Orchestra

Each season, some of the most accomplished instrumentalists in classical music come together to form the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. Professional musicians from as far away as California and New York, as well as from here in Florida, join together to perform in one of the finest opera orchestras in the country. Many of our players have been with us for more than five years, with several performing over ten seasons.

Having a resident orchestra gives Sarasota Opera the opportunity to thoroughly rehearse the season’s operas over the course of several weeks. Sarasota Opera’s orchestra, along with its other artists and technicians, are committed to presenting quality opera season after season.

Sarasota Opera Orchestra 2019

Violin

L.P. How – Santa Fe, NM (13)
Concertmaster
The Murray Bring and Kay Delaney Endowed Chair

Avi Nagin – Pomona, NY (1)
Associate Concertmaster

Deborah Katz – Arlington, VA (3)
Principal Second Violin

Julia Birnbaum – Oakland, CA (3)
Vitaly Briskin – Chicago, IL (4)
Soojin Chang – Baltimore, MD (5)
George Anthony Figueroa – Fernandina Beach, FL (4)
Lu Friedman – Hartford, CT (11)
Thomas Hofmann – Boston, MA (3)
Juan Jaramillo – Pittsburgh, PA (13)
Ivelina Kofler – Laguna Hills, CA (2)
Yuri Kye – Oakland, CA (3)
Clara Lee – North York, Canada (1)
Victoria Lewis – New York, NY (2)
Natalia Vasilieva Maiden – Sarasota, FL (11)
Milene Moreira – Sarasota, FL (12)
Matthew Oshida – Palo Alto, CA (8)
Aromi Park – Memphis, TN (1)
Luke Santonastaso – Oakland, CA (2)
Mayumi Wyrick – New York, NY (2)

Viola

Lisa Suslowicz – Brighton, MA (1)
Principal

Laurel Borden – St. Petersburg, FL (2)
Michael Holub – Louisville, KY (16)
Sarah Lemons – Brooklyn, NY (8)
Alexandra VandeGeijn – Baltimore, MD (4)
Katherine Zahradnik – Baltimore, MD (11)

Cello

Nadine Trudel – Sarasota, FL (15)
Principal

Troy Chang – Tampa, FL (6)
Joanne Choi – New York, NY (4)
Julia Henderson – New York, NY (1)
Andrea Mills – Trumbull, CT (16)
The Eleanor Wilson Williams Endowed Chair
Paul Swensen – West Babylon, NY (2)

Bass

Gil S. Katz – Sarasota, FL (17)
Principal

Dennis Caravakis – Los Angeles, CA (3)
Samantha Dickman – Bay Village, OH (3)
Jesica Sharp – Pittsburgh, PA (1)

Flute

Rachel Blumenthal – Chicago, IL (2)
Principal

Amanda Galick – Houston, TX (1)

Piccolo

Amanda Galick – Houston, TX (1)

Oboe

Rick Basehore – Silver Spring, MD (10)
Principal

Jennifer Case – Huntsville, AL (4)

English Horn

Jennifer Case – Huntsville, AL (4)

Clarinet

Sergey Gutorov – Niles, IL (3)
Principal
The Ed and Jane Bavaria Endowed Chair

Eric Anderson – Naples, FL (2)

Bassoon

Marat Rakhmatullaev – South Bend, IN (1)
Principal

Galina Kiep – San Diego, CA (4)

Horn

Eric Bell – Issaquah, WA (24)
Principal

Katherine Jordan – New York, NY (2)
Associate Principal

Erika Miras – Daly City, CA (1)
Sandra Swanson – Evanston, IL (20)

Trumpet

Paul Neebe – Chapel Hill, NC (2)
Principal

Larry Herman – Cleveland, OH (21)

Trombone

Casey Maday – Jacksonville, FL (1)
Principal

Charles Dieterle – Evanston, IL (2)
Darren Castellanos – Wheeling, IL (1)

Bass Trombone

Jonathan Schubert – Harleysville, PA (11)
The Mr. and Mrs. William E. Chapman, II Endowed Chair

Harp

Giuseppina Ciarla – Bari, Italy (16)
Principal

Timpani

Gregg Koyle – Santa Fe, NM (18)
Principal

Percussion

William Manley – Jamaica Plain, MA (15)
Principal

Andre Sonner – Newton, MA (2)
Aya Kaminaguchi – Hamden, CT (3)

Associate Musicians

Flute

Claudia White
Francesca Arnone

Oboe

Alyssa McKeithen
Shane Wedel

Bass Clarinet

Laura Stephenson Petty
Stacey McColley

Contrabassoon

Carlos Felipe Viña

Trumpet

Alan Evans

Harp

Katherine Siochi
Jennifer Robertson-Tessi

Percussion

Kelsey Bannon
Scott Crawford
George Nickson
Jeff Ridgeway

Turandot Offstage Saxophone

Tamara Danielsson
George Weremchuk

Turandot Offstage Trumpet

David Clark
Aaron Romm
Alyson Rozier
Cindy Scaruffi-Klispie
Don West
Roger Zacks

Turandot Offstage Trombone

Alex Belliveau
John Cooley
Kyle Guira
Nathaniel Smith

Orchestra Personnel Manager & Contractor

Gregg Koyle

Orchestra Librarian

William Manley