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Artistic Faculty

Eric Boruff - music director

Mr. Boruff grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and began playing the violin at the age of nine. Shortly thereafter, Eric began in depth music theory and composition studies. In 2010, after teaching privately for a year, he volunteered to re-organize and direct the orchestra for his high school, which he directed for three years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music education, Eric moved to Charlotte where he now operates one of the largest violin-exclusive lesson studios in the area. In January of 2019, Mr. Boruff accepted the position of music director and president of the board of directors.

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Andrew Fierova - director, Brass Ensemble & instructor, Brass Challenge

Praised for his “verve and stylistic excellence” (The Post and Courier–Free Times), Mexican-American horn player Andrew Fierova has performed in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, and Austria. Mr. Fierova currently fills the assistant/utility horn chair in the Charlotte Symphony and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Charleston Symphony. Mr. Fierova maintains a private studio of students from middle school through adult and is on faculty at Davidson College. His former students have been accepted into The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, Indiana University, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Alabama, Duke University, Appalachian State University, University of Pennsylvania, Radford University, and The University of New Mexico. Mr. Fierova has had the pleasure of presenting master classes at The University of Texas at Austin and University of South Carolina and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and University of South Carolina.

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Tom Burge - instructor, Brass Challenge

Tom Burge is a trombonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He also is the Low Brass Instructor at Wingate University and Pfeiffer College, and the Trombone Instructor at UNC Pembroke, Queens University of Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College. Burge was previously the host of the radio show “Sunday Evening” on classical public radio station 89.9 WDAV for 8 years and has been a guest morning, midday, and evening presenter on Boston-based 99.5 WGBH. A native of Australia, Burge has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He earned his Masters Degree in 1996 as a full scholarship student at the Juilliard School, having received a Queen Elizabeth II Award. Now living in the United States, Burge has performed with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati, Atlanta, Baltimore, Charleston, Augusta, Winston Salem, Fayetteville, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras.


Alex Wilborn - instructor, Brass Challenge

Alex Wilborn joined the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2018. Growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee, Alex began playing trumpet when he was 9 years old. As a fifth grader, Alex already wanted to play with the high school band and dedicated himself to studying recordings of their concerts until he had memorized the music by ear. He began trumpet lessons with Dr. Charles Decker in the eighth grade, and continued working with him through his undergraduate degree at Tennessee Technological University. During his time in Cookeville, he also studied with Chris McCormick and Dr. Raquel Rodriquez Samayoa. Alex continued his studies at The Juilliard School with Raymond Mase, Mark Gould, and John Thiessen. In addition to his work with the Charlotte Symphony, Alex has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, NOVUS NY, Winston-Salem Symphony, and others. Alex currently serves as adjunct faculty at Davidson College, and maintains his own private studio.


Danielle Cuntapay - director, Prelude Strings

Danielle Cuntapay, a proud North Carolinian, grew up outside the Raleigh area in Wake Forest. Passionate about music even as a child, she began her music studies on piano before moving onto violin and viola as a teen. Growing up, she was heavily involved with Duke University Strings School where she played in various string chamber groups and played viola in the Youth Symphony. After finishing high school, Danielle attended Appalachian State University, where she served as Secretary and President of the American String Teachers Association chapter. In the Fall of 2020, Ms. Cuntapay graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, a minor in Media Studies, and a Viola Performance Certificate. Ms. Cuntapay now serves as the Orchestra Director of Bailey and Francis Bradley Middle Schools.

Section Coaches

Kristin Pecoraro – Winds