Indiana 2019 Artists: Orchestral Section-in-Residence

Always an exciting feature of the program, the ITF Orchestral Section-in-Residence will perform a recital of excerpts and ensemble music, and coach student performances in a master class.

For 2019, we are excited to present the low brass section of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra



Blake Schlabach



Riley Giampaolo

Riley Giampaolo joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2016. Prior to joining the ISO, Giampaolo studied at the New England Conservatory with James Markey. While in school Giampaolo spent 2 summers with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Rendsburg, Germany.

Riley has performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Additionally in 2013 he was named the winner of the International Trombone Association’s George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition.



Anthony Kniffen’s first orchestra gig, at age 18, was playing Principal Tuba for a week in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Georg Solti.  A year later he joined the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and was appointed Principal Tuba of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in September 1997.  Mr. Kniffen is the ‘play-along’ tuba player on Hal Leonard’s “Essential Elements 2000,” and can also be heard below the Great Pokorny on “CSO Resound:  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Section Live.” He has won numerous concerto competitions and performed the John Williams Tuba Concerto with both Honolulu and Indianapolis. Tony has toured with Summit Brass and sat in with the orchestras in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Detroit, Minnesota, and the Malaysia Philharmonic. After having subbed for the studio at CCM and three semesters at IU, he began teaching at Butler University in 2018.  Mr. Kniffen is an Eastman artist.

See you in Muncie!