Orchestra Iowa names new concertmaster

Dawn Gingrich of Chicago has been named concertmaster for Orchestra Iowa

Dawn Gingrich

Orchestra Iowa concertmaster
Dawn Gingrich Orchestra Iowa concertmaster

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dawn Gingrich of Chicago has been named concertmaster for Orchestra Iowa.

She succeeds Luke Witchger who left Orchestra Iowa in 2013 to finish his education at the Juilliard School in New York City.

“Gingrich has the experience, skill set and personality to make a great concertmaster for our musicians and an outstanding representative to the community,” says Timothy Hankewich, the orchestra’s music director. “We are eager for her to become immersed in the Orchestra Iowa School, our educational programming and the greater Eastern Iowa Cultural Corridor.”

She has performed as a soloist in Paris, Barcelona, Germany, New York, Chicago, Boston, Santa Barbara and Baltimore. She has served as guest concertmaster for the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. She has earned top prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition and others.

In 2008, Gingrich released “Time Beyond Me,” an album recorded in collaboration with Boston Trio pianist Heng-Jin Park and Gingrich’s father, Chicago Symphony Orchestra associate principal French hornist Daniel Gingrich. The record features the Brahms Horn Trio as well works for unaccompanied violin by Bach.

“I am looking forward to an exciting 2015/2016 season of symphonic masterworks, chamber performances and educational outreach concerts throughout Iowa,” Gingrich says.

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