Karen Sremac


Sponsored by John Dickinson and Nancy Van Natta

Karen Sremac received her Performers Certificate and Master’s of Music in clarinet from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Stanley Hasty. She was the only clarinet student accepted into the master’s program that year. She received her Bachelors of Music in clarinet from USC, where she studied with Mitchell Lurie.

Karen also studied clarinet extensively with David Breeden, Don Carroll and David Neuman of the San Francisco Symphony and Rosario Mazzeo of the Boston Symphony.

Karen has been the principal clarinetist of the Santa Cruz County Symphony since 1990. She also performs regularly with the Violeto Trio and arranges music for the unique combination of violin, clarinet and cello. Karen performs on all the clarinets: Bb, A, Eb, basset horn and bass, and on saxophones: soprano, alto and tenor.  She has performed in many orchestras including the San Francisco Ballet and Opera, San Jose Symphony and now Symphony Silicon Valley, San Jose Ballet, Carmel Bach Festival, Midsummer Mozart, Heidelberg Germany Festival and West Bay Opera. She has performed under the batons of many great conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Bernstein, Eric Leindsdorf, and Herbert Bloomstedt.

Karen has also been honored to perform as soloist with many groups including the Rochester Philharmonic, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Master Sinfonia, Palo Alto Symphony, Redwood Symphony, and in Europe with the Daniel String Quartet.

Karen has enjoyed teaching privately since 1985. Some of her students have gone on to play in symphonies and/or teach in universities. One year, despite the seemingly impossible odds, the only two clarinetists from throughout the United States to be chosen to perform as members of the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall were both from Karen’s studio. Karen has previously been on the faculty at the College of Notre Dame, Belmont, and the Santa Clara University.

Karen Sremac joined the faculty at CSMA in 2008. She teaches private clarinet and saxophone lessons.


Peter Dayeh (LOA)

Peter Dayeh is a classical clarinetist performing orchestral, chamber, and solo literature who is also committed to his private studio of beginning through advanced students. Dayeh is a native of San Diego, California and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from San Diego State University, and a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of the Arts. Dayeh is active as an orchestral and chamber musician as well as a recitalist in San Diego, Santa Cruz, and in Imperial County. He holds the position of 2nd Clarinet in the Santa Cruz Symphony and appears frequently with the San Diego Symphony. He was a participant in the 2012 Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, where he received a full-tuition scholarship to attend. In the summer of 2011, he was a participant at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians with a scholarship from the Quimby Family Foundation.

In addition to his busy performance schedule, he is devoted to teaching. His students have held top positions in youth orchestras as well as All-State and All-Southern Honor Bands and have received branch honors at the MTAC Certificate of Merit evaluations. Past students have attended institutions such as California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, and UC Berkeley.