ORGAN, PIANO, HARP
Individual musician photographs by Katrin Talbot unless otherwise noted.
GREG ZELEK, PRINCIPAL ORGAN
Greg Zelek became the Principal Organist and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ in September, following Samuel Hutchinson’s retirement announcement in May. Greg, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, said in a previous interview with the MSO that he sees new opportunities for the organ through chamber collaboration, and desires to keep composers interested in the organ and curious about its capabilities. Greg is recognized as one of the most exciting young organists in the American organ scene, and has appeared in multiple venues throughout the US. Greg’s engagements have included serving as the Music Director and Organist at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City, Organ Scholar at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, New York, Music Director of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Miami, and summer organist for San Pedro Apostol Church in Ramales de la Victoria, Spain.
JOHANNA WIENHOLTS, PRINCIPAL HARP
Johanna Wienholts is an up-and-coming harpist recognized for her expressive playing, warm tone, and natural performance abilities. Johanna holds a bachelor’s degree in Classical Harp Performance from University of Toronto's Faculty of Music under the renowned Judy Loman. She is currently completing a master's degree at Manhattan School of Music and formerly studied at Interlochen Arts Academy with Joan Holland. Johanna has developed a career as a young orchestral musician and a reputation in New York City for being a prominent principal harpist and soloist. Johanna is an avid performer of both the standard classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, having played with numerous contemporary ensembles in New York. She has recorded for film and other genres including hip-hop, jazz, and folk music. In addition to her life as a performer, Johanna is an enthusiastic harp teacher and is excited to build her teaching studio in Madison. Former harp teacher at the historic Diller-Quaile School of Music, Johanna cares about her students deeply and enjoys passing on the lessons and technique she has learned to the next generation of harpists.
DAN LYONS, PRINCIPAL PIANO
A Chicago native, Dan Lyons holds performance degrees from DePaul University and a doctoral performance degree from UW-Madison. He has performed solo, concerto and chamber recitals throughout the Midwest. His teachers include Dmitry Paperno, Howard Karp and Mary Sauer. He has written on piano compositions of Russian composer and pianist Rodion Shchedrin, focusing on his 24 Preludes & Fugues for piano. In addition to serving as the accompanist and chorus manager for Madison Symphony Chorus, he maintains a private teaching studio and continues to accompany throughout the Madison area. He currently lives in Madison with his wife and three children.