Each season, select world-class guest artists performing with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra are invited to present master classes for the benefit of area music students. These events are open to the public, FREE of charge. They provide the rare opportunity for students to work with masters of the musical craft, and for observers to enjoy high-quality student performances and ‘open lessons’ with the artists. They are highlights of our concert season, and we’d love to have you join us for the experience!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tiffany Bostic Brown headshotTiffany Bostic-Brown, soprano
Terrance Brown, baritone

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, Von Braun Center
(general seating is ON STAGE, not in the house)

Dr. Bostic-Brown and Dr. Brown return for their second consecutive season opener as featured soloists with the HSO, in a performance of the Fauré Requiem on Friday, September 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center.

Soprano Tiffany Bostic-Brown, a native of Fairfax, Virginia, has traveled the United States and Europe as a concert artist, recitalist, and operatic Terrance Brownartist. Among her numerous performance credits are Micaëla (Carmen), Violetta (La traviata), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Mimi (La bohème), and Adele (Die Fledermaus), as well as symphonic works and oratorios by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Haydn, Mozart, Poulenc, Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Verdi, and others.

Currently on the faculty of the University of North Alabama, Dr. Bostic-Brown was awarded the MM and DMA degrees from Louisiana State University, and earned her BM from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Baritone Terrance Brown hails originally from West Blocton, Alabama. He is known and appreciated for his rich, lyrical, and versatile voice. Performance credits include Count Capulet (Romeo et Juliette), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Voltaire (Candide), Salieri (Mozart and Salieri), Tonio (Pagliacci), Jake/Robbins (Porgy and Bess), and featured solo performances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Canterbury Choral Society, and Oklahoma City Ballet, among many others. His Fall 2008 performance in the opening gala of the Opera Louisiane was broadcast nationally on PBS.

Dr. Brown currently serves on the music faculty of the University of North Alabama. He holds MM and DMA degrees from Louisiana State University, and earned his BM degree from Samford University.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

William-VerMeulenWilliam VerMeulen, horn

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Roberts Recital Hall, University of Alabama-Huntsville

William VerMeulen appears with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra as soloist in a performance of Anthony DiLorenzo’s Phoenix on Friday, October 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center. The program also includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, and Mozart’s Overture to Die Zauberflöte.

Professor William VerMeulen, hailed by the Berlin Neue Zeit as “an impeccable solo horn,” has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony Orchestra since 1990, and has performed with the Cincinatti Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. His recording of the four Mozart horn concerti with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony was met with high critical acclaim and has sold out of its third pressing.

Arguably the most successful of horn teachers working today, Mr. VerMeulen is Professor of Horn at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. His students perform in major orchestras throughout the world. In 1985, he was invited to the White House to receive a “Distinguished Teacher of America Certificate of Excellence” from President Ronald Reagan. He has presented as a performer and faculty member with numerous music festivals and chamber music presenters, including Aspen, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Joshua Bell and Friends, National Repertory Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Festival.

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra presents Master Classes with distinguished guest artists from around the world. Music students, teachers and the general public are invited to attend and observe these events free of charge thanks to the generosity of its sponsors.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Gergely-IttzesGergely Ittzés, flute

4:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m.
Roberts Recital Hall, University of Alabama-Huntsville

Mr. Ittzés appears as featured soloist with the HSO in our Flute & Harp Impressions concert on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center.

Hungarian flautist Gergely Ittzés is one of the most important personalities in the world of contemporary flute-playing. While he is a successful composer and performer of experimental works for his instrument, he also strives to explore and connect with all eras of the considerable literature for the flute. Totem, a composition by Ittzés for solo flute, was commissioned by the National Flute Association for its 2012 Young Artist Competition. A seasoned soloist and chamber musician, Ittzés worked for ten years with the Talizmán ensemble and is a founding member of the TeTraVERSI Flute Quartet. He has been invited to perform at many major flute festivals throughout the world, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014. He is currently undertaking a recording project called The Great Book of Flute Sonatas, which includes more than thirty significant selections across several centuries of flute repertoire.

A graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Gergely Ittzés is the winner of many national and international soloist prizes and is now flute professor at the Széchenyi University in Győr. He has given master classes across Europe and in the U.S., Brazil, Japan, and China.


Friday, March 31, 2017

David-KadouchDavid Kadouch, piano

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, Von Braun Center

David Kadouch joins the HSO as featured soloist in a performance of the Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3 on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center.

Born in Nice, France, pianist David Kadouch entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of fourteen, where he received the First Prize with Honors. He also studied at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid, and has worked privately with pianists such as Daniel Barenboim, Maria-João Pires, and Maurizio Pollini. He was a prize winner at the 2005 Bonn Competition as well as the 2009 Leeds Competition.

Mr. Kadouch is a frequent guest of orchestras around the world – a career that began when, at just thirteen years of age, he was invited to perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under the baton of Itzhak Perlman. He has been featured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Orchestre de Strasbourg, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, and the Orchestre National de France. He has appeared at the Verbier Festival, where he won the Prix d’Honneur in 2009, the Lucerne Contemporary Music Festival under Pierre Boulez, the Gstaad Festival, Montreux Festival, and at the Louvre in Paris. His chamber music partners have included Gautier and Renaud Capuçon and the Ebène Quartet, among numerous others.


  • Performers are selected by audition and/or recommendation. However, these events are free and open for observation to the public.
  • If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact the Director of Education, Sharon Hicks, by email at sharon@hso.org or by phone at 256-539-4818.