About the Artists

These six star musicians will make their Corpus Christi debut at the CCCMS’ Free Season Kickoff Concert on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

The Corpus Christi Chamber Players are:

  • Elisabeth Adkins, violin
  • Pablo Donatti, violin
  • Jennifer Cahill Clark, viola
  • Susan Sturman, cello
  • Diana Sipes, flute
  • Ivan Petruzziello, clarinet

Artist Bios

Elisabeth Adkins, violinist, longtime Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony in Washington, DC, is an active soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In 2014 she accepted an appointment as Professor of Violin at TCU, and she has served as concertmaster of the Corpus Christi Symphony for the past three seasons, appearing with the orchestra in the Beethoven Violin Concerto. She performs frequently in recital with her husband, pianist Edward Newman.

Pablo Donatti, violinist, grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied violin under Rafael Wainhaus and Ljerko Spiller before moving to Mexico to play with the State of Mexico Symphony for two years. Thirty years ago, he moved to Houston, Texas, and studied with Kenneth Goldsmith. He has performed with many ensembles in Texas, including Theater Under the Stars, the South Texas Players, and the Corpus Christi Symphony. Pablo served as concertmaster for the Corpus Christi Symphony for twelve seasons and is now performing his 26th season, as assistant concertmaster. In addition to performing classical music, he has enjoyed playing with the Casarsa Tango Ensemble for nine years. He is concertmaster of ECHOrchestra in Houston.

Jennifer Cahill Clark, PhD, violist, studied at the University of North Texas with Dr. Susan Dubois and Dr. George Papich. Jennifer was previously Head of Strings at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas A&M International University. Her love for chamber music flourished through festivals and performances all over the United States, including the Manchester Music Festival and the National Flute Convention. Jennifer is currently Principal Viola of the Corpus Christi Symphony, and director of the Health Careers HS Orchestra in San Antonio, Texas.

Susan Sturman, cellist, has been Professor of Cello and Double Bass at Del Mar College since 1989. She has performed extensively in Texas and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with numerous groups and currently serves as principal cellist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.

Diana Sipes, flutist, is a Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the School of Arts, Media & Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She has performed as principal flutist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra since 1997 and also by invitation at past National Flute Association Conventions. Besides orchestral performance, Dr. Sipes remains active as a chamber musician, recitalist, clinician, and adjudicator.

Italian clarinetist Ivan Petruzziello currently serves as assistant principal clarinet of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinet of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Petruzziello spent several years in Colombia, where he served as Principal Clarinetist of the “Orchestra Sinfonica del Valle” and the “Orchestra Filarmonica de Cali”. He has been Clarinet and Chamber Music Instructor at the Universidad Central, Universidad del Valle, Universidad EAFIT, and Conservatorio A. M. Valencia. He has presented masterclasses in Colombia, Italy, Cuba, Peru, Panama and United States. Mr Petruzziello earned a BM in clarinet performance under the tutelage of Francesco Belli, a MM in chamber music and an Artist Diploma Certificate at TCU.