Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Music Director

Fouad Fakhouri

Fouad Fakhouri

Violin I

Kristin Van Cleve

Kristin Van Cleve

Violin I

Concert Master

Kristin Van Cleve

Kristin Van Cleve

Violin I


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.


Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen

Violin I

Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen

Violin I


Barbara is the Personnel Manager for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, as well as a violinist with the symphony.  She began playing  violin with WFSO in 1988. Barbara is also a violinist and core musician with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and received her Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University. Barbara has been a faculty member and violinist with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  She was also a member of the Innsbruck Symphony and Opera Orchestra in Innsbruck, Austria as well as performing frequently with the Muenchner Chamber Orchestra in Munich, Germany. She has played many professional  studio recording sessions in Dallas, and numerous performances and tours with many professional entertainers including filming a TNN television special with Floyd Cramer in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Barbara is listed in the Marquis “Who’s Who in Entertainment” as well as numerous other “Who’s Who” publications. She also performs frequently as a professional  free-lance violinist and violist in the Dallas-Ft Worth  Metroplex.  “The Classic Strings” Ensembles was founded by Barbara in which she hires musical ensembles,  from solo violinist to symphony orchestra,  to play for many types of functions such as weddings, parties, and corporate events. Barbara also has a Private Music Studio in Irving, Texas, where she teaches violin and viola lessons to students of all ages from the beginning level  to advanced.


Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett

Violin I

Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett

Violin I


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.


Ludmilla Duston

Ludmilla Duston

Violin I

Ludmilla Duston

Ludmilla Duston

Violin I


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.


Michelle Finklea

Michelle Finklea

Violin I

Michelle Finklea

Michelle Finklea

Violin I



Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson

Violin I

Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson

Violin I


Kathy Johnson began her violin studies with her mother at the age of four.  After studying with various other teachers including Michael Davis at Ohio State, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College, near Cleveland, Ohio.  Receiving a full scholarship, she then attended Northwestern University to receive a Master in Music, studying with Blair Milton of the Chicago Symphony.  During her two years in Chicago, she played with the Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony.  She worked with many well know conductors including Daniel Barenboim and Sir George Solti.  Kathy has been in the Dallas area for over 20 years, and currently plays with the Wichita Falls Symphony (20th season!), is an associate musician with the Dallas Opera, and subs in the East Texas and Lewisville Symphonies.   She also coaches the Young Performers Orchestra and Dallas String Ensemble of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Having been teaching since high school, Kathy teaches violin lessons out of her home in McKinney, Texas. Her teaching experience comes from teaching in her mother’s studio, teaching in the Preparatory Department at BW College, her teaching assistantship at Northwestern, and teaching at the Dallas Suzuki Academy from 1997-2017.  Because both of her daughters play violin plus a wind instrument and her husband is a band director, she is surrounded by music all of the time!


Karen Lim-Smith

Karen Lim-Smith

Violin I

Karen Lim-Smith

Karen Lim-Smith

Violin I



Christine Rewolinski

Christine Rewolinski

Violin I

Christine Rewolinski

Christine Rewolinski

Violin I


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.


Victor Rupert

Victor Rupert

Violin I

Victor Rupert

Victor Rupert

Violin I



Lisa Shields

Lisa Shields

Violin I

Lisa Shields

Lisa Shields

Violin I


Lisa Shields has been a violinist with the Wichita Falls Symphony for 9 seasons. She lives in Highland Village, TX, a suburb of Dallas, where she has also been a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra since 1992. After growing up in Atlanta, Ga., Lisa received a Bachelor of Music degree from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Before moving to Dallas, she was a member of the Cleveland Opera and Ballet Orchestras, as well as the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.

Lisa has enjoyed bringing music to the Dallas retirement community through Texas Winds Musical Outreach for 17 years, as a member of a string quartet. She is also a Suzuki violin instructor, and has a studio of students at all levels of advancement. Since raising two wonderful grown daughters, Lisa now shares her home with husband Kirk, and their two demanding but loveable kitties.


Tammy Sparks

Tammy Sparks

Violin I

Tammy Sparks

Tammy Sparks

Violin I



Tonda Sykes

Tonda Sykes

Violin I

Tonda Sykes

Tonda Sykes

Violin I


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.


Chuong Vu

Chuong Vu

Violin I

Chuong Vu

Chuong Vu

Violin I



Violin II

Becky Rathbun

Becky Rathbun

Violin II

Associate Concert Master

Principal

Becky Rathbun

Becky Rathbun

Violin II



Doreida Aleksi

Doreida Aleksi

Violin II

Doreida Aleksi

Doreida Aleksi

Violin II



Theresa Anderson

Theresa Anderson

Violin II

Theresa Anderson

Theresa Anderson

Violin II



Zenobia Leyva-Martinez

Zenobia Leyva-Martinez

Violin II

Zenobia Leyva-Martinez

Zenobia Leyva-Martinez

Violin II



Anca Lorincz

Anca Lorincz

Violin II

Anca Lorincz

Anca Lorincz

Violin II


Anca Lorincz has been a part of the WFSO’s Violin section for 17 years now.  She has also been an Orchestra Director for the past 20 years.  Anca was finally introduced to the Violin in 6th grade when she barely spoke English.  Her birthplace was in Romania and the change to America connected her to the music field with a big impact.   She won the Marini String Quartet Scholarship for her Bachelor’s in Music – Violin Performance at University of Akron.  After that, she pursued the Master’s in Music Education at the same university receiving the Graduate Assistant spot with the Akron Youth Symphony.  Her love for both the music performance and education field have been strong from the very beginning.  As she likes to say, “It doesn’t matter what language you speak alongside the music language, just know that the musical connection runs even deeper and is a powerful tool.”


Mary Nesvadba

Mary Nesvadba

Violin II

Mary Nesvadba

Mary Nesvadba

Violin II



Jennifer Parkhurst

Jennifer Parkhurst

Violin II

Jennifer Parkhurst

Jennifer Parkhurst

Violin II



Elizabeth Pritchard

Elizabeth Pritchard

Violin II

Elizabeth Pritchard

Elizabeth Pritchard

Violin II



Brian Rafferty

Brian Rafferty

Violin II

Brian Rafferty

Brian Rafferty

Violin II



John Schertz

John Schertz

Violin II

John Schertz

John Schertz

Violin II


John Schertz was a violinist for the WFSO between the years of 1970-1982, where he played among Violinist- Henry Brahinsky and Conductor- William Boyer. He returned to his position in 2005 and has been playing with the WFSO since then under Dr. Candler Schaffer and now Fouad Fakhouri. Mr. Schertz is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he earned both his bachelor's and master's in violin, and also holds an associates degree in Information Technology from El Centro College in Dallas. John has played with many symphonies in the area including: Fort Worth, Richardson, Sherman, Plano and Tyler. In 2017, John retired from the Dallas Independent School District, where he taught orchestra and violin for 17 years, to later work for BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. Along with performing with the WFSO, John performed around the North Texas area with the Lenny Dawson Orchestra and the Dallas Strolling Strings, where he was a member for 10 years.


Susan Younghans

Susan Younghans

Violin II

Susan Younghans

Susan Younghans

Violin II



Viola

Jennifer Sweetman

Jennifer Sweetman

Viola

Principal

Jennifer Sweetman

Jennifer Sweetman

Viola


Jennifer Sweetman earned Masters degrees in both violin and viola performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, where she studied with Jan Mark Sloman and Barbara Sudweeks and served as principal violist of the Meadows Symphony. Jennifer is currently principal violist of the Lewisville Lake Symphony and Wichita Falls Symphony and also performs with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, East Texas Symphony, Plano Symphony and Utah Festival Opera. In addition, she is a member of Texas Winds, a musical outreach program in the Dallas area that enriches the lives of isolated seniors, hospital patients, veterans and at-risk children through live professional music programs. She has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria and the Heifetz International Music Institute. An avid chamber musician and teacher, Jennifer enjoys performing with the Gyros String Quartet and maintains a busy private studio of violin and viola students in Dallas and Highland Park. 

 


Heather Blanco

Heather Blanco

Viola

Heather Blanco

Heather Blanco

Viola


Heather grew up mostly in Houston where she started studying the viola in 6th grade. She was fortunate to go to a performing arts middle school and high school. She graduated from Florida State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s in music education. After graduation she toured for several years with the ecumenical Christian music group Celebrant Singers playing both violin and viola. She traveled throughout the 48 contiguous states and other areas of the world including places such as India, Cuba, Eastern and Western Europe, and Central and South America. She began teaching orchestra in the public schools in California, and has since taught for nineteen years in Texas. She taught for four years in Irving, but most of her career has been in Arlington ISD. Heather has also written and arranged both string and full educational orchestra pieces, and several have been used for the yearly UIL Orchestra assessments in Texas. She has enjoyed playing with the WFSO since 2003, and performs as a freelance musician throughout the Metroplex on violin and viola. Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and their two rat terriers.


Alexis Lantgan

Alexis Lantgan

Viola

Alexis Lantgan

Alexis Lantgan

Viola



Gina Menden

Gina Menden

Viola

Gina Menden

Gina Menden

Viola



Paul Palmer

Paul Palmer

Viola

Paul Palmer

Paul Palmer

Viola


Paul Palmer started playing violin in the 5th grade.  At the age of 14, he went to a music camp at Midwestern State University where he participated in a master class with Paul Rolland.  Mr. Rolland then invited him to attend the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, IL where he studied violin and played viola in the orchestra and  in chamber music.  After graduation, he attended the University of Illinois for 3 semesters.  After Mr. Rolland’s untimely death, he moved back to Dallas and completed his studies at SMU.  Paul toured Europe with The New York Harlem Theater Ensemble, playing Carmen Jones for 9 months in 11 countries.  He has played with The Dallas Opera, the Tulsa Opera, the Utah Festival Opera, the Spoleto Festival/Festival Dei Due Mondi, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria,  and symphonies in the north Texas area including Amarillo, Shreveport, Waco Longview, Texarkana, Tyler, Oklahoma City and Lawton, OK among others.  He has a teaching studio of about 50 students in the Plano ISD.  When hot practicing, Paul enjoys studying foreign languages and playing contract bridge and chess.  He is an active member in his church orchestra at the Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ. 


Tom Schrandt

Tom Schrandt

Viola

Tom Schrandt

Tom Schrandt

Viola



Imelda Tecson

Imelda Tecson

Viola

Imelda Tecson

Imelda Tecson

Viola



Eniko Walter-Howard

Eniko Walter-Howard

Viola

Eniko Walter-Howard

Eniko Walter-Howard

Viola


Enikő Walter-Howard has been playing viola with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She is also a member of the Waco Symphony and performs as a freelance violist in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. She received her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas. She taught orchestra in several public schools, and is currently teaching in Arlington ISD.


Cello

Dwight Anderson

Dwight Anderson

Cello

Principal

Dwight Anderson

Dwight Anderson

Cello



Steven Brown

Steven Brown

Cello

Principal

Steven Brown

Steven Brown

Cello



Philip Chisum

Philip Chisum

Cello

Philip Chisum

Philip Chisum

Cello



Kimberly Greene

Kimberly Greene

Cello

Kimberly Greene

Kimberly Greene

Cello



Shawna Hamilton

Shawna Hamilton

Cello

Shawna Hamilton

Shawna Hamilton

Cello



Michael Hitchcock

Michael Hitchcock

Cello

Michael Hitchcock

Michael Hitchcock

Cello



Ron Hough

Ron Hough

Cello

Ron Hough

Ron Hough

Cello



Barbara Kavanaugh

Barbara Kavanaugh

Cello

Barbara Kavanaugh

Barbara Kavanaugh

Cello


Barbara Kavanaugh’s life career has been performing professionally and maintaining a cello studio. She received a degree in cello performance from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Catholic University, in Washington D.C. where she continued as a free-lancer for 30 years. During her time in Washington D.C, Barbara had the opportunity of playing in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Wolf Trap and the National Theater. Her work as a principle cellist with the Asaph Ensemble and the MasterWorks Festival led her to perform in London and Winchester, England, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and at the Beijing Central Conservatory in China. In 1997, Barbara became Director of Chamber Music for the MasterWorks Festival, where she coordinated and coached dozens of string quartets and ensembles. In her last 5 years with MasterWorks, from 2010-2015, Barbara traveled to China seven times for performances and teaching. In 2018, after the sudden passing of her beloved husband, Patrick Kavanaugh, who was a composer and conductor, Barbara moved to Wichita Falls to be closer to one of four of her sons. Today, Barbara is a performer with the WFSO as well as a Director of Café Jubalatte, a ministry to encourage and support Christian classical musicians.


Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis

Cello

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis

Cello



Mary Maneikis

Mary Maneikis

Cello

Mary Maneikis

Mary Maneikis

Cello



Kirsten Underwood

Kirsten Underwood

Cello

Kirsten Underwood

Kirsten Underwood

Cello



Bass

Mike Lelevich

Mike Lelevich

Bass

Principal

Mike Lelevich

Mike Lelevich

Bass



Nancy Cook

Nancy Cook

Bass

Nancy Cook

Nancy Cook

Bass


Nancy Cook began her music career as a youngster in the WFISD strings program, playing cello and double bass, and in the band program playing trombone.  She made All-State Orchestra on double bass her junior and senior years.  As a sophomore at SH Rider High School Nancy began performing with the WFSO and has been performing with them off and on for approximately 45 years. 

After graduating from high school, Nancy attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she studied classical guitar for one year.  She then went to Midwestern State University where she graduated in 1981 earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in music.  She attended graduate school at MSU, studying curriculum and instruction.  After graduating from College, she worked in school districts including Midway, Dallas, and Wichita Falls.  While in Dallas Nancy attended Dallas Theological Seminary.  She also performed with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Garland Symphony, and various church orchestras in the area.

Nancy worked in the public education system for 35 years.  She was a classroom teacher for 25 years for grades 1 through 6.  After leaving the classroom, for 10 years she had the privilege of serving teachers in Wichita Falls Independent School District as the Math and Science Curriculum Specialist for grades 3 through 6.  She also taught various workshops at Region 9 Educational Service Center.  Nancy retired from public education at the end of July 2017.

During her years in Wichita Falls, she has also performed with Backdoor Theatre, The Wichita Theatre, The Performing Arts Alliance, Red River Lyric Theater, MSU Opera and Musical productions, the Wichita Falls Chamber Orchestra, the Wichita Falls Community Orchestra, and has been in choral performances, such as the Messiah, and many church cantatas.  Nancy also served as the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Music Librarian from 1999 to 2015.

Nancy currently serves on the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Players Committee and is the Musicians Representative on the WFSO Board.  She has private double bass students and continues to learn as well through studying double bass from various teachers. Nancy also enjoys being a volunteer with Hospice of Wichita Falls.

 

 


Will Coppoc

Will Coppoc

Bass

Will Coppoc

Will Coppoc

Bass


Will Coppoc is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has played with the WFSO since 2018. Will completed his Master of Music degree in performance and pedagogy at Oklahoma State University, and his Bachelor of Music in performance at the University of North Texas, where he graduated summa cum laude. Currently a member of the 77th U.S. Army Band, Will is stationed at Fort Sill, in Lawton, OK. His primary duties with the band include performing with various ensembles and acting as head music librarian. Will has also performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and others. When not playing the bass, you can usually find Will reading science fiction and posting book reviews to Amazon and Goodreads.


Sheila Lucas

Sheila Lucas

Bass

Sheila Lucas

Sheila Lucas

Bass


Sheila Lucas is a native Dallasite, born in the Deep Ellum section of downtown. She received a Bachelor of Music Performance from UNT, and a master’s degree from A&M. For over 30 years Sheila has played coast to coast with ensembles ranging from regional symphonies to rock groups. In 1994, she joined the WFSO and quickly fell in love with the orchestra, the patrons, and the city. An interest in Texas politics led Sheila to becoming a Precinct chair for the Texas Senate, District 2, and also serve as a Dallas County Election Judge.


Joel MacMillan

Joel MacMillan

Bass

Joel MacMillan

Joel MacMillan

Bass


Joel MacMillan, double bassist, has played with the Wichita Falls Symphony since the 2014-15 season. He studied Double Bass Performance at Wichita State University with David Neubert, and at Northwestern University with Jeff Bradetich. He has played in the Wichita, (KS) Symphony, The Chicago Sinfonietta, The Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theatre, Elgin and Lake Forest Symphonies, New Mexico and Santa Fe Symphonies, Opera Southwest, (Albuquerque), Amarillo Symphony, Richardson Symphony, East Texas Symphony, and the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Joel works as a luthier on staff in the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He lives in Krum with his wife Liane, their two teenage daughters, and an abundance of animals.


Tony Rosario

Tony Rosario

Bass

Tony Rosario

Tony Rosario

Bass



Oboe

James Hobbs

James Hobbs

Oboe

Principal

James Hobbs

James Hobbs

Oboe



Ceci Lagarenne

Ceci Lagarenne

Oboe

Ceci Lagarenne

Ceci Lagarenne

Oboe


Ceci Lagarenne was born and raised in a small town in the Catskill mountains of New York State listening to big bands, Broadway shows and classical music (especially from the Romantic era) due to her father's impressive and varied record collection. Piano lessons began at an early age, flute lessons followed, self-taught guitar was in the midst of all that, and then the oboe happened when she was in 7th grade. Her band director gave her an oboe and a reed and said, "Here you go, see what you can do with this." A half hour later, she started her lifelong love and career on the oboe. She has a degree in music education but after a few years of teaching elementary music in public school, she found her calling teaching private oboe lessons. Being proficient on the other members of the oboe family: English horn and oboe d'amore, has given her opportunities to play a great variety of wind, choral and opera repertoire in addition to the great orchestral music we love. Ceci has been a member of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra since 1993.


Stewart Williams

Stewart Williams

Oboe

Stewart Williams

Stewart Williams

Oboe



Bassoon

Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

Bassoon

Principal

Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

Bassoon



Marty Spake

Marty Spake

Bassoon

Marty Spake

Marty Spake

Bassoon


Originally from Butler, Indiana, Marty Spake received a Bachelor of Arts degree in instrumental music education from Arizona State University and a Master of Music in bassoon performance from Southern Methodist University. Marty has been a member of the East Texas Symphony (Tyler) and the Dallas Winds since 1994.  He has appeared on 13 CD releases of the Dallas Winds.  In 2011, he joined the Wichita Falls Symphony.  Marty currently serves as principal bassoon of the Richardson Symphony.    He has played with many ensembles in the DFW area over the years including the Dallas Symphony, six seasons with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, and Texas Winds Musical Outreach where he has performed hundreds of concerts in schools and nursing homes.  Marty is a certified Texas music educator, a member of TMEA, and has been a full-time elementary string orchestra teacher in the Dallas Independent School district since 2002.  Marty loves Texas and the rich opportunity it offers musicians and artists to perform and thrive.   He especially loves coming to Wichita Falls to enjoy the beautiful parks and outdoor activities!


Luke Varland

Luke Varland

Bassoon

Luke Varland

Luke Varland

Bassoon



Spencer Wilson

Spencer Wilson

Bassoon

Spencer Wilson

Spencer Wilson

Bassoon



Clarinet

Sharon Deuby

Sharon Deuby

Clarinet

Principal

Sharon Deuby

Sharon Deuby

Clarinet


Sharon Knox Deuby enjoys a rich and varied career as an orchestral, band and chamber musician, as well as an educator. Sharon performs as Principal Clarinet for the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, as well as Associate Principal Clarinet for the Dallas Winds, and Co-Principal for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. Sharon has recorded 23 compact discs with the Dallas Winds that have received international acclaim and Grammy Awards nominations. As a member of Texas Winds Musical Outreach, she presents educational concerts for Head Start schools throughout Dallas County. Sharon has performed as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and Richland String Orchestra and as a soloist or clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, University of Texas at Tyler Single Reed Day, OU Clarinet Symposium, Texas Clarinet Colloquium and Clarinet Solutions. Sharon is Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at University of Texas at Tyler and Richland College, where she also directs the Chamber Woodwinds. Sharon is a member of the clarinet faculty for the Dallas Winds Band Camp and Honor Bands. Sharon received her Master of Music in Performance from Michigan State University and Bachelor of Music Education from Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. Her primary teachers include Fred Ormand, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Stephen Girko, Allen Sigel and Alan Woy, as well as special training with Donald Montanaro. Sharon is a Selmer artist and performs on Selmer Paris Privilege clarinets.


Kenneth Krause

Kenneth Krause

Clarinet

Principal

Kenneth Krause

Kenneth Krause

Clarinet


Kenneth is Principal clarinet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. He is also Principal clarinet of the Lewisville Lake Symphony, has performed with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra since 2006. He has recorded with Anshel Brusilow while Principal of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 - 2010, and with Howard Dunn and Frederick Fennel while Principal of the Dallas Wind Symphony. Krause holds degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied with Larry Combs, and North Texas State University, having studied with Dr. James Gillespie. Also studied with Andrew Crisanti, retired Principal clarinet of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.


David Belcher

David Belcher

Clarinet

David Belcher

David Belcher

Clarinet



Flute

Pam Youngblood

Pam Youngblood

Flute

Principal

Pam Youngblood

Pam Youngblood

Flute



Michele Schrandt

Michele Schrandt

Flute

Michele Schrandt

Michele Schrandt

Flute


Michele began performing with the WFSO four years after she received a BME degree from Baylor University in 1977. She is a Certified Professional Landman at the Cobra Oil & Gas Corporation here in Wichita Falls, where she has been employed since 1981. Both Michele and her husband Tom, who plays viola, have been members of the WFSO for over 35 years!


Piccolo

Janelle Olson

Janelle Olson

Piccolo

Janelle Olson

Janelle Olson

Piccolo


Janelle Olson, a Wichitan since 2007, plays piccolo with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. She also regularly plays flute and piccolo with the Plano and Irving Symphonies and freelances in the Dallas area. In addition, she teaches private lessons. Her first experience playing with the WFSO was as a substitute for the Christmas Concert in 2008. While living in Norway, she learned she would be moving to Wichita Falls, Janelle did her research and was thrilled to see that the community supported a symphony, so she wrote to the Conductor and Flute Section that she would be available for subbing “anytime they needed” her. She became a more regular WFSO member playing piccolo beginning in 2013.

Growing up, Janelle was surrounded by music. Her mother played piano, and her father was a clarinetist, as well as a university professor of music and band conductor. She particularly enjoyed having the “luxury of a built-in accompanist”. Janelle earned her Bachelor of Music from California State University Long Beach and attended New England Conservatory for her Masters in Flute Performance. She played in the New World Symphony before becoming Principal Flute of the Tucson Symphony. In addition to music, Janelle’s “happy place” is being in the mountains, traveling, hiking, and camping with family and friends. She has two sons, Dag Marius and Matthew, and two cats, Bigand Little Kitty.

 


Trumpet

James Sims

James Sims

Trumpet

Principal

James Sims

James Sims

Trumpet


James Sims earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Ray Crisara. His Bachelor’s degree is from Baylor University. He is currently Principal Trumpet of the East Texas Symphony and the Wichita Falls Symphony and has played with numerous other orchestras. He is also Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Winds. Dr. Sims performs regularly with Casa Manana Musicals and has performed with the Dallas Summer Musicals. Dr. Sims has taught at all levels including positions at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Tarleton State University, and the University of Texas at Tyler. As a soloist, he has appeared with the East Texas Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, and the Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony). He was soloist for the world premier performance of Kenji Bunch’s Double Talk: A Concerto for Marimba and Trumpet and Orchestra.


Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

Trumpet

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

Trumpet



John Moots

John Moots

Trumpet

John Moots

John Moots

Trumpet



Larry Spencer

Larry Spencer

Trumpet

Larry Spencer

Larry Spencer

Trumpet



Bert Truax

Bert Truax

Trumpet

Bert Truax

Bert Truax

Trumpet



Trombone

Jonathan Gill

Jonathan Gill

Trombone

Principal

Jonathan Gill

Jonathan Gill

Trombone


Dr. Jonathan Gill maintains an active studio of 50–60 middle and high school low brass students in the Lewisville, Carroll, and Plano ISD’s.  As an active freelancer in the DFW area, Dr. Gill routinely performs with groups such as the Dallas Wind Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Irving Symphony, Plano Symphony, and is currently acting Principal Trombone of the Wichita Falls Symphony. He can be heard playing Principal Trombone on the new Dallas Wind Symphony CD “Asphalt Cocktail: The music of John Mackey”.  Dr. Gill has also held the position of Adjunct Professor of Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba at Tarleton State University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In addition to his professional playing career and local teaching, Dr. Gill has also has had the privilege to participate in, teach, and work with some of the finest marching bands and drum corps in the United States. Dr. Gill holds degrees from the University of Georgia (BM of Ed.), the University of South Florida (MM), and the University of North Texas (DMA Perf.). Dr. Jonathan Gill resides in McKinney, TX with his fiancé Dr. Emily Gale and their two dogs Francine and Mr. Noodle.


Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis

Trombone

Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis

Trombone


Justin Lewis was raised in Seminole, Oklahoma where he began to learn to play trombone and was a two-time member of the Oklahoma All-State Band. He received a full scholarship to East Central University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education and later, a Master of Music in Trombone Performance with a musicology emphasis from the University of North Texas. In 1994, Justin began his teaching career in Madill, Oklahoma earning the band many honors including a proclamation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives, within the same year, Justin joined the WFSO as bass trombone. He relocated permanently to Wichita Falls in 1997 as band director for Zundy Junior High, then in 2007, became band director of Wichita Falls High School “Old High”, a position in which he holds today. In 2012, Justin was named as the Texas representative in the School Band and Orchestra magazine as one of the “Top 50 Teachers Who Made A Difference” and was also inducted into the Seminole High School Hall of Fame. Justin has been performing bass trombone with the WFSO for 26 years, as well as lead trombone in the Ken Nelson Big Band and is one of the founding members of an “eclectic tongue-in-cheek" ukulele duet called Ukelicious.


Matt Luttrell

Matt Luttrell

Trombone

Matt Luttrell

Matt Luttrell

Trombone



Horn

William Scharnberg

William Scharnberg

Horn

Principal

William Scharnberg

William Scharnberg

Horn


William Scharnberg (Bill) has been principal horn of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra since 2007. He graduated from the University of Iowa with the BM, MA, MFA, and DMA degrees. He has performed as principal horn of the Tri-City (now Quad-City) Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony, Flathead Festival Orchestra, Royal Opera Orchestra (Stockholm), Dallas Symphony, Dallas Ballet, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, Big Sky Orchestra, Intermountain Opera, and Dallas Opera (for 32 years).

He taught horn and various subjects at Central Missouri State University (1973-74), Pacific Lutheran University (1975-77), the University of Oklahoma (1977-83), the Royal Academy of Music (Stockholm – fall of 1987), and the University of North Texas (1983-2018), where he retired as a Regents Professor with a horn class of fifty students. Fourteen students were mentored through the DMA degree, all of whom are either teaching at a university and/or performing in an orchestra, with two recently retired from universities.

Since the fall of 2003 he has been the Editor of The Horn Call, journal of the International Horn Society. He served the IHS as President (1990-92), Advisory Council member (1986-92 and 1999-2003), music review editor, and hosted two International Horn Symposia (1991 and 2012). He has performed at international and regional horn conventions, in recital at several universities, concerti with regional ensembles, as a chamber musician at several festivals, and recorded on Crystal, EcoClassics, Centaur, and Klavier labels.  He commissioned and premiered works by Paul Chihara, David Maslanka, Cindy McTee, Anthony Plog, Kim Scharnberg, and Yehudi Wyner. His editions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century horn works were published by McCoy’s Horn Library. He has also been a frequent finalist in the Reader’s Digest and Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes.


Karen Houghton

Karen Houghton

Horn

Karen Houghton

Karen Houghton

Horn


Dennis and Karen both grew up in Orange County, California and attended Los Alamitos High School. They married in 1979 and received music degrees in Horn Performance at California State University Long Beach in 1980. After graduation, they traveled to South America to play in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Valle in Cali, Colombia. In 1981, Dennis was awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to study music in Germany. He and Karen both continued their studies at the Northwest Academy of Music in Detmold, Germany. Upon returning to the US, the Houghton family settled in Wichita Falls. They both taught lessons at Sam Kreutz music store and played in the WFSO under the direction of Bill Boyer.  Receiving more playing and teaching opportunities in the DFW area, Dennis and Karen moved to Denton, where they continued post-graduate studies at UNT, studying with Dr. Bill Scharnberg. In 1985 Dennis began a brass repair business in Watauga. In 1990 the family relocated to Keller and established Houghton Horns, a brass pro shop. Houghton Horns is known throughout the world, providing new and used quality brass instruments, accessories and repair services. Karen continues to have a successful private horn studio in Keller. Both Dennis and Karen are freelance musicians in the DFW metroplex and thoroughly enjoy playing with the WFSO.


Dennis Houghton

Dennis Houghton

Horn

Dennis Houghton

Dennis Houghton

Horn


Dennis and Karen both grew up in Orange County, California and attended Los Alamitos High School. They married in 1979 and received music degrees in Horn Performance at California State University Long Beach in 1980. After graduation, they traveled to South America to play in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Valle in Cali, Colombia. In 1981, Dennis was awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to study music in Germany. He and Karen both continued their studies at the Northwest Academy of Music in Detmold, Germany. Upon returning to the US, the Houghton family settled in Wichita Falls. They both taught lessons at Sam Kreutz music store and played in the WFSO under the direction of Bill Boyer.  Receiving more playing and teaching opportunities in the DFW area, Dennis and Karen moved to Denton, where they continued post-graduate studies at UNT, studying with Dr. Bill Scharnberg. In 1985 Dennis began a brass repair business in Watauga. In 1990 the family relocated to Keller and established Houghton Horns, a brass pro shop. Houghton Horns is known throughout the world, providing new and used quality brass instruments, accessories and repair services. Karen continues to have a successful private horn studio in Keller. Both Dennis and Karen are freelance musicians in the DFW metroplex and thoroughly enjoy playing with the WFSO.


Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

Horn

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

Horn



Heather Suchodolski

Heather Suchodolski

Horn

Heather Suchodolski

Heather Suchodolski

Horn


Dr. Heather Suchodolski is the Principal Horn of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with DFW Brass, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Lewisville Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles throughout North Texas. Heather regularly presents performances and master classes throughout the United States and abroad. She has served as an invited Guest Artist at the Universidade de Brasília, the 25th International Festival of Brazilian Colonial and Early Music, and the 2nd International Festival of Classical Music of Piracicaba. She also helped coordinate the 44th Annual International Horn Symposium in Denton, TX. Heather describes music as her team sport. High School Band and Youth Orchestra had a huge influence on Heather's adolescence, and she's passionate about passing that love on through her teaching. Heather's students have successfully auditioned for highly competitive All-Region Bands for Texas Music Educators Association Regions 2 and 31, as well as the All-State Bands and Orchestras. Her middle and high school students regularly compete on national and international stages, taking 3rd place at the 2019 Bands of America Grand Nationals with an invitation to march in the 2021 Rose Bowl Parade, and at the 2016, 2017, and 2019 Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Convention. Heather earned degrees from the University of Arizona (BM) and University of North Texas (MM, DMA) and enjoys painting, cooking, traveling, and damn good coffee. Her last name is pronounced "such-a-doll-skee" if you were curious. 

 

 


Tuba

Mark Finley

Mark Finley

Tuba

Principal

Mark Finley

Mark Finley

Tuba


Mark has been the principal tubist with the WFSO since 1995. Today, he and his wife, Teresa, who is a trumpet player, will have both been with the WFSO for 25 years! Mark attended the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Music with an education certification. In his career, he has played with professional groups such as, Bluebonnet Brass, Crimson Brass, and has appeared on TNN playing at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Although his career revolves around music, Mark is also an enthusiast for muscle cars, robotic combat, monster trucks, traveling, and visiting the best museums, zoos and aquariums in the country.


Timpani

Corey Robinson

Corey Robinson

Timpani

Principal

Corey Robinson

Corey Robinson

Timpani


Corey Robinson is a Wichita Falls, Texas based percussionist, educator, and composer. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands at Midwestern State University. Previous appointments at the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas, Abilene Christian University (TX) Flower Mound High School (TX), Argyle High School (TX), and Coppell High School (TX) allowed Dr. Robinson the opportunity to work with hundreds of percussionists of all ages and ability levels. Many of Dr. Robinson’s recent performances have been as half of a percussion/saxophone duo with his wife, Amy. They have premiered numerous commissions and a number of his own works at saxophone conferences around the world including the World Saxophone Conference and six North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences. Dr. Robinson has also performed at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions including a concert with the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble at PASIC 2016. This performance included the world premiere of his large percussion ensemble work, Twisted Metal. Dr. Robinson received his Bachelor of Music Education from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his DMA at the University of North Texas. His percussion teachers include Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Soph, Poovalur Sriji, Stockton Helbing, José Aponte, Ed Smith, John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Michael Spiro, and Dr. David Glover. Dr. Robinson currently endorses Marimba One and Innovative Percussion and his compositions are available through Innovative Percussion Publications and Musicon Publishing. He currently resides in Wichita Falls, Texas with his wife Amy and their two cats, Beesly and Halpert.


Percussion

Denny Jones

Denny Jones

Percussion

Denny Jones

Denny Jones

Percussion


Denny Jones was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. He attended East Texas State University where he studied music performance. During four consecutive summer seasons, he marched with two drum & bugle corps: SkyRyders and Sun Coast Sound. He arranged and taught for four years with the Lone Star drum & bugle corp. In addition to percussion, Denny is an accomplished pianist and vocalist.

Denny has been with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra for over 26 years. He regularly plays in several ensembles spanning a variety of genres, including big bands, church bands, jazz quartets and rock/funk bands, among others.

He is as comfortable in tux and bowtie with the symphony as he is at an outdoor concert in the park playing rock or jazz on a drum set. One of his most enjoyable activities is arranging, conducting and teaching the percussion students at Wichita Falls High School. As a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Denny stays current on the best tools, advice and teaching methods in the world of percussion today.

Denny owns and operates a number of businesses, including LHWebTek, LLC (providing software development solutions for handheld devices, enterprise/desktop and web enabled applications) and G2 Ad Group (a full-service advertising agency). However, music has always been his first love and he enjoys being able to share this passion with younger generations through performance and teaching.


Adam Lynskey

Adam Lynskey

Percussion

Adam Lynskey

Adam Lynskey

Percussion



Josh Powell

Josh Powell

Percussion

Josh Powell

Josh Powell

Percussion



Piano

Ruth Morrow

Ruth Morrow

Piano

Principal

Ruth Morrow

Ruth Morrow

Piano