Profiles from the Pit Archives - Michigan Opera Theatre

LAURA ROELOFS – ASSISTANT CONCERTMASTER

Michigan Opera Theatre Assistant Concertmaster Laura Roelofs has been playing the violin for more than 50 years. As a professional musician, her first job was as a resident artist and instructor – in Venezuela. She worked with the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (now known as El Sistema), where she helped develop a student orchestra …

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John Dorsey – Principal Percussion

Working with Michigan Opera Theatre has been a long-term family affair for John Dorsey, Principal Percussion with the MOT Orchestra. John began performing with the orchestra in 1982. His wife, Dee, followed in his MOT footsteps in 1986, working in the company’s production office, then as a stage manager and now as a supertitle writer …

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BRIAN JOHNSTON – VIOLINIST

While a student at the University of Michigan, Michigan Opera Theatre Violinist Bryan Johnston couldn’t decide if he wanted to study music or math. Now in his 18th season with MOT, his decision may be surprising: he chose math, a lot of math.“I finished my doctorate in math in the spring of 2000, and I …

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Sally Heffelfinger Pituch – Oboist, English Horn

Michigan Opera Theatre Oboist and English Horn Sally Heffelfinger Pituch can thank opera for her career path. The Vassar, Michigan native began her musical career playing bassoon as a child but decided to switch to oboe after seeing a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors in sixth grade. “Amahl plays a wooden flute at …

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Clark Suttle and Derek Weller – All About that Bass!

Meet the members of our orchestra with our Profiles from the Pit series! This month, learn about our bassists Clark Suttle and Derek Weller! Clark Suttle Being of French heritage, it is fitting that Clark Suttle’s bass is named “Marie Antoinette.” It is even more so since the instrument was made in France in 1865 …

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Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu Meet the members of our orchestra with our Profiles from the Pit series! This month, learn about violinist Andrew Wu! Violinist Andrew Wu has been performing with Michigan Opera Theatre since 2004. The Ohio native got his start at seven years old after seeing Mister Rogers appear with the Cleveland Orchestra. Soon after, …

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Jean Schneider

Meet the members of our orchestra with our Profiles from the Pit series! This month, learn about our MOT’s repetiteur and pianist! Jean Schneider is a woman of many talents. In addition to playing the piano, celeste, organ and harpsichord in the orchestra pit, she has been Michigan Opera Theatre’s repetiteur since 2002, playing the …

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