The Chamber Players of the Mid-Texas Symphony came into being in October 2011 when MTS was requested to provide musicians to celebrate the first anniversary of the Tye Preston Memorial Library at Canyon Lake. The concert was a great success, and since then The Chamber Players have returned a number of times to Tye Preston They have also played in many different venues in the area including Steele High School Auditorium in Schertz, Price Center in San Marcos, The Silver Center in Seguin, Eden Hill in New Braunfels and Bulverde/Spring Branch Library in Bulverde. Besides strings, the group has also featured appearances by clarinet, flute, voice and oboe.
The group is recognized by the Texas Commission on the Arts as a member of the TCA Touring Roster, enabling venues to apply for a matching grant in funding a performance.
Upcoming Chamber Concerts
Hugo Wolf: Serenade in G major, “Italian Serenade”
John Corigiliano: Snapshot: Circa 1909
Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi
Bedřich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, From My Life
Members of the Chamber Players will be Concertmaster Craig Sorgi, Violin I; Laura Scalzo, Violin II;
Kayleigh Miller, Viola; and Holgen Gjoni, cello.
Please contact the symphony office at email@example.com if you would like to schedule a concert.
Craig Sorgi, violin
Craig Sorgi has been a member of the San Antonio Symphony First Violin section since 1982 and during the 2004-06 and 2012-13 concert seasons he was appointed Acting Assistant Concertmaster. Craig was also the Concertmaster of the San Antonio Opera from 1999 until it ceased operations in 2012. In 2005, he was invited by Music Director David Mairs to be the Concertmaster of the Mid-Texas Symphony.
Craig has been very active as a chamber music performer and solo recitalist in the South Texas area for the last 33 years and has also been a frequent performer of new music. Since the 2011 season Craig has been programming and leading chamber music concerts by the Mid-Texas Chamber Players—a new chamber music ensemble made up of members of the Mid-Texas Symphony. In 2003 he joined the music faculty of Trinity University and during the summer he serves as the Director of the Cactus Pear Music Festival’s Young Artist Program, a position he has held since 2008.
Craig is married to Melanie, a career music educator. He and his wife are the proud parents of two wonderful sons: Baltimore-based violinist and composer Colin; and, Los Angeles-based visual effects artist Cameron. When Craig isn’t playing or teaching he can be found training for his next swim meet.
Laura Scalzo, violin
Originally from Long Island, New York, Laura Scalzo’s love of the violin was sparked by the great violinist, Itzhak Perlman, when she heard him play on “Sesame Street.” She began lessons at the age of 4 and has been playing ever since. She graduated from Temple University (BA) and pursued her MM at the University of Delaware. Her primary teachers have included William dePasquale, Xiang Gao, and Ellen dePasquale.
Ms. Scalzo joined the San Antonio Symphony as a member of the first violin section in 2011. She is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Mid-Texas Symphony. As a passionate chamber music lover Ms. Scalzo has performed with various ensembles in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Texas. She is currently a member of the Mid-Texas Chamber Players. In addition to performing, Ms. Scalzo is an enthusiastic teacher and has maintained a private studio since 2000.
An avid animal lover and amateur chef; Ms. Scalzo can often be found at home in the kitchen cooking for friends, gardening, or, when not working, attempting to entertain the cat.