The Orchestra

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra is composed of students of all majors, OSU faculty, professional musicians and members of the community. There are four families of instruments in the orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Music Director & Conductor

Dr. Marlan Carlson, OSU Otwell Endowed Chair for University Orchestras

Music Director & Conductor Dr. Marlan Carlson, OSU Otwell Endowed Chair for University Orchestras

Strings

The string section is usually the largest in the orchestra. The sound of a stringed instrument is made by the musician drawing a horsehair bow across the strings, which causes the strings to vibrate.  Dynamics or the volume of sound increases and decreases by the speed and weight of the bow as it moves across the strings. Smoothness and sharpness are altered by gliding and stopping the bow. The strings can also be plucked. Pitch varies as fingers press the strings down as they progress up and down the fingerboard. Vibrato, the rapid small variation in pitch which adds warmth to music, can be seen as the small movements of the musician’s fingers on the strings. There are four instruments in the violin family of varying sizes, from the smallest – the violin, to the largest – the string bass. Other stringed instruments such as the harp, piano, and harpsichord can be considered both strings and percussion because of the struck manner of how they’re played.

Violin I

  • Jessica Lambert
    Principal, Shirley and John Byrne Endowed Concertmaster
  • Jim McLennan
  • Bettine Rehr-Zimmermann
  • Alex Carlson
  • Jasmin Yang
  • Telicia Hixson
  • Kevin Craven
  • Della Davies
  • Julia Franz
  • Chris Ives
  • Keiko Ota
  • Marilyn Tyler
  • Gina Puda

Violin II

  • Rachel Pross
    Principal
  • Andrew Morse
  • Andrew Yoon
  • Michael Tubb
  • Gary Chou
  • Dawn Davis
  • Jacqueline Frawley
  • Rolly Toribio
  • Undine Stark
  • Liza Pechkurova
  • Pamela Sorensen
  • Claus Weigand
  • Saki Nakai
  • Jia Mi
  • Jay Bickell
  • Joelle Engen
  • Dan Athearn
  • Bashar Matti
  • Nicholas Sharma
  • Claudia Miller

Viola

  • Lisa Zweben
    Principal
  • Ryan Lopez
  • Tasman Thenell
  • David So
  • Eleni Mora
  • Hannah Hart
  • Jennifer Ryu
  • Michael Canova
  • David Tandy
  • Lindsey Pearson
  • Hannah Breyer
  • Lauren Elledge
  • Aurora Torres

Cello

  • Anne Ridlington
    Principal, Julia A. and James T. Searcy Principal Cello
  • Julia Kim
  • Christopher Yoon
  • Roberta Sobotka
  • Ashley Nation
  • McKenzie Ray
  • Chris Bock
  • Connor Davidson
  • Saylor Miller
  • Dave Chinburg
  • Dale Bradley
  • Noah Switz
  • Georgienne Young

Bass

  • Richard Meyn
    Principal
  • Kevin Brown
    assistant principal
  • Santiago Monleon
  • Carl Egbert
  • Mark Perlman
  • Garrett Jellesma
  • Nathan Waddell

Woodwinds

The woodwind family of instruments were originally made of wood, though they can now be made of silver, gold, or other materials. Sounds are made by blowing air through a mouthpiece with a sharp edge, like a flute, or with a reed, which vibrates as air crosses it. Clarinets have a single reed while oboes and bassoons are double reeds. Sharpness and smoothness of sound comes from stopping the air flow or letting it flow. The pitch changes as fingers press down metal keys to cover holes in the instrument. Vibrato comes from the quick pulsing of air blown through the instrument.

Flute/Piccolo

  • Jill Pauls
    Principal, Botund Eross Endowed Principal Flute
  • Emily Stanek
    Acting Principal
  • Amber Mao
  • Claire McMorris
  • Sarai Gallardo
  • Sarah Perkins
  • Marika Huffer

Oboe/English Horn

  • Fred Korman
    Principal
  • Stephanie Brannan
  • Robert Koll
  • Emma Barbee
  • Janie Anderson
  • Ryan Klein

Clarinet

  • Carol Robe
    Principal
  • Sarah Brown
  • Ralph Musni
  • Emily Winjum
  • Joseph Miyashiro
  • Lisa Taylor

Bassoon/Contrabassoon

  • Ann Kosanovich-Brown
    Principal
  • Ryan Nelson
  • James Scott
  • Amanda Click
  • Debra Beyer

Brass

Brass instruments make sound when the musician’s lips vibrate against a mouthpiece. Pitch changes using valves or slides on the long brass tubes of the instruments, which let air go through longer or shorter pathways before it exits the bell. In addition, musicians can change the pitch by varying the tension in their lips.

Horn

  • Larry Johnson
    Principal
  • Elise Morgan
  • Elisabelle Gonzalez
  • Victoria Myers
  • David Sorensen
  • Eric Russell
  • Daniel Harlan
  • Elizabeth Weinert
  • Melinda Pride
  • Cindy Lefton
  • Greg Gadeholt
  • Erin Tanaka
  • Abby Coen

Trumpet/Bass Trumpet

  • Ken Saul
    Principal
  • Zachary Person
  • Colton Byers
  • Carla Lamb

Trombone/Bass Trombone

  • Bianca Reinalda
    Principal
  • Spencer Townsend
  • Sam Brown
  • Duncan Robertson

Tuba

  • Emily Rumpca
  • Cindy Wong

Percussion

The percussion section has the most varied shapes of instruments. Sound is created by striking, shaking, or scraping the instrument. Some instruments, such as the tympani or xylophone, are tuned while others, such as bass drum, don’t have a definite pitch. Percussion adds rhythm, accents, and intensity to music, but can also contribute to melody and harmony.

Percussion

  • Bob Brudvig
    Principal
  • John Donohue
  • Ava Schnoll
  • Maria Duong

Tympani

  • Guy Mayes

Harp

  • Jeff Parsons
  • Laura Zaerr

Personnel

  • Emily HamelOrchestra Operations
  • Rolly ToribioOrchestra Operations Assistant
  • Rachel BomalaskiGraduate Teaching Assistant

If you are interested in auditioning, please contact us for available opportunities