Mark Hyams is an experienced and seasoned classical trumpeter, who has performed with orchestras and various musical ensembles all over the world. Hailed as “brilliant” by the Albuquerque Journal for his performance of Handel’s Messiah, with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, his playing has taken him to the stage of the Santa Fe Opera, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and to Carnegie Hall.

Mark joined the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in January 2004, after winning the audition for the job in August 2003. Mark’s duties with the NMSO included playing with the Symphony’s Brass Quintet, with whom he performed many recitals, and also serving as Principal Trumpet with the full orchestra on occasion as needed. While living in New Mexico Mark performed with many groups, including four summers with the Santa Fe Opera, serving as Guest Principal with the Santa Fe Symphony, with the contemporary music group Chatter, and for the weekly Sunday morning concert series called Church of Beethoven.

In the fall of 2006, Mark began a relationship with the Saint Louis Symphony, after being runner-up for a position in the their trumpet section. Since then, he has performed with the orchestra regularly, including a performance of Messiaen’s Turangalila-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall, and performing on their spring 2010 tour of California.

From 2002 to 2009, Mark held the position of Principal Trumpet of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and prior to this position, he was Third Trumpet for six years, beginning during his senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1997 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance. In 1999 Mark took a one-year leave of absence from the BPO to study trumpet with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer at Northwestern University, where he received his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance in 2000.

While actively free-lancing in the Denver-Boulder area, he frequently performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and can be heard on several recordings with the group, including Michael Daugherty’s UFO with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and a recording of Mark O’Connor’s music. During that same time, Mark was a member of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, a chamber group that accompanies silent films, with which he can be heard on several soundtracks. Also, he performed with the Boulder Brass, Symphonia of Colorado, Denver Municipal Band, and Colorado Mahlerfest.

In the fall of 2008, music took Mark to the opposite side of the earth, where, for a three-month period, he served as Second Trumpet for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, performing at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, at the base of the famous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Our Musicians

Krzysztof Zimowski


David Felberg, violin

David Felberg

Associate Concertmaster

Phillip Coonce


Jonathan Amerding


Kerri Lay


Linda Boivin


Barbara Rivers


Nicolle Maniaci


Barbara Scalf Morris

Barbara Scalf Morris


Carol Swift-Matton, violin

Carol Swift-Matton

Assistant Principal 2nd Violin

Ikuko Kanda, violin

Ikuko Kanda


Justin Pollak


Julanie Lee


Iris McDowell


Roberta Branagan


Sheila McLay


Daniel Brandt, Violin

Daniel Brandt (on leave)


Susan French


Gary Logsdon

Principal Viola

Kimberly Fredenburgh

Assistant Principal Viola

Nicholas Hill


Christine Rancier, Viola

Christine Rancier


Virginia Lawrence


Willy Sucre


Lisa DiCarlo


Joan Zucker

Principal Cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum, cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum


Joel Becktell


David Schepps, Cello

David Schepps


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Dana Winograd


Lisa Collins


Peggy Wells


Jean-Luc Matton

Principal Bass

Mark Tatum

Assistant Principal Bass

Katherine Olszowka


Terry Pruitt


Derek DeVelder


Ryan Walter

Bassoon 2

Valerie Potter

Principal Flute

Sara Tutland

Flute 2/ Piccolo

Kevin Vigneau

Principal Oboe

Melissa Peña

Associate Principal/English Horn

James Shields

Principal Clarinet

Lori Lovato

Assistant Principal Clarinet/E-flat 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)

Principal Trombone

Byron Herrington

Trombone 2

David Tall

Bass Trombone

Richard White

Principal Tuba

Douglas Cardwell, Principal Timpani

Douglas Cardwell

Principal Timpani

Jeff Cornelius

Principal Percussion

Kenneth Dean

Percussion 2

Emily Cornelius, Percussion

Anne Eisfeller, harp small

Anne Eisfeller (Principal Harp)

Principal Harp