The Orchestra
 
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The Music Director

 
Israel Getzov - Music Director

Music Director

Israel Getzov

American conductor Israel Getzov begins his thirteenth season as Music Director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra.  He also serves as Music Director of the Little Rock Wind Symphony, and previously held the positions of Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Tianjin Philharmonic, the resident orchestra of the Tianjin Grand Theater.

Mr. Getzov has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, including Abilene Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Skokie Valley Symphony, Monroe Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Tianjin Symphony, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Bolivia Classica, and the Encuentro Jovenes Musicos Festival in La Paz.  As an opera conductor, he led the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter by American composer Lori Laitman, conducted works of Giancarlo Menotti at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and worked as Staff Conductor for Tianjin Grand Opera in productions of La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Bluebeard’s Castle, and Oedipus Rex.

He was selected by Leonard Slatkin to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was chosen by David Zinman for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Getzov started the violin at age 3, and later studied viola, piano and percussion.  He has performed as an orchestral violinist with many renowned conductors including Barenboim, Boulez, Solti, Mehta, Jansons, and Rostropovich. He was a founding member of the Rockefeller String Quartet, a professional quartet with whom he gave over 200 concerts.

An in-demand educator of ensemble techniques, Mr. Getzov holds a tenured professorship at the University of Central Arkansas, and has given clinics at many conservatories in the U.S. and China.  An experienced speaker, he was the host of his own weekly radio program on Arkansas KLRE 90.5FM called “Izzy Investigates” and he has also performed live as a chamber musician on WFMT and WBEZ in Chicago.  

The Orchestra

Violins

Violins

Linda Hsu
  Concertmaster
Leigh Wing
  Principal 2nd Violin
Qinqing Yang
Nelio Zamorano
  Associate Principals
Charlotte Crosmer
Gustavo Fernandez
Albert Garcia Delgadillo
Faith Guidry

Cheih-Po Huang
Tatiana Kotcherguina
Karen Jarobe
Wenyi Li
Sandy McDonald
Tom McDonald
Abigail McGee
Oksana Pavikionis
Magdalena Ryszkowski
Algis Staskevicius
Jessica Vangsnes
Vera Xin
Yunlin Lu

 

Violas

Kater Reynolds
  Principal
Gianni Gambini
  Associate Principal
Anna Bass
Abby Cheng
Joe Joyner
Will Shipley
Corey Smith

Cellos

Stephen Feldman
  Principal
Sara Vaca Anaya
  Associate Principal
Selva Aliss
Rosemary Campbell
Yue Jian
Ixtah Navarro
Carrick Patterson

Basses

Juan Salamanca
  Principal
Nathan Boyd
Aidan Crum
Marco Esquives

Harp

Anna Cooney

 

Flutes & Piccolos

Ashley Franklin
Shawn Harris
Lidiana Vendrame

Oboes

Andre Cusicanqui
Chen Shangkun

Clarinets

Richard Ralston
Jessie Chung

Bass Clarinet

Jacob Gatlin

Basoons

Austin Storm
Jonathan Hankins-Hull
Megan Linton

Piccolos
 
Horns

Horns

Hannah Brown
Blake Hanson
Durham Hill
Josie Tian
Keegan Turney

Trumpets

Brian Eubanks
Stephen Cohen
Tess Hall
Woody Boyd

Trombones

Paden Sharp
Jeremy Landry

Bass Trombone

Neftaly Gonzalez

Tuba

Sam V. Tuttle

 

Percussion

Rachel Anderson
  Principal
Jonathan Hufford
Brandon Short
Trent Smith

Timpani

Gunnar Bartlett
  Principal
Joshua Howeth
Brandon Marlin

Keyboard

Carl Anthony
Paul Dickinson

Percussion
From the Board
 
Chris Coffman - Board President

On behalf of the Conway Symphony Orchestra musicians, management and Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to our 2017-2018 season!  We appreciate your interest in our organization.

This is my fifth year serving on the Board and second year as President.  As President, I am truly honored to work with the exceptional talent on our Board and you have my commitment to never lose sight of our mission – to provide inspired classical music experiences for the people of Central Arkansas through performances and education.

Please take a moment to review our website to see how our community music program, CSO in the classroom and the CSO Guild are directly benefiting and strengthening this extraordinary community that we are honored to serve through CSO on the Go!  Our website also allows you to support our efforts through volunteer programs or donation, including planned giving.  Please consider the power and potential of your planned giving and the long lasting impact that your legacy will provide to the work of this incredible organization.

I would appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to reach out to me at symphony@conwaycorp.net or speaking with me at one of our upcoming performances. Please never hesitate to reach out to any one of us for any questions or suggestions.  We will all be working very hard to make this season one to remember.

Thank you to our season underwriters, concert & program underwriters, patrons and benefactors.

None of what we achieve would be possible without our great audiences.  Thank you for being here, and we look forward to sharing many experiences with you throughout this fantastic 33rd season.  Please… enjoy the concerts!

 

Sincerely,

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President
CSO Board of Directors

Our Board

 

Executive Committee

Chris Coffman, President
Inside Sales Director, Insight

Therese Williams, President-Elect
Membership Development
Conway Chamber of Commerce

Carrick Patterson, Treasurer
Retired Publishing
Executive/Musician

Kelli Gordon, Past President
Instructional Director
Conway Public Schools


George Baker
Senior VP Lending
First Security Bank

Bill Bethea
Assistant to the CEO
Conway Corporation

Mike Binko
Retired, Direct Marketing

Carolyn Brown
Flute Professor
University of Central Arkansas

Lisa Casto
Conway Regional

Stephen Cohen
Musician / Retired IT

Charles DeBoard
Owner/Retired
DeBoard Electronics

Mary Hales
Student Musician

Kelton Harrison
Trust Officer
Simmons Bank

Judy Harkrider
Band Director / Retired
Greenbrier Schools

Shane Henry
Attorney
Shane Henry and Assoc.

Nancy Jackson
Financial Advisor
Simmons Bank

Joyce Miller
Counselor

Rob O’Connor
Director of College Communications
Hendrix College

Preston Palmer
Owner/Instructor
Preston Palmer Studios

 

Sharon Stone
Veterinarian
St. Francis Veterinary Clinic

Bruce Tyson
Manager
Belks Department Store

Emily Walter
Realtor

Qinqing Yang, Student Representative


Ex-Officio

Paige Rose, ex-officio
Chair, Music Department
University of Central Arkansas

Israel Getzov, ex-officio
Music Director/Conductor

Vicki Crockett, ex-officio
General Manager

Margaret Palmer, ex-officio
Guild President

Beverley Freiley, ex-officio
Guild Vice President

 

Our Staff

 
 
Vicki Bryan Crockett - Our Staff

Vicki Bryan Crockett

General Manager

Vicki Bryan Crockett has been working in the nonprofit field for 22 years, including positions in higher education, K-12 private schools, healthcare and the performing arts. Her work has included Annual Fund campaigns, alumni relations, communications, special events, marketing and audience development, capital campaigns, donor management and grant-writing. Now in her 11th year as the General Manager of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, Vicki explains that while the conductor handles everything on the stage, she takes care of everything off of it!

Originally from Pennsylvania, Vicki received her degree in linguistics at The College of William and Mary, with additional professional development through the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Arts Council, and a multitude of nonprofit workshops.

 

 
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GUNNAR A. BARTLETT

Associate Conductor and Administrative Intern

Gunnar has worked in arts advocacy and arts management with the Conway Symphony, Reynolds Performance Hall, public education, the UCA Department of Music, the UCA Friends of Music, and many more.

Prior to his post with the CSO, Gunnar worked in the Conway Public School system as a band intern and a long-term orchestra substitute. As a professional musician, he joined the percussion section of the CSO in 2012, becoming Principal Timpanist in 2013. His most notable performance was that of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in 2015. Gunnar is currently completing his Graduate Certificate in Orchestral Conducting under Maestro Israel Getzov and serving in the new role of Associate Conductor.

Gunnar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas.

 

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NELIO ZAMORANO

Associate Conductor and Orchestra Manager

Nelio is studying violin performance with Dr. Linda Hsu, and conducting with Maestro Israel Getzov, both at the University of Central Arkansas.

Nelio has participated in many music festivals in Bolivia and in the USA. He has conducted choirs in Bolivia such as Ensamble Coral Canto Cuore, the UPB Choir and others, and orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Cochabamba, Collegium Musicum and Bolivia Clásica orchestra.