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the principal second violin to strengthen that section. Dot Silverman served as principal violist for a number of years afterwards.
On February 26, 1972, famous pianist Lili Kraus performed in Oak Ridge with assistance from the ORSO, and Waldo Cohn returned to the podium as guest conductor. Scott Eddlemon, a high school student, served as principal percussionist and returned three decades later as a professional with a degree from Juilliard, to become ORSO's principal timpanist. Lili Kraus returned in February 1974 to perform Beethoven's Fourth Piano . Concerto with the ORSO. Waldo Cohn again was the conductor for this performance.
Donald Neuen (1974–79), from the Choral Department of the University of Tennessee, succeeded Zambara as orchestra conductor in October 1974. His first concert featured Ralph Einstein, Oak Ridge's own virtuoso pianist, in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto K467 featured in the film Elvira Madigan.
During this period, the Oak Ridge Chorus hired Stephen Young as its conductor. Jacinta Howard moved back to head the second violin section under Neuen, and Dot Silverman returned as principal violist. On April 7,
1979 Neuen's final concert featured Mary Fraley as soloist in Dvorak's Cello Concerto.
Don Neuen retired at the end of the 1978–79 season due to increased responsibilities as Head of the Choral Department at the University of Tennessee. Neuen thanked the orchestra for educating him as a conductor since he was originally a choral major who served as an assistant to Robert Shaw in Atlanta.
Conductors Zambara and Neuen had used faculty members as soloists with ORSO during their tenure, and Robert Lyall (1979–90), successor to
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