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Lansdowne comes from the Abilene Philharmonic where she oversaw restructuring and growth of the organization. The San Luis Obispo Symphony welcomes Catherine Lansdowne as its new Executive Director starting April 3, 2017. 

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of Chamber Music on Sunday April 2nd, 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Tickets are available now at

The San Luis Obispo Symphony is excited to welcome our fourth auditioning conductor David Handel, Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow City Symphony - Russian Phiharmonic. . Maestro Handel answered our questions we are posing to each conductor in order to get to know them a little better. 

Rosslyn Thorp-Clauson

Rosslyn Thorp-Clauson was a student of Margaret Rowell for 9 years, as well as Theodore Salzman, Laszlo Varga, and Colin Hampton. She was the recipient of the Congress of Strings scholarship in 1965 at Michigan State University. She graduated in 1969 from San Francisco State University with a major in cello performance. While residing in Southern California (1980-1985), she performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Pops, Fox Theatre pit orchestra (Evita, Oklahoma, The King and I), New York Dancers of Harlem, Sesame Street and Company, Palm Springs Symphony and several college orchestras. While residing in Mt. Shasta, Ca. (1985-1994) she performed regularly with the Redding Symphony and Chico Symphony, and taught for the Mt. Shasta Unified School District where she started a string program. She was a member of the Ganarson piano trio which gave recitals regularly. She has been the featured soloist for the San Leandro Symphony, Shasta Symphony and Redding Symphony orchestras. Currently, Rosslyn teaches music full-time  for San Luis Coastal Unified School District, coaches the youth symphony cello/bass sections, and performs as a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra.

Tanya Streder

Tanya grew up in San Jose, where she started playing the violin at age three. Her teachers included Al Gillis and Lauren Jakey, and she studied at San Jose State University and Biola University. Tanya plays in the San Luis Obispo Symphony and in several other performing groups.

Jane Swanson
Assistant Conductor for the Concert Orchestra & Brass Coach

Jane Swanson has studied French horn with Ralph Pyle, Fred Fox, Wendell Hoss, Sinclair Lott and James Decker in Southern California, and with Phillip Yaeger in Austin, Texas.  She also received extensive coaching in chamber music from Mitchell Lurie, both at the Music Academy of the West and at UCLA. She attended Pomona College and the University of Texas in Austin, completing a degree in music performance from UCLA. She was a winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in 1966. A resident of San Luis Obispo for 38 years, Jane has long been active as a performer with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the SLO Mozart Festival Orchestra, Cuesta Master Chorale, and Pacific Repertory Opera.

Ginette Reitz

Violinist Ginette Reitz is a founding member of the Larkspur String Quartet & Trio and performs regularly with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Cuesta Master Chorale and OperaSLO. In addition to her coaching work with the Youth Symphony, Ginette teaches in the Symphony’s Strings in the Schools program, coaches chamber music and offers private lessons in violin and viola. She is a member of the Symphony’s Cuarteto de las Misiones, performing educational programs in local schools, and in 2001, traveled to Washington, DC to perform their program of early Mission music at the Kennedy Center. Later that year, she performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Choir on a recording of a new work by Kyzysztof Pederecki called Credo. That CD later won a Grammy Award for best choral performance and an Indie award for best orchestral performance on an independent label.  As a free lance violinist, Ginette has performed with a range of performers including Luciano Pavorotti, Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Stewart, Garrison Keillor, the Association, and the Michael Morris Dance Troupe.


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