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If it isn’t already on your calendar, come hear Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra members play as special guests with Black Violin, presented by Cal Poly Arts, at the Performing Arts Center on 

You may have heard her on NPR's All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, St. Paul Sunday Monring, and Performance Today. This February 3rd brings another opportunity to hear Grammy Nominated harpist Yolanda Kondanassis live. She solos for Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera's Harp Concerto with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, led by Music Director Andrew Sewell.

The San Luis Obispo Symphony Plays The Music Of the Night, From Baroque to Broadway, to Start the New Year 


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, Orchestra Novo and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale.


New to the Central Coast, Jessica finds she does not miss Los Angeles traffic…AT ALL.  Growing up in a household that only listened to baroque and early classical music, the oboe seemed a logical choice of instrument for her.  Oboe became her passion, but she chose mechanical engineering for her livelihood.  These days, when she is not travelling internationally selling geothermal power plants, she is on stage with her oboe.  This dual life all started at UCLA where she studied both music and engineering.  Her primary oboe teachers included Barbara Northcutt and David Weiss.  Jessica has played with numerous groups in the Los Angeles area: Los Angeles Music Center Opera, American Youth Symphony, Long Beach Ballet and Los Angeles Symphony to name but a few. She has performed with world-class musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Axe and Zubin Mehta.  She currently holds the principal oboe position for the San Luis Obispo Symphony and Symphony of the Vines.  Jessica performs with Opera San Luis Obispo as well as other local groups. As an active freelance musician, Jessica remains involved with the LA music scene, and she continues to hold positions in the Downey Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, and other southern-California orchestras.


Alice McGonigal, a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony since 1975, became an international flutist with the New Symphony of Tokyo, the Barbants Ensemble of Holland, the North Wind Quintet (NWQ), the International Congress of Women in Music in Mexico City and the Korean Philharmonic of Los Angeles.  She has BA & MA degrees from CSU Northridge and was chosen to play in the 2003 National Flute Association Professional Flute Convention Choir in Las Vegas, NV.  She teaches private flute and guitar. In addition, Alice plays principal flute with the Santa Maria Philharmonic, Lompoc Pops Orchestra, Orchestra Novo, and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale. She is a volunteer with the Lucia Mar School District beginning band program teaching flute. Alice can be heard on the Cambria and Safari labels.


Lara Lehmer volunteered to try the bass in 6th grade in SLO and was instantly hooked. She studied with Sarah Wood, Clifton Swanson,  Peter Mercurio, and Diana Gannett. She began playing in the SLO Symphony at the age of 14, as well as the Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra, the Cuesta Master Chorale, and soon after, the Mozart Festival. During high school, she played principal bass for the CMEA All-State, and CODA orchestras and, after her junior year, attended the Music Academy of the West.  Lara stayed busy playing bass while in college at Stanford University, graduate school at UCLA, and while living in Iowa, South Carolina, and Bakersfield.  After being away for 25 years, Lara and her family are grateful to once again call SLO home.


Ken Hustad has been working on the Central Coast as a freelance musician and bass instructor for over 30 years, playing orchestral and chamber music, jazz, rock, blues and country, as well as working in theater and recording. He is co-principal bass for the San Luis Obispo Symphony and Orchestra Novo and for 20 consecutive years played in the Mozart Festival/Festival Moziac Orchestra under Clifton Swanson, Jeffrey Kahane and Scott Yoo. He maintains a private bass studio and is bass instructor at Cal Poly University and Cuesta College, bass coach for the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony and Orchestra Novo Summer String Workshop. Ken plays with Jim Self’s Tricky Lix Band, The Royal Garden Swing Orchestra, The Cinders Blues Band, The Mystery Trees, The Irene Cathaway Rhythm and Blues Band, The BarFlyz, and others. Working with Cal Poly Arts, he has performed and contracted ensembles for touring artists including the Broadway production of “Chicago,” Garrison Kiellor, Pink Martini, Manhattan Transfer and Diane Schuur. His teachers include Clifton Swanson, Buell Neidlinger, Paul Elison and Stuart Sankey.


Nancy Nagano was born and raised in Morro Bay, California.  She began her musical studies at a young age with Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli and was a member of the fledgling San Luis Obispo County Youth Symphony. She finished her musical studies in cello performance at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. She has played with the Freiburger Theater Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Orchestra, Kobe Chamber Orchestra, and the New Japan Philharmonic.  She has also performed solo and chamber music throughout Europe and Japan. For eight years she taught and conducted at the Tokushima Bunri University, where she made her conducting debut (as an alternate for Kent Nagano). This eventually led to her becoming the musical director of the Kochi Symphony Orchestra in Japan.  Her performances have included Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with the City Ballet of Tokyo, Opera excerpts from Carmen, La Traviata, La Boheme and several major piano concertos with well-known artists in Japan.  She is currently the conductor of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, and performs as a cellist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and with the string quartet “Beethoven’s Buddies.” Ms. Nagano owns and runs Elite Travel in Morro Bay where she also lives with her husband and two children.


David began playing the viola at age 10 in his hometown of Lawton, Oklahoma. His primary teacher was Wayne Crouse, Principal Violist with the Houston Symphony and Professor of Viola at the University of Oklahoma. He studied chamber music with Akira Endo, Michael Ma, Sally O’Reilly, and Janos Starker. David won Oklahoma’s Buttram String competition in 1989 and OU’s Sutton Chamber Music Award in 1992. He performed with the Lawton Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and after moving to Seattle in 1994 for graduate work in English at the University of Washington, David performed with Philharmonia Northwest, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Federal Way Symphony, and the Lumiere String Quartet. David earned his Ph.D from the University of Washington in 2001 and began teaching English at Cal Poly in 2002. Since moving to the Central Coast, he has served as principal violist for Opera San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria Philharmonic, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, and performed with PCPA, Lompoc Pops Orchestra, and Symphony of the Vines. 


Born in Kansas, Timothy Jones performed with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for five years. He holds degrees in music education and violin performance, having received his doctorate in performance with Dr. Fredi Gerling at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. As a teacher, Jones works continuously with students of all ages. In both the United States and Brazil, he was involved with social projects providing music education to youth in rural communities. In Brazil, Jones assisted in the instruction of string courses at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and gave various masterclasses and recitals in suburban areas.

As a performer, Jones has been continually active in chamber music. Notable projects include the Broadview Experimental Improvisation Ensemble, a group of six musicians which performed new music and live improvisations in unorthodox venues, as well as a production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldatwith actors performing the little-known alternate script by Kurt Vonnegut. Recently, Dr. Jones joined professors from the United States and Brazil in performances of Mozart’s String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor K. 516 and Shostakovich’s Quintet Op. 57. As a recitalist, he performed several works in recent years which had rarely or never been brought to the stage in southern Brazil, including Szymanowski’s complete Mythes Op. 30 (1915) and Thomas’s Pulsar (for solo violin) (2003).

Orchestrally, Jones has performed as both soloist and concertmaster. In addition to his position as Principal Violin II of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, in 2017 he will serve as Guest Concertmaster of the Newport Symphony Orchestra (Oregon). When not playing or teaching, Dr. Jones enjoys hiking and camping, and devotes himself to the study of vigesimal mathematics and postmodern Mayan cosmology.


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