2017 Festival Musicians
If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

Music in the Mountains is proud to once again present an outstanding lineup of your favorite acclaimed soloists and renowned musicians in spectacular settings throughout Southwest Colorado. Seasoned professionals from across the globe will be playing a vast array of concerts from chamber concerts to festival orchestras.

MATT ALBERT, violin, viola
Conservatory Faculty
Called “preposterously talented” by Time Out Chicago, violinist and violist Matt Albert is the new Chair of Chamber Music at the School of Music, Theater & Dance at the University of Michigan. He was a founding member of eighth blackbird, with whom he received numerous awards, including first prizes at the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Coleman, and Fischoff Competitions, and three Grammy awards for their recordings on Cedille Records. He was the former Artistic Director of the Music in the Mountains Conservatory.  Matt holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Northwestern University School of Music.
GABRIEL BEAVERS, bassoon
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Beavers is the Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Beavers is also a member of Miami’s Nu-Deco Ensemble.  Prior to joining the faculty at Frost, he served on the faculty of Louisiana State University. Formerly a fellow with the New World Symphony, he has also served as principal bassoon with the Virginia Symphony, acting principal bassoon with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony, and as acting second bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony. Mr. Beavers has also previously held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music. He attended both Boston University and Southern Methodist University.
LINDA MACK BERVEN, harpsichord, piano, pre-concert lecturer
Festival Orchestra
Mack Berven currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Durango Choral Society, which last year was awarded the Alice Parker/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.  She also conducts the Durango Women’s Choir and is a former Music Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Mack Berven made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2010 and has been engaged for another appearance in 2018.  She has been a long-time music faculty member at Fort Lewis College. 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, the Durango Bach Festival, and with C. Scott Hagler as part of the Vivace Piano Duo. Mack Berven earned her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.
EMMANUELLE BOISVERT, concertmaster, violin
Festival Orchestra
Boisvert was the first and youngest woman ever to be named concertmaster of a major orchestra. She served as concertmaster for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 23 years, until 2011, and as concertmaster for the Seattle Symphony. She is currently associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She enjoyed particular acclaim for her 2009 recording of the demanding John Williams Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin. She is a founding member of the St. Clair Trio. Boisvert is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and alumna of the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival.
AMI CAMPBELL, violin
Festival Orchestra
Campbell has performed regularly with the Dallas Symphony since 2004.  She has also been the associate concertmaster with the Dallas Opera, and this year performed as acting concertmaster.  Her prior positions have been with the Colorado Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony.  She maintains a steady chamber music and master class/teaching schedule.  Recently she appeared as a guest with the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Oregon, The Pacific NW Ballet in Seattle, and in concerts with her quartet, Les Autres, in Dallas.  A native of Portland, OR, Campbell attended The Juilliard School, Indiana University, and Yale University. 
RUSSELL CAMPBELL, trumpet
Festival Orchestra
Campbell is associate principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Prior to moving to Dallas, he was an active freelance musician in Seattle. Past positions include associate principal trumpet with the Palm Beach Opera, principal trumpet of the Tacoma Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Utah Festival Opera, and guest principal of the Oregon Symphony, among others. Campbell completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston and went on to study at The Juilliard School.

CÉZANNE QUARTET 
ELIZABETH WHITE, cello; MATT LAMMERS, violin; LAUREN DENSINGER, violin; STEVEN JUAREZ, viola
Formed in 2014, the Cézanne Quartet is the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. They have appeared in masterclasses with the Escher Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, and the American String Quartet and have competed in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition where they received Second Place Ensemble in the Senior Division. The group has performed with the Bridge the Gap Chamber Series, the Meadows Virtuosi Players, the Texas Christian University CelloFest, the Open Classical Artist Series, Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, and Ensemble 75. They have collaborated with artists such as Andres Diaz, Matt Albert, Aviram Reichert, and the Altius Quartet. The quartet is named after the French impressionist painter Paul Cézanne because of the first work the group studied together - the French impressionist composer Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor.
BHARAT CHANDRA, clarinet
Festival Orchestra
Chandra currently serves as Principal Clarinet of both the Sarasota Orchestra and of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra in Tallinn, Estonia.  During the summer he serves as Principal Clarinet of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.  At Cabrillo, he gave the United States premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s clarinet concerto, Riffs and Refrains. Within the past five years Bharat has served as Guest Principal Clarinet of the Sydney Opera House and of the Oregon Symphony.  In the same period he also gave his chamber debuts at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Chicago’s Harris Theater, and the International Beethoven Festival.  After undergraduate work at Southern Methodist University, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he became the first student of Richard Stoltzman and won the Gunther Schuller Medal. Bharat completed his training at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.
JINJOO CHO, violin
Conservatory Faculty
Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as one of the most vibrant, engaging and charismatic violinists of her generation. Gold Medalist of the Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of  Indianapolis, Cho has concertized with renowned conductors throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe, performing as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina) among many others.  Cho gave her Carnegie Hall recital debut and concerto debut with the New York String Orchestra last season.  In addition to performing with orchestras in Europe and the US this year, she is also performing recitals and chamber music concerts in major US cities and Seoul. Cho is the founder of ENCORE Chamber Music, a summer festival in Cleveland. Additionally, she is on the part-time faculty of Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
KATHERINE DECKER, cello
Conservatory Faculty
Decker currently serves as Assistant Professor of Low Strings at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. She made her solo debut with the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and since then has performed extensively as a solo and chamber artist. Since 2011, Decker has been a member of the award-winning ensemble, enhakē. This contemporary classical chamber music ensemble has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (2009) and First Price at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition (2008). With enhakē, Decker has recorded extensively. Before her time with enhakē, Decker was a member of the Eppes String Quartet, with whom she performed throughout the United States. Additionally she has performed with numerous orchestras including the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She received her master’s and doctorate from Florida State University.
ADRIANA DECOSTA, violin
Festival Orchestra

Since 1988 DeCosta has been principal second violin of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant concertmaster for three of those seasons.  A native of Argentina, DeCosta studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in Buenos Aires.  She then received her Bachelor of Music in Performance and Education from Southern Methodist University.  She began graduate work at SMU as a teaching assistant and was a member of the SMU Graduate String Quartet. 
JAMES DOYLE, percussion
Festival Orchestra
Doyle serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Adams State University where he teaches percussion, world music, and directs the Brazilian, steel pan, and percussion ensembles. He is also on the percussion faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and regularly performs and records as a classical, jazz, and commercial musician throughout Las Vegas and the Rocky Mountain region. James previously served as principal percussionist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, was a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony. He has performed with orchestras throughout the West Coast  and has presented clinics throughout the U.S., Australia, Japan, and on tours in Southwest Asia and East Africa. James earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
STEPHEN DUNN, trumpet
Festival Orchestra
Dunn is Associate Professor of Trumpet at Northern Arizona University. He has performed with the Utah, Eugene, and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras and performs regularly with the Elden Brass Quintet and as a soloist. Dunn has composed several pieces for trumpet ensemble, trumpet with electronics, and trumpet with percussion
ANNE EISFELLER, harp
Festival Orchestra

Eisfeller is principal harp of the New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico. She is a regular performer for Arts in Medicine, an interdisciplinary program that provides music and visual arts for patients and staff at University Hospital in Albuquerque. She has also performed for Opera Southwest, the El Paso Symphony, the San Juan Symphony, and the Aspen Festival. She is an honors graduate of Indiana University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and taught harp and music theory.
CARLOS ELIAS, violin
Festival Orchestra
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.
NICOLÓ EUGELMI, viola
Festival Orchestra
Eugelmi has performed to critical acclaim in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Casals Festival Prades, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Berlin Philharmonic. His solo appearances include the Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. He has given several national and world premieres such as John Harbison’s Viola Concerto. He has collaborated with renowned chamber musicians and has been a member of the Fine Arts Quintet. Eugelmi has been on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of British Columbia.
DEBORAH FABIAN, clarinet
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Fabian joined the clarinet faculty at the University of North Texas in the fall of 1990. She is concertmaster of the Dallas Wind Symphony and is the principal clarinet of the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Fabian has also been featured as a soloist with other ensembles including the Texas Chamber Orchestra. She has performed frequently with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. In demand as a teacher and clinician, several of her former students have gained international recognition for their achievements in music competitions as well as positions in major symphony orchestras. Fabian earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from the University of Buffalo and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance/Woodwinds from Michigan State University.
INNA FALIKS, piano
Guest Soloist
Faliks is at home performing the great concerti, standard solo repertoire, chamber music, and working with contemporary composers.  She is currently Head of Piano and Professor of Piano at UCLA.  Since her debut with the Chicago Symphony, she has performed in solo appearances and with numerous renowned orchestras and conductors in prestigious venues in the US, Europe, and Asia. Recent highlights include a tour of China in all of its major halls.  The winner of many competitions, including the ProMusicis International Award, she has been featured on radio and international television broadcasts.  Committed to genre-bending and new music, Faliks is working on Reimagine: Ravel and Beethoven, commissioning today’s leading composers to create responses to pieces of Ravel and Beethoven.  She has performed and recorded the unknown piano works of Russian poet Boris Pasternak, and is the founder and curator of Music/Words, a series that pairs live performances with readings by established contemporary poets.  
ROGER FRATENA, bass
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Fratena is the associate principal bass of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He joined the orchestra in 1971, the same year he graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory with a bachelor’s degree in music and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education.  Fratena currently teaches at Richland and Eastfield Community Colleges. He has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University. He has been principal bass of the AIMS Orchestra in Austria and the Spoleto Music Festival in Spoleto, Italy. His ragtime compositions have been performed by the Dallas Symphony and other professional orchestras.
CHRISTOPHER FRENCH, cello
Festival Orchestra
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.
SARAH FRISOF, flute
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Currently Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Kansas, Frisof serves as principal flute with the Dallas Wind Symphony and plays frequently with the Dallas Symphony. Frisof has attended the Verbier, Tanglewood, Pacific and Aspen Music Festivals, and she has substituted with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Detroit, Boston, and Fort Worth Symphonies. She was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Kobe International Flute Competition, the 2nd prizewinner of the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition and the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition. Frisof has maintained a private studio for over 15 years, and has served as the graduate assistant at the University of Michigan. Her interests in humanitarian outreach and education have taken her to Zimbabwe and Brazil. Frisof completed her doctoral work at the University of Michigan. She also received degrees from The Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music.
PAUL GARNER, clarinet
Festival Orchestra
Garner is associate principal and E-flat clarinet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to his Dallas appointment, he was a member of the orchestras of New Orleans and Denver, and also served in the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point.  He is a member of the Grammy-nominated new music ensemble Voices of Change, and his chamber music affiliations include Fine Arts Chamber Players, Basically Beethoven, Hubbard Chamber Players, Crowley Chamber Series, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Walden Chamber Music Society of Colorado.  Garner has performed at the Bravo! Vail, Grand Teton, and Brevard Music Festivals.  He has been published in The Clarinet, and has served on the faculty of Southern Methodist University since 1999, where he teaches clarinet and chamber music.  He holds degrees from the University of Kansas and Michigan State University.
JEAN LARSON GARVER, flute
Festival Orchestra
Larson Garver has been principal flute with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1971. She has also been Adjunct Professor of Flute at Southern Methodist University since 1971. Her career with the DSO has included several tours of Europe, Asia, and South America, and performances at Carnegie Hall. She is a founding member of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Durango, where she has spent the last thirty summers. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Fine Arts Chamber Players, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Woodwind Quintet, and the Mainly Mozart Festival. Larson Garver studied at the University of Texas in Austin, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance.
DAVID GERSTEIN, cello
Conservatory Faculty
Gerstein is currently the principal cello of the Arkansas Symphony and cellist of the Quapaw String Quartet. He has appeared as a featured soloist with the Arkansas and Pine Bluff Symphonies, and performs frequently across the state, earning him the title of “busiest classical musician in Arkansas” according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Mr. Gerstein is a member of the cello section at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. He is Co-Artistic Director of the East-West Virtuosi in Ashland, OR. He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Hendrix College, and has previously taught at the University of Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from Rice University.
ELIZABETH GREENBERG, violin
Festival Orchestra
Greenberg has been a member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra for 13 years.  In the past 5 years she developed and performed in 12 chamber music programs at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  She was a member of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera Orchestras for 17 years and was a frequent performer with the Houston Symphony.  She founded the Houston String Quartet, which performed as many as 65 times per year.  She has also performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Tetons Festival Orchestra, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the National Repertory Orchestra.  She is a five-year alumna of the Aspen Music Festival.  A native Coloradoan, she has degrees in performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Rice University.
SHERYL HADEKA, horn
Festival Orchestra
Hadeka is currently a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  Prior to that she held the position of associate principal horn in the Omaha Symphony.  She is a former member of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and New World Symphony.  In 2008, she was the University Division Concerto Competition winner at the Northeast Horn Workshop.  In addition to performing, Hadeka has taught at Loyola University in New Orleans and the University of Nebraska in Omaha.  She has attended summer festivals including Lake George, Sarasota, Aspen, Spoleto, and Lucerne Festival Academy.  In 2016 she was the Library Apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera.  She completed her bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music and her master’s at Southern Methodist University under Gregory Hustis. 
KEVIN HASELTINE, horn
Festival Orchestra
Haseltine, from Houston, is the fourth horn of the Dallas Symphony.  Before moving to Dallas, he was a Fellow at the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.  Other orchestras he has performed with include the Boston Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  In Chicago, Haseltine was a member of the Civic Orchestra and frequently performed with the Chicago Symphony.  In May, 2014, his brass quintet, the Lincoln Chamber Brass, was awarded the bronze medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. 
STEVEN HARLOS, collaborative piano
Festival Orchestra
An active musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Harlos currently serves as Staff Keyboardist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is the Chair of the Division of Keyboard Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton.  Harlos made his solo debut at Lincoln Center in 1986, performing the Gershwin Concerto in F.  In the popular music and jazz fields he has worked with Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, among others, and assisted in the first performances of the ballet Piano Man with the Cleveland Ballet. As a composer, his benniana, a jazz sonatina for clarinet and piano, received its world premiere at the Changchun International Saxophone and Clarinet Festival
AARO PAAVO HEINONEN, bass
Festival Orchestra
Heinonen is currently principal bass with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Prior to that he was the principal bass with the Indianapolis Symphony for 22 years, where he was also a soloist, recitalist, and conductor.  He has also played principal bass with the Kansas City Symphony and played with the Honolulu Symphony.  He recently performed as bass soloist in his own adaptation of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy.  He has had a long association with the Aspen Music Festival, where he also played as principal bass and was featured as soloist.  He has  performed in the Grand Tetons Festival and Colorado Music Festival, and is regularly engaged with the Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Baltimore symphonies, and various chamber groups.  He is playing on instruments made in 1761 by Domenico Busan of Venice or Antonio Pedrinelli, ca. 1820. 
BYRON HERRINGTON, trombone
Festival Orchestra
Herrington has performed with and occasionally conducted the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra for 30 years until 2011. He holds a degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied with Dr. Irvin Wagner. Herrington is a founding member of the New Mexico Philharmonic and is principal trombone with the Santa Fe Symphony.
THOMAS HEUSER, guest conductor
The 2017-18 season will be Heuser’s seventh as Music Director of the Idaho Falls Symphony and his second as the newly-appointed Music Director of the San Juan Symphony.  He previously served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and has been a guest conductor with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, the Idaho State Civic Symphony, among others, and with orchestras in Canada, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Estonia.  Heuser was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for Orchestral Conducting in Germany while serving as a Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and earned his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  In 2013 he completed his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music 
LIANG-PING HOW, violin, concertmaster
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
How is a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia with Orpheus and many other ensembles. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1974 with the New York String Orchestra and Alexander Schneider. How’s chamber music activities have included performances at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto, the Met Museum of New York, Caramoor Music Festival, and the Lockenhaus Festival. He also appeared with the New York Philomusica at the International Music Festival of Sofia in Bulgaria and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and as the concerto soloist in Philadelphia. How studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music with Jamie Laredo.
DAVID HUCKABY, cello
Festival Orchestra
Huckaby was a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2009-2014, and now enjoys playing with orchestras across the country including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony and the San Diego Symphony. A graduate of The Juilliard School where he received a master’s degree studying with Joel Krosnick, Huckaby has toured in Italy and France playing with the North Carolina International Music Program Chamber Orchestra and in China as principal of the Juilliard Orchestra. An advocate of contemporary music, Huckaby has often worked with new music groups including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Callithumpian Consort. From turntable concertos in Carnegie Hall to string quartets in local bars, he is continually searching for new and interesting ways to connect with audiences. Huckaby has studied with Richard Aaron, Andres Diaz, and Martha Gerschefski, received his bachelor’s degree studying with Paul Katz, and a graduate diploma studying with Laurence Lesser, both at the New England Conservatory.
NANCY HUNT, violin
Festival Orchestra
Hunt has been a violinist with the Rochester Philharmonic since 1977. She previously held posts in the Dayton Philharmonic and the Filarmonica de las Americas (Mexico City). She was Lecturer of Strings at Nazareth College of Rochester for 24 years. She currently has a private teaching studio. She holds a degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
WILLIAM HUNT, violin
Festival Orchestra
Hunt has been a member of the first violin section of Rochester Philharmonic since 1975 and concertmaster of Penfield Symphony Orchestra since 1988. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Michigan, and the University of Rochester.
HEIDI ITASHIKI, violin
Festival Orchestra
Itashiki is a violin coach and teacher at the New Conservatory of Dallas. She has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1982 as well as many other symphony orchestras and chamber groups. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her master’s from the Hartt College of Music.
EILEEN IVERS
Guest Artist
Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. She’s been called “a sensation” by Billboard magazine, a “virtuoso” by the Irish Times and “the future of the Celtic fiddle” by The Washington Post.
KATHERINE JETTER, cello
Festival Orchestra
Jetter is Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory at Fort Lewis College. She is the principal cello with the San Juan Symphony and performs regularly with the Red Shoe Piano Trio. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from East Carolina University. She earned her master’s and doctorate from Florida State University.
ALEXANDER KIENLE, horn
Festival Orchestra
Kienle is the assistant principal/utility horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with ensembles around the world, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Kienle is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Ashby and Julie Landsman.
SARAH KIENLE, viola
Festival Orchestra
Kienle has recently completed her second year as a fellow in the New World Symphony. Her undergraduate and master’s degrees were completed at the Colburn Conservatory and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
DIANE KITZMAN, violin
Conservatory Faculty
Kitzman is an adjunct Professor of Violin at Southern Methodist University where she teaches chamber music and violin orchestral repertoire. Prior to joining the DSO, she played Principal Second Violin in the Grand Rapids Symphony. Along with playing in the orchestra, she taught at Grand Valley State College. In Grand Rapids, she was a member of the DeVos String Quartet, which performed extensively throughout Michigan. Since joining the DSO in 1981, she has recorded extensively with the orchestra on many labels. Kitzman is a studio musician in Dallas, recording many nationally-heard commercial and promotional tracks. With other members of the Dallas Symphony, she was a founding member of the Tesoro String Quartet. She taught a chamber music course and played an extensive recital series at University of Texas, Dallas. Kitzman is a very active chamber music performer and teacher in the Dallas area. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1978 with a Bachelor of Music Degree.
JOHN KITZMAN, trombone
Conservatory Faculty
Kitzman performed as principal trombone with the Dallas Symphony from 1972 – 2015.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts. Kitzman started his study of trombone in the fourth grade, and progressed to study at Interlochen Music Camp and the Tanglewood Music Festival, where, as a fellowship student, he shared the Spaulding Award as the Outstanding Instrumentalist of the summer.  He spent three years in the United States Military Academy Band, while continuing his studies with the principal trombones of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  Upon leaving the service he joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  In 1974 he joined the faculty of SMU, where his studio serves undergraduate and graduate students.  Many of his students have gone on to careers with major orchestras.  He received his Bachelor of Music in Wind Instruments from the University of Michigan.
DAVID KOREVAAR, piano
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Korevaar is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a member of the Clavier Trio, currently the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Texas, Dallas. He is a regular participant as performer and teacher at the Music Center Japan. Korevaar, whose playing has been called a “musical epiphany” by Gramophone magazine, performs an extensive repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician, and has been a guest artist with acclaimed orchestras and ensembles. His recently released recording of Bach’s Partitas marks his 26th recording.
PHILIP KRAMP, viola
Festival Orchestra
Prior to joining the Kansas City Symphony, Kramp was an active freelancer in New York City. He played regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has attended the Marlboro, Yellow Barn and Ravinia festivals, where he collaborated with great artists including members of the Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartet. Kramp studied at the Curtis Institute and New England Conservatory
DMITRY KUSTANOVICH, viola
Festival Orchestra
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Kustanovich immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age 5, settling in Worcester, MA.   He joined the viola section of the Fort Worth Symphony in 2005. Kustanovich has also played with the Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Seattle Symphonies, touring much of the US and Europe. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a violinist, later graduating from the Curtis Institute of a Music as a violist. 
TESSA LARK, violin
Guest Soloist
Lark is a renowned solo artist, recitalist, and chamber musician.  In addition, she enjoys playing Bluegrass and Appalachian music. She is currently participating in The Juilliard School’s Artist Diploma program.  At age 16, Lark was a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has since performed concerti with the Louisville, Santa Fe, Cheyenne, and Chinese Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestras, among others.  She has given many solo recitals including her Carnegie Hall debut and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recital.  Lark was the Silver Medalist of the Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and winner of the Naumburg International Violin Award in 2012. As a chamber musician she has performed with the Seattle Chamber Music Society and St. Barts festivals, and has been invited to many summer festivals, including Marlboro and Ravinia.  Lark studied at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and completed her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory.  
JONATHAN LATTA, percussion
Festival Orchestra
Latta is currently Assistant Dean at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Previously, he was Director of Percussion Studies at Fort Lewis College, teaching applied percussion, percussion ensemble, non-western music, orchestration, and jazz. Latta was a member of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, the San Juan Symphony, North State Symphony, and Long Bay Symphony among others. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and from East Carolina University. In 2009 he finished his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Arizona School of Music.
SHANNON LEE, violin
Guest Soloist
Lee made her orchestral debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, performing Chausson’s Poème  and Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy, originally written for Jascha Heifetz.  Later that year she was featured as soloist during the DSO’s Texas Tour, performing the Barber Violin Concerto.  Two years later she made her European debut with the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra.  She has also performed with the Nashville Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Phoenix Symphony.  She has had multiple awards including the top prize among bowed instruments in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition’s junior division.  She has performed in master classes with Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, and Elmar Oliveira.  She completed a degree in computer science from Columbia University and is currently attending the Curtis Institute of Music. 
LAURA LEISRING, bassoon
Festival Orchestra
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.
JOEL LEVIN, violin
Festival Orchestra
Levin was principal second violin, personnel manager, and general manger with the Phoenix Symphony for 27 years. He was concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony and the National Music Camp at Interlochen. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.
SARAH LEWIS, cello
Festival Orchestra
Lewis is in her 14th 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.
STEVEN LIN, piano
Guest Soloist
Lin’s broad interests allow him to move between concertos, recitals, and chamber music, enjoying appearances at important venues world-wide.  Lin was accepted by The Juilliard School on a full scholarship at the age of ten, which led to his debut with the New York Philharmonic when he was thirteen.  He won the Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  He won the Silver Medal at the 2014 Arthur Rubenstein Piano Competition and numerous other prize engagements worldwide.  Recent concerto highlights include the Kansas City and Fort Worth Symphonies, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and his debut at Carnegie Hall.  Lin recently completed a recital tour of Taiwan, four recitals in China, and a recital tour of Japan.  He has earned the Performance Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music and has earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.
ROCHELLE MANN, flute
Festival Orchestra
Mann is a Professor Emerita at Fort Lewis College, where she served as Chair of the Music Department as well as Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She holds degrees from Indiana and Arizona State Universities, and has a record of outstanding service to the music education profession as an author, teacher, and mentor. Mann has served as principal flute of the San Juan Symphony since 1983, and continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. In 2012 she was honored as one of Durango’s Sweethearts of the Arts.
SCOTT NGUYEN, bass trombone
Festival Orchestra
Nguyen is a frequent performer with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the New World Symphony.  He has collaborated with the multi-Grammy Award winning contemporary ensemble Eighth Blackbird.  In 2015, Nguyen was the winner of the International Trombone Association Edward Kleinhammer Orchestral Bass Trombone competition in Valencia, Spain.  Additionally, he was selected as a finalist in the 2010 ITA George Roberts Solo Bass Trombone Competition and was also a member of the 2014 National Repertory Orchestra.  Nguyen is currently a finalist with the New World Symphony, and has been an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  He earned his Master of Music from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Music from Southern Methodist University, where he was a recipient of the Norman L. Jacobs Memorial Award
ELMAR OLIVEIRA, violin
Festival Orchestra, Guest Soloist
Oliveira is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. He remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition.  He was the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.  He has performed regularly at many international concert venues, including the Boston, Chicago, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies, Helsinki Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and London Philharmonic. A supporter of the art of  violin and bow making, he recorded a CD book set showcasing thirty exquisite Stradivariis and Guarneri del Gesus and another CD of short pieces highlighting the Library of Congress Collection of rare violins.  The son of Portuguese immigrants, Oliveira began studying the violin with his brother and then attended Hartt College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. 
JOHN O’NEAL, percussion
Festival Orchestra
O’Neal is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College and is the principal timpani with the San Juan Symphony Orchestra.  Additional professional experience includes performances with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.  O’Neal holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, and additional degrees from Florida State University and the University of Kansas.
JANE OWEN, oboe
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Owen is assistant principal oboe with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and has been featured as a soloist with the orchestra on both oboe and English horn. She also performs frequently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in such groups as The Spectrum, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and Fine Arts Chamber Players. She has performed as oboist and English horn soloist with Music in the Mountains since 1989 and has been featured in recital in the Summerkeys festival of Lubec, Maine. Previously she played English horn with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Veracruz, Mexico, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and completed her master's degree at Northwestern University.
EUN-HEE PARK, piano
Conservatory Faculty
Park enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator. She currently serves as a staff pianist at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and is on the faculty at the Westport School of Music. Previously, she was on the faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi, Chapel Hill International Chamber Music Workshop, the Southern Mississippi Piano Institute, and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. She has given numerous concerts and masterclasses throughout the United States, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Brazil, and Costa Rica. Her passion for chamber music has led her to many prestigious venues such as the Pan-Music Festival in South Korea, OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma, and Durango Chamber Music Festival. Park holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado Mesa University, Master of Music from Oklahoma City University, and Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Florida State University.
SHO-MEI PELLETIER, violin
Festival Orchestra
Pelletier is associate principal violin with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Indiana University, she was associate principal violin with Santa Fe Opera for over 25 years and taught at the Booker T. Washington School for the Arts and Indiana University.
JOHN PENNINGTON, timpani
Festival Orchestra
Pennington is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer, and conductor. He is currently a Professor of Music at Augustana College. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State University. Pennington is the associate principal timpani with the South Dakota Symphony and is currently a Cultural Envoy for the State Department in the Middle East. With performances on four continents and over twenty-five states, he has performed on Prairie Home Companion and has been a featured performer at four Percussive Arts Society international conventions.
ANDREY PONOCHEVNY, piano
Conservatory Faculty
Ponochevny’s performing career has spanned the globe while he also serves on the faculty of the University of Dallas. He has performed extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia, including with the Baltimore Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Des Moines Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Tianjin Symphony, and the Belarusian State Symphony, among others. He has given solo recitals at major venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center,  Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philharmonie in Cologne, City Hall in Hong Kong, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris, and National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw. Ponochevny is a winner of many competitions including the Bronze Medal at the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and First Prize at the William Kapell and the Tomassoni International Piano Competition. Ponochevny has performed at prestigious festivals including the Ruhr Klavier Festival, IKIF in New York City, the International Ludwigsburg Festival, Serie de los Nuevos Virtuosos, Bravissimo Festival in Guatemala City, and the Changchun International Festival.
MARC REED, trumpet
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Reed is currently Associate Professor of Trumpet and Music Department Chair at Fort Lewis College. He is the principal trumpet of the San Juan Symphony Orchestra and solo cornet of the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band. He is a member of the Artist Faculty at the National Trumpet Competition, and is an Artist/Clinician for the Bach Trumpet Division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation. Reed is the column editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal’s “Trumpet in the Wind” band column and is a contributor to the ITG Journal’s Recording Review and Book Review staffs. Reed holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Brass Pedagogy from the University of North Texas, Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas, and bachelor’s degrees in both music education and trumpet performance from Drake University.
JOHN ROMERO, trombone
Festival Orchestra

Romero is the new principal trombone of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has been an active and successful solo competitor, winning the Larry Wiehe competition in 2012 at the annual International Trombone Festival in Paris, as well as ITF’s Marstallar competition in 2013. In additional he won the Big XII Trombone Conference Tenor Competition and Baylor University’s Concerto Competition. He has been a featured soloist at Blass of Brass’s summer festival. Romero teaches privately in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and his students have been successful in placement auditions and competitions. He has a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Baylor University, and a Master of Music from Rice University.
ERIN SCHREIBER, violin, concertmaster
Festival Orchestra

Schreiber joined the St. Louis Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster in September 2008, at the age of 20. She has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., as well as in London, Sweden, Italy, and Germany and toured with jazz legend Chris Botti to Shanghai, Mexico City, and Eastern Europe. She made her St. Louis Symphony solo debut in 2011 and has appeared as a soloist with the Richardson, Gateway, Alton, and Missouri Symphony Orchestras. In the summers, she has performed at Festival Mozaic in California, Olympic Music Festival in Washington, and for the past six years, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. Schreiber attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
DWIGHT SHAMBLEY, bass
Festival Orchestra
Shambley is a double bassist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a private music teacher. He is a soloist and chamber musician with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Voices of Change and has taught at multiple universities. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Shambley is also the co-founder of the Young Strings of Dallas.
LESLIE SHANK, viola, concertmaster emerita
Festival Orchestra
Shank was a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for thirty years, twenty four of them  as assistant concertmaster. Starting in the fall of 2014, Shank was appointed Visiting Assistant Violin Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has performed at numerous festivals including Aspen, Grand Teton, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, and the Britt Festival, and has toured as a member of the prestigious Musicians from Marlboro. With her husband, classical guitarist Joe Hagedorn, the Shank-Hagedorn Duo has performed on Minnesota Public Radio’s St. Paul Sunday. Shank also plays violin and viola with the Hot Dish Trio. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.
JAN SIMIZ, cello
Festival Orchestra
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.
ALEKSANDR SNYTKIN, violin
Festival Orchestra
Snytkin is currently a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and previously served as assistant concertmaster of the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic and guest concertmaster of the Irving and Plano Symphony Orchestras. An active chamber musician, he has performed at festivals and in competitions in Lithuania, France, Sweden, Norway, Holland’ and other countries. He made his American debut performing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Springfield (Missouri) Symphony Orchestra after winning the Hellam Young Artists’ Competition. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Lithuanian Music Academy and the Malmo (Sweden) Music Academy.
KATHERINE STEELE, oboe
Festival Orchestra
Since 2012, Steele has held the FortePrincipal Oboe Chair of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.   Prior to that she was principal oboe of the Florida Orchestra, where she appeared frequently as soloist and collaborated on the orchestra’s multi-year cultural exchange with musicians in Havana, Cuba.  She has also served as guest principal oboe in the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and other orchestras.   Since 2008 she has been co-principal of the Eastern Music Festival and has performed at Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Banff festivals and with the National Repertory Orchestra. She currently serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has previously taught at the University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, and the New World School of the Arts in Miami.  Steele holds a Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School. 
BYRON STRIPLING, conductor, trumpet
Festival Orchestra
Stripling currently serves as artistic director and conductor of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.  Since his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, he has become a pops orchestra favorite.  His tribute to Louis Armstrong has become one of America’s most popular pops programs.  He has soloed with the Boston Pops, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and the Seattle, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Vancouver, and Toronto Symphonies, among others.  He has been a featured soloist on the PBS television special “Evening at Pops” with conductors John Williams and Keith Lockhart.  He earned his stripes as a lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basi Orchestra and has played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, and others.  His signature version of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” celebrates the spirit of New Orleans.
BARBARA SUDWEEKS, viola
Conservatory Faculty
Sudweeks is the associate principal viola of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of that orchestra since 1976. She also teaches viola, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire at SMU. Before coming to Dallas, she was principal viola of the Hamilton Philharmonic in Ontario, Canada. She has been a concerto soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Shanghai Radio Symphony, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the New Philharmonic of Irving, TX, and Music in the Mountains. She is a member of the contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change and a former member of the original Dallas String Quartet. She has participated in summer festivals such as the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and San Diego’s Mainly Mozart. In addition to playing the viola, Sudweeks loves Chinese music, and plays the ehru, a two-string bowed instrument. She has been an ehru soloist/recitalist in several cities in China, Taiwan, and the US. 
OLEG SULYGA, violin
Festival Orchestra
Sulyga is a violinist with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and a frequent chamber musician. He was a member of The Moscow Virtuosi, with which he performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, and a participant in numerous international festivals. He began his studies in his native Moscow, and continued them at SMU in Dallas, Paris and the University of Houston.
ERIC TANNENBAUM, cello
Festival Orchestra
Tannenbaum is currently Assistant Orchestra Director at Frankford Middle School in Plano, Texas.  Tannenbaum maintains a private lesson studio and holds active memberships in the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and Texas Music Educators Association.  Originally from Cleveland, OH, he graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Cello Performance.  He also holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance and a Master of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. 
CHLOÉ TREVOR, violin
Festival Orchestra
A concert performer on five continents, Trevor has appeared as a soloist and recording artist with several of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Slovak State Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Teplice Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic and the Orquestra Sinfônica da USP in Brazil. She was a protégé of Arkady Fomin. Trevor received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University.
VALERIE TURNER, violin
Festival Orchestra
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.
NATHAN UKENS, french horn
Festival Orchestra
Ukens, born and raised in Tulsa, OK, is currently second horn in the New Mexico Philharmonic and principal horn of the Santa Fe Symphony. Ukens has also performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured as a soloist with the Albuquerque Philharmonic and will be a featured soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony in the 2016-2017 season. He also regularly performs with local Albuquerque chamber music organization Chatter where he is operations manager. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2010 with a Master of Music where he studied with Gregory Hustis. He received his Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma State University in 2008.
LISA VROMAN, Guest Vocalist
With a repertoire that ranges from Stravinsky to Weill to Broadway, Vroman is a frequent guest soloist with theater and opera companies and orchestras in the US and abroad.  She starred for several years on Broadway as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera.  She was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables.  She made her New York City Opera debut in the role of Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella and her New Jersey Opera debut as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. She has had lead roles in operettas and musicals ranging from HMS Pinafore to The Sound of Music.   She has sung on separate occasions for Queen Elizabeth and former presidents Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.  She received her undergraduate degree from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, a master’s from Carnegie Mellon, and an honorary doctorate from SUNY Potsdam.
WENDY WARNER, cello
Guest Soloist
Warner gained international recognition in 1990 when she won the top prize at the 4th International Rostropovich Competition.  Subsequently she made her debut at Carnegie Hall as well as debuts in Frankfurt and several other German cities.  She has appeared with the Chicago, Boston, New World, Dallas, and San Francisco Symphonies.  Internationally she has performed with the London, Montreal, Berlin, Iceland and NHK (Tokyo) Symphonies; the St. Petersburg, Hong Kong and Japan Philharmonic Orchestras; and L’Orchestre de Paris where she performed the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Anne Sophie Mutter.  As a chamber musician, she collaborated with members of the Beethoven Project Trio on the world premiere of a previously unknown Beethoven trio. A child of professional musicians, she began musical studies at an early age and made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Mstislav Rostropovich.
RICHARD WHITE, tuba
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
White is in his third season as a founding member and principal tuba of the New Mexico Philharmonic. He serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of New Mexico. White has performed with the Canadian Brass Quintet, Malaysian Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, and Indianapolis Symphony, and has recorded with film composer John Williams. Recently, Richard has been traveling around the world putting his passion for motivational speaking into action.
EMILY WILLIAMS, viola
Festival Orchestra
Williams currently has a 2-year Scholar’s position in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Indiana University Music Faculty Award and T. Taylor Trust Scholarship, funding the purchase of her 2003 Douglas Cox viola. She has been a finalist in several concerto competitions, and has received fellowships to attend festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, Heifetz International Music Institute, Music Academy of the West, and National Repertory Orchestra. She has performed with the New World Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. After beginning her viola studies in the New England Conservatory preparatory program, she received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Indiana University. Williams recently completed her Performer Diploma as a Meadows Artist Scholar at SMU.
M. BRENT WILLIAMS, Assistant Conservatory Artistic Director, violin
Williams joined the Faculty of Fort Lewis College as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola in the fall of 2014. He is currently the concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony as well as the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Red Shoe Piano Trio in Durango. Previously, Williams was assistant concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. A dedicated chamber musician, Williams is the violinist/violist of the chamber group enhakē. The ensemble won the Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 3rd International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition (Boston), and was a finalist at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Williams’s arrangements and transcriptions of Argentine tangos and Brazilian choros have been performed in the U.S. and many different countries. He received his Master of Music and Doctorate of Music from Florida State University and his Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma.
ANGELA WINTERS, horn
Festival Orchestra
Winter is an active horn player and educator currently serving as Professor of Brass and Director of Bands at Adams State University where she teaches applied brass, band, conducting, chamber music, music education, orchestration and arranging. Her experience covers a wide range of ensembles and educational outreach throughout the United States, Mexico, Columbia and Europe.