A former principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Edward Atkatz has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Mr. Atkatz holds bachelor's degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education, magna cum laude, from Boston University. While in graduate school at the New England Conservatory of Music, he was invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for two summers. Mr. Atkatz earned a professional studies degree at Temple University, where he studied with Alan Abel. Over the past two years, he has played on several movie scores, including those for The Day the Earth Stood Still and Up. He has also participated in the St. Bart's Music Festival since 2000. He is currently a faculty member at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
A native Texan, Will Hudgins attended The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins, where he studied with John Soroka and Fred Begun. After receiving a master's from Temple University studying with Alan Abel, Hudgins won a percussion appointment in the Florida Symphony Orchestra, where he also served as assistant conductor for four seasons. During his time in Florida, he co-founded the jazz group Kiwi Guru, playing vibes and occasionally kit. In 1990, he won a percussion position with the Boston Symphony and is now in his 22nd year with the BSO. Hudgins has been a soloist with orchestras in the U.S. and beyond, and in 1996 he premiered the Maurice Wright Concertpiece for Marimba and Orchestra, with Seiji Ozawa conducting the BSO. A faculty member at New England Conservatory since 1992, Hudgins students have won auditions for such orchestras as Chicago, St. Louis, San Diego, Hong Kong, Ft. Worth, Chicago Lyric Opera, Dallas, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Portland and others.