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Orchestra

KSO musicians are the heart of our organization. Below is a list of our talented artists. If you feel so inclined, please send a musican an email and let them know what you think!

Learn about KSO's Artists in Residence (AIR).

Music Director
 - Julian Kuerti  
Irving S. Gilmore Conductor's Chair

Music Director Emeritus - Raymond Harvey

Strings

First Violin
Jun-Ching Lin - Concertmaster
Jane Rooks Ross and Barry Ross Chair

Vacancy - Associate Concertmaster
James C. Westin Chair
Vacancy - Assistant Concertmaster
Preston & Barbara Parish Chair
Mark Portolese
Marley Haller
Lewis & Sally Iversen Chair
Eleanor K. Pifer
Tigran Shiganyan
Julia Neckermann
Oleg Bezuglov
Vacancy
Janet Lyu
Vacancy
Sofie Yang
Ying-Li Pan

Second Violin
Lisa A. Williams - (AIR) Principal
Neill & Ruth Currie Chair

Julie Evans Little - Assistant Principal
Katharine D. Rogers Chair

Nicholas Naegele
Hsin-Ju Yu
Benita Barber
Cori Somers*
Tatiana Zueva
Vacancy
Eric V. & Margaret Ann Brown Chair
Jean Watson Roberts
Norma-Jean Forshey
Dana Duncan-Davis
Fahad Awan

Viola   
Arturo Ziraldo - Principal
Connable/Burdick/Rood Chair
Nicholas Jeffery - (AIR) Assistant Principal

William and Fiona Denny Chair
Nora R. Frisk
Sara Churchill
Rebecca Boelzner
Seaver Family Chair
Jasper Zientek°
David Beytas
Karin Loberg Code°
Kathy Connor
Vacancy


Cello   
Igor Cetkovic - (AIR) Principal
Diether H. Haenicke Chair

Jinhyun Kim - Assistant Principal
Tomlinson Family Chair

Carol Bullock Russell
Anonymous Chair

Calin Muresan
Elizabeth Start
Brook Bennett
Nola Matthews Thole
Allison Rich
Lisa Bressler
David Machavariani


Bass
Charles Ingrassia - Principal
Jerry Mason Chair

Victor Stahoviak - Assistant Principal
Clark den Bleyker Chair endowed by the KSOL

Matthew Boothe
Frank R. Tramp
Vacancy
Jason Niehoff
Noah Krzan
Dick and Kathie Tomlinson Chair

Dominic Azkoul

Woodwinds

Flute   
Yukie Ota - Principal
S.U.D. Parish Chair honoring David C. Parish

Nancy Rinaldi Williams
Jim Westin Memorial Chair
Jenny Robinson*

Piccolo
Nancy Rinaldi Williams
Jacob C. and Naomi B. Stucki Memorial Chair
Jenny Robinson*
    
Oboe   
Gabriel Renteria-Elyea - (AIR) Principal
Elizabeth Upjohn Mason Chair
Brad Smith
Maria L. Schneider

English Horn   
Brad Smith

Utility Oboe 
Maria L. Schneider

Clarinet   
Georgiy Borisov - (AIR) Principal
Marge and Gerry Thomas Chair

Frank X. Silva    
Garret Ray Jones
    
Utility Clarinet   
Frank X. Silva    
Garret Ray Jones


Bassoon   
William Wheeler - Principal
Norman & Doreen K. Bristol Chair

Alan Palider
Lauren Murphy    
    
Contrabassoon
Lauren Murphy

Brass
Horn   
Vacancy - Principal
Dr. William H. and Melinda L. Scott Chair
Vacancy - Assistant Principal
Don and Ann Parfet Chair
Tamara Kosinski° 
Margaret Hamilton
Vacancy 
    
Trumpet   
Scott Thornburg - Principal
Mike Brozick - Assistant Principal
Mark Novitch Memorial Chair
Pamela Smitter
In Memory of Jay Scott Heckler
    
Trombone   
Edward "Kip" Hickman - (AIR) Principal
Miller Family Chair

Hugo Saavedra°

Bass Trombone
Vacant

Tuba   
Robert Whaley - Principal
Jacob C. & Naomi Bersch Stucki Chair

Percussion
Timpani   
Mark Guthrie - (AIR) Principal
    
Percussion   
Kevin Kosnik - Principal
Little and Tyler Family Chair

Judy Moonert    
Greg Secor    
    
Harp   
Rachel Miller - Principal
Dorothy Smith Goodloe Chair

    
Keyboard   
Reiko Yamada - Principal
Lawrence Schlack Memorial Chair


2022 - 2023 WMU Artist Scholars     

Mhaze Lim, Viola
Zachary Earle, Cello

*Leave of absence

°Temporary Appointment

†Acting Principal/Assistant Principal