The Ones behind the Music

Meet Our Musicians

It's the music. It's the musicians.

It's the experience.

2024 Guest Artists and Soloists


Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. The duo has toured the world sharing their eclectic mix of music from Debussy and Bach to Radiohead and Beyoncé, and their two studio albums have received over 4 million streams on Spotify. Both acclaimed soloists in their own right, Boyd has been described as “truly evocative” by The Washington Post, and as “a player who deserves to be heard” by Classical Guitar Magazine, while Metcalf, who has also toured as a member of the popular chamber ensembles Eighth Blackbird, Break of Reality and Sybarite5, has been called “brilliant” by Gramophone.

Boyd Meets Girl has toured throughout the USA, India, Nepal, New Zealand, and Australia, including engagements at Caramoor, Newport Classical, Festival Napa Valley, Austin Classical Guitar, Moab Music Festival and many others. 

In 2024, Boyd Meets Girl gave the world premiere performances of ANAHATA, a cello and guitar double concerto composed by the Grammy-nominated Clarice Assad, and commissioned for the duo by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.


Guest Conductor

A two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Cohn currently serves as Assistant Conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and was recently named as the 11th Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Utah Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, and Symphoria New York. He was Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival in 2022 and 2023.

With the DSO, Cohn’s performance highlights include the world premiere of Mason Bates’s Philharmonia Fantastique, the second ever performance of Gabriela Ortiz’s Yanga, and a concert performance of selections from Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Recent seasons have also seen frequent appearances with the Chicago-based contemporary ensemble Zafa Collective and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He spent two summers as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, where he received the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize and the Aspen Conducting Prize. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, where he studied history and mathematics. He received a Master of Music in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music.


The Denver Brass was founded in 1981, as an all-new, one-of-a-kind brass chamber ensemble which would be in the forefront of performance, entertainment, commissions and education.  Today, The Denver Brass is an elite ensemble recognized throughout the U.S. and the world as one of the premier ensembles of its kind – setting itself apart through its sound, original repertoire, recordings and concert productions.  They perform their own original compositions and arrangements, and their trademark sound features a dazzling array of more than 13 distinct brass instruments plus percussion, to produce a rainbow of sound phenomena. Performances are carefully designed to enhance the listening experience through strong concert themes and story lines. Originally a classically oriented ensemble, today they feature a musical palate as diverse as the culture of the western US and they present a sound experience that makes an impression long past the final chord of the concert.

Jacob Jolliff

Jacob Jolliff was born into a musical family in Newberg, OR. His dad started him on the mandolin at age seven and required him to practice ten minutes a day. But after six months of practicing this minimal amount, something clicked, and almost overnight he started putting in several hours of intense practice daily. And this hasn’t really changed in the last 20 years.

The Jacob Jolliff Band is a group of virtuosic pickers that plays Jacob’s original instrumentals, as well as showcases his singing. They tour nationally in the US and have also travelled to Scotland and Australia to perform. The group has released two albums, Instrumentals Vol. 1 in 2018 and The Jacob Jolliff Band in 2022. In 2022, Jacob was called on by world famous banjo player, Béla Fleck, to tour as part of My Bluegrass Heart. He performed around the country alongside Béla and some of the very best musicians in the genre: Bryan Sutton, Cody Kilby, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, Michael Cleveland, Stuart Duncan and Billy Contreras.


Guest Conductor

Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as conducting film and classical music in concert and on recordings. Kaufman is in his nineteenth season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra film series, CSO at the Movies, holds the permanent title of Pops Conductor Laureate with the Dallas Symphony, and was recently given the permanent title of Principal Pops Conductor Laureate with Pacific Symphony. Kaufman regularly appears as a guest conductor with orchestras throughout the world.

The 2023-24 concert season includes return engagements with The Edmonton Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among others. Kaufman received the 1993 Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category. He has conducted for a who’s-who of performers including John Denver, Andy Williams, Nanette Fabray, the Beach Boys, and Amy Grant. He joined the music department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and for almost two decades, supervised music for all of MGM’s television and animation projects, receiving two Emmy nominations. He has also coached various actors in musical roles, including Jack Nicholson, Dudley Moore, and Tom Hanks.



With a vivid onstage presence and dazzling technique, Kern is widely recognized as one of the great artists of her generation. She was born into a family of musicians and began studying piano at the age of five. At seventeen, she was awarded first prize at the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, and in 2001, she launched her U.S. career, winning a historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—the only woman in the last 50 years to do so. She has appeared in three documentaries about the competition. She is a laureate of several other international competitions and started her own competition, the Olga Kern International Piano Competition, held every three years in Albuquerque.

Kern has performed with many prominent orchestras in the US and around the world and is a renowned recitalist and festival performer. In the 2023–2024 season, she will perform all four of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos. In 2012, Kern established the Kern Foundation “Aspiration,” which supports talented musicians around the world. She has an extensive discography including a Grammy-nominated disc of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions. Ms. Kern completed postgraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory.



First-prize winner of the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, Khuong-Huu has performed around the globe appearing as soloist and collaborator with many of today’s leading ensembles and musicians. One of the centerpieces of her 23/24 season is her Kennedy Center debut performing Anna Clyne’s The Prince of Clouds alongside Grammy Award winner Jennifer Koh. Also in 23/24, she is a featured soloist with The Symphonia in Boca Raton, FL for Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher, and will perform Ravel’s Tzigane with the Northbrook Symphony under the leadership of Mina Zikri and Vadim Gluzman.

Named a “VC Artist” by the Violin Channel, she has appeared as a soloist with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has shared the stage with Maxim Vengerov at Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace. She has performed on NPR’s From the Top and was a recipient of the Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant. As a chamber music advocate, she regularly plays with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York and has studied with renowned faculty of the Perlman Music Program. Her mentors include Shlomo Mintz, Vadim Gluzman, and Menahem Pressler. She studies with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School and Columbia University through their double degree program.


From the tango of the Rio de la Plata to the string quartets of Silvestre Revueltas, the KAIA String Quartet is an ensemble devoted to promoting the rich and colorful music of Latin America. They are active performers in both the US and abroad and their music has been described as beautifully blurring the lines between jazz, classical, Latin and world music.

In 2017, KAIA was the first ensemble in residence at Chicago’s classical radio station, WFMT. They play an active role in Chicago’s music scene and have performed at the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Ear Taxi Festival, and Chamber Music on the Fox. KAIA is deeply devoted to music education. They are teaching artists for Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play program and for Classical Music Chicago’s Young Peoples’ Concerts program. Since 2018, KAIA has been the ensemble-in-residence for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Chamber Music Camp. Their most recent tour in Uruguay and Argentina included a performance at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.


saxophone sextet

Bending genres and uplifting spirits, The Moanin’ Frogs offer an electrifying approach to chamber music. Comprised of Edward Goodman, Gabriel Piqué, Jeff Siegfried, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Jeffrey Leung and Lucas Hopkins, these musicians are conservatory trained and entertainment minded. Their dynamic and technically precise performances of classical, ragtime, jazz, and pop delight fans across the world. Comfortable in a wide array of venues, The Moanin’ Frogs deliver artist-level performances to small towns and major performance halls alike, performing for concert series as concerto soloists and for educational programs throughout the US and abroad.

Featuring six saxophones from soprano to bass, The Moanin’ Frogs are unique in today’s chamber music landscape. First prize winners of the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, their passion, quality, variety, instrumentation, and focus on the audience experience set them apart. The Moanin’ Frogs have appeared in many venues including The Kennedy Center and The Conn-Selmer
Institute. The Moanin’ Frogs inspire future generations through popular music videos and interactive clinics and masterclasses for students and educators.

Drea Pressley

mezzo soprano

Drea Pressley, mezzo soprano, performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed with New Orleans Opera Association, and Operafestival di Roma. As a member of Los Angeles Master Chorale, Ms. Pressley toured Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, premiering John Adam’s new work, The Gospel According to the Other Mary.

Drea enjoys performing with several of New Mexico’s premiere arts organizations, including Santa Fe Pro Musica, and has performed with Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe New Music,  Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Canticum Novum, and Sangre de Cristo Chorale.

Ms. Pressley’s operatic roles include Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), L’enfant (L’enfant et les Sortileges), Berta (The Barber of Seville), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus). Oratorio repertoire includes Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Requiem, Vesperae sollemnes; Bach’s Mass in B minor, Magnificat, Cantata 78, Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Harmonie- Messe, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Dixit Dominus, Saint-Säen’s Christmas Oratorio, Duruflé’s Requiem, Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noël, John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises, and David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion.


Conductor, trumpet, vocal

Since his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Stripling has become a pops orchestra favorite, soloing with Boston Pops, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Dallas Symphony, to name a few. He has been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and on the PBS television special, Evening at Pops, with conductors John Williams and Keith Lockhart.

Currently, Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck and Lionel Hampton, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.


With a flair for the wild and unexpected, this genre-defying trio brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rock-star charisma. Trained at the world’s top conservatories, including Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School, TAKE3 has expanded their repertoire from Bach and Beethoven to Bieber and The Beach Boys. Known for their infectious on-stage personalities, this threesome captivates with arrangements of top pop hits, Americana, and their signature classical mashups.

Highlights from recent performances include appearances with the North Charleston Pops, Cape Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the Victoria, Midland, and Springfield Symphonies. Take 3 was created by violinist/vocalist Lindsay Deutsch, Yanni’s featured soloist. She began her career as a classical soloist, performing with symphony orchestras around the country. Her performance of Astor Piazzola’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was selected for NPR’s Symphony Cast Program.



Acclaimed for his inspirational performances, Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. Appointed Principal Cellist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra at age 20, he performs regularly as a concerto soloist with major orchestras throughout the world, including eight concerto appearances at the BBC Proms.

As a chamber musician, Watkins was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 to 2013 and joined the Emerson String Quartet in May 2013. He is a regular guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2014, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. Watkins also maintains a career as a conductor and, since winning the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, has conducted all the major British orchestras and many others in the USA, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Watkins has made over 70 recordings, including two Grammy- nominated recordings. At the Yale School of Music, Watkins teaches a studio of graduate-level cellists, coaches chamber ensembles, and co-directs the Yale Cellos. He plays on an instrument made by Domenico Montagnana and Matteo Goffriller in Venice, circa 1730.

Wildwood Reed Trio

Tucson based Wildwood Reed Trio brings together Max Adler, principal oboe of Tucson Symphony, Jackie Glazier, Associate Professor of clarinet at the University of Arizona, and Marissa Olegario, principal bassoon of Tucson Symphony and Assistant Professor of bassoon at the University of Arizona. Each member is in demand nationally and internationally for performance and teaching, with appearances in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and an ever-growing list of accolades. Together, the dynamic trio has delighted audiences across Arizona and the Southwest, engaging audiences with unique programs that span the repertoire from Baroque to newly commission works.

2024 Festival Musicians


bass clarinet

Eric Anderson enjoys a multifaceted career as a solo, chamber music, and orchestral musician. He has held positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Richmond (VA) and Omaha Symphonies and performed as a guest musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

During the summers, Eric has performed at the Aspen, Britten-Pears, Colorado, Grant Park, Kent Blossom, Round Top, Spoleto USA, and Tanglewood music festivals. An avid chamber musician, Eric has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia’s Bennet Gordon Hall, and live on New York City’s WQXR.

A dedicated teacher, he has served as an instructor at the State College of Florida, Oberlin College, and Yale University. Eric received bachelor’s degrees in music and English literature from Oberlin College and Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music.



Astafiev is currently Adjunct Professor of Bass at Xavier University in Cincinnati.  He joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1998.  Prior to that, he was a member of the Columbus Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Moscow Philharmonic, which he joined at age 19.  He also enjoys performing chamber music.  He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and The Juilliard School. 



Audas will join the Seattle Symphony at the start of its 2024 season. She has performed as a soloist,
chamber, and orchestral musician across the United States and internationally. Audas was awarded first
prize in the 2017 North International Violin Competition and was a quarter finalist in both the 2019
Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the 2020 Elmar Oliveira International Violin
Competition. Her recent engagements include performances with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber
Players, the Baltimore Symphony, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Music
Festival. She is the founder and artistic director of the non-profit Classical C.A.R.M.A. (Concerts Aiming
to Raise Money and Awareness), which organizes benefit concerts to fundraise for other non-profit
organizations. She holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins
University, where she studied with Vadim Gluzman. Previously, she studied at Rice University’s
Shepherd School of Music where she earned both a bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, and a
master’s degree in violin performance. Prior to university she studied with the late Arkady Fomin.



Barnes joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2016.  Prior to that she held a temporary appointment with the CSO since 2012.  She was an Adjunct Instructor of Viola at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music from 2011-2016.  Prior to joining the CSO, she was a violist with the Louisville Orchestra.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree and completed graduate studies at the CCM, and was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival.


keyboards, pre-concert lecturer

Mack Berven was a long-time Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College. She currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Durango Choral Society, which has twice been awarded the Chorus America Alice Parker/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. Mack Berven also conducts the Durango Women’s Choir and is a former Music Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

Her appearances as a conductor, pianist, and harpsichordist have included the San Juan Symphony, Fort Lewis College faculty recitals, Third Avenue Arts Recital Series, Showcase Concert
Series, and the Durango Bach Festival. Mack Berven has conducted choirs and orchestras at Carnegie Hall in 2010 and 2018, as well as in in Prague, Greece, Zagreb, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Linz. She has prepared numerous choral works for the Music in the Mountains Festival through the years and has served as pre-concert lecturer and keyboard performer since 2012. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.


violin, concertmaster

Following her tenure as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, she was welcomed in 1988 as the first and youngest woman ever to be named concertmaster of a major orchestra, serving 23 years as the Detroit Symphony Concertmaster.

She is currently Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, while performing as a soloist in diverse concerto repertoire. As a founding member of the St. Clair Trio, Boisvert’s artistry as a chamber musician places her in demand as artist-teacher in residence at such venues a Seattle String Project, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Wayne State University, Center for Creative Studies, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, and the Emmy award-winning All-Star Orchestra, currently broadcasting its third season on PBS.

Other guest concertmaster appearances have included Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Grand Tetons Music Festival. She is an alumna of the Marlboro Music Festival. She holds degrees from the Quebec Conservatoire and The Curtis Institute of Philadelphia.



Betsy Bright is currently 2nd trumpet in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.  Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, she has been a member of the TSO trumpet section since 2003.  She is also a member of Monsoon Brass, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, and the Tucson Symphony Brass Quintet.  She has performed as a substitute/extra trumpet with orchestras across the United States including the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony Orchestra,  Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, the Britt Music Festival, and Arizona Opera.

Betsy is also an active composer.  Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Monsoon Brass, the Tucson Pops Orchestra, and by many brass quintets throughout the world.  Betsy is the resident arranger/composer with Tucson Brass Workshop, and she is a composition instructor with the TSO’s nationally acclaimed Young Composer Project. 

As an educator, Betsy is the founder and director of Tucson Brass Workshop, an nonprofit annual brass chamber music workshop for all ages.  The students from Betsy’s private trumpet studio have gone on to great success with organizations such as the National Youth Orchestra of Carnegie Hall, Interlochen Arts Academy, Chautauqua Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. 

Betsy studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory where she graduated summa cum laude in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance and a minor in composition.  In addition to musical activities, Betsy enjoys doing long-form improv comedy at Tucson Improv Movement.  She is married to TSO Principal Tuba, David Morgan, and they have two wonderful sons, Max and Oliver.

James Button


​James Button was appointed Associate Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Symphony in September 2017. A native of Australia, he made his solo debut with the Melbourne Symphony at the age of seventeen. He later attended Temple University and the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jonathan Blumenfeld and Eugene Izotov, respectively. He has also studied with John Mack, John de Lancie and Joseph Turner.

Mr. Button was previously a member of the Nashville Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, New World Symphony, and has appeared as guest Principal with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony. He has performed at the Verbier, Edinburgh and Tanglewood music festivals, as well as Italy’s Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. His live recording of the Higdon Oboe Concerto with the Nashville Symphony won a Grammy in 2018.



Originally from Colorado, Clay has held the position of principal double bass of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1995. Before arriving in north Texas, he was principal bass of la Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Spain) and was a charter member of the New World Symphony. As a soloist he has performed with the Fort Worth, New World, Colorado, and Metropolitan State University Symphonies. An active chamber musician, he is a member of the Board of Spectrum Chamber Music Society and has performed with a variety of ensembles including Mount Vernon Music, Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, and Chamber Music International. He has performed as guest with the Oregon, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas Symphonies. He has also performed at other music festivals including the Crested Butte Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Music from Indiana University.

Alexis Corbin


Alexis Corbin performs with diverse ensembles throughout the southwest, including Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest, New Mexico Philharmonic, Links! Percussion Ensemble, Vespus Marimba Band, and steel pan ensemble Sol Calypso. Past performances include engagements with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Bill Evans Dance Company, and Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theater. An advocate for childhood music education, Alexis was the founding Program Director of the only El Sistema USA program in New Mexico, the Young Musician Initiative. She is a former member of the Santa Fe Opera Youth Programming Advisory board, and the Governing Council of the Public Academy for Performing Arts. Alexis is currently the Executive Director of 95.5 KHFM, Classical Public Radio.

Mariana Cottier-Bucco


Mariana Cottier-Bucco is originally from Venezuela and came to the United States at six years old. It was then that she started to the play the violin, under the instruction of Irina Schuck. At age 13 she enrolled in the studio of Lee Snyder at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, where she was accepted into their Advanced Studies program. Through the Settlement Music School, she participated in master classes with Ivan Chan, Soovin Kim and Pamela Frank.

Cottier-Bucco was a 2010 Sphinx Competition Junior Division Semi-finalist and a 2011 Sphinx Competition Senior Division Semi-finalist. Through the scholarship that the Sphinx organization provided, she attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2010, 2011, and 2013, where she studied with Paul Kantor, Alexander Kerr, David Halen and Masao Kawasaki.

In 2014, Cottier-Bucco earned her Bachelor of Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to joining the orchestra full time in September 2015, she was a Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden Scholar.

Rachel Daniels


Violist Rachel Daniels is a member of the Sarasota, Wichita Falls, and East Texas Symphony Orchestras. She previously held positions in the Madison and Tulsa Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, she has performed with several other groups, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Arctic Philharmonic, and New World Symphony.

In 2018, Rachel was a member of the resident piano quintet aboard the Holland America cruise line. Passionate about the music of today, Rachel is excited to be returning to the Lucerne Festival later this summer. As a trained Suzuki teacher, Rachel balances her busy performing career with an active private studio. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where her primary teachers were Peter Slowik and Ivo-jan van der Werff respectively.


oboe, English horn

Daniels has held the English horn and section oboe chair with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 2021. Prior to that, he held the same position with the Kansas City Symphony, with which he was a featured soloist on Aaron Copland’s Quiet City. He has been a guest performer with numerous orchestras including the San Francisco, New World, and Memphis Symphonies as well as the Metropolitan Opera and IRIS Orchestra. He has held fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival of Japan, and Spoleto Festival USA. Daniels holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Daniels is also a proud graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Nick Davies

bass clarinet

Davies is the bass/utility clarinet of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and was formerly the principal clarinet of the Great Falls Symphony and the Chinook Winds. Additionally, he has performed as a substitute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, among others. As a soloist, he recently performed Frank Ticheli’s Clarinet Concerto alongside the composer and has performed as a soloist with ensembles such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the USC Wind Ensemble. Davies has a strong interest in contemporary music and has held past fellowships with several major ensembles and festivals. As a composer, his commissions include those from the Houston Grand Opera, Midic Winds, Webster Trio, and the Chicago Harp Quartet. He is the artistic director and founder of the Rossini Club, a chamber music organization based in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He holds degrees from Rice University and the University of Southern California.



Desotelle is a third-year Percussion Fellow at the New World Symphony. With a focus on orchestral playing from an early age, his drive for excellence in this discipline has led him to some of the most storied stages including David Geffen and Carnegie Hall. He has played in concert with the London Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. He received fellowships to Spoleto Festival, Tanglewood Music Center and was a Keston MAX fellow at the Music Academy of the West. As an educator, Desotelle spent three years as a counselor and chamber music coach at The Juilliard
Summer Percussion Seminar. He also maintained a studio of private students and began teaching virtual seminars for high school percussionists during the COVID -19 pandemic. Joe holds an undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School and a master’s degree from Rice University.



Elias is currently Professor of Music and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Cedarville University in Ohio. He has performed in solo recitals and in orchestras in the United States, El Salvador, Argentina, Bulgaria, Japan, and Korea, and has represented El Salvador at the World Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel. Before joining Cedarville in 2013, he was the Director of Strings and Orchestra at Colorado Mesa University. In addition, he was Concertmaster of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Symphony in the Valley in Glenwood Springs.  He and his wife, pianist Andrea Arese-Elias, gave their New York debut at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2002. He holds degrees from Biola University, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and Duquesne University.



Fagan is currently Assistant Principal Flute of the Nashville Symphony. Before moving to Nashville, she was Assistant Principal Flute with the Omaha Symphony from 2007-16. For many years prior, she was an active freelancer and teacher in the Chicago area and was a regular substitute for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, participating in their 2009 Asia Tour. While in Chicago, she was also a substitute/extra player for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Formerly a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she performed with that organization at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. She has been an interim studio instructor for flute majors at Roosevelt University in Chicago and is currently Acting Associate Professor of Flute at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. She holds a Doctor of Music in Flute Performance from Northwestern University.



Farnell is a free-lance horn artist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  In 2017 he was Principal Horn at the Sichuan Symphony.  He earned his Bachelor of Music at the University of Texas, Austin, and a Master of Musical Arts in Horn Performance from Yale University.



The seventh in a “full octave of musical siblings,” French is the associate principal cello of the Houston Symphony. Before joining the orchestra in 1986, he held titled positions in both the Shreveport and Honolulu Symphonies. He has appeared in concerto performances with the Houston Symphony and in the Chamber Players series, Da Camera of Houston, Greenbriar Consortium, and the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. He teaches orchestral repertoire at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and teaches cello to younger students, including coaching the Youth Orchestra of the Americas as they prepare for their international tours.



Equally at home in the solo, chamber, and orchestral stages, Sarah Frisof is a passionate flutist and educator.  As a soloist, Dr. Frisof was the second-prize winner of both the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition, and she was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Kobe International Flute Competition. Dr. Frisof has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

As a committed proponent of contemporary music, Dr. Frisof frequently premieres major works. Recent premieres include Ingrid Stölzel’s work The Voice of the Rain, Damian Montano’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Dallas Winds and Joel Puckett’s Knells for Bonnie for flute and wind ensemble. The Puckett Concerto was released on the Klavier  Label in February of 2017.

In June of 2016, Dr. Frisof released her first solo CD, The Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner, an authoritative recording of all of Schwantner’s major works for flute. This recording, which was released on the Centaur Label, includes the world premiere recording of “Taking Charge,” a new chamber work for flute, piano, and percussion.

In addition to Dr. Frisof’s work as a solo artist, she is an active orchestral musician, having worked with major symphony orchestras across the country, including the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and many others.  Dr. Frisof also serves as the principal flute of the Dallas Winds, the premier wind band in the United States.

In the summers, Ms. Frisof plays with several festival orchestras including the Sunflower Festival (Topeka,  KS), and Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO). An enthusiastic educator, Dr. Frisof has taught in a variety of diverse settings, including as a faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, and the Blanche Bryden Summer Institute. She has taken her passion for education to global audiences, including working with young students in Zimbabwe and Brazil, and she frequently gives masterclasses at universities across the United States.

A graduate of the Eastman School, The Juilliard School, and the University of Michigan, she was formerly the Professor of Flute at University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Frisof is currently the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Maryland.



Fullerton has been assistant principal cello of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and was an adjunct professor of cello at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2015-2020. In the spring of 2023, she served as visiting cello professor for six weeks at Baylor University. Before joining the FWSO, she held the position of assistant principal with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Winnipeg, Manitoba for three seasons. She has also performed as an extra musician with the Houston, Pittsburgh, and Seattle Symphonies. She spent three summers as a participant in the Crested Butte Music Festival and has also performed with the Colorado Music Festival during the 2017-2019 summer seasons.

A native of Ohio, Fullerton moved to Toronto, Ontario at age eleven, where she studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She then earned her Bachelor of Music at Rice University and received her Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.



A native of Littleton, CO, Garner has been a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra viola section since 2008. He is also a regular extra violist with the Fort Worth Symphony. Previous positions include associate principal viola of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and principal of the West Texas Symphony and Abilene Philharmonic. While playing with the West Texas Symphony, he was also the violist in the Permian Basin String Quartet. Additionally, Garner participated in the Crested Butte Music Festival during the summers of 2015-16. He received undergraduate degrees in viola performance and music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California.



Goode-Castro graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, England with an Honors Degree and a Professional Performers Diploma in Clarinet. She furthered her studies at the Royal College of Music where she received the Artist Diploma. While in London, she performed with several European Orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, and Söd-Bayerische Philharmonie, Germany. She moved to Los Angeles to study at UCLA where she obtained an MFA in Clarinet Performance. She was a finalist in the Boosey and Hawkes Clarinet Competition. Since moving to LA, Goode-Castro freelances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Mozart Camerata, and Santa Barbara Symphony, among others. She recently recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London where she performed the Tone Poem for Clarinet and Orchestra by Charles Fernandez. Ms. Goode-Castro is currently on the faculty at California State University, Long Beach and California State University, Los Angeles. She also teaches at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Luke Gullickson


Pianist/composer Luke Gullickson is a rangy interpreter of music new and old, a virtuosic collaborator bridging disciplines, and an intrepid explorer of the unmapped space between styles and genres. He is Company Manager and a core performer with New Mexico’s innovative Chatter ensemble, which presents 120+ concerts annually. As a member of the mercurial Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — New York Times) he has worked with Houston Grand Opera, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Chicago Composers Orchestra, and performed in art spaces, jazz clubs, and barns across the country.

Luke has recorded extensively as a singer-songwriter (“charmingly mysterious” — Bandcamp Daily) and bandleader. Many of his releases have appeared on the shadowy imprint Two Labyrinths Records, commencing with 2014’s Open, which the Chicago Reader hailed as a “minimalist gem.” Luke holds degrees in composition (University of Texas-Austin) and piano (University of New Mexico), and has been awarded artist residencies at the Banff Centre, PLAYA, High Concept Labs, Brush Creek Arts, the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Joshua Tree National Park. He is a frequent performer with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Opera Southwest, and the Santa Fe Symphony.


horn, librarian, orchestra manager

Hadeka began her role as the assistant librarian of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2022. Hadeka has formerly held library roles at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Eastman School of Music. As a horn player, Hadeka is 2nd horn in the Pittsburgh Opera and also performs with the Music in the Mountains orchestra. She has formerly held playing positions in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic. She grew up in Vermont and received a bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in Horn Performance and Music Theory at Southern Methodist University.

Rachel Halvorson


Halvorson is currently an acting section violist of the San Diego Symphony. She previously played four seasons as principal viola with the Sarasota Orchestra as well as the Sarasota String Quartet. During the summer season, Halvorson is principal viola at Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado. She has performed with the Cincinnati, Houston, San Antonio and Jacksonville orchestras and the Boston Symphony. She has participated in many festivals including Tanglewood, Spoleto, National Repertory Orchestra, and Credo Festival on summer fellowships.

In 2018 she took first prize at the American Viola Society’s Excerpt Competition and Collegiate Solo Competitions. As a chamber musician, Halvorson has coached with the Juilliard, Ebene, Dover, Cavani, Calder and Jupiter Quartets. Halvorson holds her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music from Rice University. While at Rice she also coached chamber music for the Preparatory Program.

Aaro Paavo Heinonen


Heinonen, currently the principal bassist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Orchestra, played principal bass with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 22 years, where he was also presented as a soloist, recitalist, and conductor. He also played principal bass and performed as featured soloist with the Kansas City Symphony. He recently performed his own adaptation of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with orchestra. He has had a long association with the Aspen Music Festival, where he was presented as soloist and played principal bass. Heinonen has performed in the Grand Tetons Festival and Colorado Music Festival, as principal. He has been asked to play, record or tour with the Dallas, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Honolulu, and National Symphonies, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In addition to his two fine old Italian basses, he plays on a five-string bass that he commissioned.



Herrington is the principal trombone with Santa Fe Symphony and has been a symphony member since 2002. In addition to his role with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Byron is a founding member of the New Mexico Philharmonic, where he is second trombone. He played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra for 30 years until NMSO ceased operations in 2011. He is also the Director of Wind, Brass, and Percussion Studies at Albuquerque’s Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and was co-conductor of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s Junior Symphony. Byron received his degree in music education from the University of New Mexico. He also attended the University of Oklahoma, studying trombone, conducting, music theory, analysis, composition, and orchestration.



Virginia native Hight, although classically trained, has collaborated with artists of many different genres including the Dallas String Quartet, Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin, and contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and Rudolfinum in Prague. She has performed with prominent musicians including Paul Neubauer, Peter Wiley, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw, and the Escher Quartet, among others. She currently tours with pianist and composer Eric Genuis, whose non-profit, “Concerts for Hope”, performs in prisons, schools, nursing homes, and homeless shelters across the country. Hight is on faculty at Zhen Music and Arts Institute and Rockwall School of Music in Dallas. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bard College and Conservatory and completed her master’s degree at Southern Methodist University. Currently, she is in the Performer’s Diploma program as a recipient of the Meadow’s Artistic Scholarship at SMU.


bass trombone

Hinkle’s adaptability to different musical styles has led to a performing career with a myriad of ensembles, from Broadway shows including Wicked, Aladdin, and Beautiful, to the Afro-Bop Alliance Big Band, and to the Oregon, Seattle, Spokane, and New Haven Symphonies. She has also performed with drummer/composer Dan Pugach’s Grammy-nominated ensemble Nonet. She has given solo recitals and led clinics and studio classes at colleges, elementary and high schools, and industry symposia across the country. Her work spans not only musical genres but other artistic media (art, literature, public speaking, etc.). As a founding member of Calliope Brass, she has had a hand in its administrative operations and performances, but it’s her original storylines, artwork, and collaboration with puppet-makers from Sesame Street  that have been integral to the development and production of Calliope’s sought-after educational programs.



Hunt performed in the first violin section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for 43 years.  Currently, he serves as concertmaster of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, a position held since 1988.  Previous posts include the Filarmonica de las Americas, Canary Islands Opera Festival Orchestra, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Fredonia Chamber Players, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to several appearances as soloist with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, Hunt has also appeared as guest artist with the Cincinnati Community Orchestra, Fredonia Bach and Beyond Festival, Society for Chamber Music (Rochester), and Madrigalia.  He holds music degrees from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon School of Business Administration.



Ji joined the first violin section of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2020 and is assistant concertmaster for the 2023/24 season. She began her musical studies at the age of seven in South Korea. As a soloist, Ji’s performances have been publicized on NPR, PBS, and other radio stations. She has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, David Geffen Hall, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and A. Mickiewicz University Hall in Poland.

As a chamber musician, Ji has collaborated with renowned groups and artists and has been an active participant in The Juilliard School’s ChamberFest and Focus! Festival, which features U.S. and world premieres. She was a contemporary ensemble artist at the Atlantic Music Festival. She has served as Concertmaster and Principal Second at The Spoleto Festival USA, YMF Debut Orchestra, The Colburn School, The Juilliard School Orchestra and Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Ji has held several Artist Faculty positions at numerous conservatories and institutes. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School.

Petros Karapetyan


Originally from Yerevan, Armenia, Petros Karapetyan joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. He is a former member of the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, and has also played with the Houston Symphony, the IRIS Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Sinaloa de las Artes, and Symphoria. Petros has had fellowships at Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, Lake George Music Festival, and Colorado College Summer Music Festival.

As an educator, Petros teaches at the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians in Stamford, CT, and has previously given master classes at the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
and the Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca in Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Rochester, and a Master of Music degree from Rice University.



Koh joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 2016 and holds a position with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Koh has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has performed with the Toronto Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Paul Chamber, Lyric Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Richmond Symphony Orchestras, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, and more. As a founding member of the Arundo Donax Reed Quintet, winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Koh has commissioned and recorded multiple works, taught master classes, and performed in various concert settings across the country. Additionally, he has premiered works by many notable composers. Summer festival appearances have included the National Repertory Orchestra, Lake George Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Midsummer’s Music, Washington Island Music Festival, Apollo Music Festival, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival where he held a Fellowship for five summers. Koh completed his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.



Based in Washington, DC, Kramp is currently on the faculty at the University of Maryland, and plays regularly with the National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and the Chiarina Chamber players.  He has performed on tours worldwide with many orchestras and can be heard on recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Metropolis Ensemble, and The Roots. He can also be heard on many motion picture soundtracks and television shows. Before moving to DC, Kramp performed with the Kansas City Symphony and was on faculty at the University of Kansas.  He has also enjoyed collaborating with the Mark Morris Dance Group and has performed alongside many of the world’s greatest artists. He has won prizes in the Irving Klein String Competition, Chicago Viola Society Competition, and NEC Concerto Competition, and has participated in the Stulberg Competition and the HAMS Viola Competition. Phil received his formal training at the Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory.



Hailing from Worcester, MA, Kustanovich joined the viola section of the Fort Worth Symphony in 2005. Kustanovich has also performed with the Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Seattle Symphonies, touring much of the US and Europe. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a violist, also receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a violinist.

Nikolette LaBonte


LaBonte is the Associate/Assistant/Utility Horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She previously held a position with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and served as Acting Principal Horn of the Fort Worth Symphony from 2019-2021. She also currently serves as the Instructor of Natural Horn at Eastman School of Music, and is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. She has been a guest lecturer at institutions including Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin, and is an avid chamber musician. She has performed with orchestras across the country including the New York Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, and others. She is an award-winning soloist and was a participant in the prestigious ARD International Competition in 2021, the only American horn player invited. She has presented performances and lectures as a member of the International Horn Society. LaBonte received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies.



Leisring is principal bassoon of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she served for 14 seasons as principal bassoon in the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in Spain, where she performed the European Premiere of Ellen Taaffe-Zwillich’s Concerto for Bassoon. She has also performed with the Milwaukee and Barcelona Symphonies. She studied at The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, and the University of North Texas.



Lewis is in her 26th season with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She gave the U.S. premiere of Malcolm Forsyth’s Eclectic Suite, for cello and piano. Prior to joining the SPCO, she was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony, and performed as a substitute musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities. She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and The Juilliard School.

Fedor Malykhin


Fedor Malykhin has had an extensive career across Europe and the United States. He made his first solo debut in 2015 with the Voronezh State Philharmonic and since then, has made solo appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Tolyatti Symphony Orchestra, and Gnessins Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Fedor has competed across Europe and was named the First Prize winner of the Zagir Ismagilov International Competition, Ohrid Pearls International Competition and Rizzardo Bino International Competition. He serves on the roster of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth and Saint Petersburg Music House through which he has engaged in three invite-only master class festivals at the Music House Summer Academy and English Hall of Saint Petersburg Music House performing for Boris Kushnir and Alexander Shustin. Other master class appearances include performances for Pinchas Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, Alexander Kerr, Paul Neubauer, Ilya Kaler, Elisabeth Adkins, Pavel Vernikov and Tomas Cotik.

Fedor has appeared at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, the Round Top Festival
Institute, and Music in the Mountains Festival. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with renowned chamber musicians, orchestral players and international soloists including Brett Deubner, Stephen Balderstone, Aaron Boyd, Barbara Sudweeks, Will Roberts, Jesus Castro-Balbi, Roger Myers, Tomas Cotik and Christiano Rodrigues.

In addition to holding the position of Principal Second Violin in the Richardson Symphony, Malykhin is the Associate Principal Second Violin of the Tulsa Symphony and plays regularly with the Abilene Philharmonic and Waco Symphony. Malykhin has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Philharmonic.

Malykhin holds degrees from the Gnessins Academy, Southern Methodist University, and University of North Texas. His primary teachers are Emanuel Borok, Julia Bushkova, Chloé Kiffer, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Aaron Boyd, Pierre Lapointe, Alexander Dogadaev, and Alexey Koshvanets.



Rochelle Mann is a former Featured Scholar at Fort Lewis College, where she served as Music Department Chair as well as Acting Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  She is currently Professor Emerita at FLC, maintaining an active schedule as a flutist, author, and educator. Mann has served as Principal Flute of the San Juan Symphony since 1983, and has also performed with the Santa Fe Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, and Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra.  Her recent solo and chamber concerts have included the Third Avenue Arts Recital Series, Durango Chamber Music and Bach Festivals, as well as the New Deal Salon series (AR) and Musica Viva (CA).  She is a graduate of Indiana and Arizona State Universities.



Morgan has been Principal Tuba of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Additionally, he is a member of the TSO Brass Quintet, Tucson Pops Orchestra, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, and Monsoon Brass. He has performed as guest principal tuba with the San Diego Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony, and the Britt Festival Orchestra, and he has participated in the Aspen, Hot Springs, and Bay View Music Festivals.

He has been featured as a Guest Soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Sierra Vista Symphony, and Arizona Symphonic Winds. Morgan hails from Vienna, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. He studied tuba with Michael Bunn (Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra) at the Shenandoah Conservatory; he earned a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance in 2003 and minored in bass trombone. He later began graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University.



Ockerman is an active freelance horn player and teacher in Austin. He recently served as acting principal horn of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and has also frequently performed with numerous ensembles throughout the state of Texas, including the Austin Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, and the United States Air Force Band of the West. Additionally, he has frequently collaborated with the Austin-based New Music ensemble Destiny512 and and has performed on natural horn with the Austin Baroque Orchestra. He received his bachelor’s and doctorate from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin.

Marissa Olegario


Olegario actively performs in the US and abroad and is Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has worked with artists from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmoniker, and Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet. She has presented recitals at the International Double Reed Society Conference and other symposia. She was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition and a recipient of the Yale School of Music Alumni Prize.

Committed to engaging with her community, she has collaborated in performance with Dance for Parkinson’s, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and Beyond Foundation’s Meet Me at Maynards community events in Tucson. She has commissioned and premiered works by living composers of diverse backgrounds and enjoys performing in unconventional spaces to reach broader audiences. She holds degrees from Northwestern University, the Yale School of Music, and Stony Brook University.



Ortiz has been an avid chamber musician, freelance artist, and private studio teacher over the last 8 years. She frequently plays with many local churches and ensembles to maintain her diversity in freelance performance. She has substituted with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and performed the opening concert for the Women In Classical Music Symposium at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. She has been actively involved in many national and international competitions. She was the first-place winner in the 2022 National Trumpet Competition Small Ensemble Division, and the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Brass Solo Division Colorado, among others, and was semi-finalist for the 2022 Roger Voisin Memorial International Trumpet Competition and the National Trumpet Competition graduate solo-division. She received her Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Music from Southern Methodist University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado.


Andrew Parker


Parker is currently Assistant Professor of Oboe at the Butler School of Music and was previously Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Iowa.  He has provided master classes throughout the country at such institutions as the University of Michigan, Temple University, Rice University, the University of Florida, the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Luther College, Mannes Preparatory Division, and the University of Virginia to name a few. Parker maintains a rich career as an orchestral musician, soloist, and chamber player and addition to his experience as a teacher. Parker is currently the principal oboe of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his collegiate teaching and performing experience, Andrew has also taught and coached chamber music at various international music festivals, including the Round Top Music Festival, Oboe Fest in San Juan, FEMUSC Festival in Brazil, the Hartwick Festival in New York, and the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.

John Parker


John Parker, a native of High Point, North Carolina, joined the Houston Symphony Orchestra in May of 2016 as Associate Principal Trumpet. Previously, he was Principal Trumpet with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, a position he attained after his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). While at UNC, John was a recipient of the Kenan Music Scholarship and the Frank Comfort Education Scholarship. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and School on a full fellowship in both 2012 and 2013 and has also performed twice as a soloist at the National Trumpet Competition.

In addition to his positions in Charlotte and Houston, John has performed as guest Principal Trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Charleston Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, and Greensboro Symphony. He has also performed as Assistant Principal Trumpet at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. John is an active educator, having given masterclasses and recitals at various universities throughout the country, including UNC Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC School of the Arts, the University of South Carolina, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, Gardner Webb University, Winthrop University, Lone Star College, and the University of Iowa.

John enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife of 7 years, Amy. They particularly cherish outdoor activities, especially hiking. John also enjoys other outdoor hobbies, including golf and



Pennington is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer, and conductor. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at Augustana University. As an orchestral performer, Pennington has held recent posts as Principal Percussionist and Associate Principal timpani with the South Dakota Symphony. Pennington has been a Cultural Envoy for the State Department in the Middle East (most recently Lebanon). With performances on four continents and over twenty-five states he has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and been a featured performer at six Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.

Extensive studies in world music have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and the South Indian Karnatak tradition. In 2019, Pennington presented his Carnegie Hall debut with music for the vibraphone and marimba including original compositions and arrangements. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, University of Arizona, and a Doctor of Music Arts from Arizona State University.



Reader grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She has performed with small and large ensembles including the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony while maintaining a private cello studio of her own in Houston.  In recent summers she has enjoyed playing in the Bellingham Music Festival in Washington State and also participating in chamber music festivals in Texas, Colorado, and Utah.  She completed her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where her primary teachers were Melissa Kraut and Desmond Hoebig.

Kevin Ritenauer


Kevin Ritenauer joined the St. Louis Symphony as Associate Principal Timpanist/Section Percussionist in the Fall of 2022. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio he has enjoyed a multi-faceted musical career. Prior to joining the SLSO, Ritenauer spent four seasons in Miami Beach as a Percussion Fellow at the New World Symphony. Ritenauer has performed orchestrally around the country with groups such as The Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony respectively. Aside from orchestral playing, he enjoys chamber music. Along with his two brothers, Kevin has commissioned and performed works for percussion trio. 

Ritenauer has spent summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West and the Roundtop Festival Institute. In 2022 he appeared as Principal Timpanist with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In addition to serving as Principal Percussionist of the Music in the Mountains, Ritenauer also participates in the Sun Valley Music Festival.  

Ritenauer attended the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM).



Romero is the principal trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and an internationally renowned soloist and teacher. Her sound has been simply described as “big, like three trombones in one.” She hopes to shatter the idea that the trombone cannot be just as effective a musical conduit as other popular instruments with every performance she has the opportunity to play in. She is a passionate educator, and currently serves on the trombone faculties at the Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University, Mannes School of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music. A highly sought-after teacher, soloist, and clinician, she has presented solo recitals and master classes at numerous colleges, universities, music conservatories, and industry conventions across the United States and abroad. Romero is an S.E. Shires Performing Artist, and she has a signature mouthpiece line with Long Island Brass Co.

Nick Sakakeeny


Nick Sakakeeny joined the FWSO in 2018 as Assistant Principal Timpanist and Percussionist. He enjoys performing in a variety of settings, and has worked with ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Opus Nova. He has also been featured in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW series. Orchestras he performs with include the Dallas and Atlanta Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Nick teaches privately and is a guest clinician at Texas Christian University.

Born in Oberlin, OH, Nick attended the Manhattan School of Music for his undergraduate studies and Northwestern University for his master’s degree.



Originally from Los Angeles, Santonastaso works as a musician, educator, and mentor throughout the United States. He currently performs as a section member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and the chamber orchestra One Found Sound. He has performed with the New West Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Fresno Philharmonic, among others. As part of numerous chamber music and masterclass events, Luke has performed alongside world class artists such as Midori Goto, and The Borromeo String Quartet.  He has received fellowships with the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and Incontri in Terra di Siena music festivals. Luke is passionate about educating young musicians in his private studio and has worked with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Crowden School, and the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra as a coach and private instructor. He holds degrees from the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA.

Derek Sawyer


Derek has been the principal timpanist with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the past 10 years.  In addition to this, he has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Music in the Mountains, Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Pro Musica Colorado, and several other orchestras on the Colorado Front Range.  In 2013, He won the Undergraduate Concerto Competition at the CU school of music performing the Creston Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra.


violin, concertmaster emerita

Shank was a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for 30 years, 24 years as assistant concertmaster, and is a founding member of the Minneapolis-based chamber music group, The Isles Ensemble. Shank gave her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition and was twice re-engaged to perform on its Special Presentation Series. She was appointed Visiting Assistant Violin Professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison, for the year 2014-15. Shank served as concertmaster of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado for 11 years and has performed at numerous other festivals including the Aspen, Grand Teton, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, and the Britt Festival, where she served as concertmaster of the festival orchestra. As a member of the prestigious Musicians from Marlboro, she toured the East Coast. In addition to her musical activities on violin, she frequently plays viola in chamber music and is an avid photographer.



Silvers currently serves on the faculty at Fort Lewis College as a Visiting Instructor of Music Theory and Upper Strings.  As an undergraduate at UCLA, he was the concertmaster for the UCLA Philharmonia, the school’s flagship orchestra. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Herb Alpert School of Music there. He has performed with many university and regional orchestras during the course of graduate studies at the University of Indiana and the University of Wisconsin. He was the winner of the 2018-2019 UW Madison Concerto Competition and a finalist in the Montgomery Symphony Concertmaster Competition.  Silvers has served as concertmaster at summer music festivals, including the Chautauqua Institution in New York and is a regular performer in masterclasses around the country. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and at venues in Italy and Switzerland. He earned his Master of Music from the University of Indiana and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Simiz is assistant principal cello of the Phoenix Symphony and principal cello of the Phoenix Symphony Sinfonietta. A native of Romania, he studied at Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest and received a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Simiz is a faculty member at Arizona State University.



Simiz is currently the principal cellist with Musica Nova Orchestra. She is an active freelance cellist, and a section cellist at Music in the Mountains Festival. She has also performed with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Opera, the Amabile String Quartet, and with her husband, Phoenix Symphony associate principal cellist, Jan Simiz. Simiz founded the Strings Department at Arizona School for the Arts when it opened in 1995. She studied chamber music at the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Southern California and her Master of Music in Cello Performance from California State University at Long Beach.



Sulyga is a violinist with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Mercury Chamber Ensemble, and other music organizations in Houston, Texas. He has performed with the renown ensemble Virtuosi of Moscow. He has performed as a chamber musician with the principals of the Wiener Philharmoniker and as a member of the Kopelman Quartet. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He began his studies in his native Moscow and has studied in several countries. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Moors School of Music, University of Houston.

Ebonee Thomas


Thomas is currently the second flute and piccolo of The Dallas Opera. She has previously served as principal flute of the Knoxville Symphony and the Florida Grand Opera. In addition she has performed as guest principal with the Santa Fe Opera, and the Seattle, San Antonio, and Fort Worth Symphonies. She performed the North American premiere at Carnegie Hall of Christian Lindig’s flute concerto, The World of Montuagretta, under Michael Tilson-Thomas. She is also an avid chamber musician, performing regularly with the Austin Chamber Music Society and Voices of Change, a new
music ensemble in Dallas.

As a pedagogue, Thomas is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory and a Board member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Thomas received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from SMU and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music.



Turner is a native New Yorker who has appeared with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. She has performed with New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, and Albuquerque Chamber Soloists. She is co-founder (with husband, Guillermo Figueroa) and Artistic Director of Festival de Musica Rondeña in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Elizabeth VanArsdel


Elizabeth VanArsdel plays bassoon and contra bassoon with various orchestras and opera companies around Northern New Mexico and Colorado. She has played with New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Opera West, Opera Southwest, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, Quintessence/Music at St John’s, Festival Ballet of Albuquerque and more.

She received a Bachelor of Music and a Performance Certificate from the University of Texas and a Master of Music in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.



Katherine Ventura is currently Acting Principal Harp of the Kansas City Symphony. She has also performed as guest principal harp with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, St. Louis, National, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Rochester Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra (London, UK), and the United States Air Force Band.

Festival appearances include Principal Harp of the Britt Festival Orchestra 2022 (Oregon), Principal Harp of the Verbier Festival and Verbier Chamber Orchestras (Switzerland), the Spoleto Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, and with the Sun Valley Music Festival in Idaho.

Ms. Ventura is pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at Temple University and holds degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and Carnegie Mellon University.



Wilson joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as a member starting in the 2017-18 season, after playing as a guest musician for many years. He was principal horn of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra from 2012–2017 and was acting associate principal horn with the Minnesota Orchestra for the 2021-22 season and on their 2016 European tour. He has also been guest principal or associate principal horn with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, and the South Dakota Symphony and has had engagements with the Colorado Symphony and The Phantom of the Opera Broadway touring company. He has been Principal Horn of the Crested Butte Musical Festival for several years and will be performing at the Music in the Mountains Festival this summer. Wilson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northwestern in Saint Paul and his Master of Music from University of Minnesota.

Michael Yopp


Yopp currently holds the positions of principal horn in the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and third/associate principal horn in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. Born and raised in Crystal Lake, Illinois, he went on to study at Northwestern University. Following these studies, he took up the position of third horn with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra in 1997.

Yopp has performed extensively in the Pikes Peak region including engagements with ensembles such as the Opera Theater of the Rockies, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver Brass, Pro Musica Colorado, and Central City Opera. As a soloist, he has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, First United Methodist Church’s Sacred Concert Series, and Grace Episcopal Church’s Taylor Memorial Concert series. Yopp regularly performs in several summer series and festivals including the Lake City Arts Festival, the Crested Butte Music Festival, and the Sunriver Music Festival.