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. Contact Jenny Beddy our general manager at [email protected] to sponsor a musician today. 

VIOLIN I
Emily Lanzone | Concert Master

Sponsored by Fred and Carol Astaire and Dr. Susan Minker

Sharon Holland

Sponsored by Nancy Webber and Roger Vogler

Carol Kersten*

Kristine Pacheco

Ginette Reitz

Grace Seng

Sponsored by Mary and Thomas Tanner

Philip Shanks*

Eva Werner

VIOLIN II
Timothy Shanks | Principal

Barbara Blanke

Sponsored by Melinda and Jim Avila 

Valarie Koos

Ingrid Kovacs

Sponsored by Eric and Karen Warren

Sonya Lanzen-Castellanos Leanna Marchell

Sponsored by John and Becky Baer

Tanya Streder

Sponsored by Garrett Foulke and Dorothy Correa

VIOLA
David Hennessee | Principal

Sponsored by Dr. Susan Minker

Peter Liepman

Sponsored by Rosemary and Kathleen Thorne

Karen Loewi Jones

Sponsored by Francie Levy and Larry Akey

Jack Marzano

Sponsored by Anne Tiber Jayden Perez

Dorothy Rose

Margaret Whitson

Sponsored by Ursula Fitzgerald

Kim Wilkins

Sponsored by John and Mary Frey

CELLO
Jeanne Shumway | Guest Principal

Sponsored by Peggy Lance Little and Miki Gillman and Larry Batcheldor

Nan Hamilton

Sponsored by Jerry Boots and Cricket Handler

Min Lee

Titus Shanks

Lyubov Solovyova

Sponsored by Martha Michalojko Kettelkamp

Drew Van Duren

Bradley Taylor*

BASS

Ken Hustad | Principal

Jay and Yolanda Waddell

David George

Ed Harris

FLUTE

Marley Eder | Principal

Sponsored by Rosemary and Kathleen Thorne

Bonnie Richan

Sponsored by Cindy Marie Absey

PICCOLO
Nancy Smee

OBOE
Jessica Hoffman | Principal

Sponsored by Garrett Foulke and Dorothy Correa

Bom An

ENGLISH HORN

Heidi Butterfield-Yi

CLARINET
Richard Dobeck | Principal

Sponsored by Kathrine Coull

Ian Murton

Sponsored by George and Judy Shepard

BASS CLARINET
Shannon McNeely

Sponsored by John Dilworth and Carole Maurer

BASSOON
Lisa Nauful

Sponsored by Brendan and Kathryn McAdams

Paul Curtis

CONTRA BASSOON

Emelia Banninger

FRENCH HORN
Jennifer Galvan | Principal

Sponsored by Richard Andrews and Julie Dodson Greg Magie

Allen Smithson

Larisa Redevoe

TRUMPET

Devin Henderson | Principal

Al Streder

Sponsored by Jeff and Melodee Brady  and John and Becky Baer

Rich Ward

Sponsored by Kathleen Long

TROMBONE
Michael Dolan | Principal

Michael Johnson

Sponsored by Lawrence and Marilyn Vredevoe

BASS TROMBONE
Mark Miller | Principal

Sponsored by Dr. Craig Russell

TUBA

Rod Mathews | Principal

HARP

Marcia Dickstein* | Principal

TIMPANI
John Astaire | Principal

Sponsored by Carol Boche and Kathleen Walker

PERCUSSION
Marshall Granger | Principal

John Beck

KEYBOARDS
Susan Davies | Principal

Sponsored by Jim Gealy

PRINCIPAL PLAYERS

Emily Lanzone | Concertmaster
Emily Lanzone | Concertmaster
Timothy Shanks I Violin II
Timothy Shanks I Violin II
David Hennessee  |  Viola
David Hennessee | Viola
Ken Hustad | Principal Bass
Ken Hustad | Principal Bass
Marley Eder I Flute
Marley Eder I Flute
Jessica Hoffman | Oboe
Jessica Hoffman | Oboe
Richard Dobeck | Clarinet
Richard Dobeck | Clarinet
Lisa Nauful | Bassoon
Lisa Nauful | Bassoon
Jennifer Galvan | French Horn
Jennifer Galvan | French Horn
Devin Henderson | Trumpet
Devin Henderson | Trumpet
Rod Mathews | Tuba
Rod Mathews | Tuba
David Landers | Trombone
David Landers | Trombone
Susan Azaret Davies | Keyboard
Susan Azaret Davies | Keyboard
Marcia Dickstein | Harp
Marcia Dickstein | Harp
John Astaire | Timpani
John Astaire | Timpani
Marshall Granger | Percussion
Marshall Granger | Percussion

MORE INFORMATION

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