New musicians win positions with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra have announced the appointment of three new musicians in the trombone, horn, and viola sections.
Joseph Dubas is the newly-appointed Principal Trombone. Two one-year appointments were also awarded to Nikolette LaBonte, Principal Horn, and Anna Kolotylina, Principal Viola, the symphony said in a news release.
Dubas joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 2019. Prior to his appointment in the FWSO, he held positions in the Richmond Symphony and Sarasota Orchestra.
He studied at Northwestern University where he was a student of Michael Mulcahy, Timothy Higgins, Randall Hawes, R. Douglas Wright and Christopher Davis.
Joseph has been a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival and the Music Academy of West, where he was a finalist in the 2018 Concerto Competition. In 2017, he won the International Trombone Association Lewis Van Haney Prize.
Ukrainian violist Anna Kolotylina began playing violin at the age of 5. While in school, she performed as a soloist with a Lutsk Philharmonic Orchestra and was part of famous Ukrainian ensemble “Volyniany” which maintains a robust touring schedule throughout the Slovak Republic, Poland, Austria, Luxemburg, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
In 1999 and 2001 Ms. Kolotylina won a First Prize and Grand Prix at the Regional Competition in Lutsk and participated in the Kiev National Competition receiving the prestigious “New Name in Ukraine” award.
In 2003 she studied at the Special Music School named after Solomia Krushelnytska in Lviv, Ukraine where she was the soloist with the Lviv Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 Anna entered the National Lviv Music Academy and, after one year, she participated at the Rencontres Musicales and was very privileged to be accepted to study at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland. She finished her studies at the Menuhin Academy and received her Master’s Degree at the National Lviv Music Academy.
LaBonte, a native of South Florida, is currently serving as the principal horn of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She joined the FWSO in 2019 and is currently on leave from her position as Associate/Assistant/Utility Horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra where she has served since 2016.
In addition to the FWSO and RPO, LaBonte has held positions with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Oahu Choral Society and has had had the opportunity to perform with orchestras across the country including the New York Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Syracuse-based Symphoria.
LaBonte received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2018 from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of W. Peter Kurau and is currently working to complete her graduate degree coursework under the same guidance.