Camarada Artists

Beth is the Executive Director of Camarada. Ms. Ross-Buckley is an advocate of chamber music and has produced groundbreaking chamber music events throughout San Diego combining great music, cuisine and art. An original founder of Camarada, for 25 years Beth has been the driving force behind this ensemble and has added many new venues, compositions and musicians to its celebrated history. Ms. Ross-Buckley received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from St. Olaf College and her Masters of Music from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers include Kay Sahlin, Julia Bogorad, Elaine Eagle, Damian Bursill-Hall, Frances Blaisdell and Timothy Day. Ms. Ross-Buckley has been a featured artist at the National Flute Association Convention and Music Teacher’s Association of California. Beth was Principal flute of the former San Diego Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Nova for 25 years and performed with many Musical Theatre productions in Southern California. Ms. Ross-Buckley also has a portrait photography business, Beth Ross Buckley Photography.
Dana, has been Co-Artistic Director of Camarada for over a decade. She has been on the faculties of the University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin and Vanderbilt University. Ms. Burnett was awarded the Alban Berg Fellowship at the Schubert Institute-Austria, and received an Artist Diploma and accompanying prize from that institution. A soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Burnett has performed at Carnegie Hall; the Frick Collection, Pittsburgh, Dame Myra Hess Series, Chicago; Academy of Music, Philadelphia and the Kennedy Center, Washington D. C. Dana has premiered many chamber works including those by Jean-Michel Damase, Richard Wernick, Judith Zaimont, Gunther Shuller and the last chamber work of Stephen Albert. She has recorded for the Naxos and Arabesque labels and been featured on WHYY, Philadelphia “Fresh Air” and NPR. Ms. Burnett is currently a member of the MTAC state convention collaborative staff and music faculty at Cal State San Marcos.
Juan was introduced to tango at the age of 10. He was part of one of the most important folklore festivals in Argentina “La noche mas larga”. Being part of this festival inspired him to continue his tango training in Buenos Aires. After a few years, he was invited to teach in the United States at Carolina Zokalski and Diego Di Falco’s Authentic Argentine Tango School. For the last three years he has been actively teaching and performing at milongas and galas in the tri-state area. Most recently he has performed with Leonardo Suarez Paz’s Cuartetango at the Argentine Consulate in New York City. Juan enjoys dancing to traditional style tango; he believes the authentic principals of argentine tango provide the best foundation for any tango dancer.
Matthew began teaching at San Marcos High School in 2004 and in 2015 became the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the San Marcos Unified School District. Named San Marcos High School Teacher of the Year and San Marcos Unified Teacher of the year in 2013, and Music Educator of the Year for the California Music Educators Association in 2015, he is a highly sought-after performer, clinician, arranger and arts advocate. As a performer, he regularly performs in San Diego Symphony chamber ensembles, and has held the position of principal percussionist with the California Chamber Orchestra, and works throughout San Diego in jazz and Dixie ensembles. Mr. Armstrong is a member of Percussive Arts Society, and the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, California Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education. Mr. Armstrong teaches and performs as an Innovative Percussion Artist.
Tommy is an in-demand session percussionist who has played on well over 60 albums by artists as diverse as Freddie Hubbard, Al Dimeola, David Benoit, Dan Segel, Mark Lessman, Charo, Trini Lopez, Tom Barabas, Luis Miguel and many more. Although he may be best recognized for his work with Grammy Award winning superstar Luis Miguel, Tom is also well known as a member of popular San Diego based band Fattburger, and Brazilian all-star band Brasilia.
Fred is a full-time professor of music at Grossmont College where he is chair of guitar studies, and is a member of the guitar faculty at San Diego State University. Mr. Benedetti has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, and Taiwan. In 1986 Mr. Benedetti was one of twelve performers chosen worldwide to perform in the prestigious Andrés Segovia Master class. As a BMI-affiliated composer, he has written numerous contemporary pieces for the international CD library company Network Productions. As a studio musician and composer for 35 years his music and performing is featured on over 150 digital and vinyl recordings and numerous radio, television and feature films.
Gunnar has been a prominent figure in the Southern California music scene for over forty-five years. TV appearances include KPBS’ Club Date and the Emmy-award winning documentary, “Three Generations of the Blues.” A former professor retired from SDSU, Palomar College, Cal State San Marcos & Mira Costa College- he now focuses on private instruction. He was a scholarship student at North Texas State University but left his studies early to take a position with the San Diego Symphony at age 19. At 20 he went on tour with Buddy Rich. He has performed with several legendary musical icons; Thad Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Barron, Shelley Manne, Jack Sheldon, Don Menza, Charles McPherson, Charlie Byrd, and Peter Sprague. Gunnar is active in the recording studio and in the classical world as well. He has performed with the San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and Orquesta de Baja California.
David is an experienced chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player. He is currently Co-Concertmaster of the La Jolla Symphony and was their featured soloist in 2018 performing Florence Price’s Violin concerto no. 2. David has been featured in all 25 Camarada seasons and has special expertise in the flute and violin repertoire and Piazzolla. In addition, Dr. Buckley is president of Radiology Medical Group and has served as chief of radiology at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Buckley is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Olaf College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His MD is from the University of Minnesota where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Buckley he has been honored twice as a top doctor by the members of the San Diego County Medical Society and enjoys travel, golf and relaxing by the lake in his home state of Minnesota.
Bridget is the Principal Second Violin of the Pacific Symphony, and also loves to rock out in the jazz-classical fusion band, the Peter Sprague Consort, an intriguing ensemble combining string quartet and jazz trio. She has performed as soloist with the Pacific Symphony and the Poway Symphony and has been a featured performer at the International Villa-Lobos Festival since 2015. Just before the 2016 Olympics, she performed at the Rio International Chamber Music Week festival. As a chamber musician, she performs regularly on Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series, Café Ludwig. For the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, she co-wrote and directed the “frighteningly funny” mash-up music video, “Frite of Spring” (check it out!). As first violinist and founding member of the California Quartet, she co-founded the critically acclaimed Connections Chamber Music Series. Ms. Dolkas performed for eight years in the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera Orchestra.
Jackie is an award-winning entertainer from San Diego, California and a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. Last year, Jackie distinguished herself as a semifinalist on season 14 of NBC’s hit show The Voice, where she was mentored by three celebrity coaches – Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys. Jackie made Voice history as the first contestant in 14 seasons to have “6 Steals and 1 Save.” In 2014, the number one contemporary music school in the world recognized her talent and awarded her the prestigious 4-year Berklee-Lollapalooza scholarship. Over the years, Jackie has sung at notable venues including Boston’s TD Garden, Gillette Stadium, Berklee Performance Center, San Diego’s Civic Theatre, Petco Park, Davis Symphony Hall, and Universal Studios. Currently residing in southern California, Jackie is working on her new original music, as well as actively performing at festivals and corporate events throughout the country.
Gregorio began his soloist operatic career in 2002 after being hired as a resident artist by Placido Domingo at the Los Angeles Opera. Gregorio has sung extensively throughout the United States, his native Mexico and Europe. At the Los Angeles Opera, he created the roles of Count Obolenski and Avdeev in the world premiere of Nicholas and Alexandra, under Mstislav Rostropovich. Gregorio made his European debut at Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw in 2006 in a concert version of Donizetti’s Poliuto, conducted by Giuliano Carella; and returned later to sing in Verdi’s Othello, conducted by Jaap Van Zweden. Both as tenor and baritone, Gregorio has won First Place awards at the Gerda Lissner, Violetta Dupont, Palm Springs Opera Guild, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists, Metropolitan Opera Western Region Auditions and Virginia Hawk competitions, and has been distinguished as a finalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia World Singer Competition, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and The Francisco Viñas Competition.
Alex, is a native New Yorker and member of the Hausmann Quartet Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University, teaching cello and chamber music. As a long-time member of The Knights, he has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, from New York to Vienna, Ireland, Germany and the Canary Islands, and appeared at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia, Tanglewood, at Vienna’s Musikverein and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. He has recorded for Ancalagon, ARC, Bridge, Canary Classics, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Naxos, Warner Classics and Sony records. His varied interests have led to collaborations with dance companies, recordings for film, television and commercials, early music work and performances throughout Mexico. Locally, Alex is a founding member of the San Diego Baroque Soloists, a mainstay on the Art of Élan series, an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music and appears regularly with Bach Collegium San Diego and at La Jolla Summerfest.
Kathryn enjoys a varied career as a performer, educator and entrepreneur. She is the cofounder and Executive Director of Art of Élan (www.artofelan.org), a San Diego chamber music organization committed to bringing classical music to diverse audiences, and has been a member of the San Diego Symphony since 2006. Ms. Hatmaker has played with many orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony, and has performed at the Breckenridge Music Festival, Vail International Dance Festival and La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. She has served on the faculty at both the UC San Diego and the Coronado School of the Arts. “Kate” has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras in North America. She completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University and her undergraduate training at both the University of Iowa and the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with high honors and degrees in both Political Science and French.
Lars is a professor of cello and music history at Sao Paulo state University in Campinas, Brazil, performing and teaching in South America, the United States and Europe. His accomplishments includes concerts and courses in Chile, France, Poland, Germany, and Spain, as well as solo appearances with Brazilian Orchestras in Espirito Santo, Londrina, Sorocaba, and Valinhos. Dr. Hoefs has established himself as a leading expert on the cello repertoire of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, Dr. Hoefs earned his high school diploma at the North Carolina School of the Arts, a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University studying with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and both Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he studied with former Los Angeles Philharmonic principal cellist Ronald Leonard.
Holly spent evenings at age five playing a flutophone with her father, a jazz guitarist, on standards from the Great American Songbook. Ms. Hofmann has taken the flute from its middle-of-the-orchestra origins and made it a front-line instrument in jazz. She studied with the Cleveland Orchestra’s principal flutist Maurice Sharp, and earned her B.M. in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado. Hofmann moved to San Diego in the late ‘80s and recorded her first national CD in 1989. Hofmann and the highly respected pianist/arranger Mike Wofford married in 2001 and the two began touring and recording together. Her 2015 release on Capri Records, Low Life: The Alto Flute Project, shows Hofmann in a whole new light. Hofmann also teaches jazz and flute and conducts master classes at schools and universities around the country. She is on the Board of Directors at Keynote Jazz Foundation which provides concerts and clinics in high schools and middle schools in the United States.
Carolinahas been teaching and performing for over 20 years. The height of her professional career is her role as a primary dancer in the feature film Random Hearts, directed by Sidney Pollack. She has performed in “Eternal Tango” with Hector del Curto, the show “Tanguero”, “Tango! Soul and Heart” with the Choral Arts Society of Washington at Kennedy Center, and the off-Broadway Show, “Tango House”, produced by Juan Fabbri. Her international workshops and performances include Canarias Tango in Spain, 100 Años de Tango at the Solis Theater in Uruguay, and The Theaterhaus in Stuttgart, Alte Synagogue in Hechingen and Landesakademie in Ochsenhausen. She has performed and taught at many tango festivals including: Tango Norte Festival in Sweden, Yale Tango Fest, Tango Fest Houston and New Orleans Tango Festival. Carolina is sought after as a dancer and teacher and renowned for her precision of movement, professionalism and charisma.
Raul is master of the Tango, and among today’s most prominent bandoneon players. His music plays a very personal tribute to the influences of his native South America and his adopted hometown of New York. It combines the traditional roots of the tango and the style of the“TangoNuevo” influenced by Astor Piazzolla. Raised in Uruguay, his father taught him how to play the bandoneon. His arrangements and his skills as a composer and a solo player make him equally popular both in the USA and in Europe. In 2007 he won a LATIN GRAMMY for best Tango Album, “Te amo Tango”. He was presented an ACE Award (Asocacion de cronistas de espectaculos de la ciudad de New York) for his professional trajectory. Raul Jaurena – the man that Astor Piazzolla once called one of the greatest bandoneon players ever – has established a unique connection to his instrument: his play has enriched and added an important facet to modern tango interpretation.
Gloria has trained and performed with her extended family of accomplished artists since childhood. At age six, Gloria began her dance training at the San Diego Ballet and graduated from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where she focused on dance and choral studies. She has trained with many top flamenco artists in dance and cante (traditional and classical). Gloria also has extensive training in East Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam and Kathak) and Belly Dance (tribal and cabaret). She has many years of professional freelance work as a featured dancer in concert and commercial venues internationally. Ms. Lanuza taught and choreographed for La Universidad de San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Gloria currently directs her companies Divine Desi Dance!, Veiled Enchantment and Fantasia Flamenca. Ms. Lanuza has created an exciting and unique approach of fusing styles and cultures together to create an exhilarating experience in her classes, performances, and artist collaborations.

Abe is from Santa Barbara and has performed chamber music throughout Italy and in master classes with Ann Martindale-Williams, Peter Reijto, Eleanor Schoenfeld, and Yo-Yo Ma. His teachers include Charlene Wilson, David Gibson, Barry Gold, and he has been coached by Daniel Rothmuller in Los Angeles and Harvey Shapiro in New York. He received his degrees in music performance from UCLA as well as California State University Sacramento and has a tenured position with the Arizona Opera orchestra. A frequent favorite of many chamber music groups in San Diego, Abe has learned the craft of bow making and maintains a shop on Adams Avenue in San Diego where he creates new bows and restores fine bows.

Travis is String Coordinator at SDSU’s School of Music and Dance and Co-Director of SDSU’s String Academy for pre-college students. A passionate chamber musician, he has been described as playing with “persuasive, stylish ardor” (San Diego Reader). His chamber music partners include principal players of the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles and Rochester Philharmonics, the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. An active recording artist, Travis has recorded contemporary works for the Naxos and New World Record labels and with the jazz pianist Danny Green’s trio. He has enjoyed a long relationship with the composer Joel P. West, and is featured on a number of his scores, including Netflix’s Chef’s Table and Warner Bros. upcoming feature film Just Mercy. Travis was a Trustee Scholar and Outstanding Graduate at the University of Southern California, and earned his Master’s Degree at Rice University.
Andresis a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and also an arranger, and composer. Andrés has performed with orchestras, chamber ensembles and as a soloist in Argentina, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark and the United States. Since his arrival in Tijuana, Mexico, Andrés has been immersed in teaching as well as performing as a soloist and chamber musician. He has ben a member of the “Orquesta de Baja California “since 2002. He also organizes and directs “Contrabajos de Baja California A.C.”, a Double Bass academy celebrating an annual international Double Bass festival and chamber music course held in Tijuana. In addition to his work as a soloist and chamber musician, Andrés is an accomplished composer, with work performed and commissioned by renowned soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras around the world. In collaboration with Eastman Strings Company, he is designing a new Double Bass aimed to his specifications to serve as a modern Solo Instrument.
Elena has won attention as one of the world’s outstanding harpists through numerous appearances as a soloist and chamber musician. She has enchanted audiences throughout the world with her virtuosity, grace and elegance. Ms. Mashkovtseva is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she studied with the celebrated harpist Vera Dulova. She was awarded First Prize at the International Competition in Moscow. After graduating, Ms. Mashkovtseva held the principal harp position with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Since leaving Moscow, she has appeared with the Orquesta de Baja California, Orquesta de Bellas Artes, Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova, St. Petersburgh Mariinsky Theater Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin under Misha Rachlevsky, The Hutchins Consort, Camarada and the San Diego Opera. Ms. Mashkovtseva is a Professor of Harp at San Diego State University, University of San Diego and has her own private studio in San Diego.

Rebecca is a Chicago native currently performing with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra and an acting section violist with the San Diego Symphony. Other professional engagements include the San Diego Opera, and Dresdner Philharmonie, as well as studio and commercial work in Los Angeles. Prior to that she was a violist with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan. Rebecca is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dually Noted, a passion project that showcases musical and culinary artists to new audiences by artistically pairing chamber music and gourmet food (www.duallynoted.org). She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her spare time, she performs as the pianist/keyboardist for her 80’s cover band The Modern Appliances, and enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Mike a San Diego native, has been the horn player for the Presidio Brass since its inception in 2006 and is a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic horn section, as well as an active recording studio artist for games, television, and film. He has been Co-Principal with the former Orchestra Nova, and currently performs in the horn sections of San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, and Pacific Symphony. Mike’s horn playing has accompanied the talents of Frank Sinatra Jr., Pink Martini, Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin, Dave Brubeck, Burt Bacharach, and many more. Mike has played lead horn with the traveling Broadway shows Lion King, Tommy and Wicked to name a few. He is an active movie and commercial recording artist with notable credits including Mr. Jones (1993), Jackson (2008), and Arn 2 – The Knights Templar (2008). He played lead horn on the “Everquest” game and can be heard on the “Cinebrass Pro” project (2011), as well as the “Diablo 3” (2011) and “Bionic Commando Revived” (2007) game soundtracks. Mike studied at the San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts, followed by San Diego State University and the Boston Conservatory of Music. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and their two boys and tossing the ball to his Golden Retrievers.
Marga was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her performance work includes Midnight Summer Night at Lincoln Center in 1992-1994, Tango Fest-Broadway at Town Hall, and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago 1997-1998. She also has sang in the famous Opera María de Buenos Aires by Piazzolla with the Pan-American Symphonic Orchestra in Washington D.C., and in International Tango Festivals in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1999, she performed at The White House with the group Quintango along with movie star Robert Duval. She has been a soloist with different orchestras around the world, including the Pan-American Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, the Symphony Orchestra of Richmond, Virginia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Stuttgart, Germany, and has been a special guest of the group Tango Five, in Germany. She has released four CDs: “Marga Canta Tangos”, arranged and produced by Raul Jaurena in Canada; a live concert with the Philharmonic of Stuttgart, produced by Bauer Studios along with Tango Five in Germany, “Marga Sings to the World” in 2005 and Latin Grammy winner album, “I Love Tango” in 2007.
Duncan grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and began drum studies at the age of eight. He majored in music at the University of Iowa, studied with Tom Davis and played with local jazz groups until his move to San Diego in 1977. Over the last thirty years, he has performed and recorded with a number of national and local artists, including: Ray Brown, Kim Carnes, Dave Carpenter, Deanna Carter, Joe Chambers, Billy Childs, Jeff Clayton, Sara Evans, Holly Hofmann, Ricki Lee Jones, Kenny Loggins, James Moody, Peter Sprague, Steve Wilson, and Mike Wofford. Mr. Moore has a home recording studio where he records drum and percussion tracks for various projects. Duncan Moore teaches private percussion and is drum set instructor at Mira Costa College in Oceanside California, as well as California State University San Marcos.
Jeff is an award-winning classical composer whose works have been performed by the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, California EAR Unit, Peninsula Symphony, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, and Sol de Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Mariachi Champa–a Nevin, as well as principle trumpet for the La Jolla Symphony, and a frequent substitute with the San Diego Symphony. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music theory and composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. At Arizona State University he received his Master of Music degree in music theory and composition in 1992 and completed his Ph.D. at UC San Diego in 1998. Dr. Nevin is currently Professor of Music and Director of Mariachi Activities at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA, where he is developing a mariachi curriculum that is the first such program of its kind.
Andrea holds the Dr. William and Evelyn Lamden English Horn Chair of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, a position she previously held with the Florida Orchestra. Ms. Overturf has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National and Seattle Symphonies and in solo recitals throughout the U.S. and Asia. She has been a guest soloist with the San Diego Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and Aspen Music Festival. Her work includes La Jolla SummerFest, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Overturf has collaborated with artists such as James Conlon, Lorin Maazel, John Harbison and James Levine, including the American stage premiere of Elliott Carter’s opera, What Next? Andrea Overturf is also the first oboist in the history of The Juilliard School to graduate from the prestigious solo-intensive Artist Diploma Program where she also received her Master’s Degree. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, graduating with the Performer’s Certificate, the highest performance distinction awarded to undergraduates. Her principal teachers include Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, Nathan Hughes, Richard Killmer, Richard Woodhams and Rebecca Henderson.
Jeff (also known as Jeff Bazile) a native San Diegan was the youngest member of the San Diego Symphony joining the contrabass section at 17. He performed with the orchestra from 1975-79. After releasing his first album of originals in 1981, he became a freelance bandleader, and since then has fronted a number of period music and folk music ensembles. Jeff is also principal arranger for filmmaker and composer Yale Strom. This collaboration has included several documentary films, two ballets, and the orchestral work Aliyot, performed by the St. Louis Symphony. Jeff is the featured bassist on Richard Greene’s most recent album, Shufflin’. Since June 2004, he has worked as an arranger for Canum Entertainment. He has appeared on many albums by local artists, playing contrabass, cello, guitar, and bouzouki. In 2006, he was the bassist for the theatrical documentary Primal Twang, backing up Dan Crary, Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Mason Williams and other major artists.
Linda earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin and Master of Music from the University of Minnesota where she studied with luminary pedagogue, Sally O’Reilly, and violists Korey Konkol of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Turner, Principal Violist of the Minnesota Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Ardor Trio whose mission is to build bridges with the audience by telegraphing musical emotion and zeal in performances. Her 20-year orchestral career includes performing with the Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. She performs frequently with the San Diego Symphony, where she has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma. Mrs. Piatt is also a passionate, empowering instructor at her home studio in San Diego where she lives with her husband, son and daughter.

Jim was born and educated in San Diego. A graduate of San Diego State University, James (“Jim”) Plank began his professional career as a percussionist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. Additional orchestral positions include that of Principal Timpanist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra until 2008. He has played with jazz artists such as Kenny Barron, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, and Joe Pass. Jim Plank’s discography and videography include recording and television programs with Laurindo Almeida, Mike Wofford, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Marian McPartland, and Red Rodney.

Sheryl is principal clarinet of the San Diego Symphony and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician nationally and locally. Her career in San Francisco included Principal Clarinet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and an acting member of the San Francisco Symphony. Sheryl has been featured in many movie and commercial soundtracks, recorded at the famed Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. Her education was completed at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Donald Carroll. She continued studies with Rosario Mazzeo, former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Sheryl has appeared in duo-recital with famed clarinetist Richard Stolzman and has also been a guest artist at Mainly Mozart, La Jolla SummerFest, The Carmel Bach Festival, and the prestigious Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Renk has been appointed Artist Teacher of Clarinet for San Diego State University.

Todd is a former sponsored amateur skateboarder and punk bassist. Todd Rewoldt quickly transferred his skills from the street course and mosh pit into an original saxophone style that is all his own. Since graduating from the Eastman School of Music, he established himself as a vital member of the modern music community. Equally comfortable performing in the styles of classical, modern, electroacoustic and jazz, his hundreds of performances have taken him throughout the U.S. and to important concert venues in Sweden, Germany, Italy, Mexico, China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Ireland, and Australia. Todd maintains an active performance schedule as a concert soloist, first-call saxophonist with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Winds, and is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed SWARMIUS Ensemble and S-TET. Critics have characterized his performances as “virtuosic,” “seductive,” and “displaying amazing technique.”

Rewoldt is a Selmer Artist and performs on Selmer Saxophones exclusively.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Music in performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and began performing with the San Diego Symphony in 1998. In the 2001-2002 he played in the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Associate Principal Bassoon, and then spent two seasons as Principal Bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. In 2004 he won the national audition for the job of Second Bassoon in the San Diego Symphony and began playing as Principal Bassoon of Orchestra Nova San Diego. He has studied with of the legendary bassoon teachers Bernard Garfield, Steven Maxym and Norman Herzberg. Ryan has participated in many festivals including Marlboro, Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, Mainly Mozart and La Jolla SummerFest. He has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Philarmonica de Tenerife and the Moscow Radio Orchestra. In addition to performing, Ryan Simmons is the owner of RS Woodwinds, a woodwind repair shop.
Sarah has been the principal oboist of the San Diego Symphony since 2009. She previously held the positions of interim second oboe with the Dallas Symphony and second oboe in the Akron Symphony. Ms. Skuster has performed as guest principal oboist with the Indianapolis Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony, and as a substitute with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She earned a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of John Mack and attended Mannes College where she studied with Elaine Douvas. Ms. Skuster is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied with Dan Stolper. Additionally, she has been awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and attended the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Skuster is a member of the oboe faculty at San Diego State University and maintains a private teaching studio.

Peter is a highly acclaimed musician and composer. With his thirty plus years as a professional guitarist, Peter has evolved into a musical powerhouse, having produced and played on over 190 recordings. He has published eleven songbooks of his own music. Peter conducts the majority of his endeavors in Southern California, staying close to his family, and where he is, without dispute, San Diego’s premier Jazz talent. He has won numerous awards for his artistry including Best Jazz Artist for San Diego. He has worked with some of the greats: Dianna Reeves, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, and many others too numerous to count. The full list and discography can be found on Peter’s website www.petersprague.com.

Rob maintains a diverse and busy schedule in Southern California as a performer, educator, clinician and composer. He has found his true voice in the upright bass and performs regularly in San Diego with artists including the Mike Wofford/Holly Hofmann Quartet, Charles McPherson, Steph Johnson, Gilbert Castellanos, Mundell Lowe and a host of others. He has released four recordings as a leader, with the most recent, “Lasting Impression”, featuring an array of jazz talents including pianist Geoffrey Kezzer, Josh Nelson, and saxophonist Ben Wendel. In addition to playing with his own quartet he has also performed “Jazz an American Art Form” – a hugely successful jazz educational program that has been presented to over 8,000 students this year. “When I began playing the upright bass, the fact that I felt the sound as much as heard it had a profound effect on me. I was hooked for life.” – Rob Thorsen

Coral teaches music and communication at San Diego State University. She has recorded several jazz and Latin music albums with Steve O’Connor, Jaime Valle and Peter Sprague and has collaborated on music projects with other top jazz musicians in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. Coral is multilingual and sings in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Ladino. Throughout the years she has performed with the Dresden Symphoniker, Orquesta de Baja California, Navy/Marine Big Band, and with her own jazz band bands. She is also an actor and has performed at the Old Globe Theater, San Diego Repertory Theater and the Centro Cultural de Tijuana.

Pei-Chun, violin, is from Tainan, Taiwan. She is a first-prize winner of the Tainan Violin Competition, and two-time first-prize winner of the Taiwan National Violin Competition. She made her solo debut in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and the National Concert Hall, Taiwan. Pei-Chun has participated in numerous music festivals in the United States and abroad. After her receiving degrees in violin performance from The Juilliard School, she completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the City University of New York. Pei-Chun is the founder and director of the Campanile Music Festival at San Diego State University where she curates innovative chamber music residencies of visiting artists. Recent guests include the Formosa Quartet and Brooklyn Rider. A member of the San Diego Symphony since 2006, Pei-Chun maintains a competitive violin teaching studio in addition to her faculty position at SDSU.

Susan graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double Bachelor of Music in bass and vocal performance at CSU, Sacramento, completing her Master of Music at the University of Southern California. She has been Associate Principal Bassist with the San Diego Symphony since 2004 and had the privilege of working with many highly regarded orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the National Repertory Orchestra where she was a featured soloist and principal bassist. She has held positions with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and New West Symphony and continues to perform regularly with the boundary-pushing San Diego based chamber ensembles; Art of Élan and Luscious Noise. Ms. Wulff has gained international recognition for her innovative workshop that utilizes dance as a way to connect musicians with their inner groove.

Mike was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in San Diego, California where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. He later studied briefly with local jazz piano teacher, Bill Franks. Mike began his professional career recording with Slim Gaillard in 1961. Wofford became more and more in demand as a freelance studio pianist working in television, film scoring and recording in general. During this period, he recorded or performed with, among others, The Ventures, Joan Baez, The Jackson Five, Cher, John Lennon, Donna Summer, Sergio Mendes, Harry Nilsson and Roger McGuinn. In 1979 and again in 1983 he toured as Sarah Vaughan’s conductor and pianist, a position he also later held with Ella Fitzgerald from 1989 to 1993.Wofford now works primarily with his own trio and quintet, as well as with his wife, noted jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, in duo, quartet and string orchestra settings. They are both Capri Records artists.

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