Meet our Principals

Concertmaster/Violin I
Ryan Poquette

Ryan Poquette studied violin and music at UWEC and is currently serving as concertmaster for both the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra. He plays with the Chippewa Valley String Quartet and Duo col Legno. Ryan is a founder and president of the Clear Water Chamber Players, a non-profit chamber music performance organization. He has played extensively with groups throughout the Midwest and directs music for several area churches.

Violin II
Molly Malone 
My name is Molly Malone and I am the High School orchestra teacher at Chippewa Falls High School. In addition to teaching three concert orchestras and our dancing string group called Wire Choir, I am a member of the Festival Committee for WSMA in Madison, and am the past orchestra chair for the State. My passion is slalom waterskiing, and I also enjoy sailing, running, downhill and cross country skiing.

Eva Tibbetts
Éva Csikós-Tibbetts is a native Hungarian. At the age of fourteen she began her studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where she later earned her degree in Viola performance and Conservatory Instructor. She also holds a degree in Viola performance from Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. Éva was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jungenorchester, played professionally with the Hungarian National Opera and the SWR Radio Orchestra, in Germany. She performed under such conductors as Lenard Bernstein, Franz Welser-Möst, Vaclav Neumann and Claudio Abbado.

Susan Halderman
Susan Halderman teaches cello in her studio, The Cello Connection, as well as conducting an adult intermediate level Thursday night orchestra known as The String Connection. She is the cellist in the Chippewa Valley String Quartet and the Clear Water Chamber Players, and also a member of a violin & cello duo, Duo Col legno. She also plays in the ECCo and has a bachelor and master's degree in cello performance.  

Tim Lane
Tim Lane, has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin since 1989. Prior to that he played with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Veracruz, Mexico, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, taught at Eastern Illinois University, the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department, and at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Mr. Lane earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music and his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Christa Garvey
Christa Garvey is a frequent recitalist, orchestral oboist, and chamber musician. She principal oboist of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and founding member of the Virtualosity Ensemble. Recent performances include a solo recital in Tokyo, Japan at the 2015 International Double Reed Society Conference, numerous solo and chamber ensemble performances on the Live from the Chazen recital series broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio, Presentations at the 2012 College Music Society National Conference, the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference, and performances at the 2011 NACWPI 2011 National Conference and a summer 2010 concert tour in Germany with the Sonora Reed Trio. She is a Professor of Music and has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire since 2003. Her degrees are from Indiana University and the University of Colorado.

Kelli Lester
Kelli Lester is a bassoonist from Amery, WI. She grew up in Duluth, MN, studying bassoon under Bradley Bombardier of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, studying under Dr. Kristine Fletcher. Kelli has been a member of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra for several years. She has also performed with the LaCrosse Symphony and Red Cedar Symphony. She has recorded albums with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and more recently, an album with Shane Leonard’s band, Kalispell, entitled Printer’s Son. Kelli lives with her husband and two children in Amery, WI.

Stuart Wallace

An accomplished young trumpet player, Stuart Wallace, has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with an impulsive commitment to the music. Stuart started playing the trumpet at 10 and hasn’t had time to look back. He received his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, studying under the renowned trumpet pedagogue, Robert Baca.

While at Eau Claire, Stuart had the privilege of leading the University Symphony Orchestra for 4 years, the Wind Ensemble for 3 years and played lead and section trumpet in Grammy nominated and Downbeat Award winning Jazz Ensemble 1. He has been fortunate to share the stage with great musicians such as; Kenni Holmen, Terrell Stafford, Bobby Sanabria, Connie Evingson, Brian Grivna, Eric Marienthal, Nicholas Payton and countless others.

As a performer, he has won concerto competitions all over the midwest and has been a two time National Trumpet Competition semi-finalist. He works as a classical and commercial player in the Twin Cities and also does session work remotely in his home studio.

Stuart is an active, unique educator. He conducts masterclasses around the midwest and maintains a private studio of trumpet and piano students. He loves watching students grow toward their potential, whether it be in long-term lessons or in a 20 minute master class.

In his spare time, he likes to work on restoring his 1900 Queen Anne and going on adventures with his wife, son and dog. He also enjoys woodworking, audio engineering, and anything outdoors (hiking, camping, singletrack mountain biking, and all the paddlesports.)

Caleb Domeyer

Caleb Domeyer is from River Falls, Wisconsin and currently studies both music and economics at UW-Eau Claire and plans to graduate in December of 2016. In addition to his areas of study, Caleb enjoys fishing, long walks on the beach, and board games.

Brittany Zold
Music is my life's passion. This will be my 14th Season with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and I can't think of a better group of musicians to make beautiful music with. I also have the privilege of serving my country through my passion of music. This October will be my 11th year anniversary with the United States Army. In my free-time I enjoy photography, the outdoors and spending time with my family.