Musician Profile: Lynn Peithman


This is my 30th year with the NSO. Although I was born and raised in Michigan, Nashville grew on me quickly.  This is my home, and I do feel that members of the Nashville Symphony are my extended family.

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and a Master’s degree in Chamber Music, both from the University of Michigan.

I have an 8 year old son who is about to start 3rd grade; and, we recently opened our home and hearts to a sweet, 5 yr. old rescue kitty, named Sam. I moved to Green Hills just before my son started kindergarten because I wanted to live in a great public school zone since private funding was not an option. I show up at school every chance I get – either to have lunch or help out.

One of my favorite pastimes is reading to my son – yes, he still lets me, even though he is an excellent reader. I am also enjoying being a soccer and basketball mom; it is keeping me busy but I am still spending time with my son.

My favorite sport is tennis, and now that my son has started, we can volley together. He will likely be surpassing my ability before long. We also have a ping pong table at home, and it gets a lot of use.

I love to read, and I’ve been part of a book group for over 20 years.

My son and I are really good at building Lego sets – not quite sure who enjoys it more.

I am proud to be a Nashville Symphony cellist, and I continue to appreciate all the amazing talent around me. 

Meeting and Greeting our audience

Before our final concert of the season, several of our musicians went out in front of the hall to meet our patrons. This mother and daughter team is from Leitchfield, Kentucky – Monica and Samara Heavrin, who are pictured with orchestra members John Maple and Mindy Whitley.

Backstage fun during Fantasia!

Violist Mindy Whitley took these pictures of the musicians having some fun during the intermission of our recent Fantasia movie/music presentation –

Bassist Kevin Jablonski:

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Violist Mindy Whitley:10309357_10204233374264525_6613806248179505539_n

Conductor Vinay Parameswaran:10425856_10204233371944467_3021869873131641479_n

Violinist John Maple:10443444_10204233372824489_512683305389050572_n

Violist Hari Bernstein:10444367_10204233373824514_1230755397186998226_n

Violist Mary Helen Law:10446602_10204233373064495_7296165224648560193_n

Cellist Steve Drake:10487195_10204233372664485_6408502936906408400_n

French Hornist Beth Beeson:10487273_10204233374024519_6563632448394173912_n

Bassist Glen Wanner:10489916_10204233373544507_4793721453483213607_n

Congratulations to the Vandy Baseball Team!

Fantasia’s mystery Sorcerer?

This NSO musician has always loved Mickey as the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, and even has a few collectibles. During a Halloween concert at the musician’s alma mater more than 30 years ago, the University’s orchestra performed the work with an “apprentice” conductor on the podium. At the point when the broom in “Fantasia” begins coming back to life and multiplying in the music, every bassoonist and bassoon student at the school entered the stage playing the same melody as they headed for the podium!
Stay tuned to find out the identity of the masked musician.



(reveal: it’s Laura Ross, second violinist!)

End of the season – time for goodbyes

The symphony musicians have said farewell to several departing colleagues in the past few weeks. It began with a reception for our Principal Librarian, D. Wilson Ochoa, who leaves us after 11 seasons to become the Principal Librarian of the Boston Symphony. His responsibilities will cover both the BSO and Boston Pops repertoire.



On June 18, 2014, 1st violinist Deidre Fominaya Bacco was recognized onstage for her outstanding 32 years with the Nashville Symphony as she plans to retire at the end of this season. President & CEO Alan Valentine and cellist Bradley Mansell shared remembrances with the orchestra and audience at the Patrons Appreciation Concert. A reception followed with orchestra and staff members past and present, who were joined by Deidre’s family, friends, violin students and their parents to celebrate.




A smaller celebration was held at Luigi’s as members of the NSO violin sections – plus a few renegade violists – met to thank 1st violinist Erin Long for her many years in the orchestra. She recently announced she would be leaving the orchestra to begin a new career path.


NSO Musicians on ABC’s Nashville

Seven of our musicians are being filmed today for an upcoming episode of ABC’s hit show Nashville!  We’ll let you know when the episode airs.

From L to R:  From L to R: Violinists Ali Gooding, Beverly Drukker, and Carrie Bailey, pianist Bob Marler, cellist Michael Samis, and violists Mary Helen Law and Bruce Christensen.

From L to R: From L to R: Violinists Ali Gooding, Beverly Drukker, and Carrie Bailey, pianist Bob Marler, cellist Michael Samis, and violists Mary Helen Law and Bruce Christensen

NSO Musicians at the ICSOM Conference

From L to R:  Ray Hair, Laura Ross, Brad Mansell, Meredith Snow, Paul Austin

From L to R: Ray Hair, Laura Ross, Brad Mansell, Meredith Snow, Paul Austin

Nashville Symphony members Laura Ross and Brad Mansell are enjoying themselves at the ICSOM Conference in Kansas City, MO.  Here’s a photo of Brad and Laura with AFM President Ray Hair, Meredith Snow of the LA Phil, and Paul Austin of the Grand Rapids Symphony, ICSOM’s newest member!


Benjamin Lloyd Plays in Beethoven’s Birth House


A very hot day in Bonn, sitting just outside the room in which Beethoven was born. The last time anyone sat here and played was 61 years ago when Pablo Casals played. I performed the Beethoven Romance in F and a piece I wrote, Hochzeitsmelodie #1 for violin, Recorder and Harp. The people at Beethoven – Haus are first rate and the director, Dr. Michael Ladenburger is a gentleman extroidinaire! This was an experience of a lifetime! The room in which he was born is just over my head on the third floor.