The Beloit Janesville Symphony and Music Director Rob Tomaro have announced the appointment of Joseph Ketchum as concertmaster. Ketchum, who is a renowned violinist, officially began his tenure as concertmaster Saturday, Oct. 19. He was awarded this prestigious position after a blind audition this summer.
Ketchum played with the symphony July 28 at the Rock County 4H Fair and also in February when he served as guest concertmaster and also performed with his rock group, Joe 2.0.
Ketchum began studying the violin at age 4 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He attended the Juilliard summer program at Meadowmount, studying with Linda Cerone, and later spent time at the summer string program at Indiana University. At age 16, he made his orchestral debut soloing with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Following High School, Ketchum went on to study violin at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., under the direction of Dr. Myron Kartman. Ketchum received his bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Northwestern University in 1996. He performs regularly as concertmaster of the Skylight Opera Orchestra in Milwaukee and is the former chairman of the String Department at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
From the Nov. 6-12, 2013, issue