Summer Chamber Music Workshop
Susan Lamb Cook, Director – Cello
Susan Lamb Cook is an active performer and educator both nationally and internationally, and is sought after as soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States. She is on the artistic staff for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and has served on faculty for the Vianden Festival, Luxembourg, and the Saarburg Festival, Germany. Susan is currently Lecturer in cello and chamber music at the University of California, Davis. She has completed five successful concert and teaching tours in China, and has performed and given master classes at San Francisco State University, Scripps College and Harvey Mudd College. As soloist, she has performed with the UC Davis Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Camellia Symphony, and the Folsom Symphony. In 2015, she was featured as soloist with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra for a Gala Concert in the beautiful Haydn Concert Hall of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. Susan Lamb Cook is a member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, Music Teachers’ Association of California, and the American String Teachers Association, and is co-author of Guide to Teaching Strings by Norman Lamb. She is director of the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Workshop, and her students perform regularly for competitions and public concerts.
Hermes Camacho – Violin/Viola
Composer/conductor Hermes Camacho earned degrees in music from Cal State Long Beach (B.M.), University of Colorado (M.M.), and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.). Hermes has earned awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, New Music USA, ASCAP, SCI, and the American Composers Forum, among others. Highlights as a conductor include performing for 45 Ambassadors to the United Nations as well as a performance for the Mexican Independence Day, televised nationally on Univision. Hermes currently serves on the faculty of Austin Soundwaves, an El Sistema youth music program benefiting the underserved community of East Austin, as well as a Lectureship at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Outside of teaching, he is Co-founder of and Head of Content and Development at Picardy, an online platform for learning musicianship. Hermes and his wife make their home in Austin, Texas with their two sons, Charlie and Matthew.
James Een – Viola
Mr. Een is active as chamber musician and in the performance of twentieth century music. He has performed with the New Davis Trio, Music Now, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Sacramento Area Bach Festival as well as with many other groups throughout northern California. Mr. Een has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science (Teaching), Magna Cum Lauda from Mankato State University, and a Master of Music from Arizona State University.
Mike Crain, Computer Composition
Mike Crain is a composer, percussionist and educator based in Northern California. He is an active performer in the community and has performed on the east and west coasts at venues and festivals such as the Otherminds Festival, the Viola Festival, and the John Cage MusiCircus at Fort Mason San Francisco, the Mondavi Center, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Carnegie Hall and others. His compositions have received performances and praise by ensembles & festivals here in the US and internationally including the Electronic MidWest Music Festal, VoxNovus & Digital Art Week in Switzerland among others. As an educator at Sacramento State University, and Los Rios Colleges, Mike teaches a variety of courses related to world music and drumming, music theory, and music technology.
Leighton Fong – Cello
Leighton Fong holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory. Upon receiving grants from the Beebe Foundation and the American Scandinavian Foundation, he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Music Conservatory in Bern, Switzerland. His teachers have included Bonnie Hampton, Gary Hoffman and Timothy Eddy. Leighton Fong performs regularly with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players and the Empyrean Ensemble and is currently principal cellist of the California Symphony.
George Hayes – Violin
Hayes is currently Concertmaster for Townsend Opera in Modesto, and has served as Principal Second Violin for the Camellia Symphony Orchestra, Folsom Lake Symphony, and North State Symphony. He performs regularly with the Reno Philharmonic, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, One Found Sound, and the North State Symphony, and also appears with the Pacific Chamber Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Choral Society, Modesto Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Stockton Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, and Veridian Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Hayes has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, on the Fort Bragg Center For The Arts Chamber Music Series, and has participated in the Eisenstadt Music Festival in Austria. Other summer festival appearances include the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, Bear Valley Music Festival, and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Canada.
Hayes maintains a private teaching studio at his home in Sacramento, and is an instructor with the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Overture Strings Program. He is also a coach at the Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Chamber Music Workshop, a fellow at the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Camp, and has been an associate instructor at the Sacramento School of Music, and CSUS String Project.
Alice Lenaghan – Flute
An active orchestral musician, Alice Lenaghan is Principal Flute of the Oakland and Flint Symphonies and has performed Principal Flute with numerous other groups such as the Detroit, Toledo, Napa, Modesto and Reno Symphonies, and the Sacramento and Festival Operas. She has also performed across Ireland with the Placer Pops Chorale, appeared as a soloist on center stage at the California State Fair and performed at ATT Park. As an experienced chamber musician her premiere CD with Duo Viva is available from Flute World and she is frequently invited to perform for the National Flute Association. Her flute and piano duo, Keys and Breeze, regularly performs themed recitals and was awarded a performance grant through the California Arts Council. Additionally she has been a guest musician with the Bay Area contemporary music ensemble, Earplay, and performs as a member of the Pacific Arts Trio. Dr. Lenaghan has served on the faculties of California State University-Chico, Albion College, Concordia and Oakland (MI) Universities. For several summers she taught the Flute Workshop for high school students at the Interlochen Arts Camp and formerly directed the Flute Ensembles with the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Alice Lenaghan holds a doctorate in flute performance from the University of Michigan in addition to performance degrees from Western Michigan University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She lives in Sacramento with her husband where she enjoys cooking, sewing, reading and is an award winning knitter.
Sandra McPherson – Clarinet
Sandra Moats McPherson graduated with a Bachelor in Music from CSU Fresno and a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance/Musicology from UC Santa Barbara, where she studied clarinet with James Kanter. She is currently performing in the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera Orchestras and is principal clarinetist in the Sacramento Choral Society Orchestra. She has recently performed as principal clarinet in the Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra and the Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Stockton and Merced Symphony Orchestras. Ms. McPherson performs with the Harmonic Wind Quintet and the Sacramento Philharmonic’s Delta Woodwind Quintet, and has been featured on Chamber Music Alive! Series concerts. She has served as clinician and chamber music coach with the SYS and on the faculty of UC Davis, and as guest clinician at the CSU Sacramento and University of the Pacific clarinet workshops. Ms. McPherson maintains an active clarinet and piano studio and is on the faculty at American River College.
Lino Rivera – Piano
Born in the Philippines, Lino Rivera has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and accompanist on three continents. He makes it his mission to advocate and premiere contemporary works; to explore and meet the artistic, creative, and technical challenges of piano transcriptions; and to discover and perform obscure solo piano repertoire throughout the ages. Lino is a celebrated performer for Composers, Inc. an organization based in San Francisco that is dedicated to promoting works by contemporary American composers.Lino currently serves as Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary’s College of California. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Santo Tomas, the University of Hawaii, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. Lino maintains active concert engagements across the country. He recently performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with the California Youth Symphony in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto no. 2 with the California State University Sacramento Symphony Orchestra in May 2010.
Timm Rolek – Chamber Coaching and Conducting
Timm Rolek was the Artistic Director of the Sacramento Opera and Artistic Director of the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival. He studied with Herbert Blomstedt, Klaus Tennstedt, and James Levine, has served on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera, and has led performances with numerous orchestras and opera companies across the United States. Rolek has also recorded two CD’s of contemporary American opera and has produced arts programs for both public television and radio. Rolek began working with the SYS Chamber Music Workshop in 2002.
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo – Violin
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo performs regularly on period and modern instruments in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Asia. Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo's violin concerto performance in New Zealand was praised by the Otago Times for its “excellent pace, and its exciting and forward motion”. Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo has performed with Juilliard415, New York Baroque Inc, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, San Jose Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, and many more. Her summer festival appearances include Lake Tahoe Music Festival (as concertmaster), American Bach Soloists Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, and the Bear Valley Music Festival.
Her 2016-2017 season highlights include performances with Archetti Baroque String Ensemble and Portland Baroque Orchestra and her debut in Carnegie Hall with New York Baroque Orchestra.
A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo teaches throughout the Bay Area and regularly coaches the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Workshop.
Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo studied with Elizabeth Blumenstock and at the Juilliard School with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. She plays a 1690 Caspar Borbon violin, made in Brussels. When not making music, Laura enjoys baking, photography, knitting, and playing with her cat, Sherbert.
Andrei Baumann – Piano
An active soloist, chamber musician, Andrei Baumann has performed extensively in the USA, Europe, Canada and Venezuela. As winner of the 2009 Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, he performed with the quartet in Jordan Hall on January 29th, 2009. His Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall occurred in May 2008 with violinist Lily Francis as part of the Distinctive Debuts series. Other notable performances include a solo recital on the Sundays Live Concert Series at Los Angeles County Arts Museum which was broadcast by KCSN, 88.5 FM, solo recitals at the Crocker Art Museum Classical Music Series in California, performances at Caramoor Festival and with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program. Mr. Baumann has performed in masterclasses for such distinguished artists as Elisso Wirssaladze, Pavel Gililov, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank and Marc Durand. Among the numerous festivals he has participated in are Corsi in Sermoneta, Italy; Ost-West Musikfest in Krems, Austria; Internationaler Kammermusikkurs in Böhlen, Germany; Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland; Banff Centre for the Arts and Orford Arts Centre in Canada; and in the USA, Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program.
Mr. Baumann has a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston, a Künstlerischer Ausbildung Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. His most influential teachers have been Andre Laplante, Jamie Saltman and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.
Mr. Baumann is a piano faculty member at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, and the Lexington Music School in Lexington. He is also Head of the Piano Department at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. In addition, he has been a jury member from 2012-14 at the A Ramon Rivera Piano Competition at Rivers School Conservatory in Weston.
Audrey Shepherd – Bassoon, Assistant Coach
Audrey Shepherd is a Junior at the University of Michigan. She is studying Bassoon Performance with Dr. Jeffrey Lyman and French Language in the College of Literature, Sciences, and Arts. Originally from Sacramento, Shepherd studied with Eva Kidwell in 2011, then regularly with Karen Gale from 2012-2015 as well as occasional lessons with Dr. David A. Wells. She has played in masterclasses for Kristin Wolfe-Jensen, Robert Williams, Nicolasa Kuster, and Judith LeClair and has taken lessons from George Sakakeeney, Steve Braunstein, and Carlo Columbo. Shepherd attended High School at El Camino Fundamental, during which time she was an active member of the band program under the direction of Kevin Glaser. Outside of school she played with the Sacramento Youth Band from 2010-2012 with Jeremy Hammond and the Sacramento Youth Symphony from 2012-2015 under both Angelo Moreno and Artistic Director Michael Neumann. Shepherd was the recipient of the Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association Youth Artist Award in 2013 and 2015 and was an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Sacramento Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. In her free time, Shepherd likes to swing dance and play music with her grandmother Karen Hung, also a bassoonist. Shepherd has participated in the SYS Chamber Music Workshop for the last five summers. She is excited to return this year as an Assistant Coach so she can focus more on helping others.
Jonathan Fleuter – Viola, Assistant Coach
Jonathan Fleuter began viola in 2008 from instructor Ingrid Gaston and was an active member in the CODA State Honor Orchestra. In 2009, Jonathan began his undergraduate studies for a Bachelors of Music at CSU Sacramento with a focus on Instrumental Performance on both the clarinet and viola. Two years later, he decided to focus solely on the viola and took private lessons from renowned violist Anna Kruger. A three-time recipient of the AJ and Susana Watson Chamber Competition Award in 2012, 2013 and 2015, Jonathan has also won various group performances in the Festival of New American Music, New Millenium Concert Series and Composer’s Competitions. He is currently Principal violist of the CSU Sacramento Symphony Orchestra and is a private teacher for many music schools in Carmichael, Folsom and Elk Grove.
Carrie Miller – Cello, Assistant Coach
Carrie Miller currently studies at Florida State University with Greg Sauer for a Masters of Music in cello performance and recently received a Bachelors of Music in cello performance from the California State University, Sacramento where she studied with Professor Andrew Luchansky. Carrie began playing the cello at nine years old in Davis California where she grew up. During her 4 years at CSU, Sacramento, she had masterclasses with pianist-composer, Eric Zivian, cellist, Timothy Eddie, and cellist, Steven Doane. In 2015 she performed the Lalo Cello Concerto after being a winner of the CSU Sacramento Concerto Competition.
Outside of performing, Carrie was a part of the co-educational music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon for 3 years working as steward, treasurer, music tutor of history, theory, and cello, and fundraising committee chair. Carrie has taught cello privately in Davis for the past 6 years and hopes to continue to do so throughout her music career.
While attending Florida State University, Carrie has performed with the opera, the University Symphony Orchestra, the baroque ensemble, and the viola da gamba ensemble.
Pursuing a second degree in Music History is another goal because one of her career ambitions is to become a University Professor.
Ray Anthony Trujillo – Violin, Assistant Coach
Born into a diverse musical family, Ray Anthony Trujillo began studying the violin at age two
and the saxophone at age three while growing up in his parents’ music business in Sacramento,
CA, where they supported and nutured his musical abilities. During his early childhood, Ray
Anthony was fortunate enough to start teaching alongside his father by the age of 7 while he
pursued his own instrumental studies. In addition, he was a part of the Sacramento Youth
Symphony for over seven years, where he’d later hold many principal positions and many solo
apperances that followed and participated in the annual summer chamber workshops as both a
student, mentor and now an Assitant Coach. From this time on, Ray Anthony was also
performing in many ensembles at Sacramento State, being involved in both the classical and jazz
departments. Between his two instrments, Ray Anthony has won top honors in many
competitions and programs that took place outside of his hometown, from the Tanglewood
Institute in Boston, the 1st Inagural Tour with the National Youth Orchestra-USA, Classical
Music Festival in Eisenstahdt, Austria, to the Sacramento, Monterey, Reno, and Greeley Jazz
Festivals. By having these performance opportunities, he’s worked with many of the best names
in music including Joshua Bell, Rachel Barton Pine, Valery Gergiev, David Allen Miller,
Wynton Marsalis, John Fedchock, Dave Pietro, Jeff Hamilton Trio, and many others. Currently,
he is pursuing his undergraduate degree as a double music major in Instrumental Performance
(Violin) with Dr. Jubal Fulks and Jazz Studies (Saxophone) with Dr. Andrew Dahlke, while
maintaining his positions as co-leader of the symphony and opera orchestras and lead tenor with the large and small group jazz ensembles.
Sonia Matheus – Oboe, Assistant Coach
Sonia Matheus first discovered the oboe in sixth grade, after a one-year stint on the clarinet, and has never looked back! She studied with Deb Shidler for five years while playing oboe in the Granite Bay High School Concert Band and the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra, under the leadership of Michael Neumann. Sonia was honored to be selected for the CA All-State Honor Band, the Northern CA Honor Band, and the Capitol Section Honor Band throughout her high school years.
Currently Sonia plays oboe and English horn, and is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor's in Oboe Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. There she studies with Jane Marvine, English horn for the Baltimore Symphony, and plays with the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Peabody Modern Orchestra, and the Peabody Taku Woodwind Quintet. She looks forward to working with you at the SYS Chamber Music Workshop this summer!
Amanda Lostritto – Violin, Administrative Assistant
Amanda Lostritto started playing the violin when she was four years old, but had the passion for it starting at the age of one. Amanda studied with Nancy Hill until she was 13 during which she was the first place winner of the Music in the Mountains Young Musician’s Competition three years in a row, joined the Sacramento Youth Symphony, as well as small chamber groups. She studied with Anna Presler at Sacramento State University, completing her Bachelor’s Degree in 2013. Amanda currently teaches Piano and Violin privately, and at McLaughlin Studios in Loomis, CA.
Claire Tatman– Violin, Assistant Coach
Claire Tomoko Tatman is a professional violinist and instructor who performs primarily in California and Arizona and has privately taught violin and coached string ensembles for the past 8 years. Claire earned her Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from Arizona State University in December 2013. Having begun her violin studies at age 12 with her mother, Mutsuko Tatman, she continued to study with Phoenix Symphony concertmaster, Steven Moeckel, before her college studies. During college, Claire studied with Mark Rush at the University of Arizona, with Renee Jolles at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and with Danwen Jiang at Arizona State University.
Claire currently plays with the Santa Monica Symphony and American Youth Symphony. Her other large ensemble experience includes the Arizona MusicFest, Arizona Opera, Reno Philharmonic, Symphony of the Southwest, West Valley Symphony, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and the Lakeside Summer Festival Orchestra in Ohio. Claire has also performed with Celtic Woman Irish ensemble and the Game of Thrones Live Concert group. Claire is a member of ASTA (American String Teachers Association) and is a Certified Suzuki Instructor through SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas). In her spare time Claire loves to go cycling and hiking. She also loves to work on art projects and cook for friends.