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

Robin McKee is Associate Principal Flute of the San Francisco Symphony and occupant of the Catherine & Russell Clark Chair. A native of Tulsa, OK, she began her music studies on piano before switching to flute. She later studied with Robert Willoughby at the Oberlin Conservatory. Before joining the SFS in 1984, she played piccolo in the Richmond (Virginia) Symphony and served as assistant principal flute of the Baltimore Symphony.   

(February 2018)

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 SFS in 1996, performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony as acting second flute for two seasons. She was formerly principal flute of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and associate principal flute and piccolo player with the Portland Symphony. She has also performed in Chicago and Europe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and she has appeared as soloist with the SFS, Portland Symphony, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. A native of Hartford, CT, Ms. Payne graduated from both the New England Conservatory and Tufts. She is currently a flute coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra.  

(January 2018)