A History of Success

Eastern Music Festival’s alumni numbers are nearly 10,000. Many alumni have gone on to acclaimed solo, chamber music, and orchestral careers. Many have careers in arts management, health care, business, education, and law. We’re proud and honored to be associated with each EMF alumni.

Where Are You Now?

We love to keep in touch with our EMF alumni and want to hear about your passions and your festival memories. Tell us about where you are now, your family, your community, your favorite EMF moments. Send us photos from “back in the day” to share!

Distinguished Alumni

Instrument or PositionNameCurrent OrganizationCurrent PositionEMF Year(s)URL
ViolinBrian LeeSan Francisco Ballet OrchestraFirst Violin1970, 1971, 1972Link
ViolinGail Norine SharpColumbus Symphony OrchestraViolin1976Link
ViolinCarol RuzickaFaculty-Cleveland Institute of MusicViolin Faculty Link
ViolinYumi Hwang-WilliamsColorado SymphonyConcertmaster Link
ViolinIda BielerRobert Schuman Hochschule Dusseldorf, UNCSAString Faculty/ UNCSA School of Music Link
ViolinStefani Collins MatsuoConcertmaster of Cincinati Symphony OrchestraConcertmaster, Violin Link
ViolinEliot ChapoFlorida State UniversityProfessor of Violin Link
ViolinAnne DonaldsonThe Kennedy CenterSecond Violin Link
ViolinAnn FrinkSt. Louis SymphonyFirst Violin Link
ViolinRebecca Boyer HallSt. Louis SymphonySecond Violin Link
ViolinEmily Rist GloverNorth Carolina SymphonyViolin Artist Link
ViolinMiran KimMetropolitan Opera OrchestraFirst Violin Section Link
ViolinAniko KovacsQatar Philharmonic OrchstraSecond Violin Link
ViolinIngang HanJacksonville SymphonyViolin Artist Link
ViolinEva KozmaSt. Louis SymphonySecond Violin Link
ViolinCourtney LebauerConverse CollegeAssitant Professor of Music Link
ViolinJessica McJunkinsIndependent ArtistN/A Link
ViolinDiana LupoJerusalem Symphony OrchestraFirst Violin Section Link
ViolinScott MozlinCincinatti Symphony OrchestraViolin Link
ViolinJeffrey MulterFlorida OrchestraViolin (Berkman Chair) Link
ViolinBruce PattiDallas SymphonyFirst & Second Violin Link
ViolinAngie SmartSt. Louis SymphonyFirst Violin Link
ViolinGuillauame SutreUniversity of California Los AngelesViolin Faculty & Professor Link
ViolaSusan PardueJacksonville SymphonyViola Link
ViolaAntoine TamestitConcert Artist 2001Viola Link
ViolaVictoria ChangPeabody Conservatory of MusicViola Professor and Coordinator Link
ViolaElisha NelsonCleveland OrchestraViola Link
ViolaChauncey PattersonConversatory of Music, Lynn UniversityAssociate Professor of Chamber Music Link
ViolaGeraldine WaltherTakas String Quartet, University of Colorado-BoulderViola Link
ViolaDiane Phoenix-NealJames Madison UniversityAssistant Professor, Viola Link
CelloMichael FitzpatrickEarth’s Call FoundationCello, Founder Link
CelloThalia MooreSan Francisco Opera OrchestraAssociate Principal Cello Link
CelloSterling ElliotSphinx Competition Laureate (2019)Cello Link
CelloJennifer CombsHartford Sumphony OrchestraCello Link
CelloRobert DemaineLos Angeles PhilarmonicPrincipal Cello Link
CelloBryan DummCleveland OrchestraCello Link
CelloDavid HardyPrincipal of the National SymphonyPrincipal Cello Link
CelloDavid KimSt. Louis SymphonyAssistant Principal Cello Link
CelloThomas KrainesDaedalus QuartetCello Link
CelloAlvin McCallSt. Louis SymphonyCello Link
CelloMarc MoskovitzProMusica Chamber OrchestraPrincipal Cello Link
CelloRachel YoungNational Symphony OrchestraCello Link
Double BassBruce RidgeNorth Carolina SymphonyThe John C. and Margaret P. Parker Chair (Double Bass) Link
Double BassLarry EpsteinSan Francisco SymphonyAssociate Principal Bass Link
Double BassXavier Foley2014 Sphinx Competition WinnerDouble Bass Link
Double BassTravis GoreSeattle SymphonyDouble Bass Link
Double BassErik HarrisSt. Louis SymphonyDouble Bass Link
Double BassJim LambertCincinatti Symphony OrchestraDouble Bass Link
Double BassAnthony ManzoNew Century Chamber Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber PlayersBass Link
Double BassJohn MoorePittsburg SymphonyBass Link
Double BassKurt ReickenCharlotte SymphonyPrincipal Bass Link
Double BassTristan SuttonBergen PhilharmonicAlternating Section Leader Link
Double BassRion WentworthNew York PhilharmonicBass Link
FluteRachel Taratoot CiraldoBaton Rouge Symphony OrchestraPrincipal Flute Link
FlueDavid CramerThe Philadelphia Orchestra, Temple UniversityAdjunct Faculty, Flute Link
FluteJake FridkisWorth Symphony OrchestraPrincipal Flute Link
FluteElizabeth OstlingBoston Symphony OrchestraAssociate Principal Flute Link
FluteGabe FridkisFort Worth SymphonyAssociate Principal Flute Link
OboeKaren Birch BlundellFreelance Musician in NYCEnglish Horn, Oboe Link
OboeEmily BrebachAtlanta Symphony OrchestraEnglish Horn, Oboe Link
OboeJennifer ChristenIndianapolis SymphonyPrincipal Oboe Link
OboeColin GatwoodHouston SymphonyOboe Link
OboeLaura GriffithsSan Francisco Ballet OrchestraPrincipal Oboe Link
OboeKevin PearlMilwuakee SymphonyAssistant Principal Oboe Link
OboeYvonne Powers PetersonAtlanta Symphony OrchestraAssociate Principal Oboe Link
OboeElizabeth Koch TiscioneAtlanta Symphony OrchestraPrincipal Oboe Link
English HornCally BanhamSt. Louis SymphonyEnglish horn, Oboe Link
ClarinetJoseph BeverlyThe Florida Orchestra3rd/Bass Clarinet Link
ClarinetTodd CopeOrcehstre Symphonique de MontrealPrincipal Clarinet Link
ClarinetRichie HawleyCincinatti Symphony Orchestra, Rice UniversityProfessor of Clarinet & Chair of Woodwinds Link
ClarinetBrian HysongNYC Ballet OrchestraBass Clarinet Link
ClarinetTom LegrandHouston Symphony, Rice University  Link
ClarinetRicardo MoralesThe Philadelphia Orchestra, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, TEMPLE UNIVERSITYClarinet Faculty Link
ClarinetChelsea TiptonSymphony of Southeast Texas, Principal Pops, New Haven SymphonyMusic Director Link
ClarinetBrad WhitfieldAlabama SymphonyAssistant Principal Clarinet Link
BassonAndrew BradyAtlanta Symphony OrchestraPrincipal Basson Link
BassonSue HeinemanNational Symphony Orchestra, University of Maryland,Bassoonist Link
BassonPatrick Johnson-WhittySan Francisco Ballet Opera2nd Bassoon & Contrabasson Link
HornBeth BeesonNashville SymphonyHorn Link
HornRoss SnyderOmaha SymphonyAssociate Principle French Horn Link
HornNathaniel SilberschlagCleveland OrchestraPrincipal Horn Link
HornNicholas CaluoriWest Point BandThird Horn Link
HornNicole (De La Cal) CaluoriWest Point BandPrincipal Horn Link
HornOliver De ClercqVancouver Symphony OrchestraPrincipal French Horn Link
HornJacob DiedwardoAxion BrassHorn Link
HornMatthew EckenhoffLouisana PhilharmonicHorn Link
HornMelanie ErenaAxion Brass, Civic Orchestra of ChicagoHorn Link
HornKristen JohamSpokane Symphony, Eastern Washington UniversityFourth Horn  
HornCharles PutnamAmerican Horn QuintetHorn  
HornHunter SholarNashville SymphonyHorn Link
HornZachary SmithPittsburgh Symphony, Duquesne UniversityAdjunct Professor, French Horn Link
HornErnie TovarPhiladelphia OrchestraFourth Horn  
HornJulie Beckel YagerIndianapolis SymphonyHorn Link