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
Stephanie Kelley is Assistant Director of Marketing and Admissions for Sewanee Summer Music Festival – a position that successfully merges her interest in community relationship building with her love of music. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration, a minor in psychology, and a deep-seated hunger to make the world a better, more creative place. All three have served her well, providing her with the expertise and drive to have successfully spearhead a medley of interesting and challenging projects in her career: arts festivals, marketing strategies, volunteer campaigns, and community outreach efforts, to name a few. Resourceful and motivated, the young arts administrator keeps her eyes open and her skills sharp. In addition to her position at SSMF, Stephanie does freelance design work for small to mid-sized organizations and is involved with EnVaGe : Ensemble of Variable Geometry, a contemporary classical music ensemble based out of Lexington, Kentucky.
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.