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 professional orchestral experience, at age 18, was playing Principal Tuba in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Georg Solti as part of their tuba audition process in 1988.  A year later he joined the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently appointed Principal Tuba of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in September 1997.  His teachers have included Daniel Perantoni and Harvey Phillips, both at Indiana University, Gene Pokorny and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony, and Robert Tucci, of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Floyd Cooley, of the San Francisco Symphony.

See you in Muncie!