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San Luis Obispo, CA  – David Hamilton, President of the San Luis Obispo Symphony Board of Directors, was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ (ACSO) Conference in Los Angeles on July 20, 2017.


Paso Pops, the annual Paderewski Festival-sponsored patriotic-themed concert and Independence Day celebration in Paso Robles combining wine, beer, food, family-friendly activities, live music and fireworks will take place on Saturday, July 1 at the Paso Robles Horse Park.  The 2017 “Pops” program has been announced, with an important reminder to those planning to attend that the deadline for ticket purchases is June 29 – unless the event sells out earlier. No day-of tickets will be sold.

Global Search Yields Symphony’s Ninth Conductor

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA --The San Luis Obispo Symphony has a new music director - Maestro Andrew Sewell. This internationally renowned native of New Zealand ushers in a new era for the Symphony. Sewell’s rehearsal work and commanding direction of the orchestra, conducting the popular Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Overture to The Barber of Seville, delighted the audience to standing ovations on Classics Opening Night in October 2016.



MARCIA DICKSTEIN continues to be involved in having new music written for the harp, mostly with her group The Debussy Trio. To date the Trio has commissioned and/or premiered 120 new works. Marcia plays actively in the studios in Los Angeles and has performed on more than 400 movies such as Toy Story 1, 2 & 3, Ice Age 2 & 3, Memoirs of a Geisha. Ted 1 & 2 and can also be heard on the Family Guy, Revenge and Empire TV shows. She is on the faculty at Westmont College, Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and performs with the Long Beach and San Luis Obispo Symphonies.


Marshall Granger received his percussion instruction from San Francisco Bay area percussionist Martha Spore. He serves as Principal Percussionist with the Berkeley Opera and has played with the North Bay Opera, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Pacific Coast Chamber Orchestra, Marin Music Festival Orchestra, Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra and the North Tahoe Symphony. He has performed locally with the Coastal Valley Symphony, Cuesta Master Chorale and the Pacific Repertory Opera. Prior to taking up percussion, Marshall spent 20 years as a trumpet player. He studied with Joseph Alessi, Sr. and performed in a number of San Francisco Bay area ensembles including the Marin Civic Light Opera, Sonoma City Opera and the Hayward Symphony. Marshall has been a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony since 1990. Marshall is also active in SLO Symphony Music Education. For the past two years, he has been part of the faculty for the Symphony Music Camp: OnStage at the PAC.


Susan Azaret Davies holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California in piano performance and accompanying where her principal teachers were Carol Rosenberger and Gwendolyn Koldofsky. She enjoys an active career as a pianist and singer.  Her festival appearances include the Oregon Bach Festival, Festival Mozaic, the Cabrillo Festival, Idyllwild Summer Arts and the Festival Internacional de Musica de Morelia, Mexico.  Ms. Davies served as the music director/pianist for the Educational Opera Association of Los Angeles, which won an Emmy for its KCET television special “Opera for Children”.  She has appeared as mezzo-soprano soloist in oratorio performances in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Beverly Hills, San Luis Obispo, Fremont, and Eugene, Oregon and as collaborative pianist in recitals throughout California and in Carnegie Hall, NYC. Ms. Azaret Davies has been on the Cal Poly music faculty since 1984.  She also is a staff accompanist at Cal Poly, accompanist for the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and choir director/organist at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach.  Ms. Davies resides in Pismo Beach with her husband, Tom, and their two sons, Peter and Andrew.  


David Landers first visited the Central Coast as part of a Nashville-based touring show performing at the Cohan Center in 1998. The area made such an impression on him that he moved here in 2002. David starting playing the trombone at age 11 in Nashville. He received his BM in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1993 and his MM in Conducting from Sam Houston State University. He has performed with The Temptations, Diane Schuur, Larry Gatlin, Lee Greenwood, Red Buttons, Patrick Sheridan, Allen Vizzutti, Jim Self, Bill Booth and others. In the late 90's, David traveled the globe playing for Princess Cruise Lines. He was the trombonist for the Anchorage, Alaska ska band Nervis Rex as well as the Paso Robles based Midnight Express. He has served as principal trombone for the Santa Fe Opera and the Juneau Symphony. He is currently the principal trombone with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Symphony of the Vines, and Orchestra Novo. David has been the Director of Bands and Digital Music at Templeton High School since 2002. He lives the good life in Templeton with his wife Shelly, son Grayson, and shih-tzus Pogo and Sadie.


Tony Clements started his tuba studies at the age of 7 in Lindenhurst, New York. At the age of 14, he and his parents moved to Modesto, where he attended Downey High School. During his high school years, he was mainly self-taught as the nearest tuba teacher was in San Francisco, 100 miles away. In 1975, Tony moved to Los Angeles to attend Cal State, Northridge; he played tuba in the symphony, bass trombone in the jazz band, euphonium in the wind ensemble and bass trumpet in the brass ensemble. He studied tuba with Tommy Johnson, Jim Self and finally, Roger Bobo. He got his symphonic training with Mehli Mehta in the American Youth Symphony and Myung-Whun Chung and the Young Musicians' Foundation Debut Orchestra. Along the way, Mr. Clements has spent summers playing at Disneyland and Marriott's Great America. Tony has played with the San Diego Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and many free-lance orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a popular Bay Area soloist, playing with virtually every college band in the area and many high school groups. Recently, Mr. Clements was appointed the Conductor of the Ohlone Wind Orchestra and was added to the conducting staff of the El Camino Youth Symphony. His teaching positions include Stanford University, San Jose State, Cal State Hayward and Ohlone College, where he directs the 25-member Tuba Union of the Bay Area.


Jerry Boots is a native of San Luis Obispo and began his orchestral career playing with the California Youth Symphony, the Peninsula Symphony and the Humboldt State Symphony. He has been a frequent member of the Mozart Festival Orchestra and has played with the Theophilous Brass Quintet for the past 16 years. He is a founding member of Burnished Brass. Jerry has played principal trumpet with the San Luis Obispo Symphony since May of 1978. In addition to performing locally, he occasionally plays in the trumpet section of the San Jose Symphony.


Jennifer Galvan holds a Master of Music with horn performance emphasis from the University of Boulder-Colorado. For her undergraduate work, she majored in music education and music performance at California State University Fresno.  Jennifer's primary teachers were David Pinkow, Michael Thornton, Thomas Hiebert, James Winter, Vince De Rosa, David Wakefield, and Andrew Hardin. Jennifer is a very active performer.  She plays with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic, Central City Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Summerwinds, Burnished Brass, PCPA and Cuesta Master Chorale. Jennifer has also performed with numerous other groups including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Opera, Boulder Philharmonic and Fresno Philharmonic.


Lisa Nauful was a member of the Dallas Ballet and Opera Orchestras for several seasons before moving to California. Accepted at both The Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, Lisa chose to study with David Van Hoesen at Eastman.  She received a Bachelor of Music from Eastman and a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University.  She then continued her postgraduate study in Vienna, Austria. Lisa studied with Bernard Garfield, Wilfred Roberts, and Karl Ohlberger and performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the New York Pops and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her playing career, Lisa made her livelihood in the record industry.  She held positions at Telarc, PolyGram Records, and Atlantic Records and ended her two decade career in the industry as the U.S. Label Manager for Warner Classics.  She worked closely with such artists as Placido Domingo, Woody Allen, Oscar Peterson, Daniel Hope, Kris Kristofferson and Dave Brubeck.  Currently the Assistant Executive Director and Communications Director for the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Lisa also performs throughout the San Luis Obispo area with several groups and holds the principal bassoonist position with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Opera San Luis Obispo and the Santa Maria Philharmonic. For the last two seasons, Lisa has had the pleasure of playing with Festival Mozaic. In addition, Lisa is the bassoon instructor at California Polytechnic State University. 


Caroline Tobin began studying the clarinet at age 13 her freshman year in high school.  Not satisfied with learning one instrument, the violin soon followed the next year and it was the violin that became her instrument throughout her undergraduate years at UCLA where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts. A decade later she returned to the clarinet as a Master’s student at CSUN studying with Dominick Fera and Jim Kanter.  Following her Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance, she pursued further studies with Mitchell Lurie and Leon Russianoff who influenced not only her playing, but her teaching as well. Caroline became Principal Clarinet with the Ventura Symphony, holding that position for 21 years. Concurrently, she held the Bass Clarinetist position with the Santa Barbara Symphony for 25 years. Upon moving to the Central Coast with plans of retiring, Caroline found herself playing with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Santa Maria Philharmonic and the Mozart Festival Orchestra as well as teaching clarinet and clarinet ensemble at both Cal-Poly and Cuesta Colleges. In addition to being Principal Clarinet with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Caroline holds that position with the Santa Maria Philharmonic, the Symphony of the Vines, and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale.


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