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.


Artist in Residence for Violin

  • Alexander Kerr, Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra & Indiana University  

Artist in Residence for Orchestra Studies

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


  • Elisabeth Adkins, Associate Concertmaster (Ret.), National Symphony Orchestra & Texas Christian University
  • Paul Arnold, The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Juliana Athayde, Concertmaster, Rochester Philharmonic and Eastman School of Music
  • Amy Oshiro-Morales, The Philadelphia Orchestra 
  • Jennifer Ross, Principal Second (Ret.), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • David Salness, University of Maryland & Left Bank Quartet
  • James Stern, University of Maryland


  • Karin Brown, Assistant Principal, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Choong-Jin Chang, Principal, The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Joan DerHovsepian, Associate Principal, Houston Symphony
  • Katherine Murdock, Left Bank Quartet & University of Maryland


  • Ilya Finkelshteyn, Principal, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Stephen Geber, Principal, The Cleveland Orchestra (Ret.)
  • Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal, The Philadelphia Orchestra


  • Maximilian Dimoff, Principal, The Cleveland Orchestra
  • Jeffrey Turner, Principal, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Ali Yazdanfar, Principal, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal



  • Bart Feller, Principal, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • Christina Smith, Principal, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


  • Erin Hannigan, Principal, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Mark Hill, Principal, National Philharmonic & University of Maryland
  • Marion Kuszyk, Associate Principal, Los Angeles Philharmonic


  • Yehuda Gilad, Colburn School and University of Southern California
  • Ben Lulich, Principal, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Ricardo Morales, Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra


  • Andrew Brady, Principal, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Sue Heineman, Principal, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Frank Morelli, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra



  • Gregory Miller, University of Maryland & Empire Brass
  • William VerMeulen, Principal, Houston Symphony Orchestra
  • Gail Williams, Chicago Chamber Musicians & Northwestern University


  • Karin Bliznik, Principal, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Barbara Butler, Rice University
  • Chris Gekker, Principal, National Philharmonic & University of Maryland


  • Matthew Guilford, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Megumi Kanda, Principal, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Larry Zalkind, Eastman School of Music


  • David Fedderly, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & University of Maryland


  • Jauvon Gilliam, Principal Timpani, National Symphony Orchestra & University of Maryland
  • Eric Shin, Principal Percussion, National Symphony Orchestra & University of Maryland
  • John Tafoya, Indiana University


  • Sarah Fuller, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


  • Gabriela Lena Frank
  • Brian Raphael Nabors


  • Marin Alsop
  • Gabriela Lena Frank
  • Brian Raphael Nabors
  • James Ross

List subject to change.