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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:

  • Palina Arnadottir, violin – Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Alan Austin, violin – General and Artistic Director, Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival®
  • James Blanchard, flute – member, Des Moines Symphony
  • Ryan Brewer, trumpet – U.S. Army Field Band
  • Dr. Nathan J. Cooke, bassoon – faculty, Sam Houston State University
  • Alan Daowz, cello – member, Catrina Quartet, faculty New Mexico State University
  • Pedro Fernandez, percussion –member, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Phillip Freeman, trombone – member, Houston Symphony
  • Aaron Goldman, flute – member, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Lorento Golofeev, viola – member, Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras
  • Andrew Gott, bassoon – member, St. Louis Symphony
  • Elisa Haaland, TMF Operations/Personnel Manager – Operations Assistant, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Rudy Hoehn, bass trombone – member, Santa Barbara Symphony
  • Eric Hopkins, percussion– Assistant Timpani/Section Percussion, Utah Symphony
  • Kendra Whitlock Ingram, horn – Vice President, Programming and Education, Omaha Performing Arts
  • Samantha Whelan Kotkas, trumpet/TMF Orchestra Manager – creator of Storyfair Productions (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Chris Johnson, violin – radio host, KMFA Austin
  • Colleen Matheu Johnson, flute/piccolo – member, Houston Ballet Orchestra
  • Lachezar Kostov, cello – Associate Principal, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Trent Leisure, percussion – member, Nashville Symphony
  • Evan Leslie, cello – Director of Public Programming at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • Min Long, viola – Faculty, Wuhan Conservatory of Music and Principal, Oriental Symphony Orchestra
  • Dancy Lukeman, TMF Marketing/PR Coordinator – Marketing Manager, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Miles Maner, bassoon/contrabassoon – Chicago Symphony
  • Allison McGillivray, cello – principal, Academy of Ancient Music
  • Mikylah Myers McTeer, TMF Operations/Personnel Intern – Founder and former director, Durango (CO) Youth Orchestra
  • Lauren Moore, TMF Operations/Personnel Manager – Operations Manager, Houston Symphony
  • Jonathan Morgan, viola – member, Now Hear Ensemble, a quintet with a passion for new music, based in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Robert Pagan, flute – Director of Operations, New York Youth Symphony
  • Chavdar Parashkevov, violin – member, Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras
  • Natalie Parker, clarinet – principal, San Francisco Ballet
  • Elizabeth Priestly, oboe – principal, Houston Grand Opera
  • Agnieska Rakhmatullaev, violin – Executive Director, South Bend (IN) Symphony Orchestra
  • Marat Rakhmatullaev, bassoon – principal, Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic
  • Abhijit Sengupta, viola – Director of Artistic Planning, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Zhan Shu, violin – member, Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Tom Siders, trumpet – Assistant Principal Trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Jacob Sustaita, viola & Orchestra Manager – Director of Orchestras, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Amanda Swain, bassoon – principal, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; second, Houston Ballet Orchestra; 2nd place winner of 2012 International Gillet-Fox Competition; 1st place winner of 2010 of Meg Quigly Vivaldi Competition
  • John Turman, horn – member, Seattle Symphony
  • Chris Tusa, percussion – Principal Timpani, Wuhan Philharmonic (China)
  • Ari Vilhjalmsson, violin – Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Hellen Weberpal, cello – Embedded Musician, Houston Symphony
  • Christopher Wickham, bassoon – faculty, Ruters University
  • Carl Wilson, TMF Operations Intern – Music Administrator, Houston Grand Opera
  • Rebecca Zabinski, TMF Operations/Personnel Intern – Artistic Administrator, Houston Symphony
  • Yi Fan Zhou, violin – Assistant Concertmaster, Alabama Symphony
  • Dan Zhu, violin – international soloist, Herbert Barrett Management

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