Meet the Wichita Symphony

Daniel Hege


MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
Jean and Willard Garvey Endowed Chair

Meet ALL our Artistic Leaders

Violin

Holly Mulcahy
Holly Mulcahy
Concertmaster,
S.M. and Laura H. Brown Charitable Trust Endowed Chair

Member since 2019

Coffee, hiking, & movie soundtrack fan. In April 2020, I’ll perform my newly commissioned epic Western film style violin concerto with the WSO: The Rose of Sonora.

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Timothy Jones
Timothy Jones
Associate Concertmaster,
Bobbie and Marvin Bastian Endowed Chair

Member since 2018

I also played in the WSO from 2005-2010 before graduate studies in California and Brazil. I love hiking and I study cosmology and vigesimal math.

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Nancy Luttrell
Nancy Luttrell
Associate Concertmaster Emeritus

Member since 1965

I retired from teaching at Wichita State and Associate Concertmaster of the WSO in 2012. I'm now enjoying art classes, symphony, travel, and our six grand kids!

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Nancy Johnson
Nancy Johnson
Principal, Violin II

Member since 2000

I also teach at Bethel College, and perform with Dominique Corbeil in our duo, Nova Deco. I also golf, conduct a choir, and mow my 5 acres!

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Dominique Corbeil
Dominique Corbeil
Assistant Principal, Violin II

Member since 2003

Laura Hammes Black
Laura Hammes Black

Member since 1986

I have been playing violin since 5th grade, went to college in MI and IN, and now play and teach in Wichita. I also have cats and dogs.

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Virginia Brungardt
Virginia Brungardt

Member since 2019

Shelley Closson
Shelley Closson

Member since 1974

A Wichita Symphony violinist for 40+ years, I've taught music, and worked in marketing and communications. Look for me in my garden today!

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Cindy Dantic-Watson
Cindy Dantic-Watson

Member since 1992

I've been a member of the Wichita Symphony for 26 years. I also play in the Music Theatre Wichita orchestra during the summers, and have 45 students in my private studio.

Linette Gordon
Linette Gordon

Member since 2002

I grew up in Wichita, and began violin at age 5. I enjoy teaching, from beginners to college students. I also love travelling and being with my family.

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Chelley A. Graves
Chelley A. Graves

Member since 1988

I am the adjunct violin professor at Friends U, Butler CCC and a private studio. I have a side business painting rocks in my spare time!

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Ho Man Lee
Ho Man Lee

Member since 2018

Excited new member from Hong Kong! A member of UMKC’s fellowship quartet. Began playing since 4 with professors from Beijing, London, HK.

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Susan Linnebur
Susan Linnebur

Member since 1972

I started playing the violin at age 3. This is my 46th season in the symphony. I teach private music, and have 7 wonderful grandchildren.

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Cheryl Myer
Cheryl Myer

Member since 1969

I began playing in the Symphony while an under grad at Wichita State when James Robertson was the conductor. I am also an oil painter.

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Judy Naillon
Judy Naillon

Member since 2004

I'm a wife, mom, author, and wedding musician. I have a large studio of Violin/Piano students and am VP of Musician's Union Local #297.

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Joan  Pfaff
Joan Pfaff

Member since 1986

Happily transplanted from the San Francisco bay area to Wichita. Alumna to Indiana University and Wichita State, I also enjoy chamber music and hiking vacations in the mountains.

Marta Agnieszka Prugar-James
Marta Agnieszka Prugar-James

Member since 2008

I also perform light classical/ jazz with my husband, David, in our group "Clazzy", teach violin, and travel. Goal is to see all states!

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Jane Ray
Jane Ray

Member since 1962

I'm most proud of my 8 years working with Latino refugees and 7 years teaching in El Dorado and Hutchinson Community Correctional Facilities.

Rebecca Schloneger
Rebecca Schloneger

Member since 2002

I conduct orchestra and teach violin at Hesston College. The Wichita Symphony is like a family and it is such an honor to be a part of this group!

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Elizabeth Wallace
Elizabeth Wallace

Member since 2017

I live in College Hill with my husband and two daughters, and serve as Director of the WSU Suzuki Academy.

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Shupei Wang
Shupei Wang

Member since 2019

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Nancy Woodruff
Nancy Woodruff

Member since 2005

In my "other life" I am a Physical Therapist for Advanced Physical Therapy of Newton. I have one husband, two cats, and three kids. I Love Love the WSO!

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Fiona Brickey^
Fiona Brickey^

Member since 2019

I am excited to start my first season with the WSO! When I'm not playing, you can find me taking pictures of my dog or watching Frasier.

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Joan Griffing^
Joan Griffing^

Member since 2019

I have played in orchestras and music festivals in Virginia and North Carolina for many years. I am Chair of Fine Arts at Friends University.

I-Hsin Wu^
I-Hsin Wu^

Member since 2019

Started the violin in Taiwan when I was six. Graduated in Cincinnati and currently study with Benny Kim. I also enjoy with my Aussie puppy.

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Viola

Catherine Consiglio
Catherine Consiglio
Principal,
Larry and Anita Jones
Endowed Chair

Member since 1989

I have been playing the viola since 4th grade and it continues to be the greatest joy and challenge of my life!

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Nicole Moler
Nicole Moler

Member since 2005 (currently on leave)

Emily Baldridge
Emily Baldridge

Member since 1994

I love to play my viola. When I am not playing viola I am hard at work on silver smithing and sewing. I have two standard poodles, my boys.

Rosemarie Barney
Rosemarie Barney

Member since 2014

I have been a proud violist for 18 years. I love working with the youth at my church and in my spare time I enjoy photography and sewing.

Luis Barrios
Luis Barrios

Member since 2020

New to the WSO, photo pending!

Kay N. Buskirk
Kay N. Buskirk

Member since 1983

I teach at Friends University and Bethel College.

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Cynthia Cook
Cynthia Cook

Member since 1983

I'm a private viola teacher as well as contractor for Musical Elegance, string groups for all occasions.

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Kristen Smaglik
Kristen Smaglik

Member since 1999

I am originally from Kansas City and hold two degrees from Wichita State. I also work in the loan department at Golden Plains Credit Union.

Cello

Leonid Shukaev
Leonid Shukaev
Principal,
Lois Kay Walls Foundation Endowed Chair

Member since 2015

Camille Burrow
Camille Burrow

Member since 1973

I teach orchestra at Allison Middle School, and have enjoyed playing with Music Theatre Wichita since 1980. I also love playing with string quartet pals all over fabulous Wichita!

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Tiffany Bell
Tiffany Bell

Member since 2012

Recent transplant from Kansas City, and loving living in Wichita. I enjoy cooking and reading and playing music.

Noémie Golubovic
Noémie Golubovic

Member since 2019

Patricia K. Hart
Patricia K. Hart

Member since 1982

My mother started my playing the cello at age five. I am proud to be have been a Wichita State alumnus and an educator for 32 years with the USD 259.

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Quinn Lake
Quinn Lake

Member since 2004

I'm equally passionate about playing and teaching cello. I also love gardening, yoga, my 16-lb cat, and soon I will have visited all 50 states!

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Laura Martinez
Laura Martinez

Member since 2001

I'm a 19-year WSO member and private cello teacher. If my cello's not in hand, you'll find me in the garden or the kitchen with my kids!

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Susan Mayo
Susan Mayo

Member since 1983

I have played in the WSO a long time! I teach at Emporia State and play in a variety of different musical groups with my friends.

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Double Bass

Mark Foley
Mark Foley
Principal

Member since 1989

Mark Foley is Professor of Bass, Jazz and Audio Production at Wichita State University. Listen for his commentary on KMUW Radio.

Don Jacobsen
Don Jacobsen

Member since 1972

I'm a Wichita Native who graduated from North High in 1971. Kansas Air National Guard 1971-1977 | Bachelor of Music WSU 1976 | Aircraft Mechanic at Beech Aircraft Corporation 1976-2014.

Oswald Backus
Oswald Backus

Member since 2013

I am an avid bassist, I love to run and just received my Masters in Double Bass Performance from the University of Kansas.

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Eric Crawford
Eric Crawford

Member since 1998

I also teach orchestra at Wichita East High, and I am the conductor for WYSO Youth Chambers!

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Marcia Hatfield
Marcia Hatfield

Member since 1988

I am an orchestra teacher in Maize. I also teach private lessons. In my spare time, I like to play the ukulele and watch movies.

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Kathy Luttrell
Kathy Luttrell

Member since 1995

I am a Wichita State grad and part time office assistant. Cooking is a favorite pastime. I love being with my husband and four active teens!

Kirsten Moler
Kirsten Moler

Member since 2003

I started bass at age 9. It took me to Wichita State, where I met my husband. I now teach lessons from home and raise our three girls.

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Flute

Carmen A. Lemoine
Carmen A. Lemoine
Principal,
Mitchell A. Berman Endowed Chair

Member since 2017

I am the proud flute professor at WSU and thrilled to play in WSO! I like to watch British murder mysteries, drink wine, and pet your cat.

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Christina Webster
Christina Webster

Member since 2008

I've been a flutist for over 20 years and I teach at Pittsburg State University. Aside from music, I enjoy yoga, cooking, and tennis.

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Chastity Pawloski
Chastity Pawloski
Piccolo

Member since 2012

I am a homeschool mama and hometown girl. I enjoy hanging out with my family, friends, and numerous pets.

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Oboe

Kristin Weber^
Kristin Weber^
Principal

Member since 2018

Just finished my doctorate from CU Boulder! I also hold positions in Tulsa, AR, & CO. I love dogs, hiking, painting & traveling!

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Aaron Robinson
Aaron Robinson
Assistant Principal

Member since 2020

New to the WSO, photo pending!

Cindy C. Thompson
Cindy C. Thompson

Member since 1981

BM - Wichita State; MM - Univ. of Akron. Formerly - Washburn & Newman; currently - Friends & Bethel. MTWichita. Double on English horn.

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Lindsay Wiley^
Lindsay Wiley^
English Horn

Member since 2019

I'm an Omaha-based oboe/English Horn troubadour! I love traveling from the WSO to Indiana and in-between...no wonder I also love coffee and naps!

Clarinet

Trevor Stewart
Trevor Stewart
Principal

Member since 2017

Trevor teaches clarinet at Missouri Western State University and serves as Principal Clarinet in the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.

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Rachelle Goter
Rachelle Goter

Member since 2012

I am the clarinet professor at Wichita State and the proud mom of three teens! I love people, comedy, dr. pepper, teaching, and stickers.

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Bassoon

Scott Oakes
Scott Oakes
Principal

Member since 2008 (currently on leave)

I love orchestral music, and I have enjoyed living in Wichita since moving here from Chicago. I am also married to the WSO principal oboist #doublereedlove

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Zachary Hague
Zachary Hague

Member since 2016

Merrilee Tuinstra
Merrilee Tuinstra
Contrabassoon

Member since 1989

A transplanted (single) Badger and Packer fan from the great state of WI. I have two Great Pyrenees. They are my life and run my life!

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Angela Hull
Angela Hull

Member since 2000

I taught music for 6 years. I'm now a mom to three amazing kids and one fluffy golden doodle. I'm a Wichita State grad and have taught privately for 19 years.

Saxophone

James Pisano^
James Pisano^
Principal

Member since 2018

French Horn

Jeb Wallace
Jeb Wallace
Principal

Member since 2016

I fell in love with the horn in 6th grade band class. Currently, I live in College Hill with my family and serve as Horn Professor at Wichita State.

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Maggie Barnes
Maggie Barnes

Member since 2020

New to the WSO, photo pending!

Alyssa Manke
Alyssa Manke

Member since 2020

New to the WSO, photo pending!

Jacob Rensink
Jacob Rensink
Third Horn

Member since 2018

I love to try new things! I enjoy rock climbing in my free time, as well as anything that keeps me active. Cat dad and big beer nerd.

Benjamin Bacni
Benjamin Bacni
Fourth Horn

Member since 2019

Based in Kansas City, MO, I devote my time as an active freelancer, along with making coffee and being an avid baker.

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Trumpet

David Hunsicker
David Hunsicker
Principal,
Daniel J. and Shoko Kato Sevart Endowed Chair

Member since 2012

I'm the trumpet professor at Wichita State and the proud father of Noah. My wife, Angela, works for Music Theatre Wichita where I play in the summer.

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Henry Zimmermann
Henry Zimmermann
Assistant Principal

Member since 2020

New to the WSO, photo pending!

Dana Hamant
Dana Hamant

Member since 1989

I am a retired band director after teaching 40 years. I have been a part of the Kansas Ambassadors of Music European Tour since 1978.

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Gray Bishop
Gray Bishop

Member since 1982

A Wichita State grad, I have been an active teacher and performer since 1979. I teach in Derby and also play in the Music Theatre Wichita orchestra and Blue Eyed Soul.

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Trombone

Brent Mead
Brent Mead
Principal

Member since 2018

I am a trombonist & teacher who loves discussing books, leadership, & pedagogy. I enjoy cooking and watching TV with my wife & dog.

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Matt Blauer
Matt Blauer

Member since 1994

Musician, husband, and father sum me up. I currently teach at WSU and Bethel College and freelance throughout the area. I like the color blue.

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David Muehl
David Muehl
Bass Trombone

Member since 1989

Besides playing in the WSO, I serve on the staff at the WSU College of Fine Arts as Audio Producer and Sound Designer/Advisor for Opera and Musical Theater.

Tuba

Phillip Black
Phillip Black
Principal

Member since 1986

I've been teaching tuba and euphonium at Wichita State since 1986. I also perform with the Wichita Brass Quintet. I do accept a few private students.

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Timpani / Percussion

Gerald Scholl
Gerald Scholl
Principal

Member since 2003

Joe Mikelait
Joe Mikelait

Member since 2013

I started playing percussion in 6th grade. I got my Bachelors Degree in Music from Wichita State. I am a huge video and board game fan.

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Andy C. Slater
Andy C. Slater

Member since 2013

When not playing or teaching, I polish my shoes, of which I have many...

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Harp

Jane  Hyde
Jane Hyde
Principal

Member since 1985

I’ve played with Omaha Symphony, KC Philharmonic, Ft. Lauderdale Sym, Boca Raton Chamber Symphony, KC Symphony, & KC Lyric Opera before WSO.

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Keyboard

J. Bradley Baker
J. Bradley Baker
Piano/Celeste

Member since 2016

Director of Keyboard Studies at Tabor College, Music Director of Music On Site (musiconsite.org), and freelance pianist/vocal coach.

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Production Staff

Musicians in the First Violin, Second Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass sections rotate seating for each concert and are listed alphabetically (except for the first two and a half stands of first violins and the first stands in other sections).

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