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
Sharon Owens, Vice-President
Judy McLeod, Secretary
Jay Ridgley, Treasurer
Stefan Sanders, Music Director
Brett Kroening, Executive Director
Sean Dacy, Music Librarian
Toby Blumenthal-Phillips (Advisory)
Tim Laughlin (Advisory)
Marinda Stewart (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 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
Catherine van Zanten
Karl Mitze, Principal
Seulki Lee, Principal
Andrew Potter, Principal
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.
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.
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.
Julia Littleton, Principal Bassoon
Julia Windle, 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.
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.
Jacek Muzyk, born in Krakow, Poland, began to study French horn at the age of 18 and graduated with a master's degree from the Academy of Music in Krakow. Mr. Muzyk earned his second master's degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City studying under David Jolley. He continued his education at the Juilliard School of Music under William Purvis and at Rice University in Houston, Texas under William VerMeulen. Then, Mr. Muzyk returned to Poland and worked full time with the best polish orchestras, including Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Philharmonic of Warsaw, Polish Radio Orchestra, and the Krakow Philharmonic. In 1999, he was nominated the Principal Horn for Krystian Zimerman's Polish Festival Orchestra, the elite group of Poland's finest musicians that toured Europe and the United States with over 40 performances of Chopin's concertos; the tour won numerous accolades including Grammy Award. In 2002, Mr.Muzyk moved to the United States where he played with the Houston Grand Opera and the Dallas Symphony before being appointed the Principal Horn with the Buffalo Philharmonic. He made guest appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras in the USA, Asia, Europe, and South America, often performing as a guest soloist. Mr. Muzyk has given numerous master classes and recitals throughout all habitable continents and has made solo recordings under the Polish Radio label. Currently, there are three CD recordings of Mr. Muzyk's performances: Mozart's Concertos (Including all concertos) Bach Music for French Horn (Cello Suites 1, 2, and 3) Horn Constellation. (French horn played in various configurations from solo and duets with various instruments. Michal Muzyk, Mr. Muzyk's talented 12 year old son, plays first horn in a duet with his father in one of the selections.) After winning the Associate Principal Horn position with the Houston Symphony and performing there for a year, Mr. Muzyk decided to go back to Buffalo and continues as Principal Horn for the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Praised by the New York Times as “dramatically astute” and a “stand out” performer, tenor Steven Brennfleck has been consistently acknowledged for his consummate artistry, vocal flexibility, and moving interpretations on the operatic and concert stage. His operatic credits include Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Dr. Binch in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, El Remendado (Carmen), Cégeste in Glass’ Orphée, Beppe (I Pagliacci), Testo in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Parpignol (La Bohème), Pang (Turandot), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), The Madwoman (Curlew River) and Gonsalve (L’Heure Espagnol) with companies including American Opera Projects, the Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Piccola of San Antonio, Portland Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, The Tanglewood Festival, Theatre Nohgaku and the Westminster Opera Theatre.
Mr. Brennfleck made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 in Handel’s Messiah under the baton of Andrew Megill. He was also among the first artists chosen for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar under the direction of Stephanie Blythe. During the 2014/15 season he returned to Carnegie Hall in a performance with the MET Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Charles Wuorinen’s cantata It Happens Like This. He has collaborated with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Princeton Baroque Orchestra, LA International New Music Festival, June in Buffalo Festival, Temple Symphony Orchestra, Abington Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Festival Orchestra, and Princeton Pro Musica in works such as Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat, and St. John Passion, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Missa St. Nicholas, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mass in C minor, Requiem, and Vesperae Solennes del Confessore, and Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio.
His performances during the 2016/17 season include performances with the Alamo City Opera (Don Ramiro, Cenerentola), American Bach Soloists, The Austin Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Austin, The Georgetown Festival of the Arts, and the Round Rock Symphony.
Mr. Brennfleck is a native of Ewing, NJ and currently resides in Austin, TX In addition to his performance schedule, he is also conductor of the Ars Longa Ensemble, and a certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Cellist Bion Tsang has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York, Mexico City, Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Atlanta, Pacific, Civic, American and National Symphony Orchestras, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Saint Paul and
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras and the Taiwan National Orchestra.
Mr. Tsang’s chamber music career has also been a distinguished one, marked by collaborations with such artists as violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers and Kyoko Takezawa and Chee Yun, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher. He has been a frequent guest artist of the Chamber Music Societies of Boston, Brooklyn and Fort Worth, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Da Camera of Houston, Camerata Pacifica of Los Angeles and Bargemusic in New York and performed at such festivals as Marlboro Music Festival, the Cape Cod, Tucson, Portland and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Music in the Vineyards and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years.
Mr. Tsang has toured the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano with pianist Anton Nel in, among other venues, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, with the latter performance recorded by WGBH and commercially released on the Artek label. Artek subsequently released Tsang’s performance of the Brahms Cello Sonatas and Hungarian Dances (transcribed by Tsang), also in Jordan Hall with Nel, in early 2010.
Mr. Tsang received his BA from Harvard University and his MMA from Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. His other cello teachers included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose.
Mr. Tsang resides in Austin, TX, where he is on the faculty at the UT Butler School of Music and enjoys trying to keep up with the various adventures and endeavors of his three children: Bailey, Henry and Maia.
Stefan Sanders is as an imaginative conductor, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. He has collaborated with an array of distinguished artists such as violinist Gil Shaham, Fred Childs from public radio’ s Performance Today, country sensations The Texas Tenors and the esteemed Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, to name a few.
Guest conducting engagements in the U.S and abroad include the San Antonio Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (CZ), Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera and the Round Top International Festival Institute.
Mr. Sanders is currently the Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic (NY) and Music Director of the Round Rock Symphony (TX) where he is attracting much praise for innovative programming, seeking new venues and collaborations with local arts organizations, attracting broader audiences, and redefining the orchestra’s role in its community. Past positions have included Assistant Conductor for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Apprentice Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director of the University Orchestra at the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr. Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in the United States, 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, Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and the Florida Orchestra. Mr. Sanders was also invited by Sir Elton John to play in the orchestra for his Radio City Music Hall concerts in 2004 recorded for the Bravo Television Network.
Beginning formal conducting studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Sanders continued his studies as 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 University of Texas at Austin and The Juilliard School.
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.