RIT Orchestra


Dr. Jenny Välitalo, Conductor

Email: jhvgsl@rit.edu

Known as "Dr. V" by her RIT students, Dr. Jenny Välitalo serves as the director of the RIT Orchestra and teaches courses in music theory and music history.

Dr. Välitalo has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician on five continents. Active as a performer, conductor, teacher, and scholar, Dr. Välitalo's primary research interests include eighteenth-century German and Swedish music, history and performance practice. Her current research on the Berlin court during the time of Frederick the Great is made possible by generous support from both European and U.S. sources.

Dr. Välitalo has been featured as a presenter, teacher, soloist and panelist at international events and conferences. Recent engagements include performing as a soloist and teaching a master class at the European String Teachers' Association International Conference.  A member of professional affiliations for education and cultural exchange, Dr. Välitalo enjoys opportunities to share the joy of music while fostering social and academic growth for children and youth in developing countries as well as urban settings.

Following studies at the Royal College of Music and Edsbergs Musikinstitut, Dr. Välitalo was awarded a Fulbright grant for graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she completed a Master's degree studying with Professor Carol Rodland and conductor Benjamin Zander. Dr. Välitalo completed her Doctorate degree at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.


Carolyn Wenk Goodman, Concertmaster

Email: cwenkgoodman@gmail.com

Coming from a family of scientists and musicians, Carolyn Wenk Goodman decided on violin as a career at the urging of her teacher and mentor Bronislaw Gimpel. Her later teachers included Paul Rolland, Andre Gertler and master classes with Isaac Stern.

After completing a M.Mus. in violin/viola performance and pedagogy at the University of Illinois, Carolyn went to Europe for five years to play in the first violin section of the Amsterdam Philharmonic. Since returning to America, she has been active in New York City, performing diverse music such as orchestral, chamber, opera, ballet, Broadway shows and jazz, while specializing in American contemporary music in a long running concert series at Carnegie Hall.

She considers herself fortunate to have performed with and learned from such greats as David Oistrakh, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Winton Marsalis (Jazz at Lincoln Center) Ray Charles, Eubie Blake, and with Itzhak Perlman for a three year period. Carolyn has recorded for film, radio, TV and on CD with, among others, Phillip Glass, Brian Eno, Keith Jarrett, and Sir Roland Hanna on Nonesuch, London, and Philips labels.

Carolyn lives with her family in Pittsford and enjoys traveling to Massachusetts to watch her daughter Sarah play softball for Smith College.