The members of the West Valley Symphony are professional, auditioned musicians from across the valley, many of whom perform with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Broadway Theatre, to name just a few.  Many members are also music instructors and maintain private teaching studios in addition to their concert performances.

We applaud them!

Your West Valley Musicians Roster

First Violins
Cathy Worcester,
Concertmaster
Beth Youngblood Tumajyan,
Assistant Concertmaster
Emilio Vazquez
Danica Terzic
Patricia Snyder
Claire Tatman
Linda Quintero
Cristina Alasu
Yunze Yang
Brynn Vance

 

Second Violins
Richard Chelpka, Principal
Patricia Waxman
Claire Gordon
Jamilyn Richardson
Richelle Shultz
Bonnie Teplik
Dana Zhou
Megyn Neff**
Spencer Ekenes**
Luke Hill**

Viola
Clayton Burns, Principal++
Megan Bender
Mary Harrah
Cynthia Dubrow
Allyson Wuenschel
Jessica Triplett***
Craig Triplett***
Aaron Clark*

 

Cello
Ruth Wenger, Principal
Melissa Baum
Mary Frances DiBartolo
Gillian Kuroiwa
Joel Morgan
Jacob Barker***
Wei Shen***
Jacob Ginn***

Bass
Dan Stotz, Principal
Cindy Blandino
Claudia Botterweg
Evan Pardi

Flute
Barbara Chao, Principal
Melanie Winans, Flute
Lisa Tharp, Flute/Piccolo

Oboe
Melanie Garcia, Principal
Nikolaus Flickinger

English Horn
Nikolaus Flickinger 

Clarinet
Brian Dredla, Principal
Anthony Masiello

Bass Clarinet
Anthony Masiello

Bassoon 
Melanie Sanguinetti, Principal
Tom Breadon***

Contra Bassoon

John Briggs**

Horn
Rosemarie French, Principal
Gail Rittenhouse
Christine Romano
Alex Manners**
Donald Harvey, Assistant 1st**

Trumpet
James Benitez, Principal
David Thibodeaux
Donald Smith
Josh Coffey, Assistant 1st**

Trombone
Sam Cohen, Principal
Robert Wittkamp
Richard Bass

Tuba
Marc Placencia

Timpani
George Hattendorf, Principal

 Percussion
George Hattendorf, Principal
Scott Werner
Lonnie Slawson**
Edouard Beyens**

Harp
Paula Provo, Principal

 

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 Production Staff
Richard Chelpka, Librarian
Marty Haub, Program Notes
Anthony Masiello, Orchestra Personnel Manager
Dave Thibodeaux, Archival Recording
9th Symphony Productions, Bespoke Audio Recording
Joseph Cole, Stage Manager

* Interim position

** Substitute player

***New Member

++Acting Principal

On Leave:

Sarah Miller, violin
Stacey DeGarmo, horn
Jaime Johnson, Principal viola