Dallas Symphony appoints 10 musiciansmain
While others face cuts, Dallas has gone for mass hiring, filling at one swoop the long-vacant principal viola seat, several more string players and the principal percussion.
The new #1 viola, starting next month, is Meredith Kufchak, previously of the Fresno Philharmonic.
Principal percussion will be George Nickson, formerly of the Sarasota Orchestra.
Also hired are violinists Jenna Barghouti and Giyeon Yoon, violists Sarah Kienle, Xiaohan Sun and Dan Wang, cellist Jennifer Yunyoung Choi and bass clarinet Andrew Sandwick.