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.

JOSH ASH, baritone saxophone
Ash has been playing saxophone since elementary school in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Pathology, Josh joined the army as a bandsman. He served honorably for eight years with the 62nd and 44th Army Bands. Josh’s favorite style of music to perform is big band jazz. Josh currently lives in Bloomfield, NM and is a CPA with Solga & Jakino, PA in Farmington, NM. He has been married to Michelle for almost ten years and they have a 3 year old son, Jonah. 
PAUL BARA, trombone
ara is currently Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass at Fort Lewis College. He was principal trombone with the San Juan Symphony from 2001-2013. He was formerly principal trombone with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. An experienced freelance performer at many venues in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, Bara is a founding member of Brassworks 4. He has expanded brass quartet repertoire through original arrangements for this ensemble. Bara has performed in Farmington’s Showcase Concert Series and given many performances with Brassworks 4 in schools and on tour. In San Francisco, the group was featured on Public Radio’s West Coast Live. Bara earned his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University.
GABRIEL BEAVERS, bassoon
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Beavers is the Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Prior to that he served on the faculty of Louisiana State University School of Music. 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. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Virginia Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony and Louisiana Sinfonietta. His solo CD Gordon Jacob: Music for Bassoon has been released to critical acclaim on the Mark Masters Label. He attended both Boston University and Southern Methodist University.
LINDA MACK BERVEN, harpsichord
Mack Berven earned her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois and was 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 and the Durango Bach Festival. She currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Durango Choral Society and 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.
DAVID BIEDENBENDER, composition
Conservatory Faculty

Biedenbender is currently Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Boise State University and was previously on the composition and theory faculty at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. He has collaborated with and has been commissioned by many talented performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra, Music from Copland House, U.S. Navy Band, among many others. Biedenbender holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University and has studied at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the Aspen Music Festival and in Mysore, India.
CONNOR BOGART, vocalist
A native of Ashtabula, Ohio, Connor grew up as a classical violinist before ultimately studying vocal performance/opera at the Eastman School of Music in New York. During his time at Eastman, he was also accepted into the nationally ranked male acappella group, The University of Rochester Yellowjackets, (as seen on NBC’s “The Sing Off”) as a featured soloist. In the years since, Connor has been a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Firelands Symphony, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Akron Symphony, The Cleveland Pops, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He also starred on The History Channel’s Shifting Gears, and has served as executive music supervisor and composer to The Discovery Channel for their series, The Kustomizer. As a songwriter, several of his original songs have been featured on national television, including ABC’s Days of Our Lives and MTV’s The Hills.
EMMANUELLE BOISVERT, violin
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.
JUSTIN BRUNS, violin
Conservatory Faculty
Bruns is currently assistant concertmaster with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He began his violin studies at age three and won his first competition two years later. He made his solo debut with an orchestra at age nine. Since then he has appeared with numerous orchestras around the country and in England, Italy, Germany, Brazil and China. During the summer he is concertmaster of the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Bruns has performed throughout the United States, Canada and England. He maintains a private teaching studio and coaches the first violin section of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Bruns graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and was awarded the top prize upon graduation, the Stanley Medal. He received his master’s degree from Rice University.
RUSSELL CAMPBELL, trumpet
Campbell is associate principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 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. Prior to moving to Dallas, he was an active freelance musician in Seattle.
KARINA CANELLAKIS, conductor
Currently in her first season as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, Canellakis is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most exciting young American conductors. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in Zankel Hall, and frequently appears as guest conductor of New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). This coming season, she makes her debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado and Toledo Symphonies, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Canellakis was the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. She won the 2013 Charles Schiff Conducting Award for outstanding achievement in orchestral conducting, as well as the American Conductors Award and the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. Canellakis holds a bachelor’s degree in violin from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School. She plays a 1782 Mantegazza violin, generously loaned to her.
MICHAEL COREN, cello
Conservatory Faculty
Coren is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds a Masters degree from Indiana University. His primary educators included Ronald Leonard, Janos Starker, and Lev Aronson, though he continued his studies with Bernhard Greenhouse and Claus Adam. He has been a member of the Dallas Symphony since 1973 and enjoyed twenty of those years as the Personnel Manager. He was on the conducting staff of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and Music Director of the Monday Night Orchestra, which he founded. Coren also spent some time serving on the faculty of SMU School of Music. A member of the Tesoro String Quartet, he also has a private studio with students in the Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Oregon symphonies, as well as music conservatories across the country.
ADRIANA VOIRIN DECOSTA, violin
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, then received her Bachelor of Music (Performance and Education) from Southern Methodist University (SMU). 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 & Conservatory Faculty
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 and performed with orchestras throughout the West Coast. He’s performed and presented clinics throughout the U.S., Australia, Japan, and on tours in Southwest Asia and East Africa. Doyle earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
TRACY DOYLE, flute, piccolo
Doyle is Professor of Music at Adams State University where she teaches applied flute, chamber music, and courses in music education. An active flutist, she enjoys performing in a variety of styles from classical to Celtic, and is an advocate for new music. Doyle has performed and given masterclasses throughout the United States, Australia, and Japan in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. As an educator, she leads an engaged and vital collegiate flute studio. Doyle earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
STEPHEN DUNN, trumpet
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
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
Elias is currently the violin professor 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. He holds degrees from Biola University, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and Duquesne University.
ANDREA ARESE-ELIAS, piano
Arese-Elias has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in her native Argentina and in Mexico, El Salvador, South Korea, Japan, Bulgaria, and the U.S. She earned her master’s and doctorate from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She is currently a collaborative pianist at Cedarville University in Ohio.
NICOLÒ EUGELMI, viola
Eugelmi has performed to critical acclaim in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Casals Festival Prades, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the 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 Quartet. Eugelmi has been on faculty at 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. Fabian earned a Bachelor’s from University of Buffalo and a Master’s from Michigan State University.
DON FABIAN, alto saxophone
Fabian is principal saxophone and soloist with “America’s premiere wind band,” the Dallas Wind Symphony. The Dallas Morning News has praised Fabian’s outstanding virtuosity and musicality, saying “Donald Fabian gave a stunning performance, pulsing with drama and almost unimaginable color.” He is also the soprano saxophonist with the award-winning Texas Saxophone Quartet. A graduate of the Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam, New York, he earned his bachelor’s degree in both performance and music education. His master’s degree was completed in multiple woodwinds and saxophone performance at Michigan State University. Fabian is part of the Artist Faculty and Adjunct Associate Professor of Saxophone at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He also concurrently holds the position of personnel manager for the Dallas Wind Symphony.
MARLOW FISHER, viola
Fisher makes his living in the motion picture studios of Los Angeles playing for movies which include Titanic, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Spiderman. Prior to playing for films, he played concerts with the Mexico City Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and his own group, Viola Plus!
MICHAEL FLYNN, trumpet
Flynn is the Director of Bands and Brass Instruction at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. Flynn has recently won the third trumpet position with the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, and currently holds the auxiliary trumpet position for the Colorado Symphony, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, and the Denver Brass. Prior to 2012, Flynn was the Brass Teacher, Music Theory Instructor, Music History Instructor, Wind Ensemble Conductor, and a Performing Artist at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. During his time in the Middle East, Flynn held the position of principal trumpet in the Palestine National Symphony Orchestra and the Edward Said National Conservatory Orchestra.
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
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 performed with the Verbier, Tanglewood, Pacific and Aspen Music Festivals, and 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. Frisof completed her doctoral work at the University of Michigan. She also received degrees from The Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music.
NATALIE FRITZ, french horn
Fritz will begin her second year as a master’s student at Rice University this coming fall. She has played with the Nashville Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony, and has been a featured soloist with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. After graduating from the University of Michigan in May 2014, Natalie spent last summer in Breckenridge, Colorado, playing with the National Repertory Orchestra. Natalie studied with Adam Unsworth at Michigan, and is currently a student of William VerMeulen at Rice.
PAUL GARNER, clarinet
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 Vail Bravo Festival, Grand Teton Festival and Brevard Music Festival. 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 & Conservatory Faculty
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, which performs regularly at the Clinton Presidential Center. He is currently on faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has appeared as a featured soloist with the Arkansas and Pine Bluff Symphonies. Gerstein is a member of the cello section at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and has founded several thriving chamber music ensembles in Arkansas. Gerstein is Co-Artistic Director of the East-West Virtuosi in Ashland, Oregon. He received a bachelor’s at the Eastman School of Music and a master’s from Rice University.
ROSE ARMBRUST GRIFFIN, viola
Conservatory Faculty
Griffin received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music and Masters of Music from Indiana University. During her time at The Curtis Institute of Music she held the James and Betty Materese Annual Fellowship. Most notably, Griffin was awarded a Performers Certificate at the conclusion of her Masters for “recognition of her outstanding musical performance”. Composer Johnathan Graybill’s Viola Concerto was written for and premiered by Griffin alongside the Ball State University Orchestra. Currently, she is an active member of the International Chamber Artists and can be heard throughout the year on WFMT. Griffin’s passion is music education. She is currently the viola instructor at Wheaton College where she serves as the Chamber Music Coordinator. She plays on a 1989 Marten Cornelissen that was borrowed during her time at Curtis and subsequently purchased after she realized she couldn’t live without it.
ERIN HANNIGAN, oboe
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Hannigan is principal oboe of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Dallas, she was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic from 1994 to 2001. During the summer, she performs with the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado, and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Recent performances include engagements as guest principal oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Hannigan has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, the Hershey (Pa.) Symphony, the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra of Southern Methodist University. A recent project was the commissioning of Serenada Concertante for Oboe and Orchestra by composer Jeremy Gill, which was premiered with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Hannigan attended the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with James Caldwell. She received her master’s degree and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where she was a student of Richard Killmer.
ABIGAIL HAWTHORNE, oboe
Hawthorne is entering her third year double majoring in oboe performance and psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is currently a student of Erin Hannigan, principal oboist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and studied for seven years with Megan Blauvelt Heuer of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to the oboe, Hawthorne also studies piano at SMU with Alessandro Mazzamuto, and studied for twelve years with Sue Hansen of Richardson Music Teachers Association. At SMU, Hawthorne performs regularly with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Wind Ensemble, and the Meadows Opera Orchestra, and she substitutes oboe and English horn with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. After graduation, she plans to pursue a masters degree in oboe performance.
AARO PAAVO HEINONEN, bass
Heinonen was appointed principal bass of the Kansas City Philharmonic before completing his graduate studies at Indiana University School of Music. There he was featured as soloist, nominated by the string faculty for the Performers Certificate and studied conducting and composition. Two years later he was principal bass of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for nearly twenty-five years. At the ISO he was also featured as a soloist and conductor. Principal bass with the Grammy-nominated Santa Fe Pro Musica, he also performs regularly with the Baltimore, Fort Worth and San Antonio Symphonies while on call to the Dallas and National Symphonies.
BYRON HERRINGTON, trombone
Conservatory Faculty
Herrington performed with and occasionally conducted in 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.
NANCY HUNT, violin
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
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.
JULIA ERDMANN HYAMS, french horn
A native of the Chicago area, Hyams is currently a sought-after freelance musician living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Recently she performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on their European tour, and recorded with the Kansas City Symphony. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, Hyams was acting fourth horn with the Saint Louis Symphony for five seasons, during which time she performed on their Grammy-winning album of John Adams’ City Noir. She also would participate on the orchestra’s annual trip to Carnegie Hall, and did three tours, two to California and one to Europe. Hyams has also performed with the Florida Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, and Virginia Symphony. She has played in various summer festivals both in the U.S. and abroad, in Sapporo, Japan and in Lucca, Italy. Hyams earned her master’s degree from Northwestern University and her bachelor degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
HEIDI ITASHIKI, violin
Itashiki is a member of the Conservatory faculty and 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.
KATHERINE JETTER, cello
Jetter is Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory at Fort Lewis College. She is the principal cellist with the San Juan Symphony and performs regularly with the Red Shoe Piano Trio. She holds a bachelor’s in Cello Performance and a bachelor’s in arts in applied mathematics from East Carolina University. She earned her master’s and doctorate from Florida State University.
GEMMA KAVANAGH, soprano
Ireland’s soprano gift to Durango, Kavanagh began her career with the Dublin Opera. As resident singer/actress with the Bunratty Singers, she performed in Medieval castles in Ireland for four years. Kavanagh also sang with the Dublin Symphony in concerts, including television appearances. After moving to California in 1993 she performed with San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera Guild, San Jose Opera, Berkeley Opera, Monterey Opera, Oakland Lyric Opera and Pocket Opera.
ALEXANDER KIENLE, horn
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
Kienle has recently completed her second year as a fellow in the New World Symphony. Her undergraduate and masters were completed at the Colburn Conservatory and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
DIANE KITZMAN, violin
Conservatory Faculty
Kitzman is Principal first violin of the Dallas Symphony. She is an adjunct Professor of Violin at Southern Methodist University where she teaches chamber music and Violin Orchestral Repertoire class. Prior to joining the DSO she played Principal second violin in the Grand Rapids Symphony. In Grand Rapids she was a member of the DeVos String Quartet which performed extensively throughout Michigan. Kitzman is a busy studio musician in Dallas recording many nationally heard commercial and promotional tracks.
CORY KLOSE, Tenor
Klose is gaining recognition as a sought-after performer of both choral and solo repertoire. Klose appears on the rosters of many professional ensembles including the Grammy Award-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Kinnara Ensemble, The Crossing, Apollo Master Chorale, and Vox Humana. He has also collaboratedwith Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble on the Grammy Award-winning album, Songs of Ascension.
DAVID KOREVAAR, piano
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
Philip Kramp studied at the Curtis Institute and New England Conservatory. 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.
DMITRY KUSTANOVICH, viola
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Kustanovich immigrated with his family to the U.S. at an early age. He joined the viola section of the Fort Worth Symphony in 2005. Kustanovich has also played with the Detroit, Atlanta and Pittsburgh Symphonies, touring the US, Canada, Western Europe and Russia. He received his degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.
JONATHAN LATTA, percussion
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
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 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.
LAURA LEISRING, bassoon
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
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 and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.
SARAH LEWIS, cello
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.
ROCHELLE MANN, flute
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.
ANDREW MCCANN, Alexander Technique
Conservatory Faculty
McCann is an Alexander Technique teacher based in Chicago. He performs regularly with the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, the Sullivan String Quartet, and has appeared as a guest artist with Spektral Quartet, ensemble dal niente, Contempo, eighth blackbird, International Chamber Artists, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. His duo concerts with Matt Albert, violin, have taken him across the United States. He has been a member of the Festival Orchestra at the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music since 2010. In 2013, he joined the faculty at Alexander Teacher Training in Chicago (ATTiC). He has given Alexander Technique workshops at Wheaton College, the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Richmond University, Florida State, and the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. He holds degrees from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
ANDRES MORAN, conductor
Conservatory Faculty
Moran is the resident conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and oversees the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras as Music Director and General Manager. He creates and implements all of the organization’s education and outreach programs, including their presentation of six annual Carnegie Hall Link-Up concerts for area 5th-grade students. He has served on the conducting staff of the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in the New Mexico Music Educators All-State Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Brevard Music Festival. During the 2006 summer season, he was invited to the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado to conduct an all-Mozart program celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Moran studied conducting at Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting
SCOTT NGUYEN, bass trombone
Nguyen has frequently performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which includes an appearance at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. He has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra and as a substitute member with the New World Symphony. He has earned international honors. Nguyen earned his bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University and was awarded the Norman L. Jacobs Memorial Award.
CHRISTOPHER OLIVER, trombone
Oliver is second trombone of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, was principal trombone of the Akron, Canton and Wheeling Symphony, and substituted with the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Symphony. He holds a bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University and a master’s from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
MARIE-THAÏS LEVESQUE OLIVER, cello
Originally from Rimouski, Quebec, Oliver holds both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Oliver was a Tanglewood Fellow and she took part in the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Center for the Arts summer programs. Previously principal cello of the Akron and Canton Symphonies in Ohio, Oliver is now a member of the Emerald Trio and a freelancer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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. 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. She completed her master’s at Northwestern University.
SHO-MEI PELLETIER, violin
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
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 timpanist 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.
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. 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 master’s and doctorate from the University of North Texas and bachelor’s degrees from Drake University.
MARY REYNOLDS, violin
Reynolds is a first violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She has served as principal second violin with the Houston Grand Opera and has performed with the San Antonio Symphony. She has played in various chamber music groups over the years, as well as being an active recording musician. She received her bachelor’s from the University of Southern California and her master’s from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton.
MELINDA RUSSIAL, bass clarinet
Russial currently teaches in the Contemporary Music and Liberal Arts departments at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She has also served as the Music Chair of the New Mexico School for the Arts, and worked in residence life at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She performs frequently with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest and other regional ensembles, and she is an active clinician, woodwind coach and clarinet instructor. Russial holds a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in clarinet performance from the University of Minnesota.
DWIGHT SHAMBLEY, bass
Shambley is a double bassist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a private music teacher. He is 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 University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Shambley is also the co-founder of the Young Strings of Dallas.
LESLIE SHANK, concertmaster, violin
Shank was a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for 30 years, 24 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. Shank also plays violin and viola with the Hot Dish Trio. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s 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.
MARIA SIMIZ, cello
Simiz is a cellist with the Amabile String Quartet and head of the string department at the Arizona School for the Arts since its inception in 1995. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her master’s from California State at Long Beach.
ALEKSANDR SNYTKIN, violin
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.
JEFF SOLON, tenor saxophone
Solon is a self-taught musician, who plays saxophone, clarinet, flute, harmonica, and piano. He is immersed in the music of jazz as a soloist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and teacher. He began his professional musical adventure as a street performer, playing his way through Central and South America and has continually performed extensively throughout the southwest since 1985, with his duets, groups, and eight-piece swing band. He has led three tours for the U.S. Embassy in Latin America, produced and released 15 recordings, and teaches jazz studies at Fort Lewis College.
SCOTT STRONG, horn
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
Strong is currently the third horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is an active participant in numerous festivals. He has previously held positions in the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. Strong studied with Gregory Hustis and William VerMeulen.
OLEG SULYGA, violin
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.
IMELDA TECSON, viola
Originally from Houston, Texas, Tecson has participated in many festivals across the county, including the National Repertory Orchestra and the Henry Mancini Institute. She currently performs in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as a substitute with the Fort Worth Symphony, as well as holding positions with the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas in Denton and has received both a master’s and an Artist Certificate from Southern Methodist University.
CARL TOPILOW, conductor, clarinet
Founder and conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Topilow is renowned internationally for his versatility as a conductor and clarinetist. He recently celebrated 35 years with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado and 32 years with the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has appeared with more than 80 orchestras in 30 states, as well as with orchestras in Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland. He was educated at the Manhattan School of Music and began his career as Exxon Arts Endowment Conductor of the Denver Symphony Orchestra.
CHLOÉ TREVOR, violin
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 from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University.
VALERIE TURNER, violin
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 UKEN, french horn
Ukens, born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is currently second horn in the New Mexico Philharmonic and principal horn of the Santa Fe Symphony. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2010 with a Master’s of Music where he studied with Gregory Hustis. He received his Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma State University in 2008. Ukens has also performed with the Santa FeOpera Orchestra, Music in the Mountains Classical Music Festival, 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.
ELIZABETH VANARSDEL, contra bassoon
VanArsdel plays the bassoon and the contra bassoon with numerous musical organizations in New Mexico including the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the New Mexico Philharmonic Chorus, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Previously she played with numerous freelance opera companies and orchestras in New York City. She received a bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin and has a master’s from the Manhattan School of Music.
RICHARD WHITE, tuba
Festival Orchestra & Conservatory Faculty
White is 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.
M. BRENT WILLIAMS, violin
Conservatory Young Advanced Program Manager
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 (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Red Shoe Piano Trio. Previously, he was assistant concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. 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. He received his master’s and doctorate from Florida State University and his bachelor’s from the University of Oklahoma.
DONALD WILLIAMS, trumpet
Williams is currently second / associate principal trumpet in the Wyoming Symphony and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Greely Philharmonic, the Steamboat Springs Symphony, the Emerald City Opera, and the San Juan Symphony. Williams is a founding member of the Apollo Chamber Brass, a non-profit organization dedicated to educational outreach and assisting school band programs. Williams maintains a large private studio, is in his first year as an instructor with Opening Notes, part of the Littleton Community Music Association, and is currently on faculty at the Rocky Ridge Music Institute in Estes Park, Colorado.
EMILY WILLIAMS, viola
Williams received her bachelor’s of music in Viola Performance from Indiana University. She was the recipient of numerous awards, including the IU Music Faculty Award and T. Taylor Trust Scholarship, funding the purchase of her 2003 Douglas Cox viola. Williams recently completed her Performer Diploma as a Meadows Artist Scholar at SMU. 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, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, and currently has a two-year scholars position in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 
TENLY WILLIAMS, oboe
Williams is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Chamber Orchestras, and founding member of the Mountain Music Ensemble. She has performed in concert halls around the world from Banff, Canada to Dublin, Ireland and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Williams received her master’s at the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s at the Eastman School of Music.
MARK ZIMOSKI, percussion
Zimoski currently is timpanist for the New West Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony. He has played as an extra/substitute with varying Los Angeles local groups including the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He can be heard on many motion picture soundtracks as timpanist, percussionist, and electronic percussion/synthesist for composers Christopher Young, Don Davis, David Newman, Graeme Revell and others.