The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the appointment of LYLE STEELMAN as assistant principal trumpet and SHACHAR ISRAEL as assistant principal trombone. They will make their first appearances in these roles on July 29 and August 10, respectively, during the orchestra’s 2009 Blossom Festival season. Steelman, who will hold the James P. and Dolores D. Storer Chair, has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra as substitute trumpet since 2005, and for the past three years has served as principal trumpet of the Charlotte (N.C.) Symphony Orchestra. From 2004 to 2006 he played second trumpet in the Richmond (Va.) Symphony. A native of Cleveland, Steelman graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music (Berea, Ohio) and earned a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University. He received further training in Colorado’s National Repertory Orchestra, where he served as principal trumpet. Israel is currently principal trombone in the Hartford Symphony, and from 2004 to 2008 held that post in New Jersey’s Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra (now known as Symphony in C). He has performed and recorded with Canadian Brass and appeared as soloist with New York City’s Jupiter Symphony Players. Israel holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s from The Juilliard School.

Posted May 19, 2009