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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.

Adam Luftman

Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Adam Luftman is currently the Principal Trumpet of both the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras.  Prior to moving to SF in 2007, Mr. Luftman held positons with the Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony in Miami, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Adam has also been a guest artist with many of the countries finest orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. He has also enjoyed touring and recording with many of these ensembles.

David Rokeach

David Rokeach has performed/recorded with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin; Mavis Staples; Patti LaBelle; Mariah Carey; Celine Dion; Shania Twain; Joe Henderson; Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winner Rita Moreno; Mark Murphy; Steve Miller; Carole King; Wilson Pickett; Ernestine Anderson; Sonny Simmons; Calvin Keys and many others. He has played the Broadway shows Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, and Love Janis. He has also worked extensively in film and television.

David Rokeach

David Rokeach has performed/recorded with Ray Charles; Aretha Franklin; Mavis Staples; Patti LaBelle; Mariah Carey; Celine Dion; Shania Twain; Joe Henderson; Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winner Rita Moreno; Mark Murphy; Steve Miller; Carole King; Wilson Pickett; Ernestine Anderson; Sonny Simmons; Calvin Keys and many others. He has played the Broadway shows Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, and Love Janis. He has also worked extensively in film and television.

Joe Cadagin

Joe Cadagin’s research focuses on opera after 1960, the works of Hungarian composer György Ligeti, and musical settings of Lewis Carroll. He is an avid keyboardist and music critic, whose reviews and features appear regularly in Opera News. His dissertation, which received first place in USC Libraries’ 2019 Wonderland Awards, was supported by a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center and a Fulbright Grant to study in Budapest.

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Constantin Basica

Constantin Basica is a Romanian composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose current work focuses on symbiotic interrelations between music, video, and performers. His pieces have been performed in Europe, North America, and Asia by artists such as Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Karen Bentley Pollick, Olga Berar, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Liminar, ELISION Ensemble, Distractfold Ensemble, Mocrep, JACK Quartet, Spektral Quartet, kallisti, RAGE Thormbones, line upon line, Retro Disco, and Fresh Squeezed Opera.

Timothy Zerlang

Studied with Philip Lorenz, Naomi Sparrow (masterclasses with Rafael da Silva, Jorge Demus, Murray Perahia). Harpsichord and fortepiano studies with Margaret Fabrizio; organ studies with Fred Dempster, Robert Gerster, Herbert Nanney (masterclasses with Harald Vogel); carillon studies with James Angell. Director of Music, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco.

Hui You

Hui (Daisy) You is a distinguished Zheng (Gu-zheng, Chinese Zither) soloist and an acclaimed Chinese music educator. Since 2004, she has been on the faculty of the Department of Music at Stanford University. She lectures Gu-zheng courses of all levels and directs the Stanford Gu-zheng Ensemble, which she founded in 2004. She currently co-chairs the United States International Music Competition and serves on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Music Teacher’s Association in Northern California.

John Worley

John L. Worley, Jr. is an accomplished trumpet / flugelhorn artist and leader of the bands Mo-Chi Quartet, WorlView, and Bari Bari. John is also an engaging and accomplished educator who teaches with enthusiasm, humor, and insight to a wide range of ages, experience levels, and proficiencies.

Frederick Weldy

Studied with Charles Fisher, Marion Owen, Martin Katz, and Eugene Bossart.

Performances throughout U.S., Canada, and Europe; debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, New York; soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, symphonies in Warsaw, Costa Rica.

Prizewinner in Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition; winner, East and West Artists International Auditions and Music at La Gesse Foundation Fellowship

Recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship.

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