Although we all work together to make music on the stage, our lives are quite different. Take a closer look at a few of our musicians below:
David Foster - percussion
Inside the home studio of percussionist David Foster, you will find a xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone, assorted snare drums, cymbals, triangles, tambourines, and hundreds of assorted sticks and mallets. “I think the only instrument I don't have is a set of chimes,” David observes. Because symphony percussionists are required to play many different instruments at the highest level, it is necessary to own or have ready access to all of these. Percussionists must practice for hours before the first rehearsal, making sure their rhythm is airtight, their strokes consistent. For David, most of this practicing occurs at night. His days are spent working as a Senior Director at Capital One, heading up the bank's Consumer Credit Policy and Governance department.
Tom Schneider - principal bassoon
This fall, the Richmond Symphony welcomes a new talent in the Principal Bassoon chair by the name of Tom Schneider. A Colorado native, Tom was most recently a member of the New World Symphony in Miami under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.