Maestro Hinds

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The 2016 - 2017 Season marks Thomas Hinds’ 34th year on the MSO's podium as its music director and conductor. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Maestro Hinds was a professional musician with the Alabama Symphony for ten years prior to taking up the baton.

His past podiums, as both a resident and guest conductor, include the Ft. Worth Civic Orchestra, Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra, Johnson City Symphony, Gadsden Symphony, the Southern Regional Opera Company, the Birmingham Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Brisbane (Australia) Conservatory Orchestra.

Maestro Hinds has also served as the music director for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's productions of Man of La Mancha, Beauty and the Beast, and, most recently, West Side Story. In 2007, he received the Governor's Arts Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts - the first conductor in its history to be so honored.

 

Maestro Hinds received his training at the Aspen Festival in Colorado, the Goldofsky Opera Institute in Massachusetts, the Pierre Monteux Domain School in Maine, Munich Philharmonic's Conductors' Course, and at the American Conductors’ Guild Institute.


MSO Concertmaster

Nadir Khashimov
MSO Violin Fellow and Concertmaster

 


Orchestra Roster

FIRST VIOLINS

Delyana Lazarova     Concertmaster
Joycelyn Bradford
Esther Hart
Beth Hoener****
Eunyong Ji                                                 Yeon Ji                                                    Anna Lee
Chris Rodger**
(Endowed by Irene Miller/O. Stapleton)

SECOND VIOLINS

Yvonne Collins∞      Principal       (Anonymously endowed in honor of Helen Steineker)
Christy Garrett***
Michelle Goodwyn***
Elizabeth Hill*****
Tony Hopper
Tori Johnston
William G. Kendrick*****
Kyoungshin Lee
Lindsey McGee
Wendy Ng*
Westley Schlundt*
 

VIOLAS

Dawn Heese****      Principal
Laura Bell*
Joanna Bosko♪
Emily Cosgrove
Amanda Southern*

VIOLON CELLOS

Genevieve Guimond      Principal
Jan Bigham***
Vivus Dorwin
Jennifer Frazer
Eunkyung Hwang
Elizabeth Jones∞
Joyce Kelley
Minji Kim
Chin-Mei Li
Laurie Miller
Josh Ninke
Robin Rawls∞
Joan Wittmann∞

CONTRABASSES

Joe Cosgrove***      Principal
Ron Alexander
Warren Colter*
Richard E. Howard*****
Curtis Shannon**
Blake Thomas*

CLARINETS

Curtis Hollinger∞      Principal
Randi Simpson
Gary Smith*
Julie Thaxton*

FLUTES

Nancy Vinson*****      Principal
Carol Franks**
Robert Scott***

OBOES

Barbara Shanks**      Principal
Chris McLaughlin*

Bassoons

David Simpson*****      Principal
Bob Derickson
Brad Nelsen
Julie Thaxton*

CONTRABASSOON

Richard Murry*****

TRUMPETS

Dennis Herrick*****      Principal
Carly Johnson*
Bryan Reeves*
Chris Sasser**

HORNS

Brenda Luchsinger      Principal
Sallie Brock*
Hugh Cox*
Caleb Hart
Salvador Hernandez
Paul Moore*
Adam Murphy     

TROMBONES

Isaac Bell
Bernard McKenzie****
Stephen Stidham

TUBA                                                        
Blake Eubanks                                          Brett Johnson

TYMPANI

Van Tony Free♪      Principal

PERCUSSION

Mark Benson****      Principal
Andy Martin
Eddy Williams***

KEYBOARD

Randy Foster****
Caleb Hart                                            Vadim Serebryany

ALUMNI MEMBERS

Bill Bigham**
Barbara Blommers****
Fredda Buxton***
Stephanie Calhoun***
Carolyn Chambliss∞
Howard Clayton**
Marguerite Clayton**
Cecilia Fortson***
Janet Puskar***
Clare Weil∞
Penny White***

LIBRARIAN

John Jackson

PROGRAM NOTE ANNOTATOR

Mark Benson****

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kimberly Cauthen Wolfe

*     MSO member 5 or more seasons
**    MSO member 10 or more seasons
***   MSO member 15 or more seasons
****  MSO member 20 or more seasons
***** MSO member 25 or more seasons
¯   MSO member 30 or more seasons
MSO charter member

Executive Committee

Richard Gill, President
Andrea McCain, 1st Vice-president
Jo Parr, 2nd Vice-president
Joe Mussafer, Past President
Janet Waller, Secretary

George A. Kent, Treasurer
Leah Slawson, Historian
Leah Stephens, League President
Bryan Reeves, Orchestra Representative
Charles Stakely, Senior Advisor