Our Musicians

Kyra Kester
Flute

Sponsor: Laura & Vincent Panichi

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Thomas Moore
Principal Oboe

Sponsor: Ann Marie Hawkins

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Louis Gangale
Principal Clarinet
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Roberto Iriarte
Principal Bassoon
Renee Anthony Dee
Bassoon
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Kent Larmee
Principal Horn

Sponsor: Gordon Leigh Petitt

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Ken Wadenpfuhl
Horn

Sponsor: Dominic A. Visconsi

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Gary Davis
Principal Trumpet

Sponsor: Sandy & Jeff Brausch

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Larry Herman
Trumpet

Sponsor: Penelope & Michael Shemo

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Jack Schantz
Trumpet

Sponsor: Shirley Morgenstern
Hometown: Orville, OH 
Favorite Pops Concert: All are fun and challenging in different ways

Hobbies include: gardening, billiards, driving vintage Porsche, military history
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Paul Ferguson
Principal Trombone

Sponsors: David H. Green
Hometown: Massilon, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: Joint concerts with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Sunset on the Solstice steps in Lakewood

I've completed the New Hampshire portion of the Appalachian trail.
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Scott Garlock
Trombone

Sponsor: Audrey & Kenny Koblitz

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Paul Hungerford
Bass Trombone

Sponsor: Linda Melsher, in memory of Gary Melsher

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Gary Adams
Tuba

Sponsor: Maria DeRyke & Peter Bruce

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Andrew Pongracz
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Jim Rupp
Drum Set

Sponsor: Thompson Hine, LLP
Hometown: Canton, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: Sinatra because of the great combination of a big band with the orchestra and the John Williams shows because of the all the great snare parts
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Play in the Pops and the CJO!

I am a WWII history buff!
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Bruce Golden
Percussion

Sponsor: Judy & Russ Grindon

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Carol Ruzicka
Concertmaster

Sponsor: Medical Mutual

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Mary Beth Ions
Violin I

Sponsor: Carolyn & Dr. Edward Gabelman
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: I love each one! Every time I think, "wow, I DO believe that was my favorite Pops concert"  the next one comes along and I say the SAME thing again!
Favorite Thing To Do in Cleveland: I love to walk in our beautiful MetroParks, enjoy the huge variety of wonderful restaurants, and visit the Museum of Art. Of course I love playing my violin in diverse venues from MetroHealth Hospital to weddings on the Lake Erie shore! It's a special joy to play on-stage at Severance Hall with our beloved Pops.

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Donna Bartlett Jelen
Violin I

Sponsor: Alice Lang in memory of Bruce Lang

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Violin I

Sponsor: Randy & Charles Wien

Leslie Braidech
Violin I

Sponsor: Wolf Investors, LLC

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Cory Smith
Violin I
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Priscilla Eva
Principal Second Violin

Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: A Comedy Tonight, followed by all the John Williams concerts
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Sunsets at Clifton Beach

I spent a year studying violin in Paris, France at age 21. I also learned to drink wine and espresso.
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Lisa Goldman
Violin II

Sponsor: Sally & Don Messinger

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Liesl Hook-Langmack
Violin II

Sponsor: Blair Mooney

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Nancy Patterson
Violin II

Hometown: Vienna, WV
Favorite Pops Concert: Daniel Rodriguez Memorial Day concert. My husband is a firefighter so we've appreciated Rodriguez since 9/11.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Walk and enjoy the Metroparks, from Edgewater to the Emerald Necklace

I met Charlton Heston at Colorado Philharmonic concert at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC!
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Amy Cave
Violin

Hometown: Cleveland Heights, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: The Broadway Legacy Concert
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Go to an Indians Game!

I have traveled to 33 countries
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Emily Cornelius
Violin

Hometown: Severna Park, MD

I got my B.M from Oberlin Conservatory, and M.M. from New England Conservatory
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Rachel Huch
Violin

Hometown: Okemos, MI
Favorite Pops Concert: Capathia Jenkins concert last year when the entire audience stood up and sang/danced to "I will survive"
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Visiting the many amazing museums we have with my kids

In my spare time I love cooking, hiking in the metroparks and watching basketball.
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Marcia Ferritto
Principal Viola

Sponsor: Justin & Keili Mistovich

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Lara Roberts Dudack
Viola

Sponsor: Pearl Josephs

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Alexandra Vago
Viola

Hometown: Parma, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: All John Williams concerts
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Going to the Metroparks

I play exclusively on Luis & Clark Carbon Fiber Instruments.
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Daniel Heim
Viola

Sponsor: Drs. Jeannette & Glenn Brown
Hometown: Centennial, Colorado
Favorite Pops Concert: Tribute to John Williams
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Ride the Rails with my son Ben in Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

My youth orchestra in Denver -- the Denver Young Artists Orchestra -- was founded by Carl Topilow!
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Kent Collier
Principal Cello

Sponsor: Philip Lloyd 
Hometown: East Cleveland
Favorite Pops Concert: Military salute concerts
Favorite Thing to do: Ski, bike, canoe, eat out with friends

I started playing because my parents watched the Lawrence Welk Show and their cellist always seemed to be smiling. At a six year old that was my main concern so I asked for a cello for my seventh birthday.
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Gayle Klaber
Cello

Sponsor: Audrey & Albert Ratner

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Linda Atherton
Cello

Sponsor: David & Julie Borsani, in memory of Marcela Borsani

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Susan Bestul
Cello

Sponsor: Florence Chelm

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Ann Gilbert
Principal Bass

Sponsor: Kim & Ed Moore
Hometown: Lakewood, OH
Favorite Pops Concert: When we played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and I had to act as though I'd been hit by a baseball thrown by Carl. I screamed and fell off my stool.
Favorite Thing to do in Cleveland: Skiing at Boston Mills in the winter and walking by Lake Erie in the summer. 

I am a DAR, Daughter of the American Revolution. My ancestor, Sampson Matthews, rode with Washington at the Battle of Yorktown
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