Armand Ambrosini, clarinet, appears as recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, and lecturer throughout the United States. He is on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma and holds a BFA and an MFA from the California Institute of Arts, an M.M. from Yale University, and a DMA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is co-principal clarinetist with Enid Symphony Orchestra, and bass clarinetist with the Lawton Philharmonic, and second clarinetist with the Norman Philharmonic, Norman, Oklahoma. In 2001, he published a book and CD entitled Ned Romen's song Cycle Ariel: A Musician Dramatization of Five Poems by Sylvia Plath; and has co-authored a second edition of the textbook, Introduction to Western Concert Music, published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. Dr. Ambrosini has been the recipient of many honors and awards including Who's Who in American Education, the IBC, Cambridge, England Leading Educators of the World, and the University of Oklahoma foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.
Lisa Byrnes has played Associate Principal Flute with the Utah Symphony since 2000 and held the position of Principal Flute for the 2011-12 season. A native of Northern California, Ms. Byrnes studied flute at the Eastman School of Music and graduated with her BM and MM degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers were Julius Baker, Jeffrey Khaner, Timothy Day, Bonita Boyd and Richard Sherman. Prior to playing with the Utah Symphony, Ms. Byrnes played with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. She also served as Principal flute for 6 years with the San Francisco Opera's Western Opera Theatre as well as the Sarasota Opera Company. She has performed in several music festivals including Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Chautauqua Festival, the International Music Festival at Evian, France and the Edinburgh International Music Festival. She has appeared as a concert soloist with many orchestras including the Utah Symphony. Ms. Byrnes currently serves on the faculty of the University of Utah and has also served at Brigham young University. She has been a long-time faculty member at the Humboldt State University Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop since 1994. She has enjoyed an active chamber music life performing with groups such as The Left Coast Ensemble, Alternate Currents, Nova Chamber Series, Intermezzo Chamber Series, Three Fish and a Scorpion and Sundays@7 at the University of Utah.
Dr. Yueh Chou has been teaching bassoon at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division since 2001 and has served as the bassoon professor at San Jose State University since 2011. She holds a certificate diploma in both Baroque and Classical performance from Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, the Netherlands (2007). She also has doctorate and a master's degree in music performance from the University of Southern California (2000, 1996) and a bachelor's degree in music performance from the Juilliard School of Music (1994). Her playing is largely influenced by her mentors, Dennis Godburn and Christopher Millard. Her teaching methods are derived from the pedagogy of Stephen Maxym, Stephen Paulson, Frank Morelli and Rose Corrigan.
Leighton Fong is a longtime member of Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and the Principal Cellist of the California Symphony. He plays regularly with Eco Ensemble and Empyrean Ensemble and was a member of the SF Contemporary Players. Mr. Fong studied at the SF Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, the Bern Conservatory in Switzerland, and the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 1997.
Dr. Bill Harrington, Workshop Director, is on the music education faculty of Cal-State University, East Bay and is Music Director of the East Bay Youth Orchestras (EBYO). Dr. Harrington is currently President of the California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) which manages all the California All-State Orchestras and the State Honor Orchestras. Formerly Principal Horn of the California Symphony and West Edge Opera, "Dr. Bill" graduated with a four-year full scholarship from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in French Horn, holds an M.A. in Music Education from Cal State University, East Bay along with a California Lifetime Teaching Credential in Music, and received a Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University. Following his dissertation, "Collaborative learning among high school students in a chamber music setting," he has become a strong advocate for chamber music education.
Cindy Moyer, violin, attended the Eastman School of Music where she earned a B.A., M.A. and DMA in performance and an M.A. in music theory. She is employed as a professor of violin, viola, and music theory at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., where she is currently serving a department chair while also teaching violin and viola. Her performance experience is extensive including concerto performances, solo recitals, chamber music with the Arcata Bay String Quartet and other ensembles, and orchestral performance with the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, and the Sinfonia da Camera (Urbana, Illinois). She serves on the board of the California Orchestra Directors Association; is a frequent presenter at the California Music Educators Conference and was one of the authors of the American String Teachers Association String Syllabus. She serves on the board of the California Orchestra Director's Association, is a frequent presenter at the California All-State Music Education Conference, and the author of Scales and Arpeggios with Shifting Practice for Violin and Viola (published by Galaxy Music).
Thomas Nugent, oboe, holds a bachelor's degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Marc Lifschey. Mr. Nugent is a founding member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and currently holds the principal oboe position in the Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Choral Society, Stockton Symphony, Mendocino Music Festival and the Bear Valley Music Festival. He has performed with the Oakland Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, San Jose Symphony, Freemont Symphony, and the Marin Symphony. He is on the faculty of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and performs as artist-in-residence with the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet. He also is the oboe instructor at Mills College.
Melissa Robinson, horn, won her first concerto competition at the age of 15 and has since won others including the national Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, Rome Festival Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Web Concert Hall Competition. She has performed as a soloist with bands and orchestras across the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Robinson graduated with a doctorate in horn performance from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in music from Yale University, and a bachelor's degree in music performance and education from the University of Northern Iowa. Most recently, she taught horn at Portland State University, conducted the Viking Brass ensemble, and performed with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a freelance musician in the Kansas City area.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Ted Seitz has studied Chamber Music with Lillian Fuchs, Felix Khuner, and Paul Hersh, at the Aspen Music Festival, UC Berkeley, and SF Conservatory. He is the founder and co-director of the Hayward Odd Fellows Youth Chamber Music Project, a free summer program for advanced string students in the Hayward/ Castro Valley area. As a member of the Allemande String Quartet, he performed in workshops and performances through Young Audiences of the Bay Area, Inc. He also attended Greenwood Chamber Music Camp in Cummington, Massachusetts. Mr. Seitz has been a longtime member of Symphony Silicon Valley (San Jose Symphony), Berkeley Symphony, Opera San Jose Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and American Musical Theater of San Jose. He has performed in the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. As a freelance violist, he has performed with Gladys Knight & the Pips, Frank Zappa, Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Tony Bennet, Sara Vaughn, Chuck Berry, and David Byrne.
Omri Shimron fell in love with chamber music as a student in a performing arts high school, where he had the chance to work with extraordinary classmates who introduced him to magical repertoire by Brahms, Schumann, and Debussy. He has always felt that, as liberating as it is to play great solo works, there's nothing quite like connecting with other musicians in real time, through chamber music. Shimron is Coordinator of Piano and Assistant Professor of Music at Cal State East Bay where he teaches piano, piano ensemble, group piano, and musicianship classes. He is excited about organizing a new course for CSU Summer Arts in July 2019, entitled Painting with Sound: French Piano Music. From 2013-2017 he taught at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at the University of South Florida, and he has also been on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Omri performs often with colleagues and guest artists at Cal State East Bay, with Bay Area musicians, and has given recitals across the United States, Italy, Turkey, Israel, France, and England. He earned his M.M. and D.M.A. in piano at the Eastman school, where he studied with Rebecca Penneys. His solo CD, featuring Rzewski's "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" was released in 2014. Previously, he taught at Elon University, Hillsdale College, and Eastern Mediterranean University.
Rick Shinozaki is Principal Second Violin of Symphony Silicon Valley and is on the faculty of the Crowden School in Berkeley. Until recently a member of the acclaimed Del Sol String Quartet, Rick has recorded twelve commercially released albums and toured nationally and internationally. Rick has participated with Del Sol in commissioning and premiering numerous important works for string quartet, from Terry Riley, Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Chinary Ung, Tania León, Peter Sculthorpe, Per Nørgård and many others. Rick has performed regularly as Concertmaster for the Nova Vista Symphony, for the Vallejo Symphony, and for the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra (recording for Naxos). His solo appearances include world premiere concertos by Durwynne Hsieh and Viennese composer Zdzislaw Wysocki. Rick will perform a new concerto by Hsieh with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Turner, projected for 2020. Rick has a passion for creating performance editions of music scores – collaborating closely with composers William Jay Sydeman, Durwynne Hsieh and Mark Fish, commissioning, performing and editing their work. Rick is a protégé of Serban Rusu of Tiburon; he also studied extensively with legendary pedagogue Josef Gingold and Yuval Yaron at Indiana University, from which he holds a Master of Music degree. Equally fluent in piano and viola, Rick teaches a thriving student studio on all three instruments based in Albany, Calif.
Garrick Woods comes from a family of professional musicians and studied music extensively from his earliest years. While cello remains his primary instrument, he also studied trombone, voice, bass, and conducting. Primary instructors included Mark Votapek, Nancy Green, John Eckstein and Pegsoon Whang, with supplemental instruction during Summers from Pamela Frame, Emílio Colón, Steve Balderston, and Janos Starker. Dr. Woods holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Arizona and has a DMA from the University of Utah. Dr. Woods delivers emotionally stirring performances in various classical genres. He regularly performed as a member of the Tucson Symphony and as a substitute for the Utah and Hawaii Symphonies. Dr. Woods also performed as a studio musician on many television, game, and film soundtracks. He currently holds the title of Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University teaching cello and bass as well as directing the Humboldt Symphony.
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