Stephen Paulson joined the SFS as Principal Bassoon in 1977. Also a conductor, he has been Music Director since 1998 of Symphony Parnassus, which performs throughout the Bay Area. Mr. Paulson graduated from the Eastman School and studied with K. David Van Hoesen and Mordechai Rechtman, and composition with Samuel Adler. He previously held principal bassoon positions with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Paulson is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.