YSO Principal Woodwinds

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Left to Right: Jill Marchione Hoffmann, Cheryl Staherski, Robin Plant, Beverly Butts

Jill Marchione Hoffmann, oboist, is a Philadelphia native.  She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Oboe Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she was a student of Jerry Sirucek.  She was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and performed regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony and Opera.  In 1991 she became principal oboist with the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, Spain.  During a nine season tenure there she appeared as soloist with the orchestra, performed and recorded with such soloists as tenor Placido Domingo and guitarist John Williams, and participated in the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Currently Ms. Marchione is Principal Oboist with the York Symphony and plays English horn with the Harrisburg Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with the Harrisburg Singers, the Lancaster Chamber Singers, the Susquehanna Chorale, and the Dickinson College Community Orchestra and plays regularly with Theatre Harrisburg and the Allegro Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster..  She is the oboe instructor at Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall and Messiah Colleges and maintains a large private oboe studio near Harrisburg.


Cheryl Staherski is a member of the Susquehanna Brass Quintet and the Lancaster Wind Quintet. She has been a member of the Reading, Delaware, and Lancaster Symphonies. She can be found in the pit orchestras for the Fulton Theatre, the Gretna Playhouse, and the Hershey Theatre. She is Principal Horn with the York Symphony, and is on the faculty of both Millersville University and Elizabethtown College as the adjunct instructor of horn.


Robin Plant currently serves as principal bassoonist with the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, and Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestras. She has been featured as a soloist with the Lancaster Symphony, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and Endless Mountain Music Festival. She also frequently performs with other ensembles including Harrisburg Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, and Allegro Chamber Orchestra, as well as Lancaster-based chamber ensemble Manor Winds. Robin received her formal training on bassoon while pursuing her Bachelor of Music in performance at Indiana University, where her principal teacher was Kim Walker. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Robin maintains a reed-making business and private teaching studio.


Beverly Butts has been the Principal Clarinet of the York Symphony Orchestra since 1985. She holds a B. S. degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College, a M.M. in music performance from Michigan State University, and has worked towards a Ph.D  in music at New York University. Her teachers have included  Frank Stachow, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Leon Russianoff, Joe Allard, and Charles Neidig.

Ms. Butts  has also been a member of the Maryland Symphony  Orchestra since 1983, and Principal Clarinet since 1992.  She is a frequent performer with the Harrisburg Symphony, and has also performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Millbrook Orchestra, Shippensburg Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony at Deep Creek. She has been a Concerto soloist with the Maryland, York and Hershey Symphonies.

A member of the music faculty at Lebanon Valley College, Ms. Butts teaches clarinet, woodwind methods, conducts the clarinet choir, and teaches classes in clarinet literature and pedagogy. She has been on the faculty of Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, and York College of Pennsylvania. As a college professor Ms. Butts has been asked to adjudicate for the York Youth Symphony and served as a clinician and soloist for Pennsylvania District Band. She has also given numerous master classes for high school and college students.

During her time with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Butts has been a frequent participant in the MSO Guild Symphony Saturday programs, as well as other educational outreach programs sponsored by the symphony. She also participated the Maryland Public Television educational music video, Bob the Vid Tech: Music to My Ears.