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Ramona Pansegrau

Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau came to Kansas City via the Boston and Tulsa ballet companies, where she held the positions of principal pianist, solo pianist, music director, and conductor.

She has been called one of the best ballet pianists in the world. Robert Joffrey said of her ballet class, “The perfect music for every combination.” She was music director for Tulsa Ballet for nine years, and conductor of the Tulsa Symphony orchestra for ballet performances before she became the Kansas City Ballet music director in October 2006. She was principal pianist/solo pianist for 10 years at Boston Ballet and tenured keyboard for the Boston Ballet Orchestra for 15 years. Pansegrau was on the faculty at Aspen/Snowmass Dance Festival for 11 years, served on the faculty and as music director of seven International Ballet Competitions, and taught at the Boston Conservatory.

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Kansas City Symphony

First Violins

Sunho Kim, Acting Concertmaster
Miller Nichols Chair
Sterling Trent, Acting Associate Concertmaster
Chiafel Lin, Acting Assistant Concertmaster
Noah Geller, Concertmaster
Justine Lamb-Budge‡, Associate Concertmaster
Gregory Sandomirsky‡, Associate Concertmaster Emeritus
Anne-Marie Brown
Betty Chen
Anthony DeMarco
Susan Goldenberg*
Tomoko Iguchi
Dorris Dai Janssen
Filip LazovskiΔ
Vladimir Rykov
Rachel SandmanΔ
Alex Shum*

Second Violins

Tamamo Someya Gibbs, Principal
Kristin Velicer, Acting Associate Principal
Minhye Helena Choi, Acting Assistant Principal
Nancy Beckmann
Kathy Haid Berry‡
Stephanie Cathcart
Mary Garcia Grant
Kevin Hao
Kazato Inouye
Rena Ishii
Lisa Jackson^Δ
Francesca Manheim
Sarah PetersΔ

Violas

Matthew Sinno, Acting Principal
Jessica Nance, Acting Associate Principal
Kent Brauninger
Sean Brumble
Marvin Gruenbaum
Jenifer Houck
Bohyun Kim^Δ
Duke Lee
Jesse Yukimura

Cellos

Mark Gibbs, Principal
Robert A. Kipp Chair
Susie Yang, Associate Principal
Richard Hill Chair
Alexander East, Assistant Principal
Maria Crosby
John Eadie
Lawrence Figg
Rung Lee*
Meredith McCook
Allen Probus

Double Basses

Jeffrey Kail, Principal
Evan Halloin, Associate Principal
Brandon Mason
Caleb Quillen
Richard Ryan
Nash Tomey

Flutes

Michael Gordon, Principal
Marylou and John Dodds Turner Chair
Shannon Finney, Associate Principal
Kayla Burggraf^

Piccolo

Kayla Burggraf^

Oboes

Kristina Fulton, Principal
Shirley Bush Helzberg Chair
Alison Chung, Associate Principal
Tim Daniels

English Horn

Tim Daniels

Clarinets

Raymond Santos, Principal
Silvio Guitian^, Associate Principal
John Klinghammer

E-Flat Clarinet

Silvio Guitian^

Bass Clarinet

John Klinghammer

Bassoons

Ann Bilderback, Principal
Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Chair
Thomas DeWitt, Associate Principal
Maxwell Pipinich^

Contrabassoon

Thomas DeWitt

Horns

Alberto Suarez, Principal
Landon and Sarah Rowland Chair
David Sullivan, Associate Principal
Elizabeth Gray
David Gamble
Stephen Multer, Associate Principal
Emeritus

Trumpets

Julian Kaplan, Principal
James B. and Annabel Nutter Chair
Steven Franklin^, Associate Principal
Brian Rood

Trombones

Roger Oyster, Principal
Porter Wyatt Henderson, Associate Principal
Adam Rainey

Bass Trombone

Adam Rainey

Tuba

Joe LeFevre, Principal

Timpani

Timothy Jepson, Principal

Percussion

Christopher McLaurin‡, Principal
David Yoon^, Acting Principal
Daniel MorrisΔ, Acting Associate Principal

Harp

Katherine Siochi^, Principal

Librarians

Elena Lence Talley, Principal
Fabrice Curtis

Justin White, Personnel Manager
Matt Henderson, Assistant Personnel Manager
David Tebow, Stage Manager
Mark Watson, Asst. Stage Manager

* Non-Rotating Musician
^ New Member
‡ On Leave of Absence
Δ One-Year Member