OUR PEOPLE

Violin I

Brian Reagin
Concertmaster
The Annabelle Lundy Fetterman Chair

 

Dovid Friedlander
Associate Concertmaster
The Assad Meymandi and Family Chair

 

Rebekah Binford
Assistant Concertmaster
The Anne Heartt Gregory Chair

 

Karen Strittmatter Galvin
Assistant Concertmaster

 

 

The Jessie Wyatt Ethridge Chair

 

Paul Goldsberry
The Richard and Joy Cook Chair

 

So Yun Kim**
The Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Chair

 

Marilyn Kouba
The Phyllis (“Pat”) Conrad Wells Chair

 

Eric McCracken
The James C. Byrd and Family Chair

 

Maria Meyer
The Tom and Mary Mac Bradshaw Chair

 

Jessica Ryou*

 

Eileen Wynne
The Harvey At-Large Chair

 

Erin Zehngut
The J. Felix Arnold Chair

 

Violin II

Principal
The Nancy Finch Wallace Chair

 

Associate Principal
The Blanche Martin Shaw Chair

 

Qi Cao

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viola

Samuel Gold
Principal
The Florence Spinks and Charles Jacob Cate and Alma Yondorf and Sylvan Hirschberg Chair

 

David Marschall
Associate Principal
The Betty Ellen Madry Chair

 

Christopher Fischer**
Assistant Principal

 

 

 

 

Amy Mason
The J. Sidney Kirk Chair

 

Sandra Schwarcz
The Samuel H. and Anne Latham Johnson Viola Chair

 

Kirsten Swanson*

Cello

Bonnie Thron
Principal
The Herman and Marga Roberg Chair

 

Elizabeth Beilman
Associate Principal
The Sarah Carlyle Herbert Dorroh Chair

 

Peng Li
Assistant Principal,
Anonymously Endowed

 

Rosalind Leavell*
The William Charles Rankin Chair

 

David Meyer
The Nell Hirschberg Chair

 

Lisa Howard Shaughnessy
The Sara Wilson Hodgkins Chair

 

Nathaniel Yaffe
The Secretary of Cultural Resources Betty Ray McCain Chair

 

Yewon Ahn
Anonymously Endowed

 

Double Bass

Leonid Finkelshteyn
Principal
The Martha and Peyton Woodson Chair

 

Robert K. Anderson
Associate Principal
The Dr. and Mrs. Preston H. Gada Chair

 

Craig Brown
The Mark W. McClure Foundation Chair

 

Erik Dyke
The Harllee H. and Pauline G. Jobe Chair

 

Bruce Ridge
The John C. and Margaret P. Parker Chair

 

Flute

Anne Whaley Laney
Principal
The Mr. and Mrs. George M. Stephens Chair

 

Mary E. Boone
Assistant Principal
The Dr. and Mrs. Shaler Stidham, Jr. Chair

 

Elizabeth Anderton Lunsford
The Jack and Sing Boddie Chair

 

Piccolo

Elizabeth Anderton Lunsford
The Jean Dunn Williams Chair

 

Oboe

Melanie Wilsden
Principal
The Hardison and Stoltze Chair

 

Joseph Peters
Associate Principal,
The Lizette T. Dunham Chair

 

Sandra Posch
The Clarence and Alice Aycock Poe Chair

 

English Horn

Joseph Peters
English Horn,
The Bruce and Margaret King Chair

 

Clarinet

Samuel Almaguer
Principal
The Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Walker, II Chair

 

Michael E. Cyzewski
Assistant Principal
The Kathryn Powell and Green Flavie Cooper Chair

Bassoon

John Pederson
Principal
The Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald S. Hudson Chair

 

Wenmin Zhang
Assistant Principal,
The Beethoven Chair

 

French Horn

Rebekah Daley
Principal
The Mary T. McCurdy Chair

 

Kimberly Van Pelt
Associate Principal
The James Marion Poyner Chair

 

Christopher Caudill
The Roger Colson and Bobbi Lyon Hackett Chair

 

Rachel Niketopoulos
The Paul R. Villard and Gabriel Wolf Chair

 

To Be Filled
The Mary Susan Kirk Fulghum Chair

 

Trumpet

Paul Randall
Principal
The George Smedes Poyner Chair

 

Timothy Stewart
Associate Principal
The Henry and Martha Zaytoun and Family Chair

 

Don Eagle
Anonymously Endowed

 

Trombone

John Ilika
Principal
The Frances Armour Bryant Chair

 

Jonathan Randazzo
Assistant Principal
The Frances Armour Bryant Chair
The Thomas Warwick Steed, Jr. Family Chair

 

Bass Trombone

David Hagee*
Anonymously Endowed

 

Tuba

Seth Horner
Principal
The Governor and Mrs. James G. Martin, Jr. Chair

 

Harp

Anita Burroughs-Price
The Ron and Janie Kupferman Chair

 

 

Timpani

Colin Hartnett
Principal
The Patricia R., Steven T. and George F. Hackney III Chair

 

Percussion

Richard Motylinski
Principal
The Margery and Earl Johnson, Jr. Chair

 

Rajesh Prasad
Assistant Principal
The Abram and Frances Pascher Kanof Chair

 

Organ

To Be Filled
The Albert and Susan Jenkins and Family Organ Chair

 

Library

Stephanie Wilson
Principal Orchestra Librarian
The Mary Colvert and Banks C. Talley Chair

 

Janice McLaughlin
Senior Assistant Librarian

 

Jessica Kunttu
Assistant Librarian

 

*Acting position

**Leave of absence

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

The Maxine and Benjamin Swalin Chair

Grant Llewellyn is renowned for his exceptional charisma, energy, and easy authority in music of all styles and periods. A native of Tenby, South Wales, Llewellyn won a conducting fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 1985, where he worked with conducting legends Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, and André Previn. As Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the early 1990s, he conducted at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and on classical series and Boston Pops concerts.

Llewellyn has conducted many orchestras in North America, most notably the symphonies of Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Milwaukee, Montreal, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Toronto. As Music Director of the Handel and Haydn Society, America’s leading period orchestra, he gained a reputation as a formidable interpreter of music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne since 2015, Llewellyn has held positions with numerous other European orchestras — including Principal Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Guest Conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. An accomplished opera conductor, Llewellyn has appeared at the English National Opera, Opera North, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Llewellyn has led NCS in four critically acclaimed recordings, most recently Britten’s Cello Symphony and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, both with cellist Zuill Bailey. Deeply committed and passionate about engaging young people with music, Llewellyn regularly leads education activities with NCS and around the world.

 

Wesley Schulz, Associate Conductor

The Lucy Moore Ruffin Chair

Wesley Schulz, appointed NCS Associate Conductor in the 2017/18 season, previously served as Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Festival Orchestra, and as Director of Orchestras at the University of Puget Sound. In the 2014/15 season, Schulz was the Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony. Upcoming and recent conducting engagements include the Austin Symphony Orchestra, The Venice Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, and the Juneau Symphony.

Schulz made his Seattle Symphony debut in a sold-out performance with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, led seven world premieres at the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, and assisted with recordings for the symphony’s Grammy-winning label, Seattle Symphony Media.

From 2009 to 2013, Schulz was the Assistant Conductor of the Britt Festival Orchestra, a professional summer orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. In addition to teaching at the University of Puget Sound and the Seattle Conservatory of Music, he has served as Music Director for both the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras and Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra.

From 2007 to 2011, Schulz directed the Texas Chamber Group, an ensemble he founded in Austin, Texas, dedicated to performing chamber orchestra works in creatively designed performance contexts.

Schulz graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in percussion performance and music education from Ball State University and doctoral and master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. When not on the podium, he can be seen hitting the pavement in preparation for his next marathon.

North Carolina Symphony Society, Inc.

The Society Board is the governing, policy and operating board of the Symphony Society. It secures financial resources, approves program goals, engages in strategic planning and oversees budgets, continuing the Society’s mission to achieve the highest level of artistic quality and performance standards, and embracing the dual legacies of statewide service and music education.

 

Mr. Don Davis, Chair, Raleigh
Dr. Wm. Charles Helton, Vice Chair, Raleigh
Mr. Joe Bastian, Treasurer, Chapel Hill
Mr. Terry L. Stevens, Assistant Treasurer, Raleigh
Dr. Sally C. Johnson, Secretary, Raleigh
Ms. Sandi M. A. Macdonald, President & CEO, Raleigh

Ms. Deborah M. Aiken, Raleigh
Dr. Tim Altman**, Laurinburg
Dr. Trude R. Bate, Cary
Mrs. Janie W. Bird, Raleigh
Mr. Jud Bowman, Durham
Ms. Patty Briguglio, Cary
Mr. Steve Burriss, Raleigh
Mr. Tim Clancy, Raleigh
The Honorable Roy Cooper*, Raleigh
Mr. Jeffrey A. Corbett, Raleigh
Mr. David R. Crabtree, Raleigh
Mr. Richard L. Daugherty, Raleigh
Mr. Robert C. Doherty, Raleigh
Mr. Keith Donahue**, Raleigh
Mrs. Ruth Dzau, Durham
Mrs. Margaret Poyner Galbraith, Raleigh
Mr. Rick Gardner, Raleigh
Mr. Mike Golden, Raleigh
Mr. Donald A. Haile, Raleigh
Mr. David Haines, Cary
Secretary, Susi H. Hamilton*, Wilmington
Mrs. Elaine Bryant Hayes, Fayetteville
Mr. Richard E. Hinson, Chapel Hill
Mr. Douglas C. Hornberger, Raleigh
Mr. Kevin Howell**, Raleigh
Mr. Michael Patrick Hughes, Raleigh
The Honorable Mark Johnson*, Raleigh
Mr. L. Dwain Joyce*, Fayetteville
Mrs. Cecelia Eckert Kennedy, Morrisville
Dr. Robert Lacin, Raleigh
Mr. Branford Marsalis, Durham
Mr. James Morgan**, Raleigh
Mr. Graham Mosely, Wilmington
Mr. Thomas L. Norris, Jr., Raleigh
Mrs. Florence Peacock, Chapel Hill
Dr. Emily Mann Peck, Raleigh
Mrs. Ashley Matlock Perkinson, Raleigh
Dr. Ramachandra P. Reddy, Cary
Mr. Richard H. (Dick) Robinson, Jr., Chapel Hill
Mr. Jeffrey B. Sheehan, Raleigh
Mr. Jason Smith, Raleigh
Mrs. Tracey Fodor Smith, Farmville
Mr. David Sontag, Chapel Hill
Mrs. Linda J. Staunch*, New Bern
Ms. Sandy Sully, Cary
Mrs. Jennie Harris Wallace, Raleigh
Mr. Dereck Whittenburg, Raleigh
Mr. Larry Wilson*, Raleigh
Mr. Tim Yull, Raleigh

*Ex Officio Member
**Governor’s Appointee

 

Lifetime Trustees

The Society and Foundation Boards gratefully recognize the individuals listed below as Lifetime Trustees for extraordinary involvement and leadership of the Symphony over a significant period of time.

Dr. Assad Meymandi – 2015 Inductee
Mr. Edward O. Woolner – 2016 Inductee

 

North Carolina Symphony Foundation

The Foundation Board holds the permanent endowment of the Symphony, solicits additions to the endowment, safeguards and invests assets, and prudently expends funds for the exclusive use and benefit of the Symphony Society.

Mr. Larry Wilson, President, Raleigh
Mr. D.S. (Steve) Hodges, Vice President, Durham
Col. Matt Segal, Treasurer, Cary
Ms. Dianne C. Sellers, Secretary, Raleigh
Mr. Thomas H. Roberg, Past President, Raleigh

Mr. Chip Anderson, Raleigh
Ms. Catharine Biggs Arrowood, Raleigh
Mr. Richard L. Daugherty, Raleigh
Mr. Don Davis*, Raleigh
Dr. Robert N. Eby, Chapel Hill
Dr. Warner Hall, Raleigh
Dr. Wm. Charles Helton, Raleigh
Dr. Ted Kunstling, Raleigh
Dr. Shaler Stidham, Jr., Raleigh
Mr. Josiah Stevenson IV, Pinehurst

*Ex Officio Member

 

TRUSTEE LISTS CURRENT AS OF FEBRUARY 2019

President’s Office

Sandi M.A. Macdonald – President & CEO
Email: smacdonald@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.733.2750

Sue Guenther – Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Email: sguenther@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5455

 

Artistic Operations

Donald Tippett – Interim General Manager & Director of Operations
Email: dtippett@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5464

Brad Courage – Orchestra Personnel Manager
Email: bcourage@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5465

Joshua Fisher – Assistant Stage Manager

Jessica Kunttu – Assistant Librarian
Email: jkunttu@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5469

Erin Lunsford – Artistic Planning Manager
Email: elunsford@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5521

Janice McLaughlin – Senior Assistant Librarian
Phone: 919.789.5470

Bo Osborne – Stage Manager

Patrick Parker – Stage Crew

Jason Spencer – Director of Education
Email: jspencer@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5461

Stephanie Wilson – Principal Orchestra Librarian (The Mary Colvert and Banks C. Talley Chair)
Email: swilson@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5468

 

Finance & Administration

Robert Schiller – Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration & CFO
Email: rschiller@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5490

Tiffany Debnam – Database & Fulfillment Manager
Email: tdebnam@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5496

Tiffany Haddock – Human Resources & Office Systems Manager
Email: thaddock@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.733.2750

Glenda Hughes – Controller
Email: ghughes@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5494

Lindsey Taylor – Information Processing & Fulfillment Coordinator
Email: ltaylor@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5477

Stan Williams – Public Affairs Contractor
Email: swilliams@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5456

 

Marketing & Audience Development

Linda Charlton – Vice President for Marketing & Audience Development
Email: lcharlton@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5474

Jennifer Blackman – Graphic Designer
Email: jblackman@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5481

Ashley Blankenship – Group Sales & Promotions Coordinator
Email: ablankenship@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5505

Gavin Brown – Box Office Manager
Email: gbrown@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5502

Sharon Chen – Box Office Associate
Email: schen@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.733.2750

Sara Dobson – Statewide Coordinator
Email: sdobson@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5463

Maria H. Ewing – Director of Advertising & Promotions
Email: mewing@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5480

Chuck Farmer – Box Office Associate
Email: cfarmer@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.733.2750

Richard Hess – Communications Project Manager
Email: rhess@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5478

Jessica Johnson – Box Office Associate
Email: jjohnson@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.733.2750

Meredith Kimball Laing – Director of Communications
Email: mlaing@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5484

Jonathan Naylor – Box Office Associate
Email: jnaylor@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.733.2750

Jim Vestal – Box Office Associate
Email: jvestal@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.733.2750

Emma Wall – Assistant Vice President of Marketing
Email: ewall@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5507

 

Philanthropy

Lisa Ransom – Vice President of Philanthropy
Email: eransom@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5487

Pam Bash – Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving
Email: pbash@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5482

Christin Danchi – Annual Giving Coordinator
Email: cdanchi@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5479

Amanda Decker – Special Events Manager
Email: adecker@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5492

Rebecca Gunn – Director of Annual Giving
Email: rgunn@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5489

Courtney Hamm – Corporate & Foundation Giving Coordinator
Email: chamm@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5483

Kim Korzen – Major Gifts & Planned Giving Coordinator
Email: kkorzen@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5485

Rebecca Watkins – Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving
Email: rwatkins@ncsymphony.org
Phone: 919.789.5497

Auditions

Bass Trombone

Preliminary Auditions: Saturday, May 18, 2019 and Sunday, May 19, 2019
Semifinal/Final Auditions: Monday, May 20, 2019

The audition will take place at Memorial Hall, in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A winner may or may not be chosen at these auditions, and qualified candidates may be invited to return to play in the orchestra before a final decision is reached. Musicians taking this audition should only do so with the intention of accepting the position if it is offered.

Repertoire list for this audition is available at the following link:

REPERTOIRE

TO APPLY:
Please email auditions@ncsymphony.org to submit your one-page resume as a PDF attachment. Resumes submitted in other formats will not be accepted.

Only a limited number of highly qualified applicants will be invited to audition.

Resumes must be received by February 15th, 2019.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

  • Rates are currently being negotiated for the 2019/20 season. The current 2018/19 season is 39.5 weeks with a minimum salary of $1,445.95 /week ($57,115/annual).
  • An optional 18-service summer season is available and paid at the position per-service rate.
  • Benefits include 9% retirement contribution plus medical, life and instrument insurance.
  • Employment to commence during the 2019/20 season subject to winning candidate’s availability.

Please note that the North Carolina Symphony only hires individuals eligible for immediate employment by more than one employer in the United States and, generally, does not provide sponsorship for employment. The winning candidate will be required to provide proof of his/her legal eligibility to work in the United States.

ABOUT THE SYMPHONY:
The North Carolina Symphony currently has a 39.5-week regular season plus an optional 18-service summer season, which runs from mid-June through early July.

The North Carolina Symphony is the state orchestra of North Carolina and has a legacy of statewide service and music education. Called by some the hardest-working orchestra in America, with the most extensive education program of any symphony orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony last year traveled 18,000 miles, taking Classical and Educational concerts almost every week to more than a quarter-million North Carolinians. The orchestra played 91 Classical concerts, 43 Pops concerts, and 38 Education concerts. Led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the North Carolina Symphony continues to pursue its commitment to visionary performances, educating children, and serving the state.

No phone calls, please

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Administrative positions

Vice President and General Manager

POSITION: Vice President and General Manager
DEPARTMENT: Artistic Operations
REPORTS TO: President & CEO
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Exempt

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:
The Vice President and General Manager is a member of the senior management team of the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) and has overall responsibility for artistic planning, orchestra management, production, and educational/community partnership activities. (S)he achieves the goals of this position by meeting the organization’s strategic priorities and has responsibility for initiatives and collaborations within and outside the institution. Success is achieved when the results in all areas of responsibility are consistent with the North Carolina Symphony’s level of artistic excellence.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Artistic Planning

  • Responsible for artistic planning and management of all performance activities including programming and guest artists and conductors, in collaboration with President & CEO, Music Director, and related staff
  • Responsible for developing the Orchestra’s artistic profile including but not limited to identifying new artists and composers, keeping current with global activities of major artists and developing long-term relationships with key artists
  • Commissioning works in collaboration with the Music Director
  • Oversight of Pops and Specials programming.

Orchestra Management

  • Management oversight for operational excellence of all performances and facilities
  • Development and management of NCS electronic media projects
  • Participation in the negotiation of the NCS Master Contract; and management oversight of contract administration.

Education/Community Relations

  • Management oversight of the orchestra’s educational and community outreach/partnership programs in local and statewide

Financial Management

  • Responsible for an annual operating cost center of $10.9 million (orchestra, concert production, and staff)

DIRECT REPORTS:

  • Director of Operations
  • Orchestra Personnel Manager
  • Artistic Planning Manager
  • Director of Education
  • Principal Orchestra Librarian

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
A bachelor’s degree in music or a related field and a minimum 5-years of performing arts administrative experience is required. Strong managerial and leadership skills are essential with a proven ability to work effectively under pressure. The incumbent will have excellent communication and conflict management skills; will be a manager who builds, values, invests in, and empowers a team, and a leader who works collaboratively across the institution. Must be computer literate and possess above-average proficiency in Microsoft Office; working knowledge of OPAS is a plus.

TO APPLY:
Email cover letter describing your specific interest in North Carolina Symphony, outlining your qualifications and resume by January 15, 2019 to:
Sandi M.A. Macdonald
President & CEO
GM@ncsymphony.org

No phone calls, please

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