The Orchestra

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra is composed of students of all majors, OSU faculty, professional musicians and members of the community. There are four families of instruments in the orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Music Director & Conductor

Dr. Marlan Carlson, OSU Otwell Endowed Chair for University Orchestras

Music Director & Conductor Dr. Marlan Carlson, OSU Otwell Endowed Chair for University Orchestras


The string section is usually the largest in the orchestra. The sound of a stringed instrument is made by the musician drawing a horsehair bow across the strings, which causes the strings to vibrate.  Dynamics or the volume of sound increases and decreases by the speed and weight of the bow as it moves across the strings. Smoothness and sharpness are altered by gliding and stopping the bow. The strings can also be plucked. Pitch varies as fingers press the strings down as they progress up and down the fingerboard. Vibrato, the rapid small variation in pitch which adds warmth to music, can be seen as the small movements of the musician’s fingers on the strings. There are four instruments in the violin family of varying sizes, from the smallest – the violin, to the largest – the string bass. Other stringed instruments such as the harp, piano, and harpsichord can be considered both strings and percussion because of the struck manner of how they’re played.

Violin I

  • Jessica Lambert
    Principal, Shirley and John Byrne Endowed Concertmaster
  • Jim McLennan
  • Bettine Rehr-Zimmermann
  • Alex Carlson
  • Jasmin Yang
  • Telicia Hixson
  • Kevin Craven
  • Gina Puda
  • Luci Lin
  • Steve Chong
  • Yvonne Hsuieh

Violin II

  • Rachel Pross
  • Andrew Morse
  • Andrew Yoon
  • Michael Tubb
  • Gary Chou
  • Dawn Davis
  • Jacqueline Frawley
  • Claus Weigand
  • Joelle Engen
  • Mattea Holt
  • Matthew Oh
  • Aisha Washington
  • Jay Bickell


  • Lisa Zweben
  • Ellie Phillips
  • Ryan Lopez
  • Tasman Thenell
  • David So
  • Hannah Hart
  • Jennifer Ryu
  • Michael Canova


  • Anne Ridlington
    Principal, Julia A. and James T. Searcy Principal Cello
  • Julia Kim
  • Christopher Yoon
  • Margaret Walters
  • Roberta Sobotka
  • McKenzie Ray
  • Chris Bock
  • Connor Davidson
  • Nora Cyganiak
  • Saylor Miller
  • Julia Shields
  • Alissa Liu


  • Richard Meyn
  • Kevin Brown
    assistant principal
  • Santiago Monleon
  • Carl Egbert
  • Kevin Hanscom


The woodwind family of instruments were originally made of wood, though they can now be made of silver, gold, or other materials. Sounds are made by blowing air through a mouthpiece with a sharp edge, like a flute, or with a reed, which vibrates as air crosses it. Clarinets have a single reed while oboes and bassoons are double reeds. Sharpness and smoothness of sound comes from stopping the air flow or letting it flow. The pitch changes as fingers press down metal keys to cover holes in the instrument. Vibrato comes from the quick pulsing of air blown through the instrument.


  • Jill Pauls
    Principal, Botund Eross Endowed Principal Flute
  • Emily Stanek
  • Amber Mao
  • Marika Huffer
  • Rachel Lantz
  • Olivia Czubarow

Oboe/English Horn

  • Fred Korman
  • Stephanie Brannan
  • Emma Barbee
  • Molly Myers
  • Gustavo Chavez


  • Carol Robe
  • Ralph Musni
  • Sarah Brown
  • Joshua Miyashiro
  • Randy Solanski
  • Andrew Bae
  • Niall Alboro
  • Lisandro Valdez-Hernandez


  • Ann Kosanovich-Brown
  • Ryan Nelson
  • James Scott
  • Aidan Fichter


Brass instruments make sound when the musician’s lips vibrate against a mouthpiece. Pitch changes using valves or slides on the long brass tubes of the instruments, which let air go through longer or shorter pathways before it exits the bell. In addition, musicians can change the pitch by varying the tension in their lips.


  • Larry Johnson
  • David Sorensen
  • Elise Morgan
  • Cindy Lefton
  • Daniel Harlan
  • Melinda Pride
  • Victoria Myers
  • Elizabeth Weinert
  • Erin Tanaka
  • Emily Miller
  • Bailey Hampton

Trumpet/Bass Trumpet

  • Ken Saul
  • Zachary Person
  • Colton Byers
  • Jared Goddard
  • Zachary Elms

Trombone/Bass Trombone

  • Tim Vian
  • Henry Baumgardner
  • Jackson Stiver
  • Bianca Reinalda


  • Emily Rumpca
  • Cindy Wong
  • Griffin Barbieri


The percussion section has the most varied shapes of instruments. Sound is created by striking, shaking, or scraping the instrument. Some instruments, such as the tympani or xylophone, are tuned while others, such as bass drum, don’t have a definite pitch. Percussion adds rhythm, accents, and intensity to music, but can also contribute to melody and harmony.


  • Bob Brudvig
  • Emily Walker


  • Guy Mayes


  • Emily HamelOrchestra Operations
  • Rolly ToribioOrchestra Operations Assistant

If you are interested in auditioning, please contact us for available opportunities