Jorge Iván González, Principal Second Violin
Violinist and conductor Jorge Iván González, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, holds a master and bachelor degrees in music performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was finalist of the “Canadian Music Competition Incorporated”; winner of the 2001 “William T. Gower Concerto Competition” at USM; and awarded 2001 “New Young Artist” of the Victoria Bach Festival. With the Austin,Texas-based “Conspirare Ensemble”, González has toured and recorded a CD, “Threshold of Night”, nominated for two Grammy Awards.
González has given solo and chamber music performances in Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Austria and in the U.S. and has had the opportunity to work with great artists such as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Sir James Galway, Glenn Dicterow, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Midori, Keith Lockhart and Leonard Slatkin.
As a conductor, Gonzalez is the founder and conductor of the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra; artistic director of the FestivalSouth Orchestral and Chamber Music Academy; conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Premier Orchestral Institute and conductor of the HPSD orchestras. He has conducted the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, the FestivalSouth Chamber Orchestra, The FestivalSouth Academy Symphony Orchestra and was the conductor of the 2012 Mississippi All-State Orchestra. Jorge Iván González is currently serving as concertmaster of the GulfCoast Symphony Orchestra; assistant-concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.
Sharon Lebsack, Principal Flute
In addition to her duties as Principal Flutist for 35 years, this seasoned veteran holds the responsible position of orchestra librarian and orchestra personnel director.
A native of Sterling, Colo., Lebsack is a resident of Hattiesburg, having taught in the music department at the University of Southern Mississippi for 38 years. She previously taught for three years at the University of Northern Colorado, where she had earlier received her bachelor of arts, bachelor of music and master of music degrees.
Her participation with regional orchestras has included the Mississippi Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Mobile Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony. In addition, she has played with the Greely Colorado Symphony.
Multitalented, Sharon also plays piano and harp. Noted for her teaching skill, several local flutists have had the privilege of her tutelage.