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Meet the Musician: Donald Baker

There’s no doubt that music, and the oboe, are at the top of the list of things that Don Baker loves. After all, he has held the position of Principal Oboe of the DSO since 1973, which translates to many thousands of concerts and more than 30 solo performances. He has played and taught at the Aspen Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the National Music Camp at Interlochen. Baker is also active in the Detroit area as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing with the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and on a wide range of recordings, both with the DSO and many other artists and ensembles. He was twice the recipient of a Motor City Music Award for Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist and Best Chamber Ensemble. READ MORE

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Meet the Musician: Adrienne Rönmark

Although Adrienne Rönmark, 27, is one of the DSO ‘s newest violinists, in a way she has been with the orchestra all her life. The daughter of two retired DSO players – principal tuba Wesley Jacobs and cellist Debra Fayroian, with 38 and 30 years respectively spent with the DSO – Rönmark has been around the orchestra since birth and often finds herself sitting next to a player who changed her diaper when she was a baby. READ MORE

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Meet the Musician: Geoffrey Johnson

Oboist Geoffrey Johnson, the newest member of the DSO, is also the winner of the Orchestra’s 2009-10 African-American Fellowship.  As a DSO Fellow, Geoffrey will perform with the DSO for period of one to two years. Previously, Geoffrey was an oboe fellow with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he played as a member of the oboe section during the 2007-08 season.  He also won a two-year fellowship with the Music Masters Orchestra (MMCK), in Tokyo, Japan and most recently he was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. READ MORE

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Meet the Musician: Úna O’Riordan, Cellist

If the name Úna Fionnuala O’Riordan doesn’t tip you off that the DSO’s newest cellist is Irish through and through, her bright blue eyes and thick mane of wavy red hair should certainly do the trick. O’Riordan is, in fact, a first generation Irish-American whose parents moved to the United States when her father, an engineer, was transferred from Ireland to Chicago. Although she was born here, O’Riordan still has deep roots in her parents’ homeland. READ MORE

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Meet the Musician: Dennis Nulty, Principal Tuba

Joining the DSO this season is Principal Tuba Dennis J. Nulty who received his appointment while completing his graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Born in upstate New York, Dennis began his musical studies in third grade on cello. In fifth grade he left the orchestra for the band, where he started on trumpet, at which he claims he was “terrible.” READ MORE

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