Seattle Symphony Welcomes Seven New Musicians This Fall

Appointments include Demarre McGill, Principal Flute, and John DiCesare, Principal Tuba, as well as two newly created positions in the orchestra.

By Shiva Shafii

As we welcome you to the start of the new season, we also welcome seven new musicians to the orchestra, who will take up their new posts at the beginning of the 2017–2018 season.

Newly appointed principals include John DiCesare from the Louisville Orchestra as Principal Tuba, and the return of former Seattle Symphony Principal Flute Demarre McGill following posts as Principal Flute for the Dallas Symphony and Acting Principal Flute for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Additional appointments include Emil Khudyev, Associate Principal Clarinet; Andy Liang, Section Second Violin; Seattle native Danielle Kuhlmann, Fourth Horn; Christopher Stingle, Second Trumpet; and Michael Myers, Fourth/Utility Trumpet. Associate Principal Clarinet and Fourth/Utility Trumpet are newly created positions in the orchestra.

Meet the Musicians

Please join us in in welcoming these musicians to the Seattle Symphony! Learn more about them below and look for them in the orchestra starting this month.

Principal Flute

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Demarre McGill

A native of Chicago, former Seattle Symphony Principal Flute Demarre McGill returns following posts as Principal Flute at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, flutist McGill is acclaimed for his “richly saturated tone, spirited technique and expressive warmth” and has quickly become one of the most sought-after flutists of his generation.

Principal Tuba

John DiCesare

John DiCesare was the Principal Tuba of the Louisville Orchestra before coming to the Seattle Symphony. DiCesare has performed with orchestras nationwide, notably The Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra  Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Louis Symphony. During the summer months DiCesare plays with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.

Associate Principal Clarinet

Emil Khudyev

Prior to joining the Seattle Symphony, clarinetist Emil Khudyev has performed with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. Khudyev was appointed as instructor of clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2014. Prior to this position, he served as the acting Associate Principal, Second and E-flat Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony.

Section Second Violin

Andy Liang

A featured artist on NPR’s From the Top, violinist Andy Liang joins the Seattle Symphony as a member of the second violin section. After making his solo debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of 11, Andy performed in Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Boston’s Jordan Hall by the age of 15. Liang is also a member of ALKALI, a fiery combination of string players/composers specializing in dynamic original compositions and covers infused with styles ranging from jazz to classical to pop.

Fourth Horn

Danielle Kuhlmann

Praised by The New York Times for her “fearless” and “seductive” playing, Seattle native Danielle Kuhlmann returns home to join the Seattle Symphony after a three-year tenure with the San Diego Symphony. An avid interpreter of new music, she was Principal Horn of the American Composers Orchestra and performs with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). In addition to classical performances, Kuhlmann is a founding member of the all-female pop Horn quartet Genghis Barbie.

Second Trumpet

Christopher Stingle

A native of Philadelphia, Christopher Stingle joins the Seattle Symphony as second trumpet after performing eight seasons with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the Assistant Principal Trumpet and four seasons with the Santa Fe Opera as Principal trumpet. Stingle has enjoyed a varied musical career, including symphony, chamber music and solo appearances up and down the East Coast.

Fourth/Utility Trumpet

Michael Myers

Michael Myers joins the Seattle Symphony after posts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Myers graduated with a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, where he studied with James Kluesner, and with a master's in trumpet performance from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with Armando Ghitalla.

Thank You!

Through the caring support of our donor family, the Seattle Symphony is able to attract and retain world-class musicians like Demarre, John, Emil, Andy, Danielle, Christopher and Michael. Join the community of supporters who make our music possible with your donation today.


Posted on August 23, 2017