BASSOON

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ERIN IRVINE

Principal

Sponsored by The Richard and Mary Solari Family Trust

Erin Irvine is currently an active performer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a tenured member of Stockton Symphony and has played with numerous orchestras including the SF Symphony and the SF Ballet. She is currently on faculty at the University of California Santa Cruz where she teaches bassoon and coaches the woodwind quintet. Having received a Masters of Music from Rice University and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA she has had the opportunity to study with Benjamin Kamins, Arlen Fast, and Gregg Henegar. In her "spare time" she makes reeds.

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Douglas Brown

Sponsored By Glenn Joy & Kathy Willott

Douglas Brown is currently Principal Bassoonist of the California Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and West Bay Opera Company, and a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony. Brown is a regular substitute player with the San Francisco Symphony and recorded Alban Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 with them under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in the spring of 2015. A native of Red Lodge, Montana, Brown completed his studies with Whitney Crockett at the Juilliard School in New York City in the spring of 2009. With members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, he recorded nonet selections from Beethoven’s Fidelio in the fall of 2007. He has appeared as a member of the orchestra at Utah Festival Opera in Logan, Utah since the summer of 2010. Douglas currently resides in Oakland with his husband, Wesley and dogs Zoe and Ansel.