David Schepps

cello

David Schepps has been a soloist and chamber musician for National Public Radio’s (NPR) ”Performance Today,” Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, the Phillips Collection (Washington DC), concerts in Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and at universities and radio stations throughout the USA. As a competition winner he has appeared as soloist with the Calgary Symphony and North Arkansas Symphony (Fayetteville). Other concerto appearances were with the Christchurch Chamber Orchestra (New Zealand), Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz (Mexico), NM Symphony and Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, Southwest Symphony (NM), and the Pueblo (CO) Symphony.  He was substitute cellist with the Grammy winning Parker Quartet, and appeared with the Amarillo Chamber Music Society and Texas Tech faculty series. As a member of the internationally acclaimed Grand Teton Music Festival (Jackson, Wyoming) since 1992, Schepps has been collaborating with major orchestra musicians in orchestra concerts (frequently broadcast on NPR) and chamber music. Since joining the UNM faculty in 1999, Schepps has been prominent in the region’s rich musical life. He has played in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Figueroa Project Orchestra, and as principal of the Santa Fe Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. He is principal of Opera Southwest, member of the NM Philharmonic and Santa Fe Pro Musica, and chamber player with the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Placitas Artist Series, “Chatter” (Albuquerque chamber series, formerly “Church of Beethoven”), Serenata (Santa Fe), and the Taos Chamber Music Group. As a duo partner, Schepps has performed with cellists Matt Haimovitz and Wendy Warner, bassist Gary Karr, and in chamber music with cellists Lynn Harrell, Laszlo Varga, and Timothy Eddy. Schepps is featured on CD’s including a jazz influenced work by David Baker (renowned Indiana University jazz professor) for solo cello and percussion ensemble, and concerts from the Grand Teton Festival. His summer faculty positions include the UNM Summer Music Institute for Strings, Hot Springs Music Festival (Arkansas), and Fairbanks (Alaska) Summer Arts Festival. He gave a concert/master class tour of Taiwan (replacing professor Alan Harris of the Eastman School), was a master class teacher at the American Cello Congress, for international soloist Wendy Warner at Columbus State University (GA), and at many other music schools (including Universities of Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Utah, Southern Illinois, Texas Tech, Ft. Lewis College and Colorado State–Pueblo).

From 1988-99, Schepps was cello professor and faculty quartet cellist (Fairmount Quartet) at Wichita State University, and principal of the Wichita Symphony. Before that he was faculty member and faculty piano trio cellist at the University of Louisiana–Lafayette, acting principal of the Baton Rouge Symphony and principal of the Vermilion Chamber Orchestra (LA). He has been principal of the Arizona Opera Wagner Ring Cycles (4) and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts (Arizona), assistant principal of the Phoenix Symphony, in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Véracruz (Mexico), and substitute in L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva, Switzerland), Kansas City, Colorado, Hawai’i (acting assistant principal), and Tulsa (acting principal) Symphonies, and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Schepps played with the American Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra in their Bellingham, Washington summer festival and was assistant principal for their European tour.

Schepps holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York, an MM and DMA from Arizona State University (ASU), and did pre-college study at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). After extensive study with legendary cellist Pierre Fournier in Geneva on an ITT Fellowship and an ASU graduate research grant, Schepps wrote his doctoral thesis on Fournier’s technique and interpretations of the Beethoven cello/piano works. His other cello teachers were Claus Adam (Juilliard Quartet/Mannes College), Paul Tobias (Mannes), Timothy Eddy (Orion Quartet, MSM), Takayori Atsumi (ASU), Thomas Liberti (NY Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra), and Paul Pulford (Banff Centre), post-doctoral work with Harvey Shapiro (Juilliard) and Alan Harris (Eastman), and in master classes of Starker, Harrell, Nelsova, Parisot, Neikrug, and Aldulescu (International Musicians Seminar–Prussia Cove, England). He studied at the Banff Centre six-month winter program (Alberta, Canada), the Bach Aria Festival (State U of NY–Stony Brook), with the Tokyo Quartet at the Yale/Norfolk (CT) Summer School, and at the Univ. of Wisconsin “National Cello Institute/Feldenkrais for Musicians Workshop” with Uri Vardi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Timothy Eddy and Richard Aaron.

Dr. Schepps has been a university professor since 1985, and his students have won positions, competitions and scholarships throughout the world. He has hosted many guest artists and cello festivals involving hundreds of cellists of all ages and levels. Guests have included Rafael Figueroa, Matt Haimovitz, Alan Harris, Jeffrey Lastrapes, Emmanuel Lopez, Greg Sauer, Laszlo Varga, Mark Votapek, Wendy Warner, Alan Weinstein and Peter Wiley

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Our Musicians

Matthew Tutsky

harp

Lidija Peno-Kelly

violin

Joan Wang

violin

Laura Chang

Laura Chang

Viola

Ana María Quintero

Violin

Annabelle Hoffman

Cello

Gabriela Fogo

Sarah Tasker

Assistant Concertmaster

Brynn Marchiando

trumpet

Nathan Ukens

horn

Lisa Donald

cello

Lisa DiCarlo

Viola

Katherine Olszowka

bass

Roberta Branagan

Violin

Krzysztof Zimowski

Associate Concertmaster

Jiyoun Hur

flute

Steve Ognacevic

viola

Carol Pinkerton

Principal Trumpet

Niels Galloway

horn

Emily Cornelius

Principal Percussion

Peter Erb

horn

Allegra Askew

viola

Jonathan Armerding

violin

Melissa Peña

oboe/English horn

Bradford Richards

violin

Eric Sewell

violin

Amanda Talley

oboe/English horn

Laura Steiner

viola

Timothy Skinner

clarinet & bass clarinet

Robert Tweten

Kirsten Lear, mezzo soprano

Dante Anzolini

Uriel Segal

Randol Bass

Katelyn Benedict

Horn

Brad Richards

Allison Tutton

horn

Donna Bacon

David Felberg

Associate Concertmaster

Phillip Coonce

Violin

Kerri Lay

Violin

Linda Boivin

Violin

Barbara Rivers

Violin

Nicolle Maniaci

Violin

Barbara Scalf Morris

Violin

Carol Swift-Matton, violin

Carol Swift-Matton

Assistant Principal 2nd Violin

Ikuko Kanda, violin

Ikuko Kanda

Violin

Justin Pollak

Violin

Julanie Collier Lee

Violin

Iris McDowell

Violin

Roberta Branagan

Violin

Sheila McLay

Violin

Daniel Brandt, Violin

Daniel Brandt (on leave)

Violin

Susan French

Violin

Gary Logsdon

Principal Viola

Kimberly Fredenburgh

Assistant Principal Viola

Nicholas Hill

Viola

Christine Rancier, Viola

Christine Rancier

Viola

Virginia Lawrence

Viola

Willy Sucre

Viola

Lisa DiCarlo

Viola

Joan Zucker

Principal Cello

Carla Lehmeier-Tatum

Cello

Joel Becktell

Cello

David Schepps

Cello

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Dana Winograd

Cello

Lisa Collins

Cello

Peggy Wells

Cello

Jean-Luc Matton

Principal Bass

Mark Tatum

Assistant Principal Bass

Terry Pruitt

Bass

Derek DeVelder

Bass

Ryan Walter

Bassoon 2

Valerie Potter

Principal Flute

Sara Tutland

Flute 2/ Piccolo

Kevin Vigneau

Principal Oboe

Melissa Peña

Associate Principal/English Horn

Marianne Shifrin

Principal Clarinet

Lori Lovato

clarinet

Sunshine Simmons

Clarinet 3/Bass Clarinet

Stefanie Przybylska

Principal Bassoon

Denise Turner

Bassoon 2

Peter Ulffers

Principal Horn

Kurt Civilette

Assistant Principal Horn

Nathan Ukens

Horn 4

Niels Galloway

Assistant Horn

John Marchiando

Principal Trumpet

Mark Hyams

Trumpet 2

Jennifer Brynn Rector

Associate Principal Trumpet, Trumpet 3

Debra Taylor, trombone

Debra Taylor

Principal Trombone

Byron Herrington

Trombone 2

David Tall

Bass Trombone

Richard White

Principal Tuba

Douglas Cardwell, Principal Timpani

Douglas Cardwell

Principal Timpani

Jeff Cornelius

Percussion

Kenneth Dean

Percussion 2

Emily Cornelius

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Anne Eisfeller

Principal Harp