Artists

  • Tina Carpenter

    Tina Carpenter, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Florida State University, a Master of Music in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctor of Music in bassoon performance from Florida State University. Carpenter has served on the faculties of Emory University, Florida State […]

  • William Takacs

    William Takacs

    William Takacs has been principal trumpet of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra since 2002. In 2006 he performed as soloist with the symphony, performing Edward Gregson’s Trumpet Concerto and again in 2010 performing Aaron Copland’s Quiet City with his wife, oboist Karen Takacs, who is also a member of the Amarillo Symphony. He is also principal […]

  • Susan Martin Tariq

    Susan Martin Tariq is Professor of Music and director of percussion studies at West Texas A&M University.  She has been a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra since 1984, currently serving as principal percussionist. Tariq can be heard on drum set with Polk Street Jazz of Amarillo.  Prior to her appointment at WTAMU, she taught […]

  • Rachel Mazzucco

    Rachel Mazzucco

    One of the emerging professional Texas harpists, Rachel Mazzucco has been playing Principal Harp for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra with David Cho since 2013 and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra under Jacomo Bairos since 2014.  She also plays Principal Harp for community groups such as Ballet Lubbock and the Lubbock Chorale. Along with her orchestral engagements, she maintains an active performance schedule […]

  • Nick Scales

    Nick Scales

    Nick Scales has served as Associate Professor of Double Bass in the School of Music at West Texas A&M University and Principal Bassist of the Amarillo Symphony since 2005. He is also Principal Bassist of the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and Musical Theater Company as well as bassist for Polk Street Jazz and The Martinis […]

  • Michelle Skinner

    Michelle Skinner

    Violinist Michelle Skinner is gaining recognition across the United States for her sensitive and intelligent musicianship in styles ranging from the baroque to contemporary. Ms. Skinner is the Principal Second Violinist of the Amarillo Symphony and a member of the Nu Deco Ensemble. She also performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Miami […]

  • Madeline Kabat

    Madeleine Kabat

    Madeleine is the newest member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s cello section, and begins performing as Acting Assistant Principal Cellist in September.   Prior to this appointment, she served as principal cellist of the Amarillo Symphony in Texas and assistant principal in the Madison Symphony.  Ms. Kabat has performed as a substitute with the Cleveland […]

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    Jonathan Wisner

    Jonathan Wisner, native of Houston, TX, was appointed Principal Timpanist of the Amarillo Symphony in 2016. Previously he was a timpani fellow with the Orchestra Now, New York’s first training orchestra program. He has performed with groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Romanian State Philharmonic, Palm Beach Opera, and New World Symphony.  […]

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    John G. Shanks

    Dr. John G. Shanks joined the faculty of West Texas A&M University in 2014.  His students have been successful in their areas of study, securing employment as band directors and obtaining placement in some of the country’s top graduate programs.  Shanks has appeared as a clinician or guest performer at the TMEA Convention, the American […]

  • Jim Rauscher

    Jim Rauscher

    Professor Jim Rauscher recently retired as a member of the music faculty at Amarillo College, where he taught piano for 35 years, and also served as chairman of the Music Department from 1988 to 2013.  He has been extremely active in the Texas Panhandle as a solo recitalist, accompanist, teacher, and adjudicator.  Principal keyboardist for […]

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