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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

Resident Conductor - Daniel Brier

Music Director Emeritus - Raymond Harvey

Strings

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

Julia Neckermann - (AIR) Associate Concertmaster
James C. Westin Chair
Oleg Bezuglov - Assistant Concertmaster
Preston & Barbara Parish Chair
Mark Portolese
Marley Haller
Lewis & Sally Iversen Chair
Eleanor K. Pifer
Tigran Shiganyan
Vacancy
Vacancy
Louisa Blood
Janet Lyu*
Krishna Baraily
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 - Acting 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
Vacancy
David Beytas
Kathy Connor
Jasper Zientek


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

Vacancy - Assistant Principal
Clark den Bleyker Chair endowed by the KSOL

Matthew Boothe
Frank R. Tramp
Adam Attard
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

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

Frank X. Silva    
Vacancy
    
Bass Clarinet   
Frank X. Silva    
    
Bassoon   
William Wheeler - Principal
Norman & Doreen K. Bristol Chair

Alan Palider
Lauren Murphy    
    
Contrabassoon
Lauren Murphy

Brass
Horn   
Michael Wood - Principal
Dr. William H. and Melinda L. Scott Chair
Margaret Hamilton - Assistant Principal
Don and Ann Parfet Chair
Vacancy  
Elizabeth Fairlie Judge*
Tamara Kosinski 
    
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

Rick Uren
Sebastian Bell*    

Bass Trombone
Sebastian Bell*

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

Percussion
Timpani   
Mark Guthrie - (AIR) Principal
    
Percussion   
Judy Moonert - Principal
Little and Tyler Family Chair

Vacancy    
Greg Secor    
    
Harp   
Rachel Miller - Principal
Dorothy Smith Goodloe Chair

    
Keyboard   
Reiko Yamada - Principal
Lawrence Schlack Memorial Chair


2021 - 2022 WMU Artist Scholars     

Sava Welkoff, Viola
Jacob Resendez, Cello
Lydia Schubkegel, Cello


*Leave of absence
†Acting Principal/Assistant Principal