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Alumni of the Texas Music Festival have gone on to enjoy careers in all aspects of the arts, from performance to management:

  • Hovhannes Alanakyan, cello, Jacksonville (FL) Symphony
  • Alex Amsel, bassoon, resident conductor, Houston Grand Opera
  • Palina Arnadottir, violin, Iceland Symphony
  • Benjamin Atherholt, assistant principal and contrabassoon, Louisiana Philharmonic
  • Alan Austin, violin, director, Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
  • Leah Craft Bedard, oboe, U.S. Coast Guard Band
  • Timothy Bedard, horn, U.S. Coast Guard Band
  • James Blanchard, flute, Des Moines Symphony
  • Andrew Brady, bassoon, Louisiana Philharmonic
  • Ryan Brewer, trumpet, U.S. Army Field Band
  • Kayla Burggraf, flute, Kansas City Symphony
  • Mark Butin, viola, prin. Hawaii Symphony
  • Russell Campbell, trumpet, assoc. prin. Dallas Symphony
  • Steven Campbell, tuba, prin. Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nicholas Cathcart, bass, prin. New Haven (CT) Symphony
  • Stanley Chyi, oboe, Austin Symphony
  • Brian Conger, clarinet, faculty, Interlochen Arts Academy
  • David Cook, clarinet, Witchita (KS) Symphony
  • Dr. Nathan Cooke, bassoon, faculty, Sam Houston State University
  • Alan Daowz Mendez, cello, member Catrina Quartet, faculty, New Mexico State University
  • Greg Ewer, violin, Oregon Symphony
  • Terrence Fay, trombone, New Haven (CT) Symphony
  • Derek Fenstermacher, tuba, New Jersey Symphony
  • Pedro Fernandez, percussion, Indianapolis Symphony
  • Phillip Freeman, bass trombone, Houston Symphony
  • Kamalia Freyling, clarinet, Rochester Philharmonic
  • David Gamble, principal horn, Dallas Symphony
  • Ira Gold, bass, National Symphony
  • Aaron Goldman, flute, prin. National Symphony Orchestra
  • Lorento Golofeev, viola, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera orchestras
  • Hunter Gordon, bassoon, Buffalo Philharmonic
  • Andrew Gott, bassoon, St. Louis Symphony
  • Rudy Hoehn, bass trombone, Santa Barbara Symphony, Hawaii Symphony
  • Anni Hochhalter, horn, WindSync
  • Eric Hopkins, percussion, Utah Symphony
  • Frank Huang, violin, concertmaster, New York Philharmonic
  • Sarunas Jankauskas, clarinet, Witchita (KS) Symphony
  • Colleen Matheu Johnson, flute, Houston Ballet Orchestra
  • Shelli Mathews, violin, co-founder, Divisi Strings
  • Joe Joyner, viola, Arkansas Symphony
  • Rasa Kalesnykaite, violin, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera orchestras
  • Lachezar Kostov, cello, associate principal, Baltimore Symphony
  • Agnieszka Kozlowska, violin, GM, Baltimore Symphony
  • Kara Lamoure, bassoon, WindSync
  • Trent Leisure, percussion, Nashville Symphony
  • Evan Leslie, cello, director, KGMCA Community Arts Academy
  • Min Long, viola, faculty, Wuhan Conservatory, prin. Oriental Symphony
  • Allison McGillivray, cello, Academy of Ancient Music
  • Miles Maner, contrabassoon, Chicago Symphony
  • Michael Martin, double bass, Cincinnati Symphony Diversity Fellow
  • Stephanie Mientka, viola, asst. prin. Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic
  • Jacob Moore, tuba, U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West
  • Jonathan Mueller, viola, Louisville Orchestra
  • Mikylah Myers, violin, faculty, University of West Virgina
  • Jonathan Ong, 1st violin, Verona Quartet
  • Robert Pagan, flute, Dir. Operations, New York Youth Symphony
  • Spencer Park, horn, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra
  • Natalie Parker, clarinet, principal, San Francisco Ballet
  • Guglielmo Pellarin, horn, principal solo horn, Rome Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Caity Piccini-Massoud, flute, Witchita (KS) Symphony
  • Caleb Quillen, double bass, Kanasas City Symphony
  • Liu-Yi Retallick, violin, assoc. concertmaster, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Tony Sanville, violin, co-founder, Divisi Strings
  • Abhijit Sengupta, viola, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall
  • Sarah Shellman, violin, prin 2nd violin, The Florida Orchestra
  • Zhan Shu, violin, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Thomas Siders, trumpet, associate principal, Boston Symphony
  • Elizabeth Priestly Siffert, oboe, principal, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet,orchestras
  • Jacob Sustaita, viola, conductor, Pacific Symphony
  • Amanda Swain, bassoon, principal, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, and member, Houston Ballet Orchestra
  • Blake Taylor, percussion, principal, Arkansas Symphony, Austin Symphony
  • Shaun Tilburg, percussion, Phoenix Symphony
  • Nash Tomey, double bass, Kansas City Symphony
  • Ernesto Tovar-Torres, horn, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • John Turman, horn, Seattle Symphony
  • Margaret Tung, horn, faculty, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
  • Kristen Turner, TMF Marketing/PR Intern, Director Digital Marketing, San DiegoSymphony
  • Courtenay Vandiver Pereira, cello, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
  • Andres Vela, double bass, Boston Symphony Diversity Fellow
  • Ari Vilhjalmsson, violin, Iceland Symphony
  • Xiao Wang, violin, faculty, Manhattan School of Music
  • Bradley White, trombone, Houston Symphony
  • Dawson White, viola, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras
  • Christopher Wickham, bassoon, faculty, Rutgers University
  • Jacob Wiggins, horn, U.S. Army Band
  • Yu Yuan, violin, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Rebecca Zabinski, TMF Operations/Personnel Intern, Artistic Administrator,Houston Symphony
  • Tian Zhao, violin, Singapore Symphony Orchestra
  • Mingzhao Zhou, violin, Detroit Symphony
  • Dan Zhu, violin, international soloist

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