The Alumni Association of ISO strives to keep alumni connected with ISO, immersed in music making, and sharing their gifts with current ISO students. Through the Alumni Association, former ISO members can play chamber music together, socialize, and even perform with the ISO Symphony! Connections with current ISO students come in the form of tutoring and mentoring, providing internships, and attending ISO’s concerts! ISO’s Alumni Association is headed by president Matthew Grieco, ’87 (violin and piano).
Here is what a few ISO alumni are doing now:
Joseph Bousso: resident conductor (1st Kapellmeister) at the opera house in Freiberg, Germany, winner of the 1st International Conducting Competition in Bucharest, Rumania. He was resident conductor of the Opera House in Weimar, Germany from 2008-2011.
Melissa Brooks: Associate Principal Cello, St. Louis Symphony
Chris Coletti: Trumpet, Canadian Brass
James Gaffigan: Conductor, principal guest conductor, effective with the 2012-13 season with the Gürzenich Orchestra (Cologne, Germany). In addition to conducting concerts he will lead the orchestra in CD recording projects and in productions presented by the city’s Oper Köln. Gaffigan is chief conductor of Switzerland’s Lucerne Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vadim Karpinos: Acting Principal Timpani, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Matsukawa: Principal Bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra; faculty member at Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University
Tito Muñoz: Music Director of the Opéra national de Lorraine and Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy; previously Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Monica Parks: Director of Publications, New York Philharmonic
Daniel Wakin: Culture Reporter, New York Times; ISO parent and former board member
Ljova Zhurbin: Composer, arranger, and violist. Original compositions for film, TV, dance, and the concert stage; arranging for Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, Jay-Z, and Osvaldo Golijov, among others. Featured in a New York Times article in August 2010.