Round Rock Symphony Musicians | 2016-2017
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
The RRS welcomes its new Concertmaster:
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.