Musicians win national auditions, join Des Moines Symphony

May 24, 2013


Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309

Date: May 24, 2013

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●



DES MOINES  – After conducting highly competitive national blind auditions, the Des Moines Symphony announces the following winners: Masha Popova, Principal Flute; Kevin Judge, Principal Bassoon; Andy Newbegin, Bass Trombone; and Hillary Tidman, Second Flute. These four musicians will join the Des Moines Symphony beginning in the 2013-2014 Season.

Masha Popova received a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She plays this year at the Tanglewood Music Center and has performed with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Kevin Judge holds a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and has participated in music festivals at Sarasota and Music Academy of the West. He is from Des Moines and played under Joseph Giunta in the Des Moines Symphony Youth Symphony for five years.

Andy Newbegin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and is pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Kansas. He was a finalist at the 2013 Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition in Lubbock, Texas and can be heard on the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble’s CD Landscapes, and on the upcoming release, In the Shadow of No Towers, both on the Naxos label.

Hillary Tidman completes a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in June and is a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

For questions or to interview any of the new Orchestra musicians, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011. Visit us at and

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.4 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-