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.

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
Alice McGonigal | Flute
Alice McGonigal | Flute
Jessica Hoffman | Oboe
Jessica Hoffman | Oboe
Robert Dobek | Clarinet
Robert 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

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

Sharon Holland

Carol Kersten

Ron Kiel

Michele Meyers

Ginette Reitz

Grace Seng

Paul Severtson

Philip Shanks

Mi Young Shin

Eva Werner

Timothy Shanks

Violin II

Timothy Jones, principal

Barbara Blanke

Lisa Davidson

Valerie Koos

Ingrid Kovacs

Sonya Lanzen-Cstellanos

Leanna Newby

Tanya Streder

Viola

David Hennessee, principal

Peter Liepman

Karen Loewi Jones

Jack Marzano

Dorothy Rose

Pat Lamprecht

Margaret “Peggy” Whitson

Kimberly Wilkins

Cello

Nancy Nagano, principal

Nanette Hamilton

Barbara Hunter-Spencer

Kristin Righetti

Tracy Sparks

Luba Staller

Rosslyn Thorp-Clauson

Drew Van Duren

Bass

Ken Hustad, co-principal

Lara Lehmer, co-principal

David George

Edward A. Harris

Peter Saxby

Clifton Swanson

Flute

Alice McGonigal, principal

Bonnie Richan

Piccolo

Nancy Smee

Oboe

Jessica Hoffman, principal

Heidi Butterfield

Clarinet

Caroline Tobin, principal

Ian Murton

Bass Clarinet

Shannon McNeely

Bassoon

Lisa Nauful, principal

John Dilworth, assoc. principal

French Horn

Jennifer Galvan, principal

Larisa Vredevoe

Jane Swanson

Greg Magie

Trumpet

Jerry Boots, principal

Rich Ward

Al Streder

Trombone

David Landers, principal

Michael Johnson

Bass Trombone

Aidan Ritchie

Tuba

Rod Matthews

Harp

Marcia Dickstein, principal

Timpani

John Astaire, principal

Percussion

Marshall Granger, principal

Dennis Cementina

John Beck

Keyboards

Susan Azaret Davies, principal

Orchestra Librarian

Peter Liepman

MORE INFORMATION

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