What is an orchestra?

A symphony orchestra is a collection of up to about 100 musicians who play instruments of four basic types: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Click on the hyperlinks for each instrument to hear an Orchestra Indiana musician play and discuss each instrument.

  1. Strings – violins (smallest, and highest in pitch), violascellos, and double basses (largest and lowest in pitch). These players sit in a semicircle directly in front of the conductor and make up more than half the orchestra. The harp is also a string instrument, although it looks very different from the other strings. The harp player usually sits behind the violin sections.
  2. Woodwinds – flutesoboesclarinets, and bassoons. These players sit a few rows back from the conductor, in the center of the orchestra. You may sometimes see closely related instruments being played alongside these instruments. Each of the woodwind instruments has “cousins” that may be smaller, like the piccolo, or larger, like the English horn, bass clarinet, and contrabassoon.
  3. Brass – trumpetshornstrombones, and tubas. These instruments are the loudest, so you’ll see them in the rear of the orchestra.
  4. Percussion – drums, bells, tambourines, chimes, symbols, woodblocks, and sometimes odd things such as hubcaps that are struck, plucked, rubbed, etc. This includes the timpani, xylophone, and marimba. Some works use lots of different percussion; others may have a single musician playing the timpani, or no percussion at all. The percussion section is at the back of the orchestra because percussionists often play more than one instrument and need space to move from one to the other during the concert. Although the piano is really a keyboard instrument, not percussion, it is occasionally used in the orchestra and will usually be located towards the back of the orchestra, near the percussion.

Timothy Tan

Timothy Tan has been a member of the Muncie Symphony for the past four seasons. He also holds the title of Assistant Concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and also performs with the Indianapolis Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Timothy studied at the NC School of the Arts, Boston University, and Carnegie Mellon University with professors including Vartan Manoogian, Stephen Shipps, Peter Zazofsky, Roman Totenberg and Andrés Cárdenes. Summer studies and festivals include the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute, IU String Academy, Eastern Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Kent Blossom Music Festival as well as participation in two European tours with NC School of the Arts, Disney’s All American College Orchestra, and the World Youth Orchestra in Malaysia. Prior to the move to Indiana, he was a member of the West Virginia Symphony and Sarasota Opera, also having performed with Charlotte, Richmond, Nashville, Youngstown, Maryland, Fairfax Symphonies and Erie and Boston Philharmonic. He currently spends his summers with his wife, Colleen, as members of the Lake String Quartet performing at the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park.

James Thompson

Dr. James Thompson serves as Education Coordinator for Orchestra Indiana, the same position he held with the former Muncie Symphony Orchestra since 2019. In this role, he manages all aspects of the orchestra’s education and community outreach programming, including Young People’s Concerts, the Patricia Tretick Young Artist Competition, and the Together in Music and Music on the Move programs. Collectively, he has executed over 230 education and community events that have reached more than 22,000 people across East Central Indiana since 2019.

In addition to this administrative work, Dr. Thompson enjoys an active career as a flutist and teacher. Dr. Thompson has performed on three continents in diverse venues ranging from LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall to medieval Italian churches to the Great Wall of China. He has been named a winner of the National Flute Association’s Graduate Research and Masterclass competitions; and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Southern Illinois Symphony, the Ball State University Symphony Orchestra, and the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at numerous National Flute Association conventions and the College Music Society National Conference.

An avid chamber musician, Dr. Thompson recently cofounded the Middle C Collective, a flute, bassoon, and viola trio dedicated to expanding the repertoire for nonstandard chamber ensembles. The Middle C Collective will perform Lindsey Wiehl’s trio, “Hex’s Bonfire,” at the 2024 American Viola Society Festival in Los Angeles. Equally at home in orchestral settings, Dr. Thompson currently holds the 3rd Flute & Piccolo chair with Symphony of the Lakes and is a regular performer in several regional orchestras.

Dr. Thompson currently resides in Muncie, where he teaches music history courses at Ball State University. He also serves as the flute instructor at Earlham College and has an active private studio of flute students. Originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, James received a Doctor of Arts in Music from Ball State University in 2019.

Mihoko Watanabe

A native of Japan, Mihoko Watanabe is a Professor of Flute, the Chair of the Entrepreneurial Music Certificate Program, and the Woodwind Area Coordinator at Ball State University. Before joining Ball State, Dr. Watanabe taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the University of Windsor, Canada. As an active pedagogue, she travels widely as a clinician, presenting masterclasses throughout the USA, Canada, and Japan. She has adjudicated at international and national music festivals and competitions. In 2005, she taught at the Brevard Music Center summer festival. She has won competitions sponsored by the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association (NFA). She has appeared in Japan, Israel, England, Germany, and Canada as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. She is the principal flute of the Orchestra Indiana and performs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared at NFA, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte e.V. (DGfF e.V.), British Flute Association, International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association, American Viola Society, and College Music Society conferences. As a researcher, she published an article, Essence of Mei, from NFA’s Flutist Quarterly in 2008. It has been translated and published in German for DGfG e.V.’s Flöte aktuell, and in Dutch for the Nederlands Fluit Genootschap’s Fluit. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music, and Musashino Academia Musicae in Japan. As a mindful medication coach, she gives workshops for musicians nationally. More information at www.mihokoflute.com

Lisa Kozenko

Critically acclaimed American oboist Lisa Kozenko has performed throughout the world as a concerto soloist, chamber artist and orchestral musician. She has 18 solo oboe and chamber music commissions to her credit. Her solo recording of Doubles by Judith Zaimont was named to Chamber Music America’s Century List of recordings. 

Ms. Kozenko was principal oboist of the New York City Opera National Company and has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She has served on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival and as an adjudicator for the 2017 Carnegie Hall New York China Orchestra and the 70th Hong Kong Music Festival.

As a member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, she was a finalist in the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Competition and prizewinner of the Coleman, Fischoff, Monterey, Yellow Springs, and Chamber Music Chicago competitions. She was a solo prizewinner of the 15th Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition and presented her New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of Artist International.

Dr. Kozenko is Associate Professor of Performance Practice (Oboe) at Ball State University and was Assistant Professor of Oboe and Chamber Music at Mannes School of Music at the New School College of the Performing Arts.

Dr. Kozenko is a Lorée performing artist.

Christina Martin

Christina Martin is a freelance clarinetist and private instructor in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She received her Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York studying under Kenneth Grant, and her Master of Music in clarinet performance and related literature from Indiana University studying under Eli Eban.  In addition to Orchestra Indiana, she has most recently performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and in various recordings and chamber settings.  Christina and her husband have three boys, and she is also an avid knitter.

Keith Sweger

Keith Sweger is Professor of Bassoon at Ball State University. Active in the International Double Reed Society (IDRS), he is currently past president. He previously served as President, Chair of the Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition and hosted the 2006 conference of the IDRS. Sweger is principal bassoon of Orchestra Indiana, contrabassoon of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and performs regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has been a recitalist at professional conferences and at colleges and universities around the US and abroad. He has recorded on the Arsis, Capstone, Albany, and Alicia labels. Strongly committed to teaching, Dr. Sweger is in demand as a clinician and guest teacher at colleges and universities and at summer festivals and camps. His students have received many honors and are playing in orchestras and teaching in universities, colleges, and public schools around the United States. Sweger was named the recipient of the 2007 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching Award, the 2008 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Educator Award, the 2013 Dean’s Creative Endeavor Award, and a 2010 American Masterworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a guest artist/teacher at the 2011 and 2013 Asian Double Reed Association (ADRA) conferences, the 2012 Beijing International Bassoon Festival and the 2014 Spanish Double Reed (AFOES) conference and the 2017 Brazilian Double Reed Society (ABPD) conference. Dr. Sweger is a Fox Artist, performing on a Fox model 201.

Corinne Edom

Hornist Corinne Edom is currently working on her Doctorate in Horn Performance with a secondary emphasis in Music Education at Ball State University. Hailing from northern California, Corinne has a Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA, and a Masters of Music in Horn Performance from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.

Corinne has been with Orchestra Indiana since 2018 and has also performed with the Anderson Symphony, the Traverse City Orchestra, and the Las Cruces Symphony. Corinne has been an active participant in the music community and music education in eastern and central Indiana. With a passion for chamber music, Corinne has advocated for chamber music education in local public school music programs, and also on the international level at the 2019 International Horn Symposium in Gent, Belgium.

In her free time, Corinne loves going to the movies and spending time with her cat Layla!

Larry Powell

Larry Powell has served as Principal Trumpet with Orchestra Indiana since 2018. He also serves as Principal Trumpet with the orchestras in Anderson, Marion, Owensboro (KY)

Following fourteen years as an adjunct music professor at the University of Indianapolis Larry is now currently an Associate Faculty member at IUPUI in the Music & Arts Technology department. Larry received his Suzuki Trumpet training in 2021 and is now on the faculty of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy. He is among some of the first trained and registered Suzuki Trumpet Teachers in the United States. He also taught at the University of Tennessee.

Larry earned his bachelors in music education from the University of Indianapolis, and his masters in trumpet performance from Butler University.

In his spare time he loves playing tennis with his family, early morning marathon training runs, and hosting the studioHFL podcast where he interviews musicians from around the world.

Jim Rhinehart

Jim Rhinehart is a composer, arranger, pianist, and educator who teaches at Ball State University. He has degrees from Ball State, Florida State, and Central Michigan Universities. In addition to the college level, he has taught at the middle- and high-school level. Before coming to Muncie to pursue his doctorate, Jim and his family lived in Orlando, Florida, where Jim often performed at Walt Disney World. He currently teaches music theory in the School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance, and also accompanies music theatre students.