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Cabrillo Festival Orchestra String Players


VIOLIN I


Justin Bruns, Concertmaster

 

Current residence:
Atlanta GA
First played in the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2006

 

 

Justin-BrunsJustin Bruns is Assistant Concertmaster with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was previously Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and served as Concertmaster at the Boulder Bach Festival. Bruns has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, and, as Associate Concertmaster, at the Bellingham Music Festival. In 2012, Marin Alsop appointed him Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

As a chamber musician, Bruns has appeared with ensembles such as the Atlanta, Georgian, and Michigan Chamber Players, Bent Frequency, and Sonic Generator. In 2010, Bruns and colleagues initiated the ASO Chamber Music Concerts, programming works complementary to those appearing on ASO concerts. Last year he made his chamber music debut at Carnegie Hall and will perform at the San Miguel Chamber Music Festival in August 2012. This season, Bruns performs the complete Beethoven Sonata cycle with pianist Bradley Martin.

Bruns maintains an active interest in bringing music to young and diverse audiences, most recently assisting in the creation of Kids With Strings in Atlanta. At Rice University he co-founded the Hammond Outreach Program and later participated in Up Close and Musical presentations in Denver. He gives master classes, maintains a private teaching studio, and coaches the first violin section of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Bruns graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, where he was enrolled in the Artists and Scholars Honors Program and was awarded the top prize upon graduation, the Stanley Medal. He received his Master’s degree from Rice University. He has recorded with Pearl Jam, Faith Hill, and Bruce Springsteen.


Yvonne Lam, Assistant Concertmaster

Current residence:
Chicago IL

I also play: Viola and piano

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2012

Born in: Los Angeles, CA

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I am: a member of eighth blackbird

Yvonne-Lam2I served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Washington National Opera Orchestra for three years before I joined eighth blackbird in 2011. I received my Bachelor's from Curtis and a Master's from Juilliard.


Rebecca Jackson

Current residence:
Santa Cruz CA

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2008

Born in: Santa Monica CA

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I am a freelance musician

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Anna Clyne Within Her Arms

Rebecca-JacksonI am a CA native and spent most of my young years in Santa Cruz.  I fell in love with music and travel as member of CA Youth Symphony.  I fulfilled my dream going to school in NYC and getting a degree from The Juilliard School.  I returned home for grad school working with Roy Malan at UCSC.  As a finalist in the SF Opera audition in 2006 and finalist in the SF Ballet audition in 2008, I began working as a substitute violinist.  Among my most rewarding activities I have inspired kids through music traveling to places like Ukraine, Romania, Haiti, and Dominican Republic.  May 2012, the chamber music festival I started in Santa Cruz celebrated its 5th anniversary [www.musicinmay.org]. In my spare time I love visiting farmer's markets, supporting local cafes, running, the ocean, and laughing with friends.  I LOVE being a member of Cabrillo Festival and Sarasota Opera Orchestras!


Robyn Julyan

Current residence:
Denver CO

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2008

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Rita Lee

Current residence:
San Francisco CA

First played with the
Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2006

 

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Matthew Means

Current residence:
Hays KS

I also play: Piano...very, very badly...cough, cough

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2003

Born in: Seoul, South Korea

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I teach music at a university and perform in the USA and abroad.

Favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: A Magnus Lindberg orchestra piece a couple summers ago that depicted the sun/illumination.  Absolutely wonderful.

Matt-MeansI have three degrees in music–my Bachelors was granted in Colorado, my home state. My two graduate degrees were conferred at the Cleveland Institute of Music. My primary teachers include Linda Cerone, Stephen Majeske and William Preucil. I've performed in Japan and had my European recital debut in Italy in 2010. I love working out, my pets (two cats and a white german shepherd), all kinds of cuisine, and any creative endeavor. My faith and my friends/family are important to me.  I love Cabrillo and fell in love with Santa Cruz the moment I arrived the first time. I look forward to this Festival, my friends in the orchestra, and Marin's unbelievable musicianship and leadership every year.  I feel blessed to be a part of this experience each summer!


Sarah Shellman

Current residence: Tampa FL

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2007

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Carol Swift-Matton

Current residence:
Albuquerque NM

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1986/7?

Born in: Toledo OH

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I perform with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, and more

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Impossible to name just one!

carol-swift-matton2I received my Master's degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, and my Bachelor's at Ohio University in Athens, OH. My primary orchestra jobs have been: Toledo Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Oklahoma Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic and New Mexico Symphony (NMSO).

I met my husband Jean-Luc Matton, a bassist, while at an NMSO rehearsal. The only years I have missed the Cabrillo Festival were the years of my daughters' births, Elise in '92 and Camille in '94. No matter what else I am playing and involved with on the home front, the musical highlight of the year has always been coming to Santa Cruz for the Cabrillo Festival!

 


Benjamin Tomkins

Current residence:
Denver CO

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2011

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VIOLIN II

 


Matt Albert, Principal

Current residence:
Dallas TX

I also play: Viola

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2001

Born in: Winchester VA

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I teach chamber and new music at the Meadows School

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: John Adams' City Noir

Matt-AlbertMatt Albert is the Director of Chamber Music and of SYZYGY at Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. He was a founding member of eighth blackbird, with whom he received numerous awards, including first prizes at the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Coleman, and Fischoff Competitions. He recorded with the ensemble for Cedille Records, receiving two Grammy Awards for their performances (strange imaginary animals in 2008 and Lonely Motel: Music from Slide in 2012). His duo concerts with violinist Andrew McCann have taken him across the United States from Virginia to California. He has performed with Meredith Monk, with Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and as on onstage violinist for Evanston Light Opera Works.


Anne Chandra, Assistant Principal

Current residence:
Sarasota FL

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2006

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Susan French

Current residence:
Long Island City NY

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2004

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Andrew McCann

Current residence:
Chicago IL

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2011

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Robert Simonds

Current residence:
Indianapolis IN

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2011


Elena Sopoci

Current residence:
Santa Fe NM

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2000

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Charmian Stewart

Current residence:
San Anselmo CA

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1998

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Leslie Van Becker, Principal

Current residence:
Grand Rapids MI

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1977

Born in: Berkeley CA

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I play principal viola in Grand Rapids Symphony, teach viola at Calvin College and play chamber music

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: John Adams' Dr. Atomic Symphony

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Leslie Van Becker has been principal viola of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1978. She earned a bachelor of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and master’s in music from the Yale University School of Music. She attended the Conservatory with a four-year full tuition Rockefeller Grant and held a School of Music Assistantship at Yale. Her principal teachers included Raphael Hillyer and William Lincer.
 
In recital, Ms. Van Becker has appeared with the DeVos Quartet, Castalia, Ghandarva Piano Quartet, Trio Nouveau, New World String Quartet, Clifford Music Group and Lakeshore Chamber Players as well as on the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival. She has appeared as a soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony on its Casual Classics Series in 1987, 1989, 1995 and 2005 performing Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher, Will Gay Bottje’s Concerto for Piano and Viola, Walton’s Viola Concerto, Bruch’s Romanze and Von Weber’s Andante and Rondo Ungararese. In addition, she was featured in Don Quixote on the Symphony’s Grand Series in DeVos Performance Hall in 1999 and 2011. 

Ms. Van Becker serves on the faculty of Calvin College and maintains an active class of viola students in Grand Rapids. One of the highlights of her year is playing in the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra every summer. She and her husband Edward Clifford have two grown children who live in Brooklyn, New York: Matthew, who is a jazz bassist, and Genevieve, who is a fashion designer.


Eleanor Angel

Current residence:
Mountain View CA

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1998

 

Chad Kaltinger

Current residence:
Capitola CA

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2002

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Mary Jane Miller

Current residence:
Grand Rapids MI

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2001

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Jessica Oudin

Current residence:
Atlanta GA

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2012



CELLO


Lee Duckles, Principal

Current residence:
Vancouver BC Canada

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1971

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Kathleen Balfe

Current residence:
Granada, Spain

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2011

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Dorien de León

Current residence:
Portland OR

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1998

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Jennifer Humphreys

Current residence:
Atlanta GA

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2011

Born in: Alice TX

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I play with the Atlanta Symphony

Jennifer-HumphreysJennifer Humphreys joined the cello section of the Cabrillo Festival in 2011. She is a member of the Atlanta Symphony and has also enjoyed performing with many other orchestras around the country including the Baltimore, Houston, Charleston and Huntsville (AL) Symphonies, as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, and the New World Symphony.


The oldest of three in a musical family, Jennifer began taking cello lessons at the age of 6 in Owensboro, KY.  After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, she went on to study at Rice University, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees as a student of Lynn Harrell, Brinton Smith and Chris French.  She has served as principal cellist of the National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute, and, in 2004, traveled to Graz, Austria to participate in the American Institute for Musical Studies. An active chamber music performer, Jennifer is a member of the Peachtree String Quartet and was a member of the Lechuza String Quartet in residence at the Grand Teton Music Festival.


Virginia Kron

Current residence:
Ojai CA

I also play: piano (sort of)

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1990

Born in:
San Jose CA

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I perform as principal cellist and new music director of the new Pacific Shores Philharmonic, concertwork in numerous genres, private lessons and on the faculty at Ventura College

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Envoy, by Christopher Rouse

Virginia-KronVirginia Kron, cellist, received her Bachelor's degree in cello performance from the UW-Madison, and her Master's, with a prize in performance, from USC. In 1979 she traveled to England to study with William Pleeth, teacher of Jacqueline Dupre. Upon returning to the US Ms. Kron joined Orange County's Pacific Symphony Orchestra.  She is the cello instructor at Ventura College and principal cellist and Director of New Music for Pacific Shores Philharmonic Orchestra, a new southern California ensemble.


She specializes in performances of chamber and new music. Her concerto performances include the premier of John Biggs' Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra with New West Symphony. She subsequently recorded it in Prague with the Czech National Symphony. 2011 brought numerous solo performances including an appearance at UCSB's Primavera Festival, a lecture/masterclass at California State University Northridge and a chamber music concert on Lick Observatory's Music of the Spheres series, segued in 2012.


Ms. Kron has participated in many festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Ojai, San Luis Obispo, and Rome. She is proud of being a tenured member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz.


In 2010 Ms. Kron was selected for in depth documentation and filmed interview for live audience by Ventura County's Focus on the Masters series. She has been invited to perform a work for cello by Christopher Hopkins at the 2012 College Music Society conference in San Diego.


Brad Ritchie

Current residence:
Atlanta GA

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2012

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BASS


Thomas Derthick, Principal

Current residence:
Sacramento CA

I also play: Golf, badly

First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1990

Born in:
Charlotte NC

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I conduct a Youth Orchestra in San Joaquin County, teach at three universities, and perform symphonically in Sacramento

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Anything by Christopher Rouse!

Tom-DerthickBassist/Teacher/Conductor Thomas Derthick enjoys a diverse musical career throughout Northern California and the Central Valley.  The long-time Principal Bassist of the Sacramento Symphony, Tom is currently Principal Bassist of the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera, Ballet and Choral Society, as well as the Cabrillo Festival, America’s foremost Contemporary Music Festival.  He frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and the Empyrean Ensemble, with whom he has 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 his fellow professional musicians culminated in Tom’s 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, Tom joined the faculty at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in 1988, where he has appeared as a soloist and guest conductor.  In 2000 Tom was named Music Director of the Central Valley Youth Symphony.  Under his leadership the orchestra has expanded its performance schedule, enrollment and community outreach; initiated its annual and highly successful Concerto Competition and collaborations with the Stockton Symphony; and twice performed in Carnegie Hall.  Tom also served as Interim Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra for the 2007-08 season, leading their first performance in the new Gallo Center for the Arts.


Thomas Harte

Current residence:
Los Angeles CA

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2007

Born in:
Cape Girardeau MO

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I perform in and around Los Angeles as an orchestral, chamber and recording musician.

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: John Adams' City Noir

thomas-harteThomas Harte received his first double bass lesson during his final semester of high school and quickly discovered his love of low notes. The following fall, he enrolled as a Music Performance Major at Southeast Missouri State University in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. After two years at Southeast Missouri State University, Thomas was accepted as a scholarship student of legendary bass player and teacher Homer Mensch at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. While at Juilliard, Thomas was chosen to perform with the Juilliard Orchestra on a tour of Japan and Korea as well as the recording of "Concertos From My Childhood," with famed violinist, Itzhak Perlman.  Continuing his double bass performance studies, Thomas moved to Houston where he was a student of Paul Ellison and then to Los Angeles to attend USC's Thornton School of Music. Thomas earned an Artist's Diploma from USC, as a student of David Moore of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Choosing to remain in Southern California, Thomas enjoys the diversity that being a Los Angeles musician brings. He maintains an active musical life and is equally excited to be performing in a concert hall or a recording studio. Orchestrally, Thomas has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, New West Symphony, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic and The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. As a recording musician, Thomas can be heard on both movie and video game soundtracks. He has also recorded and performed with notable pop artists including Andrea Bocelli, Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel and Sting. Thomas lives in Los Angeles with his wife Leah and, when he is not playing the bass, he enjoys walking with his beagle R.B., surfing, practicing yoga, and eating great food.


Todd Lockwood

Current residence:
Jacksonville FL

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2007

Born in:
Wheatridge CO

When not at Cabrillo Festival, I play in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and teach for the Coastal Youth Symphony of Georgia

My favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Concerto for Orchestra by Christopher Rouse


Todd-Lockwood Todd Lockwood has been a member of Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 2009. Prior to living in Florida Mr. Lockwood was principal double bassist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. While in Tennessee he also served as instructor of double bass at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He also held a one-year position with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, as well as performed with the Indianapolis Symphony. Mr. Lockwood began studying the bass in the Colorado public school system at age nine. He later studied privately with Robin Olschner. He earned a Bachelor of Music, with highest honors, under Paul Erhard at the University of Colorado, and completed a Master of Music and a Performer Diploma, under Bruce Bransby at Indiana University. He remains active as a music educator, maintaining a private studio and working with several youth orchestras throughout the country. He performs on a 19th century French bass, previously owned by Kenneth Harper.


Terry Pruitt

Current residence:
Albuquerque NM

I also play: Electric Bass Guitar

I first played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 1989

Born in:
Alton IL

When not at Cabrillo Festival I am: Principal Bass/Santa Fe Symphony & NM Philharmonic & Santa Fe Pro Musica

Favorite piece performed at Cabrillo: Color Wheel by Aaron Jay Kernis

Terry-Pruitt1973-1977 Studied privately with Henry Loew, Principal Bass/St. Louis Symphony

1977: Bachelor's in Music Performance from Southern Illinios University at Edwardsville

Performed with St. Louis Philharmonic, Musical Theatre, and varuious pop and jazz groups in the St. Louis Metroplitan area.

1977-78 Performed with Tucson Symphony, and Desert Jazz Ensemble, and Broadway shows in Tucson.

1978-1995 Principal Bass/Shreveport Symphony

1983- Studied with Paul Ellison/Principal Bass/Houston Symphony

1984- Studied with Eugene Levinson/Principal Bass/New York Philharmonic at Aspen Festival.

1985- Principal Bass/Bear Lake Music Festival

1988-1995 Bass Instructor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and Grambling University, in Louisiana.

1988- Principal Bass/International String Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria

1989- first season w/Cabrillo Festival Orchestra

1994- Purchased first BMW Motorbike at BMW of Santa Cruz County :)

1996- Section Bass/ New Mexico Symphony Orchestra

1998 to present: Principal Bass/ Santa Fe Symphony & New Mexico Philharmonic

+ various Musicals at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, and Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Santa Fe Concert Association, Santa Fe Pro Musica, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Roswell Symphony, Principal/2012...


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Nuiko Wadden, Principal

Current Residence:
Brooklyn NY 
First played with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in: 2011

 

 

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All photos on the Strings page [with the exception of Anne Chandra] are by: r.r. jones