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Jessica Hung, Concertmaster and Performance Innovation Leader


Violinist Jessica Hung has established herself as a rising young artist in the American orchestral world. Her appointment in 2008 as Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is a first career milestone for the Cleveland Institute of Music graduate. However, Jessica is no stranger to the leadership role of first-chair fiddle: she previously held the same title with the Annapolis, Chicago Civic, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestras, as well as the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She is also a substitute violinist for The Cleveland Orchestra and the Baltimore and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Jessica has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Dayton and mentored for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Centerville Schools Orchestra Program, and the Piano Preparatory School in Beavercreek. 

Jessica’s appointments in Dayton came on the heels of intensive training with William Preucil, Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Stephen Rose, Principal Second Violin. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She began her undergraduate education at Northwestern University, where she studied with Gerardo Ribeiro. 

Jessica’s passion for orchestral music-making was evident in her student days, when she attended such prestigious training festivals as the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestral Academy in Germany and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. She spent two summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed major symphonic works with the Boston Symphony Orchestra after winning mock auditions. Her orchestral endeavors have taken her to the renowned venues of Carnegie Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. 

Jessica gave her solo concerto debut with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra at age twelve. She has since appeared as a soloist with the University of Chicago Chamber and Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestras. For five consecutive seasons, Jessica had a special relationship with the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra: she held the unique title of Resident Soloist and appeared annually on subscription programs featuring works from the Romantic violin concerto repertoire. 

Jessica’s prizes include the Northwestern University Thaviu String Competition, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Scholarship Auditions, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Feinberg Youth Auditions. She studied viola with Helen Callus of the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taken first place at the Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition. Jessica performed in master classes for Gil Shaham, Ruggiero Ricci, Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks, Malcolm Lowe, Atar Arad, Bruno Pasquier, Lars Anders Tomter, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Takács and Tokyo Quartets. 

Born in Kankakee, Illinois, to Taiwanese parents, Jessica grew up in the Chicago area and resides in Dayton with her husband, John, and her two cats, Nikki and Aeneas. Jessica's website is here.

Aurelian Oprea, Associate Concertmaster

Born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Aurelian Oprea grew up in a musical family and is a fourth-generation professional violinist. He started playing the violin in the first grade, when his parents enrolled him in the city’s music school. He graduated in 1995 with a Baccalaureate degree in violin performance in the class of Stefan Ruha. 

In the United States, Aurelian was concertmaster of the Chautauqua Institution Youth Orchestra (NY) in 1993 and 1994 and of the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival Orchestra in 1997. He was also the winner of the Chautauqua Institution Concerto Competition and the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition. In 1999, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Bowling Green State University. While in Bowling Green, Aurelian studied with Vasile Beluska. 

Aurelian won his first professional audition at the age of 20, becoming the youngest member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra in Detroit. He held that position until 2000, when he became the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Assistant Concertmaster and, later, Associate Concertmaster. Aurelian is also concertmaster of the Dayton Bach Society. 

Aurelian has been featured as soloist with concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, and his own transcription for electric violin of Friedrich Gulda’s Concerto for Cello and Wind Ensemble. 

Aurelian speaks Romanian, Hungarian, and English. His hobbies include building Lego Technic models. Aurelian has a beautiful daughter, Hannah, and he is married to Rachel, an actress with the Dayton Theatre Guild and the Dayton Playhouse. 

Kirstin Greenlaw, Principal Second Violin

Kirstin Greenlaw, principal second violin of the Dayton Philharmonic, maintains an active performance schedule in the Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati areas. Between performances with the Dayton Principals quartet and the Trillium Quartet in Cincinnati, Kirstin is active in the Dayton Philharmonic’s SPARK program and performs as an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

She has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. During the month of August, she performs as principal second violin with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin. A grand prize winner of the Carmel Chamber Music Competition and graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Kirstin attended Vienna’s Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst and holds degrees from DePauw University and The Florida State University.

Sheridan Kamberger Currie, Principal Viola

Sheridan Kamberger Currie is the principal violist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed as chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras since her concerto debut in 1997. In 1998, Ms. Currie was the Time Warner String Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and was the winner of the Nakamichi Viola Concerto Competition there. Other competition awards include first prize in the 1998 Geraldine B. Gee International Viola Competition, where she also won second prize in 1995 and 1997.

Ms. Currie has a passion for performing chamber music. From 2000 to 2005, she was a member of the Lake String Quartet, which performs nightly at their summer residency in Yellowstone National Park. The Lake Quartet released their first CD, entitled By the Lake, in 2005. As a founding member of the Masala String Quartet, she enjoyed working closely with such composers as Bruce Adolphe, Gerhard Samuel, John Corigliano, and Evan Chambers. In addition to world premiere performances of works by Adolphe and Samuel, the Masala Quartet gave the European premiere of Chambers' First String Quartet. Mrs. Currie has also recorded twentieth century music on the Vienna Modern Masters label.

Ms. Currie began her musical training on the violin at age nine at her public elemenary school in Maryland. After earning her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Baltimore Symphony principal violist Richard Field, she moved to Cincinnati where she studied extensively with Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. During that period, she earned a Masters degree and also served as teaching assistant for the Kawasaki/Carroll viola studio, and she currently teaches viola and violin privately.

Andra Lunde Padrichelli, Principal Cello

Andra Lunde Padrichelli, principal cellist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, began her cello studies in Santa Barbara, California. She has appeared as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and has performed in recital in Indiana, New York, Ohio, California, and Spoleto, Italy, as well as in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and a live performance on WBUR public radio. 

Andra has played in the Fort Worth Symphony as Assistant Principal and has played in the Cincinnati Symphony. She was principal cellist of Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, and Spoleto Festival orchestras, and she has received many awards, including First Prize in the New York ASTA competition in 1997. From 2001 to 2003, Andra was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Under Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, Andra performed in many chamber music concerts and master classes and as principal cellist for several symphonic programs.

Her tenure with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has given her opportunities to collaborate with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax as well as performing chamber music and extensive orchestral solos. 

Andra has studied with Ronald Leonard in Los Angeles and Pamela Frame at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and she was the teaching assistant of Professor János Starker at the Indiana University School of Music, where she received her Artist Diploma. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate in 1998 from the Eastman School of Music.

Deborah Taylor, Principal Double Bass

In 1986, Deborah Taylor, originally a section bassist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, became Principal Double Bass.

She received both a B.S. in Elementary Education (Cum Laude) in 1973 and a B.M. in Music Education (Magna Cum Laude) in 1974 from Fort Hays State University. After teaching public school in Kansas and Idaho, in 1979 she earned a M.M. in Double Bass Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

Taylor has served as adjunct instructor on the faculties of Idaho State University in 1976, Wright State University from 1979-88, and CCM-University of Cincinnati from 1979-95. Her other DPO affiliations include performing with the String Quintet, Dayton Opera, and the SPARK teaching program.

Her performance experience spans almost 30 years. Since 1977, she has served as Principal Double Bass with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Since1979, she has been a regular substitute bassist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, and Cincinnati Opera, and has enjoyed several long-term appointments with the CSO and affiliation with the Cincinnati Ballet. Her major teachers include Barry Green, Paul Ellison, and Francois Rabbath.

Taylor's professional honors and affiliations include Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Sigma Alpha Iota (music); Guest Clinician for the International Double Bass 1982 Competition and Workshop, Isle of Man, British Isles; life member of the International Society of Bassists; and past executive assistant of the ISB.

Rebecca Tryon Andres, Principal Flute

Rebecca Tryon Andres is Principal Flutist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the DPO Woodwind Quintet. She has been with the DPO for over 20 years and is an enthusiastic participant in the SPARK program. She is also principal flutist and contractor for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, plays with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and is a regular extra on flute and piccolo with the Cincinnati Symphony, Pops, and May Festival orchestras.

A faculty member at Xavier University, Andres has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Dayton.

She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University, a Master's in flute from CCM, and a diploma from the Academie Internationale d'Ete. She has studied with Donald McGinnis, Raymond DeMattia, Kyril Magg, Jack Wellbaum, and in the extended master classes of Jean-Pierre Rampal, William Bennett, James Pellerite, and Geoffrey Gilbert.

A Life Member of the National Flute Association, Andres has served as Secretary/Copy Editor of the Flutist Quarterly and has chaired the Young Artist Competition. She has performed at the Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas conventions. ALRY Publications publishes her flute choir arrangement of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus.

Many of her favorite musical experiences are moments from the DPO, performing with Yo-Yo Ma (Dvorák Concerto), Maureen Forrester (Das Lied von der Erde), and Neal Gittleman in Mahler's Sixth Symphony and Orff's Carmina Burana. She has also played for Luciano Pavarotti in concert and performed the flute obbligato for Bach's Nun sa che dolore with Benita Valente.

With her husband, Michael Andres, a woodwind specialist and jazz musician, she helped commission the flute-clarinet duo Barn Dances by Libby Larsen, which received its premier at the 2001 NFA Convention. Her son, Alex Magg, wants to be a conductor and attends Northwestern University. In her spare time, she likes to work word and number puzzles, make jewelry, or read.

Eileen Whalen, Principal Oboe

Eileen Whalen, oboist, has been hailed by the New York Times on multiple occasions for her "beautiful playing" and "considerable virtuosity," and Opera Today has acclaimed her solos as "exquisite." She is currently the principal oboist of Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet and Glimmerglass Opera Summer Festival. She has been principal oboist of Honolulu Symphony and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and she has performed with the New Jersey, Colorado, Columbus, and Jacksonville Symphonies, among others. She can be heard on the latest Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra recordings, on the albums E O Mai and Kamalei: Collection-Two by acclaimed Hawaiian recording artist Keali'i Reichel, as well as on the movie soundtrack for Mr. Holland's Opus. 

As principal oboist of Glimmerglass Opera Summer Festival, Ms. Whalen has performed on an Emmy-nominated PBS Great Performance broadcast. She has also recorded for Chandos Records and can be heard on NPR's World of Opera and WDPR's Live and Local. She is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet and participates in the DPO educational program, SPARK. In 2008, she was appointed to the faculty of the University of Dayton. Ms. Whalen received a Masters of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati and did additional coursework at Rice University. Ms. Whalen studied with Allan Vogel, Sara Bloom, Peggy Pearson, and Robert Atherholt. 

John Kurokawa, Principal Clarinet

John Kurokawa currently performs as Principal Clarinetist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. The press applauds his “...warmth, communication, and easy virtuosity” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and “truly flawless technique and intonation…a tone as smooth as silk and velvet.” (Kettering-Oakwood Times). He has been a featured soloist with both ensembles, performing the works of Mozart, John Williams, Gerald Finzi, and John Adams. In the summer Kurokawa performs as Principal Clarinetist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's festival, "Summermusik," and has also performed as guest Eb clarinetist and guest Principal Clarinetist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and Cincinnati Opera. An avid chamber musician, he gives educational concerts at schools all over the Miami Valley with the Dayton Phiharmonic Woodwind Quintet and is a founding member of the Prestige Clarinet Quartet, which has been a featured ensemble at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, International Clarinet Association Clarinetfest, and many other universities and national symposia. 

Kurokawa is also the Instructor of Clarinet at Wright State University. In addition to teaching applied clarinet, he teaches courses in woodwind chamber music, woodwind pedagogy, and music education. He has performed on the International Double Reed Society Conference, published articles in the Triad, presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference and Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and in 2013 was one of twenty faculty members recognized by Wright State University for Excellence in Teaching General Education. A highly sought-after teacher and clinician, he continues to present masterclasses and clinics for colleges, high schools, and youth orchestras across the midwest. 

Kurokawa holds the B.M. in woodwind performance (specializing in clarinet, flute, and saxophone) from Bowling Green State University and the M.M. in clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Angelo Fortini, Edward Marks, and Ronald deKant. 

Kurokawa performs exclusively on the Yamaha CSVR Clarinet and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. 

Rachael Young, Principal Bassoon

Rachael Young is Principal Bassoon of the DPO, a position she has previously held with the Springfield Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and Symphony of Southeast Texas. She is also Principal Bassoon of the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra and performs regularly with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus.

Rachael has maintained an active and varied orchestral career. holding positions with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Tuscaloosa Symphony, in addition to performing with the Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Louisville Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta and many others.

As a chamber musician, Rachael won a silver medal at the 2008 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, has performed at the Kennedy Center, and was invited as a fellow to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She also received the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music. Rachael graduated from the Eastman School of Music as a student of John Hunt and from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a student of Benjamin Kamins. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and all things culinary arts, and she is a native of Oswego, Illinois.

Charles M. Pagnard, Principal Trumpet

In 1977, Charles M. Pagnard joined the Cedarville University faculty where he is currently a full professor of Music. His duties include conducting the University Symphony Orchestra and Brass Choir. He also teaches studio trumpet and Instrumental Conducting and Brass Methods. He holds a BME degree from Bowling Green State University and an MM degree from Eastman School of Music. He has also done post-graduate work at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. His major teachers include Sidney Mear, Edwin Betts, Ettore Chiudioni, Allen Dean, and Vincent Cichowicz.

Pagnard has been active as a trumpet soloist and clinician for the Bach Instrument Company. He is currently principal trumpet with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Carillon Brass. He also performs as an extra musician with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He has recorded with the Carillon Brass (Integra Music) and the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc).

Since 1988, he has led the 20-member Cedarville Brass Choir on extensive tours to Israel, Hungary, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Greece, where the group performed concerts in churches, schools, concert halls, and various other locations. This ensemble has released a recording with Integra Music entitled At the Last Trumpet. On this recording, he is soloist and conductor.

Pagnard has toured with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops to Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Puerto Rico. He also has served as guest musician with Cincinnati May Festival Chorus on their tour to former Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Italy. Currently, he is Minister for Music and Worship at Washington Heights Baptist Church in Kettering, Ohio and a grandfather of triplets!

Michael J. LaMattina, Principal Percussion

Michael LaMattina holds the position of Principal Percussion with the Dayton Philharmonic and is the director of Percussion Studies at Miami University, where he also conducts the Miami University Percussion Ensemble. Additionally Michael serves as an associate section percussionist with the Columbus Symphony and is an extra/substitute percussionist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He is also the principal percussionist with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra during the summer.

Previous positions Michael has held include Principal Percussion with The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder from 2007 to 2014, Principal Timpani and Percussion with The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Principal Percussion of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and Section Percussionist with the Erie Philharmonic.

Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music degree, also in performance, from Cleveland State University. His teachers have included Michael Rosen, Tom Freer, Mark Yancich, and Mitchell Peters. Michael attended the Music Academy of the West in 1997, was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1998, and was a member of The Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps for two seasons while in high school.

Michael appeared as an orchestral snare drum clinician at PASIC 2014 in Indianapolis and is an artist endorser with Pearl/Adams Percussion, Freer Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals. He lives in Dayton with his wife, Lori; son, Andrew; and their whippet, Honey. Michael also maintains a private studio in his home. Other interests include building sticks, mallets, and percussion instruments, fitness, film, and architecture.

Timothy Northcut, Principal Tuba

Timothy J. Northcut is presently Associate Professor of Music, Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he serves as Music Director of the CCM Brass Choir and coordinator of the brass chamber music program. Under his leadership, the Brass Choir has performed at the 1995 International Brassfest (Bloomington, Indiana), the 53rd Annual MidWest Clinic (Chicago, Illinois) and the 2002, 2005 and 2010 Ohio Music Education Association Conferences (Cincinnati, Ohio). In the spring of 2003, the Brass Choir performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for the Telarc Label. 

In 1997, 2003, and 2010, Tim was awarded CCM’s Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award. Also in 2003, he was awarded the University of Cincinnati Mrs. A. B. (Dolly) Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching and was recognized as one of Ohio’s Top 100 Educators in Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Awards.  From 1998-2001, he served as the Executive Director of the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, an international performance and career development seminar for brass musicians in conjunction with Summit Brass, America’s premiere large brass ensemble. In 2008, Tim served as artistic director and host of the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Conference.

Tim currently performs as Principal Tuba with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. His past experience includes serving as a member of the military’s premiere touring band — The United States Army Field Band (Washington, DC) — and numerous other solo and chamber music appearances. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, a Masters of Music degree in Performance from The Catholic University of America, and has completed course work towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. Tim is proud of the guidance and tutelage provided by his teachers: James Garrett, R. Winston Morris, Harvey Phillips, David Fedderly, Warren Deck, and Daniel Perantoni.

Don Donnett, Principal Timpani

Don is a graduate of the University of Dayton and received his masters degree from Wright State University. He taught music, primarily as a band director, for many years, first in the Huber Heights school district and then in Vandalia, retiring in 2004. He continues to stay active in education, guest teaching in area schools.                                                                               
He has been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1962 and has been principal timpanist, his current position, since 1967. In addition to performing with the Philharmonic, he has extensive experience in a multitude of other musical venues including Dayton Opera, summer-theater, pit orchestras, circus bands, various professional concert bands and studio recording. He also freelances in both big band and combo groups in the area.                                                                                               

Don has been associated with the University of Dayton’s Continuing Education “New Horizons” band program since the fall of 2006, assisting with the NH Concert Band and directing the NH Jazz Band.

Interests outside of music include family time with wife Judy, daughters Stephanie and Leslie, grandson Jack, & son-in-law John. Don also enjoys reading & sports, and is an avid golfer.

Leslie Stratton, Principal Harp

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Harpist Leslie Stratton is originally from Worthington, Ohio. Under the instruction of well-known teacher Alice Chalifoux, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Before moving to Los Angeles in 1982 to study Jazz and improvisation on the harp, Stratton performed with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Ballet, and the Cleveland Opera. In Los Angeles, she became very active in the recording industry, recording projects for movie and TV scores, albums, and MUZAK. In Los Angeles, she performed with the Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacifica, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and numerous smaller orchestras throughout the area.

In 1992, she moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and has since enjoyed a solo career performing for chamber music associations, churches, and orchestras throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Her first recording, Hymns of Praise (1993) is a collaboration with Baritone Randel Wagner. Her other recordings include Heavenly Classics (1994 - favorite familiar classics, solo harp), O Holy Night (1995 - Christmas favorites, solo harp), Bouquet of Love Songs (1997 - most-requested love songs, solo harp), and Windows of Worship (1999 - a collection of hymns, spirituals, contemporary Christian, and children's songs, which display her talent as both a classical and jazz harpist).

Stratton continues to perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as well as performing as a soloist and is currently working on her next CD project of classical romantic harp solos.

Joshua S. Nemith, Principal Piano

Pianist Joshua S. Nemith has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral keyboardist. Dr. Nemith recently earned the Principal Keyboard position of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in May of 2007. He is also the principal keyboardist with the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, under the direction of conductor Michael Stern.

He completed his doctorate in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June of 2004. Dr. Nemith has recorded new chamber and orchestral works with many groups, including the CCM Wind Symphony, New World Symphony, IRIS Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic.

Dr. Nemith performs regularly at professional venues in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas and has been the accompanist/organist at St. John’s Westminster Union Church in Cincinnati since 2002. He is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and the Eastman School of Music and has held fellowship positions with the New World Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival. His teachers include James Tocco, Nancy Garrett, Fernando Laires, and David Burge.

In addition to his performance activities, Dr. Nemith has made music education an important part of his career. He has held several teaching appointments at UC-CCM where he has been an adjunct instructor in the Composition, Theory, and Musicology Division and the Keyboard Studies Division in recent years. He also maintains a private teaching studio at the Slater Music Academy in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

In February of 2007 he created the “Cincinnati Pianist” weblog intended as an educational service for his students as well as a forum to foster online support and commentary for the musical arts.

Dr. Nemith is an occasional composer, who enjoys writing when he is not preparing performances. He has written for piano, piano and voice, four-hands piano, flute and organ, two piccolos, tuba and trombone, and brass quintet; he has also produced electronic works.

Aaron Brant, Principal Horn

In addition to his responsibilities as principal horn of the Dayton Philharmonic, Aaron Brant also plays principal horn in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and teaches horn at the University of Dayton. He is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Brass Quintet and the Carillon Brass, and he also participates in the DPO educational program SPARK (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids). During the summer, Aaron is an Artist-In-Residence as a member of the Spectrum Brass at the Bay View Music Festival, a chamber music festival for advanced college students.

Before coming to Dayton, Aaron was the principal horn of the South Bend Symphony for four seasons. In South Bend he made his solo debut in 2009, performing Richard Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1. He was also a member of the South Bend Symphony woodwind quintet and served on faculty at the Donald A. Dake summer chamber music academy for advanced high school students. Aaron spent four seasons as third horn of the Ann Arbor Symphony, frequently filling in as principal horn. He is a regular substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has also performed extensively with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

In addition to orchestral work spread over eight states, Aaron has performed with a wide range of crossover, jazz and pop artists such as Josh Groban, Diana Krall, Mannheim Steamroller and Andrea Bocelli.

His primary teachers were Alan DeMattia of the Cleveland Orchestra; Randy Gardner, formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Peter Landgren, formerly of the Baltimore Symphony. 



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