September 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM



Juliet Yoshida, violin; Kevin Tompkins, violin; Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin; Bryan Sherwood, viola; Tim Strang, cello; Alyssa Griggs, flute; Mark Kurtz, harpsichord

Program: Telemann flute concerto, Vivaldi trio, Vivaldi violin concerto, solo Bach violin


Juliet Yoshida has been a violinist with the Omaha Symphony since August 2012. Juliet received her BM in violin performance at Vanderbilt University while studying with Dr. Carolyn Huebl, and her MM from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studied with Andrew Jennings. While in school, she had the opportunity to work in recording studios in Nashville and study early music and Michigan, and to this day enjoys a wide range of playing styles. She has taken her talent abroad to China with the Vanderbilt Orchestra, and to France playing the viola in the quartet of the Vanderbilt Academie, where she had the chance to learn from members of the Berlin Philharmonic through the Aix en Provence Festival. She has performed during the summer at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.

In addition to her work the with symphony, Juliet is a frequent chamber musician in the Omaha area, performing in concerts for the Omaha Chamber Music Society, the Vespers series, and the Omaha consort, among others. She is a founding member of the Rangbrook ensemble, a group engaged in bringing free concerts of string-based chamber music to Omaha and beyond, as well as the Kazuko Piano Trio with her husband, cellist Tim Strang, and her step-mother, pianist Teri Heil. When not performing, she is a dedicated teacher, and can be found tutoring aspiring violinists of all ages in her teaching studio.

She currently resides in midtown with her husband Tim and their schnauzer Freddie. When she is not performing or teaching her violin students, she enjoys camping, hiking and planning her next adventure abroad.



Recently appointed Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Omaha Symphony, Kevin Tompkins received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil and Stephen Rose. While in Cleveland, Tompkins also pursued a course of study in historical performance practice, culminating in an Early Music Certificate from Case Western Reserve University. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where his primary teachers were Charles Castleman and Juliana Athayde. Tompkins has had the privilege of participating in several prestigious music festivals including Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival (where he studied with Dallas Symphony concertmaster Alexander Kerr), Lucerne Festival Academy, Brevard Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado College Music Festival, Round Top Festival-Institute, and the Castleman Quartet Programs. He has previously performed with the orchestras of Rochester, Akron, Canton, Erie, and the Breckenridge Music Festival. 






Susanna Perry Gilmore joined the Omaha Symphony in 2011 and enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster.  Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Shehas frequently been heard in chamber ensembles on National Public Radio shows such as Performance TodayA Prairie Home Companion, and America’s Music Festivals.

After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. There, as in Omaha, she frequently appeared as a soloist performing works such as Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Tzigane, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  In July 2014 she performed the European premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s The Singing Rooms for solo violin, choir and orchestra in Paris, France. In May 2016 she was guest concertmaster and soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Florida, for a baroque concert and was soloist and leader of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti for the inaugural concert of the Tippet Rise Music Festival, Montana, in June 2016.

Ms. Gilmore has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering(Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the  CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she will perform Sugar loaf Mountain around the U.S. culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. in April. 

Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years in Nashville and England. In March 2016 she made her Celtic fiddle debut in Omaha on the Celtic Journey pops concerts, which she helped produce.

When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.


Brian Sherwood, Viola, received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri. He completed a Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma at The Boston Conservatory under the instruction of Roger Tapping. Mr. Sherwood joined the Omaha Symphony Orchestra in 2012 as Associate Principal Viola.  Since joining the musical community in Omaha, Brian has enjoyed numerous chamber music collaborations and looks forward to many more. In 2011, Brian performed the choreographed premiere of the Viola Concerto of Jakov Jakoulov and as the winner of The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition, he performed Hindemith’s “Der Schwanendreher” with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. He has attended the Bowdoin, Banff, and Tanglewood Music Festivals and his master-class performances include those with Cathy Basrak, Roberto Diaz, Jorja Fleezanis, Joseph Silverstein, and the late Raphael Hillyer. He enjoys cooking, gardening, science, history, and his two cats.




Tim Strang joined the Omaha Symphony in the fall of 2011. A native of Davenport, Iowa, he began his cello studies at the age of 9 in apublic school music program, and soon after began lessons with Janina Ehrlich at Augustana College. In high school, he performed with the Augustana College Orchestra and Quad City Symphony, as well as the Quad City Youth Symphony, of which he was principal cellist. He also appeard with the QCYSO as soloist in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, and was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. He went on to receive degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan in cello performance, studying with Felix Wang and Anthony Elliott, respectively. He graduated from Vanderbilt summa cum laude as a Harold Stirling Vanderbilt scholar and recipient of the Jean Keller Heard String prize. At Vanderbilt, he had many opportunities to perform new music, performing on the BMI composer in residence series and as part of a composition workshop exchange with the Royal Academy of Music in London. This passion continued in Ann Arbor, where he performed with U of M’s new music ensemble. He has performed in the summer at Round Top, Aspen, and with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO. In addition to playing with the symphony, Tim plays for the Omaha Chamber Music Society and other chamber music groups, as well as teaching private cello students.






Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Griggs is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. Ms. Griggs has given her solo debut at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition. Additional accolades include First Prize in the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition, First Prize in the Florida Bach Young Artist Competition, Honorable Mention in the Myrna Brown Flute Competition, and Finalist in the Byron Hester Flute Competition.

Equally versatile as an orchestral musician, Ms. Griggs currently serves as Assistant Principal flute for the Omaha Symphony for the 2016-17 season and Second Flute for Des Moines Metro Opera. She has also served as Piccolo/Assistant Principal flute of Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, and Piccolo for Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at Carnegie Hall as Principal Flute of the New York Festival Orchestra, and has also played with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orlando Philharmonic. She has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival as part of the Kent Blossom Summer Music Program, and has participated in prominent festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Lakes Area Music Festival in northern Minnesota.

As an active chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Griggs is committed to the creation of new and innovative programming to make classical music more relevant and accessible. Ms. Griggs is the founding member of the Omaha based trio, TRIOmaha (flute, oboe, piano), which will make an appearance with the Omaha Chamber Music Society this season. She will also present chamber recitals as part of the Vespers Concert Series in Omaha, NE., and at the Salisbury House in Des Moines, IA. Recent chamber performances include debuts at the Florida State Music Teachers Association, Jordan Hall in Boston, MA,, and the Berklee School of Music.

Committed to music outreach through education, Ms. Griggs was a Music Mentor with the Omaha Symphony and performs extensive outreach concerts at nursing homes, libraries, and schools across the country. As a graduate of New England Conservatory, Ms. Griggs held a Community Performances and Partnership fellowship for two years, where she prepared and performed interactive recitals in Boston, MA. At the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Griggs received an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Institute for Music Leadership and was awarded membership to the elite Keidaeans Honor Society.  

Ms. Griggs holds a Master’s Degree with honors from New England Conservatory where she studied with Paula Robison, and a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Bonita Boyd. She engaged in post graduate flute studies with Elizabeth Rowe (Boston Symphony, Principal Flute), and piccolo studies with Cindy Meyers (Boston Symphony, Piccolo). Ms. Griggs is currently an Emerging Artist with Miyazawa Flutes.


An award-winning composer, pianist, and organist, Mark Kurtz has been director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church since the year 2000. His education began at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he won a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and graduated as Outstanding Senior. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he was twice named an Angell Scholar and graduated with highest honors. Next, he studied at the University of Minnesota, where he branched out from his conservatory-style background and began to be involved in performance art, musical theater, and conducting.

Kurtz’s compositions have been performed across the United States, in Canada and in Europe. He has received many commissions for new works, from groups such as the American Guild of Organists and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A series of choral music is available from J.W. Pepper and more information can be found at





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