Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Zielinski

Music and Artistic Director

For the past 25 years, Richard Zielinski has conducted orchestras, choruses and stage productions throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. [more...]

T. Andrew Paden


Dr. Karl Sievers

Musician Personnel Manager

Chuck Thompson


Guest Artists

Michael Kevin Daugherty

Guest Artist

Michael Kevin Daugherty is an American composer, pianist, and teacher. Influenced by popular culture, Romanticism, and Postmodernism, Daugherty is one of the most colorful and widely performed American concert music composers of his generation. [more...]

Brian Dobbins

Guest Soloist

Professor Brian Dobbins began performing professionally in 1996 at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999 with a Bachelors degree in Music Education, and then began performing with the New Mexico Brass Quintet while working on his Masters degree in Music Performance at the University of New Mexico. In 2000, he won the principal tuba position with the Santa Fe Symphony where he continues to perform today. After receiving his Masters in the summer of 2002, Mr. [more...]

Richard Dowling

Guest Artist

Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine young pianist, RICHARD DOWLING appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements. [more...]

Wallace Hinson

Guest Conductor

Mandy Jiran

Guest Jazz Soloist

Mandy Jiran (Voice) has served on the faculty of the Weitzenhoffer School since 2005. Mandy holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma.  Her professional credits include Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Festival, Casa Mañana, and the Main St. [more...]

Kim Josephson

Guest Soloist

Hailed as one of opera's most versatile baritones, Kim Josephson is a regular guest of leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera where, since 1991, he has performed more than 230 performances of 24 roles including the title role in Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore to name a few. [more...]

Libby Larsen

Guest Artist

Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most prolific and most performed living composers.  She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. [more...]

Vince Leseney

Guest Jazz Soloist

Vince Leseney (Voice) is the Choral Director for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has performed with Kansas City Starlight. Vince received his Master’s degree in Opera Performance from William Jewell College in 1992.  He has also been a guest artist with the Kansas City Symphony and the America Music Festival Orchestra.  Other regional theatre credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Ragtime and Oliver! at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.

John Mackey

Guest Artist

John Mackey, born October 1, 1973, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Donald Erb, respectively.  Mr. Mackey particularly enjoys writing music for dance and for symphonic winds, and he has focused on those mediums for the past few years.  [more...]

Patricia Surman

Guest Soloist

Yamaha Performing Artist and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Patricia Surman is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, specializing in the music of the twentieth and twenty-first century. In demand as a soloist, Patricia has recently performed and given masterclasses in Taiwan, Korea, Canada, across Europe and the United States at esteemed institutions including the Venice Conservatory, Janacek Academy, the State Conservatory of Greece, Baylor University, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of North Texas, and Oklahoma State University. [more...]

Barry Switzer

Guest Conductor

Barry Switzer is a former head football coach, most notably known for his career at the University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys. He was active in the college and professional ranks between 1960 and 1997, and has one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in the history of the game. He is one of only two head coaches to win both a college football National Championship and a Super Bowl. [more...]

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate

Guest Artist

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate was born in 1968 in Norman, Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a 2011 Emmy Award Winner. Mr. [more...]

Our Band of Professionals


Larry Moore
Evan Pettit


James Brewer
Barre Griffith


Meredith Blecha
Zachary Reaves
Valorie Tatge


Tara Heitz
Jerry Neil Smith


Parthena Owens
Valerie L. Watts


Larry Hammet


Gaye Leblanc


Evan Chancellor
Eldon Matlick


Lisa Harvey-Reed
Dan Schwartz


Brandon Brady
Michael Christiansen
Jim Meiller


Lance Drege


John Allen
Paul Compton


Michael Anderson
Dr. Karl Sievers


Brian Dobbins


Donna Cain
Royce McLarry
Steve Waddell
Ana Maria Wilson

Violin 1

Marat Gabdullin
Elizabeth Lyon
Tova Olkinetzky
Densi Rushing
Beth Sievers

Violin 2

Lu Deng
Mary Joan Johnston
Ty Myers
Michael Reaves
Catherine Reaves

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