Percussion, Brass, & Other Instruments

Percussion

*John Nasshan
Ron Battani
Jerome Eadeh
Samantha Jo Peterson
Andrew Wilkin

Trombone

*Matt Stofferahn
Dylan Musso
Duane Zook

Tuba

*Jon Kercher

English Horn

Chris Fujimora

Piano

*Paula Johnson

Trumpet

*Allison McSwain
John Dunia

Harp

*Emily Montoya

French Horn

* Lee Higbie
Rick Crockett
Craig Knutson
Michael Weaver

Musician Bios

Matt Stofferahn

Doctor

Matt Stofferahn is originally from southern California but grew up in Henderson, Nevada. After graduating from Green Valley High School, he majored in composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he was named outstanding graduate at the Bachelor’s level. Matt later enrolled in medical school at Johns Hopkins University and specialized in emergency medicine and internal medicine. He currently works in the Valley Health System hospitals. He has been playing trombone with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra intermittently since 1999 and also plays euphonium with the Desert Winds. His compositions have been played by the USC Thornton Symphony and Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.

Duane Zook

Controller

Duane Zook grew up in Southern California and took up the trumpet in the 6th grade. Switched to playing the trombone in 10th grade. In 1992 moved to Henderson NV and joined the Henderson Symphony the same year. I enlisted in the US Army after high school and served 4 years on active duty. Upon completion of active duty served in the California National Guard, US Army Reserve, and the Nevada National Guard retiring in 1998. Graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1991. Received my MBA from UNLV in 1999. Starting my 21st year working at MGM Resorts and currently working as the CityCenter Controller for Construction Accounting.

Emily Montoya

Harpist

Emily Montoya, harpist, received her Bachelors of Music in Harp Performance from Manhattan School of Music under the instruction of Deborah Hoffman. In addition to her active freelance schedule, she currently holds the position of principal harp with the Boise Philharmonic and the Henderson Symphony. Before moving to Las Vegas, she played with the El Paso and Las Cruces Symphonies. She has also performed with the new music ensemble TACTUS, and as part of an internationally touring flute and harp duo. This spring she performed in the premier of Ukrainian composer Virko Baley’s opera Holodomor, as well as the premier of The Music Box, a ballet by Beth Mehocic which calls for the harpist to interact with the dancers. In addition to performing and teaching in the greater Las Vegas area, Emily has been chosen as the bi-annual adjudicator for harp at the Las Vegas Junior Festival.

Lee Higbie

Contractor

Lee Higbie graduated from Alamogordo H.S. in Alamogordo, New Mexico and earned a BFA, MusEd from UNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1994 and is currently employed as a contractor for the D.O.E. Mr. Higbie did not play the horn from the time he entered the Corps until 2005. He considers himself fortunate that there are so many ensembles available for amateur musicians here in Vegas. He believes the Henderson Symphony Orchestra has to be one of the best non-professional groups anywhere and thanks them for letting him play.

Rick Crockett

Company President

Rick Crockett has been performing with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra since 2006, as well as a member of the High Desert Horn Choir since 2003. He has also played with the UNLV community band, CSN orchestra, and the Utah Symphony. President of a local business, Rick’s pastimes include English riding, classic cars, motorcycles, skiing, cooking, and travel.