The Orchestra

Violin

Steven Copes

Steven Copes

Concertmaster, John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Chair

A native of Los Angeles, violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse and enthusiastic musical life as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and teacher. He joined the SPCO as concertmaster in 1998 and has led the orchestra from the chair in several highly acclaimed, eclectic programs and performed solo works by ... Learn more

Ruggero Allifranchini

Ruggero Allifranchini

Associate Concertmaster, John H. and Elizabeth B. Myers Chair

Ruggero Allifranchini is the Associate Concertmaster of the SPCO. He was born into a musical household in Milan, Italy, and raised on a diverse musical diet, ranging from Beethoven to John Coltrane. He studied at the New School in Philadelphia with Jascha Brodsky and later at the Curtis Institute of ... Learn more

Kyu-Young Kim

Kyu-Young Kim

Principal Second Violin, Bruce H. Coppock Chair

Kyu-Young Kim, Principal Second Violin of the SPCO as well as the orchestra’s Senior Director of Artistic Planning, is one of the most versatile and accomplished violinists of his generation. His appointment as the SPCO’s head of artistic planning marks the first time an SPCO musician has served in a ... Learn more

Daria Adams

Daria Adams

Violinist Daria T. Adams has been a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1987. Prior to joining the SPCO, she was a concerto soloist with the New American Chamber Orchestra, performing in the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. An active recitalist and chamber musician, Adams has been a ... Learn more

Sunmi Chang

Sunmi Chang

As the laureate of both the 2007 International Markneukirchen and Sion-Valais International Violin Competitions, Sunmi Chang has performed widely to much acclaim throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2008, she was the soloist of the Yale Philharmonia's tour to Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai, performing ... Learn more

Nina Tso-Ning Fan

Nina Tso-Ning Fan

Nina Tso-Ning Fan is a full-time member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Colorado, Fan began her violin studies at the age of four. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French literature from Harvard University while studying violin with James Buswell at the New England Conservatory of ... Learn more

Elsa Nilsson

Elsa Nilsson

Elsa Nilsson joined The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1977. Prior to her appointment with the SPCO, she served as concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Chamber Players. Nilsson has appeared as soloist many times with the SPCO. Also ... Learn more

Leslie Shank

Leslie Shank

Described by the *New York Times* as “an impressive violinist [who plays] intimately and sweetly at one moment and with fearless enthusiasm at the next,” Leslie Shank leads an active musical life as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for ... Learn more

Viola

Maiya Papach

Maiya Papach

Principal Viola, Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison Chair

Violist Maiya Papach is the recently named principal viola of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, having been a member of the orchestra since 2008 and serving as acting principal since 2009. She has made solo appearances with the SPCO in Mozart’s *Sinfonia Concertante* with concertmaster Steven Copes, and will appear ... Learn more

Cello

Joshua Koestenbaum

Joshua Koestenbaum

Associate Principal Cello, Ruth and John Huss Chair

Cellist Joshua Koestenbaum combines his career at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with active solo and chamber music performances as well as being an active private teacher. A member of the SPCO since 1980, he has appeared frequently as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra. During the 2001-02 season, Koestenbaum replaced ... Learn more

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

Cellist Sarah Lewis is in her fifteenth season with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A Saint Paul native, she started piano lessons at the MacPhail Center for the Arts at the age of three. She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Lev ... Learn more

David Huckaby

David Huckaby*

David Huckaby joined The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at the start of the 2009-2010 season. A graduate of The Juilliard School where he received a master’s degree studying with Joel Krosnick, David has performed live on National Public Radio’s *From the Top* young artists program and has also performed chamber ... Learn more

Flute

Julia Bogorad-Kogan

Julia Bogorad-Kogan

Principal Flute

The *New York Times* called Julia Bogorad-Kogan "a wonderful flutist - her playing is graceful, virtuosic, and always full of interest." Bogorad-Kogan, who became the SPCO's principal flutist at the age of 22, combines an orchestral career with regular recital and solo performances. She has performed world-wide, including at New ... Learn more

Alicia McQuerrey

Alicia McQuerrey

Alicia McQuerrey joined the SPCO as a flute and piccolo player in 2001. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, McQuerrey began studying the Suzuki flute method at the age of seven with Mrs. June Warhoftig, then principal flutist with the West Virginia Symphony. Alicia earned the distinction of becoming the ... Learn more

Oboe

Kathryn Greenbank

Kathryn Greenbank

Principal Oboe, Sewell Family Chair

Kathryn Greenbank has been Principal Oboist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1982. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with John de Lancie. Her other teachers include Louis Margaglioni, Richard Woodhams, and Richard Killmer. Greenbank is a frequent soloist with the SPCO ... Learn more

Bassoon

Charles Ullery

Charles Ullery

Principal Bassoon

Charles Ullery has been principal bassoonist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1975. Prior to that, he was a member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Sixth Army Band at the Presidio in San Francisco. Many composers have written works for him, including Michael Daugherty, Daniel Sturm, Russell ... Learn more

Carole Mason Smith

Carole Mason Smith

Bassoonist Carole Mason Smith is now in her 31st year with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A frequent soloist with the SPCO, Smith has performed Vanhal’s and Deitter’s concertos for two bassoons with SPCO principal bassoonist, Chuck Ullery. During the 2001-02 season, Smith served as principal bassoon of the SPCO. ... Learn more

Trumpet

Lynn Erickson

Lynn Erickson

Minnesota native Lynn Erickson has been second trumpet of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1991. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, having earned both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Erickson has made four recordings with the Summit Hill Brass Quintet, the ... Learn more

Percussion

Michael Israelievitch

Michael Israelievitch

Principal, Hulings Chair

Hailed by *The New York Times* for his “infectious charisma” and by the *Toronto Star* as a “very stylish and subtle musician”, percussionist Michael Israelievitch has firmly established a reputation for his innate musicality and “electrifying” artistry (*The Pioneer Press*). Michael is the Principal Timpanist of The Saint Paul Chamber ... Learn more

* Leave of absence

In addition to those listed above, we extend our deepest thanks to Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison, Bill and Hella Mears Hueg, the HRK Family, John and Karen Larsen and Philip H. and Katherine Nason for endowing positions in the orchestra.