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The WSO Appoints Two New Musicians

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The WSO and Artistic Director Daniel Meyer are pleased to announce the appointment of two new musicians. They include Mark Addleman, principal horn, and Alicia Storin, assistant principal cello.

Mark Addleman recently has been named Principal horn of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Upon completing his education, Mark began playing with various regional orchestras, including Westmoreland Symphony, Erie Philharmonic (Assistant Principal), Johnstown Symphony (guest Principal), Wheeling Symphony (utility substitute), and several smaller groups and chamber ensembles, including Resonance Works in Pittsburgh and the Somerset Trio (horn, oboe, piano).

Mark began his instrumental journey on the piano at age 5 and traveled through the cello, trumpet, and euphonium before finding his voice on the French horn at the age of 20 while studying music education at Temple University. After graduating from Temple, he attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Principal horn, William Caballero.

When not on the stage with a full symphonic orchestra, Mark feeds the soul through chamber ensembles. It is through chamber music that he can show his personality and sensitivity which may not always be possible as an assistant principal. His favorite groupings, though there is much music he loves outside of these instrumentations, are the trios with violin and piano, oboe and piano, and the brass and woodwind quintets. The intimate and soloistic nature of a smaller ensemble provides more room for experimentation in color and sound that informs his orchestral performances.

When not practicing and performing, Mark combines his creative experience with his experience working in banking. The lessons and skills gained from learning to play an instrument are those that can translate to almost any industry. Through this blend of experiences and backgrounds, Mark was named President of the Board of Trustees for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. He was born and raised in Somerset, PA, where he currently resides with his husband, Chad.

Alicia Storin, a collaborative cellist, earned her B.M. at the University of MN – Twin Cities, her M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Performance Certificate in Chamber Music from U.W.M. as a member of the Institute of Chamber Music. Her passion lies in collaborations with all art forms, and she has extensive experience in both the theatre and dance worlds. She has performed as the Muse in An Iliad at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and twice at American Players Theatre. Alicia has played an onstage busker/musician for Songs for Nobodies at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Gift of the Magi at American Players Theatre, and Mary Poppins at Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia. She is also a founding member of Cadance Collective, a collaborative dance and music ensemble creating original works. Not one to shy away from movement, Alicia has even been a choreographed cellist in several Milwaukee Opera Theatre productions as well as the aforementioned production of Mary Poppins, with her cello strapped on like a small (or perhaps rather large) child. Find out more at www.aliciastorin.com

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