Musicians

Theorchestra-FBC-feb-2-14 Award-Winning Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra is comprised of talented musicians from all over Western North Carolina.  Many of the musicians have played in the orchestra from it’s inception.  Many are former Youth Symphony members. 
Bravo Orchestra!  Bravo John!  The Western Piedmont Symphony, under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross, is the 2015 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance in the professional orchestra division AGAIN.  The Western Piedmont Symphony Masterworks V, Mahler’s Resurrection, was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. It was truly a fabulous joint effort with the Hickory Choral Society. 

Award Winning Musicians

VIOLIN-1
Visiting Quartet Member
Concert Master
   Lawrence Freiman Chair
Lauren Eastman, Associate Concert Master
Lucia Kobza, Assistant Concert Master
Bennett Astrove
Maria Greco
Galina Johnson
Elizabeth Lyle
Jenna Meeks
Jonathan Sullivan
R.J. Wohlman
VIOLIN-2
Visiting Quartet Member, Principal
   Fry Street Quartet Chair
Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa, Associate Principal
Molly Barrett, Assistant Principal
Melissa Alderman
Luke Benton
Laura Coston
Nan Freeman
Donna Nestor
Mary Ellen Watson
VIOLA
Visiting Quartet Member, Principal
   Catawba Valley 
   Medical Center Chair
Timothy Gudger, Associate Principal
Kathryn Estes
Elda Franklin
Katelyne Lagroon
Kathryn Middel
Diana Stone
Audrey Sutton
CELLO
Visiting Quartet Member, Principal
Kontras Quartet Chair
Sarah Rocco Ross, Associate Principal
Mary Sinski, Assistant Principal
Allison Bormuth
John Hunsucker
Nora Naughton
Kimberly Pfleeger
BASS
Aaron Craven, Principal
Phil Barringer, Associate Principal
Adriel Lyles
Tonya Steward
FLUTE
Laura D. Stevens, Principal
   Broyhill Family
   Foundation Chair
Lissie Okopny Shanahan
Laura Kaufman
PICCOLO
Peter Shanahan
OBOE
Anna Morris, Principal
   Frye Regional Medical
    Center Chair
Kandace Stephenson
ENGLISH HORN
Jennifer Roberts
CLARINET
Douglas Miller, Principal
David Allen
BASS CLARINET
Kyra Krenitzky-Zhang
BASSOON
Paige West-Smith, Principal
Stephanie Lipka
CONTRABASSOON
Rebecca Libera
HORN
Frank Merritt, Principal
   Hickory Daily 
   Record Chair
Eddie Little
Christopher Griffin
Mary P. Boudreault
TRUMPET
Luke Boudreault, Principal
William Lawing
Timothy Phillips
TROMBONE
Christopher Nigrelli, Principal
Mark Stephens
BASS TROMBONE
Eric Henson
TUBA
Edward L. Baity, Jr.
TIMPANI
Charles Smith
PERCUSSION
Shawn Roberts, Principal
Michael Filip
Rick Cline
HARP
Helen Rifas
KEYBOARD
Aaron Ames
John Gordon Ross
    Music Director & Conductor
Mary P. Boudreault
     Personnel Manager
Phil Barringer
     Properties Manager
Luke Benton, Librarian