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The Fort Dodge Area Symphony is interested in community enrichment and draws players from all walks of life as well as all ages and interests. The core group of orchestra players listed below are volunteer musicians who share the common interest of using their musical abilities in order to perform symphony music. Due to varied schedules, not all of the players listed are available for all of the concerts.

There are some hired players from other orchestras who fill up the string sections as needed. Some of these players perform at individual concerts and others contract for the entire season.

Some of the orchestra players engage their talents by offering private lessons or by providing special music for events such as weddings, open houses and other receptions. These players are marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below. For more details, see the Orchestra Services page.

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony frequently has openings in its orchestra. For more information about current openings please see the Contact Us page. The orchestra rehearses from 7:00 - 9:30 P.M. on Monday evenings.

VIOLIN I

  • Melissa Gillete, Concertmaster, Webster City
  • Amanda Warren, Fort Dodge
  • Katie Degelau, Fort Dodge
  • Janet Carlon, Fort Dodge
  • Robert Secor, Fort Dodge
  • Bill Sergeant, Concertmaster Emeritus, Fort Dodge
  • Dennis Root, Mason City
  • Jason Ahlquist, Titonka
  • Tom Shadonix, Ottumwa
  • Kimberly Birch, Charles City
  • Beau Henson, Ames
VIOLIN II
  • Laura Franks, Fort Dodge
  • Tammi Secor, Fort Dodge
  • Harold Hill, Belmond
  • Ana Sparks, Fort Dodge
  • Jan Secor, Fort Dodge
  • Jana Root, Fort Dodge
  • Andrea Pavik, Fort Dodge
  • Victoria Pavik, Fort Dodge
  • Nancy Bormann, Bode
VIOLA
  • Kathy Rogotske, Charles City
  • Pat Guetske, Mason City
  • Madison Helton, Ames
CELLO
  • Bill Secor, Fort Dodge
  • Barb Howie, Manson
  • T. H. Hoefing, Manson
  • Susan Kane, Webster City
  • Jasmine Stroh, Fort Dodge
  • Fox Henson, Fort Dodge
BASS
  • Brian Robison, Fort Dodge
  • Lauren Jensen, Mason City
  • David Staron, Marshalltown
PICCOLO
  • Cappi Anderson, Ames
FLUTE
  • David Klee, Sac City *
  • Nikole Nuttall, Newell
OBOE
  • Cari Hepperle, Fort Dodge *
  • Shawna Middleton, Ames
CLARINET
  • Megan Benz, Newell *
  • Danielle McKim, Fort Dodge
BASS CLARINET
  • Jerry Jimmerson, Manson
BASSOON
  • Phillip Dixon, Ames *
  • Kevin Schilling, Ames
FRENCH HORN
  • Kathy Yoakam, Humboldt *
  • Kristin Bodholdt, Newell
  • Sam Johnson, Humbolt
  • Meghan Lund, Fort Dodge
TRUMPET
  • Tim Miller, Humboldt *
  • Dave Swaroff, Dayton *
TROMBONE
  • Roger Ringnalda, Clarion
  • Megan Cassady, Fort Dodge
  • Paul Hochmuth, Manson
TUBA
  • Monte Leichsenring, Clarion
PERCUSSION
  • Susan Swaroff. Dayton
  • Matt Root, Mason City
  • Miranda Kieth, Gowrie
TIMPANI
  • Susan Swaroff, Dayton
PIANO
  • Jan Altemeier, Fort Dodge
HARP
  • Gretchen Bumwell, Cedar Rapids