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First Violin

Kirk Toth *
Concertmaster, Lenore and Marvin Kobacker Chair

Concertmaster Kirk Toth earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Michigan and was the recipient of the School of Music’s highest award, the Stanley Medal.

Prior to joining The Toledo Symphony in 1983, Mr. Toth was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic in New York and served as a faculty member at Stetson University in Florida.

He has recorded (on the Musical Heritage label with the Toledo Trio) works of Charles Ives, Beach and Parkers. Mr. Toth appears frequently as a soloist on several of The Toledo Symphony concert series. Mr. Toth resides in Sylvania, OH, with his family and enjoys fishing and tennis.

Pat is from the suburban Cleveland area. She received her BachelorsDegree in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University (studied with Young Nam Kim). Honors there included sharing concertmaster duties in the University Orchestra, participating in all Honors music courses, and being selected to the Board of Tutors.Additional summer study was done in Boston (with Louis Krasner) and in San Fransisco (with member of San Fransisco Symphony).
Pat has been section violinist with the Toledo Symphony since the fall of 1974. During the past 20 years, her responsibilities have also included, on an occasional basis, serving as Assistant Concertmaster. She has enjoyed performing on the Blade Chamber Series.A true highlight was the TSO's Carnegie Hall performance in May 2011.
Since 1999, she has also served in an administrative role with the TSO, as Assistant to the Orchestra Manager, particularly in the area ofString Personnel.
Outside of the symphony, she has performed chamber music live forPublic Radio broadcast, has done commercial jungles for radio, andhas participated as a studio musician for major recording labels.
Pat is also interested in the healing aspects of sound and music.She has been influenced by the materials of Dr. John Beaulieu, founder of Biosonic Repatterning, Tom Kenyon, founder of Accoustic Brain Research, and others.
In her spare time, Pat does arrangements for string quartet and other small ensembles. She loves gardening as well as many different sports.

Jillienne Bowers  
 
Vasile Chintoan  
 
Charles Roth  
 

Thomas Sieberg  
 
Roger Jamini  
 
Tea Prokes  
 
Chris Will
 
Virgil Lupu-Sfarlea
 

Second Violin

Merwin Siu *
David W. Robinson Chair

After joining the Toledo Symphony in September 2000, Merwin Siu has plunged gleefully into all aspects of Toledo’s musical soundscape. After spending five seasons as the TSO’s Associate Principal Second violinist, Merwin assumed the role of Acting Principal Second in 2005, and won an international audition to become Principal Second at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.

Merwin’s numerous solo appearances with the TSO have ranged from performances of the Great Masters on their Mostly Mozart series to appearances on the Orchestra’s Pops, Family, Young Peoples, and Chamber series. Recent highlights include TSO premieres of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra, Keith Jarrett’s Elegy for violin and strings, and John Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne. In March of 2007, Merwin appeared with former TSO music director Andrew Massey, premiering Massey's new violin concerto, Another Spring, in Racine, Wisconsin. He makes his Classics Series debut in February of 2008, performing Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto funèbre.

An active presenter and performer of recitals and concert events, Merwin has appeared as a guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in downtown Cleveland’s State Theatre, and has been featured on performing arts series in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. He has performed on the Toledo Museum of Art’s It’s Friday! Series, on CBS’s AM Saturday show, and is a frequent guest on WGTE’s Live on FM 91 radio series. A chamber music devotee, Merwin has performed with violinists Leila Josefowicz and Karen Gomyo, pianists Arnaldo Cohen and William Wolfram, hornist William VerMeulen, the Kronos Quartet, the Florestan Trio, and members of the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Currently, Merwin is a violinist in the Odyssey String Quartet and the Zin String Quartet, both comprised of Toledo Symphony musicians. He has also appeared with the Old West End Baroque Ensemble and the New Renaissance Players.

Since 2003, Merwin has served as the Toledo Symphony’s Artistic Administrator, coordinating artistic input from conductors, musicians, and audiences for subscription series concerts, outreach appearances, and educational performances alike. He initiated the Artists Up Close series, where guest soloists perform with members of the Orchestra in an intimate, chamber music setting. The Series was featured in a recent Wall Street Journal article concerning innovative orchestral programming.

Increasingly recognized as a narrator and public speaker, Merwin regularly interacts with audience members on numerous TSO series, as well as presenting pre-concert lectures and discussions. In February 2007, he made his debut as a guest narrator, presenting and directing a Harry Potter Meets the Symphony concert for the New Mexico Symphony, an expanded version of a hugely successful Toledo Symphony presentation. He will return to the New Mexico Symphony to narrate and direct their Halloween concert in 2008.

In addition to his Symphony positions, Merwin is the founder and director of Project Aeolus, Toledo’s newest voice for contemporary music and performance art. The fourth Aeolus Festival was held in the first week of June 2005, with MacArthur Award winning composer Bright Sheng as the guest of honor. The Festival has performed over a dozen world premieres, utilized hundreds of area performers, attracted thousands of audience members and drawn in guest artists from throughout the United States. The Festival was nominated for a Best Practices Award from the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.

An enthusiastic teacher, Merwin’s private studio includes many prize-winners of regional competitions. He is frequently asked to serve as an adjudicator for regional and statewide events. His commitment to music education has led to workshops at numerous Toledo Public Schools, music appreciation classes at the East Side Boys and Girls Club, and lessons and coachings with students at Earlham College. In 2002-3, Merwin served as a lecturer in violin and chamber music at the University of Toledo, where he was a member of the Toledo Trio.

Merwin also serves on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Orchestra Forum Planning Committee, setting initiatives and determining objectives for the country’s largest private source of orchestra funding. He is a recipient of the Toledo Business Journal’s 20 Under 40 award in 2004, recognizing young leaders in Lucas County, and along with friend and colleague Ellen Craig Archambeau, won the Toledo Blade’s Corporate Spelling Bee in 2005. He was one of many Toledo-area artists who participated in Artomatic 419, helping to curate and direct the Performing Arts component of the inaugural 2006 Festival.

Merwin holds a Masters in Music from Indiana University and degrees in English and Music from Montreal’s McGill University. An avid reader and hockey fan, he lives in Toledo’s Old West End.

Merwin wrote this biography all by himself, in the third person.

Rita Lammers is a Canadian violinist with a rich and diverse classical music background. As Associate Principal 2nd Violin of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra since 2006, Rita participated in the orchestra's recent success at Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music series, as well as numerous solo and chamber music appearances. Selected for fellowships at Tanglewood, New World Symphony, National Orchestral Institute, Schleswig-Holstein and Verbier Festivals, Rita was loaned a Stradivarius as a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. Successfully completing 3 violin performance degrees with honors (Rice University, Indiana University, and Royal Conservatory of Music-Toronto), Rita was chosen to represent Canada as a Rotary Youth Exchange ambassador to South Africa. Rita has performed in many of the world's great concert halls (Musikverein, Concertgebouw, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Teatro Colon, Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre de Champs Elysées, and Chicago Orchestra Hall) under the esteemed batons of James Levine, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Herbert Blomstedt, Paavo Järvi, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Wolfgang Sawallisch. The 2011-12 season introduces the first performances in Rita's new concert series, 7@7, aimed at engaging audiences with adventurous programming and www.kickstarter.com funding initiatives, at the beautiful Lois M. Nelson Theater at Collingwood Arts Center (http://www.collingwoodartscenter.org/public/lois_nelson_theatre.php#content). Rita performs solo and duo works, with Steinway Artist Sergio Ruiz (piano) in the $7@7 Debut Concert, Music From the Fringe, live and web-streamed in a recital of violin masterpieceson November 4, 2011. More information can be found at www.ritalammers.com.
Diana Dyer Anderson  
 
Cheryl Trace has been a member of the Toledo Symphony since 1991.
 
But wait! There's more:
 
Educated at Butler University, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance. Her major teachers were Arthur Tabachnick and Vartan Manoogian. While in Indiana, she performed regularly with the Indianapolis Opera Company and the Arriaga String Quartet, in residence at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She spent one summer at King's Island amusement park singing and playing fiddle in the country show.
 
After one year of free-lancing in Indianapolis, Cheryl accepted a position with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. She also performed concerts with the Puerto Rico String Quartet, the Pops Orchestra and Concerto Chamber Players. She held a teaching position at the Conservatory String Program (founded by Pablo Casals), teaching violinists and co-directing the summer music program. She also did a great deal of recording studio work, playing jingles for commercials and albums for vocal pop artists. Her intention was to stay for one year..
 
Ten years later (the tropics were just TOO good), she took positions in Hartford with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Opera Company. Upon arrival in Connecticut, the orchestra went on strike. This unfortunate event led to more auditions and soon after she was awarded a contract with the Toledo Symphony. She now performs regularly with Toledo Symphony String Quartet and the ZIN Quartet playing quite a number of educational programs, weddings and special events. She is also a founding member of Apollo's Fire (Cleveland Baroque Orchestra) playing baroque violin and viola and has performed two seasons with the Des Moines Metro Opera Company.
 
Her musical projects/tours have taken her to places such as:  Boston, Washington D.C., Aspen, Spain, New Zealand, Italy and Germany, among others. She has been the recipient of three Mellon foundation grants, each one designed to bring several free performances to the general public.
 
Cheryl loves teaching as much as playing. She maintains a very active teaching studio, and founded Toledo Suzuki Strings in 1992, teaching violin to children as young as 4 years of age.
 
She has no spare time.
Pamela Stuckey  
 

David Dyer has been a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra twice, having auditioned his way in again after five years with the Puerto Rico Symphony. A doubler, he is the only TSO member contracted as both a string (violin) and wind player (recorder). He has also performed with the TSO as a percussionist (Lion’s Roar), keyboardist (MIDI Sampler), viola da gambist, and sawist (musical saw).

Dyer’s musical interests beyond the symphonic world have featured music outside the traditional symphonic repertory, particularly pre-symphonic and new music. He finds a particularly close kinship between the complex rhythms and forms of the late Middle Ages and serial compositions of the early 20th century. He directed the Old West End Baroque Ensemble, formerly in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art, for 9 years, and as a violinist for the Current and Modern Consort of Ann Arbor spent five years performing music by living composers only.


Phone: (419)-475-6177
Email: alice.petersen@utoledo.edu

Bio: Toldeo native, widow of Gary Petersen, graphic designer; three married stepsons, two grandchildren; Pets:four cats, two rabbits; Taught elementary strings, Peoria, IL, violinist in Peoria Symphony String Quartet; Director Collegium Musicum, Ball State Universtiy, 1975-78; TSO violinist since 1978, Opera Orchestra, Universtiy of Toledo partime faculty since 1980, Director Collegium Musicum early music ensemble, occasional music history and Introcution to Music courses.

Founder/Coordinator and performer in area early music ensemble, Musica Antigua de Toledo.

Education: Area violin teachers: Betty Foster, Paul Makara BS in Ed, Master of Music, Doctor of Arts from Ball State University, violin and music history; violin teachers, Otto Feld and Robert Slaughter; doctoral dissertation and emphasis in early music performance; further early music study with New York Pro Musica, Ensemble for Early Music, Helmuth Rilling, Aston Magna Academy, Amherst Early Music Workshop, Vancouver Early Music Workshop, and Madison Early Music; academic year spent in Germany on music study/travel program from the University of Oregon, including violin study with recording artist, Suzanne Lautenbacher, Stuttgart, Germany; violin/chamber music study at Brevard Music Center, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Taos School of Chamber Music, Suzuki and Paul Rolland workshops.

Teaching: a few private students, might be interested in more, preferably intermmediate level.

Hobbies: enjoys travel, gardening and sewing.

Other: Favorite composers, Brahms, Mahler, Josquin des Prez; enjoy folk music and light popular music as well as classical and early music; have almost no time for any non-musical interests because I have too many music interests and activities; active member of Euterpean Music Club and Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity, Northwest Ohio Alumnae Chapter.

Alice also plays viola and is available for performing on violin or viola, schedule permitting.

She is Coordinator of Musica Antigua de Toledo, area ensemble performing medieval, renaissance and baroque period music, using voices and historical instruments. The group has its own concert series and offers nine educational programs.

Diane Kent  
 
Molly H. Stuckey  
 
Randy Workman  
 
Dana Mader
 

Viola

Valentin Ragusitu *
Blade Foundation Chair

Principal violist Valentin Ragusitu joined the Toledo Symphony in 1999. Mr. Ragusitu has a long and distinguished career as principal violist, soloist and chamber musician.

Mr. Ragusitu began studying viola at age of 10 in his home country Romania. He received several first prize awards at the prestigious national string competitions in Romania including the well known "Darclee" Competition. Known for his contribution on the Romanian musical scene, in 1993, immediately following his studies at the Bucharest Music Academy he was appointed principal violist of the National Radio Orchestra and Assistant Professor at the Bucharest Music Academy.

In 1995 Mr. Ragusitu came to the United States as a violist of the ÙLipattiˆ String Quartet. He studied at the Leonard Sorkin Chamber Music Institute with Jerry Horner from Fine Arts Quartet, and earned his master of music from Northern Illinois University studying with Richard Young and Vermeer Quartet. During these years Mr. Ragusitu sustained an extensive educational outreach activity.

Mr. Ragusitu's international honors include second prize at the 1996 Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition, second prize at Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 1997 and fourth prize at the 1997 London String Quartet Competition.

He has recorded on London Olympia label with Romanian Radio Orchestra as a principal violist the complete orchestral works of George Enescu.

Mr. Ragusitu resides in Toledo where he teaches violin and viola privately.

Timothy Zeithamel **
Associate Principal

Tim Zeithamel joined the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 2008.  He began studying the violin at age 3 with his mother, Sonja, co-founder of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA.
 
Mr. Zeithamel earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He has previously been a member of the Quad Cities Symphony, Assistant Principal of the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and Principal of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
 
His major teachers include William Preucil Sr., Christine Rutledge, and Mark Jackobs.

Reed Anderson has played viola with the Toledo Symphony for 15 years. Reed graduated High School at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1975. After attending Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) for three years, Reed transferred to the University of Michigan where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Viola Performance. Reed's professional career has included two years as Assistant Principal with the Shreveport Symphony (LA) and two years as Principal Viola with the Wheeling Symphony (WV) where he also performed with the Wheeling String Trio. Reed is a current member of the Toledo Symphony String Quartet and has often performed chamber music over the years as a part of the Toledo Symphony's Chamber Music Series and its Music Today Series. Reed's teachers have included David Holland, David Becker, Francis Bundra, Nathan Gordon and Donald McInnes. Reed now resides in Sylvania with his wife Diana, a violinist with the Toledo Symphony for 17 years, and their two sons Max and Ian. Both Reed and Diana maintain an active private teaching studio in Sylvania.

Mihaela Ragusitu joined the TSO in 2002 as section violist. From 1999-2001 she was a section violist in the Louisville Orchestra. A native of Romania, she began to study violin at the age of 7 and then she was accepted into the Music High School ,,G. Enescu" on viola.
She studied in her native country, earning her bachelors degree at the Music Academy in Bucharest. During her studies she won First Prize at the National String Competition form 1885-1889.

Mihaela attended many summer festivals and toured with the Chamber Orchestra of the Music Academy in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, and Germany. Upon graduation from the Music Academy she played for 1 year with the National Orchestra (1995-1996). In 1996 she came to United States and obtained her master degree in music performance from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Richard Young from Vermeer Quartet. Currrently, she maintains a private teaching studio in Sylvania, OH.

Mihaela lives in Sylvania with her husband Valentin Ragusitu, principal violist on the TSO and their 4 sons: Chris, Alex, Eddie and Tony.

Philip Stoll  
 
David Ford  
 

Jennifer Burns  
 
Steven Kruse
 

Cello

Martha Reikow *
France Stone Foundation Chair

Martha Reikow was born in Chicago, Illinois where she began her study of the piano at age five and the cello four years later.

She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Michigan State University where she studied with the renowned cello teacher, Louis Potter, Jr. Her other teachers included Frank Miller, principal cellist with the Chicago Symphony, and March Chanteaux, acting principal cellist with the Detroit Symphony. She also received extensive coaching with the Juilliard String Quartet while they served a residency at Michigan State University.

Ms. Reikow has been a member of the New American Chamber Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra where she was assistant principal cellist. She joined The Toledo Symphony in 1987 as its assistant principal and principal cello in 1995.

Martha also enjoys early music, gardening and antiques. She lives in Toledo with her sons, Paul and Philip.

"Amy Chang is a cellist with exciting, dramatic temperament and virtuoso technique," said Paul Katz, world-renowned cellist of the former Cleveland String Quartet.

Amy Chang is the Associate Principal Cello of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Toledo Trio. She also serves on the music faculty of the University of Toledo. In addition to performing as a soloist and chamber musician with the Toledo Symphony, Chang is frequently invited as an adjudicator for musical competitions and auditions. She travels regularly to Asia giving master classes in music festivals and performing concertos and chamber music with musicians from all over the world.  

Amy Chang has collaborated with many orchestras including the Taipei Symphonietta conducted by Henry Mazer; the International Music Festival Orchestras conducted by Jahja Ling, Byron McGilvry and Uriel Segal; the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ya-Hui Wang; the Yin-Qi Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cheng-Tu Su; the Japan Euodia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Shi-Wen Chin; the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Taipei conducted by Chung-Fung Lee and the Celebrity Chamber Group. Music performances have taken her from Shinjuku, Japan to Beijing, China, Vancouver, Canada. She has also performed solos in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Aside from her music career, Amy Chang is dedicated in serving as a cultural ambassador. She was appointed by the Toledo City Mayor, Michael Bell, to visit several cities in China to facilitate relations between Toledo and China. She also participated in Taiwanese Cultural Festival sponsored by the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and toured throughout Canada and United States.

While Amy Chang was studying at the National Taiwan University of Arts (formerly known as Academy of Arts) in Taipei, she received a full scholarship from the Rotary Club to study as a high school exchange student in the United States. The Music Institute of Chicago also granted her a full scholarship to study cello. That very year she won the first prize at the St. Paul Musical Arts Competition. She then continued her studies at the Eastman School of Music in New York where she received her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Cello Performance.

Upon graduation, Amy Chang returned to her native country, Taiwan, where she was actively involved in promoting contemporary compositions, collaborating with famous electronic music composer, Ivan Tcherepnin, She also participated regularly in "Euterpe-Autumn" music series, an avant-garde exhibition of compositions by modern Chinese composers.  In addition to performing solos, chamber music, and concertos throughout Taiwan, Amy Chang taught cello and chamber music at Soo-Chow and Dong-Hai Universities.

Her former teachers include Nell Novak, Robert Sylvester, Allan Harris, Pamela Frame, Paul Katz, Zara Nelsova and Steven Kates.

Amy Chang was featured in the recording "The Story of Man" composed by Gordon Chin.  She has also recorded with jazz pianist Claude Black in "Live at the Peristyle."

She resides in Toledo with her four precious children, Abijah, Jasper, Ariel and Jaron. 

Damon Coleman  
 

Robert Clemens began his musical studies at the age of nine in his hometown of Lima, Ohio. By the time he graduated from high school, he'd studied with six different teachers. His early education gave him the opportunity to perform for and study with Carter Breay, Steven Kates, Paul Olefsky, Janos Starker and Peter Howard. He has been a member of the TSO cello section since 1986.

Six years of advanced study at Bowling Green State University provided Bob with a wealth of opportunities to perform in a variety of musical settings. He has continued to pursue his varied musical interest, performing opera, chamber music, and as a soloist with ensembles throughout the Midwest.

A tireless champion of the cello's expressivity and flexibility, he has performed extensively in ensembles which take the cello out of its conventional Classical role. In addition to his performances as a cellist, Mr. Clemens' speaking voice can also be heard by TSO audiences. His readings have lent drama to concerts throughout the region for over a decade. It is a role he relishes, as it provides him with yet another opportunity to "reach out" to audience members.

He reaches out in a personal way, as well, by maintaining a private studio, where he provides intensive one-on-one lessons to a number of dedicated students. In this way, he has the opportunity to help others find the gift of music-making for themselves.

In his spare time, Robert enjoys listening to music (jazz is his favorite) as diverse as Edgard Varese and Eminem, gardening, backcountry camping, and gourmet cooking with his wife, GeorgAnn.

"Music is certainly emotional expression and in my teaching I helped students give musical voice to their feelings - as a therapist, I still encourage people to find their emotional voice."

Sally has a BM and MM in strings from University of Michigan and a MSW from University of Michigan. She has performed 2 summers with the Colorado Philharmonic (now called National Repertory Orchestra) and 32 seasons with TSO. Having joined TSO in 1967 when she was in graduate school, she and Bart were engaged and married in her first season. She also played through 2 pregnancies (her kids grew up asking "Is this a Toledo night?")

Sally’s two children are Carrie, who is a cellist (has subbed with TSO) and social worker now living in Washington state, and Aaron, a student in marine biology at Northeastern University in Boston. Her pets include Hobbes and Magnificat (Maggie) as well as temporary custody of Carrie's cat Antigone (Tiggy). She's got an attitude problem and gives new meaning to the term "hissy fit".

Currently, she works in private practice as a psychotherapist with 10 years of experience as a medical social worker in hospice. She also was director of children's programs for a large Ann Arbor organization. Her hobbies include gardening and hiking, but the truth is, the orchestra schedule doesn't leave much time for many hobbies!

"I have no real favorite to perform except that I love big, romantic stuff when the floor shakes under your feet. Verdi Requiem, Brahms, Dvorak, Berlioz... you get the picture. I'm a fan of public radio and enjoy the mix - easier than putting something on myself. Musical favorites are of course cello pieces. My favorite CD is called "Romance", short, romantic cello/piano pieces featuring one of my favorite cellists who was also my college roommate - Dorothy Lewis, accompanied by her husband Cary. They're 2/3's of the Lanier Trio with Bill Prucell, concertmaster of Cleveland. They record on Gaspar and their CD's are great. (New recording of Mendelssohn trios just hit the market).

"My years at TSO have spanned a number of conductors, lots of changes and struggles, but through it all, the orchestra has matured, improved and has remained a very satisfying organization to work for."

Teaching:
She is no longer teaching because of career change. She has many years of teaching Suzuki cello, including clinics and workshops all over the US and Canada with many former students playing professionally.

Renee Goubeaux, cello, has been a member of the Toledo Symphony since 2003. Renee is a Columbus native and began playing cello in a public school strings program. She went on to earn performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. In 2007 she began training in cello pedagogy through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and currently teaches cello at the Toledo Symphony School of Music. She lives in Toledo with her husband, Robert.

Renee Goubeaux, cello, has been a member of the Toledo Symphony since 2003. Renee is a Columbus native and began playing cello in a public school strings program. She went on to earn performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. In 2007 she began training in cello pedagogy through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and currently teaches cello at the Toledo Symphony School of Music. She lives in Toledo with her husband, Robert.


Matthew Schiebold  
 
Isabelle Sanderling  
 

Double Bass

Richard Alleshouse, Toledo Symphony principal double bass, may not have come from a musical family, but he and his wife have created one. Dick proudly talks about the musical accomplishments of his wife, Connie, a flutist who has performed with the Toledo symphony and Toledo Concert Band and is currently a flutist with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Symphony Flute and Harp Duo. Also, his daughter, Sharon, plays violin with the Solano Symphony Orchestra in California, and son, Eric, plays double bass in the Firelands Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, and substitutes in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. The whole family performs with the Lakeside Summer Symphony.

Dick began his career with the Toledo Symphony, under the direction of Joseph Hawthorne in his junior year as a music scholarship student at Bowling Green State University in 1961. After a year with the Columbus Symphony he returned as principal bass under Serge Fournier. His teachers have been Paul Laycock at Norwalk (OH) High School, Seymour Benstock at BGSU where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and Theron McClure at Ohio State, where he earned a master’s degree. Other bass teachers include Joseph Hearne of the Boston Symphony, Robert Gladstone of the Detroit Symphony and Larry Hurst formerly of University of Michigan now at Indiana University.

As the selected representative from the Toledo Symphony in 1971, Dick performed with the 150-member World Symphony Orchestra, directed by the late Boston Pops Conductor, Arthur Fiedler.

During the summer, he plays with the Toledo Concert Band in the Music Under the Stars Series, conducted by Sam Szor, and has been principal double bass in the Lakeside Summer Symphony, Lakeside, OH, for 30 years. He has also performed as principal bass with the Toledo Opera, played electric and string bass in many Ken Shaw productions, and has taught double bass at BGSU and the University of Toledo. Many of his students have pursued professional careers in music. He formerly was a string specialist for Sylvania Schools and conducted the orchestras at Sylvania, Northview High School and McCord and Arbor Hills Junior High Schools.

In his spare time, Dick enjoys tennis, volleyball and boating as hobbies. He belongs to the International Society of Bassists and is a member of the United States Power Squadron, a boating organization. Other memberships include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Kappa Psi, and Kappa Kappa Psi fraternal organizations.

Richard's Favorite Links:
International Society of Bassists
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
United States Power Squadron
Boat U.S.

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, he received his BM and MM from University of Michigan. Married to Sally (cellist in the orchestra), he has a daughter (Carrie) in Washington state, and a son (Aaron) near Boston (a bi-coastal family)

Bart teaches part-time (instrumental music) in Ann Arbor Public Schools. And during the summer, he is on the faculty of the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine.

Teaching:
Double Bass in Ann Arbor - has room for a few more students

Also, he would be happy to talk with parents of young musicians (middle and high school) who are interested in a summer camp with a good balance of music, recreation, and social activities in a beautiful setting (www.nemusiccamp.com)

Bill McDevitt started bass when he was 10 years old and studied with Henry Loew, former Principal Bassist of the St. Louis Symphony, for 10 years. Bill then graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 1996 and studied bass with Lawrence Hurst. Afterwards, Bill went to Miami Beach and played with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas for three years.

Bill has been performing with the Toledo Symphony since 1999. He keeps himself busy composing music - of which one of his compositions, “The Millennium Overture”, was premiered by the Toledo Symphony in March of 2000 at Sauder Farm and Craft Village in Archbold, OH. Bill's first symphony was premiered by the Toledo Youth Symphony Orchestra in May, 2003 and he was one of nine composers commissioned to write a fanfare in celebration of the TSO's 60th Anniversary (performed in May, 2004). Bill is actively writing new pieces and taking on commissions for those who request them. He also teaches Double Bass and Electric Bass at the Professional Building at 1838 Parkwood, Toledo, OH.

Bill can be reached at wdmcd2@yahoo.com.

Aaron grew up in Columbia, Missouri, and attended Central Missouri State University where he met his wife, Michelle, a flutist.  They have a sweet and entertaining daughter named Kaelee who keeps them moving.  Aaron received a Bachelor of Music Education from Wichita State University in 1993, a MM in Double Bass Performance from Indiana University in 1996. He has performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and Wichita Jazz Orchestra.  He has also had the fortunate opportunities of playing on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean and performing with Mickey, Minnie and Donald at Disney's Epcot Center.

Aaron’s hobbies include sports, jogging, reading, and playing with Kaelee. The family enjoys going to the zoo, attending baseball games, and eating ice cream.

Teaching:
Double Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano
Teaching Area: Perrysburg, OH.

 

Derek Weller  
 
Allan Santos  
 

Flute

Joel Tse *
Betty and Robert J. Lanigan Chair

Joel Tse joined The Toledo Symphony in 1998 as principal flute, after three years in that position with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. He has performed as guest Principal Flute with the English Chamber Orchestra, and held positions in the Erie Philharmonic, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Joel has made chamber music appearances throughout Europe, Russia, South America, Greece, Turkey and Israel.

His family came to the United States from Hong Kong when he was a child, and he grew up in Phoenix, AZ. Joel received a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Master’s degree from Northwestern University, and a Performance Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. His teachers include Bonita Boyd, Walfrid Kujula, Jeffrey Khaner and William Bennett and his recordings include the New World Symphony, American-Soviet Youth Orchestra, and the Eastman Philharmonia and Wind Ensemble. Joel plays on a French flute made by Louis Lot, #2770, circa 1880. This past summer, Joel performed with the Pacific Music Festival’s 10th year anniversary orchestra at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. Recently, he received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to present local recitals that demonstrate the influence of the French flute on the modern instrument.

Away from the flute, he enjoys cooking, tennis, and making pottery.

Amy Heritage  
 
Mary Scudder  
 

Piccolo

Mary Scudder *
 

Oboe

Kimberly Bryden Loch *
Owens Corning Chair
Kimberly Bryden Loch has been Principal Oboist, frequent soloist, and featured chamber musician of The Toledo Symphony since 1985. She has appeared as soloist on the Classics, Mozart and More, Neighborhood, and Pops Series. She is an active teacher and is on the faculty of The University of Toledo.
 
Prior to joining the TSO, Ms. Loch performed for two seasons as principal oboe of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Since that time she has had the opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, and the Detroit Chamber Winds. In October of 2002, she was invited to perform as principal oboe with the Baltimore Symphony for a week and later that year performed for two weeks as principal with the Richmond Symphony. Ms. Bryden Loch has been featured on over twenty Windham Hill recordings with Toledo composer Tim Story, including several of their Christmas CDs. 
 
In l979, Ms. Loch was among five winners of the New York Philharmonic Young Artists’ Competition and was awarded the honor of performing as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta. In l986, she was a prizewinner in the Lucarelli International Oboe Competition at Carnegie Hall; she toured the East coast with the Cleveland Orchestra that same year.
 
Ms. Loch received her high school degree from The Interlochen Arts Academy and upon graduation was the recipient of the highest award given, the Fine Arts Award. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra. 
 
For eight summers she served as principal oboe on the faculty at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. In 2000, Ms. Loch performed for a month with the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra alternating as principal and second oboe. Other festivals attended include Aspen, Sarasota, Colorado Philharmonic, Pine Mountain, Music Academy of the West, Basically Bach Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska, and most recently, The First International Chamber Music Festival in Puebla, Mexico.
 

Michele Tosser Smith joined the Toledo Symphony in 2003 as Second Oboist. Prior to joining the Toledo Symphony, Ms. Smith was Principal Oboist of the South Dakota Symphony and Dakota Wind Quintet.

During the 2011-2012 season, Ms. Smith was Acting Second Oboist with The Cleveland Orchestra.  During her time with the orchestra, she went on a European tour which included performances in Spain, France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Austria.  Additionally, she joined the orchestra for their Miami Residencies and a US West Coast tour.  She also played with the Cleveland Orchestra for their summer season at Blossom Music center in 2012.

Ms. Smith played with the Seattle Symphony on their Washington State tour in 2004 as Second Oboist.  From 2001-2003 she also played with the Kansas City Symphony a number of times.

In the fall of 2012, Ms. Smith joined the faculty at Ohio Northern University where she is the adjunct oboe professor.  From 2006-2012, she was an adjunct faculty member at Heidelberg University where she taught oboe and played in the faculty woodwind quintet.  In 2003 Ms. Smith was an adjunct faculty member at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Ms. Smith holds as Masters of Music (2006) from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was a student of John Mack. She received a Bachelor of Music (2001) from Mannes College of Music where she was a recipient of the prestigious Performance Award. During her undergraduate studies she was a student of Richard Dallessio and Elaine Douvas. Ms. Smith has attended The National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Kent-Blossom Music Festival, and Domaine-Forget.

Ms. Smith resides in Holland, Ohio with her husband and their golden retriever, Scotch.

English Horn

Kristin Reynolds *
 

Clarinet

Georg Klaas *
Clement O. Miniger Foundation Chair
Georg Klaas has served as the principal clarinetist of Toledo Symphony since 2001. He received his formal training on the clarinet at Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where he earned the distinguished Mitchell Lurie Award in 2001. His principal teachers are Eli Eban and Yehuda Gilad.   He has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra. He currently serves on the faculty of Ohio Northern University.

Jocelyn Langworthy joined the TSO as second clarinetist in 2000.   From 1995-2000 she was the principal clarinetist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.   Originally from Vermillion, South Dakota, Jocelyn earned clarinet performance degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California and pursued additional graduate studies at Boston University. Her principal teachers were Burt Hara and Yehuda Gilad.

 

Jocelyn has performed in the orchestras of many summer music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. She has also performed with the New World Symphony. Her recordings include the CD Suite – Music by Alec Wilder on Riverview Records and the Toledo Clarinets’ self titled CD on Cambria records.

 

Away from the clarinet Jocelyn enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her family, clarinetist Georg Klaas and their twin daughters, Elsa and Freya.

 

E-Flat Clarinet

Jocelyn Langworthy joined the TSO as second clarinetist in 2000.   From 1995-2000 she was the principal clarinetist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.   Originally from Vermillion, South Dakota, Jocelyn earned clarinet performance degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California and pursued additional graduate studies at Boston University. Her principal teachers were Burt Hara and Yehuda Gilad.

 

Jocelyn has performed in the orchestras of many summer music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. She has also performed with the New World Symphony. Her recordings include the CD Suite – Music by Alec Wilder on Riverview Records and the Toledo Clarinets’ self titled CD on Cambria records.

 

Away from the clarinet Jocelyn enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her family, clarinetist Georg Klaas and their twin daughters, Elsa and Freya.

 

Bass Clarinet

Kevin Schempf *
 

Bassoon

Gareth Thomas joined the Toledo Symphony Orchestra as principal bassoon in September, 2010. He began his study of bassoon at the age of 10 in his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. Gareth received his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2009 from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded the George F. Goslee Prize for outstanding artistry. At CIM, he was a student of John Clouser, principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra. He completed a Master of Music degree in August, 2010, at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, under the tutelage of Christopher Millard, principal bassoonist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
A well-versed orchestral player, Gareth has been a member of Pacific Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In September, 2009, Gareth and fellow students at the Cleveland Institute of Music were invited to collaborate with students at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Rieti and Rome, Italy, in commemoration of the victims of 9/11.
In 2006 Gareth was the winner of the annual National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition, in which capacity he made his solo debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2007.
Away from the bassoon, he can be found fly fishing for Great Lakes steelhead, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, repeatedly lifting heavy objects at the gym, and broadening his experience with and fascination for micro-brew beer.

Joan Weiler has been associate principal/second bassoonist of the Toledo Symphony since 1989. This season she is serving as acting principal bassoonist. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and has performed with the Columbus Symphony and the Columbus Opera Orchestra.

Ms. Weiler received her master’s degree in performance from Temple University where she studied bassoon with Bernard Garfield, principal bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Ohio State University where she also has completed coursework for a doctorate and was the winner of the DMA Concerto Competition.

In 1987, Ms. Weiler performed under the direction of Leonard Bernstein for the inaugural season of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. She was a finalist in the Fernand Gillet Double Reed Young Artist Competition in Graz, Austria and toured Japan for three weeks with the Ohio State University Concert Band. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Toledo, Heidelberg College, Ohio Wesleyan University and Wright State University.

When not performing with the orchestra, she enjoys being at home with her husband, daughter, and their three cocker spaniels.

Nora Schankin has been a member of the TSO bassoon section since 1986. She grew up in Ann Arbor and also graduated from the University of Michigan with a BME and MM. Nora has taught privately for many years. In addition to playing with the Toledo Symphony, Nora has played with the Michigan Opera Theater and the Detroit Symphony. She is married to Joe DeMarsh, a tuba player, and they have 2 children, Helen and Nick.

Contra Bassoon

Nora Schankin has been a member of the TSO bassoon section since 1986. She grew up in Ann Arbor and also graduated from the University of Michigan with a BME and MM. Nora has taught privately for many years. In addition to playing with the Toledo Symphony, Nora has played with the Michigan Opera Theater and the Detroit Symphony. She is married to Joe DeMarsh, a tuba player, and they have 2 children, Helen and Nick.

Horn

Originally from Northern California, Sandra has been a member of the Toledo Symphony horn section since 1990.  Prior to that she spent four years as 4th horn of the Dayton Philharmonic, as well as serving as hornist for the Chicago Chamber Brass in 1989 and 1989.  Her great love of the orchestral repertoire is matched only by her interest in chamber music, especially recital playing.  Sandra has given recitals in Toledo, as well as Cincinnati, California, and New Mexico. 

Sandra has enjoyed some success with music competitions, winning the Fischoff National Chamber music competition in 1989 as a member of the Taft Quintet, and placing 2nd twice in the American Horn Competition. 

In 2004 she produced and performed on a recording featuring the music of Alec Wilder, and some Toledo Symphony colleagues.  Suite:  Music of Alec Wilder received praise for the performances, as well as for bringing to life some forgotten gems from an American maverick. 

Emilie Sargent has enjoyed performing as Second Horn with The Toledo Symphony since 1998. She loves the challenge of closely matching other musicians that performing in the second position provides. Emilie is a faculty member at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, teaching Horn as well as Music Appreciation and Music Industry courses. She received her Bachelor (1993) and Master (2002) of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, where she is currently enrolled in the AMusD program in Horn Performance. Emilie resides in Waterville, Ohio with her husband Mike Bielski and their three retired racing greyhounds.

Alan Taplin grew up in suburban Detroit, Michigan. One of his earliest memories is of sitting in front of the “HiFi” on Sunday mornings listening to classical music with his father. From early on the sound of the French horn was Alan’s favorite and sparked his desire to play this instrument professionally.
Alan has been a member of the Toledo Symphony horn section and brass quintet since 1981. He has been a music arranger for the orchestra since 1980. An avid puzzler, he was drawn to arranging because of his desire to understand the inner workings of music, and why some arrangements work and others do not.
Mr. Taplin received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in horn performance from the University of Michigan where he studied with Louis Stout and Harry Berv. Currently he is on the music faculties of the University of Toledo and Hillsdale College. He has served previously at Olivet College, Concordia College and Heidelberg College.
Alan’s other interests include cooking (anything spicy), reading and racquet sports. He lives in Springfield Township with his wife Carrie (also a horn player-Michigan Opera Theatre), and his daughters Emily and Lily.    
  

 

Emily Price Dietz has been a member of the symphony’s horn section since 2000. She earned a bachelor of music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Douglas Hill, as well as a master of music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Randy Gardner. She has participated in the Music Academy of the West and National Orchestral Institute summer festivals and has played with the New World Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and several other regional orchestras and chamber groups. An enthusiastic chamber musician, she has played extensively in brass and woodwind quintets, and is currently a member of the Great Lakes Brass Quintet and the Ann Arbor Symphony Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Price Dietz is also busy as a horn instructor, teaching lessons, sectionals, and masterclasses at the middle school, high school, and college levels. She resides in Ann Arbor with her husband, composer Christopher Dietz.

Trumpet

Lauraine Carpenter *
Chrysler Corporation Fund Chair
Lauraine Carpenter is originally from upstate New York and received her Bachelor of  Music Education degree from Ithaca College. She was a regular member of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and upon receiving her degree taught as a substitute teacher in the Ithaca public schools.

She moved to New York City and completed her Master of Arts degree at New York University. During graduate school she perfromed a wide variety of music including a Meringue band, a Swing band, concerts with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and touring with Robert Palmer.  After graduate school she taught Music Education, private lessons and Remedial Reading at East Rockaway High School in Long Island for one year.

Lauraine relocated to San Francisco and won the Second Trumpet position with San Jose Symphony and Principal Trumpet with the Oakland Symphony.  She also freelanced in the Bay area, and performed regularly with the San Francisco Symphony,  and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras.

She taught music part time at McAllister Junior High School  where she started a Jazz Band and also taught brass at the Capp Street Music School.

In 1996 Lauraine won a one year positon with the San Antonio Symphony as Assistant Principal Trumpet and returned to the Bay area in 1997. In 1998 she accepted the position of Principal Trumpet with the Toledo Symphony.

Lauraine was an active Board Member for the International Women's Brass Conference and actively participated in fund raising.  She commissioned and performed a solo work by Alice Gomez for Trumpet and Congas and performed with the Monarch Brass. For many years Lauraine was a part time faculty member at the University of Toledo and now enjoys teaching privately from her studio.

Lauraine enjoys, teaching, cooking, traveling and speaking French to her Cornish Rex cat Oscar.

Katherine Cosgrove grew up in Brookfield IL, a suburb of Chicago, where she studied with Gene Arnold and Matthew Lee, and played principal trumpet with the Protégé Philharmonic youth orchestra of Chicago. In 2010 she completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor John Rommel. In 2012 she completed a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, under Professor William Campbell.
She was also a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2012. In the summer of 2011 she participated in a month-long tour of China with the University of Michigan Symphony Band. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 she was selected to perform at the University of Michigan International Trumpet Institute in France and Italy.
Ms. Cosgrove has participated in a number of prestigious summer music festivals and brass competitions, including the National Trumpet Solo and Ensemble Competition, The International Women’s Brass Conference and Solo Competition, Summer Brass Institute and Festival of Menlo, CA, The Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, and The University of Michigan International Trumpet Institute. In these and other settings she has worked with acclaimed soloists and renowned orchestral trumpet players and teachers, including Eric Aubier, Håkan Hardenberger, Gabriele Cassone, Vincent DiMartino, Anthony Plog, Stephen Burns, Christopher Martin, John Hagstrom, Michael Sachs, Mark Inouye, Mark Gould, and Barbara Butler.
Ms. Cosgrove is an active freelancer and private teacher in the Ann Arbor and Toledo areas. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, The International Trumpet Guild, and The International Women’s Brass Conference. 
Thaddeus Archer  
 
Ric Wolkins  
 
Marty Porter  
 
Mitchell Wechsler  
 

Trombone

Garth Simmons *
Edward H. Schmidt Chair

Garth Simmons is the principal trombonist with the Toledo Symphony and adjunct associate professor of trombone at Bowling Green State University. He began playing trombone at age nine in his hometown of Billings, Montana. After leaving the West at age 17, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, studying with Frank Crisafulli. Garth continued his studies at Aspen Festival with Per Brevig, and at the Eastman School of Music with John Marcellus, earning a Masters degree and Performer’s Certificate. In the middle of his graduate study at Eastman, Mr. Simmons won a one-year position as principal trombone in the Florida Symphony Orchestra.

 

Following his graduation from Eastman, Garth spent several years in Chicago, where he enjoyed a highly successful career as a freelance musician. During this time he held the position of second trombone with both the Chicago Sinfonietta and Elgin Symphony Orchestra, while continuing his studies in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Other notable performing credits from this time include Sir Georg Solti’s Carnegie Hall Project, the Schlossfestspiele Heidelberg, Germany, the Chicago Opera Theater, and soloist with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.

 

In 1997, Mr. Simmons left Chicago to become the principal trombonist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until 2000. While in Birmingham, Garth was on the faculty of Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

 

In addition to his duties with the TSO, Garth maintains an active schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. He is regularly featured as a soloist with the TSO, including performances of Christopher Rouse’s Trombone Concerto in March of 2008.  Mr. Simmons has presented numerous recitals as a visiting artist, including appearances at the University of Alabama, Northern Illinois University, The University, of Toledo, and Northwestern University.  He can be heard on several recordings with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Orchestra of the Assumption Grotto, and the  Asbury Brass Quintet.  Garth has also performed as a substitute and extra with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

 

He resides in Toledo with his wife and Daughter.

Charles Slater **
 

Bass Trombone

Daniel Harris has been the bass trombonist of the Toledo Symphony since 1995 and the tenor trombonist in the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet since 1998. Before joining the Toledo Symphony he was a member of the Kalamazoo and Greater Lansing Symphonies and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the Detroit and Grand Rapids Symphonies, the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, and the Detroit Chamber Winds. In 2006 he joined the music faculties of the University of Toledo and Hillsdale College. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Yale University School of Music, and the University of Michigan. He lives in Toledo with Carter, a Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix, and Suzy, a Great Dane.

Tuba

David Saltzman has been the Principal Tuba player of the Toledo Symphony and the Tuba/Euphonium instructor at Bowling Green State University since 2007. He is also the director of the Bowling Green State University Tuba/Euphonium ensemble. Prior to these appointments, David had been the Principal Tuba player for the Honolulu Symphony and the Honolulu Brass Quintet since 1997. He was also the Tuba/Euphonium instructor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus and the founder and director of the University of Hawaii’s Tuba/Euphonium ensemble. David has performed with several orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony.
His undergraduate degree came from Indiana University where he was a student of both Harvey Phillips and Daniel Perantoni. While at Indiana, David was awarded a Performer's Certificate in recognition of his exceptional performance at the school. After graduating in 1996, David went to the University of Michigan to study under Fritz Kaenzig, Principal Tuba player with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. Most recently, David returned to the mainland to finish his master's degree at the Peabody Conservatory and studied with Toby Hanks from 2001-2003. During that time, David also studied with David Fedderly, Principal Tuba player with the Baltimore Symphony and a faculty member teaching Tuba at the Juilliard School of Music.
David was the winner of the Colonial Euphonium Tuba Quartet's first Tuba Solo Competition in Albany, New York in 1996. He has performed as a featured soloist at the British Tuba Euphonium Convention in Birmingham, England as well as the International Women's Brass Conference held in 1997 in St. Louis, Missouri.
David and his wife Barbara are the proud parents of their daughter, Eve Birdie, who was born on July 18th, 2004 and their son, Isaac Henry, who was born on April 7, 2007. They also have two “fur-children” Stucci and Lady, toy and miniature poodles, born in 1998. David and his family enjoy spending time together, reading and exploring the many metro-parks and trails near their home.

Timpani

Principal Timpanist since 1984, Sally received her BA in music and classics from the University of Toledo Honors College, and MM in timpani performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, continuing study with Cloyd Duff which she began in high school.She has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony on it's Classics, Mainly Mozart, and Chamber series, performing Bartok's Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Druschetsky's Concerto for Six Timpani, Panufnik's Concertino for Percussion and String Orchestra, Siegfried Matthus' Concerto for Trumpet and Timpani, Colgrass' DejaVu for Percussion Quartet, and the North American premier of  Matthus' Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, "Der Wald".

In addition to her musical pursuits, Sally enjoys reading and is a Master Gardener.

Sally is married to Neil Rochotte, Director of Student Services for Washington Local Schools, and they have two sons. 

 

Robert Bell was named Managing Director of the Toledo Symphony in May, 1984, and President and CEO in 1997. A performer, teacher and administrator, he was the principal timpanist for the Symphony from 1956 through the 1983/84 season. Mr. Bell, who studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Michigan, was Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Toledo, beginning in 1964, and continuing until his appointment as Managing Director. In addition to being the orchestra’s principal timpanist for over 25 years, Bell participated in the inception of school programs, combining brass and percussion, and eventually in the formation of the Symphony’s percussion ensemble. He has been an active performer in many local and regional groups, and during an interval in the 1960’s, lived and performed in Germany with the Deutsche Opera in Berlin and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. His administrative responsibilities have ranged from stage manager, librarian, personnel manager, assistant manager to associate director. Twice he was named interim manager.

Keyboard

Valrie Kantorski  
Jonathan F. Orser Chair

Valrie Kantorski is a pianist in Northwest Ohio, a nationally certified teacher of piano, and has been a member of the Toledo Symphony for nearly 20 years.

As a Symphony musician, Valrie has the honor of holding the Jonathan F. Orser Chair, a keyboard endowment that she has faithfully supported on piano, harpsichord, celesta, organ, and synthesizer for the orchestra since the Chair's inception. In addition to her role as the primary keyboard artist, she is sought after as a piano soloist and chamber musician. (Contact the Symphony office for information on private performances by Valrie and other Toledo Symphony musicians.)

As a piano teacher, she maintains a private studio for intermediate and advanced students, and is able to augment her 30 years of teaching experience with the continuously honed skills of a professional performer, a combination that is especially suited to helping students who wish to enter into or pursue a performance career. She has been on the faculties of Florida International University, the University of Miami, Florida State University and Bowling Green State University as an adjunct instructor of piano.

As a pianist, Valrie debuted as a soloist at the age of 16 in her native Miami, playing Beethoven and Mozart piano concerti with Florida orchestras. She has performed in Europe and in venues throughout the United States, including New York's Carnegie Recital Hall. She has performed on National Public Radio, on numerous recording labels, and as a collaborative pianist for nationally known solo artists.

Valrie has been a member of the Kantorski-Pope Piano Duo, an ensemble that has been on the roster of the Touring Artist program of the Ohio Arts Council. The Duo was awarded the prestigious Virginia E. Schrader Residency in Performing Arts, and was a three-time winner of the Graves Duo Piano competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, and most recently, Manuel deFalla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain.

In her spare time, Valrie enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling, and is a budding gardener, golfer, and geo-cacher.

Teaching:
Available for piano lessons.
Will accept students, children through adult.

Percussion

Jordan Wirth  
 
Keith A. McWatters  
Orchestra Manager

Harp

Nancy Lendrim *
Lois Nitschke Chair

 

Nancy Lendrim is Principal Harpist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, where she holds the Lois Nitschke Harp Chair. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nancy was a student of renowned harpist Alice Chalifoux. Her studies included twelve summers with Chalifoux at the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.  

A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Nancy has participated in several summer music festivals, including those in Breckenridge and Evergreen, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Bar Harbor, Maine and Graz, Austria. She has appeared frequently as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony on their Classics, Chamber, Mainly Mozart and Neighborhood Concert series. A recent review described a solo appearance with the Akron Symphony as bringing "... a proficiency and professionalism to Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances and to Ravel's Introduction and Allegro. (Lendrim) raised the level of playing with her performance." She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her chamber music performances across the United States have been highlighted by numerous world premiere performances, most recently in St. Louis and Norfolk.
 
Nancy has appeared as a performer, presenter and clinician at regional, national and international harp conferences. She joined forces with fellow harpist Jody Guinn in 2000, creating the Salzedo Harp Duo. In that same year, the Duo was awarded the first of two Mellon Foundation Grants, as coordinated by the Toledo Symphony, to research and prepare Carlos Salzedo’s little-known duo harp repertoire for public performance. Since then, the Duo has presented concerts, workshops and master classes across America. In 2002, Nancy performed at the Eighth World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland with the Salzedo Harp Duo, and in 2008, the Duo performed at the Tenth World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. She has recorded two CDs with the Salzedo Harp Duo on the Azica label and with the Cleveland Orchestra on the London label.
 
Teaching has always been an important part of Nancy's career. She is Instructor of Harp at the University of Toledo, is on the faculty of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, the Saratoga Harp Colony & Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Toledo School for the Arts. She was formerly on the faculty of the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. In 1997, she founded Northwest Ohio Harp Week, and continues to serve as Co-Director of this music camp for area harpists. She has been an adjudicator for harp competitions in Ohio, Georgia and New York. Nancy is also Director and Coach of the University of Toledo Harp Ensemble. She plays a Lyon & Healy Style 26 concert grand harp.

Offstage, Nancy maintains an active roster of private students, is President of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society, and is a regular contributor and reviewer for The Harp Column magazine. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio with husband Roger Greive and sons Elliot and Oliver.      

Saxophone

John Sampen  
 

Electric Bass

Richard Alleshouse, Toledo Symphony principal double bass, may not have come from a musical family, but he and his wife have created one. Dick proudly talks about the musical accomplishments of his wife, Connie, a flutist who has performed with the Toledo symphony and Toledo Concert Band and is currently a flutist with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Symphony Flute and Harp Duo. Also, his daughter, Sharon, plays violin with the Solano Symphony Orchestra in California, and son, Eric, plays double bass in the Firelands Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, and substitutes in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. The whole family performs with the Lakeside Summer Symphony.

Dick began his career with the Toledo Symphony, under the direction of Joseph Hawthorne in his junior year as a music scholarship student at Bowling Green State University in 1961. After a year with the Columbus Symphony he returned as principal bass under Serge Fournier. His teachers have been Paul Laycock at Norwalk (OH) High School, Seymour Benstock at BGSU where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and Theron McClure at Ohio State, where he earned a master’s degree. Other bass teachers include Joseph Hearne of the Boston Symphony, Robert Gladstone of the Detroit Symphony and Larry Hurst formerly of University of Michigan now at Indiana University.

As the selected representative from the Toledo Symphony in 1971, Dick performed with the 150-member World Symphony Orchestra, directed by the late Boston Pops Conductor, Arthur Fiedler.

During the summer, he plays with the Toledo Concert Band in the Music Under the Stars Series, conducted by Sam Szor, and has been principal double bass in the Lakeside Summer Symphony, Lakeside, OH, for 30 years. He has also performed as principal bass with the Toledo Opera, played electric and string bass in many Ken Shaw productions, and has taught double bass at BGSU and the University of Toledo. Many of his students have pursued professional careers in music. He formerly was a string specialist for Sylvania Schools and conducted the orchestras at Sylvania, Northview High School and McCord and Arbor Hills Junior High Schools.

In his spare time, Dick enjoys tennis, volleyball and boating as hobbies. He belongs to the International Society of Bassists and is a member of the United States Power Squadron, a boating organization. Other memberships include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Kappa Psi, and Kappa Kappa Psi fraternal organizations.

Richard's Favorite Links:
International Society of Bassists
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
United States Power Squadron
Boat U.S.

Recorder

David Dyer has been a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra twice, having auditioned his way in again after five years with the Puerto Rico Symphony. A doubler, he is the only TSO member contracted as both a string (violin) and wind player (recorder). He has also performed with the TSO as a percussionist (Lion’s Roar), keyboardist (MIDI Sampler), viola da gambist, and sawist (musical saw).

Dyer’s musical interests beyond the symphonic world have featured music outside the traditional symphonic repertory, particularly pre-symphonic and new music. He finds a particularly close kinship between the complex rhythms and forms of the late Middle Ages and serial compositions of the early 20th century. He directed the Old West End Baroque Ensemble, formerly in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art, for 9 years, and as a violinist for the Current and Modern Consort of Ann Arbor spent five years performing music by living composers only.

Musical Arranger

Alan Taplin has been a member of the Toledo Symphony¹s horn section and brass quintet since 1981. He has been an arranger for the Symphony since 1980. Alan has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Louisville Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Very active as a freelance/chamber musician in Ohio and Michigan, he has recorded commercially in Detroit, Chicago and Toledo.

Mr. Taplin has a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Michigan in horn performance, with minors in brass instruments, music theory and music history. He studied horn with Louis Stout and Harry Berv, composition with Leslie Bassett and orchestration/arranging with James Dapogny. He has served on the faculties of Olivet College (80-83), Concordia College (83-91), Heidelberg College (91-99), and the University of Toledo (99-present).

Alan Taplin lives in Springfield Township with his wife Carrie (also a horn player-Michigan Opera Theater), his daughter Emily 13 (also a horn player), and Lily 6 (not yet a horn player).

Conductor Laureate

Yuval Zaliouk  
 
* Principal     ** Associate Principal     *** On Leave     + Acting     † Supplemental