Susan French began playing the violin at the age of 9 in East Amherst, New York. She currently holds tenured positions with the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Symphony. In addition to her orchestral responsibilities, Susan travelled to New York City in 2008 to perform “White Christmas” on Broadway at the Marriott Marquis Theatre, and later the 2009 revival of “West Side Story” at the Palace Theatre.
She has also played for the Broadway tour of “The Producers” in Albuquerque, and for the 2008 premiere of the “new” Gershwin musical, “An American in Paris”, at the Alley Theatre in Houston.
A violist as well as violinist, Susan has played with the Symphony Orchestras of Syracuse, Albany, Princeton, Binghamton, and Waterbury, along with Opera New Jersey, DiCapo Opera in New York City, Albany Pro-Musica, Lancaster Festival, and New Hampshire Music Festival. She recently performed several sonatas for violin and piano with collaborative artist Cullan Bryant on the Millenium Strings series in
Gilbertsville, NY.
Active in the world of opera, Ms. French is a tenured member of the Sarasota and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestras, performing several operas each year. Since 2004, Susan has been performing innovative, challenging orchestral works by living composers with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, California, under the
direction of Maestra Marin Alsop.
Interested in music as a healing art as a complement to her performing life, Susan became a graduate of the Music for Healing and Transition Program in February of 2009. Now a Certified Music Practitioner qualified to work with the critically ill or dying,
she plays violin for patients in the hospice setting. Susan holds Bachelorʼs and Masterʼs degrees in Violin Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Womenʼs Studies and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her principal teachers include Burton Kaplan, Stephen Shipps, Tatiana Vorobieva, LeRoy Fenstermacher, and Thomas Halpin.

Our Musicians

Krzysztof Zimowski

Concertmaster

David Felberg, violin

David Felberg

Associate Concertmaster

Phillip Coonce

Violin

Jonathan Amerding

Violin

Kerri Lay

Violin

Linda Boivin

Violin

Barbara Rivers

Violin

Nicolle Maniaci

Violin

Barbara Scalf Morris

Barbara Scalf Morris

Violin

Carol Swift-Matton, violin

Carol Swift-Matton

Assistant Principal 2nd Violin

Ikuko Kanda, violin

Ikuko Kanda

Violin

Justin Pollak

Violin

Julanie Lee

Violin

Iris McDowell

Violin

Roberta Branagan

Violin

Sheila McLay

Violin

Daniel Brandt, Violin

Daniel Brandt (on leave)

Violin

Susan French

Violin

Gary Logsdon

Principal Viola

Kimberly Fredenburgh

Assistant Principal Viola

Nicholas Hill

Viola

Christine Rancier, Viola

Christine Rancier

Viola

Virginia Lawrence

Viola

Willy Sucre

Viola

Lisa DiCarlo

Viola

Joan Zucker

Principal Cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum, cello

Carla Lehmeier Tatum

Cello

Joel Becktell

Cello

David Schepps, Cello

David Schepps

Cello

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Dana Winograd

Cello

Lisa Collins

Cello

Peggy Wells

Cello

Jean-Luc Matton

Principal Bass

Mark Tatum

Assistant Principal Bass

Katherine Olszowka

Bass

Terry Pruitt

Bass

Derek DeVelder

Bass

Ryan Walter

Bassoon 2

Valerie Potter

Principal Flute

Sara Tutland

Flute 2/ Piccolo

Kevin Vigneau

Principal Oboe

Melissa Peña

Associate Principal/English Horn

James Shields

Principal Clarinet

Lori Lovato

Assistant Principal Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet

Sunshine Simmons

Clarinet 3/Bass Clarinet

Stefanie Przybylska

Principal Bassoon

Denise Turner

Bassoon 2

Peter Ulffers

Principal Horn

Kurt Civilette

Assistant Principal Horn

Nathan Ukens

Horn 4

Niels Galloway

Assistant Horn

John Marchiando

Principal Trumpet

Mark Hyams

Trumpet 2

Jennifer Brynn Rector

Associate Principal Trumpet, Trumpet 3

Debra Taylor, trombone

Debra Taylor (Principal Trombone)

Principal Trombone

Byron Herrington

Trombone 2

David Tall

Bass Trombone

Richard White

Principal Tuba

Douglas Cardwell, Principal Timpani

Douglas Cardwell

Principal Timpani

Jeff Cornelius

Principal Percussion

Kenneth Dean

Percussion 2

Emily Cornelius, Percussion

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Anne Eisfeller (Principal Harp)

Principal Harp