National Orchestral Institute Faculty

NOI+F faculty are drawn from leading North American symphony orchestras and conservatories. At the Festival, they lead intensive sectionals on the orchestral repertoire and offer intimate masterclasses aimed at enhancing audition techniques and refining orchestral performance. 

NOI+F 2023 Faculty

This list is subject to change

Asterisk* Denotes Alumni 


Artists in Residence

  • Jennifer Ross, Principal Second Violin (Ret.), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

  • Kristopher Tong, Borromeo String Quartet & New England Conservatory


  • Paul Arnold, The Philadelphia Orchestra

  • Juliana Athayde, Concertmaster, Rochester Philharmonic & Eastman School of Music

  • Julian Maddox, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra*

  • Amy Oshiro-Morales, The Philadelphia Orchestra

  • Rubén Rengel, Ensemble Connect & Dubhe

  • Jennifer Ross, Principal Second (Ret.), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

  • Marc Rovetti, Asst. Concertmaster, The Philadelphia Orchestra

  • Kristopher Tong, Borromeo String Quartet & New England Conservatory

  • Melissa White, Harlem Quartet, New York University & Dubhe


  • Karin Brown, Asst. Principal, Baltimore Symphony

  • Celia Hatton, A Far Cry & Dubhe

  • Choong-Jin Chang, Principal, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Peabody Conservatory

  • Matthew Young, San Francisco Symphony & San Francisco Conservatory


  • Ilya Finkelshteyn, Principal, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

  • Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Dubhe*

  • Maki Kubota, Houston Symphony Orchestra*


  • Joseph Conyers, Principal, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Dubhe

  • Nina DeCesare, Baltimore Symphony

  • Braizahn Jones, Asst. Principal, Oregon Symphony*

  • Jeffrey Turner, Principal (Ret.), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Indiana University



  • Amanda Blaikie, Detroit Symphony Orchestra*

  • Aaron Goldman, Principal, National Symphony Orchestra & Peabody Institute

  • Demarre McGill, Principal, Seattle Symphony & University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music


  • Erik Behr, Principal, Rochester Philharmonic*

  • Erin Hannigan, Principal, Dallas Symphony Orchestra & Southern Methodist University

  • Marion Kuszyk, Assoc. Principal, Los Angeles Philharmonic & USC Thornton School of Music


  • Yehuda Gilad, Colburn School and University of Southern California

  • Victoria Luperi, Associate Principal & Principal E-Flat Clarinet, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

  • Ricardo Morales, Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University

  • Michael Wayne, Boston Symphony Orchestra (Ret.) & Eastman School of Music*


  • Andrew Brady, Principal, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

  • Catherine Van Handel, Principal, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra*

  • Frank Morelli, Co- Principal, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook & Aaron Copland School of Music



  • Gregory Miller, University of Maryland & Empire Brass

  • Markus Osterlund, Second Horn, National Symphony Orchestra*

  • William VerMeulen, Principal, Houston Symphony Orchestra & Rice University

  • Gail Williams, Chicago Symphony (Ret.), Chicago Chamber Musicians & Northwestern University


  • Barbara Butler, Rice University Shepherd School of Music

  • Chris Gekker, Principal, National Philharmonic & University of Maryland

  • Michael Harper, Asst. Principal, National Symphony*

  • Mark Inouye, Principal, San Francisco Symphony*

  • James Wilt, Assoc. Principal, Los Angeles Philharmonic & the Colburn Conservatory of Music


  • Matthew Guilford, Bass trombone, National Symphony Orchestra

  • Kenneth Thompkins, Principal, Detroit Symphony Orchestra*

  • Douglas Rosenthal, Asst. Principal, Kennedy Center Opera House/Washington National Opera Orchestra*

  • Larry Zalkind, Eastman School of Music


  • Willie Clark, United States Air Force Band & University of Maryland

  • David Fedderly, Ret. Principal, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

  • Carol Jantsch, Principal, the Philadelphia Orchestra & Yale School of Music


  • Eric Shin, Principal Percussion, National Symphony Orchestra & University of Maryland

  • John Tafoya, Principal, National Symphony (Ret.) & Indiana University

  • Alana Wiesing, Principal Timpani, Tucson Symphony Orchestra*


  • Sarah Fuller, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & University of Maryland 


  • Clarice Assad
  • Jennifer Higdon
  • Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis, Fordham University
  • Wang Jie, City University of New York Brooklyn College


  • Marin Alsop, Music Director, National Orchestral Institute + Festival; Chief Conductor, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Chief Conductor and Curator, Ravinia Festival & Music Director Laureate, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

  • James Ross, Music Director, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra Director, National Youth Orchestra – USA; Conducting Faculty, the Juilliard School; Conductor, Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Joseph Young, Music Director, Berkeley Symphony; Artistic Director, Peabody Conservatory; Resident Conductor, National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

List subject to change.