A Listing of All the Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

from its Founding in 1911


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This website has two listings of musicians of the great San Francisco Symphony Orchestra:

 

- A listing of the Principal Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony with short biographical notes and photographs.  To go to this list of the Principal BSO musicians, click: Principal Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony.

 

- A listing of ALL the Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony 1911-today. 

 

The list below seeks to include the names, country and date of birth and death, instruments, positions and dates of service of all permanent San Francisco Symphony Orchestra musicians.

 

A Listing of all the Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony 1911 until Today

 

This page of the www.stokowski.org site contains the list of all permanent members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra since its inception in 1911.  Any additions or corrections to this list are welcome by sending me an e-mail at the link below.  Also, please visit the excellent San Francisco Symphony website at: http://www.sfsymphony.org/

 

Sources for the information below include reference books cited in the footnotes below, and in the bibliography Bibliography, Sources and Credits  section.  An additional important source of information about the San Francisco Symphony has been the the excellent scholarly support of Joe Evans, Archivist of the San Francisco Symphony and his colleagues.  Also the San Francisco Public Library and the Curtis Institute and Juilliard Libraries.  Rich also have been the numerous emails from San Francisco musicians who have been most generous with information and photographs.  However, I should add that the errors or omissions in the information below are solely attributable to me, and not to any other source.

 

If you should have updates or corrections to the data listed below, please contact me at the email address given below

 

A Note on Musician's Tenure:

 

In 1934 in the depths of the Great Depression, the Musical Association of San Francisco, administrative parent of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, became bankrupt.  This caused the suspension of the San Francisco Symphony activities during the 1934-1935 season (although the Opera continued).  In the dates of service of the San Francisco Musicians listed below, the season 1934-1935 is not otherwise noted as a break of their service.

 

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                                  logos of the San Francisco Symphony in 1920 and 2000

 

 

                        Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony from 1911 - today

 

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Abas, Nathan

(Netherlands 1896-1980)

Concertmaster (also Concertgebouw Orchestra violin in about 1914, In San Francisco, founder of the Abas String Quartet: Nathan Abas first, Karl Rossner second, Hubert Sorenson viola, Arthur Weiss cello. In the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Abas was playing in and conducting the northern California WPA Federal Music Project orchestra.)

 

Studied in Amsterdam.

1931-1932

Adams, Anne Everingham

(New York 1919- )

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harp about 1940-1951, Principal harp 1951- succeeding Virginia Morgan (also the the Standard School Radio broadcast orchestra 210, the Little Symphony Orchestra of San Francisco, San Francisco Opera Principal harp 1952-about 1988)

 

Studied first with her pianist mother Phyllida Ashley Everingham (1894-1974) and at the University of California - Berkeley 1935-1936 then to UCLA 210. Later studied at the Juilliard School about 1939-1939. Taught at Mills College 1943-about late 1990s, California and at the College of Holy Names, California starting 1989 210.

1941-1980

Addimando, Caesar

(Italy 1872-1957)

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Principal oboe 1915-1934 (also Principal oboe of the New York Symphony Society 1905-1908 with Marcel Tabuteau in the second chair 186, also a theater musician in New York City, conducted the local San Francisco WPA Orchestra 1940-1941)

 

Studied at the Real Collegio di San Pietro, in Naples - Italy in the mid-1880s 28. He taught at the Institute of Musical Arts (Juilliard) on its opening in the 1900s. Cesar Addimando and legendary oboist and teacher Marcel Tabuteau, later of the Philadelphia Orchestra. both played in the New York Symphony Society orchestra in 1905-1908.  Cesar Addimando also recorded oboe solos for Edison records in 1908 while based in New York City - See: www.archive.org/details/CaesarAddimando-PetiteMignon1908. So, we can hear the Addimando style.  These recordings demonstrate a style of oboe playing without any vibrato or inflection which would not be accepted today, and which Tabuteau did not admire 186.  Visting California during a Philadelphia Orchestra tour, Tabuteau was served a bottle of Caesar Addimando's own vineyard California wine.  Tabuteau said "...sour, just like his playing".

1915-1934

Adelman, Franz

(1874- )

violin (also played with the Finnish Symphony in Helslngfors, Finland 169, went to Chicago teaching and playing in hotel orchestras about 1904. Played with the Castle Square Opera Company of Boston organized by Colonel Henry Savage, also was a theater musician at the Franklin Theater in Oakland, California while also playing in the SFS. In the 1930s taught music in the Oakland public school system)

 

Also taught violin in Chicago about 1900.

1913-1916

 

(Adelman many not have completed the 1915-1916 season)

Adler, Mose or Moshe

(California 1875-1949)

violin 1912-1915, viola 1915-1916 (later a Rialto Theater musician - San Francisco, and a San Francisco radio staff orchestra musician)

 

Son of Czech emigre parents; trained in San Francisco and Sacramento.

1912-1916

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Ahlborn, Mary Jo

(Colorado 1945- )

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viola (as a student selected for the 1963 Colorado All-State High School Symphony Orchestra. also in San Francisco, a studio sessions musician)

 

Studied in the Greeley, Colorado school system as did SFS Principal keyboard musician Robin Sutherland. Also early studies at the Colorado State College of Education, and in summers at the Western State Music Camp - Colorado, and then at the University of Colorado School of Music BMus Performance. then University of Texas, where she adopted the viola studying with Andor Toth. also as a graduate student, the University of Southern California 1970. Active in summer festivals, including the Ojai Music Festival - California. After retiring from the San Francisco Symphony, she has been active as a psychotherapist.

1970-1994

 

joined during the 1970-1971 season. on sabbatical during 1983-1984 and 1991-1993

Akhmedyarova, Raushan

(the Russia, now Kazakhstan 1972- )

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violin (also New World Symphony - Florida training orchestra 1997-2000, Santa Rosa Symphony 2003-about 2007, New Century Chamber Orchestra Associate Concertmaster)

 

Studied at the Kazakh State Conservatory - Kazakhstan and private lessons at the Moscow Conservatory and Southern Methodist University - Texas. Active in summer festivals including the Tanglewood Festival - Massachusetts, Holland Music Session, the Château de Champs - France, Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Arizona, and the Spoleto Festival - Italy.

2006-present

Akon, Alfred

(Connecticut 1905-1977)

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viola (also viola in the Music Lover's Society orchestra in San Francisco)

 

Studied with Felix Winternitz of the New England Conservatory and with Jacques Gordon of the Eastman School of Music. Long-time teacher at the The Hartt School of Music - Connecticut, Also an active arranger of baroque music for full symphony orchestra.

1944-1946

Alessi, Joseph

(New York 1915-2004)

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photo: Sedge LeBlanc

Assistant Principal trumpet (also Principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera 1946-1959)

 

Father of Joseph Alessi, trombone of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Principal trombone l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal 1984-1985, Principal trombone New York Philharmonic 1985-present and son of Joseph Alessi, Principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera 1920-1927. Also teaching at teaching at Aptos Junior High School (50 km south of San Francisco), City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University.

1960-1961

Allen, Ernest Paul

(California 1879-about 1967)

violin (also 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition orchestra - San Francisco)

 

Studied at the Prague Conservatory under Otokar (Otto) Sevcik 230 (1852-1934) who also taught such stars as as Jan Kubelík, Efrem Zimbalist and Erika Morini.

1913-1921

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Altman, Ludwig (born Ludwig Altmann)

(Germany 1910-1990)

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organ (also organist and choir director of Temple Emanuel - San Francisco)

 

Studied at the Conservatoire Geistliche Musik - Berlin.

1952-1970

Amador, Ezequiel (Amador-Coron)

(Peru 1926-1999)

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violin (also the Musical Art Quartet: Ezequiel Amador first, Francesco Mazzi second, Asbjorn Finess viola, Robert Grant cello 274. also Fremont Symphony Principal Second violin - California beginning 1966)

 

Studied in the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru and at the Vienna Conservatory - Austria 275. He taught at the San Francisco Conservatory.

1963-1993

 

on sabbatical 1983-1984

Amsterdam, Max Benjamin Jr.

(Illinois 1906-)

violin

 

Max Amsterdam Jr. was father of the comedian Morey Amsterdam who trained on the cello 170.

1915-1918, 1919-1921

Amsterdam, Max Benjamin Sr.

(Poland 1879-1965)

violin (also theater musician at the California Theater, San Francisco, 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition orchestra - San Francisco)

 

Max and his brother Harry J. Amsterdam were both musicians in Chicago in 1900. Max Amsterdam also played violin in the Chicago Opera Orchestra 171.

1911-1914, 1915-1919

Andaya, Richard E.

(California 1960- )

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cello (also Sacramento Symphony Principal cello, Honolulu Symphony Principal cello, Colorado Philharmonic Principal cello, National Repertory Orchestra - a young musician training orchestra in Colorado - Principal cello. also while at Yale New Haven Symphony cello and cello of the Oakland Symphony and San Jose Symphony)

 

Studied at the Music Academy of the West - California and at the San Francisco Conservatory and at Yale University. Andaya was also a Tanglewood Fellow - Massachusetts. Active in summer music festivals, including the Blossom Music Festival, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho and the California Summer Music, where he has taught for the last two decades.

2001-2003

 

acting member of the orchestra at the end of the 2001-2002 season and initial part of the 2002-2003 season.

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Anders-Detlev Friedrich

(Germany 1920-1998)

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cello 1941-1963, Assistant Principal cello 1963-1968 (also the California String Quartet: Felix Khuner first, David Schneidersecond, Detlev_Olshausen viola, Detlev Anders cello. also Accordia String Quartet: Daniel Bonsack first, Charles Meacham second, Albert White viola, Detlev Anders cello. Anders also branched into conducting studying at the Pierre Monteux school in Hanover, Maine. Anders was the first conductor of the Santa Cruz Symphony - California in 1958)

 

Emigrated to California as a child and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory. Anders also composed several published chamber works for cello.

hired in the middle of the 1941-1942 season, 1941-1963

Anderson, Jeffrey

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photo: Jeffrey Anderson

Principal tuba (also the New Mexico Symphony 1989-1998, Rochester Philharmonic 1998-2002, also in summers, performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra 1992-1998)

 

Studied at Indiana University BMus and Performer's Certificate, Arizona State University MMus. An interesting 'gig' in the summer of 2009: guest Principal tuba for the Seattle Opera production of Wagner's Ring. Anderson teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

2002-present

Anderson-Miles Harrison husband of Erica Sharp

(California 1937- )

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Principal trombone succeeding Robert Szabo; Acting Principal trombone in his last SFS season (also the Les Brown Orchestra in the early 1960s. also Los Angeles Philharmonic Second trombone 1964-1965, Los Angeles Philharmonic Assistant Principal trombone about 1965-1971, also in 1965 one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Brass Quintet: Roger Bobo, Tom Stevens, Mario Guarnieri, and Miles Anderson. Later became a Hollywood studio sessions musician. Anderson relocated to San Diego in the 1980s, becoming active in the McCaleb Dance Company ensemble)

 

Grew up in Alameda, California. Studied at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory BMus 1961 and at the University of Southern California MMus. Taught at San Fernado Valley State College in 1960s.

1971-1974

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Miles Anderson in the 1970s

Anderson, Theodore F.

(Washington 1905-1945)

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violin (also Seattle radio station orchestra early 1930s, Seattle Symphony Concertmaster about 1933-1939 under Basil Cameron, who had previously been co-conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. San Diego Symphony Concertmaster about 1940-1941. Anderson was also in the 1930s a soloist with local community orchestras, including being a soloist with of the northern California WPA Federal Music Project orchestra which was then conducted by Nathan Abas)

 

Studied violin in Paris 1925-1927. Died suddenly in Los Angeles July 16, 1945 having just turned 40.

1941-1945

Andres, Barbara

(Ohio about 1954- )

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cello (also as a student Dover Ohio Symphony where she also won a Philadelphia, Ohio scholarship playing both cello and piano, Sierra Chamber Society - California Principal cello for many seasons)

 

Studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music 1977.

1977-present

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Annarumi, Alberico (sometimes incorrectly listed as "Annaruini" in some SFS rosters)

(Italy 1878-1960)

double bass (also a musician in the Strand Theater orchestra - San Francisco in the late 1910s)

 

emigrated to the US in 1906.

1915-1928, 1930-1931

Apel, August J.

(Prussia, now Poland 1868-1943)

Assistant Principal oboe and English horn 1911-1914, 1915-1916 Principal oboe 1914-1915 (also 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition orchestra - San Francisco, also an Oakland theater musician 1910s and 1920s)

 

Emigrated from Germany in 1884 age 14.

1911-1916

Argiewicz-Arthur brother-in-law of Stanislas Bem

(Poland 1881-1966)

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Assistant Concertmaster 1917-1925 (with Louis Ford Assistant Concertmaster), Assistant Concertmaster 1937-1953, violin 1933-1937, 1953-1956 (also Helsingfors Symphony Concertmaster - Finland 1897, Leipsig Gewandhaus Orchestra violin about 1898, New York Symphony in 1910s)

 

Taught at the Institute of Musical Art (Juilliard) 1911-1913.

1917-1925, 1933-1956

Arian, Edward W.

(Ohio 1921-2010)

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double bass (also Denver Symphony 1944-1945, also Philadelphia Orchestra double bass 1947-1967)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1944. After retiring from the Philadelphia Orchestra, studied at Bryn Mawr College Ph.D. in Political Science in 1969. Taught at Temple University as an instructor of double bass 1960-1974. He also wrote Bach, Beethoven and Bureaucracy, an indictment of the Philadelphia Orchestra administration and Board. Joined Drexel University (Philadelphia) in 1970 and became Chairman Department of History and Politics in 1976.

1945-1946

 

performed during the second half of the SFS 1945-1946 season, prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra bass section.

Arkatov, James

(the Poland, now Ukraine 1922- )

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cello (also Pittsburgh Symphony cello, Indianapolis Symphony Principal cello. also in the 1960s, Principal cello of the NBC Los Angeles staff orchestra, soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1960s and 1970s)

 

His family emigrated to California to escape the Polish-Ukrainian was which followed the Russian revolution. Arkatov studied first with his musician father Alexander Arkatov and later with Emmanuel Feuermann in California

1938-1940, 1941-1946

seems to have departed during the 1945-1946 season

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Arnouts, Louis Joseph

(Mauritius, then a territory of Britain 1881-after 1930) his parents were French born.

violin (also Houston Symphony under conductor Julien Paul Blitz (1885-1951) in about 1913-1915)

 

Emigrated to the US from Mauritius in 1909. Taught at the San Antonio Conservatory - Texas in 1909-1912.

1915-1917

 

joined the orchestra in the latter part of the 1915-1916 season.

Arriola-Alfred

(Mexico 1882-1940 172) brother of Eugene Arriola

Second trumpet 1913-1915, about 1921-1928 (played in the orchestra of the Majestic Theater, San Francisco in about 1915-1920, after San Francisco Symphony, played in a radio orchestra during the 1930s which had the advantage of more security and year-around employment, also conductor of the Golden Gate Park Band for six years 1934-1940, succeeding Ralph Murray 172, 175)

1913-1919, 1923-1928

Arriola-Eugene

(Mexico 1880- ) brother of Alfred Arriola

double bass 1912-1913, 1915-at least 1916 (also played with the orchestra of the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition - summer of 1915, played in the orchestra of the Rialto Theater, San Francisco in about 1917-1920)

1912-1913, 1914-1919, 1921-1922

when returning to the SFS in 1914, served in the second part of the 1914-1915 season and then through 1919, prior to returning for one more season 1921-1922.

Ashe, Margaret Tait ---

SEE: Tait-Margaret

cello

1974-present

Ashworth-Linda

(California 1940- )

violin (also in mid-1960s Golden Gate String Quartet: William Pynchon first, Linda Ashworth second, David Smiley viola, and Sally Kell cello. In Europe in the 1970s, played baroque violin and viola in the Concerto Amsterdam under Jaap Schröder and the Leonhardt Ensemble under Gustav Leonhardt. She also played with the Quartetto Esterhazy: Jaap Schröder first, Alda Stuurop second, Linda Ashworth viola, Wouter Muller cello, also Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg)

 

Linda Ashworth studied at the Paris Conservatoire probably with her Prix about 1962 before returning to San Francisco. Following the San Francisco Symphony, Linda Ashworth became a lecturer in the performance of baroque violin at Stanford University 209, which probably led to her career in Europe with baroque performance.

1964-1967

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Atkinson-Helen E.

(Michigan 1891- )

violin (also the New Music Society of California. Atkinson was one of the first women of an important US symphony orchestra, other than the traditional woman harp player. Helen Kotas, Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony 1941-1947 two decades later was one of the first woman section Principals of a leading US orchestra.

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley. Moved frequently, since her husband Major Bert Atkinson was a US Navy aviator. Also, Helen Atkinson was active in performances of contemporary music, performing in concerts with Dorothy Pasmore in new compositions by Carlos Chavez, Anton Webern, Henry Cowell and Cowell's friend, Hungarian composer Paul Arma (born Imre Weisshaus) 190. This was in the late 1920s when Webern, Chavez and Cowell were all unknown even to advanced listeners.

1923-1933

Atkinson, Keith

(Ohio 1958- )

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oboe (also Toronto Symphony Associate Principal oboe 1985-present, founding member of the Meridian Trio which specializes in wind chamber music - Toronto)

 

Studied at Indiana University BMus with High Distinction and at Northwestern University - Chicago MMus 1981. Teaches at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music - Toronto.

1981-1985

Attl, Kajetan Antonin

(Czech 1889-1976) older brother of Vojmir Attl

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Kajetan Attl with harpist wife Violet Attl in 1923

Principal harp 1914-1941 (San Francisco Opera Principal harp unti 1952. also played with the orchestra of the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition - summer of 1915. As a conductor: 1934 gained a Federal CWA grant to hire 50 union musicians to form the Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco, which Attl conducted without remuneration)

 

Studied harp with Czech teacher Hanus Trnecek (1858-1914). Emigrated to US in 1909, first to Chicago 1909-1910, Denver where he was harp tutor for daughter of wealthy Denver miner 1910-1913, San Francisco from 1914.

1914-1941

 

Injured in an automobile accident in 1952 which compelled him to retire from the San Francisco Opera 173.

Attl, Vojmir (Czech 1894-1967) younger brother of Kajetan Attl

harp 1928-1930 (also Cincinnati Symphony harp 1930s and 1940s)

 

Studied harp with Czech teacher Hanus Trnecek (1858-1914).

1928-1930

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Austria, Leonard A.

(California 1933- )

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violin (also Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra)

 

Studied at Tulsa University and with Oscar Shumsky.

1960-1995

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Baez, Luis M.

(1960- )

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Associate Principal clarinet - E flat clarinet 1990-present and acting Principal clarinet in the 2005-2006 season (also New Mexico Symphony Principal clarinet about 1986-1990)

 

Studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy - Michigan, and later at the Peabody Conservatory - Baltimore BMus. Luis Baez has also been active in several music festivals, including the Telluride Chamber Music Festival - Colorado and the Santa Fe Opera - New Mexico.

1990-present

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Luis Baez in 2012 - photo San Francisco Symphony

Baier, Clemens Loyal

(California 1891-1921)

trumpet (also as a youth, trumpet in church concerts give in the Greek Theater at University of California - Berkeley 289. also a musician in the Wigwam Theater orchestra - a San Francisco vaudeville theater in about 1912-1917)

 

Baier died one week after his thirtieth birthday on February 14, 1921 during the 1920-1921 SFS season "...after a short illness..." 290.

1919-1921

Baker, Elizabeth ---

SEE: Elizabeth A. Baker-Dowd

violin

1977-1988

Baker, Fred A. husband of Genevra Waters Baker

(Ohio 1874-1961)

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viola 1918-1919 and 1921-1932 and 1936-1938, Assistant Principal viola (using today's terms) 1932-1936 (also director of the Mozart Orchestra in the Cafe Mozart, Denver, Colorado. also played in the Albany Hotel orchestra in Denver 1903-1910. also played in the Atwater-Kent radio orchestra which was directed by his wife Genevra Waters Baker in the late 1920s, based in San Francisco 241)

 

May have played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic 1919-1921 in the founding years of Los Angeles, prior to returning to the San Francisco Orchestra. Also taught violin and viola at the University of Denver in the 1910s.

1918-1919, 1921-1938

Baker-Genevra Waters wife of Fred A. Baker

(Illinois 1874-1943)

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violin and as a substitute musician with the San Francisco Symphony (also with her musician husband Fred A. Baker played in the Albany Hotel orchestra in Denver 1903-1910, and also directed the Albany Hotel Bohemian Orchestra which seem to have been made up of women musicians - click on the thumbnail picture to right to see them in 1907)

 

Genevra Waters Baker was one of the pioneering women orchestral musicians, including her leading or orchestral groups, difficult in that era. In about 1927-1931, Genevra Waters Baker lead the Atwater-Kent Artists Ensemble music programs on San Francisco NBC radio station KPO.

1923-1925

Baker

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Baker, Melville Walter

(California 1900-1953)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

bassoon 1935-1937, contrabassoon 1937-1951

 

Studied with San Francisco Symphony bassoonists Eugene La Haye and Richard Kolb, who was Baker's predecessor as contrabassoon of the San Francisco Symphony 1915-1934. Baker died young after an illness August 4, 1953 age 53.

1935-1951

Baker, Virginia Voigtlander

(New Jersey 1922- ) born in New Jersey but raised in Missouri

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Assistant Concertmaster 1972-1993 (also Kansas City Philharmonic 1946-1947, Glendale Symphony - California violin and Pasadena Symphony - California Concertmaster. also in California the Mallory String Quartet. also a founding member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra violin)

 

Studied the Juilliard Graduate School under a 6 year fellowhsip. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Ojai Music Festival - California. Taught at Occidental College and the California State University at Long Branch while raising her children and playing in the Glendale and Pasadena symphonies. Taught at the University of California - Berkeley.

1972-1993

Baker-Dowd, Elizabeth A.

(listed as both Elizabeth Baker and mostly as Elizabeth Baker-Dowd in San Francisco rosters, and Elizabeth Baker in Los Angeles Philharmonic rosters)

(California 1954- )

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photo: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

violin 1977-1981 and 1982-1988, Acting Principal Second violin 1981-1982 (also Los Angeles Philharmonic violin 1987-present. also the group Xtet, a contemporary music ensemble)

 

As a student, studied at the California Institute of the Arts Preparatory School 291. She then studied at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio BMus 1976 and at Indiana University MMus and Performer’s Certificate. An advocate of contemporary music, she gave the Los Angeles premiere of the Tippett (1905-1998) Triple Concerto of 1979 in 1992 conducted by André Previn.

1977-1988

 

on leave during the 1987-1988 season while in her trial season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Banner, Daniel M. married to Catherine Payne

(Washington DC ? )

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violin - a frequent substitute in the SFS 1997-1998 and 2001-2007, listed as an Acting member (also active in the Eos Ensemble - San Francisco, and in concerts of the Sierra Chamber Society. also a Boston based session musician)

 

From a musical family, his brother Carl Banner is a concert pianist. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho.

1997-1998 and 2000-2007

Baraniecki, (Carl) Albert

(Germany 1875-1951)

violin (also Boston Symphony violin 1913-1918, after leaving the BSO, a theater musician in Boston, San Francisco Symphony violin 1925-1928, and was a Los Angeles theater musician in early 1920s prior to San Francisco and again into 1930s after San Francisco)

 

Emigrated to New York City from Berlin in September 1913, and became a US citizen in 1922.

1925-1928

 

left the orchestra during the 1927-1928 season

Barantschik, Alexander

(Russia 1953- )

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Concertmaster (also Leningrad Philharmonic in early 1970s, Bamberg Symphony - Germany Concertmaster 1979, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Concertmaster 1982-2001, London Symphony Orchestra Leader (Concertmaster) 1989-2001)

 

Studied at the at the Leningrad Conservatory. Barantschik gave the 1998 European premiere of the Previn Violin Sonata and joined Previn in performances of Previn's Serenades for Violin and Piano. In 2007, Alexander Barantschik performed the San Francisco premier of the violin concerto Aftersight by his friend Viktor Kissine (1953- ). Excellent examples of the collaborations of Barantschik, Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony are the Also Sprach Zarathurstra recording and the Swan Lake recording shown at right.

2001-present

 

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Barati-George (born Gyorgy Braunstein)

(Hungary 1913-1996)

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cello 1946-1950 (also Budapest Concert Orchestra while he studied at the Liszt Conservatory in early 1930s, Budapest Symphony and the Budapest Municipal Opera Principal cello in about 1935. also in San Francisco, the California String Quartet: Felix Khuner first, David Schneider second, Detlev Olshausen viola, George Barati cello. also a conductor, including conductor and then Music Director of the Honolulu Symphony 1950-1968. In the 1960s, George Barati became Executive Director of the Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts - Saratoga, California)

 

Studied at the Franz Liszt Conservatory of Music in Budapest graduating in 1935. In 1938, Barati emigrated to the US to Princeton University where he taught cello 1938-1939 42.

1946-1950

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Barber, Gregory C.

(California 1952-2012) died suddenly July 4, 2012

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bassoon - an acting member of the orchestra 2005-2007, including during the sabbatical leave of Rob Weir (also as a student the Oakland Youth Orchestra - California 1965-1967, also San Francisco Opera Second bassoon, also Oakland Symphony Principal bassoon and California Symphony Principal bassoon. also San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival bassoon and a member of the San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra. as a conductor, directed the Arch Ensemble for Contemporary Music based in California)

 

Studied at Skyline High School - Oakland, then at Brandeis University - Massachusetts. Taught at Mills College - California and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he was chair of the Conservatory woodwinds department 292.

2005-2007

Baret, Berthe

(France 1891-1973)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin (also KPO NBC radio staff orchestra in San Francisco in the 1930s and 1940s which offered full employment, also Oakland Symphony violin in the 1960s)

 

Studied at the Royal Brussels Conservatoire Premier prix in about the 1910 Concour. She died of a stroke October 12, 1973 not long after retiring from the Oakland Symphony

1935-1959

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Berthe Baret in 1919 at the time of her New York debut

Barton, Leland Sanford

(California 1884-1977)

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Principal trumpet 1930-1931 133, Second trumpet 1928-1930 and 1931-1951 (also trumpet player in Chicago theaters and at the Palace Music Hall in Chicago in the 1910s.  Saint Louis Symphony Principal trumpet 1916-1918 under Max Zach.  Cleveland Orchestra Principal trumpet for one season, 1924-1925 when the Cleveland Principal trumpet chair under Nikolai Sokoloff was constantly revolving, with 8 different Principal trumpets of the Cleveland Orchestra between its founding in 1919 and the 1927-1928 season. then to the San Francisco Symphony beginning in the 1928-1929 season. also the Fresno Symphony Orchestra after his retirement 293)

 

Studied first with his German-born father Robert Barton who emigrated from Hannover, Germany to Fresno, California where he built the Barton Opera House. Leland and his brothers Robert Jr. and Clarence first played in the Barton Opera House and the brothers went on to become San Francisco theater musicians.

1928-1951

Bassett, Frank Newton

(Minnesota 1883-1971)

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bass trombone 1911-1934. (also San Francisco 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition orchestra bass trombone. also, when the San Francisco Symphony shut down during the 1934-1935 season, Frank Bassett became bass trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra 1934-1937)

 

Frank Bassett was also an active bird watcher.

1911-1934

Bauer, Ben F.

(California about 1898- )

Bauer

violin (also active in conducting, including Assistant Conductor of the Federal Symphony of San Francisco 1935-1938 - a WPA ensemble)

 

Studied violin with Mishel Piastro in San Francisco, but described himself as mostly "self-taught". Studied conducting with Ernst Bacon (1899-1990) of San Francisco who was then conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony - a training orchestra.

1944-1957

 

joined during the 1944-1945 season

Beard, Reginald G. "Reggie"

(United Kingdom 1936-2005)

double bass (also a jazz bass player in Scotland, also Los Angeles Philharmonic double bass)

 

Studied in Aberdeen, Scotland.

1959-1966 and 1967-1975

Beitel, Harvey F.

(Ohio 1872-1943)

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trombone 1913-1920 (also a theater musician in Denver in 1910, Cavallo's Symphony - Denver Symphony 1912-1913, Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1930s)

1913-1920

Bell, Carey M.

(Oregon 1974- )

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Principal clarinet (also Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra associated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1998, Syracuse Symphony Principal clarinet about 1998-2001, San Francisco Opera Orchestra Principal clarinet 2001-2006)

 

Studied at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor degrees in both performance and composition 1997. Also studied at DePaul University - Chicago. Tanglewood Music Center - Massachusetts 1992. Also active in other summer music festivals, including Music@Menlo - California, Oregon Bach Festival, Music in the Vineyards - California, Telluride Chamber Music Festival - Colorado, and the Skaneateles Music Festival - central New York State). Recorded a number of CDs, including the San Francisco Symphony and others such as music of the late Jorge Liderman (1957-2008) - see right

January 2007-present

 

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Bell, Walter Bonney husband of Dorothy Pasmore

(Iowa 1878-1958)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

double bass 1912-1917, 1919-1920, 1922-1925, 1926-1933, 1938-1940, 1941-1947, Principal double bass 1933-1938 and 1940-1941. he also played the bassoon (also played with Henry Cowell's New Music Society giving the premiers of several works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ruggles in 1926-1927 228. also played in the summer popular concerts of the San Francisco Philhamonia at the Woodland Bowl under Alfred Hertz 245)

 

Also toured with the Paul Whiteman band in summer 1926.

1912-1917, 1919-1920, 1922-1925, 1926-1947

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Bellman, Henry E.

(Germany 1863-after 1929)

trombone

 

Emigrated to the USA in 1883 at age 20.

1926-1927

Bem, Eugenia Argiewicz sister of Arthur Argiewicz and wife of Stanislas Bem

(Poland 1890-1969)

violin (one of the first women of an important US symphony orchestra, hired 1924-1925, one season after Helen Atkinson joined the SFS)

 

Eugenia Bem was conductor of the "Stanislas Bem's Little Orchestra", as described below:

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1924-1925

Bem-Stanislas husband of Eugenia Bem

(Poland 1887-1956)

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Assistant Principal cello 1935-1936, cello 1936-1946 (Also New York Symphony in 1920, and Cincinnati Symphony cello. organized the Little Symphony of San Francisco in the 1920s and also led the Whitcomb Augmented Orchestra and then his own orchestra, as shown below, the at the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco in 1920s and 1930s - a desirable musician's job, being year-around employment)

 

Studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire. "Stanislas Bem's Little Orchestra" played at the Hotel Whitcomb, San Francisco as shown above

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1935-1946

Benkman, Herbert

(California 1892-1964)

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Benkman in 1945 - San Francisco Symphony archives

flute 1924-1928, piccolo 1928-1957 (also Boos Brothers theaters - San Francisco, NBC radio's National Grand Opera Company orchestra, People's Philharmonic - San Francisco)

 

Studied Emilio Puyans and in Los Angeles with Andre Maquarre. Taught at San Francisco State and at Mills College.

1924-1957

Bennett, Samuel Beaumont

(Wyoming 1887-1964) grew up in Colorado

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horn (also played in a theater orchestra in Los Angeles in the 1910s, also Principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 1920s)

 

Studied in Salt Lake City, Utah

1917-1919

Bennett, William

(New York 1956-2013) born in New York City but grew up in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Principal oboe 1987-present, Associate Principal oboe 1979-1987

 

Studied at Yale University and at the Juilliard School with Robert Bloom (1908-1994). William Bennett commissioned, gave the premiere and recorded the Oboe Concerto of John Harbison (1938- ) with the San Francisco Symphony, written in 1991, and performed in 1992. Also, he was active in a number of summer music festivals during his career, including the Marlboro Festival - Vermont, the Aspen Festival - Colorado and at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood.

1979-February 2013

 

Tragically, suffered a brain hemorrhage during the San Francisco Symphony concert of February 23, 2013 playing the Strauss Oboe Concerto; subsequently died on February 28, 2013, age only 56, and mourned by his many fans, but living on in his great recordings.

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Berdahl, Andrew L. husband of Carolyn Jean McIntosh

(California 1942- )

viola (also the Manhattan String Quartet: Eric Lewis first, John MacLeod second, Andrew Berdahl viola, Judith Glyde cello.)

 

Studied at Fresno State University 1959. Taught violin and viola at Grinnell College - Iowa 1972. active in music festivals, including the Telluride Chamber Music Festival - Colorado.

1981-1982 and 1983-1984

Bernhard (Breeden), Barbara wife of David Breeden

(Oregon 1946- )

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Assistant Principal flute (also Portland Junior Symphony - Oregon, a training orchestra 259)

 

Studied the Juilliard School MMus about 1967. Active in summer festivals including the New College Festival - Florida 1970, Meadow Brook Festival - Michigan, Lake George Opera - New York, Aspen Chamber Orchestra - Colorado Principal Flute. Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Married David Breeden in 1974. Their three children are also musicians.

1970-1977

Bertram, Adolph

(Germany 1870-before 1930) Adolph Bertram seems to have died young, prior to 1930.

Principal oboe and English horn (also Second oboe Chicago Symphony - at that time the "Chicago Orchestra" under Theodore Thomas 1893-1896, Metropolitan Opera orchestra Principal oboe 1900-1910, Principal oboe San Francisco 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Principal oboe 1919-1922 under under Max Zach and Rudolf Ganz)

 

Adolph Bertram was one of the core musicians that Henry Hadley brought with him to form the initial San Francisco Symphony in 1911.

1911-1914

Biancalana, Jeff

(Illinois about 1976- )

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acting Third trumpet, also SFS acting Second trumpet 2001-2006 (also San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Principal trumpet)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music. Active in summer festivals including Colorado Music Festival Associate Principal trumpet, Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho, Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming.

2001-2006 as acting Second trumpet and 2010-2011 as acting Third trumpet.

Bibbins-Frealon Norden

(California 1925- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

Assistant Principal clarinet 1943-1980, Eb clarinet 1943-1972, third clarinet 1980-1983 (also a San Francisco theater orchestra musician. also the San Francisco Woodwind Quintet: Gary Gray flute, James Matheson oboe, Frealon Bibbins clarinet, Jeremy Merrill horn, Raymond Ojeda bassoon, also as a student Santa Cruz - California town band)

 

Studied with Reginald Kell (1906-1981) after Kell moved to the US in 1948.

1943-1983

Blaha, Antonin

(then Austria-Hungary, now Czech 1882-1972)

violin (also toured with singing groups, and with Bohumir Kryl's (1875-1961) Band in the 1900s. also Philadelphia Orchestra violin 1906-1908, 1909-1912)

 

Studied at the Prague Conservatory 273. Emigrated to the US in 1903.

1922-1926

Blinder, Boris

(then Russia, now Ukraine 1898-1987)

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Boris Blinder in 1945 photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

Principal cello 1938-1939, Co-Principal cello 1939-1940, Principal cello 1940-1963 (also in Paris, Boris Blinder Principal cello under Pierre Monteux in L'Orchestre symphonique de Paris (not the same group as the later L'Orchestre de Paris) in 1929 79. In 1939-1940, Pierre Monteux had cellos rotate, and there were three cellists listed as "Solo": Willem Dehé, Herman Reinberg, and Boris Blinder 77. The next season Boris Blinder was sole Principal cello, continuing 1940-1963)

 

Studied with two Dutch-born cello teachers: Jacques Van Lier (1875-1951) in Berlin in about 1913, and with Joseph Salmon (1864-1943) in Paris.

1938-1963

Blinder, Naoum

(then Russia, now Ukraine 1889-1965)

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Isaac Stern (l) with his teacher Naoum Blinder

photo: San Francisco Symphony Archives circa 1937

Concertmaster (also a founder of the San Francisco String Quartet: Naoum Blinder first, William Wolski second, Romain Verney viola, and Michel Penha cello, starting in 1938)

 

Studied at the Imperial Conservatory, Odessa with Pyotr Stolyarsky (1871-1944), who also taught Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan. Then at the Moscow Conservatory followed by the Royal Manchester College of Music - UK 1910-1913. Naoum Blinder returned to Odessa to teach at the Imperial Conservatory 1914-1920, then the Moscow Conservatory 1923-1927. Blinder left the Soviet Union with his wife and daughter by taking a concert tour in Japan in 1926, never returning. Among many violin students, Isaac Stern was a Blinder student 1932-1937.

1932-1957

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Bocedi, Enrique C.

(Argentina 1935- )

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violin (also Baroque Ensemble of: Jean-Louis Leroux oboe, Enrique Bocedi violin, Marjorie Innes violin, Donald Pippin harpsichord)

 

Studied originally in Buenos Aires.

1961-2004

 

Bocedi does not seem to have completed the 2003-2004 season.

Bogatin, Barbara B.

(California 1952- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

cello (Milwaukee Symphony Acting Principal cello 1985-1986 and 1987-1988), New Jersey Symphony Principal cello 1983-1991. Also she was a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic 1981-1991. Toured with the New York Chamber Soloists 1985-1989)

 

Studied at the San Francisco Conservatory, Juilliard School BMus and MMus. Active in music festivals, including the Casals Festival - Puerto Rico, Chamber Music Northwest - Oregon, Grand Teton Festival - Wyoming, Aston Magna Festival - Massachusetts and the Connecticut Early Music Festival where she plays the Baroque cello and viola da gamba.

1994-present

Bogios-Chris G.

(San Francisco 1936- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

Third trumpet 1961-1962, the Second trumpet starting 1962, succeeding Eddie Haug (also Boston Pops touring orchestra summer 1959, Portland Symphony - Oregon 1959-1960)

 

Studied at San Francisco State University BMus 1959 and MMus later, and also with Charles Bubb.

1961-2009

Bolotine, Leonid

(Ukraine 1901-1988)

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Bolotine playing an experimental electric cello 1932 on CBS radio

Deputy Assistant Concertmaster (today's title for third chair of first violins) 1925-1927; Assistant Concertmaster 1927-1929 (also CBS radio house orchestra in 1930s. Bolotine came to the US in 1923 and that year made acoustic recordings conducting the Russian Eagle Orchestra for Victor Talking Machine Company, violin in New York Sinfonietta in late 1950s)

 

Studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Leopold Auer 176 in about 1916. Bolotine was later particularly known as a guitar teacher. He taught at the guitar Mannes College of Music - Manhattan 1958-1984 176. Bolotine also taught at the Curtis Institute - Philadelphia in the late 1930s.

1925-1929

Bonsack-Daniel Malcolm Jr.

(California 1917- )

violin (also Concertmaster of Oakland High Schools Orchestra in 1935, Assistant Concertmaster Oakland Symphony while still a student at the University of California - Berkeley in late 1930s. also Accordia String Quartet: Daniel Bonsack first, Charles Meacham second, Albert White viola, Detlev Anders cello)

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley BMus 1940, one year after Detlev Olshausen.

1947-1951

Bracamonte, Mariano

(Guatemala 1868-before 1933)

violin (also University of California - Berkeley Orchestra 1906-1907)

 

Also taught at the National Conservatory of Guatemala 174.

1911-1915

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Brancato, Paul C.

(New York 1948- )

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Assistant Principal Second violin (also Oakland Symphony violin and Associate Concertmaster 1974-1978, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra 1978-1980. Also active in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho since the 1990s, including the Valley String Quartet with Jeremy Constant first, Paul Brancato second, Adam Smyla viola, and Amos Yang cello.)

 

Studied at the City College of New York.

1980-present

Brandenburg-Mark

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Assistant Principal clarinet, acting in his second season 1984-1985 (also San Jose Symphony, Opera San Jose Principal clarinet, Stanford Woodwind Quintet: Alexandra Hawley flute, James Matheson oboe, Mark Brandenburg clarinet, Rufus Olivier bassoon, Lawrence Ragent horn)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School of Music BMus 1967, MMus. Active in summer music festivals, including Midsummer Mozart Festival - California Principal clarinet. Teaches at Stanford University and University of California - Santa Cruz. Recorded a number of CDs including music of Lou Harrison - see right.

1983-1985

 

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Braunstein, Steven

(New York )

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Steve and Willa Braunstein celebrate his 25 years with the San Francisco Symphony

contrabassoon (also Toronto Symphony 1980-1990 and New York freelance musician)

 

Studied at Queens College - New York and at the California Institute of the Arts BMus. also State University of New York - Stony Brook MMus. Also active in music festivals, including the Grand Teton Festival - Wyoming, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho, the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado, New York String Orchestra, Mohawk Trail Concerts - Massachusetts, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music - New Hampshire, Boulder Bassoon Band - Colorado. Teaches at San Francisco State University. In October 2002, Steven Braunstein performed the premier of the Michael Tilson Thomas Urban Legend for contrabassoon and orchestra with the composer.

1990-present

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

Breeden-David husband of Barbara Bernhard Breeden

(Texas 1948-2005)

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clarinet 1972-1979, Assistant Principal clarinet 1979-1980, Principal clarinet 1980-2005 (also US Navy Band, Washington DC)

 

Studied with his father, educator and jazz clarinetist (Harold) Leon Breeden. University of North Texas BA 1968, MA in Music from Catholic University - Washington while serving in the US Navy Band. Three children are also musicians.

1972-2005

 

died during the 2004-2005 season on January 22, 2005 after a battle with cancer, sadly age only 58

Brindel, Jill Rachuy

(Illinois 1950- )

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Trio Navarro: (l to r) Marilyn Thompson piano, Roy Malan violin, Jill Rachuy Brindel cello

cello (also Trio Navarro: Roy Malan violin, Jill Rachuy Brindel cello, Marilyn Thompson piano. Also Lyric Opera of Chicago Assistant Principal cello, Houston Symphony cello)

 

Studied at Indiana University and the Chicago Musical College. Also as a student, studied at Academy of the West - California in 1970 and at the Interlochen Arts Academy - Michigan. She was a Congress of Strings - Cincinnati Scholarship winner. Active in music festivals, including Mendocino Music Festival Principal cello about 1987-1993 and 2006-present. also Russian River Chamber Festival - California.

1980-present

Britt, Horace

(Belgium 1881-1971)

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Principal cello (also Lamoureux Orchestra Paris 1897, Colonne Orchestra Paris 1898, Chicago Symphony Principal cello 1905-1907, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal cello 1907-1908, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal cello in 1910s, San Francisco Symphony Principal cello 1918-1924. In chamber music, the Hans Letz Quartet: Hans Letz first, Edwin Bachmann second (later of Toscanini's NBC Symphony), Edward Kreiner, viola (also later of Toscanini's NBC Symphony), Horace Britt  cello. also the Elman String Quartet in the late 1920s: Mischa Elman first, Adolf Bak second, Karl Rissland viola, Horace Britt  cello. Britt was the first cellist recorded in a sound movie in 1927)

 

Studied at the Paris Conservatoire 1892-1895, Premier prix in the 1895 Concour (at age 14!). He had been preparing under the supervision of his parents Ernst and Maria Britt since age 6. Taught at the Curtis Institute 1925-1926 and the University of Texas, Austin 1950-1963.

1918-1924

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Bubb, Charles Raymond Bubb, Jr.

(California 1913-2002)

Bubb

Charles Bubb, Jr. in 1937 age 24

Principal trumpet 1944-1957, Co-Principal trumpet 1957-1959. Entered the orchestra as Assistant Principal trumpet in the 1944-1945 season, then during the season advanced to Principal trumpet by Pierre Monteux, remained Principal until 1956-1957, then Co-Principal 1957-1959 with Donald Reinberg.

 

Studied at Sanford University B Mathematics 1936 and later work towards a Ph.D. in Mathematics. Following Stanford, taught mathematics at Rutgers University - New Jersey, University of California - Davis, and the University of Oregon.

1944-1959

Buenger, August Ferdinand

(Germany 1890-1970)

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double bass (also Hamburg Opera double bass in 1910s and early 1920s, came to San Francisco in 1924, where he was a theater orchestra musician prior to the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Studied in Hamburg, Germany with Friedrich Warnecke.

1935-1959

Burr, Michael

(California 1938- )

double bass 1967-1971, Principal double bass 1971-2000

 

Studied first as a violinist with his teachers including Detlev Olshausen. From his ability was invited as a youth soloist with the San Francisco Symphony 191. He later switched to double bass and became Principal bass of the San Francisco Symphony. Burr premiered a number of contemporary works, including Richard Felciano's Pieces of Eight for Organ and Double Bass (1984) in 1986.

1967-2000

Burrell, Charles

(Ohio 1920- ) and still going strong in 2014

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Charles Burrell (l) with Denver conductor Allan Miller

bass (also Denver Symphony bass 1949-1959 before San Francisco, and again Denver Symphony bass 1965-about 1995. San Francisco Pops under Arthur Fiedler summer season 1960, leading to SFS appointment. also as a teen played with the Lionel Hampton band)

 

Studied double bass and tuba in Detroit in 1930s, and at the Cass-Technical High School - Detroit and with Detroit classical and jazz double bass players. Also about one year at the New England Conservatory of Music 1941 and after World War 2, at Wayne State University - Detroit.

1960-1965

Buyse, Leone K. husband of husband Michael Webster

(New York 1947- )

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Assistant Principal flute (also Boston Symphony Associate Principal flute 1983-1993, and after Doriot Anthony Dwyer retired as BSO Principal flute, Leone Buyse was acting Principal flute of the Boston Symphony her last three years in Boston 1990-1993, Rochester Philharmonic piccolo and Second flute)

 

Studied at the Eastman School and Emporia State University - Kansas. Fulbright scholar in Paris 1968. Also active in summer music festivals, including the New Hampshire Musical Festival Principal flute, and Aspen Festival - Colorado, Sarasota Festival - Florida, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival - Washington, Domaine Forget - Québec, Lake Placid Institute - New York, Park City International Festival - Utah. After retiring from the Boston Symphony, Leone Buyse became the Mullen Professor of Flute at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston 1983-present where her husband Michael Webster also teaches.

1978-1983

 

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Leone Buyse has recorded several CDs, Chamber Music for Flute by Jean Rivier (1896-1987) - Crystal Records

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Callahan, James J.

(Pennsylvania 1928- )

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James Callahan with Ralph Holtz and Jeremy Merrill behind him

horn (also Denver Symphony Orchestra 1945-about 1950, Air Force Band Washington DC during Korean War, National Symphony of Washington DC prior to the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Studied at the Catholic University - Washington DC BMus. Callahan was also Personnel Manager of the San Francisco Symphony in the 1979-1980 season. Taught at San Francisco State University. He also started the Callahan Piano Service business, initially as a piano tuner. After retiring from the San Francisco Symphony, Callahan and his sons expanded the piano business, which continues today.

1956-1985

 

James Callahan retired from the horn section during the 1978-1979 season and became the Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager for 1979-1980 and then Orchestra Personnel Manager 1980-1985.

Callies, Richard P. A.

(Germany 1879- )

cello (also a musician at the Tivoli Theater - San Francisco in later 1910s. also, Callies and his son Werner were theater musicians in Los Angeles in the 1930s)

 

Emigrated with his wife and two sons (both later musicians) from Berlin to the US in 1910.

1915-1916

Callinan, William Gale (sometimes "Gale William")

(California 1872-1959 )

violin 1915-1918 and 1923-1926 and 1927-1934, viola 1918-1920, and Assistant Principal Second violin (as it would be called now) 1926-1927 (also in 1910, played in a San Francisco opera company orchestra, which is not identified. also played with the orchestra of the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition - summer of 1915)

 

Born in the frontier mining village of Tuttletown, California. Studied in Europe in 1894.

1915-1920, 1923-1934

Canin, Stuart V.

(New York 1926- )

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Associate Concertmaster 1968-1970, Concertmaster 1970-1980 (also San Francisco Opera Concertmaster 1970-1972, a founder of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra, with Canin as Music Director and Concertmaster. Also, Los Angeles Opera Concertmaster and also an active Hollywood sessions musician)

 

Studied violin with Ivan Galamian. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Casals Festival - Puerto Rico Concertmaster, the Mostly Mozart Festival - New York City Concertmaster, Aspen Music Festival - Colorado, Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds - Italy and South Carolina.

1968-1980

Cardona, Fermin

(Cuba 1887-about 1930)

violin appointed during the 1918-1919 season (also music director of the St. Francis Hotel - San Franciso in the 1920s, which orchestra was also broadcast in the western United States via the NBC Red Network)

 

Emigrated to the US from Cuba in 1908.

1918-1922

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Carlson, Daniel

(California about 1980- )

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Associate Principal Second violin (also played with Michael Tilson Thomas - New World Symphony - Florida 2004-2005, also Phoenix Symphony)

 

Studied at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts - California (now the Idyllwild Arts Foundation) as a teen, and then at the Juilliard School BMus and MMus.

2006-present

Carr, Albert B.

(about 1904-before 1970)

percussion

1939-1940

Carroll-Donald Herman

(Texas? 1928- )

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Bass clarinet 1955-2003 (also US Sixth Army Band during the Korean War, also the Little Symphony of San Francisco. also the California Wind Quintet: Walter Subke flute (San Francisco Opera), Raymond Duste oboe (San Francisco Opera), Donald Carroll clarinet, Robert Hughes bassoon (Oakland Symphony), and Ross Taylor horn)

 

Studied at Los Angeles State College and California State College - San Francisco. Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory

1955-2003

 

Donald Carroll retired from the orchestra during the 2003-2004 season to be succeeded as Bass clarinet by Ben Freimuth

Carter, James

(Pennsylvania 1950-about 1984)

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viola (while at the Curtis Institute, Carter was Principal viola for 4 years. also Trenton Symphony viola in mid-1970s, he also organized the Carter Chamber Ensemble: James Carter viola, Anne Adams harp, Rebecca Friedman flute which recorded several LPs)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1972. According to the Advocate and an e-mail from one of his fans, Carter was unfortunately one of the early victims of the HIV virus.

1977-1979

Cash, Nichole

(Virginia 1976- )

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Associate Principal horn (also Dallas Symphony Third horn 2001-2009, Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic - South Africa Co-Principal)

 

Studied at Northwestern University BMus cum laude and the Shepherd School of Music - Rice University MMus. Also active in chamber music, including in Dallas the Nasher Sculpture Center Chamber Music series, and the Fine Arts Chamber Players, an outreach chamber group playing in northern Texas. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho.

2009-present

Cassetta, Louis Ronaldo

(Italy 1881-1967)

double bass (also a theater musician in Boston in the 1910s. also a San Francisco cafe musician in 1930, also the Cincinnati Symphony in the late 1930s and into 1940s)

 

Emigrated to Boston from Palermo, Italy in 1897.

1922-1923, 1924-1927

Caster, Frank (Francis) N.

(1921-1999)

double bass (also National Symphony of Washington DC double bass. also Glenn Miller band double bass in 1943)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1941.

1959-1960

Chaffe, Barbara

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acting flute (also San Francisco Ballet orchestra Principal flute. also San Francisco Contemporary Music Players)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1979. Active in music festivals including the Telluride Chamber Music Festival - Colorado.

1989-1990

Chandler, Charles

(Illinois but grew up in Marin County, California 1965- )

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bass (also San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra as a student 1981-1983 and Chandler is said to be the first SFSYO musician to gain a permanent position with the SFS, Phoenix Symphony Assistant Principal bass 1988-1990, Associate Principal bass 1990-1992, also while in Phoenix, Phoenix Symphony String Orchestra Assistant Principal bass 1988-1990, Principal bass 1988-1990)

 

Studied first with his musical family, including his mother Jeanie Chandler the Principal flute of the the Marin County Symphony. Then to the Juilliard School in 1983. Active in music festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival 1987 under Leonard Bernstein.

1992-present

Chapman, Lucy ---

SEE: Lucy Chapman Stoltzman

violin

1979-1981

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Chatterley, George Powell

(England 1875- )

viola

 

Came to the US at age 15, locating to San Francisco. Studied at the New England Conservatory beginning 1901, graduating in 1904. Was director of the music department at Oregon State University (now Western Oregon University near Salem) 1908-1912.

1912-1916

Chernyavsky, David

(Russia 1978- )

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violin (also Washington National Opera Assistant Concertmaster 2005-2007, Los Angeles Philharmonic 2007-2009, St. Petersburg String Quartet: Alla Aranovskaya first, David Chernyavsky second, Boris Vayner viola, Leonid Shukayev cello 2003-2010)

 

Studied at the Special Music School at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and then entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory. also studied at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University 1997-about 2000. Then at the Juilliard School MMus in 2003. Also active in summer music festivals including the Spoleto USA Festival - South Carolina Concertmaster in 2001 and 2002.

2009-present

Chevalier, (Jon) Bernard

(California 1949- )

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violin (with wife Marsha, performed chamber music in Pennsylvania and other states)

 

As a student, studied at the National Music Camp - Interlochen Michigan, and studied for a time at the Curtis Institute. San Francisco State University BMus and MMus 192.

1970-1987

Chihuaria, Ernestine Elizabeth Riedel

(California 1930- )

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violin (Gerhard Samuel, conductor of the Oakland Symphony - California said that the violinist Eugenia Newman, Linda Ashworth, and Ernestine [Chihuaria] Riedel all had agreed to join the Oakland Symphony, when Josef Krips appointed them all after a November, 1964 audition 206)

 

Ernestine Chihuaria gave the San Francisco premier of the Walton Violin Concerto in May 1967 under Josef Krips.

 

Tom Heimberg writing in San Francisco Classical Voice recounted the recruitment in 1964: "...Maestro Josef Krips turned to his Concertmaster, Jacob Krachmalnick, and said, 'One thing, Jake, let us not hire any women. There are too many in the orchestra already.' At the end of the afternoon, Krachmalnick said, 'Well, Maestro, I've heard hundreds of auditions in my life, but never three players in a row as good as those three women.' Krips too had been impressed, and Linda Ashworth, Ernestine Riedel [Chihuaria], and Eugenia Newman were hired 207.

1964-1992

Chilinski, Bruno Frederick

(Poland 1901-1969)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin (also Roxy Theater Orchestra - New York under Erno Rapée and the Chicago Theater Orchestra. also the Seattle Symphony in 1930s and 1940s prior to San Francisco)

 

Emigrated to Chicago from Warsaw as a child in 1905. Studied at the Bush Conservatory in Chicago and with Paul Kochanski (1887-1934) in New York.

1944-1946

 

seems not to have completed the 1945-1946 season

Chisholm, John M.

(California? 1966- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

violin (also Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra while at Eastman and Louisville Orchestra Associate Concertmaster)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music BMus, Performer's Certificate and MMus. Active in summer festivals including regularly at the Sunriver Music Festival - Oregon 1993-2001.

2002-present

Cho, Yun

(China about 1977- )

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violin (also Asian Youth Orchestra tours Concertmaster, Santa Barbara Symphony - California Concertmaster, American Youth Symphony training orchestra - California, Westwood Chamber Orchestra - California Concertmaster, also Broderick String Quartet: Chen Zhao first, Yun Cho second, Elizabeth Prior Runnicles viola, Sarah Hong cello)

 

Studied first with his father the father of Yun Jie Liu and then at the Shanghai Conservatory - China and at the University of Southern California 1999.

2009-present

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in his official San Francisco Symphony photo.

Cirone, Anthony J.

(New Jersey 1941- )

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percussion

 

Studied at the Juilliard School BSc and MSc 1959-1965. Taught at San Jose State University 1965-2001 where he was Chairman of the Percussion Department, as well as at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University 2001-2006. Also an active composer, with more than 100 published works 297. Cirone taught many percussionist, including Jack Van Geem with whom he later played in the San Francisco Symphony.

1965-2001

Clark, Ora Ernest

(California 1879-1944)

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Second trombone (also Odeon Cafe orchestra - San Francisco)

 

His son, Herbert Clark (not Herbert L. Clarke 1867-1945) studied trumpet at the Juilliard School in the 1920s.

1912-1934

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Claudio, Cesare S., brother of Silvio Claudio and Ferdinand Claudio

(Canada 1914-after 2003)

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Cesare Claudio circa 1945

cello (after the orchestra, was a musician teacher in schools in San Mateo, California and at the College of San Mateo in the 1950s-1970s)

 

Studied first with his Italian-born music teacher father Ernesto F. Claudio (1877-1957). Then studied under scholarship at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia - Rome starting in 1937.

1941-1942, 1945-1946, 1947-1951

Claudio, Ferdinand Michele Mario "Nando", brother of Cesare Claudio and Ferdinand Claudio

(Canada 1910-1990)

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Ferdinand Claudio standing behind Assistant Concertmaster William Wolski circa 1945

violin (also a theater violinist in San Francisco in the 1930s, one season with the Seattle Symphony in the 1930s, KPO NBC radio staff orchestra in San Francisco in 1930s, Music Lover's Society of San Francisco - 1940s. also later, the Marin Symphony Assistant Concertmaster)

 

Studied first with his Italian-born music teacher father Ernesto F. Claudio (1877-1957). Then studied in London in the late 1920s.

1938-1942, 1945-1975

Claudio, Mary Hughson ---

SEE: Mary Hughson

cello

1942-1948, 1963-1977

Claudio, Silvio Mario Dante husband of Mary Hughson

(Washington 1917-2003)

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Silvio Claudio in 1975

violin (also San Francisco Ballet, Montclair Chamber Music Group - California)

 

Studied first with his Italian-born music teacher father Ernesto F. Claudio (1877-1957), the at San Francisco Junior College, followed by the San Francisco Conservatory.

1946-1982

Clawson, Frank Leroy

(Illinois 1906-1964)

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Frank Clawson in 1939

viola (also Metropolitan Opera Orchestra viola starting about the 1931-1932 season, also New York City Ballet orchestra 298)

 

Studied initially in Chicago and later with William Primrose.

1961-1964

 

died at the end of the 1963-1964 season on 4 July 1964 after a brief illness.

Cleveland, Grover

(Missouri 1885-1963)

horn (also Seattle Symphony in 1920, aslo Hollywood sessions musician in the 1930s)

1924-1925

Clow, Ray W.

(Texas 1898- )

clarinet (also played in the Atwater-Kent radio orchestra in the late 1920s with his SFS colleague Fred Baker, which was directed by Baker's wife Genevra Waters Baker in the late 1920s, based in San Francisco 241.

 

Although Ray Clow played clarinet with the San Francisco Symphony, with the Atwater-Kent radio orchestra, he is listed as timpani.

1929-1930, 1935-1936, 1938-1940

Code, Percy Edward

(Australia 1888-1953)

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Second trumpet, Fourth trumpet (also "Besses o'th' Barn" a touring band from England, on returning to Australia from California, he was a theater musician and radio orchestra musician. Became conductor of the Australian Broadcasting Company - later Australian Broadcasting Commission orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, )

 

Studied with his father Edward Code, conductor of Code's Melbourne Brass Band beginning in 1892, with further study in Melbourne and in England.

1921-1923

Coletti, Bruno

(Italy 1888-about 1973 )

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cello 1918-1921, 1929-1931, 1935-1938, Assistant Principal cello 1931-1934 (also played in the Orchestra of the Imperial Theater - San Francisco, also the American Theater Orchestra - San Francisco, Portland Symphony - Oregon Principal cello 244)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1907.

1918-1921, 1923-1924, 1929-1938

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Connolly (Mezirka), Catherine

(California 1915-1990)

cello (also Assistant Principal cell San Francisco Opera)

 

Sister Winifred Bullock was a cellist with the Oakland Symphony - California.

1944-1980

Constant-Jeremy J.

(Canada 1959- )

Constant

violin 1984-1992, Assistant Concertmaster 1992-present (also the Sun Valley Summer Festival including the Valley String Quartet with Jeremy Constant first, Paul Brancato second, Adam Smyla viola, and Amos Yang cello, and in Marin County California Marin Symphony Concertmaster. Also in New York City violin with Village Light Opera Company and the Manhattan Savoyard Orchestra)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School and Brooklyn College. Enjoys building and flying lightweight airplanes.

1984-present

Cook, Gerald Eugene

(Ohio 1895- )

trumpet (also Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpet in the 1930s)

1926-1927

Cooley, Floyd O.

(Iowa 1948- )

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Principal tuba (also Chicago Symphony 1992-1993 as a Permanent Substitute, San Francisco Tuba Quartet)

 

Studied one year at Kansas University and then at Indiana University receiving a Performer’s Certificate in 1969, and studied frequently with Arnold Jacobs. Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory in the 1970s through 1990s. Active in summer music festivals, including the Aspen Festival - Colorado, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho. and the Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming.

1969-2002

Cooper, Christopher

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Acting Assistant Principal horn/Utility horn 2002-2008 (also extensive touring with the Empire Brass and the Canadian Brass)

 

Studied at Boston University and the San Francisco Conservatory. Following San Francisco, Chris Cooper teach at UCLA - California, and is also a studio sessions musician in the Hollywood, Los Angeles area.

2002-2008

Cooper, Peter

(1959- )

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oboe (also Colorado Symphony Principal oboe 2004-present and Hong Kong Philharmonic Principal oboe)

 

Studied at Northwestern University, Chicago. also active in music festivals, including the Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming, and Strings in the Mountains - Colorado, Saint Barts Music Festival.

1990-1993

Cortellazzi, Oddone

(Italy about 1891-1952)

clarinet

1921-1922

Creitz, Fred (or Frederic) William

(Oregon 1881-1957)

photo

violin (also the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Koblenz Orchestra - Germany. later a theater musician, including the Liberty Theater - Oakland, CA)

 

Studied first with his older brother Louis A. Creitz (1866-1951) and then at the Hochschule für Musik - Leipzig, Germany.

1915-1917, 1919-1924

Crocker, Lee Ann

(Minnesota 1951- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

bass (also Miami Philharmonic about 1972-1976, Kansas City Philharmonic about 1976-1977, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony Associate Principal Bass 1978-1980, Mexico City Philharmonic 1980-1981, back to San Diego 1981-1982. also an organizer and musician for Chamber Music Sundaes)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music preparatory department, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio MMus in bass performance 1973, University of Miami music therapy.

1982-present

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Crozier, Johnston

(Northern Ireland 1866- )

tuba (also a theater musician in Chicago in 1910s)

 

Studied in Ontario, Canada.

1913-1916

 

seems not to have finished the 1915-1916 season.

Cunningham (Lucchesi), Margaret Ann "Peggy" wife of Dino Lucchesi

(California 1928-1985)

percussion (also San Francisco Opera. John Whiting on his interesting site has a recording he made of Peggy Cunningham playing both percussion parts of Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta at: www.kpfahistory.info/music_home.html)

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley BMus phi beta kappa 1949, and graduate assistant teacher at Berkeley 1949-1951, gaining a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music - London 1951-1954. San Francisco State University MMus and teaching certificate 1957. Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory and at the University of California - Berkeley. She was an avid competitive swimmer until later in life, but unfortunately died in the pool of a heart attack after a race.

1955-1985

Curcio, Rocco Victor

(Virginia 1901-1985)

violin (growing up in Virginia, was a theater musician at the Lyric Theater in Richmond, Virgina as a teen. also a musician in the Fox Theater orchestra - Oakland, and other theaters 1930s, San Francisco radio station staff orchestra later 1930s-1940s. Curcio also played viola in a Federal Music Project string ensemble which playing a series featuring music by contemporary American composers 299)

 

Studied first with his Italian musician father Antonio Curcio.

1924-1925

Czarny, Vladek

(Poland 1892- )

violin

1920-1921

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D names alphabetically

names such as de Luna and D'Amelio are listed alphabetically as if they were "del" and "dam". For example: Dehé, then De Lorenzo, then deLuna

 

Davis, Lloyd

(California 1926- )

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Principal timpani 1955-1956, percussion 1956-1989 also worked as an extra in the San Francisco Symphony in about 1951-1952 (also Army Air Corps Band, Salt Lake City, Utah during World War 2 1944-1946. Also San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

 

Studied at San Francisco State College BMus. Lloyd Davis perfromed on the Dave Brubeck Quartet Jazz at Oberlin in 1953, and played in the Dave Brubeck Octet in the early 1950s. He was part of Brubeck's previous group called the "Jazz Workshop Ensemble" 229.

1955-1989

Day, Timothy M.

husband of Robin McKee

(California 1956- )

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2004-2006 Day was acting Associate Principal flute, while Robin McKee was acting Principal flute. Then in 2007, Timothy Day was appointed Principal flute and Robin McKee resumed the second chair as Associate Principal flute (also as a student, California Symphony Principal flute, a training orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Principal flute 1976-1988, founding member of Pro Musica Rara, a chamber group based in Baltimore specializing in baroque music.)

 

Studied as a youth at the Interlochen Arts Academy - Michigan, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio studying both the flute and composition - graduated in 1974. Taught at the Peabody Conservatory - Baltimore, teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory, and since 1987, in the summers has taught at the Academy of the West - Santa Barbara, California. He recorded a beautiful Christmas album A Very Classical Christmas (see right)

2004-present

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a Well Tempered CD

Decker, William H. "Mons"

(Germany 1857- )

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bassoon (also John Philip Sousa Band bassoon 1910-1911 187)

 

Studied in Germany before emigrating to Ohio in 1890.

1911-1913

DeCray, Marcella

(Pennsylvania 1928-2011)

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harp, serving with Principal harp Anne Adams 1966-1971 (also Metropolitan Opera harp about 1948-1952. Philadelphia Orchestra harp 1952-1963. While in San Francisco was a founder with Charles Boone and Jean-Louis LeRoux of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 1973)

 

Studied in France with Henriette Renié (1875-1956) and then at the Julliard School in 1948, but did not complete since she had been hired by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. While in Philadelphia, was active in teaching at the Peabody Institute - Baltimore and the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado.

1966-1971

de Gomez, Victor

(California 1891-after 1969)

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cello (also Philadelphia Orchestra cello 1916-1919 when Stokowski released de Gomez to join the Cleveland Orchestra. Cleveland Orchestra Principal cello 1919-1939, San Francisco quartet comprising Louis Ford first, Emil Rossett second, Clarence Evans viola (who was Principal viola of the San Francisco Symphony) and Victor de Gomez cello. He also played in Hollywood at the Paramount Studios orchestra, summers of 1938 and 1939)

 

Studied at the University of California, Berkeley about 1908-1911.

1911-1915

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Dehé, Willem (or Wilhelm)

(Netherlands 1884-1942)

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Principal cello 1930-1934, fourth chair cello 1935-1936, Assistant Principal cello 1936-1942 (also played with a private string quartet in the Ukraine. a founder of the Berkeley String Quartet: Antonio de Grassi first, Robert Rourke second, Pietro Brascia viola and Willem Dehe cello on the University of California - Berkeley campus 150, in 1920s prior to the San Francisco Symphony. also the San Francisco String Quartet: Naoum Blinder first, Eugene Heyes second, Nathan Firestone viola ( Ferenc Molnar in later years), and Willem Dehé cello 155. also played in the summer popular concerts of the San Francisco Philharmonic at the Woodland Bowl under Alfred Hertz 245)

 

Studied at the Amsterdam Conservatorium.

1930-1934, 1935-1942

 

died suddenly on February 8, 1942 in San Francisco, age only 57 from an aortic aneurysm.

De Lorenzo, Gerardo

(Italy 1889-after 1937)

violin (also a musician at the Strand Theater - San Francisco in the late 1910s)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1905.

1916-1920

deLuna, Russ

(Ohio 1969- )

photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony

English horn and Third oboe (also Atlanta Opera Principal oboe 1996-2007, Columbus Symphony - Georgia Principal oboe 1992-2007, Atlanta Ballet English horn. also Piedmont Winds based in Atlanta: Kelly Via flute, Russ deLuna oboe, Katherine White clarinet, Kathleen Wood horn, Dan Worley bassoon)

 

Studied at Northwestern University BMus, then Boston University MMus. Active in summer music festivals, including the Highland Cashiers Music Festival - North Carolina, Noe Valley Chamber Music Series - California.

2007-present

 

joined the San Francisco Symphony for its summer 2007 European tour.

Demetrio, George

cello

1915-1919

De Palma. Attilio A. "Till"

(Pennsylvania 1911-2008)

horn (also National Symphony of Washington DC 1935-1939, New York City freelance musician including playing in the Bell Telephone Hour orchestra and with the Salzburg Opera company 1939 US tour, Pittsburgh Symphony third horn 1939-1941, US Navy Band during World War 2. In New York City, a Broadway musician, including Showboat 1945-1946. Los Angeles Philharmonic late 1940s, and then a Hollywood studio musician into late 1960s)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1935.

1941-1944

Dering, Bert A.

(Iowa 1880-1940)

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Fourth trumpet (also Odeon Cafe orchestra San Francisco in 1910s, a theater orchestra musician in San Francisco in the 1920s, also Los Angeles Philharmonic in late 1920s)

1922-1923

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DiBianca, Vincent

(Philadelphia 1910-2001)

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violin

 

Studied first with his musician father Vincenzo DiBianco, a flutist. Then in Italy at the Conservatory of Music, Palermo, Sicily in 1928.

1944-1963

Dickman, Charles August

(Germany 1868-1946)

oboe

 

Emigrated to the US in 1885 at age 17.

1913-1914

Dicterow, Harold J.

(Connecticut 1919-2000)

photo

Harold Dicterow (l) with son Glenn in 1980s

violin (also Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Second violin for more than fifty seasons: 1946-1997)

 

Studied from age 7 in New York City with Vladimir Graffman. Son Glenn Dicterow has been long-time Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.

1938-1944

 

did not complete the 1943-1944 season, presumably due to service in World War 2.

Dibner, Steven A.

(Michigan 1954- )

photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

bassoon (also Evansville Philharmonic while at IU, New Jersey Symphony Principal bassoon 1978-1986 and in New York City an active freelance musician in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Chamber Soloist, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra bassoon)

 

Studied at Indiana University where he studied both in music and modern languages, and the Juilliard School MMus. Active in summer music festivals, including Aspen Music Festival - Colorado, Marlboro Music Festival - Vermont, and San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival. Among his excellent CDs is Memento Bittersweet of that group of which he was a member (see right)

1983-present

Bittersweet

Dierich, Franz

(Germany 1870s-about 1943)

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Franz Dierich in 1905

viola (also in Australia: Melbourne Symphony Concertmaster in 1905 251, also Chicago Grand Opera orchestra, also director of Kimbal's Saxophone Band in California 1926-1928)

 

Taught violin at the University of Melbourne Conservatory of Music and at the Albert Street Conservatorium, Melbourne, Australia in about 1897-1906.

1920-1930

Dietzel, Ewald

(Germany 1880-after 1954)

Principal trumpet (also Detroit Symphony Principal trumpet 1922-1923 under Ossip Gabrilowitsch 159, also the "San Francisco Symphony Ensemble", a pick-up orchestral group organized by Alexander Saslavsky)

 

Seems to have studied in Wiesbaden, Germany and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but this background is unclear.

1923-1925

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DiLutis, John J. Jr.

(Maryland 1966-1993)

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Second trombone (also Center City Brass Quintet)

 

Studied at the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute Class of 1989. Tanglewood Festival in 1988. Died in his sleep in San Francisco of heart failure on March 29, 1993, age only 26 183. His brother Robert DiLutis plays clarinet with the Rochester Philharmonic.

1989-1993

Divisek, Fred J.

(Wisconsin 1908-1998)

percussion (also Chicago Municipal Opera. also Divisek taught at the Joliet Musical College - Illinois and then prior to the San Francisco Symphony, worked in a music store and taught music in Oregon. San Francisco Opera Orchestra 1954-1959. after the San Francisco Symphony, he played in the Long Beach Municipal Band in the 1960s and the Long Beach Symphony)

 

Studied at Oshkosh State Teachers College - Wisconsin in 1939. 271

1953-1956

 

Seems to have begun during the 1953-1954 season, succeeding Irving Steffen

Djokic, Michelle

(California 1969- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

Assistant Principal cello, acting member 2005-2007 (also a founder and the Artistic Director of the Concordia Chamber Players - Pennsylvania)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School BMus and MMus. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado, the Banff Music Festival - Alberta, the Newport Music Festival - Rhode Island, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival - Rhode Island, Princeton Music Festival - New Jersey, Roycroft Chamber Music Festival - New York, Bowdoin College Music Festival - Maine, Vermont Mozart Festival, Mozaic Festival - California and the Music in the Vineyards Festival - California.

2005-2007

Dorfman, Herman

(Pennsylvania 1916-1997)

Principal horn, Co-Principal horn and third horn (Houston Symphony Principal horn prior to the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1942. Reading newspaper criticism of Herman Dorfman in the 1960s, he was a controversial Principal, clearly a gifted musician, but not always well-received by the critics 194 and 195, it is said that Seiji Ozawa was determined to replace Dorfman, which he eventually did, appointing David Krehbiel as Principal horn.

1958-1967 208

Down, Cathryn E.

(California 1963- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

violin (also SFS Youth Orchestra - California training orchestra, SWR Baden-Baden Orchestra - Germany Associate Concertmaster, Orchestre National de Belgique Assistant Concertmaster, and in California prior to the SFS - New Century Chamber Orchestra and Sacramento Symphony)

 

Studied at the Music Academy of the West - California summer 1986, at the San Francisco Conservatory BMus and MMus. Active in summer festivals including Schleswig-Holstein Festival early in her career.

2001-present

 

Down was an acting violin beginning in 1994-1995 and joined the violin section in 2001-2002

Drucker, Vladimir

(Russia 1897-1974)

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trumpet (Im 1913, age 14, Vladimir Drucker was third trumpet of Serge Koussevitzky's personal hired touring orchestra with his teacher Mikhail Tabakov (1877-1956) 94. With the Russian revolution, Drucker went to Shanghai, China, where he played in orchestras for two years 93. In 1919, Drucker came to the US and was New York Symphony Principal trumpet under Walter Damrosch 1923-1925, and with Damrosch's radio orchestra. While in San Francisco, Drucker also played with Henry Cowell's New Music Society, giving the premiers of several works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ruggles in 1926-1927 228). After San Francisco, went to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal trumpet under Otto Klemperer and others 1931-1944.

 

Studied at the Moscow Conservatory. Also while in New York City, Drucker studied with the famous teacher Max Schlossberg 93.

1925-1929

Dunn, Hubert A.

(England 1887-about 1960)

violin (in 1912, toured Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia, and UK in a string quartet 252. also after the SFS, taught music in the San Mateo school system - suburban San Francisco)

 

Emigrated to California with his family in 1900. During the 1920s and 1930s following World War 1, Hubert Dunn was active in musical activities to support world peace and the adoption by the US of the World Court 253.

1920-1921

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Duste, Raymond H

photo.

oboe and English horn (also Oakland Symphony English horn and Principal oboe)

 

Studied with Marcel Tabuteau. Taught at San Francisco State College.

1958-

Dvorak, Anton

bass

1918-1919

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Edmunds-Cicely D.

(California 1916-1998)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin (in 1960s, Salon Piano Trio: Mona Wahle, Cicely Edmunds, Karl Hesse)

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley. Cicely Edmunds married the photographer Brett Weston, son of the famous photographer Edward Weston in San Francisco in 1936, but the marriage did not last. Weston was married four times.

1942-1951

Edwards, George M.

(North Dakota 1884-1925)

Fourth trumpet

 

Was a musician in San Diego prior to the San Francisco Symphony. Died in San Francisco on June 24, 1925 aged only 40.

1913-1916

 

seems not to have completed the 1915-1916 season.

Ehrlich, Don

(Ohio 1942- )

photo

Don Ehrlich and his his ergonomic viola

Assistant Principal viola (also Aurora Quartet: Sharon Wood first, Amy Lozano (Tyson) second, Don Ehrlich viola, Margaret Tait cello and Stanford String Quartets, Mendocino Music Festival - California Principal viola)

 

Studied at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio BMus 1964, Manhattan School of Music - New York MMus, University of Michigan DMA.

1978-December 2006

Ellis, Nancy Ruth

(New Jersey 1949- )

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viola (also Oakland Symphony about 1971-1972, Chamber Soloists of San Francisco)

 

Studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy about 1965-1967, followed by the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio about 1968, Mills College - California MA in Music about 1971. Active in summer music festivals, including Telluride Festival - Colorado, Cheltenham Festival - UK, Ojai Music Festival - California, Tiberon Music Festival - California and Marlboro Music Festival - Vermont.

1975-present

Engelkes, John R Jr.

(Iowa 1954- )

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bass trombone (also Chicago Civic Orchestra training orchestra, Florida Symphony - Orlando, Baltimore Symphony bass trombone 1980-1981, founding member of The Bay Brass - San Francisco)

 

Studied at the University of Northern Iowa BMus, also Northwestern University studying with the great Edward Kleinhammer. Teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory. Also formerly Assistant Personnel Manager of the San Francisco Symphony.

1981-present

Epstein, Larry

(Florida about 1948- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

Associate Principal bass 1975-present, Acting Principal bass 2000-2004 (also Orchestre Philarmonique de Strasbourg about 1970-1971, Milwaukee Symphony about 1971-1973, Miami Philharmonic, where he performed with his father)

 

As a student, Eastern Music Festival - North Carolina. Also studied at the University of Miami School of Music BMus 1970. Larry Epstein is the third generation of his family to play the double bass. Visit his interesting website at www.larryepsteinbass.com/ which includes info about his CDs, including my Tunes! featuring his compositions (see right).

1975-present

photo

Everingham, Anne ---

SEE: Anne Everingham Adams

harp, Principal harp

1941-1980

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Farella, Eugene J.

(Italy 1878-1955)

trombone and tuba - listed in the San Francisco Symphony archives as having signed a contract for 1915-1916, but he does not seem to have served. Listed in San Francisco directory only for that year. A long-time musician in Seattle, Washington thereafter.

1915-1916

Farrell, Diane M. (Monaghan)

(1959- )

cello (also a founding member of the Donatello String Quartet in San Francisco)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School MMus in 1983 294. Active in music festivals, including the Aspen Festival - Colorado, the Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming, the Olympic Music Festival - Washington where she was Co-Director of the festival's Chamber Music Institute for 6 years. Farrell's career was unfortunately shortened by physical injuries which limited her ability to play 295. She moved to Oregon where she was a cello instructor. Then relocated to suburban New York City, teaching at Montclair State University - New Jersey)

1983-1991

Fath, Philip

(New York 1929- )

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Principal clarinet of the San Francisco Symphony 1956-1964, Co-Principal clarinet of the San Francisco with Robert McGinnis 1964-1969, clarinet of the San Francisco Opera 1956-about 2000 (also Assistant Principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra 1954-1956)

 

Taught at University of California - Berkeley, Stanford University and San Francisco State University.

1956-1964 and 1969-1980

 

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Philip Fath still performing in 2013 with violinist Josepha Fath

Feiler, Maurice (also listed as Morris Feiler in official papers)

(England 1894-1949)

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cello (also Los Angeles Philharmonic cello about 1935-1941)

 

Studied cello in England as a youth, and after emigrating studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago 283.  Reported to have taken his life in Los Angeles on May 2, 1949 age 54. 282

1931-1934

Feinauer (Cooper), Gina L.

(New York 1963- )

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viola (also Buffalo Philharmonic about 1987-1992, active in chamber music including one of the versions of the Aurora String Quartet: Sharon Grebanier first, Chun-ming Mo Kobialka second, Gina Feinauer Cooper viola, Margaret Tait cello)

 

Studied first with her musician father Karl Feinauer, and then at Boston University and the Yale School of Music.

1992-present

Fenster, Lajos W.

(Germany 1899- )

Principal viola 1919-1925 (also played in the summer popular concerts of the San Francisco Philhamonia at the Woodland Bowl under Alfred Hertz 245)

1919-1925 138

Ferner, Walter Valentine

(Maryland 1880-1952)

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Principal cello (also said in his artist's bio 189 to have been Berlin Philharmonic Principal cello which would be a major achievement for a young cellist from Baltimore, also Chicago Symphony cello 1915-1919, left the San Francisco Symphony in 1925 to join the Persinger String Quartet: Louis Persinger first, Louis Ford second, Nathan Firestone viola and Walter Ferner cello - see 1928 photo at left). Also Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal cello in the 1920s, and while there member of the Philharmonic String Quartet: Sylvain Noack first, Henry Svedrofsky second, Emil Férir viola, Walter Ferner cello)

1921-1925  

Ferrillo, John A.

(Massachusetts 1955- )

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Associate Principal oboe (also Metropolitan Opera Co-Principal oboe 1987-2001, Boston Symphony Principal oboe summer 2001-present)

 

Studied first with his mother, a music teacher with a Masters degree in music education. He then gained entrance to the Curtis Institute, graduating in the Class of 1977. Also active in music festivals, including the Blossom Music Festival - Ohio, the Marlboro Music Festival - Vermont, the Craftsbury Chamber Players Chamber Music Festival - Vermont, Monadnock Festival - Massachusetts, Waterloo Festival - New Jersey, and the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado. For six years during the late 1970s and early 1980s, John Ferrillo taught at the University of West Virginia. While at the Metropolitan Opera, John Ferrillo taught at the Juilliard School He now teaches at Boston University and the New England Conservatory.

1985-1986

Figeroid, Marguerite Baker

(Indiana 1919-2001)

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viola and violin (also Rochester Philharmonic violin while studying at the Eastman School.

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music, Performer's Degree 1941 196. Taught at the College of the Holy Names - Oakland, California. During World War 2, Figeroid was also a cryptographer for the War Department196.

1955-1991

Findeisen, Carl William

(Illinois 1889-1935)

horn

 

Died in San Francisco November 27, 1935, age only 46.

1919-1920

Finess, Asbjörn

(Norway 1909-1997)

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sketch from 1981

viola (also Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra of Norway Principal viola and the National Theatre Orchestra of Norway Principal viola)

 

Studied at the Oslo Conservatory of Music

1949-1974

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Firestone, Nathan M.

(Minnesota 1869-after 1943)

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violin 1911-1915, Principal viola second half of 1916-1917, viola 1923-1928, violin 1928-1930, Principal viola 1935-1943. (also University of California - Berkeley orchestra 1906-1910, Panama–Pacific International Exposition orchestra summer of 1915 Principal viola. also the Beel String Quartet: Sigmund Beel first, Emilio Meriz second, Nathan Firestone viola,Wenceslao Villalpando cello. also the New Lyric String Quartet: Gino Severi first, Max Dolin second, Nathan Firestone viola, Wenceslao Villalpando cello)

 

Nathan and his brother Max Firestone seem to have first studied with their Romanian-born father William Firestone.

1911-1915, second half of 1916-1917, 1923-1930, 1935-1943

Fischbach, Garrett

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viola (also Metropolitan Opera Orchestra viola 1998-present, San Francisco Symphony viola 1996-1998, National Symphony of Washington DC 1995-1996)

 

Studied at Boston University BMus and at Northern Illinois University MMus.  He teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Also active in music festivals, including the Foulger International Music Festival for Strings and Piano - Utah.

1996-1998

Fischer, Jonathan D.

(South Carolina 1968- ) born in South Carolina, grew up in North Carolina

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Associate Principal oboe succeeding Eugene Izotof, Acting Principal oboe 2013-present (also Lyric Opera of Chicago Principal oboe in 1999-2001, Chicago Grant Park Symphony Principal oboe in 2000, Canadian Opera Company - Toronto, Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Principal oboe 2001-2003, Houston Symphony Principal oboe 2012-present)

 

Studied in high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts 2 years, and at the Interlochen Arts Academy - Michigan 2 years. then at the Curtis Institute Class of 1992. As a student, also played with the New World Symphony - Florida. In summers, active in the Santa Fe Opera Company - New Mexico and in other summer music festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho where he has been Principal oboe for several seasons.

2003-2012, Acting Principal 2012-present

Fischthal, Glenn Jay

(Wisconsin 1948- ) grew up in New York

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Principal trumpet 1980-2004, Associate Principal trumpet 2004-present (also National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Kansas City Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic Principal trumpet, San Diego Symphony Principal trumpet, and Israel Philharmonic Principal trumpet 1976-1979. In summers, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra Principal trumpet, also founding member of The Bay Brass.

 

Studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Bernard Adelstein and at the California Institute of Arts - Valencia.

1980-2004

Flax, Laura

(New York 1952- )

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clarinet - acting clarinet at end of 1981-1982 season (also New York City Opera Orchestra Principal clarinet and the American Symphony Orchestra Principal clarinet.

 

Studied at the Juilliard School BMus and MMus. Teaches at Bard College and the Juilliard School pre-college division. Active in music festivals, including the Bard Music Festival - New York where she has been Principal clarinet. With the American Symphony Orchestra, she gave the premiere of the Clarinet Concerto by Shulamit Ran (1949- ).

end of 1981-1982 season

Fleezanis, Jorja Kay

(Michigan 1952- )

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Associate Concertmaster (also Chicago Symphony violin 1975-1976, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster in about 1976-1977, Trio d'Accordo based in Cincinnati: Jorja Fleezanis violin, Yizhak Schotten viola, Karen Andrie cello in late 1970s, San Francisco Symphony Associate Concertmaster 1981-1989. Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster 1989-2009)

 

Studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory 1981-1989, and at the University of Minnesota School of Music, and at the Jacobs School of Music - Indiana University. also at the Interlochen Arts Academy (where she also studied as a student in 1966-1967) and the Interlochen Summer Camp. Active in contemporary music, Fleezanis, with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart, gave the 1994 premier of the Violin Concerto written in 1993 by John Adams (1947- ).

1981-1989

Fleischman, Richard

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acting viola (also Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Principal viola 1987-1990, Santa Fe Opera Principal viola since 1990, Hong Kong Philharmonic guest Principal viola 2005-2007, Delray String Quartet, Laurel Festival of the Arts, San Francisco Symphony Chamber Players)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School Pre-College Diploma, and BMus and MMus. also Curtis Institute of Music Class of 1987.

1990-1995

Fong, Stephanie

(California about 1980- )

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viola (also Portland Symphony viola)

 

Studied at the San Francisco Conservatory BMus and the New England Conservatory, MMus. Also active in music festivals, including the Monadnock Festival - New Hampshire, Aspen Music Festival - Colorado, Tanglewood Music Center - Massachusetts, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival - Vermont.

2011-2012

Ford-Louis W.

(Utah 1889-1969)

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Assistant Concertmaster 1917-1925 (with Assistant Concertmaster Arthur Argiewicz) and 1928-1932, violin 1913-1917, 1943-1946 (also conducted NBC radio San Francisco orchestra in later 1930s, WPA Orchestra of San Francisco Concertmaster in 1937)

 

Louis Ford studied violin in Germany with Emanuel Wirth (1842-1923), professor at the Berlin Akademische Hochschule für Musik. Louis Ford was also active in the Gustav Mahler Ensemble in the 1910s (at a time when Mahler's music was mostly unknown): Ada Clement piano, Louis Ford violin, Theadore E. Yohner-Borghese violin, Edward Perrigo  viola and Paul M. Friedhofer cello)

1913-1925, 1928-1932, 1943-1946

 

seems not to have completed the 1945-1946 season

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Forde, Ferdinand David

(Massachusetts 1871-1944)

Principal Second violin in the inaugural season of the San Francisco Symphony.

 

Came to San Francisco in about 1903.

1911-1912

Forman, Fred Fielding

(Kansas 1879-1939)

double bass (also San Francisco theater musician including the Rialto Theater, also music teacher San Mateo Union High School prior to the San Francisco Symphony 284, also the Fred Forman Orchestra in San Francisco theaters in the 1920s)

1931-1934, 1935-1938

Fourtner, August Leo

(California 1884-about 1941)

percussion

 

Born in California of German emigre parents.

1911-1915

Fragale, Francesco (or Frank) Domingo

(Italy 1894-1955)

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Eb clarinet 1922-1924, Bass clarinet 1924-1955

 

Studied at the Conservatorio de Musica 'Vincenzo Bellini' in Palermo, Sicily. Fragale came to the U.S. in 1911 with an Italian Military Band that was touring the Orpheum Circuit to California 41. Fragale became ill in Sacramento, and was left behind.  He then became a theater musician in Sacramento and then in San Francisco 1911-1922. Fragale's was an active composer, and his opera, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. was given its premier on August 28, 1953 in California at the Berkeley Garfield Theater 63.

1922-1955

Frederick, Oscar W.

(New York 1880- )

double bass (also Los Angeles Philharmonic after San Francisco)

 

In later years, Frederick was making and repairing stringed instruments in San Francisco.

1920-1924

Freifeld, Bruce

(New York 1945- )

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Bruce Freifeld in 1968

violin (also San Francisco Opera Orchestra violin, also Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - Minnesota Assistant Concertmaster)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School BMus and MMus. Taught at the University of Kentucky.

1972-1998

Freimuth, Ben F.

(Maryland about 1975- )

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Bass clarinet (also New World Symphony - Florida training orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra - Ohio clarinet 2010-present. also Kansas City Symphony Principal clarinet, IRIS Orchestra)

 

Studied as a youth at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Shepherd School of Music - Rice University - Houston. Active in summer music festivals, including the Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho. Now in Ohio, Freimuth's wife Elizabeth, who in 2004 was a horn of the San Francisco Symphony is now Principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony 2006-present.

2003-2010

Froehlich, Raymond

(about 1957- )

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percussion (also San Francisco Opera percussion, Berkeley Symphony timpani)

 

Studied at the San Francisco Conservatory. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Tanglewood Festival - Massachusetts, Salzburg Festival where the Messiaen opera Saint François d'Assise was performed in 1998 with Kent Nagano. Active also in jazz groups, including the Symphony all-star Jazz band, the Tommy Kessicker Trio, Full House Groove and the Gary Schwantes Group.

1991-present

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Gallet, James Randall

(Wisconsin 1881-1955)

Principal harp 1913-1914, harp 1914-1916

 

Relocated to Hawaii pursuing his musical activities in hotels and teaching.

1913-1916

Gaudi, Christopher L.

(Pennsylvania 1979- )

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Acting Associate Principal oboe (also National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC Acting Assistant Principal oboe, San Diego Symphony Principal oboe 2007-2009)

 

Studied at the Interlochen Arts Camp - Michigan, and at the Juilliard School BMus and MMus. Active in music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado, Blossom Music Festival - Ohio, Spoleto Music Festival - Italy and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

2013-present

Gaudry, David

(Canada about 1957- )

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viola (also National Youth Orchestra of Canada 1973, Vancouver Symphony)

 

Studied at early at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre in British Columbia, then at Indiana University. Active in summer festivals including Summer Music in Galway - Ireland, Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho.

1982-present

Geoffrion, Victor Oscar

(Massachusetts 1886-after 1946)

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double bass (also a musician at the St. Francis Hotel - San Francisco, also Tent City Band - Coronado, California in 1910s, after San Francisco musician in the Los Angeles Philharmonic in about 1919-1922, Philadelphia Orchestra double bass 1922-1927, double bass in the Toscanini's New York Philharmonic in late 1920s and 1930s, Radio City Music Hall musician New York in the 1940s)

 

Studied first with his French-Canadian musician and band-master father, Julius George Arthur Geoffrion (1856-after 1915) in Massachusetts.

1916-1917

Gerling-Michael

(California 1940- )

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violin (also Marin Symphony and a founding member of the Marin Arts Quartet: Michael Gerling first, Charles Meacham second, Ruth Freeman viola - of the San Francisco Opera orchestra, and Jean Maguire Mitchell cello)

 

Studied with Frank Hauser and was awarded a Musicians Union Local 6 (to which all SFS musicians belong) grant for a national string workshop for young professionals.

1961-2006

 

Michael Gerling took his retirement during the 2005-2006 season after 25 seasons of service.

Giacobassi, Julie Ann

(Michigan 1949- )

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photo: Norbert von der Groeben

English horn (also the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, National Symphony of Washington DC, National Ballet Orchestra - Washington DC about 1971-1981, Shreveport Symphony. active in chamber music, including in San Francisco the Chamber Music Sundaes and the SFS Chamber Music Series)

 

Played in her High School band in Muskegon, Michigan where she was an honor student. Then studied at the University of Michigan with Florian Mueller. Gave a number of premiers, including in 1994 with Alasdair Neale and the SFS of Colored Field for English horn and orchestra by Aaron Jay Kernis (1960- ) recorded for Argo. also two works by Harold Schiffman (1928- ) Chamber Concerto for English horn and the Concerto for Oboe d’amore. Recorded many CDs with the San Francisco Symphony plus instructional CDs such as Orchestral Excerpts for the English horn discussing orchestral English horn solos on Summit Records (see right)

1981-2007

Julie Ann Giacobassi retired during the 2006-2007 season

 

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Gilbert, Chris

(about 1957- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

bass (also a recording session musician in San Francisco.

 

Studied at Southern Illinois University. He has also been the chairman of the orchestra's musicians negotiating committee, a mark of his colleagues's confidence.

1978-present

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Gingras, Sébastien

(Canada about 1984- )

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cello (also Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Symphony - Canada, National Youth Orchestra of Canada Principal cello 2002, New World Symphony - Florida training orchestra 2006-2008, Saint Louis Symphony 2008-2010, co-founder of the Novarte Trio: Hannah Shields piano, Luis Esnaola violin, Sébastien Gingras cello)

 

Studied at the Conservatoire de musique - Québec, New England Conservatory MMus. active in summer festivals including Le Domaine Forge - Québec, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival - Vermont, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival - Michigan.

Audition Year in 2010-2011

Giosi, Orlando

(Italy 1899-1959)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

Principal trombone 1955-1959, trombone and tenor tuba 1935-1955. (also Radio City Music Hall in New York Principal trombone in 1930s, NBC radio staff orchestra New York City in 1930s)

 

Studied at the Real Collegio di San Pietro, in Naples - Italy and with Simone Manti, Principal trombone Metropolitan Opera and with Mario Falcone New York Philharmonic trombone after emigrating to New York City in 1912.

1935-1959

 

Died just prior to the 1959-1960 season on November 21, 1959 just after his 60th birthday

Gizycki, Ernest von ---

SEE: von Gizycki, Ernest

cello

1911-1912

Gizycki, Gisella von ---

SEE: von Gizycki, Gisella

harp

1911-1912

Glantz, Harry (Hersch)

(then Russia, now Ukraine 1896-1982)

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Principal trumpet (also New York Russian Symphony Orchestra Society Principal trumpet 1911-1915, San Francisco Exposition Orchestra Principal trumpet 1915, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal trumpet 1915-1917, New York Symphony Principal trumpet 1919-1922, San Francisco Symphony Principal trumpet 1922-1923, New York Philharmonic Principal trumpet 1928-1942, NBC Symphony Principal trumpet 1942-1954)

 

Studied with Max Bleyer, Christian Rodenkirchen, and Gustav Heim, all of whom were at various times Philadelphia Orchestra Principal trumpets. After retirement, he taught at the University of Miami Graduate School of Music 1972-1982.

1922-1923

Godowsky, Leopold Saxe Jr. husband of Frances Gershwin, the sister of George and Ira Gershwin.

(Illinois 1900-1983)

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violin (also Los Angeles Philharmonic in about 1919-1922)

 

Studied first with his famous concert pianist father Leopold Godowsky Sr. Then at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). Leo Godowsky working with fellow scientist and musician Leopold Mannes, who later founded the Mannes School of Music. The two worked for more than a decade developing color photography. They were hired by Eastman Kodak to pursue this work, leading to the development of Kodachrome in 1935 - the first practical color transparency film 239.

1918-1919

Goerlich, Charles (also sometimes "Carl")

(Germany 1860-after 1942)

tuba (a musician in Oregon prior to relocating to San Francisco, also a San Francisco theater musician in the 1920s)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1887.

1911-1913

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Gold, Julius T. Hartzell

(Missouri 1884-1969)

violin

 

Studied violin and theory in San Francisco with Henry Holmes and Henry Heyman, and in Chicago with Emil Sauret and Bernard Listemann.

 

Taught at Drake University College of Music - Iowa 1910-1914.

1914-1937

Goldblatt, David

(1951- )

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cello (also Pittsburgh Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - California playing on his 1665 baroque cello, which he also plays with La Riche & Co and Gonzalo Ruiz oboe. also Chamber Music Sundaes - California)

 

Studied the Curtis Institute Class of 1975. Active in summer festivals including the New Hampshire Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera - New Mexico. Performed on many San Francisco Symphony CDs, plus other chamber music recordings such as those featuring Laurel Zucker (see right)

1978-present

on leave 2000-2001

 

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Goldwasser, Lion (or Leon)

(Russia 1889-1971)

violin (also Minneapolis Symphony 1919-1920. also Los Angeles Symphony in the 1930s. also was a Hollywood studio sessions musician, including for singers such as Frank Sinatra)

 

Emigrated to San Francisco via Japan in 1916. Taught at the University of California Los Angeles in the 1930s. Played a Guadagnini violin acquired in Los Angeles.

1915-1918

Gordohn-Robert

(then Russia, now Lithuania, 1886-1957)

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violin (also Concertmaster of the Italian Grand Opera Company, a touring opera company in the East and Midwest US in 1907-1908 254, also French Opera Company, Montreal, Canada, also the New York Symphony. also Jeanette Scheerer Chamber Music Ensemble: Robert Gordohn first, Hans Helget second, Erik Weiler viola, Dorothy Dukes Dimm cello, Eva Garcia piano, Jeanette Scheerer clarinet in 1926 and 1927)

 

Studied a the Imperial Conservatory of Music, Vilnius, Lithuania. Emigrated to the US in 1906.

1942-1951

Gottlieb, Robert S.

(New York 1924-2007)

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viola (also for a time the Mills Piano Quartet: Leon Kirchner piano, Nathan Hubir violin, Robert Gottlieb viola, Bonnie Bell Hampton cello 268 playing compositions of Leon Kirchner)

 

Ph.D. in Music Education. Also taught at Mills College and the College of Holy Names in late 1950s and early 1960s, both in the San Francisco area. Later taught at the University of California - Riverside and at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

1951-1956

Gough, Walter Louis

(Oregon 1892-after 1959)

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violin (also music director California Cafe - San Francisco late 1910s, also member of the Amati Trio: Walter Gough violin, Constance Gaytes, piano, Gladys Johnson cello 240. also Concertmaster of the Oakland Symphony in the 1930s)

 

Gough organized different San Francisco musicians into the Amati Trio and the Amati Quartet in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, named since he played on an Amati violin.

1917-1919, 1924-1936, 1937-1959

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Gowen, Lloyd

(California 1932- )

piccolo (also Young People’s Symphony Orchestra of Berkeley, California, Oakland Symphony second flute - California)

 

Studied first at Albany High School near Berkeley, California and then at the Curtis Institute Class of 1954. Gowen also won the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society Award for 1954.

1957-1980

Graitzer, Murray

(New York 1922-2012)

Principal flute (also the National Orchestral Association, a training orchestra under the direction of Leon Barzin (1900-1999).  Graitzer also conducted the Physicians' Symphony Orchestra based in San Francisco in the 1950s. also conducted the California Symphony Orchestra, a semi-professional orchestra in the 1950s)

 

Studied with both John Amans and John Wummer under a New York Philharmonic scholarship. He also gained a bachelor's degree in economics from Brooklyn College Class of 1943. Murray Graitzer played the San Francisco premiere of the Alan Hovhaness Flute Concerto "Elibris" under Pierre Monteux in 1949. He also taught at the University of the Pacific - California.

1948-1950, 1951-1957

Granger, Lawrence

(1952-2009)

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cello (also Oakland Symphony and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Regularly performed with Chamber Music Sundaes in San Francisco)

 

Studied at the California State University - Hayward BMus 1975. He also taught there; renamed California State University - East Bay. Like fellow musicians Wayne Rapier and Mike Roylance of the Boston Symphony and Philip Farkas of the Chicago Symphony, Granger also studied to be an airline pilot.

1979-2009

Grant, Robert Y.

(Michigan about 1917- )

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cello (also Indianapolis Symphony cello. also conductor of the San Francisco Medical Center Orchestra Society in the 1960s. also cello in the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra)

 

Studied at the Jordan Conservatory in Indianapolis, at Mills College - California, and at San Francisco State University. Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

1946-1982

Gray, Darlene

(California about 1950- )

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Assistant Principal Second violin 1982-1983, Associate Principal Second violin 1983-1995 and 1998-2006, Acting Principal Second violin 1995-1998, violin 2006-present (also Sarasota Music Festival orchestra 1971, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra)

 

Studied first with her musician father and then at the University of Southern California. Active in summer music festivals including Sarasota Music Festival orchestra 1971

1982-present

 

on leave 1990-1991

Gray-Gary E.

(Missouri 1933- )

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Second flute 1967-1970, Third flute 1970-1977 and 1978-1989, Acting Assistant Principal flute 1977-1978 (also Oakland Symphony Principal flute in about 1962-1963, Oakland Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Woodwind Quintet: Gary Gray flute, James Matheson oboe, Frealon Bibbins clarinet, Jeremy Merrill horn, Raymond Ojeda bassoon)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music.

1967-1989

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Grebanier, Michael Peter

(New York 1937- ) married to San Francisco Symphony violinist Sharon W. Grebanier

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Principal cello (also Pittsburgh Symphony Principal cello 1963-1977, Cleveland Orchestra 1959-1963, also FOG trio of San Francisco with Jorja Fleezanis violin and Garrick Ohlsson piano)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1958. Grebanier is also active in summer festivals, including the Marlboro Festival - Vermont and the Casals Festival - Puerto Rico. he recorded a number of great CDs, including the complete Rachmaninoff works for Cello and Piano on NAXOS (see right)

1977-present

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Grebanier-Sharon R. W.

(Canada but raised in Seattle 1948- ) married to SFSO Principal cello Michael Grebanier

violin (also Seattle Youth Symphony training orchestra, a founding member of the Aurora String Quartet: Sharon Grebanier first, Amy Lozano (Tyson) second, Don Ehrlich viola, Margaret Tait cello)

 

Studied at the University of Washington BMus, BA, MMus about 1973.

1973-present

Green, Walter

(Germany 1926-2007)

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Principal bassoon (also Utah Symphony Principal bassoon about 1949-1952, Indianapolis Symphony Principal bassoon about 1952-1956, a founding member of the Mendocino Music Festival in 1986, Marin Symphony - California Principal bassoon)

 

Studied first with Utah State Symphony musicians. His family had emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1938 because of the Nazi threat, where Green began study, then to the Eastman School of Music in 1946.

1956-1983

Greene, Septimus may be brother to Henry Greene, bass of the Boston Symphony

(England 1869-1925)

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Assistant Principal double bass 1911-1921 (also Seattle Symphony Principal bass under Henry Hadley)

 

From family information, it may be that English-born Benjamin Greene, Henry A. Greene and Septimus Greene were musician brothers, with Henry Greene playing double bass with the Boston Symphony, and Septimus playing double bass with the Seattle Symphony under Henry Hadley, and again with the San Francisco Symphony under Hadley. Septimus Greene was an official of the San Francisco Musicians' Union in the 1910s.

1911-1921

Guaraldi (Hooper), Mafalda P.

(California 1910-1994)

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violin (also active in Pacific Musical Club - San Francisco, San Francisco Opera 1950-1986)

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley.

1937-1975

Guterson, Aaron

(then Russia, now Belarus 1897-1988)

violin

 

Studied in Belarus prior to emigrating to the US in 1920.

1923-1934 and 1935-1946 (did not complete the 1945-1946 season)

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Hadley, Arthur D. brother of SFS conductor Henry Hadley (1871-1937)

(Massachusetts, 1875-1936)

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Principal cello (also Boston Symphony cello 1904-1912, then followed his brother Henry Hadley to San Francisco for three seasons 1912-1915. also Jessie M. Downer-Eaton (1872-about 1954) and Louis Eaton (1872-1852), Arthur Hadely founded the Eaton-Hadley Trio based in Boston )

 

Arthur Hadley with Jessie M. Downer-Eaton (1872-about 1954) and Louis Eaton (1872-1852) founded the Eaton-Hadley Trio based in Boston which gave the Boston premier of the Rachmaninoff Trio élégiaque.

1912-1915

Hahl, Emil

(Germany 1878-1941)

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Emil Hahl and wife Clara in 1923

viola 1920-1921 and 1931-1938 and 1939-1941, Assistant Principal viola (as it is called today) 1921-1931 (also Philadelphia Orchestra viola 1902-1919)

 

Emigrated to the US from Frankfurt, Germany 1902.

1920-1941

 

Emil Hahl died during the 1940-1941 SFS season on March 5, 1941 age 62

Hall, Doug

(Maryland 1971- )

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acting Fourth horn 2001-2008 (also San Diego Symphony Fourth horn 2008-present, San Diego Opera orchestra, Tucson Symphony while studying at the University of Arizona, Rochester Symphony - Minnesota, Monterey Symphony - California, Santa Cruz Symphony - California, Napa Symphony - California, Santa Rosa Symphony - California)

 

Studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy - Michigan, at the University of Arizona BA in Music and the San Francisco Conservatory MMus.

2001-2008

Haug-Edward Julius "Eddie" son of Julius Haug

(California 1925-2001)

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Second trumpet, Assistant Principal trumpet, third trumpet 1979-1980 (also San Francisco Opera Principal trumpet 1952-1985, Carmel Bach Festival Principal Baroque trumpet 1960-1985, after retiring to British Columbia: Okanagan Symphony and the Viva Musica Opera Company)

 

Studied first with his musician father, Julius Haug Principal Second violin of the San Francisco Symphony, then with SFS musicians including Benjamin Klatzkin, who did not have many trumpet students. Haug taught at the San Francisco Conservatory 1946-1980.

1950-1980, also played as an extra in 1947-1950

 

1980 was the season when the San Francisco Opera Orchestra separated from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Haug selected the Opera

Haug-Julius August father of Edward Haug

(California 1882-1960)

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Second violin, Librarian, Personnel Manager and the principal contractor for musicians of the San Francisco Symphony 181. (also conductor of the Stanford University Concert Orchestra in the 1930s 182, theater musician at the Hobart Theater, San Francisco in the 1910s, Adelphian Quartet: Giulio Mlnetti first, Julius Haug second, Hans Koenig viola and Arthur Weiss cello in 1912)

 

Also was contractor and performer for the Standard Hour 1935-1952, sponsored by Standard Oil of California, featuring San Francisco Symphony musicians, and for which Julius Haug composed This Hour Is Yours.

Second violin 1923-1924, 1927-1937, Assistant Principal Second violin (in today's terms) 1921-1923, 1924-1925, 1950-1956, Principal Second violin 1937-1950, Librarian 1935-1944, Personnel Manager 1941-1955

 

33 seasons of service

Hays, William Cullen

(1878- )

violin

1917-1921

Hazlett, Chester Hugo

(Indiana 1891-1974)

Bass clarinet and sometimes Eb clarinet or saxophone (also musician at the Hof Brau Restaurant - San Francisco in 1910s, clarinet and saxophone with the Paul Whiteman Band in the 1920s and 1930s. also played saxophone with the Paul Ash Orchestra in San Francisco, the Percy Faith Band. also NBC staff orchestra New York City in 1940s, and the Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra in the 1950s 242)

 

Likely met Paul Whiteman when both were musicians in San Francisco musicians in the period 1915-1919.

1917-1922, 1923-1924

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Heft, Arthur

(Switzerland 1872-1934)

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violin (also violin in the Lamoureux Orchestra, Paris 247, also directed the Iowa State Military Band in 1897. Long time Concertmaster and later conductor of the Sacramento Municipal Symphony in the 1910s, 1920s and until his death in 1934)

 

Emigrated to the US at age 14 in 1886. Taught violin at Highland Park College, Iowa 246 1896-1907. Relocated to California in 1908.

1919-1924

Heinsen-Charles Theodore Nicholas

(Germany 1857- )

viola (also the Minetti String Quartet: Guilio Minetti first, Samuel Irving Savannah (1876-1940) second, Charles Heinsen viola, Arthur Weiss cello)

 

Emigrated to the US as a child, age 9.

1912-1915

Helget-Hans

(Austria 1891-1950)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin 1915-1923, Assistant Principal Second violin 1923-1924 (also Tivoli Opera Company in 1918-1920. also Jeanette Scheerer Chamber Music Ensemble: Robert Gordohn first, Hans Helget second, Erik Weiler viola, Dorothy Dukes Dimm cello, Eva Garcia piano, Jeanette Scheerer clarinet in 1926 and 1927)

 

Emigrated to the US from Vienna in 1909.

1915-1924, 1935-1950

 

died at the end of the 1949-1950 SFS season on May 31, 1950 age 59

Heller, Herman Sanford

(Hungary 1881-1959)

violin (also Philadelphia Orchestra violin 1900-1902, later leader of the orchestra of the San Francisco Palace Hotel in the 1920s 214, music director of the California Theater, San Francisco, Director of Music Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco in 1930s)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1890 and studied at Philadelphia Musical Academy - graduated 1899. Heller also directed the Vitaphone orchestra in several early talking picture recordings, including of Giovanni Martinelli in 1927. Later relocated as a movie studio musician in Los Angeles where he died age 79.

1911-1913

Hemphill, Tom

(California )

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percussion and Principal Percussionist (also Toledo Symphony, San Francisco Percussion Ensemble)

 

Studied Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio 1973.

1974-present

Herbert, David

(grew up in Missouri)

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Principal timpani (also New World Symphony in Florida under Michael Tilson Thomas prior to joining the San Francisco Symphony. Following highly-publicized friction between David Herbert and SFS management, Herbert departed for the Chicago Symphony Principal timpani in July, 2013, although still listed in the SFS roster as on-leave for the 2013-2014 season, with Alex Orfaly as acting Principal timpani.)

 

Studied piano initially with his pianist parents in Saint Louis, then studied at the Saint Louis Conservatory of Music BMus and at the Juilliard School - Masters in percussion performance. Gave the premier of William Kraft (1923- ) Concerto no. 2 for Timpani: The Grand Encounter in 2005 (see right), and also the Kraft Concerto no. 1 for Timpani, soloist in Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion, and Michael Tilson Thomas’s Island Music. also active in summer festivals, including as Principal timpani with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho, and since 2009 at the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado. He teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

1994-2013

 

moved to the Chicago Symphony Principal timpani position in July, 2013

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David Herbert with 16 timpani rehearsing the Kraft Concerto no. 2 (photo: Oliver Theil)

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Hesse-Karl

(Germany about 1900- )

cello (also Staatskapelle Dresden Principal cello - Germany. also played in one of the versions of the California String Quartet in 1951 257: Felix Khuner first, David Schneidersecond, Detlev Olshausen viola, Karl Hesse cello. also Salon Piano Trio in 1960s 258: Cicely Edmunds violin, Karl Hesse cello, Mona Wahle piano)

 

Succeeded George Barati when Barati became the conductor of the Honolulu Symphony, and Hesse was in turn succeeded by Rolf Storseth. Hesse taught at the College of the Holy Names - Oakland, California in the 1950s and 1960s.

1949-1963

Heyes-Eugene (originally Albert Eugene Heyes) "Pete"

(England 1899-1959)

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Principal Second violin 1927-1937, Assistant Concertmaster 1937-1946 (also San Francisco String Quartet: Naoum Blinder first, Eugene Heyes second, Nathan Firestone viola ( Ferenc Molnar in later years), and Willem Dehé cello 155. also played in the summer popular concerts of the San Francisco Philharmonic at the Woodland Bowl under Alfred Hertz 245. later a Hollywood studio sessions musician)

 

From a musical family, his older brother Leonard Heyes 1896-1972) was also a theater musician. Pete Hayes also studied in Vienna. "Pete" and Leonard Heyes played together in Shanghai, China in the 1920s until "Pete" and Leonard Heyes came to San Francisco in 1926.

1927-1946

Hibbard, John

(Massachusetts about 1878- )

cello

 

From a musical family: his brother Ernest B. Hibbard (1881-1939) was also a San Francisco musician.

1912-1913

Hibschle, Frank J.

(California? 1902-2001)

second bassoon 1944-1951, contrabassoon 1951-1967

 

Hibschle was also a bassoon soloist with the Oakland Symphony in 1958 and 1959.

1944-1967 208

Hidden, Reginald Loomis

(Canada 1871-1948)

violin (also Hollywood studio orchestras in the 1930s)

 

Emigrated from Canada in 1896.

1913-1926

Higgins, Timothy

(Texas )

Higgins

photo: San Francisco Symphony

Principal trombone (also while at Northwestern University, founded the trombone quartet CT3. then National Symphony of Washington DC acting Second trombone prior to the SFS. as a student, played in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago - training orchestra for the Chicago area)

 

Studied at Northwestern University - Chicago bachelor's degree in Music Performance.  Higgins has also transcribed a number of works for trombone quartet, including the Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition with which CT3 won the 2005 ITA Trombone Quartet Competition. Higgins performs in many concerts, such as the July 23, 2010 Hong Kong recital.

2008-present

Higgins HK

Timothy Higgins in Hong Kong

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Hineman, Maxine

SEE: Maxine Frances Kouns

violin

1956-1991

Hiraga, Amy wife of Peter Wyrick

(Washington 1963- )

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violin (also St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra late 1980s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York late 1980s, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 1991-1999)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School. Active in summer music festivals including the Caramoor Festival - New York, Bard Music Festival - New York, Olympic Music Festival - Washington, Chamber Music West - Arizona, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - New Mexico. Amy Hiraga and Peter Wyrick recorded a fine CD of music of Peter Scott Lewis: Rhapsodic Images (see right)

1999-present

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Hoffman, Henry H.

(then Austria-Hungary, now Czech 1866- )

violin (also a theater musician in Kansas City, Missouri in 1910)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1893.

1913-1919

Hofmann, William Frederick (sometimes incorrectly listed as "Hoffmann")

(New York 1870- )

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Assistant Concertmaster (also New York Symphony 193, also in New York, member of the Philharmonic Club of New York193. also directed the Hofmann Concert Orchestra in theaters in San Francisco and Oakland such as the Turner & Dahnken movie theater - Oakland, directed the Olympic Hotel Orchestra in Seattle, Washington about 1925-1927)

 

Studied in New York and moved to San Francisco in 1904. Taught at the University of Michigan School of Music - Ann Arbor 1903.

1911-1912, also seems to have served part of the 1914-1915 season

Holm, Thorstein Jensen ---

SEE: Thorstein Jensen

violin

1915-1916, 1919-1948

Holtman, Herbert B.

(Connecticut? 1935- )

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violin (also Hartford Symphony - Connecticut while still a student. New Orleans Symphony 1958-1959, Eastern Connecticut Symphony in 1960-1961, Pittsburgh Symphony in early 1960s)

 

Studied first with his musician father, band leader and conductor Lou Holtman (1905-1982). Then at the Hartt School of Music - University of Hartford, Connecticut BA Music about 1957.

1959-1960, 1967-1998

Hornig, Walter

(New York 1884-1970)

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Walter Hornig in 1927

Principal horn 1911-1913, 1914-1930, Third horn 1930-1931. (also Pittsburgh Symphony under Victor Herbert, Hollywood studio musician 1939 into the 1950s. also in the mid-1920s, played with Henry Cowell's New Music Society, giving the premiers of several works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ruggles in 1926-1927 228)

 

Walter Hornig come from New York City with Henry Hadley for the first season of the San Francisco Symphony.  Hornig had been recommended by Victor Herbert, a friend of Hadley.

1911-1931

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Hospitalier, Harry H.

(Missouri 1862-before 1952)

violin (also a theater musician in Oakland, and later a music teacher in the Oakland, California school system 216 in the 1920s)

 

Born of French and German émigré parents.

1911-1912

Hotz, Ralph Preston

(California 1941- )

Third horn (also New York City Broadway and sessions musician including Subways are for Sleeping New York City 1961-1962, Stop the World I want to get Off New York City 1962-1963 National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC Associate Principal horn 1963-1964, New York Philharmonic Assistant Principal Summer Season 1964)

 

Studied at the Music Academy of the West - California summer 1960 and California Youth Orchestra. also San Francisco State 1959-1960, Juilliard School 1960-1963 under a Naumberg Scholarship, Sonoma State University 1975 Fall Semester. Teaching at Sonoma State College - California.

1964-2003

Hou, Qing married to Lawrence Neuman, sister of Lei Hou

(China about 1969- )

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violin - went to the Chicago Symphony (also Chicago Symphony violin 1997-present, also the Lincoln String Quartet: Qing Hou first, Lei Hou second, Lawrence Neuman viola and Richard Hirschl cello. also the Ravel Piano Trio: Lawrence Neuman viola, Kenneth Olsen cello, John Novacek piano)

 

Studied at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. Also studied at the Peabody Conservatory - Baltimore and the New England Conservatory - Boston. Active in summer music festivals, including the Andover Chamber Music Society - Massachusetts and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho.

1994-1997

Houser, Frank S.

(California 1916-1973)

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photo: Bill Cogan

Concertmaster. Hired by Monteux into the Associate Concertmaster chair in 1935-1936 season when Monteux was rebuilding the SFS. In 1957-1958, when Naoum Blinder retired, Frank Houser became acting Concertmaster 1957-1958, and then Concertmaster 1958-1964. In 1963-1964, Josef Krips made several changes in the violin section, including replacing Frank Houser with Jacob Krachmalnick, with Houser moving to the Associate Concertmaster position, but only for that season. (also briefly in the house orchestra of NBC radio San Francisco in 1936, also the San Francisco String Quartet, whose composition changed over the years, but was: Naoum Blinder first, Frank Houser second, Ferenc Molnar viola and Boris Blinder cello.)

 

Studied at the University of California-Berkeley,

1935-1964

Hughson, Mary Jean wife of Silvio Claudio

(California 1915-1977)

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cello 1942-1948, 1963-1968, Assistant Principal cello 1968-1977 (also the Stokowski American Youth Orchestra 1940 South American tour)

 

Studied with Willem Dehé in San Francisco, with Robert Maas of the Pro Arte Quartet in Belgium and with Pierre Fournier in Paris.

1942-1948, 1963-1977

Hull, Naomi Kazama

(Japan 1967- )

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Hull, Naomi Kazama practicing in the Vienna Konzerthaus in May, 2011. Photograph by Oliver Theil, San Francisco Symphony, 2011.

violin (also New World Symphony training orchestra - Florida 1994-1998, new Aurora String Quartet: Sharon Grebanier first, Naomi Kazama Hull second, Adam Smyla viola, Margaret Tait cello)

 

Studied at the Hochschule für Musik - Vienna. Active in summer festivals including the Pacific Music Festival - Sapporo, Japan.,

1998-present

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Huntington, George

(New York 1868-after 1930)

percussion 1912-1915, 1917-1918, Principal percussion 1915-1917

1912-1918

Huske, Frank Emil

(Germany 1864-about 1939)

Third horn 1911-1915, 1922-1923, and 1925-1927 Second horn 1915-1916, Fourth horn 1921-1922 and 1923-1925 (also a theater orchestra musician in both San Francisco and in Oakland)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1892. He seems to have used "Emil Huske" for professional engagements and "Frank Huske" personally.

1911-1916, 1921-1927

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Inouye, Mark J.

(California 1971- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

trumpet 1999-2004, Principal trumpet 2008-present (also Houston Symphony Principal trumpet 2004-2006 and Charleston Symphony Principal trumpet. also founding member of the Juilliard Jazz Sextet at Lincoln Center)

 

Studied first at the University of California - Davis as a civil engineer; then at the Juilliard School MMus. Mark Inouye has been active in both the world of the symphony orchestra and in jazz.  While in New York City, he was founding member of the Juilliard Jazz Sextet at Lincoln Center.  He has composed The Bull Behind the Horns, Find the Cheese and other pieces recorded on his CD (see right and see his website www.inouyejazz.com).

1999-2004,

2008-present

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Izotov, Eugene

(Russia 1973- )

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Principal oboe (also Izotof was Kansas City Symphony Principal oboe 1995-1996, Associate Principal oboe San Francisco Symphony 1996-2001, Metropolitan Opera Principal oboe 2002-2006. In New York, he was also active in the MET Chamber Ensemble)

 

Studied at Gnesin Academy of Music - Moscow, also Boston University B Fine Arts 1995. Active in summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival Orchestra - Switzerland, Pacific Music Festival - Japan teaching at both. Have a look at his interesting website: www.oboesolo.com

1996-2001

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James, Mary Elliott

(California 1927- )

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photo: Paul Bishop 1954

viola (also Santa Cruz County Symphony, also San Luis Obispo Symphony 1994-2006)

 

Studied at the State Academy of Music - Vienna. Taught at Pittsburg State University - Kansas. Active in summer festivals, particularly playing the viola d'amore, including the Carmel Bach Festival - California, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Ojai Festival - California.

1956-1961

Jang, In-Sun

(Korea )

violin (also New World Symphony - Florida training orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra - Massachusetts 2004-2006)

 

Studied at Seoul National University - Korea, the Juilliard School, and graduate studies at the New England Conservatory.

one year contract 2010-2011

Jaulus, Bernat

(Hungary 1865-about 1930)

Principal viola (also music director of the orchestra of the Portola Cafe and of the Thompson-Jaulus Cafe in San Francisco. Jaulus also organized popular "Promenade Concerts" in San Francisco in the late 1910s.  He also conducted massive orchestral groups at the 1920 San Francisco Festival in San Francisco parks.  In 1929, Bernat Jaulus was Concertmaster of Rosner's Electric Orchestra, touring from Budapest, Hungary.

 

Jaulus seems to have studied at the Budapest conservatoire.   He emigrated to San Francisco in May, 1886 and became a US citizen ten years later.

1913-1914

Jekowsky, Barry J.

(New York 1952- )

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Barry Jekowsky as a conductor

Principal timpani (also developed his conducting career: Music Director of the California Symphony in San Francisco Bay area 1983-2010, Music Director Reno Philharmonic - Nevada 1998-2008, Associate Conductor National Symphony of Washington DC 1994-1998 working with Leonard Slatkin)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School pre-college division, and at the Juilliard School BMus and MMus. He was active in summer music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado.

1976-1994

Jensen, Thorstein (birth name "Thorstein Jensen Holm", Jensen being his mother's maiden name, In the 1942-1943 season, he began to be listed as Thorstein Jensen Holm

(Norway 1894-1948)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin 1915-1916, 1919-1924, 1925-1948, Principal Second violin 1924-1925 (also Oslo Royal Symphony - Norway, Popular Symphony of Oslo - Norway both about 1911-1914, Fox Theater - San Francisco Concertmaster about 1924-1942. KLX radio American Theate Orchestra - San Francisco in the 1920s. seems to have played also for the Seattle Symphony, so may have been one of the musicians engaged by Henry Hadley, former Seattle Symphony conductor)

 

Studied at the Oslo Conservatory. Emigrated to the US in 1914. Died of cancer on April 11, 1948 age 53.

1915-1916, 1919-1948

 

died during the 1947-1948 season April 11, 1948,

Johnson-Hamilton, Joyce

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

Assistant Principal trumpet (also Oregon Symphony Principal trumpet 1965-1968)

 

Studied conducting and early music at Stanford University doctorate in Music. She also pursed an active conducting career, including engagements with the San Jose Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. Formerly conductor of the Napa Valley Symphony, and the San Jose State University Orchestra. Conductor of the Diablo Symphony Orchestra - California 31 seasons 1981-announced 2012.

1968-1969

Jonas, Ernst

(Germany 1852-1928)

double bass

 

Emigrated from near Kassel, Germany to Chicago in 1882.

1915-1920

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Jones, Elayne

(New York 1928- )

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Elayne Jones in the 1960s

Principal timpani (also SF Opera timpany 1972-1998, New York Opera timpani 1949-1960, Leopold Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra in New York City as Principal timpani from approximately 1960-1971. Elayne Jones was also an active freelance musician in New York City)

 

In New York City, studied at the La Guardia Music and Art High School (now La Guardia School of the Arts) 1942-1945.  As a student, Elayne Jones was one of six winners of the Duke Ellington Scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. She was also a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival - Massachusetts. In a famous controversy, Elayne Jones was not granted SFS tenure. Principal Second violin David Schneider wrote: "...the orchestra committee voted that neither Ryohei Nakagawa, Principal bassoon nor Elayne Jones, timpanist would achieve tenure..." 263 Jones continued Principal timpani of the SF Opera until her retirement in 1998.

1972-1975

Jordan, Merrill Lucian

(California 1905-1987)

flute (also the New Music Society of California in the 1930s, during World War 2, served in the US Coast Guard Band)

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley. Taught at San Francisco State University.

1945-1967 208

 

(joined the orchestra during the 1945-1946 season)

Josephs, John Edgar

(Missouri 1865- )

violin (also a theater musician in San Francisco in the 1920s and 1930s, performed chamber music in the 1890s in San Francisco)

 

Studied in Cologne, Germany

1912-1915

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Kadarauch, Katherine Victoria "Katie"

(California 1978- )

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viola (also toured with the International Sejong Soloists, a chamber group based in New York City, also Janaki String Trio: Serena McKinney violin, Katie Kadarauch viola and Arnold Choi cello) also she was guest Principal viola in the fine SFS Mahler 7 under Michael Tilson Thomas recorded in June 2007 (see right).

 

Studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory BMus and Graduate Diploma, Colburn Conservatory - Los Angeles. Active in summer festivals including Marlboro Music Festival - Vermont, Taos Music Festival - New Mexico, Great Lakes Music Festival - Michigan, Soundfest - Massachusetts, Mendocino Festival - California, Banff Music Festival - Canada and Yellow Barn Music Festival - Vermont.

2007-present

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Kadzielawa, Tadeusz Ludwik or sometimes "Thaddeus"

(Canada 1917-1996)

cello

 

Grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia of Polish émigré parents. Studied in Toronto, Canada with Marcus Adeney (1900-1998).

1948-1982

Kafka, Rudolph

(then Austria-Hungary, now Czech Republic 1885- )

violin

 

Emigrated to the US in 1915, just as World War 1 began in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Taught violin at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio in the 1930s and 1940s.

1915-1916

Kalthoff, George H.

(Germany 1872-1921)  died age only 49

viola 1911-1912 and 1917-1919, librarian 1911-1912 (also in the Beethoven Festival Orchestra of 1915)

 

Emigrated to San Francisco in 1894. Taught violin in Los Angeles in late 1910s into 1920.

1911-1912, 1917-1919

Karasik, Manfred Monia

(Russia 1905-1991)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

viola (also Cincinnati Symphony. also in 1929-1931, Karasik was a violinist on a ship sailing between New York and San Francisco each month)

 

Studied at the Bush Conservatory in Chicago and with Mishel Piastro in New York City. Karasik also made violins and bows in the 1980s.

1931-1942, 1943-1970

Karp-Philip Judson

(Tennessee 1915-1997)

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Principal bass 1944-1971. bass 1971-1980 (also Miami Symphony Principal double bass at age 17, Hollywood Bowl Symphony double bass and a studio recording musician in Hollywood. also Pittsburgh Symphony double bass, Radio City Music Hall double bass for 3 years, KQW CBS radio orchestra and KPO NBC radio orchestra in San Francisco. also Bohemian Club orchestra in San Francisco. also the Al White orchestra)

 

Studied first with his violinist father, who had been a New York Symphony violin. Karp won admission to the Curtis Institute, but was unable to attend. The Masters of Melody radio program was on KPO radio San Francisco playing salon music: a light classical and operetta repertoire continuously for 11 years. Otto King cello and Harry Moulin violin and were also musicians of this small orchestra.

1944-1980

Katsaros, Stephan

(Pennsylvania 1915-1968)

viola (also played in San Francisco area Big Band groups, including Dick Jurgens in the 1940s)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1941. Died in California at age only 52.

1948-1964

Kaufman, Zelik

(Poland 1919-1972)

violin (after graduation from Curtis, played 1940-1941 in the Southern Symphony Orchestra - South Carolina. Then, a Hollywood recording session musician in the 1940s and 1950s)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1940. In January, 1962, Kaufman performed in the premier of the Lou Harrison Concerto in Slendro for violin, keyboard and percussion composed in 1961.

1960-1972

Kec, Vaclav Ignác

(then Austria-Hungary, now Czech Republic 1878- )

horn (also San Francisco Symphony horn 1911-1912 and 1914-1915, Orpheum Theater orchestra - San Francisco in 1920s prior to the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra fifth horn during the 1926-1927 season)

 

Emigrated from Prague to the USA in 1905.

1911-1912, 1914-1915

Keen, Erica ---

SEE Sharp, Erica Keen

violin

1955-1975

Kegel, Otto William

(Germany 1870-1934)

 photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

Second trumpet 1912-1921, Third trumpet 1921-1928, Fourth trumpet 1928-1930. also long-time librarian of the orchestra 1912-1934 (also Pittsburgh Symphony Second trumpet under Victor Herbert prior to the San Francisco Symphony. Otto Kegel was likely one of the musicians Henry Hadley brought with him to San Francisco on the recommendation of Hadley's friend Victor Herbert)

 

Emigrated to Pittsburgh in 1893 where he played in the Pittsburgh Symphony under Victor Herbert 1898–1904 and under Emil Paur 1904–1910 until the Pittsburgh Symphony was suspended in 1910 for financial difficulties.

1911-1934

 

Otto Kegel died during the 1933-1934 season on March 24, 1934, age 60, seven months after the death of his wife Mary Kegel.

Keller, Eugene (Eugène) J.

(France 1866- )

Third trumpet

 

Emigrated to San Francisco in 1899.

1912-1913

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Khuner-Felix

(Austria 1906–1991)

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Kolisch Quartet: Felix Khuner violin, Eugen Lehner viola, Benar Heifetz cello, Rudolf Kolisch violin playing left-handed

violin (also Vienna Opera Orchestra, Kolisch Quartet: Rudolf Kolisch first, Felix Khuner second, Eugen Lehner viola, Benar Heifetz cello, also in San Francisco, the California String Quartet: Felix Khuner first, David Schneider second, Detlev Olshausen viola, Detlev Anders cello)

 

Studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and the Performing Arts and the Neues Military Conservatory - Vienna. Rudolf Kolisch after suffering an accident he could not use his left hand for fingering, so used his left hand for bowing. Amazingly, Kolisch was able to train himself to play left-handed as can be seen in the photograph to the left.

1942-1971

Kim-David

(Tennesee )

photo

David Kim has viola; will travel

viola (also Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two - New York 2006-2009)

 

Studied at the at the Music Academy of the West - California summer 2002, and in Switzerland 2007-2008 as a Fulbright scholar at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. also studied at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory 2006. At his UK debut recital at Wigmore Hall - London, David Kim gave the premier of Darkness Draws In by David Matthews (1943- ).

2009-present

photo

in his official San Francisco Symphony photo.

Kim, Kum Mo

(Korea )

photo

Is that Kum Mo Kim's formal concert outfit?

 

left photo: San Francisco Symphony Archives (but not right photo)

violin (also National Symphony of Washington DC, while in Washington she was a founding member of the Capital Chamber Ensemble and she taught at American University. Active in chamber music with Berkeley Chamber Music Sundaes)

 

Studied first with musical parents: her mother a concert pianist and her father, Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic. Her brother Dr. Won Mo Kim taught in the music department of the University of Wisconsin. Kum Mo Kim then studied at the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School MMus 1971. Active in summer festivals including the Grand Teton Festival - Wyoming and Sun River Festival - Oregon.

1975-present

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in her official San Francisco Symphony photo.

King, Christina

(California )

photo

Christina King with her electric violin when playing with the band NTL

viola (also Civic Orchestra of Chicago training orchestra Principal viola, Tucson Symphony Orchestra. also the Sierra Chamber Society in suburban San Francisco. also a recording session musician, including with groups such as Metallica. also plays electric violin with the rock band NTL)

 

Studied at Barnard College (Columbia) - New York AB in English cum laude, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University MMus. active in summer festivals, including Sierra Chamber Society - California and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho.

1996-present

photo

in her official San Francisco Symphony photo.

King-Otto

(Norway 1888-after 1943)

cello (prior to San Francisco, active in Salt Lake City, Utah, including the Salt Lake Quintette: Squire Coop piano, Arthur Freber violin, George Groneman violin, Alfred Rordame viola, Otto King cello. also a San Francisco cafe musician, in 1930s and 1940s, played in the KPO NBC radio staff orchestra in San Francisco, including the long-time Masters of Melody program for the NBC Blue network)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1905. The Masters of Melody radio program on KPO radio playing salon music: a light classical and operetta repertoire continuously for 11 years. Harry Moulin violin and Philip Karp bass were also musicians of this small orchestra.

1919-1926

Kirs, Rudolf

(then Austria-Hungary, now Czech Republic 1883-1943)

cello (also played in the orchestra of the Alcazar Theatre, San Francisco in the late 1910s)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1905. Succeeded by Delbert Schneider during the 1943-1944 season after Kirs died of a sudden heart attack.

1911-1912, 1913-1934, 1935-1944 *

 

* died during the 1943-1944 season on November 29, 1943.

Kleinbart, Melissa Ann

(Pennsylvania 1968- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

violin (also San Francisco Opera Orchestra Associate Concertmaster, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School BMus and MMus after New England Music Camp 1981-1983. Active in summer music festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival - Vermont, Olympic Music Festival - Washington. With a group called San Francisco Silverwood Ensemble recorded Afternoon Tea Serenade of popular classics in a fine salon atmosphere performance (see right).

1998-present

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Klock, John Leslie

(Michigan 1897-1966)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

Bass trombone (also a San Francisco theater musician)

 

Studied with Thomas Ingram

1935-1956

Knell, Frederick G.

(California 1864-died young before 1914)

viola

 

Born in San Francisco in May 1864 of German émigré parents.

1911-1912, 1913-1916

Kobialka, Chun-ming Mo

(China )

photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony

violin (also Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Symphony, one of the versions of the Aurora String Quartet: Sharon Grebanier first, Chun-ming Mo Kobialka second, Gina Feinauer Cooper viola, Margaret Tait cello)

 

Studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music BMus, San Francisco Conservatory MMus.

1991-present

Kobialka, Daniel

(Massachusetts 1945- )

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Principal Second violin (also Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Concertmaster)

 

Studied first with his musical parents Mary Zielinski Kobialka and Harry Kobialka, a music professor at New York State University - Potsdam, then studied at the Hartt College of Music - University of Hartford, Catholic University - Washington, DC MMus and Doctorate of Musical Arts.

1975-2008

Kobler, Raymond Spencer husband of Catherine Van Hoesen

(California 1945- )

photo

Concertmaster (also United States Marine White House String Quartet in late 1960s, National Symphony - Washington DC 1970-1972, Orchestra of the National Ballet - Maryland Concertmaster about 1971, Baltimore Symphony Assistant Concertmaster 1972-1973, Cleveland Orchestra Associate Concertmaster 1973-1980, San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster 1980-1998, Pacific Symphony - Orange County California Concertmaster 1999-present)

 

Studied at Indiana University BMus, and at Catholic University - Washington MMus.

1980-1998

Koegel, Frederick Wilhelm

(Germany 1907-1982)

violin

1964-1972

Koenig, (Carl) Hans

(Germany 1878-1945)

violin (also Minetti String Quartet: Guilio Minetti first, Hans Koenig second, Amire Verdier viola, Arthur Weiss cello) in 1909, also orchestra of the Cort Theater in late 1910s)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1903.

1911-1915, 1918-1934

Kohloff, Roland L.

(New York 1935-2006)

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percussion, timpani (also New York Philharmonic Principal timpani 1972-2004, succeeding his teacher Saul Goodman)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School, graduating in 1956 and going immediately to the San Francisco Symphony under Enrique Jorda. Roland Kohloff is still remembered in San Francisco for his premier of the Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra in San Francisco in 1957.

1956-1972

Kolb-Richard Joseph

(Germany 1872- )

Principal bassoon 1913-1914, contra-bassoon 1915-1934 (also a theater musician in Saint Louis in 1900 and in Buffalo, New York in 1910)

 

Emigrated to the US at age 20. Died July 15, 1934 age 62 of a heart attack following the 1933-1934 season.

1913-1914, 1915-1934

 

died two months following the 1933-1934 season.

Kouns, Maxine Frances (starting 1963 Maxine Hineman)

(California 1929- )

photo

violin (also Florida Symphony - Orlando violin, and a freelance musician in Los Angeles in the early 1950s)

 

Studied at San Francisco State University BMus and at the Juilliard School. Active in summer festivals, including the Tanglewood Festival - Massachusetts and the Aspen Festival - Colorado.

1956-1991

 

37 years of service

Kovats (Smith), Rose A.

(California about 1913- )

Kovats

violin (also Oakland Symphony Concertmaster 1943-1946, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in 1950s-1970s)

 

Studied violin at Oakland High School, California 1928-1932 226.

1946-1979

Krachmalnick, Jacob Morris

(then Russia, now Ukraine 1922-2001)

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Assistant Concertmaster 1946-1951, 1960-1961 (also St. Louis Symphony for several months in 1942 before being drafted, Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster 1946-1951, 1960-1961, Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster 1951-1958 and left suddenly after disagreements with Ormandy, Concertgebouw Orchestra Concertmaster 1958-1960 before returning to Cleveland, New York Philharmonic on Japan tour Spring 1962, briefly Concertmaster Dallas Symphony about 1963, San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster 1964-1970, San Francisco Opera Concertmaster 1976-1977 177, Stringart String Quartet while in Philadelphia)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1941. Jacob Krachmalnick was said by his colleagues to be a difficult and sarcastic leader.

1964-1970

Krauss, Arnold

(Romania 1866-1941)

photo

Arnold Krauss in 1919

violin (also Colonne Orchestra, Paris about 1889-1891, Chicago Symphony violin 1892-1893, Pittsburgh Symphony under Victor Herbert and Emil Paur about 1900-1909. Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra about 1909-1914, the predecessor of the later organized Los Angeles Philharmonic, also the Krauss Quartet in Los Angeles: Arnold Krauss first, Ferdinand Wisner second, 243, Seattle Symphony Concertmaster in 1920s)

 

Studied first with his father, Max Krauss and then at the National Conservatory in Bucharest, Romania, graduating in 1884. Also studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Emigrated to US in 1891 to join the Chicago Symphony. Krauss left San Francisco in 1920 to teach and play music in Hawaii and then Japan. Later returned to San Francisco in late 1920s.

1918-1919

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Krehbiel, (Arthur) David

(California 1936- )

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Principal horn (also Fresno Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Assistant Principal horn 1958-1963, Detroit Symphony Principal horn 1963-1972, San Francisco Symphony Principal horn 1972-1998. also a founding member of both the Summit Brass and Bay Brass)

 

Studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy - Michigan, and studied for 3 years at Fresno State University 1954-1957, in 1957 Krehbiel he went to Northwestern University for his fourth university year to study with Philip Farkas. Chair of the Brass Department at the San Francisco Conservatory during most of his tenure with the San Francisco Symphony. He also recorded Orchestral Pro for Horn, an interesting CD suggesting approaches to playing key audition and performance portions of famous orchestra works.

1972-1998

 

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Krehbiel in about 1996

Kress, Victor Charles Jr.

(Pennsylvania 1897-1985)

Kress

Third trumpet 1935-1957 and 1961-1963, Fourth trumpet 1957-1961

 

Studied in San Francisco with Rudolph Felchlin. Taught at San Francisco State College.

1935-1963

Kubitschek, Ernest L.

(then Austria, now Czech 1889-1968)

Principal bassoon (also Principal bassoon Cleveland Orchestra 1935-1936 under Artur Rodzinski. also played with Henry Cowell's New Music Society, giving the premiers of several works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ruggles in 1926-1927 228. San Francisco Opera Orchestra 1950-1960)

 

Trained as a bassoonist in Vienna in his teenage years.

1914-1917, 1919-1934, 1936-1956

Kuchynka, Frank

(then Austria-Hungary, now Czech 1879-1971)

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Principal double bass succeeding Walter Bell (also Minnesota Orchestra double bass 1913-1937. Kuchynka was a Hollywood studio musician in the 1940s and early 1950s, primarily at MGM studios. Friend and colleague of Principal flute Henry Woempner, they played together as Principals in the Minneapolis Symphony, in the San Francisco Symphony and in the MGM studio orchestra in the 1940s)

 

Studied at the Prague Conservatory in 1903, and played in the Conservatory orchestra when it was conducted by Dvorak

1938-1944

Kunzelman, Jacob K.

(Ohio 1867-1947)

clarinet (also a band musician in 1910s, a theater musician in Oakland in the 1920s)

 

Played in the San Francisco Municipal Band under director John A. Keogh in the 1910s.

1911-1917

Kurakata, Yukiko Kamei

(Japan about 1950- )

Kurakata

Yukiko Kamei when studying with Jasha Heifetz at USC

violin (also founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music/LA Festival, which she created in 1986)

 

Studied in Japan and at the Jascha Heifetz classes at the University of Southern California. After graduating from USC, Yukiko Kurakata taught as an assistant to Heifetz at USC for four years, and at UCLA and Pepperdine University. Active in summer music festivals, including Marlboro Festival - Vermont, Okinawa Chamber Music Festival - Japan, and for many years the Sitka Summer Music Festival - Japan.

1993-present

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La Ferrera, (Vinton) Daniel

(California 1892-1977)

photo

photo: Bates Studio, San Francisco circa 1921

violin (conductor of the orchestra of the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco in the 1920s, became music director of San Francisco radio station KLX in the 1930s 217)

 

Played a Giovanni Baptista Grancino violin.

1911-1913

Lahann, John H. (or Johann)

(Switzerland 1864- )

Principal double bass 1911-1927, double bass 1927-1928, also contra-bassoon 1911-1916 (also a musician in San Francisco theaters and cafes prior to the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Emigrated to the US from Switzerland in 1903.

1911-1928

La Haye, Eugene Barton

(Massachusetts 1884-after 1944)

bassoon

 

Studied in Boston about 1900.

1914-1915, 1917-1944

Lambardi, A. (incorrectly listed as "Lambardi"

SEE: Astorre Lombardi

English horn, oboe

1912-1913, 1915-1921

Lamboley, Geraldine ---

SEE: Geraldine Lamboley Walther

Principal viola

1976-2005

Laraia, Attelio F. brother of William Laraia

(California 1892-1962)

photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin (between about 1926-1936, was a Hollywood recording studio musician for Paramount Pictures)

 

Studied first with his Italian-born music teacher father Rocco Laraia (1863-after 1934). Then went to Italy to study at the Bologna Conservatory, then to study with Arrigo Serato (1877-1948) in Berlin.

1915-1920 and 1936-1955

Laraia-William F. brother of Attelio Laraia

(California 1891-1960)

violin (also a member of one of the versions of the Minetti String Quartet consisting of: Guilio Minetti first, William Laraia second, Paul Whiteman viola - yes, the later big band leader, Arthur Weiss cello 236)

 

Studied first with his Italian-born music teacher father Rocco Laraia (1863-after 1934) and then at the Bologna Conservatory - Italy 237. Taught at Mills College - California.

1917-1925 and 1927-1944

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Larew-Walter F.

(California 1910-1959)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

Principal timpani (in 1932-1933, directed the Oakland YMCA amateur orchestra)

 

Studied at Roosevelt High School, Oakland California and then with San Francisco Symphony percussionist Roland Wagner, whom Larew succeeded in the Orchestra. Also tudied at the University of California, Berkeley, where he played in the University Orchestra.  He graduated from Berkeley in 1933.  While studying at Berkeley, in 1932-1933, Walter Larew also directed the Oakland YMCA amateur orchestra.Larew taught percussion at San Francisco State College. Larew also owned a music store on Market Street in San Francisco for a time in the 1940s-1950s before his early death, following several years of illness.

1937-1955

La Russo, Thomas John

(New York 1936- )

double bass

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music.

1968-1978

Lasher, Leonard

(New York 1937- )

photo

double bass 1964-1980, Acting Assistant Principal bass 1980-1982 (also Chicago Little Symphony in 1962, also an active recording sessions musician, and jazz recordings)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School. Taught at the College of San Mateo.

1964-1982

Lawrence, Mark H.  husband of Kimberly Wright

(Iowa about 1952- )

photo

Principal trombone (also Denver Symphony Principal trombone, Empire Brass Quintet)

 

Studied at University of Michigan and the Curtis Institute Class of 1973. Lawrence is an active teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory and the Colburn School - California. Recorded a number of CDs, including the complete Hindemith music for brass on Summit records (see right). Also, with Paul Welcomer, launched MarcoPaulo Publishing, a company which specializes in publishing music for trombone (http://www.marco-paulo.com/).

1974-2007

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Lawrence, Maurice

(Russia 1896-1964)

violin (also leader of a San Francisco theater orchestra Maurice Lawrence and His Concert Orchestra of Twenty-Five 232 in the 1920s and played in a New York City theater orchestra in the 1930s)

 

Emigrated to the US with his family in 1909.

1914-1915

Leon-Pearce, Kelly sister of Suzanne Leon

Michigan 1965- )

photo

violin

 

Studied at the Juilliard School MMus 1987. Also participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 1983.

1989-2009

Leon, Suzanne sister of Kelly Leon-Pearce

(Michigan about 1962- )

photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony

violin (also Orchestre International de Paris and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris Concertmaster in late 1980s)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School pre-college division and the Curtis Institute Class of 1985.

1990-present

Leplin, Emanuel B.

(California 1917-1972)

photo

Leplin composing at the piano in the 1940s.

viola

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley, where he won the Prix de Paris, a two year scholarship to study in Paris in about 1937-1939. Leplin had to withdraw from the symphony having contracted polio. A composer and painter, the San Francisco Symphony gave the premier of Leplin's Two Pieces for Orchestra (Landscapes and Skyscrapers) as well as his Prelude and Dance in 1941, with Leplin conducting, Comedy in 1947 with the composer conducting, then Symphony no 1 in 1962, and Symphony no 2 in 1966.

1942-1943, 1945-1954

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LeRoux, Jean-Louis

(France 1927- )

LeRoux

photo: Tony Plewik

Assistant Principal oboe 1960-1964, 1976-1979, Co-Principal oboe with Marc Lifschey 1964-1976 (also Belo Horizonte - Brazil orchestra in about 1950, Teatro Municipal opera house - Rio de Janeiro 1950s, Opera in Montevideo - Uruguay in the late 1950s. also a founder with Charles Boone and Marcella DeCray of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 1973)

 

Studied at the Paris Conservatoire, but left without gaining his Prix in the 1948 Concour.

1960-1979

Lewis, Arthur Warren

viola 1915-1917

1915-1917

Lewis, Jerome

(New York 1918-1994)

double bass (also Ballet Russe de Monti Carlo US tour orchestra 1949, Dallas Symphony double bass, San Francisco Opera 1953-1956)

 

Studied in Brooklyn, New York.

1951-1959

Leybin, Zoya C.

(Latvia 1945- )

photo

violin (also Latvian State Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster, Alma-Alta Orchestra - Kazakhstan, Winnipeg Symphony - Canada, Denver Symphony, also Stanford String Quartet: Sandor Toth first, Zoya Leybin second, Bernard Zaslav viola, Stephen Harrison cello)

 

Studied in the Latvian State Music School in Riga, and at the Moscow Conservatory.

1986-2007

Lichtenstein, Edmund R.

(Michigan 1883- )

photo

Edmund Lichtenstein in 1899 on tour as a young virtuoso

violin (following completion of studies at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, toured Russia as a soloist with the Helsingfors - Helsinik, Finland - Symphony. then the Kaim Orchestra Concertmaster - Munich, Germany. also played in vaudeville in the US and the Chautauqua Circuit prior to the San Francisco Symphony and in the Orpheum Theater orchestra - San Francisco after the San Francisco Symphony, later a musician in Detroit, Michigan. also Detroit String Quartet: Edmund Lichtenstein first, George Pierkot second, Henri Matheys viola, Elsa Ruegger cello)

 

Studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatory - Belgium 1900-1905 with Premier prix in 1905.

1915-1916

Lichtenstein, Victor

(Missouri 1872-1940)

photo

viola (also Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra violin 1895-1896 under Artur Nikisch. also Saint Louis Symphony violin (third chair) and Principal viola prior to the San Francisco Symphony, also organized the Young Persons String Orchestra in Saint Louis in the 1910s)

 

Studied with his Hungarian-born father Leo Lichtenstein. Then beginning in 1894, studied at the Leipzig Conservatory, Germany under Hans Sitt (1850-1922). Studied in Brussels, Belgium with Marchat, Ysaye and Thomson in 1896-1897. Taught at the Lindenwood College, Saint Louis (now Lindenwood University) 1899-1901. Founded the Lichtenstein Violin School in San Francisco in 1924.

1921-1938

Lifschey, Marc

(New York 1926-2000)

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Principal oboe 1965-1986 - Co-Principal oboe of the SFSO with Jean-Louis LeRoux 1965-1970 (also Buffalo Symphony, National Symphony - Washington DC, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal oboe 1959-1960, Cleveland Orchestra Principal oboe 1950-1959, 1960-1965. Contemporaries said that George Szell dismissed Marc Lifschey from the Cleveland Orchestra at the end of 1964-1965 in order to replace him with John Mack)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1948. From 1993-1998, Marc Lifschey taught at Indiana University, until retiring to Oregon.

1965-1986

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Lind, Waldemar Otto

(California 1875-1957)

violin (also music director of the McDonough Theater, Oakland, California in 1920s, also conductor of the States Restaurant Orchestra, San Francisco in the 1920s)

 

Studied with César Thomson (1857-1931) in the Royal Brussels Conservatory - Belgium.

1917-1924

Linden, Anthony

(Montana 1890-1957)

photo

newspaper photograph of Anthony Linden 1925

Principal flute (also Principal flute of the Chicago Opera orchestra 144. also Cincinnati Symphony - press accounts state Linden was Principal flute of the Cincinnati Symphony 144, but other records do not confirm this. also Principal flute of the Minneapolis Symphony 1919-1920 111. Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal flute under Otto Klemperer 1934-1944. also played with Henry Cowell's New Music Society, giving the premiers of several works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ruggles in 1926-1927 228)

 

Studied with his father, William Linden (born April, 1839) who was also a musician, emigrating to the US from Germany in 1880. Anthony Linden also taught flute at the Metropolitan Conservatory in Chicago in 1917.

1920-1934

Liu, Yun-jie

(China )

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Associate Principal viola 1993-present succeeding Detlev Olshausen. also Acting Principal viola beginning in the second half of the 2005-2006 season until Jonathan Vinocour was appointed Principal viola in 2009 (also San Diego Symphony Principal viola about 1993-1994, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC about 1990-1993)

 

Studied at the Shanghai Conservatory. In California, studied at the Music Academy of the West 1988. Then, at the University of Southern California. With Principal viola Geraldine Walther, in 1999 Liu gave the US premiere of the George Benjamin (1960- ) Viola, Viola (1997). Also active in chamber music, including Project San Francisco, with SFS colleagues, and the SFS Chamber Music Series

1993-present

Livingstone, Joseph (sometimes incorrectly "Livingston")

(California 1891-after 1945)

violin (he was a cafe musician in 1910. in the 1920s, created Livingstone's Symphonic Band 218)

 

In the 1930s, Livingstone moved to Seattle, Washington where he pursued a clerical occupation, rather than being a professional musician.

1911-1912

Lombardi, Astorre W. (incorrectly listed as "Lambardi"

(Italy 1873-after 1925)

photo

English horn 1912-1913, second chair or what we would now call Assistant Principal oboe 1915-1921 (also played with the John Wharry Lewis Orchestra in 1919 227, also American Theater Orchestra)

 

Emigrated to California in 1899.

1912-1913, 1915-1921

Longmuir, George Henry

(Scotland 1887-1968)

clarinet (also a San Francisco theater musician, including the Rialto Theater. also director of the Peninsula Woodwind Ensemble in the 1930s)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1913.

1918-1920

seems to have joined during the later part of 1918-1919, succeeding Nicola Zannini

Lozano (Tyson), Amy

(Oregon 1946- )

photo

violin (also the Aurora String Quartet: Sharon Grebanier first, Amy Lozano (Tyson) second, Don Ehrlich viola, Margaret Tait cello, Colorado Symphony 1989-present)

 

Studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music BMus.

1977-1989

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Lucchesi, Dino V. husband of Margaret Cunningham

(California 1911-1995)

photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

horn

 

Studied privately with Anton Horner of the Philadelphia Orchestra and with Herman Trutner.

1942-1969

Lucchesi (or Cunningham-Lucchesi), Margaret Ann "Peggy" wife of Dino Lucchesi ---

SEE: Cunningham, Margaret

percussion

1955-1980

Lukas, Linda

(about 1956- )

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Second flute (also San Diego Chamber Orchestra Principal flute, Pacific Chamber Ensemble Principal flute, Arioso Wind Quintet - San Diego)

 

Studied at Ohio State University B MusEd, University of Iowa MA and the Ecole Normale de Musique - Paris diplôme. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho.

1990-present

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Mack, Tyler L.

(California about 1960- )

Percussion in Acting capacity for two seasons, including the Asia tour 1990 (also 1984- present, timpani of the Marin Symphony Orchestra - California and of the Oakland Symphony - California. also San Francisco Contemporary Music Players)

 

As a student, Tyler Mack played percussion in the Oakland Youth Orchestra - California 1975-1979, as well as studying with San Francisco Symphony percussionists. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - New Mexico, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra - Colorado.

1989-1991 (seems not to have completed the 1990-1991 season)

Madison, Joseph

(Hungary 1885- )

double bass (also played in the Orchestra of the Imperial Theater - San Francisco)

 

Joseph Madison, despite this name is listed as born in Hungary of Hungarian parents and grandparents.

1918-1920

Maganini, Quinto Ernesto

(California 1897-1974)

Flute (also Second flute of the New York Philharmonic under Principal flute Georges Barrère. also New York Symphony Orchestra, 1920–until its merger with the New York Philharmonic, toured with the Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York 1924–1925. played in the David Mannes Metropolitan Museum Concerts, 1920–1927. in New York City, founded the Maganini Chamber Symphony in the 1930s. also conductor of the Norwalk Symphony - Connecticut - see V-Disc recording of Maganini with the Norwalk Symphony at right recorded during World War 2 for the US armed forces)

 

Studied flute with Georges Barrère, with whom Maganini also played in the New York Philharmonic. Studied composition with Nadia Boulanger at the Conservatoire Americain 1925–1927. Composed chamber, orchestral and opera works. Taught flute and composition at Columbia University, New York City. Winner of the 1927 Pulitzer Prize in Music 1927.

1918-1919

 

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Malan, Roy

(England about 1945- )

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violin (also San Francisco Ballet Concertmaster, San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players Principal violin)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1968. also studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Juilliard School of Music. Malan was founder and director of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival - Colorado. Malan Malan joined the University of California Santa Cruz faculty in 1980.

1973-1975

Mallory, David R.

(California 1933- )

violin (also Munich Symphony - Münchner Symphoniker Concertmaster, Chico Symphony Concertmaster, Oakland Symphony violin)

 

As a student studied at the Music Academy of the West - California, then at San Francisco State University BA Music, Indiana University MA Music, University of Southern California D Mus A. Taught for several decades at California State University, Chico. Also a prolific painter and artist.

1959-1961

Maltinski-Leor

(Israel 1976- )

photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

violin (also the Symphony String Quartet: Florin Parvulescu first, Leor Maltinski second, David Kim viola, Angela Lee cello, and the Lee Trio: Leor Maltinski violin, David Kim viola, Angela Lee cello)

 

Studied at a series of great schools: Curtis Institute Class of 1995, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music BMus, Artist's Diploma and MMus, Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory of Music.

2003-present

Manchester, Walter

(England 1871-1930)

violin 1912-1915 and 1921-1926, Assistant Principal Second violin 1915-1921 (also musician of the Palette, Lyre and Pen club chamber group, active in the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, also in 1910s and early 1920s, violin of the American Theater Symphony Orchestra at the American Theater, Oakland, California 224 - an orchestra beginning with a classical orchestral piece and then accompanying a movie)

 

Son of Mark Manchester, a wealthy London banker and art collector, after emigrating to California in 1889, Walter Manchester was able to study in 1890s at the Liege, Belgium Conservatoire 225.

1912-1926

Mancini, Antonio

(Italy 1888-after 1946)

clarinet (also a theater musician in San Francisco in the 1930s)

 

Came to the US in 1907 with Ellery’s Royal Italian Band. Brother Frank Mancini (1886-1964) was also a clarinetist in bands and orchestras in San Francisco before becoming a long-time music teacher and bandmaster in Modesto, California.

1915-1917

Mandil, Carlos Raul (listed in roster as "De Mandil", but Mandil name comes from his English-born father Maurice Mandil)

(Mexico 1891 - )

violin (also violinist at the St. Francis Hotel - San Francisco)

 

Came to San Francisco from Mexico City in 1914.

1917-1918

Mann, Michael Thomas son of writer Thomas Mann

(Germany 1919-1977)

viola

 

Studied viola and violin in Switzerland and France. After San Francisco, Mann pursued a solo viola career, but was compelled to retire due to peripheral neuropathy, a deterioration of the nerves. He studied German literature at Harvard University, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He suffered from nervous depression and according to his biographer, committed suicide on New Year's Day, 1977.

1942-1952

Marcelli, Ulderico "Rico"

(Italy 1882-1962)

Marcelli

Assistant Principal horn 1913-1914, horn 1914-1915, also viola 1915-1919 (also director of a theater orchestra at the Turner & Dahnken movie theater - Oakland 231 after the SFS. also Tivoli Theater Orchestra. Later was a radio orchestra leader on NBC first in Chicago and then Los Angeles, including for the Fibber McGee & Molly program)

 

His family moved from Rome to Quito, Ecuador in the 1890s where his father had a fabricating facility making uniforms fro the army. Ulderico Marcelli studied at the Santiago Conservatory in Chile. The family then moved to San Francisco in January, 1910. Brother Nino Marcelli (1890–1967) was also a musician: composer and conductor, and active in the founding of and orchestra which later evolved into the San Diego Symphony.

1913-1919

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Marcus, Brian

(California 1957- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

double bass (also San Diego Symphony 1980-1981)

 

Studied at the Music Academy of the West - California summer 1980 and the the Congress of Strings, and at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood. then California State - Northridge.

1981-present

Martonne, Herman

(Hungary 1879-1970)

Assistant Concertmaster (also New York Philharmonic including under Mahler 1905-1911, Saint Paul Symphony 1911-1912, San Francisco Symphony Assistant Concertmaster 1915-1917, Philadelphia Orchestra violin 1917-1920, Cleveland Orchestra violin 1929-1937, Concertmaster Oakland Symphony in late 1930s, in New York, a string quartet with Alexander Saslavsky first, Herman Martonne second, A. Bernstein viola, Herbert Riley cello about 1912-1915)

 

Studied at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik about 1894-1897.

1915-1917

Masino, Antonio

(Italy 1865-1952)

oboe, English horn (also Oakland California theater musician)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1876.

1914-1915

Matheson-James

(California about 1936- )

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Second oboe (also Portland Symphony - Oregon Second oboe, English horn, and Principal oboe. San Francisco Opera Orchestra Principal oboe 1962-2002, Stanford Woodwind Quintet: Alexandra Hawley flute, James Matheson oboe, Mark Brandenburg clarinet, Rufus Olivier bassoon, Lawrence Ragent horn, also San Francisco Woodwind Quintet: Gary Gray flute, James Matheson oboe, Frealon Bibbins clarinet, Jeremy Merrill horn, Raymond Ojeda bassoon)

 

Studied at Occidental College - California and San Francisco State College (now University) BMus 1957. Taught at San Francisco State and Stanford University.

1962-1980

Mautner, Ervin

(Hungary 1920-1987)

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violin (also San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, International String Quartet, Carmel Bach Festival, US Army band 1943-1946)

 

Erwin Mautner founded the Amor Music Chamber Music Players in 1975. Ervin Mautner was a soloist with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler in the 1953 Pops season playing the Violin Concerto of Dmitri Kabalevsky.

1946-1987

 

died September 22, 1987 just before the start of the 1987-1988 season.

May, John C.

(California 1921-1998)

Principal flute (also long-time Principal flute of the Oregon Symphony)

 

Studied at the New England Conservatory 1948-1950 where he studied with Georges Laurent. After the San Francisco Symphony, relocated to Oregon where he played in the Oregon Symphony and taught until 1990.

1950-1951

Mazza, P.

violin

1915-1916

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Mazzi, Francesco F.

(New York 1908-1986)

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violin (also NBC San Francisco staff orchestra Concertmaster, San Carlos Symphony - California Concertmaster, New York City Symphony Concertmaster, the Amsterdam Ensemble and the Monterey Symphony)

 

Studied at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

1949-1974

McArdell, Mariam Moore Burroughs

(Vermont 1920-1971)

violin

 

Died relatively young at age 51 on July 7, 1971 in San Anselmo, Marin County, California

1951-1955, 1959-1965

McCandless, Andrew William

(Kentucky 1970- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

Acting Associate trumpet 1996-1998, trumpet 1999-2000 (also Savannah Symphony Orchestra trumpet in 1990, Buffalo Philharmonic Principal trumpet, Dallas Symphony Principal trumpet, Toronto Symphony Principal trumpet 2000-present. also while in San Francisco Ars Nova Chamber Ensemble)

 

Studied at Boston University and at the Eastman School of Music. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho. He teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.

1996-1998 and 1999-2000

McGaw, Laurie Anson

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

Associate Principal trumpet and Principal trumpet: 1970-1979 Associate Principal trumpet, in 1979-1980, elevated to Principal trumpet, with Donald Reinberg becoming Associate Principal trumpet, and the newly appointed Chris G. Bogios becoming third trumpet. In 1980-1981, Glenn Fischthal was appointed Principal trumpet, Laurie McGaw again Associate Principal trumpet and Chris Bogios remaining Third trumpet.

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley, Rutgers University - New Jersey Master's degree in Geography.

Summer 1970-1995

McGinnis, Robert E.

(Pennsylvania 1910-1976)

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Co-Principal clarinet (with Philip Fath) 1964-1969 (also Philadelphia Orchestra Principal clarinet 1930-1940, Cleveland Orchestra Principal Clarinet 1940-1941, during World War 2, 1942-1945 U.S. Navy Band, Cleveland Orchestra Principal Clarinet again 1945-1946. In the 1947-1948 season, McGinnis was Principal clarinet of the NBC Symphony under Toscanini, then New York Philharmonic as Principal clarinet 1948-1960.

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1935. Melvin Headman, Robert McGinnis, and Robert Bloom entered the Philadelphia Orchestra directly from the Curtis Institute in 1930 upon the decision of Leopold Stokowski, although they 'officially' graduated in the Curtis Class of 1935. 1930 was the year that Stokowski dismissed many Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, including Principal clarinet Daniel Bonade, apparently seeking youth.

1964-1969

McIntosh-Carolyn Jean wife of Andrew Berdahl

(California 1948- )

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cello (also Chamber Music Sundaes, Porter String Quartet: Roy Malan first, Beni Shinohara second, Nanci Severance viola, Carolyn McIntosh cello, University-Community Symphony - Redlands, California while a student, as well as the California Youth Symphony)

 

Studied at University of Redlands - California graduated 1970. Has recorded many CDs with the San Francisco Symphony, and others including music of Germaine Tailleferre - see right.

1981-present

 

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McKee, Robin Elise

(Oklahoma 1954- )

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1984-2004 and 2006-present Associate Principal flute and 2004-2006 acting Principal flute with Timothy Day as acting Associate Principal flute (also as a student Tulsa Youth Symphony, a training orchestra in about 1970. also Richmond Symphony - Virginia piccolo, Baltimore Symphony Assistant Principal flute)

 

Studied at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio graduating in 1976.

1984-present

Meacham-Charles Allen

(1920-2009)

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violin 1947-1959, Principal Second violin 1959-1966 (also Accordia String Quartet: Daniel Bonsack first, Charles Meacham second, Albert White viola, Detlev Anders cello. also the Marin Symphony - California Concertmaster of which he was one of the founders in 1952. also a founding member of the Marin Arts Quartet: Michael Gerling first, Charles Meacham second, Ruth Freeman viola - of the San Francisco Opera orchestra, and Jean Maguire Mitchell cello)

 

Studied with Naoum Blinder. Taught at the College of Marin - California 1964-1984.

1947-1966

Medgyesi, Joseph (or József)

(Hungary 1885- )

double bass (also a musician in Los Angeles before and after the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1904, following his musician brother Julius Medgyesi.

1913-1915

Meerloo, Samuel

(Netherlands 1868-1954)

Principal bassoon 1911-1913, Assistant Principal bassoon 1915-1917 (also Chicago Opera Company Principal bassoon under conductor Cleofonte Campanini (1860-1919) 1914-1915. also in New York City, a San Francisco theater orchestra musician in the 1920s and 1930s)

 

Studied first with his musician father Hartog Meerloo (1827-1905).

1911-1913

Melikian, Zaven

(Yugoslavia 1929- )

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violin 1957-1967, and Assistant Concertmaster 1967-1979 in 1979-1980 he became Acting Assistant Concertmaster (also San Francisco Opera Orchestra Concertmaster 1977-1994.

 

Studied at the Ecole Normale de Music - Paris, gaining his License de Concert. Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1969-1998.

1957-1980

Mendelevitch, Rodion (or "Rabon")

(then Russia, now Ukraine 1890-1948)

violin 1919-1926, 1927-1943 (also Concertmaster Kosloff Ballet orchestra)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1915. After the San Francisco Symphony, played in Hollywood movie studio orchestras. Composed chamber music including Canzonetta, for Violin and Piano

1919-1926, 1927-1943

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Meredith, John "Ned"

(Pennsylvania 1923-2005)

trombones

New Orleans Symphony trombones: Ned Meredith left, Glenn Dodson, Dee Stewart, Bruce Butler right

Second trombone (as a student, played in the Altoona (Pennsylvania) High School in 1941. also Pennsylvania Railroad Band, New Orleans Symphony Principal trombone in a section with Glenn Dodson, Dee Stewart, and Bruce Butler - quite a line-up, Utah Symphony 1960-1964, San Francisco Opera Principal trombone 1964-1980, Minnesota Orchestra 1990-1992)

 

Studied with Ottavio Ferrara, former Principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in the late 1940s and graduate work at Juilliard School. While studying at Juilliard, Meredith was a regular sub at the Radio City Music Hall.

1964-1986

 

Following retirement from the SFS, Ned Meredith joined the symphony on its European and Far East tours in the 1990s.

Meriz, Emilio Marin

(Spain 1881-1975)

Assistant Concertmaster 1912-1915, violin (fourth chair) 1922-1931, violin 1931-1938 (also Sigmund Beel String Quartette: Slgmund Beel first, Emilio Meriz second, Nathan Firestone viola, Wanceslso Villalpando cello in San Francisco in 1910s 222 in chamber music and orchestral concerts)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1911, and joined the San Francisco Symphony the next year. The remainder of his career was as a musician in San Francisco. The never married and died January 3, 1975 just prior to his 98th birthday.

1912-1915, 1922-1938

Merrill-Jeremy John

(California 1932- )

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Fifth horn 1950-1951 and 1964-1972 and 1978-1980, Second horn 1951-1964, Sixth horn 1972-1978 and 1980-1990 (also San Francisco Woodwind Quintet: Gary Gray flute, James Matheson oboe, Frealon Bibbins clarinet, Jeremy Merrill horn, Raymond Ojeda bassoon)

 

Joined the San Francisco Symphony at age 18 while still a student at San Mateo High School and studying horn with Herman C. Trutner. Merrill later taught at San Diego State University - California.

1950-1990

 

on leave during part of the 1989-1990 season.

Mezirka, Catherine ---

SEE: Catherine Connolly

cello

1944-1980

Michaelian, Ernest A.

(California 1918-1994)

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violin (also Marin Arts Quartet: Charles Meacham first, Ernest Michaelian second, Elizabeth Bell viola, Jean Maguire cello, also Chamber Arts Quartet, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra)

 

Studied first with his Armenian father, and then with Samuel Hungerford and Naoum Blinder. Active in the San Francisco Bay area chamber music performances, such as the Marin Arts Quartet, particularly of contemporary composers.

1942-1943, 1945-1989

 

returned to the Symphony during the 1945-1946 season following service in World War 2.

Miller, George W. (no middle name, like Harry S. Truman)

(Minnesota 1867- )

trombone (also a band musician)

 

Seems not to have prospered as a musician and became a hotel elevator operator in Oakland.

1911-1912

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Minetti-Guilio

(Italy 1866-1958)

Principal Second violin (founder of the Minetti String Orchestra in the 1900s. also the Minetti String Quartet with varying membership such as in 1915: Guilio Minetti first, Samuel Irving Savannah (1876-1940) second, Charles Heinsen viola, Arthur Weiss cello, and then in 1917 membership was: Guilio Minetti first, William Laraia second, Paul Whiteman viola - yes, the later big band leader, Arthur Weiss cello 236. also conductor of the Columbia Theater Orchestra - San Francisco in 1910, conductor of the Sinfonietta Society Orchestra in San Francisco in the 1920s)

 

During the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Guilio Minetti lost several valuable violins, including a Guadagnini violin, an Amati, a Testore and a Marchetti.

1919-1921

Mitchell, Lucien Garrett

(Iowa 1913-1989)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives, 1945

viola - usually third or fourth chair viola in 1950s and 1960s

 

Studied with Max Aronoff (1906-1981).

1936-1977

 

41 seasons of service

Mitchell-Jean Marie Mattos Maguire wife of Lucien Mitchell

(California 1921-2001)

cello (also Houston Symphony 1950-1951, also a founder of the Marin Symphony in 1952 and a founding member of the Marin Arts Quartet: Michael Gerling first, Charles Meacham second, Ruth Freeman viola - of the San Francisco Opera orchestra, and Jean Maguire Mitchell cello. before the SFS, she was a theater musician, including at the Curran Theater, Geary Theater, and the Circle Star Theater)

 

Studied with Stanislas Bem of the San Francisco Conservatory, Willem Van den Burg and Boris Blinder and at Dominican College. Active in summer music festivals including the Carmel Bach Festival.

1957-1992

Mo-Chunming --- SEE:

Chun-ming Mo Kobialka

violin

1991-present

Modell, Carl H.

(California 1918-1996)

double bass, Principal double bass (also Marin Symphony - California double bass)

 

Initial studies were at Sacramento High School, followed by study with Frank Kuchynka, then at San Francisco State University BA. Started playing with San Francisco dance bands in the late 1930s. Modell was also a long-time volunteer firefighter and fire commissioner in areas of Marin County in suburban San Francisco.

1946-1985

 

39 seasons of service

Molnar, Ferenc

(Hungary 1895-1985)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

Principal viola (also played in the 1930s with the Roth Quartet: Feri Roth first, Jeno Antal second, Ferenc Molnar viola, Janos Scholz, cello which was organized in the US under the patronage of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge in 1938. also played with the San Francisco String Quartet for ten seasons: Naoum Blinder first, Eugene Heyes second, Ferenc Molnar viola and Willem Dehé cello 155)

 

Studied initially as a Mechanical Engineer, which subject he also taught at Stanford University. Molnar commissioned and premiered Chamber Concerto for Viola and String Quartet by Ellis Kohs (1916-2000), premiered at the University of California, Berkeley in 1949.

1943-1963

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Morgan (Robinson), Virginia

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Principal harp (also the Morgan Trio, with sisters Marguerite Morgan piano, Frances Morgan violin and Virginia Morgan harp)

 

Studied at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1930s. Succeeded by Anne Adams as Principal harp in 1951.

1936-1951

Morris, Craig Alan

(Texas 1968- )

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Associate Principal trumpet (also Chicago Symphony Principal trumpet 2001-2003, Sacramento Symphony Principal trumpet, Dallas Brass. In San Francisco, was an active concert and sessions musician, including with Doc Severinsen, and in Chicago with groups such as the Highland Park Strings)

 

Studied first with his father, Cecil Morris who was a band director. He then studied at the University of Texas - Austin and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music MMus 1991. Also active in music festivals, including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music - California, where in 2009 Craig gave the US Premier of Desolation Wilderness for trumpet and orchestra by Joby Talbot (1971- ) with conductor Marin Alsop.

1998-2001

Mortensen, Modesta

(Oregon 1895-1975)

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violin (one of the first women of an important US symphony orchestra, hired 1924-1925, one season after Helen Atkinson joined the SFS. Also played with the Lyrian Trio in San Francisco in the late 1920s)

 

Studied in Portland Oregon with Jean Elsner.

1924-1941

Moulin-Harry Joseph

(1910-1999)

violin (also Albert White and his Masters of Melody program from San Francisco for the NBC Blue radio network)

 

The Masters of Melody radio program on KPO radio playing salon music: a light classical and operetta repertoire continuously for 11 years. Otto King cello and Philip Karp bass were also musicians of this small orchestra.

1937-1975

Mundwyler, John Louis (sometimes "Mundwiler")

(Switzerland 1842-about 1918)

oboe

 

Taught at the California Conservatory of Music - San Francisco in the 1890s. J. Louis Mundwyler and his brother Fred Mundwyler donated a large collection of chamber music scores to the University of California - Berkeley Library in 1917 233. The collection was apparently massive; many hundreds of works, including all the chamber music of Beethoven, 83 string quartets by Haydn, chamber music of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Spohr, Volkmann, Raff, Gade, Hummel, Alois Schmitt, von Weber, F. Kuhlau, Schneitzhoeffer, Henry Charles Litolff, van Boom, J. C. Lobe, Reinecke, and many other now-forgotten composers.

1914-1915

 

seems to have joined during the 1914-1915 season and to have remained less than a full season. Seems likely to have been a temporary substitute for Vincent Schipilliti who was missing from the San Francisco Symphony oboe roster for the second part of the 1914-1915 season.

Murray, Earl Bernard son of Ralph Murray

(California 1926-2002)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

Fourth trumpet (also San Francisco Ballet conductor and conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Symphony for several recordings)

 

Studied first with his father, Ralph Murray and at the University of California - Berkeley. Earl Bernard Murray was later Musical Director of the San Francisco Ballet and Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. In education, Earl Murray was long-time active in the Cazadero Music Camp - California.

1944-1956

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Murray-Ralph Earl father of Earl Bernard Murray

(Washington 1893-1973)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

Principal tuba and Personnel director (also John Philip Sousa Band, played with the orchestra of the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition - summer of 1915175, conductor of the Golden Gate Park Band 1924-1934 175, succeeded by Alfred Arriola in the Park band. Music Director of the Golden Gate International Exposition 19139-1940. In the San Francisco Symphony, Ralph Murray was succeeded as Principal tuba by Ronald Bishop)

 

Ralph Murray died of a heart attack in 1973 at age 80.

1937-1963

Myers, Mischa (born Maurice Joel Myers)

(California 1922-1995)

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violin (also staff musician with KSFO radio orchestra, also chamber music in the 1960s and 1970s, also a recording sessions musician in San Francisco in the 1960s to 1980s)

 

Studied as a child prodigy in Los Angeles, including performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1930 and with the San Francisco Symphony191. He was born as Maurice Joel Myers, but father changed his name to "Mischa", and took two years off his age to present him as another famous child prodigy (see 1931 publicity photo at left).

1944-1946

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Nadel, Milton Erwin

(California 1933- )

double bass (also Los Angeles Philharmonic double bass after the San Francisco Symphony into the 1970s, also a New York City Broadway musician, including 3 for Tonight in 1955. Also a Hollywood sessions musician particularly for Warner Brothers, including Frank Sinatra in 1977 and in the 1990s the Indiana Jones movie series. Also active in chamber music including "Bach to Mozart" series broadcast in San Francisco in early 1960s 285)

 

Studied first with his Russian-born musician father William Nadel (1912-1977).

1960-1963

Nagata, George K.

(Japan 1935- )

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violin (also Seventh Army Symphony - Europe in 1959)

 

Studied at the University of the Pacific - California with Naoum Blinder. Blinder had left the Soviet Union by taking a concert tour in Japan in 1927 and met Nagata's father George K. Nagata at at recital.  The father said "...when I have a son he shall study with you..." 184. Blinder went to San Francisco and George K. Nagata followed him.

1963-1997

Nakagawa, Ryohei

(Japan 1935- )

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Principal bassoon (also American Symphony Orchestra Principal bassoon in New York City in the mid-1960s. also New York City Opera orchestra Principal bassoon in about 1969 or 1970. after San Francisco, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Principal bassoon and New Japan Philharmonic Principal 286.  also Music Director of the Tokyo-based Bach Band, a wind instrument ensemble)

 

Studied the Tokyo University of Arts BMus. then Nakagawa studied at Yale University School of Music MMus. Seiji Ozawa appointed Ryohei Nakagawa Principal bassoon in the 1972-1973 season.  At the end of the 1973-1974 season, the Orchestra voted not to grant tenure to Nakagawa, and also not to grant tenure to Elayne Jones, orchestra Principal timpanist and the only black musician in the Orchestra, which caused considerable controversy both within and without the orchestra. Ryohei Nakagawa returned to Japan to became Music Director of the Tokyo-based Bach Band, a wind instrument ensemble. In Japan, Nakagawa taught at the Aichi Prefecture University of Arts in Nagoya and since 1978 as a faculty artist to the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado 286.

1972-1975

 

photo Ryohei Nakagawa as musician and conductor in Japan

Neilsen, Albert ---

SEE Nielsen, Albert W.

cello

1911-1916

Nelson, Marvin

(California 1930-2006)

trumpet (also Oregon Symphony trumpet, Oakland Symphony trumpet)

 

Taught at the California State University East Bay 1962-1992.

1956-1957

Neu, Ah Ling

(Japan 1956- ) born in Japan of Chinese parents

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viola (also acting viola 1983-1984. also Westchester Philharmonic - New York, Brooklyn Philharmonic Assistant Principal viola, Ridge String Quartet, the New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble for nearly twenty years)

 

Studied at the San Francisco Conservatory. Also active in music festivals, including the Marlboro Festival - Vermont, Chamber Music/West - Arizona, the Tanglewood Festival - Massachusetts, the International Musicians' Seminar - England, the Spoleto Festival in both Italy and in South Carolina, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival - Germany, and Chamber Music at the Y - New York City, Manchester Music Festival - Vermont, the North Country Chamber Players - New Hampshire, and the Bridgehampton Music Festival - New York.

1980-1981

Neuman, David

(Pennsylvania )

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Second clarinet (also Korean Philharmonic in about 1982-1984, then the Columbus Symphony about 1984-1986)

 

Studied at Temple University - Philadelphia and at the Curtis Institute, graduating in the Class of 1982. Neuman has also created a successful video conferencing company: Vuports, LLC in San Francisco.

1986-present

Neuman, Mary Jean

(1952- )

acting violin (also Columbus Symphony Orchestra violin - Ohio, Sonus Artis String Quartet: Olev Viro first, Mary Jean Neuman secon, Jean-Christoph Saetti viola, Pei-An Chao cello, musicians of the Columbus Symphony.

 

Teaches in the Columbus, Ohio area.

1987-1989

Newbauer, Louis

(California 1868-after 1941)

Principal flute 1911-1912, Assistant Principal flute 1912-1928 with Principal Emilio Puyans 1912-1920 and with Anthony Linden 1920-1928 (Newbauer was also flute in the the orchestra of the University of California - Berkeley 1906-1911)

 

Taught at the Jenkins School of Music in Oakland - California in the 1920s.

1911-1928

 

seems to have departed during the 1927-1928 season to be succeeded as Assistant Principal flute by Walter Oesterreicher.

Newman, Eugenia Fichtenova (or shortened to Fichten) known as Eugenia Fichtenova in Buffalo and Cleveland

(then Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic 1913-2011)

violin (also Indianapolis Symphony 1942-1946, Buffalo Philharmonic under William Steinberg 1946-1947, Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell 1947-1948. also Eastbay String Quartet: Eugenia Newman first, Edward Bogas second, Elizabeth Bell viola, and Nicolai Hohloff cello)

 

Studied first in Prague, coming to the US in 1929. Gerhard Samuel, conductor of the Oakland Symphony - California said that the violinist Eugenia Newman, Linda Ashworth, and Ernestine [Chihuaria] Riedel all had agreed to join the Oakland Symphony, when Josef Krips appointed them all after a November, 1964 audition 206. Famous story: San Francisco conductor Josef Krips said to his Concertmaster, Jacob Krachmalnik "One thing, Jake, let's not hire any women" They went to auditions and Krachmalnik said, "Well, Maestro, I've heard hundreds of auditions but never three in a row as good as those three women." Krips agreed and Linda Ashworth, Ernestine Riedel, and Eugenia Newman were hired.

1964-1979

Nicholeris, Diane E.

(Massachusetts 1960- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

violin (also Monterey County Symphony - California Concertmaster)

 

Studied at Music Academy of the West - California summer 1982, Boston University and the Eastman School of Music BMus. She is an instructor of violin at San José University and coaches the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

1984-present

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Nickell, Max

(Germany 1869-1944) 288

percussion (also John Philip Sousa Band, also Chicago Symphony percussion 1899-1900, also Metropolitan Opera percussion in 1910s to about 1921)

 

Emigrated from Leipzig, Germany to New York City at age 16. Had to withdraw from the San Francisco Symphony in 19367 after suffering a stroke 287.

1935-1936

Nielsen, Albert W.

(California 1877- )

cello

 

Studied first with his Danish-born musician father William Peter Nielsen (1842- )

1911-1916

 

seems to have departed during the 1915-1916 season.

Nissly, Jacob R.

(Iowa 1983- )

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Principal percussion (also Detroit Symphony Principal percussion 2010-2011, Cleveland Orchestra Principal percussion 2011-2013, New World Symphony - Florida, a training orchestra for young professionals under Michael Tilson Thomas)

 

Studied at Northwestern University - Chicago BMus and the Juilliard School MMus. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Verbier Festival - Switzerland, the Pacific Music Festival - Japan. While at Juilliard, Jacob Nissly co-premiered the Roberto Sierra (1953- ) Bongo +, a percussion concerto. Teaches at the Eastman School of Music.

beginning 2013-2014

 

departed Cleveland Orchestra Principal percussion position.

Novelli, Nichola

(Italy 1874-1954)

horn

 

Emigrated to Denver, Colorado in 1900.

1915-1917

Nolting, Edward A.

(California 1864- )

Principal percussion 1911-1915, 1917-1922, percussion 1915-1917 (also J. L. Callahan Band based in San Francisco)

 

At outdoor band concerts in 1890s and 1900s, was a featured xylophone soloist.

1911-1922

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O'Bannon, Everett Dean Jr.

(New Mexico 1933-2013)

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violin (worked as an engineer for 1 year, then Houston Symphony violin 1956-1958. also San Francisco Opera violin 1964-1971)

 

O'Bannon was said to be a child prodigy who played violin at the New York World Fair opf 1939 at age 6 296. Studied engineering at Notre Dame University and music at Stanford University BMus in 1955.

1958-1964

Oesterreicher, Walter Louis

(California 1877- )

piccolo 1912-1928, flute 1928-1938 and 1940-1941 and personnel manager 1917-1938, 1940-1941 (also University of California - Berkeley Orchestra 1906-1907, Golden Gate Park Band under Paul Steindorff in 1910s. also conducted orchestral groups in Berkeley in the 1920s 221)

 

Born in California to Austrian émigré parents. Recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1911.

1912-1938, 1940-1941

Ojeda-Raymond Anthony

(California 1923-1989)

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bassoon 1949-1982, contrabassoon 1967-1988 (also also San Francisco Opera and San Francisco ballet, San Francisco Light Opera Company in 1948. also Buffalo Symphony Principal bassoon for one half season January-May 1949 under William Steinberg 145. San Francisco Woodwind Quintet: Gary Gray flute, James Matheson oboe, Frealon Bibbins clarinet, Jeremy Merrill horn, Raymond Ojeda bassoon)

 

State conference orchestra from Haywood Union Hight School - California. Then studied at the Juilliard School 1942-1943 prior to entering US Navy during World War 2 and also privately with Sol Schoenbach of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

1949-1988

Oliver-Sarn E.

(Connecticut 1964- )

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violin (also New Jersey Symphony, Sacramento Symphony Principal Second violin, founding member of the Tilden Trio: Sarn Oliver violin, Peter Wyrick cello, June Choi Oh piano)

 

Studied at the Juilliard Pre-college unit and the Juilliard School BMus and MMus. During the 2000s Oliver has a growing reputation as a composer for chamber music and other groups.

1993-present

Olivier-Rufus Jr.

(Louisiana 1955- )

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Second bassoon (also Los Angeles Philharmonic Co-Principal bassoon 1975-1977, San Francisco Opera Orchestra Principal bassoon 1980-present, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Principal bassoon 1992-present, Stanford Woodwind Quintet: Alexandra Hawley flute, James Matheson oboe, Mark Brandenburg clarinet, Rufus Olivier bassoon, Lawrence Ragent horn)

 

Studied first with his musician father and then with the Los Angeles Philharmonic student training program. Olivier has taught at several San Francisco area colleges and universities: Mills College, San Francisco State University, San Francisco Conservatory, and Stanford University.

1977-1980

Olshausen, (Robert) Detlev

(New York 1918- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

viola 1938-1939 while studying at the University of California - Berkeley, 1941-1942, 1945-1956, Assistant Principal viola 1956-1990 (also California String Quartet for 17 seasons: Felix Khuner first, David Schneider second, Detlev Olshausen viola, Detlev Anders cello. San Francisco Opera viola 1946-1978. also San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Principal viola, Little Symphony of San Francisco)

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley BMus 1939. Also taught at the University of California - Berkeley 1966-1996 137.

1938-1939, 1941-1942, 1945-1989

 

47 seasons of service

Orsini, Joseph (also Giuseppe)

(Italy 1898-1971?)

double bass (also played in the Boston Opera orchestra in 1919. also played in San Francisco theater orchestras in the 1920s)

 

Emigrated to the US with his family in 1912.

1938-1955

 

seems not to have completed the 1954-1955 season

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Parker, Brooks Crayton

(South Carolina 1881-1942)

usually in the fourth flute chair (also Seattle Symphony prior to the San Francisco Symphony. also Palace Hotel orchestra - San Francisco after the San Francisco Symphony, became a New York City orchestra musician in the 1930)

 

Brooks Parker was likely another of the musicians from the Seattle Symphony whom Henry Hadley, previously Seattle Symphony conductor hired into the newly formed San Francisco Symphony.

1911-1917

Parvulescu, Florin A.

(Romania )

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violin (also Baltimore Symphony, than Saint Louis Symphony)

 

Studied at the Julliard Preparatory Division and the Peabody Conservatory.

1998-present

Pasmore (Bell), Dorothy wife of Walter Bell

(California 1889-1972)

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cello (also the New Music Society of California 190. also, as with her sister Mary, Dorothy Pasmore was one of the first women of an important US symphony orchestra, hired 1924-1925, one season after Helen Atkinson joined the SFS)

 

Studied with her father, Henry Bickford Pasmore (1857-1944) a musician raising a musical family. Dorothy Pasmore also studied in Berlin when her father relocated the family there. Dorothy Pasmore was active in performance of contemporary music, performing in concerts with Helen Atkinson in new compositions by Carlos Chavez, Anton Webern, Henry Cowell and Cowell's friend, Hungarian composer Paul Arma (born Imre Weisshaus) 190. This was in the late 1920s when Webern, Chavez and Cowell were all unknown even to advanced listeners.

1924-1946

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The Pasmore sisters in about 1910: Dorothy bottom left, Mary bottom right and pianist sister Suzanne

Pasmore (Burrell), Mary Broeck

(California 1886- )

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cello (as with her sister Dorothy, Mary Pasmore was one of the first women of an important US symphony orchestra, hired 1924-1925, one season after Helen Atkinson joined the SFS)

 

Studied with her father, Henry Bickford Pasmore (1857-1944), a musician who had had founded a conservatory in San Francisco in 1914. He raised his three daughters as musicians, Dorothy a cellist, Mary a violinist, and Suzanne studying piano. Mary Pasmore also studied in Berlin when her father relocated the family there. Married to San Francisco artist Alfred Ray Burrell (1877-1952).

1924-1957

Patchook, Solomon "Sol"

(then Russia, now Moldova 1894-1956?)

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viola (later a New York City sessions musician in the 1930s and 1940s. also played viola a Toscanini's NBC Symphony beginning in 1938 and into the 1940s)

 

Sol Patchook emigrated from Kishinev, Russia (now Moldova) as a child following the 1903 Kishinev pogrom which resulted in the emigration of thousands of Jews from Kishinev, among which was Sol Patchook's family.

1924-1927

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Sol Patchook in a charcoal drawing from the 1938 NBC Symphony publicity book 272

Paterson, John Andrew

(Illinois 1874-after 1956)

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John Peterson in 1923

violin (also a musician at the Rialto Theater, San Francisco in the 1910s)

 

John Paterson and his wife taught at the University of California - Berkley. John Paterson taught the young Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) harmony and counterpoint, and his wife Anne Gertrude Paterson taught Yaltah Menuhin (1921-2001) piano 188. Yehudi Menuhin wrote later of good memories playing chamber music with John Paterson and Nathan Firestone.

1911-1912, 1915-1934, 1935-1956

 

41 seasons of service.

Paulson, Stephen

(1946- )

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Principal bassoon (also while in Rochester, Principal bassoon of the Rochester Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony under William Steinberg - Co-Principal bassoon. also conducting including Music Director of the Symphony Parnassus - California beginning 1998)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music. Stephen Paulson is also a composer and his Bassoon Concerto has been performed by the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony under William Steinberg, with the composer performing. Paulson has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

1977-present

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Payne, Catherine C.

(Connecticut 1964- )

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Piccolo (also, with the Boston Symphony she was acting Second flute 1993-1995, also Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra flute - the touring Boston Pops group, also Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra - Boston Principal flute, Portland Symphony - Maine Associate Principal flute and piccolo)

 

Studied at the Yale School of Music, and at the New England Conservatory graduated summa cum laude. While in Boston, she also attended Tufts University BA in English also summa cum laude. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho.

1996-present

Penha-Michel (Netherlands 1888-1982)

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  Michel Penha in about 1920

Principal cello (also Tollefsen Piano Trio - New York, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal cello 1920-1925, San Francisco Symphony Principal cello 1925-1930, California String Quartet 1925 into the 1940s, Abas String Quartet based in San Francisco, Neah–Kah–Nie String Quartet in Oregon in 1930, also San Francisco String Quartet founded by SFS Concertmaster Naoum Blinder: Naoum Blinder first, William Wolski second, Romain Verney viola, and Michel Penha cello in 1938, Roussel Trio in Los Angeles 1952. Also MGM Studio Orchestra in Hollywood in 1950s)

 

Studied at the Amsterdam Conservatoire with Isaac Mossel (1870-1923) graduating in 1905. Penha also studied with Hugo Becker (1864-1941), perhaps at Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt.

1925-1930

Peralta, Gabriel Maria Jr.

(Arizona 1887-1977)

violin (also Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 1920s)

 

Peralta was a film studio musician in the 1930s and 1940s. Peralta was a decendent of one of the first families to emigrate to the San Francisco Bay area.

1911-1912

Perrigo, (or Edouard) Edward Earl

(Nebraska 1888-1959)

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viola 1911-1913, 1915-1917 Assistant Principal viola first part of the 1915-1916 season until the return of Charles Trainor as Assistant Principal viola, when Perrigo moved to the third viola chair (also theater musician of the Rialto Theater, San Francisco in 1918, in 1920 he was a theater musician in Akron, Ohio, and taught at Dana's Musical Institute. In 1930 Perrigo returned to Nebraska, where he was a music director in Omaha, then to Arizona with Tucson Symphony violin 1943-1944)

 

Perrigo was also active in the Gustav Mahler Ensemble in the 1910s (at a time when Mahler's music was mostly unknown): Ada Clement piano, Louis Ford violin, Theadore E. Yohner-Borghese violin, Edward Perrigo  viola and Paul M. Friedhofer cello)

1911-1913, 1915-1917

Persinger, Louis H.

(Illinois 1887-1966)

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Concertmaster (also Berlin Philharmonic, Opera Royal - Brussels Belgium, Also organized the Persinger String Quartet in about 1918, consisting of Louis Persinger first, Louis Ford second, Nathan Firestone viola and Walter Ferner cello (see picture:

 

Studied with Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) and Jacques Thibaud (1880-1953) in Paris during 1909-1912. Teacher of Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) whom Persinger began teaching at age six, Ruggiero Ricci (1918- ), and Isaac Stern (1920-2001) among others. Succeeded Leopold Auer (1845-1930) at the Institute of Musical Art (predecessor of the Juilliard School).

1915-1925

 

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Petty (Sargeant), Suzanne Antoinette Madeleine beginning in 1948, billed as Suzanne Sargeant

(Madagascar 1907-1991)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

viola (also l'Orchestre symphonique de Paris in 1928 - not the same as the orchestra created in 1967. also David Schneider writes that Petty was in a string quartet: Harry Moulin first, Mafalda Guaraldi second, Suzanne Petty viola, Winston Petty, cello)

 

Studied with professors of the Paris Conservatoire. Emigrated to the US with her musician husband Winston Petty in 1930. The only San Francisco Symphony musician to have been born in Madagascar --- so far.

1944-1972

Phillips, Betty Rae ---

SEE: Betty Rae Stanley

violin

1955-1965

Piastro, Mishel Boris

(then Russia, now Ukraine 1891-1970)

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Concertmaster (also with Toscanini's New York Philharmonic - Concertmaster 1931-1943. Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic beginning in 1941. One of 14 NY Philharmonic musicians fired by Artur Rodzinski in 1943. Long-time conductor of the radio orchestra: the Longines Symphonette)

 

Studied first with his father, a student of Leopold Auer. Piastro also later studied with Auer 1906-1911 at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Piastro arrived in San Francisco in April, 1920, after having toured via Shanghai and Canada.

1925-1931

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Piddington, Guy

(about 1979- )

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Second trumpet (also performed under one year contracts with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony as Second trumpet)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music 2001 and Northwestern University BMus and at the Juilliard School MMus.

2013-present

Pingel, Scott J.

(Wisconsin? 1974- )

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Principal bass (also Charleston Symphony Principal bass, also New World Symphony - Florida training orchestra)

 

Studied at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire BMus, and the Manhattan School of Music MMus in orchestral performance and Professional Studies Certificate. Active in summer festivals including Music in the Vineyards - California, Bellingham Festival - Washington, Spoleto Festival - South Carolina and Italy, Verbier Festival - Switzerland, Tanglewood Festival - Massachusetts, Attergau/Salzburg Festival - Austria. As a jazz musician, Pingel has played with such greats as Michael Brecker, Geoff Keezer, and James Williams. Active at music@menlo, the California chamber music festival with which he made several recordings, such as the Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Schoenberg shown at right.

2004-present

 

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Pinsker, Anne P.

(California 1951- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

cello (also in Chicago, a cello in the Lyric Opera in about 1976. also in San Francisco, a sessions musician for soundtracks and other recordings, founder and director of the Marin Music Festival that existed in the early 1990s, and actively organized chamber music concerts)

 

Studied Music Academy of the West - California summer 1971. Then at the California Academy of Music and the Juilliard School. She has also been active in recordings both with the orchestra and with harpist Georgia Kelly in music for winter and Christmas (see right)

1982-present

 

Anne Pinsker was on sabbatical leave during the 2001-2003 seasons.

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Polak, Sydney

(Netherlands 1870-1952)

violin (also music director of the Bell Theater San Francisco, also he presented a series of symphonic concerts in the San Francisco vaudeville circuit prior to World War 1)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1892. Later relocated to Los Angeles.

1911-1917, 1921-1924, 1925-1926

Pollack, Robert

violin (also California String Quartet: Robert Pollack first, William Wolski second, Romain Verney viola, and Michel Penha cello)

 

 

 

Prell, Donald

(California 1929- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

double bass (also played in the bands of Charlie Barnett, Harry James and Maynard Furguson. also Utah Symphony double bass)

 

Studied with Arthur Pabst in Los Angeles, and at Los Angeles City College.

1959-1960, 1963-1991

Previati, Louis Joseph

(Italy 1884-1969)

double bass 1912-1914, 1915-1922, Assistant Principal double bass 1925-1927, Principal double bass 1927-1933 (also Los Angeles Philharmonic in later 1930s, 1940s, Hollywood sessions musician in 1940s including for Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelley film On The Town 1949)

 

Emigrated to New York City in 1891.

1912-1914, 1915-1922, 1925-1933

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Prévost, Germain

(Belgium 1891-1987)

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violin (also the ProArte String Quartet: Alphonse Onnou first, Laurent Halleux second, Germain Prévost viola, Robert Maas cello - see their 1938 photo at left)

 

Germain Prévost studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire - Belgium. He was also a good friend of Darius Milhaud, both in France and in California.

1953-1958

Prior, William A.

(Illinois 1886-1947)

violin (also a musician in the Seattle Symphony in 1907, and may have been engaged in San Francisco due to Henry Hadley, conductor of the Seattle Symphony. also a musician in the WBBM CBS radio staff orchestra Chicago in the 1940s)

 

Ran the Nova & Prior music store in San Francisco in the 1920s.

1915-1918

Purt, Bela

(Hungary 1874-1927)

violin 1915-1919 and 1924-1927, viola 1919-1924 (also worked as a real estate salesman - musicians of that era often had other jobs given the short orchestral season and the low pay)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1902. In 1918, he formed a Hungarian League to represent Californians of Hungarian heritage 234. Purt died October 7, 1927 before the beginning of the 1927-1928 season, age only 48 of complications from pneumonia and vascular disease.

1915-1927

Puyans-Emilio (Buenaventura Emilio Puyans y Nunez)

(Cuba 1883-1956)

Principal flute (also New York Symphony in about 1905)

 

Studied at the Paris Conservatoire, winning a 'premier accessit' in the 1902 Concours, and winning in the 1904 Concour his Premier prix. Emilio Puyans was also the Cuban consul in San Francisco in the 1920s, and seems to have earned his living in the Cuban diplomatic service after leaving the San Francisco Symphony. 126

1912-1920

Pynchon-William Edward

(California 1930- )

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William Pynchon presenting a scholarship check to student Richard Hughes in 1972

Assistant Concertmaster, violin (also San Francisco Opera Assistant Concertmaster 1974-1998. also Virtuosi of San Francisco Concertmaster in the 1970s, San Leandro Symphony Concertmaster. also in mid-1960s Golden Gate String Quartet: William Pynchon first, Linda Ashworth second, David Smiley viola, and Sally Kell cello)

 

Studied with Naoum Blinder, and in the summers of 1949 and 1950, studied at the Pierre Monteux Music Camp in Hancock, Maine.

1957-1959

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Quincey, Brian

(California )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

viola (also Oregon Symphony 1996-present, Phoenix Symphony, and Sacramento Symphony Principal viola. also with the Third Angle New Music Ensemble - Portland, Oregon)

 

Studied at the University of Southern California. Active in summer music festivals, including Fellow at the Tanglewood Festival - Massachusetts, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival - Germany, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival - California, and the Music Academy of the West - California.

1995-1996

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Randall, Harold Benjamin

(Massachusetts 1888-1944) age only 56.

Principal clarinet 1912-1933, Assistant Principal clarinet 1933-1934. (also played with Henry Cowell's New Music Society, giving the premiers of several works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ruggles in 1926-1927 228)

 

Studied first in Boston with his theater musician father Walter Randall (1858-circa 1940).

1912-1934

Reinberg, Donald A.

(California 1933- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

Principal trumpet, trumpet

 

In 1976, Seiji Ozawa wanted to re-seat Robert Sayre from Principal cello, Rudolf Persinger from Principal cello, and Donald Reinberg from Principal trumpet. Persinger accepted a demotion but Sayre did not, and resigned 9.  Donald Reinberg remained as Acting Principal trumpet 1976-1979, and then Associate Principal trumpet 1979-1980 with Laurie McGaw Principal trumpet. Then 1980-1981 Glenn Fischthal became Principal trumpet, with Laurie McGaw moving to second chair, Donald Reinberg moving to third trumpet chair.

 

Studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.

1957-1995

Reinberg, Herman (also Hermann) father of Donald Reinberg and nephew of pianist Joseph Lhevinne.

(Poland 1898-1975)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

cello 1935-1938 and 1940-1942, Co-Principal cello 1939-1940, Assistant Principal cello 1942-1963. (Also the Frankfurt Symphony - Germany, the Krefeld String Quartet, the Basle String Quartet. also staff of KFRC radio in San Francisco for 11 years. In 1939-1940, Pierre Monteux had SFS cellos rotate, and there were three cellists listed as "Solo": Willem Dehé, Herman Reinberg, and Boris Blinder 77. The next season Boris Blinder was sole Principal cello, and Herman Reinberg was in the third cello chair 1940-1942, and then the second chair which we would call today Assistant Principal cello continuing 1942-1963 sitting next to his friend Boris Blinder) (also a frequent performer of chamber music with SFS musicians in 1930s and 1940s, and also with a young Isaac Stern 2)

 

Studied at the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt Germany. Emigrated to US in 1926, citizen in 1931.

1935-1963

Reiss, Theodore H.

(Louisiana 1879- )

violin

1917-1922

Remington, Merrill L.

(Michigan 1904-1970)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

Principal oboe 1938-1964, Co-Principal oboe 1964-1965 (also San Francisco Bay area WPA orchestra Principal oboe summer of 1936, Portland Symphony - Oregon Principal oboe 1935-1937)

 

Studied with private teachers in California. Remington played Hollywood recording sessions in off-season 145 in the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s, including for leading singers such as Frank Sinatra.

1937-1965

Renzi, Paul E.

(New York 1926- )

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Paul Renzi in 1947. photographer: Romaine, San Francisco

Principal flute (also part-time flute at the Radio City Music Hall while a student, NBC Symphony Principal flute during Toscanini's last two seasons 1952-1954. He also also played in the Symphony of the Air's Far East tour in May and June, 1955. Renzi returned to the San Francisco Symphony 1957-2004, a total of 51 seasons !)

 

Studied first with his musician father Paolo, long-time NBC Symphony oboe under Toscanini. Then with John Wummer of the New York Philharmonic, colleague of his father. also Queens College - New York. Paul Renzi taught at San Francisco State University

1944-1948, 1957-2004

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Riedel, Ernestine ---

SEE: Ernestine Riedel Chihuaria

violin

1964-1992

Riley, Herbert

(Brazil 1888-1965?)

cello (later employed at the Kohler & Chase music store - San Francisco in about 1918-1919. then cello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 1930s)

 

Although born in São Paulo, Brazil, Riley was a British citizen and emigrated to California in 1910 after having lived in Lancashire, England.

1915-1918

Ring, Jonathan

(Massachusetts 1961- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

Fourth horn and Second horn (also founding member of The Bay Brass - San Francisco, played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago - the training orchestra of Chicago, American Chamber Symphony European tour 1983, Fort Wayne Philharmonic - Indiana Principal horn 1983-1984, Columbus Symphony - Ohio Second horn 1985-about 1991)

 

Studied at Northwestern University - Illinois BMus 1983, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio. Teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Active in summer festivals, including New College Music Festival - Florida, Colorado Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds - Italy, Colorado Philharmonic summer orchestra.

1991-present

Rioth, Douglas S.

(Missouri 1953- )

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Principal harp (also Indianapolis Symphony Principal harp 1975-1981)

 

As a student, studied at the National Music Camp - Interlochen Michigan and later at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony - Maine. Rioth gave the San Francisco premier of the Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) Harp Concerto.

1981-present

Ritchen, William

(California 1959- )

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bass and also electric bass (also Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and a member of Symphony Bluegrass Ramblers, SFS musicians in the bluegrass style)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music, and the Juilliard School MMus. Active in summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado and the Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming.

1983-present

Roberts, Bruce A.

(California 1954- )

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Assistant Principal horn 1988-1996, Third horn 1996-1999, Acting Associate Principal horn 1999-2008, Third horn 2008-present (also founding member of The Bay Brass, La Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México horn 1978-1981, Utah Symphony 1981-1988)

 

Studied at California State University, Northridge and California Institute of the Arts. Teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Active in summer music festivals including the Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming.

1991-present

 

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Bruce Roberts in 2006

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Roberts, (Francis) Chester

(Massachusetts 1921- ) still active in 2011

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Principal tuba 1967-1969 (also Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Tuba under Reiner, Cleveland Orchestra Principal tuba 1950-1967)

 

Studied at the New England Conservatory. In summers played in the Chautauqua Symphony. Also taught at Western Reserve University - Ohio, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio, the New England Conservatory and Boston University School of Music.

1967-1969

Robinson, Virginia Morgan ---

SEE: Virginia Morgan

Principal harp

1936-1951

Rocco, Raffaele R.

(Italy 1873-after 1930)

Fourth horn 1911-1930 (played in a San Francisco dance hall orchestra in 1910)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1898

1911-1930

Roden, Wayne

(Alabama 1948- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

viola (also while in US Army - Army Strolling Strings, Chamber Soloists of San Francisco)

 

Studied North Carolina School of the Arts including a summer session in Siena, Italy. then Northern Illinois University BMus 1970. Active in chamber music in summer festivals, including the Laurel Festival - Pennsylvania and the Gerhardt Festival in his native Alabama. He is also a devoted equestrian, and lives in Sonoma County where he grows grapes, making his own wine.

1974-present

Romasevich, Victor

(then Russia now Belarus 1956- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

Associate Principal violin 1990-1992, violin 1992-present

 

Studied as a youth at the Gnesin Music School - Moscow, and then at the Moscow Conservatory. also the Juilliard School about 1977-1979.

1990-present

Rosebrook, David Cobb

(Maine 1874-1937)

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Principal trumpet 1912-1919, trumpet 1911-1912, 1919-1934 (founder of the D. C. Rosebrook Band, Director of the Islam Temple Band. In 1935, following the shutdown of the San Francisco Symphony in 1934-1935, Rosebrook played solo cornet with the Goldman Band replacing Charles Delaware Staigers.)

1911-1934

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Rosenbecker, Adolph

(Germany 1851-1919)

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Adolph Rosenbecker in 1908

Concertmaster 1912-1915, Principal Second violin and Assistant Conductor 1915-1916. (also Saalbau Orchestra of Frankfurt 1865-1866, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, German Opera of New York 1870, Theodore Thomas Orchestra based in New York City 1870-1877, in Chicago, conducted the "Turner Hall Concerts" 85, organized and conducted a group he called the "Chicago Symphony Orchestra" - not today's CSO)

 

Studied in Frankfurt and gained further training at age 14 by playing with the Saalbau Orchestra of Frankfurt 1865-1866. Then to the hen went to the Leipzig Conservatory 1866-1869. Taught at the Chicago Conservatory

1912-1916

 

seems not to have finished the 1915-1916 season

Rossett, (Louis) Emil

(1882-1952)

violin 1920-1921, 1927-1930, 1931-1942, Principal Second violin 1921-1923, (also San Francisco Quartet comprising Louis Ford first, Emil Rossett second, Clarence Evans viola (who was Principal viola of the San Francisco Symphony) and Victor de Gomez cello)

1920-1923, 1927-1930, 1931-1942

Roth, Paul

(Germany 1881-1956)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

Assistant Principal horn 1912-1913 and 1914-1930, Principal horn 1913-1914, Fourth horn of the San Francisco Symphony 1930-1934 and 1935-1948, Fifth horn 1948-1950 (also French horn in the orchestra of the University of California - Berkeley 1906-1910)

 

Studied at the Leipzig Conservatoire. Emigrated to the US in 1901.

1912-1934, 1935-1950

Rourke, Robert R.

(California 1895-1991)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin 1944-1947, 1948-1957, viola 1947-1948 (also NBC radio staff orchestra in 1925 playing live broadcasts each day, also Berkeley String Quartet: Antonio de Grassi frist, Robert Rourke second, Edward Towler viola, Willem Dehé cello in 1920s, Honolulu Symphony in 1960s)

 

Studied violin in Paris privately.

1944-1957

Rovinsky, Louis Lingg

(Connecticut 1892-before 1954)

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Louis Rovinsky in 1914

violin 1915-1917, Principal viola 1918-1919 (also the "Brahms Quintet of Los Angeles" in 1914, consisting of: Oskar Seiling first violin, Louis Rovinsky second viola, Rudolf Kopp viola, Axel Simonson cello, Homer Grunn piano. also prior to San Francisco, he was a violin with the Los Angeles Symphony - predecessor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 256. played in the Palace Hotel orchestra - San Francisco following the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Studied with Franz Wilczek in Los Angeles.

1915-1917

Ruiz-Ramirez, Ricardo

(Spain 1869-after 1931)

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violin

 

Emigrated to the US in 1901. Seems to have been an expert in fencing.

1912-1931

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Sabatini-William Franco

(Pennsylvania 1925-1989)

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Principal horn second part of the 1946-1947 season, Principal horn 1946-1955, Co-Principal horn with Ross Taylor 1963-1964 and Co-Principal horn with Herman Dorfman 1964-1971, Assistant Principal horn 1971-1980, Associate Principal Horn 1980-first part of 1987-1987 season (also Symphony of the Air in New York City 1955-1956, Detroit Symphony under Paul Paray as Principal horn 1956-1963, also in San Francisco the Camara Brass Quintet: William Sabatini horn, Wilbur Sudmeier trombone, Edward Haug trumpet, Ronald Bishop tuba and Chris G. Bogios trumpet)

 

In Philadelphia, William Sabatini studied at Temple University.  William Sabatini said in interviews that he studied at the Curtis Institute 215, but Curtis records do not show him to have graduated 145.

1963-1987 (did not finish the 1986-1987 season)

Saldierna, Genaro

(Mexico 1862-before 1925)

violin (also music director of the Rockwell Theater, San Francisco in 1892, also a music director on Broadway, New York City in 1901-1902, music director of the Columbia Theater, San Francisco in 1910s)

 

Also active in the Bohemian Club, San Francisco.

1911-1914

Salz, Henri E.

(California 1872-before 1946)

keyboard

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley.

1914-1918

Sargeant, Suzanne ---

SEE: Suzanne Petty

viola

1955-1965

Saxton, S. Earl

(California 1919-1994)

Third horn (also US Army band during World War 2, also Pittsburgh Symphony horn, Oakland Symphony Principal horn about -1971)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School. Succeeded Charles Tryner in 1950-1951

1950-1956

Sayre, Robert

(Pennsylvania 1927- )

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Principal cello (also summer programs of the Boston Pops beginning 1950, Cleveland Orchestra cello 1949-1952, San Antonio Symphony Principal cello 1953-1955, Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Principal cello, Cincinnati Symphony Principal cello 1960-1963, founded and conducted the San Francisco Young Professionals Orchestra in 1977)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1948. Seiji Ozawa wanted to re-seat Robert Sayre from Principal cello, Rolf Persinger from Principal viola, and Donald Reinberger from Principal trumpet 9. Sayre did not accept demotion and instead resigned from the SFSO at the end of the 1975-1976 season to pursue a solo playing career and conducting as well as teaching.

1963-1976

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Schaefer, Jean L.

(England? about 1878- )

violin (also a string quartet in 1899: Jean Schaefer first, Ernest Romney second, F. Spellman viola, M. Priestman cello 235)

 

Seems to have studied in England.

1915-1916

 

seems not to have completed the 1915-1916 season.

Schaffer, Peter S.

(1930- )

Associate Concertmaster (also during Korean War in US Army Seventh Army Symphony - Germany, also San Francisco Contemporary Music Players,

San Francisco Opera Concertmaster 1973-1976, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster 1976-1984, Melbourne Symphony Concertmaster - Australia 1984- )

 

Senior Professor of Violin at University of Illinois following his return from Australia. Peter Schaffer was succeeded in his position of Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera by Jacob Krachmalnick 177, SFS Assistant Concertmaster 1946-1951, 1960-1961.

1970-1976

Schipilliti, John Alexander

(Italy 1891-1968) brother of Vincent Schipilliti

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double bass (also was a musician at a skating rink in 1917, and a theater orchestra musician in San Francisco in 1920)

 

Studied first in Italy, before emigrating to the US in 1907.

1928-1961

Schipilliti, Vincent Francisco

(Italy 1889-1983) brother of John Schipilliti

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Fourth oboe 1918-1919, English horn 1915-1917, 1920-1929 (also a restaurant orchestra musician in San Francisco in 1918, Los Angeles Philharmonic English horn 1930-1960, sitting next to Bert Gassman)

 

Succeeded by Leslie Schivo as English horn.

1915-1919, 1920-1929

 

Seems to have missed the second part of the 1914-1915 season, and to have been substituted for part of the season by Louis Mundwyler, listed in the San Francisco Symphony oboe roster for the second part of 1914-1915.

Schivo, Leslie Jerome husband of Raina Schivo

(California 1903-1990)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

English horn (also Bohemian Club orchestra 1936, Owen Sweeten's American Theater Orchestra 1924, also San Francisco movie theaters)

 

Studied first at the San Francisco Polytechnic High School, and later with Caesar Addimando.

1929-1963

 

seems not to have completed the 1962-1963 season.

Schivo, Raina Unnarimi wife of Leslie Schivo

(Minnesota 1908-2000)

keyboard

 

Studied first with her orchestra musician father Alberico Unnarimi.

1953-1973

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Schmidt, Robert E.

(Minnesota 1896-1967)

double bass 1928-1936, 1951-1957, Associate Principal double bass 1936-1951 (also Minneapolis Symphony 1923-1924, also Cincinnati Symphony)

 

Active in chamber music, playing with several string quartets, including the Roth String Quartet, the San Francisco String Quartet and the San Francisco Trio.

1928-1957

Schmitt, Charles E.

(Nevada 1872-1953)

viola

1912-1917

Schmitt, Rudolph

(Germany 1899-1993)

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Principal clarinet 1932-1934, 1935-1956 (also played in a Chicago movie theater orchestra in 1920, then clarinet in the orchestra of the Chicago Grand Opera during 1920s until he joined the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Studied in Germany with Gustav Hebel and in Chicago with Clarence Warmelin. Schmitt served with with Charles Rudd in the Eb clarinet chair 1935-1943 and with Frealon Bibbins as Eb clarinet 1943-1956.

1932-1934, 1935-1956

Schneider, David Hersch

(California 1918-2005)

Schneider

violin and Principal Second violin (also California String Quartet founding member: Felix Khuner first, David Schneider second, Detlev Olshausen viola, Detlev Anders cello)

 

Studied at University of California - Berkley 1934-1936. Schneider gave the California premier of the Roger Sessions Violin Concerto in 1968.

1936-1986

 

fifty seasons of service !

Schneider, Delbert Edwin

California 1910- )

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cello (temporarily replaced long-time cellist Rudolph Kirs in November 1943 after Kirs died suddenly from a heart attack. also long-time Oakland Symphony Principal cello)

 

Studied at the University of California - Berkeley. His father owned the Schneider Mens Stores.

1943-1944

Schoening, John

(Wisconsin 1949- )

viola (also Chicago Youth Orchestra training orchestra)

 

Studied first with his pianist mother Ruth Schoening, then at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio graduated 1971. Active in summer music festivals including Sarasota Music Festival - Florida.

1974-present

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Schuchholz, Otto

(Germany 1864-after 1933)

bassoon (also Philadelphia Orchestra bassoon 1903-1905, also a theater musician in San Francisco 1907-1912 at the Alcazar Theater, also a band musician in Marin County, California in the 1910s, and in Los Angeles 1913-1915 and back to Oakland, California 1916-1933 to serve in the San Francisco Symphony bassoon 1915-1917. also the Frederick Neil Innes Band in 1905 238)

 

Emigrated to the US from Berlin, Germany as a child in 1870.

1915-1917

Schulze, Emil T.

(Germany 1877-after 1941)

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double bass (Minneapolis Symphony double bass 1908-1919)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1903.

1921-1924

Schwarzbart, Gail Ruth Denny

(California 1941-1996)

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violin (also Oakland Symphony viola and then violin 1963-1967, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, Golden Gate String Quartet, and Bach to Mozart)

 

Studied first with her parents: her mother Jeanne Gilbert Moyle (1918-1992) was a pianist, and her father Professor William D. Denny (1910-1980) a member of the University of California at Berkeley music faculty where Gail Denny also studied.

1967-April, 1995

Schwarzmann, Jascha

(then Russia, now Ukraine 1896- )

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Schwarzmann with the NBC Symphony

cello (also Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner in late 1920s, Minneapolis Symphony Principal cello under Henri Verbrugghen 1930-1934, NBC Symphony under Toscanini in the 1940s, Detroit Symphony about 1945-1948, moved to Hollywood in 1948, where he was a studio sessions musician in the 1950s and 1960s)

 

Studied at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Taught at the University of Minnesota while Principal cello of the symphony.

1922-1924

Sedukh, Polina

(Russia 1980- )

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photo: San Francisco Archives

violin (also Atlantic Symphony in suburban Boston 2002-2003, two suburban Boston groups: the Newton Symphony and the Hingham Symphony Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster. also Boston Virtuosi prior to relocating to the San Francisco Symphony beginning in 2009)

 

Studied at St. Petersburg Conservatory, Longy School graduate 2002. In Boston, Sedukh secured a position which had been auditioning for two years.

2009-present

See, Orley Henry

(Ohio 1884-1957)

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violin 1919-1934, 1937-1938 (also Cincinnati Symphony violin section in 1910-1911 under Stokowski, founding member of Philharmonic Trio with Orley See violin, Wenceslao Villalpando cello, Frederick Freeman piano, conductor of the Oakland Symphony 1935-about 1953)

 

Studied at Denison University in Ohio 1904-1906. Taught at Indiana Normal Conservatory, Indiana, Pennsylvania 1913-1916.

1919-1934, 1937-1938

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Seiferth, (probably) Adam

(Germany 1847-1921)

Principal trumpet succeeded by David Rosebrook. (also New York orchestral musician 1880s-1910s)

 

Emigrated to New York City in the spring 1873. He stayed in San Francisco only one season, living at the Hotel Belmont.

1911-1912

Seiger, Herman C. father of Rudolph Seiger

(Germany 1862-after 1921)

double bass

 

Emigrated to the US in 1884.

1912-1917

Seiger, Rudolph H. (also listed incorrectly as Sieger)

(California 1888-1961)

violin (also played in the orchestra of the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco in late 1910s)

 

Studied first with his German-born violinist and bassist father Herman C. Seiger (1862- ).

1911-1917, 1918-1919

Sellin, Verne M.

(Washington 1921-2001)

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violin. also San Francisco Symphony Assistant Conductor, San Francisco Symphony Personnel Manager (also conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra in 1962-1966 and to the San Francisco Recreation Symphony Orchestra 205, conducted the orchestra of the College of Notre Dame - Belmont, CA 1961-1976)

 

Studied at the University of Oregon. Taught at the College of Notre Dame - Belmont, California in 1950s and 1960s.

1953-1993

Severance, Nanci L.

(Michigan 1957- )

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viola (also Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Parlante Chamber Orchestra - California Principal viola, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Porter String Quartet: Roy Malan first, Beni Shinohara second, Nanci Severance viola, Carolyn McIntosh cello)

 

Studied Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio 1979, Northern Illinois University MMus. Active in summer festivals, including Aspen Chamber Symphony - Colorado Principal viola and Spoleto Festival - South Carolina, Telluride Festival - Colorado, Grand Teton Festival - Wyoming, and the Scaneateles Music Festival - New York.

1981-present

Severi-Gino

(Italy 1886-1950)

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New Lyric String Quartet: click to enlarge. (l to r) Gino Severi first, Wenceslao Villalpando cello, Nathan Firestone viola, Max Dolin second

violin (also the New Lyric String Quartet: Gino Severi first, Max Dolin second, Nathan Firestone viola, Wenceslao Villalpando cello. also a musician in the Imperial Theater San Francisco after the SFS, later Los Angeles Philharmonic violin in 1920s)

 

Emigrated to California in 1905.

1911-1917

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Shanis, Jean Charles, father of Julien Shanis

(Belgium 1875-1949)

Principal clarinet 1911-1912 Bass clarinet 1912-1918 and 1921-1923 (also Pittsburgh Symphony Principal clarinet 1904-1911, also played with the orchestra of the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition - summer of 1915)

 

When Jean Shanis played in the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition, he made the acquaintance of the legendary oboist Marcel Tabuteau, later of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Read about son Julien Shanis going to Philadelphia, below.

1911-1918, 1921-1923

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Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Symphony in the War Memorial Opera House

Shanis-Julien (born Julius Shanis)

(Belgium 1902-1974)

son of Jean Shanis

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

oboe 1921-1922, 1924-1925, and 1927-1934. Principal oboe 1935-1940, then oboe 1941-1961. read about the drama leading to Julien Shanis appointment as Principal oboe by clicking here.

 

Noted above was that father Jean Shanis played in the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition where he made the acquaintance of the legendary oboist Marcel Tabuteau, later of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This lead to son Julien Shanis going to Philadelphia in about 1920 to study with Tabuteau even before the Curtis Institute was opened (read about Tabuteau in the fascinating book of Laila Storch - oboe student of Julien Shanis and Marcel Tabuteau - Marcel Tabuteau "How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can't Peel a Mushroom?", Indiana University Press, 2008 51). Shanis was also an avid fisherman, writing on the subject.

1921-1922, 1924-1925, 1927-1934, 1935-1961

Shapro-David R.

(Illinois 1901-1976)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin (also played as a substitute with the Chicago Symphony, also a mixed quintet consisting of David Shapro first, Walter Gough second, Geroge Barati cello, Frealon Bibbins clarinet, James Kerr piano 223)

 

Studied in Chicago with Alexander Sebald.

1938-1942, 1943-1967 208

Sharp, Erica Keen married to Miles Anderson

(Germany 1927- )

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Erica Sharp with trombonist husband Miles Anderson

violin (also the Bloch String Quartet, Robert Bloch first, Erica Sharp second, David Smiley viola, Helen Stross cello. Also has played a five string electronically enhanced violin later in her career. Married to former SFS Principal trombone Miles Anderson who among other "gigs" perform together forming Trom-bown. See them in the photo at left)

1955-1975

Shavitch, Vladimir

(then Russia, now Belarus 1888-1946)

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keyboard (Shavitch turned to conducting in the 1923s, guest conducting the Rochester Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Orchestre Pasdeloup in Paris 250. he was conductor of the Syracuse Symphony - New York 1924-1933)

 

Emigrated to New York City as a child in 1890. He was presented as a child piano prodigy in New York by his parents in about 1900. Studied in Berlin in about 1905 249. Also taught at the Institute of Musical Art (later Juilliard) in New York prior to World War 1, then returned to Berlin teaching at the Stern Institute before returning to California with the outset of World War 1. Shavitch made recordings in the late 1920s for the Victor Talking Machine Company conducting the "Victor Symphony Orchestra".

1919-1920

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Sheinfeld, David

(Missouri 1906-2001) of parents who had just emigrated from the Ukraine

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David Sheinfeld in the 1990s

violin (also Pittsburgh Symphony viola 1944-1945, San Francisco Opera orchestra 1945-1964)

 

Studied at the Chicago Conservatory, Academia Santa Cecilia - Rome 1929-1931. An active composer, Monteux premiered Sheinfeld's Adagio and Allegro (1947) and Concerto for Orchestra (1950) and Anshel Brusilow and the Philadelphia Orchestra premiered his Violin Concerto (1955). The Kronos Quartet commissioned and performed his String Quartet no 2 (1993).

1945-1971

Shelton, Peter Ward

(Californai 1954-2009)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

Associate Principal cello, Assistant Principal Cello, cello (also Co-founded the Chamber Music Sundaes concert series along with colleagues Jorja Fleezanis, Lucy Stoltzman and Geraldine Walther 197, also Midsummer Mozart Festival - California Principal cello)

 

Studied at Stanford University BA in music in 1976 and the San Francisco Conservatory MMus 1977. As a student at age 19, Peter Shelton performed the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto no. 1 opus 33 in a 1973 SFS Youth Concert. He also performed in the US premiere Demijour for Oboe, Cello and Piano by Nicolaus Huber (1939- ) in 1990. He also gave the West Coast premiere of the George Perle (1915-2009) quintet Sonata a cinque (1986) in 1991.

1977-2009

 

died near the end of the 2008-2009 season on May 9, 2009 after a lengthy battle with HIV and cancer 198

Shoemaker, Rogers F.

(Oregon 1900-2000) died 3 months before his 100th birthday on May 13, 2000

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trombone (also theater orchestras in San Francisco)

 

Studied in Oakland High School when Herman C. Trautner was head of the Music Department.

1935-1956

Shoptaugh, Philip L.

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Third trumpet (also co-founder of Brazzissimo, a ten piece brass ensemble based in the San Francisco area, toured with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, San Francisco Opera trumpet about 1974-1975. Also played in many San Francisco theater orchestras)

 

Studied first with his musician father, then with Gilbert Johnson and Armando Ghitalia.

1963-1965

Shorr, Lev

(Russia 1896-1974)

photo

Lev Shorr with student, possibly Hephzibah Menuhin

keyboard (surprisingly, Lev Shorr was blind, but a successful orchestral musician and piano teacher)

 

Studied at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, during some years in which Serge Prokofiev was also there in about 1909. Shorr emigrated to the US in 1921. Well known as a piano teacher, including of Leon Fleischer, Stephen Kovacevich and Hephzibah Menuhin.

1942-1951

Shweid, Henry

(Canada 1916-2002) born in Winnepeg, but raised in San Francisco

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violin and Assistant Concertmaster (became Assistant Concertmaster in 1958-1959 when Frank Houser was appointed Concertmaster, also the Bohemian Club featuring music in San Francisco, also Northern California Federal Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster)

 

Studied with Naoum Blinder at about the same time as Isaac Stern, Shweid's boyhood friend was also studying. Also studied with Jascha Veissi and Lajos Fenster. Henry Shweid taught violin and chamber music at Dominican College - California.

1941-1956

Siani, (Salvatore) Charles

(Pennsylvania 1917-1992)

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double bass 1947-1951 and 1961-1963, Assistant Principal double bass 1951-1961 and 1963-1980 (also San Francisco Opera Orchestra Principal double bass 1980-1992)

 

Studied at Temple University - Philadelphia graduating 1938 BMus. Siani taught at San Francisco State University and at Stanford University.

1947-1980

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Simas, Jerome

(California 1966- )

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acting bass clarinet/utility clarinet. (also Oakland East Bay Symphony - California Principal clarinet, California Symphony Principal clarinet, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble - California Principal clarinet, also San Francisco Opera Orchestra acting Principal clarinet, sessions musician at Hollywood studios including at Skywalker Ranch - California)

 

Studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music BMus and MMus. In the well-known Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue played by the New World Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas, Simas played the clarinet solo.

one-year substitute in the position 2010-2011

Simonsen (Saville), Françoise Margaret (or later Frances)

(Germany 1904-1994?)

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violin (one of the first women of an important US symphony orchestra, hired 1925-1926, two seasons after Helen Atkinson joined the SFS)

 

Studied in Lausanne, Switzerland 1919-1920, and in 1920-1923 at the Akademie der Tonkunst, Munich, Germany.

1925-1934

Sinai, Joseph M.

(Russia 1893-1985)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

percussion (also Paramount Theater orchestra - New York, Fox Theater orchestra San Francisco, 1939-1940 San Francisco World's Fair orchestra, also the Paul Ash orchestra, his brother-in-law, in the 1920s)

 

Came to California from Russia at age six.

1915-1923, 1940-1963

Slivka, Meyer Benjamin

(Indiana 1923-2012)

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percussion 1953-1955, Principal percussion 1955-1956 (cruise ship musician between San Francisco and Japan 1952. also Little Orchestra of San Francisco 1956-1958. also Seattle Symphony timpani - Washington beginning 1958-1959 season. also CBC Chamber Orchestra - Canada in 1960s)

 

Studied at George Washington High School, San Francisco. In the 1953-1954, when Walter Larew became ill, Meyer Slivka played timpani while Larew was absent 270. When Meyer Slivka played in the Seattle Symphony, he also constructed and experimented with a Theremin (electronic instrument). Slivka was also an active composer, and experimented with electronic music.

1953-1956

Smiley, Dan Nobuhiko

(California 1955- ) A SFS family: husband of Suzanne Leon, brother of Mariko Smiley, son of David Smiley brother-in-law of Sarn Oliver and of Kelly Leon-Pearce

photo

photo: San Francisco Symphony

violin 1990-2000, Principal Second violin 2000-present (also Oakland Symphony Associate Concertmaster about 1984-1989)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School BMus and MMus.

1990-present

Smiley-David father of Dan Nobuhiko Smiley and Mariko L. Smiley.

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poor quality newspaper photo

viola (also the Bloch String Quartet, Robert Bloch first, Erica Sharp second, David Smiley viola, Helen Stross cello and the also in mid-1960s Golden Gate String Quartet: William Pynchon first, Linda Ashworth second, David Smiley viola, and Sally Kell cello. also the East-West Duo with his pianist wife Yuriko Hirai Smiley and David Smiley viola)

 

David Smiley was also an officer of ICSOM, The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians.

1962-1973

Smiley, Mariko L.

(California 1958- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

She has several SFS relations: wife of Sarn Oliver, brother of Dan Nobuhiko Smiley, daughter of David Smiley, sister-in-law of Kelly Leon-Pearce

violin and Assistant Concertmaster (also Aurora String Quartet)

 

Studied with her musician parents, David Smiley and Yuriko Hirai Smiley, taking up violin with father David Smiley at age 6. Later studied at the Juilliard School earning both BMus and MMus degrees.

1982-present

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Smith, Pamela

(Georgia )

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oboe (also San Francisco Ballet Orchestra oboe 1975-1977, Atlanta Symphony Assistant Principal oboe about 1977-1980. During the 1980-1981, played a one year contract with the San Francisco Symphony, Honolulu Symphony' Associate Principal oboe 1981-1983. In 1986-1987, Pamela Smith returned to the San Francisco Symphony for a one year audition 1986-1987, which as made permanent under Herbert Blomstedt in the 1987-1988 season.

 

Studied the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles - Belgium, and the San Francisco Conservatory. From a musical family, her brother was for 44 seasons bass clarinet with the Atlanta Symphony.

1986-present

 

audition season of 1986-1987 became permanent in 1987-1988

Smyla-Adam

(Poland 1965- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

viola 2000-2006, Associate Principal viola (also Polish National Radio and Television Orchestra, Penderecki String Quartet: Piotr Buczek first, Marius Smolij second, Adam Smyla viola and Zbigniew Szoltysek cello. Also Assistant Principal viola - Lyric Opera of Chicago 1995-2000, the Sun Valley Summer festival including the Valley String Quartet with Jeremy Constant first, Paul Brancato second, Adam Smyla viola, and Amos Yang cello.)

 

Studied at the Szymanowski Conservatory in Katowice, Poland.

2000-present

Sorenson-Hubert Ferdinand

(Oregon 1910-1971)

photo

composer Ferdinand Sorenson, father of Hubert Sorenson

viola (also the Abas String Quartet: Nathan Abas first, Karl Rossner second, Hubert Sorenson viola, Arthur Weiss cello. also the Neah–Kah–Nie String Quartet: Susie Fennell Pipes first, Alexander Vdovin second, Hubert Sorenson viola, Michel Penha cello founded in Oregon in 1930)

 

Studied with his Danish-born composer and musician father Ferdinand Sorenson (1882-1966).

1955-1972

Spaulding, J. Myron

(California 1905-2000)

photo

Myron Spaulding at the helm

violin (also Fox Theatre orchestra - San Francisco, and the San Francisco Ballet)

 

First studied naval architecture and boatbuilding at the Polytechnic High School - San Francisco in 1923 where he also studied violin. Spalding was also an avid boat racer in San Francisco, winning the Bird class of the San Francisco Yacht Club Championship Series in 1934, and winning the 1936 TransPac Race as skipper of the 16 meter yawl Dorade. The Oakland Tribune wrote in 1937 "...Spaulding, a violinist by vocation and a yachtsman by avocation...is one of the very best yachtsman on the West Coast..." 267. In 1951, Spaulding founded the Spaulding Boatworks in Sausalito on San Francisco Bay which he continued until his death age 94.

1951-1957

Spiller, Béla Rikárd

(Hungary 1879-1947)

double bass (also a San Francisco hotel orchestra musician after the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Emigrated to the US with his family at age 7.

1914-1916

 

does not seem to have completed the 1915-1916 season.

Stahl, Henry

violin

1911-1913

Stanley (Phillips), Betty Rae

(California 1932- )

violin (also active in Pacific Musical Club - San Francisco, New Orleans Symphony about 1953-1954)

 

Studied at San Francisco State University. She was selected in a competition to play in the San Francisco Symphony young peoples concert in January, 1948 playing a movement from Wieniawski's Violin Concerto no 2.

1955-1965

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Stechele, Anton Ferdinand

(Germany 1882-after 1924)

violin and then viola in the 1915-1916 season, viola 1915-1918 and 1919-1920. (also Coliseum Theater orchestra - Seattle after the San Francisco Symphony)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1909 under contract to teach violin at the University of Nebraska which he did at least 1909-1910.

1915-1918, 1919-1920

Steffen, Irving Harry

(California 1894-1974)

percussion (also a San Francisco theater musician and also with the San Francisco Winter Garden Ice Rink orchestra, also the "Intimate Orchestra" of the Franklin Theater, Oakland California in the 1920s 260)

 

Studied with his German-born musician father Carl Steffen (1864-1949). His brother, Carl Steffen Jr. was also a theater musician.

1948-1954

 

Seems not to have completed the 1953-1954 season; succeeded by Fred Divisek

Stephan, Arthur Bruno

(Germany 1872-after 1920)

viola (also Pittsburgh Symphony in 1900s under Victor Herbert and Emil Paur)

 

Studied first in Bremen, Germany before emigrating to the US in 1902.

1915-1916

Stoltzman, Lucy Chapman husband of clarinetist Richard Stoltzman

(1951- )

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Acting Associate Concertmaster (also the Muir String Quartet featuring fellow Curtis Institute graduates: Lucy Chapman Stoltzman first (later Peter Zazofsky first), Bayla Keyes second (later Lucia Lin second), Steven Ansell viola and Michael Reynolds cello. also trio of Lucy Stoltzman violin, husband Richard Stoltzman clarinet and Richard Goode piano - nominated for a Grammy for a recording of Bartok, Stravinsky and Ives)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1974 and Antioch University New England MMus Ed. Active in the Marlboro Music Festival - Vermont, selected by Rudolf Serkin when she was a Curtis studied. She teaches at the New England Conservatory.

1980-1981

 

Acting Associate Concertmaster for one season following the departure of Zaven Melikian.

Storch, Arthur Emil

(Germany 1877-after 1956)

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double bass (also Royal State Opera Orchestra, Stuttgart Germany, New York Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Castle Square Opera, Boston, also played tuba in the John Philip Sousa band, also Principal bass Seattle Symphony probably 1918-1919)

 

Studied first with his musician father and then with Joseph Uhlig in Stuttgart, Germany. Emigrated to the US in 1900. Taught at San Francisco State College.

1917-1918, 1919-1934, 1936-1956

Störseth, Rolf Wilham

(Norway 1913-2007)

cello: third chair of the cello section during most of his service (also Cleveland Orchestra cello 1950-1963)

 

Studied at the Oslo Conservatory and in Paris with Paul Bazelaire (1886-1958) at the Paris Conservatoire 185. Also the Juilliard School MMus.

1963-after 1980

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Sudmeier-Wilbur George

(California 1929-2001)

Principal trombone (also San Francisco Bay Bones, Marin Symphony Principal trombone, long-time San Francisco freelance musician, also the Camara Brass Quintet: William Sabatini horn, Wilbur Sudmeier trombone, Edward Haug trumpet, Ronald Bishop tuba and Chris G. Bogios trumpet)

 

Taught at San Francisco State University.

1968-1972 (did not receive tenure)

Sutherland, (John) Robin

(Colorado 1951-)

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piano (also Co-director of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival - Colorado)

 

Studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and at the Juilliard School. Active in summer festivals, and as well as the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts - Maine. Participated in the premier of the John Adams Grand Pianola Music along with other with members of the San Francisco Symphony.

1973-present

Swigart, George Raymond

(Illinois 1908-1988)

viola 1946-1947, violin 1947-1953 (also Swigart Trio: George Swigart violin, Estelle Swigart cello, Lillian Waller piano)

 

Taught at Mills College - California, later taught at DePaul University, Chicago. George Swigart was a published composer.

1946-1953

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Tait, Frederick William

(Illinois 1878-1957)

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Principal trombone 1911-1913, 1920-1934 (also San Francisco theater musician in 1910s, the D. C. Rosebrook Band about 1920, San Francisco Band. also in the mid-1920s, played with Henry Cowell's New Music Society, giving the premiers of several works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ruggles in 1926-1927 228)

 

Retired to his ranch in Placer County, California where he died March 6, 1957 age 79.

1911-1913, 1920-1934

Tait-Margaret (Margaret Tait Ashe)

(Virginia about 1949- )

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cello (also Birmingham Symphony cello prior to San Francisco. also a founding member of the Aurora String Quartet: Sharon Grebanier first, Amy Lozano (Tyson) second, Don Ehrlich viola, Margaret Tait cello)

 

Studied first with her parents, who both taught at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Dayton, Virginia. then, the Music Academy of the West - California summer 1968, and at the High School Division of the North Carolina School of the Arts, then at the University of Southern California BMus. Active in summer festivals, including teaching at the Blue Ridge Music Camp - Virginia.

1974-present

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Tak, Eduard (or Edward or Édouard)

(Netherlands 1881-1943)

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Concertmaster (played in a surprising number of US orchestras: Chicago Symphony first violin 1903-1905, Philadelphia Orchestra violin 1905-1906, New York Symphony 1906-1907. After New York, Eduard Tak concertized in Europe. Emil Paur heard Eduard Tak in Berlin 10 and engaged Tak as Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster 1908-1909. Then the New York Symphony again 1910-1911, San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster 1911-1912, Boston Symphony violin 1912-1919, New York Philharmonic violin 1921-1931)

 

Studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Berlin Akademische Hochschule für Musik. Became a US national in 1921, but seems to have returned to Europe in the late 1930s and died in Germany on December 28, 1943.

1911-1912

Taylor-Ross Whiteside

(California 1925-1964)

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Principal horn (also New York Philharmonic Fourth horn 1948-1950, Cleveland Orchestra Principal horn 1950-1955, founding member of the California Wind Quintet, consisting of Walter Subke flute (San Francisco Opera), Raymond Duste oboe (San Francisco Opera), Donald Carroll clarinet, Robert Hughes bassoon (Oakland Symphony), and Ross Taylor horn)

 

Studied at the Juilliard School from about 1945-1948. Progressively showing a more nervous and anxious attitude concerning his career, Ross Taylor died on September 10, 1964 at age 39, just before the beginning of the 1964-1965 season.

1955-1964

Theill, W. J. E.

violin

 

San Francisco directories of 1914 list two Theill musicians: Eugene Theill and W. J. E. Theill, but not providing further information. They were perhaps brothers. Eugene Theill also was a violin in the Saint Paul Symphony in 1911-1-12 under conductor Walter Henry Rothwell (1872-1927). He also played in Cincinnati and Cleveland in the 1890s.

1912-1915

Thieck, William Adelbert

(Germany 1883- )

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Principal trumpet (also when only 19, Thieck was Principal trumpet in the Hamburg, Germany orchestra of Julius Laube (1841-1910).  Thieck emigrated to New York City, and was Principal trumpet - Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York City 1906-1908. St. Paul Symphony Principal trumpet 1909-1911.  Minneapolis Symphony Principal trumpet 1912-1920)

 

Apparently distraught, William Thieck was reported to have hanged himself on November 10, 1930 in Watertown, Wisconsin 27, although his family has speculated on "foul play".

1921-1922

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Thurston, Alfred Charles

(Australia 1878-1954)

violin (also played in the Hippodrome Theater, San Francisco following the San Francisco Symphony.

 

Emigrated to California from Adelaide, Australia at age 9.

1914-1915

Tichman, Nadya Erica

(New York 1958- )

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Associate Concertmaster 1980-present, Acting Concertmaster 1998-2001

 

From a musical family: father Herbert Tichman (1922-2010) was a clarinet and flute musician and a Peabody and Juilliard graduate. Mother Ruth Budnevich Tichman, a pianist, with Herbert toured as the Cambridge Chamber Players 300. Sister Nina Tichman is a pianist.  Nadya Tichman transitioned from piano to violin at age 9. Studied at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute Class of 1980. Active in summer festivals, including Grand Teton Festival - Wyoming, Chamber Music West - Arizona, Olympic Music Festival - Washington, Music in the Vineyards - California and the Gualala Summer Arts Festival - California. Among solo performances recently was her etherial performance of Ralph Vaughan Willim's Lark Ascending.

1980-present

 

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Tilleman, August Leopold

(Belgium 1853-1942)

horn

 

Emigrated to the US in 1878.

1911-1912

Tiscione, Michael

(New York 1979- )

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Second trumpet (also Atlanta Symphony 2002-2010)

 

Studied at the Jacobs School of Music - Indiana University BMus 2001, Northwestern University MMus 2002. Active in summer festivals including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho, Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming, Second trumpet, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival - Texas.

Audition Year in 2010-2011

Trainor, Charles Francis

(England 1866-1937)

viola 1911-1912, Assistant Principal viola 1912-1915 and second half of the 1915-1916 season, 1916-1921 (also a San Francisco theater musician)

 

Also played regularly in the University Orchestra organized by the University of California - Berkeley in 1906-1910.

1911-1921 (seems to have missed the first half of the 1915-1916 season.

Tramontozzi, Stephen

(California 1955- )

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double bass 1980-1983, Assistant Principal double bass 1983-present (also Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paolo - Brazil Principal double bass following graduation from the New England Conservatory. also, as a student played double bass with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music and then at the New England Conservatory BMus and the San Francisco Conservatory MMus. Active in summer music festivals, including the Chamber Music West Festival - California, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival - California, Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho and the Cabrillo Music Festival - California featuring contemporary music.

1980-present

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Trutner-Herman C.

(California 1904-1956)

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fifth horn 1927-1928, with Walter Hornig, Paul Roth, Charles Tryner, Raffaele Rocco, and Herman Trutner.  Assistant Principal horn 1930-1942, Principal horn 1942-1947. Fourth horn 1947-1956.

 

Studied with Anton Horner of the Philadelphia Orchestra (privately; not at the Curtis Institute).

1927-1956

 

sadly died during the 1955-1956 season when he and his wife were killed in a house fire in their home in the Montclair district of Oakland, California, across the Bay from San Francisco on March 24, 1956 before his 52nd birthday.

Tryner, Charles Elmer

(Illinois 1895-1969)

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Assistant Principal horn 1923-1925, Third horn 1921-1922, 1927-1930, 1931-1934 and 1935-1946, Fourth horn 1946-1950, Principal horn 1930-1931. (also Chicago Symphony horn 1925-1927, also horn with the Walter Roesner T&D Band in 1920s)

 

Studied first with his father, Joseph Tryner who was a French horn player. Tyner then studied at the Chicago Musical College with Leopold de Maré, French horn and Gaston Dufresne solfège.

1921-1922, 1923-1925, 1927-1934, 1935-1950

Tsai, Elbert

(California about 1978- )

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violin (also as a student, played in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and in the National Repertory Orchestra - Colorado, where he was both a Co-Concertmaster and a soloist. also prior to joining the SFS, Tsai was San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Assistant Principal Second violin and also a substitute with the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony. Also Eos Ensemble in San Francisco)

 

Studied at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio in both violin and in the College also computer science in about 1998-1999. also Studied at the University of Southern California - Advanced Studies Certificate. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Tanglewood Festival - Massachusetts, the Aspen Festival - Colorado, and Sun Valley - Idaho.

2006-present

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Uzès, François H.

(France 1897-1952) died in Los Angeles area age only 55

violin (Redlands Symphony Concertmaster - California)

 

Studied at the University of Southern California MMus and in France 248. Head of the violin department at the University of Redlands - California in 1920s and until 1935, later taught music at Downey High School in suburban Los Angeles 248.

1919-1920

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Vadetsky, Constantine M.

(Russia 1890-1955)

cello (also cellist in the Rochester Philharmonic in 1920s while teaching at the Eastman School. also cellist in the Stromberg-Carlson radio ochestra in 1929, also a Hollywood recording session musician in the the 1930s and 1940s)

 

Taught at the Eastman School of Music in the 1920s

1949-1955

Valeri, Jessica Beth

(Minnesota 1975- )

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Fourth horn (also Saint Louis Symphony, Colorado Symphony Assistant Principal horn, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Artemis Chamber Brass - Chicago, Ars Viva Symphony - Illinois, Milwaukee Symphony, Fort Wayne Symphony - Indiana, Columbus Symphony - Ohio)

 

Studied at the University of Wisconsin - Madison BMus and Northwestern University Performance Certificate and MMus. Active in summer music festivals, including the Grand Teton Music Festival - Wyoming.

2008-present

van den Burg, Willem

(Netherlands 1901-1992)

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Van den Berg as a conductor in 1939

Assistant Principal cello 1925-1926, Principal cello 1935-1938, 1940-1941 (also Philadelphia Orchestra Principal cello under Stokowski 1926-1935, then back to San Francisco. conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra at Robin Hood Dell concerts in summers of 1930s 48. In Philadelphia in the early 1930s, Willem Van den Berg with Alexander Hilsberg, David Madison and Samuel Lifschey, all of the Philadelphia Orchestra, formed the Guarnerius Quartet in the 1930s - not the same as the famous Guarneri Quartet formed by Arnold Steinhardt in 1964. Principal cello and Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 1950-about 1954. Played cello in Hollywood studios in the 1960s)

 

Studied at the Hague Conservatory, where he won the Foch medal 47. In the early 1920s he studied briefly with Pablo Casals at L'École normale supérieure - Paris 49. Beginning 1942, joined the faculty of Mills College in Berkley, California 46.

1925-1926, 1935-1938, 1940-1941

 

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Vanderhoff, Herbert Hare

(California 1871-probably 1947)

violin (also an Oakland theater musician)

 

In 1922, Paul Whiteman, the band leader and former viola of the San Francisco Symphony 1915-1916 married Mildred Vanderhoff, daughter of Herbert Vanderhoff who was "...a dancer known to the public as Vanda Hoff..." 219 This was Whiteman's third marriage, and it caused a minor scandal at the time, since Paul Whiteman was 32 and Mildred Vanderhoff was 21 (we include only the best gossip here)

1911-1912, 1915-1916

Van Dyke, Marcia

(Oregon 1922-2002)

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violin (also Southern Oregon Symphony Concertmaster and National Youth Administration Concertmaster)

 

Studied with John Knight in Oregon and Naoum Blinder in San Francisco. From a musical family, her brother was clarinet of the Stanford University band, and her sister played flute and piano. Her parents were also both musicians. She also had a Hollywood career, appearing in two major films: In the Good Old Summertime with Van Johnson and Judy Garland and in Shadow on the Wall with Ann Sothern and Nancy Davis. she also appeared in small television roles from 1951-1954.

1944-1947

Van Geem, Jack

(California about 1951- )

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Principal percussion and Assistant timpani (also San Francisco Ballet Orchestra 1976-1984)

 

As a student, played a number of instruments, particularly marimba. Studied at California State University – Hayward BA and MA, and in Germany with Cristoph Caskel in about 1975. Van Geem has recorded a number of CDs, including the fun disk of marimba duos titled Peter and Olga Learn 2 Dance (see right).

1981-present

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Van Hoesen, Catherine

(New York about 1957- ) wife of Raymond Kobler

violin (also Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 1974)

 

Studied first with her grandfather Karl Duane Van Hoesen of the Eastman School of Music, who studied with Leopold Auer, Otakar Sevcik and Franz Kneisel. In her teens, Van Hoesen studied at the Music Academy of the West - California summer 1976 and at the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department. Then at the Juilliard School BMus and Eastman School of Music MMus.

1982-present

Veen, Edward

(1910-1997)

viola (also Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl orchestra, San Francisco Federal Music Project orchestra)

1957-1975

Veissi, Jascha, born Joseph Weissman

brother of Harold Veissi

(then Russia, now Ukraine 1898-1983)

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Principal viola (also Cleveland Orchestra multiple responsibilities including violin 1921-1923, Assistant Concertmaster 1923-1927, Second Concertmaster 1927-1929, keyboard 1922-1929, Principal piano 1926-1929, also Kolisch Quartet, Seattle Symphony Concertmaster summer of 1929 244. Veissi was also the first conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony - a training orchestra)

 

Studied Odessa Conservatory - Ukraine. Before World War 1, Jascha Veissi, then still Joseph Weissman studied in Paris, where he formed a friendship with the great Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) whose music he later championed. Emigrated to the US in 1920.

1931-1934

Vendryes, Basil Courtney

(New York 1961- )

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viola (also Colorado Symphony Principal viola 1993-present, New York Philharmonic 1984-1985, Rochester Philharmonic 1979-1982 while studying at the Eastman School. also the Aurora String Quartet in one of its versions 1986-1995: Sharon Grebanier first, Chun-ming Mo Kobialka second, Basil Vendryes viola, Margaret Tait cello. Left to become Principal viola of the Colorado Symphony 1993-present)

 

Studied at the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division with Sally O'Reillyin about 1975. then with Francis Tursi (1922-1991) of the Eastman School of Music and Heidi Castleman and . In Colorado for the last two decades, in April, 2008, Basil Vendryes with Jeffrey Kahane and the Colorado Symphony gave the American premiere of Styx by Giya Kancheli (1835- )

1982-1993

 

On leave to play with the New York Philharmonic during the 1984-1985 season.

Vendt, Albert R. Jr.

(Colorado 1893-1968)

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percussion 1922-1926, Principal percussion 1926-1955 (also Patrick Conway Band, and the Frederick Neil lnnes Band)

 

Studied first with his German-born musician father, Albert R. Vendt Sr. and then as a youth with the Columbia Park Boys' Club Band and then in Germany. Studied in Germany and played in orchestras, primarily in Hamburg, Germany 1907-1914.

1922-1955

 

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Verney, Romain Joseph

(France 1878-1967) died in San Mateo, California on June 28, 1967, aged 89.

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  Romain Verney in 1906

Principal viola 1925-1931, and Co-Principal viola with Jascha Veissi in 1931-1932, viola 1932-1936, Assistant Principal viola 1936-1956 and viola 1956-1957 (also New York Symphony Principal viola 1909-1910 and 1919-1920, Chicago Opera Principal viola during World War 1, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal viola 1920-1925. While in Philadelphia, also in Philadelphia a member of the Rich Quartet: Thaddeus Rich first, Harry Aleinikoff second, Romain Verney viola and Hans Kindler cello in Philadelphia. In California, member of the California String Quartet: Robert Pollack first, William Wolski second, Romain Verney viola, and Verney's old friend and Philadelphia Orchestra colleague Michel Penha cello. Also a similar quartet founded by Naoum Blinder, the San Francisco String Quartet: Naoum Blinder first, William Wolski second, Romain Verney viola, and Michel Penha cello. Also the Abas String Quartet, also with Penha. In 1938, he was a member of the San Francisco String Quartet. also played in the summer popular concerts of the San Francisco Philharmonic at the Woodland Bowl under Alfred Hertz 245)

 

Studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Premier prix in about 1896. Taught taught viola at Mills College and also at the Peninsula Conservatory of Music San Mateo, California in 1950s.

1925-1957

Vernon, Charles

(North Carolina 1948- )

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bass trombone (also Baltimore Symphony 1971-1980, Philadelphia Orchestra 1981-1986, Chicago Symphony 1986-present, Brevard Music Center at Brevard College 1967-1981)

 

Studied at Brevard College - North Carolina and Georgia State University. In April, 1991, Charlie gave the premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1939- ) Concerto for Bass Trombone commissioned by the CSO. Also in September 2006, gave the premiere of Chick’a’Bone Checkout by composer and trombone virtuoso Christian Lindberg (1958- ). see Charlie's interesting website www.charlievernon.com

1980-1981

Villalpando-Wenceslao

(Mexico 1868-1965)

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New Lyric String Quartet: click to enlarge. (l to r) Gino Severi first, Wenceslao Villalpando cello, Nathan Firestone viola, Max Dolin second

cello (also the New Lyric String Quartet: Gino Severi first, Max Dolin second, Nathan Firestone viola, Wenceslao Villalpando cello)

 

In 1895-1899, Wenceslao Villalpando was professor of solfège at the National Conservatory in Mexico City.

1911-1929

Vinocour, Jonathan I.

(New York 1979- )

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Principal viola (also Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra - Germany guest Principal viola, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa - Japan guest Principal viola. also one of the founders in 2002 of the the Koryo String Quartet: Amy Lee first, Yura Lee second, Jonathan Vinocour viola and Earl Lee cello)

 

Studied chemistry at Princeton University graduating 2001 magna cum laude, receiving the Sudler Prize in the Arts.  Vinocour then studied at the New England Conservatory of Music MMus 2003. In February, 2011, Jonathan Vinocour with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco percussion section gave the first San Francisco performance of the Morton Feldman (1926-1987) Rothko Chapel. Vinocour is also active in summer music festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival - Vermont, Aspen Music Festival - Colorado and the Ravinia Festival - Illinois.

2009-present

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Vinocour, winner of the 2006 Holland America Music Society competition in his fine recording of works by Shostakovich, Britten, and Karastoyanova-Hermentin (1968- )

Vito, Joseph brother of Edward Vito harp of Cincinnati Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, NBC Symphony)

(Illinois 1886-1970?)

Principal harp (also Cincinnati Symphony harp 1919-1920, Chicago Symphony Principal harp 1927-1957)

 

Studied first with his Italian-born band musician father Joseph Vito (1856-1936).

1912-1913

Vogelsang, Joseph S.

horn

1920-1921

Volkert, Mark C.

(California 1952- )

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In the Second violin section in 1972-1973 while still a student, later Assistant Principal of the Second violins 1975-1980, Assistant Concertmaster 1980- present (also past Concertmaster of the Carmel Bach Festival - California. also the Volkert-Walther String Trio: Mark Volkert violin, Geraldine Walther viola, Jan Volkert cello)

 

Studied first with Ronald Balazs of the Minnesota Orchestra and then Stuart Canin at Stanford University BA in 1974. Also active as a composer; the San Francisco Symphony has played his Sinfonietta at subscription concerts and his Pandora for strings with the symphony on December 6, 2012.

1972-present

von Gizycki, Ernest husband of Gisella von Gizycki

(Russia, now Latvia 1887- )

cello (also the Riga Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Russia 213. also after the San Francisco Symphony, played in the short-lived San Francisco People's Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Max Bendix, also toured western US with harpist wife)

 

Studied at the Riga Conservatory - Latvia and at the Dresden Conservatory - Germany 213. Taught at the California Conservatory of Music - San Francisco.

1911-1912

von Gizycki, Gisella wife of Ernest von Gizycki

(Hungary? 1888- )

harp (also Principal harp of the Staatskapelle Dresden 213)

 

Studied at the Berlin Akademische Hochschule für Musik - Germany 213. Taught at the California Conservatory of Music - San Francisco.

1911-1912

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Wagner-George Paul son of Chicago Symphony percussionist Ernst F. Wagner Sr. and brother Roland E. Wagner and of Ernest F. Wagner Jr., piccolo of the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

(Illinois 1878-after 1930)

Principal timpani, succeeded by his brother Roland Wagner half way throught the 1922-1923 season

 

Studied first with his Chicago Symphony Orchestra percussionist father Ernst F. Wagner (1848-1922) and German-born musician grandfather Franz Hoffman (1834- ).

1912-1922

 

George Wagner seems not to have completed the 1921-1922 season.

Wagner-Roland Edward son of Chicago Symphony percussionist Ernst Frank Wagner Sr. and brother of George P. Wagner and of Ernest F. Wagner Jr., piccolo of the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

(Illinois 1886-1937)

percussion second part of 1915-1916 season and 1916-1917 and 1918-1922, Principal timpani (succeeding brother George Wagner half way through the 1922-1923 season) 1922-1937. Succeeded by Walter Larew.

 

Studied first with his Chicago Symphony Orchestra percussionist father Ernst F. Wagner (1848-1922).

Saul Goodman (1907-1996) NY Philharmonic timpani tells the following: "...timpanists were auditioning for the New York Philharmonic. One of them was a fellow named Roland Wagner, a timpanist with the San Francisco Symphony....in an attempt to intimidate the San Francisco Symphony into raising his salary... [Wagner] was offered the position. He immediately made this known to the San Francisco orchestra, who then granted him his increase..." 262. This would be in 1926.

1915-1917, 1918-1934, 1936-1937

 

Roland Wagner died in Los Angeles prior to the 1937-1938 season on September 20, 1937 age 61 following brain surgery 261

Wahrhaftig, Peter

(California )

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tuba in an Acting capacity during the 1992-1993 season while Floyd Cooley (with whom Wahrhaftig studied) was on leave (also San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Principal tuba and an active recording sessions musician. also the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the Bay Brass - San Francisco)

 

Studied at Northwestern University BMus and with Floyd Cooley. Active in summer festivals, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Arizona and the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. He teaches at Mills College - California and the University of California - Berkeley.

1992-1993

Wallace, Herbert

(England 1866- )

viola (was also a theater and cafe orchestra musician in 1910s and 1920s)

 

Emigrated to the US in 1888.

1915-1916

Wallenstein, Alfred

(Illinois 1898-1983)

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Alfred Wallenstein in 1920 on his way to Leipzig to study with Julius Klengel

cello (also in summer of 1918, Wallenstein toured South America with the Pavlowa Ballet Company, Los Angeles Philharmonic 1919-1920 leaving for Leipzig, Chicago Symphony Principal 1922-1929, New York Philharmonic Principal cello under Arturo Toscanini 1929-1933, conductor of his Sinfonietta on radio station WOR in New York City beginning 1933 and later his his Symphony of Strings, Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director 1943-1956.

 

Studied under Julius Klengel (1859-1933) at the Leipzig Conservatory.  The photo at left is his passport photo from that voyage.

1916-1917

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Walther, Geraldine Lamboley

(married Thomas Walther in June, 1977 and thereafter was billed as Geraldine Walther)

(Florida 1950- )

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Geraldine Lamboley in about 1976

Associate Principal viola 1976-1977, advanced to Principal viola in 1976-2005 (also of the Baltimore Symphony Assistant Principal viola, Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Principal viola 1975-1976, Miami Symphony Assistant Principal viola. In 2005, Geraldine Walther left the San Francisco Symphony to join the Takács String Quartet, succeeding Roger Tapping as viola)

 

Studied the Manhattan School of Music and the Marlboro Music Festival - Vermont in 1967. then at the Curtis Institute Class of 1972. With Associate Principal viola Yun-jie Liu, Geraldine Walther in 1999 gave the US premiere of the George Benjamin (1960- ) Viola, Viola (1997).

1976-2005

 

Geraldine Walther departed during the 2005-2005 season to join the Takács String Quartet.

Ward, Robert

(New York 1956- )

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he enjoys baseball too

Associate Principal Horn 1980-1998, Acting Principal horn 1998-2007, Principal Horn 2007-present. When David Krehbiel retired as Principal horn in 1998, the SFS horn section positions were listed as "Acting" during most of the next decade. (Robert Ward in High School in Schenectady, New York played in local orchestras. also played with the Atlantic Symphony - Halifax, Canada and the Denver Symphony. In SF, a founding member of The Bay Brass and of the Foxglove Chamber Ensemble)

 

Studied at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - Ohio BMus 1977. Teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of California at Berkeley. Visit the pictures and bio at Bob Ward's interesting website:

http://rnward.com/

1980-present

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Among Robert Ward's many fine recordings are the Mahler symphonies, particularly no 5.

Washington, Eileen McCall

(Oregon 1907-1994)

harpsichord (also founded and directed the Madrigal Guild - San Francisco)

 

Studied at the University of California, Berkeley BMus and MMus. She taught at San Francisco State University where she was Associate Professor of music for 12 years. Also active in summer music festivals, including in California the Carmel Bach Festival and the San Francisco Bach Festival.

1955-1963

Webb, Arthur Marshall

(Kentucky 1876-1955)

double bass (also St. Nicholas Hotel - San Francisco orchestra in 1900s, Liberty Theater musician Oakland 1920s)

 

Later retired to a farm in Sacramento.

1911-1912

Webster, Michael (son of the famous pianist Beveridge Webster and husband of Leone Buyse flute of the San Francisco Symphony and the Boston Symphony)

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Acting Principal clarinet during the 1980-1981 season (also Rochester Philharmonic Principal clarinet beginning 1968. while in Boston, was conductor of the Wellesley Symphony in suburban Boston. also the Webster Trio: Michael Webster clarinet, Leone Buyse flute, and Robert Moeling piano)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music. Associate Professor of clarinet at the Eastman School of Music and Professor of Music at Rice University Shepherd School of Music.

1980-1981

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Leone Buyse with husband Michael Webster after a concert

Wegman, Willem

(Netherlands 1895- )

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Willem Wegman in 1942

violin 1927-1938, 1940-1941, 1957-1961, Assistant Principal Second violin (to use today's terms) 1938-1940, 1941-1950, Principal Second violin 1950-1957 (also Principal Second violin Shanghai Municipal Orchestra in the early 1920s for six seasons)

 

Studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Emigrated to the US in 1927 when he joined the San Francisco Symphony.

1927-1961

 

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Willem Wegman in 1935

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Wei, Jonathan

(China )

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violin (also Los Angeles Philharmonic March 2000-present, San Diego Symphony Associate Principal Second violin May 1989-1990. also San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and Long Beach Ballet Orchestra)

 

Studied first with his musician father and then at the Central Conservatory of Music - Beijing 1983-1987 and the University of Southern California 1987-1989. Active in summer music festivals, including the Two Cranes Music Festival - Beijing, China and the Aspen Festival - Colorado.

1990- March 2000

Weigel, Ernest Eugene

(Minnesota 1870-1941)

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violin (was later a theater musician in San Francisco and Berkeley, including the Novelty Theater, Berkeley, and music director, Columbia Theater, Oakland, music director of the Pantages Theatre, Oakland and music director Broadway Theater, Oakland)

 

Studied first with his music teacher father, Samuel Weigel in Minnesota.

1911-1913

Weiler, (Abraham Jacob) Erich

(Germany 1890-1951)

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viola 1919-1951 (also the Jeanette Scheerer Chamber Music Ensemble: Robert Gordohn first, Hans Helget second, Erik Weiler viola, Dorothy Dukes Dimm cello, Eva Garcia piano, Jeanette Scheerer clarinet in 1926 and 1927. also well-known for his renditions of opera in English, including with the Musicomedians, with the San Francisco Musical Club, with the Play Opera Group - California)

 

Studied initially in Saarbrücken, Germany, then came to US in 1908.

1919-1951

 

sadly died during the 1950-1951 season on April 7, 1951 age 60 of a heart attack the afternoon before a Saturday evening concert.

Weir, Andrew "Rob"

(Canada about 1958- )

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Second bassoon (also freelance bassoon in San Francisco in the 1980s, Chamber Symphony of San Francisco Principal bassoon for 6 years, also California Symphony Principal bassoon, YOA Orchestra of the Americas and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra coach working with young musicians)

 

Studied at the Regina Conservatory of Music - Saskatchewan, then summers at Banff Center, School of Fine Arts, then Curtis Institute Class of 1979. Teaches at the San Francisco Coservatory of Music.

1991-present

Weisner, Jeffrey

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double bass Acting musician in the 2003-2004 season (National Symphony double bass 1995-present also double bass in the New World Symphony - Florida, a training orchestra for young musicians 1993-1995, and later with the Delaware Symphony)

 

Studied at Boston University BMus, and at the Peabody Conservatory - Baltimore MMus, where he now also teaches. Commissioned and performed the Michael Hersch (1971- ) Caelum Dedecoratum for unaccompanied double bass.

2003-2004

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Weiss, Adolph (sometime incorrectly Adolf)

(Maryland 1891-1971)

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Principal bassoon (also at age 16 Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York Principal bassoon under Modest Altschuler, New York Philharmonic bassoon in 1909, New York Symphony bassoon in the 1910s. Also the Chicago Symphony bassoon under Frederick Stock 1913-1916. then with the creation of the Rochester Philharmonic in 1921 Principal bassoon under Eugene Goossens and Albert Coates. he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal bassoon from the early 1950s until he retired in 1963)

 

Studied with his German-born father George Edward Weiss, was also a professional bassoonist. In 1925-1927, pursing his desire to compose, he studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg at the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin.

1935-1936

Weiss-Arthur

(Hungary 1869-1954)

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Arthur Weiss in 1917

Principal cello 1911-1912, Assistant Principal cello 1912-first half of 1915-1916 season when Stanilas Bem joined as Assistant Principal cello Weiss going to third chair. cello 1916-1926 (also, New York Symphony cello in about 1896, then in San Francisco before the formation of the San Francisco Symphony, cello with the University of California - Berkeley Orchestra in 1905. also the Minetti String Quartet with varying membership such as in 1915: Guilio Minetti first, Samuel Irving Savannah (1876-1940) second, Charles Heinsen viola, Arthur Weiss cello, and then in 1917 membership was: Guilio Minetti first, William Laraia second, Paul Whiteman viola - yes, the later big band leader, Arthur Weiss cello 236 and the Abas String Quartet: Nathan Abas first, Karl Rossner second, Hubert Sorenson viola, Arthur Weiss cello)

 

Studied with David Popper (1843-1913) at the Budapest Conservatory in the 1890s.

1911-1926

Weiss, Nicholas

(Austria 1875-1962)

violin (also a San Diego theater musician)

 

A musician in New York City and in San Diego, California prior to the San Francisco Symphony.

1915-1916

Welcomer, Paul

(Pennsylvania 1962- )

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Second trombone (also Welcomer was a founding member of The Bay Brass - the San Francisco based brass ensemble, Alabama Symphony Principal trombone about 1989-1993, also Principal trombone in the US Air Force Band in Washington, DC)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music BMus, New England School of Music MMus. With Mark Lawrence, launched MarcoPaulo Publishing, a company which specializes in publishing music for trombone (http://www.marco-paulo.com/).

1993-present

Westin, Lori Elizabeth

(1954- )

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Second horn succeeding James Callahan (also Phoenix Symphony horn - Arizona 1976-1979)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music BMus 1976 summa cum laude and also received her Performer's Certificate. also active in summer festivals, including the Spoleto Festival - Italy in summer, 1976. also taught at San Francisco State University.

1979-2004

 

listed as being on leave 1999-2000, 2001-2004.

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Wetmore, Ralph Duncan

(Ohio 1883-before 1956)

Principal Second violin 1912-1915 and 1918-1919, violin 1915-1916 changing to Principal viola during 1915-1916, 1916-1917 changed again from Principal viola back to the first violin section. (also a musician at the Strand Theater - San Francisco)

 

Studied first with his musician mother Arabella Wetmore, and then with Robert Braine at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio. He went on to study in Germany at the the Berlin Akademische Hochschule für Musik 212 1902-1907. He taught at the University of California - Berkeley 211.

1912-1917

White-Albert

(New York about 1896- )

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viola with the orchestra for 20 seasons, usually third chair viola and also San Francisco Symphony personnel manager and San Francisco Opera manager. While was also conductor of the Gaslight Orchestra and Masters of Melody - San Francisco. also concert manager for Stern Grove, a San Francisco entertainment spot. also active in the Accordia String Quartet: Daniel Bonsack first, Charles Meacham second, Albert White viola, Detlev Anders cello. also, prior to the San Francisco Symphony, music director of the KPO NBC radio staff orchestra in San Francisco for the NBC Blue radio network)

 

Studied at the Chicago Musical College and the San Francisco Conservatory.

1939-1941, 1943-1961

 

Personnel manager 1963-1965

Whiteman-Paul Samuel

(Colorado 1890-1967)

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viola (also played in the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition Orchestra leading to joining the San Francisco Symphony viola section, also a member of one of the versions of the Minetti String Quartet: Giulio Minetti first, William Laraia second, Paul Whiteman viola - yes, the later big band leader, Arthur Weiss cello in 1917 236. then in a US Navy band during World War 1, formed the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in San Francisco in 1919, playing at the Fairmont Hotel. Moving to New York City, gained fame through recording with the Victor Talking Machine Company when Whiteman's Orchestra was playing at the Ambassador Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Whiteman commissioned and premiered Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin on February 12, 1924)

 

Studied first in Denver, Colorado, pushed on by his strict music teacher father Wilberforce Whiteman (1863-1936), who was also supervisor of music for the Denver public school system.

1915-1916

Wiesmeyer, Roger M.

(Tennessee 1964- )

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Acting in the oboe section 1989-1990 and 1993-1994, Acting Associate Principal oboe 1994-1996 (also Honolulu Symphony, also Nashville Symphony English horn 2001- present)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1987. Teaches at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

1989-1990 and 1993-1996

Wilkings, Herbert James

(Michigan 1895-1978)

trumpet (later a theater musician and music director in Los Angeles)

1926-1927

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Wilkinson, Micah

(Georgia )

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Acting Second trumpet (also Oregon Symphony Third and Utility trumpet 2008-present. while in Arizona performed with the Tucson Symphony Third trumpet and with the Tucson Symphony Brass Quintet)

 

Studied at St. Olaf College - Minnesota BMus, and at Arizona State. He also studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik - Freiburg, Germany in 2005.

2011-2012

Will, Robert

(California 1915-1977?)

percussion (also San Francisco theater musician in 1940)

1951-1953

seems not to have completed the 1952-1953 season.

Willard, Joseph Maurice (born Joseph Villard in Strasbourg which became German and then reverted to France during his lifetime)

(France 1863-1935)

violin (also active in a sting quartet consisting of Joseph Willard first, Theodore Blake second, Charles S. Gwynn viola, Leonard M. Waterman cello in 1901 before the SFS was founded 276)

 

Emigrated to New York City from France, alone, in 1880 at age 17.

1915-1925

Williams, Dean

double bass (also played in the University of California, Berkeley Mozart Bicentennial Festival Orchestra in 1956)

1955-1959

Williams, William M. Jr.

(Connecticut about 1963- )

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Acting Principal trumpet (also trumpet in a number of orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic while studying at the Eastman School, the Santa Fe Opera, the Berne Symphony - Switzerland, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona - Spain 1993-1994)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music BMus and Performer's Certificate and New School for Social Research - New York Master of Psychology. Active in summer music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - New Mexico.

2004-2008

Willoughby, Susan Caroline

(Ohio 1938- )

Acting bassoon succeeding Rufus Olivier (also Baltimore Symphony bassoon)

 

Studied at the Curtis Institute Class of 1961, and Stanford University Doctor Musical Arts, 1982. Also active in summer festivals, including the Peninsula Music Festival - Wisconsin in the 1960s. Published a number of scholarly works on the bassoon and performance.

1980-1981

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Winkler, Eugene (or Eugen) Alexander

(Hungary 1906-1977)

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cello (also Shanghai Municipal Orchestra Principal cello during 1930s and World War 2, also Star Theater orchestra - San Francisco in summers)

 

Studied at the Berlin Akademische Hochschule für Musik and the Stern Conservatory, Berlin. Then left Germany in the 1930s to work for the European expatriate supported orchestra in Shanghai. He said that he did not teach actively, since he was a piano tuner " ... and there is great demand for my services ... "

mid season 1945-1971

Winters, Carol

(California about 1950- )

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violin (also Oakland Symphony 1973-1974 third chair of first violins, Sacramento Symphony 1969-1973)

 

Studied at California State University - Sacramento 1973. Also active in summer music festivals, including the Aspen Festival summers of 1973 and 1974. After the SFS, she relocated to Oregon, where she teaches and coaches in suburban Portland.

1974-1983

 

on leave in the 1982-1983 season

Wiseman (Chipps), Judith

(California 1900?- )

violin (also Concertmaster of the College of San Mateo Community Symphony 255)

 

Studied with Naoum Blinder.

1947-1951

Wismer, Hother

(Denmark 1872-1946)

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viola (also the Henry Holmes String Quartette: Henry Holmes first, Hother Wismer second, Armand Solomon viola, Theodore Mansfeldt cello in 1898-1900. In 1930s became a Hollywood studio musician, where he died at age 73)

 

Emigrated to the US with his family in 1883. Studied with his music teacher mother Matilda Wismer (1846-1921) and with Eugène Ysaÿe at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire in 1908 278.

1919-1932

Wittstock, Ernest Rudolph

(Germany 1880-1943)

viola (also a San Francisco theater orchestra musician during much of his career)

 

Emigrated to the US from Berlin, Germany in 1904.

1923-1924

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Woempner, Henry Carlton

(Wisconsin 1892-1956)

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Principal flute (also Minneapolis Symphony flute 1909-1918, Principal flute in Minneapolis 1918-1933. also a Hollywood recording sessions musician, primarily at MGM studios in the later 1940s and early 1950s. Friend and colleague of Principal double bass Frank Kuchynka, they played together as Principals in the Minneapolis Symphony, in the San Francisco Symphony and in the MGM studio orchestra in the 1940s)

 

Henry Woempner and his brother Carl Woempner, Jr. studied first with their orchestral flute musician father Carl Woempner Sr., who unfortunately died young (1867-1915).

1935-1945

Wolas, Alexander

(he later adopted the name "Sascha Wolas")

(Canada 1899-1990)

violin - Wolas was violin solo in the San Francisco premiere of Prokofiev's first violin concerto, conducted by Issay Dobrowen in 1931 (also the San Francisco Chamber Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s, and radio orchestras. he also traveled with Sol Hurok ballet groups in the 1950s)

 

Wolas had his Carnegie Hall debut at age 81 (!) " ... It took Wolas 81 years to arrive there for his first violin performance and for the world premiere of his own concerto. It also cost Wolas more than $15,000 of his own money to rent the hall and to hire the Greenwich (Conn.) Philharmonia that accompanied him ... ". The article further states: " ... [he was] a musical prodigy that his mother decided to take the family back to its native Russia when the boy was only 4, so he could study at the famed St. Petersburg Conservatory... " 277

1932-1934

Wolski-William

(New York 1898-1986)

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William Wolski and pianist wife Alice Morini in 1921. Morini was sister of Austrian violinist Erika Morini (1904-1995)

violin 1930-19378, Assistant Concertmaster 1937-1953 (also California String Quartet: Robert Pollack first, William Wolski second, Romain Verney viola, and Michel Penha cello, and the San Francisco Trio: Alice Morini piano (sister of Erika Morini and wife of William Wolski), William Wolski violin, Boris Blinder cello. Also a similar quartet founded by Naoum Blinder, the San Francisco String Quartet: Naoum Blinder first, William Wolski second, Romain Verney viola, and Michel Penha cello.)

 

Studied at the Akademie für Musik - Vienna 1914-1916 and the Royal Conservatory of Music - Budapest 1920-about 1921 with Jeno Hubay (1858-1937) who also taught Joseph Szigeti, Eugene Ormandy, Eugene Lehner.

1930-1953

Wood, William A.

timpani and percussion

1911-1912 and 1921-1922

Woodall, George N. C. (born "Nicholas Carl Woodall", but added the name "George" in honor of his grandfather

(Canada 1925-2004)

double bass (also Toronto Symphony double bass)

 

Studied as a chemist: Unversity of Edmonton PhD in Chemistry, and he taught chemistry in Toronto for 18 years. Started a successful stringed instrument store: George Woodall Fine String Instruments in the Toronto, Canada area. Taught string bass in Toronto and in Santa Cruz, California.

1955-1956

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Wright, Harold

(England 1893-1977)

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives 1945

violin (also played in staff orchestras of the BBC while in England)

 

Studied in England at the Liverpool Conservatory, and with Liverpool violinist Alfred Ross.

1942-1963

Wright, Kimberly - married to Mark Lawrence , former Principal trombone of the SFS

(Arkansas 1962- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony archives

SFS Acting Utility horn 1993-1995 and Utility horn 1998-1999 and 2000-2008, Assistant Principal Horn / Utility horn 2008-present (also Chicago Symphony Assistant Principal Utility horn 1995-1999, New Mexico Symphony Third horn 1988-1989, Principal horn 1988-1995, Arkansas Symphony Third horn 1983-1985, also member of The Bay Brass - San Francisco, in summers Santa Fe Opera Orchestra Assistant Principal horn, Santa Fe Symphony Fourth Horn)

 

Studied at Ouachita Baptist University - Arkansas 1981-1985 BMus Ed, University of North Texas - Texas MMus Perf 1987, Northwestern University - Illinois Certificate of Performance 1988. Taught at the Music Academy of the West - California summer of 1996, and at the Summit Brass Conference summers of 1991, 1992 and 1996.

1992-1995, 1998-1999 and 2000-present

 

On leave during 2009-2011

 

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Kimberly Wright in 2006

Wright, S. Mark

(Texas about 1964- ) born in Texas, raised in Kansas

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bass (also Detroit Symphony in Summer 1986. also the San Francisco Symphony Bass Quartet and chamber group Parlante)

 

Studied first with his musical parents, his father was Chairman of the music department of Emporia State University in Kansas and his mother a violin teacher. Then studied at the Interlochen Music Camp about 1978-1984, where his father also taught, and where Mark Wright also was a winner in the University Division Concerto Competition. He then studied at the University of Michigan.

1986-present

Wyatt, James Lee III "Trey"

(Kentucky 1972- )

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photo: San Francisco Symphony

percussion (also Honolulu Symphony Principal percussion 1997-2001)

 

As a student, studied at the National Music Camp - Interlochen Michigan, then at the University of Michigan BMus and Temple University - Philadelphia MMus. Active in summer music festivals, including the Ojai Festival - California, Britt Festival - Oregon, National Repertory Orchestra (a training orchestra for musicians) - Oregon, Tanglewood Music Center - Massachusetts, Pacific Music Festival - Japan, the Spoleto Festivals in both South Carolina and Italy, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho.

2001-present

Wyrick, Peter husband of Amy Hiraga

(California 1968- )

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Assistant Principal cello 1986-1989, Acting Associate Principal cello 1998-1999, Associate Principal cello 2000-present (also as a teen cello with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic - New York. also active in a chamber music with the with pianist Earl Wild. Ridge String Quartet: Krista Bennion Feeney first, Robert Rinehart second, Maria Lambros viola, Peter Wyrick cello)

 

Studied first with his musician parents and at the Juilliard pre-college division, followed by the Juilliard School college program, graduating in 1984. Active in summer music festivals including the Aspen Festival - Colorado, the Spoleto Music Festival both in south Carolina and in Spoleto, Italy, Bard Music Festival - New York, Chamber Music West - Arizona, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - New Mexico, Helsinki Festival- Finland, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival - California. Active in recording with the Ridge String Quartet. Alsom Peter Wyrick and Amy Hiraga recorded a fine CD of music of Peter Scott Lewis (1953- ): Rhapsodic Images (see right)

1986-present

 

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Yanchus, Judith Jean

(New York 1939- )

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violin (also Norwalk Symphony - Connecticut Concertmaster, also Opera Naples Assistant Concertmaster in Florida and with the Southwest Florida Symphony)

 

Studied Active in summer festivals, including the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra - New York.

1971-1972

Yang, Amos

(California 1970- )

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Assistant Principal cello (also as a student, played in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. also the Deutsche Kammerakademie - Dusseldorf, Germany, Buffalo Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Maia String Quartet 1996-2002)

 

Studied at the Eastman School of Music - Performer’s Certificate, and the Juilliard School BMus and MMus. Active in summer festivals including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Arizona, the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado and including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony - Idaho. wife Alicia Yang is a violinist of the American Bach Soloists - San Francisco.

 

Yohner-Borghese, Theadore E.

violin (also in the 1910s, the Gustav Mahler Ensemble: Ada Clement piano, Louis Ford violin, Theadore E. Yohner-Borghese violin, Edward Perrigo  viola and Paul M. Friedhofer cello)

 

Ada Clement of the Gustav Mahler Ensemble was one of the founders in 1917 of the the San Francisco Conservatory of Music - initially named the Ada Clement Piano School. Paul Mathias Friedhofer (1872- ) although San Francisco-born, studied cello in Germany at the Dresden Conservatory. His son, Hugo Friedhofer (1901-1981) was a Hollywood film composer, including Oscar-winning The Best Years of Our Lives Joan of Arc and An Affair to Remember

1912-1913

Young, Matthew

(New York? about 1976- ) grew up in Kentucky

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viola (also Minnesota Orchestra viola 2005-2012, also a founding member of the Verklärte Quartet which was grand prize winner in the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition)

 

Studied at the University of Kentucky and the Yale School of Music and then the Cleveland Institute of Music.

2012-present

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Zamora, Florence

(California 1919-1999)

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in this 1947 photo, Florence Zamora is a Spanish dancer also playing When A Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry

violin (she was also active as a dancer in the 1940s)

 

As well as her Gypsy violinist-dancer routine, Florence Zamora was active in summer music festivals, including the Woodminster Summer Series in Oakland, California.

1962-1988

Zannini, Nicola

(Italy 1883-1960)

clarinet - served in the clarinet section for ten seasons, 1918-1919 and 1923-1932 119 (also played in the orchestra of the California Theater in San Francisco in the 1910s. Zannini was solo clarinet of the Oakland Park Municipal Band in 1913 110. Nicola Zannini continued active in San Francisco and Oakland concerts during the 1930s.

 

Emigrated to California in 1902.

1918-1919, 1923-1932

Zaustinsky, Julia

(California 1929- )

violin

 

Studied at Pasadena City College, Stanford University and the Juilliard School. Taught at the University of California - Santa Cruz.

1957-1959, 1960-1961

Zeh, Frederick Christopher Jr.

(Kentucky 1866-1926)

piccolo (also Oakland Symphony flute under conductor Paul Steindorff in 1917, also Oakland theater musician)

 

Born in Kentucky to German émigré parents; father Frederick Zeh Sr. was a "maker of astronomical instruments" and an amateur musician.

1911-1912

Zelnick, Robert

(New York 1950- )

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violin (also Macalester Trio: Robert Zelnick violin, Tamas Strasser viola, Paul Freed piano which performed in the now famous VOX recording of Chamber Works By Women Composer, also as a string quartet: Joseph Roche first, Robert Zelnick second, Tamas Strasser viola, Camilla Heller cello. also US Marine Band Orchestra in Washington, DC. also the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra violin in late 1970s and early 1980s)

 

From a musical family, studied at the New York High School of Music and Art and then the Juilliard School graduating in about 1970.

acting member 1987-1988, orchestra member 1988-present

Zhao, Chen

(China about 1974- )

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violin (also New World Symphony - Florida training orchestra)

 

Studied first with his musician uncle, and then at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences - California starting in 1987. Curtis Institute of Music Class of 1996, then San Francisco Conservatory starting 1996.

2000-present

Zirbel, John brother-in-law to violinist Gil Shaham and sister of pianist Orli Shaham

(Wisconsin 1953- )

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Principal horn during audition year 1999-2000 (also Denver Symphony 1977-1979, Principal horn Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 1999-present)

 

Studied at the University of Wisconsin. Now teaches at McGill University - Québec. A regular at the Aspen Music Festival - Colorado

1999-2000

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San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera

 

Until the 1980-1981 season, the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony formed the nucleus of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.  In earlier years, they were nearly identical, and even by the 1979-1980 season, 35 musicians of the San Francisco Symphony also played in the Opera 269.  This was done because the Symphony and the Opera shared use of the War Memorial Opera House as the location for their performances, so their seasons could not be simultaneous.  The opera season was in the winter of each season, and the San Francisco Symphony season began in January.  With the opening of Davies Symphony Hall in 1980, the San Francisco Symphony had its own home, and would no longer share the War Memorial Opera House.  In that 1980-1981 season, this also meant that the orchestra of the San Francisco Symphony and of the Opera necessarily separated, and musicians had to decide whether to play for the Opera or remain with the San Francisco Symphony 100.

 

This separation also had the consequence that the San Francisco Opera Orchestra needed to hire 40 new musicians, some coming from the San Francisco Symphony and some from outside.  It also meant that the San Francisco Symphony musicians would have to decide whether to move to the opera or remain with the Symphony.  Also, the Symphony would need to hire replacements for those that moved to the Opera.  For this reason, in 1980-1981, San Francisco became one of the focal points for the largest expansion of orchestral musician employment in the nation (and the world for that matter).  It was also, therefore, a season of major personnel changes in the San Francisco Symphony.

 

Also, for the musicians, this transition could be in some cases be difficult.  Although both the Symphony and the Opera were desirable careers, in some cases the musicians did not have a choice as to which group they would join.  However, the expansion of the season and repertoire of the San Francisco Symphony flourished as a result.

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An additional note: the San Francisco Symphony Archives

 

The San Francisco Symphony has available on-line some excellent coverage of the symphony from its archives.  this can be found at: www.sfsymphony.org

 

Particularly interesting is a series of twelve audio programs describing the recorded heritage of the San Francisco Symphony made by Scott Foglesong, who not only describes and comments, but who has also overseen the restoration of recordings since the first January 1925 acoustic recordings by Alfred Hertz and the San Francisco Symphony.  No doubt this will not be available indefinitely, so visit these programs now, while you can, at: www.sfsymphony.org/

 

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If you have any comments or questions about this Leopold Stokowski site, please e-mail me (Larry Huffman) at e-mail address: leopold.stokowski@gmail.com  

 

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1 Trumpet Source includes: Cooper, Stefan.  The Trumpet Players of the San Francisco Symphony 1911-1995, February 1996 ITG Journal. http://www.trumpetguild.org/journal/f96/9602Coop.pdf
and Derek Reaban http://www.trumpetherald.com/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=18964&forum=4&1
2   page 18.  Stern, Isaac and Potok, Chaim.  My First 79 Years. Da Capo Press. New York, 2001  ISBN 0-3068-1006-9.
3   page 104.  Schneider-David.  The San Francisco Symphony. Music, Maestros, and Musicians.  Presidio Press. San Francisco. 1983. ISBN 0-89141-296-4.
4   page 19.  Stern, Isaac and Potok, Chaim.  My First 79 Years  op. cit.
5   from J. Willis Sayre Photographs, University of Washington Libraries
6   Howe, Granville L. and Mathews, William Smythe Babcock A Hundred Years of Music in America  G.L. Howe, 1889
7   Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians-1920.  The Macmillan Company.  New York. 1920.
8   page 225.  Kenneson, Claude  Musical Prodigies: Perilous Journeys, Remarkable Lives  Hal Leonard Corporation. 1998  ISBN 1574670468
9   pp. 205, 225  Schneider-David.  The San Francisco Symphony op. cit.
10   page 437.   Heiles, Anne Mischakoff.  America's Concertmasters.  Harmonie Park Press. Sterling Heights, MI. 2007. ISBN-13 978-0-89990-139-8.
11   page 225.   Schneider-David.  The San Francisco Symphony op. cit.
12   page 6.  New York Times.  New York.  February 6, 1912.
13   page 84.   Schneider-David.  The San Francisco Symphony op. cit.
14   Kozinn, Allan.  Enrique Jorda Obituary. The New York Times.  New York. March 31, 1996
15   Forty-Third Season Notes, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: Enrique Jordá, Conductor.  San Francisco Symphony Association.  San Francisco. April 1955.
16   Hall, Mordaunt.  Review: The New York Times.  New York. October 29, 1924.
17   pages 296, 308. Music and Maestros: The Story of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.  University of Minnesota.  Minneapolis. 1952.
18  page 74 Vail, Joseph H. "Litchfield County Choral Union, 1900-1912" Litchfield County University Club. 1912
19  page 244.  Hughes, Rupert.  Contemporary American Composers.  Page and Company.  Boston 1900.
20 page 166 Werner's magazine: a magazine of expression.  Volume 19.  Music Teachers National Association.  New York.  1897.
21 page 311. Apel, Willi.  Harvard Dictionary of Music, Second Edition 1969.  Cambridge, MA  1944 and 1969.  ISBN 0-674-37501-7
22  page 93. Hadley, Henry.  Henry Hadley Talks of Writing Music for the Movies.  Musical Courier December 9, 1926.
23  page X8.  Society: Music Here and There.   New York Times.  New York.  October 6, 1912.
24  page 386.  Krips, Harrietta and Athanasiadès, Georges.   Souvenirs: Pas de Musique Sans Amour.
25  page 9.  That Symphony Orchestra  Oakland Tribune.  August 10, 1910.
26  Schwartz, Richard I.   Well-known Soloists from All Walks of Life: Chapter 2  2001. http://www.angelfire.com/music2/thecornetcompendium/well-known_soloists_10.html
27  page 2.  Musician Ends Life With Rope  Wisconsin State Journal. November 12, 1930.
28  page 438.  Elson, Louis Charles.  University Musical Encyclopedia, Volume 10.  University Society, Inc.  New York.  1912.
29  pages 114-116.  O'Day, Edward Francis.  Varied Types.  Town Talk Press.  San Francisco.  1915.
30  pages 104-111.  Kenneson, Claude.  Musical Prodigies: Perilous Journeys, Remarkable Lives.  Amadeus Press.  March 2003. ISBN-13: 9781574670462.
31  page 121-135.  John Canarina, John.  Pierre Monteux, Maître.  2003.  Hal Leonard Corporation.  ISBN-13: 9781574670820.
32  page 132.  John Canarina, John.  Pierre Monteux, Maître.  op.cit.
33  page 451.  Schwarz, Boris.  Great Masters of the Violin.  Simon and Schuster. New York. 1983. ISBN 0-671-22598-7.
34   page 264.   Schneider-David.  The San Francisco Symphony op. cit.
35   page 212.  Sauners, Richard Drake.  Music and Dance in California and the West.  1948 3rd Edition. Hollywood Press. Hollywood, California.
36  page 19.  Death Takes Violinist Frank Houser.  Oakland Tribune.  October 14, 1973.
37  page 3.  Normal Concert Promises Big Hit.  Daily Free Press. Carbondale, Illinois.  December 8, 1919.
38   page 298.  Shanet, Howard.  Philharmonic: A History of New York's Orchestra.  Doubleday and Company.  New York. 1975. ISBN: 0-385-08861-2.
39  page 113.   Heiles, Anne Mischakoff.  America's Concertmasters.  op.cit.
40  Aldrich, Richard.  Amusements section, page 23.  Mishel Piastro, Russian Violinist.  New York Times. New York. October 4, 1920.
41  email information, March, 2010, from Arthur Ness, clarinet student of Frank Fragale.
42  page 39.  S.F. Composer to Conduct Own Work at U.C. Concert.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, CA  February 6, 1949.
43  page 14.  Peterson, Pearl  Famed Composer-Conductor Greets Renoites.  The Nevada State Journal.  Reno, Nevada  February 8, 1970.
44  Searle, Humphrey.  Chapter 16.  Memoires: Quadrille With a Raven.  Memoires completed 1982; unpublished.  http://www.musicweb-international.com/searle/titlepg.htm
45  page 13.  Symphony Orchestra will Give Concerts .  Berkley Daily Gazette.  Berkley, California  July 7, 1937.
46  page 40.  Van Den Burg Joins Faculty at Mills.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  March 29, 1942.
47  page 22.  Cellist to be Soloist Over KGO Tonight.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  July 6, 1928.
48  page 5.  Van Den Burg to Lead Symphony .  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California  July 24, 1936.
49  page 24.  Music Institute Plans Summer Program .  The Valley News.  Van Nuys, California  May 18, 1971.
50   page 127.  Canarina, John.  Pierre Monteux, Maître.  op.cit.
51  email information, March, 2010, from Laila Storch, oboe student of Julien Shanis and Marcel Tabuteau, and author of the superb biography of Tabuteau: Storch, Laila.  Marcel Tabuteau "How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can't Peel a Mushroom?".  Indiana University Press.  Bloomington. 2008.  ISBN-13 978-0-253-34949-1.
Tabuteau
52   page 125.  Canarina, John.  Pierre Monteux, Maître.  op.cit.
53   page 124.  Canarina, John.  Pierre Monteux, Maître.  op.cit.
54  page 8.  Basil Cameron Due Tonight.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  July 18, 1935
55  page 1.  Reno Evening Gazette.  Reno, Nevada.  June 3, 1930.
56  page 32.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  November 23, 1933.
57  page 23.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  November 25, 1930.
58  page 77.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  August 3, 1930
59  page 13.  Krips, Josef and Krips, Harrietta.   Souvenirs: Pas de musique sans amour.  Paris. 2004.
60  pages 146-148.  Krips, Josef and Krips, Harrietta.   Souvenirs: Pas de musique sans amour.  op. cit.
61  pages 420-424.  Krips, Josef and Krips, Harrietta.   Souvenirs: Pas de musique sans amour.  op. cit.
62  Frank Fragale Collection.  Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound.  Stanford University Libraries.  Palo Alto, California.  http://www.oac.cdlib.org/data/13030/r6/kt529026r6/files/kt529026r6.pdf
63  page 4.  Opera by Local Man has World Premier.   San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  August 29, 1953.
64  email information, March, 2010, from Arthur J. Ness, who played clarinet with Rudolph Schmitt.
65  page 24.  Long Beach Symphony Offers Two Woodwind Features.  Long Beach Press-Telegram.  Long Beach, California  January 17, 1966.
66  page 62.  Municipal Band Marks 57 Years.   Long Beach Press-Telegram.  Long Beach, California  March 6, 1966.
67  Associated Press story.  Edo de Waart Signs.   Associated Press.  December 20, 1974.
68  page 23.  Rotterdam Philharmonic to Play Here.   Naples Daily News.  Naples, Florida.  March 31, 1975.
69  page 8.  Blossom Releases Orchestra Dates.   Elyria Chronicle Telegram.  Elyria, Ohio  November 5, 1974.
70  page 36.  Music, Not the Personnel is Lacking .  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  March 2, 1974.
71  Stepping Down.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California  March 12, 2010
72  Press Release SPCO Announces New Artistic Partner Edo de Waart.  Saint Paul, Minnesota.  March 19, 2008
73  Oslo Philharmonic website http://www.oslofilharmonien.no/
74  Herbert Blomstedt biography at the San Francisco Symphony website http://www.sfsymphony.org/music/
75  National Archives and Records Administration: World War I Draft Registration Adolph Blomstedt
76  Section 2  Conductor Making His Mark with Orchestra.  Chicago Daily Herald.  Chicago, Illinois  November 29, 1988.
77  page 23.  S.F Symphony to Open Season Friday .  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  December 3, 1939.
78  page 12.  New Players in Orchestra.   Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  February 22, 1906.
79   page 107.  Canarina, John.  Pierre Monteux, Maître.  op.cit.
80  page C-3.  Chamber Unit in Two Concerts.   Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  July 9, 1950.
81  highly recommended, and fun: Storch, Laila.  Marcel Tabuteau 'How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can't Peel a Mushroom?'.  Indiana University Press.  Bloomington. 2008.  ISBN-13 978-0-253-34949-1.
82  Naoum and Eugenia Blinder Papers, 1909-1988.  University of California, Berkeley.
83   page 16.  Stern, Isaac and Potok, Chaim.  My First 79 Years  op. cit.
84  page 247.  Saleski, Gdal. Famous Musicians of a Wandering Race  Kessinger Publishing.  2006. ISBN 142862516X
85   page 99.  The Violinist, Volume XXIV.  Violinist Publishing Company.  Chicago, IL.  Volume XXIV. August, 1919.
86  page 9.  Home Club.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  May 2, 1907.
87  page 9.  Orchestra Membership Announced.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  September 9, 1906.
88  page 54.  Questions from the Curious.  New York Times.  New York, NY  October 17, 1909.
89  page 3.  Hertz Acquires New Musicians.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  September 21, 1919.
90  page 55.  Thornton, Mary.  Trumpet Players of the Cleveland Orchestra 1918-1993. An Addendum.  ITG Journal.  International Trumpet Guild.  Manhattan, Kansas  December 1994.
91  pages 32-41.  Cooper, Stefan  Trumpet Players of the San Francisco Symphony 1911-1995.  International Trumpet Guild Journal. February, 1996.
92 pages 226,227.  Tarr, Edward H. Tarr, Carter, Stewart Carter, editors.  East Meets West: The Russian Trumpet Tradition from the Time of Peter the Great to the October Revolution .  Pendragon Press.  New York, New York.  March, 2004.  ISBN-13: 9781576470282
93 pages 231-236.  Tarr, Edward H. Tarr, Carter, Stewart Carter, editors.  East Meets West: The Russian Trumpet Tradition from the Time of Peter the Great to the October Revolution.  op. cit.
94  page 8.  Iskander Akhmadullin, Iskander.  The Russian Trumpet Sonata: A Study of Selected Representative Sonatas for Trumpet and Piano with Historic Overview.  Ph.D. thesis.  University of North Texas.  May 2003.
95  web page: Curtis Institute of Music.  Curtis Alumni Since 1924.  http://www.curtis.edu/a
96  Section 4, page 9.  Music Notes.  The Pittsburgh Press.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  May 16, 1943.
97  Page 14A.  Fremont Philharmonic Concert Set .  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  February 11, 1967.
98  page 31.  A New Orchestra of All Under-25 Professionals.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.   June 28, 1977.
99  page 7-EL.  New Manager, Cellist Named Opera Orchestra.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.   August 11, 1963.
100  Kosman, Joshua.  He arrived as a wunderkind at age 18.  San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco, California.   July 26, 2004.
101  page 1.  Trutner, Oakland Band Leader Dies.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.   December 27, 1961.
102  Page 20.  California Symphony to Play in Belmont.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  June 18, 1958.
103  page C-3.  New Audience Seen by Ballet Maestro.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  June 27, 1954
104  Page 40.  Mrs. Saroyan to Rewed .  New York Times.  New York, New York.  January 14, 1957.
105  Kosman, Joshua.  William Bennett, top Symphony oboist, back from beating cancer.   San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco, California.   July 20, 2005.
106  Kosman, Joshua.  William Banovetz.   San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco, California.   February 2, 2001.
107  page 457.  Colby, Frank Moore.  The New international Year Book, Volume 1919 .  Dodd, Mead and Company.  New York, New York.   1917.
108  page X-3.  Aldrich, Richard.  Music.  New York Times.  New York, New York  October 24, 1920.
109  page 11.  New Wind Ensemble Make Debut Friday.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.   February 8, 1925.
110  page 9.  Signor Zannini is Given Great Ovation.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.   April 14, 1913.
111  page 113.  Medicus, Emil.  Twin City Flute Club.  The Flutist Magazine, Volume 1.  Asheville, North Carolina.   1920.
112  page C-7.  Kidney Ailment Fatal to Symphony Flutist.  Long Beach Press-Telegram.  Long Beach, California.   June 21, 1957.
113  page B-4.  S.F. Symphony Season Will Start Friday.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.   December 1, 1940.
114  Michael Tilson Thomas official website.  Biography .  http://www.michaeltilsonthomas.com/MTTBiography.html
115  pages 186-190.  Rosenberg, Deena Rosenberg, Rosenberg, Bernard.  The music Makers  Columbia University Press.   New York, New York.  1979.  ISBN 0-231-03953-0.
116  Section F page 1.  Apone, Carl.  Steinberg Opens Farewell Season Friday.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   September 6, 1975.
117  page 9.  Chamber Series in Belmont.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  June 28, 1977.
118  page 23.  Featured Soloist at HVP Concert.  Kingston Daily Freeman.  Kingston, New York.  December 3, 1975.
119  St. Louis Symphony website.  Jonathan Vinocour http://www.slso.org/musicians/bios/bio-jonathan-vinocour.htm
120  University of Colorado website.  Faculty Biography: Geraldine Walther http://www.colorado.edu/music/faculty/walther.html
121  Elson, Louis Charles Elson.  University Musical Encyclopedia, Volume 10.  The University Society.  New York.   1912.
122  Kosman, Joshua.  Marc Lifschey.   San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco, California.   November 10, 2000.
123  Lifschey, Marc.  Playing Staccato on the Oboe.  The Double Reed.  Volume 25 no 1-2002.
124  Philharmonic Orchestra of Havana History.  http://www.soycubano.com/bijirita/musica/orquesta_sinfonicai.asp
125  Joseph Wilds Sallenger's Favorite Flutes Index http://goferjoe.bygones.biz/flutes.htm
126  pages 286-290.  Blakeman, Edward.  Taffanel: Genius of the Flute. Oxford University Press 2005.  ISBN-13 978-0-19-517098-6.
127  page 8-S.  Symphony to Open Summer Series in S.F..   Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.   July 15, 1934.
128  information from websites: Noe Valley Chamber of Commerce http://www.nvcm.org/season/20080406.htm and San Francisco Opera http://sfopera.com/artistbio.asp?castcrewid=1127
129  Ramsey, David.  page 18.  SSO Soloist Tackles Work of American Masters.   Syracuse Herald Journal.  Syracuse, New York.   February 11, 2000.
130   Midgette, Anne.  Yiddish Theater Lives in the Care of One Who Knows  New York Time.  New York. April 19, 2005.
131  page 455.  Colby, Frank Moore, Churchill, Allen Leon.  The New international Year Book  Volume 1919.  Dodd, Mead and Company.  New York, New York. 1919.
132  pages 303-304.  Sherman, John K. Sherman.  Music and Maestros: The Story of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra   University of Minnesota.  Minneapolis. 1952.
133  page 250.  Tarr, Edward H. (Stewart Carter, editor).  East Meets West: The Russian Trumpet Tradition  Historical Brass Society Series number 4. Pendragon Press, 2004. ISBN-13 978-1576470282
134  pages 54-60.  Boone, Philip Sandford.  The San Francisco Symphony, 1940-1972: Oral history transcript (1978)  Bancroft Library. Regional Oral History Office.   Bancroft Library, University of California.  1978.
135  pages 130-133.  Altman, Ludwig.  A well-tempered musician's unfinished journey through life: Oral history transcript  Bancroft Library. Regional Oral History Office.   Bancroft Library, University of California.  1990.
136  Commanday, Robert.  Tribute: Charles R. Bubb Jr. (1913-2002)  San Francisco Classical Voice.  San Francisco, California.  February 19, 2002.
137  Olshausen, Johannes and Olshausen, Detlev.  1876 from Hamburg to Panama and San Francisco to the Philadelphia World Fair  Dorrance Publishing Company, Inc.  San Francisco, California.  September 2009.  ISBN-13: 9781434994233.
138  page 3.  Hertz Acquires New Musicians.   Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, CA  September 21, 1919.
139  page 13.  Desfor, Irving.  Photo Exhibits on China.  Winchester Evening Star.   Winchester, Virginia.  March 24, 1972.
140  page 35.  Interesting Concerts Mark Year's Opening.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  December 29, 1935.
141  page 15.  San Francisco Symphony to Open Pop Season.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  January 14, 1936.
142  page 39.  New Leader Pierre Monteux.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  September 8, 1935.
143  page 81.  Monteux Los Angeles Philharmonic Engagement.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  December 22, 1935.
144  page 18.  Oakland Moose to Give Musicale at Clubrooms.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  October 18, 1923.
145  page 6.  Wind Ensemble Climaxes Concert Series.  Fairbanks Daily News.  Fairbanks, Alaska.   May 9, 1955.
146  page 5.  Raymond Ojeca Performs with Buffalo Philharmonic.  Hayward Review.  Hayward, California  Feb 7, 1949.
147  page 26.  S.F. Symphony Picks Principal Bassoonist.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  August 20, 1976.
148  page 50.  Symphonies Planned.   Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  December 5, 1915.
149  page 10.  San Francisco Orpheum Dark After 42 Years.  Lima News.  Lima, Ohio  August 13, 1929.
150  page 17.  Popular Concert Finances Raised .  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  September 11, 1922.
151  page 5.  Cathedral Choir to Sing Tonight .  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  April 7, 1923.
152  page 79.  Danforth, Roy Harrison.  Music News of the Weekend.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  November 7, 1926.
153  page 2.  L.A. Baroque Players in 6th Concert .  Long Beach Press-Telegram.  Long Beach, California  January 7, 1956.
154  page 41.  Tollefsen Trio at Seaside Club .  Bridgeport Telegram.  Bridgeport, Connecticut  November 26, 1919.
155  page 47.  Souvenir.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  November 28, 1937.
156  Ferenc Molnar, 89.  Orlando Sentinel.  Orlando, Florida  May 13, 1985.
157  page 76.  Silverman, Jan.  Maria Adds Spice to Life.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  August 9, 1970.
158  page 6.  Musicians Names are Announced.   San Francisco Call.  San Francisco, California.  September 13, 1906.
159  page 6.  Personnel of Symphony Orchestra.   Pacific Coast Music Review.  San Francisco, California.  Volume XLV number 1 May 22, 1923.
160  Olivier-Rufus and Vida.  Walter Green, Great Bassoonist Dies at 82.   Bassoon Talk.  San Francisco, California.  December 15, 2007.
161  Walter Green.   San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco, California.  December 16, 2007.
162  page 10.  Brahms Festival at U.C. Will Return Chamber Music to Fore of Concert Interest Tomorrow.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  June 16, 1935.
163  page 6.  Mlle. Radisse to Play with Symphony.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  March 6, 1932.
164  page 3.  Few Changes in Symphony .  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California  July 2, 1936.
165  pages 266, 282.  Rosenberg, Donald The Cleveland Orchestra Story, 'Second to None'.  Gray & Company.  2000.  ISBN: 978-1-886228-24-5. 
166  page 13.  Symphony Preview.   San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California  April 12, 1950.
167  Suisheimer Quartet Heard.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  December 3, 1914.
168  page 46.History of Music in San Francisco History of Music in San Francisco Series: Volume 5: 1940: Local Prodigies 1906-1940.  Work Projects Administration of North California, San Francisco.
169  page 9.  Idora Park Concerts.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  August 24, 1916.
170  page 6.  Comic's Father Dies.   Racine Journal-Times.  Racine, Wisconsin.  March 13, 1965.
171  page 8.  Morey Amsterdam Heads Saturday Variety Show.   Holland Evening Centinal.  Holland, Michigan.  May 16, 1962.
172  page 8.  Funeral Tomorrow for Alfred Arriola.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California  April 8, 1940.
173  page 6.  Govea, Wenonah Milton.  Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Harpists.  Greenwood Publishing.  Westport, Connecticut, 1995.  ISBN-13: 9780313278662.
174  Maestro Mariano Bracamonte.  Boletín de museos y bibliotecas.  No. 1 Issue 4.  Museo Nacional de Guatemala, Guatemala. 1945. 
175  Wheeler, Patricia  The Golden Gate Park Band.  The Advance.  Association of Concert Bands.  Ohio, October, 2007.  
176  Leonid Bolotine, 87, Violinist and Guitarist.  New York Times.  New York, New York.   November 29, 1988.
177  page 30.  Music Notes.   Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  April 14, 1976.
178  Hickman, Dave .  Thieck, William Adelbert.  Forum of trumpetherald.com.  http://www.trumpetherald.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1118250   February 19, 2011.
179  Fronckowiak, Ann.  The oboe concerto of John Harbison: A guide to analysis, performance, and the collaboration with oboist, William Bennett.   Doctor of Musical Arts disertation.  Ohio State University Music faculty. Columbus, Ohio.  2006.
180  Kosman, Joshua.  Symphony Turns Down Horn Player's Tenure Bid.   San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco, California.  October 17, 2000.
181  Heimberg, Tom.  Edward Haug (August 4, 1925-May 22, 2001).   San Francisco Classical Voice.  San Francisco, California.  May, 2001.
182  page 7.  Stanford Concert By 200 Students Well Received.   San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  January 31, 1935.
183  page B4.  DiLutis, John Joseph, Jr..  Spartenberg Herald-Journal.  Spartenberg, South Carolina.  April 1, 1993.
184  page 7.  Japanese Violinist Is Matean.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  November 3, 1967.
185  Bramsen, Ludvig Ernst.  Musikkens hvem hvad hvor - Biografier.  Politikens forlag.  Norway. 1961.
186  further information from: Storch, Laila.  Marcel Tabuteau "How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can't Peel a Mushroom?".  Indiana University Press.  Bloomington. 2008.  ISBN-13 978-0-253-34949-1.
187  Berger, Kenneth Walter.  The March King and his Band; the Story of John Philip Sousa .  Exposition Press.  New York, New York. 1957.
188  Burton, Humphrey.  Yehudi Menuhin: A Life".  Northeastern University Press.  Chicago, Illinois. 2000.  ISBN 13: 9781555534653.
189  page 59.  Danforth, Roy Harrison.  In the Week's Musical News.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California. June 19, 1924.
190  pages 126-142.  Mead, Rita H..  Henry Cowell's New Music, 1925-1936.  UMI Research Press.  Ann Arbor, Michigan. 1981.
191   page 265  Schneider-David.  The San Francisco Symphony op. cit.
192  page 78.  Concert features 2 Award Winners.  Haywoood Daily Review.  Haywood, California. April 27, 1973.
193  Bothin, Henry Ernest Men Who Made San Fransciso.  Brown & Power Stationary Press.  San Francisco, California.  1910.
194  for example:  page 51.  Hertelendy, Paul.  A Refined Symphony Recital.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California. December 8, 1966.
195  for example:  page 27.  Hertelendy, Paul.  Beethoven's S.F. Return - In Style.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California. May 12, 1965.
196  FIGEROID, Marguerite Baker.  San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco, California.  September 23, 2001.
197  Kosman, Joshua.  Peter Shelton, S.F. Symphony cellist, dies.  San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco, California.  May 15, 2009.
198  San Francisco Symphony press release: SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELLIST PETER SHELTON DIES.  San Francisco Symphony Communications Department.  San Francisco, California.  May 12, 2009.
199  page 11.  Musical Chit-chat.  Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, Utah.  November 8, 1903.
200  page 8.  The Philharmonic Orchestra Will Give a Concert.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  March 15, 1898.
201  page 21  Charm of Sweet Sounds.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  March 6, 1897.
202  page 5  Symphony Concerts .  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  January 25, 1896.
203  page 12  R M. Smith to Pay any Deficit in Fund.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  November 30, 1905.
204  Rothe, Larry  Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony.  Chronicle Books.  San Francisco, California.  2011.  ISBN-13: 978-0-8118-7600-1.
205  page 28  Concert Set For April 26.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  April 18, 1962.
206  page 28  Bay Area Orchestras Stir Up Old Rivalry.  Bakersfield Californian.  Bakersfield, California.  December 3, 1964.
207  Heimberg, Tom.  Orchestra Auditions - The Narrow Gate.  San Francisco Classical Voice.  San Francisco, California.  December 29, 1998. www.sfcv.org/arts_revs/auditions_12_29_98.php
208  page 5  Two Musicians go to S. F..  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  May 27, 1967.
209  page 17  Stanford Ensemble.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  April 10, 1972.
210  Govea, Wenonah Milton.  Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Harpists: a bio-critical sourcebook.  Greenwood Publishing Group.  Westport, Connecticut.  1995.  ISBN: 0-313-27866-0.
211  page 5  First McIntyre Concert.  Berkeley Daily Gazette.  Berkeley, California.  September 11, 1914.
212  page 161  Huntington, Webster Perit.  Among Those Present.  The Ohio Illustrated Magazine.  Columbia, Ohio.  Volume 2, number 1. January, 1909.
213  page 15.  De Pachmann, Master of Piano Coming to Oakland, and Musicians are Eager.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  January 28, 1912.
214  page 82.  The Palace Warned.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  November 12, 1922.
215  page 2.  Last Concert to have Wind Ensemble.  Daily Sitka Sentinel.  Sitka, Alaska.  April 27, 1955.
216  page 6.  Judge Locks Speeders Car.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  June 11, 1926.
217  page B-5.  Ferrera Tells of Rare Violin.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  October 19, 1930.
218  Livingstone's Symphonic Band.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  January 24, 1923.
219   page 23.  Orchestra Leader Wed to Dancer.  New York Times. New York. November 5, 1922.
220  page 30.  KGO Radio Program.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  June 5, 1925.
221  page S-3 Rehearsals fro Mozart Opera.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  July 10, 1921.
222  page 31 Sigmund Beel's Quartette.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  December 3, 1911.
223  page 28 Christmas Concert.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  December 9, 1947.
224  page 7 Opening at the American Theater.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  November 16, 1918.
225  page 8 Walter Manchester, Violinist, is Dead.  Berkeley Daily Gazette.  Berkeley, California.  August 30, 1930.
226  page 5 High School Honors.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  November 2, 1931.
227  page 3 John Wharry Lewis and His Orchestra.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  April 19, 1919.
228  Miller, Leta E.   Music and Politics in San Francisco: From the 1906 Quake to the Second World War.  University of California Press.  Berkeley, California.  2012.  ISBN: 978-0-520-26891-3.
229  page 37 Brubeck Group to Aid P-TA Music Program.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  December 8, 1953.
230  page 27 Freuler concert.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  May 5, 1912.
231  page 45 New T&D Theater.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  January 5, 1919.
232  page 16 Lowes State Theater.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  November 12, 1920.
233  page 49 Famous Music is Given Library.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  October 14, 1917.
234  page 10 Bela Purt Forms Hungarian League.  Bakersfield Californian.  Bakersfield, California.  July 2, 1918.
235  page 2 Grand Concert.  The Gleaner.  Kingston, Jamaica.  December 9, 1899.
236  page 34 Minetti String Quartet.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  October 28, 1917.
237  page 34 Mills Faculty Man Joins Trio.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  November 4, 1923.
238  page 33 Merry Music Echoes at the Fair.  Portland Oregonian.  Portland, Oregon.  June 4, 1905.
239  Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame 2007.  National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation.  Akron, Ohio. 35th Edition. 2007.
240  page 19 Women's Athletic Club.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  October 19, 1929.
241  page 2-B Atwater-Kent To Broadcast.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  March 25, 1928.
242  page 8. Concert Sunday at Amherst School.  North Adams Transcript.  North Adams, Massachusetts.  July 24, 1958.
243  Gates, Willey Francis. Who's Who in Music in California.  Colby and Pryibil.  Los Angeles, California.  1920.
244  page S-7. Music and Musicians.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  September 29, 1929.
245  page B-7. Concerts Start at Hillsborough.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  June 23, 1935.
246  page 1. List of the Faculty.  Des Moines Daily News.  Des Moines, Iowa.  August 22, 1896.
247  page 2. Dedication Week - The Auditorium.  Des Moines Daily News.  Des Moines, Iowa.  August 29, 1899.
248  page 5. Francois Uzes Passes Away.  Redlands Daily Facts.  Redlands, California.  October 17, 1952.
249   Tina Lerner Weds Again.  New York Times. New York. November 21, 1915.
250  pages 153-154.  Saleski, Gdal. Famous Musicians of a Wandering Race  op. cit.
251  page 297.  Schuster, Bernhard. Die Muzik  Verlegt Bei Schuster & Loeffler. Berlin, Germany. 1905.
252  page 6.  Special Music for Peace.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  November 27, 1925.
253  page 13.  Resolution Endorses World Court Plan.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  December 2, 1925.
254  page 2.  Concertmaster and Danseuse Wed.  Logansport Reporter.  Logansport, Indiana.  January 15, 1908.
255  page 21.  First Appearance Slated.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  January 19, 1967.
256  page 6.  Classical Concert Sunday.  Bakersfield Morning Echo.  Bakersfield, California.  December 2, 1914.
257  page 6.  Musical Forum Set.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  January 1, 1951.
258  page 54. Piano Trio Makes Auspicious Debut.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  April 27, 1965.
259  page 14. Flutist with Mini is 'Maxi' in Talent.  Sarasota Herald-Tribune.  Sarasota, Florida.  June 13, 1970.
260  page 3. Charles Forsyth to be Head of Intimate Orchestra.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  October 28, 1922.
261  page 6. Symphony Member Dies.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  September 22, 1937.
262  Mattingly, Rick.  Interview with Saul Goodman.  Modern Drummer Magazine.  Nutley, New Jersey.  1981.
263   pages 205-209.  Schneider-David.  The San Francisco Symphony. Music, Maestros, and Musicians.  Presidio Press. San Francisco.
264   page 188.  Schneider-David.  The San Francisco Symphony. Music, Maestros, and Musicians.  op. cit.
265   Wakin, Daniel J.  Roland L. Kohloff, 71, Master of the Timpani, Is Dead  New York Times.  New York. March 3, 2006.
266  page 4.  The Roney Concert.  Janesville Gazette.  Janesville, Wisconsin.  February 27, 1892.
267   page 14.  42 Year-Old Race Again Scheduled.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  June 6, 1937.
268   page 44.  Mills Ensemble Will Present Leon Kirchner Composition.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  January 11, 1956.
269  Heimberg, Tom.  An Orchestra Is Split For Good, And For The Better.  San Francisco Classical Voice.  San Francisco, California.  September 7, 1999.
270   page 4.  Gessler, Clifford  Jorda Guides Symphony in his First S.F. Concert.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  January 30, 1954.
271  page 4.  Musical Program Marks Assembly at College Here.  Oshkosh Daily Northwestern.  Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  April 25, 1939.
272  charcoal sketches by Bettina Steinke.  The NBC Symphony Orchestra.  National Broadcasting Company  New York, New York.  1938.
273   page 5.  Antonin Blaha, Violinist.  Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette.  Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  April 2, 1904.
274   page 54.  Art Quartet Free Concert on Sunday.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  December 3, 1957.
275   page 54.  Concierto de Ezequiel Amador en Centro Social de Ica.  La Voz de Ica.  Ica, Peru.  April 13, 2012.
276   page 7.  Loring Club Celebrates.  Berkeley Daily Gazette.  Berkeley, California.  May 29, 1901.
277   Sascha Wolas' Carnegie Hall Debut.  People Magazine.  New York, New York.  Volume 13 no 6, February 11, 1980.
278   page 4.  Hother Wismer Will Appear In Concert.  San Francisco Call.  San Francisco, California.  December 17, 1908.
279  Wakin, Daniel J. San Francisco Symphony Strike Ends.  New York, New York.  April 1, 2013. .
280  Vara, Vauhini.  San Francisco Symphony Strike Drags On.  Wall Street Journal.  New York, New York.  March 24, 2013.
281  Gereben, Janos.  San Francisco Symphony and musicians sign contract, but harmony has yet to return.  The San Francisco Examiner.  San Francisco, California.  April 14, 2013.
282 Maurice Feiler 1894-1949, Birth Date: 16 Aug 1894, Death Date: 2 May 1949, husband of Zina Feiler 1897-1956, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California State of California. California Death Records, 1940-1997. Sacramento, California.
283  page 341.  Edited by Ernest N. Doring Maurice Feiler.  Violins and Violinists Magazine, Volumes 9-10.  William Lewis & Son.  Chicago, Illinois.  1949.
284  page 6.  Twenty Years Ago.  San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California  October 15, 1938.
285   page 79.  Music Festival to Air.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  August 5, 1962.
286   Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.  Nippon Foundation Library.  Tokyo, Japan.  2007.
287  page 18  Predicts Great Future.  Berkeley Daily Gazette.  Berkeley, California.  August 6, 1938.
288   page 6.  New York Times.  New York.  November 18, 1944.
289  page 17.  Sweet Sounds.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  October 7, 1905.
290  page 1.  Sweet Sounds.  Ukiah Dispatch Democrat.  Ukiah, California.  February 25, 1921.
291  page 28.  Faculty Artist Concert.  Eugene Register-Guard.  Eugene, Oregon.  Apr 12, 1984. 292  Rowe, Georgia Rowe.  Review: George Cleve brings grace and finesse to the Midsummer Mozart Festival.  San Jose Mercury.  San Jose, California.  July 27, 2012.
293  Bort, James Jr.  Barton, Veteran Symphony Performer Readies Concert Finale.  Fresno Bee Republican.  Fresno, California.  May 10, 1964.
294  page 44.  Welcome New Musicians.  San Francisco Symphony Stagebill, Volume 3.  B & B Enterprises Inc.  San Francisco, California.  1983.
295  page 4.  The Feldenkrais Method for Cellists.  Bridge & Bow.  Portland, Oregon.  Winter 2002.
296  Everett Dean O'Bannon Jr..  West Funeral Home.  Carlsbad, New Mexico.  September 4, 2013.
297  Anthony J. Cirone RESUME.  downloaded from his site http://www.anthonyjcirone.com in 2014.
298   page 17.  Frank Leroy Clawson.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  July 6, 1964.
299  page 4.  String Ensemble Will Offer Program.   San Mateo Times.  San Mateo, California.  October 13, 1936.
300  page 5.  Berkshire Players Appear Thursday.  Del Rio News Herald.  Del Rio, Texas.  January 23, 1972.
 

 

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