Our Musicians


Violin 1

  • Joanna Mulfinger, Concertmaster

  • Deirdre Hutton*, Assistant Concertmaster

  • Robin Hague Els

  • Mary Irwin

  • Sharon Kerr-Lawrence

  • Zoe Kushubar*

  • John Malloy

  • Tania Moldovan

  • Xiaoli Saliny*

  • Sarah Johnson, Concertmaster Emeritus

Violin 2

  • Callie Brennan*, Principal

  • Michelle Mills*, Assistant Principal

  • Simone Beach

  • Ann Buttimer

  • Theresa Jenkins-Russ

  • Emily Kirkpatrick*

  • Jessica Martin

  • March Moody

  • Michele Tate**

  • Emily Wait


  • Diana Maley Berti**

  • Alvoy Bryan*

  • Amber Holden

  • Katy Martin

  • Michael Weaver


  • Robert O’Brien*, Principal

  • Kathy Foster, Assistant Principal

  • Jean Anderson

  • Lisa Hastings*

  • Christine Lee

  • Eric Scheider

  • Benjamin Smith


  • Ian Bracchitta**, Principal

  • Matthew Waid, Assistant Principal

  • J. Bret Alford

  • Brian Gencarelli

  • Jeff Stinson

Flute & Piccolo

  • Rhea Jacobus, Principal

  • Caroline Ulrich

  • Jessica Sherer

  • Esther Waite*

Oboe & English Horn

  • Ginny Metzger, Principal

  • Kelly Vaneman, Associate Principal

  • Andrew Parker*

  • Mary AllyeB Purtle


  • Karen Hill, Principal

  • Chip Hill

  • Kyra Zhang*


  • Frank Watson**, Principal

  • Rosalind Buda

  • Stephanie Lipka Rhyne


  • Anneka Zuehlke-King**, Principal

  • Chris George

  • Andrew Merideth, Assistant Principal

  • Mark Frederick*

  • Jeanette Schlimgen

  • Darian Washington*


  • Dan Kirsop, Associate Principal

  • Kenneth Frick

  • Bruce Cox

  • Cody Beard


  • Mark Britt, Principal

  • Rienette Davis

  • Eric Henson


  • John Holloway, Principal


  • Patrick Lowery**, Principal


  • Adena McDaniel, Co-Principal

  • Matt McDaniel, Co-Principal

  • Del Burton


  • Emily Waggoner, Principal

  • Kela Walton*

Piano & Organ

  • Brennan Szafron, Principal


* denotes substitute musician, playing 2 or more concerts in the 2018-2019 season

**denotes Orchestra Committee Members




Joanna Mulfinger is a native of Greenville, SC and the youngest of eleven children. She graduated from Bob Jones University and continued her education at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, receiving a Masters Degree under the tutelage of renowned Russian pedagogue Victor Danchenko. While at Peabody, she was awarded the J.C. van Hulsteyn Prize for Outstanding Musical and Academic Contributions. She has pursued additional summer music studies at the Juilliard School in New York, the Hanns Eisler Hochschule Fur Musik in Berlin, Germany, and other festivals in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. Since returning to Greenville she has developed a large studio of private students, and is currently on Adjunct Faculty at Anderson University where she teaches private violin and viola lessons, coaches student chamber ensembles, and conducts the String Ensemble. Her private students have gone on to win jobs in regional orchestras in the Southeast, including Sara Beam, Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Spartanburg Philharmonic.

Joanna appreciates learning about all kinds of music. In 2016 she learned and performed a new work for erhu, a stringed instrument of Chinese origin. And, in 2017, as a result of her interest in Baroque violin playing, she started a Baroque String Ensemble at Anderson University. Joanna is active at the Peace Center in Greenville, where she enjoys playing with National Tours of Broadway shows such as Disney’s Lion King (twice), Chicago (twice), Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, White Christmas, Something Rotten, Motown, Newsies, Porgy and Bess, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Evita, West Side Story, and Wizard of Oz,among others. She is also in demand to accompany local performances of popular touring artists such as Smokey Robinson, Celtic Woman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Mannheim Steamroller (twice), Anne Murray, and Johnny Mathis.

As a chamber musician, Joanna is a member of several local ensembles including the Mulfinger String Quartet, Trio Tapestry (guitar, cello, violin) and Tryptich Musica (piano, horn, violin).

She is an active orchestral musician. Since 2003 she has been the Principal Second Violin of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 she won the job of Assistant Concertmaster of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and in 2016 was named Co-Concertmaster.

Joanna performs on a 1653 Nicolo Amati violin, a violin she inherited from her mother.