Meet Our Musicians

George Del Gobbo, Music Director and Conductor
Howard Goldstein, Assistant Conductor
Eric ThomasOperations Director


Kerren Berz – Concertmaster, The Mr. & Mrs. Rick Ussery Chair
Patricio CobosConcertmaster Emeritus, The Mrs. Virginia Norman Chair
Boris AbramovPrincipal 2nd Violin, The Dr. & Mrs. Ken Goldman Chair
Tricia AndersonThe Mrs. Tom B. Black Chair
Ruslan Apostolova The Judy Thomas Chair
Holly Bryan – The Mrs. Barbara Rothschild Chair
Barbara Careaga-Mitchell – The Mr. & Mrs. Gardiner W. Garrard Jr. Chair
Sharon Crane – The Sam & Dusty Wellborn Chair
David EdwardsThe Del Gobbo Family Chair
Elizabeth EhrlichThe Mr. John & Dr. Angela Sims Chair
Howard Goldstein – The Walter Alan Richards Foundation Chair
Anastasia Golovina – The Ms. Betty Auten Chair
Natalya Klenovskaya The Mr. and Mrs. Joey Loudermilk Chair

Patrick Ryan – The Dr. & Mrs. Fred Oehrlein Chair
Weiru ShengThe Mr. & Mrs. Philip M. Adams Chair
Ela Tokarska – The Mr. & Mrs. Wright B. Waddell Chair
Marina Volynets – The Pat D. Daniel & Stephen J. Hodges Chair
Perry Westmoreland – The Ms. Alex Saunders Chair
Lorna WoodThe Dr. & Mrs. Richard Robbins Chair
Tian Xu


Sarah Chastain – Principal, The Chuck & Arlene Lowery Chair
Miriam Barfield – The Mrs. Margaret O’Neal Lewis Chair
Saskia Chowdhuri – The Dr. Mary W. Schley Chair
Charles Griffin – The CLIBOCA Foundation, Inc. Chair
Anton Jakovcic
Sherrod Mitchell – The Mrs. Gail B. Greenblatt Chair

Cheree Mitchem – The Ms. Rose Steiner Chair
Lenin Pena The Mr. & Mrs. B. Seth Harp Jr. Chair


Erin EllisPrincipal, The John & Sallie Martin Chair
Ismail Akbar – The Mr. & Mrs. James H. Blanchard Chair
Barbara Altman – The Mr. & Mrs. William G. Scrantom Jr. Chair
Ina Apostolova The Mr. & Mrs. W. Michael Ogie Chair

Daniel Holloway – The Mrs. Richard Hallock Chair
Nan Kemberling – The Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Burgin Chair
Robert O’Brien – The Bruce & June Howard Chair
John Rogler
Cynthia Sulko – The Ms. Jane C. Steurer Chair

Double Bass

Jacqueline PickettPrincipal, The Friend of the Symphony Chair
Christina Caterino Ottaviano – The Ben & Shirley Moon Chair
Emory Clements The Dr. Gavin Spence Chair
Alex Mayweather – The Ms. Polly C. Miller Chair
Matthew Nelson
Vadim Volynets


Jim ZellersPrincipal, The Dr. & Mrs. Edward B. Kinner Chair
Erica Bass Pirtle – The Dr. Catalina Aranas Chair
Jeana Melilli – Piccolo, The Mr. & Mrs. John W. Walden Jr. Chair


Erica HowardPrincipal, The Marleen & Marc Olivie Chair
Barbara Cook – The Mrs. Pamela Harmann Page & Dr. Edwin L. Page Chair
Susan Tomkiewicz – Acting English horn, The Jack & JoRhee Pezold Chair


David OdomPrincipal, The Mr. William B. Turner Chair
Sandra Wade – The Dr. Christine Senn & Dr. Jeff Kingsley Chair

Bass Clarinet

Staci Culbreth – The Dr. & Mrs. Jack Lawler Chair


Stephanie Patterson – Principal, The Saint Elmo Chair
Traian Sturza – The Nina & Jerry Elmore Chair

Contra Bassoon

John Grove – The Dr. & Mrs. Spencer Garrard Chair


Adam PandolfiPrincipal, The Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Patton Chair
Anna Dodd – The Columbus Marriott Chair
Mike Daly – The Mr. & Mrs. D. Clyde Fountain Chair
Jason Eklund – The Mrs. Marie Moshell Chair


Kevin LyonsPrincipal, The Mr. Steve Sawyer Chair
Tao Ge – The Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sigmund Chair


Ed NicholsonActing Principal, The J.W. & Ethel I. Woodruff Foundation Chair
Marc Boehm – Acting Second, The Bill & Zada Feighner Chair

Bass Trombone

Richard Brady The Mrs. Babette Rothschild Chair


Donald StrandPrincipal, The Jane & Jack Goldfrank Chair


David MorrisPrincipal, The Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Feighner Jr. Chair


Courtney McDonaldPrincipal
Karen Hunt – The Otis & Eleanor Burnham Chair
Lisa Morris


Susan BradyPrincipal, The Mrs. Ethel W. Foley Chair


Janie Lee BullockPrincipal, The Mr. & Mrs. Ray Crowley Chair

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra uses the revolving seating method for section string players who are listed alphabetically in the roster.

Emeritus Members of the Orchestra

Betty Anne DiazPrincipal Keyboard
Manuel DiazPrincipal Viola
James TaylorPrincipal Trumpet



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