Individual musician photographs by Katrin Talbot unless otherwise noted.
Full orchestra photographs by Greg Anderson.
Musician profiles are in alphabetical order.
CYNTHIA CAMERON-FIX, PRINCIPAL BASSOON
Cynthia Cameron-Fix, after being hoodwinked one day by her band teacher into switching from flute to bassoon, went to the World Book Encyclopedia to find out what a bassoon was. The band teacher didn't tell her that she'd be holding a reed knife for half her life! After receiving her Bachelor of Music from the UW-Madison School of Music and her Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, she began playing with the MSO in 1984, as second bassoon for 20 years, and now, in her second career as Principal. Over the years, she's played in a wide variety of ensembles in Madison's musical community. Currently, she enjoys playing baroque bassoon and recorder in Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and is the bassoonist with Present Music in Milwaukee. Look for upcoming concerts of Anemone, a fresh new ensemble of winds with piano. Cindy lives on Madison's east side with her husband, Dale Fix, and their children Guanshan and Kavi, plus a dog, two cats, and various gerbils, rats and fish. When not practicing or making reeds, she likes to hike in the nearby fox-filled woods, get creative with her sewing machines, or cook strange ("Mom, can I have a hot dog?") food that the kids won't eat.
MARC FINK, PRINCIPAL OBOE
My oboe career began in the 4th grade when my band director in Waukegan, Illinois, Bernie Stiner, announced, "you will be an oboe player," and handed me an instrument. More than 50 years later, the oboe has taken me all over the world, from the North Slope of Alaska to the People's Republic of China; from the capital of Tatarstan (Kazan, Russia) to Buenos Aires, Argentina. My Madison Symphony Orchestra career spans three decades, as English hornist, principal oboist, and concerto soloist (including concertos by Frank Martin, J.S. Bach, Cimarosa, Strauss and Vivaldi). My faculty appointment at the UW-Madison School of Music includes teaching oboe and chamber music and performing in the Wingra Woodwind Quintet. I have released two CDs through the School of Music Recording Series: Music for Oboe and Strings with the Pro Arte Quartet and Russian Oboe Music. I'm very active in the International Double Reed Society, and I served as president in 1998-2002, as conference host in Madison in 1999 and as co-host in Banff in 2002. I and my wife Marcia have three college-age daughters: Leah, Anna and Ellie; and two non-college-age pugs: Jimi and Yoda.
ANDREA GROSS HIXON, OBOE
Andrea Gross Hixon earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, with additional studies at the Paris Conservatory. Ms. Hixon is principal oboe of the Green Bay Symphony and teaches oboe at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She has taught oboe at the University of Memphis, Lawrence University, and the Lawrence Academy of Music and maintains a private oboe studio. She performs each summer as a member of the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra in Woodstock, Illinois. Ms. Hixon has toured with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra with concerts in France, Italy and the United States, including performances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She was principal oboist of the Eastman Wind Ensemble for two tours to Japan and Taiwan, and played in the summer opera orchestra for the Schlossfestspiele in Heidelberg, Germany. She has also toured with the American-Russian Young Artists Orchestra, performing in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, and at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
STEPHANIE JUTT, PRINCIPAL FLUTE
Terry Family Foundation Chair
Stephanie Jutt’s elegant artistry and passionate intellect have inspired musicians and audiences around the world. Her groundbreaking performances of new music, transcriptions, and traditional repertoire have made her a model for adventurous flutists everywhere. Ms. Jutt’s all-Brahms recording, Stolen Moments, with Jeffrey Sykes, pianist, was released in January 2005 on Centaur. Three Brahms sonata transcriptions by Stephanie Jutt were recently issued by International Music Publishing. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, her teachers were James Pappoutsakis, Paula Robison and Marcel Moyse. Stephanie won the coveted Concert Artist Guild and Pro Musicis International Soloist awards, and has performed in recital throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. A devoted teacher, Stephanie Jutt is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She co-produces the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society summer music festival for three weeks each summer with pianist Jeffrey Sykes in Madison, Wisconsin. Stephanie has served as board member and Program Chair for the National Flute Association. Ms. Jutt's photo was taken by C&N Photographers.
JJ KOH, PRINCIPAL CLARINET
Hailed by The Columbus Dispatch as having “gorgeous sound and dynamic nuance”, JJ Koh joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 2016. In addition, he holds a position with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Prior to joining the MSO, JJ was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed with Toronto Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestras as well as the Lexington Philharmonic.
Mr. Koh is a founding member of the Arundo Donax Reed Quintet, a winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Since then, the group has premiered and recorded multiple works, taught master classes, and performed in various concert settings all over the country. As principal clarinetist of KammerMahler, JJ participated in a world premier recording project, which featured chamber versions of Gustav Mahler’s Fourth and Ninth Symphonies. He also premiered Kaleidoscope by Perry Goldstein, which was recorded through New Dynamic Records.
Summer festival appearances include the National Repertory Orchestra, Lake George Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and for four summers he has held a Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School. As an Associate Instructor of Clarinet at Indiana University, he completed his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees under the instruction of Eli Eban and James Campbell. His Master’s recital received special recognition by being awarded the Performer’s Certificate.
NANCY MACKENZIE, CLARINET
Noteworthy: D.M.A. UW-Madison; dissertation on Milhaud's compositions for clarinet; mother of two. Oddest practice quarters: Waupun Prison (on tour with Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra). What your colleagues don't know about you: I have played almost 100 performances of Concerts on the Square and every Nutcracker since 1980.
LIZ MARSHALL, FLUTE
Noteworthy: B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; M.M. University of Michigan (fellowship recipient); D.M.A. in progress
UW-Madison (Music Theory Teaching Assistant); Third Prize, National Flute Association Young Artist Competition; member of Utah Festival Opera Company. Funniest concert moment: One year, at the annual University of Michigan concert to raise money for scholarships, the flute section dressed as the "fruit section" and danced from the back of the hall to the stage following our "Carmen Miranda." What your colleagues don't know about you: I
have the freakishly useless ability of remembering song lyrics. I have hundreds, if not thousands, memorized and specialize in "80s TV show theme
songs. Recurrent musical fantasy: I have always wanted to be the lead singer in a folky rock band.
JENNIFER MORGAN, OBOE & ENGLISH HORN
Noteworthy: Member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra since 1981 and was an original member of the Oakwood Chamber Players for over 20 years; have a successful private studio for students of all ages; B.M. and M.M. from University of North Texas; mother of two. Funniest concert moment: An uninvited bat almost stole the show - and it was not Die Fledermaus. Oddest practice quarters: Imagine an oboe playing in the car on a family vacation. What your colleagues don't know about you: Sold Fuller brushes door to door to buy my first professional instrument.
LINDA PEREKSTA, FLUTE
Linda Pereksta teaches Flute at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and was previously a member of the Arkansas and Memphis Symphonies and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed in the LPO’s joint concert with the New York Philharmonic, under the batons of James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin and Lorin Maazel, and can be heard on the resulting Nonesuch CD, Our New Orleans, accompanying Randy Newman.
An accomplished performer on historical flutes, Linda was a prize winner in the National Flute Association’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition, serves on the NFA’s Historical Flutes Committee and is Editor of TRAVERSO, a quarterly historical flutes newsletter. She has appeared with a variety of period-instrument ensembles, performed at numerous NFA conventions and regional flute festivals, and has written for The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk.
Linda holds degrees from The University of Iowa, The Peabody Conservatory and Florida State University, and her flute teachers were Betty Bang Mather, Robert Willoughby and Charles DeLaney. She had additional historical flute studies with Colin St. Martin, Christopher Krueger, Michael Lynn and Claire Guimond, and studied orchestral conducting and literature with the late James Dixon.
When not fluting, Linda enjoys yoga and hiking, and is an avid and life-long birder.
CAROL ROSING, CONTRABASSOON
Noteworthy: Bachelor's degree from UW-Madison; Master's degree and Performer's Certificate from Manhattan School of Music;
Principal Bassoon for Beloit/Janesville Symphony and Oshkosh Symphony. Oddest practice quarters: A janitor's closet in the basement of a church. Funniest concert experience: A lens popped out of my glasses on my way out onto the stage, so I had to play the first movement with the music stand directly in front of my face - I couldn't see the music or the conductor. The stagehands fixed my glasses backstage and brought them out to me between movements to the applause of the audience. Recurrent musical nightmare: I'm sitting on stage in front of a sold-out house about to play Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and realize I forgot my reed.
GREGORY SMITH, CLARINET
A Madison native, Greg has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra since 1975 and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music where he studied with Glenn Bowen and Daniel Harris. Greg’s primary role with the MSO is as its bass clarinetist. He also plays clarinet with the orchestra and has even appeared on saxophone including MSO performances of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (alto sax), Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 (tenor sax), and John Harbison's The Great Gatsby Suite (soprano sax). Greg also enjoys joining the pit orchestras of Broadway tours that visit Madison, such as The Producers, Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, Addams Family, and most recently, Billy Elliot. But wait, there’s more! In addition to the orchestra world, Greg performs with several area bands covering a wide diversity of styles including Dixieland, klezmer, salsa, western swing, Gypsy jazz, Balkan lounge funk, and even some retro-futuristic lounge music …whatever that is.
AMANDA SZCZYS, BASSOON
Noteworthy: B.M. Summa Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; M.M. University of Michigan; Second Bassoon, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; former member, Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Oddest practice quarters: Outside the Louvre in Paris.
The French police promptly kicked me out. Funniest concert experience: I was playing in the pit for an opera production where one of the props was a mechanical rat. It somehow went off course and ran into the pit, falling on a violist. What your colleagues don't know about you: I don't like chocolate! Recurrent musical fantasy: I would love to sing on Broadway.