Jeffery Whaley

Originally from Sevierville, TN, Jeffery Whaley is the Principal Horn of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.  He also holds the principal horn chair in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN. Prior to his return to Tennessee, he held positions with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and Wichita Brass Quintet. […]

Kelsey Bentley

Ms. Bentley is currently the Second Horn of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. She has made orchestral appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony, and from 2019-2021, was the Second Horn of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. With playing lauded by ArtsKnoxville as “impressive” and “lovely,” she has […]

Sean Donovan

Sean Donovan is currently the Fourth Horn of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Principal Horn of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and as Fourth Horn of the Symphony of the Mountains. Engaged in orchestras across the southeast as a performer of the horn and the Wagner tuba, his playing has been called […]

Brooke Ten Napel

Brooke Ten Napel is an active orchestral and chamber music performer the greater Cincinnati area. Originally from Sibley, Iowa, Brooke holds degrees from Luther College (B.A.) and University of Cincinnati CCM (M.M., A.D.). Joining the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 2018, she also performs regularly with the Louisville Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, […]

Phillip Chase Hawkins

Growing up on a farm outside of Spartanburg, SC, Dr. Phillip Chase Hawkins serves as Principal Trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra a position he has held since 2013. He also is a member of the cornet section in Fountain City Brass Band, Soprano Eb Cornet in the Lexington Brass Band, Principal Cornet of the […]

Shawn White

Shawn White has been a member of the KSO trumpet section since 1995.  He received his B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee, his M.M. in Trumpet Performance from Ithaca College, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.  In addition to performing with the KSO, he is the Vice […]

Brian Winegardner

Brian Winegardner continues his career with the KSO as Second Trumpet after having won a one-year position as Second Trumpet for the 2015-16 season.  He is currently the Second Trumpet for the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and was previously the Principal Trumpet with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  He holds a Master […]

Samuel Chen

Samuel S. Chen, a Huntington, Indiana native, was raised in a musical family, and attended the Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy. Sam earned his B.M. in Trombone Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1997, studying with Steven Witser. Continuing his education at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Sam studied with, Carl Lenthe, […]

Brad McDougall

Brad McDougall has held the position of bass trombonist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and has also performed regionally with the Oak Ridge Symphony and Symphony of the Mountains. He is also a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and has performed with the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (currently Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), Ed […]

Josh Walker

A native of Harriman, Tennessee, Josh Walker has been the Knoxville Symphony’s Second Trombone since 1997.  He received a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Tennessee where he studied trombone with Don H. Hough, Sr. and played in every type of ensemble that allowed a trombone to participate.   Josh returned to […]