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.