FLUTE & Piccolo
Sponsored by Eileen Sambrailo
Laurie Camphouse has been Principal Flutist of the Santa Cruz Symphony since 1999 and has been freelancing in the San Francisco Bay area for 18 years. She performs regularly with Opera San Jose, San Jose Ballet, Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Rosa Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, Marin Symphony, California Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Lamplighter’s Light Opera, Skywalker Sound, Festival Opera and San Francisco Opera Center. She enjoys live concerts of movie soundtracks and has performed the tin whistle in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, as well as flute, alto flute, and piccolo on Harry Potter The Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets, Indiana Jones, The Godfather, Sound of Music and many more.
As a chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Pacific Edge Ensemble and is a member of the California Sound Collective. As a soloist, Laurie has performed Bach’s Suite in bm and Brandenburg Concerto #5 with Santa Cruz Symphony, Bach’s Brandenburg Concert #4 with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, as well as solo appearances with San Jose Chamber Orchestra. She has also shared the stage with many popular artists including Andrei Bocelli, Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, Il Divo, Jackie Evancho, Kris Allen and Yes. Laurie has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from Indiana University (1997), and a Master of Arts Degree from San Jose State University (2004). Her primary teachers include Kate Lukas, Jacques Zoon, Dawn Weiss, Martha Herby, Wissam Boustany and Isabelle Chapuis.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Camphouse moved to California in 1997 to accept the position as Co-Principal Flutist with the USAF Band of the Golden West, a position she held until 2001. She has also held administrative positions such as Education Manager with the former San Jose Symphony, acting Program Director for Summer Music West at the San Francisco Conservatory, and Librarian for the Santa Cruz Symphony. She currently lives in Fairfield with her two children, Addison and Nicholas.
Sponsored by Mary & Harry Blanchard
Originally from San Jose, California, Sarah Benton is a flutist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the newly appointed 2nd flutist with the Santa Cruz Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Daniel Stewart. As an educator, Sarah currently serves on the flute faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts (Mountain View, CA) and the Almaden School of Music (San Jose, CA). She is the conductor of the San Jose Youth Symphony's Avant and Avancé Flute Choirs. Additionally, Sarah runs a private flute studio out of her home in the Willow Glen area.
As an orchestral flutist, Sarah performs regularly with the Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Stockton Symphony. She also held the position of principal flute with Symphony Silicon Valley for their 2017 to 2019 seasons . Sarah has attended many orchestral festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In her orchestral career, she has worked under the batons of conductors such as Teddy Abrams, Andrés Cárdenes, Paul Polivnick, Arild Remmereit, John Morris Russell, Carl Topilow, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Osmo Vänskä. She has played principal flute in The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Music Hall (Pittsburgh, PA), and The California Theatre. During her time with the San Jose Youth Symphony under Maestro Yair Samet, she was given the opportunity to play principal flute on their European tour and perform in the famous Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
An avid solo flutist, Sarah was selected as a winner of the National Flute Association's Masterclass Performer Competition in 2013 (New Orleans, LA) and won first prize in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony's Young Artist Competition (Coeur d'Alene, ID). She made her concerto debut with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony in March 2014, performing Carl Reinecke's Flute Concerto in D Major. Sarah has also performed in various solo recitals throughout California, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
Sarah received her Master's in Music from Carnegie Mellon University under the study of Professor Alberto Almarza as his graduate teaching assistant. Additionally, she was given the opportunity to perform in lessons and masterclasses for Jeanne Baxtresser and Lorna McGhee. Sarah also holds a Bachelor's in Music from the University of Oregon, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude under the tutelage of Professor Molly Barth. Upon graduation from the University of Oregon, she received awards as an Outstanding Scholar in Music Theory and an Outstanding Performer in Woodwind Studies.
Sarah has also performed for and studied with teachers such as Bonita Boyd, Timothy Day, Bart Feller, Christina Jennings, Marya Martin, Demarre McGill, Robin McKee, Paula Robison, Les Roettges, and Jim Walker.
Sponsored by Ron & Cindy Sekkel
Marian Concus plays piccolo and flute for Santa Cruz Symphony. She is a member of Fremont Symphony as well. Marian Concus formerly was Piccoloist for Boise Philharmonic and Central City Opera. She has held teaching positions at the Oshmann Family JCC School for the Performing Arts, Bellarmine Preparatory School, and Friends Central, Philadelphia. Her Klezmer recordings have been broadcast on WFMT Chicago and WRTI Philadelphia. Ms. Concus holds a degree in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory. She also studied for two years in Michel Debost's master class in Paris, France.
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