Greg Barber, contra bassoon, OYO: 64-65 65-66 66-67;
Gregory Barber performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and is Principal Bassoon of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Orchestra. For 17 years, he was Principal Bassoon with the Oakland Symphony and the Cabrillo Music Festival, during which time he gave the U.S. premiere of Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings by Sofia Gubaidulina, guest conducted both orchestras, led the OSO’s Educational Concerts, and was music director of the critically acclaimed I Solisti di Oakland series. He has performed with Chamber Music West, the Mainly Mozart Festival of San Diego, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and has recorded several motion picture and television soundtracks for Lucas Films. He graduated from the Conservatory and studied with Raymond Ojeda, Matthew Ruggiero, Norman Herzberg and Leonard Sharrow. He is also on the faculty of Mills College.
Thomas Halpin, violin, OYO: 64-65 65-66 66-67;
Bob Hughes reports he is a: professional violinist in Buffalo NY. Soloist and records, and thriving career
Larry London, clarinet, OYO: 64-65 65-66 66-67;
Mr. London is a native of Oakland. He went through the public school system and attended Harvard College where he received a BA degree in English Literature, and Mills College, where he received a MA degree in music composition. His teachers include Darius Milhaud, Lou Harrison and Terry Riley. Besides teaching, he plays clarinet professionally and composes music for documentary film. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.
Marc Schachman, oboe, OYO: 64-65 65-66; Marc Schachman attended Stanford University and the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the B.S., M.S., and the D.M.A. degrees. One of the world’s leading performers on early oboes, he is a founding member of some of America’s foremost period instrument chamber groups, the Aulos Ensemble, the Amadeus Winds, and the Helicon Winds. He has performed as principal oboist and soloist with many of the period instrument orchestras in the United States, including Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, Boston Baroque, the American Classical Orchestra (New York), and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra (Washington, D.C.). Marc Schachman has served on the faculty of Vassar College, and has given workshops and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has performed at festivals worldwide, including Spoleto, Edinburgh, Gattingen, Perth, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Mostly Mozart. On the modern oboe, he performs with the New York Chamber Soloists, the Orchestra of St Luke’s and the Vermont Mozart Festival.
William (Bill) (Skip) Bouton, violin, OYO: 65-66 66-67 67-68 68-69; http://www.bouton.de
William Bouton was born in 1950 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at age four and with seven began drawing and painting. He won first prize at age eleven in the Contra Costa County Library Poster Competition. He recieved his first art scholarship at the age of fifteen and from this period come his first oil paintings, which were exhibited in the Pleasant Hill City Hall in California.
In 1969 he entered California State University, San Francisco, as a double major; painting and music/composition, and recieved his Bachelors Degree in 1973. He became known through various showings and recieved his first commissions. In 1975 he recieved a further scholarship from the University of Cincinnati where he earned his Masters Diploma. Here he studied with the award winning painter William Malczan. A travelling fellowship allowed Bouton to further his studies for a post graduate degree from the University of Londen.
In 1980 Bouton moved to Aarhus, Denmark where he recieved the commission for the concert season poster with eleven composers portraits for the Aarhaus Symphony Orchestra. Since 1981 Bouton has lived in Munich where he holds the position of first concertmaster of the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
As a painter he is internationally recognized and commissions go to America, Austria, England, France and Italy.
Patrick McCarthy, bass, OYO: 65-66;
Patrick McCarthy is the Principal Bass with the Oakland East Bay and Stockton Symphonies. He has worked with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet as well as most of the other Northern California regional orchestras. He attended San Francisco State, studying there and privately with Charles Siani, Rafael Garrett and Gary Peacock. His Jazz career has included stints with the Jim Lowe Trio, Mose Allison, Jerry Granelli, Charles Moffett Family, Calvin Keys, and the Cleveland Wrecking Co. Band. He has played in film scoring recordings by the Composers Alan Silvestri, Todd Boekelheide, Mark Adler, and John Williams. Mr. McCarthy's services are also in demand as a Luthier specializing in the Double Bass. Pat's great technique, rock-solid rhythm and wickedly dry sense of humor make him perfect for Golden Gate Strings.
Lawrence Granger, cello, OYO: 66-67 68-69 67-68;
Mr. Granger has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1979. Prior to his membership in the San Francisco Symphony, he was Principal Cellist of the Oakland Symphony.
Mr. Granger has appeared as soloist with many orchestras throughout Northern California. He is active as a solo recitalist and chamber musician with many Bay Area groups. He also plays regularly with Chamber Music Sundaes, a concert series in Berkeley organized and performed by musicians of the San Francisco Symphony. In addition to standard classic repertoire, he has a special interest in promoting and performing contemporary works for cello.
He has recorded for several movies at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, and for many radio and television commercials. He has recorded on the CRI label, Secret Thoughts, (a piece written for him by composer and CSUEB Music professor, Frank La Rocca), and on the New Albion label, Cello Concerto by Peter Lewis.
Julie Meirstin Athayde, violin, OYO: 66-67;
Garfield Moore, cello, OYO: 66-67 67-68 68-69 69-70;
Broadway show musician and recording artist in Jazz and new music
Alexander Foster, clarinet, OYO: 67-68 68-69 69-70;
Alex Foster has been on the cutting edge of saxophone playing, on the jazz and studio scene, since 1973. He can be heard on numerous recording and T.V.shows including Saturday Night Live, Generations, Regis and Kathy Lee, Carol Jenkins Live.
With a back ground in classical and jazz music and ventures into pop and rock, Alex is the ultimate in versatility. As a founding member of Jack DeJohnette’s ”Directions”, Alex completed three records that include original composition and arrangementts. This relationship led to featured soloist whith McCoy Tyner on ” Inner Voices” and tours with Nat Adderley and Freddy Hubbard.
After three years, Alex focused on the New York studio scene wich resulted in hundreds of record dates and jingles throughout the ’70’s and ’80’s, as well as a Broadway show ”Aint Misbehaving’’’.
When Don Sebesky was looking for an alto sax soloist for his recording of ”Concerto for Jazz Soloists and Orchestra”, Jon Faddis recommended Alex. This featured Alex along with Faddis and Richard Davis with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. Two more records with Sebesky soon followed this event.
In 1982, Jaco Pastorius called Alex to play lead alto in his award winning big band tour in New York and Japan. The band produced two live albums and earned a Gold Disk award from Japan’s Swing Journal. After this, Alex joined Jaco’s small group which included Don Alias, Othello Molineaux, Mike Stern, Ron Tooly, Melton Mustafa, Kenwood Dennard and Delmar Brown. Three live records were completed and took the group on three world tours.
In 1985 Alex was called to join the house band at Saturday Night Live, which earned him a nomination from NARAS as most valued alto sax player on the recording scene. Between 1985 and 1990, Alex recorded and toured with Michael Franks, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney.
In 1991 Alex recorded his first album ”Beginnings..Goodbye”. he toured with the Gil Evans Orchestra and the Mingus Dynasty, for whom he arranged Mingus’ final melody ”harlene” on the ”Generations” record for C.B.S. Alex went on to play lead in the Mingus Epitaph tour of Europe and the U.S.
In 1993, Alex joined the ” Steps Ahead” band with Mike Manieri, where he played mostly tenor and soprano saxes. Alex toured extensively with them as well as doing a season with the Carnegie Hall Jazz band and taking his group throughout Asia.
In 1995 Alex was once again invited to be the featured alto sax and clarinet soloist with the Saturday Night Live band. This past year, Alex has completed a new record with Michael Wolff, a duo record that reunites two virtuosos who have been playing together since childhood.
Diva Goodfriend-Koven, flute, OYO: 67-68 68-69;
Diva Goodfriend-Koven has performed on both flute and piccolo with all of the major orchestras and chamber orchestras in the New York City area. She is active as a teacher and also plays in The Locrian Ensemble (the mission of the group is to perform music that is no older than 10 years). She has been a member of American Composers Orchestra since 1981 which is also when she became a regular Associate musician with the MET Orchestra. Besides membership in both the American Symphony and American Ballet Theater, she has attended and performed at the Bard Music Festival since its inception in 1989. She has been seen on Live From Lincoln Center performing with the NY Philharmonic,and has recorded extensively with Orpheus, ACO, The MET Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and also on numerous commercial films and sound-tracks.
Josh Cohen, violin, OYO: 68-69;
Violinist, violist, bassist, conductor and emprasario also with a career in high-tech. I like playing primarily in chamber or stage concerts and producing concerts of all types. CSUH Teachers: Bea Meyers, Daniel Kobialka, Judith Paska, Nate Rubin
Betsy London, viola, OYO: 68-69 69-70 70-71 71-72;
Betsy London, lecturer in viola, joined the faculty in the spring of 2008. She attended UCLA and completed her B.A at Cal State Hayward. Her major teachers include David Smiley and George Neikrug.
Ms. London currently performs with the Marin Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Fremont Symphony, California Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Pasadena Symphony and at the Berkshire Music Festival where she played under Ozawa, Bernstein, Tennstedt and Schuller. Other ensembles include the Bologna Teatro Communale, Macerata and Jesi Opera orchestras (Italy) and the Arch Ensemble. Recordings include the Arch Ensemble on the Arch label, the California Symphony on the Decca label, Women’s Philharmonic on the New Albion label, and Filarmonica Marchigiana on the Koch/Swann label. Ms. London performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1970 with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Bill Evans, and Cannonball Adderly. She has also toured the United States with Eric Clapton.
In the University of the Pacific Conservatory, Ms. London teaches viola.
David Macbride, viola, OYO: 68-69;
A member of the faculty at The Hartt School, University of Hartford since 1984. Currently Associate Professor of Composition & Theory.
Of Eurasian heritage (his mother was born in Beijing), David Macbride was born in Berkeley, CA in 1951. His principal teachers include Edward Diemente (of the Hartt College of Music), and Jack Beeson and Chou wen-chung (of Columbia University). He has written numerous works, ranging from solo, chamber and orchestral music to music for film, TV, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on music for percussion and music for voice. His works have been performed extensively in the United States and abroad: recent performances include the Hartford Symphony, the Arditti String Quartet, League ISCM, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, World Saxophone Congress, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Upcoming performances include the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center premiere of A Muse, written for the Avalon String Quartet and commissioned by Concert Artists Guild. The Royal Spanish Chamber Orchestra performed Poet in New York on its tour of Spain during the Garcia Lorca Centennial in 1998-99.
Tim Page of Newsday writes: "In David Macbride's music, one finds technical skills of a high order, a direct lyricism that informs the most complex passages, and a personal aesthetic that combines Western chromaticism with a fascination for the music of China." Awards include the Georges Enesco International Composition Prize, two Leo Snyder Memorial Composition Prizes sponsored by League ISCM Boston, the Composers Inc. Prize and two Connecticut Commission on the Arts individual artists grants.
Other commissions include Chamber Music America, Performers of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra. Macbride's compositions are recorded on Concora, Hartt/Next Exit, Opus One, Owl/Starkland, and True Media Recordings. A solo CD of his works is available from Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI). Alex Ross of the New York Times writes: "...Macbride achieves a remarkable balance of technical rigor and free spirited invention... Composers Recordings has done justice to a distinctive voice in American music." Two other solo CDs entitled Conundrum: The Percussion Music of David Macbride featuring Benjamin Toth and In Common: Duets by David Macbride have been recently released by Innova Recordings. A CD of Macbride's Lorca settings is available on Albany Records, which will release (later this year) a CD of his solo piano works as performed by the composer.
Macbride has been extremely active in bringing diverse musics to the Greater Hartford Community, having produced numerous outdoor events in Elizabeth Park and other venues over the past fifteen years. He regularly performs in schools and senior citizen homes, and recently received the University of Hartford Community Service Award in recognition of his contributions.
As a pianist, Macbride was invited to give a recital tour of Peru by the Instituto Cultural Peruano NorteAmericano in February 1999, and performances in Spain last year sponsored by the Centro de la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea, as well as a recital at the Universidad Nacional Autonomo de Mexico in Mexico City. Macbride is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Joel Cohen, cello, OYO: 69-70 70-71;
Joel Cohen had his early musical training in the San Francisco Bay area with Irene Sharp and Margaret Rowell. After receiving his B.Mus. from the University of Western Ontario , further studies took him to Holland until his return to the San Francisco Bay area where he served as co-principal cellist with the Oakland Symphony from 1979 to 1985. Cohen lived in Vienna from 1985 to 1997 where he was a member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. During those years he also performed with the Vienna Radio Symphony (ORF/RSO), the Wiener Kammeroper, the Wiener Akademie (on period instruments), and Quartett Yggdrasil. He toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Johann Strauss Festival Orchestra of Vienna.
Since returning to the U.S. in 1997 he has been playing and teaching in the Boston area, performing with various orchestras and chamber music groups including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, National Lyric Opera, the Chorus of Westerly, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.
Joel is currently on the faculty of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and the Lexington Music School in addition to maintaining a private studio. Since 2001 he has been involved with “New Directions,” an annual cello festival exploring non-classical cello styles through concerts and workshops. Joel also performs in the Boston area with "Improvelocity," a group which explores musical collaboration through spontaneous chamber music, creating works in various styles including jazz, fusion, soundscapes and world music.
Jon Faddis, trumpet, OYO: 69-70;
Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician -- conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, "He's the best ever, including me!" As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. Time Out New York (2003) praises Faddis as "the world's greatest trumpeter ... brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity," and Nat Hentoff, in The Wall Street Journal (2005), characterizes Faddis as "a trumpet player of prodigious lyrical force."
Born in 1953, Faddis began playing at age eight, inspired by an appearance by Louis Armstrong on television. Meeting Dizzy Gillespie at 15 proved to be a pivotal beginning of a unique friendship that spanned over three decades. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Faddis joined Lionel Hampton's big band, moving from Oakland, CA to New York. Faddis worked as lead trumpet for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra at the Village Vanguard, formed his own quartet, and soon began directing big band orchestras, including the Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie 70th Birthday Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (1992-2002), and the successor to the CHJB, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York (2003-present). The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which celebrated its 40th anniversary at Columbia College Chicago, named Faddis as its Artistic Director in autumn 2004. Faddis will continue to conduct both the JFJONY and the CJE in the future. Faddis has also served as guest conductor and featured guest with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Faddis' original compositions include the Jazz opera Lulu Noire (1997) (named a "Top 10" pick by USA Today); others may be heard on his Grammy-nominated Remembrances (Chesky 1998), Into the Faddisphere (Epic 1989), and Hornucopia (Epic 1991). Faddis' forthcoming album, TERANGA (KOCH Records June 2006) features new compositions by the trumpeter, joined by members of the Jon Faddis Quartet: David Hazeltine (piano), Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass), & Dion Parson (drums), together with special guests Alioune Faye (sabor), Abdou Mboup (djembe & talking drum), Russell Malone (guitar), Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone), Clark Terry (flugelhorn & vocals), and Frank Wess (alto flute).
Jon Faddis remains true to the tradition of honoring mentors who taught him, regularly leading master classes and clinics worldwide, and also teaching as a full-time faculty member at the Conservatory of Music, Purchase College-SUNY (where he is Artist-in-Residence, Professor & Director of Jazz Performance) and as a guest lecturer at Columbia College Chicago. To learn more about Purchase College, please visit www.purchase.edu/music/jazz and look also for information about the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Jon Faddis also teaches as a Guest Lecturer at Columbia College Chicago, home also to the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, for which Faddis serves as Artistic Director. For more information about the CJE, please visit www.chijazz.com (Note that the Chicago Jazz Ensemble's web page is in the process of being updated, so check back in the coming months for more complete information).
Lorraine (Lorrie) Hunt Lieberson, viola, OYO: 69-70 70-71 71-72;
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson began her musical career as a violist. She was a consummate recitalist and concert singer and a riveting operatic performer with a repertoire that ranged from the Baroque to the contemporary. On the opera stage she excelled in rôles as diverse as Ottavia (Monteverdi), Ariodante (Handel), Sesto (Mozart), Carmen (Bizet), Myrtle Wilson (Harbison) and Didon (Berlioz).
Recognised by Musical America as the 2001 Vocalist of the Year, she performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis, and the world première of Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Opera highlights included the Peter Sellars production of Handel’s Theodora, Les Troyens and The Great Gatsby at the Metropolitan Opera, La clemenza di Tito and the title rôle in Xerxes for the New York City Opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and at the San Francisco Opera, the world première of John Adams’ El Niño at the Châtelet in Paris and in San Francisco, and Peter Lieberson’s Ashoka’s Dream for the Santa Fe Opera.
Concert highlights included Elgar’s The Music Makers at the first night of the BBC Proms and performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, concerts and a recording with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, the Berlin Philharmonic under Kent Nagano, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Orchestra of St Luke’s with Sir Charles Mackerras. Recital appearances took her to Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and on a North American recital tour with Peter Serkin to Tanglewood, Boston, and Carnegie Hall, New York. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson passed away in July 2006.
Peter Jaffe, violin, OYO: 69-70 70-71 71-72 72-73;
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Peter Jaffe is in his ninth season as music director of the Stockton Symphony. Mr. Jaffe was chosen by the Stockton Arts Commission to receive the Stockton Top Arts Recognition (STAR) Award, and has been honored by the University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College for innovations in educational programming. With the Stockton Symphony's subscription series, Mr. Jaffe has earned accolades for his preconcert discussions, which include playing musical examples in his own piano transcriptions. The featured subject of two Continental Cablevision specials, Mr. Jaffe has been a frequent guest on several radio and television programs in California. In the past few seasons, Mr. Jaffe conducted operas produced by the Townsend Opera Players in collaboration with the Stockton Opera Association, and will serve as music director for Verdi's La traviata this January.
Mr. Jaffe recently conducted at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and will be appearing this season with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in the role of guest conductor with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Sacramento and Virginia Symphonies, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Chicago String Ensemble, and the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, and has toured with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. He spent three seasons as conductor and director of orchestral activities at the Oberlin Conservatory and two seasons as conductor and visiting professor at Stanford University, highlighted by an Eastern European tour with the Stanford Symphony.
Mr. Jaffe has taught at the Conductor's Institute of South Carolina since 2000, and was a resident conductor and faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival for fourteen years. Under Mr. Jaffe's direction, Aspen's Young Artist Orchestra series became an important component in the career advancement of numerous prominent rising stars. Many of his Aspen performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, New York's WQXR, and KVOD, Denver. Performing frequently with Aspen's Concert Orchestra and Sinfonia, Mr. Jaffe also conducted the Aspen Opera Theater Center's U.S. premiere of Augusta Read Thomas's Ligeia.
Several of Mr. Jaffe's own arrangements have been commissioned by and performed with orchestras in Aspen, Chicago, Long Beach, and Stockton, including his Symphonic Birthday and transcription of Haydn's Arianna a Naxos for mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani. A CD of his arrangements was released on the Chandos label, featuring mezzo-soprano Nadia Pelle with I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky, director. Mr. Jaffe appeared on NBC's First Camera in a show devoted to Tanglewood, where he was coached by Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, and Gustav Meier. In addition to these conductors, he studied with Andor Toth, Paul Vermel, Charles Bruck, and Herbert Blomstedt.
As an instrumentalist, Peter Jaffe's background includes extensive performing on the violin, viola, and keyboard. As acting concertmaster of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Jaffe spent a season in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and served for several years as staff pianist and vocal accompanist at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Jaffe often conducts from the harpsichord when performing Baroque or early Classic repertoire.
Mr. Jaffe's wife Jane is a musicologist who writes program notes for many performing organizations. The Jaffes have three sons: James and twins Adam and Paul.
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Jerilyn Jorgensen, violin, OYO: 69-70 70-71 71-72;
Jerilyn Jorgensen, founding member of the DaVinci Quartet, successfully combines an active performing and teaching career with raising a family. In addition to her concert schedule with the Quartet, which has taken her across the United States and abroad, she joined the faculty of The Colorado College in fall of 2000 as Instructor of Violin. She is married and has two children, ages 10 and 7.
Ms. Jorgensen's teachers have included Joseph Fuchs, Leonard Sorkin, and Zvi Zeitlin. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and graduated in 1979 from the Juilliard School with a Master's degree. Of the influences that have shaped her life and performing career, Ms. Jorgensen cites as formative the teaching of the Juilliard Quartet: "The music for which I have the greatest affinity, late Beethoven and the great early 20th century works of Bartok and the second Viennese School, is music that I learned to love through my studies with the Juilliard Quartet. They were a fantastic example of integrity and commitment to the process of artistic realization."
Ms. Jorgensen plays a violin of Italian origin, circa 1850, formerly in the possession of Henri Temianka.
Lynne Morrow, viola, OYO: 69-70 70-71 71-72;
Dr. Lynne Morrow was named Music Director of PME in 2005, the ensemble’s 25th anniversary season. Dr. Morrow had previously served as vocal coach and then Assistant Music Director of PME from 1988 to 1997. In 2005, Dr. Morrow, along with PME Artistic Director Richard Grant, prepared the chorus for the Berlin performance and recording of Bernstein’s Mass with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under the direction of Kent Nagano; this Harmonia Mundi recording went on to receive a 2006 Grammy® nomination for Best Choral Performance.
Dr. Morrow teaches at Sonoma State University, where she directs the Vocal and Opera/Music Theatre Programs, and also serves as Music Director of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony Chorus. Dr. Morrow received her DMA in Opera Coaching and Choral Conducting from Indiana University-Bloomington.
In fall 2003 Dr. Morrow helped to found Quantum Opera Theatre, which seeks to broaden the formal and stylistic links between opera and musical theatre by working with composers on new works and hopes to provide an environment to workshop new music theatre each year. She is also the host for the Stern Grove Music Festival.
Tyra Gilb, flute, OYO: 70-71 71-72 72-73;
Instructor of Flute and Chamber Music. B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School; M.M., Yale University. New York Carnegie debut as winner of 1979 Concert Artist Guild Award. Performed with Vienna Kammeroper, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, North Carolina Symphony and Swannanoa (NC) Chamber Music Festival. Former faculty member of University of Tennessee, Central Michigan University and Eastern Music Festival.
Lawrence Kohl, clarinet, OYO: 70-71;
As founding Music director, Maestro Kohl has led the Pacific Chamber Symphony from its San Leandro inception to the premier regional organization it has become today. He was the Music Director of the Ohlone College Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years, Conductor for the KAMSA youth orchestra for three years, and he was a founding member of Walnut Creek's Sierra Chamber Ensemble. While doing his doctoral studies in Systematic Musicology at UCLA he was Samuel Krachmalnick's Teaching Associate and together they re-instituted and co-conducted the UCLA Contemporary Ensemble. Maestro Krachmalnick, was the first Koussevitsky prize winner at Tanglewood, he conducted on Broadway and recorded Leonard Bernstein's musical Candide, and as famed conducting Jean Morel's assistant infused in Maestro Kohl a most important tradition of conducting. Maestro Kohl studied solfege for conductors with James Wimer and was coached by Arturo Toscanini's pupil Golfredo Corradetti. A consummate clarinetist, Kohl has performed and toured with the San Francisco Symphony. He was awarded a full fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, was the first Chancellor's Fellow at UCLA and a National Art Association prizewinner. He also holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy from San Jose State University and has taught both music and philosophy at several Bay Area colleges. Maestro Kohl makes his home in Orinda, California with his wife Isabelle and toddler daughter Sofia.
J. Karla Lemon, bass, OYO: 70-71 71-72;
J. Karla Lemon, formerly Stanford's director of orchestras, recieved her master's degree in conducting from the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiberg, Germany, and her bachelor's degree in music from UC-Berkeley. Lemon was the founding conductor and music director of the Rohnert Park Symphony.
Lemon served as guest conductor for the San Francisco Ballet, Utah Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Composers, Inc., and the New Music Institute in Freiburg, among other groups. She conducted the experimental music ensemble EARPLAY, based in San Francisco. She passed away in October of 2009. (Article)
Brian McCarty, french horn, OYO: 70-71 71-72 72-73 69-70 73-74;
Brian McCarty joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1980, and has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1977.
Having grown up in the Bay Area, Brian is a product of local school music programs and youth orchestras, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was able to participate in the College of Marin Band, Orchestra and Opera productions in high school as well. He went on to attend California State University at Hayward, and has studied with Jerry Merrill, Ralph Hotz, A. David Krehbiel and David Sprung.
Brian has been a member of the Anchor Chamber Players, the Marin Symphony and has freelanced with many of the Bay Area's fine chamber and orchestral ensembles.
Brian and Colleen, his wife, have three children. They all enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and heading to the beach.
William McElheney, trombone, OYO: 70-71 71-72;
William McElheney was born on May 20, 1954 in Berkeley, California. In 1974, McElheney received an engagement as principal trombonist with the Vienna Philharmonic. Since 1984, William McElheney has also been a member of the Vienna Hofmusikkape.
Benjamin Simon, violin, OYO: 70-71 71-72;
Benjamin Simon always wanted to be a conductor when he grew up, but his love of the viola and performing chamber music got in the way. As a high school violinist and concertmaster of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, Ben took conducting lessons from maestro Denis DeCouteau and got his first chance to wave a stick at a bunch of musicians. Off to Yale College for a possible medical career, Ben found himself drawn to the Yale Symphony Orchestra, viola lessons with Raphael Hillyer, and late-night quartet reading sessions. Four years later he graduated Yale as a music major, and entered the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Lillian Fuchs, earning his Master’s degree and the Machlis Prize upon graduation. Work followed: a year in the New York Philharmonic, seven as principal of the Buffalo Philharmonic, three glorious summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, four seasons globe-hopping and recording with the Naumberg-Award winning New World String Quartet, one and a half in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, four in the Stanford String Quartet, a brief stint as Director of The Crowden School in Berkeley, and then, finally, a chance to be a conductor: in 2001 Ben was appointed music director of both the award-winning Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the professional San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He has been on the music faculty at UC Berkeley since 1999, and was recently appointed conductor of a brand new chamber orchestra in the Preparatory division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Ben credits Dr. DeCouteau for first inspiring him to become a conductor, and maintains many close friendships from those wonderful years in the Oakland Youth Orchestra more than three decades ago.
Debbie Steiner Spangler, violin, OYO: 70-71;
Ms. Spangler is an active freelance musician. She is a regular member of SSV, Oakland East Bay Symphony (where she is also a member of the Board), Fremont Symphony, and Modesto Symphony. She has also played with the Boston Pops, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera Tour, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Opera SJ, and California Symphony.
Training: She studied locally with William Pynchon, retired from the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, and in Boston with Joseph Silverstein (at Boston University), and Max Hobart (at New England Conservatory), Concertmaster and 3rd chair respectively of the Boston Symphony. She also attended Tanglewood.
Teaching: "I believe anyone can learn an instrument at any age, given motivation, patience, proper training, and encouragement. The joy is in the journey--playing in orchestras and small ensembles--which can be done at any level."
Larry Ragent, french horn, OYO: 71-72;
LARRY RAGENT (horn) is a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He received his musical training at the New England Conservatory where he graduated with Honors. Mr. Ragent has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He is a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the Stanford Woodwind Quintet. His teaching positions have included U.C. Santa Cruz, Atlantic Union College, and Brown University. He is presently on the faculty of Stanford University. He has performed on original instruments with Philharmonia Baroque and Magnificat.
Phil Santos, violin, OYO: 71-72;
Philip Santos has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony, has performed with the Chicago Symphony, and performs extensively throughout the Bay Area as a chamber and orchestral musician. He is currently concertmaster of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra and concertmaster of the Freemont Symphony in addition to holding titled chairs with both the California and Marin Symphonies.
Mr. Santos' chamber music activities include the San Francisco Symphony's chamber music series, Chamber Music Sundaes, Sierra Chamber Society, Old First Concerts, Performances at Six, and Composer's Inc. He has participated in World and West Coast premieres of chamber works with Chamber Music West and Composer's Inc.
Mr. Santos is on the faculty of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra and has taught violin at California State University at Hayward. His teaching activities also include many private students throughout the Bay Area including those at the Polonsky Piano School in Saratoga.
Peter Shelton, cello, OYO: 71-72;
Peter Shelton, associate principal cello of the San Francisco Symphony, has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Diablo Symphony, the Crown Chamber Players and the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players. He studied with Margaret Rowell in Berkeley and Bonnie Hampton at Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. He completed an M.M. at the Conservatory. He won first prize in the 1977 Coleman National Chamber Music Competition and has participated in the Conservatory's Chamber Music West festivals.
Carla Wilson, bassoon, OYO: 71-72 72-73 84-85;
CARLA WILSON completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Walter Green. Other teachers were Leonard Sharrow at the Aspen Festival and Archie Camden in London on a scholarship. Early in her career Ms. Wilson soloed with the San Francisco Symphony as winner of the Pepsi-Cola Young Musicians award. She is a frequent performer with the San Francisco Symphony, Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. She is a member of the Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony and Marin Symphony, as well as the Empyrean Ensemble and the Music in the Mountains Festival (since its premier season).
Claudia Bloom, violin, OYO: 72-73 73-74;
Ms. Bloom earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, and her Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music. She has been a member of the Ciompi Quartet in residence at Duke University, and co-concertmaster of the Zurich Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland. Ms. Bloom is currently principal second violinist of Opera San Jose, a member of Trio Jubilee, and teaches privately in Palo Alto.
Doris Fukawa, violin, OYO: 72-73 73-74;
Doris Fukawa is well known throughout the Bay Area as a violinist and educator. She has performed regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Orchestras and the Oakland/East Bay Symphony. Ms. Fukawa has been a guest conductor and clinician in the San Francisco, San Jose and Mountain View School Districts. Currently on the chamber music and violin faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Division, she also teaches privately in Oakland. She is on the Board of Directors of Cazadero Performing Arts Camp. Ms. Fukawa earned a BM from the Manhattan School of Music and a M.Ed from Columbia University Teachers College.
Ms. Fukawa teaches violin at CCMC and is the Executive Director of the Crowden Music Center.
M.Ed., Columbia University Teachers College; B.M., Manhattan School of Music; studied with Raphael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne and Anne Crowden; chamber music studies with Colin Hampton, Anne Crowden, Ariana Bronne and Lillian Fuchs; performances with San Francisco Symphony and Opera, Oakland-East Bay Symphony; former concertmaster, Midsummer Mozart; member, Skywalker Symphony
Gloria Lum, cello, OYO: 72-73 73-74 74-75 79-80;
Cellist GLORIA LUM, a native of Berkeley, California, attended both the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, graduating from the latter institution magna cum laude. A student of Gabor Rejto and Ronald Leonard, she was a member of the Oakland Symphony and the Denver Symphony before joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1985.
Lum has appeared throughout Southern California on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series and with the California Chamber Virtuosi at the Getty Museum. A frequent participant in Philharmonic Chamber Music Society concerts, she has played on that series with André Previn and Emanuel Ax. She performed Elliott Carter's Cello Sonata at the opening event of the 1993/94 season of the Green Umbrella series and also took part in the Ojai Festival's Carter tribute. She made her Philharmonic solo debut in 1994, and during the 1997/98 Philharmonic season, she was a featured soloist in the U.S. premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Duo Concertante.
Carla Picchi, violin, viola, OYO: 72-73;
Carla Picchi was raised in Oakland and was a member of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in her high school days. She studied with Anne Crowden. She then attended UC Santa Cruz where she studied with Heiichiro Ohyama. In the summers she went to the California Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. She returned to Oakland and has lived here ever since. She is a member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Opera Orchestra, and plays regularly with the San Francisco Ballet. She led a string quartet for twelve years for the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music Program. She teaches privately at her studio in Oakland, and has been involved in the Muse Program since its inception.
Carlos Reyes, Jr., viola violin, OYO: 72-73 73-74 75-76 74-75;
Carlos Reyes recording artist, producer, engineer, harpist and violinist - has been breaking musical barriers since his first public performance at the age of five. Born in Paraguay, South America, his family moved to the United States when he was a child.
He began his musical education at the age of three and a half. A few years later, his father, a musical and national hero in Paraguay, dared young Carlos to learn the complicated 36 string native Paraguay harp. Being called a child prodigy at an early age he took his father's challenge seriously, Carlos purchased his first harp for $50.00 when he was just ten years old. Two weeks later, he earned a double encore and $250.00 at his first professional harp concert held at Delores Auditorium in San Francisco. Since then he has taken the Harp and it's music to new and ground breaking levels.
Continuing his musical education, at an early age Carlos eventually learned to play many different instruments including Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Keyboards, as well a mastering the use of a variety of electronic devices and special effects.
He made his debut on harp with the Oakland Symphony and his debut on the violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at just fourteen years of age. He has worked in the professional recording industry for commercials, solo artist and instrumental background music for the acclaimed children's shows "Sesame Street" and Villa Alegre" when he was but in his teens.
Carlos thrilled thousands of loyal followers with the Jazz Rock group Merlin as they played all over the bay area. His first album "The Beauty Of It All" was on the Top-Ten Contemporary Jazz charts in Billboard Magazine for over 15 weeks. His solo harp collaboration on Sugo records titled "Harvest Moon", has received rave reviews since it's release. He has backed such artists as Chuck Mangione, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Pat Travers, Narada Michael Walden and many more. Recently returning from a short tour in Europe and representing Paraguay at the worlds fair "Expo 2000 Hanover" he was received with standing ovations and given a Gold Medal from the Vatican for his musical contributions.
Carlos currently has two new CD's soon to be released. A group effort featuring Carlos's astonishing mastery of the Violin and Harp and a second solo harp endeavor. Along with an international musical reputation, Mr. Reyes has amassed a large enthusiastic Bay Area following. His charismatic personality and outstanding musical talents are a potent contribution with which he performs an extensive and entertaining repertoire. The San Francisco Bay Area is proud to claim Carlos Reyes as one of its most favorite and talented artists.
Donald Benham, trombone, OYO: 73-74;
Don Benham is principal trombonist with the California Symphony and keeps busy as a Bay Area freelance musician, soloist and teacher. While a student at USC, he studied trombone with Robert Marsteller and composition with Hugo Friedhofer. Don has held positions with the Oakland Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. A member of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra since 1989, Benham has appeared as soloist with both the Festival Pops Orchestra and the Blazing Brass concerts.
Jennifer Culp, cello, OYO: 73-74 74-75 75-76; www.kronosquartet.org
Jennifer Culp received her BM and MM from the San Francisco and New England Conservatories of music. She studied with Bonnie Hampton and Laurence Lesser, with further studies in England under Ralph Kirshbaum, William Pleeth and Sandor Vegh. Most recently Ms. Culp was the cellist of the Kronos Quartet for the past 7 years, where she concertized throughout the world. Touring 15 countries last season, appearances included concerts at Sydney Opera House, Zankel Hall at Carnegie hall, London's Barbican Centre, Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles and the WOMAD festival in New Zealand. Recent awards include Musical America's 2003 "Musicians of the Year" and a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performace of Berg's 'Lyric Suite' in 2004. Ms. Culp has recorded numerous premiere recordings on Nonesuch, New Albion, CRI and New World. As an active chamber musician, she has performed at festivals including Prussia Cove, Ravinia, and Tanglewood. She has taught at Pro Corda (England) and Kneisel Hall (USA) as well as being on the faculty of Mills College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Shinji Eshima, bass, OYO: 73-74;
SHINJI ESHIMA, a graduate of Stanford University and of the Juilliard School, is currently a double-bassist in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He is on the faculty at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
As a composer, he has written for a variety of venues including the music for the 450 Geary Theater's production of The Snow Queen, which ran for three seasons, and for MistiblFA for which the San Francisco Examiner described his music as "ranging from bucolic pipings to full scale ecclesiastical gothic..." In 1995, he was commissioned to write a piece commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing for which he wrote August 6th for violin and double-bass. This premiered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on that anniversary. He was commissioned to write two hymns for the Buddhist Churches of America which were published and recorded by opera singers Elizabeth Bishop and Hector Velasquez. He also released a CD of his music, Sho Shin Ge. based upon Buddhist sutras. In 2000 the Ensemble en Sol in Mexico commissioned him to write a chamber piece which received its San Francisco premiere at a Donald Runnicles and Friends performance. In 2001 the percussion ensemble Adesso, with the Peninsula Women's Chorus, premiered his Generations at the Old First Church in San Francisco. In 2002 Gary Karr premiered his piece for solo bass Grat-etude and Liben Publishers recently published another solo bass work If it's tuesday it must be up-bow, along with a CD recorded by the composer.
Jon Gustely, french horn, OYO: 73-74 74-75 75-76 76-77 77-78;
Mexico City Philharmonic principal horn
The Louisville Orchestra
Jeremy Cohen, violin, OYO: 74-75;
Jeremy Cohen's electrifying recorded and live performances of jazz violin have earned him accolades across the country. A classically trained violinist whose notable teachers included the legendary Itzhak Perlman, Cohen's original and eclectic style reflects a respect for the works of Joe Venuti and Eddie South as well as Itzhak Perlman and Fritz Kreisler.
As a soloist, Jeremy Cohen has performed with numerous symphony orchestras including the Virginia Symphony, California Symphony, Los Angeles Modern String Orchestra, the Monterey Bay Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic.
As a recording musician, his credits include numerous motion picture and television soundtracks, including "The Dukes of Hazzard," and Jane Fonda's "Dollmaker" & studio orchestra concertmaster on recordings with Linda Rondstadt, Cleo Laine, Ray Charles, Howard Keel and Aaron Neville. He appears Carlos Santana's two most recent recordings and has recorded on many occasions at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, including "Star Wars" with John Williams.
On the musical stage, he has toured with numerous Broadway productions including "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Les Miserables," "Forever Tango," and soloist/concertmaster for both "Fiddler on the Roof" and the current hit show "The Producers." Jeremy has also toured and recorded with the Turtle Island String Quartet.
Cohen coined the term ViolinJazz to differentiate his own recordings, and has recorded two ViolinJazz CDs with his ViolinJazz Quartet as well as a third CD featuring jazz, pop and tango arrangements with his ensemble Quartet San Francisco.
Jeremy Cohen is a faculty member of the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA and has taught with the Stanford Jazz Workshop for six years. He is a long-time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives and makes music with his two sons.
James Greening-Valenzuela, violin, OYO: 74-75 75-76;
One of today's most gifted concert artists, James Greening-Valenzuela is an active performer throughout North America and Europe. At age eighteen, he made his international debut as a soloist with the Bach Festival at the Concerts de Font'Neuve in France, and was invited to return for several seasons. He went on to win first prize in the Shreveport Symphony National Young Artist Competition, after which he made solo recital debuts at Symphony Hall in Boston and Carnegie Hall. He has been in demand as soloist with orchestras and recital series ever since. Appearances have included solo performances at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, New York's 92nd Street Y, Grand Teton Music Festival, Festival Tibor Varga in Switzerland, Festival Rodolfo Lipizer in Italy, as well as guest artist appearances at Yale, Boston, U.C.L.A. and Hofstra Universities. He attended San Francisco and St. Louis Conservatories and City University of New York and has studied with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Henryk Szeryng, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein and Zaven Melikian. He has served as adjunct faculty at Queens College, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and Boise State University. He currently resides in New York City.
Mary Larionoff, violin, OYO: 74-75 75-76 76-77 77-78;
MARIA LARIONOFF is a graduate of the Juilliard School and a former member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's first violin section. She made her solo debut at age twelve, and since then has performed regularly both in recital and with the orchestras of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. Ms. Larionoff is currently Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, and has been featured as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, both in concert and on recording, most recently in four critically acclaimed performances of the Lalo "Symphonie Espagnole". Her unusual versatility as a violist as well as a violinist has led to appearances with the International Music Festival of Seattle, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and Japan. Ms. Larionoff is on the faculty of the University of Washington, and has served as faculty at the Marrowstone Music Festival, and as the principal violin and viola coach of the Seattle Youth Symphony.Upcoming solo appearances include engagements with the orchestras of Seattle and Yakima, the Cascade Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Carlos Chavez in Mexico City.
Emil Miland, cello, OYO: 74-75 75-76 76-77;
Cellist Emil Miland is internationally acclaimed for his performances of new and traditional repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician. He is "a rhapsodic kind of performer with whimsy, charm, and humor in his artistic makeup, as well as all the soulful qualities one expects from a cellist" says Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe. Miland is an ardent champion of new works and has given the premieres of compositions written specifically for him by a number of prominent contemporary composers. Most recently, Miland gave the successful premiere of Shinji Eshima's Trio for Cello, Marimba, and Piano, entitled, Despots' Rage, The Slaves' Revenge. He has recorded with various orchestras and solo artists and is featured on two of SFGC's CDs. For nine years, Emil Miland served as founding principal cellist of San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra. He made is solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 16.
Seth Taylor, violin, OYO: 74-75;
Native San Franciscan Seth Taylor studied violin at the San Francisco Conservatory with Zaven Melikian and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York under Dorothy Delay, where he received his Masters' Degree in 1982. He was an active member of Menuhin's master class. He served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Philharmonia and of the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra for its extended Mexico Tour, and served under such conductors as Georg Solti and Aaron Copland. A frequent participant at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and as member of the New York Chamber Orchestra, he founded the Lafayette String Trio, with which he performed in numerous major American and European Cities. Since 1991 he has been concertmaster of the Landeskapelle Orchestra of Eisenach, Germany, the birthplace of J.S. Bach.
Mark Veregge, percussion, OYO: 74-75 75-76;
MARK VEREGGE, Stanford University Dept. of Music, Lecturer in Percussion. B.M., San Jose State University; M.M., The Juilliard School. Studied with Elden Bailey, Anthony Cirone, Saul Goodman, Barry Jekowsky, Roland Kohloff. Has served as Principal Timpanist with the Caracas Philharmonic, as well as the Mexico City Philharmonic; currently performs with San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony. Principal Percussionist, California Symphony and Opera San Jose. Active in the chamber-music arena with Composers, Inc. and EARPLAY. Awards: Saul Goodman Scholarship, Juilliard; first-place award for Timpani, Percussive Arts Society Competition; Richards Club Scholarship, San Jose State University.
Dawn Foster-Dodson, cello, OYO: 75-76 76-77;
Dawn Foster-Dodson has performed as a soloist on most of the major concert series in the Bay Area. She is frequently the Principal Cellist of the Best of Broadway theatrical productions at the Orpheum, Curran and Golden Gate Theatres. For twenty-three years she played with the San Jose Symphony, and she has also been a member of the California Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and most other Bay Area orchestras. She has played with many of the world’s favorite vocalists, including Pavarotti, Marion Anderson, Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Ben Vereen, Rod Stewart, and Smoky Robinson. She maintains an active teaching studio, and joined the St. Mary's College Performing Arts Department faculty in 1998, coaching chamber music ensembles and teaching string classes.
Joseph Hébert, cello, OYO: 75-76;
Joseph Hébert is a versatile artist, at home in musical genres from opera to jazz. An active performer, he is frequently heard in solo and ensemble concerts in the Bay Area and beyond, including recent tours to Japan, Europe, and Hawaii. At age 24, he was the winner of the highly competitive Minority Orchestral Fellowship Competition for the Oakland East Bay Symphony orchestra, of which he is still currently a member.
As a representative of American musicians, Mr. Hébert performed at the welcoming reception on the first visit of Mikhail Gorbachev to America. He has shared the concert stage and recording studio with renowned artists from the classical and popular music worlds. Artists with whom Joseph has performed with include: Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Linda Ronstadt, Barry White, Harry Connick Jr., Jesse Norman, Marilyn Horne and many others. As a member of the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, Mr. Hébert's soundtrack credits include: Star Wars, Back To The Future, Predator 2, Soapdish, Jennifer 8, and Cop and A Half. His orchestra affiliations include: Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Ballet Orchestra, San Francisco Pocket Opera and California Symphony. As quoted by the Oakland Tribune, "he is one of the most eloquently expressive cellists in the area".
His talents as a composer and jazz musician have given rise to many imaginative programs and exciting collaborations including theater and dance. He is currently a touring artist with the Ira Stein Group chamber jazz trio, with recordings on Windham Hill and Narada Records. Joseph lectures and performs for young audiences in local schools, having performed for over 11,000 children in over 50 schools this year alone. Mr. Hébert is also the choir director of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, directing the adult and children's choirs; last year they recorded and released a CD, "Share The Gift" under his direction, which has already sold more than 2500 copies.
For the past twelve years, Mr. Hébert has been on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley where he teaches cello, conducts the String Ensemble, and the advanced Vocal Ensemble in the Young Musicians Program. It is a program that provides scholarships for disadvantaged Junior and High School students who are highly gifted in music. Joseph Hébert has released his own album entitled "JOBÉRT" on which he wonderfully expresses the various styles of his unique talent for the cello. Joseph studied music at Stanford University, California State University at Hayward, and the University of California at Berkeley
Tyler Mack, percussion, OYO: 75-76 76-77 77-78 78-79;
Tyler Mack has served as timpanist of the Marin Symphony since 1984. Previously timpanist of the National Repertory Orchestra and Assistant Timpanist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra, he performs with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He joined the San Francisco Symphony in the 1989-90 season as an acting member, touring Asia and the U.S. and recording with the orchestra. Since 1990 he has been the timpanist of the Texas Festival Orchestra and has performed with the Asia-America Symphony of Los Angeles. He has given master classes at the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University and California State University, Sacramento.
Mr. Mack studied with Barry Jekowsky, Peggy Lucchesi and Jack Van Geem and was a solfege student of James Wimer.
Andy Radford, bassoon, OYO: 75-76;
www.ojaiyouthsymphony.org Andrew Radford is the Conductor and Music Director of Sinfonia and the Ojai Youth Symphony. Mr. Radford has performed on hundreds of movie soundtracks and worked with the best conductors in the world, including Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson-Thomas. Mr. Radford teaches at UCSB and is active in developing music education programs in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties.
Andrew Radford, Music Director of the Santa Barbara and Ojai Youth Symphonies, is also the Principal Bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the California Philharmonic. He also serves as Education Coordinator for the Ojai Music Festival. Radford was born in Berkeley, CA and moved south to attend the California Institute of the Arts. His musical education continued at the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen and Spoleto Music Festivals and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestral Training Program. Radford played for two years in Germany as the Solo Bassoonist of the Hofer Symfoniker, an orchestra in Bavaria.
As a freelance bassoonist, Radford has played with virtually every orchestra in so-cal, including the LA Chamber Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic, LA Music Center Opera, Pasadena Symphony, New West Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra as well as the Grammy orchestra. Active in the recording studios since 1984, Radford has played in over 200 film scores. Notable among them are Forrest Gump, George of the Jungle, Back to the Future, Last of the Mohicans, Clear and Present Danger, The Negotiator, Bad Santa, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible III, August Rush, and next year's Pixar film, Ratatouille.
Radford has performed with; Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Las Angeles Chamber Orchestra, LA Music Center Opera, LA Master Chorale, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Las Vegas Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Opera Santa Barbara, California Opera Theatre, San Bernardino Symphony, Valley Symphony, Mammoth Music Festival, Redlands Symphony, Crested Butte Music Festival.
Radford has soloed with orchestras in Germany and America and in 2005 performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony.
Other notable appearances have been at the Monterey Jazz Festival (with OSYO in 1975), as a winner at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and with the Who, the Three Tenors, the Three Irish Tenors, the Moody Blues, Josh Groban, Michael Crawford and Three Dog Night. Radford has recorded on CDs for Neil Diamond, Chris Botti, Bright Eyes and the Dixie Chicks. Radford played in over 700 performances of the original LA production of Phantom of the Opera and has played in Broadway productions of Carousel, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast and La Boheme. Currently he is professor of Bassoon at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a post previously held at Occidental College and CSU Fullerton, Radford was active for many years in the LA Philharmonic's in-school, Woodwind program. In recent years Radford has helped design and teach the BRAVO! program for the Ojai Music Festival. He has been a very active participant in the Santa Barbara Symphony's Education programs including the Music Van, Can You Draw Music? and several special performances with former Music Director, Gisele Ben-Dor. In 2001, along with his wife, Santa Barbara Symphony Violinist Amy Hagen, Radford started the Ojai Youth Symphony. This non-profit now serves Ventura County with three performing ensembles and over one hundred young musicians.
Peter Wahrhaftig, tuba, OYO: 75-76;
Peter Wahrhaftig was born in Oakland and graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago. He is Principal Tubist in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera orchestras as well as the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and The Bay Brass. He is on the instrumental faculty of University of California at Berkeley, Sonoma State University, and Mills College.
Steve Witser, trombone, OYO: 75-76 76-77 77-78;
Steve Witser has served as Assistant Principal Trombone of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1989. He received his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 1981. That same year he was a prize winner in the Munich International Solo Competition. In 1988 Mr. Witser returned to Europe and won second prize in the Geneva International Competition for Musical Performers. His teachers include John Marcellus, Ned Meredith, Mitch Ross, and Dan Livesay. Mr. Witser has served as Principal Trombone with the Music of the Baroque ensemble in Chicago, the Honolulu Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony. A faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1993, he has also taught at the Eastman School of Music and The Oberlin Conservatory. Mr. Witser can be heard on his solo CD: Among Friends, on the High Anxiety Bones Trombone Quartet CD, both on Albany Records.
Lisa Grodin, violin, OYO: 76-77 77-78;
Lisa Grodin began studying the violin with Anne Crowden at the age of eleven, and participated in many Bay Area orchestras, chamber workshops, festivals, and competitions. She went on to Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in both violin and history. She continued her education at the Eastman School of Music and earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Literature. Won several auditions and returned to the Bay Area in 1985 returned to begin her professional career. Anne Crowden promptly hired her to teach at The Crowden School, where she quickly took root. She took a pause in her teaching in 1992 to be a mom, and resumed her activites as technique class teacher and chamber music coach 2001.
Today Ms. Grodin performs in many American early music groups--including Philharmonia Baroque, Santa Fe Pro Musica, American Bach Soloists and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. She has travelled to Europe to work with ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants (France), Capella Savaria (Hungary), La Cetra (Italy) and Capella Cartusianum (Germany). She remains extremely active as a modern player through frequent performances with local chamber music groups and orchestras. She has been featured on local TV and radio stations, and has enjoyed several film-score recordings at Skywalker Ranch. She has also participated in over thirty commercial recordings on Harmonia Muni Teldec, Koch, and Meridian and Hungaraton.
In addition to her teaching at the Crowden School, Ms. Grodin has been instrumental in designing and developing Philharmonia' Baroque Orchestra's Explorations in Early Music Program, through which she performs chamber music in Bay Area Schools. She has also served on the faculty of U.C. Berkeley's Young Musicians Program since 1991.
Laurie (Laura) Hamilton, violin, OYO: 76-77;
Principal Associate Concertmaster Metropolitan Opera
Birthplace: San Francisco Joined the Met:1986
Education/Career Highlights: Manhattan School of Music.Was a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performed as a soloist under Sir Georg Solti, performances with the New Jersey Symphony as Principal Second Violin
Marc Wahrhaftig, french horn, OYO: 76-77 77-78;
Robin Bonnell, cello, OYO: 77-78 78-79 79-80;
Jan 2008 Freeway Philharmonic promo
Robin Bonnell (cello) has earned a reputation among Northern California audiences and critics alike for his emotionally charged performances. Currently, he is the principal cellist of the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Monterey Symphony, and the Napa Valley Symphony; co-principal cellist of the New Century Chamber Orchestra; assistant principal cellist of the Santa Rosa Symphony; and a member of the Marin Symphony. In addition to over 70 orchestral performances each year, Robin also performs chamber music under the auspices of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Sacramento Philharmonic, and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Occasionally, Robin appears as soloist. In 2003 he was honored to collaborate with composer Gang Situ and the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company in the premiere of "Si-Ji" (The Seasons) for Chinese dancers with solo cello. Three years later, Robin played the premiere performances of Gang's Concerto for Cello and Strings with the New Century chamber Orchestra. Robin is a former member of the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Sacramento Symphony and was the principal cellist of the ill-fated Sacramento Chamber Orchestra. He was a member of contemporary music ensembles Earplay and Music Now, and also of Illuminati, a New York based big band. On two occasions Robin has had the honor to play electric cello in a band with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh in performance in San Francisco. Robin can also be heard on a wide range of recordings. In addition to classical music, he is often engaged to record Jazz, Rock, New-Age, as well as commercial music. Robin is a lifelong resident of Berkeley, California.
Robin Hansen Bishop, violin, OYO: 77-78 78-79 79-80;
A Berkeley native, Ms. Hansen has held concertmaster positions in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra and the New World Symphony. She currently holds a first violin position with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera and many Bay Area chamber ensembles, and is Concertmaster of the Midsummer Mozart Orchestra.
Elizabeth Struble, cello, OYO: 77-78 78-79;
Principal Cello, Modesto Symphony
Sarah Cline, trombone, OYO: 78-79;
Sarah Cline is a free-lance musician who performs internationally with many classical, jazz, and Latin groups including the Farallon Brass Ensemble (brass quintet), Reveille (free improv trombone trio), Azabache (salsa band), the Women's Philharmonic (semi-defunct orchestra), and the Montclaire Women's Big Band. Recent guest appearances include performing with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. Sarah is one of the founders of WITCH (Women's International Trombone Camp and Hang), a community of professional women trombonists who work and play together. She is also Director of the Farallon Brass Ensemble's Summer Brass Camp, which takes place every year at the Crowden School, and teaches privately in Berkeley. She studied trombone at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music Festival, and has recorded with Holly Near; Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble, and the Women's Philharmonic.
Ellen Gronningen, violin, OYO: 79-80 80-81;
Ellen Gronningen received degrees from both the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Her principal teachers were Szyman Goldberg, Raphael Bronstein, and Anne Crowden. In addition to freelancing in New York City, Ellen toured and travelled with opera and Broadway musical companies from 1989 to 1993. Since her return to native soil in 1993, Ms. Gronningen has enjoyed a wide variety of freelance work ranging from standard orchestral and opera to contemporary chamber groups such as the Empyrean Ensemble. Ellen is also a founding member of the Speakeasy String Quartet and the first woman to ever play in the big band Peter Mintun Orchestra.
Jeff Beal, trumpet, OYO: 80-81 79-80;
Emmy award winning composer Jeff Beal is a member of a new generation of eclectic composers. He is fluent in the diverse languages of jazz, classical, contemporary, electronic and world music. Beal’s compositions can be heard in movie theaters, concert halls, CD recordings and on television. Steven Schneider (regular contributor to the NY Times) wrote of "...the richness of Beal's musical thinking - the ways in which he conceives of his solos as fully-developed mini compositions, while his compositions often capture the liveliness and unpredictability of the best improvisation."
As a film composer, Beal scored Ed Harris’ critically acclaimed directorial debut, Pollock. Other scores include director Bob Rafelson’s latest feature No Good Deed, William H. Macy’s acclaimed Door to Door, The Passion of Ayn Rand, From the Earth to the Moon (episode 9), and the theme and underscore for USA’s hit series, Monk, starring Tony Shalhoub. Beal recently completed the score for Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion , a documentary initiated by the Dalai Lama, which chronicles the history and religious life of Tibet. The soundtrack will be released in the August of 2003. He is currently collaborating with director Jessica Yu on her feature length documentary, In the Realms of the Unreal. Beal recently received an Emmy award for his score to the NBC Sports division's documentary, Peggy and Dorothy.
Beal’s concert music has been performed by many leading orchestras and conductors, including the St. Louis, Rochester, Pacific, Frankfurt, Munich, and Detroit Symphonies. American conductor Kent Nagano commissioned and premiered two new works, Alternate Route for trumpet and orchestra (Beal as soloist) and Interchange for string quartet and orchestra (with the Turtle Island String Quartet). Turtle Island subsequently performed and recorded Interchange with conductor Neeme Jarvi and the Detroit Symphony for the Chandos label.
Other commissioned works include RedShift-Concerto For Orchestra for the Metropole Orchestra, Wright Suite for clarinetist Eddie Daniels, Clarinet Concerto for Chicago Symphony principal Larry Combs, Three Legged Race for the American Jazz Philharmonic, and Things Unseen for the Ying String Quartet. In 2001 Beal was commissioned by the Corning Corporation to honor their 150th anniversary with a new work for the Prism Brass Quintet. For a recent premiere, Beal composed a full orchestral score to Buster Keaton’s silent masterpiece The General. Future performances are currently being scheduled.
Beal’s seventh solo CD release, Alternate Route (Unitone Recordings) features his trumpet concerto, as well as original works for trumpet and the Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands, a group with which Beal frequently writes and performs. His other jazz CDs, including Three Graces, Contemplations (Triloka) and Red Shift (Koch Jazz) have received critical notice, and established Beal as a respected recording artist... "he (Beal) may even develop into the kind of iconoclast who can blast the trumpet into the 21st century with some futuristic new style..." (Downbeat Magazine)
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Beal received his first national attention while in college as the recipient of an unprecedented 11 "db" awards from Downbeat Magazine for his recordings as a jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger. Beal resides in southern California with his wife, soprano Joan Beal and their son, Henry.
Patricia Grima, trumpet, OYO: 80-81 81-82 82-83;
Patricia Luján Grima, a native of Oakland, CA, is a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra trumpet player in the Bay Area. Her most recent orchestral position was principal trumpet of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Univérsidad de Guanajuáto in Mexico, a post which she held for two years before returning to the Bay Area earlier this year. She is also Principal Trumpet with the Eugene Opera in Oregon and performs frequently with many local orchestras and opera companies. Grima has toured the United States with the Western Opera Theater and Mexico with La Filarmónica de Bajío. As a soloist, Grima has appeared with the Napa Valley Symphony, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Diablo, University of California (Berkeley), and Oakland Civic Symphony Orchestras. Recordings include Grammy Award winning Ein Deutsches Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony, The Music of Chen Yi with the Women’s Philharmonic and Chanticleer, and Krystof Penderecki’s Credo, with the Oregon Bach Festival. Trish has a private teaching studio in the East Bay and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon School of Music.
Noriko Kishi, cello, OYO: 80-81 81-82;
Cellist NORIKO KISHI holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory, and has done further study at Rutgers University. Her principal teachers were Irene Sharp, Robert Sylvester and Bernard Greenhouse. A native of San Francisco, Ms. Kishi returned to the Bay Area after a residency with the New World Symphony, where she served as co-principal cellist. She has been a member of Alternate Currents Performance Ensemble, the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Sacramento Symphony and the Spoleto Opera Orchestra in South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. In the past six years she has performed with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Music in the Mountains Chamber Orchestra, Desert Foothills Chamber Ensemble, Reno Philharmonic, San Jose Symphony, Trio Del Sol, Sonus Imaginorem, Clavion Quartet, and completed a recording for Warner Brothers with the Stratos Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kishi has also been giving solo and duo recitals in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She currently teaches privately and at the San Francisco School of the Arts as well as the San Francisco Community Music Center.
Tregar Otton, violin, OYO: 83-84 84-85;
Tregar Otton: Violin. Born in the Marshall Islands and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Tregar has played the violin since age four and received training in classical music performance, teaching, and theory at U.C. Berkeley. He was a member of the Oakland Youth symphony under Maestro Kent Nagano, who encouraged him to compose a symphonic suite which was performed by the Oakland Youth symphony when Tregar was 16. That same year, he became the youngest member of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, also under his mentor, Kent Nagano. Tregar has worked in California and New York playing Cuban music with Chocolate Armenteros, Patato Valdez, Richard Egues of Orquesta Aragon, Orquesta Broadway, and La Tipica Novel, among others. He is musical director, violinist, composer and arranger of Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion. Tregar has been running the violin program at LCMAC for five years and has played in the touring group for the past four years. He also is of the staff arrangers for Los Cenzontles. Tregar works closely with many of the master folk musicians and plays an important role in documentation and teaching of various folkloric styles.
Amelia Archer, flute, OYO: 85-86 86-87 87-88;
Owen Miyoshi, trumpet, OYO: 85-86 86-87 87-88 89-90; Owen Miyoshi, a native of Berkeley, CA, graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1993. He recently won auditions with both the Santa Cruz County and Monterey Symphony Orchestras and runner-up in Santa Rosa Symphony. In addition, he plays Principal trumpet with Berkeley Opera and North Bay Opera, and performs with San Jose, Modesto, Santa Rosa, Napa Valley, and Vallejo Symphony Orchestras. He continues to study with David Burkhart and previous teachers include Karen Baccaro, Joe Alessi Sr. and Laurie McGaw. Owen teaches private trumpet to many young players in the San Francisco Bay Area and is faculty at the Community Music Center in San Francisco. This summer (2001), Owen will join the faculty at Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley and in addition, he goes to several Oakland public schools through the out reach music program of the East Bay Oakland Symphony.
Josh Feltman, viola, OYO: 87-88 88-89 89-90;
Composer Conductor Pianist Violist Teacher
April 25, 2003, Michael Morgan conducted the Oakland East Bay
Symphony in World Premiere
2006 Morton Gould Young Composer Award
Composer / Teacher at Brooklyn Conservatory
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Patrick Horn, violin, OYO: 87-88;
Pat holds a Bachelor's of Music degree in viola performance from Rice University, and a Master's of Music in viola performance and string pedagogy from Northwestern University. He has performed as a soloist and section player with several professional orchestras, including the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Northwest Indiana Symphony. He has toured Europe as an orchestra member, and studied viola in Italy. Pat has also been a regular member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. But Patrick's talents are not limited to classical music. While in Berkeley, California, he was string player and co-songwriter with the Mike Lewis Folk Ensemble. Patrick is also active as a composer; he was the winner of the 1994 Da Camera composition competition in Houston, and a finalist of the 1995 ASCAP Young Composer Competition. Pat had the honor of being commissioned to write a viola trio which was premiered at the 1996 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, in South Bend Indiana. Pat's compositions have been performed in California, Illinois, Texas, Indiana, Maine, Canada, and Singapore, and now he collaborates in the creation of Remember Rome songs, composing his own viola and violin parts. Pat has taught at Northwestern University, has offered courses in string improvisation, and now teaches violin and viola to students of all ages in the Chicago area.
Jim Bogios, percussion, OYO: 89-90;
drummer with Counting Crows & Cheryl Crow
Jim Bogios was born in the Bay Area where he still resides today. After many long hours banging on Mama Bogios's pots and pans, Jim finally began playing music in elementary school and studying privately with Greg Sudmeier.
He joined his first of many bands at the age of 12 and while in high school began to participate in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra on the advice of his father, San Francisco Symphony trumpet player Chris Bogios. At about the same time Jim expanded his private studies to include Jack Van Geem, principle percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony as well.
After a few years out of state attending college Jim returned to the Bay Area in 1992 to join Papa's Culture. This extremely diverse and highly entertaining band turned out to be a huge influence both musically and personally in young Mr. Bogios's life. It was with Papa's Culture that Jim met his lifelong friends and musical compadres E. Blake Davis and David Immergluck.
In 1996 Jim landed the gig playing drums and singing for Sheryl Crow. This too would end up being a long lasting and life altering experience as he spent eight years with her doing countless tours, TV shows, and recordings. Playing with Sheryl opened many doors and during his time with her Jim had the opportunity to perform and record with many artist, such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Prince. However, in January 2003, Counting Crows came calling and made Jim an offer he couldn't refuse...to be a band member.
Jim Bogios decided to join Counting Crows and has been touring and recording with the band ever since. He recorded his first songs with the band in 2003 on their Best of CD "Films About Ghosts," following that up with the Oscar nominated "Accidentally in Love" from the Shrek 2 Soundtrack. In 2006 Counting Crows released a live recording, "New Amsterdam," and finally the long awaited full length studio release "Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings" in 2007.
Not playing has always made Jimmy a dull boy so during his off time he has always toured and recorded with other artists. In 2000 Jim played drums for the highly successful Dixie Chicks Fly Tour. In 2001 he joined Ben Folds for the Rockin' the Suburbs tour and recorded on releases from Eagle-Eye Cherry "Present/Future," Mark Eitzel "Invisible Man," Ben Folds "Speed Graphic" and continues his long term tenure with Chuck Prophet "No Other Love, Age of Miracles, Soap and Water" to name just a few. Jim is looking forward to continued success withCounting Crows (jinx) and when at home, trying to keep his side project GLIDER together withfellow band mate David Immergluck.
Jennifer Grim, flute, OYO: 89-90 90-91;
Hailed by the New York Times as a "deft, smooth flute soloist", Jennifer Grim has performed across the United States as an active solo and chamber musician of both the classic literature and contemporary music. She has performed with some of the leading contemporary groups in New York City. In addition to her New York performances, Ms. Grim has performed chamber music and given master classes throughout the Southeast as a member of the Goliard Ensemble. Other notable performances include the Vermont Mozart Festival, the Jupiter Symphony, and the Aspen and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the Young People's Symphony Orchestra. In 1998, she founded the award-winning Kosmos Quintet, which has performed at several chamber music series, including Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as winners of the Artist International Auditions.
A native of Berkeley, California, Ms. Grim attended Stanford University and went on to study with Ransom Wilson at the Yale School of Music. At Yale, she earned her Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts degrees and this past May, her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. In the fall of 2003, Ms. Grim joined the faculty at Franklin & Marshall College.
Todd Sickafoose, bass, OYO: 89-90 90-91;
"A captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Ani DiFranco's secret weapon." - The New Yorker
A Bay Area native, Sickafoose spent some years in Los Angeles studying bass with Charlie Haden and composition with the great, late Mel Powell. Since then, he's been recording and performing with a ton of innovative folks and genre benders including Ani DiFranco, Don Byron, Trey Anastasio, Jenny Scheinman, Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, Adam Levy, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Bobby Previte, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, Jessica Lurie, Erin McKeown, Anaïs Mitchell, Gina Leishman, Carla Bozulich, Noe Venable, Etienne de Rocher, James Carney, Erik Deutsch, Shane Endsley, Tony Furtado, and Darol Anger.
The consistency of his personal voice within wildly diverse collaborations prompted the LA Weekly in 2004 to call Todd "one of the most comprehensive musical minds of this coast". Since 2005, Todd has been living in Brooklyn, NY.
Juliana Athayde, violin, OYO: 91-92;
Juliana Athayde was appointed concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in March, 2005. Prior to joining RPO, Ms. Athayde was concertmaster of the Canton and Plymouth Symphonies. In the winter of 2002, she served as concertmaster of the New York String Seminar under the direction of Jaime Laredo for concerts at Carnegie Hall. For the past five years, she was a member of Michael Stern's IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis.
Ms. Athayde has performed as a soloist with the Asheville, Canton, Diablo, Flint, Mid-Texas, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Wyoming Symphony Orchestras. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she made her solo debut at the age of 16 performing with the San Francisco Symphony. She led the world-renowned San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in performances at Paris' Cite de la Musique, Leipzig's Gewandhaus and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.
Ms. Athayde earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where she was a student of Paul Kantor. She went on to earn a Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In the spring of 2005, Ms. Athayde became the first and only student to graduate from The Concertmaster Academy, a brand new program at CIM. Under the direction of Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil, the program is designed to prepare the most qualified students for a career as concertmaster of a major symphony orchestra. For the past six summers, Ms. Athayde was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and received the prestigious Dorothy DeLay fellowship in 2004. Ms. Athayde performs on a 1948 Celeste Farotte violin.
Katie Kadarauch, cello viola, OYO: 91-92 92-93;
Acting Asst. Princ viola of the SF Symphony, Katie Kadarauch is a resident of Los Angeles, California, and a native of the San Francisco/Bay Area. She has performed across the United States as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and soloist. Her collegiate studies began in 1997 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and continued at the New England Conservatory where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music Degree. She is currently working towards a Professional Studies Certificate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in downtown Los Angeles. Ms Kadarauch has studied with world-renowned violists Paul Coletti, Robert Vernon, and Kim Kashkashian, as well as members from the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Takacs String Quartets. She was the recent Grand Prizewinner in the Carmel-by-the-Sea competition last May in Carmel, California, and in the spring of 2004 she was a featured artist at the International Viola Congress in Minneapolis. Past appearances have included performances with the Alexander String Quartet and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, as well as several tours across the United States with the International Sejong Soloists, an internationally acclaimed string orchestra based in New York City.
As a chamber musician, Ms Kadarauch has participated in the Marlboro, Taos, Great Lakes, Soundfest, and Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festivals, performing across the country in over a hundred chamber music concerts of all genres and instrumental combinations. She has collaborated in performance with renowned artists Mitsuko Uchida, David Soyer, Arnold Steinhardt, and Gilbert Kalish.
She is currently the violist in the Janaki String Trio, which has risen to international acclaim in their recent win of both the International Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York and the renowned Coleman Chamber Music Competition (Grand Prizewinners, 2005). Now under excellent management from CAG, they look forward to their New York Debut in Carnegie Hall next season. The trio formed in September 2004 at the Colburn School, and is currently recording their first CD for Yarlung Records. The Janaki String Trio has also been invited to Canada in June as guests of the Banff Music Centre, where they will be working with eminent chamber musicians, and later recording the Vanhal Flute Quartets in Toronto for the classical music label Naxos.
Ms Kadarauch also plays frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is looking forward to a career as a solo artist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Future engagements include a recital in Carmel this May, and a concert in April 2007 with celebrated violist Kim Kashkashian on Los Angeles's new Dilijan Chamber Series in Zipper Hall. A three-time veteran of the Marlboro Music Festival, Ms Kadarauch has also been asked to perform in a series of concerts for a two-week tour of 5 East Coast cities with the "Musicians from Marlboro" in November 2006. She performs on a gorgeous Italian Giovanni Grancino circa 1695. This viola is on generous loan from the collection of Peter Mandell in Southern California.
Nathan Botts, trumpet, OYO: 94-95 95-96;
Nathan Botts is a trumpet player of distinguished versatility. He has won first prize in both the Classical and Jazz competitions of the International Trumpet Guild, and as a recording session musician of Salt Lake City, performed all styles of music ranging from orchestral movie soundtracks, to jazz, latin, pop and gospel records.
Nathan has performed in a supporting role for musicians such as Barry Manilow, Ray Charles, and Carlos Santana. He has recorded music for Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal Pictures, NBC, ABC, Fox, and ESPN television. As an orchestral trumpet player he has worked with the Spoleto Festival Orchestral (Italy), the New Haven Symphony (CT), and the Oakland East-Bay Symphony (CA). He has been member of the Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, both based in San Francisco, CA. He is currently a member of the Salt Like City Jazz Orchestra. As a senior in high school he was selected as the Jazz soloist with the National Grammy-in-the-Schools All-Star Jazz Ensemble.
Nathan has studied Jazz under the tutelage of Lew Soloff and Byron Stripling at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He currently attends Brigham Young University where he studies orchestral trumpet under the direction of David Brown. He has been accepted to attend the Juilliard School to pursue graduate studies in classical performance. Nathan was inspired to play the trumpet at a young age by his grandfather, and at age twelve received his first lesson in jazz improvisation from Clark Terry, the famed soloist of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Nathan lived for two years in Panama City, Panamá as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he also became fluent in the Spanish language.
Andrew Elstob, trumpet, OYO: 95-96;
For over four years, trumpeter Andrew Elstob has established himself as a professional freelance musician in San Diego. Mr. Elstob has performed with many groups including Brador Brass Quintet, Westwind Brass, Seaside Brass, Big Time Operator, State Street Swing, Shades of Blue Quintet, Orquesta de Baja and The Infinite. Brador Brass Quintet has traveled to Bolivia in 2002 and most recently finished a 2003 summer tour to Costa Rica. He also performs with the San Diego-based Latin group “Orquesta Primo” which performs downtown at venues such as Croces and Café Sevilla. In August, Mr. Elstob performed Leoncavallo’s opera, Pagliacci, in Tijuana, Mexico, and most recently performed in Mexicali, Mexico with world renowned opera superstar, Lucianno Pavarotti. In May 2003, Mr.Elstob received his Bachelor’s in jazz studies and currently is working towards a master’s degree in jazz studies at San Diego State University.
Margot Schwartz, violin, OYO: 96-97 97-98 98-99 99-00;
Teddy Abrams, clarinet, OYO: 97-98 98-99;
Teddy Abrams performs as a conductor, clarinetist, and pianist in addition to composing. He has studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas and is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, where his principal teacher is Otto-Werner Mueller. He also studied with David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen during the summers of 2006 and 2007. Teddy graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. He has conducted the New World Symphony in performances in Miami Beach, Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall, and has also conducted the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Parnassus of San Francisco. Teddy has soloed as both a clarinetist and pianist with many orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony, and has performed chamber music with artists such as the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Susan Naruki, and John Adams. In 2007, Teddy directed and conducted the Curtis Institute’s Benefit Concert for music education in Philadelphia. He also won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest with his string quintet, Erinnerungen. Teddy performed at the Kennedy Center in 2004 representing the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has also been featured in performances with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He has taught music at many schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and Philadelphia, coached chamber music for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and performed with the Citywinds woodwind quintet. Teddy studied clarinet with David Breeden, Kalmen Opperman, and James Freeman and piano with Paul Hersh, Peter Grunberg, and Julie Steinberg.
Teddy Abrams, now age 17, has been getting his share of press attention lately as he debuts on piano, his major at the SF Conservatory of Music, where he graduated in the spring 2005. This after a pretty substantial career as a clarinetist with BYO, OYO, and SFSYO. And, yes, as a conductor as well. We at OYO will never forget his turn as a stick man conducting "Stars and Stripes Forever" at our 1999 Pops Concert. What a showman! We wish Teddy all success and happiness as he moves on to graduate studies in conducting.
Teddy began studying the clarinet when he was eight years old and the piano at age five. His clarinet teachers were Fritz Hansen, James Freeman and Kalmen Opperman. He currently studies clarinet with David Breeden, piano with Paul Hersh, and musicianship with Peter Grunberg. He previously studied piano with Julie Steinberg, Kuziko Cleary and Robert Gilmore.
Teddy has been a clarinet soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Symphony Parnassus, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Oakland Civic Orchestra, Diablo Valley College Orchestra, and Berkeley Youth Orchestra. He has also participated in two Faculty Chamber Music Masters Concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Paul Hersh in Spring 2002, and with Menachem Pressler and Paul Hersh in Fall 2002. Teddy conducted the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in rehearsal under the direction of Alasdair Neale, and has conducted the Tassajara Symphony Orchestra at its Children's Concerts under the direction of, Music Director and Conductor, Sara Jobin. Teddy has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra since 1998, and was previously in the Berkeley Youth Orchestra and the Oakland Youth Orchestra.
In Spring 2002, Teddy was featured on "From the Top," a National Public Radio program dedicated to young classical musicians. He attended the Summer 2002 Boston University Tanglewood Institute and participated in a clarinet summit with Richard Stoltzman at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1999. He has received Command Performance Awards from the Oakland School District for clarinet in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Also, Teddy has been invited to be the guest performer on both clarinet and piano for the San Francisco Symphony's San Francisco, Marin and East Ban II Volunteer Leagues, and in 1999 he performed the Star Spangled Banner before an Oakland A's game at the Coliseum. Teddy has taught clarinet to students at Piedmont Avenue School, Prescott School and Westlake Middle School in Oakland, and Washington and Oxford Schools in Berkeley.
In addition to performing, Teddy likes to compose music, play tennis, take walks with his Standard Poodle named Tigger, attend San Francisco Giants games, and play with his younger brothers, Peter and Michael.
Noah Schwartz, violin, OYO: 97-98 98-99 99-00;
"Americana for the Suspicious Character" by Noah Schwartz was premiered by OYO on 11/7/1999 and won Noah an ASCAP Young Composers Award.