Musicians

The Hot Springs Music Festival pairs world-class mentor musicians from major orchestras, chamber ensembles and conservatory faculties with especially talented pre-professional apprentices–all of whom receive full tuition scholarship. Mentors and apprentices perform “side by side” in orchestral and chamber settings.

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Mentor Faculty:

HSMF Viola Mentor Amadi Azikiwe

Amadi Azikiwe, viola

Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln […]

Annie Chalex Boyle, violin

Annie Chalex Boyle is currently an Assistant Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University.  She is internationally recognized as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher.  Her playing has been hailed by critics as “brilliant” (Kalamazoo Gazette) and “eloquent and poignant” (The San Antonio Express Journal).  Ms. Chalex Boyle has won prizes at the Seventeen Magazine/General […]

Caroline Kinsey, horn

Caroline Kinsey a native of San Antonio, TX, is Principal Horn with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra after 11 years as Principal Horn of the Arkansas Symphony, Little Rock, AR. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 1990 and her Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland […]

David Schepps, violoncello

Cello professor at the University of New Mexico since 1999, David Schepps’ career includes concerti in the US and abroad (including the Calgary Philharmonic, Christchurch Chamber Orchestra–New Zealand, Orquestra Sinfonica de Veracruz–Mexico, New Mexico Symphony and Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque and unversity and community orchestras throughout the US). He did […]

photo Drew Irvin Violin Mentor

Drew Irvin, violin

ANDREW IRVIN (violin: drewirvin@gmail.com) has a broad range of experience in concert and recital across America and in Europe. Solo appearances include works by Paganini, Bruch, Vivaldi, Korngold, Bach, Mozart, and Dvorak. This upcoming season concerto appearances include performances of Ravel’s Tzigane, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy. Mr. Irvin has been heard in […]

James Decker, low brass

James T. Decker, Associate Professor of Trombone, holds the Master of Music Education degree from Herbert H. Lehman College, the Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School. He has performed with a wide range of ensembles, including the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, where he served […]

Jenny Mann, bassoon

Jenny Mann is Assistant Professor of Bassoon at The University of Alabama.  She is also Principal Bassoonist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony and an active performer in regional orchestras and chamber ensembles.  In addition to her teaching, Dr. Mann coordinates the thriving Chamber Music Program at The University of Alabama, which incorporates extensive educational outreach experiences. […]

Joseph Salvalaggio

Canadian oboist, Joseph Salvalaggio began his training at the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at McGill University, The University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a year of private study with Richard Killmer at the Eastman School funded by a career grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He has […]

Kevin Mauldin Double Bass Mentor

Kevin Mauldin, double bass

Kevin Mauldin, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, began playing the bass at age 13 as a student in the Memphis City Schools system. At the age of 15 Kevin (KG) began playing the bass guitar and tuba. As a student at Memphis State University, Kevin studied bass with Herman Burkhardt and then with John Chiego. […]

photo HSMF Arts Admin Mentor Laura Rosenberg

Laura Rosenberg, arts administration

Laura S. Rosenberg has had a 35-year career in arts administration, during which she co-founded and directed the Hot Springs Music Festival (where she currently serves as arts administration mentor), served as Executive Director of Earplay, Director of Concert Activities for Northwestern University, Director of Production for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Artistic […]

Lynn Payette, chorus director

LYNN PAYETTE was appointed Festival Chorus Director in 2011.  A native of Wheaton, Illinois she graduated with performing and academic honors from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities. She studied choral conducting with Dr David Nott and has been mentored in conducting and song-leading by Alice Parker. She works extensively with singers of all ages. […]

Maria Flurry, percussion, week 2

Joining us for the second week of the Festival is Maria Flurry, who will take over from Matt McClung as our Percussion Mentor. A versatile percussionist and marimba soloist, Maria Flurry treats audiences to a blend of consummate musicianship and captivating performance style.  Ms. Flurry is an award-winning concerto performer and juried Roster Member of […]

HSMF Percussion Mentor Matt McClung

Matthew McClung, percussion

MATTHEW McCLUNG (percussion: matthew.mcclung@tamucc.edu). Equally at home with orchestral, solo, and chamber music, Dr. Matthew McClung has appeared with a wide variety of prestigious ensembles throughout the United States and abroad. He has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the Hawaii Opera Theater, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras […]

Nataliya Sukhina, piano

Nataliya Sukhina is sought-after pianist with extensive and diverse repertoire, which is a product of numerous years of collaborative experience with various instrumentalists and vocalists. She performs regularly as a soloist on piano/fortepiano, and as a continuo player on harpsichord.  She particularly enjoys promoting music of the modern era as a member of the New […]

clarinet mentor Osiris Molina

Osiris J. Molina, clarinet

“Berio’s 13 ‘Sequenzas,’ written over a period of four decades, are big solo works for different instruments. They famously make extraordinary demands on the performer, so much so that anyone mastering a ‘Sequenza’ stands out as an undeniable master of his instrument. Molina is such a master, and his triumphant performance brought the entire house […]

photo Peter Bay Music Advisor

Peter Bay, conductor

Peter Bay became Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1998. He is also Music Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, and Conductor of the Big Sky Festival Orchestra in Montana. Maestro Bay has appeared with seventy different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New […]

Piano Associate

  Kristen La Madrid lives here in Hot Springs and maintains a very busy performing schedule.  She received a BA in Piano from La Sierra University and an MM in Collaborative Piano from the University of Miami. krisxmarie@yahoo.com  

Scott Moore, trumpet

SCOTT MOORE is Principal Trumpet of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony. He has recorded and performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and with I Fiamminghi, the Orchestra of Flanders. As a soloist, Mr. Moore has appeared with […]

photo HSMF Production Mentor Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly, production management

SEAN KELLY (production management) has been an Air Force pilot, wellhead geologist, waiter, cook, bartender, bouncer, environmental consultant, and presently serves as an Emergency Response Coordinator for the State of Texas. Raised in a military family, he has lived from Virginia to California to Michigan to Texas. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans. A […]

Shana Norton, harp

We are pleased to announce Shana Norton will return as our Harp Mentor for the 2017 Season.  Shana is well known to Hot Springs, serving as a former Harp Mentor for the Hot Springs Music Festival, and returning with her group Chaski, to perform in off-season events. Shana Norton graduated with highest honors earning a […]

Virginia Broffitt Kunzer, flute

Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer is Assistant Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University, principal flute of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and a founding member of the Pangaea Chamber Players. A versatile musician, she has established a successful career as a teacher, soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. Before her appointment at OSU she served as […]