Devan Jaquez

Devan Jaquez is a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles where he received a Master of Music Degree in 2019 studying with Jim Walker. He received his Bachelor’s Degree of Art in Music Performance in the spring of 2017 from UCLA where he also received the Presser Scholar Award and studied with Sheridon […]

Jill Bartine

Jill Bartine has been second flute with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2000. She earned her Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with long-time Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef, and a Master of Music from the University of Tennessee, studying with Shelley Binder. Jill has been […]

Cynthia D’Andrea

Cynthia is a Knoxville native and began studying flute at the age of 10 with her father, Anthony J. D’Andrea. Tony D’Andrea is an iconic retired University of Tennessee band director and privately taught flute, saxophone and clarinet during his career. She also studied with David Van Vactor who was the Music Director of the […]

Claire Chenette

GRAMMY-nominated oboist Claire Chenette has been principal oboe with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Outside of the KSO, Claire performs in diverse settings as a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera, Wildup modern music collective, and Knoxville-based new music ensemble Nief Norf. Claire is a regular guest with the San Diego, Pacific, and […]

Elizabeth Merrill

Elizabeth Merrill has been playing English horn and oboe in the KSO since 2000 and also holds a similar position with the California Symphony.  She has degrees in oboe performance from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as advanced studies at the Royal Conservatory in […]

Gary Sperl

Gary Sperl is in his 38th season as a clarinetist in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the newly formed Knoxville Symphony Woodwind Quintet. He also was on the faculty of the School of Music at The University of Tennessee for 36 years. During the summers, he was very active in music […]

Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker holds performance degrees from the Universityof Tennessee and the Manhattan School of Music.  He has studied clarinet and saxophone with Douglas Masek, Ed Bingham, William Scarlett, Jerry Coker, Kalmen Opperman, and Joe Allard. Mark joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as bass clarinetist in 1988 and became second clarinet in 1994.  In addition to […]

Victor Chavez

Dr. Victor Chávez, Jr. is a Mexican-American, fifth-generation musician from El Paso, Texas. In 2014, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and currently holds tenured orchestral positions with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Johnson City, Tennessee, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the […]

Justin Cummings

Justin Cummings is the newly appointed Principal Bassoonist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He was previously a bassoon fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, and has also performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Phoenix Symphony. His festival engagements have included the Sunflower Music Festival, Carmel […]