Endowed Chairs of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
The Symphony Volunteer Council of the Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc., is the largest volunteer organization supporting the orchestra. During the rebirth of the ASO in 1995, The Symphony Volunteer Council committed to raise $2 million for ASO’s endowment fund. In recognition of achieving the first $1 million, the Principal Clarinet Chair was endowed by the Council. After a very successful 2010 Decorator’s Show House, the Council completed the send $1 million of its pledge and endowed the Principal Horn Chair.
Principal Clarinet | The Symphony Volunteer Council Chair
Kathleen Costello was appointed the position of Principal Clarinet with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2006. She continues to spend time in Pittsburgh, where she performs with the ensemble the IonSound Project, which she helped to found in 2004. She graduated with a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University, where she studied with Pittsburgh Symphony clarinetist, Ron Samuels, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University.
Kathleen has held positions with the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony and the McKeesport Symphony. She has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony and the Renaissance City Winds.
For Ms. Costello's full biography, please click here.
Principal Horn | The Symphony Volunteer Council Chair
A native of Rhode Island, David Pandolfi began his career with the Rhode Island Philharmonic while attending the New England Conservatory of Music. Mr. Pandolfi has been principal horn of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 1973 and has been featured as a soloist on the orchestra's Masterworks series, performing works of Strauss, Mozart, and Britten. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Montgomery Symphony.
Mr. Pandolfi is a member of the adjunct faculties of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Montevello, and was a founding member of the Ambassador Brass Quintet.
For Mr. Pandolfi's full biography, please click here.