Noteworthy Alumni

A sampling of distinguished CYSO alumni in all areas of the music industry:

Orchestra Members


Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields
Marilyn Sansom – Cello, Viola de Gamba

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra
Ben Peled – Violin
Julie Studebaker – Co-Principal Horn*

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra 
Sara Watkins Shirley-Quirk – Resident Conductor*

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Lisa Steltenpohl – Principal Viola

Berlin Concert Orchestra 
Alicia Lagger – Violin

Berlin Philharmonic
Allan Nilles – Viola

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Martha Babcock – Assistant Principal Cello
Joel Moerschel – Cello*

Century Chamber Orchestra (Osaka) 
Peter Seidenberg – Principal Cello*

Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Zac Hammond – Principal Oboe

Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
Arnold Brostoff – Violin
Oto Carrillo – Horn
Daniel Gingrich – Horn
David Griffin – Horn
John Hagstrom – Trumpet
Mark Kraemer – Bass
Diane Mues – Viola
James Smelser – Horn
Philip Blum – Cello*
Leonore Glazer – Cello*
Richard Kanter – Oboe*
Samuel Magad – Co-Concertmaster*
Richard Oldberg – Horn*
Gordon Peters – Principal Percussion*

Cleveland Orchestra 
Frank Rosenwein – Principal Oboe
Scott Haigh – Assistant Principal Bass
Arthur Klima Jr. – Viola
Barrick Stees – Assistant Principal Bassoon
Richard Voldrich – Violin*

Columbus Symphony (OH) 
David Niwa – Assistant Concertmaster

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Abraham Feder – Cello

Dayton Philharmonic
Jessica Hung – Concertmaster

Detroit Symphony
Ian Ding – Principal Percussion*

Florida Philharmonic
John Dee – Principal Oboe*

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 
Dan Sigale – Viola
Allan Steele – Principal Cello

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
Alicia Lagger – Principal Second Violin*

Houston Symphony
Kurt Johnson – Violin
Robin Kesselman – Principal Bass
William VerMuelen – Principal Horn

Indianapolis Symphony
Richard Graef – Assistant Principal Horn
Sherry Hong – Violin
Robert Bromel – Principal Bassoon*
Austin Huntington – Principal Cellist

Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Noah Geller – Concertmaster

La Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Puebla
Lauren Toner – Bassoon

Los Angeles Opera
Margaret Schultz Moores – Cello

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Lorin Levee – Principal Clarinet

Louisville Orchestra
Peter McCaffrey – Acting Principal Cellist

Lyric Opera of Chicago 
Jean Berkenstock – Principal Flute*
Mark Brandfonbrener – Cello
William Cernota – Cello
Matthew Comerford – Trumpet
Brian Ferguson – Assistant Principal Bass
Michael Green – Principal Percussion
Dionne Hansen-Jackson – Assistant Principal Flute*
Neil Kimel – French Horn
Charlene Zimmerman – Principal Clarinet
Judith Zunamon Lewis – Oboe

Metropolitan Opera 
Barbara Jöstlein – Horn
Ronals Arron – Viola*
Demarre McGill – Flute

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Kathleen Collisson – Cello
Lisa Johnson Fuller – Violin
Jennifer Startt – Principal Second Violin

Minnesota Orchestra 
Norbert Nielubowski – Bassoon

Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Tim McGovern – Associate Principal Bassoon*
Paul Merkelo – Principal Trumpet

National Symphony Orchestra 
Rick Barber – Assistant Principal Bass
Jennifer Cline – Viola
Steven Honigberg – Cello
Charles Nilles – Bass
Sara Watkins Shirley-Quirk – Principal Oboe*
Rebecca Tobin – Second Chair Clarinet

Nuevo Leon Symphony (Mexico)
Daniel DiCesare – Tuba

New York Philharmonic
John Deak – Associate Principal Bass*
Anthony McGill – Principal Clarinet
Kyle Zerna – Percussion

Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera
Rhett Del Campo – Principal Percussion*

Oslo Philharmonic
Eileen Siegel – Principal First Violin

Phoenix Symphony
Frederick Chao – Cello
Katherine Kohler – Second Clarinet

Philadelphia Orchestra
Larry Grika – Violin*
Duane Rosengard – Bass
Angela Zator-Nelson – Associate Principal Timpani/Percussion

Richmond Symphony 
Mary Boodell – Principal Flute
Mary Bowden – Trumpet

Rochester Philharmonic 
Stephanie Zimmerman – Horn
Howard Weiss – Concertmaster*

Saint Louis Symphony
Chris Carson – Associate Principal Bass
Thomas Jöstlein – Assistant Principal Horn
Robert Mottl – Assistant Principal Bassoon*

San Antonio Symphony 
Sharon Kuster – Principal Bassoon
Ron Noble – Bassoon

San Francisco Opera 
Bill Klingelhoffer – Co-Principal Horn

San Francisco Symphony 
Jill Rachuy Brindel – Cello
John Schoening – Viola

Sarasota Orchestra 
Abraham Feder – Principal Cello

Seattle Opera
Michael Gamburg – Principal Bassoon

Symphony Orchestra Augusta 
Alex Liedtke – Principal Oboe

The Hague Philharmonic
Cary Koubek – Violin

The President’s Own
Brandon Eubank – Trumpet
Gina Guhl Fouch – Clarinet*
Trevor Mowry – Co-Principal Oboe

The Royal Danish Orchestra
Emma Steele – Concertmaster

Toronto Symphony
Joseph Johnson – Principal Cello
Susan Lipchak – Assistant Principal Viola

United States Navy Band
Jeffrey DeRoche – Percussion

Utah Symphony Orchestra 
Barbara Ann Scowcroft – Violin
Hanah Stuart – Assistant Principal Second Violin

Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Sandra Goldberg – Violin

Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Joe Klingelhoffer – Principal Trombone

Music Professionals


Solo Artists
Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist
Andrew Bird – Singer/Songwriter

Charlyn Bernal – Composer and Associate Director of Film & Television Music for The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Boston University 
Eric Ruske – Horn Soloist and Professor

DePaul University 
Julie DeRoche – Clarinet & Chair, Department of Performance Studies

DC Youth Orchestra Program 
Elizabeth Schurgin – Executive Director

Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts (Canada) 
Lance Elbeck – Violin soloist and Professor

Michigan State University
Ava Ordman – Trombone Professor & Chair, Brass and Percussion

Oberlin College & Conservatory 
Peter Slowik – Director, Division of Strings & Professor of Viola

Peabody Conservatory of Music 
Sara Watkins Shirley-Quirk – Conductor*

Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Howard Weiss – Founding Music Director*

University of Illinois 
John Dee – Professor of Oboe
Tim McGovern – Professor of Bassoon

University of Missouri – Kansas City 
Terry Applebaum – Dean, School of Music*

University of Missouri – St. Louis 
Robert Mottl – Professor of Bassoon

Utah Youth Symphony 
Barbara Ann Scowcroft – Music Director

*Former Member/Position 


Other Distinguished CYSO Alumni


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