The Amarillo Symphony Announces New Orchestra Members
The Amarillo Symphony announces the appointment of new musicians for the 90th Season.
AMARILLO, TEXAS – (September 12, 2014) – The Amarillo Symphony, (www.amarillosymphony.org), the leader of orchestral music in the Texas Panhandle since 1924, today welcomes 19 new musicians who will join the Amarillo Symphony for the 90th Anniversary season. The auditions were held at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts on August 23 & 24. From the talented pool of candidates traveling from all over the country, 19 were chosen to perform with the orchestra.
Name Instrument Hometown School
Melissa Trevino Violin 1 Amarillo, TX West Texas A&M University
Philip Oja Violin 1 Norman, OK University of Oklahoma
Tiffany McDaniel Violin 1 Amarillo, TX West Texas A&M University
Danielle Kupresanin Bass Amarillo, TX Texas Tech University
Michelle Skinner Violin 2 Baltimore, MD The Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University
Jeffrey Gus Weaver Violin 2 Norman, OK University of Oklahoma
Margaret Taliaferro Violin 2 Amarillo, TX University of Phoenix
Fabian Saldaña Violin 2 Amarillo, TX Texas Tech University
Dawn Davis Violin 2 Amarillo, TX West Texas A&M University
Yael Hyken Viola Doral, FL Manhattan School of Music
Jayson Bishop Cello Los Lunas, NM S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook
Justin Balli Cello Amarillo, TX West Texas A&M University
Cassandra Propp-Garner Cello Odessa, TX University of Texas Permian Basin
Madeleine Kabat Cello Milwaukee, WI Juilliard School of Music
Matt Lengas Oboe/English Horn Peshtigo, WI Shepherd School of Music
John McAlester Horn Oklahoma City Oklahoma City University
John Shanks Trombone Milwaukee, WI University of Alabama
Jack Noble Trombone New York, NY Juilliard School of Music
Rachel Mazzucco Harp Lubbock, TX Texas Tech University
“I as well as the audition committee members were astonished and happily surprised by not only the turnout of talented and local musicians for this year’s Amarillo Symphony auditions, but the over-all high artistic standards across the board,” said Jacamo Rafael Bairos, Music Director and Conductor. “It was difficult to choose the winners because everyone poured their hearts and souls into their performances and played with such musical refinement. Due to such a high level and turnout, we will now be able to continue the tradition of keeping our orchestra as one of the premier regional orchestras of not only the state of Texas, but in the country.”
About the Amarillo Symphony
Founded in 1924, the mission of the Amarillo Symphony (www.amarillosymphony.org) is to infuse the Amarillo community with an unbridled enthusiasm for the performance and discovery of great orchestral music. The Amarillo Symphony is the only professional orchestra in the Texas Panhandle and offers an array of successful youth educational programs in addition to regularly scheduled concerts.
The 2014 – 2015 season is sponsored in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Learn more about the Amarillo Symphony at www.amarillosymphony.org.