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Mentor Personnel

Daphney Bickley, viola.  Principal viola, Hendersonville Symphony, Charlotte Symphony


Ian Brachitta, double bass.  Principal bassist, Spartanburg Philharmonic; asst. principal bassist, Greenville Symphony; house bass player for the Peace Center; bass professor, SC Governor's School for the Arts, Furman University, and Clemson University

Ann Buttimer, violin.  Orchestra director, Dorman Freshman campus; Spartanburg Philharmonic

Kristine Candler, violin.  Concertmaster, Brevard Philharmonic; Brevard Music Center violin faculty

Jan Daugherty, viola.  Hendersonville Symphony principal viola, (retired); Asheville Symphony 

Frances Duff, cello.  Hendersonville Symphony, principal cello (retired); Asheville Symphony

Robin Els, violin.  Greenville Symphony, Spartanburg Symphony and Hendersonville Symphony; Dorman Orchestra strings coach; Converse College, BMus in Violin Performance

Betsy Fee, violin.  Greenville Symphony, Hendersonville Symphony; Fee violin studio

Kathy Foster, cello.  Converse College, adjunct professor of cello; Spartanburg Philharmonic, asst principal cello; Asheville Symphony

Scott Garrett, viola.  Greenville Symphony; Charlotte Symphony; Charlotte freelance violist

Zoe Harbison, viola.  Violist, Charleston Symphony; orchestra director, Berry Shoals Intermediate; BMus, Music Education with Performance Certificate, USC; MMus, Viola Performance, Carnegie Mellon University

Brandon Ironside, violin.  Bob Jones University, professor of violin; Greenville Symphony

Mary C Irwin, violinist and PCO founder.  Wichita Symphony, 3 yrs; Knoxville Symphony, principal 2nd, 2 yrs; Columbus Symphony, 12 yrs; Hendersonville Symphony, concertmaster, 10 yrs; SPO, BPO and GSO; Masterworks Festival concertmaster and strings coordinator, 24 years; BMus, Converse College; MMus, Northwestern University

Daria Janssen, cello.  Bob Jones University, professor of cello.  BJU string quartet.  

Jeanette Kuhn, violin.  Principal second violin, Hendersonville Symphony; music director, Chapman High School

Jim Lestock, cello.  Hendersonville Symphony, Asheville Symphony; studies with Lynn Harrell, LaSalle Quartet.

Courtney LeBauer, violin.  Converse University, professor of violin; Spartanburg Philharmonic; Eastern Music Festival faculty

Rachael Mantelli, violin.  Greenville Symphony.  Mantelli violin studio

Joanna Mulfinger, violin.  Principal 2nd violin, Greenville Symphony; asst concertmaster and acting concertmaster, Spartanburg Philharmonic; Anderson University, professor of violin

Mary Ada Poole, viola.  SPO, GSO, ASO, HSO (retired); Dorman High School, director of music, emeritus

Kathleen S. Robinson, violin.  Principal 2nd, Mississippi Symphony, 5 yrs, Greenville Symphony, asst principal 2nd, 25 yrs; Asheville Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic; retired, Greenville County School District.  

Mildred Roche, harpsichord and piano.  Director of Accompanying, Converse College; BMus in Piano Performance, Converse College; MMus in Vocal Accompanying, Boston University

Ben Smith, cello.  Principal cellist, Brevard Philharmonic and Western Piedmont Symphony; Spartanburg Philharmonic and Hendersonville Symphony; Florida State University, University of Miami, University of Memphis

Helen Tipton, violin.  Orchestra Director, Spartanburg High School. BMusEd Bowling Green State University.

Matt Waid, double bass.  Principal bassist, Hendersonville Symphony; asst. principal, Spartanburg Philharmonic; Asheville Symphony, Greenville Symphony; Converse College adjunct professor of string bass, 6 yrs; BMus and MMus in Double Bass Performance, Cleveland Institute

College Apprentice Personnel


Emilio Alverson, violin.  Spartanburg.  BMus in Violin Performance, Furman University; pursuing MMus with Ari Streisfeld. 


Allana Farmer, violin.  Spartanburg.  SHS orchestra concertmaster and soloist; Piedmont Chamber Orchestra; Converse College, Music Education

Hayden Green, violin.  Spartanburg.  Concertmaster, SHS orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic Youth Orchestra; Appalachian State University, music performance.

Zoe Kushubar, violin.  Campobello.  Piedmont Chamber Orchestra, soloist; Converse University, B Mus; Florida State, MMus; University of Maryland, doctoral studies in music performance and musicology

Benjamin Larrieu, violin.  Spartanburg.  Piedmont Chamber Orchestra charter member, soloist (2) and first recipient of the Mary Ada Poole Award; Greenville Youth Orchestra, 

Payton Lee, violin.  Spartanburg.  Piedmont Chamber Orchestra charter member, soloist, and recipint of the Mary Ada Poole Award; concertmaster, Byrnes High School orchestra; Foothills Symphony concerto soloist; NYO member (2); College of Charleston, music performance 

Ansley Moe, viola.  Spartanburg.  Piedmont Chamber Orchestra charter member, soloist (2) and recipient of the Mary Ada Poole Award; NYO member (3); Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, music performance

Noelani Perry, violin.  Campobello.  Hendersonville Youth Orchestra concertmaster and soloist; Piedmont Chamber Orchestra charter member and soloist; Bellhaven University, BMus in Violin Performance; Mississippi Symphony

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