Our Orchestra

Performing at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

Though the Southwest Florida Symphony began its life as a community orchestra consisting of volunteer musicians in April 1961, it has evolved into a fully professional ensemble that now employs 70 musicians, many of whom travel great distances to perform here each season. Our core orchestra is hired through a rigorous, highly competitive audition process that is considered the gold standard in the orchestral field. The individuals who win seats with our ensemble have dedicated their lives to the perfection of their chosen instrument. If you’ve never experienced the powerful sound of a professional symphony orchestra, you don’t know what you’re missing. 

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Violin

Hannah Cho, Asst. Concertmaster
     Eugene Holt Massey & Eleanor Fox
Galen Kaup, Principal Second
Renata Arado
Katherine Baloff
Kathleen Beard*
Bogdan Chruszcz*
Rachel Cox*
John DiPuccio*
Kasia Dolinski*
Ariel Eliot*
Nora Lastre Broughton
     Carolyn Wilson

Dajiang Qi**
Yaesolji Shin
Yordan Tenev
Dana Tolan
Dilyana Tsenov
Baoling Xu**

Viola

Courtney Filner, Principal
Jean Phelan*, Asst. Principal
Hilary Gamble
Rosalind Greene*
Greg Lane*
Greg Perrin
Shawn Snider*

Cello

Troy Chang, Principal
     Robert E. Diefenbach

Antonio Innaimo, Asst. Principal
     Carolyn H. Wilson

Scott Crowley*
Christopher Glansdorp
Trace Johnson
Susannah Kelly*
Aaron Merrit

Bass

Scott Davis, Principal
Alex Albanese***, Asst. Principal
     William Holcomb

Ariadna Barbe-Villa*
     John and Esther Dick

T. J. Glowacki**
Hideki Sunaga*

Flute

William Larsen***, Principal
Beth Larsen**
Angela Massey

Oboe

Dione Chandler*, Principal
Shane Wedel
     Kathy Caldwell

Jeff Apana

Clarinet

Michael Forte***, Principal
     John and Esther Dick

Scott Ellington**
Stacey McColley**

Bassoon

Michael Ellert**, Principal
Scott Radloff**
     Kenneth and Carol Boyd

Louis Nanson*

French Horn

Gene Berger*, Principal
Jennifer French*, Principal
Christopher Allen*
Katie Loesch
Sharon Janezic*

Trumpet

Kris Marshall*, Principal
Arthur Zanin
Alan Evans*
John Copella*

Trombone

Alexis Smith, Principal
     Tom Uhler

Christopher Brown

Tuba

Tom Kracmer***, Principal
     Jane King

Percussion

Todd Betz**, Principal
     Dean Barry

Isaac Fernández Hernández
Davi Martinelli de Lira

Timpani

Tom Suta***, Principal
     Jane King

Harp

Kay Kemper**, Principal
      Jane King

Keyboard

Dean Zhang, Principal

Conductor Emeritus

Maestro Paul Nadler led The Southwest Florida Symphony for 16 years from 1990 to 2006. During his tenure the Symphony soared to new heights, while Maestro Nadler continued to distinguish himself as one of the world’s most exciting symphonic and operatic conductors. Since his debut in 1989, Nadler has conducted over 50 performances at the Metropolitan Opera and has led some of the world’s most renowned soloists and musicians including; Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Glenn Dicterow, Garrick Ohlsson, Misha Dichter and Elmar Olivera. In April 2006, he took over as musical director and conductor of Fidelio at The Met. In December 2002, Maestro Nadler was invited to conduct at the Kennedy Center Awards ceremony in the segment honoring James Levine. As co-director/founder of the International Vocal Arts Institute Maestro Nadler returns each summer to this prestigious professional workshop.

In 2004, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Filarmonica de Stat Iasi (Romania). In August 2005, Nadler conducted the Chautauqua Music Festival, and during the 2005-06 Season he returned to the Mannes College Orchestra and to the podium of the Bucharest Philharmonic.  Maestro Nadler has also conducted extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

The Southwest Florida Symphony is very grateful for Paul Nadler’s many years of leadership and friendship. We are also pleased to announce he will have an enduring role with us as Conductor Emeritus.

* 10+ years
** 20+ years
*** 30+ years

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The Mission of the Southwest Florida Symphony is to perform outstanding orchestral music for the enrichment, entertainment and education of the broadest possible public. Fulfilling this mission is only possible through the generosity of our supporters. Visit our CONTRIBUTE page to learn more about how your gift can make a difference in the cultural landscape of our community and beyond.

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