Meet the Maestro

Charles Latshaw, Music Director

Latshaw, Charles

Charles Latshaw was named the new music director of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra in April 2016 and is currently the director of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and the Kent State University Orchestras. He previously served as artistic director and conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. Latshaw has also held conducting positions with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Washington Sinfonietta, and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. He was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic as the Herbert von Karajan conducting fellow in 2007.

Latshaw is firmly dedicated to bringing orchestral music to new audiences, especially young people. He has taught band, choir, general music, and musical theater to students of all ages. He has served as faculty for summer music programs, including the Rocky Ridge Music Center, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Strings Camp, and Palace Theatre summer programs. He has led “Side by Side” concerts for high school students with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, Latshaw enjoys programming accessible and exciting contemporary works, often of his own commission. He has premiered more than thirty new works for ensembles ranging from chamber groups to youth orchestras to full symphonies.

Latshaw’s performances are not limited to the podium. He has held the position of principal trumpet in orchestras in Ohio, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He has performed with jazz bands as a trumpet player, vocalist, and band leader. He has appeared in acting and singing roles with the Palace Professional Theater of Manchester and the New Hampshire State Opera. Performance tours have brought him to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, as well as across the United States.

The Orchestra


Frank Restesan, Concertmaster
Alisha Bean, Associate Concertmaster
Sandra Sundstrom, Principal Second Violin
Denis Campbell
Amanda Chipchase
Jessica Cooper
Kami Costello
Ellen Currier
Sandra Currier
Alane Currier Griggs
Jean Dillon
Ashley Gardner
Rachel Lavadie
Paul Ludwig
Karen Maloney
Brittni Nack
Arin Russell
Lindsey Sparks
Gretchen Stanton
Melba Wubben
Paul Wubben
Shannon Young


Michelle Berry, Principal
Mary Ella House
Elizabeth Kingston
Kara Leonardi
Cristhian J. Miranda Soto
Karen Youmans


Cameron Law, Co-Principal
Kristen Yun, Co-Principal
Jackson Berry
Barbra Campbell
Adelaide Currier
Carissa Docteur
Gerald Griggs
Shirley Kramer
Michelle Park
Karen Skoog
Noelle Goslee Smith


Troy Raper, Principal
Monte Atkinson
Christopher Dungey
Timothy Emmons
David Mills
Justin Russell


Jane Kuenzel, Principal
Shelley Warren, Associate Principal
Kaleb Chesnic
Jane Holmes
Kathy Rasmussen


Shelley Warren


Bill Aikens, Principal
Laura Brown, Second
Emily June
Ellen Tomlinson


Jun Watabe, Principal
Tom Hess, Second
Jami Lewis


Susan Hess, Principal
Francisco Castaneda, Second
Toru Arisawa
Chris Harrison


Rebecca Conrad, Principal
Jack Nisley, Second
Janet Cummings, Third
Jennifer Daigle, Fourth
Clint Miller


Judd Berry, Principal
Sarah Kamstra, Second
Scott Betts
Ron Bradley


Sean Flanigan, Principal
Jeff Mason, Second
Steve Tomlinson, Third/Bass Trombone
Timothy Breckon
Dylan Ford
Greg Karly


Richard Morgan


Darin Kamstra, Principal


Darin Kamstra, Principal
Lee Cantrell
Jack Chipchase
Mark D’Ambrosio
Lonni Ann Karly
Rob Labig
Isaac Lavadie
Joe Moher
Joel Nicholson
Daniel Somerville
Katie Stiles
Chris Wilson


Gisela Flanigan
Linda Jenks
Doug Morrow
Autumn Nicks


Elise Anderson, Principal


Javier de los Santos
Gary Smith

Orchestra Librarian

Paul Ludwig

Personnel Manager

Susan Hess

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