About the Symphony

The San Luis Obispo Symphony is the premiere symphony orchestra of California’s Central Coast. Founded in 1954, we are a cultural cornerstone for San Luis Obispo and the surrounding communities.

In addition to our concert hall performances, which bring world-class guest artists and thrilling music to SLO, we are also dedicated to enriching music education throughout the region. Our wide variety of music education programs engage children from Monterey to Santa Barbara, and enable them to develop and foster a lifelong love of music.

THE ORCHESTRA

Your support makes it possible for the San Luis Obispo Symphony to bring exciting music and one-of-a-kind experiences to the Central Coast. By sponsoring a musician, you make a lasting impact to the vital cultural scene in our community.

Violin I

BRYNN ALBANESE | CONCERTMASTER

EMILY LANZONE | ASSOC. CONCERTMASTER

PAM DASSENKO
     John & Jean Conway
     Darlene Hagenow
Richard & Catherine Luckett

SHARON HOLLAND
     Jim Black & Elizabeth Vogler
     Nancy Webber & Roger Vogler

CAROL KERSTEN
     Marti Lindholm

RON KIEL

MICHELE MEYERS
     Ken & Tricia Volk

GINETTE REITZ

GRACE SENG
     Thomas & Mary Tanner

PAUL SEVERTSON

PHILIP SHANKS
     Craig Russell

EVA WERNER

Violin II

TIMOTHY SHANKS | PRINCIPAL

BARBARA BLANKE

LISA DAVIDSON
     John & Rebecca Baer

CLAY FROELICH

VALARIE KOOS*
Marcia Koos-Mortensen

INGRID KOVACS
The Warren Family, in Honor of Warren H. and Bettie Lou Warren

SONYA LANZEN-CASTELLANOS

LEANNA MARCHELL

KRISTINE PACHECO

TANYA STREDER

Viola

DAVID HENNESSEE | PRINCIPAL
     Susan Minker, M.D.

PETER LIEPMAN
     Rosemary & Kathleen Thorne

KAREN LOEWI JONES
     Francie Levy & Larry Akey

JACK MARZANO

DOROTHY ROSE

MARGARET WHITSON
     Mike & Ursula Fitzgerald

KIMBERLY WILKINS

Cello

NANCY NAGANO | PRINCIPAL
Miki Gillman & Larry Batcheldor
Joan Gellert-Sargen, In Honor Of Alice McGonigal

NANETTE HAMILTON
     Terry & Pam Clark

BARBARA HUNTER-SPENCER

KRISTIN RIGHETTI

TRACY SPARKS
     Jerry & Sandy Gothe

LUBA STALLER

ROSSLYN THORP-CLAUSON
     Janet Carpenter

DREW VAN DUREN
Roxanne Carr

Bass

KEN HUSTAD | CO-PRINCIPAL
     Jay & Yolanda Wadell

LARA LEHMER* | CO-PRINCIPAL
     David & Diana Salmon

DAVID GEORGE
     Barbara L. Johnson

EDWARD A. HARRIS
      Karen S. Kolba, M.D.

PETER SAXBY

CLIFTON SWANSON
     Fred & Rochelle Friedman
     Francie Levy & Larry Akey

Flute

BONNIE RICHAN
     Cindy Marie Absey

Piccolo

NANCY SMEE
     Sandi Sigurdson & Steve McGrath

Oboe

JESSICA HOFFMAN | PRINCIPAL
LeeAnne & George Fisher

HEIDI BUTTERFIELD*
     Laurie Ellison

Clarinet

RICHARD DOBECK | PRINCIPAL

IAN MURTON
     Judy Kambestad & George Shepard

Bass Clarinet

SHANNON MCNEELY

BASSOON

LISA NAUFUL | PRINCIPAL
     India D’Avignon & Ignatios Vakalis

JOHN DILWORTH | ASSOC. PRINCIPAL
     Carole Maurer

FRENCH HORN

JENNIFER GALVAN* | PRINCIPAL
     Julie Ann Dodson

LARISA VREDEVOE

GREG MAGIE
Kathryn Coull

TRUMPET

JERRY BOOTS | PRINCIPAL
Carol W. Fine

AL STREDER
     Lyn C. Baker

RICH WARD
     Maryellie K. Johnson

TROMBONE

DAVID LANDERS | PRINCIPAL

MICHAEL JOHNSON
     Lawrence & Marilyn Vredevoe

BASS TROMBONE

AIDAN RITCHIE

TUBA

ROD MATHEWS | PRINCIPAL

HARP

MARCIA DICKSTEIN | PRINCIPAL

TIMPANI

JOHN ASTAIRE | PRINCIPAL
     Bill & Carol Rust
     Carol Boche

PERCUSSION

MARSHALL GRANGER | PRINCIPAL
     Kathryn L. & Brendan V. McAdams

DENNIS CEMENTINA
Allyn & Concettina Arnold

JOHN BECK

KEYBOARDS

SUSAN AZARET DAVIES | PRINCIPAL
     Jim Gealy

ORCHESTRA LIBRARIAN

PETER LIEPMAN

* Youth Symphony alum

PRINCIPAL PLAYERS

Brynn Albanese | Concertmaster
Brynn Albanese | Concertmaster
Emily Lanzone | Associate Concertmaster
Emily Lanzone | Associate Concertmaster
David Hennessee  |  Viola
David Hennessee | Viola
Nancy Nagano | Cello
Nancy Nagano | Cello
Ken Hustad | Co-Principal, Bass
Ken Hustad | Co-Principal, Bass
Lara Lehmer | Co-Principal, Bass
Lara Lehmer | Co-Principal, Bass
Jessica Hoffman | Oboe
Jessica Hoffman | Oboe
Richard Dobek | Clarinet
Richard Dobek | Clarinet
Lisa Nauful | Bassoon
Lisa Nauful | Bassoon
Jennifer Galvan | French Horn
Jennifer Galvan | French Horn
Jerry Boots | Trumpet
Jerry Boots | Trumpet
Rod Mathews | Tuba
Rod Mathews | Tuba
David Landers | Trombone
David Landers | Trombone
Susan Azaret Davies | Keyboard
Susan Azaret Davies | Keyboard
Marshall Granger | Percussion
Marshall Granger | Percussion
Marcia Dickstein | Harp
Marcia Dickstein | Harp
John Astaire | Timpani
John Astaire | Timpani

MORE INFORMATION

Learn more about opportunities to perform with the San Luis Obispo Symphony.

Looking for musicians for your event? Check our directory for referrals.