Joanna Mulfinger, Concertmaster
Deirdre Hutton*, Assistant Concertmaster
Robin Hague Els
Sarah Johnson, Concertmaster Emeritus
Callie Brennan*, Principal
Michelle Mills*, Assistant Principal
Diana Maley Berti**
Robert O’Brien*, Principal
Kathy Foster, Assistant Principal
Ian Bracchitta**, Principal
Matthew Waid, Assistant Principal
J. Bret Alford
Flute & Piccolo
Rhea Jacobus, Principal
Oboe & English Horn
Ginny Metzger, Principal
Kelly Vaneman, Associate Principal
Mary AllyeB Purtle
Karen Hill, Principal
Frank Watson**, Principal
Stephanie Lipka Rhyne
Anneka Zuehlke-King, Principal
Andrew Merideth, Assistant Principal
Dan Kirsop, Associate Principal
Mark Britt, Principal
John Holloway, Principal
Patrick Lowery, Principal
Adena McDaniel, Co-Principal
Matt McDaniel, Co-Principal
Emily Waggoner, Principal
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.