Our Artistic Staff is comprised of talented and dedicated members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as other local teaching professionals.
JEREMY BLACK, Violin, has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's first violin section since 2002, and enjoys performing not only at concert halls around the world but also with his colleagues in Pittsburgh area hospitals and schools. In the summer months, he performs as Concertmaster of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago, a position he has held since 2005. He began his orchestral career in 2000 as a first violinist in the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago and a frequent substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. An avid fan of chamber music, he has served as Concertmaster of the University of Pittsburgh's Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra since 2002, and has performed in recital throughout the Pittsburgh region, including Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities, Chatham College, West Liberty State College, and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
MICHAEL DEBRUYN, Cello, joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the 2013-2014 season. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, DeBruyn was principal cellist of the Louisville Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. DeBruyn grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and began studying the cello at the age of four. His former teachers include Dr. Felix Wang, Dr. Tanya Carey, Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig. His summer engagements have included the Meadowmount School of Music, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. As a chamber musician, DeBruyn has worked closely with members of the Arianna, Pacifica, Cavani and Cleveland Quartets. In 1998, he received an honorable mention in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Blakemore Quartet. DeBruyn and his wife, Francesca Tortorello, have been performing together as a professional duo since 2004.
BETSY HESTON, Double Bass, is Assistant Principal Bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She joined the Orchestra in the 1990-91 season. Before coming to Pittsburgh she was a member of the New Orleans Philharmonic. At that time she was an adjunct professor at Loyola University. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Ms. Heston played with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years and studied with PSO bassist Tony Bianco before attending the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Barry Green, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 1975. She currently teaches at Chatham University.
MARTA KRECHKOVSKY, Violin, joined the second violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony in the fall of 2014. Before arriving in Pittsburgh, Marta was a full time substitute player with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Krechkovsky has participated in numerous music festivals including Verbier Festival, Pacific Music Festival and Miyazaki Music Festival. She became a prizewinner at Kocian International Violin Competition in Czech Republic at the age of 10 and was a top-prize winner at Canadian Music Competition in Montreal. As a soloist, Krechkovsky has appeared with Lviv State Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Chamber Academy, Toronto Sinfonietta, Oshawa-Durham Symphony and most recently performed with Joshua Bell and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra during their 2013 Asia tour. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where she studied with Glenn Dicterow and a Professional Studies degree in orchestral performance from Manhattan School of Music with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim.
DENNIS O’BOYLE, Violin, began studying the violin at the age of three with his mother and grew up surrounded by the sounds of string playing from her numerous students as well as his four sisters, who all went on to become professional musicians. Mr. O'Boyle joined the second violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony in the fall of 2000 under Music Director Mariss Jansons, and attained the position of Fourth Chair in 2003. Before arriving in Pittsburgh, Mr. O'Boyle spent three years in Florida as a fellow in Miami Beach's New World Symphony and subsequently Principal Second Violin of the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay. Mr. O'Boyle holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as a student of Oswald Lehnert. He earned his Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Ik Hwan Bae.
ANDREW WICKESBERG, Viola, began conducting Symphonette with the 2012-13 season. Mr. Wickesberg came to Pittsburgh in 2008 to join the viola section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, having previously held a viola fellowship at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. Mr. Wickesberg received Bachelor’s degrees in Violin and Viola Performance from Indiana University, and a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from the New England Conservatory. He is an active faculty member of City Music Center at Duquesne University. A resident of Pittsburgh’s historic Mexican War Streets neighborhood, Mr. Wickesberg is President of the Allegheny City Central Association, the Community Development Corporation for Pittsburgh’s Central Northside neighborhood. Mr. Wickesberg enjoys teaching, renovating his home, and exploring the many icons of Pittsburgh.
KATIE WICKESBERG, Violin, has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, as well as the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She completed undergraduate studies at Butler University, and received a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Rice University. She currently maintains a private studio in the Pittsburgh area.