Conductor of the Lee’s Summit Symphony

directorPortraitMusic Director Russ Berlin is well-known as the co-founder and conductor of the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra and as an inspirational teacher of hundreds of area students. During his 30 years as an instrumental music teacher, the Lee’s Summit R-7 district earned a national reputation for its outstanding orchestral program.

He continues working with outstanding young musicians as music director and conductor of the Academy Orchestra of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. Berlin has earned many awards for his musical, educational and civic accomplishments. He is the recipient of the Missouri Music Educators President’s Award for Distinguished Service to Music Education in the State of Missouri and the Lee’s Summit North High School Silver Shoe Award for making a significant difference in the lives of students. He was named School Music Educator of the Year in 1994 by the Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, received the 2004 City of Lee’s Summit Citizen of the Year Award presented by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, and has been recognized by the city of Lee’s Summit for outstanding leadership on behalf of the city and state.

He holds a BME degree from Kansas State University, an MME from Kansas University, and has completed advanced orchestral training at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Musicians 2016–2017 Season

Violin I
John Rutland, Concert Master
*+Rebecca Doss
*+Jill Brock
Lindsay Tarwater
*Christina Dyer
*Sara Hall
*Meagan Jackson
*Elyn Potter
Eric Huntsaker
+Brandon Ford
Devin Saferite

Violin II
+Cindy Hancock, Principal
+Steve Wasko
*Casey Solsberg Shields
*Kyla Stoltz
Lisa Yong
Libby Feyerharm
Annette Davis
Emily Wegner
Katie Kellogg
Rene Russell
Brittany Fuller

+Carrie Turner, Principal
+Cathy Solsberg
Amy Sadler
*Laurie Schwab
Courtney Watkins
Duncan Winslow

+Michael Bersin, Principal
*Justin Cowart
+Sharry Willoughby
*Alison Pate
Melissa Hile
+Allison Ross
Yvonne Hall

Brian Casement, Principal
*Paul Hess
David Tourtellot

Lorraine Miller, Principal

Katie Baeth, Principal
Lorraine Miller

Karl Hayes, Principal
+Sheri Mattson

English Horn
Sheri Mattson, Principal

+Jim Gai, Principal
+Rebecca Caselman
Valerie Caselman
Tracy Mitchell

Bass Clarinet
Valerie Caselman

+Lisa England, Co-Principal
Marti Whelan, Co-Principal

Gary Caselman, Principal
*+Shannon Lawrence
Forest Stewart
Laurie Crawford
Richard Lanoue

+Bryant Knapp, Principal
Charles Jones
+Don Shaffer

+Jacob Crawford, Principal
David England
Mark Ransom

+Angie Thurmond, Principal

*+Darrell Thompson, Principal
*Nathan Good
Tim Schwab

+Will Braune, Principal

+Joan Ferguson

David Fieleke

+*Rebecca Doss

* LS Grad
+ Music Teacher

Musician Rehearsal/Concert Calendar