As a young child growing up in
Seattle, Dorothy was enchanted with the cello. She began taking
lessons and by high school was a member of the Seattle Youth
Symphony. Following graduation, she caught the train to
Rochester, New York and continued her cello studies at Eastman
School of Music.
Early professional work was with
orchestras in Colorado and New York state. After moving to
North Carolina, she performed with the Eastern Music Festival
and the Greensboro Symphony before joining the Charlotte
Symphony in 1977. Charlotte has been her home ever since. A high
point of her Charlotte Symphony tenure was a performance of the
Second Piano Concerto in which she played the famous cello solo.
Dorothy plays an English cello
made by Benjamin Banks in 1778. When not performing with the CSO,
Dorothy is likely to be making pottery at Clayworks or
volunteering at Hospice. Dorothy has two grown children;
Matthew, a paramedic for Durham County and Rebecca, a cellist
with the Virginia Symphony (formerly principal cellist of the
Charlotte Youth Symphony) and mother of Benjamin, Dorothy's
violist Ali Kavadlo is a native of the great state of New
Mexico. She was born in Santa Fe, grew up in Farmington (in the
four corners area) and lived in Albuquerque for six years until
she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BME
degree, magna cum laude. Her violin teacher at UNM was Kurt
Frederick, of blessed memory. At UNM, Ali was elected to Pi
Kappa Lamda, national music honor society and Phi Kappa Phi,
national scholastic honor society and was a member of Sigma
Alpha Iota, women's music fraternity. Ali earned her MM degree
in violin performance from the University of Southern California
with high distinction. At USC, her violin teacher was Eudice
Shapiro and her string quartet coach Gabor Rejto. She held a
graduate fellowship as the second violinist of USC's highly
acclaimed graduate string quartet.
During graduate school, Ali played
violin for several summers in the Festival Orchestra at the
Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, where she met her husband,
Gene, who is the CSO's Principal Clarinetist. From LA, Ali moved
to New York City, where she spent two years teaching elementary
school music and studying viola with Michael Tree of the
Guarneri String Quartet and with William Lincer of the Juilliard
School. It was in NY that Ali and Gene were married. The
Kavadlo's moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1972 to assume
principal positions in the Jacksonville Symphony, Ali on viola.
During the summers, Ali and Gene taught at a music camp in the
years later they both won principal positions in the Charlotte
Symphony, where they have been since 1975. During her years in
Charlotte, Ali has performed in numerous chamber music concerts,
performed at many local churches and taught hundreds of violin
and viola students. She and Gene play together in their
ensemble, Viva Klezmer! which specializes in Jewish music and
which has won critical acclaim for its many performances
throughout the Southeast.
Ali and Gene have two children.
Peter is a writer and lives in Los Angeles and Ilana aspires to
open her own craft boutique and lives in Brooklyn. When time
permits, Ali enjoys gardening, reading, walking, hiking and all
manner of crafting.
Tubist David Mills joined the Charlotte Symphony in 1977
and became the Orchestra’s Principal Librarian in 1993.
A native of Albemarle, N.C., he received his Bachelor of
Music from the University of Miami, Florida and did
further studies at UNC Chapel Hill, the University of
Miami, Manhattan Conservatory, and the Institute of
Advanced Musical Study in Montreux, Switzerland. His
teachers included Constance Weldon, Toby Hanks, Joe
Novotny, Abe Torchinsky, Paul Krzywicki, Mel Culbertson,
Robert Tucci, Denis Wick, and Jean Douay. His library
studies were with Alexander Broude.
In addition to his primary
roles with the CSO, David has performed with the
Orchestra as narrator on numerous occasions, most
notably in the award-winning Mill Village Project.
He and his wife, Stacey (a trumpet player and band
director), have two sons – John David (who plays
trumpet) and Tucker (who plays trombone) – and together
the four of them perform at Covenant Presbyterian Church
as the Mills Family Brass. David is also a member of the
brass quintet, Brass Act.
David enjoys biking,
swimming, bogie golf, and drinking coffee with the
Jeremiah Coffee Club.
In recognition of David’s
fine service to the CSO, he received the first-ever
Sally Ann Hall Spirit of the Symphony Award in 2007, an
annual award given to an “unsung hero” of the Charlotte
Symphony. Just four days after the Sally Ann Hall Spirit
of the Symphony Award ceremony on June 7, 2007, David
travels to Aspen, Colorado, where he will serve as
Librarian for the Festival Orchestra of the prestigious
Aspen Music Festival.
Harpist Bette Roth was raised in Lees Summit, Missouri where she
first studied music. She excelled on the harp and won a
position to study at the acclaimed Curtis institute in
She was at
Curtis when she took a six-week leave to tour with the North
Carolina Symphony. It was then that she met her future husband,
Wolfgang Roth, who was a member of the NC Symphony. After
graduating from Curtis, Bette spent a year studying in the
Netherlands on a Fulbright scholarship. During that year,
Wolfgang had returned to Germany and at the end of the year the
couple were married in his home country where they took up
residence. In 1971, they came to Charlotte where Wolfgang was
offered one of the first full-time positions with the Charlotte
Symphony. Bette was offered a per service position as Principal
Harpist of the CSO Chamber orchestra. In 1983 Bette became the
full-time Principal Harpist of the Charlotte Symphony. In 1995
Bette began the Suzuki Harp Society in Charlotte, which has
become very large and active. Her favorite work played with the
CSO is Ravel's "Daphnes and Chloe" and her hobbies include
hiking/walking, sailing, reading, Bible study, teaching,
sewing/crocheting and traveling. The Roths have two children,
Dieter and Carla and are the proud grandparents of Sebastian and
Second Violinist Wolfgang Roth was one of the first full-time
musicians hired by Jacques Brourman in 1971.
Roth was the first full time musician hired in 1971 as
concertmaster for the chamber orchestra. He was born in Immenstadt, Germany (Bavaria) and has retained
his German citizenship.
earned his Masters degree at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik
in Munich and has performed with the Munich Chamber Orchestra,
the Munich Bach Orchestra, the Graunke Symphony and the North
Carolina Symphony. In 1971, Roth started a violin Suzuki program at the Community
School of the Arts. He had a large private studio until the
1990s. He and his wife, Bette, have made two recordings of music
for violin and harp and have spent many summers touring Germany
performing duo recitals.
says he enjoys playing everything except "real modern music" and
his hobbies include studying theology, sailing (he sails his
sailboat on Lake Wylie near his home), snow skiing, hiking and