Artistic: Florida Orchestra

Posted on: September 24, 2015

JOHN T. UPTON has been named principal oboe at the Florida Orchestra, headquartered on the state’s Gulf Coast with concert series in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa. Also announced were the addition of SAMANTHA BENNETT and JEANINE WYNTON to the violin section, and the appointment of CASEY JONES to the second trombone post.

Upton, 25, has served as guest principal oboe with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and at numerous music festivals, including Tanglewood. A former fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, he holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Eastman School of Music.

Bennett has served as substitute violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Sarasota Orchestra, and as guest concertmaster with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New England Conservatory.

Wynton has held assistant concertmaster posts at the Binghamton (N.Y.) Philharmonic and the Richmond Symphony, was a regular substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has performed with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and Chicago’s Grant Park Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Music. 

Casey Jones is a recent graduate of New England Conservatory, where he received a master’s degree in trombone performance.

Posted September 24 2015