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Jean Oelrich
Director of Marketing & Communications
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Pacific Symphony appoints two new musicians—bass trombone Kyle Mendiguchia and second oboe Ted Sugata

Orange County, Calif. — October 01, 2014

Pacific Symphony proudly welcomes two new, accomplished musicians to the orchestra: Kyle Mendiguchia, bass trombone, and Ted Sugata, second oboe. Both made their official debut as members of the Symphony last weekend, performing on the first concert of the 2014-15 season featuring Joshua Bell in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

“Both Ted and Kyle were selected from an extremely competitive audition process that brought candidates from all around the World hoping to win a position in the Symphony,” says Eileen Jeanette, vice president of artistic and orchestra operations. “We are grateful that our auditions attract such high caliber players and we warmly welcome them both to the Pacific Symphony family.”

Before joining Pacific Symphony, Mediguchia was bass trombonist with the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. Prior to his appointment in Naples, Mediguchia served one-year positions with the Utah Symphony and San Diego Symphony. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Alabama Symphony, AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria and The Verbier Festival orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland. In 2013, he recorded Sibelius’ Sixth and Seventh Symphonies and his tone poem, “Tapiola,” with the Atlanta Symphony on the ASO media label. A San Diego native, Mediguchia earned a master of music degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor of music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Sugata was a member of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida and also served as principal oboist with the Lyrique en Mer Opera Festival in Bell-lle, France. A native of Southern California, he frequently performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and the Pasadena Symphony, and is also a member of Calico Winds, a resident woodwind quintet with the Glendale Noon Concerts. Sugata has performed with ensembles across the United States including the Buffalo Philharmonic and as a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center; National Repertory Orchestra and at the Music Academy of the West. Born and raised in Northridge, Sugata started playing the oboe at age 13. He continued his studies with Joseph Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music and with John Mack at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received a master of music degree. Sugata recently completed a doctorate of musical arts degree in oboe performance at the University of Southern California under Joel Timm.