New Faces

Cellist Qizhen Liu comes to us from the Topeka Symphony, where she was Principal Cello. She holds bachelor's degrees from Bard College in Music and German Studies, a Master's degree from Yale University and a Doctorate from the the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Born in Shanghai, China, Qizhen enjoys travel, movies and shopping. She is a fan of jazz and loves to try different foods from all over the world. Welcome Qizhen!

In a roster move worthy of Coach Popovich, Associate Principal/3rd Horn Colin Bianchi has joined us for the rest of this season to fill in for Adedeji Ogunfolu, who has moved to Principal Horn to replace Molly Norcross - who filled in for the first half of our season while Jeff Garza is away performing with the San Francisco Symphony! Born and raised in Shelby Township, Michigan, Colin earned degrees from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. He also performed as a member of "The Orchestra Now", a training orchestra in residence at Bard College. Colin was originally a violinist before discovering the horn. In his off time, he enjoys cooking, fishing and his pet Cockatiel, Speckle. Welcome Colin!