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BFO Principal Percussion/Keyboard/Harp


Alex Wadner, Principal Timpani

Alex Wadner 2022Alex Wadner is the Principal Timpanist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. He was previously the Timpani Fellow at the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas for four seasons where he was praised for his “accuracy and panache” (Miami Herald) and his “thunderous, ominous, and dramatic" performances (South Florida Classical Review).  In 2018, he was named Principal Timpanist of the Britt Festival Orchestra by Maestro Teddy Abrams in Jacksonville, Oregon.  Alex also performs with the Iris Collective, under the direction of Maestro Michael Stern.  He has appeared as a guest timpanist with numerous orchestras including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), and the Malaysian Philharmonic.  He performs regularly as a substitute percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony and Alabama Symphony.  Alex earned his Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University in 2010, where he studied with John Tafoya and Gerald Carlyss.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Timpani Performance with Honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2012 under the tutelage of David Herbert and Jack Van Geem.

Tony Edwards, Principal Percussion

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Tony Edwards is currently the Principal Timpanist for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Principal Percussionist for the Britt Music Festival, Assistant Principal Percussionist for the Austin Lyric Opera, and Principal Percussionist / Timpanist for the Texas Philharmonic. From 1991-2003 he served as Co-Principal Percussionist for the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In addition he performs regularly with the San Antonio Symphony, Conspirare Orchestra, and Austin Chamber Music Center.

Tony received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Henderson State University, Master of Music in percussion performance degree from the University of Texas and a Professional Studies Certificate from Temple University. His recordings include Bartok’s Sonata for “Two Pianos and Percussion” with the Southwestern University Chamber Soloist, “Music of Donald Grantham” with Voices of Change (Centaur Records, Inc.). His most recent recording includes the movie soundtrack to Spy Kids 2 (Dimension Motion Pictures). He can also be seen performing the movie Waiting for Guffman (Castle Rock Productions). Tony currently teaches at the Round Top Music Festival.

Elizabeth Dorman, Principal Keyboard

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Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman enjoys performing music both new and old as a soloist and chamber musician.

A finalist of the 2018 Leipzig International Bach Competition, Elizabeth has been widely recognized as a leading performer for her inquisitive interpretations of Bach’s music on the modern piano. Elizabeth has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Louisville Orchestra, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Folsom Lake Symphony, the Stanford Summer Symphony, Symphony Parnassus, as a soloist for interdisciplinary projects at New World Symphony, and as a keyboardist at the San Francisco Symphony. She can be heard on Delos records as a concerto soloist with Santa Rosa Symphony’s new album celebrating the music of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and this season will perform as a soloist with California Symphony and Vallejo Symphony. Read More

Julia Coronelli, Principal Harp

Julia Coronelli, Principal HarpBorn and raised in the city of Chicago, Julia Coronelli is the Principal Harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she held positions as Principal Harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra, as well as the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. Her playing has been described by The New York Times as "precise and shimmering", and as "exquisite," "exceptional," and “stunning" by The Miami Herald. She has performed in the role of Principal Harpist in many of the world's greatest halls, including Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Musikerverein (Vienna), Philharmonie de Paris (Paris), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Rome), Palais Des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Kolner Philharmonie (Cologne), Philharmonie Essen (Essen), Philharmonie Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), National Concert Hall (Budapest), Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Teatro Maggio del Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), Auditorium Lingotto (Torino), Lugano Arte e Cultura (Lugano, Switzerland), Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo), Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK), Oriental Art Center (Shanghai), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), National Concert Hall (Taipei), Festival Hall (Osaka), Carnegie Hall (New York), and Orchestra Hall (Chicago). Additional performance credits include regular concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New York Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (UK), St. Louis Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. Ms. Coronelli has joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on six recent tours under the direction of Riccardo Muti, five as Guest Principal Harpist. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Chicago College of Performing Arts.

BFO Percussion/Keyboard/Harp

Alex Wadner, Principal

Tony Edwards, Principal+
Bradley Loudis
Madison Shake

Elizabeth Dorman

Julia Coronelli, Principal

John Rosenkrans

Jim Decker+

+ Orchestra Member for 20 or more years