Tim Higgins

Principal, Robert L. Samter Chair

Timothy Higgins is the San Francisco Symphony’s Principal Trombone and holder of the Robert L. Samter Chair. He was previously acting second trombone with the National Symphony. A Houston native, Mr. Higgins graduated from Northwestern University and has performed with the Milwaukee, Virginia, and Chicago symphonies, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and the Baltimore Symphony. In 2005, he won the Robert Marsteller Competition and the ITA Trombone Quartet Competition, both part of the International Trombone Association. 

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(January 2015)

Paul Welcomer

Paul Welcomer joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1994 after one year as an acting member of the Orchestra. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, he received a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Welcomer served as principal trombone of the Alabama Symphony and the United States Air Force Band. He teaches trombone at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he is conductor of the brass ensemble.

Paul Welcomer has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.

(April 2013)

John Engelkes


John Engelkes John Engelkes joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1981. A native of Iowa, he was previously a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Florida Symphony. He studied with John Hansen at the University of Northern Iowa, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and later pursued a master's degree at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, he studied with Frank Crisafulli and Edward Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While in Chicago, Mr. Engelkes performed with the Chicago Symphony, Northwestern Wind Ensemble, Northwestern Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Chicago Pops. Mr. Engelkes has appeared at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in 2011, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Sun Valley Music Festival. A founding member of the Bay Brass, he also serves on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and in 2014 was a guest artist and faculty member of the International Trombone Festival.

(February 2018)