From my Inbox to you. RSO Marketing Director Rodney Overstreet informs me that:
Of the 13 who will receive contracts as a result of this audition, 11 are new contracted positions, and 2 are replacing previously contracted musicians.
The number of musicians on stage at any given concert is dependent on the program/repertoire. With the 2013-2014 season, the maximum total number is now 83.
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra announces the selection of thirteen new musician members. Auditions took place on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the RSO’s location on East Campbell Avenue in Roanoke. Sixty-five, out of more than one hundred applicants, were invited to audition. Applications came from across the U.S. and as far away as Europe for three Principal positions and ten Section positions.
Music Director & Conductor David Stewart Wiley commented, “In my 17 years at the RSO, I have never been as impressed as I was this week with the artistic level of our Strings auditionees. Their great artistry, diversity, and a vast range of professional experience bodes well for the continued artistic growth and versatility of the RSO. We welcome these new colleagues and raise the bar of what we can achieve as a stable and innovative regional orchestra.”
Matvey Lapin, currently of Gosport, Indiana, was selected by the RSO to fulfill the position of Principal Second Violin. Lapin earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. Previous performance experience includes positions with the Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony, and St. Petersburg String Quartet, among others. Lapin was the 2006 winner of the Indiana University Jacob School of Music Concerto Competition.
Kathleen Overfield-Zook of Harrisonburg, Virginia was selected for the Principal Viola position. Overfield-Zook earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from University of Michigan. Her performance experience includes Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and The Bloom Trio, among others.
Lukasz Szyrner of Timonium, Maryland was selected to fulfill the position of Assistant Principal Cellist. Szyrner was educated at New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatroy, Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, Germany, and the Jan Paderewski Conservatory in Poznan, Poland. Orchestral experience includes Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, among others. Szyrner is the winner of numerous international competitions, and semi-finalist of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
The following musicians were awarded Section contracts. Violin I: Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa and Violaine Michel. Violin II: Richard Downs, Kevin Matheson, and Yulia Zhuravleva. Viola: Noah Hock and Bryan Matheson. Cello: Hanna Pressley, Alan Saucedo, and Sarah Kapps.
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra celebrates its mission to enrich lives, to educate, and to entertain diverse audiences in western Virginia with the highest quality instrumental and choral music.