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The Orchestra

Orchestra Roster

Under the baton of Music & Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti, the sound of the Santa Barbara Symphony is uniquely ours. A singular sound coming from our 70 musicians. When the music stopped in the spring of 2020, we began hearing from our patrons asking how individuals were doing. You missed more than the music, you missed our family of musicians.  

Maestro Kabaretti has created a 2020/2021 Season that shines the spotlight on the members of the orchestra like never before.  Programs created and designed to bring audiences closer to the musicians; made possible by multi-camera broadcasting, back-stage conversations, and more.   

Click on the names below to get to know our extraordinary musicians a little better – we’re adding photos, biographies and video messages (keep checking back for updates!)  

During COVID-19, the Symphony is committed to continue to provide employment for our family of musicians.  If you would like to lend your support and “Adopt-a-Musician” for the 20/21 Season, please CLICK HERE for sponsorship information.

Violin

Jessica Guideri, Concertmaster

-- Tom & Christina Frisina --
Musician Sponsor
Elizabeth Hedman, Associate Concertmaster

Ina Veli, Assistant Concertmaster

Ryo Usami, Principal Second Violin
-- Karen Lee Schipp Chair --
Yue Deng, Assistant Principal 2nd violin
Ji-Young An
Szu-Yun Chloe Chiu
Yaeri Choi
Kyle Gilner
Zlata Grekov
Amy Hagen
Rebecca Chung Hamilton
Sahak Karapetyan
Andrew Kwon
Claude-Lise LaFranque
-- Norman Sosner Chair --
endowed by Michael Towbes
Calvin Lewis
Bethany Mennemeyer
Lauren Mindoro
Stephanie Pak
Linda Stone
Jacqueline Suzuki
Jeanne Ullom
-- Marilyn Gilbert --
Musician Sponsor

Vacant

-- Eli & Leatrice Luria Chair --
Steven Zander
Hanna Zhdan
Adriana Zoppo

Viola

Erik Rynearson, Principal
Phillip Triggs, Assistant Principal
Alan Busteed
-- Mrs. Robert B. Eichholz Chair --
Diane Gilbert
-- Pat & Terry Straehhley --
Musician Sponsor
Gherman Markosian
Laury Woods
Hyeree Yu

Cello

Trevor Handy, Principal
-- Geoffrey Rutkowski Chair --
Jonathan Flaksman, Assistant Principal
-- Barbara H. Burger Chair --
Paula Fehrenbach
Patricia Garvey
Ira Glansbeek
Jaqueline Greenshields
Isaac Pastor-Chermak

Bass

Samuel Shuhan, Principal
Neil Garber, Assistant Principal
-- Léni Fé Bland Chair --
Ryan Baird
James Bergman
Brianna Goldberg
Thomas Harte

Flute

Vacant, Principal
-- Nina Franklin Liff Chair --
Jamie Pedrini

Piccolo

Katherine Marsh

Oboe

Lara Wickes, Principal
Jennifer Cullinan

English Horn

Sarah Beck

Clarinet

Donald T. Foster, Principal
-- Conway Family Chair --
Juan Gallegos

Bass Clarinet

James Sullivan

Bassoon

Andy Radford, Principal
-- Dick & Ann Zylstra --
Musician Sponsor
Dana Jackson

Contrabassoon

Leslie Lashinsky

Harp

Michelle Temple, Principal

Keyboard

Natasha Kislenko, Principal

Personnel Manager

Ryan Sweeney

Horn

Teag Reaves, Principal
Stephanie Stetson
Sarah Bach
-- Rose E. Brunner Chair --
Vacant, Fourth Horn

Trumpet

Jon Lewis, Principal
-- Ethel L. Shopen Chair --
Dustin McKinney
Miles McAllister

Trombone

Dillon MacIntyre, Principal
Brad Close

Bass Trombone

Rudi Hoehn

Tuba

Lukas Storm, Principal

-- Percy Sales & Ross Beardsley --
Musician Sponsor

Timpani

Mark Zimoski, Principal

Percussion

Eduardo Meneses, Principal

Librarian

Brent Anderson

Hospitality

Susan Gentry
Joanne Murray
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