Hayden Denesha, Associate Conductor


A native of Buffalo, New York, Hayden Denesha comes to the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra after most recently serving as an Assistant Conductor/Youth Orchestra Director for the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. While serving in this role, Mr. Denesha worked with one of South Carolina's largest youth orchestra programs, conducts children's concerts, and was the South Carolina Philharmonic's primary cover conductor. In addition, Mr. Denesha presently works as a Graduate Assistant Conductor for the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Denesha has served as the Assistant Conductor of Orchestras and Opera at the State University of New York at Fredonia and Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra working alongside RHSO Music Director David Rudge. He has also worked as the Assistant Conductor at the Miami Summer Music Festival, PRISMA Festival in Western Canada, and maintains an active guest conducting schedule.

Currently, Mr. Denesha is a conducting student of Marin Alsop (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) and is a candidate for the Graduate Performance Diploma in Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He is also a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at the University of South Carolina under the instruction of Scott Weiss. His past conducting teachers have included David Rudge, Donald Portnoy, Grezgorz Nowak, Michael Jinbo, and Samuel Jones.  He has collaborated with notable artists such as Jennifer Higdon, Robert Moran, Rachel Lee-Priday, and Dennis James. Equally at home as a performer on viola, Mr. Denesha has held section positions in the South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, and Western New York Chamber Orchestra.  

Mr. Denesha received his Bachelors of Music Degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance, as well as a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Mr. Denesha currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his fiancé, Mary Kate. In his free time, he enjoys rooting for Buffalo Bills football, exploring all that the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area has to offer, and remains a strong advocate for Music Education. 

Dr. William Terwilliger, Concertmaster


  • Violinist William Terwilliger enjoys an exceptionally active and diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, and orchestral musician throughout the US and on six continents, including performances and master classes in such global centers as New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Monaco, Nice, Geneva, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Lima, La Paz, Vladivostok, Accra and Canberra. With pianist Andrew Cooperstock, as Opus Two, Terwilliger has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, BargeMusic, and 54 Below, at London’s St. John’s, Smith Square, at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, and throughout Korea, Japan, Russia and Latin America. Festival performances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Hong Kong’s Hell Hot! Festival of New Music, Maverick Concerts, Piccolo Spoleto, Round Top, and Brevard, and he has been featured on NPR, the BBC, Radio France, and Latvian and Australian National Radio. As a champion and gifted interpreter of American music, Terwilliger has recorded critically acclaimed CDs of Aaron Copland, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Schoenfield, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin on the Azica, Albany and Naxos labels. A noted pedagogue, Dr. Terwilliger has given numerous master classes at conservatories and universities across the US, including the Juilliard School, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Universities of Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Georgia and Colorado, and Arizona State, as well as at institutions abroad in France, England, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Ukraine, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Peru, Bolivia and Ghana, among others. He has served as an Artist Faculty member at summer festivals including Brevard (NC), Round Top (TX), and Rocky Ridge (CO) as well the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg and the Saarburg Festival in Germany. Currently, he is Professor of Violin at the University of South Carolina. He also serves as concertmaster of the Long Bay Symphony and has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of the Boulder (Colorado) Bach Festival Orchestra.Terwilliger earned his doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Zvi Zeitlin and Donald Weilerstein.



Auditions for sub and section positions for all instruments will be held on

 September 7, 2018. 


First movement of a major concerto

3 standard orchestral excerpts

A one (1) page resume clearly marked with AUDITION, SEPT 2018 must be received by August 1, 2018.  The application and additional information will be sent after your resume is received.  Please send via email or US Postal Service to Audition Coordinator at:  


Mail: RHSO PO Box 542 Rock Hill, SC 29731. 

If invited to audition, a $75 deposit is required to secure an audition time (check made payable to Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra, refunded at time of audition or if notice of cancellation is received by September 1, 2018).  Please do not send this check with your resume.  

The Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an employer with zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment in the workplace.




William Terwilliger, Concertmaster

Harriet and Martin Goode Chair

TBD, Associate Concertmaster

Shr-Han Wu, Senior Assistant Concertmaster

Sarah Land, Assistant Concertmaster

Catherine Hazan, Principal Second

Timmothy Baker 

Janet Barringer

Martha Geissler

Marsha Gross

Michelle Gutherie

Deirdre Hutton  

Mario Incorvaia

Brandon Ironside  

Eliza Johnson  

Joanna Mulfinger Lebo

Julia Long 

Andrew Lynn 

Laurie Neal

Nyamka Odsuren

Isabel Ong

Andrea Pettigrew

Inez Redman


Emily Schaad, Principal  

Cierra Asmond

Alvoy Bryan  

Chin-Wei Chang  

Matthew Darsey  

Elda Franklin  

Scott Garrett

Kara Poorbough


Daniel Mumm, Principal 

Ismail Akbar  

Franklin Keel

Ryan Knott

Brenda Leonard  

Tzu-Ying Liao 

Oksana McCarthy

Henadz Shepiotkin

Dusan Vukajlovic


Craig Butterfield, Principal

Ian Bracchitta

Tim Easter

Austin Garboriau

Tom Hildreth

Matthew Waid


Caroline Ulrich, Principal

Wendy Cohen

Jeana Melilli

Angela Massey


Brian Seaton, Principal


Taylor Massey, Principal

Kristen Spiridon


Michael Harley, Principal

Trevor Bullock


Andrew Fierova, Principal

Alex Fife

Nicholas Fife

Christopher George

Debra Sherill-Ward

Danielle Wood


James Ackley, Principal

Bill Anonie


Wes Lebo, Principal

Justin Isenhour

Eric Henson, Bass Trombone


Douglas Black


Hannah Blalock-George


Daniel Kirkpatrick, Principal


Scott Herring, Principal

Greg Apple

Caitlin Jones