Individual musician photographs by Katrin Talbot unless otherwise noted.
Full orchestra photographs by Greg Anderson.
Musician profiles are in alphabetical order.
Jordan Allen began studying the cello at the age of 10 in his native Wisconsin. He attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Steven Doane. After receiving his Bachelor's degree, Allen moved to Miami Beach, Florida to play with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Allen has participated in many music programs and summer festivals, including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has performed in masterclasses across the country with cellists such as Pieter Wispelwey, Alban Gerhardt, Peter Wiley, Anssi Karrtunnen, David Geber, Desmond Hoebig, Carter Brey, Elenore Schoenfeld, Norman Fischer, and members of the Muir Quartet, Guaneri Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Tackas Quartet, and Cavani Quartet. Allen has had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Osmo Vänskä, Robert Spano, David Zinman, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, Andreas Delfs, Franz Welser-Most and Marin Alsop. He plays with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and participates in other freelance teaching and performing opportunities in the area. Allen is fortunate to play a French cello made in 1826, generously on loan to him from a private source.
Karen earned a B.M. in cello performance at Juilliard, where she studied with Maurice Eisenberg and Lorne Munroe. Subsequently she was a winner of Concert Artists Guild competition, NY, as a member of Sonos Chamber Ensemble, and also recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study cello at the Hochschule für Musik, Vienna, Austria. After playing in the Hong Kong Philharmonic for a short time, she quit playing the cello for 10 years and worked as a programmer, which she continues to do, though forsaking COBOL for the language of the moment.
KARL LAVINE, PRINCIPAL
Reuhl Family & American Chair
Noteworthy: Recorded for Radio Stuttgart & CBC (Toronto); European tour of West Side Story; masters with Tim Eddy, doctoral
candidate with Parry Karp; father of two. Funniest concert moment: When the violinist lost his music through a crack in the stage floor during a
Mendelssohn trio. Oddest practice quarters: Back of an Italian bus, on tour. What your colleagues don't know about you: Bicycled competitively; is a marathon runner.
Derek Handley began his cello studies with renowned cellist Hans Jorgen Jensen, Professor of Cello at Northwestern University. At age sixteen, he began studies with Richard Hirschl, protégé of Leonard Rose and member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Derek went on to study at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he received his BM in Performance, studying under the late Eleanore Schoenfeld. Derek also received his MM in Performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Hans Jensen. Derek has also studied with esteemed cellist and pedagogue, Gerhard Mantel.
In addition to playing with the MSO, Derek is also Section Cello in the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Principal Cello in the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. He is a substitute cellist for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grant Park Orchestra. Derek also has taught in Chicago area high schools and music schools.
Following her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 18, cellist Madeleine Kabat has been featured as soloist with most recently the orchestras of Lima International Festival (Peru), Gulf Coast (MS), Minot (ND), Red de Escuelas de Musica (Medellin, Colombia), Cleveland State University, Oberlin Sinfonietta, Cleveland Philharmonic (OH), Spoleto Festival (SC), Festival Mozaic (CA), Springfield (MO) and Marin (CA). She recently made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and stepped in for delayed cello soloist Alban Gerhardt on a few hours notice to rehearse Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto with the Madison Symphony. Ms. Kabat has won prizes in the competitions of Fischoff, Hellam, Klein International, Young Texas Artists, Akron Tuesday Musical, San Antonio Tuesday Musical, Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Cleveland Cello Society. Madeleine currently serves as Artist-In-Residence at La Sierra University in Los Angeles. She performs chamber music during the summer at Festival Mozaic (CA), Renova Chamber Music Festival (faculty - PA), Lima International Chamber Music Festival (Peru), and Festicamara (Medellin, Colombia), and has given masterclasses at Festicamara and La Sierra University as well as at the University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point, Minot State University (ND), and La Jolla’s SummerFest. Past festival appearances include Bravo!Vail, Spoleto, La Jolla SummerFest, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Verbier, Round Top, Domaine Forget, and Zephyr (Italy). An active orchestral musician, Ms. Kabat has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Houston Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and as guest principal cellist with the Philharmonia Mexico in Mexico City. She began cello lessons in Cleveland at age 11, and holds diplomas from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, the Juilliard School, and most recently Oberlin Conservatory, where she was a teaching assistant for Professor Darrett Adkins. Photo by Christian Steiner.
Noteworthy: B.M. in cello performance from University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, M.M. in cello performance from Rice
University in Houston, and continuing studies toward certifications in music education at UW-Madison. Oddest practice quarters: Practicing flute in the cabin of a cruise ship while 30-foot seas were making most passengers green from seasickness. Funniest concert experience: A clothespin holding my music flew off the music stand and into the f-hold of my bass and rattled for the rest of the gig. What your colleagues don't know about you: I play bass in an all-women swing band, "Ladies Must Swing," and a six-piece jazz group, "6 of 1". Recurrent musical fantasy: To play chamber music with my two young sons who play classical guitar and cello.
MAGGIE DARBY TOWNSEND
Noteworthy: B.M. in cello performance, University of Iowa; M.M. in cello performance, UW-Madison; played in the Cedar
Rapids and Quad City Symphonies; played the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Oddest practice quarters: When I was about 12, a music camp coach had our string quartet practice in a pink tiled women's dorm bathroom to explore acoustics. It was pretty embarrassing, especially for the only boy in the group! What your colleagues don't know about you: I can play piano upside-down. If I were John DeMain for a day: I'd let each section of the orchestra choose a musical work, and program a concert of "MSO musicians' favorites!"