SFSYO Coaching Faculty

The Youth Orchestra’s success has a lot to do with its innovative, tuition-free training program, which taps members of the San Francisco Symphony to coach the young musicians every week before the full ensemble rehearses with SFSYO Music Director Christian Reif. The San Francisco Symphony extends its deepest thanks to the following musicians for their dedication and commitment to this program. 

Violin - Diane Nicholeris, Chen Zhao

Viola - Adam Smyla

Cello - Jill Brindel, David Goldblatt

Bass - Stephen Tramontozzi

Flute - Catherine Payne

Oboe - Russ deLuna, James Button, James Moore

Clarinet - Jerome Simas

Bassoon - Mike Gamburg

French Horn - Jessica Valeri

Trumpet - Jeff Biancalana

Trombone/Tuba - Nick Platoff

Percussion/Timpani - Jacob Nissly, Ed Stephan, Stan Muncy

Harp - Douglas Rioth

Keyboard - Robin Sutherland, Marc Shapiro



Please include your name along with the name and instrument of the young musician for which you are inquiring in all email and phone messages.  We cannot provide accurate and prompt replies without this information.

Jason Pyszkowski
Associate Director - Youth Orchestra Program

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