Principal Musicians

Anastasia Petrunina
Concertmaster
Anastasia Petrunina has been heard around the globe playing in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Hall and Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and extensively touring Russia, United States, Brazil, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and China. As a soloist she has appeared with the Novaya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Yale Chamber Orchestra, and others. As a guest concertmaster Anastasia led Saratov, Xian, and Guiyang Symphony Orchestras. She also took part in recording music for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Anastasia interests cover a wide repertoire from early music to contemporary pieces and she has commissioned several works which take a special place in her concert repertoire. She enjoys playing in the ViMaDeAn Duo, established in 2010 with her husband Denis Petrunin, who is principal timpanist for the Augusta Symphony. Anastasia earned her Master of Music degree at the Yale University School of Music. She also holds degrees from the Moscow Conservatory Music College and Petropavlovsk – Kamchatskiy Regional Music College. Currently Anastasia is pursuing her DMA degree at the University of Georgia under the guidance of Professor Levon Ambartsumian.

Mao Omura
Associate Concertmaster
A native of Japan, Mao Omura started playing the violin at age 3. She has performed internationally in Japan, Europe, and the United States and joined the Augusta Symphony as the principal second violin in 2012.  Currently, she serves as the Associate Concertmaster.  Mao made her solo debut at age 16 with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and has been featured as a soloist with orchestras such as Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, International String Festival Orchestra, and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, she performed Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Augusta Symphony.  Prior to coming to the United States, Mao received a bachelor’s degree at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan.  She earned her master’s degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.  Mao was previously a member of Syracuse Symphony and Spokane Symphony. Mao has won concerto competitions at the prestigious Eastman School of Music and at the International String Festival in Philadelphia. She also holds top prizes in competitions such as the Toshiya Eto Violin Competition and Tokyo International Association of Artists Competition. In recent years, Mao has appeared as guest concertmaster with Rome Symphony and regularly plays with Charleston Symphony and Atlanta Pops. *Mao is taking a year of leave during the 2018-2019 Season and will return in Fall 2019.

Angela Morgan
Assistant Concertmaster
Dr . Angela Morgan is Professor of Music and the Chairman of the Music Department at Augusta University where she has served as professor of violin since 1995 . From 1989-95, Angela served as the concertmaster of the Lake Charles Symphony and was on the faculty of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she taught violin and viola and directed the university orchestra . She also appeared as guest concertmaster with the Rapides (LA) Symphony Orchestra and played regularly with the Chattanooga and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras . Angela is currently a member of the Augusta Symphony Board and chairs the Education Committee . She holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in violin performance from Florida State University, where she studied with Eliot Chapo . Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Tennessee under the tutelage of Peter Horodysky.

 

 

Laura Tomlin
Assistant Concertmaster
Laura Tomlin has been the Director of Orchestras at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School since 2011 and founded the Vivace Orchestra Camp at Davidson in 2016 . She is also the founder and director of the Carolina Academy of Music in Aiken, South Carolina since 2004 . She has been a member of the Augusta Symphony since 1987 and has extensive experience as a chamber musician, including eleven years with the Augusta Symphony String Quartet, three years as artist-in-residence at Georgia Southern University, and four years with the Southern Arts Piano Trio . In addition she served as adjunct professor of violin at Augusta University 1994-2016, directed the AU Conservatory Orchestra Camp 1999-2015, and is currently one of the co-directors of the AU Conservatory Chamber Music Intensive . She received a Bachelor of Music from North Carolina School of the Arts, a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia . In 2001 she was awarded a research grant to attend the International Colourstrings Symposium in Helsinki, Finland . She has participated in music festivals in New York, California, Michigan, North Carolina, Maine, and Europe and has performed in major halls, including Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and most recently at the Lincoln Center in New York City in April 2014 for the premiere of St . George and the Dragon, a new work for violin, piano, and choir by Dr . Timothy Powell and librettist Dr . Charles Anthony Silvestri.

Pawel Kozak
Principal 2nd Violin
Pawel Kozak is on faculty at the Augusta University, where he directs the AU Orchestra, and at Lander University, where he teaches violin, viola, and directs the string orchestra . He received his DMA from The University of Georgia, where he studied violin with Professor Levon Ambartsumian and viola with Dr . Mark Neumann . His dissertation, “Pedagogical Examination of Henryk Wieniawski’s L’École Moderne Opus 10,” presents specific challenges found in these caprices and demonstrates how each difficulty can be resolved through proper practice techniques . In addition to being the principal second violin, Pawel serves as the Personnel Manager and Librarian for the Augusta Symphony . Pawel frequently performs as a member of Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra and South Carolina Philharmonic . He can be heard as a section violinist in ARCO (UGA) Chamber Orchestra’s numerous recordings and as a soloist in Vivaldi’s concerto for four violins.

 

Dan Urbanowicz
Principal Viola
Dan Urbanowicz holds a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music . Dan performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in addition to the Augusta Symphony . Dan has played with the New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Orchestra, and the Plymouth Philharmonic . He has served as principal violist of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra . Apart from playing the viola, Dan also enjoys playing the viola d’amore and has been featured at the Spoleto Festival USA and the College of Charleston’s Second Monday Series . His principal teachers include Martha Katz, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne-Ramsey, and Marylene Gingras-Roy . Dan’s viola was made in 2008 by Robert Clemens.

 

Arthur Ross
Assistant Principal Viola
Arthur Ross is the Assistant Principal Violist for the Augusta Symphony . Arthur performs with the Hilton Head Orchestra, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Violist . Arthur is a native Augustan and began his music studies on the violin with the Richmond County String Program when he was eleven . He changed to viola several years later after being accepted to Davidson Fine Arts School and began studying with longtime Principal Violist of the Augusta Symphony, Carl Purdy . After graduating from Davidson, he attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, earning a Bachelor of Music in Applied Viola Performance.
* Arthur’s chair is sponsored by Joseph & Lorinda Fournier.

 

 

Daniel Mumm
Principal Cello
Cellist Daniel Mumm received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and did doctoral studies at Rutgers University . Prior to that, he attended the pre-college program at Manhattan School of Music . An accomplished orchestral cellist, Daniel has performed with many renowned ensembles including Charleston Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Symphony in C . His recent concert engagements have included a solo appearance with the Orchester der Kuenstuniversitaet Graz (Austria) . An avid chamber musician, Daniel has performed in masterclasses for members of the Kronos, Guarneri, Borromeo, and Vermeer Quartets . Daniel has extensive experience with contemporary music, including performances of the works of Harry Partch featuring the composer’s original instruments . He is also an active studio musician and has recently recorded music for NFL films . In addition to his career as a performer, Daniel is a passionate music educator . He has served as adjunct professor at Seton Hall and William Paterson Universities and cello instructor at the Rutgers University extension division . Daniel currently lives in Charleston, SC with his wife Mitsuko and dog Win.

Milton Masciadri
Principal Double Bass
Principal Bassist Dr . Milton Masciadri has been a member of the Augusta Symphony since 1985 and is the Professor of Double Bass at the University of Georgia . Representing the third generation of double bassists in his family, he was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and began studies with his father, Milton Romeo Masciadri . Some of Masciadri’s recent performances include soloist with the Korean Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as recitals in Italy, Spain, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Canada, Slovenia, Croatia and the United States . His solo recordings have been released on the DMR, Sinfonica, ACA & Fondazione labels . In 2009, Milton received the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Georgia, the first faculty member in the fine arts to be so honored in 62 years, and he also holds the title of “Accademico” of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, Italy – Europe’s oldest musical educational institution . He has been awarded the Brazilian Medal of Honor for Academic Achievements for his musical and educational services to the people of Brazil, and in 1998 was designated an UNESCO Artist for Peace . In 2011 he received the Knighthood Honor of the Designation of Cavaglieri di San Marco in Venice . In 2015, Milton was awarded the International Leonardo DaVinci Award by the World Cultural Council presented at a ceremony in Glascow, Scotland, the first musician to receive the award since its inception . Milton performs on a 320-year-old double bass by the world- renowed Italian luthier Carlo Giuseppe Testore.

Wendy Cohen
Principal Flute
Wendy Cohen is in her nineteenth season as principal flute with the Augusta Symphony . She is also principal flutist of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra in Columbia, SC and second flutist with the Greenville Symphony in Greenville, SC and has played with the Virginia Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and Richmond Symphony . She has played in the flute and harp duo Duo Venandi along with Vonda Darr since 2011 . They have been invited to perform all over the southeast and have recorded a CD together that was released in early 2017 . Wendy was the first place winner of the 1999 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition . Wendy’s teaching positions have included the University of South Carolina; Festival del Invierno in Vale Veneto, Brazil; University of Georgia’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Italy; Georgia Southern University; Lander University; and Columbia College . She is a founding member and past president of the South Carolina Flute Society and is a board advisory member with the Hampton Roads Flute Faire in Norfolk, VA . Wendy received her masters degree in flute performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, studying wit Brad Garner and her undergraduate education from the University of South Carolina where she studied flute with Constance Lane . She enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, running, gardening and spending time with her husband, Jeremy, who is also a member of the SC Philharmonic and plays clarinet in the Band of the US Heritage of America Air Force Band.

Brian Lyons
Principal Oboe
Brian Lyons is in his third season as Principal Oboe with the Augusta Symphony . Brian is a frequent guest with orchestras in the Eastern U .S . and has appeared in recital with the Emerson String Quartet, Humbert Lucarelli, and Grover Schiltz . He has performed as soloist and recitalist in New England and the Southeast, and has recorded in ensemble for the Centaur, Klavier, Vienna Modern Masters, and Hampton Roads Classics labels.
Brian earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music studying with Sally Bloom and Dr . Mark Ostoich, a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School of Music with Humbert Lucarelli, an Artist Diploma from Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music with Maestro Adrian Gnam, and is currently in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

 

Taylor Massey
Principal Clarinet
Taylor Massey has served as principal clarinet with the Augusta Symphony since 2006 . He is in demand as a performer, including regular performances with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Savannah Philharmonic . He has also served as principal clarinet with Lake Placid Sinfonietta, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and Choral Society of the Hamptons . In addition to orchestral performances, he has been a featured soloist with the Augusta Symphony on multiple occasions, Savannah River Winds, Carolina Youth Symphony, and Augusta University Wind Ensemble . He has been invited to perform as a solo artist on many recital and chamber music series . Internationally, he has performed chamber music at festivals in Morges, Switzerland and Lucca, Italy.

Dr . Massey is currently on faculty at Western Carolina University and has previously taught at Stony Brook University, University of Georgia, Augusta University, University of South Carolina Aiken, Claflin University, and Georgia Southern University . His principal instructors have been Alan Kay, Steven Cohen, Russell Dagon, and Ronald de Kant . He has received bass clarinet instruction from Ronald Aufmann of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and J . Lawrie Bloom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra . Dr . Massey earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, master’s degree from Northwestern University, and doctorate from Stony Brook University .
*Taylor’s chair is sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Louie H. Griffin, Jr.

Reed Hanna
Principal Bassoon
Bassoonist and composer Reed Hanna currently plays principal bassoon with the Augusta Symphony and second bassoon with the North Charleston Pops and performs regularly with the Greenville Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and other orchestras throughout Georgia and South Carolina . He teaches bassoon and oboe at Georgia Southern University and is a highly sought after clinician for high schools, universities, and festivals throughout the southeast .
In 2018 Reed presented a recital of electro-acoustic bassoon music at the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) annual conference held in Grenada, Spain, having previously performed a recital of some of his own compositions at the 2016 IDRS conference in Columbus, GA . His compositions, many of which involve the bassoon, have recently become more widely known among woodwind players for their interesting and imaginative musical ideas that challenge performers and captivate audiences.
Dr . Hanna earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, an Artist Diploma from Penn State University, a Master’s degree from University of Nebraska, and a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Daly
Principal Horn
Michael Daly currently performs as principal French Horn with the Augusta Symphony and the Savannah Philharmonic . He is also a member of the Macon Symphony, the Columbus (GA) Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, and frequently performs with the Atlanta Opera, Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony and South Carolina Philharmonic . Past engagements have included the Sarasota Opera, the Savannah Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, Mannheim Steamroller, and the musical Les Miserables . Michael has degrees from Indiana University and Wichita State University.

 

 

 

Brian Winegardner
Principal Trumpet
Principal trumpeter Brian Winegardner has been a member of the Augusta Symphony since 2015 . He also currently serves as Second/Associate Principal Trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic and as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Limestone College . He has been a trumpet section member of the Charlotte Symphony, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony and has performed with orchestras through the United States, including the Seattle Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and New World Symphony . He has participated in performances with musicians such as Helmuth Rilling, Keith Lockhart, Giancarlo Guerrero, Arturo Sandoval, Tim Morrison, Ben Folds, Natalie Cole, Kenny G, and Andrea Bocelli. As a recipient of the University of Miami’s prestigious University Fellowship, Dr . Winegardner was awarded a DMA in Trumpet Performance from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida . His dissertation, “A Performer’s Guide to Concertos for Trumpet and Orchestra by Lowell Liebermann and John Williams,” has been downloaded over 6,000 times by readers across the globe . Prior to this, he earned a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance, a Master of Music Degree in Chamber Music, a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Michigan . His principal teachers have included Craig Morris, William Campbell, and Jean Moorhead Libs . He has had additional studies with James Wilt, Robert Sullivan, Mark Hughes, Mark Niehaus, Mark Schubert, and John Rommel.

Prentiss Hobbs
Principal Trombone
In addition to the Augusta Symphony, Prentiss is the principal trombone of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held for 17 years . Prentiss also performs as second trombone with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and frequently plays with the Nashville Symphony, Louisville Symphony, and Grant Park Summer Symphony in Chicago . He is one of the top call session musicians in Nashville and has recorded with Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, the Nashville Symphony, and many others . Prentiss currently lives in Murfreesboro TN with his dogs Harry, Rosie, and Bently.

 

 

 

Eric Henson
Principal Bass Trombone
Bass Trombonist Eric Henson holds degrees from Western Carolina University, the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of South Carolina . As an educator, Henson is in demand as a clinician and teacher from Delaware to Georgia . He joined the faculty of Limestone College in 2011 and has rapidly grown the low brass studio in both quantity and quality. Ensembles under his direction have given performances at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the 2017 South Carolina Music Educator’s Conference, and the 2017 Great American Brass Band Festival. His students have won positions in various military bands, summer festivals, and high school honor ensembles in Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Henson is an active performer across the Southeast, having performed with the Atlanta, Charlotte, and North Carolina Symphonies, and holding principal positions in the Augusta Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, and Rock Hill Symphony . From 2008 to 2015, he held the position of bass trombonist with The King’s Brass and can be heard on many of their recent recordings on the Summit Records label . As a soloist, he was the grand prize winner in the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference solo competition, and performed on the University Faculty Showcase Recital Series at the 2018 International Trombone Festival . Mr . Henson is a Performing Artist for the S .E . Shires Co ., for more information please visit at www.hensonsmusic.me.

Kenyon Wilson
Principal Tuba
A member of the Augusta Symphony for over two decades, tubist Kenyon Wilson is a former Fulbright Scholar to Azerbaijan and has performed recitals in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia . Dr . Wilson is currently the Chair of Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Tuba/Euphonium Association.
An avid composer, Kenyon was a finalist for the 2017 American Prize in Music . He is the winner of the 2014 Heartland Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest and the 2013 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Composition Contest. Kenyon lives in Chattanooga with his wife Marcy, director of the Cadek Conservatory, and their son, Jed.

 

 

Matthew Jones
Principal Percussion
Matthew Jones earned a Bachelor’s of Music Degree at USC-Columbia in 1984 . In addition to being principal percussion for the Augusta Symphony, he also performs with the Charleston Symphony, Florence Symphony and the SC Philharmonic . He plays with jazz and theater groups in South Carolina and Georgia . Matthew has participated in the Augusta Symphony’s outreach programs since 2001, reaching over 5,000 CSRA students.

 

 

 

 

Denis Petrunin
Principal Timpani
Denis Petrunin has appeared at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and other prestigious concert halls in the United States, Russia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, England, Holland, and Spain . He received his Bachelor degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and completed his Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree at the Yale University School of Music . As an Adams, Vic Firth and Zildjian artist, Denis is frequently invited to teach masterclasses around the world.
A big part of Denis’s music career is dedicated to the ViMaDeAn Duo which was founded with his wife Anastasia Petrunina who is the concertmaster of the Augusta Symphony . ViMaDeAn has recently commissioned several works written by American and Russian composers . Their performances have been welcomed by various audiences both in the United States and Europe.
Mr . Petrunin held the position of Co-Principal Timpanist of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, Russia . He also was the Principal Timpanist/Percussionist of The Moscow Chamber Opera Theatre and the Stanislavsky Moscow Music Theatre.
Currently Denis is pursuing his DMA degree at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music .
*Denis’s chair is sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. H. Montague Osteen, Jr.

Vonda Darr
Principal Harp
Vonda Darr has been the principal harpist for the Augusta Symphony since 1993 and is principal classical harpist for the North Carolina Symphony . She is a founding member of the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra and was principal harpist for the Augusta Opera for twelve years . She frequently presents concerts as Duo Venandi with principal flutist Wendy Cohen . Duo Venandi’s debut CD “Fantasie” was released in January 2017 and has been featured on public radio in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia . Vonda began studying the harp at age six with Gladys Hubner in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and played with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies through childhood . She studied with Gretchen Van Hoesen in Pittsburgh while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in harp performance from Geneva College. She has been a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony Chamber Series, the Augusta Symphony, the Wilson Symphony, the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony String Quartet, the University of South Carolina Chamber Orchestra, and the Georgia Southern University Orchestra . Vonda is also an active chamber and solo recitalist throughout the Southeast and has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the American Harp Society National Conference, and is a frequent guest artist with Chamber Music Charleston . She has recorded two solo harp CDs, “Prayers Without Words” and “Hear the Angels: A Christmas Collection .” Vonda lives in Wilson, North Carolina . She is an avid tennis player and has been a CPA since 1994.

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