Here are just a few of the incredible musicians who have graced our concerts!
Julie Asuma Levene
Not only does Julie Asuma Levene perform with the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, she is a member of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra. Julie frequently performs with touring shows at the Palace Theater in Waterbury and with new musical productions at Goodspeed Opera House’s Terris Theater. Julie is an adjunct instructor of clarinet at Sacred Heart University and Choate Rosemary Hall, and is a faculty member at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven where she teaches clarinet and coaches chamber ensembles
William Beecher is a bassoonist, contrabassoonist, and teacher based in the Hudson Valley. He has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and will be recording an album for the Naxos Label in March. William is faculty at the Juilliard School Pre College Division, and working on his doctorate at the Hartt School.
Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra horn player Roger Caruk has performed for over 20 years throughout New England with numerous groups, including the Thayer Symphony, New Philharmonia, Emmanuel Music and the Hartford, Eastern CT, Waterbury and New Britain Symphony Orchestras. He is currently Principal Horn with the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, CT Lyric Opera Orchestra, and Hartford Pops Band. He graduated from the University of Connecticut.
Jan Oliver Homann
Jan Oliver Homann teaches oboe at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Bridgeport, as well as coaching woodwinds and teaching music theory at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. He performs as a freelance oboist throughout Connecticut and is Principal Oboe of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra. Oliver holds degrees from Northwestern University (BM), Yale University (MM) and City University of New York (DMA). Hiss doctoral thesis covered the life’s work of Franz Joseph Rosinack (1748-1823), an eighteenth century oboist and arranger who worked for the Fürstenberg Court in Donaueschingen, Germany. He has additional studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim. Before coming to Connecticut Oliver performed for several years in Mexico, with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Aguas Calientes and the Filarmonica del Bajio in Guanajuato.
Tracy Norkun studied at the Hartford Conservatory, Hartt School of Music and Syracuse University. In addition to being Principal Flute of the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, she holds the same title with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Tracy teaches and performs throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts and is a regular adjudicator for CMEA regional and all state festivals. Past concerto appearances with the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra have included works by Mozart, J. S. Bach and Connecticut composer Joseph Russo.
As well as being a freelance trombonist, Jackie Harris-Stone serves as Music Drector of Burlington Congregational Church, chamber music coach at the Hartt school, and teaches early music, cardio drumming, and a large and varied personal studio. Jackie has a MA from Juilliard, and spent 7 years as the bass trombonist (and sometimes principal trombonist) of the La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, northern Mexico’s premiere full- time orchestra
Jens Larsen’s degrees in trumpet performance are from Old Dominion and Rice Universities. Along with performing with the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, Jens is widely engaged by other Connecticut orchestras including the New Haven, Waterbury, Ridgefield, and Wallingford Symphony Orchestras, as well as Berkshire Jazz Orchestra.
Jens has previously served as Co-Principal Trumpet of the Greenville Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Augusta Symphony and performed extensively in the Southeast with many other orchestras and ensembles. Jens was Trumpet Instructor at Newberry and Converse Colleges and has performed with many popular and classical artists and groups such as Yo-Yo Ma, Aretha Franklin, and Art Garfunkel. He frequently performs in pit orchestras of Broadway shows on national tours as they stop in the area.
Julia Cavagnaro is a part of the award winning Nautilus Brass Quintet and regularly performs in the Connecticut and New England area. Julia maintains a robust private studio and teaches clinics and sectionals in local middle and high schools. After completing her DMA coursework from the Hartt School. She and her family are residents of Canton.
Mark Flegg is enjoying his 25th season with the Flint Symphony as Principal Trumpeter.
Mark has a Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music in Trumpet from Arizona State University. While in Arizona, Mark performed with the Tucson and Sun City Symphonies, Arizona Opera and Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM.
In 1995 Mark returned to Michigan and became Principal Trumpet of the Flint Symphony Orchestra. He has been Principal Trumpet of the Saginaw Bay Symphony and substituted with the Detroit, Toledo, Windsor and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras. He has a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University and performed seven summers with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. Mark had an active studio in his Farmington Hills home and served as trumpet instructor at both Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State University.
In 2017 Mark relocated to Connecticut. He still performs in Michigan and is becoming equally sought as a performer in Connecticut. Mark has created the Structured Practice Journal, a web based music practice journaling application (www.structuredpracticejournal.com), and has a full schedule of freelance web and mobile development projects.
Peter Coutsouridis is Associate Professor of Percussion and Music Theory at Westfield State University in Massachusetts where he performs with a faculty jazz ensemble. He is currently principal timpanist with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in Waterbury, Connecticut and is a drummer with the worship team ministry at Westfield Evangelical Free Church. He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Central Washington University and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. Peter lives in Westfield, Massachusetts with his wife Karin and their six children.
Walter Gibson currently manages the Performance Library and Musical Instrument Collection at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. The Vietnam era veteran has followed his musical path from high school, the US Army, Mannes College, to the Hartt School from where he has a Bachelor’s of Music. Walter performs with the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra and also the Waterbury, Wallingford and New Britain Symphony Orchestras. Walter is the personnel manager of the New Britain Symphony and teaches euphonium and tuba at the Hartt Community Division and Central Connecticut University. Walter was the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra Person of the Year 2016-2017 he recognition of his active support of orchestras in Connecticut.