Tim Day

Principal, Caroline H. Hume Chair

Tim Day

Tim Day has served as Principal Flute of the SFS since 2006, occupying the Caroline H. Hume Chair. Mr. Day served as principal flute with the Baltimore Symphony for twelve seasons, has been acting principal flute with the Minnesota Orchestra, and was guest principal flute with the Boston Symphony. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Mr. Day joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1987 and during the summers is on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

(October 2017)

Robin McKee

Associate Principal, Catherine & Russell Clark Chair

SFS member since:  1984

Hometown:  Tulsa, OK

Music schools you attended:  Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Began playing music: At age 8      

Musical inspirations: My parents

Favorite composers:  Brahms, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Miles Davis

Favorite works featuring my instrument: any Brahms symphony

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Harassing my children, Britton, 21 and Ruby, 19; Eating the fabulous meals that Tim Day [husband and SFS Principal Flute] cooks for us

Recent reading: Dragon Bones, by Lisa See; the internets

On my CD player/iPod is: Complete piano works of Satie; Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim; Pancho Sanchez; Turangalîla, Messiaen
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Sit in my yard, grazing my guinea pigs while reading; taking long walks around Mill Valley with [SFS flutist] Linda Lukas

When I retire: Tim and I want to drive around and visit a winery in every state of the U.S.


Linda Lukas

Alfred S. & Dede Wilsey Chair

SFS member since:  1990

Hometown:  Delaware, OH

Music schools you attended:  Ohio University, University of Iowa, École municipale de musique de Paris, Northwestern University

Began playing music: At age 10

Musical inspirations:  My dad, who was a professional musician and the “Mr. Holland” of my hometown.

If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: professional baton twirler

Favorite composers: Brahms, Debussy

Favorite works featuring my instrument:  Ravel, Daphnis and Chloë; Debussy, Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun; Brahms, Symphony No. 4

Recent reading: Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay; The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thaddeus Carhart; The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Hiking on Mt. Tamalpais, wine tasting

Plus:  I’ve taught at SFSU since 1991; I played and recorded with the Arioso Wind Quintet for 10 years; I have played Principal Flute in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for 16 years.

Linda Lukas has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.

Catherine Payne

Catherine Payne, who joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1996, performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as acting second flutist for two seasons, including the 1994-95 Tanglewood seasons. As a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, she appeared on many Evening at Pops telecasts, including the annual live July 4th broadcasts. Ms. Payne was formerly principal flutist of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and associate principal flute and piccolo player with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Portland Symphony, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, where she was a featured soloist in concertos of Mozart and J.S. Bach. Ms. Payne was also invited to perform for several weeks with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, playing concerts in Chicago and Europe.

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Ms. Payne studied with Thomas Nyfenger of the Yale School of Music while she was in high school. She continued her studies in Boston at the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Lois Schaefer and Leone Buyse of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While pursuing her music education, Ms. Payne attended Tufts University, where she majored in English, graduating magna cum laude.

Catherine Payne has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program. She is currently a member of the Coaching Team for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

(January 2013)