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BFO Principal Winds


Leslie Fagan, Principal Flute

leslie faganHOMETOWN: Omaha, NE
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently Assistant Principal Flute with the Omaha Symphony
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: I did my undergrad at Indiana University. After graduation, I spent 8 months studying with a teacher in England, and then I went on to do my Master's and Doctorate in Flute Performance at Northwestern University.
CAREER INSPIRATION: I have always loved playing the flute since I started in my third grade band. My parents were always very supportive and started me in lessons early on. They also were great about buying me recordings of great flute players and taking me to symphony concerts. I gothooked on classical music and loved listening to it. I think when you develop a love of classical music early on, you want to generate in others the same feeling it inspires in you. That's what motivated me to become a musician.
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Andrea Levine, Principal Clarinet

andrea levine 19HOMETOWN: Louisville, KY
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:I am currently principal clarinet of the Louisville Orchestra. I have held interim positions with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony and the Akron Symphony. I was also a Fellow at the New World Symphony.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: I did my undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music, as a student of Kenneth Grant. I did graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Franklin Cohen. I have also studied with Daniel Gilbert, Lawrence Sobol, Mitchell Estrin, and Yehuda Gilad.CAREER INSPIRATION: My aunt was a musician in the New York Philharmonic for many years. I grew up going to concerts and knew that I wanted to be an orchestral musician even before I knew what a clarinet was.
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Erich Heckscher, Principal Bassoon

erich heckscherHOMETOWN: Bethesda, MD
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently with the National Philharmonic and Maryland Symphony Orchestras and the University of Maryland
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: I've held positions with the Alabama Symphony and Houston Grand Opera, was guest Principal Bassoon with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and acting Second Bassoon with the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2011/2012 season. I have degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Southern Methodist University.
CAREER INSPIRATION: Being the only kid in school who knew what the bassoon was, the movieAmadeus, and an aversion to academics.
MUSICAL TASTES: Most anything from Hildegard von Bingen to WWII, plus some classic rock, jazz and reggae. But I particularly enjoy the music of Bruckner, Sibelius, Bach, Wagner and Puccini.
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2020 BFO Winds

Leslie Fagan, Principal
Matthew Roitstein, Second
Gloria Yun, Third/Piccolo

Alex Kinmonth, Principal
Mark Debski, Second
Jason Lichtenwalter, Third/English horn

Andrea Levine, Principal
Ben Adler, Second*
Tzuying Huang, Third/Bass Clarinet

Erich Heckscher, Principal
Jenny Gunter, Second
Rebecca Watson, Third/Contrabassoon

+ Orchestra Member for 20 or more years

* On leave