Second Violin


Loretta Taylor


Sponsored by Patty Lockett

Loretta Taylor lives in San Francisco where she was born and raised.  She has worked extensively with many orchestras throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has performed with orchestras in San Juan, Puerto and Perth, Australia. In addition to being Principal Second Violin of the Santa Cruz Symphony, Loretta teaches at the San Francisco Community Music Center and is the concertmaster of the Golden Gate Symphony & Chorus and Principal Second Violin of the Russian Chamber Orchestra, both of San Francisco. She has coached chamber music for the Chamber Musicians of Northern California and the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop.  She has been a soloist with the Old First Orchestra, the Community Music Center Orchestra, and the New Millennium Strings. Loretta Taylor is a graduate of San Francisco State University, magna cum laude.

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Rochelle nguyen

Assistant Principal

Sponsored by Joyce Osborn

Rochelle Nguyen is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the bay area. She currently plays in the Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Stockton Symphony (Associate Concertmaster), and subs with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and Opera San Jose. Rochelle is an avid chamber musician, playing in multiple groups in the bay area, as well as in Seattle, WA, with the Oceana String Quartet (OSQ), two-time winner of the University of Washington (UW) School of Music chamber competition, and winner of both the Washington State and Northwest Regional MTNA Chamber Music competitions in 2013. As a member of OSQ, Rochelle has worked with Melia Watras, Atar Arad, Elisa Barston, and Paul Kantor.

Rochelle studied violin with Daniel Kobialka, Robin Sharp, Ron Patterson, and Diane Nicholeris. She has worked with Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, and members of the Corigliano, St. Lawrence, Emerson, Cypress, Concord, and American string quartets, as well as members of the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Rochelle has attended several summer music festivals, including Music@Menlo, St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, and Tanglewood Music Center, where she worked with renowned conductors such as James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.

Rochelle grew up in the bay area; she received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her master’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.


valerie Bengal

Sponsored by Richard and Diane Klein

Valerie Bengal is a second violinist in the Santa Cruz Symphony.


Priscilla Fisher

Sponsored by Dan & Vickie Rutan

Priscilla Fisher grew up playing violin in Southern California with a Suzuki program, and toured Japan when she was 11 years old with a group of American children where she received instruction from Dr. Suzuki and his finest teachers. She is a string teacher at the Santa Cruz Waldorf school, coaches the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, conducts private lessons, and goes into classrooms each year with a docent from the Symphony to demonstrate her instrument, speak to the kids about the concert they will attend, answer questions and engage with them about music. She also performs with the Cabrillo Stage Professional Theater, the White Album Ensemble and the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers. Priscilla attended Cabrillo College and San Jose State University, where she majored in music with a jazz concentration.


Josephine gray

Sponsored by Jim & Catharine Gill

Josephine Gray is currently a contracted member of the Modesto Symphony and the Santa Cruz Symphony. In the past she has played with Monterey Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Napa Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society, Stockton Symphony, Fresno Symphony, Golden Gate Opera and the San Francisco Choral Society. In 2010, Jo was appointed Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco teaching Alexander Technique in the Performing Arts Department. Jo earned her Bachelor of Music Performance (Violin) at the University of Auckland New Zealand and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.



Sponsored by Joyce Osborn

Nancy Kvam has been a violinist with the Santa Cruz Symphony since 1983. She has performed with the Monterey Symphony for 5 years, served as Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Stage Pit Orchestra for 4 years and as a violinist with Cabrillo College Jazz ensemble as well has her own jazz group for 5 years. She was a violinist with Cabrillo Stage's 2014 production of Oliver! and a violist for their 2012 production of A Night at the Nutcracker. In the past Nancy also served as a violinist with the Western Stage at Hartnell College and with the Antiquarian Funks. Nancy currently is a violin and viola soloist with the Cabrillo College Orchestra and Latin Ensembles and San Jose State Gamelan, and performs for weddings and special occasions with her chamber music group. Nancy is the former Principal Second Violinist with the Missouri Symphony Society, Lawrence Chamber Players and the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra.

Nancy has been an educator at the Cabrillo College Music Department since 1990, teaching private violin and viola lessons, directing the Chamber Music Program conducting the Baroque-Classical and Contemporary Music Ensembles and Administrating for the Cabrillo Youth Strings Program. Nancy has taught strings at the Green Valley Christian School since 2012 and was the past Director/Conductor of the Branciforte Junior High School Orchestra for 4 years. Nancy taught at the Santa Cruz Summer Music Conservatory and the Hartnell Conservatory's Suzuki Music program as a Co-Director for 4 years each. She also was the conductor of the Hartnell Conservatory Orchestra and the director of the Gault Elementary School String Program for 2 years each.

For many years Nancy has visited classrooms with the Santa Cruz Symphony's Youth Education Program for many years and served as an evaluator of String, Violin, Viola, Chamber Music and Orchestra for the Northern California Music Teachers' Association's annual Certificate of Merit program. Nancy has attended many American String Teachers’ Association Workshops Internationally and Nationally as well as many Suzuki Association of the Americas’ String Institutes (Stanford). Nancy is a member of the Santa Cruz County Music Teachers’ Association, where she began the Certificate of Merit Program for Strings at which students participate yearly.

Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Violin Performance with Music Teaching Certification (K-12), with an emphasis on Strings/Orchestra at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Nancy later received her Masters of Music Education, with Honors, with emphasis in Violin and Viola Performance, Chamber Music, Suzuki String Training/Pedagogy and Gifted Education at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Nancy can be contact through Cabrillo College or the Community Music School. More information about the Cabrillo Youth Strings program is available online.




Sponsored by Dr. Yoshio & Miwako Nishi

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Luke Santonastaso

Sponsored by Galen Hilgard


Rebecca Smith

Sponsored by Ron & Cindy Sekkel

"A homegrown girl," Rebecca grew up in Santa Cruz and played in the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony. Harold Hauge was her first teacher; he was also the Concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony at that time. To this day, she plays one of his violins. She went on to attend Cabrillo College and San Francisco State University. She received two degrees from San Francisco State, one in education and one in performance. She has also played at the Aspen Music Festival. 

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Susan Worland has been a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony since the fall 2000 (she got the phone call that she'd won a seat on her first wedding anniversary!). She subs occasionally with other "Freeway Philharmonic" orchestras, but particularly loves Santa Cruz, especially with Daniel Stewart at the helm. The challenging but always interesting repertoire is a great treat. 

Susan majored in music at Carleton College in Minnesota, a liberal arts degree, and then honed her skills in Boston, studying with Arturo Delmoni and Marylou Speaker Churchill, and taking chamber music classes through the New England Conservatory extension school. Susan teaches violin students at Starland Music in Alameda, California.

She is also active in various types of non-classical music. She is music director for The Red Thistle Dancers, a Scottish dance performing group based in Palo Alto and she has been band director for several summers at the prestigious Stockton Folk Dance Camp. Her greatest love, though, is for the traditional music of Central Europe -- Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, etc. In this photo she has just finished performing a rousing set of tunes with a group of Moldavian musicians!