Musicians

 

Cina Crisara, Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor

Cina Crisara has recently been named the Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor of Austin Opera.  Previously she held the position of Chorus Master for Opera Omaha spanning 17 seasons.  She was also serving as a full-time faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Concurrently she completed 16 seasons as the Chorus Master for the Omaha (Nebraska) Symphony, culminating in Cina becoming the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.  She made her conducting debut with the Omaha Symphony in 1999.

Cina Crisara is also a professional singer, and has been a member of the Conspirare Symphonic Choir and Company of Voices since 2009. She has served as a Section Leader/Rehearsal Conductor for the Conspirare Symphonic Choir, and has performed on 10 Company of Voices recordings, including the Grammy award winning “The Sacred Spirit of Russia”.  

Presently, Dr. Crisara is the Director of Music at Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Austin.  In addition to regular Sunday services, she designs and directs special musical events and services which are offered throughout the year.  A production of the musical “Godspell” was given recently.  In the summer of 2016, several members of the Saint John’s Chancel Choir combined with singers from the Conspirare Symphonic Choir to perform in Italy with Craig Hella Johnson.  Cina will co-direct concerts with Craig Hella Johnson in Australia in the summer of 2018.

Cina Crisara has a Master of Music in Piano Performance from New York’s Ithaca College, and she earned a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, having studied with Dr. Morris Beachy and Dr. Fiora Contino.

Richard Buckley, Conductor and  The Sarah and Ernest Butler Artistic Director
Read Maestro Buckley’s bio on the Board & Staff page here.

Violin I
Joseph D. Smith, Concertmaster
Eugene Gratovich, Associate Concertmaster
Vincent Frittelli, Concertmaster Emeritus*
Bruce Colson
Ashley Cooper
Christabel Lin
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD

Violin II
Esther Sanders, Principal
Elizabeth Douthit, Acting Assistant Principal
Risa Ando
Georgeann Dubell-Shockley*
Haeni Lee
Leigh Mahoney
Sha Zhu
TBD

Viola
Ames Asbell, Principal
Daniel Gee, Assistant Principal
Sara Driver
Vincent Marks
Mary Powers*
Tim Washecka

Cello
Douglas Harvey, Principal
Muriel B. Sanders, Assistant Principal*
Colin Ferguson
Sara Nelson
Shawn Sanders*

Bass
David Dawson, Principal
Christopher R. Flores, Acting Assistant Principal
Jonathan Rouse
TBD

Flute
Adah Toland Jones, Principal*
Beverly Frittelli, Assistant Principal*

Piccolo
Beverly Frittelli*

Oboe
Ian Bruce Davidson, Principal
Julianne Skones, Assistant Principal

English Horn
Julianne Skones

Clarinet
Vanguel Tangarov, Principal
Valerie Bugh, Assistant Principal

Bassoon
William D. Lewis, Principal*
TBD

Horn
Thomas Hale, Principal*
Jill Smith Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
Margaret Ayer
Roger Simmons

Trumpet
Robert Cannon, Principal*
Tim Shaffer

Trombone
Brenda Sansig Salas, Principal
Owen Homayoun, Assistant Principal
Philip Arno*

Tuba
TBD

Timpani
Hsueh-Yung Shen, Principal*

Percussion
Genaro Gonzales, Principal
Tony Edwards, Assistant Principal

Harp
TBD

Orchestra Manager
Beverly Frittelli
Orchestra Librarian
William Lewis
Orchestra Assistant
Adam “Flash” Graves

*Denotes Charter Member since 1987

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