Appointments include new Principal Timpani, Principal Harp, Piccolo

 (ST. LOUIS) The St. Louis Symphony is proud to announce the appointments of several new members for the 2013-2014 season:

Shannon Wood, Principal Timpani:  Shannon served as principal timpanist with the Grand Rapids Symphony and has also held that position with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Assistant Principal with the Charleston Symphony and Naples Philharmonic.  A New World Symphony fellow, Shannon has performed with many other orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Shannon attended University of Michigan, studying with Michael Udow and Salvatore Rabbio.  He received his Master of Music degree from Temple University and continued his studies with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra.  As an orchestral and chamber musician, Shannon has toured extensively throughout Europe, New Zealand, South America and the United States.  He has served on the faculty of University of Miami and Interlochen Center for the Arts and his summer engagements have included the Aspen Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Spoleto USA and Italy, the Tanglewood Institute, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria.

Shannon will perform with the STL  Symphony for the League of American Orchestras Conference concert on June 18.

Allegra Lilly, Principal Harp:  Since making her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Detroit Symphony, Allegra has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, International Symphony, Metro Chamber Orchestra, and numerous orchestras throughout Southeast Michigan.

As a solo competitor, Ms. Lilly has taken third place in the Concours International de Harp in Nice and second place in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. In 2008, she won the Anne Adams Award at the American Harp Society National Conference, where she was also a featured soloist. Allegra has previously appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Charlotte Symphonies. She is a graduate of Juilliard with B.M. and M.M. degrees as a student of Nancy Allen.

Ann Choomack, Piccolo:  Ann has performed with the Richmond Symphony as third flute/piccolo since 2004 and spends her summers as a faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. A graduate of Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, she completed her master’s degree at New England Conservatory in Boston.   She’s studied with Bonita Boyd, Paula Robison and Damian Bursill-Hall.

Ann has performed in numerous music festivals including Festival Lyrique en Mer, Ash Lawn Opera festival, Music Academy of the West, Kent-Blossom Chamber music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Ann will perform with the STL  Symphony for the League of American Orchestras Conference concert on June 18.

Ann Fink, First Violin:  Ann is currently a violin fellow with New World Symphony in Miami Beach.  She holds bachelors and masters degrees in music from The Juilliard School and also studied at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  Ann is a past winner of the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship from the University of Illinois.

She has performed with the Opera in the Ozarks, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Spoleto Orchestra and the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra and has studied with Alexander Kerr, Elmar Oliveira, Carol Cole, Hyo Kang and Sergiu Schwartz.

Ann recently performed Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 with New World Symphony under the baton of Tito Munoz, after she was selected as one of the 2012-2013 New World Symphony concerto competition winners.  For this performance she was loaned the 1734 ex- Ruggiero Ricci del Gesu by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins of London.  Ann is a certified Suzuki Violin teacher and has worked as violin faculty at the Preparatory Center at Brooklyn College, Lucy Moses School, and the Music Institute of Long Island.  

Ann will perform with the STL  Symphony for the League of American Orchestras Conference concert on June 18.


*Founded in 1880 and now in its 133rd season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas.