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Dr. Christine Rewolinski is the youngest of 11 children, born to a Catholic family in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She began her musical training at the age of 12 years on both the violin and the piano. Dr. Rewolinski began formal music studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in music education, a Bachelor of Music-violin performance cum laud, and a Master of Music-violin performance degree. She has extensive experience as an orchestral violinist and has performed as a section violinist with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Milwaukee Opera Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, and Shreveport Symphony. Christine currently is a substitute violinist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and freelances with numerous Dallas and Fort Worth area ensembles. Over the past 30 years Dr. Rewolinski has taught a wide array of classroom music instruction ranging from high school and middle school orchestra to elementary school group violin (Suzuki) and general music. Dr. Rewolinski began teaching the Suzuki method in 1990 and is certified in violin through book 4 and also in Suzuki early childhood music instruction for infants and toddlers through level 2. She has directed university sponsored Suzuki programs at Stephen F. Austin University and the University of Texas at Arlington (1996-1999 and 2005-2010). Dr. Rewolinski is currently the director of the Rewolinski Suzuki Studio and teaches more than 30 violin students ranging in age from 18 months through 16 years of age in addition to adult students. She also offers Suzuki early childhood classes for children from birth to 3 years of age. Dr. Rewolinski earned her PhD from the University of North Texas in 2014. Her specialty is in the field of music education and research methods and statistics. Dr. Rewolinski’s research interests include Suzuki teacher-parent partnerships, early childhood musical instruction methods, toddler violin instruction and the development of occupational identity among undergraduate music education majors. Christine is married to Itrel Monroe, a software engineer and avid car enthusiast. They live on 1.5 acres in Garland, Texas. In their spare time they both enjoy vegetable gardening, knitting (Christine), puttering in the garage (Itrel) and reading.

 
 

Ludmilla has been performing with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and hopes
to be part of this delightful group of fine musicians for many years to come. She is very appreciative of the Wichita Falls community for its unwavering support for the WFSO! Ludmilla was introduced to the violin at the age of 9, in her native country of Moldova. After earning two music performance & pedagogy degrees at home, she moved to the USA in 1999, to continue her graduate violin studies. Ludmilla’s musical journey includes learning from amazing teachers and mentors, developing successful studios as well as performing with various symphony & chamber orchestras and other concert groups across the former Soviet Union, Europe and the United States. She cherishes every opportunity that she has been given to step onto a stage alongside so many talented musicians, along the years. Ludmilla considers it a privilege to have performed for many international dignitaries, including a President of the United States of America. While in Texas, Ludmilla has enjoyed steering many young musicians in her studio along with her high school orchestra students towards success and outstanding musicianship. She has been serving as the Director of Orchestras at the Wakeland High School since 2008.  When away from school and performance engagements, Ludmilla likes to read, cook, spend time outdoors, attend concerts and other fun events, travel and just spend time at home with her family. Additionally, she enjoys serving in the Music Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church as member of the Orchestra.

 
 
 
 

In addition to being a violinist with the WFSO, Tonda Sykes holds the position of concertmaster for the Lewisville Lake Symphony and is a sub violinist for the Waco Symphony. She is a graduate of UNT with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, where she was under the instruction of Ed Bratone, Janet Bond, and Phil Lewis. Tonda has taught orchestra for both public and private schools for 18 years and is currently an orchestra teacher in the Arlington ISD as well as a freelance violinist/private teacher.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Along with playing violin in the symphony, Wayne Bennett serves as the current Music Librarian for the WFSO. Born and raised right here in Wichita Falls, Wayne graduated from Hirschi High School and Midwestern State University. After college, Wayne taught in various schools around the area including Central Jr. High in Lawton, Oklahoma, Hirschi High School, and Rider High School. He also taught Music Appreciation at Vernon college and was a University Supervisor for student teachers at MSU. Wayne first started playing with the WFSO while he was a student in college as a substitute trumpet player and was once able to play chimes on the 1812 Overture. After that, Wayne joined the US Army and Army Reserves as a trumpet player, where he later advanced to Bandmaster/Commander for 38 years. Around 1985, he decided to switch from the trumpet section to the violin section for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and has played every season since.

 
 

Kristin Van Cleve is the Director of the Music Department at the University of Dallas where she also directs the UD Chamber Ensembles and teaches violin.  She is Principal Second Violin with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Principal Violinist of the historical performance ensemble, Texas Camerata.

Kristin began violin studies in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska and later moved to Texas, receiving both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of North Texas.  As a baroque violinist, she has performed in Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., France, Mexico, Bolivia, southeast Asia and throughout the southwest United States.  In the fall of 2017, Kristin performed and taught in Taiwan, in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  She travels to Paris, France each summer in to perform as part of the Festival St. Louis en Ile at the Eglise St. Louis in the heart of the city.   She also performed in Guangzhou, China in Sept. 2016 with colleagues from the University of North Texas and the Julliard School.  In addition to performing with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Kristin is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and has returned to Alaska as a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.  She is a member of the University of Dallas Crowley Trio, performing on a chamber music concert series at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas.  A dedicated educator, Kristin founded the University of Dallas Summer Music Academy for middle school and high school age students and is also a founding teacher at the DISD-Orchestra of New Spain Summer String camp.  Kristin is concertmaster of numerous church orchestras in Dallas, performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and is concertmaster of the Wichita Falls Symphony. She has been a featured soloist in Wichita Falls a number of times, performing such works as the iconic Chinese Butterfly Lovers concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade.