Our Musicians

Orchestra Members in the 2019-2020 season (as of Aug. 2019)


Violin 1

  • Callie Brennan, Interim Concertmaster

  • Robin Hague Els, Assistant Concertmaster

  • Mary Irwin

  • Sarah Hurd*

  • Emily Kirkpatrick*

  • Zoe Kushubar

  • Leonardo Ottoni*

  • Kathleen Robinson*

  • Sarah Johnson, Concertmaster Emeritus

Violin 2

  • Halee Joo, Principal

  • Simone Beach

  • Ann Buttimer

  • Theresa Jenkins-Russ

  • Allison Key*

  • March Moody

  • Michele Tate**

  • Emily Wait


  • Alvoy Bryan, Principal

  • Arthur Ross*, Assistant Principal

  • Diana Maley Berti**

  • Mathew Darsey*

  • Amber Holden

  • Katy Martin

  • Emma Smoker

  • Michael Weaver


  • Brianna Tam, Principal

  • Kathy Foster, Assistant Principal

  • Franklin Keel

  • Meredith Keen

  • 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

Oboe & English Horn

  • Ginny Metzger, Principal

  • Kelly Vaneman, Associate Principal

  • Mary AllyeB Purtle


  • Karen Hill, Principal

  • Chip Hill

  • Taylor Massey*


  • Frank Watson**, Principal

  • Rosalind Buda

  • Stephanie Lipka Rhyne


  • Anneka Zuehlke-King**, Principal

  • Chris George

  • Andrew Merideth, Assistant Principal

  • Jeanette Schlimgen

  • Darian Washington*


  • Tyler Jones, Principal

  • Kenneth Frick

  • Bruce Cox


  • Mark Britt, Principal

  • Rienette Davis

  • Eric Henson


  • John Holloway, Principal


  • Patrick Lowery**, Principal


  • Adena McDaniel, Co-Principal

  • Matt McDaniel, Co-Principal

  • Del Burton

  • Wesley Strasser*

  • Veronica Weygandt*


  • Emily Waggoner, Principal

  • Kela Walton*

Piano & Organ

  • Brennan Szafron, Principal


* denotes substitute musician, playing 2 or more concerts in the 2019-2020 season

**denotes Orchestra Committee Members



Interim Concertmaster

Callie Brennan hails from the sunny state of Maine, which is where she first held a violin at the tender age of four. As an adolescent she studied with Ronald Lantz of the Portland String Quartet, and received regular coachings in chamber music from the PSQ.

While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at The University of Colorado, Callie studied with Lina Bahn and Harumi Rhodes. During this time she studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, studying with Ole Bohn at the Sydney Conservatorium. This travel prompted her to look abroad for postgraduate study, and led her to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2016 she moved to London, England, where she completed two Masters Degrees in Music and Violin performance. During her studies at Guildhall, Callie studied with Stephanie Gonley and Ofer Falk, and had numerous opportunities to receive coachings from other internationally renowned musicians. She performed twice under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, playing alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, and also collaborated with the Australian Chamber Orchestra during their residency at Guildhall.

Callie has an extensive background in chamber music, having been coached by ensembles such as the Portland String Quartet, the Takacs Quartet, the Heath Quartet, Endellion Quartet, and the Zodiac Trio. As a member of the Ember String Quartet, she traveled to Spain in July 2017, attending the Fringe Festival in Torroella di Montgri. Callie was also a member of The Orchid Trio, which was awarded the St. James Chamber Music prize and a recital opportunity in Piccadilly Circus, London. In February 2018 Callie was named the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra’s Soloist of the year, which led to her first solo performance with an orchestra; She performed the Walton Violin Concerto under the direction of Peter Stark at St. John’s Church, Waterloo.

Callie has had the pleasure of performing on The Barbican Stage and in Royal Festival Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Boettcher Hall in Denver. Other global performance experience includes a quartet residency for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's summer strings courses, and attending the "Renaissance in the XXI Century" summer course in Florence, Italy. Other music festivals include the Zodiac Music Festival (France), The Bowdoin International Music Festival (USA), and The Colorado Music Festival (USA).

After moving to Asheville in 2018, Callie has enjoyed regular performance opportunities with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, and served as Principal 2nd of the Spartanburg Philharmonic in the spring of 2019. She also holds a position with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Callie plays on a 2005 Christopher Edel violin, made in Boston, MA.

When she's not practicing or in rehearsal, she is most likely hiking, traveling, and eating alarming amounts of chocolate.