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Faculty: Sequoia


Armand AmbrosiniArmand 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 ByrnesLisa 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 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.

Yueh ChouDr. 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.

Gail EdwardsFlutist Gail Edwards has an active musical life as a performer, teacher and musical director. With a master's degree in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she has served on the music faculty of both USan Francisco and San FranciscoSU. Ms. Edwards has also served as the Flute Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts for more than 20 years. In her busy home teaching studio, Ms. Edwards enjoys sharing her joy of music making with others. She has two flute choirs, Bel Canto Flutes, in San Francisco and Palo Alto, made up of adult amateur flutists. Bel Canto Flutes gives several free public performances each year at such venues as at the National Flute Convention, Oracle Park for the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco City Hall, libraries and other venues throughout the Bay Area. As a performer, Ms. Edwards is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Modesto Symphonies, and has worked with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras, as well as many of the regional orchestras throughout the Bay Area. Since the pandemic Ms. Edwards created a solo flute offering, which she has began sharing with audiences of all varieties.

Courtney FilnerCourtney Sedgwick Filner, viola, is a native of Minnesota and currently resides in Naples, Florida. She is the principal violist of the Southwest Florida Symphony and she also plays regularly with the Naples Philharmonic. Courtney has previously held the positions of assistant principal viola of the Richmond Symphony, principal viola of the Stockton Symphony, and has been a member of the viola sections of the San Antonio Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, and the New World Symphony. She teaches viola and chamber music at Florida Gulf Coast University and is a registered Suzuki teacher of violin and viola. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and a Master of Music from UCLA.

Leighton FongLeighton 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 San Francisco Contemporary Players. Mr. Fong studied at the San Francisco 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.

Bill HarringtonDr. 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.

Omri ShimronBorn in Bulgaria, Daniela Mineva graduated from Sofia Music Academy with a Bachelor of music in Piano Performance and has a Master of Music in Piano Performance and an Outstanding Graduate Diploma from the University of North Texas, as well as an Artist Certificate from Northwestern University and Doctorate of Music Arts, and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She has been the winner and finalist in numerous international competitions, including 2007 Jean Francaix piano competition in Paris, France and the 1998 Steinway International Piano Competition. Ms. Mineva has participated in many chamber music festivals and summer programs, including the Tanglewood Music Festival, and Institute for Contemporary Music, New York. Currently, she is professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata, California. Previously, Dr. Mineva has taught at Eastman School of Music where she was awarded TA Excellence of Teaching, and Concordia University–Chicago. She is also co- director of the North Coast Piano Festival and Competition.

Cindy MoyerCindy 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 Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California, 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).

Tom NugentThomas 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.

Ted SeitzBorn 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 San Francisco 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.

Rick Shinozaki 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 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, California

Susan VollmerSusan Vollmer, horn, is Principal Horn with the San Francisco Opera Center Merola program and a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera Orchestras. She is a former Associate Principal Horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic, and performed internationally with the Israel Philharmonic, Belgian National Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Royal Flemish Ballet, Ghent Opera, Mexico City Opera, and Limburgs Orchestras. A member of Zephyrus Wind Quintet, Santa Lucia Brass Quintet, as well as performances with San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet. She is Lecturer of Horn at University of California Santa Cruz, Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and Horn Instructor at West Valley College in Saratoga. Ms. Vollmer has a B.M. and M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of David Kriebel.




For more information, contact the director:

Bill Harrington, DMA
(510) 507-9738
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