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The San Luis Obispo Symphony is excited to welcome our third auditioning conductor Nan Washburn, Music Director of the Michigan Philharmonic. Maestro Washburn answered our questions we are posing to each conductor in order to get to know them a little better. Read more about Maestro Washburn on this blog post and her bio on

Such a wonderful concert on Sunday. The acoustics were supurb, Soprano Anna Schubert sublime, conductor Chris Woodruff and our San Luis Obispo Symphony Chamber Orchestra musician just marvelous. Kudos to all!! 

Phil Snedecor, principal trumpet for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, co-founder of the Washington Brass, and Associate Professor of Trumpet at the Hartt School of Music, will present a master class from 2:10 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Cal Poly's Davidson Music Center, room 216. Before taking the position at Hartt, Mr. Snedecor taught the trumpet Peabody Conservatory. 


John Astaire earned his Doctor of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University. He has performed with several ensembles across the country, including the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Kylix Contemporary Music Ensemble Aguava New Music Studio, Felix de los Ingenios Early Music Ensemble, and Keith Brion's New Sousa Band. He has also been a frequent member of the Mozart Festival and Festival Mozaic orchestras. As an educator, John teaches Percussion at Cal Poly State University, and coaches young percussionists with the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. Originally from California, his primary teachers have included timpanist Gerald Carlyss and percussionist Kenneth Watson, under whom he also studied Hungarian cimbalom. 


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