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Michael Tiscione

(Masterclass Presenter)

Associate Principal Trumpet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tiscione, originally of Monroe, NY, joined the trumpet section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the 2002-2003 season.  He left the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to join the San Francisco Symphony as second trumpet for the 2010-2011 season and has since returned to the Orchestra, where he is currently Acting Associate Principal Trumpet and Second Trumpet. 

Tiscione has traveled across the US to perform with many notable ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Utah Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and IRIS Chamber Orchestra.  During the summer months he serves as second trumpet with both the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Bellingham Music Festival Orchestra.  In 2015, he began performing as principal trumpet with Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, CA, and in the section at the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO.  

Recent solo engagements have included appearances with the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Georgia Philharmonic, and with the Georgia Brass Band at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference.  An avid chamber musician, Tiscione has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet since 2005.  He performs and records with the Burning River Brass, has recently toured China with the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet, and performs regularly with the Atlanta Chamber Players as well as at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Kennesaw State University following temporary appointments at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. Tiscione is married to the Principal Oboe of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Koch Tiscione.

Tiscione holds degrees from Indiana University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM).  His teachers have included John Rommel, Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, and John Charles Thomas.

Nate Zgonc

Nate Zgonc

(Masterclass Presenter)

Associate Principal Trombone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Nathan Zgonc joined the trombone section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2011.

Zgonc has received numerous awards, including special prizewinner at the Budapest International Trombone Competition and first place at the Zellmer, Frank Smith Memorial, and Robert Marsteller solo competitions.

In 2009, Zgonc spent the summer as the Principal Trombone of the Seattle Symphony for Wagner's Ring Cycle. He has also performed with the San Francisco, Cincinnati, National, and Houston symphony orchestras, as well as the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. Zgonc previously held positions with the Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony and Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and United States Navy Band.

Originally from Fairview, OR, Zgonc studied at Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory, and Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include David Finlayson, Mark Lawrence, and Keith Brown. He is featured on recordings with Vancouver Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, U.S. Navy Band, and Seattle Symphony.

In September 2010, Zgonc gave the world premiere of Aura by Tony DiLorenzo in honor of his mother, Lorely Zgonc – the late concertmaster of the Portland Opera and Ballet.

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Julie Landsman

Julie Landsman

(Remote Clinician)

Former Principal Horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juilliard School of Music

Principal horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years, Julie Landsman is a distinguished performing artist and educator. She received a bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 1975 under the tutelage of James Chambers and Ranier De Intinis, and has served as a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1989.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Landsman achieved her dream of becoming principal of the MET in 1985 and held that position until 2010. She has also shared her talent to many other ensembles within the city as a current member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and having performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic. Additionally, she has performed with numerous groups outside the city, including her co-principal position with the Houston Symphony, substitute principal position with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and recent performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate principal horn, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, principal horn.

She has recorded for RCA, Deutsche Gramophone, CRI, Nonesuch and Vanguard labels, and is most famous for her performance of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle as solo horn with the MET Opera under the direction of James Levine. Landsman has performed as chamber musician at many festivals and concert series, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,  Orcas Island Chamber Music  Festival,  and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri Quartet. In the summers she performs and teaches at the Music Academy of the West , the Sarasota Music  Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.

World renowned as a master teacher, Julie Landsman holds faculty positions at The Juilliard School and Bard College Conservatory, and teaches frequently as a guest at the Curtis Institute. She has presented master classes at such distinguished institutions as The Colburn School, Curtis Institute, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, Cal State Long Beach, Rowan University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Southern Mississippi, to name a few. She is also a visiting master teacher at the New World Symphony in Miami. Her international presence includes master classes in Norway, Sweden, and Israel.  In 2016 Landsman was an honored jury member at the ARD horn competition in Munich, Germany.

Her students hold positions in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Washington National Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and the American Brass Quintet. She recently received the “Pioneer Award” from the International Women’s Brass Conference and was a featured artist at the International Horn Society Conference in 2012 and 2015.

Her recent series of Carmine Caruso lessons on YouTube have led to further fame and renown among today’s generation of horn players. Landsman currently resides in Nyack, New York.

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David Fedderly

Former Principal Tuba, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

David T. Fedderly held the Principal Tuba position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 2014. He has also been the substitute principal tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

His previous faculty appointments have included the Juilliard School, the University of Maryland, College Park and The Catholic University of America. Before moving to Baltimore he was also a faculty member at DePaul University and Wheaton College in the Chicago area.

Mr. Fedderly attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He had the privilege of studying for ten years with the legendary Arnold Jacobs, former Principal Tuba of the Chicago Symphony.

In 1992 Mr. Fedderly opened the Baltimore Brass Co. that sells new and used brass and woodwind musical instruments.


Please note that our guest artists are subject to change due to their performance schedule