I’m currently Principal Bassist of the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera, Ballet and Choral Society, and recently completed a quarter century as Principal Bass at the Cabrillo Festival! I’m a frequent recitalist and chamber musician, and have performed with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento since its inaugural season (including the Zwillich Quintet this coming season!), and with the Empyrean Ensemble with whom I’ve recorded and toured. Other performances include the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Symphony and Oregon Symphony, as well as recording work and Broadway shows. A quarter-century of service to my colleagues culminated in my 2006 election as Vice President of the Professional Musicians of Central California, AFM Local 12.
A member of the applied faculty at Sacramento State University and the University of California, Davis since 1982, I joined the faculty at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in 1988, and have appeared there as a soloist and guest conductor. In 2000 I became Music Director of the Central Valley Youth Symphony, where we’ve expanded our performance schedule, enrollment and community outreach; initiated our annual and highly successful Concerto Competition and collaborations with the Stockton Symphony; and twice performed in Carnegie Hall. I also served as Interim Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2007-08, leading their first performance in the Gallo Center for the Arts. Recent guest conducting appearances include concerts given by the American Guild of Organists; school honor orchestras in Sacramento, San Joaquin County and Tracy; and leading my Sacramento Philharmonic colleagues in their Link Up Educational Programs in April 2015.
I’m pleased to step back from my Principal Bass duties after 25 years, and welcome Ted Botsford to lead our section. Looking forward to seeing friends and making music in Santa Cruz!