Andrew Lowy is the principal clarinetist of the North Carolina Symphony, having been appointed to the position in 2010 at the age of 22 while a graduate student at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He previously completed his bachelor's degree at Harvard College, where he studied music and linguistics. In 2012, Andrew made his solo debut with the NC Symphony, performing works of Debussy and Weber. Besides his work with the Symphony, Andrew has been an active chamber musician in the Triangle, performing with the Mallarmé Chamber Players and appearing on the Manning Chamber Music Series at William Peace University.
Before joining the North Carolina Symphony, Andrew performed with the New World Symphony and held summer fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West. Originally from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, he attended the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division while in high school, and has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in the area, including the Queens Symphony Orchestra and the Yonkers Philharmonic. His primary teachers have been Yehuda Gilad, Larry Guy, and Tom Martin.
Rebekah Daley won her position as Principal Horn of the North Carolina Symphony while pursuing her graduate studies at the Shepherd School of Music while studying under William VerMeulen. She previously completed her bachelor's degree at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Jerome Ashby and Jennifer Montone.
Rebekah has attended several summer festivals including Marlboro Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Sarasota Summer Music Festival, and Colorado College Festival. She has performed with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, and was the fourth horn for several years of Symphony in C.
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Matthew McDonald will start as the Principal Bassoonist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra this fall. Prior to his appointment there, he was the Principal Bassoonist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and co-principal bassoonist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. McDonald has performed as soloist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as at the International Double Reed Society conference. He has appeared with festival orchestras such as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Born in Huntsville, Alabama, Matthew began studying with Hunter Thomas, and later with Benjamin Kamins. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, his other teachers include Barrick Stees, Bernard Garfield, and Daniel Matsukawa. Besides playing the bassoon, Matt enjoys poetry and wine.