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Violin I

John Harrison
John Harrison
Concertmaster,
S.M. and Laura H. Brown Charitable Trust Endowed Chair
(currently on leave)

Member since 1998

Besides playing the violin, I have a background in electrical and computer engineering. I am the proud step-dad of two. I love to make things.

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Byron Arthur Hitchcock^
Byron Arthur Hitchcock^
Guest Co-Concertmaster

I love to make great music with great people FOR great people! Just moved to Denver to marry my wife, and to have many musical adventures.

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Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu^
Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu^
Guest Co-Concertmaster

Bacco is one of three guest co-concertmasters joining the WSO in the 2018-2019 season.

Holly Mulcahy^
Holly Mulcahy^
Guest Co-Concertmaster

Coffee, hiking, & movie soundtrack fan. In April 2019, I’ll premiere a new epic Western film style violin concerto: 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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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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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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Emily Bishop
Emily Bishop

Member since 2013

I'm a transplant from the West Coast! I spend my weekends coaching our Youth Symphony program. Find me on instagram @mzbiz

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Laura Hammes Black
Laura Hammes Black

Member since 1986

I have been playing violin since fifth grade and now play and teach here in Wichita. I also play piano and enjoy my cats and dogs.

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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 Graves
Chelley Graves

Member since 1988

I started the violin in Omaha,NE when I was 7, and I've always loved it! I also love teaching at Friends University and playing at Central Community Church!

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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 Prugar-James
Marta Prugar-James

Member since 2008

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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Brent Williams
Brent Williams

Member since 2018

New to Wichita, Brent is a cyclist & beer aficionado with a beautiful wife and two children who could best be described as a mighty handful.

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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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Violin II

Nancy Johnson
Nancy Johnson
Principal

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

Member since 2003

Pin-Wen Chen^
Pin-Wen Chen^

Member since 2018

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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Brandon Lay
Brandon Lay

Member since 2017

Brandon plays in the Orchestra as part of our Wichita State graduate student program, and serves as a member of the Bloomfield String Quartet.

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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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

"ViolinJudy" is a fun and tech savvy piano and violin teacher, helping others through her books and blog. She also manages WichitaWeddingMusic.com.

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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.

Suzanne D. Schiffel
Suzanne D. Schiffel

Member since 1988

I've played violin since 1954, and have been a professional violinist since 1969. I spent 14 years in the Columbus Symphony, and in the WSO since 1988. Musical Elegance String Quartet.

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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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

Caroline Anderson
Caroline Anderson

Member since 2009

I teach viola both privately and collegiately. My husband and I home-brew beer and we have two doggies named Nora and Velvet!

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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.

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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Danny Ibarra
Danny Ibarra

Member since 2018

I am from Wichita and the graduate viola student at WSU! I love to play viola and teach my studio of over 20 students!

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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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Gabriela Garzón Avendaño
Gabriela Garzón Avendaño

Member since 2017

Gabriela plays in the Orchestra as part of our Wichita State graduate student program, and serves as a member of the Bloomfield String Quartet.

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.

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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Patrick Hopkins
Patrick Hopkins
(currently on leave)

Member since 2017

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

I love that I can teach during the day and play music (all kinds!) at night - the best of both worlds!

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 taught in the public schools, and am currently taking private students. I am married to a drummer, have two children, and enjoy travelling.

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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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Carol Neighbor
Carol Neighbor

Member since 1958

I began bass at 17. I am a retired Wichita Public Library Music Librarian. I also play recorders, Irish folk music, jazz, klezmer clarinet, and sing.

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Flute

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

Member since 2017

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

When not busy with homeschooling, I perform with groups around Wichita. While I don't teach privately, I enjoy coaching high school flutists.

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Oboe

Andréa E. Banke
Andréa E. Banke
Principal,
George and Marilyn McNeish Endowed Chair

Member since 2005

I'm the one who gives the tuning "A"! In addition to playing Principal Oboe, I teach at Wichita State and am an avid chamber musician. Two cats own me.

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Sarah Larson
Sarah Larson

Member since 2018

Sarah joins the Orchestra through our Wichita State graduate student program, and will sit second oboe next to her teacher, Professor Banke.

Cindy C. Thompson
Cindy C. Thompson

Member since 1981

I am on the adjunct faculty at Friends, Newman, and Bethel; serve as Director of the Instrumental Ensemble at Newman; perform with Music Theater Wichita, Tower Wind Quintet, and NMKSO.

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Kristen Weber
Kristen Weber
English Horn

Member since 2018 - New to the WSO, photo pending!

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 Friends University, a band teacher, and I keep busy raising three teens. I love people, travel, architecture, and music!

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Bassoon

Scott Oakes
Scott Oakes
Principal

Member since 2008

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

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

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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Dylan Adkins
Dylan Adkins

Member since 2018

I am a graduate student at WSU. My wife and I are both musicians and we enjoy teaching, cooking, the outdoors, and watching sports!

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Vivian Chang
Vivian Chang

Member since 2018

I grew up and attended college in my home of Taiwan. My favorite color is pink. I love my Alex 103 horn. I also love food and enjoy cooking.

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Jacob Rensink^
Jacob Rensink^
Third Horn

Member since 2018

Wichita by way of Albuquerque, by way of Chicago, originally from New York. Fixer of brass instruments and lover of cats.

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Emily Schaefer
Emily Schaefer
Fourth Horn

Member since 2018

I am currently a Doctoral student at UMKC and a member of Plaza Winds. I teach horn at Bethel College and private students of all ages.

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Mirella Gauldin
Mirella Gauldin
(currently on leave)

Member since 2011

Horn player and teacher living the dream! I play third horn in three orchestras in three different states! I'm also an avid chamber musician and dog sitter/spoiler.

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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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Brandon Sklute
Brandon Sklute

Member since 2018

Brandon joins the WSO through our Wichita State graduate student program, and will learn from Dr. Hunsicker in the Orchestra.

Dana Hamant
Dana Hamant

Member since 1989

I am a band director by trade, teaching beginners through college students. When I'm not teaching or playing I travel, often involving music in some way.

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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

Brent is a Masters student and brass quintet fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He enjoys cooking and watching movies.

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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

Michael Giunta
Michael Giunta

Member since 2018 - New to the WSO, photo pending!

I got my Bachelor's at University of South Florida and am currently doing my Master's at Wichita State. In my spare time I look for stray cats!

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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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Andrew Slater
Andrew Slater

Member since 2013

I love playing in the WSO! When not playing symphonic literature, I gig frequently within the ICT jazz/new music scene . Ribeye + wine = paradise.

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Harp

Jane	 Hyde
Jane Hyde
Principal

Member since 1985

“Scheherazade” inspired me to play harp. I LOVE orchestra, but the harp is a beguiling solo instrument, so I often play on my own. I’m often heard on KAKE-TV, and yes, I teach!

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Keyboard

J. Bradley Baker
J. Bradley Baker
Piano/Celeste

Member since 2016

Outside of the WSO, I keep busy as Executive Director of Music On Site, pianist/vocal coach at Tabor College, and Director of Tabor's Prep School.

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Anna Jeter
Anna Jeter

Member since 2005

I play organ, harpsichord, and piano.

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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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