WinterFEST: Concertos for Two


David Danzmayr, conductor
Katherine McLin, violin
Jennifer Ross, violin
Dwight Parry, oboe

Featured musicians' bios

Violinist Katherine McLin enjoys an extremely varied and prolific performing career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician. Since her debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of fifteen, Katie has made over 100 appearances as soloist with orchestras across the country. In addition to performing the standard canon, she is an enthusiastic advocate of new music and has either premiered or given second performances of concerti by John Adams, Lera Auerbach, Hans Gal, and Joel Puckett.

Katie appears on 20 compact disc recordings under the Summit, Centaur, and Opus One labels. Her live and recorded performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, NYC’s WQXR, and local television and radio stations throughout the country. As a member of the McLin/Campbell Duo with pianist Andrew Campbell and frequent chamber music collaborator with colleagues around the world, Katie performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She serves as a guest artist at numerous summer chamber music festivals, most recently with the Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy), Saarburg Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (OR), Red Rocks Music Festival (AZ), and the Orlando Chamber Players at the Festival of the Black Hills (SD).

Since 2007, Katie has held the position of Concertmaster of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Previously she served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Arizona Philharmonic, Michigan Sinfonietta, and the Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra, and Principal Second Violin of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.

A committed and passionate teacher, Katie was awarded the Evelyn Smith Professorship in Music at Arizona State University in 2016, a three-year endowed position that recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in their field. In 2004 she was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Fine Arts, chosen from over 170 faculty, and was a finalist for the 2007 university-wide ASU Professor of the Year award.

Katie received her doctorate in violin performance from the University of Michigan as a student of Paul Kantor. She holds additional performance degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin College Conservatory, and for three years was an orchestral fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival. Her former teachers include Franco Gulli, Josef Gingold, and Kathleen Winkler.

Violinist Jennifer Ross has enjoyed a full and varied career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She began her career at the age of 19 as Associate Concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony, and after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, won a position in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra where she spent 5 seasons. Ms. Ross went on to spend nearly 20 years as the Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where she performed under Music Directors Mariss Jansons and Manfred Honeck, touring world-wide, recording extensively, winning 2 Grammy Awards and performing as soloist. She has been a guest artist with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and L’Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal. She also served as Concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony and is currently the Principal Second Violin of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Ross maintains an active chamber music career and has collaborated with many of the world’s great artists including Pinchas Zuckerman, Johannes Moser, Denis Kozhukhin, Lynn Harrell and Jaime Laredo. She has performed with numerous chamber ensembles and music festivals including the Detroit Chamber Players, the Colorado Chamber Players, Camera Lucida, Strings in the Mountains, and more than 35 years at the Grand Teton Music Festival. She is also a founding member of Jackson Hole Chamber Music.

Much in demand as a teacher, Ms. Ross coaches regularly at the New World Symphony in Miami, the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, and the National Orchestral Institute, where she serves as Artist in Residence for Orchestral Studies. She was a faculty member at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and sat on the jury for the Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino String Players. Ms. Ross continues to give violin master classes, audition clinics, lectures and Yoga for Musicians Workshops at major music schools, universities and festivals across the country.

Among her pursuits outside the music realm, Ms. Ross is an avid hiker, cyclist, cross-country skier, and runner, completing 13 marathons including Boston. She is trained as a Wilderness First Responder, a Certified Yoga Instructor, and a member of the Community Emergency Response Team of Teton County. Recently retired from the Pittsburgh Symphony, Ms. Ross makes Jackson, Wyoming her permanent home.

Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a versatile and passionate soloist, performing and teaching around the world. A background in jazz has led Mr. Parry to pursue a career that spans from concert halls to the streets of New Orleans, where he has been heard infiltrating Dixie bands and improvising on the oboe.

Before the global lockdown, Mr. Parry performed the Martinů Oboe Concerto with the CCM Chamber Orchestra and was in the Czech Republic performing the Strauss Oboe Concerto. One year earlier, he was a soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 1 & 2. After collaborating with Hansjörg Schellenberger, he was invited to Tokyo as a judge and solo performer for the 2018 Sony International Oboe Competition.

Mr. Parry was formerly principal oboist of the San Diego Symphony and a fellow with the New World Symphony. He has appeared as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Guangzhou Symphony, the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin and the Korean Broadcasting Symphony. Originally from coastal Southern California, he found his passion for music early on through piano, voice, and jazz saxophone. It was not until late in high school that he began playing the oboe and discovered his life’s work. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack and at the University of Southern California with Allan Vogel and David Weiss, a gentleman who also taught him to surf!

In the summer, he is on faculty at the Interlochen Academy for the Arts and the Stellenbosch International Music Festival in South Africa. In the rare moments when he is without his oboe, he can be found attending concerts, plays, and other community events. He spends the rest of his time hiking, reading, volunteering, tossing frisbees, and creating curiosities in the kitchen.

Mr. Parry is a Loreé artist.