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The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is dedicated to maintaining live orchestral music and a full-scale symphonic orchestra as an integral part of the cultural and educational life of the New Orleans area, the entire state of Louisiana, and the Gulf South region. Formed in 1991, the LPO is the oldest full-time musician-governed and collaboratively-operated orchestra in the United States.

As the only full-time professional orchestra in Louisiana, the LPO’s purpose is to provide the citizens of our state with innovative, high-quality classical music performance experiences and education programming.

Musicians

Carlos Miguel Prieto Music Director
Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Music Director and Principal Conductor

VIOLINS

vacant Concertmaster
The Edward D. and Louise L. Levy Concertmaster Chair
Benjamin Hart Associate Concertmaster
The LPO Volunteers Associate Concertmaster Chair
Hannah Yim Assistant Concertmaster
Byron Tauchi Principal Second Violin
The Helen W. Burns Principal Second Violin Chair
Xiao Fu Assistant Principal Second Violin
Zorica Dimova
Judith Armistead Fitzpatrick
Eva Liebhaber
Janeta Mavrova
Kurt Munstedt
Elizabeth Overweg
Gabriel Platica
Yaroslav Rudnytsky
Yuki Tanaka
Benjamin Thacher
Kate Withrow
Sarah Yen
Guangnan "Daniel" Yue

VIOLAS

Richard Woehrle Principal
The Abby Ray Catledge and Byrne Lucas Ray Principal Viola Chair
Bruce Owen Assistant Principal
Amelia Clingman
Peter Dutilly¹
Valborg Gross
Ila Rondeau*
Catherine Schilling
Carole Shand
Tyler Sieh

CELLOS

Jonathan Gerhardt Principal
The Edward B. Benjamin Principal Cello Chair
Daniel Lelchuk Assistant Principal
Rachel Hsieh
Jeanne Jaubert
Kent Jensen
David Rosen
Dimitri Vychko

BASSES

David Anderson Principal
William Schettler Assistant Principal
Timothy Chen
Paul Macres
Benjamin Wheeler

FLUTES

Ji Weon Ryu Principal
The Mary Freeman Wisdom Principal Flute Chair
Patti Adams Assistant Principal
Richard C. and Nancy Link Adkerson Flute Chair
Sarah Schettler

PICCOLO

Patti Adams

OBOES

Virginia McDowell¹ Principal
The Ranney and Emel Songu Mize Principal Oboe Chair
Jane Gabka Assistant Principal
Michael McGowan

ENGLISH HORN

Michael McGowan

CLARINETS

Daniel Parrette Principal
Stephanie Thompson Assistant Principal
John Reeks

E-FLAT CLARINET

Stephanie Thompson

BASS CLARINET

John Reeks

BASSOONS

Jack Peña Principal
Benjamin Atherholt Assistant Principal
Michael Matushek

CONTRABASSOON

Benjamin Atherholt

FRENCH HORNS

Mollie Pate The Jerry W. Zachary and Henry Bernstein Principal Horn Chair
Josiah Bullach The J. Robert Pope Assistant Principal Horn Chair
Jamie Leff
Kevin Winter
Mark Trotter¹

TRUMPETS

Vance Woolf The Gauthier Family Foundation Principal Chair
David Sterrett Assistant Principal
Stephen Orejudos The Pete Wolbrette Section Trumpet Chair

TROMBONES

Greg Miller* Principal
Michael Cox¹ Principal
Matthew Wright
Evan Conroy Bass trombone

TUBA

Robert Nuñez Principal

TIMPANI

Jim Atwood Principal

PERCUSSION

Jacob Powers Principal
David Salay

HARP

Rachel Van Voorhees Kirschman Principal

* denotes musicians that are on leave for the 2019-2020 season
¹ denotes acting in this position for the 2019-2020 season

The string section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is listed alphabetically and participates in revolving seating.