Individual musician photographs by Katrin Talbot unless otherwise noted.
Full orchestra photographs by Greg Anderson.
Musician profiles are in alphabetical order.
Noteworthy: Two recordings on Albany Records with the Ad Hoc String Quartet; two Madison Music Collective albums; performed
live on the Internet; teach jazz appreciation at a prison. Funniest concert moment: Trio hired to play at a party for a child...Amy Irving answered the door; the party was for Steven Spielberg & their son. What her colleagues don't know: In high school was thought of as jazz sax player, so at my reunion, everyone was disappointed to hear that I had become a professional musician as a violist!
Noteworthy: Degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; elementary orchestra
teacher in the New Berlin Public schools. Oddest practice quarters: An old house in North Carolina where stairs creaked and doors slammed when I was the only person there. Funniest concert experience: Playing a holiday orchestra concert on an ice rink with the hometown hockey team skating around us. What your colleagues don't know about you: I am an avid sea kayaker, hiker and cook. I am also handy with a belt sander. Recurrent musical fantasy:To wake up one morning a virtuosic soprano.
CHRIS DOZORYST, PRINCIPAL
James F. Crow Chair
Christopher Dozoryst holds the position of Principal Viola with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Heartstrings program as violist of the Rhapsodie String Quartet. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Oakwood Chamber Players. Chris earned his BA in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MMU in Viola Performance from Carnegie-Mellon University. His teachers have included Louis Rosove, Sally Chisholm, and Atar Arad. He currently lives in Fort Atkinson with his wife Shannon and daughter Lily.
Noteworthy: B.A., Kent State University; M.M., Rice University; Founding member, Euclid Quartet; 2000 Grand Prize, Carmel
Chamber Music Competition; 1998 Third Prize, National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition. Funniest concert experience:
The time I managed to get myself stuck in a backstage bathroom before a quartet recital; an audience member came to my rescue. Recurrent musical
fantasy: I am living my musical fantasy. If I were John DeMain for a day: I would take the viola section out for drinks and dessert at Cocoliquot after their stellar performance of Brahms's Serenade No. 2 in which the violins were conspicuously absent.
MARIKA FISCHER HOYT
Noteworthy: B.A. Music, Smith College; M.M. Viola Performance, Indiana University; two years at the Mannes College of Music
in NYC and one year at University of Hamburg, Germany; married for 16 years; two lovely daughters who both study piano and violin; MSO member since 2003. Funniest concert experience: I played at a wedding where the groom turned green, swayed, clutched the bride, and left the church. The first violinist turned to us calmly and said, "Let's play some more prelude music," which we did for several long minutes while the congregation murmured. After a while, the groom came back and completed his vows. What your colleagues don't know about you: I was told at age 21 by a NYC modeling scout that I could be a successful runway model if I gave up my viola and my boyfriend Bill. Hardly! Decades later, I'm happily married to Bill, I have a successful career playing my viola, and I got to model for the MSO violist and award-winning photographer Katrin Talbot.
Noteworthy: B.A. Augustana College; M.M. Northwestern University; Eckstein Fellowship (NU); Civic Orchestra of Chicago;
University Fellowship, UW-Madison; member of the MSO's Hunt Quartet. Oddest practice quarters: I taught and practiced in a high school bathroom for a year (during renovation). What your colleagues don't know about you: I worked on an organic farm last summer. If I were John DeMain for a day: I'd get the MSO to hire a composer-in-residence and program Hovhaness's And God Created Great Whales for humpbacked whale solo (on tape) and orchestra.
Noteworthy: B.A., Reed College; M.S. in Molecular Biology, UW-Madison. Guest artist with the Pro Arte and Monte Verde
Quartets; violist in Boulder Bach Festival and American Sinfonietta. Published photographer (Schubert's Winterreise, published by UW Press); photography has appeared in The New York Times, NYC galleries and in various MSO publications/merchandise. Funniest concert experience: Locking bows with a giggling stand partner who had played an opposite bowing. What your colleagues don't know about you: I was born in Australia. I swim across Lake Mendota on occasion, have run a marathon and played rhythm guitar and violin in a science-nerd rock band in college. Recurrent musical fantasy: To belt out a luscious Wagnerian mezzo role, or play a Bach Suite to someone who's never heard a viola or of Bach.
Sharon Tenhundfeld, former Principal Violist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performs regularly as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, James Buswell, Parker String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, and rockband Jethro Tull. Festival performances include National Orchestral Institute, Blossom Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Sarasota Music Festival. Ms. Tenhundfeld earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola performance from New England Conservatory as a student of Carol Rodland and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Sally Chisholm.
Noteworthy: B.A. Furman University; M.M. Northwestern; D.M.A. in Viola Performance, University of Iowa. Member of the
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Con Vivo chamber ensemble and an instructor with the Suzuki Strings of Madison. Oddest practice quarters: A room in
a German castle overlooking a rather beautiful cemetery. Funniest concert experience: When the organist didn't show for a friend's wedding, in addition to my planned solo, I had to come up with music for the entire ceremony. The guests had a perfect view of my two big black eyes from being hit in the nose by a softball days earlier. What your colleagues don't know about you: I was the Florida State Junior Fiddling Champion for two