Violinist Robin Hansen, a native of Berkeley, graduated with a Bachelors degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley. While there she participated in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra under the tutelage of Michael Tilson Thomas and Leonard Bernstein. Upon graduation, she received three consecutive Hertz traveling fellowships for study with Alex Treger in Los Angeles and Christiane Edinger in Munich. After which she became a founding concertmaster of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida under the baton of MTT. She holds a first violin position with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and is concertmaster of the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro George Cleve.
Heghine Boloyan, Second Violin Coach
Heghine is a teacher with 40 years of experience in the USSR and America. Besides teaching at Crowden, she coaches for the Oakland Youth Orchestra and is a member of the Berkeley Youth Orchestra's Artist-in-Residence string quartet. Heghine currently performs with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She has performed with the San Francisco Chamber and Ballet Orchestras, the San Francisco Opera and Merola program, and was Concertmistress for Camerata Americana Chamber Orchestra.
Betsy London, Viola Coach
Ms. London currently performs with the Marin Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Fremont Symphony, California Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Pasadena Symphony and at the Berkshire Music Festival where she played under Ozawa, Bernstein, Tennstedt and Schuller. Other ensembles include the Bologna Teatro Communale, Macerata and Jesi Opera orchestras (Italy) and the Arch Ensemble. Recordings include the Arch Ensemble on the Arch label, the California Symphony on the Decca label, Women's Philharmonic on the New Albion label, and Filarmonica Marchigiana on the Koch/Swann label. Ms. London performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1970 with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Bill Evans, and Cannonball Adderly.
Betsy London is currently a lecturer in viola at Sonoma State University and joined the faculty in the spring of 2008. She attended UCLA and completed her B.A at Cal State Hayward.
Paul Rhodes, Cello Coach
Paul Rhodes, B.A. Dominican College, M.M. University of Texas-Austin, is a member of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, and was recently engaged as assistant principal 'cello of the Sacramento Philharmonic. Locally he has worked with the former Sacramento and San Jose symphonies, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Earplay Ensemble, Santa Cruz Baroque Ensemble, and the symphonies of Berkeley, California, Marin, and Santa Rosa. he spent the 1994-95 season with the San Antonio Symphony and has served as Principal 'cello with the Austin Symphony, with whom he toured France and Germany, Orchestra of Santa Fe, Brazos Valley Symphony (TX), and the symphonies of Modesto, Vallejo, Fresno, and Napa.
Michel Taddei, Bass Coach
Michel Taddei studied double bass with Homer Mensch at the Juilliard School. Other teachers have included Joseph Cascelli, Henry Portnoi, Lawrence Wolfe, and Stuart Sankey, and chamber music studies with Eugene Lehner and Lewis Kaplan. He was invited by Kent Nagano to become Principal Bass with the Opéra National de Lyon (France), while still in graduate school at UC Berkeley. Performances, festivals, tours, and recordings with the Lyon Opera included collaborations with many of the finest artists of our day, including Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Natalie Dessay, and John Eliot Gardiner. Since his return to the US, Michel's career has included tours as Principal Bass with the New York City Opera National Company and Western Opera Theater, as well as performances with the Russian National Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Earplay, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He has toured with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble in the US as well as in Central Asia. Michel will perform with Ma and the SRE again in September of 2008 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Michel is Principal Bassist of the Berkeley, Fremont, and Pacific Chamber Symphonies, as well as the Mendocino Music Festival and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (SFCO), and serves as Assistant Principal Bassist of the California Symphony. He is a founding member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and has performed on many chamber music series in the Bay Area, as well as at festivals including those of Moab, Utah, and Le Festival des Sept Chapelles, Rives de Gier, and Caves de Roussillon in France. He has been a concerto soloist with the SFCO, the Golden Gate Philharmonic, and the Berkeley Symphony, the last in a work commissioned expressly for Michel.
Larry London did his undergraduate work at Harvard and earned a Master's degree in composition at Mills College. He studied with Darius Milhaud, Terry Riley and Lou Harrison. He has played clarinet in all of the Bay Area's professional orchestras. He teaches music at Ohlone and Merritt Colleges. His compositions have been performed at the Aspen and Cabrillo Music Festivals, by the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony chamber series.
Larry London has contributed as a composer, arranger or performer to over fifty films. He composed the music for Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper, an American Masters documentary film, recognized as Best Portrait at the Montreal International Festival of Films in 1998. He wrote music for Poumy, A Bridge of Books, and Four Films About Love in 2002 for New Jewish Film Projects.
Bill Harvey, Trumpet Coach
William Harvey is Principal Trumpet of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Opera San José. He also holds positions with the California Symphony, Festival Opera, Lamplighters Musical Theatre, and the San Francisco Opera Center. In February 2012, he performed the Mieczyslaw Weinberg Trumpet Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Formerly a member of the Epic Brass Quintet of Boston and the Cape Town Symphony in South Africa, Mr. Harvey performed numerous works of J.S. Bach and Handel on modern instruments with Emmanuel Music in Boston and at St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town. Upon returning to the Bay Area, he took up the Baroque Trumpet and has performed with numerous period-instrument ensembles including American Bach Soloists and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. A native of Berkeley, he learned trumpet in local public schools, studied music at San Francisco State University and holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University. Mr. Harvey serves on the faculties of Santa Clara University and Patten University, and mentors young musicians in the Oakland Public Schools.
Alicia Telford, French Horn Coach
Alicia Telford, French Horn, is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University, where she studied Horn with David Krehbiel, former Principal Horn of the San Francisco Symphony and Bill Klingelhoffer, Co-Principal of the San Francisco Opera. She is a well-known freelance artist and teacher in the Bay Area, a tenured member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, SF Chamber Orchestra, a regular extra with the SF Opera, Symphony and Ballet orchestras, faculty member at UC Berkeley. Alicia performs with her quintet, the Golden Gate Brass, and woodwind ensemble, Bellavente, concertizing throughout the United States. When she puts her Horn in the case, Ms. Telford enjoys working in her garden, reading, and exploring the Berkeley hills with her husband and their dog.
Don Howe, Low Brass Coach
Don Howe has been a highly respected player and teacher for over 30 years. He has performed with all the major classical groups of the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Symphony, and SF Opera. Teaching is now Don's first love, and most of his performance is with the brass quintet, Brassworks.
Don teaches all the brass except French Horn privately, and is in demand as a coach. He spends several hours a week at Pinole Valley High School, and Miramonte High School in Orinda, and for the MUSE program of Oakland East Bay Symphony. He is writing a book on discoveries he has made that greatly speed learning. Don also arranges and composes music for brass, and has opened a store called BrassClef, at www.SibeliusMusic.com.
Meredith Brown, Horn Coach
Ms. Brown, a native of East Lansing, MI, attended Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD and the San Francisco Conservatory, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music, respectively. Meredith currently resides in Vallejo, CA with her husband, Bruce Chrisp. What time not spent practicing or in servile duty to their four cats is spent driving around the Bay Area to play with groups such as Symphony Silicon Valley, the Marin Symphony, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony and others, as well as to play extra parts with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera. A need for a more tactile creative outlet has led Meredith to design and create fused glass jewelry and glass mosaics (GlassByMeredith.com), but needless to say, projects for her own use may sit for many months in unfinished states. Meredith enjoys teaching at California State University East Bay and San Jose State University, and squeezes in chamber music and solo appearances whenever possible. In July of 2007, she was awarded the Herbert C. Spencer Honorable Mention Award at the International Horn Competition of America, and can't wait to compete again in 2009. Meredith is most excited this year to have the opportunities to play Strauss' Til Eulenspiegel in Symphony Silicon Valley, and the obligato horn part to Mahler's 5th Symphony in the Vallejo Symphony.
Ward Spangler, Percussion Coach
Ward Spangler is Principal Percussionist with the Berkeley Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Fremont Symphony, and is a member of the Marin Symphony.
He is an active musician throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, performing diverse styles of music.
Ward is also a member of the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music, performing as Principal Percussionist with conductors Dennis Russell Davies, John Adams, and Marin Alsop.
He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, California Symphony, and the Santa Rosa Symphony. In 1981, he performed Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and since then has performed with many other ensembles, including the Arch Ensemble for Experimental Music, Composers, Inc., Earplay, New Music Works, and his own group, the Manufacturing of Humidifiers.
In 2001, he performed the world premiere of David Sheinfeld’sDifferent Worlds of Sound, a piece for solo percussion and orchestra that was written for him, with the Berkeley Symphony.
In 2002, he gave the U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Allegro ma non troppo for solo percussion and electronic tape in Berkeley, repeating the performance in 2004 at the Ojai Festival and again in 2005 in Berlin at the Philharmonie.
Ward received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music at California State University, Hayward, where he studied with Jack Van Geem (Principal Percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony), Jerome Neff, and Danny Montoro.