- Piccolo, Los Angeles Philharmonic
- 2nd flute, Vancouver Symphony, 1993-2003
- International soloist, chamber musician, teacher and clinician
Sarah Jackson has held the position of Piccolo for the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2003. Prior to this, in 1993, she joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (British Columbia, Canada) as Second Flute. Ms. Jackson then moved on to take the position of Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo with the VSO. Ms. Jackson also taught flute and piccolo at the University of British Columbia. Sarah Jackson is a much sought after piccolo and flute teacher, and she attracts students from around the world. She has taught, led masterclasses, and performed recitals in Italy, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States. Sarah is also an active chamber musician, soloist, clinician, and freelance artist, and has played for numerous films, CD recordings, and TV and radio broadcasts.
Sarah received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In addition to taking private voice lessons, she specialized in flute, studying with Camille Churchfield, former Principal Flute with the Vancouver Symphony. Sarah attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec for Graduate Studies with Timothy Hutchins, Principal Flute of the Montreal Symphony. While studying there, she auditioned for and won her first professional position as 2nd Flute with the
- Principal Flute, the L.A. Opera Orchestra
- Faculty, USC, Occidental College and Biola University
- Recording artist at major motion picture and television studios
- Assistant Director of NCFC
Gary Woodward brings to NCFC a wealth of experience, knowledge, and wisdom gleaned from a multifaceted career at the highest level of performance in orchestral, chamber music, commercial recording, and musical theater. Highlights of his over forty year career include twenty-five seasons as the Principal Flutist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and performances as principal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Orange County Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, and the Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies. Mr. Woodward is actively recording for motion pictures and television, having played countless scores written by the top composers at all of the major recording studios. He has also played in orchestras for over a dozen first-class musical theater productions. Mr. Woodward began teaching the flute at age 16 and landed his first University position at age 26 at UC Santa Barbara. He recently left his 31-year tenure at the University of Southern California to devote his time and energy to his students at Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, The Master’s, College and Occidental College. Mr. Woodward holds degrees in music from the University of Southern California and Chapman University, where his principal teachers were Roger Stevens and Arthur Hoberman. Edna Comerchero was his beloved teacher through high school in his native Sacramento. He studied extensively in the master classes of world-renowned flutists Julius Baker, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marcel Moyse and Maxence Larrieu.
- Director, Stanford University Flute Ensemble
- Director of NCFC
- Performs with the Symphony Silicon Valley and Ballet San Jose Orchestras
Karen Van Dyke made her professional debut at the age of 17 when she performed as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony. She currently maintains an active and versatile career. As an orchestral flutist, she has performed with the Berkeley and San Jose Symphonies, has served as principal flute at the Anchorage Festival of Music, and currently freelances with the Symphony Silicon Valley and Ballet San Jose orchestras. Ms. Van Dyke is the Director of the Stanford University Flute Ensemble, which she founded in 1996 at the invitation of the legendary flutist Frances Blaisdell. The SFE is a coveted ensemble at Stanford and has been featured in NFA conventions in New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and performed in the TEDx Stanford conference in 2014. On two occasions she performed Jake Heggie’s Statuesque with the composer at the piano, and appeared in a duo performance with Jeanne Baxtresser in 2004. Ms. Van Dyke has served as Director of NCFC for the last 23 years. An avid educator, she has maintained a private studio for over 30 years and has taught students who have been admitted to top conservatories and went on to become professional flutists. She has collaborated with several world-renowned flutists to produce master classes in Carmel Valley and at Stanford. Ms. Van Dyke has released one solo CD, Mouvements Perpetuels: Music for Flute and Guitar, with guitarist Paul Binkley. She is named in Who’s Who in America.
- Collaborative Pianist, San Francisco Conservatory
- Graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory
Pianist Britton Day enjoys a busy career performing across the Bay Area. Recently featured on the critically-acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Soundbox Series, Britton performed piano-four hand repertoire with Michael Tilson Thomas and accompanied his father, SFS Principal Flutist Tim Day. Other recent engagements include performances with members of the San Francisco Symphony on their Chamber Music Series in Davies Symphony Hall, the Berkeley Hillside Club Chamber Series, and the Eastern Sierra Symphony Summer Festival.
Britton is currently a member of the accompanying staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has worked as a rehearsal pianist for the San Francisco Ballet.Britt is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received his Masters Degree as well as a Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
- Faculty, The Crowden School and San Domenico Conservatory
- Has accompanied for S.F. Chamber Soloists and Midsummer Mozart Orchestra
- Graduate of the Juilliard School
Miles Graber received his musical education at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken and Louse Behrend. He has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. He has performed with numerous solo artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Mimi Stillman, Judith LeClair, Frederica von Stade, and Martha Aarons. He is a member of the chamber groups MusicAEterna, GGRE Trio, Alcyone Ensemble, the Sor Ensemble, Mira Trio and the new music group Sounds New. Mr. Graber has been associated with such ensembles as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, the Oakland Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the California Symphony, and Opera San José. He has accompanied the master classes of Midori, Joseph Silverstein, James Galway, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Leon Fleisher, Jeanne Baxtresser and Paula Robison. Mr. Graber has been a frequent performer with members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and many other orchestras. He is a staff accompanist at the San Domenico Conservatory in San Anselmo, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and NCFC.
- DMA Candidate, USC Thornton School of Music
- Principal Flute, San Luis Obispo Symphony
- Nielsen International Flute Competition Semi-finalist, 2019
Praised as a musician of “elegance, with a warm tone and brilliant technique” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) Marley Eder is a flutist residing in Los Angeles, CA. A participant of many of the top competitions in the United States and Europe, he was awarded 1st prize in both the Senior and Young Artist divisions of the MTNA competition, the San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition, and the graduate division of the Louisiana Flute Society young artist competition, as well as 2nd prize in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and Myrna Brown Artist Competition. As a result of reaching the semi-finals in the prestigious Nielsen International Flute Competition in 2019, he performed C.P.E. Bach’s Flute Concerto in d minor with members of the Odense Symphony on Medici TV. He has been a featured soloist with ensembles including the Eastern Music Festival Symphony, Louisiana State University Philharmonia, Colburn’s Orchestra de Camera, and the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Since March of 2019, Marley has served as principal flute of the San Luis Obispo Symphony under maestro Andrew Sewell. He is currently pursuing a DMA in flute performance at the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California where he also holds a position as a student instructor. He earned his previous degrees from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas (BM) and Louisiana State University (MM) where he was a graduate teaching assistant. He is immensely grateful for the guidance and support of his teachers: Jim Walker, Anne Zentner, Marianne Gedigian, Dr. Katherine Kemler, and Rosy Sackstein.
- Member, Monterey Symphony and Carmel Bach Festival Orchestras
- Specialist in Latin-jazz; has performed with Wayne Shorter in Monterey Jazz Festival
- Widely sought after teacher, clinician, coach and mentor
Teresa Orozco, a passionate, world-class classical and Latin American flutist, is actively involved in the music scene as soloist, orchestral player and ensemble coach, recording artist, and studio musician. She has performed with the Monterey Symphony since 1987, New Music Works since 1992, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, since 2007. She toured with the San Francisco Merola Western Opera Company in 1993, and the Rome Festival Orchestra in Italy in 1983. She has appeared as soloist with The Alameda Orchestra, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Ovation Chamber Orchestra, SJSU, and the Bay Shore Lyric Chamber Orchestra. Teresa Orozco not only specializes in classical music but also performs Latin-jazz, Afro-Cuban music. She has a flute and guitar duo Kumbambe, with life partner Orlando Castro playing Romantic Latin, salsa, rhumba and Afro-Cuban music. A quintessential communicator and educator, Teresa has mentored several hundred young musicians in her many teaching positions during the last two decades including the San Jose Youth Symphony, San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra Flute Ensembles, migrant-student education in Salinas, Valley Christian Schools conservatory program, Harker Schools after school music programs, coach and clinician for several youth orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area and “in schools” demonstration coordinator for the Monterey Symphony Orchestra Woodwind section. She has moved so many with her passion, love and enthusiasm for music and is inspiring a whole new generation of students to be excellent in both musical skill and temperament.
- Winner, NFA Young Artist Competition, 2018
- Wm S. Haynes Young Artist
- Senior Year Music Major, BYU
Catherine Boyack, whose playing has been described as “supremely beautiful” and “utterly thrilling” was the winner of the prestigious National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition in 2018. In previous years Catherine won the NFA’s High School Soloist Competition, the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, and the MTNA Junior and Senior Woodwind Performance Competitions, among others. As a soloist, she has been featured as a guest solo artist with the Lake Forest Symphony in Chicago, the Utah Symphony and the Utah Valley Symphony. Her playing has taken her around the United States, Germany, France, China, and South America, teaching masterclasses, coaching small chamber groups, and giving frequent solo recitals and concertos. Boyack has collaborated with several established conductors, performing as both a soloist and an orchestral musician under the batons of Carl St. Clair, Keith Lockhart, Vladimir Kulenovic, and others. Passionate about new music, she has premiered several works, including giving the West Coast premiere of Dai Fujikura’s virtuosic new flute concerto written for Claire Chase. She also is a passionate choral musician, and has toured with the world-renowned BYU Singers. Catherine plays on a beautiful handmade Haynes 14K Custom flute and is thrilled to be a ‘Haynes Young Artist’. Her teachers include April Clayton and Elizabeth Weissman. BM, Flute Performance, Brigham Young University, 2018.