Musicians

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Welcome to the Musicians Bio page. Each musician has a bio that can be accessed by clicking on their names.

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VIOLIN 1

Jonathan Urizar, Concertmaster

Jonathan Urizar is the Concertmaster of the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra, a position he has maintained since 2017. He is an active performer across the Southeast, holding the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and regularly performing with The Greenville and Augusta Symphony Orchestras. Urizar has performed for the likes of James Ehnes, David Perry, Janet Ying, Alicia Weilerstien, Elias Goldstein, Robert Spano and David Coucheron, as well as the Grammy award-winning group Eighth Blackbird, The Ying Quartet, The Pacifica Quartet and The Aspen String Trio.

As a soloist, Urizar performed on a live television broadcast of The 34th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards; sharing the stage with Charlie Daniels, Sugarland, Otis Redding III, 38 Special and Diana DeGarmo. He has also performed alongside legendary rock band KANSAS and with the touring Broadway cast of Phantom of the Opera at the Fox Theatre. He has won first place in concerto competitions with the Georgia Philharmonic and Georgia College – where he subsequently performed a three-concert tour as the featured performer– and has appeared as a guest soloist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he performed as a guest artist in a chamber recital for the 20th anniversary of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program. Hailed as a rising young artist in the metro Atlanta area, Urizar has been featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting, Mun2 – a web-based news channel, in Atlanta’s own “Mundo Hispanico” newspaper and on WABE 90.1 FM. 

Urizar has studied with Dr. Lana Teko-Ahatefou, Juan and Carol Ramirez and Helen Kim and has his degree in violin performance from Kennesaw State University, where he served as the symphony orchestra’s concertmaster for two seasons. His musical endeavors have allowed him to enjoy traveling and performing in the Costa Brava International Music Festival in Calella and Barcelona, Spain, as well as the Central Conservatory of Beijing and the Peoples theater of Xi’an, China. He currently maintains a small private studio and is the lead violinist in Mariachi Búhos de Oro, a Mariachi group that performs extensively across the region.

Jonathan Urizar, Concertmaster

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Kristy Chun
Thomas Collins
Benjamin Dollar
Trayshon Joseph
Sharyn Parks
Richard Sherman
Andres E. Silva
Debbi Whiting
Alyssa Wong
Eli Zelman

VIOLIN II

Adele Wang, Principal

Adele Wang, principal violin II

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Adele Wang, Principal

Jim Baugher
Frank Chiang
Polly Price
Deborah Stallworth
Donna Stroup
Roger Sumrall
Brittany Tyson

VIOLA

Patrick Shelc, Acting Principal

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Patrick Shelc, Acting Principal

Joshua Cowan
Harry Daugharty
Rachel Gorwitz
Nathan Hatch
Marty Matteson
Ben Robinson
Elizabeth Sandlin
Sarah Silva

CELLO

Alana Bennett, Principal

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Alana Bennett, Principal

Rebecca Bays
Esther Chung
Chung-Won Lee
Damian Mycroft
Matthew Nguyen
Issa Osayimwese
Papo Rivera
Kathy Schlag
Aaron Stambler
Rosemary Woolfitt

BASS

David Goodwin, Principal

David Goodwin, principal bass

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David Goodwin, Principal

James Bartlett

Elizabeth Falkner

Chester Griffin

Duane House

Wayne Jones

Thalea Stokie

Stephen Ward

FLUTE

Kathy Farmer, Principal

Kathy Farmer, principal flute

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Kathy Farmer, Principal

Jessica Harris
Lisa Mahoney

OBOE

Rebecca Testerman, Principal

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Rebecca Testerman, Principal

Leah Gamba
Amy Jacoby

CLARINET

Andy Warwick, Principal

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Andy Warwick, Principal

Ronald Penn
Barbaraann Bongiovanni

BASSOON

Dan Worley, Principal

Dan Worley, principal bassoon

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Dan Worley, Principal

PJ Jones

HORN

Steve Alperin, Principal

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Steve Alperin, Principal

Joel Margolies
John Pirtle
Matthew Manley
Sara Altmann

TRUMPET

Principal Trumpet (position vacant)

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Scott Jones
Sally Stratton

TROMBONE

Mike Wilson, Principal

Mike Wilson, principal trombone

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Mike Wilson, Principal

Chuck Musholt
Richard Rogers, bass trombone

TUBA

Andy Hertel, Principal

Andy Hertel, principal tuba

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Andy Hertel, Principal

PERCUSSION

Joel Morris, Principal

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Joel Morris, Principal

Anthony Bush
Dick Atcheson

KEYBOARDS

Janice Vernon