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New World Symphony Alumni

NWS Alumni

NWS alumni are playing with some of the world's most outstanding orchestras. Here is a partial list of alumni names and the organizations with which they are affiliated.

Most Recent Alumni Successes

  • Grace Browning, Principal Harp, Santa Fe Opera
  • Kristen Bruya, Principal Bass, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Ryan Darke, Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
  • Matthew Decker, Percussion, Seattle Symphony
  • Evan Epifanio, Bassoon, Sarasota Orchestra
  • Karl Fenner, Bass, Atlanta Symphony
  • Michael Ferraguto, Principal Librarian, Baltimore Symphony
  • Austin Fisher, Assistant Principal Cello, Colorado Symphony
  • Luke Fitzpatrick, Principal Flute, Fort Wayne Philharmonic
  • Joshua Gersen, Assistant Conductor, New York Philharmonic
  • Laura Ha, Violin, Oregon Symphony
  • Kevin Haseltine, Horn, Dallas Symphony
  • Henrik Heide, Associate Principal Flute, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Brandon Johnson, Assistant Audio Engineer, SoundMirror
  • Andrew Larson, Cello, Utah Symphony
  • Aaron Levere, Principal Trombone, Baltimore Symphony
  • Aspen McArther, Principal Librarian, Houston Grand Opera
  • Meredith McCook, Cello, Kansas City Symphony
  • Brandon McLean, Principal Bass, Colorado Symphony
  • Hugh Palmer, Violin, Utah Symphony
  • Sunjoo Park, Violin, Grant Park Symphony
  • Kevin Pearl, Associate Principal Oboe, Milwaukee Symphony
  • Joseph Peters, Principal Oboe, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Noah Reitman, Bass, Vancouver Symphony
  • Dominic Rotella, Principal Horn, Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago
  • Carrie Schafer, Trumpet, Houston Symphony
  • John Sipher, Principal Trombone, Colorado Symphony
  • Alexandra Thompson, Cello, Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Daniel Toskey, Bass, Atlanta Symphony
  • John Upton, Principal Oboe, Florida Orchestra
  • Colin Weyman, Principal Horn, Virginia Symphony
  • Brad Whitfield, Assistant Principal Clarinet, Alabama Symphony
  • Michael Van Wirt, Percussion, Colorado Symphony
  • Jin Suk Yu, Violin, New York Philharmonic
  • Yu “Dean” Zhang, Principal Keyboard, Omaha Symphony
  • Erin Zehngut, Violin, North Carolina Symphony

Violin

  • Katherine Bormann, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Dan Carlson, San Francisco Symphony
  • Ellen Chen-Livingston, Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Glen Cherry, Boston Symphony
  • Ann Fink, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Jason Horowitz, Boston Symphony
  • In Sun Jang, San Francisco Symphony
  • Naomi Kazama-Hull, San Francisco Symphony
  • Eva Kozma, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Angela Lee, Baltimore Symphony
  • Dennis O’Boyle, Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Wendy Putnam, Boston Symphony
  • Milana Reiche, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Marc Rovetti, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Michael Sutton, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Isabel Trautwein, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Shawn Weil, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Cecilia Weinkauff-Belcher, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Beth Woodside, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Chen Zhao, San Francisco Symphony

 Viola

  • Si-Fei Cheng, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Mahoko Eguchi, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Stephen Fryxell, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Amy Kniffen, Indianapolis Symphony
  • Andrew Wickesberg, Pittsburgh Symphony

 Cello

  • Kari Docter, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Sébastien Gingras, San Francisco Symphony
  • Theodore Harvey, Dallas Symphony
  • Jeff Hood, Dallas Symphony
  • Joy Payton-Stevens, Seattle Symphony
  • Bjorn Ranheim, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Brad Ritchie, Atlanta Symphony
  • Brant Taylor, Chicago Symphony
  • Peter Thomas, Milwaukee Symphony

 Bass

  • Boris Astafiev, Cincinnati Symphony
  • David DiRiso, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Scott Dixon, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Matthew Frischman, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Travis Gore, Seattle Symphony
  • Erik Harris, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Blake Hinson, New York Philharmonic
  • Sarah Hogan, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Brendan Kane, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Joseph Kaufman, Seattle Symphony
  • Michael Kurth, Atlanta Symphony
  • Owen Lee, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Kathryn Nettleman, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Scott Pingel, San Francisco Symphony
  • Triston Sutton, Bergen Philharmonic
  • Kevin Switalski, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Thomas Van Dyck, Boston Symphony
  • Jeffrey Weisner, National Symphony
  • Aaron White, Pittsburgh Symphony

 Flute

  • Lisa Byrnes, Utah Symphony
  • Alicia DiDonato, Oregon Symphony
  • Brook Ferguson, Colorado Symphony
  • Clint Foreman, Boston Symphony
  • Michael Gordon, Kansas City Symphony
  • Karen Moratz, Indianapolis Symphony
  • Catherine Ransom Karoly, Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Matthew Roitstein, Houston Symphony
  • Elizabeth Rowe, Boston Symphony
  • Marisela Sager, Cleveland Orchestra

 Oboe

  • Carolyn Banham, Saint Louis Symphony
  • James Button, Nashville Symphony
  • Jennifer Christen, Indianapolis Symphony
  • Jonathan Fischer, San Francisco Symphony
  • Monica Fosnaugh, Detroit Symphony
  • Kristina Fulton, Kansas City Symphony
  • Marni Hougham, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Dwight Parry, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Karen Wagner, Oregon Symphony
  • Keisuke Wakao, Boston Symphony
  • Kathryn Wilson, National Symphony

 Clarinet

  • Tad Calcara, Utah Symphony
  • Todd Cope, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
  • Alexander Laing, Phoenix Symphony
  • David Lemelin, Vancouver Symphony
  • Todd Levy, Milwaukee Symphony
  • Raymond Santos, Kansas City Symphony
  • Jason Shafer, Colorado Symphony
  • Jerome Simas, San Francisco Symphony
  • Robert Woolfrey, Cleveland Orchestra

 Bassoon

  • Sophie Dansereau, Vancouver Symphony
  • Eric Hall, Canadian Opera Company
  • Stéphane Lévesque, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
  • Christopher Marshall, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Philip Pandolfi, Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Lori Wike, Utah Symphony

 Horn

  • Matthew Annin, Milwaukee Symphony
  • Matthew Eckenhoff, Louisiana Philharmonic
  • Fritz Foss, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Susanna Gaunt, Chicago Symphony
  • Michael Mayhew, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Robert Rearden, Florida Orchestra
  • Alberto Suarez, Kansas City Symphony
  • Denise Tryon, Philadelphia Orchestra

 Trumpet

  • Justin Bartels, Colorado Symphony
  • Billy Hunter, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Mark Inouye, San Francisco Symphony
  • Adam Luftman, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
  • Christopher Martin, Chicago Symphony
  • Paul Merkelo, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
  • Travis Peterson, Utah Symphony
  • Anthony Prisk, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Thomas Siders, Boston Symphony Orchestra

 Trombone/Bass Trombone/Tuba

  • Steven Campbell, Minnesota Orchestra
  • George Curran, New York Philharmonic
  • Stephen Dumaine, National Symphony
  • Craig Knox, Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Carson McTeer, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Randall Montgomery, Milwaukee Symphony
  • Dennis Nulty, Detroit Symphony
  • Kenneth Thompkins, Detroit Symphony

 Timpani/Percussion

  • Jeremy Branson, Pittsburgh Symphony
  • John Burgardt, San Francisco Opera Orchestra
  • Sergio Carreno, Oregon Symphony
  • Mark Damoulakis, Cleveland Orchestra
  • David Fishlock, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Mark Griffith, Houston Symphony
  • David Herbert, Chicago Symphony
  • Michael Israelievitch, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • William James, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Brian Jones, Dallas Symphony
  • Robert Klieger, Milwaukee Symphony
  • Robert Knopper, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Christopher McLaurin, Kansas City Symphony
  • Eric Millstein, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Patricia Niemi, San Francisco Opera Orchestra
  • Jacob Nissly, San Francisco Symphony
  • Charles Settle, Atlanta Symphony
  • Thomas Sherwood, Atlanta Symphony
  • Shannon Wood, Saint Louis Symphony

 Harp

  • Elizabeth Hainen, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Adriana Horne, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Licia Jaskunas, Nashville Symphony
  • Tisha Murvihill, Calgary Philharmonic
  • Julie Smith, San Diego Symphony
  • Louise Vickerman, Utah Symphony
  • Marguerite Lynn Williams, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Conducting

  • Kazem Abdullah, Generalmusikdirektor, City of Aachen
  • Teddy Abrams, Music Director, Louisville Orchestra
  • William Eddins, Music Director, Edmonton Symphony
  • Joshua Gersen, Music Director, New York Youth Symphony
  • Steven Jarvi, Resident Conductor, Saint Louis Symphony
  • Daniel Stewart, Music Director, Santa Cruz Symphony

 Library

  • Paul Beck, The Juilliard School
  • Christopher Blackmon, Orchestre Philarmonique du Luxembourg
  • Michael Ferraguto, Baltimore Symphony
  • Travis Hendra, Buffalo Philharmonic

 Audio Engineering

  • Gene Gerhiser, Audio Electronics Engineer, National Public Radio
  • Mike Golubitsky, Java Script Engineer, JavaCity
  • Micah Hayes, Music Media Faculty, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Brandon Johnson, Assistant Audio Engineer, SoundMirror
  • Alex Kosiorek, Faculty, Arizona State University

Administrative

  • Rhett Del Campo, Managing Director, Seraphic Fire
  • Gary Ginstling, Chief Executive Officer, Indianapolis Symphony
  • Elizabeth Mahler, Executive Director, The Knights
  • Mark Niehaus, President, Milwaukee Symphony
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