September 8, 2022

Meet the 2022-23 new Fellows

The new 2022-23 Fellows

Jakob GerritsenJennifer MarastiBenjamin CruzKamila DottaNicholas PelletierMinha Kim
David Olson ● Nash RyderShomya MitraHenry BondJustin ParkAllison TaylorBeatrice Hsieh 
Maggie O'LearyBen CornavacaJingyi Rebecca HouCaleb BreidenbaughToby Winarto
Sabrina Parry ● Bryan BaileyHyunjae BaeAyrton PiscoHana CohonJakob Lenhardt ● Logan May 
Brandon SillYe Jin MinDavid AlexanderAlan Tolbert ● Jessica Hong ● Noah Sonderling
 Jacob Buhler ● Yu-Chia Hsu ● Jaewon SeoSeth Van EmbdenMatthew Peralta

This season NWS welcomes 36 first-year Fellows to its ranks! Get to know these new faces to the NWS Family before seeing them on stage.

A few stats on our incoming class:

While many Fellows are settling into Miami Beach, others are starting new adventures. Several recent Fellows have won positions. We congratulate the newest members of the NWS alumni family:

Recent alumni

Daniel Carson, Bass, Chicago Symphony,
Amelia del Caño, Second Bassoon, Louisiana Philharmonic (one-year)
Emilio Carlo, Viola, Cincinnati Symphony (one-year)
Victoria Chung, Adjunct Faculty (oboe), University of Richmond
Gianluca Farina, Principal Trumpet, Sarasota Orchestra
Ben Fryxell, Associate Principal Cello, Jacksonville Symphony
Alexandria Hoffman, Associate Principal Flute, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (six-month)
Isabel Kwon, Cello, Cincinnati Symphony (one-year)
Scott Leger, Assistant Principal/Third Horn, Louisville Orchestra
Zhengdong Liang, Violin, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ontario)
Gabe Napoli, Viola, Cincinnati Symphony
Angelo Quail, Clarinet, U.S. Marine Band
Michael Rau, Violin, Baltimore Symphony
Kevin Ritenauer, Associate Principal Timpani/Section Percussion, St. Louis Symphony
Marlea Simpson, Viola, Minnesota Orchestra
Marcelina Suchocka, Principal Percussion, Sarasota Orchestra

Click here to get to know all the new and returning Fellows!

Reunited at the New World Center

NWS Fellows on stage at New World Center

This week, new and returning Fellows gathered at the New World Center’s Michael Tilson Thomas Performance Hall for their first rehearsal. At the helm was Valentina Peleggi—Music Director of the Richmond Symphony, who led the full ensemble through readings of Carlos Simon’s The Block, Antonín Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 and Sergei Prokofiev’s Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Juliet.   

NWS orchestra on stage

Fellows met with NWS leadership, including Artistic Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas and NWS President and CEO Howard Herring, and Musician Advancement staff to kick off the new season.

MTT and Howard Herring

Orientation Activities

Twelve other NWS alumni also returned as visiting faculty for a Coaching Residency, providing an intense schedule of individual lessons, section classes and joining rehearsals. They mentor Fellows on creating a cohesive sound, ensemble playing, leadership and orchestra etiquette.

Brass Class

Alumni visiting faculty

Left to right: Kenneth Thompkins, Denise Tryon and Justin Bartels

The full roster of returning alumni includes Sunho Kim (violin), Kansas City Symphony; Kathryn Sievers (viola), Boston Symphony; Susie Yang (cello), Kansas City Symphony; Jeremy Kurtz-Harris (bass), San Diego Symphony; Kelly Zimba Lukić (flute), Toronto Symphony; Cally Banham, (oboe), St. Louis Symphony; Miles Jaques (clarinet), Toronto Symphony; Jenni Groyon (bassoon), Naples Philharmonic; Denise Tryon (horn), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Justin Bartels (trumpet), Colorado Symphony; Kenneth Thompkins (trombone), Detroit Symphony; and Jeremy Branson (percussion), Pittsburgh Symphony.

Click here to plan your next visit to see the NWS Fellows. 

Photos by Siggi Bachmann, Rafael Baldwin, Cassidy Fitzpatrick Carlson and Mariah Forde

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