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Alumni

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!

Let us know where you are and what you’re doing!  Update us at alumni@isorch.org and our mailing list to keep current on ISO news. Join the alumni Facebook group!

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.