Musicians

Meet the Orchestra

String section rosters are alphabetical after Principals.

Music Director & Conductor
David Stewart Wiley
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Violins

  • Akemi Takayama, Concertmaster (Click for bio)
  • Matvey Lapin, Principal 2nd
  • James Glazebrook, Assistant Principal 2nd (Click for bio)
  • Elise Blake, Assistant Principal 2nd
  • Martin Irving, Assistant Principal 2nd
  • Larry Chang
  • Richard Downs
  • Andrew Emmett
  • John Irrera
  • Paul Kim
  • Emily Konkle
  • Vladimir Kromin
  • Brooke Mahanes
  • Kevin Matheson
  • Violaine Michel
  • Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa
  • Shaleen Powell
  • Christi Salisbury
  • Samantha Spena
  • Donna Stewart
  • Heather Austin Stone
  • Samuel Thompson
  • Jane Wang
  • Ting-Ting Yen
  • Yulia Zhuravleva

Violas

  • vacant, Principal
  • Thomas Stevens, Assistant Principal
  • Megan Gray
  • Samuel Kephart
  • Bryan Matheson
  • Katie Overfield-Zook
  • Lindsey Fowler
  • Sam Phillips
  • Dan Zhang

Cellos

  • Kelley Mikkelsen, Principal (Click here for bio)
  • Lukasz Szyrner, Assistant Principal
  • David Feldman
  • Sarah Kapps
  • Hannah Pressley
  • Alan Saucedo
  • Rachel Sexton
  • Jeanine Wilkinson

Basses

  • T. Alan Stewart, Principal
  • John P Smith, IV, Associate Principal
  • Mara Barker
  • Michael DiTrolio
  • Victor Dome
  • J. Michael Priester

Flutes

  • Alycia Hugo, Principal
  • Julee Hickcox

Piccolo

  • Julee Hickcox

Oboes

  • William P. Parrish, Jr., Principal
  • vacant

Clarinets

  • Carmen Eby, Principal
  • Candice Clayton Kiser

Bassoons

  • Scott Bartlett, Principal
  • Scott Cassada

Horns

  • Wallace Easter, Principal
  • Abigail Pack
  • Dakota Corbliss
  • Rodney Overstreet

Trumpets

  • Paul Neebe, Principal
  • Tom Bithell
  • vacancy
  • Jeffrey Kresge

Trombones

  • Jay Crone, Principal
  • Katie Thigpen

Bass Trombone

  • John McGinness

Tuba

  • Brian Kiser, Principal

Timpani

  • Annie Stevens, Principal

Percussion

  • William Ray, Principal
  • Al Wojtera

Harp

  • Anastasia Jellison, Principal

Keyboard

  • vacant

David Stewart Wiley

Music Director & Conductor

Admired as a tireless musical ambassador as Music Director & Conductor of the RSO, Maestro David Stewart Wiley maintains a diverse and active professional schedule. Wiley performs for tens of thousands each year in NY as Music Director & Conductor of the resurgent Long Island Orchestra. Guest concerts include Bronx Arts, Queens, New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall & John Jay Center for the Arts, in addition to his innovative “Conducting Change” leadership workshops pairing business executives and orchestra. Recent invitations also include concerts in Alabama, Brevard, Carolina Chamber, Honolulu, Utah, the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Virginia State Capitol, and the historic Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Wiley was part of the leadership team from Roanoke to travel to Denver this past summer as Roanoke received its 7th All-America City Award. He has been named Roanoke’s Citizen of the Year for his service above and beyond his acclaimed work with the RSO.

Influence

Under David Stewart Wiley’s energetic and inspiring leadership, the RSO has experienced remarkable artistic growth, expansion and innovation. Wiley’s committed tenure has demonstrated consistently stellar reviews, a diverse and impressive list of guest artists and composers, and innovative commissions of new music in various styles. Our Maestro partners with schools and numerous arts and civic organizations throughout the region, and the RSO & Dr. Wiley received a Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University. His energetic work bringing classical music to youth in our minority communities has been steadfast, and he was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts for his service.

Dr. Wiley has taken the RSO to new artistic heights, as well as conducted such distinguished symphonies as Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among others. Wiley’s music has taken him to dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Wiley also continues as Artistic Director of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, and previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Early Career

As a solo pianist and composer, he made his debut in Boston with a professional symphony at the age of 10. He has since performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia, performing major concerti by Baroque to contemporary, often conducting from the piano. He has appeared as both a jazz and classical pianist in Boston’s Symphony Hall, and in recital and chamber music appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. He has recorded over 12 professional recordings, including full symphonic works, piano and cello concertos, jazz, and classical chamber music. As a composer, he collaborated on the film “Lake Effects”, which featured a symphonic soundtrack performed by the RSO, Wiley conducting, with original music by Boyle and Wiley.

David Stewart Wiley won the Aspen Conducting Prize, and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood. Wiley holds both a Doctor and Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University. He is a recipient of the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International. He and his wife Leah have two active and creative teens.

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Akemi Takayama

Concertmaster

Celebrated violinist Akemi Takayama has served as the concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 2004. In this vital leadership role, she brings to our orchestra an extraordinary depth of musicianship, glorious solo sound, vibrant stage presence and natural musical leadership. Ms. Takayama appears regularly as soloist and concertmaster of the RSO, and Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra as well as an active chamber musician and associate professor at the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music where she holds the Victor Brown Endowed Chair. Ms. Takayama is currently in her fourteenth year as violinist for the internationally renowned Audubon Quartet, and tours regionally and nationally with the group. Her recordings with the Audubon Quartet include four CDs, all available on the Centaur and Composers Recordings labels.

Early Start

Born to musical parents in Tokyo, Japan, Takayama began her violin studies with her mother at the age of three. Her professional violin career began in Japan at the age of 15. She has performed throughout Japan, France, and the U.S., including appearances with the Shinsei-Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toho School of Music Orchestra, and on a “FM Recital” broadcast throughout Japan on NHK Radio. She also has performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Yomiuri Philharmonic Orchestra, Music at Gretna, and with the New World Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances in the U.S. have included radio and TV appearances in the greater Cleveland area and with the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Junction Orchestra, and the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

Accomplishments

Akemi Takayama received first prize in both the Northwest Regional Music Teacher National Association and the Grand Junction Young Artist competitions. She has performed at and served on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institute in New York, the Idyllwild School of the Arts in California, the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Shenandoah Performs in Virginia and at Virginia Tech. During her graduate studies, Akemi was a teaching assistant to the renowned Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned both an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music degree. Previously, she studied with Toshiya Eto and Ryosaku Kubota at the renowned Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where she earned her bachelor degree in music performance. She also studied with Brian Hanly at the University of Wyoming where she earned her professional studies degree. Ms. Takayama won a position in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival and the Isaac Stern Music Workshop. The late Isaac Stern said of Ms. Takayama “she is a true musician and will always bring credit to any group that she works with.” Akemi indeed brings great credit to the RSO and to our region.

Ms. Takayama plays a J.B. Ceruti violin from Cremona, Italy, made in 1805.

James Glazebrook

Assistant Principal 2nd

James Glazebrook has served as the Conductor of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra since 1988. In this capacity, he provides the artistic leadership to a 70-member orchestra made up of student musicians, ages 12 to 18, from a six-county region. The only professional orchestral training for young people in western Virginia, the Roanoke Youth Symphony has been in existence since 1956 and has grown dramatically in its achievements under the guidance of Mr. Glazebrook. Last season, the Youth Symphony performed three public concerts and three educational “Discovery Concerts” for area students. Membership in the Youth Symphony is obtained through spring and fall competitive auditions.

The RSO’s Associate Concertmaster, Mr. Glazebrook is a talented musician who has pursued a diverse career as orchestra member, conductor, and university professor since completing his musical studies at the University of Iowa. He began his conducting career with the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra and has many years of experience teaching all ages and levels of ability.

As a violinist, he has performed in chamber music concerts and recitals throughout the United States and has participated in Festivals in Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Virginia. In addition to his associate concertmaster role in Roanoke, he has been concertmaster of the Colorado Springs Symphony and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Glazebrook’s extensive repertory encompasses symphonic music, musical theatre, opera and ballet. He has previously served as Music Director with the former Southwest Virginia Opera Society, now Opera Roanoke. Presently as Associate Professor of Music at Virginia Tech, Mr. Glazebrook also directs the New River Valley Symphony.

Kelley Mikkelsen

Principal Cello

A native of South Dakota, cellist Kelley Mikkelsen has performed in concerts throughout the United States and Europe and has worked with a variety of celebrated soloists, chamber musicians, and conductors, such as Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Joan Tower, Ursula Oppens, Gary Karr, as well as the Cleveland, Colorado and Cavani Quartets. As cellist of the internationally renowned Cassatt Quartet, she made appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. She was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including CMA/ASCAP awards for adventurous programming, commissioning grants from Meet the Composer and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as an award of excellence from the Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. She has been invited as Artist-in Residence to Princeton and Yale Universities, Syracuse University, the University at Buffalo, Bucknell University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Early Career

In 2003, Ms. Mikkelsen was named principal cellist for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke; she has also performed with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, formerly Wiliamsburg Symphonia, since 2007.

She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a pupil of Paul Katz, and completed her MasterÕs degree at the University of Akron, studying with Michael Haber.

With a deep commitment to nurturing young musicians, Ms. Mikkelsen has taught on the faculties of Augustana College, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and East Carolina University, and she currently maintains a private studio.

She has recorded for the Koch, Naxos, New World, Point, CRI, Tzadik, and Albany labels.

Ms Mikkelsen plays a Bartolomew Bimbi cello from Florence, Italy, made in 1780.