The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra want to express our fondest farewells and deepest appreciation to the following musicians who are entering retirement: Julie Ayer, David Herring, Chou-hei Min, Basil Reeve, Edward Stack, and David Wright. These long-time musicians brought the irreplaceable experience of playing under music directors Skrowaczewski, Marriner, de Waart, Oue, and Vanska, performing historic concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, and Tanglewood, as well as tours to Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
The careers of these wonderful colleagues were celebrated with friends and family at a retirement party hosted by the Musicians in June with toasts, stories and deep affection. We are grateful for their service to the orchestra.
We wish to congratulate musicians who have won auditions and will be on leave to play with new orchestras next season: Sarah Kwak, Vali Phillips, and Matthew Young. Their talents will be sorely missed and we hope they choose to return.
Congratulations and good wishes to Ben Ullery, who recently resigned from the Minnesota Orchestra viola section, as he begins his new post as Assistant Principal Viola with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Extending a Warm Welcome
Congratulations to Pitnarry Shin who returned as a full time member of the cello section after winning a national audition in April, her second successful audition for this orchestra!
We welcome three new players who have won auditions and have been offered positions in our orchestra beginning next season:
Following an International audition, Gareth Zehngut, viola, has been offered a position in our viola section. Gareth is currently a member of the viola section of the San Diego Symphony. Gareth’s artistic experience includes principal positions with the Festival Mozaic Orchestra, California Chamber Orchestra, and the conservatory orchestras at Juilliard and Tanglewood. Gareth has undergraduate and Master’s of Music degrees from Juilliard.
Yun-Ting Lee has been offered a position in the second violin section. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently Yun-Ting is playing in the Cincinnati Symphony in an acting position.
Hyejin Yune has been offered a one-year position, also in the second violin section. She received her bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. Hyejin is currently in the New World Symphony.
The Minnesota Orchestra has an unprecedented number of unfilled positions at this time — more than 10% of the orchestra. The Musicians are deeply concerned that there are no auditions planned at this time to fill any of the vacancies.