Dr. Dimitri Vychko was born in Kishinev, Moldavia, a former Republic of the USSR. He began his career by winning a prize in the Moldavian International Cello Competition at the age of 16. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Moldavian State Conservatory, and did post-graduate studies in Moscow, Russia. He has pursued an active career in performance, playing both as a soloist, and as a member of many orchestral and chamber ensembles in Europe, Asia, and North America. His travels have taken him to, among other places, Barcelona, Istanbul, Geneva, Nice, Milan, Rome, and Seoul. Dr. Vychko has several recordings of modern and classical repertoire, including in this discography a recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto, and the Haydn D Major Concerto.
He is married to Irina Davidoff-Vychko, distinguished pianist, and piano pedagogue who maintains a large studio through the auspices of Ursuline Academy of New Orleans. They have a twelve-year-old daughter, Angelina, who is now playing first violin with the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra.
Dimitri can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Schettler is Assistant Principal Double Bass in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He holds degrees in bass performance from the University of North Texas and the Manhattan School of Music. Bill is also solo bass with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, which tours Japan and Taiwan. Bill has participated in the Britt Music Festival, International Orchestra Institute in Auttergau, Austria, Cleveland Kent Blossom Festival, National Orchestra Institute, and the Eastern Music Festival. Prior to moving to New Orleans he freelanced in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area playing with the Richardson Symphony and Texas Chamber Orchestra. His principal teachers include Jeff Bradetich, Orin O'Brien and his grandfather, Ted Schettler.
Outside of the orchestra, Bill can be found repairing string instruments in his luthier shop or walking his miniature schnauzer puppy, Minnie. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Susan Loegering, bassoon, has played with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 1993. Originally from Albany, New York, Ms. Loegering auditioned for the LPO immediately following her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees. Following her audition, she was awarded the LPO second bassoon position and later won the principal seat in that same section. She has been featured as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and currently serves as the Orchestra Vice President.
In addition to her performances with the LPO, Ms. Loegering was a member of the Meloria Woodwind Quintet, at the time, an ensemble represented by the Concert Artists Guild. With that group, she toured extensively to venues in Argentina, Alaska, and along the Gulf Coast.
Holding the belief that music education is essential to the success of symphony orchestras and musicians around the world, Ms. Loegering has actively pursued the opportunity to teach. She holds a professorship at Loyola University New Orleans and has served on the faculty of numerous summer study programs, the most recent being the Luzerne Music Center.
Ms. Loegering currently resides in New Orleans and has a golden retriever named Sassy.
Richard Woehrle, violist, grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He began playing the viola in the third grade in public school, in high school he studied with Ramon Scavelli of the National Symphony. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School with Bachelor and Master of music degrees in viola performance where he studied with William Lincer and Margaret Pardee. Additional studies were with Donald McInnes, Roland Vamos and Thomas Dumm.
After graduation he joined the New World Symphony as a rotating Principal and attended the two Spoleto Festival. He went on to play with the Puerto Rico and Virginia Symphonies and spent two years playing in the Nightingale String Quartet, in residence at the University of Nevada, Reno. While in Reno he worked with violist Virginia Lenz and violinist Phillip Ruder and played in the Reno and Fresno Philharmonics.
Richard joined the Louisiana Philharmonic in 1999 and has been Principal Violist for the past twelve seasons. He is on the Music faculty of Tulane University and plays on a 2010 viola made by Tetsuo Matsuda.
Jonathan Gerhardt, principal cello, has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he grew up in a musical family and began taking cello lessons from his mother at the age of ten. Gerhardt received his Bachelor of Music degree and Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and his Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers include Paul Katz, and Colin Carr.
Jonathan has been a member of the Honolulu Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and the Dayton Philharmonic. During the summers, he has participated in the Aspen, Banff, Spoleto and Colorado Music Festivals. He is on the faculty of Tulane University and a member of the Tulane Piano Trio. Jonathan and his partner Richard Woehrle live Uptown with their two cats Penny and Spike.
Mary Ann Bulla
Mary Ann Bulla, a native of Oklahoma, received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Oklahoma. After further graduate studies at Tulane University, she joined the music faculty at the University of New Orleans where she was instrumental in the development of the new music program. She later served as Chairman of the Department of Music for 13 years and continued as Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Activities. The University of New Orleans nominated her for Outstanding Educator of America and subsequently she was chosen from nominees nation-wide to receive this award.
For more than twenty years Ms. Bulla held the position of Official Pianist of the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and has remained in that capacity with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since its inception. She has performed under resident conductors Werner Torkanowsky, Leonard Slatkin, Philippe Entremont, Maxim Shostakovich, Klauspeter Siebel and the current Carlos Miguel Prieto. Ms. Bulla toured Europe with the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Philippe Entremont, performing in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France. As pianist with baritone Luis Giron May, she can be heard on a Centaur Records recording. Ms. Bulla has been active as a recitalist and accompanist in Florida, Louisiana, Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica and is frequently engaged as piano adjudicator in the southeastern United States.
In her leisure time Mary Ann enjoys traveling, reading, working crossword puzzles and taking care of the neighborhood cats !!
Juliann Welch, a native of Albany, New York, has studied horn since the age of 10. After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy, she received a Bachelor's of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She began graduate work at Rice University before joining the Louisiana Philharmonic as fourth horn in September 2007. Her primary teachers include W. Peter Kurau and William VerMeulen.
Juliann has been a member of the National Orchestral Institute, the Festival Institute at Round Top, and the Sarasota Music Festival, as well as acting as a substitute fourth horn for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Active as a teacher and chamber musician, she is thrilled to have joined the community of musicians here in New Orleans.
Judith Armistead Fitzpatrick
Judith Armistead Fitzpatrick, violin, has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra since the 1998-99 season. Previously she performed with the New World Symphony in South Miami Beach.
While with the New World Symphony, Judith worked with Michael Tilson Thomas (Artistic Director) and performed extensively both in the U.S. and abroad including Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. Judith also teaches, and she has taught for two summers at The Brevard Music Center and is a member of The Suzuki Association of America.
Previously, Judith performed at the Echternach Music Festival in Luxembourg, and the Spoleto Music Festival in Spoleto, Italy. In 2001, she performed throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe with composer and conductor John Rutter. Active as a chamber musician, Judith has played in the Cellini String Quartet and the Coronado Piano Trio, as well as Klezmer and Bassa Nova ensembles.
John (Jack) Gardner joined the New Orleans Symphony (later the LPO) in 1984 and has served in many functions, including: associate principal horn, personnel manager, serving on several LPO committees, and as an arranger and composer.
Jack has a BA in Music and a BA in Music Education from Murray State University, Kentucky and a Masters of Music from Indiana University.
He has lived in New Orleans for more than 42 years. He serves as a part-time instructor of horn and brass at Loyola University as well as an occasional instructor at several of the other universities, University of New Orleans, Delgado, Xavier, Tulane, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the New Orleans Baptist Seminary, when there is a need.
From 1968 through the present Jack has been third and associate principal horn with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra in the summer and the piano technician for the opera since 1969 along with being the Committee Chairman.
Jack has performed with many groups. He was a Guest soloist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, including a recording of the works in that concert. He has performed with the Loyola Faculty Woodwind and Brass Quintets. He also has had to the honor to be guest concerto soloist with Loyola Orchestra(horn), Tulane Orchestra(horn) and Jefferson Performing Arts Symphony(harpsichord).
He has conducted several performances of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" for local organizations. Accompanist and rehearsal coach for Loyola productions of "The Crucible," "Music Man" and "Cosi Fan Tutte." Conductor of the Loyola Brass Ensemble for the inauguration services of Mayor Bartholemy's, 1986 and 1990, in the St. Louis Cathedral. Conductor for New Orleans Children Theater production of "Rumpelstilskin" 1988. Extra keyboard for the NOS and LPO. Nineteen years as pianist for Patti Adams and Friends at Windsor Court.
He has composed and arranged several pieces for many local groups, New Orleans Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Loyola Faculty Woodwind Quintet, Symphony Brass Quintet and Loyola student ensembles. In 1987, he arranged six pieces for full orchestra for the Papal visit.
Jack's personal life is devoted to his two greatest interests, church and family. His hobbies include computers, music (of course) and five grandchildren.
John Reeks plays Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Saxophones in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is one of the founding members of the Philharmonic and has served as its President. He has held the position of Clarinet Instructor on the faculty of Loyola University for fifteen years. John is married to fellow LPO clarinetist Stephanie Thompson. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist on clarinet and plays on Backun barrels, bells, and mouthpieces.
John grew up in the "Lower Ninth Ward" of New Orleans in a family filled with generations of musical and graphic artists. He has played orchestral music professionally for over 30 years. In addition to the LPO, he has also worked with the San Antonio Symphony and the orchestras of the Santa Fe and Glimmerglass Operas. He was a member of the Spike Jones Band when that group was revamped in 1992. He has been a member of the chamber music group MUSAICA since it's inception.
John has recorded with artists ranging in diversity from Randy Newman to Nine Inch Nails. His latest recording project was sponsored by Loyola University and the Yamaha Corporation. It resulted in the recently-released CD Old Wine In New Bottles, which is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/reeksjohn . John has also presented the U.S. premiere of Dietrich Erdmann's Concerto for Bass Clarinet (with the Louisiana Philharmonic) in February, 2005. He has performed at numerous International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests, including the world premiere of Stephen Dankner's Adagio Appassionata: New Orleans, August 29, 2005. He was a Host of ClarinetFest 2001 in New Orleans.