Our Orchestra

Performing at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

Though the Southwest Florida Symphony began its life as a community orchestra consisting of volunteer musicians in April 1961, it has evolved into a fully professional ensemble that now employs 70 musicians, many of whom travel great distances to perform here each season. Our core orchestra is hired through a rigorous, highly competitive audition process that is considered the gold standard in the orchestral field. The individuals who win seats with our ensemble have dedicated their lives to the perfection of their chosen instrument. If you’ve never experienced the powerful sound of a professional symphony orchestra, you don’t know what you’re missing. 



Orin Laursen, Concertmaster
     Dr. Tom & Linda Logio
Hannah Cho, Asst. Concertmaster
     Ellie Fox
Victoria Bramble, Asst. Principal Second
Renata Arado
Katherine Baloff
     Corey Vertich & Shelli Green

Kathleen Beard*
Rachel Cox*
     Liz Marnul

John DiPuccio*
Kasia Dolinski*
Ariel Eliot*
Nora Lastre Broughton
    Carolyn H. Wilson

Dajiang Qi**
Eliot Roske

Yaesolji Shin
Yordan Tenev
     Anne Wardlow
Dana Tolan
Baoling Xu**
Yuhao Zhou


Courtney Filner, Principal
Jean Phelan*, Asst. Principal
Joseph Henderson
Greg Lane*


Troy Chang, Principal
     Rob Diefenbach
Antonio Innaimo, Asst. Principal
      Carolyn H. Wilson
Scott Crowley*
Christopher Glansdorp
Trace Johnson
Aaron Merrit


Scott Davis, Principal
Alex Albanese***, Asst. Principal
      William & Michele Holcomb
Ariadna Barbe-Villa**
T. J. Glowacki**
     Carol Avard in memory of Robert Ashley Hicks
Hideki Sunaga*


William Larsen***, Principal
     Mary Jacobs

Beth Larsen**
     Dr. Lowell & Mrs. Cynthia Hart

Angela Massey


Dione Chandler*, Principal
     Katherine Caldwell

Shane Wedel
     Judy Cahn
Jeff Apana


Michael Forte***, Principal
     John & Esther Dick
Scott Ellington**
    Estelle M. Weedon
Stacey McColley**


Scott Radloff**
     Kenneth & Carol Boyd

Louis Nanson*
     Gary Neithamer & Sue Purcell

French Horn

Gene Berger*, Principal
Jennifer French**
Jane E. de Lisser
Cory Kirby

Katie Loesch
Sharon Selinger*
Penny Wilkinson and Dick Boehning


Kris Marshall*, Principal
Arthur Zanin
Alan Evans*
John Copella*


Alexis Smith, Principal
      Tom & Linda Uhler
James Chase Farrell
Austin Pancner


Tom Kracmer***, Principal
     Bill & Barbara Millar


Todd Betz**, Principal
Dean Barry

Isaac Fernández Hernández
     Gerri Harrand

Davi Martinelli de Lira


Tom Suta***, Principal


Kay Kemper**, Principal


Dean Zhang, Principal

Conductor Emeritus

Maestro Paul Nadler led The Southwest Florida Symphony for 16 years from 1990 to 2006. During his tenure the Symphony soared to new heights, while Maestro Nadler continued to distinguish himself as one of the world’s most exciting symphonic and operatic conductors. Since his debut in 1989, Nadler has conducted over 50 performances at the Metropolitan Opera and has led some of the world’s most renowned soloists and musicians including; Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Glenn Dicterow, Garrick Ohlsson, Misha Dichter and Elmar Olivera. In April 2006, he took over as musical director and conductor of Fidelio at The Met. In December 2002, Maestro Nadler was invited to conduct at the Kennedy Center Awards ceremony in the segment honoring James Levine. As co-director/founder of the International Vocal Arts Institute Maestro Nadler returns each summer to this prestigious professional workshop.

In 2004, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Filarmonica de Stat Iasi (Romania). In August 2005, Nadler conducted the Chautauqua Music Festival, and during the 2005-06 Season he returned to the Mannes College Orchestra and to the podium of the Bucharest Philharmonic.  Maestro Nadler has also conducted extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

The Southwest Florida Symphony is very grateful for Paul Nadler’s many years of leadership and friendship. We are also pleased to announce he will have an enduring role with us as Conductor Emeritus.

* 10+ years
** 20+ years
*** 30+ years

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