Individual musician photographs by Katrin Talbot unless otherwise noted.
Full orchestra photographs by Greg Anderson.
Musician profiles are in alphabetical order.
ANTHONY DiSANZA, PRINCIPAL PERCUSSION
My musical life began in 1975 when I chose to play the French horn because it had an interesting shape to the tubing. As most infatuations with tubing shapes go, mine was relatively short lived, and in 1977 I switched to percussion. This infatuation stuck (or struck) and I feel fortunate to make a living striking objects, thinking about striking objects and teaching others to strike objects. I have performed extensively around the globe as a soloist and chamber musician and can be heard on numerous CDs of contemporary chamber music. I have published two original compositions and a percussion method book with significant percussion publishing houses. In addition to my interest in the Western music tradition, I regularly study and perform music from Brazil, Cub and the Middle East. I moved to Madison in 1999 to teach percussion at the UW-Madison School of Music and joined the MSO the same year. I am married to Jessica Johnson (Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at UW-Madison) and we have one out-spoken daughter named Maggie.
JOHN JUTSUM, PRINCIPAL TIMPANI
Principal Timpani with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, John Jutsum has performed with the Jacksonville, Toledo and Utah Symphonies,
the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, his early musical training was
in piano, with percussion initially a secondary pursuit. Having entered the Oberlin Conservatory as a pianist, he soon changed
course and obtained a B.M. in Percussion and Music Theory from Oberlin followed by a M.M. from The Juilliard School. After
freelancing in New York City and spending summers with the Colorado Philharmonic and at the Tanglewood Music Center, he was appointed Principal Timpani of L'Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI (now L'Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale) in Torino, Italy where he performed for five years. Currently in his tenth season with the MSO, John also works as an IT manager in Minneapolis, where he resides with his
wife Polly and daughter Robyn.
Noteworthy: BS in Natural Resource Management from Ohio State University, minor in Music; I have my own marketing consulting firm and chair the MSO marketing committee. Oddest practice quarters: Ohio State Percussion Ensemble rehearsed in the back of a moving
van. Funniest concert experience: At a university percussion ensemble performance, a piece ended with me shooting another player with a blank
gun and dragging him off stage feet first. Recurrent musical fantasy: Playing with my three sons in a stadium rock concert.