J. Patrick Rafferty, co-concertmaster
Randall Olson, co-concertmaster
Jack Griffin, acting principal
Kevin Bate, principal
Lisa M. Svejkovsky
Karl Olsen, principal
Tacy Edwards, principal
Jennifer Potochnic, acting principal
Laura Ann Ross
Laura Ann Ross
Emily Bowland, principal
Andrew Witherington, acting principal
Chris Moth, principal
Daniel Kassteen, acting co-principal
Lee K. Blakeman, principal
Bryan Heath, principal
Joe Stites, principal
Mark Berry, principal
Webb Hendrix, principal
Paula Bressman, acting principal
Deanna Shipley Catlett, principal
Lee K. Blakeman
Helen Motter is a founding member of Orchestra Kentucky, served as the concertmaster and a board member for four seasons, and participates with Inside Music and the Chamber Players. As a freelance musician she has played and sung in a wide range of musical performances and recitals, both in the United States and overseas. She has taught violin privately throughout her adult life, and has at times also taught piano, music classes, and ensembles. She has served in many churches in musical and teaching capacities, and was a violinist with several professional symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras in the Greater Philadelphia area for a number of years.
She holds a master's degree in church music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, in Columbus, Ohio, an associate's degree in biblical studies from Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis, and a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. She has also studied music education at Trenton State College in New Jersey and Suzuki teaching methods in Princeton, New Jersey. Significant teachers on the violin were Anne Fryer Eddis, Juilliard graduate and violinist with the New York City Opera, Sydney Humphreys, leader of the Aeolian String Quartet and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, and David Madison, associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In addition to music, Helen has a strong interest in reading and writing, which has led her to working as a book editor for Bethany House Publishers (an imprint of Baker Books) for the past 26 years. She and her husband Greg have three grown children and four grandchildren, with another grandchild due in October 2011. hmotter@OrchestraKentucky.com
Andy holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has almost completed a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of South Carolina. He was on the faculty of Blair School of Music from 2001-2003, teaching violin and theory, and taught in the South Carolina Public Schools from 1998-2000. He was the founder and music director of the Savannah Philharmonic and conducted the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. His compositions have been performed by the Blair String Quartet, at an African-American Cultural Festival, and he has collaborated with celebrated mountain dulcimer player David Schnaufer to produce transcriptions of music by J. S. Bach for that instrument. His violin teachers include David Updegraff, William Terwilligar, Cornelia Heard, and Stephen Shipps. He has studied conducting with Donald Portnoy, Kenneth Keisler, and Robert Hart Baker, and has studied composition with Margaret Brouwer, Michael Kurek and participated in master classes with George Crumb, John Harbison, Donald Erb, Aaron Kernis, and Steve Mackey.
Lisa M. Svejkovsky
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, began the study of cello at the age of nine. She studied with Tanya Ramenikova of the University of Minnesota, Eddie Blitz, now retired from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Nella Hunkins of the Singapore Symphony. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Louisville and a Master’s degree in performance from the University of Kentucky. Her teachers there included Paul York and Benjamin Karp. While at U of L she was very involved in the chamber music program, having won first place in the MacCauley Chamber Music Competition in 1998 and 2000. She was also a winner in the concerto competition of 1998 for the same institution. Residing in Lexington, KY she is a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. She also plays with the Highland Chamber Players of Louisville and is a freelance performer in the region.
Randy was born in Delaware, Ohio, and began violin studies with Howard Beebe at age six. Later teachers included Daniel Majeske, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Margaret Pardee, Sally Thomas, and Ivan Galamian of the Juilliard School. Mr. Olson attended Indiana University for study with James Buswell and earned his Bachelor's degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Walter Levin and Jens Ellerman, who was also his teacher at the Aspen Music School. Mr. Olson has been a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, performing with them in Carnegie Hall. He has been a recitalist throughout the Midwest, and has appeared on recordings with such artists as Vince Gill, Chet Atkins, Reba McEntyre, and Shania Twain. Also active as a teacher for over twenty- five years, he has served on the violin faculty of the Allegro School of Music in Nashville. The 2010-2011 season is Randy’s sixth year as concertmaster of Orchestra Kentucky.
Karl began his musical studies in Suzuki violin, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Mr. Olsen started double bass studies in 1991 with David Dunn at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. While earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree he also taught at the Wausau Conservatory of Music and freelanced with regional big bands. Mr. Olsen then began orchestral studies in earnest, enrolling at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While working with Professor Bruce Bransby at IU, Mr. Olsen continued his teaching both privately and as an IU Associate Instructor. Between 1996 and 2001 Mr. Olsen completed a Master of Music degree and began doctoral studies. Mr Olsen also performed regularly as Assistant Principal in the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras, Principal Bass of the IU Philharmonic, New Music Ensemble and Baroque Orchestras, while earning fellowships and principal positions at various music festivals, studying with Gary Karr and Stuart Sankey, and masterclasses with Paul Ellison, Lawrence Hurst, Murray Grodner, Edgar Meyer, Bertram Turetzky, Maximilian Dimoff and Albert Laszlo. In September of 2001 Mr. Olsen joined the illustrious New World Symphony Orchestra, a fellowship training orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. On October 16th, 2001 Olsen won a position in the bass section of the Louisville Orchestra. Since then Mr. Olsen has joined the faculty of the Indiana University-Southeast School of Music and the Bowling Green (KY) String Academy.
Tacy Edwards is in her seventh season as Principal Flute of the Orchestra Kentucky and serves as Chair of its Artistic Advisory Committee. She also plays with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute and Piccolo and is entering her 18th season as piccoloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC). She is the flute professor at the College of Charleston and has published two successful flute method books, Developing Doubtful Digits and The Ultimate Workout Book for Professional Flutists. She is the founder of WeddingMusicBowlingGreen.com, a booking agency for musicians for weddings and special events. In June of 2011, the Mayor of Charleston, SC honored Tacy by awarding her the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award for teaching and artistic excellence. A recording artist, she collaborated on three released CDs: The Water Is Wide and Hauntings with guitarist Christopher Teves and the 2010 Grammy-nominated Gnattali Radames Chamber and Solo Works for Guitar with guitarist Marc Regnier. She divides her time between the Charleston and Nashville areas of the country.
Trevor serves as Assistant Principal Oboe with the Louisville Orchestra. He also holds the position of Principal Oboe with the Louisville Bach Society and the Ceruti Chamber Players. Mr. Johnson has been soloist with the Emerson String Quartet, the Louisville Bach Society and with the University of Louisville Wind Symphony at the 2002 CBDNA convention in Atlanta. Other convention appearances include the International Double Reed Society conference and OctOBOEfest. Mr. Johnson has performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Ohio Light Opera, the Fort Lee (NJ) Chamber Music series, and is a substitute oboist with the Indianapolis and Nashville Symphony orchestras. In 2007, he performed at the Piccolo Spoleto chamber music festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Johnson holds the Master of Music degree from the Hartt School, where he was a student of Humbert Lucarelli, and the Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa, where he was a student of Mark Weiger.
Dong-Yun was born in Seoul, Korea. She received her bachelors and graduate degrees from Taegu Catholic University. She then went to Holland for further study at the Rotterdam Royal Conservatory, where she got a Doctorate Soloist Degree. While in school, Dong-Yun won the prestigious Dong-A International Music Competition. Ten years later she had the honor of becoming a judge for the competition. She remained a judge until she moved to the U.S. in 2001.
Dong-Yun was a member of the best orchestra in Korea, the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. She also served as principal bassoon in Pusan (Korea) and in the Fukuoka (Japan) Philharmonic Orchestra. Along with her symphony duties in Korea, Dong-Yun had an extensive career as a soloist. She appeared with the St. Petersburg Academy Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Russia, and the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra and Sofia Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria. She performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Korea, China and Japan. In the United States, she has been a featured soloist with The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra in Washington, the Bowling Green—Western Symphony Orchestra, and the Campbellsville University Orchestra.
Dong-Yun has three solos CDs, which have sold worldwide. Music reviewer Ron Klimko, from the IDRS, wrote "Dong-Yun has a lovely tone quality, with a nice vibrato and a broad dynamic range. Her technique is very strong and well suited to the technical demands of the music.” The Asiana Airline chose her first CD to be featured on their international flights.
Dong-Yun moved to the United States nine years ago and has recently become a U.S. citizen. She currently plays principal bassoon in Orchestra Kentucky (Bowling Green) and the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. She performs with many other orchestras in the area and teaches bassoon at Campbellsville University.
Emily Wasson Bowland joined Orchestra Kentucky as Principal Clarinetist in 2004. In addition to Orchestra Kentucky, she holds positions in the Chattanooga Symphony and the Evansville Philharmonic, and performs regularly with the symphonies of Nashville and Huntsville. An equally versatile performer on clarinet, E-flat, and bass clarinets has allowed her an interesting and diverse career, both live and in the recording studios. Some of the notable artists Ms. Bowland has performed with include Natalie Cole, Jose Feliciano, Michael McDonald, and Trisha Yearwood. In September 2008, she was a part of the world-premiere of Trey Anastasio’s Time Turns Elastic with Orchestra Nashville, a performance featured in Rolling Stone magazine. In 2009, she was the featured soloist with Orchestra Kentucky performing Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
Her recording credits include Principal Clarinet with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra on cellist Emmanuel Feldman’s recording Rider on the Plains, which received an excellent review by the New York Times. She has also appeared on several recordings with the Nashville Symphony, a highlight being the 2007 release of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.
Ms. Bowland holds degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. Her major teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Mitchell Lurie, and Richard Hawley. She currently serves on the faculty of Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in Nashville, where she resides with her husband, saxophonist Jimmy Bowland.
J. Patrick Rafferty
J. Patrick Rafferty, violinist, served as Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1986-1991. He previously served as Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony for eight years, and as Concertmaster for the Dallas Bach and Fine Arts Orchestras. He has also served as Acting Concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and Guest Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony. His concerto credits include more than 40 works performed as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and many others. An accomplished chamber music performer as well as an acclaimed solo and orchestral artist, violinist J. Patrick Rafferty joined the internationally acclaimed Louisville String Quartet in 2005 as first violinist. He also maintains commitments with the Cadek Trio, whom he joined in 1991. While maintaining his active performance schedule, Rafferty has successfully built a respected teaching career. His students have been placed in many major US and European orchestras, and in many respected teaching positions. He is now Professor of Violin at the University of Louisville and is also on the summer artist-faculty of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, where he is concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.