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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
Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship

Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, holding the Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship, and Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012. The Amsterdam-born van Zweden was appointed at nineteen as the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and began his conducting career twenty years later in 1995. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. In November 2011, van Zweden was named Musical America's 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious US orchestras.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season include return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam and London Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as debut performances with the Israel Philharmonic, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Czech Philharmonic. Van Zweden returns to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic this fall to lead a concert performance of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, tours the UK and Europe with the Dallas Symphony in the spring, and makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera in performances of Wagner's Lohengrin in May.

Jaap van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many leading orchestras across the globe which, in addition to those above, include the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Recent highlights have included highly successful appearances at the Verbier Festival, tours of major venues in Europe and China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Boston and London Symphonies, and his BBC Proms debut conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in Bruckner's Eighth Symphony. With the Dallas Symphony he launched the inaugural SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic he has begun a four-year project to conduct the first ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, which will be recorded for release on Naxos Records.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, which include Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Petrushka, Britten's War Requiem, and the complete Beethoven and Brahms symphonies. He has recently completed a cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. He has recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 5 with the London Philharmonic (LPO Live), and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Fray (Virgin). His highly praised performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger and Parsifal are also available on CD/DVD, the latter of which earned Maestro van Zweden the prestigious Edison award for Best Opera Recording in 2012. For the Dallas Symphony's own record label, he has released the symphonies of Tchaikovsky (Nos. 4 and 5), Beethoven (Nos. 5 and 7), Mahler (No. 6) and Dvořák (No. 9), and the world premiere recording of Steven Stucky's concert drama August 4, 1964.

In 1997, Jaap van Zweden and his wife Aaltje established the Papageno Foundation, the objective being to support families of children with autism. Over the years, that support has taken shape through a number of programs in which professional music therapists and musicians, receiving additional training from Papageno, use music as a major tool in their work with autistic children.

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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
Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium

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. Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 22nd season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Frequently invited as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and 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 three months. Alex Ross of The New Yorker called it "one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years".

Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O'Connor, Doc Severinsen and John Pizzarelli. He has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin and swing. Tyzik holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

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Assistant Conductor

Karina Canellakis

Currently entering her second season as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, Karina Canellakis has rapidly gained international recognition as one of the most dynamic and exciting young American conductors. She recently made her European conducting debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria, filling in for Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Earlier in the season, she also made headlines filling in last minute for Jaap Van Zweden in two subscription concerts with the Dallas Symphony, conducting Shostakovich's 8th Symphony and Mozart K 449 with soloist Emanuel Ax, earning rave reviews.

In the 2015/16 season, Ms. Canellakis makes her debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and at the renowned Grand Tetons Music Festival in summer 2016. As the Assistant Conductor in Dallas, she conducts more than 30 concerts per season with the Dallas Symphony, including innovative programs on the ReMix Series, standard repertoire on the DSO on the GO series, Youth and Family concerts, and various other concerts geared towards specific audiences in the community.

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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
Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair

The 2014/15 season marks Joshua Habermann's fourth year as Chorus Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair.  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 Concertmaster/Robert E. & Jean Ann Titus Family ChairBio
Eunice KeemAssociate ConcertmasterBio
Diane KitzmanPrincipal ViolinBio
Susan Ager-BreitbarthViolinBio
Lucas AlemanViolinBio
Filip FenrychViolinBio
Miika GreggViolinBio
Mary ReynoldsViolinBio
Andrew SchastViolinBio
Maria SchleuningViolinBio
Motoi TakedaAssociate Concertmaster EmeritusBio
Daphne VolleViolinBio
Bruce WittrigViolinBio

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 PattiViolin I & IIBio
Lilit DanielyanViolin I & IIBio
Heidi ItashikiViolinBio
Andrzej KapicaViolinBio
Shu LeeViolinBio
Nora SchellerViolinBio
Aleksandr SnytkinViolin I & IIBio
Lydia UmlaufViolinBio
Kaori YoshidaViolin I & IIBio


Ellen RosePrincipal Viola/Hortense & Lawrence S. Pollock Chair Bio
Barbara SudweeksAssociate Principal ViolaBio
Ann Marie BrinkAssociate 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
Jennifer HumphreysCelloBio
Kari KetteringCelloBio
John MyersCelloBio
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

Bass Clarinet

Christopher RunkBass ClarinetBio


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


Peter GrenierContrabassoon Bio



David CooperPrincipal/Howard E. Rachofsky ChairBio
David HeydeAssociate Principal Horn/Linda VanSickle ChairBio
Haley HoopsHornBio
Yousef AssiHornBio
Paul CapehartHornBio
Alexander KienleAssistant Principal/UtilityBio


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

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


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
Karina Rodriguez Receptionist 214-871-4033
Breanna Turnley Community and Human Resources Liaison

Artistic Operations

Peter Czornyj Vice President of Artistic Operations
Tom Brekhus Production Manager and Orchestra Personnel Coordinator 214-871-4018
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 Manager
Katie Klich Assistant Librarian
Margaret M. Moore Associate Artist Administrator 214-871-4036
Chris Munoz Director of Operations 214-871-4020
Karen Schnackenberg Principal Librarian 214-871-4069
Scott Walzel Director of Orchestra Personnel and Engagement
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


Michelle Miller Burns
Vice President of Development 214-871-4541
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
Rebecca Campbell Senior Manager of Individual Giving 214-871-4071
Erin Flaherty Prospect Research Manager
Alison Ford Manager of Endowment and Planned Giving
Lilian E. Godsey Manager of Donor Stewardship 214-871-4042
Maliska Haba
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Courtney Helms Development Operations Coordinator 214-871-4007
Cyndi Phelps
Senior Manager of Corporate Giving
Quin Phillips Development Assistant
Alma Rouse Director of Development Operations 214-871-4043
Liza Voznessenskaia Senior Manager of Foundation and Government Relations 214-871-4070
Jamie Winholtz Project Manager
Anricka Ziller Events Coordinator 214-871-4090

Marketing & Communications

Sean Kelly Vice President of Marketing 214-871-4060
Daniel Acosta Marketing Manager, Subscriptions 214-871-4038
Blake Burgess Director of Direct Sales 214-871-4075
Kristi Cooper Graphic Designer 214-871-4056
Kent Coppock Marketing Manager, Pops and Specials 214-871-4034
Mallory Coulter Group Sales Specialist 214-871-4054
Denise McGovern Director of Communications 214-871-4024
Jessica Rhodes Graphic Designer 214-871-4046
Chris Shull Manager of Publications and Public Relations
Monique Travenia Group Sales Representative 214-871-4092
Laura Urdaneta Marketing Manager for Classical, Remix, Organ 214.871.4070
Courtney Zimmerman Director of Marketing

Guest Services

Curtis Meek Director of Guest Services 214-871-4029
Paula Anderson Guest Services Manager 214-981-2920
Kathryn Barrett Symphony Store Manager 214-871-4066
Logan Heinsch Guest Services Manager 214-981-2959
Charles Hudgins Guest Services Coordinator 214-981-2930
Thomas Mears Guest Services Concert Supervisor 214-981-2953
Tiffany Patterson
Guest Services Coordinator