ST. LOUIS—The STL Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of four new full-time musicians:

Janet Carpenter, second violin, earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) as a student of David Updegraff, where she also pursued graduate studies with William Preucil. Carpenter was the recipient of CIM's Dr. Jerome Gross Prize in Violin in 2009. She made her solo debut in 2007 as a first prize winner of the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition. Carpenter has played for four years in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where she served as acting first assistant concertmaster for one season. During her time there she performed regularly on the CSO Chamber Players series, and appeared multiple times as a soloist with the Cincinnati Community Orchestra. Prior to that, she was principal second violinist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Janet Carpenter has participated in the International Music Academy Pilsen, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Spoleto Festival USA.

Elizabeth Chung, cello, who recently completed her fifth season with the STL Symphony as a replacement player, received her B.M. and M.M at the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of David Soyer and Timothy Eddy. Chung attended Verbier Academy, Holland Music Sessions, Kronberg Academy and Banff master classes, where she studied under Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Luis Claret, Rafael Wallfisch, Andreas Diaz and Paul Katz. Chung has soloed with the Finnish Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Harper Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Tech University Orchestra, Keweena Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Academy Orchestra. Her chamber music experience includes performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with renowned violinist Midori, Sarasota Music Festival, Verbier Academy, Banff Centre and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Chung has been a recipient of Morse and Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowships, and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg, William R. Hearst, Thelma Altshuler and the Leonard Rose scholarships. Elizabeth Chung is very active in the Symphony’s Community and Education programs.

Vincent Karamanov, contrabassoon and bassoon, has been a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 2009. In December 2014, Karamanov was appointed assistant principal/second bassoon; previously serving as utility bassoon/contrabassoon. He was also principal bassoon of the West Michigan Symphony from 2009 to 2015, appearing as soloist in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto and Sinfonia concertante (for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn). He has also performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under maestro Edo de Waart, and the Kalamazoo, Lansing and Traverse symphony orchestras. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Karamanov studied at Ball State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Michigan State University. His primary teachers were Dr. Keith Sweger, John Clouser (principal bassoon with the Cleveland Orchestra) and Michael Kroth. He also studied contrabassoon with Jonathan Sherwin (Cleveland Orchestra).

Yin Xiong, cello, began to learn the piano from an early age and later switched to cello. At the age of nine, she enrolled in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and was later admitted to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Xiong was awarded many international and national prizes including the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and the 4th and 5th National Cello Competition. She was the principal cellist of the Pacific Music Festival from 2006 to 2009. Xiong also attended the Kronberg Academy and Aspen Music Festival. As a soloist, Xiong has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Xiamen, CISMA and the Academy Symphony Orchestras. As an enthusiastic advocate for chamber music, Xiong actively performs throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including performances in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and the American debut of Toshio Hosokawa’s Piano Trio. She has attended the Banff Centre chamber music residency, Kneisel Hall and the Taos School of Music. Xiong earned an Artist Diploma in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she performed regularly with the Oberlin Orchestra and Oberlin Chamber Orchestra as principal cellist. She is now in the accelerated BM/MM program at the Juilliard School where she studies with Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick. Yin Xiong played Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the STL Symphony at Powell Hall and on the California Tour during the 2016/17 season.