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 Executive Director Anna James Miller to sponsor a musician today anna@slosymphony.org

Violin I

EMILY LANZONE | CONCERTMASTER 

-sponsored by Clifton and Jane Swanson and Susan Minker

SHARON HOLLAND

-sponsored by Jim Black, Nancy Webber, and Liz and Roger Vogler 

CAROL KERSTEN – ON LEAVE

KAI RUSHWORTH- SUBSTITUTE

MICHELE MEYERS

-sponsored by Tom and Carol Weiss

GINETTE REITZ

-sponsored by Dr David Yeh, Central Coast Neurological Surgery

GRACE SENG

-sponsored by Mary and Thomas Tanner

PHILIP SHANKS*

-sponsored by Craig H. Russell and Dean Miller

EVA WERNER

-sponsored by Jill Anderson, and Steve Jobst

SABINE VENER – SUBSTITUTE

PAUL SEVERSTON – SUBSTITUTE

SADIE RICHART – SUBSTITUTE

 

 

Violin II

KRISTINE PACHECO |  Acting Associate Concertmaster

-sponsored by Susan Minker , Kathy Long, and Fred and Carol Astaire

TIMOTHY SHANKS* | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Roger and Jan Verity

BARBARA BLANKE

-sponsored by Melinda and Jim Avila

CLAY FROELICH

-sponsored by Joey Leslie Matchfire

VALARIE KOOS*

-sponsored by Joan Gellert-Sargen

INGRID KOVACS

-sponsored by Eric and Karen Warren

SONYA LANZEN-CASTELLANOS

-sponsored by John and Becky Baer

LEANNA MARCHELL

-sponsored by Anna James, Bryan, and Cassidy Miller, and Richard Andrews and Martha Michalojko Kettelkamp

TANYA STREDER

-sponsored by Garrett Foulke and Dorothy Correa

SHAWNA GRIFFIN – SUBSTITUTE

JOEL SIEGEL – SUBSTITUTE

 

Viola

DAVID HENNESSEE | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Susan Minker

MARK KOVACS

KAREN LOEWI JONES

-sponsored by Francie Levy and Larry Akey

PETER LIEPMAN

-sponsored by Rosemary and Kathleen Thorne

JACK MARZANO

-sponsored by Jim and Kathleen Walker

DOROTHY ROSE

-sponsored by Margaret King

MARGARET WHITSON

-sponsored by Michael and Ursula Fitzgerald

KIMBERLY WILKINS

-sponsored by John and Mary Frey

Cello

NANCY NAGANO | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Kathrine Coull

TITUS SHANKS- SUBSTITUTE

-sponsored by Miki Gillman and Larry Batcheldor

LOGAN HODGSON – SUBSTITUTE

-sponsored by Gina Kirk

BRADLEY TAYLOR

-sponsored by Cindy Marie Absey and Peggy Lance Little

ROSSLYN THORP-CLAUSON

-sponsored by Victoria Grostick and co sponsored by Richard Andrews and Martha Michalojko Kettelkamp

DREW VAN DUREN

-sponsored by Roxanne Carr

MIN LEE

-sponsored by Dave and Judy Slade

NAN HAMILTON

-sponsored by Cricket Handler Jerry Boots, and PG&E Employee Matching

ELIJAH SHANKS – SUBSTITUTE

Bass

KEN HUSTAD | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Jay and Yolanda Waddell

DAVID GEORGE

-sponsored by Victoria Grostick

EDWARD A. HARRIS

-sponsored by Hilding Larson

PETER SAXBY

-sponsored by Carol Fine

CLIFTON SWANSON

-sponsored by Fred and Rochelle Friedman and Michael and Maryellen Simkins

SETH HONIG – SUBSTITUTE

 

Flute

MARLEY EDER | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Cynthia Johnson George, Rosemary and Kathleen Thorne

BONNIE RICHAN

-sponsored by Cindy Marie Absey, Mark Sherman, and Denise Barilla

Piccolo

NANCY SMEE

-sponsored by Sandi Sigurdson and Steve McGrath

Oboe

JESSICA HOFFMAN | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Ke-Ping, Su Tsao, and Carol Boche

ENGLISH HORN

HEIDI YI

-sponsored by Laurie and Richard Ellison and PG&E Employee Matching

Clarinet

RICHARD DOBECK | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Darlene Hagenow

IAN MURTON – ON LEAVE

-sponsored by Judy and George Shepard

SARRA HEY-FOLICK- SUBSTITUTE

-sponsored by Judy and George Shappard

Bass Clarinet

SHANNON MCNEELY

-sponsored by John Dilworth  and Carole Maurer, and Cliff and Lynette Branch

BASSOON

LISA NAUFUL | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by India D’Avignon and Ignatios Vakalis, and Kathryn L. and Brendan V. McAdams

CONTRABASSOON

EMELIA BANNINGER- SUBSTITUTE

-sponsored by Dean Miller

FRENCH HORN

JENNIFER GALVAN* | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Julie Dodson

LARISA VREDEVOE

-sponsored by Julie Meyers

SEAN HOLMES – ON LEAVE

-sponsored by Craig and Skye Christakos

ALLEN SMITHSON – SUBSTITUTE

-sponsored by Marion Gregory and Bill Newman

GREG MAGIE

-sponsored by Ray Gallo

TRUMPET

DEVIN HENDERSON | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Carol Fine

RICH WARD

-sponsored by Kathryn L. and Brendan V. McAdams

AL STREDER

-sponsored by John and Rebecca Baer and Jeff and Melodee Brady

TROMBONE

KAELYN HENDERSON I PRINCIPAL SUBSTITUTE

MICHAEL JOHNSON

-sponsored by Lawrence and Marilyn Vredevoe

BASS TROMBONE

MARK MILLER

-sponsored by Craig H. Russell

TUBA

ROD MATHEWS | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Sharon Turner

HARP

MARCIA DICKSTEIN | PRINCIPAL

ANDREW CARMONA- SUBSTITUTE

-sponsored by Jim and Beverly Smith in honor of Natalie Fredman

TIMPANI

JOHN ASTAIRE | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Richard and Catherine Luckett

PERCUSSION

MARSHALL GRANGER | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by Brendan V. and Kathryn L. McAdams, Mark Sherman, Denise Barilla, and Jim and Beverly Smith

DENNIS CEMENTINA

-sponsored by Larry and Victoria Schmidt

JOHN BECK

-sponsored by Jim and Kathleen Walker

GENA LAIRD – SUBSTITUTE

-sponsored by Craig and Skye Christokos

KEYBOARDS

SUSAN AZARET DAVIES | PRINCIPAL

-sponsored by James and David Gealy

* Youth Symphony alum

PRINCIPAL PLAYERS

Emily Lanzone | Concertmaster
Emily Lanzone | Concertmaster
David Hennessee  |  Viola
David Hennessee | Viola
Nancy Nagano | Cello
Nancy Nagano | Cello
Ken Hustad | Principal Bass
Ken Hustad | Principal Bass
Timothy Shanks I Violin II
Timothy Shanks I Violin II
Marley Eder | Flute
Marley Eder | 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

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

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