2018 Special Guests
If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare



TONY DESARE, piano/vocal
Guest Artist
DeSare, named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas and major symphony orchestras including the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, National Symphony, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Indianapolis Symphonies, DeSare brings his unique take on music ranging from Debussy to Berlin to Prince. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums, and has been featured on the CBS’s Early Show, NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, and the Today Show. In addition to his turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, and has written the theme song for the motion picture My Date with Drew, along with several broadcast commercials.
ANDREW GRAMS
Guest Conductor

Since 2013, Grams has been Music Director of the Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra, four times named the Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year.  He has led orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Houston, and Baltimore Symphonies. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2004 – 2007. Grams has worked extensively with orchestras abroad, including the Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, the Orchester der Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the BBC and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and Norway. An accomplished violinist, Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, among others. He received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Juilliard School and a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.
NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN, cello
Guest Soloist
Since winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, Hakhnazaryan has performed with most major orchestras across the globe.  He has performed with orchestras in Paris, London, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Sydney, Tokyo, and Seoul, among others.  In  2017-2018, he toured the US with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and was Artist-in-Residence of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber performer and recitalist, he has performed in halls and festivals around the world, and last year toured SE Asia, where he performed the complete Bach solo cello suites.  Joining forces with Zuo Zhang and Esther Yoo to form the Z.E.N. Trio, the group released its first recording on Deutsche Grammophon.  Born in Armenia into a family of musicians, and mentored by the late Mstislav Rostropovich, Hakhnazaryan received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music.  Prior to that he studied at the Moscow Conservatory.
THOMAS HEUSER
Guest Conductor

Conductor Heuser is Music Director of both the Idaho Falls and the San Juan Symphonies.  He previously served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and has been a guest conductor with the Illinois, Flagstaff, Missoula, Grand Junction, Vallejo, and Portsmouth Symphony Orchestras, 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 the Master of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  In 2013 he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. 
SIRENA HUANG, violin
Guest Soloist
Huang has been featured as a soloist with more than fifty prestigious ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic; the Cleveland, Baltimore, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras; and the Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Verbier, Marlboro, and Ravinia, Music Festivals.In 2017, Sirena was awarded First Prize at the Inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition and was a New York Concert Artist winner. Additionally, she was a First Prize Gold Medalist of the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (2009) and was awarded both First Prize and the Audience Award at the Cooper International Competition (2011) as well as the Hannloser Prize for Violin at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland (2013). Motivated by a deep wish to inspire peace and harmony with her music, Sirena has performed before world leaders, thinkers and humanitarians, including President Obama and Elie Wiesel. At age eleven, she gave a TED talk that garnered more than 2.5 million views.
THE JULIUS QUARTET
Chamber Ensemble in Residence
The quartet is comprised of violinists Hyun Jeong Helen Lee and David Do, violist John Batchelder, and cellist Byron Hogan. Formed in the fall of 2012, the group held a special residency as the Boston Conservatory’s Honors String Quartet.  The quartet was recently appointed as the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU.  The Julius Quartet gave its Carnegie Hall debut in March, 2016, and has performed in recitals in many venues, such as Bargemusic in Brooklyn, NYC, The Moss Art Center in Blacksburg, VA, The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA, among others. As strong advocates for outreach and education, the Quartet actively searches to engage youth of various communities in diverse ways, particularly elementary, middle, and high school students, and at-risk youth. views.
RICHARD KAUFMAN
Guest Conductor

Kaufman has devoted much of his life to conducting and supervising music for film and television. He began his musical life at the age of seven as a violinist. By age eleven he began conducting at the Peter Meremblum California Junior Symphony. As a violinist he performed on numerous film and television scores including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and others.  He joined the Music Department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1984, and for the next 18 years supervised music for all MGM television and animation projects, winning two Emmy nominations. He regularly appears as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and around the world.   In addition to conducting for many major musical performers, Kaufman has coached various actors in instrumental, vocal, and conducting roles including Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, and Susan Sarandon. He earned a BA in Music from California State University at Northridge.  While a student at CSUN, he composed the University’s Alma Mater and Fight Song.
WHITNEY CLAIRE KAUFMAN, vocalist
Singer/actress Kaufman made her symphony debut at age 7 singing in the children’s chorus in a performance of music from John Williams’s Home Alone with Orange County’s Pacific Symphony.  Since then, she has performed as a guest soloist with many renowned symphony orchestras, including the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Melbourne (Australia) Symphony Orchestra, and others. She recently completed two years with the North American tour of the Broadway hit Mamma Mia!  She has appeared in Cabaret (Sally Bowles), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Los Angeles Theater Ensemble’s production of Wounded, as well as many other theatrical productions.  Her TV credits include General Hospital and Modern Family. She has been both a singer and voice-over performer in film and television, and can be heard on recent recordings of songs written by Oscar-winning composer Dimitri Tiomkin.  She graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Theater Performance. 

SOYOEN KATE LEE, piano
Guest Soloist
Lee was the winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition.  She has performed as a guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and many other orchestras across the United States, Korea, Spain, and the Dominican Republic.  A very active recitalist, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and other venues.  She also collaborates in many chamber festivals throughout the United States, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two program, where her performance of the Mozart Piano Trio was broadcast on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center.  She is co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City.
ANDREY PONOCHEVNY, piano
Guest Soloist
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. York City.
DREA PRESSLEY, vocalist
Pressley is an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Fort Lewis, and maintains a private studio of piano and voice students.  A mezzo soprano, she has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New Orleans Opera Association, and the Operafestival di Roma.  She has also performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe New Music, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Canticum Novum, and Sangre de Cristo Chorale. Her operatic roles include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Berta in The Barber of Seville, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and roles in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, among others.  As a studio musician she can be heard on many movie soundtracks including Avatar, Cowboys and Aliens, and others. She received her Bachelor of Music from Loyola University.
PHILIPPE QUINT, violin
Guest Soloist
Quint is a multi-faceted artist with a wide range of interests. His formidable discography has led to several Grammy nominations.  He is consistently re-engaged domestically and internationally as a soloist with the orchestras of Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit, Indianapolis, Houston, and Bournemouth, among many.  He has performed with the Weimar Staatskapelle, China National Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Cape Town Philharmonic on their US tour.  He has given many solo recitals and chamber performances at major festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Aspen, Lincoln Center, and Chautauqua, to name a few.  He has explored the tango music of Astor Piazzolla with his ensemble The Quint Quintet. He branched out into acting in the indie film Downtown Express. He plays on a 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the Stradivari Society ® of Chicago.  He is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
AVIRAM REICHERT, piano
Guest Soloist
Acclaimed for his phenomenal technique, Reichert won the Bronze Medal at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997.   A frequent soloist with the leading orchestras in his native Israel, his prize-winning participation in competitions in Japan and Korea have brought him numerous engagements in the Far East as well.   He has performed in festivals, recitals, and as a chamber musician throughout the world.  In addition to his performing career, Reichert is a sought-after teacher who frequently conducts master classes in Japan, Korea, South Africa, Israel, and the US.  He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Seoul National University College of Music.  Reichert, a Steinway artist, studied at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv. 
KATHERINE STEELE, oboe
Guest Soloist
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.   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. 
BACKTRACK VOCAL
Backtrack is an award-winning, five-person a cappella group based in New York City that explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies and world-class beatboxing. The group pushes the limits of a cappella, creating impressive covers of past and present pop music, writing inspiring original compositions and daring to take on unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music.
THE HUNTS
The Hunts are an indie-folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Virginia. These seven siblings have a passion for creating compelling music and have collaborated around each other’s gifts of writing, composing, and musicianship to accomplish that. Stringed instruments, surrounded by enchanting harmonies and thrilling rhythms, achieve an organic yet transcendent sound.
THE NIGHTOWLS
A ten-piece ensemble that Austin Monthly named a “band to watch” and Texas Music Magazine called “a smooth addictive blend of pop, R&B and funk that will delight the band’s dance-happy fans.”
Influences run the gamut from James Brown to Michael Jackson. Bright, bold horns dance and leap over a funky rhythm section,while lead vocalist Harkrider’s soulful voice shimmers out alongside gorgeous female harmonies.organic yet transcendent sound.
2018 Festival Musicians


GABRIEL BEAVERS, bassoon
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
Mack Berven earned her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, and was a long time music faculty member at Fort Lewis College. She currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Durango Choral Society, which has twice been awarded the Chorus America Alice Parker/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. Dr. Mack Berven also conducts the Durango Women’s Choir, and is a former Music Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Her appearances as a conductor, pianist, and harpsichordist have included the San Juan Symphony, Fort Lewis College faculty recitals, Third Avenue Arts Recital Series, Showcase Concert Series, and the Durango Bach Festival, and she regularly performs with C. Scott Hagler as part of the Vivace Piano Duo. Dr. Mack Berven has conducted choirs and orchestras at Carnegie Hall in 2010 and 2018, as well as in in Prague, Greece, Zagreb, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Linz.
EMMANUELLE BOISVERT, concertmaster, violin
Boisvert is currently the associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony.  She was previously a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, and went on to become the first and youngest woman ever to be named concertmaster of a major orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, where she served 23 years under the direction of  Neeme Järvi and Leonard Slatkin.  She also performs diverse concerto repertoire as a soloist, and appears with the Emmy Award-winning All Star Orchestra, currently broadcasting its third season on PBS.    As a chamber musician, she was a founding member of the St. Clair Trio, and is in demand as an artist/teacher-in-residence at venues that include The Seattle String Project, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland. She holds degrees from the Quebec Conservatoire and the Curtis Institute, and is an alumna of the Marlboro Music Festival.
AMI CAMPBELL, violin
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
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.
WILLIAM CLAY, bass
Clay has held the position of principal double bass of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1995.  Prior to that, he was the principal of la Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain), and was a charter member of the New World Symphony. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Texas Wesleyan University and has served on the faculty of University of North Texas.   He has performed with the Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas Symphonies, and most recently as a guest principal with the Oregon Symphony.  An active chamber musician, Clay has performed as a guest artist with Spectrum Chamber Music Society, Fine Arts Chamber Players, Mount Vernon Music, and Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.  He has also appeared as a soloist, performing concertos with the Fort Worth, New World, Colorado, and Metropolitan State University Symphonies.  He holds the Master of Music Degree from Indiana University and the Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan State University.
TESS CROWTHER, cello
Crowther is an active musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  She is currently a member of the East Texas Symphony, the Waco Symphony, and the Grigori String Quartet.  She earned the Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and a master’s degree in cello performance from the Southern Methodist University.
ADRIANA VOIRIN DECOSTA, violin
Festival Orchestra

DeCosta is principal second violin of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra where she also served as assistant concertmaster for three seasons.  Before joining the FWSO in 1988, she held principal second violin positions with the Dallas Ballet Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, and Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of the Irving Symphony.  She was a founding member of the Wyeth String Quartet, comprised of principals of the FWSO. She received her Bachelor of Music in Performance and Education from Southern Methodist University, and has done graduate work at SMU. She maintains a full studio of violin students, and is a floral designer with her own company, Orange Blossom Blooms.
JAMES DOYLE, percussion
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
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 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
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
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.
DON FABIAN, bass clarinet
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.
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ROGER FRATENA, bass
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.
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.
SARAH FRISOF, flute
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
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
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.
SHERYL HADEKA, horn
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. 
STEVEN HARLOS, collaborative piano
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.
ABIGAIL HAWTHORNE, oboe, English horn
Hawthorne held the third oboe and English horn position with the Wichita (KS) Symphony for the 2017-2018 season and performed with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO in 2017.  While a student at SMU, she performed regularly with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Wind Ensemble, and the Meadows Opera Orchestra.  She was a President’s Scholar, Presser Scholar, and a Meadows Scholar at SMU, and also danced on the SMU Ballroom Dance Team.  She graduated from SMU with a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She plans to pursue a master’s degree in oboe at the Eastman School of Music. 
AARO PAAVO HEINONEN, bass
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 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
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.
MICK HESSE, trumpet
Hesse graduated from Eastman School of Music and University of Illinois. After playing with the West Point Band he, and his wife Julia, moved to Norway where he played with the Norwegian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Oslo for 15 years and taught at the Norwegian Music Conservatory. After moving to New Mexico Mick formed Brassworks 4, a recording and touring brass quartet. Hesse is president of the Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation in Farmington, NM, a philanthropic organization devoted to promoting the arts in San Juan County.
LAUREN AVERY HEUSER, violin
Heuser is a member of the San Juan Symphony, under the direction of her husband, Thomas Heuser.  She has performed with the Berkeley Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Napa Valley Philharmonic, the Marin Symphony, the California Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Cabrillo, Spoleto, and Castleton Festival Orchestras.  She holds degrees from Vassar College and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
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.
SANDY MARTHA KIEFER, cello
Kiefer is currently a member of the San Juan Symphony, and teaches violin and cello in the Durango area.  As an educator, she taught at the University of Rhode Island, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, and the Hong Kong Suzuki Institute.  In addition she was a freelance cellist with the Boston Ballet, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, Hartford Symphony, Portland Symphony and the Viterbo (Italy) Opera.  Kiefer was Founder and Manager of the Copley Chamber Players.  She is in demand as a clinician for Suzuki workshops and has taught Suzuki Institutes in Oregon, Kansas, Vermont, Connecticut, Thailand, and Indonesia.  She earned a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the New England Conservatory.
ALEXANDER KIENLE, horn
A native of Portland, Oregon, Kienle is assistant principal/utility horn of the Dallas Symphony.  He began musical studies at age six with the piano.  He picked up the horn with his school band at age eleven, because the school band “already had more than enough trumpets”. He has performed with ensembles around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Verbier (Switzerland) Festival Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Kienle is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
SARAH KIENLE, viola
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.
PHILIP KRAMP, viola
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
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. 
JONATHAN LATTA, percussion
Latta is an educator and performer from the Northern California area. He regularly performs with the Stockton Symphony, Modesto Symphony, as well as timpanist for the Stockton Opera Association. Previously, he has held teaching positions at Fort Lewis College and University of the Pacific. Latta performed with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, the San Juan Symphony, and the North State Symphony. He is an active performer in both classical music and jazz drumset.  He holds degrees from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, East Carolina University, and the University of Arizona. 
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.
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.
KATHRYN LOWMAN, viola
Lowman, a native of Wheaton, IL, began her viola studies as a student of the Suzuki Method at the age of six. She received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where studied with Cleveland Orchestra violist Mark Jackobs. Lowman went on to receive her Master of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently pursuing her terminal degree at the University of Maryland with Dan Foster, principal violist of the National Symphony. Lowman has performed across North America in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, Severance Hall, Millennium Park, the Blossom Music Festival and has been featured on Chicago Public Radio. She has appeared with artists such as the Australian String Quartet, members of the Cleveland Orchestra, David Kim, Keith and Kristyn Getty and Bonita Boyd. Ms. Lowman has served on the faculty of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy, the Holton-Arms School and currently serves as viola ensemble assistant for the University of Maryland orchestras. Former teachers include Peter Slowik, Janis Wittrig and Sarah Montzka.
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.
BORIVOJ MARTINIĆ-JERČIĆ,  violin
Martinić-Jerčić is an Assistant Professor of Violin at Iowa State University and is the violinist of ISU’s Amara Piano Quartet.  A recipient of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Award, his numerous solo and chamber music performances have taken him throughout the US, Canada, Asia, and Europe.  In addition to appearances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Detroit Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, he served as concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony for fifteen years and has been concertmaster of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 1995.  He was also the Artistic Director and concertmaster of the world famous chamber ensemble I Solisti di Zagreb.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan.
SCOTT NGUYEN, bass trombone
Nguyen is currently an active freelance musician and private trombone instructor in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In addition to performing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, he has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Dallas Wind Symphony, New World Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestra, and has collaborated with the multi-Grammy Award winning contemporary ensemble, Eighth Blackbird. In 2015, Nguyen was selected as the winner of the International Trombone Association Edward Kleinhammer Orchestral Bass Trombone Competition. Additionally, he was selected as a finalist in the 2010 ITA George Roberts Solo Bass Trombone Competition. Nguyen earned a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where he was a recipient of the Norman L. Jacobs Memorial Award.
JOHN O’NEAL, percussion
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.
ANDREW PARKER, oboe, English horn
Parker is currently Assistant Professor of Oboe at Butler University and principal oboe of the Quad Cities Symphony. He has taught master classes throughout the country at the University of Michigan, Temple University, Rice University, and many other institutions.  He maintains a career as an orchestral musician, soloist, and chamber player, and has appeared as guest artist and a player with many orchestras in North America including the Florida Orchestra, and the Richmond, Ann Arbor, Flint, and Santa Fe Symphonies.   He recently performed the world premiere of Rob Deemer’s oboe concerto Pillars of Creation, with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble.  He plays and coaches chamber music at various international music festivals.  He received his bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, his master’s degree at Yale University, and his doctorate at the University of Michigan. 
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 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.
STEVE PETERSON, trombone
Peterson is principal trombone of the San Antonio Symphony and a filmmaker.  He has worked as a professional freelance trombonist/teacher/videographer in Michigan, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and on cruise ships.  He founded the petersonproject.com in 2005 to feature his satirical trombone films and music, and these films can be found on his YouTube channel.  He studied trombone at the University of Michigan and Southern Methodist University. 
MARC REED, trumpet
Reed currently serves as Associate Professor of Trumpet and Music Department Chair at Fort Lewis College, where he teaches applied trumpet and horn, brass ensembles, and brass methods.  He is the principal trumpet of the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, Artist Faculty at the National Trumpet Competition, and is an Artist/Clinician for the Bach Trumpet Division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation.  Reed is an active member of the International Trumpet Guild and serves as Youth Competitions Chair.  He is also the column editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal’s Trumpet in the Wind Band Column, is a contributing member to the ITG Journal’s Recording Review and Book Review staffs, and an annual conference reporter. Reed holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance and Brass Pedagogy from the University of North Texas, Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas, and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Music Education and Trumpet Performance (with a jazz emphasis) 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 degree from the University of Southern California and her master’s from S.U.N.Y. in Binghamton.
JOHN ROMERO, trombone
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
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.
ROBINSON SCHULZE, bass trombone
Schulze is currently a Civic Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Prior to moving to Chicago, he was an active freelancer throughout Los Angeles, performing with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Southeast Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, as well as recording for movie and video game soundtracks.  He has been a fellow at Music Academy of the West, Moritzburg Festival Academy, and the Napa Valley Music Festival.  He has served as a teaching artist for the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program at The Colburn School, a tuition-free program that provides music education for low-income Los Angeles area students.  He holds degrees from Northwestern University and St. Olaf College. 
LESLIE SHANK, viola, concertmaster emerita
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 Saint 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.
RYDER SHELLEY, percussion
North Carolina native Shelley has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony. He has also performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto USA Festival, and Lake George Music Festival. Ryder is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
JAN SIMIZ, cello
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.
LAURA SPECTOR, piano
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SCOTT STRONG, horn
Strong is currently 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.
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.
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 Albuquerque Chamber Soloists. Previously she played with numerous free lance opera companies and orchestras in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin and has a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.
NATHAN UKENS, french horn
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 was 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.
RICHARD WHITE, tuba
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.
M. BRENT WILLIAMS, 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.