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Mirroring Dallas' cosmopolitan landscape, the musicians, conductors and guest artists of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra have come from around the globe to make exceptional music here. Meet the artists who help the Dallas Symphony Orchestra achieve its international acclaim.

Music Director

Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today's most sought-after podium artists. In addition to his position with the Dallas Symphony, van Zweden is in his second season as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maestro van Zweden is a frequent guest conductor with many prestigious orchestras across the globe, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the New York Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he will return in May-June 2014 to curate the Chicago Symphony's three-week festival "Truth to Power" focusing on music of Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Additionally, among his critically-acclaimed guest engagements have been those with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Boston Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, and his BBC Proms debut conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in Bruckner's Eighth Symphony.

Highlights of his 2013/14 season and beyond include debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and the Rotterdam and London Philharmonic Orchestras. Also in 2013/14, Maestro van Zweden tours China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and makes his return to the Verbier Festival.

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One of the distinguishing features of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has been our ability to attract some of the finest conductors in the world.

Principal Pops Conductor

Jeff Tyzik

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America's most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. In August 2013, Jeff Tyzik was named to The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This season, he also begins a new role as Principal Pops Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. In the 2013/14 concert season, Tyzik will celebrate his 20th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to serve as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon Symphony.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tyzik made his UK debut in 2010 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over 3 months.  Alex Ross of The New Yorker, called it "one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years". "His concert is the kind of thing that's likely to give classical music a good name, perhaps even make it seem, dare I say, relevant," writes John Pitcher of the Gannet News Service.

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Pops Conductor Laureate

Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classical music in concert halls and on recordings. After fourteen seasons as Principal Pops Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, he now holds the permanent title of Pops Conductor Laureate of the DSO.  The 2013-14 concert season marks his twenty-third year as Principal Pops Conductor of Orange County's Pacific Symphony. He is in his ninth season conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert series, "CSO at the Movies".

He regularly appears as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and around the world including Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, London, Calgary, Edmonton, Liverpool, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, and the Malaysian Philharmonic. In addition to conducting "traditional" concert presentations, he often leads performances of complete film scores in concert, synchronizing the music to the actual film as it is shown on the screen above the orchestra. These legendary film titles include The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, Casablanca, The Bride of Frankenstein, Pirates of the Caribbean, and recently conducted the U.S. premiere of the legendary MGM musical, Singin' in the Rain.

Richard received the 1993 Grammy Award in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance. In addition to his two recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, he has recorded CDs with the Nuremberg Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Philharmonic in Berlin.

In October 2011, Richard conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a concert of the greatest film music of Dimitri Tiomkin. The recording of this concert, released on the LSO LIVE label, received rave reviews as well as two Grammy nominations.

He has conducted for performers including John Denver, Andy Williams, Chris Botti, Mary Martin, Nanette Fabray, Sir James Galway, Diana Krall, The Pointer Sisters, The Beach Boys, Peter Paul and Mary, Robert Goulet, David Copperfield, The Righteous Brothers, and Art Garfunkel.

As a violinist, he performed on numerous film and television scores including "Jaws", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "Saturday Night Fever", and (in a moment of desperation) "Animal House". He has recorded with artists including John Denver, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, The Carpenters, and Ray Charles.

He joined the Music Department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in 1984 as Music Coordinator, and for the next 18 years supervised music for MGM. He received two Emmy Award nominations, one for the animated series, "The Pink Panther" in the category of Outstanding Music Direction and Composition, and another for Outstanding Original Song co-authored for the series, "All Dogs Go to Heaven". For the MGM television series "In the Heat of the Night", he composed songs with Actor/Producer Carroll O'Connor and conducted the scores for films including "Guarding Tess" and "Jungle to Jungle".

As a unique part of his career in film, Richard has coached various actors in musical roles including Jack Nicholson, Dudley Moore, and Tom Hanks.

He has served as Music Director and Conductor for numerous musicals, including a National Tour of "Sweet Charity" starring Juliet Prowse, the first national tours of "Company" (for Hal Prince) and "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (for the New York Shakespeare Festival).  He also conducted numerous musicals for the Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Operas (for one of these, he was nominated by the San Francisco Theater Critics for Outstanding Music Direction).

In April of 2012, he received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from his alma mater, California State University at Northridge. While a student at CSUN, he composed the University's Alma Mater and Fight Song. In May, 2008, He was the keynote speaker for the CSUN Honors Convocation Ceremony. He has appeared as a guest speaker at various universities including USC, Georgia, and the California State Universities at Northridge and Fullerton. He is a member of the Music Advisory Board of the Young Musicians Foundation.

Born in Los Angeles, he began violin studies at age 7, played in the Peter Meremblum California Junior Symphony, and was a member of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. He attended the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood in the Fellowship program, and earned a B.A. in Music from California State University Northridge. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gayle, a former dancer in film, television and on Broadway. His daughter, Whitney is a graduate (with honors) from Chapman University in Orange, California, and for two and half years was a member of the cast of the National Tour of "Mama Mia".

Richard Kaufman is proud to be represented by Opus 3 Artists.

Updated: 9-30-13


Director, Dallas Symphony Chorus

Joshua Habermann

The 2013-2014 season marks Joshua Habermann's third year as Chorus Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Habermann is also Music Director of The Desert Chorale, a professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to his DSO appointment, Habermann was assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, where he prepared the chorus for performances with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Charles Dutoit.  Recordings as a singer with the SFSC include Christmas by the Bay and Mahler's Symphony No. 2, a Grammy nominee for Best Choral/Orchestra Recording. Complete Bio


Meet our musicians who comprise one of the finest symphonic ensembles in the world.


Violin I

Alexander KerrConcertmaster/Michael L. Rosenberg ChairBio
Nathan OlsonCo-Concertmaster/Fanchon & Howard Hallam ChairBio
Gary LevinsonSenior Principal Associate ConcertmasterBio
Emmanuelle BoisvertAssociate ConcertmasterBio
Motoi TakedaAssociate Concertmaster - Robert E. & Jean Ann Titus Family ChairBio
Diane KitzmanPrincipal ViolinBio
Filip FenrychViolinBio
Maria SchleuningViolinBio
Jan Mark SlomanViolin/Principal Associate ConcertmasterBio
Susan Ager-BreitbarthViolinBio
Lucas AlemanViolinBio
Arkady FominViolinBio
Mary ReynoldsViolinBio
Andrew SchastViolinBio
Daphne VolleViolinBio
Bruce WittrigViolinBio
Kaori YoshidaViolin I & IIBio

Violin II

Angela Fuller HeydePrincipal Second Violin - Barbara K. & Seymour R. Thum ChairBio
Alexandra AdkinsAssociate Principal Second ViolinBio
Sho-mei PelletierAssociate Principal Second ViolinBio
Bing WangViolinBio
Bruce PattiViolinBio
Lauren CharbonneauViolinBio
Lilit DanielyanViolinBio
Miika GreggViolinBio
Heidi ItashikiViolinBio
Andrzej KapicaViolinBio
Eunice KeemViolinBio
Shu LeeViolinBio
Aleksandr SnytkinViolinBio
Kaori YoshidaViolin I & IIBio


Ellen RosePrincipal Viola/Hortense & Lawrence S. Pollock Chair Bio
Barbara SudweeksAssociate Principal ViolaBio
Ann Marie HudsonAssociate Principal Viola Bio
Mitta AngellViolaBio
Pamela AskewViolaBio
Thomas DemerViolaBio
Valerie DimondViolaBio
John GeiselViolaBio
Christine HwangViolaBio
David SywakViolaBio


Christopher AdkinsPrincipal Cello/Fannie & Stephen S. Kahn ChairBio
Yuri AnshelevichAssociate Principal CelloBio
Jolyon PegisAssociate Principal CelloBio
Theodore HarveyCelloBio
Michael CorenCelloBio
Jeffrey HoodCelloBio
John MyersCelloBio
Kari NostbakkenCelloBio
Nan ZhangCelloBio


Nicolas TsolainosPrincipal Bass/Anonymously Endowed ChairBio
Tom LedererCo-Principal Bass Bio
Roger FratenaAssociate Principal BassBio
Paula Holmes FlemingBassBio
Brian PerryBassBio
Dwight ShambleyBassBio
Clifford SpohrPrincipal Emeritus BassBio
Alan YanofskyBassBio



Demarre McGillPrincipal Flute/Joy and Ronald Mankoff ChairBio
Deborah BaronAssociate Principal FluteBio
Kara Kirkendoll WelchFluteBio


Deborah BaronPiccoloBio


Erin HanniganPrincipal Oboe/Nancy P. & John G. Penson ChairBio
Willa HenigmanAssociate Principal OboeBio
Brent RossOboeBio
David MatthewsOboeBio

English Horn

David MatthewsEnglish Horn Bio


Gregory RadenPrincipal Clarinet/Mr. & Mrs. C. Thomas May, Jr. ChairBio
Paul GarnerAssociate Principal ClarinetBio
Stephen AhearnClarinetBio
Christopher RunkClarinetBio

E-Flat Clarinet

Paul GarnerClarinet Bio


Wilfred RobertsPrincipal Bassoon/Irene H. Wadel & Robert I. Atha Chair Bio
Scott WalzelAssociate Principal Bassoon Bio
Peter GrenierBassoonBio


Peter GrenierContrabassoon Bio

Bass Clarinet

Christopher RunkBass ClarinetBio



David CooperPrincipal/Howard E. Rachofsky ChairBio
David HeydeAssociate Principal Horn/Linda VanSickle ChairBio
Haley HoopsHornBio
John TurmanHornBio
Paul CapehartHornBio
Gregory HustisPrincipal Horn EmeritusBio


Ryan AnthonyPrincipal Trumpet/Diane & Hal Brierley ChairBio
L. Russell CampbellAssociate Principal TrumpetBio
Kevin FinamoreTrumpetBio
Thomas BoothAssistant Principal TrumpetBio


John KitzmanPrincipal Trombone Bio
Chris OliverTromboneBio
Darren McHenryTromboneBio


Matthew GoodPrincipal Tuba/Dot & Paul Mason ChairBio



Brian JonesPrincipal Timpanist/Dr. Eugene & Charlotte Bonelli ChairBio
Douglas HowardAssistant Principal TimpaniBio


Douglas HowardPrincipal Percussion/Margie and William H. Seay ChairBio
Ronald SniderAssistant Principal Percussion Bio
Daniel FlorioPercussionBio


Susan Dederich-PejovichPrincipal HarpBio


Mary PrestonResident Organist/Lay Family Chair Bio

Staff Keyboard

Anastasia Markina - ClassicalStaff Keyboard
Gabriel Sanchez - ClassicalStaff KeyboardBio
Steven Harlos - PopsStaff Keyboard/DSO League, Élan Circle & Innovators ChairBio



Karen SchnackenbergPrincipal LibrarianBio
Mark WilsonAssociate Librarian Bio
Katie KlichAssistant LibrarianBio


Melanie GilmoreChoral LibrarianBio


The Dallas Symphony Chorus, founded in 1977 at the request of then Maestro Eduardo Mata, is the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This volunteer organization consists of members who devote their time, efforts and talents to regularly scheduled rehearsals and performances with the Dallas Symphony, as well as other appearances in the community and around the world. Visit the Dallas Symphony Chorus online.

Staff & Board

Meet the people who work behind the scenes of the Symphony. Download Board of Governors PDF

Our Staff and Board perform together like, well, a well-tuned orchestra. From the president's office to the Guest Services Center, we pride ourselves on helping the Symphony maintain the highest standards of excellence.

It takes nearly 100 musicians to make up the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. And it takes exceptional volunteer leadership - and donor support from more than 6,500 individual, foundation and corporate friends - to bring the music to life.

Executive Office

Jonathan Martin
President & CEO
Judy Hammons Executive Assistant to President & CEO 214-871-4529
Diana Cooley Executive Assistant 214-871-4062


Randy Leiser Vice President of Finance 214-871-4003
David Lane Director of IT 214-871-4023
Judy Mayo Accounts Receivable Coordinator 214-871-4015
Alice Monroe Budget Analyst 214-871-4030
Carol Schmucker Staff Accountant 214-871-4022
Deanie Sewell Controller 214-871-4014
Lonnie Striplin Senior Staff Accountant 214-871-4064
Judith Washington Data Quality Associate 214-871-4040
Matt Winchester SQL Database Administrator 214-871-4028

Human Resources & Facilities

Debi Pena Vice President of People and Facilities 214-871-4089
Amanda Cook Payroll and Human Resources Manager
Jim Nugent Office Services Coordinator
Breanna Turnley Human Resources Assistant/Receptionist 214-871-4057

Artistic Operations

Tom Brekhus Production Coordinator 214-871-4018
Peter Czornyj Director of Artistic Planning 214-871-4048
Marc Dunkelberg Assistant Stage Manager 214-871-4051
Melanie Gilmore Chorus Librarian 214-871-4076
Franklin Horvath Lighting Technician 214-871-4051
Todd Joiner Artistic Operations Coordinator
Katie Klich Assistant Librarian
Donna Krauss Assistant to Chorus Director 214-871-4084
Andrew Linhart Stage Manager
Margaret M. Moore Associate Artist Administrator 214-871-4036
Karen Schnackenberg Principal Librarian 214-871-4069
Amy Wagliardo Director of Operations
Scott Walzel Personnel Manager 214-871-4009
Mark Wilson Associate Orchestra Librarian 214-871-4074


Jamie Allen Director of Education 214-871-4019
Carolyn Jabr Manager of Young Strings and Teen Programs
Jenny Fridge
Education Coordinator 214-871-4006


Jenny Shepard Vice President of Development 214-871-4541
Cecily Bolding Senior Manager of Corporate Giving 214-871-4035
Tab Boyles Director of Event Planning 214-871-4045
Allison Brodnax Director of Volunteer Services 214-871-4004
Meredith Camp Director of Legacy and Leadership Gifts 214-871-4079
Angela De Leon Events Coordinator 214-871-4090
Kristin Eckert Senior Manager of Individual Giving 214-871-4071
Erin Flaherty Manager of Individual Giving 214-871-4047
Alison Ford Manager of Endowment and Planned Giving
Lilian E. Godsey Manager of Donor Stewardship 214-871-4042
Maliska Haba
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Patricia McGowan Annual Fund Coordinator
Cyndi Phelps
Manager of Corporate Partnerships
Quin Phillips Development Assistant
Alma Rouse Senior Manager of Development Operations 214-871-4043
Jana Shafer Development Operations Coordinator 214-871-4543
John Trimble Data and Prospect Manager 214-871-4041
Liza Voznessenskaia Senior Manager of Foundation and Government Relations 214-871-4070

Marketing & Communications

Sean Kelly Vice President of Marketing 214-871-4060
Daniel Acosta Marketing Manager, Subscriptions 214-871-4038
Adam A. Anderson Junior Graphic Designer 214-871-4082
Lacy Barnett-Cagle Senior Marketing Manager, Classical
Blake Burgess Director of Direct Sales
Rachel LaViola Junior Marketing Associate 214-871-4010
Kira Lowe Marketing Manager, Pops and Specials 214-871-4034
Denise McGovern Director of Communications 214-871-4024
Ashley Nye Group Sales Manager
Chris Shull Manager of Publications and Public Relations
Elena Timinsky Senior Graphic Designer 214-871-4056
Courtney Zimmerman Director of Marketing

Guest Services

Curtis Meek Director of Guest Services 214-871-4029
Paula Anderson Guest Services Supervisor 214-981-2920
Kathryn Barrett Symphony Store Manager 214-871-4066
Kent Coppock Guest Services Manager
Mallory Coulter Guest Services Coordinator 214-981-2934
Thomas Mears Guest Services Concert Supervisor 214-981-2953
Tiffany Patterson
Guest Services Ticketing Coordinator