New concertmaster, principal bassoon, and more at Detroit Symphony

Posted on: August 1, 2022

“The Detroit Symphony has appointed Robyn Bollinger, noted free-lance and former member of the Boston-based chamber group A Far Cry, to be its next concertmaster,” writes Susan Elliott in Thursday’s (7/28) Musical America (subscription required). “After a successful audition in February, Bollinger sat in with the DSO for two weeks in May…. Bollinger … has served as guest concertmaster with numerous American orchestras, frequently with the Pittsburgh Symphony. At the DSO, she succeeds YoonShin Song, who left in 2019 to join the Houston Symphony as concertmaster…. The DSO has also named a new principal bassoon, Conrad Cornelison, most recently in the same job with the Jacksonville Symphony, where he has been since 2017. Previously he has played with the Houston Grand Opera … and as a guest with the Houston Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra…. He succeeds Robert Williams, who retired in 2019-20…. Adam Rainey also joins the orchestra, slipping into the bass trombone chair previously occupied by Randall Hawes, who retired in 2019-20 … Rainey arrives after eight years in the Kansas City Symphony. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony…. The three new musicians join the orchestra next fall, along with flutist Shantanique Moore, one of two African American Orchestra Fellows.”