Born in Denver, Colorado, Principal Trombonist Craig Mulcahy joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 2006. Prior to this appointment, he held the positions of Principal Trombone of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for seven years, Second Trombone with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Trombone of the Tulsa Philharmonic.
Chief Musician Jason Ayoub, a native of El Paso, Texas, joined the Navy Band in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas (UNT), where he studied with William Scharnberg. During his final year at UNT, he joined the nationally acclaimed Dallas Brass.
Richard A. White
With over two decades of performing on the world’s classical music stages, tubist Richard White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. He began his tuba studies with Ed. Goldstein at age twelve at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he graduated with honors. He then went to the Peabody Conservatory of Music to study with David Fedderly (Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony) where he received his Bachelor’s degree.
Nancy Taylor is the trumpet professor at University of Texas at El Paso. She holdsdegrees in performance from Arizona State University (David Hickman) and IndianaUniversity (Allan Dean). She also studied extensively with Vince diMartino. Beforejoining the music faculty at UTEP in 2008, Taylor was a member of the United StatesMarine Band, “The President’s Own” where she holds the unique distinction of havingbeen the first female to win a position in the cornet/trumpet section in the nearly 200-year history of the organization.
Sophia Kim Cook
Born in Montréal, Québec, Sophia Kim Cook pursued piano studies first at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, and finishing at McGill University, Schulich School of Music, receiving both her Bachelor with Honors and Masters of Music there. Ms. Kim Cook excelled in competition including, as a soloist, winning the McGill Symphony Orchestra Competition in Québec and as an accompanist, the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition in Manitoba, and the National Music Festival in Nova Scotia.