|INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce the exciting addition of seven exceptionally talented musicians to its esteemed ensemble for the 2023–2024 season. These remarkable individuals, hailing from around the world, participated in a competitive audition process to earn their coveted positions. As they join their accomplished colleagues, music enthusiasts in Indianapolis and beyond can look forward to experiencing their extraordinary contributions in a variety of classical, pops, and film concerts throughout the year. The complete schedule of performances is available online at IndianapolisSymphony.org. This season promises to be an enchanting journey of musical discovery, and the ISO invites all to be part of this enriching experience.
Seula Lee, Second Violin
Seula was born in Seosan, South Korea, and raised in the Dallas area, where she began playing the violin at age ten with Songyoung Kim. Prior to joining the ISO, she has served as Guest Concertmaster in the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Austin, Dallas, Detroit, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras among others.
Caleb Cox, Viola
South Carolina native, Caleb Cox joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2023. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, he began his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned his master’s degree and artist diploma under the instruction of Robert Vernon. During his time in Cleveland, Caleb was an active orchestral musician serving as principal viola of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and as a substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra. Caleb has participated as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, and as principal viola and soloist of the National Repertory Orchestra.
Ursula Steele, Viola
Ursula Steele, born in Chicago in 1996, is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She received her bachelor’s, master of music degree, and artist diploma while studying with Atar Arad. While at Jacobs School of Music, Ursula was awarded the yearly Kuttner Quartet Scholarship four times, which consisted of an intensive chamber music residency including mentorship from the Pacifica Quartet. She was also awarded a quartet residency at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. In the summers of 2018 and 2019 she was a participant of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute Program for Piano and Strings. She was the winner of the 2019 Viola Concerto Competition at Jacobs. In early 2023, via a trial period for co-principal viola, she had the opportunity to play in the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.
Lynn Sue-A-Quan, Viola
Lynn Sue-A-Quan was born in Toronto, Canada. She studied at the Juilliard School for her undergrad and master’s under Hsin-Yun Huang, Heidi Castleman, and Cynthia Phelps. She has collaborated with numerous orchestras across the continent as a soloist including the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Niagara Symphony, Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, and others. She has performed in many music festivals including Lucerne Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center and Verbier Festival.
Emily Owsinski, Viola
Emily Owsinski has been performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 2018, and is delighted to rejoin the viola section for the 2023–2024 season after a year with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Owsinski grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she started violin in a Suzuki program at age four. She continued her musical training at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore and, after switching to viola, earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music performance from Indiana University. Her influential teachers include Linda Fiore, Rebecca Henry, Stephen Wyrczynski, and Edward Gazouleas. When she’s not playing viola, Owsinski enjoys running, outdoor adventures, and reading while snuggled up with her two cats.
Dianne Seo, Acting 2nd Flute
Dianne is originally from Irvine, California. Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Dianne played as principal flute of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the New England Conservatory Philharmonia. She has also played as section member of the Pacific Symphony in 2022. As a chamber musician, Dianne has performed in world-renowned venues including Hungary’s Festetics Palace, Prague’s Smetana Museum, Vienna’s MuTh, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In addition, she had the honor of traveling to Vladimir, Russia in 2018 as a soloist to perform with the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra in which she was principal flutist. Dianne holds a B.M from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Renée Krimsier. She has also had additional studies with Jim Walker, Diana Morgan, and Benjamin Smolen.
James Vaughen, Acting Principal Trumpet
James Vaughen, originally from Champaign, Ill., is excited to be joining the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. James graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2023 and serves as assistant principal trumpet of the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra. James has performed throughout Europe while trialing as principal trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra and spent four months touring with the Canadian Brass.