Amarillo Symphony Announces New Orchestra Members

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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, (, 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 ( 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

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