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Detroit Symphony Orchestra names two African-American Orchestra Fellows for 2018-2019 Season

Michael Gause, trumpet, and Adam Sadberry, flute, will perform with the DSO, work with tenured mentors, and represent the orchestra in the community

Support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation allows DSO to double number of fellows

Detroit, (April 9, 2018) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is proud to announce its next class of African-American Orchestra Fellows. Beginning in the 2018-2019 Season, Michael Gause, trumpet, and Adam Sadberry, flute, will perform regularly with the DSO at Orchestra Hall and in the community, receive mentorship from tenured musicians, and participate in mock auditions to gain experience in the competitive orchestra field.

The DSO’s African-American Orchestra Fellowship was inaugurated in 1990, though similar initiatives were created in the 1980s. The program’s purpose is to enhance the career development of African-American orchestral musicians and, in the long-term, the diversity of professional orchestras.

Past fellows have gone on to earn positions at major orchestras across the country—including the DSO’s own Principal Trombone Kenneth Thompkins, who was a fellow from 1992-1994. The current African-American Orchestra Fellow is Alexander Davis, bassoon, who concludes his fellowship at the end of this season.

Thanks to generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the number of DSO Orchestra Fellows will increase from one to two beginning in the 2018-2019 Season. Former Mellon president Earl Lewis was recently honored at the DSO’s Classical Roots Celebration, which raises funds to support increased opportunities for African-Americans in classical music, including the African-American Orchestra Fellowship.

About Michael Gause

Hailing from Texas, Michael Gause spent his high school summers at the St. Mary’s Brass Camp, where he studied with John Carroll, Principal Trumpet of the San Antonio Symphony. Heavily involved in the chamber music program, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and performed with the Center for Chamber Music Brass Quintet. Under the tutelage of Scott Thornburg and Dr. Robert White, he performed with the Graduate Brass Quintet at Western Michigan University, where he received the Master of Music degree. Gause is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Michigan State University, where he studies with Justin Emerich.

As a soloist, Gause has performed the Chaynes Trumpet Concerto with the Michigan State University and was a semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition.  

Prior to receiving the DSO fellowship, Gause was appointed to the Third Trumpet position in the Youngstown Symphony in Youngstown, OH. He has also been awarded positions with the National Repertory Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival.

About Adam Sadberry

Adam Sadberry, originally from Montgomery, TX, will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as an African-American Orchestra Fellow in fall 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, he recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble as principal flute and went on tour with the Eastman Philharmonia as principal piccolo for a performance at Lincoln Center with Renée Fleming. He was also the recipient of the 2017 Eastman/Links Scholarship.

Sadberry’s orchestral experience includes performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Albany Symphony, Texas Festival Orchestra (at the Roundtop Festival Institute), American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (at the Interlochen Arts Camp). Solo performances include collaboration with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, the Clear Lake Symphony, and the Conroe Symphony. Sadberry is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist and has received awards and recognition in competitions from organizations including the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” YoungArts, National Association of Negro Musicians, and Houston Symphony League.

Sadberry taught private lessons and coordinated the Practice Buddies Program at the Eastman Community Music School. He has also instructed at the Baylor Flute Seminar and the Southeast Asia Music Festival. His flute instructors include Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Jennifer Keeney, Vicky Williamson, Sandra Benke, and Bob Price.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


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