• Dennis Hourcade
  • May 31, 2021
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GFO Soloists 2021

Dana Hotle, Clarinet

Dana Hotle, clarinet, can be heard performing in both her home state of Missouri and in Illinois. She is principal clarinet with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and performs with Winter Opera St. Louis. Dana is a former member of the Equinox Chamber Players and the Cedar Rapids Symphony (now Orchestra Iowa). She performs as a regular substitute musician with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis .

Ms. Hotle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with David Krakauer. She is a member of the instrumental music faculty of Washington University and of the Community Music School of Webster University.

Ms. Hotle will perform Concertino for Clarinet by C. M. von Weber with the Gateway Festival Orchestra,
7:30 PM, Sunday July 11, St Louis Music Park at Centene Community Ice Center.


Benedetta Orsi, Mezzo-Soprano

Italian mezzo-soprano Benedetta Orsi is one of the 2018 nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Opera by St. Louis Theater Circle for her performance as Carmen.

Ms. Orsi is one of only a few contemporary mezzo-sopranos to have performed all three of Donizetti’s Tudor Operas. Recent performances also include Adalgisa in Norma with Winter Opera St. Louis, the title role of Carmen with Winter Opera St. Louis and with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera with the Miami Lyric Opera and Maddalena in Rigoletto with Amore Opera.

Her first album “Christmas Around the World” won the Double Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards in Los Angeles. Her latest, “La Voix de l’Amour,” won the Gold Medal as Best Album.

Along with concert appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and throughout Italy, England, the United States and Spain, Ms. Orsi’s performance credits include roles in Verdi Rigoletto, Trovatore, Bellini Norma and La Sonnambula, Rossini L’italiana in Algeri and Il Turco in Italia, and Massenet Werther.

​Benedetta is a first prize winner of the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition (IVC) and first prize and Star Performer award in the American Protégé IVC; third prize winner of the Roschel IVC, and Audience and Orchestra Award in the Boulder Music Institute IVC. In her homeland, she received the Audience Award and Special Prize of the Italian Music Federation during the 28th Piero Boni International Singing Competition.

​Ms. Orsi received her bachelor’s degree in music and voice from Modena’s Istituto Musicale Pareggiato Orazio Vecchi. Later, she received her master’s degree in voice at the Regia Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna.

Ms. Orsi will perform Vocalise by S. Rachmaninoff, Pensa alla patria by G. Rossini, and I Dreamed a Dream by C-M. Schoenberg with the Gateway Festival Orchestra, 7:30 PM, Sunday July 11, at St Louis Music Park at Centene Community Ice Center


Cathleen Woelbling-Paul, Oboe

Cathleen Woelbling-Paul, oboe, English horn, oboe d’amore, is a native St. Louisan. She received a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degree from Lindenwood University and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Webster University, and Oboe instructor with Webster University Community Music School. Prior to joining Webster University, she taught at Washington University and Lindenwood University. Ms. Woelbling-Paul has performed Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe from THE MISSION with the St. Louis Wind Symphony and at the Missouri Music Educator’s Conference. She has been a soloist with Gateway Festival Orchestra, performing works by Barbara Harbach and by John Thomas. She performed Copland’s A Quiet City with the Gateway Festival Orchestra and the Webster Orchestra.

Ms. Woelbling-Paul’s prior professional experience has included: principal oboe and soloist with the Haydn Festival Orchestra in Eisenstaedt, Austria; the American Wind Symphony of Pittsburgh; the Rockford Symphony; the Illinois Chamber Orchestra; the Illinois Symphony in Springfield; Mighty Mississippi Concert Band of St. Louis; Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis; Union Avenue Opera; Winter Opera St. Louis; American Kantorei Orchestra and the Bach Society. She was a substitute player with the St. Louis Symphony, Fox Theatre Orchestra and The Muny Orchestra. Currently, Woelbling-Paul is principal oboe with the St. Louis Wind Symphony, Alton Symphony, Webster Orchestra, Webster Wind Ensemble, University City Symphony, Edwardsville (IL) Muny Band and oboe/English horn with Gateway Festival Orchestra. She performs chamber music with A Fifth Above Woodwind Quintet and The Prevailing Winds Quintet. An active freelance musician, she has performed with Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Barry Manilow, Luciano Pavarotti, The Moody Blues, the Irish Tenors, Johnny Mathis, Linda Ronstadt and Dizzy Gillespie.

Ms. Woelbling-Paul is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Festival Orchestra, a member of Mu Phi Epsilon professional music fraternity, and an adjudicator for the Missouri All-Suburban Band Auditions and Alton Symphony Young Artist Competition.

Ms. Woelbling-Paul will perform Gabriel’s Oboe by E. Morricone with the Gateway Festival Orchestra,
7:30 PM, Sunday July 11, St Louis Music Park at Centene Community Ice Center

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