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9:36 a.m. September 17, 2013
Four new musicians join Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

chase hawkins
Phillip Chase Hawkins
  aaron apaza
Aron Apaza
  sean donovan
Sean Donovan
  gray ferris
Gray Ferris

KNOXVILLE – The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the addition of four musicians to the KSO roster for the 2013-14 season: Phillip Chase Hawkins, Principal Trumpet; Aaron Apaza, Principal Bassoon; Sean Donovan, Fourth Horn; and Gray Ferris, Second Horn (one year position).

Principal Trumpet: Philip Chase Hawkins is most recently visiting professor of trumpet at Centre College in Danville, KY and instructor of trumpet at the University of Kentucky. He joins the KSO after holding the position of second trumpet in the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and previously the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He completed one year of the Master of Music in Orchestra Performance program at the Manhattan School of Music in NY and obtained his Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music, followed by a Doctorate of Music Arts from the University of Kentucky.

Principal Bassoon: Aaron Apaza hails from Milwaukee, WI where he held the position of Acting Assistant Principal Bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony. He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute and his Master of Music degree from Yale University School of Music. He has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Fourth Horn: Sean Donovan is currently obtaining his Master of Music Theory degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He holds a Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. He has performed with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra as Assistant First Horn and holds several honors including second place in the 2012 Regional Round (West Central) of the Music Teachers’ National Association Competition: Chamber Music Division in Boulder, Colorado.

Second Horn (one-year position): Gray Ferris, French horn, received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire; he received his Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he currently resides. Ferris has played horn with the Southern Arizona Symphony and currently plays Second Horn with the Sierra Vista Symphony as well as Substitute Horn for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He will join the KSO for the 2013-14 season as second horn.

Tickets to all KSO concerts are now on sale to the public and start at just $15.00; they may be purchased by calling 865-291-3310 or by visiting Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate by calling 865-521-2337.

The KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee since 1935. Under the leadership of Lucas Richman, the orchestra consists of 75 professional musicians and performs more than 250 programs throughout East Tennessee each season. Performing in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium, and in non-traditional places like hospitals, school classrooms, nursing homes, city parks and churches, the KSO reaches more than 200,000 people throughout the region each year.

Published September 17, 2013

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