Percussion

Ralph Sorrentino
Principal

Ralph Sorrentino serves as Principal Percussionist with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Principal Percussionist with Opera Philadelphia, and Section Percussionist with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. He performs as a substitute percussionist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has performed under the batons of many of the world’s great conductors (Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Kirill Petrenko, Jaap van Zweden, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas) in many of the world’s great concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival and the Bravo! Vail Festival). Ralph has also performed with the Russian National Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, and the New World, Delaware, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Kennett and Reading Symphonies. Ralph has performed for several world leaders and dignitaries, including HRH Prince Charles and Pope Francis. Ralph, along with flutist Sophia Anastasia, is a founding member of Electrum Duo. The Duo’s November 2008 New York City debut at Bargemusic was favorably reviewed in the December 1, 2008 edition of The New York Times. Electrum Duo has presented recitals in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia. Both of Electrum Duo’s albums, introductions and Thoughts, are available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Ralph’s debut solo percussion album, multiplicity, was released in October 2014 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Ralph has recorded percussion tracks for NFL Films, including music that has been heard on the national television broadcasts of Super Bowls XL through LI, and he has recorded for Ondine Records, Telarc, Bridge Records, and Innova Recordings.

Ralph teaches applied percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at West Chester University, where he holds the rank of Instructor of Percussion. Ralph has presented clinics and masterclasses at a number of colleges and universities, and he served as a panelist for the final round of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2013 Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. Ralph holds an M.M. in Orchestral Performance from Temple University, as well as a B.M. in Music Performance and a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University. Ralph is an artist endorser for SABIAN cymbals.


John Hintz
Principal Timpani

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John has been Timpanist with the orchestra since July of 1990.  He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware and his Master of Music from West Chester University. In addition to performing for BAS, he has been timpanist for: Delaware Symphony, Opera Delaware, Delaware Academy of Dance, Northern Delaware Oratorio Society, and numerous other performing groups.  John’s music has covered everything from country to ballet.  Most recently he has started performing with the renaissance group Wolgemut.

 In 2012 John retired from thirty five years of teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Delaware and Maryland.  Retirement did not mean he would stop working with children.  He is now their Santa!  Most notable he is Santa for the Wilmington Western Rail Road and has been Santa for the Philadelphia Flyers.


Malavika Godbole
Timpani

Malavika, or Mika, Godbole is known for her enthusiastic support of new music, emerging composers, and her flair as a solo performer. She has premiered several works as a founding member of the groundbreaking quartet Mobius Percussion. Her freelance activities include performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra among others.

Recent accolades include a Grammy nomination for Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer with The Crossing and winning the 2016 Bessie Award with Dan Trueman, Mobius Percussion, and So Percussion for Outstanding Musical Composition/Sound Design

Upcoming projects include the third year Princeton, NJ’s new music marathon, aptly titled Unruly Sounds and residences with Mobius Percussion. 

She has also been involved in summer music programs such as the Aspen Music Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, the Artosphere Festival, and the China International Summer Music Academy. She has collaborated with conductors and artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, James DePriest, David Robertson, and James Conlon.

As a teacher, she maintains an active studio of thirty students at various levels of ability at the Westminster Conservatory and at York College of PA (as Adjunct Faculty).