Benjamin Simon, conductor

Ben Simon has successfully made the transition to conductor following twenty-five years as a violist performing in several of the United States’ most elite ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Naumburg award-winning New World String Quartet, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

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Jennifer JungConductor
The Puppet Company

The Puppet Company was created by Randal Metz, and has been producing imaginative family entertainment for close to 50 years. It strives to present quality children's productions that appeal to all ages. Each tale or well known "puppet classic" is told with humor and delights the eyes with well crafted puppets and colorful scenic effects

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Anthony Lane, luthier

While in graduate school, Anthony Lane left a promising career in paleo-anthropology in order to pursue a long-held dream to become a violin maker. In the fall of 1986, he became a Master Violin Maker. He currently lives on a small ranch outside Petaluma where he works and focuses on building violins, violas, and cellos, as well as the restoration of fine instruments from the past, living his dream of 40 years ago.

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Bellavente Woodwind Quintet

Bellavente was selected for five seasons as resident woodwind quintet of the San Francisco Symphony Adventures in Music Program, performing more than 130 educational concerts per season for children in the San Francisco schools. From classical to traditional folk song, ragtime to Gershwin, marches to contemporary, Bellavente entertains through music, story and song.

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Oakland Youth Chorus

The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people's lives through excellence in music education and community performance. Empowering children and youth with safe, joyful avenues to express themselves and connect through the arts, Oakland Youth Chorus changes the lives that will transform our neighborhoods and our world.

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Anne Moss, soprano

Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of living composers and chamber ensembles. In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, Kaija Saariaho, John Harbison, and Aaron Jay Kernis, Ann seeks out and performs music by emerging voices at forums and festivals across the USA.

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Volti

Volti, one of the leading professional vocal ensembles in the United States, has a primary purpose of performing contemporary American music.  Having commissioned more than 100 new works by emerging and established composers, Volti is the only seven-time winner of the prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. Volti has been guided by founding Artistic Director Robert Geary since 1979.

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Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, string quartet

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is an award-winning youth orchestra for regional string musicians of high-school age and younger. At PACO, we believe that making music-and lifelong friends-is best achieved in an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork. More than just learning how to play the notes, our students learn the real meaning and value of playing well with others.

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Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir

The award-winning Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir has been in the forefront of the music scene in the East Bay since 1982. Founding Artistic Director Robert Geary has established the choir as a leading force in international choral activities with a particular strength in newly commissioned music. Our flagship choir, Ensemble, will now be able to follow that path of artistic achievements under the guidance of new Artistic Director Eric Tuan, a widely commissioned composer as well as a talented conductor.

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Eric Tuan, composer

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric Tuan is highly sought after as a choral conductor, composer, and collaborative keyboardist. Tuan started his musical journey in the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir as a young chorister, and is currently on faculty as Ecco conductor and composer-in-residence.  In July 2019, he transitioned to Artistic Director of the internationally recognized program.

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Robin Sharp, violin

Robin Sharp, a native of California, is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the National Music Hall in Taipei, and at Carnegie Hall. In 2010, a violin concerto called “Haili Lirico” was written for Ms. Sharp by composer Gabriela Lena Frank, in remembrance of her father, Terry Sharp.

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Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

Keisuke Nakagoshi has received training from Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler and Paul Hersh and performed concert stages across the United States including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl. In 2014, he made a solo debut with San Francisco Symphony on Ingvar Lidholm’s Poesis with Herbert Blomstedt conducting.

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Amaryn Olmeda, violin

Aspiring young violinist Amaryn Olmeda, age 11, began playing the violin at 4 years old. She made her performance debut at the Colorado Suzuki Strings Institute in Beaver Colorado at the age of 6. Since then, she has been a soloist with the Merced Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Music in the Mountains Orchestra, Solano Symphony, MIM Youth Orchestra, Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra, and soloist with the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra on their European Performance Tour of Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary.

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Michael Gilbertson, BMI Foundation Composer-in-Residence

Michael Gilbertson is the BMI Foundation Composer-in-Residence with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School of Music studying composition with Samuel Adler, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, and from Yale, where he studied with Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Ezra Laderman, Hannah Lash, and Christopher Theofanidis.

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Christine Brandes, soprano

Soprano Christine Brandes brings her committed artistry to repertoire ranging from the 17th century to newly composed works and enjoys an active career in North America and abroad, performing at many of the world’s most distinguished festivals and concert series in programs spanning from recitals and chamber music to oratorio and opera.

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The Delphi Trio

The Delphi Trio is grounded in the immensely rich classic repertoire for piano trio and is committed to the exploration of its deep, lasting meaning for performers and audience alike. The Trio sees contemporary music as a natural extension of the standard repertoire and is therefore dedicated to the music of our time.

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2018-2019Jennifer Jung
Natalie Image, soprano

As a Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist, soprano Natalie Image was praised by the New York Times for her “pristine high notes” and by Operawire for her “crystalline tone [which] swirled through the house.”

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Isaiah Bell, Tenor

Isaiah Bell’s performances are characterized by his “beautiful tenor, command of style, and natural stage presence”. The Canadian-American combines a “willingness to invest himself wholly into the character” and “attractive, youthfully sexy stage presence” with “exquisite lyricism” and a “strong, glorious voice with heroic, oratorio-style ring.”

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Kevin Gino, Tenor

Recognized for his “strong, utterly determined” singing, Filipino-American tenor Kevin Gino performs widely in both solo and choral capacities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently studies with Cesar Ulloa, and he holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Alex Rosen, Bass

Alex Rosen is quickly finding a home in the concert and operatic repertoire in the United States and abroad. His 2017-2018 season included Händel’s Messiah with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Houston Symphony Orchestra, his New York Philharmonic debut in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and a European tour of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Les Arts Florissants.

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