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About


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About


Round Rock Symphony Mission

The Round Rock Symphony is committed to enriching the quality of life in the greater Round Rock community by building on our foundation of artistic and educational excellence. We are passionate about music and are united in our desire to be a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of our community. We embrace our responsibility to serve and expand our audience through creative programming, broader venues, and increased educational opportunities while balancing artistic growth with financial soundness.

You are an important part of the Round Rock Symphony's artistic mission.
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Round Rock Symphony Board & Staff | 2016-2017

Charlotte Barbini, President
Judy McLeod, Secretary
Jay Ridgley, Treasurer

Stefan Sanders, Music Director
Brett Kroening, Executive Director
Sean Dacy, Music Librarian

  • Martha Ruth Chavez
  • David Jennison
  • Beverly Mintz
  • Julio Palacios
  • Richard Parson
  • Brenda Rhea
  • Marinda Stewart
  • Dr. Debbie Zamora

Toby Blumenthal-Phillips (Advisory)
Tim Laughlin (Advisory)
Sharon Owens (Advisory)


The Round Rock Symphony, Inc., operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our board is proudly made up of business and community leaders from the wider Round Rock Community who donate their precious time with a strong commitment to preserve and foster the artistic life of the Central Texas region. If you have questions about or for our board or you would like to take part in our artistic mission, please contact us.

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Musicians


Musicians


Round Rock Symphony Musicians | 2016-2017

Flute
Adrienne Inglis, Principal
Chelsea Tanner
Charlotte Daniel

Oboe
Amy Burgus, Principal
Rebecca Haskins
Jennifer Bernard

Clarinet 
Shih Wen Fan, Principal
Rebecca Berinsky
Nicholas Councilor

Bassoon 
Julia Littleton, Principal
Sarah Highland
Ethan Lippert

Horn
Paul Blackstone, Principal
Caroline Steiger
Rose Valby
Rusty Holmes

Trumpet 
Michael Arnold, Principal
Michael Piccione
Jared Broussard

Trombone 
Michael Steiger, Principal
Jeriad Wood
Billy Gayman, bass

Tuba 
David Hummel, Principal

 

Timpani
Cory Fica, Principal

Percussion 
Tim Mabrey, Principal
Skipper McWithey

Harp 
Susanna Campbell, Principal

Violin I
Lindsay Crofts, Concertmaster
Leigh Wallenhaupt
Emma Martin
Andrew Corral
Jenny Yang
EunSeo Park
Roman Yearian
Jeff Elliott

Violin II 
Alexis Buffum, Principal
Laurel Lawshae
Sherri Marcus
Chloe Park
Beverly Mintz
Svetlana Clifft
Catherine van Zanten

Viola
Karl Mitze, Principal
Jason Elinoff
Haley Clinton
Karoline Leal
Olivia Davis
AmyLou Cox

Cello 
Seulki Lee, Principal
Eunhie Lim
Jun Seo
Philip Whitney
Josie Boyer

Bass
Andrew Potter, Principal
Ricky Pringle


Concertmaster Lindsay Crofts

Concertmaster Lindsay Crofts

Lindsay Crofts, Concertmaster

Originally from Chicago, Lindsay Crofts began studying at the Western Springs School of Talent and Education in Western Springs, Illinois at the age of three. As a classically trained musician, Lindsay has gained invaluable performance and teaching experiences.

At the young age of twelve, Lindsay began performing with the Chicago Consort, a violin ensemble that gives concerts nationally and internationally. She was a featured soloist on the ensemble’s Vivaldi Four Seasons CD and in 2005 she performed as a soloist with the Chicago Consort on their tour through China. These opportunities prepared her for a prosperous undergraduate career at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

Under the guidance of violinist Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern University, Lindsay was able to grow into a stronger performing artist. She was given solo opportunities in the Orchestras and performed in a number of different chamber ensembles over the four years. Northwestern provided opportunities to study under a variety of conductors and chamber coaches that have helped shaped her musicianship. She was selected to be the Concertmistress for the Northwestern Summer Orchestra in 2009 and performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in 2011 with the orchestra. During this intense study of violin performance, Lindsay also received her Instrumental Music Education Degree. Upon graduation, she received “High Honors” from the Music Education department and graduated cum laude in June of 2009.

Since graduation, Lindsay has made a difference in many lives by teaching young students to play stringed instruments. She maintained a small private violin studio while also directing middle school orchestras in the western suburbs of Chicago. Now residing in Austin, Texas, Lindsay directs a middle school orchestra and is a private violin instructor with the Suzuki Strings of Austin. She began performing as the Round Rock Symphony Concertmaster in Septermber 2014.

Learn more about Lindsay here→

Alexis Buffum, Principal Second Violin
Alexis Buffum moved to Austin in 2004 to pursue a Master of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously attended Florida State University for her Bachelor of Arts in Music. In addition to Round Rock Symphony, she has performed with Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, Austin Chamber Music Society, Austin Pops, and Viola by Choice. She has performed with Willie Nelson, Bobby McFerrin, Alan Silvestri, Doc Severinsen, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Okkervil River.

     
Alexis spends much of her time performing in alternative styles and was first runner-up in the 2006 national Alternative Styles Competition put on by the American Strings Teachers Association. She performs Irish fiddle with the Sarah Dinan Band all over Texas, contemporary film and art music with the Golden Hornet Project, South American/Mexican tunes with Los Romanceros, and worship music with the Josh Tullis band at her church. Alexis is an avid studio musician, recording for music albums and films around Austin. Recently, Alexis—performing Graham Reynolds' works—was soloist for his contemporary concerto which was broadcast on KLRU, performed on his Duke Ellington album which was broadcast on NPR, and also recorded for the Richard Linklater film “Bernie.”
     
In addition to performing, Alexis teaches twenty-five students at her home teaching studio and at Blackerby Violin Shop. She has trained under Dr. Laurie Scott at the University of Texas at Austin as well as with Suzuki pedagogues Mark Mutter, Doris Preucil, Liz Arbus and Caroline Frazier.
 

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Andrew Potter, Principal Contrabass
Originally from Milwaukee, Andrew Potter went to school at Michigan State University, where he got degrees in Music Education and Music Performance. A bass player by trade, he has played in numerous orchestras across Michigan and has been a participant of Interlochen Center for the Arts, Indiana University Music Festival, and Brevard Music Center. He has helped teach award winning orchestras in Michigan, and has worked with countless young string players in a variety of settings. When not teaching or playing, Mr. Potter is an avid cyclist and loves being in the outdoors.

 

Adrienne Inglis, Principal Flute
Adrienne Inglis received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Lewis and Clark College and a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She performs, records and tours with Latin American folk music trio Chaski. She also performs with Celtic Chaski and plays principal flute with Round Rock Symphony Orchestra and Texas Choral Consort. She teaches flute at Southwestern University, St. Stephen's Episcopal School and the Austin School of Music. She has freelanced as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in the Austin area for many years. She recorded on the film soundtracks of SpyKids 2Kill Bill: Vol. 2Ride Around the World: A Cowboy Adventure, and The Children's War, playing up to twelve different flutes. She composes music for Chaski as well as sacred choral music. “She's an extremely talented performer capable of playing a truckload of different woodwind instruments from around the world. She owns the sometimes hard-to-find alto flute and also owns an incredibly rare bass flute and plays both with such impassioned expression. I could hear her play the bass flute for hours.” -- Brian Satterwhite, film composer, 2008.

 

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Amy Burgus, Principal Oboe
Amy Burgus is the principal oboist of the Round Rock Symphony, second oboist of both the Victoria Symphony and the Brazos Valley Symphony, and has lately been seen on stage with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony, and the Temple Symphony as well as other regional orchestras. She maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule, including performances at the 2010 International Double Reed Society and the 2010 Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference. She was the Assistant Program Director for the 2005 IDRS Conference held in Austin.

 

Julia Littleton, Principal Bassoon
Julia Littleton, a native of Kingsport, Tennessee, holds a bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a graduate of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and has participated in the Colorado College Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Arts Camp and Las Vegas Music Festival. Julia has performed with Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Temple Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL (Monterrey Symphony Orchestra) in Monterrey, Mexico. Former teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, and Keith McClelland. She teaches private music lessons and is a freelance bassoonist in the Austin area. Julia currently performs with Round Rock Symphony Orchestra and Waterloo Sound Conspiracy.

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David Hummel, Principal Tuba
David Hummel was not born in Texas, but got here as fast as he could and is relatively new to the Austin area! After finishing his undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Education from Texas Tech University in 2009 he completed his Master's degree in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University, studying tuba performance. He has since been teaching low brass privately in the Round Rock, Leander, Georgetown and Austin Independent School Districts as well as teaching marching band and playing in the Starlight Symphony Orchestra. This will be his first season playing with Round Rock Symphony Orchestra. During his time at Texas Tech, he was the principal tubist with the Amarillo Symphony for two years as well as a substitute with the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra. He has competed in several regional and international competitions, most recently being in the semi-final round of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference's Tuba-Euphonium Quartet Competition and the final round of the Mock Band Audition. He has been lucky enough to study with such notable teachers as Dan Perantoni, Kevin Wass, Fritz Kaenzig and Bob Tucci. 

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Auditions


Auditions


2017-2018 Open Positions

Violin I – Section (2 positions)

Violin II – Section (2 positions)

Viola – Section (2 positions)

Cello – section (2 positions)

bass - section (1 position)

 

The Round Rock Symphony functions as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Musicians are remunerated as independent contractors at per-service rates. Incidental costs (cartage, mileage, etc.) incurred by musicians are not provided for except in rare and pre-arranged cases.

All employees must be eligible to work in the United States. Employment is at the decision of the Music Director by screened audition or invitation only. Other conditions apply upon offer of employment, detailed in contract.


2017-2018 Audition Schedule

Round Rock Symphony Auditions Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd 2017 (times TBA)

 

Please email a one-page resumé to: brett@roundrocksymphony.org

OR

Please send a one-page resumé to:

Round Rock Symphony, Inc.

ATTN: AUDITIONS
P.O. Box 2308
Round Rock, TX 78680

Email deadline Friday, August 18, 2017. Postmark deadline August 15, 2017. 

Email preferred. Musicians will be notified of audition time no later than Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  

If applicable, players may audition for more than one position per section if they wish.  All excerpts are required for each position.  All excerpts are for specified positions unless marked otherwise.  

***Please indicate which position/s you are interested in auditioning for***

 

Specific time slots will be assigned and communicated to qualified candidates pending application. Walk-in auditions are not permitted. Location is subject to change.


Audition Repertoire

 

Violin I/II Section

R. Strauss, Don Juan (page 1)

Mozart, Symphony No. 39 movements 1 (m. 1 - 16) and 4 (beginning to rehearsal B)

Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4 movement 1, (m. 1 - 110)

Brahms, Symphony No. 4,  movement 4, m. 33 - 80

 

Viola Section

R. Strauss, Don Juan, beginning to B

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, movement 3, (m. 146 - 197)

Mozart, Symphony No. 35, movement 4 (m. 158 - 181)

Berlioz, Roman Carnival, begin 2nd bar after reh. 1 and play through 8 after reh. 3

 

Cello Section

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 second movement, beginning to m. 10, m. 49 - 59, m. 98 - 106

Mozart, Symphony No. 35 movement 4, m. 1 - 37 and m. 134 - 264

Brahms, Symphony No. 2, second movement m. 1 - 15

R. Strauss, Don Juan, begin 7 before G to H, and 11 after V to 4 after W

 

Bass Section

Brahms, Symphony No. 1, first movement, E to 2nd Ending (no repeat)

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, third movement, trio

Mozart, Symphony No. 35, fourth movement, 10 measures after D to E

R. Strauss, Don Juan, 10 measures before Q to 5 measures before T

 

 

 

The RRS does not provide music prior to the audition date. Music will be available in the audition room, though applicants may bring and use their own copies at their discretion. All excerpts are public domain; most can be found here.


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Music Director


Music Director





Stefan Sanders
RRS Music Director

Stefan Sanders

Stefan Sanders is as an imaginative musician, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. Mr. Sanders is the Music Director of the Round Rock Symphony. He is also the Resident Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the newly appointed music director of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Mr. Sanders has collaborated with an array of distinguished orchestras and guest artists. Recent guest conducting appearances have included the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), San Antonio Symphony, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Austin Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, and the Round Top International Festival Institute. Recently, Mr. Sanders was a featured conductor in the League of American Orchestras “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.” The prestigious conductor showcase is designed to feature talented young conductors poised for music directorships with major American Orchestras and was hosted by the Nashville Symphony in May of 2016.

Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr. Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in North America, Asia and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, with the Czech Philharmonic, can be heard on the Albany Records label. Mr. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s trombone section for seven seasons and has performed with several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, and the Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Mr. Sanders was a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff.  He is a graduate of the the Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. 

 

Find out more about Stefan and his work  → 


The Round Rock Symphony brings you performances by these great artists thanks to the support of Classical Artists Development Foundation and other area contributors. We welcome you to join the RRS team in support of our artistic mission. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the orchestra, your neighbors, and the wider Round Rock Community. Thank you.