The orchestra has appointed associate concertmaster, assistant concertmaster, two new cellists and two Paul J. Ross fellows

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Campagna, Naroff and Lo photos: George Lange

(l-r) Justine Campagna, Dylan Naroff, Dale Jeong and Yun-Ya Lo

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) music director Manfred Honeck and president and CEO Melia Tourangeau has announced several new appointments to its roster of musicians.

Current PSO first violinists Justine Campagna and Dylan Naroff have been appointed to associate concertmaster and assistant concertmaster respectively. Campagna joined the PSO in 2018 and was previously associate concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony and Akron Symphony Orchestra, as well as concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Mansfield Symphony, and the National Philharmonic.

Naroff joined the PSO in 2022 having previously been a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

The new cellists joining the PSO are Dale Jeong, who has been appointed associate principal cello, and section cellist Yun-Ya Lo. 21-year-old Jeong is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has served as principal cello in the Juilliard Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Taylor Academy Chamber Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was the assistant principal cello at Moritzburg Festival Orchestra in Dresden, Germany.

Lo is also a graduate of the Juilliard School and is currently working on her doctoral degree in cello performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the guidance of Brandon Vamos from the Pacifica Quartet.

The orchestra also confirmed the appointments of bassoonist Carlos Clark and horn player Landon Young as two new Paul J. Ross Fellows for its 2024-2026 seasons. The fellowship is named in honour of the late Paul J. Ross, the violinist who, in 1965, was the first African American musician to receive a full-time contract from the PSO.

Fellows work closely alongside members of the PSO to train and prepare for professional auditions and opportunities, with substantial financial and professional development support, and robust mentorship in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

’I am extremely proud to announce these important appointments to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Justine Campagna, Dylan Naroff, Dale Jeong, and Yun-Ya Lo are four world-class musicians who share PSO’s dedication to artistic excellence, passion for enriching every life through music, and deep commitment to music learning and education,’ said Manfred Honeck.

’Each of these artists is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of music — both here in our region and around the world as Pittsburgh’s cultural ambassadors. In a very competitive field of fellow musicians, they were chosen to be part of the exceptional roster that makes Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra one of the premier American orchestras of the 21st Century.’

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