Rachel Van Voorhees
Rachel Van Voorhees, the Principal Harpist of the Louisiana Philharmonic, enjoys a unique career as soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. An artist of great versatility, she is as comfortable performing with orchestra as she is playing Celtic music or taking a solo with the jazz group, Diversity, which she co-founded with Charles Neville. She studied at the Juiiliard School; Purchase College; the Conservatoire in Fontainebleau, France; and has a Masters degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the Harriet Gibbs Fox Award for highest scholastic average. Ms. Van Voorhees studied the harp with Marcel Grandjany and theory with Nadia Boulanger.
This past year Ms. Van Voorhees has given solo recitals for the International Harp Recital Series in Salt Lake City and for the American Harp Society Chicago Chapter at Lyon and Healy Recital Hall. She has performed orchestral concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the Tulsa Symphony. She appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony performing the Martin Symphonie Concertante for Harp, Harpsichord, Piano and Orchestra as well as several recitals with violinist Gregory Fulkerson including their most recent performance at Loyola University.
Ms. Van Voorhees is on the faculty of Loyola University and teaches privately. Additionally, she is the Solo Harpist at the Windsor Court Hotel, and during the summer months, harpist of the Grand Teton Music Festival.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships at Tanglewood; Chautauqua; Spoleto, Italy; the Walter Damrosch Fellowship; the Louisiana Artist Fellowship; the Contemporary Arts Center's Sweet Arts Award; and ten grants from the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program. In the last few years she has performed over 80 concerts for the Orleans Parish School Board Elementary Cultural Resources Assembly Series, as well as hundreds of concerts for Orleans Parish school children. This past year she and Lou Anne Neill, the Principal Harpist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, co-founded the Harp in Our Public Schools Program in Los Angeles in partnership with the Young Musicians Foundation. Sixty third and fourth graders are now studying the harp.
She has recorded eight CDs, which are available both on Amazon.com and her website, www.RachelHarp.com. Her recordings are frequently played on NPR affiliates around the country. As a soloist, she has appeared on NPR Television and National Public Radio.
Nena Lorenz has served as Principal Percussionist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Carlos Miguel Prieto, since 2007. She grew up in the small town of Sikeston, MO, studying piano at the early age of four before beginning percussion and voice at age 12.
In 2000, Nena received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance at Eastern Illinois University, performing in various percussion and marimba chamber ensembles, under the direction of Johnny Lee Lane. She continued her performance studies at Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Masters of Music performance in 2002 and an Artist Diploma in 2006, studying with Timothy K. Adams, Jr., Principal Timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While in Pittsburgh, she recorded the percussion chamber piece, “Makrokosmos III” (Music for a Summer’s Evening-2006) and also appeared as a guest soloist at the International Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In addition to performing with the LPO, Nena serves as section percussionist in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Joseph Caballe Domenech. She also spends her summers playing percussion with the Central City Opera, a prestigious seven-week opera festival in Central City, Colorado.
In February 2012, Nena appeared as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She was honored to perform the festive Concertino for Marimba, written by Guatemalan composer, Jorge Sarmientos in 1957.
While Nena is not performing on stage, she is the adjunct percussion teacher at Xavier University of Louisiana and is a percussion clinician in Southeastern Louisiana schools and universities. She loves hiking, biking, and swimming. She can also be seen eating at Joey K’s, Sukho Thai, and the Taceaux Loceaux food truck, as well as walking uptown and at Audubon Park.
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.
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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.