Sponsored by Paul Nordine
Chad Kaltinger is an active freelancer in the San Francisco area and maintains a busy schedule as orchestral violist, chamber musician, soloist, and recording artist. Principal violist for Opera San Jose and the Santa Cruz Symphony, he is a frequent guest principal at the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Chad has performed in many festivals around the U.S. including Music in the Mountains, Arizona Musicfest, South by Southwest, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Mendocino Music Festival. He is an active proponent of new music and performs regularly with the Cabrillo Music Festival, the University of California-Santa Cruz New Music Works Ensemble, and the Worn Chamber Ensemble. He was the soloist in the 2012 U.S. premiere of Noam Sheriff’s Canarian Vespers, for solo viola and strings, with the Cadenza Chamber Orchestra in Santa Cruz, California.
Chad hails from Chicago where he began his studies at age 9. He studied at the Music Institute of Chicago in Wilmette, Ill. with Peter Slowik, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Emanuel Vardi. As a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival he studied with Heidi Castleman and Victoria Chiang. Chad was the winner of the 1994 E. Nakamichi Viola Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival. He joined QSF in December 2012.
Jill Van Gee
Sponsored By Dorothy Wise
Jill Van Gee, violist, is thrilled to be a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony. A recent arrival to California, Ms. Van Gee is also a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and a former member of the San Antonio Symphony. She was Principal Violist with the Juilliard Orchestra for a summer residency in Spoleto, Italy, and during years spent in Canada, played with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Ms. Van Gee has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America. While playing with the avant-garde Canadian ballet company, La La La Human Steps, she recorded original music by David Lang and Gavin Bryars. A winner of the Canadian Music Competition, she was privileged to perform at the 2006 International Viola Congress.
Ms. Van Gee holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music from the Université de Montréal, and enjoys working with the next generation of musicians through her private studio and with local youth orchestras.
Sponsored by Alan & Gweneth Brown
Hailing from Colorado, Elyse began playing the viola at 9 in her elementary school orchestra. Since then, she has gone on to perform throughout the U.S.,Spain, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Australia and New Zealand.
An active orchestral and chamber musician, Elyse has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the U.S, including the Berkeley Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Mendocino Festival Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Curious Flights Orchestra, Delgani String Quartet and Andronica String Trio. Elyse is currently a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, and is principal violist of the Peninsula Symphony.
Elyse earned her Artist Diploma in orchestral studies from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, under the tutelage of Joy Fellows and Matt Young. As a winner of the Academy’s annual concerto competition, she had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra in its 2016 season finale concert. Elyse holds an M.M from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.M from the University of Denver. Elyse enjoys sharing her love of music with the next generation and maintains a private teaching studio in San Mateo.
Sponsored by Ron & Cindy Sekkel
Sarah Lee is an avid performer and a native of the Bay Area. Sarah is a member with the Monterey Symphony and Santa Cruz Symphony. She also performs with Stockton Symphony as well as performs with other Bay Area ensembles such as Opera Parallele and the Lucky Devils Band. She led as Principal Viola at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, National Music Festival, and the Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley. Other festivals she participated in include National Repertory Orchestra, Kent Blossom Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. In 2015, she co-founded the Verismo Duo with her sister Jennifer Lee: a duo comprised of piano and viola. She has a Master's of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), where she studied with Jodi Levitz. Sarah received her Bachelor’s of Music degree from Indiana University under the tutelage of Stephen Wyrczynski where she received high awards: the Premier Young Artist, A.W. Mason Music Scholarship, Recipient Friends of Music IUF Scholarship, Premier Young Artist Award, Faculty Award, and Recipient of SFCM Phyllis Wattis Scholarship.
Taiwanese-American violist Danny Sheu, a native of San Jose, was born and raised in a musical family, and began his musical studies on the violin at the age of five before switching to viola at eleven. His musical endeavors have taken him through concert halls across the United States such as Royce Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as on tours and festivals through Europe and Asia.
A highly sought after musician, he joined the Santa Cruz Symphony in 2017. He has appeared with many of the Bay Area’s symphonies, including Stockton, Santa Rosa, Monterey, Modesto, Silicon Valley, and Santa Cruz, and has also appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Korean Symphony. As a dedicated chamber musician, he is one of the principal players for One Found Sound, a conductorless chamber orchestra based in San Francisco, and is a four time winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in New York. As an educator, Mr. Sheu is frequently involved as a coach for California Youth Symphony, San Jose Youth Symphony, UC Santa Cruz, and Leland High School, and maintains a private studio of students in San Jose.