Colorado Music Festival Orchestra

Conductor’s Podium

Peter Oundjian
Music Director; The Caryl Fuchs Kassoy & David R. Kassoy Conductor’s Podium


The Orchestra


Kevin Tompkins*

Position: Omaha Symphony, Assistant Principal

Juliette Kang*

Position: Guest Concertmaster | Philadelphia Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster
Chair: The Caruthers Family Foundation in honor of Clara Jucker Chair

Jonathan Carney*

Position: Guest Concertmaster | Baltimore Symphony, Concertmaster
Chair: The Caruthers Family Foundation in honor of Clara Jucker Chair

Kevin Lin*

Position: Guest Concertmaster | Indianapolis Symphony, Concertmaster

Joseph Meyer

Position: Associate Concertmaster | Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster
Chair: The Mary Ann & Art Rudeseal Chair

Karen Pommerich

Position: Assistant Principal | Freelance
Chair: The Fuchs and Kassoy Families Chair

Kate Arndt*

Position: Freelance

Callie Brennan

Position: Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Chair: The Arlene Gerwin Chair

Monica Boboc

Position: Charlotte Symphony
Chair: The Patricia Magette Memorial Chair

Dominique Corbeil

Position: Wichita Symphony Orchestra
Chair: The Louise & Ferd Grauer Chair

Tessa Gotman

Position: Phoenix Symphony

Alice Hong

Position: Freelance

Sarah Kim*

Position: Freelance

Oliver Kot

Position: Charlotte Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Arlene Gerwin Chair

Douglas Kwon

Position: Toronto Symphony

Natalie Lee

Position: One Year | New World Symphony

Lenora Leggatt

Position: Charlotte Symphony

Zhen Liu

Position: Orchestra NOW

Aimee Toomes Lopez

Position: San Antonio Philharmonic

Erica Miller

Position: Ottawa Symphony, Concertmaster

Lijia Phang

Position: Milwaukee Symphony

Jarek Polak

Position: Freelance

Emily Richardson

Position: Freelance

Helen Vassiliou

Position: Freelance

Lisa Vaupel

Position: Delaware Symphony, Principal | Orchestra Personnel Manager
Chair: The John & Kathleen Krampf Chair

Jim Wallenberg

Position: Toronto Symphony

Dustin Wilkes-Kim

Position: Charlotte Symphony


DJ Cheek

Position: Principal | Fort Worth Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Christopher Mueller Chair

Kimberly Sparr

Position: Assistant Principal | Atlantic Chamber Ensemble

Linda Numagami

Position: Guest Assistant Principal* | Fort Worth Symphony, Acting Associate Principal

Mark Deatherage

Position: Phoenix Symphony, Associate Principal

Elizabeth Jaffe

Position: Delaware Symphony, Associate Principal

Bruce Owen

Position: Louisiana Philharmonic, Assistant Principal
Chair: The Lee & Palmer Carlin Chair

Valentin Ragusitu

Position: Toledo Symphony, Principal

Yumi Sagiuchi Shultz

Position: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Borys B. Smolaga

Position: Shreveport Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Margot & Christopher Brauchli Chair


Julia Yang*

Position: Guest Principal | Merz Trio, Cellist

Austin Huntington*

Position: Guest Principal | Indianapolis Symphony, Principal

Britton Riley

Position: Guest Assistant Principal | National Symphony

Allison Drenkow*

Position: Charlotte Symphony

Morgen Johnson

Position: Phoenix Symphony
Chair: The Gale and Sandy Dunlap Chair

Andrew Kolb*

Position: Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Aaron Merritt

Position: Nu Deco Ensemble, Principal
Chair: The Harold & Joan Leinbach Chair

Ryan Murphy

Position: Freelance

David Morrissey

Position: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Chair: The Becky Roser and Ronald Stewart Chair

Lucie Ticho

Position: Toronto Symphony


Matt Heller

Position: Principal | Calgary Philharmonic

Kirby Nunez

Position: Assistant Principal | Dallas Opera Orchestra
Chair: The Joan & Paul Lavell Chair

David Crowe

Position: Opera Colorado, Principal
Chair: The Boulder Office of Arts + Culture Chair

Karl Fenner

Position: Atlanta Symphony

Mark Foley

Position: Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Principal
Chair: The TK Smith & Constance Holden Chair

Paul Macres

Position: Louisiana Philharmonic

Jean Posekany

Position: Detroit Opera
Chair: The Jane Elizabeth Henry Chair


Viviana Cumplido Wilson

Position: Principal | Phoenix Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Blessing Foundation Chair

Ebonee Thomas*

Position: Guest Assistant Principal | Piccolo, Dallas Opera

Laura Dwyer

Position: Santa Fe Symphony
Chair: The Norma Ekstrand Chair


Olav Van Hezewijk

Position: Principal | New Haven Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Joyce P. Thurmer Memorial Chair

Zachary Hammond

Position: Assistant Principal/English Horn | Utah Symphony, Principal

Joshua Lauretig

Position: Oboe/English Horn Assistant Principal/English Horn* | Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Timothy Gocklin*

Position: Akropolis Reed Quintet


Louis DeMartino

Position: Principal | Hawaii Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Fuchs and Kassoy Families Chair

Steve Hanusofski

Position: Assistant Principal/Eb Clarinet | Phoenix Symphony, Assistant Principal

Aidan Mulldoon Wong

Position: Bass Clarinet/Clarinet | Bass Clarinet/Section Vancouver Symphony


Josh Baker

Position: Principal | Florida Orchestra, Principal

Wenmin Zhang

Position: Assistant Principal | North Carolina Symphony, Assistant Principal

Adam Trussell

Position: Contrabassoon/bassoon | Houston Symphony, Contrabassoon
Chair: The Marion Thurnauer & Alexander Trifunac Chair


Catherine Turner

Position: Principal | L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Andrew Karr

Position: Assistant Principal/3rd Horn | The Florida Orchestra, Associate Principal/3rd
Chair: The James Alleman & Barbara Miller Chair

Roy Femenella*

Position: Guest Principal | Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 2nd Horn
Chair: The Avenir Foundation Endowed Chair

Megan Evans

Position: Edmonton Symphony

Young Kim*

Position: Colorado Ballet
Chair: The Diane Barbour & David Coward Chair

Cara Kizer

Position: Freelance
Chair: The George A. Matzkanin & Trish Chepokas Chair

Stephen Laifer*

Position: Rochester Philharmonic


Jeffrey Work

Position: Principal | Oregon Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Joan & Paul Lavell Chair

Eric M. Berlin

Position: Assistant Principal | Albany Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Jane Houssiere Chair

Derek Lockhart

Position: Detroit Opera
Chair: The Lichter Family Chair in Memory of George Lichter


Amanda Stewart

Position: Guest Principal | St. Louis Symphony, Associate Principal

Michael Hosford

Position: Assistant Principal | Co-Principal, Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Adam Rainey

Position: Bass Trombone | Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Bass Trombone


Carson McTeer

Position: Principal | West Virginia Symphony, Principal


Peter Wilson

Position: Principal | Harrisburg Symphony, Principal


Joseph Petrasek

Position: Principal | Atlanta Symphony, Principal

David Yoon*

Position: Guest Principal | Kansas City Symphony, Associate Principal

Gerald Scholl

Position: Assistant Principal Percussion/Assistant Principal Timpani | Wichita Symphony, Principal
Chair: The Judith Reid and Richard Collins Chair

Rajesh Prasad*

Position: North Carolina Symphony, Assistant Principal


Vivienne Spy

Position: Principal | San Antonio Symphony


Andrea Mumm

Position: Principal | Charlotte Symphony, Principal


Tim Ressler

Position: Librarian

Lisa Vaupel

Position: Delaware Symphony, Principal | Orchestra Personnel Manager
Chair: The John & Kathleen Krampf Chair

Our musicians represent 44 orchestras from 23 states, 4 provinces, and 3 countries including:

Albany Symphony
Atlanta Symphony
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Boulder Philharmonic
Buffalo Philharmonic
Calgary Philharmonic
Charleston Symphony
Charlotte Symphony
Cleveland Opera
Greenville Symphony
Dallas Opera Orchestra
Delaware Symphony
Edmonton Symphony
Florida Grand Opera
Harrisburg Symphony
Hawaii Symphony
Houston Symphony
IRIS Orchestra
Jacksonville Symphony
Kansas City Symphony
L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Louisiana Philharmonic
Louisville Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
New Haven Symphony
North Carolina Opera
Omaha Symphony
Opera Colorado
Oregon Symphony
Phoenix Symphony
San Antonio Symphony
Santa Fe Symphony
Sarasota Orchestra
Seattle Symphony
Shreveport Symphony
Southwest Florida Symphony
St. Louis Symphony
The Florida Orchestra
The Handel and Haydn Society
Toledo Symphony
Toronto Symphony
Vancouver Symphony
Wichita Symphony

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