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First Violin

David Kim, Concertmaster
Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster 
Robert Uchida
Charles Dimmick
Shannon Nance
Corine Brouwer
Randall Weiss
Yefim Romanov
Kiril Laskorov
Myra Lin
Corinne Stillwell
Dian D’Avanzo

Second Violin

Yun-Ting Lee, Principal
Jennifer Ross, Associate Principal
Robert Simonds
Paloma Griffin Hébert
Steven Lubiarz
Adelaide Federici
Jennifer Greenlee
Caroline Slack
Dagmara Suchoń-Hobbs
Danica Terzic

Viola

Matthew Young, Principal
Meredith Kufchak, Associate Principal
Kurt Tseng
Ann Marie Brink
Ames Asbell
Lenny Schranze
Aaron Tubergen
Carolyn Snyder

Cello

Abe Feder, Principal
Thomas Carpenter, Associate Principal
Brooks Whitehouse
Noriko Kishi
Charles Tyler
Sarah Markle
Joyce Yang
Peter Anderegg

Bass

Andrew Pedersen, Principal
Timothy Spears, Associate Principal
Paul Sharpe
Eric Shetzen
Taddes Korris
Darren Cueva

Flute

Henrik Heide, Principal
Matthew Roitstein
Rachel Braude

Piccolo

Rachel Braude
Brian Gordon

Oboe

Erin Hannigan, Principal
John Hammarback
Rebecca Scarnati

English Horn

Rebecca Scarnati

Clarinet

Chad Burrow, Principal
Steve Hanusofski
Cris Inguanti

Eb Clarinet

Steve Hanusofski

Bass Clarinet

Steve Hanusofski
Cris Inguanti

Bassoon

Glenn Einschlag, Principal
Miles Maner
Melanie Sanguinetti

Contrabassoon

Jill Marderness

Horn

Jon Karschney, Principal
Corbin Castro
Stephanie Blaha
Matthew Eckenhoff
Nathan Mitchell, Assistant Principal
Shelby Nugent
Cassie Walck

Trumpet

Conrad Jones, Principal
Wesley Nance
Scott Moore
Buddy Deshler

Trombone

Matthew Vaughn, Principal
Donna Parkes
Darren McHenry, Bass Trombone

Tuba

Aubrey Foard, Principal

Timpani

Jonathan Haas, Principal

Percussion

Steve Fitch, Principal
Ben Irons
Shaun Tilburg
Gene Cervantes
Rob Esler
Todd Betz
Sonja Brnach

Harp

Allegra Lilly, Principal
Heidi Hernandez

Piano & Celeste

Lawrence Loeber, Principal

Organ

James Jones, Principal
Evan Currie

 

David Kim

David Kim

Concertmaster

Concertmaster
Philadelphia Orchestra

Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.

Highlights of Mr. Kim’s 2019-20 season include appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra; teaching/performance residencies and masterclasses at The University of Texas at Austin, Manhattan School of Music, Bob Jones University, the Taipei (Taiwan) Academy and Festival, The Aspen Music Festival, and continued appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations across the USA and online at the Kahn Academy; as well as recitals, speaking engagements, and appearances with orchestras across the United States.

Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also appears internationally at festivals such as Arizona Musicfest, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and Taipei Music Academy and Festival. He frequently serves as an adjudicator at international violin competitions such as the Menuhin and Sarasate.

Mr. Kim has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College. His instruments are a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757 on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Michael Angelo Bergonzi from Cremona ca. 1754. Mr. Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife Jane and daughters Natalie and Maggie. He is an avid runner, golfer, and outdoorsman.

Mr. Kim endorses and uses Thomastik Dominant Strings as well as the AirTurn Hands Free Page Turning System. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Justin Bruns

Justin Bruns

Associate Concertmaster

Associate Concertmaster
Atlanta Symphony

Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster, made his solo orchestral debut at nine and has appeared internationally as soloist and recitalist. Currently Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony, he is also Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival. Previously, he was Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony and Concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival. Bruns has been Guest Concertmaster with the Memphis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and São Paulo Symphony. Festival appearances include Lake Tahoe and Savannah, and the San Miguel Chamber Music Festival. While holding a special affinity for the Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart sonata cycles, he has premiered works by Michael Gandolfi, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Kurth, Seyed Safavynia, and DJ Sparr. He earned his master’s at Rice University. This is his second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Robert Uchida

Robert Uchida

Concertmaster
Edmonton Symphony

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. This is his second year at Arizona Musicfest, during which he is also serving as Concertmaster for the Sinfonia.

Charles Dimmick

Charles Dimmick

Concertmaster
Portland (ME) Symphony

Charles Dimmick is Concertmaster of the Portland (Maine) Symphony. He studied at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with former Tokyo String Quartet violinist Peter Oundjian and Won Bin Yim. After moving to Boston, he studied with former Boston Symphony Concertmaster Joseph Silverstein and joined the Portland Symphony. He was appointed Concertmaster in 2002; last year he was featured in the PSO performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. He also serves as Concertmaster of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Assistant Concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Mr. Dimmick appears frequently as soloist with orchestras throughout New England. He is also highly sought after as a chamber musician and teacher. Charles lives in the Boston area with wife, piccolo player Rachel Braude, and young daughter, Chloe. This is his 11th year at Arizona Musicfest.

Shannon Nance

Shannon Nance

Assistant Concertmaster
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Shannon Nance, Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, has been a member of the RPO violin section since 1993.  She holds two degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Catherine Tait and Zvi Zeitlin.  Shannon has appeared as soloist with the RPO, the SUNY Geneseo Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (NE), the Greece Symphony (NY), and the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic.  Shannon has also served as Associate Concertmaster of Arizona Musicfest.  An active chamber musician in the Greater Rochester area, Shannon is also a dedicated violin teacher with students of varying ages in her studio.  Shannon directed the String Intensive Study Program at the Masterworks Festival for several years, and coaches advanced chamber groups for the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Shannon is married to RPO trumpeter Wesley Nance.  They have raised four children and have recently discovered the joys of grandparenthood!  This is her sixth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Corine Brouwer

Corine Brouwer

Concertmaster
Winston-Salem Orchestra

Corine Brouwer enjoys an active career performing and teaching. Besides being Concertmaster of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Asheville Lyric Opera, she is also Principal Second Violin for the Sunriver Festival (Oregon) and in the orchestra of the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro). Recent performance highlights have included guest Concertmaster with Memphis Symphony, soloist and interim Concertmaster with Sunriver Music Festival, and performances in St. Andrews and Edinburgh Scotland.

Ms. Brouwer has been involved in the commissioning and performances of new works, including the premieres of Doppelgangerˆ, a concerto for two violins by David Dzubay and Here, the Cliffs, a concerto by Hilary Tann. Her projects have won numerous awards including selection for a national Meet the Composer Award. Ms. Brouwer has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, the Portland (Maine) Symphony, Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, Sunriver Festival Orchestra, and of course Winston-Salem Symphony among others.

Chamber music performances have included the Eastern Music Festival, the International Bartok Festival, and performances in Cusco, Peru. Ms. Brouwer has taught violin at Wake Forest University, UNCSA, Catawba College and the National Suzuki Institute in Wisconsin. Currently she teaches at the Forsyth Country Day School and maintains a private studio in Winston-Salem. She is also the owner of Allegro Music, Inc, providing musicians for events. This is her 13th year at Arizona Musicfest.

Randall Weiss

Randall Weiss

Violin
Symphony Silicon Valley

Randall Weiss, violin, 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). 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 Principal Second Violin. Randall is Founder and Music Director of Music in the Mishkan, now in its 20th season. His Tales from Terezin, recorded with his chamber ensemble the Bridge Players, is a featured CD at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is his 22nd year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Yefim Romanov

Yefim Romanov

Violin
New World Symphony

Yefim Romanov, violin, is a second-year Fellow at the New World Symphony. He made his solo debut at nine with Camerata of Kazakhstan and has given solo performances with orchestras throughout the United States. Mr. Romanov has been Concertmaster of the Miami Music Festival, Ocala Symphony, and Gainesville Symphony. He has 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. He has performed alongside Midori, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, and Valery Gergiev. Mr. Romanov received a career grant from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fellowship at Yale University. Mr. Romanov holds an Artist Diploma from Yale and a master’s from Indiana University. His primary teachers have been the Ilya Kaler, Kevork Mardirossian, and Hyo Kang. Aside from music, Mr. Romanov enjoys tennis, ballroom dancing and playing in chess tournaments. This is his fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.     

Kiril Laskorov

Kiril Laskorov

Concertmaster
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Kiril Laskarov is in his 21st season as Concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. A native of Bulgaria, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State Academy of Music in Sofia and a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he studied with Prof. Michael Barta. Laskarov has appeared as a soloist with the Arkansas Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Conway (AR) Symphony, Southern Illinois Symphony, Abilene (TX) Philharmonic, Fullerton (CA) Symphony, Symphony Irvine (CA) and Texarkana (TX) Symphony and also as a guest concertmaster with the Monroe (LA) Symphony, Texarkana (TX) Symphony, and McCall (ID) Festival Orchestra. Mr. Laskarov presented the world premiere of the Double Concerto for Two Violins by Michael Fine (2017) with the Arkansas Symphony and the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello (2018) by Jacob Tews with the Southern Illinois Symphony. Mr. Laskarov performs on a 1739 Gagliano violin on a permanent loan from the Arkansas Symphony Foundation. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Myra Lin

Myra Lin

Concertmaster
Gilbert Symphony Orchestra

Myra Lin has been performing as recitalist and chamber musician to audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Europe for over 40 years. She holds Bachelor & Masters degrees in Violin Performance from USC in Los Angeles. Ms. Lin has had an active and successful private teaching studio for over 30 years collectively in Florida & Arizona. She is much sought after as a free-lance musician and arranger. She is a founding member and is the music manager, as well as lead violinist of the awarding winning strings group, Sweetwater Strings.

From 2014-2016, Ms. Lin was concertmaster of the Scottsdale Philharmonic as well as conductor for the Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She is also concertmaster for the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra in Scottsdale, AZ. In 2018 Ms. Lin was a soloist with the Phoenix Chorale for their week of Christmas concerts. She has participated in the AZ Musicfest orchestra for the last 3 years. She is currently the concertmaster of the newly formed Gilbert Symphony Orchestra. This is her fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Corinne Stillwell

Corinne Stillwell

Concertmaster
Tallahassee Symphony

A Juilliard graduate, Corinne Stillwell is currently Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony and Associate Professor at Florida State University.  Formerly Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic, she has also served as Concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony and Janiec Opera Company, guest Concertmaster of the Nanjing Philharmonic in China, and Associate Concertmaster of the Victoria Bach Festival.  An avid chamber musician, Ms. Stillwell was a member of the Harrington Quartet, and has collaborated with Richard Stoltzman, David Shifrin, Mikhail Kopelman, Robert Levin, Pepé Romero, and members of the Cavani, Ying, and Carpe Diem quartets.  A frequent soloist, she has performed in China, Germany, Canada, Romania, Hungary, and Poland, in addition to festivals in Aspen, Norfolk, and Skaneateles.  A dedicated teacher, she is also on the faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and in 2018, she launched Building Bridges, a multi-year project featuring the Beethoven quartets in collaboration with aspiring young musicians.  She is also Co-Artistic Director of Music For Food Tallahassee, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger and further social justice.  She has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and MSR Classics. This is her first season at Arizona Musicfest.

 

 

Dian D'Avanzo

Dian D’Avanzo

Assistant Concertmaster
The Phoenix Symphony

Born thirty miles from the Canadian border in Halma, Minnesota, Dian D’Avanzo began studying the piano at age three, violin at age ten, and harp at age twelve. Eventually choosing to concentrate on the violin, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston.

In 1990 D’Avanzo won a position with the New World Symphony(Miami Beach, FL) with Michael Tilson Thomas but was only there two weeks: when the orchestra tour to Spain was cancelled due to rain, she took advantage of her unexpected free time to fly to Arizona to audition for the Assistant Principal Second Violin opening in the Phoenix Symphony. She was awarded the position and joined the orchestra immediately. When the opportunity arose, she auditioned for and was awarded the position of Assistant Concertmaster.

Other credits include engagements with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, The Arizona Opera Ring Cycle in Flagstaff, the Utah Opera Festival and a live performance on Prairie Home Companion.

D’Avanzo plays a fine violin made by her brother, David Folland, one of America’s finest young luthiers. She lives in Ahwatukee with her husband Michael, a TPS cellist, and their two young daughters Amelia and Elena.

Yun-Ting Lee

Yun-Ting Lee

Principal

Violin
Cleveland Orchestra

Yun-Ting Lee, Principal Second Violin, is a member of the Second Violin section of the Cleveland Orchestra. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s from the Cleveland Institute, where his teachers were William Preucil, David Cerone, and David Updegraff. He also worked extensively with Phyllis Skoldberg and Ming-De Zhang. A Grand Prize winner of  the Phoenix Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition, Mr. Lee has appeared as soloist with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, and The Phoenix Symphony. His chamber groups have performed in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. He has also collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Cavani, and Tokyo String Quartets. Formerly with the Minnesota Orchestra, Yun-Ting has performed as Guest Concertmaster for Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and appeared with the San Diego Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony. This is his fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

Associate Principal

Violin
Pittsburg Symphony (ret.)

Jennifer Ross is Principal Second Violin of 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 20 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 L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Ms. Ross has collaborated with Pinchas Zuckerman, Johannes Moser, Denis Kozhukhin, Lynn Harrell, Jaime Laredo, and Orli Shaham. Her festival experience includes more than 35 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. This is her second year at Arizona Musicfest serving as Associate Principal Second Violin.

Robert Simonds

Robert Simonds

Principal Second Violin
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

American violinist Robert Simonds has a multifaceted career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and solo recitalist. In 2019, Rob began his first season as principal second violin of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after holding that position in the Louisville Orchestra. He began his professional orchestral career with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra followed by a longtime position with The Phoenix Symphony. He has also performed with the orchestras of Minnesota, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Columbus, and Virginia.

Recent and upcoming highlights are unaccompanied recitals in California, a collaboration with singer/songwriter Lizzie No in Phoenix, an appearance on Live from Here, a solo performance with the Louisville Orchestra, and a recording project with composer Rachel Grimes. This is Robert’s fifth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Paloma Griffin Hebert

Paloma Griffin Hebert

Violin
FearNoMusic

Formerly the Assistant Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, violinist Paloma Griffin Hebert is currently a member of the Portland, Oregon based modern ensemble, fEARnoMUSIC. Paloma has served as a Guest Concertmaster for the Eugene Symphony and a tutti violinist with Norway’s Kristiansand Symfonieorkester. Her solo appearances include concerts with the Oregon Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra. As a touring member of the band Pink Martini, Paloma performed in Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and with such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Paris. She can be heard on Pink Martini’s 2004 album Hang On, Little Tomato, and 2007’s Hey Eugene, among others. She appeared with the band on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” A frequent guest artist and educator at music festivals around the US, Paloma is on faculty at the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop and summer workshops at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In 2017, she became the director of a youth string ensemble at the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland. Paloma was a graduate fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that, she studied at the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. Paloma lives in Portland with her husband, oboist Martin Hebert, and their two cats. This is her 14th year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

 

Steven Lubiarz

Steven Lubiarz

Violin
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Steven Lubiarz joined the Second Violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra 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 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 tenth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Adelaide Federici

Adelaide Federici

Assistant Principal Second Violin
Atlanta Opera Symphony

Adelaide Federici is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Johns Creek Symphony, and a member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. A frequent substitute with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, she also performs with the Atlanta Chamber Players, and the contemporary music ensembles Bent Frequency and Sonic Generator. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, Ms. Federici has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Colorado, Austria, The Netherlands, and Germany. This is her 12th year at Arizona Musicfest.  

Jennifer Greenlee

Jennifer Greenlee

Acting Assistant Principal Second Violin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Jennifer Greenlee joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1997 as a first violinist, but is currently Acting Assistant Principal Second Violin. Prior to joining the ISO, Jennifer played in the Delaware Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the North Carolina Symphony. She attended the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Charlie Castleman, and has also studied with Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Helen Kwalwasser. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Caroline Slack

Caroline Slack

Violin
Illinois Philharmonic

Violinist Caroline Slack, originally from Vashon Island, Washington, has established a performance career as an active chamber and orchestral musician in the Chicago area. Caroline performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Philharmonic, Des Moines Metro Opera, Elgin Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony. As an avid chamber musician, she performs with the Grant Street String Quartet and has also collaborated with the International Chamber Artists, Fifth House Ensemble and the Q Ensemble. Previous to living in Chicago, Caroline performed regularly with the Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra, Victoria Bach Festival and 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 third year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Dagamara Suchon-Hobbs

Dagamara Suchon-Hobbs

Violin
The Phoenix Symphony

Dagmara Suchoń-Hobbs, violin, followed family tradition by beginning music studies early (at three), taught by her father, Stanislaw, Assistant Concertmaster of the Poznań Philharmonic. A student of Michal Grabarczyk, Dagmara graduated with honors from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Conservatory. 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 recordings to jazz groups, flamenco guitarists, and corporate shows. She 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 U.S., she has taught, given recitals, and appeared with orchestras, including The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Opera, The American Youth Symphony, and MusicaNova Orchestra, where she served as Concertmaster. Dagmara is also a member of Duo Polonaise. This is her fourth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Danica Terzic

Danica Terzic

Violin
West Valley Symphony/Musica Nova Orchestra

Danica Terzic, an active violinist throughout Phoenix, is a member of the West Valley Symphony, the Musica Nova Orchestra, and is an extra player with the Phoenix Symphony. Trained at the School of Music in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Zagreb University, Danica obtained her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Arizona State University in 2006. Previously, she has held positions with the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Symphony of the Southwest, the Peninsula Symphony in San Francisco, the Vancouver Chamber Players in Canada, and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in Croatia. During the summers, Danica is a frequent participant with the Music & More SummerFest and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Danica maintains her private studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is also the adjunct faculty at the South Mountain Community College. She has taught at the Crestmont Conservatory of Music in the San Francisco Bay Area, the North Shore Music Academy in Vancouver, Canada, and the School of Music in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Matthew Young

Matthew Young

Principal Viola

Viola
San Francisco Symphony

Matthew Young, Principal Viola, joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2012. Mr. Young has performed with the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony. A founding member of the Verklärte Quartet, he was Grand Prize winner in the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Mr. Young serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the National Orchestral Institute, and the SF Academy Orchestra. He attended the University of Kentucky, Yale School of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music where he was grateful to learn from the legendary viola mentor Robert Vernon. Young is very active in community engagement and enjoys collaborative performances at the Institute on Aging, Juvenile Hall, SF’s LGBT Center, the Raphael House, SF Unified School District, Threshold Hospice, and USCF and VA Hospitals. This is his fourth year at ArizonaMusicfest.

 

 

Meredith Kufchak

Meredith Kufchak

Associate Principal

Principal Viola
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Meredith Kufchak joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as Principal Viola at the start of the 19/20 season. Prior to her move to Dallas, she spent one season as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Born into a talented musical family, Ms. Kufchak grew up in Columbus, Ohio as the youngest of six musicians. She completed her undergraduate studies in viola performance at Rice University, where she studied with Ivo-Jan van der Werff at the Shepherd School of Music. Ms Kufchak received her master’s degree in chamber music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Jodi Levitz. Kufchak also holds an artist diploma from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, where she studied with San Francisco Symphony violist Matthew Young. While living in the Bay Area, she held positions with the Fresno Philharmonic as principal viola, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Kufchak has made appearances at festivals such as Yellow Barn, Olympic Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Kurt Tseng

Kurt Tseng

Viola
Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Originally from Michigan, Kurt Tseng joined the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2018, and is also a section member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra during the summers. He began his musical studies at age 5 on the piano and was a student of the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program at the University of Michigan, where he worked with Kelley Benson. He later pursued viola under the instruction of Patricia Pats Gurin. Kurt completed his undergraduate studies in the Boston area as part of the dual degree program between Tufts University and New England Conservatory. There he studied with Martha Strongin Katz and received a Bachelor of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Mathematics. He subsequently earned his master’s degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with Ed Gazouleas and served as an Associate Instructor in Music Theory. Prior to joining the ASO, Kurt spent two years as a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. An avid chamber musician, Kurt has played music in many chambers. His most recent appearance includes a performance in Miami Beach with Sodam and the All-Stars, of which he is a founding member. He has participated in many music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival. When not playing the viola, Kurt enjoys attempting to box, and can usually be found in the kitchen cooking up failed experiments and lamenting over sunken cakes, raw dough, and soggy bottoms. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Ann Marie Brink

Ann Marie Brink

Principal Viola
Chicago Opera Theater

Assistant Professor of Viola at DePaul University, Ann Marie Brink has performed in solo and chamber music recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, Library of Congress, Severance Hall, Chamber Music Chicago, Chamber Music International, Rockport Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Alice Tully Hall and the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival, and has been a featured soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, and World Youth Symphony.  An avid chamber musician, Ms. Brink’s performances with the Amernet String Quartet were praised by the New York Times as “an accomplished and intelligent ensemble.   First-prize winner in both the Nakamichi Foundation Concerto competition at the Aspen Music festival and the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Auditions, she has also won the Florence Allan Award at the Carmel Chamber Music Competition.

First introduced to the viola at the age of ten in a public school strings class, Ann Marie became one of the youngest members of the Pensacola Symphony, performing in the viola section while a freshman in high school.  She later enrolled at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was a featured soloist with the World Youth Symphony, received a Fine Arts Award and graduated with high honors.  Ann Marie received her Bachelor of Music with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was awarded the Jim Hall prize for achievement and leadership in music.  She received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where she was awarded the prestigious William Schuman Prize, the single graduate prize given at commencement exercises.  Her principal teachers were Karen Tuttle, Heidi Castleman and David Holland, and her chamber music mentors include the Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, and Cavani String Quartets.  Ms. Brink has served on the faculties of Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Interlochen Arts Camp, Wintergreen Academy, Hot Springs Music Festival, Music in the Mountains Conservatory, Dallas Symphony Young Strings and The Institute for Strings.

In 2019, after serving 20 seasons as Associate Principal Viola of the Dallas Symphony, Ms Brink joined the faculty of DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, where she has been engaged as Principal Viola of Chicago Opera Theater and substitute viola with the Chicago Symphony. This is her first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Ames Asbell

Ames Asbell

Viola
Austin Symphony Orchestra

Ames Asbell, viola, has performed classical, tango, and popular music in international venues ranging from concert halls to clubs. She appears on CDs, film scores, and broadcasts, including the Dixie Chicks’s 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. After earning her doctorate from The University of Texas, Ames put down roots in Austin, where she is the violist of the classical crossover Tosca String Quartet, Principal Violist of the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra, a member of the Austin Symphony, and 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 eighth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Lenny Schranze

Lenny Schranze

Viola
Ceruti String Quartet

Violist Lenny Schranze is an award-winning chamber musician and educator.  A native of Philadelphia, he is a member of the Ceruti String Quartet and professor of viola at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music of the University of Memphis.  He is a Valade Fellow and coordinator of strings and the advanced quartet program at The Interlochen Center for the Arts.  As a chamber musician, Lenny has performed in concert halls around the country, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and has performed internationally in Switzerland, South Korea, and Brazil.  His solo recordings include the works for viola and piano by Robert Schumann, and the sonatas of Johannes Brahms.  Reviews describe Lenny’s viola playing as “passionate and beautifully resonant.”  Mr. Schranze has garnered awards from Chamber Music America for “excellence in chamber music instruction,” and is a recipient of the Dean’s Creative Achievement Award from the University of Memphis.  He earned his degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory, studying with Heidi Castleman, Heiichiro Ohyama, Dorothy Delay, Max Aronoff, and Evelyn Jacobs. This is Lenny’s first season at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Aaron Tubergen

Aaron Tubergen

Viola
Iris Orchestra

Aaron Tubergen is a frequent substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra and is a member of the Iris Orchestra. From 2013-2017, he served as Principal Viola of the South Dakota Symphony, where he was featured in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Lera Auerbach’s Sogno di Stabat Mater. Now based in Memphis with his wife, Aaron performs locally with the Memphis Symphony and the Nashville Symphony. He has performed at the chamber music festivals of Faulkner, Kent/Blossom, Memphis, Sarasota, and Saugatuck, has taught at the Calvin College String Summit and the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival, and performs at the Lakes Area Music Festival every August. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Robert Vernon, Principal Viola Emeritus of the Cleveland Orchestra. At CIM, he was the recipient of the Robert Vernon Prize for excellence in viola performance. He is a Michigan native.  This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Carolyn Snyder

Carolyn Snyder

Viola
The Phoenix Symphony/West Valley Symphony/Symphony of the Southwest

Carolyn Snyder, viola, returns to Arizona Musicfest after performing as a student musician in the 2008 Young Artist Concert series. She was also a winner in Ensemble Division at the 2009 Musicfest Young Musicians Competition. She earned a master’s from Northern Illinois University and recently completed coursework for her doctorate at Stony Brook University, studying with the Emerson String Quartet and members of the Silkroad Ensemble. While in New York, Carolyn performed with the New York New Music Ensemble, the Three Village Chamber Players, and the Contemporary Chamber Players. Locally, she has performed with The Phoenix Symphony, West Valley Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, Cactus Chamber Musicians, and Arizona Philharmonic, among others. Carolyn is currently on the faculties of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Rosie’s House, Virtuoso Violas, and Mesa Public Schools. She is also an Associate Director of Music at Mountain View Lutheran Church. This is her second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Abe Feder

Abe Feder

Principal

Assistant Principal
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Abraham Feder began his tenure with Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cello in the fall of 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2018, he served as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Santa Fe Opera. Abraham began his orchestral career as Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra and Cellist of the Sarasota String Quartet from 2008-2016. Abraham has been featured as a soloist with the Sarasota Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Americas, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, as a member of the Chroma Quartet, he founded the Tuesdays with Chroma concert series in Sarasota. An avid chamber musician, Abraham has performed with Ricardo Morales, Amy Oshiro Morales, and Kerri Ryan of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Michelle Kim, Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic; Richard Hirschl, Brant Taylor, Kenneth Olson, and Yuan-Qing Yu of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO); Stephen Balderston, former Assistant Principal cellist of the CSO; Desomd Hoebig, former Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra; Danielle Belen; Joseph Silverstein; Ray Chen; Christopher O’Riley; and Leonidas Kavakos. Abraham earned his Master’s Degree under the tutelage of Desmond Hoebig at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music at The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley. His teachers have also included Richard Hirschl and Tanya Carey. This is Abraham’s first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

 

Thomas Carpenter

Thomas Carpenter

Associate Principal

Cello
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Carpenter, cellist, is currently in his third year with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Before the start of his tenure with the ASO, he was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, he completed his undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Stephen Geber and completed his master’s degree with Norman Fischer at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Mr. Carpenter has participated in music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Grand Teton Music Festival, The New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Britten Pears Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, and is currently the Principal cellist of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Mr. Carpenter was also a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition and performed Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the orchestra.

He particularly enjoys teaching and in addition to working with his students in Atlanta, Thomas was able to travel to Medellin, Colombia as part of a partnership with the New World Symphony and Universidad EAFIT, to teach students from both Colombia and Chile.

Aside from music, Carpenter enjoys playing soccer, swimming, golf, hiking, biking, camping, and cooking. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Brooks Whitehouse

Brooks Whitehouse

Principal Cello
Winston-Salem Symphony

Brooks Whitehouse is Principal Cello of the Winston-Salem Symphony. As founding members of The Guild Trio, he and his wife, violinist Janet Orenstein, have toured extensively as USIA Artistic Ambassadors. He is the co-creator with Paul Sharpe of Low & Lower, a cello/bass duo that has developed a whole new genre in answer to the question, “Cello and bass… seriously?” Whitehouse has appeared with the American Chamber Players, Villa Musica (Germany), Ciompi Quartet, The Apple Hill Chamber Players, and the New Zealand String Quartet. He performed in Carnegie Hall with the Garth Newell Piano Quartet as part of their Fortieth Anniversary Celebration. 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 at Greensboro. This is his third year at Arizona Musicfest, during which he is also serving as Associate Principal Cello for the Sinfonia.

Noriko Kishi

Noriko Kishi

Cello
Utah Symphony

Cellist Noriko Kishi earned her bachelor’s at the Eastman School of Music and her master’s at the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers were Irene Sharp, Robert Sylvester, and Bernard Greenhouse. Formerly Principal Cellist and featured soloist with the New World Symphony, she was a member of the Sacramento Symphony from 1994-1996, and performed regularly with the Utah Symphony from 2001-2015. Noriko has performed with many notable conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, and Seiji Ozawa, and participated in masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, and members of the Quarneri and Cleveland Quartets. She was a Fellow at Tanglewood and participated in the Aspen, Spoleto (USA and Italy), Colorado, and Moab Music Festivals. A strong advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Kishi has dedicated more than two decades to performing the works of living composers both in the Bay Area and Salt Lake City. From 2015-18, she was the Artist in Residence for the Salty Cricket Composers Collective, premiering solo and chamber works by Utah composers. She also served as general manager for the Nova Chamber Music Series from 2004-2010. A native of San Francisco, Noriko taught at the San Francisco School of the Arts, the San Francisco Community Music Center, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Department. In Utah, she has been on the faculty of the University of Utah Preparatory Division, taught for a semester at BYU Idaho, and teaches privately. A member of the Music in the Mountains festival orchestra (CA) for 24 years, this is her 23rd year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Charles Tyler

Charles Tyler

Cello
LA Opera Orchestra/Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra/Los Angeles Master Chorale

Charles Tyler has enjoyed a varied career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer in concert venues around the world. He was named winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Concerto Competition, top prizewinner of the Osaka International Music Competition, and winner of the Atwater Kent Strings Competition. Charles served as co-principal cello of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan for three seasons where he also appeared in numerous chamber music and solo recital concerts. In past summers he has participated in the Tanglewood Music Center, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, and was principal cellist of the National Repertory Orchestra. Charles also performs as a member of the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra each winter in Scottsdale, AZ. Charles currently resides in Los Angeles where he maintains an active performing career. He has performed on the Jacaranda and Dilijan Chamber music series, the Hear Now Music Festival and has collaborated with the Salastina Music Society. Charles frequently performs in various orchestras around Southern California including the LA Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and many more. He can also be seen performing as principal cello with the Muse/ique orchestra each summer in Pasadena. In addition to classical performances, Charles can also be heard on numerous scores for film and television. His principal teachers and mentors include Richard Aaron, Tanya Carey, Joel Krosnick, Antonio Lysy and Michel Strauss. He has received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and participated in an exchange with the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Charles also received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He is a dedicated pedagogue who has served as the teaching assistant in chamber music and cello at UCLA and currently maintains a private teaching studio in Los Angeles. This is his eighth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Sarah Markle

Sarah Markle

Cello
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Sarah joined the Charlotte Symphony in 2014. After receiving her Bachelors from the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Alan Stepansky, she completed her Masters in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in 2013. Before joining the Charlotte Symphony, Sarah held substitute positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, and New World Symphony. Festivals include Music Academy of the West, Arizona Musicfest, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, and National Repertory Orchestra, where she performed as principal cellist and soloist in summer 2013. Outside of music Sarah likes vegan food, ultimate frisbee, and trying to identify people’s origins based on their accents. She is also an advocate for Waldorf education, having been in one of the first graduating classes from Aurora Waldorf School in Buffalo. This is her second year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Peter Anderegg

Peter Anderegg

Cello
The Phoenix Symphony

Peter Lorenzo Anderegg joined the Phoenix Symphony in 2007 and his positions there have included Acting Principal Cello, Acting Assistant Principal Cello, and Section Cello. Before moving to Phoenix, he performed with a variety of ensembles in the premier venues of the world, from Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, and the Kennedy Center in the US to the Sydney Opera House and the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall. He has appeared at many of the world’s premiere music festivals, including Greenwood, Tanglewood, Aspen, Lucerne, and Verbier Festivals, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, AZ Music Fest, and Colorado Music Festival, and he is currently a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York.

Born in Boston, MA, Peter Lorenzo began cello studies at the age of 4. He frequently performed with his twin sister Francesca, a violinist, and his father David, a pianist, as the Anderegg trio. His early studies were with Mark Churchill at New England Conservatory, where he performed on the pilot of the NPR program “From the Top” and was a member of the award-winning NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. While completing a B.A. cum laude in Mathematics at Harvard University, he appeared as a frequent soloist with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and Bach Society Orchestra, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a teaching assistant in the Mathematics Department. He received a M.M. degree from The Juilliard School, and his other major teachers include Darrett Adkins, Joel Krosnick, Michael Reynolds, Lynn Harrell, Norman Fischer and Yehuda Hanani.

 

Andrew Pedersen

Andrew Pedersen

Principal

Bass
Houston Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Pedersen joined the Houston Symphony Double Bass section in August of 2017. A native of Batavia, Illinois, Andrew received his bachelors degree from DePaul University, where he studied with Robert Kassinger, and masters degree from Rice University, where he studied with Timothy Pitts. Other mentors include Paul Ellison, Alexander Hanna, and Gregory Sarchet. While in Chicago, Andrew was a member of the Civic Orchestra (2012-14) and a regular substitute with the New World Symphony, including a tour to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He has also attended the Aspen, Music Academy of the West, and Verbier Festivals. Outside of the orchestra, Andrew enjoys teaching, arranging music for bass ensembles, and exploring the unique cuisine of Houston. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Timothy Spears

Timothy Spears

Associate Principal

Bass
Symphony Silicon Valley/California Symphony

Timothy Spears, bass, is a member of Symphony Silicon Valley and California Symphony. He also appears frequently with 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 & 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 Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra. For 25 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. This is his 27th year at Arizona Musicfest, during which he is also serving as Principal Bass for the Sinfonia.

Paul Sharpe

Paul Sharpe

Bass
Winston-Salem Symphony

Paul Sharpe is the Professor of Double Bass and an assistant dean at UNCSA. He has performed in recital at prestigious music festivals and venues all over the world – including Germany (Villa Musica), Italy (Orfeo), France (Bass2008), Poland (World Bass Festival), Brazil (Bass Encounter), Virginia’s Garth Newel Chamber Institute, and Alaska (Anchorage Chamber Music Festival and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival).   As soloist he has performed 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 (www.getlowandlower.com), keeps him busy and often pushes him far beyond the typical classical musician’s comfort zone on stage – singing, acting, composing, arranging and more.  Professor Sharpe serves as Principal Bass of the Winston-Salem Symphony, is a frequent guest principal and assistant principal bass of Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony, and, for 11 years, a bassist with Arizona Musicfest.

Eric Shetzen

Eric Shetzen

Bass
Long Beach & Pasadena Symphony

Double bassist Eric Shetzen earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School as a student of New York Philharmonic bassists Orin O’Brien and David Grossman. For three years he served as Principal Bass of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan. He also spent several seasons as a Fellow in the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy directed by Michael Tilson Thomas. An avid chamber musician, Eric has collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Lyris String Quartet, violinist Maxim Vengerov, and conductors Lorin Maazel and James Conlon. His festival appearances include the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival, Castleton Festival, and the PRISMA Festival. Eric now performs as a freelance bassist in Los Angeles where he maintains a varied career as a performer and teacher. He has been featured on several distinguished contemporary concert series such as Jacaranda: Music at the Edge and the Hear/Now Music Festival, and was recently invited to perform at Ojai Music Festival alongside music director violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

Eric also performs in the bass sections of various Southern California orchestras including the Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, LA Master Chorale, and the San Bernardino Symphony. When Eric is not performing on stage, he can be found teaching his studio of private bass students or recording the music of Hollywood’s most iconic composers for film and television. Eric looks forward to returning to his hometown of Scottsdale, AZ every winter to perform with the AZMF Orchestra. This is his eighth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Darren Cueva

Darren Cueva

Bass
Tucson Symphony

Darren Cueva is a current member of the Tucson Symphony and an adjunct faculty member at Glendale Community College where he teaches courses in music performance, music history, and music education. Before winning his job in Tucson, Darren held several orchestral positions including principal bass with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, bass section member at the LA East Recording Studio (a Warner Bros. subsidiary), and an internship with the National Opera and Ballet of Vietnam. As a soloist, Darren has performed with professional orchestras in Ecuador and Mexico and was the 2016 winner of the Arizona State University Concerto Competition. Darren graduated with a DMA in bass performance from ASU in 2018 where he studied with Catalin Rotaru. He also holds a MA in Musicology from ASU. This is his first season with Arizona Musicfest.

Henrik Heide

Henrik Heide

Principal

Associate Principal
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Henrik Heide was appointed Associate Principal Flutist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 25 by Maestro Louis Langrée, and served in that position for five seasons.  Prior to his appointment in Cincinnati, he was a member of the New World Symphony (Miami Beach, Florida) for two seasons, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.  In March 2019, Henrik appeared as concerto soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, playing Matthias Pintscher’s flute concerto “Transir” under the baton of the composer.  He has also performed concerti with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Leonard Slatkin), Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and New World Symphony, among others.

As a chamber musician, Henrik appeared at the La Jolla Music Society’s 2019 Summerfest, the inaugural season of music director Inon Barnatn.  He spent two summers as an orchestral fellow and one as a New Fromm Player at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has also participated in festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan), Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and National Orchestral Institute.

Henrik received his Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Rice University, studying with Leone Buyse, and his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Jeffrey Khaner.  He also plays piano and guitar, sings, and composes music and lyrics – his debut single, “Song of the Summer,” was released in July 2019.  He is the proud father of Gary, a 7-lb. maltipoo.  This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Matthew Roitstein

Matthew Roitstein

Principal Flute
Houston Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Roitstein serves as Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony. Previously, he was a member of the Honolulu Symphony, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Roitstein has served as Guest Principal Flute with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic. Festival experience includes Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, Aspen, and Sarasota. He can be heard on recordings by the Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, and Gloria Estefan (The Standards). Roitstein has taught throughout the U.S., South and Central America. He earned a bachelor’s in architecture and music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying flute with Seta Der Hohannesian and winning the Concerto Competition. Roitstein earned his master’s at Rice University’s Shepherd School, a student of Leone Buyse. Other teachers include Mark Sparks, Stephen Kujala, Gary Woodward, Pedro Eustache, and his mother, Rosy Sackstein. This is his second year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Rachel Braude

Rachel Braude

Flute/Piccolo
Boston Ballet Orchestra/Boston Philharmonic

Rachel Braude, flutist and piccoloist, currently holds positions in the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Opera Boston. She also performs as a guest with the Boston Pops, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony. Previously the Principal Piccoloist of the St. Louis Symphony, Rachel teaches at the New England Conservatory (Prep Division) and is Lecturer at Dartmouth College. A graduate of New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School, her teachers include Trevor Wye, Geralyn Coticone, and Lois Schaefer. Rachel can be heard on the album In Media Res in a piece written for her by Lisa Bielawa, long time BMOP collaborator and a Prix de Rome winnerThis is her tenth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Erin Hannigan

Erin Hannigan

Principal

Principal Oboe
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Erin Hannigan is the Principal Oboe of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and was previously a member of the Rochester Philharmonic. She has been guest Principal Oboist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. She spends the summer months performing and teaching at summer festivals, including The Strings Festival, Mainly Mozart, National Youth Orchestra (NYO), the Grand Teton Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, the Festival-Institute at Round Top and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival (Switzerland).

Hannigan has recorded three CDs on the Crystal Records label, and also recorded Jeremy Gill’s Serenada Concertante, a piece she commissioned and premiered with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

She is Adjunct Associate Professor of Oboe at Southern Methodist University and is also co-founder of nonprofit Artists for Animals. Applying the arts to community outreach earned her the “Ford Award for Excellence in Community Service”, awarded to five musicians nationally through the League of American Orchestras and the Ford Motor Company.

Hannigan is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with James Caldwell and received her master’s degree, the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, and the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Richard Killmer. This is her second year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

 

John Hammarback

John Hammarback

Principal Oboe
Winston-Salem Symphony

John Hammarback joined the Winston-Salem Symphony as Principal Oboe midway through the 2010-2011 season. He holds a bachelor’s from Stony Brook University, where he studied with Stephen Taylor (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) and Pedro Diaz (English Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra). While at Stony Brook, he won the Concerto Competitions in 2008 and 2009, as well as the Elizabeth Ball Kurz Music Award, presented by the Department of Music to students planning a career in the field. John pursued graduate studies with John Snow at the University of Minnesota, performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra as the 2010 Concerto Competition winner. Summer fellowships and festivals include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Panama Double Reed Festival. This is his fourth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Rebecca Scarnati

Rebecca Scarnati

Principal Oboe
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

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 U.S. 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 26th year at Arizona Musicfest.

Chad Burrow

Chad Burrow

Principal

Principal Clarinet
Ann Arbor Symphony

Clarinetist Chad Burrow has a multifaceted career as an educator, solo artist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. In 2009, he was appointed to the clarinet faculty of the University of Michigan, where he serves as Associate Professor of Music.  Additionally, Chad serves as principal clarinetist with the Ann Arbor Symphony and co-artistic director for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, which includes regular performances throughout the year and a summer music festival in Oklahoma City.  He also currently serves on the faculty for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the Alpenkammermusik Festival, in Austria and also plays on occasion with the Detroit Symphony, Detorit Chamber Winds and Strings, and with the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.  Chad is the former principal clarinetist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the New Haven Symphony.

Chad’s recent concert engagements have included performances in Austria, Denmark’s Thy Chamber Music Festival, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall, Chamber Music Northwest, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in Strasbourg, France.  Chad has presented recent masterclasses at the 4th International Clarinet Festival in Taiwan, Yale University, Northwestern University, the University of Texas, and Rice University among others.

Chad has recordings released by Albany Records, CD Baby, Equilibrium and Centaur RecordsChad performs exclusively on MOBA Clarinets and is an artist for Backun Musical Services.  This is his first appearance at Arizona Musicfest.

Steve Hanusofski

Steve Hanusofski

Associate Principal Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
The Phoenix Symphony

Steve Hanusofski is Assistant Principal and Bass Clarinet for The Phoenix Symphony. He began playing the clarinet in junior high, then added flute, bassoon, and saxophone in high school. At 15, 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 TPS in1986, 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 tenth year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Miles Maner

Miles Maner

Bassoon/Contrabassoon
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Miles Maner, bassoonist and contrabassoonist, is thrilled to be in his 7th season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 6th season teaching at DePaul University and 3rd season performing at the Arizona Music Festival. Prior to his move to Illinois, Mr. Maner performed with the Kansas City Symphony for three seasons as associate principal bassoonist and contrabassoonist and as principal bassoonist of the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Austin Symphony,  and Austin Lyric Opera and given masterclasses at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan, Texas State University, the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Grand Valley State University, and Utah Valley University. He has previously attended various music festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center and the National Repertory Orchestra. His former teachers are Benjamin Kamins of Rice University and Kristin Wolfe Jensen of the University of Texas. This is his third year at Arizona Musicfest.

Jon Karschney

Jon Karschney

Principal

Assistant Principal Horn
Seattle Symphony

Jonathan Karschney is Assistant Principal Horn of the Seattle Symphony. Prior to joining the Symphony in 2010, Karschney was a freelance horn player in New York City. He was a substitute player with the New York Philharmonic, was a frequent performer in Broadway pits and served as Principal Horn with Radio City. In addition, he was also guest Principal Horn of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Karschney received his Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music while studying with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Horn, Erik Ralske. As a Seattle native, Karschney attended Garfield High School and was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Corbin Castro

Corbin Castro

2nd Horn
New World Symphony

Corbin Castro is a second-year Horn Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has most recently performed as an extra/substitute horn with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Naples Philharmonic. Mr. Castro has had the pleasure of spending his summers making music with the Verbier Festival in southern Switzerland, Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. While participating in these ensembles he performed under the direction of artists such as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons and Esa-Pekka Salonen.  In addition to performing, Mr. Castro proudly maintains a teaching studio where he works with the next generation of performers to find their own passion and reach their full potential. Recently, he performed as part of the New World outreach program in Medellín, Colombia, as part of a wind chamber group that worked with students from schools that lacked funding for music education.  Mr. Castro received his master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with William VerMeulen and a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music studying with Michelle Baker. Outside of music, he enjoys experiencing new cultures through international travel and backpacking in national parks. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Stephanie Blaha

Stephanie Blaha

Assist. Prin. Horn/3rd Horn
Grant Park Orchestra/Pittsburgh Opera

Stephanie Blaha is Assistant Principal Horn of the Grant Park Orchestra, as well as Principal Horn of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Third Horn of the Pittsburgh Opera. She served as Third Horn with the Winston-Salem Symphony from 2009-2014 and Fourth Horn with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005-2009. Stephanie has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Originally from the Chicago area, she is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied with Gail Williams.  This is her second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Matthew Eckenhoff

Matthew Eckenhoff

4th Horn
Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Eckenhoff is a hornist and educator with an active national and international concert schedule. A native of Philadelphia, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra hornists Eli Epstein and Richard King. He went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder under the instruction of Colorado Symphony Orchestra principal horn Michael Thornton. After graduating, Matt moved to Houston, Texas and studied for two years with the principal horn of the Houston Symphony, William VerMeulen. In 2018, Matt joined the Colorado Symphony as fourth horn. He also joined the faculty of University of Colorado at Boulder for the 2019-2020 school year as a Lecturer, teaching the undergraduate horn performance majors. Before moving to Denver, he served as second horn of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for 5 seasons. In addition to his performance duties, Matt was honored to serve the LPO as Orchestra President for the 2016-2017 season. Prior to his time in New Orleans, Matt was a member of the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also held positions with the Britt Music Festival, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has appeared with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Houston Grand Opera, among others. Matt has also enjoyed working as a studio musician, appearing on movie soundtracks, albums by Bela Fleck and Ingrid Michaelson, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s recordings of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Siegfried. Outside the concert hall, Matt enjoys being in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. He is an avid skier and hiker and loves finding scenic places to play his alphorn. He also loves spending time with his wife Meghan, who is a physician at the University of Colorado, and their dog George. This is his first year at Arizona Musicfest.

 

Conrad Jones

Conrad Jones

Principal

Principal Trumpet
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

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 first year at Arizona Musicfest.

Wesley Nance

Wesley Nance

2nd Trumpet
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, trumpeter Wesley Nance is in his 34th season as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been featured as a soloist with the RPO on several occasions. Nance has also been engaged to perform as Principal Trumpet with the RPO, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra, the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. He also performs regularly and has toured with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Nance is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and a frequent musical collaborator in the Rochester area. Also a composer, Nance has had several pieces commissioned and premiered by the RPO under the batons of Jeff Tyzik and Michael Butterman. He frequently composes music for brass, and his trumpet ensemble pieces have been featured at the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild conferences. Nance is on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School and is an Adjunct Instructor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music. He is married to RPO Assistant Concertmaster, Shannon Nance, and they have four children. This is his sixth year performing at Arizona Musicfest.

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Principal Trumpet
Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Scott Moore is the Principal Trumpet of the Memphis Symphony and Leader of the MSO Big Band. He has also performed with the Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, National, and Toronto Symphonies. Mr. Moore has appeared as soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Tennessee Summer Symphony, and many times with the Memphis Symphony. In 2009, Mr. Moore premiered Eric Ewazen’s Trumpet Concerto. He has recorded and performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and with I Fiamminghi, the Orchestra of Flanders. Mr. Moore is on the faculties of the Sewanee Summer Music Center and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. He holds a bachelor’s from McNeese State University and a master’s from the New England Conservatory. His teachers include Charles Schlueter, Arnold Jacobs, and Michael Ewald. This is his fourth year at Arizona Musicfest, during which he is also serving as Principal Trumpet for the Sinfonia and Principal Trumpet on 2/21.

Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn

Principal

Co-Principal Trombone
Philadelphia Orchestra

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 US Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Israeli 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 fourth year at Arizona Musicfest.

Donna Parkes

Donna Parkes

Principal Trombone
Louisville Orchestra

Australian trombonist Donna Parkes has been Principal Trombone of the Louisville Orchestra since 2008 and has been Principal Trombone of the Colorado Music Festival since 2009. Prior to this year she played the 2012-13 season with the Utah Symphony and the 2007-8 season with the San Francisco Symphony. Miss Parkes was a member of the Virginia Symphony from 2001-2007 and was a member of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Oregon Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Sydney Symphony and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Miss Parkes has performed at the Arizona Musicfest since 2009, the Malboro Festival and the Grand Teton Festival and in 2016 toured with the Australian World Orchestra. Solo competition successes include winning the Australian National Trombone Competition, the Brisbane International Brass Competition and finalist in the Jeju Brass Competition in Korea. She has appeared as a soloist or clinician at the International Women’s Brass Conference, International Trombone Festival and the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. Currently on faculty at both University of Lousiville and Bellarmine University she is in demand as both a teacher and perfomer. Miss Parkes received her Masters Degree studying under Charles Vernon at DePaul University and other primary teachers include Michael Mulcahy and Ron Prussing. This is her 12th year at Arizona Musicfest.

Darren McHenry

Darren McHenry

Bass Trombone

Bass Trombone
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Darren McHenry, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1995 on bass trombone. As a young musician, Mr. McHenry attended the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland for several summers. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from Southern Methodist University where he studied with John Kitzman. In his senior year at SMU, he won the concerto competition. He earned his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Don Harwood.
Mr. McHenry toured with the American/Soviet Youth Orchestra in 1990 and the New York Philharmonic on their 150 Anniversary Tour in 1993. He also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra following the completion of his time in New York City. In 1994, Mr. McHenry was the winner of the I.T.A. Concerto Competition (Yaxley division) and the winner of the I.T.A. Lewis Van Haney orchestral excerpt competition. Beginning in 2001, he began performing in the Sun Valley Summer Music Festival in Idaho. He also plays in the Arizona Musicfest in Scottsdale, Arizona, a one week winter orchestra festival, since 2017. Mr. McHenry in the past has served as adjunct professor of trombone at the University of Texas in Arlington, and at the University of North Texas. In 2019, he joined the faculty at Southern Methodist University as adjunct professor of bass trombone. Darren is married to Jenny, who teaches middle school orchestra in Flower Mound, where their two sons, Bryce and Grant currently attend school and enjoy performing as cellists. This is his third year at Arizona Musicfest.

Aubrey Foard

Aubrey Foard

Principal Tuba
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Aubrey Foard is the principal tubist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2018. He also serves as Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and as Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center. Mr. Foard was most recently principal tubist of the Charlotte Symphony, where he had performed since 2012. He has previously held principal tuba positions in the Santa Barbara, West Virginia, Canton, Youngstown and Albany Symphonies as well as with the Britt Festival Orchestra. He has performed as a guest musician with several other orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, Arizona MusicFest and an Acting Principal Tubist with the San Diego Symphony.

Mr. Foard’s solo performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and on WQXR New York, KUHF Houston and KDB Santa Barbara. 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. He is a past multiple prizewinner of the Minnesota Orchestra’s WAMSO solo competition. An avid proponent of new music for the tuba, Mr. Foard has commissioned a Tuba Concerto by American composer Mark Petering; the solo part is available for free download on IMSLP. The work was premiered by the Charlotte Symphony in 2018 with Mr. Foard as soloist. Mr. Foard’s students at UCLA have achieved numerous accomplishments, including winning fellowships to music festivals, performing with professional orchestras, performing on major motion picture soundtracks and winning concerto competitions. He previously taught at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and at West Virginia State University. Mr. Foard has presented master classes and recitals worldwide, most recently at the International Women’s Brass Conference and on a tour that included major universities and conservatories in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taitung. Mr. Foard is a graduate of The Colburn School’s 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 second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Jonathan Haas

Jonathan Haas

Principal

Timpani
American Symphony Orchestra/New York Pops

Jonathan Haas, Principal Timpanist, is known as a soloist, orchestral musician, conductor, teacher, clinician, and entrepreneur. He has garnered international acclaim for his performances of Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, which he commissioned and has performed widely. Mr. Haas is Principal Percussionist of the American Symphony, Principal Timpanist of the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He is president of Gemini Music Productions, the largest employer of musicians in New York. 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. Haas is the author of a ground-breaking timpani method book, Jazz Virtuostics for Timpani. This is his second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Steve Fitch

Steve Fitch

Principal

Associate Principal Timpani/Drum Set Soloist
The Phoenix Symphony

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. Steve taught for seven years at Bayreuth’s Festival junger Künstler; and played, toured, and recorded extensively with the NDR Radio Philharmonie. He 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 is also a composer whose 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 12th year at Arizona Musicfest.

Allegra Lilly

Allegra Lilly

Principal

Principal Harp
St. Louis Symphony

Allegra Lilly, Principal Harp, serves in the same role for the St. Louis Symphony. She has appeared as Guest Principal with the Chicago, Houston, Toronto and Charlotte Symphonies, Boston Pops, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and All-Star Orchestra. A frequent substitute with the Boston Symphony, she acted as Guest Principal for the 2015 Tanglewood season and European tour. Lilly has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and numerous ensembles in New York. On the faculty at Brevard Music Center, 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 her second year at Arizona Musicfest.

Lawrence Loeber

Lawrence Loeber

Principal

Principal Piano
The Phoenix Symphony

Lawrence Loeber, piano and celeste, earned degrees in music and German at Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Institute. He received a master’s in Chinese Linguistics from The Ohio State University, while continuing piano studies and working as coach/accompanist in the opera department. Now in his 21st season as freelance 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. He is Music Director/pianist at the Congregational Church of the Valley, and maintains a private piano studio. Now in his 13th year at Arizona Musicfest, he also serves as rehearsal pianist for the Festival Chorus.

First Violin

Robert Uchida, Concertmaster
Karil Laskorov, Associate Concertmaster
Randall Weiss
Dagmara Suchoń-Hobbs
Jennifer Greenlee

Second Violin

Shannon Nance, Principal
Jennifer Ross, Associate Principal
Adelaide Federici
Caroline Slack
Danica Terzic

Viola

Aaron Tubergen, Principal
Nancy Buck, Associate Principal
Carolyn Snyder
Mary Harrah

Cello

Thomas Carpenter, Principal
Brooks Whitehouse, Associate Principal
Noriko Kishi

Bass

Timothy Spears, Principal
Paul Sharpe

Flute

Brian Gordon, Principal
Elizabeth Buck

Oboe

Elizabeth Tiscione, Principal
Rebecca Scarnati

Clarinet

Cris Inguanti, Principal
Brian Dredla

Bassoon

Glenn Einschlag, Principal
Melanie Sanguinetti

Horn

Jon Karschney, Principal
Corbin Castro

Trumpet

Scott Moore, Principal
Mike Tiscione
Wesley Nance

Timpani

Benjamin Irons, Principal

Percussion

Gene Cervantes, Principal
Pat Chapman

Organ

James Jones, Principal