Quad City Symphony Orchestra Staff

The QCSO is dedicated to inspire, entertain, and engage the Quad City community through superb symphonic music, music education, and cultural leadership. Our staff is available to assist with questions and or concerns you may have regarding the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. We look forward to working with you!

Artistic Staff

Mark Russell Smith

Mark Russell Smith

Music Director and Conductor

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Christopher Ramaekers

Christopher Ramaekers

Interim YSO & YPO Conductor

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Michele Ottesen

Michele Ottesen

Youth String Ensemble Conductor

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Dortha DeWit

Dortha DeWit

Youth Prelude Strings Conductor

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Catherine Lyon

Catherine Lyon

Youth Choir Conductor

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Administration

Brian Baxter

Brian Baxter

Executive Director

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Caitlin Bishop

Caitlin Bishop

Director of Marketing

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Stephen Mohr

Stephen Mohr

Director of Development

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Beth Sindt

Beth Sindt

Director of Finance

563-424-7733   |   EMAIL

Marc Zyla

Marc Zyla

Director of Education & Community Engagement, Orchestra Personnel Manager

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Cheryl Fenderson

Cheryl Fenderson

Office Manager

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Randy Nunez

Randy Nunez

Box Office Manager

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Chelsea Schwarzkopf

Chelsea Schwarzkopf

QCSYE General Manager

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Matthew Kowalczyk

Matthew Kowalczyk

Orchestra Librarian

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Elisabeth Oar

Elisabeth Oar

Assistant Orchestra Librarian

563-322-0931

Nicolas Propes

Nicolas Propes

Digital Media Assistant

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Cris McNeal

Cris McNeal

Accounting Assistant

563-322-0931

Judy Blowers

Judy Blowers

Accounting Assistant

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Julie Scott

Julie Scott

VfS Co-President

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David Scott

David Scott

VfS Co-President

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George Hesse

George Hesse

VfS Coordinator

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Teaching Artists

Alex Norris

Alex Norris

Violin – Private Lesson Program

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Elisabeth Oar

Elisabeth Oar

Cello – PLP and Boys & Girls Club Cello Program Instructor

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Will Samorey

Will Samorey

Violin/Viola – Private Lesson Program

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Patricia Silva Weitzel

Patricia Silva Weitzel

Bass – Private Lesson Program

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Jilene Van Opdorp

Jilene Van Opdorp

Flute – Private Lesson Program

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Jenwei Yu

Jenwei Yu

Viola – Private Lesson Program

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Marc Zyla

Marc Zyla

French Horn – Private Lesson Program

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Aren Van Houzen

Aren Van Houzen

Trumpet – Private Lesson Program

 

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