GSO announces three woodwind additions

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce three new additions to our musician roster: Principal Oboe Miri Kudo, Principal Clarinet Justin Stanley, and Second Clarinet Shaquille Southwell.

The trio of musicians were selected after two rounds of competition which attracted a talented applicant pool of candidates from around the country. Music Director Timothy Verville commented “I am very excited to have these three wonderful musicians joining us this fall, adding to our already fantastic woodwind section.”

Oboist Miri Kudo is praised for her “lyric sensibility” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer, “creamy-toned oboe” by Boston Classical Review, and “warm tone and singing like playing” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Kudo is an active orchestral and chamber musician in Boston, and has appeared with acclaimed ensembles there including thet Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, A Far Cry, the American Repertory Theater, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Boston Musica Viva, ALEA III, Boston Civic Symphony, Unitas Ensemble, and the Boston Chamber Orchestra.

She was the winner of the Boston Woodwind Society Oboe Merit Award Competition, Longy School of Music Concerto Competition, and twice won the Longy School of Music Honors Competition. Miri is also establishing herself as a soloist and has performed with Longy Conservatory Orchestra performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C major. She holds an Artist Diploma and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College where she studied with Keisuke Wakao, assistant principal oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Bachelor of Education from Saitama University (Japan). She has also studied with former Japan Philharmonic Orchestra principal oboist Takahisa Shinmatsu.


Justin Stanley is an Atlanta-based clarinetist who has performed across the United States at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, and Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and the Vivo Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra and has performed with orchestras including the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Augusta, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Western Michigan Symphony, and the Dearborn Symphony and at festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, The Banff Centre, and the Hot Springs Music Festival.

Justin serves on faculty at the Atlanta Music Academy and Atlanta Metropolitan State College and previously taught clarinet in the New York City metropolitan area at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Sacred Heart University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance and a Certificate in Musicology at the University of Michigan, a Master of Music at Yale University and a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers include Daniel Gilbert, Richard Hawkins, Fred Ormand, and David Shifrin.


Shaquielle Southwell, a rising star from Atlanta received his Bachelor degree in clarinet performance from the distinguished Juilliard School in 2015. Mr. Southwell has received many awards including winner of Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, Georgia Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity National Talent Hunt.

Mr. Southwell has played with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo, New York Youth Symphony, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Juilliard Orchestra, Opera, and Chamber Orchestra. His teachers include Mr. Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of New York Philharmonic and Mr. Alcides Rodriguez of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.