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STRINGS
 
Violins
 
Lauren CashLauren Cash (violin) – She began violin at the age of six, started piano several years later, and has never stopped playing music since!  Lauren joined the symphony in 2006 and enjoys her current role as Principal 2nd violin. She loves passing on the joy of music to local students, teaching music both privately and at Journey Christian School.  If she’s not playing music or teaching you might find her hiking, travelling, writing, or spending time with family and friends.



Tamra DavisTamra Davis (violin) earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from Brigham Young University. She has had the opportunity to perform with various ensembles throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Europe. As a freelance artist, she has recorded on soundtracks, movie scores, and advertisements. She is currently an adjunct music instructor at LCC and has been a member of the Southwest Washington Symphony since 2014. Tamra enjoys homeschooling her children and being outdoors with her family.





.Carol Kirkman (violin) began her love of the violin at 10 years old. It was a love that has lasted 56 years and still strong. Carol was raised in Sacramento, California and attended CSUS, receiving a BA in music. She went to Portland to earn a masters in church music from Western Seminary. Carol has three grown children and six lovely grandchildren. She became the concertmaster of Southwest Washington Symphony in 2014. Carol also plays in the Vancouver Symphony and occasionally with the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta in Hood River. Carol is happily retired after 24 years  teaching orchestra.



Gary LindstromGary Lindstrom (violin) joined the Symphony in 1994 at the invitation of Marion Clark (cello). Starting in 3rd grade in Burlingame, CA, he played violin through high school.  He has performed with the Astoria Chamber Players, Coachella Valley Symphony, Sunnyside Chamber Orchestra, and piano trio, quartet, and quintet works along with his spouse, pianist, Ann Long.   Additionally he is a member of the Columbian Choral Ensemble. His violin teachers included Matt Mandrones (Vancouver Symphony) and Jonathan Dubay (Oregon Symphony). He has a Master’s Degree from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA and is retired from the Port of Longview.   He is a past President of the symphony’s Board. 


Katy OlsonKaty Olson (violin) initially started playing the violin in 3rd grade at Catlin Elementary School and continued on through Kelso High School where she discovered she could get out of class to play for civic engagements in the community. Today she works as a librarian for the Longview School District and still enjoys getting out of work to play for the Fall Children’s Concert with the SWS. Katy loves to travel, read, and laugh with family and friends. She still slips out of any obligation she can...except for Symphony practice.

 
Sierra PaineSierra Paine (violin) - A member of the symphony since 2019, and a resident of Longview, Sierra is a student at Mark Morris High School where . Since attending Mark Morris, she plays in the band and orchestra, and competes in knowledge bowl, bowling, and golf. She has spent 9 summers playing in youth symphonies and other ensembles in Washington. Sierra enjoys being a part of the Southwest Washington Symphony because she loves to create music that can touch the lives of others.


Sandy RountreeSandy Rountree (violin) – Born in Longview, Sandy started music in 4th grade and remembers sitting in band class, waiting for her mother’s payday so she could get a clarinet to play. Due to some miscommunication, her mother brought home a violin instead, so Sandy played the violin. She joined the symphony in 1984 and is now one of the old-timers. Retired, she enjoys doing genealogy, reading mysteries, writing stories, playing with her dog and being a part of her church’s history museum.


.Genevieve Schoenecker (violin) - A member of the Symphony since 1997. Genevieve attended Washington State University where she studied violin with Alan Bodman and graduated with a BA in Music in 1987. She has also played in the Washington Idaho Symphony and the Columbia River Chamber Orchestra.







 

Rebecca WhitneyRebecca Whitney (violin) - Rebecca joined the Symphony in 2019 while finishing her last
year of high school. Since starting violin lessons at age 8, Rebecca has enjoyed playing music in many groups and exploring different genres. In addition to making music, Rebecca also enjoys hiking, camping, painting, and creating art in other media. Rebecca lives in Kalama, Washington, and hopes to pursue a career in music.




Elizabeth ZumsteinElizabeth Zumstein (violin) – Elizabeth enthusiastically joined the Symphony in 2016. A native of Woodland, she began learning the violin at age 11 along with her Mom and four of her sisters. In addition to teaching a handful of violin students, she works at the local machine shop and keeps the books for a landscaping company. She is grateful to God for the opportunity to create beautiful music with the Symphony.







Viola

Linda Monahan, violist, joined the symphony in 1968, a CHARTER MEMBER. Linda lives in Longview, graduated from RAL, WWU and has a master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University. She taught music in the Longview School District for 37 years. Linda also teaches private piano and string lessons. She is currently the organist at Longview Community Church. She is also a Master Gardener, loves to sew and especially likes to bake cheesecakes. She raises a vegetable garden yearly and her dahlias are her pride and joy. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. Her siblings include one brother and two sisters.



.Dolphine MackDolphine VanZanten Mack (viola) - Dolphine studied violin as a youth, but learned the viola to fill needs in school and community orchestras.  She moved to Longview just before the Symphony was founded and became a charter member.  Music has had a key role in her family; all her children are accomplished musicians, contributing to their communities.









Cello


Rachel Davis (cello) - Rachel joined the Symphony in 2019 after moving from Gresham, OR. She was blessed to grow up in a family that encouraged her musical interests. Rachel began playing the cello in her school orchestra at age 10.  She pursued a degree in Music Education and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Berry College in 2007.  After graduating, she has performed with various groups including the Beaverton Symphony, the Willamette Falls Symphony, and the Portland Civic Orchestra.  She also has recorded cello tracks and performed with several independent rock bands like Capraesque and Matthew Fountain and the Whereabouts.  Currently, she teaches music at Napavine Elementary and teaches private lessons to students in Lewis and Cowlitz counties.  Rachel lives with her family in Winlock, WA.



Megan FreeMegan Free (cello) - A member of the Symphony since 2016, Megan has been playing the cello since the age of 8. After high school Megan played recreationally while in college at the University of Oregon and while obtaining her Masters in Education at Pacific University. After moving to Coos Bay, Megan played for weddings and in local symphonies across Oregon, while advancing her education career. Megan joined the Southwest Washington Symphony after moving to Washington and having her first child as a way to meet local musicians and continue to play. Megan works in education, supporting local school districts around effective mathematics instruction. 
 


Sue Marple​Sue Marble (cello) - After careers in nursing and psychology, Sue returned to the cello, her first love, in 2018.   She is a student of Elizabeth Byrd and joined the Symphony in Autumn of  2019.  Sue, her husband and two cats are enjoying their retirement by the river in Columbia City, Oregon. 








Judy WoodwardJudy Woodward, cello, joined SWWS in 2018. Although she commutes to Longview from Astoria, Oregon, on rehearsal and concert nights, Mike (cello) and Trudy Woods welcome her in their home, where Judy is wined and dined, provided her own bedroom, and the next day joins Mike in cello duets. Other musical highlights include playing in a string quartet to accompany the first Canadian youth to be Queen Elizabeth’s organist, during his homecoming recital in Nelson, B.C. Now retired from writing environmental impact statements, Judy gives private cello lessons, plays in numerous large and small ensembles, and makes fiber art.



BASS

Josef Ward (bass) - Josef Ward joined the symphony in the Winter of 2018 and currently teaches middle and high school Orchestra for the Kelso School District. Mr. Ward earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon in 2017 where he studied with Tyler Abbott, a premier bassist in the Pacific Northwest, and has maintained an active performing career on both String Bass and Electric Bass. Josef performs around the Cowlitz community with the Southwest Washington Symphony, LCC Choral Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles at Kelso High School, “The Funk Junkies,” “The Dude,” and also the worship band at his church. When not playing or teaching music, Josef enjoys playing golf, fixing cars, and exploring the outdoors.


 


BRASS

Trumpet

Michael Paul (Principal Trumpet) - A member of the symphony since 2014 with performances dating back to 1987. After attending the University of Northern Colorado and the University of North Texas, Michael spent 14 years as musical director for several cruise lines. Michael now lives in Vancouver, Wa and is proud to be a part of the SWWS while actively playing in several other big bands & jazz combo's in the Pacific Northwest.

Becca Rodriguez.Rebecca Rodriguez (trumpet) - Rebecca joined the Symphony in 2015 and currently resides in Longview, WA. Rebecca attended Central Washington University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership through Eastern Washington University.  Rebecca is mcurrently teaching band and choir at Cascade Middle School in Longview and enjoys the opportunity to share music with students and the community through her participation in the Symphony.



Trombones
Clinton Anderson (Bass Trombone); BM, MM. - A member of the Symphony since 1977 also serves as Symphony Personnel Manager. His orchestra experience started with Tacoma Youth Symphony playing bass trombone. As a TYS member, Clint toured Europe when they were invited to an orchestra festival in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was arranger for the Expo ’74 Band at the Spokane World’s Fair. Clint’s done arrangements for the State of Washington, our Symphony and the Northwest Wind Ensemble. Clint taught a variety of music courses at various school districts around the state, retiring in 2015. He lives in Longview.

French Horn
Brian HuffmamBrian C. Huffman (horn) - principal horn for the Southwest Washington Symphony since 2008, Mr. Huffman has been a music teacher in Longview/Kelso for 24 years.  He has played horn for over 38 years and studied with J. Christopher Leuba (principal horn for the Chicago Symphony) at Western Washington University.  Mr. Huffman is an active musician in the community and teaches private lessons on horn, trumpet, and guitar. He performs in a 9 piece funk band, “Funk Junkies”, an instrumental rock band, “The Dude”, and a guitar/horn duo, “Miles from Davis.”


.Ruth Kendall (French horn) - Ruth started playing French Horn in the 5th grade in Maine and played in bands throughout college where she studied chemical engineering.  Ruth first joined the symphony in 1983 shortly after moving to Longview.  She played with the group until 2001.  After retiring from a career in engineering, she dusted off her horn and rejoined the Symphony in 2018.  






TUBA

Perry CalabresePerry Calabrese (Tuba) - Joined the Symphony in 2008 following his son’s departure. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps Field Band, Mr. Calabrese is a graduate of Western Washington University and is retired from 33 years of public school band directing. His bands over the years have been recognized as setting the highest standard of excellence in performance at All Northwest Music Educator’s Conference, Two PacTen half-time shows, Mt.Hood and Reno International Jazz Festivals, and guest performances including Lower Columbia College Honor Bands. Mr. C resides in Castle Rock where he’s raised his five children. In his retirement, his passion is restoring vintage motorcycles. 



Al TriplettAllen Triplett (tuba) - Al first joined the Symphony as a member of the double bass section. A former Lower Columbia College Music Student of the year (1980), Al won the first LCC Symphonic Band Student Solo contest, before pursuing a Music Education/Performance degree at Central Washington University. He left school in 1984 and worked as a steamfitter until his retirement in 2014. Al hails from Winlock, Washington, and enjoys the challenges of symphonic music, especially since he is often alone on his part.




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WOODWIND

Ellen BercovitzEllen Bercovitz (flute) joined SWS upon arriving in Longview in 1995. She now divides her time between her home in St. Helens, WA, and her Bed & Breakfast in Portland. An eclectic soul, her roles have included bus driver, actor/singer, college instructor, social worker, backpacker, and contra dancer. She earned degrees in music, English, social ecology, and social work, and later returned to explore courses in math and science. Inspired by her dad, she began flute on her own in 3rd grade.  Currently principal flute of the Southwest Washington Symphony, the Beaverton Symphony, the Tualatin Valley Symphony, and the Oregon Mahler Festival, Ellen has also enjoyed playing chamber music with friends, playing piccolo in the Portland Wind Symphony, and performing with the Portland Columbia Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

 

Rebecca WhitneySharon Floyd (flute and piccolo) - Ms. Floyd joined the symphony in 2005 and teaches third grade in the Ridgefield School District. A native of Cowlitz county, she studied with Tom Hall and Dorothy Rose Mason.  Harvey Redmond and Dennis Creek inspired Ms. Floyd to live a life filled with making music. She plays with the Lower Columbia Symphonic Band, Mahler Fest and is a member of the National Flute Association. Ms. Floyd plays an Oston-Brannen flute, a Brannen Piccolo and a Kingma Alto Flute. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University and Master’s Degree from George Fox University. Beyond playing, Ms. Floyd loves to knit, sew and travel. 


Melanie_KitchensMelanie Kitchens (flute). Melanie is a retired homeschool mom who has been a groupie of Southwest Washington Symphony since 2006. Two of her daughters played with the symphony prior to her becoming a member in 2017. Melanie studied music at the University of Wyoming and the University of Oklahoma. In the many different communities she has lived, Melanie has always found a way to play her flute, from small private venues to community bands and orchestras. Her favorite thing is playing in pit orchestras for musical theater. Melanie currently lives in Castle Rock and loves spending time outdoors and with her five grandkids.




Roxanne KnutsonRoxanne Knutson (oboe) - Roxanne fell in love with the oboe as a 5th-grader at Castle Rock Elementary after hearing an older student perform. She joined the symphony in 1969, leaving in 1971 to attend California Lutheran College, earning a B.A. in music. She was privileged to study with Donald Muggeridge of the LA Philharmonic. In 1980, Roxanne returned to Castle Rock with her husband, Clarance. While raising her children, Kristin and Brad, she performed with numerous groups including pit orchestras, bands, and quintets. She worked as a secretary for St. Paul Lutheran Church and Castle Rock School District, retiring in 2019.


Lisa SudarLisa Sudar (oboe and English horn) - A member of the symphony since coming to Longview in 1981, Lisa started clarinet in grade school in Walla Walla, but changed to oboe in junior high school because there was only one other oboe in the band, and she loved the oboe’s sound. She attended University of Washington earning degrees in English and Linguistics, and studied oboe with Laila Storch. As soon as Lisa joined the symphony as 2nd oboe, they needed an English horn which she has doubled on since then. Lisa enjoys playing for her church and other groups when needed. She and her husband live on a tree farm west of Longview where they raised their three children.


 

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PERCUSSION


 
Ann Marie LongAnn Long (piano) grew up in Indianapolis, and is a retired Longview School District accompanist who has been with the Symphony since 2009. She has accompanied numerous organizations over the years, including St. Stephens Church, LCC, Columbia Choral Ensemble and Chor Anno. She received a BA in Music after her studies at Indiana University and the University of Illinois. She was also a member of the Coachella Valley Symphony. During the later years in her musical life, she developed a love for playing chamber music, performing with The Astoria Chamber Players and The Amicus Trio. Currently she enjoys playing chamber music with her husband, violinist Gary Lindstrom, and cellist Mike Woods. She and Gary enjoy sailing their sailboat, Kestrel in Puget Sound in the summer, and golfing in Palm Springs in the winter.