Violinist Katherine Lehman has an extensive and versatile career as a performer and teacher. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, she maintains an active performance schedule throughout the U.S. Since 2009 she has been Director of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, an internationally renowned summer program for advanced music students. Under her guidance it has emerged as one of the leading voices in music education in the U.S. Lehman has served as professor of violin at the University of the South (Sewanee) since 1995. She has been a core member of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, performing and recording with such artists as Edgar Meyer, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Trey Anastasio, Turtle Island String Quartet, and countless others. Recent projects include collaborations with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and American fiddling legend Mark O’Connor. She chairs the Performing Arts Series at Sewanee, presenting a full concert series of international artists each season. Ms. Lehman attended Eastman School of Music, the University of Kansas, and Northwestern University, where she earned the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Her teachers have included Zvi Zeitlin, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Shmuel Ashkenasi, and she has performed in master classes by Dorothy Delay, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Guarneri Quartet and many others. Ms. Lehman currently plays on an 1874 violin by J. B. Vuillaume.
Assistant Director for Marketing & Admissions
Kris LeCorgne comes from a diverse business and music background. He has had the advantage of attending schools in Florida, Georgia, and Washington state. He pursued music vigorously during his secondary education years achieving positions in the Broward County All State Small Schools Honor Band, the All County Orchestra, the Tri-State Music Convention, and earned superiors at the Solo and Ensemble Competition at both county and state levels. He was also the first student in his school’s history to achieve all of the above mentioned honors. He also studied under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Billington for 5 years and currently has two recordings of the WF Bach Lamentable No. 4 in F Major. His cultural background includes strong ties in both Europe and South America as well as a dual citizenship status from the United Kingdom and the United States. He is fluent in English and is proficient in Spanish reading, writing, and speaking. Kris has strong family ties that envelop half the world and has visited every continent except Africa and Antarctica. His background and travels have given him a unique understanding of different cultures and of the global marketplace. Kris LeCorgne currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a Major in Flute Music performance. He was involved with the Rollins College Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and was given the honor to perform with the Winter Park Bach Festival as 2nd chair under the principal flutist. He was also the founding member and Company Manager of the Rollins College Opera Company where he produced Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell. Kris has also successfully earned his MBA at the Crummer School of Business. During his masters program, he was able to secure the position of Graduate Assistant to the Accounting Professor. As part of his duties, he was active in providing consultant expertise regarding the iPad to multiple professors, the Dean of Crummer, and a number of businesses including a bank and a restaurant as a result of his Assistantship. His position gave him a high level of fluency with the Apple iOS, tablet computing, and technological innovation.
Director of Operations & Administration
Evelyn Loehrlein has performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra since 1977. She grew up in Huntsville, attended HSO concerts as a child, performed with the Huntsville Youth Orchestra as a teenager, and won the position of Second Flute with the HSO at the age of nineteen while a music major at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has served the HSO as Principal Flutist since 1988.
A versatile musician, Ms. Loehrlein has performed frequently with Orchestra Nashville. In June of 2004, she appeared with Orchestra Nashville at Bonnaroo with Trey Anastasio of Phish, and in November and December of 2003 and 2004, she toured with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Evelyn has made numerous solo appearances with the HSO, including performances of Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Howard Hanson’s Serenade, J. S. Bach’s B minor Suite, and Poem by Charles Griffes, and with colleague Katherine Newman, Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. In September of 2007, she gave the world premiere performance of a concerto written for her by Christopher Weiss to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of her first concert with the HSO.
A passionate advocate of music education, she was the founding director of the Symphony School of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. She initiated partnerships with community organizations and five public school systems to provide innovative music education programs in the elementary schools.
Evelyn’s first flute teacher was Mary Lou McNabb, then principal flutist of HSO. In elementary school, HSO’s Young People’s Concerts were an early inspiration for her, and she credits the efforts of the Huntsville Symphony Guild for continuing its tradition of bringing music and children together.
Evelyn plays on a wooden Powell flute, crafted in 1999. She also owns a Brannen Brothers platinum flute and a Powell solid 14 karat gold flute, among others. And YES — she loves her wooden flute the most! She generously loans her flutes to colleagues and students. Her interesting collection of folk flutes comes in handy during her many demonstrations to school children.
Former Staff That Deserve Thanks
Sally McCrady Hubbard
Sally Hubbard studied piano with Charlotte Hegyi in the Festival’s first two summers, 1957 and 1958. Voice became her primary interest in college, and she has been a member of the Concert Choir of New Orleans, the Houston Symphony Chorus, the Houston Oratorio Society, and the Durango Choral Society. She presently sings with the Sewanee Community Chorus. Hubbard studied at Sweet Briar College and earned a bachelor’s degree in English, minoring in music/voice, at Tulane University. She was associate editor of Studies in English Literature, 1500 to 1900 at Rice University. She has been a fundraiser, crew member, or bicycle rider for AIDS rides in California, Texas, and Washington, D.C., and now spends her free time hiking the Cumberland Plateau.