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Robin May

Member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Symphony Napa Valley and frequent performer with other Bay Area orchestras including: San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet;  Symphony Silicon Valley; Marin Symphony; Modesto Symphony; Santa Rosa Symphony; Lamplighters; Pocket Opera; West Bay Opera; San Francisco Musical Theater Productions. Teaching includes: Director, Napa Valley Wind Sinfonia; COVA Conservatory in Oakland; private instruction.

Lawrence Ragent

Member, Stanford Woodwind Quintet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Opera Orchestra; has performed with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony.

Rufus Olivier, Jr.

Rufus Olivier is the principal bassoonist with the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. At 21 years of age, he became a bassoonist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra before moving to his current positions with the Opera and Ballet. In addition to teaching at Stanford, Mr. Olivier is also instructor of bassoon at Mills College and Sonoma State University.

Herbert Myers

Member of The Whole Noyse; former member, New York Pro Musica Antiqua. Recorded for Columbia, Orion, Intrada, and Musical Heritage Society. Articles and reviews in Early Music, The American Recorder, Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, The Galpin Society Journal and Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. EMA Performance Guides.

Charlie McCarthy

Charlie McCarthy is a saxophonist who has played and recorded with many of the greats in jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Sarah Vaughan, Bobbie Hutcherson, George Shearing, Madeline Eastman, Radcliffe (the Cal Tjader Alumni Band), Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Bruce Forman, Lena Horne, and Joe Williams. Charlie graduated from San Francisco State College, where he was a member of a quintet named as the best in the Intercollegiate Music Festival.

Melody Holmes-Vedder

Studied with Isabelle Chapuis-Starr, Bettine Clemen. Master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ransom Wilson, Julius Baker, and James Pellerite, among others. Melody Holmes-Vedder has been on the flute faculty at Stanford University for the past eleven years. She is a winner of numerous solo and chamber music competitions and performs regularly as a soloist, in chamber ensembles, and in orchestras. As an educator, she has taught and directed within public and private school environments, as well as at the university level.

David Henderson

David Henderson grew up in Hartford City, Indiana, and has degrees from the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School. In 1980, he gave his Carnegie Recital Hall solo debut as a winner of the East and West Artists competition, with the New York Times stating “an exceptionally accomplished instrumentalist with something to say, his work is poised, cultivated, and expressive.” In 1981, he received a first prize in saxophone from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux as a recipient of a Fulbright-ITT grant to study in France.

Alexandra Hawley

Studied with Murray Panitz, Jean-Pierre Rampal. Founding member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet. Founder and musical director of Avedis, a San Francisco chamber music series now in its 32nd season. Performed and recorded with Jean-Pierre Rampal. Has recorded for the Naxos and Cambria labels. Toured USSR as delegate for the National Flute Association and has been invited to perform at their Conventions in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Kansas City, and Las Vegas. Performs throughout the U.S. as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles.
 

Greer Ellison

Studied with George Lister at the Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique. Studied with modern and Baroque flute teachers Robert Willoughby, Frans Vester, and Barthold Kuijken. Winner of an International Telephone and Telegraph grant through the IIE. Studied flute in Den Haag for two years on this grant. Member of the California Symphony for 20 years. Principal and solo flutist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra for ten years. Member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the 1990s. Toured Peru with NYC’s Poetica Musica.

Mark Brandenburg

Studied with Frealon Bibbons, Jr., Bernard Portnoy, and Rosario Mazzeo.

Principal clarinet, Opera San José Orchestra and Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra. Former member San Francisco Symphony and San José Symphony. Performances with San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Western Opera Theatre, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, California Symphony, Cabrillo Music Festival.

He has taught at San Francisco Conservatory and San José State University.
 

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