Principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Previously Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Florida Symphony, he has been Guest Principal with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Morales has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, among them, Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony. An active chamber musician, he has performed widely, including the MET Chamber Ensemble series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and at chamber music festivals in Santa Fe and Saratoga. Following studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory, Mr. Morales received his Artist Diploma from Indiana University. He serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Temple University, and the Curtis Institute of Music. This is his fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Steve Hanusofski

Steve Hanusofski

Clarinet II/Bass Clarinet

The Phoenix Symphony
Associate Principal Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Steve Hanusofski is Assistant Principal and Bass Clarinet of The Phoenix Symphony. He began playing the clarinet in junior high, then added flute, bassoon, and saxophone in high school. At fifteen, Steve also took up the piano. He received his bachelorʼs from North Park University in Chicago and his master’s from Florida State University; he has done doctoral work at FSU and Arizona State University. His principal teachers include Clark Brody, Robert Marcellus, Fred Ormand, and Frank Kowalsky. Prior to joining The Phoenix Symphony in 1986, Steve performed with the Florida Philharmonic and the Miami Opera Orchestra. An active chamber musician, he has appeared often as soloist and a member of the Bel Canto Players. He is a faculty member at the Arizona Community School of the Arts and the Arizona School of the Arts. This is his twelfth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Cris Inguanti

Cris Inguanti

Clarinet III

Cris Inguanti, clarinet, joined the faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2014, having served as Assistant Principal and Bass Clarinetist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for seventeen seasons. He has also been a member of the orchestras of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, and New York City Opera National Company, as well as the New Philharmonia of Portugal. He has been a frequent guest artist with The Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Inguanti has appeared as orchestral soloist and in recital in Europe and North America; currently, he is a member of NAU’s Kokopelli and Flageolet ensembles. He has recorded widely, including solo CDs, and orchestral works with members of the Vancouver Symphony. Prior to NAU, Mr. Inguanti taught at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music. This is his sixth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Glenn Einschlag

Glenn Einschlag

Principal

Buffalo Philharmonic
Principal Bassoon

Glenn Einschlag, Principal Bassoon, has served as Principal of the Buffalo Philharmonic since 2009. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Mr. Einschlag has been featured soloist with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. A frequent recitalist, he has also participated in many festivals, among them Aspen, Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, and Domaine Forget, where he was influenced by the noted bassoon pedagogue Norman Herzberg. Mr. Einschlag studied at The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he received his master’s under the tutelage of Benjamin Kamins. This is his twelfth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Saxton Rose

Saxton Rose

Bassoon II

Winston-Salem Symphony
Principal Bassoon

Saxton Rose is Principal Bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and a member of the Zéphyros Winds. Previously, he was Principal of the Puerto Rico Symphony. His recent engagements as soloist include appearances with the National Symphony of Colombia, National Symphony of Panamá, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río (Mexico), Puerto Rico Symphony, the West Point Band, and Fayetteville Symphony. He has performed numerous times as soloist at conferences of the International Double Reed Society and in recital throughout Asia, South America, and Europe. Mr. Rose works to expand the repertoire of the bassoon and redefine its role in contemporary music by commissioning new works by established and emerging composers. He is on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he directs the contemporary music ensemble. Mr. Rose studied with William Winstead at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers also include Yoshi Ishikawa and Timothy McGovern, with additional courses taken with Gustavo Nuñez, Sergio Azzolini, and Stefano Canuti. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Jill Marderness

Jill Marderness

Bassoon III/Contrabassoon

Arizona Opera Orchestra
Bassoon

Jill Marderness, bassoon, is a member of Arizona Opera Orchestra. This season, she is serving as Principal for the West Valley Symphony; she also performs regularly with The Phoenix Symphony and Tucson Symphony. Her career spans over thirty years with Quintessence Chamber Ensemble and Michigan’s Bay View Music Festival, where she is resident bassoonist, private teacher, and ensemble coach for college students attending the Wind Institute. Ms. Marderness has performed with the Flint Symphony, Duluth Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Sedona, and Red Rocks Music Festival, among others. With Quintessence, she won the Best Wind Group prize at the Fischoff and Munich Competitions. She has taught on the faculties of Saint Cloud State, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Grand Canyon University. Ms. Marderness served for twenty-five years as Arts in Education Roster Artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. This is her ninth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Mark Houghton

Mark Houghton

Principal

Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra
3rd Horn

Mark Houghton, Principal Horn, was appointed Third Horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Previously, he served as Principal of the Harrisburg Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony and, most recently, the Fort Worth Symphony. Raised in Keller (Tex.), he began playing horn at age twelve, taught by his parents, both of whom are professional hornists and teachers. Advanced studies yielded a bachelor’s and  Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Peter Kurau. Other notable teachers and mentors include Gregory Hustis and William VerMeulen. He has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, and Phoenix Symphoniesamong others. Houghton has performed as Principal with the Dallas Symphony, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. He was recently appointed an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University, and has appeared as an artist or guest clinician at multiple International Horn Society symposia and numerous music schools. This is his fourth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Erin Cooper Gay

Erin Cooper Gay

Horn II

Toronto Symphony
Horn Substitute

Erin Cooper Gay pursues a dual career as hornist and singer. Educated at the Cleveland Institute (horn) and the University of Toronto (voice), she has performed with the Toronto Symphony for over a decade. She has also appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Seattle and Vancouver Symphonies, Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Among Erin’s notable recitals is one with the Madison Bach Players, during which she performed both the Brahms Horn Trio and soprano arias by Handel with Les Amis Concerts. Her debut vocal album, Black Market, is an evocative fusion of current indie, Renaissance and Baroque music. Her future plans include touring the album, while maintaining her freelance horn-playing. This is her fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Patrick Walle

Patrick Walle

Horn III

Nashville Symphony
Associate Principal/3rd Horn

Patrick Walle, horn, is a member of the Nashville Symphony. Previously, he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, serving as Fourth and Associate Principal Horn. While still an undergraduate, he was an active freelance musician in upstate New York, playing full-time with the Buffalo Philharmonic and serving as substitute member with Rochester Philharmonic and Syracuse Symphony. He earned his bachelor’s, Performers Certificate, and master’s at the Eastman School. Patrick is also an elite competitive cyclist (since 2010), successfully racing all over the country. He currently competes throughout the Southeast on the IAM Racing pb Escadrille team. In 2014, Patrick began coaching other cyclists, which quickly became a second passion and a second full-time job! In 2019, he co-founded a digital coaching platform, EVOQ.BIKE. His most recent cycling project is an Esports digital team, NeXT pb Enshored, currently rated as the world’s number 1. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Cara Kizer

Cara Kizer

Horn IV

Cara Kizer, horn, is currently a nationally-active freelance musician and college professor in the St. Louis and Illinois areas. She has held positions with numerous orchestras, including Assistant Principal Utility Horn for the New York Philharmonic and the Colorado Symphony. She also played Second Horn with the Seattle Symphony. Cara has been a substitute musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony. In New York, she played on Broadway, with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and New York City Opera; she can be heard on many movie scores. Cara holds a bachelor’s from Texas Tech University, where she studied with Anthony Brittin; a master’s from The Juilliard School, a student of Jerome Ashby; and an artist diploma from The Curtis Institute under Ashby and Jennifer Montone. This is Cara’s first year at Arizona Musicfest, during which she is also serving as Principal Horn for the Sinfonia.

Nathan Mitchell

Nathan Mitchell

Assistant Horn

Arizona Opera Orchestra
2nd Horn

Nathan Mitchell, Assistant Horn, is in his twentieth season as Second Horn of the Arizona Opera Orchestra. Founding hornist in the Sonoran Brass Quintet, he also performs frequently with The Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, and New Mexico Philharmonic. For more than two decades, Nathan has spent summers serving as Hornist and Faculty Brass Coordinator of the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. He has performed with national touring companies in dozens of Broadway productions, including Wicked, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, and West Side Story. Mitchell has also appeared in concert with Barry Manilow, Michael Crawford, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Clay Aiken, Mannheim Steamroller, and Josh Groban. He can be heard on numerous recordings and is featured on the Sonoran Brass Quintet’s debut album, Dry Heat. Nathan received his bachelor’s and master’s from Arizona State University. He is an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College and an Eastman Performing Artist. This is his tenth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Conrad Jones

Conrad Jones

Principal

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Principal Trumpet

Conrad Jones was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Prior to this position, he served as Principal Trumpet of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. During the summer season, he is Principal Trumpet of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, OR, under Music Director Teddy Abrams and also performs at the Mainly Mozart, Strings, and Grand Tetons Music Festivals. A native of Long Island, NY, Jones received his B.M. in Trumpet Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music before continuing onto the Professional Studies program at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, CA. Outside of Indianapolis, Jones has performed as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and CityMusic Cleveland. He was Acting Second Trumpet with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra during the 2015–16 season. His former teachers include Michael Miller, Michael Sachs, and Jim Wilt. This his second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Michael Tiscione

Michael Tiscione

Trumpet II

Atlanta Symphony
Associate Principal & Second Trumpet

Michael Tiscione is Associate Principal Trumpet and Second Trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony. During the 2010-2011 season, he served as Second Trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Tiscione has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Utah Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and IRIS Chamber Orchestra. During the summer, he plays Second Trumpet with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Bellingham Music Festival Orchestra. In 2015, he joined Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo as Principal Trumpet. Mr. Tiscione is also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, performs regularly with the Burning River Brass, and recently toured China with the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet. An adjunct faculty member at Kennesaw State University, Mr. Tiscione holds degrees from Indiana University and Northwestern University.  His teachers include John Rommel, Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, and John Charles Thomas. This is his fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Trumpet III

Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Principal Trumpet

Scott Moore is Principal Trumpet with the Memphis Symphony and Leader of the MSO Big Band. He has also performed with the Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, National, and Toronto Symphonies, and as Guest Principal with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Toronto, and Jacksonville. He has recorded and performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and with I Fiamminghi, the Orchestra of Flanders. As soloist, Mr. Moore has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Tennessee Summer Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, and on numerous occasions with the Memphis Symphony. He has also been a featured Guest Artist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Scott holds a master’s from the New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s from McNeese State University. His teachers have included Charles Schlueter, Arnold Jacobs, and Michael Ewald. Now in his fifth year at Arizona Musicfest, he is also Principal Trumpet of the Sinfonia.    

Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn

Principal

Philadelphia Orchestra
Co-Principal Trombone

Matthew Vaughn, Principal Trombone, has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999 and Co-Principal Trombone since 2014. Previously, he was Principal of the San Antonio Symphony and served in the U.S. Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and the “Super-World” Orchestra in Tokyo. Mr. Vaughn earned his bachelor’s and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, and did graduate work in education and conducting at Indiana and George Mason University. He credits most of his success to his teachers David Brumfield, M. Dee Stewart (formerly with The Philadelphia Orchestra), and the late Milton Stevens (former Principal Trombone of the National Symphony.) An accomplished educator, Matthew teaches trombone and coaches brass chamber music at the Curtis Institute and Temple University. He founded Bar Harbor Brass Week, an intense summer festival for high school and college brass players. This is his fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Weston Sprott

Weston Sprott

Trombone II

Metropolitan Orchestra
Trombone

Weston Sprott, trombone, joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2005, and enjoys an exciting career that also includes orchestral, chamber, and solo performances. As Dean of the Preparatory Division at The Juilliard School, he leads the Pre-College and the Music Advancement Program, which involves administrative, educational, and advocacy efforts. Mr. Sprott is a recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence and the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program Aspire Award. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Matthew Guilford

Matthew Guilford

Bass Trombone

National Symphony
Bass Trombone

Matthew Guilford, bass trombone, is a member of the National Symphony and has been featured soloist with the Orchestra, Arlington Symphony, U.S. Army Band & Orchestra, and the Harvard University Band. Previously, he was a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and has appeared with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony. He has also performed with Music of the Baroque in Chicago, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Grand Teton Music Festival. His career has included a national tour of Les Misérables, the motion picture soundtrack for Predator II, and fellowships with Tanglewood and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. His solo and chamber recordings with The Washington Trombone Ensemble and the University of Maryland Brass Trio have been received to worldwide critical acclaim. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, he is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Music and has given master classes at top conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Aubrey Foard

Aubrey Foard

Principal

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Principal Tuba

Aubrey Foard, Principal Tuba, also serves as Principal of the Baltimore Symphony. He was most recently Principal Tubist of the Charlotte Symphony. having previously held that position in the Santa Barbara, West Virginia, Canton, Youngstown and Albany Symphonies, and with the Britt Festival Orchestra. Mr. Foard has performed as guest musician with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and, as Acting Principal, with the San Diego Symphony. As a soloist, he has performed with the West Virginia Symphony, the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Orchestra, and on multiple occasions with the Charlotte Symphony. Mr. Foard is Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Artist Faculty member at Brevard Music Center. He is a graduate of the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers include Norman Pearson, Fritz Kaenzig, Mark Lawrence, David Kirk, Ron Bishop, and Alan Baer. This is his third year at Arizona Musicfest.

Jonathan Haas

Jonathan Haas

Principal

New York Pops/American Symphony Orchestra
Principal Timpani

Jonathan Haas, Principal Timpanist, is also Principal for the New York Pops Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony, as well as Principal Percussionist of the American Symphony. Known as a soloist, orchestral musician, conductor, teacher, clinician, and entrepreneur, he has won international acclaim for his performances of Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, which he commissioned and has performed widely. Haas is Professor of Music, Director of Percussion Studies, Co-Director of the orchestra program, and Conductor of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at New York University. He also teaches at the Juilliard Pre-College Division and conducts the JPC Percussion Ensemble. Haas continues to showcase the timpani in unusual musical settings through his Hot Jazz Timpani performances, with his nine-piece Latin/jazz ensemble Johnny H. And The Prisoners of Swing. In addition, Haas is president of Gemini Music Productions, the largest employer of musicians in New York and author of a ground-breaking book on timpani method, Jazz Virtuostics for Timpani. This is his third year at Arizona Musicfest.   

Steve Fitch

Steve Fitch

Principal

The Phoenix Symphony
Associate Principal Timpani/Drum Set Soloist

Steve Fitch, Principal Percussionist, is Associate Principal Timpani and drum set soloist for The Phoenix Symphony. He received his bachelor’s from Oberlin Conservatory and was the first percussionist to win the Senior Concerto Competition. Steve earned his master’s at the Eastman School. For seven years, he taught at Bayreuth’s Festival junger Künstler; and played, toured, and recorded extensively with the NDR Radio Philharmonie. Steve has performed or toured with many stars, including Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, and Bobby McFerrin. A prolific writer, his fourth book is Flam Pathways to Drumming Fluency. Steve also composes; his  works are published by C. Alan Publications and Musikverlag Zimmermann. A Yamaha Performing Artist, he can be heard in various Phoenix area jazz constellations, including the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. This is Steve’s thirteenth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Allegra Lilly

Allegra Lilly

Principal

St. Louis Symphony
Principal Harp

Allegra Lilly, Principal Harp, also serves as Principal of the St. Louis Symphony. She has appeared as Guest Principal with the Chicago, Houston, Toronto and Charlotte Symphonies, Boston Pops, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and All-Star Orchestra. Ms. Lilly was Guest Principal for the 2015 Boston Symphony Tanglewood season and European tour. She has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra. On the faculty at Brevard Music Center, Ms. Lilly has given master classes at Northwestern University, Tanglewood Music Center, Boston University, and the University of Ottawa. She has also coached orchestral and chamber music for the New World Symphony and the preparatory divisions of The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory. Her teachers include Ruth Myers and New York Philharmonic Principal Harpist Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s. This is Ms. Lilly’s fourth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Lawrence Loeber

Lawrence Loeber

Principal

The Phoenix Symphony
Principal Piano

Lawrence Loeber, Principal Keyboards (piano, harpsichord, celeste), is in his twenty-second season as Principal Piano for The Phoenix Symphony. He has appeared as piano soloist in works by Gershwin and Saint-Saëns, as harpsichord soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and as kazoo soloist in Michael Dougherty’s March of the Metro. Larry has also soloed for Ballet Arizona in Stravinsky’s Five Movements for Piano and Orchestra. In 2010, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Festival Orchestra. Larry holds degrees in Music and German from Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Institute. While working on his master’s in Chinese Linguistics at The Ohio State University, he continued piano studies and worked as coach/accompanist in the opera department. He is Music Director and pianist at the Congregational Church of the Valley, and maintains a private studio. Now in his fifteenth year at Arizona Musicfest, he also serves as rehearsal pianist for the Festival Chorus.

 

First Violin

Robert Uchida, Concertmaster
Magdalena Martinic-Jercic , Associate Concertmaster
Randall Weiss
Dagmara Suchoń-Hobbs
Myra Lin
Zubaida Azezi

Second Violin

Jennifer Ross, Principal
Corinne Stillwell, Associate Principal
Steve Lubriarz
Adelaide Federici
Danica Terzic
Eva Dove

Viola

Chiara Dieguez, Principal
Ann Marie Brink, Associate Principal
Sheldon Person
Ames Asbell
Allyson Wuenschel

Cello

Joseph Johnson, Principal
Brooks Whitehouse, Associate Principal
Noriko Kishi

Bass

Robin Kesselman, Principal
Tim Spears, Associate Principal
Paul Sharpe

Flute

Jennifer Gunn, Principal

Oboe

Elizabeth Tiscione, Principal
Nikolaus Flickinger

Bassoon

Douglas Brown, Principal
Jill Marderness

Horn

Cara Kizer, Principal
Erin Cooper Gay

Trumpet

Scott Moore, Principal
Mike Tiscione
jope Burgstaller

Timpani

Jonathan Haas, Principal

Harpsichord

Larry Loeber, Principal