Welcome to the neighborhood: Seven new members of the ASO.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes seven new musicians for 2020/21 season

EarRelevant Staff | 15 SEP 2020

On Monday morning the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced it has added seven new musicians to its ranks for the 2020/21 season.

The group coming on board this fall includes Jerry Hou, the ASO’s new associate conductor and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO), first violin Kevin Chen, second violins Dae Hee Ahn, Robert Anemone and Rachel Ostler, trumpet Anthony Limoncelli, and former third horn Jaclyn Rainey, who returns to the ASO as principal horn.


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The ASO will return to the stage of Symphony Hall this month to open its 2020/21 season. Because of concerns over the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, all fall concerts will be performed without any live audience present in the hall, but will be available for audiences to view on the ASO’s Virtual Stage as subscriber content. The programs will be comprised of smaller, socially distanced orchestral ensembles and will feature music director Robert Spano, principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles, selected guest conductors and artists, and ASO members as soloists. Scheduled programming for the fall can be viewed here.

Introducing our seven incoming ASO musicians:


Jerry Hou

Jerry Hou

Jerry Hou (associate conductor) will work with music director Robert Spano, principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles and other guest conductors in concerts and recording sessions. In addition, as the new music director of the ASYO, Hou will oversee repertoire selection, auditions, rehearsals, competitions and the selection and seating of the student players, while working in tandem with the ASO’s education and community engagement department.

Prior to his ASO appointment, Hou served on faculty of Sheperd School of Music, Rice University in Houston, TX, where he led the contemporary ensemble and worked with the symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music program and opera. He also served as founder and artistic director of the music series, Hear&Now. As a conductor, Hou has collaborated with some of the leading internationally acclaimed orchestras and composers; and is associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival. Read more


Jaclyn Rainey

Jaclyn Rainey

Jaclyn Rainey (principal horn) returns to the ASO from the Los Angeles Philharmonic where she served as associate principal horn. Prior to that, the Louisville, KY, native served as third horn with the ASO for four seasons. Rainey is an artist affiliate at Emory University, has served on the faculty of Georgia State University, and also maintains a private teaching studio. Rainey earned her bachelor’s degree in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music, and her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Read more


Dee Hee Ahn

Dee Hee Ahn

Dae Hee Ahn (second violin) joined the ASO in May of 2020. Prior to her appointment, she was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and has served as a rotating concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of maestros Peter Oundjian, Carolyn Kuan and Shinik Hahm. Ahn has a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and a master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Music. Read more


Robert Anemone

Robert Anemone

Robert Anemone (second violin) joins the ASO from the first violin section of the North Carolina Symphony, where he also served as acting assistant concertmaster for part of the 2019/20 season. Prior to that, he served for three years as concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic. Anemone earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from James Buswell’s studio at the New England Conservatory. Read more


Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen (first violin) served as a fellow with the New World Symphony, led by Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, since 2017 before his appointment to the ASO. Chen received his master’s degree from The Juilliard School in 2016, where he studied with Naoko Tanaka and David Chan. He is also a graduate of Columbia University, where he completed his undergraduate studies as part of the Columbia-Juilliard Joint/Exchange program. Read more


Anthony Limoncelli

Anthony Limoncelli

Anthony Limoncelli (trumpet), a native of New Hyde Park, NY, received his bachelor’s degree from The Manhattan School of Music and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He has also continued his graduate studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as a student of Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. Limoncelli joins the ASO from the Sarasota Orchestra, where he was principal trumpet. Read more


Rachel Ostler

Rachel Ostler

Rachel Ostler (second violin) is a former member of San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed extensively with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Music, Ostler served as concertmaster for the Yale Philharmonia. She previously studied at the Colburn Conservatory under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt. Read more


For more information about the Atlanta Symphony Orchestsra and its 2020/21 season visit the ASO website.


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