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.
Charlotte Barbini, President
Julio Palacios, Vice-President
Judy McLeod, Secretary
Jay Ridgley, Treasurer
Stefan Sanders, Music Director
Brett Kroening, Executive Director
Sean Dacy, Music Librarian, Administrative Assistant
Toby Blumenthal-Phillips (Advisory)
Tim Laughlin (Advisory) Beverly Mintz (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.
Adrienne Inglis, Principal
Amy Burgus, Principal
Shih-Wen Winnie Fan, Principal
Julia Littleton, Principal
Paul Blackstone, Principal
Michael Arnold, Principal
Michael Steiger, Principal
Billy Gayman, bass
David Hummel, Principal
Cory Fica, Principal
Tim Mabrey, Principal
Susanna Campbell, Principal
Lindsay Crofts, Concertmaster
Alexis Buffum, Principal
Laurel Lawshae Sara Sasaki Matthew Lee
Catherine van Zanten
Karl Mitze, Principal
Karoline Leal Gloria Kim Kenneth Holmes Rebecca Lester
Seulki Lee, Principal
Andrew Potter, Principal
Ricky Pringle CJ Johnson
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 Concertmaster 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.
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.
Seulki Lee, Principal Cello
Korean cellist, Seulki Lee pursued her Bachelors of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Julia Lichten and completed her Master's degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under Norman Fischer. She has played under conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, George Manahan, Jose De Eusebio, and Leonard Slatkin. She has participated in the Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland, the Britten-Pears Aldeburgh Festival in UK, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and Music Academy of the West which included a string quartet seminar with the Takacs quartet. Currently, she is pursuing her DMA with Bion Tsang at University of Texas in Austin.
Karl Mitze, Principal Viola
Originally from Dade City, FL, violist Karl J. Mitze received his Bachelor’s of Music from the McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, Georgia and his Master's of Music at the University of Maryland. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he enjoys hiking, running, and eating great tacos. He is a founding member of Invoke, a bowed and fretted string ensemble where he writes, sings, and performs on a variety of instruments. Recent accolades include first prize at the Savvy Musician in Action chamber music competition and a residency at the University of Texas at Austin as a member of the Young Professional String Quartet. Karl has played with several orchestras including the Fairfax and Annapolis Stmphonies. Currently, he serves as principal of the Round Rock Symphony. He is a sought after teacher and orchestral coach and teaches regularly at the Annapolis Young Artist Program Summer Workshop, Interlochen Arts Adult Chamber Session, and the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies Summer Institute.
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 2, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Ride 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.
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.
Shih-Wen Winnie Fan, Principal Clarinet
Winnie Fan (Shih-Wen Fan) has performed in the United States, Taiwan, China, Japan, and United Kingdom as a soloist and a chamber musician. She joined the Round Rock Symphony as Principal Clarinet in 2013 and was invited to perform with a number of professional orchestras in Taiwan and the United States. Winnie has collaborated with many student and professional ensembles. As an advocate of new music, she has worked extensively with composers from around the world and premiered numerous works. She is also a founding member of Sonic IMPACT (Project: Sound) New Music Ensemble. Winnie has also received numerous honors and recognition at Music Teacher National Association (MTNA), International Clarinet Association (ICA), Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and summer music festivals. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Winnie moved to the United States in 2010, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from The University of Texas at Austin, her Bachelor of Music from the Taipei National University of the Arts. Winnie currently teaches in the Katy Independent School District and maintains a large private studio in the Greater Houston Area, Texas.
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.
Paul Blackstone, Principal Horn
Paul Blackstone is currently in his fifth year in the Round Rock Symphony. He is also third horn with the Mid-Texas Symphony and a member of the horn quartet, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, with which he has performed in most of the United States and on three continents. Passionate about teaching, Paul also maintains a small private studio of middle and high school horn students in Austin. Previous positions held include the Brazos Valley Symphony, the Abilene Symphony, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. Notable performances have been with groups such as the San Antonio Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, and the Orquestra Sinfónica de Yucatán in Mérida, Mexico. His music studies were at the Universities of North Texas, Illinois, and Texas.
Michael Arnold, Principal Trumpet
Michael Arnold holds a Master’s in Trumpet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and is teaching as well as actively performing a variety of different concerts, shows, and solo performances ranging from orchestral concerts to musicals to polka festivals in the greater Austin area. In addition to winning the Principal Trumpet job with Round Rock Symphony in 2016, he is lead trumpet for the annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Long Center, has been a featured soloist at the Midwest Convention in Chicago, has performed with Phil Smith, played with rock/funk groups including Ghostland Observatory, and has taken the stage at the ACL music festival. Always trying to reach a new audience, Michael is currently arranging and commissioning compositions to be self-recorded and placed online for public viewing.
Michael Steiger, Principal Trombone
Michael Steiger is a trombonist with the USAF Band of the West at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, as well as an active freelance musician in central Texas. Prior to relocating to Texas, Michael performed with the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Symphony, and Detroit Chamber Winds, as well as in the pit orchestras of broadway touring musicals, such as Pippin and Porgy and Bess. He enjoys riding his bicycle, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying outdoor activities, and looks forward to the new adventures of central Texas. Michael holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM Trombone Performance with Teacher Certification, 2010) and Northwestern University (MM Trombone Performance, 2012). He and his wife, Caroline, moved to Texas in August of 2016 for Caroline to begin her work as the Assistant Professor of Horn at Texas State University. They reside in New Braunfels along with their two cats.
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. 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. David won the Principal Tuba position in 2010.
Tim Mabrey, Principal Percussion
Tim Mabrey was named Principal Percussionist of the Round Rock Symphony in 2014. In addition to his position with Round Rock, he is also the Principal Timpanist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, where he has played in some capacity since 2008. Tim has also performed with various other orchestras in the area including the Arkansas Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Symphony, and the Austin Symphony. His major teachers include Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Matthew Strauss of the Houston Symphony, Joseph Tompkins of Rutgers University, and Christopher Deane of the University of North Texas.
Originally from Grapevine, Texas, Tim currently lives in Austin where he teaches percussion to middle and high school students and maintains an active freelancing career. When not playing, listening to, or thinking about music, he enjoys dancing lindy hop in Austin’s vibrant swing dance scene as well as exploring the many quirky and interesting spots around town.
Cory Fica, Principal Timpani
Percussionist Cory Fica recently completed his graduate studies from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Music Performance. While at UT, Fica was a member of the UT Wind Ensemble, UT Symphony Orchestra, UT Percussion Ensemble and the UT Steel Pan Ensemble. Currently, Fica is a member of contemporary chamber ensemble Hear No Evil and is principal timpanist for the Round Rock Symphony. Prior to moving to Austin, Texas, Fica received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from The University of South Carolina. Fica has performed as concerto soloist with the UT Wind Ensemble, Interlochen Youth Wind Symphony, and has performed showcase concerts at the 2012 and 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) with the USC Percussion Ensemble and UT Percussion Ensemble, respectively. In 2017 he will present a solo recital for the PASIC 2017 Solo Artist Competition. Fica has participated in the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, the Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar and the SŌ Percussion Summer Institute. His teachers include Dr. Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards and Dr. Scott Herring.
Susanna Campbell, Principal Harp
Susanna Campbell is a passionate and experienced music educator and performer based in Houston, Texas. Recent concert highlights include the world premiere of Gary Schocker’s Heaven’s Above for the American Harp Society’s National Conference in Atlanta, GA, the debut concert of the New Houston Harp Ensemble, and performances with AURORA – a harp, flute, and cello ensemble embracing classical repertoire and contemporary music by emerging composers.
Susanna is principal harpist with the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra and Houston Civic Symphony and has previously performed with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Lab Orchestra - ATX, and the Mobile Symphony. In addition to performing, she maintains a private harp and piano studio, teaches at Lone Star College, is on faculty at the Houston Summer Harp Festival, and plays keyboard in her church ensemble. In 2014, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a master's degree in harp performance where she studied with Emily Mitchell.
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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.
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.