Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Musician Roster
Jorge Ivan Gonzalez, Concertmaster
Luis Alfaro, Assistant Concertmaster
Zully Morales, Principal
Guillermo Del Pardo
Guo-Sheng Huang, Principal
Taylor Hollyer, Principal
Danilo Mezzadri, Principal
Rebecca Mindock, Principal
John Craig Barker, Principal
Kim Woolly, Principal
Jacquelyn Adams, Principal
Ismael Brandao, Principal
Bret Barrow, Principal
Brian Gallion, Principal
Allen Kelly, Principal
Laura Noah, Principal
Meet the Principals
In addition to serving as concertmaster of the Gulf Coast Symphony, I am the Director of Youth Orchestras at the University of Southern Mississippi, teacher and conductor of the HPSD string orchestras, assistant concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony, personnel manager of the Meridian Symphony and artistic director of Festival South Orchestral and Chamber Music Academy. I love spending time with my beautiful wife Gladys and my two wonderful children Ian (5) and Alison (1).
I love playing music with friends and working with students. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, working on house projects, and growing vegetables in my garden. I also enjoy taking care of my neighbor’s cat who moved in with me after adopting me.
Having moved from New York City, I’m beyond grateful to be so immersed within the classical music scene of the Gulf. It is one that is ripe with passion and talent to rival that which I experienced in my years at The Juilliard School. I can’t begin to express my excitement to play my first season with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra as your new principal bass. Apart from playing here in Biloxi, I am also principal bass of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and occasionally perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.
Danilo Mezzadri has an active concert schedule around the US, South America, and Europe. This year he is performing recitals and solo concerts at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI), A Tempo Bogotá (Colombia), Música nas Montanhas (Brazil) and Zona Musicale Festival (Italy). Danilo is honored to be hosting Sir James Galway at Southern Miss in the Spring. A Shodan in Aikido, Danilo Mezzadri is excited to have opened a new studio that he runs in Hattiesburg. He enjoys playing legos with his four-year-old son Giuseppe.
Anne Chabreck is native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She received a Masters of Music Degree in Flute Performance from Louisiana State University, and Bachelors in Music Degree in Flute Performance and English Literature from Loyola University in New Orleans. In New Orleans, she works extensively as a flutist and flute teacher, and is the treasurer of the Louisiana Flute Society. She is the piccolo player of the Gulf Coast Symphony in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Anne plays flute at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Louisiana. She has played for many city wide events including the National Katrina Remembrance in 2006.
Dr. Rebecca Mindock
Dr. Rebecca Mindock is the Assistant Professor of Double Reeds at the University of South Alabama, and, in addition to being principal oboist of the GCSO, she is also principal oboist of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and plays English horn and oboe with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. She loves to travel and has been to all 50 states and has set foot on 6 of the 7 continents.
John Craig Barker
In addition to serving as Principal Clarinetist with the Gulf Coast Symphony, I am the General Manager and Director of Artistic Administration of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. My work as a full time arts administrator and performer provide me with a unique view of the orchestra industry and how important the work that we do is to the community. Our orchestras in the region have a significant cultural and economic impact on our communities, and I am proud to be a small part of that effort.
Principal bassoonist Kim Woolly is Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Southern Mississippi and a member of the Mobile (AL) and Meridian (MS) Symphonies. She holds a BA in music from Wellesley College, an MM from the Eastman School of Music, and a DM from the Florida State University. A native of Little Rock, AR, Kim enjoys watching Razorback athletics and Formula 1 racing as well as taking care of her dog, Annie, cat, Maggie, and all the other little animals that cross her doorstep.
Jacquelyn Adams is the Assistant Professor of Horn at The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to performing with GCSO, Adams is currently premiering and recording “Radiant Dances” by James Naigus, a new piece for horn and string orchestra. Jacquelyn spends her free time exploring music, food, and walking her dogs
At my first concert with the Gulf Coast Symphony I was terribly nervous, but as soon as the music started and the musicians became a unit, my nervousness disappeared and gave way to the sensation of being part of something special. Making music at the highest level like this simply gives me satisfaction and a certain feeling of being emotionally complete. It is a huge honor for me to be a part of this outstanding orchestra.
Trombonist Bret Barrow is principal trombonist with the Pensacola Symphony and a freelance trombonist and music teacher in Northwest Florida. He is the Executive Director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. He earned his Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While studying in Cincinnati, he performed with the West Virginia Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony, and was an antiphonal trombonist for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Bret has also performed with the Mississippi Symphony, and the Meridian Symphony.
I am thrilled beyond words to begin my sixth season as principal tuba with the Gulf Coast Symphony. I have enjoyed myself immensely over the last five years, and I am very much looking forward to the upcoming season. I also serve as principal tuba of the Rapides Symphony and the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestras in Louisiana. In addition to my orchestral playing, I am an active chamber musician with the Lautes Tuba Quartet and the Chimes Street Brass Quintet. I have also recently started a new chapter in my life, as I have left academia and accepted the position of Program and Grant Director of Kids’ Orchestra in Baton Rouge. We provide music lessons and academic enrichment to more than 800 elementary school students in the Baton Rouge area.
This year marks my second season as Principal Timpanist and 13 years with the Gulf Coast Symphony. It is a joy and a pleasure to present wonderful music to the community. In addition to performing with the Gulf Coast Symphony, I am the Principal Timpanist with the Mobile Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, and the Meridian Symphony. I live in Mobile with my husband and two dogs.
For the past eight years, I have had the privilege and honor to make music along the Gulf Coast. This year is extremely exciting for me as I will be the acting principal percussion for the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 concert season. In addition to the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, I am the principal for Mobile Opera as well as a section member of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and Pensacola Opera.