Bassoons

Stephen Paulson

Principal

SFS member since:  1977

Hometown:  Long Island, NY

Music schools you attended:  Eastman School of Music

Began playing music: At age 10

Musical inspirations:  Listening to my parents’ classical records

If I were not a professional musician, I might be a:  Firefighter

Favorite composers:  Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius, Stravinsky

Favorite works featuring my instrument:  Stravinsky, Rite of Spring; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 7; Mozart, Bassoon Concerto; my bassoon concerto

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Cooking, hiking

Recent reading: The Rest is Noise, by Alex Ross; No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

On my CD player/iPod: Whatever Symphony Parnassus has coming up
           
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Hike Mt. Tam and Point Reyes

Plus:  I also serve as music director of Symphony Parnassus. 

 

Steven Dibner

Associate Principal

SFS member since:   1983

Hometown:   Ann Arbor, MI

Music schools you attended:  Indiana University, the Juilliard School

Began playing music: At age 4       

Musical inspirations:  My two great teachers Leonard Sharrow and Stephen Maxym

If I were not a professional musician, I might be an: Actor or maître d’hotel

Favorite composers: Bach, Stravinsky, Ravel, Mozart

Favorite works featuring my instrument: Rimsky-Korsakov, Sheherezade; Ravel, Alborada del gracioso; all the late Mozart piano concertos

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Gardening, cooking and baking

Recent reading: Mademoiselle: Conversations with Nadia Boulanger, by Bruno Monsaingeon; The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

On my CD player/iPod: Monteverdi, Vespers; Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
           
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Exploratorium, Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park

Plus: I’m continuing to commission new chamber music featuring the bassoon. I feel my greatest joys and greatest challenges come from being a single adoptive dad to my son Pablo. My “baby” is a kindergartner now!

Steven Dibner has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.

Rob Weir

SFS member since:  1990

Hometown: Weyburn, Saskatchewan, CA

Music school you attended:  Curtis Institute of Music

Began playing music: At age 6

Musical inspirations:  Other kids and later mentors

If I were not a professional musician, I might be:  In theatre one way or another

Favorite composers: Stravinsky, Bach, Adès, Barber

Favorite works featuring my instrument: Stravinsky, Rite of Spring; Barber, Knoxville, Summer 1915

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Family time, travel with family, golf, reading

Recent reading: Pnin, by Vladimir Nabokov; Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

On my CD player/iPod: Hip-hop, soul, rap, jazz
           
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Walk in Golden Gate Park (it’s across the street from my house!); Walk on the beach (it’s six blocks away); all things outdoors and enjoying our great city.

Rob Weir has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.

Steven Braunstein

Contrabassoon

Steve Braunstein has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.