Artistic: Jacksonville Symphony

Posted on: May 26, 2015

Three positions have been filled at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Symphony Orchestra: JOSEPH GRIMMER, principal bassoon; DEREK HAWKES, second trombone; and FORREST SONNTAG, second trumpet. The appointments take effect in 2015-16, Courtney Lewis’s inaugural season as music director.

Joseph Grimmer, principal bassoon, served as assistant principal in the Naples (Fla.) Philharmonic during the 2013-14 season, and he has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Tennessee’s IRIS Orchestra, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. A native of Colorado, Grimmer holds a master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and a bachelor’s from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Derek Hawkes, second trombone, has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Bangor (Me.) Symphony Orchestra, and the Las Colinas-Arlington-Garland Symphony in Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 

Forrest Sonntag, second trumpet, is a former member of the New World Symphony and has performed with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Orchid City Brass Band of West Palm Beach, and the Patriot Brass Ensemble. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in classical trumpet performance.

Posted May 26, 2015