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Edward Stephan joined the SFS as Principal Timpani in 2016, occupying the Marcia & John Goldman Chair. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he served as principal timpani of the Pittsburgh, Dallas, and the Fort Worth symphonies. Mr. Stephan holds degrees from the University of North Texas and New England Conservatory of Music. Currently timpanist of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY, he also serves as chair of the percussion department at Duquesne University. He is currently a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra.

Jacob Nissly was appointed Principal Percussion of the San Francisco Symphony in 2013. Previously, he served as principal percussion of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony, and he was also a member of the New World Symphony. He is an adjunct professor of percussion at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Nissly holds degrees from Northwestern University and the Juilliard School. He began his percussion studies with Woody Smith in Iowa. He is currently a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra. For more on Jacob Nissly, visit

James Lee Wyatt III joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2001 after serving as principal percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony. A native of Princeton, KY, he received degrees from the University of Michigan and Temple University. Mr. Wyatt has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, as well as at the Ojai Festival, Britt Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and the US and Italian Spoleto Festivals.

Raymond Froehlich joined the San Francisco Symphony as a percussionist in 1991. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he was previously a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and a timpanist with the Berkeley Symphony. He performs with several jazz ensembles in the Bay Area, as well as a rock trio and Ultra World X-tet, which combines Chinese instruments—the guzheng and pipa—with saxophone, electric guitar, and bass.

(November 2017)