The Alumni Association of ISO strives to keep alumni connected with ISO, immersed in music making, and sharing their gifts with current ISO students. Through the Alumni Association, former ISO members can play chamber music together, socialize, and even perform with the ISO Symphony! Connections with current ISO students come in the form of tutoring and mentoring, providing internships, and attending ISO’s concerts!
Here is what a few ISO alumni are doing
Beatrice Affron: Music Director and Conductor, Pennsylvania Ballet
Igor Begelman: faculty of Brooklyn College Conservatory and Sarah Lawrence College and soloist with orchestras and chamber music groups.
David Bousso: founder and conductor, Empire Chamber Orchestra
Joseph Bousso: resident conductor (1st Kapellmeister) at the opera house in the Koblenz Opera House (Germany) winner of the 1st International Conducting Competition in Bucharest, Rumania. He was resident conductor of the Opera House in Weimar, Germany from 2008-2011.
Melissa Brooks: Associate Principal Cello, St. Louis Symphony
Chris Coletti: Trumpet, Canadian Brass
David DeRiso: Bass, St. Louis Symphony
Matthew Dine: Principal Oboe, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, Oboist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and professional photographer
James Gaffigan: Conductor, principal guest conductor, effective with the 2012-13 season with the Gürzenich Orchestra (Cologne, Germany). In addition to conducting concerts he will lead the orchestra in CD recording projects and in productions presented by the city’s Oper Köln. Gaffigan is chief conductor of Switzerland’s Lucerne Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ariana Ghez: principal oboe, Los Angeles Philharmonic and faculty of the Colburn School.
Vadim Karpinos: Assistant Principal Timpani, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Leonhart: Trumpet player with Steely Dan; youngest artist to win a GRAMMY at age 17
Daniel Matsukawa: Principal Bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra; faculty member at Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University
Tito Muñoz: Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony and previously Music Director of the Opéra national de Lorraine and Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, and Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Carin Miller Packwood: Principal Bassoon, Oregon Symphony
David Rozenblatt: Drummer with Barry Manalow’s band and adjunct professor at Hofstra University
Dov Scheindlin: Violist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Barry Stern: Conductor of ISO at Turtle Bay Orchestra and Orchestra Director at Fort Hamilton High School
Nicholas Tzavaras: Cellist with Shanghai String Quartet
Basil Vendryes: Principal Violist with Colorado Symphony
Brian Worsdale: Founder and Conductor of ISO Symphonic Band and Artistic Director of French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Ljova Zhurbin: Composer, arranger, and violist. Original compositions for film, TV, dance, and the concert stage; arranging for Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, Jay-Z, and Osvaldo Golijov, among others. Featured in a New York Times article in August 2010.