Yaacov Bergman, Music Director & Conductor
Pablo Izquierdo, principal
Shannon Scott, principal
Richard Simon, Jr., principal
Ryan Hare, co-principal
Mark Eubanks, co-principal
Richard Simon, Jr.
Luke Bakken, principal
Michael Agidius, principal
Dean Kravig, principal
Torrey Lawrence, principal
Barbara Lubbes, principal
Chelsea Spence-Crane, principal
Lyn Ritz, concertmaster
Maya Takemoto, assistant concertmaster
Lisa Robertson, principal second
Ardeth Erikson, assistant principal second
Mary K. French
Margaret St. Peters
Edward Dixon, principal
Benjamin Gish, assistant principal
Mary Beth Norby, principal
Jackie Wood, principal
Leonard Garrison lives in Moscow, ID, where he teaches flute at the University of Idaho. He plays with the Walla Walla Symphony because he loves the opportunity to play great music and visit Walla Walla! In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and studying French.
Alicia Stilson is an administrative assistant at the Walla Walla Clinic. She started playing flute at age 8 and began playing with the Symphony in 2011. Other than music, she enjoys cycling.
Shannon Scott is a musician and educator in Moscow, Idaho. She has been playing with the Symphony since 2006. She wanted to play flute, but her sister already did, so she got a clarinet instead, and later made up for it by marrying flutist Leonard Garrison. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking.
Carol is on the music faculty at the University of Idaho and is originally from Fort Worth, TX. She has been playing with the Walla Walla Symphony since 2007 and her favorite piece that she has played with the Symphony is Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.
Richard Simon, Jr.
Richard is a physician living in Walla Walla. He has played the saxophone for 55 years, and more recently picked up the bassoon so that he could play with the Walla Walla Symphony. Outside of music, he enjoys his practice in sleep medicine and playing golf.
William lives in Spokane and has been playing the trumpet since 1963. He chose the trumpet because he had a plastic toy trumpet as a child and decided to try the real thing. His favorite piece of music changes from day to day, but he particularly enjoys Brandenburg’s Concerto No. 2 and Mahler’s 2nd Symphony.
Doug is the Director of Jazz Studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla. He began playing with the Walla Walla Symphony in 2011 and loves sharing great classical music with the community. A few of his hobbies outside of music are running and camping.
Dave is a retired professor of jazz living in Walla Walla. He has been playing trombone with the Walla Walla Symphony since 1989. His favorite musical memory is playing with the drummer Tony Williams in Japan.
Rebecca is is a violin teacher in Walla Walla who has been playing with the Symphony since 1977. Her favorite musical memory is playing music in church with family during the holidays. When not playing violin, Rebecca enjoys cooking, running, reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Jemima is a violinist living in Moscow, Idaho. She chose the violin because it was small enough to fit in the travel trailer that she lived in with her family. She has been playing since age 13 and joined the Walla Walla Symphony in 2013.
Liubov has been playing violin since she was 7 years old, and currently teaches music in Walla Walla. Her favorite composer is Tchaikovsky, and she loves to play his violin concerto! Other than the violin, she enjoys conducting children’s choir and orchestra, playing ping-pong, traveling, and hiking.
Craig is a winemaker now living in Walla Walla who has spent more than 25 years tasting and collecting fine wines from around the world. When not at his winery, you will find him on the golf course. He has played with the Walla Walla Symphony since 2002 and particularly enjoys the music of Sibelius.
Becky is a retired music teacher living in Moscow, ID. She loves playing with the Walla Walla Symphony because of the friendly people, lovely town, getting to work with Yaki, and Cordiner Hall! She enjoys gardening, DIY projects, and walking.
Ed is a freelance musician in Walla Walla. He began playing a cello handed down from his two older brothers when he was 9 years old, and has played ever since! He can often be found playing tennis on sunny days.
Olga was born and raised in Russia, and now lives in Spokane, WA. She teaches music at Palisades Christian Academy. Her favorite piece of music is Brahms’s Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra, because of the amazing ensemble between soloists. When she’s not playing cello, she really enjoys flower gardening.
Principal String Bass
Clayton is a double bassist living in Kennewick, WA. He enjoys playing in the Symphony because of the great atmosphere and attitude of the orchestra. He has played double bass since 1958 and has enjoyed the flexibility of being able to play in many different musical genres.
Yi Fang Wu
Yi Fang was born in Taipei City, Taiwan and currently lives in Seattle. She has played with the Symphony since 2014 and loves traveling, learning different languages, and dancing. She insists that the bass chose her and she had no choice in the matter.