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MEET THE MUSICIANS

Continuing a legacy since 1919, the baton has passed among several conductors and is now led by Charles Prince.

Charles Prince, Music Director

Conductor Charles Prince has triumphed in multiple musical worlds in both North America and Europe. He has led a wide range of international orchestra from the Moscow Symphony to the WDR Orchestra in Cologne and Essen, Germany, as well as the Munich Philharmonic and orchestras in Switzerland, Austria, Finland and Bulgaria. He has served as the Music Director of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and has guest conducted orchestras from Portland, Oregon to Fort Worth, Texas in North America.

As a Pops conductor, he served as Associate Conductor for the New York Pops from 1996 to 2003, leading that orchestra on numerous occasions at Carnegie Hall. Acclaimed for his operetta and theatrical performances, he has directed the Operetta Summer in Vienna for nearly a decade, conducted the Tony-Award winning production of James Joyce and Shaun Daveys’ “The Dead” on Broadway, Washington and Los Angeles and has been music Director of a Leonard Bernstein Gala,  presented by the composer’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein. A tribute to his father, Broadway director Hal Prince, was recorded with the Munich Philharmonic for a double-CD by First Night Records, London.

Projects for the 2016-17 season include assisting in the revival of the New York City Opera and conducting the company’s new production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” in early 2017.

Charles Prince is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory. At the Tanglewood Music festival he took master classes with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier and Kurt Sanderling. Other important teachers include Robert Page and Jorma Panula, one of the leading conducing pedagogues in Finland.

Music Director: 

Conductor Emeritus: 

Personnel Manager:

Charles Prince

Sabin Pautza

Leslie Pruess

Violin

Evelyn Estava

Concertmaster, The Lee Resnick Memorial Chair

Francisco Salazar

Asst. Concertmaster

Michael Avagliano

Principal Second

The Barbara Sandford Memorial Chair

Christopher Basso

Norman Finkelstein 

Heather Fitzpatrick

Jenise Grice  

Rebecca Harris lee

Shirley Li

Christopher Minarich

Andras Nagy

Carolyn Klaiman Racusin

Michael Schneider

Ludmilla Turina

Brian Verdi

Alyson Whelan

Claire Wilson      

Suzanne Weinberg

Elzbieta Winnicka

​​​Viola

Gabriela Rengel

Principal

 

Pauline Bradshaw

Ana Cuichta

Karen Kamp

Cynthia Killian

Effie Yuen

Cello

Jameson Platte

Principal, The George

Cohen Memorial Chair

James Celestino

Douglas Hardin

Victor Lange

Joy Mathews

Megan Sweet

String Bass

James Potter

Principal

Maria Ogorek

George Osipian

Roosevelt Porter

Flute

Leslie Pruess

Principal

 

Jenny Cline

Norann Hein

 

Oboe

Nancy Vanderslice

Principal, The Norris Birnbaum Memorial Chair

 

Melissa Bohl

Peggy Wiltrout

Clarinet

Janet Vidovich

Principal

 

Robert Romano

Carlyn Smith

 

Bassoon

Lee Doswell

Principal

 

Wendy Romano

Trumpet

Andrew Filippone

Principal

Justin Francis

Thomas MacWilliams

French Horn

Lisa Nettleship

Principal

Susan Braden

Richard Goodman

James Robinson

Trombones

James Dixon

Principal

James Felter

Andreas Jahl

William Hein

Tuba

David Grego

 

Tympani

Adrienne Ostrander

Percussion

Dan Granda

William Marinelli

Wesley Ostrander

Michael Winnicki

Harp

Elaine Christy

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