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Orchestra Musicians

JoeDeller1 

Concertmaster

Joseph Deller is a native of Dearborn, MI. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Violin Performance from Hope College in 2003. Since then, he has been working as a free-lance musician in the Metro Detroit Area. He is very involved with the Flint Institute of Music where he is a member of the Troubadours, a traveling group of string musicians and storyteller that visits over 110 schools each year in Genesee County. He conducts the Concert Orchestra through the Dearborn Youth Symphony and serves as Principal Second Violin in the Dearborn Symphony. He also plays regularly with the Flint Symphony. Mr. Deller maintains a private studio of violin and viola students at home and through the FIM, and also works with the string ensemble at Fordson High School in Dearborn. He is an avid chamber musician and has performed in Strings on the Bay in the Upper Peninsula, playing viola. He also performs regularly at the FIM. He has traveled to Romania, England, Wales, and Toronto for music festivals and is looking forward to more such opportunities. He is honored to serve as concertmaster with the Michigan Philharmonic.

hektorsmall 

Principal Second Violin

Hektor Qyteti served as the Assistant Concertmaster for the Michigan Philharmonic for the seven years beofre being promoted to his current position of Principal Second Violin. He is also the Assistant Concertmaster of the Grosse Pointe Symphony as well as playing in the violin section of numerous other Detroit Metro area orchestras, including symphonies in Dearborn, Warren, Rochester and Pontiac. Prior to moving with his family to the U.S., he had a five-year tenure as Concertmaster of Korce Philharmonia Orchestra in Albania, during which time he performed as soloist on the Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and other major concertos. A dedicated and highly sought-after teacher, Mr. Qyteti maintains a busy schedule teaching violin and chamber music privately, and as an instructor at Jerry Luck Studios and Evola Music Center. He has also served on the faculty of Steppingstone School for the Gifted in Farmington. For 10 years in Albania, he was the Music Director of the Board of Education at the prestigious Korce Tefta Tashko K-12 and High School, essentially the equivalent of magnet/pre-conservatory schools in the U.S. He received a Performance and Teaching degree from the Academy of Arts in Albania and later continued with advanced studies in teaching at Oakland University.

Mirceacure 

Principal Viola

Mircea Cure was born in Romania. After receiving his diploma in performance and chamber music from the Gheorghe Dima Conservatory in Cluj-Napoca, he played with the Timisoara and Arad Symphony Orchestras, touring extensively in Italy, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and Bulgaria. In addition to his position with the Michigan Philharmonic, he has also played with numerous local orchestras including Dearborn Symphony, Warren Symphony, Southern Great Lakes Symphony, and Livonia Symphony, among others. He has performed as a soloist with Rochester Symphony, Southfield Symphony, Southern Great Lakes Symphony. Additionally, he has recorded classical music with a number of smaller groups, as well as the Michigan Philharmonic on their Magical Tunes & Marvelous Tales album. Mr. Cure is a sought-after freelance performer and teacher in the metropolitan Detroit area. He also gives private instruction at Berkley Music, Cranbrook Schools, as well as maintaining his own private studio.

amycropped 

Principal Cello

Amy Kuras was born and raised in New York, where she studied cello at Manhattan School of Music, Chautauqua Institute and the Downeast Chamber Music Program. She studied music performance as an undergraduate at Northwestern University and has a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in Landscape Architecture. Ms. Kuras continues to practice landscape architecture as well as cello, serving as the park planner for the City of Ann Arbor as well as the principal cellist for the Michigan Philharmonic. She has played with several symphonies around Southeast Michigan, including the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Adrian Symphony and regularly free-lances in the area. She also enjoys playing chamber music in and around Ann Arbor.

Andymonefeldt 

Principal Bass

Andrew Monefeldt originally began his music studies on violin, which he played through high school. In his junior year, the jazz director convinced him to take up the electric bass and play in jazz band the following year. In college he started as a police science major, but after two years switched to music education and studied with the jazz professor, also the euphonium teacher, as they had no bass teacher. He transferred to University of Wisconsin at Madison and finished his bachelors in music education there, studying with bassist Richard Davis. He taught in the Madison area for several years and then decided to continue his studies at the University of Michigan where he earned a Mater's degree in music performance, studying with Diana Gannett. Mr. Mondefelt currently works full time at Shar Music, a string instrument specialty store based in Ann Arbor, while contracted to play with three different orchestras. He also teaches a bass studio of local middle school and high school students, both jazz and classical players.

DennisCarter 

Principal Flute

Dennis Carter is a rising star in the Detroit classical music scene and was awarded Best Classical Instrumentalist at the Detroit Music Awards 2009. Dennis Carter has a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Wayne State University. His teachers were Ervin Monroe and Clement Barone. He continued his studies by winning an Orchestral Apprenticeship with Operalaboratorio in Palermo, Sicily and by invitation to attend Julius Baker’s Masterclass as a Performer. He is well known as a soloist in the area, having performed with the Wayne State University, Warren Symphony, Emerald Sinfonietta, National Association of Negro Musician Association-Collegiate Young Artist Concert, African American Composers Concert at Wayne State and with the Brazael Dennard Community Chorus. He has toured the U.S. with the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players, The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and Carl Rosa Opera Company (UK). Currently Principal Flutist with the Michigan Philharmonic, Dennis also holds that position with the Fisher/Masonic Theater Orchestra of Detroit, Warren Symphony. and the Dearborn Symphony. A busy free-lancer, he has performed with the all of the area orchestras including Detroit Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony and most recently the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra. In addition to performing, Dennis taught flute for Henry Ford Community College, is an Assistant Teacher with the Southfield Public Schools Elementary Band and Orchestra and is a Performance Coach/Theory Instructor for the Sphinx Preparatory Institute.

timmichlingsmall 

Principal Oboe

Metropolitan Detroit native Timothy Michling is the principal oboist of the Michigan Philharmonic. An avid, sought-after performer, Tim is also the principal oboist of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and appears frequently with numerous other area ensembles, including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. Tim is also an accomplished woodwind specialist, and was a member of the pit orchestra during the 2003-2004 North American Tour of Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man," playing oboe, English horn, flute, piccolo, clarinet, and bassoon. A passionate educator, Tim provides instruction as a member of the music faculty at Oakland University. Beyond his career as a performer and teacher of music, Tim has worked as a legislative aide in the Michigan House of Representatives since 2009 and has served on the boards of numerous music and arts organizations. Dedicated to the important role of public service, Tim likewise believes ardently in the power of the arts to empower individuals and build stronger communities, and remains passionately dedicated to community service and outreach. When he discovers a fleeting moment of free time, Tim enjoys cooking and reading works of history and philosophy. Tim earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied with Nancy-Ambrose King. In addition, he studied with Allan Vogel at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Tim also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a candidate for the Master of Public Administration degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.

LisaRaschiatore1 

Principal Clarinet

Principal Clarinetist for the Michigan Philharmonic, Lisa Raschiatore is a freelance musician and teacher originally from Southern California.  She is a regular performer with the Dearborn, West Michigan, and Traverse Symphony Orchestras and has also appeared with the Windsor, Grand Rapids, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. An active proponent of contemporary music, she has commissioned works from composers David T. Little, Andre Myers, and Kirsten Volness. She co-founded a new music ensemble called Warped Consort, and premiered numerous works by prestigious young composers as a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School.  She worked with composer Michael Daugherty in the creation of his clarinet concerto, Brooklyn Bridge, which was commissioned by the International Clarinet Association and premiered by Michael Wayne (of the Boston Symphony) at Carnegie Hall.  She has participated in the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil. She completed her undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University under the tutelage of Mary Gale, and earned both her Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan with Fred Ormand, Dan Gilbert, and Monica Kaenzig.  In 2009, Dr. Raschiatore served as the Interim Professor of Clarinet at Central Michigan University, and is currently on several faculties in Michigan, including Madonna University, Alma College, and at Adrian College where she teaches music theory.

JohnPutnam2 

Principal Horn

John A. Putnam, award-winning artist, has performed in over 15 countries and throughout the entire United States. He has been described as: “The man who will bring back the classic heroic horn sound that defined countless motion pictures”. A born and raised Southern Californian, John first found success in the recording industry native to Hollywood. He can be heard on numerous motion pictures and television jingles. As a soloist he has performed the R. Strauss, Concerto No. 1, op. 11, W.A. Mozart Horn Quintet, K. 407, W.A. Mozart Horn Concerto #4 in Eb, K. 495, Bach, Mass in B minor, BWV 232, and Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto. As an orchestral musician John has performed with numerous orchestras including: La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, The Golden State Pop Orchestra, The California Philharmonic, The Toledo Symphony, The Southern Great Lakes Symphony, and Ann Arbor Symphony. Mr. Putnam has had wonderful opportunities to play in some of the world’s finest concert halls, such as Copley Symphony Hall, The California Center for the Arts, Schoenberg Auditorium, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Rudolfinum in Prague, and the Smetana Hall in the Czech Republic. Along with Mr. Putnam’s extensive solo and recital touring he also serves as Principal Horn for the Michigan Philharmonic, Southern Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs with several of the other regional orchestras in Michigan and Ohio. As a strong advocate of contemporary music, he has premiered several ground-breaking works by several composers including: Carl Mussa, Annie Neikirk and Marc Chester. John is a practicing Buddhist and has a number of other interests, including hypermiling, kendo, aikido, and green eco-living. More Information about John can be found on his website at http://www.johnaputnam.com.
 

RiggsRaytimp1

Principal Timpani/Percussion

Ray Riggs grew up in Detroit, graduating from Cass Tech High School. He studied percussion with Norman Fickett and Salvatore Rabbio, both of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York where he studied with John Beck, and at Wayne State University in Detroit, resuming his studies with Salvatore Rabbio. Ray received a Bachelor’s of Music from Wayne State in percussion performance.

While at Eastman, Ray became interested in emergency work, became certified as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician and began working for the EMS system in Rochester, NY. Upon returning to Detroit, Ray was the Timpanist with Michigan Opera Theater, 1978-80 as well as playing many other free-lance jobs, including extra and substitute with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Ray was hired by the West Bloomfield Fire Department in 1979 as a firefighter/paramedic. He rose through the ranks, retiring from the fire department in 2009 as the Assistant Fire Chief in charge of emergency operations; he continued to carry on an active musical performing schedule throughout his career with the fire department.

Currently, in addition to his position as timpanist with the Michigan Philharmonic, Ray is principal percussionist with the Birmingham/Bloomfield Symphony, percussionist with the Dearborn Symphony, timpanist with the Rochester Symphony, and a member of the Golden Rain Percussion Ensemble. Ray is also working as a consultant with SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments as their public safety expert.

Ray is married to Tracey, an active freelance violist and middle school orchestra teacher. They have three grown children and two grandsons

PatrickJohnson 

Piano

Patrick Johnson was born and raised in Lansing. He started piano lessons at age 4 and won several regional and state competitions in the following years. He attended the University of Michigan School of Music and completed his Bachelor's degree in piano performance in 2002. Since then he has worked as a church organist, piano teacher, and free-lance accompanist. He has accompanied dozens of operettas and early twentieth-century musicals by Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, and others. He enjoys playing music for "piano four-hands" and for two pianos. In 2009, he began graduate studies at Michigan State University in piano and music theory. Pat is currently a doctoral student in piano at MSU and he maintains his position as organist at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Hazel Park.

MauriceDraughnsm 

Harp

Maurice Draughn is a native of Detroit. He began his harp studies at Cass Technical High School with Patricia Terry-Ross, principal harpist of the Michigan Opera Theatre. He continued his studies with Ms. Ross, earning a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Harp Performance from Wayne State University. Mr. Draughn completed two summers of study with world-renowned harpist Lucile Lawrence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Church Music with a concentration in Harp and Organ Performance from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he also studied harp with Elaine Cook and Laura Byrne at the University of Louisville. Mr. Draughn has appeared as soloist with the Michigan Philharmonic, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Detroit Symphony Civic, and Southern Seminary Orchestras. He has performed with noted performers such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Robert Sims, the Three Irish Tenors, and Glen Campbell. Mr. Draughn is also an arranger and composer of music for the harp, voice and choir. He is currently the principal harpist for the Michigan Philharmonic and a freelance harpist, performing with several other orchestras including Windsor, Warren, International Symphony Orchestras as well as the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He performs regularly in solo and chamber recitals. He can also be heard on several educational and commercial recordings as a studio harpist.

 

 

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