Maestro Grant Cooper

Artistic Director & Conductor

Grant Cooper was named as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra's Artistic Director and Conductor in March 2001, and officially began his duties as the 9th conductor in the WVSO’s history on July 1, 2001. On March 5, 2016, Mr. Cooper gave his 725th performance with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.                                                    Read more


Meet the Musicians

VIOLIN I
Anton Shelepov, Concertmaster
     The Mary Price Ratrie Chair
Jennifer Wood, Acting Assistant Concertmaster
     The Emil Schoenbaum Chair
Liviu Dobrota
Joan Knoblach
Margie Cooper
Bethany Stephan*
Martin Irving
John Lardinois
Mary Beth Kirkpatrick
Rebecca Pernicano
Sandro Leal-Santiesteban

VIOLIN II
Sean Neukom, Acting Principal
  The Dorothy Taylor Hamilton Chair
Ian Jessee, Acting Assistant Principal
Irina Shelepov
Regan Quinn
Karen Barker
Kristopher Miller
Thomas Consolo

VIOLA
Bernard Di Gregorio, Principal
  The Blanchette H. Rockefeller Chair
Dan Boyer, Assistant Principal
Sandra Groce
Huan Zhu
Anne Hamilton
Rebecca Rothermel
Carl Larson
Ji Young Nam
Claire Whitcomb

CELLO
Andrea Di Gregorio, Principal
  The Katharine B. Tierney Chair
Hannah Pressley, Acting Assistant Principal
  The West Virginia Symphony League Chair
Kimberly Graham
Qing Zhang
Juliana Dills
Jun Zhang
Zoe Moskalew
Şölen Dikener

BASS
Jon Pascolini, Principal
  The Hubert S.“Rabbit” Jones Chair
Jim Faulkner, Assistant Principal
David Messina
Cory Palmer*
Bleda Elibal
Victor Döme

HARP
Melody Rapier, Principal

FLUTE
Lindsey Goodman, Principal
  The Martha Gaines Wehrle Chair
Pamela Murchison

PICCOLO
Pamela Murchison

OBOE
Lorraine Dorsey, Principal
  The Lawson W. Hamilton Chair
Lora Lynn Snow
Alexander Winter

ENGLISH HORN
Alexander Winter

CLARINET
Robert Turizziani, Principal
  The John V. Ray Chair
Rachael Stutzman Cohen
Jeanne Frieben

BASS CLARINET
Jeanne Frieben

BASSOON
Klif Hodgkin, Principal
Vacant

CONTRABASSOON
Vacant

HORN
Vacant, Principal
Luke Zyla
Marsha Palmer
Tom Beal

TRUMPET
David Porter, Principal
  The Betty & Harry Casto Chair
Stephen Campbell, Acting Sub-Principal Trumpet

TROMBONE
Chris Dearth, Principal
David Parrilla
Glenn Proffit

TUBA
Vacant

TIMPANI
Scott Christian, Principal
  The John and Fonda Elliot Chair

PERCUSSION
Matt Larson, Principal
  The American Electric Power Foundation Chair
Vacant


*Leave of Absence


ORCHESTRA EMERITUS

Curt Bravine, Double Bass
Nick Greenberg, Double Bass
Fred Meyer, Oboe/English Horn
Scott Milam, Percussion
David Nesmith, French Horn
Terry Roush, Principal Tuba
June Warhoftig, Principal Flute