Michael Morgan – Music Director
Kenneth Raskin – Associate Conductor

Our orchestra musicians lead rich and varied lives performing, teaching, touring and being active in the community. Sacramento Philharmonic musicians are members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 12.

Violin 1
Dan Flanagan – Concertmaster*
Simeon Simeonov – Assistant Concertmaster
Tuula Cotter
Robert Donehew
Anita Felix
Cindy Lee**
Baker Peeples
Dagenais Smiley
Sandra Togashi Chong
Victoria Tognozzi
Ljubomir Velickovic
Sharon Wood

Violin 2
Michelle Xiao You - Principal
Mark Tammes – Assistant Principal
Mary Blanchette
Myriam Cottin-Rack
Catherine Heusner-Willefert
Natasha Makhijani
Erika Miranda*
Ingrid Peters
Darren Sagawa
Zinovy Zelichenok

Emily Onderdonk - Principal
James Een – Assistant Principal
Gay Currier
Daria D’Andrea
Ying Ying Ho - (on leave)
Fan Hu
Ilana Matfis
Melinda Rayne

Robin Bonnell – Principal
Paul Rhodes – Assistant Principal
Cathy Allen
Lena Bonhorst Andaya*
Poppea Dorsam
Gretchen Egen
Leo Gravin
Julie Hochman
Susan Lamb Cook**

Thomas Derthick – Principal
Andy Butler - Assistant Principal
Steve Comber
Richard Duke
David Robinson
Ben Tudor

Mathew Krejci – Principal
Elizabeth Coronata
Gail Edwards
Tod Brody*

Gail Edwards

Thomas Nugent – Principal*
Ruth Stuart Burroughs

English Horn
Ruth Stuart Burroughs

Ginger Kroft – Principal*
Patricia Shands
Sandra McPherson

Bass Clarinet
Sandra McPherson

David Granger – Principal*
Maryll Goldsmith

Contra Bassoon
Maryll Goldsmith

French Horn
Eric Achen – Principal*
Susan Vollmer
Zachary Limacher – Assistant Principal / 3rd Horn
Pete Nowlen
Janis Lieberman

James Rodseth - Principal
Scott Macomber
Gary Dilworth
Michael Meeks*
John Leggett

Joel Elias – Principal*
Stephen Perdicaris

Bass Trombone
Steve Trapani

Julian Dixon – Principal*

Kumiko Ito - Principal*

Amy Stubbs – Principal
Thomas Rance*
Michael Downing

Anna Maria Mendieta – Principal*

Theresa Keene – Principal*

* Principal for Sacramento Opera performances
** Assistant Principal for Sacramento Opera performance

MICHAEL MORGAN, Music Director & Principal Conductor

Currently in his 16th year as Music Director, Michael Morgan was born in Washington, D.C., where he attended public schools and began conducting at the age of 12. While a student at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, he spent a summer at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. There he was a student of Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa, and it was at that time that he first worked with Leonard Bernstein.

In 1980, he won first prize in the Hans Swarovsky International Conductors Competition in Vienna, Austria and became Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, under Leonard Slatkin. His operatic debut was in 1982 at the Vienna State Opera in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. In 1986, Sir Georg Solti chose him to become the Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for five years under both Solti and Daniel Barenboim. In 1986 he was invited by Leonard Bernstein to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. As a guest conductor he has appeared with most of America’s major orchestras as well as the New York City Opera, St. Louis Opera Theater and Washington National Opera.

In 2005, he received two national awards by major music associations, the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy with the 2005 Governor’s Award for Community Service and, on the opposite coast, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as one of its five Concert Music Award recipients.

Among innovations, Morgan created a new Philharmonic Artistic & Cultural Initiative Team (ACIT) composed of board members, musicians, staff and community members who work with Maestro Morgan to develop programming that is responsive to Sacramento community needs and interests.

Morgan continues to draw attention, most recently in a feature article in the Nov. 4, 2011 issue of the New York Times. He has been called “a trailblazer” for his vision, which matches classic and 20th-century pieces with contemporary pieces by local composers – all with an intention of building community through music. Morgan notes, “The thing I find most interesting about orchestras is using them to bring the town together…We want the fans of this music and that music, who may never see each other in real life, to come and watch a concert together…The orchestra is more than a vehicle for pretty music.”

KENNETH RASKIN, Associate Conductor
Kenneth Raskin was appointed Associate Conductor of the Philharmonic at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season. He made his debut with the Philharmonic in May of 2009 conducting Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and lead the orchestra to great acclaim in 2010′s Target Family Concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade. Highlights from past seasons include performances of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven, and last season’s HEROES! Family Concert.

Raskin was previously the Assistant Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, where he performed numerous concerts including Classical, Pops, and Young Persons programs. He has been Music Director of Camerata California, Associate Conductor of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee, Principal Conductor of the highly regarded San Francisco Bay Area Concerto Orchestra, and more.

Kenneth Raskin has appeared as a guest conductor with several fine orchestras across the United States including the Houston Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the El Paso Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Lubbock Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the San Francisco Sinfonietta, the University of Michigan Philharmonia.

Maestro Raskin was featured in the League of American Orchestra’s 2005 esteemed Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida. In 2004, he was a finalist for the League’s Conducting Fellowship Program, appearing with the Houston and Cleveland Symphony Orchestras. Raskin received his Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler. He was also a Fellowship Academy Conductor at the Aspen School of Music in Colorado during the summer of 2003.

Kenneth Raskin pursued his career in conducting after distinguishing himself as a professional orchestral trumpeter, first as a member of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel, and later as a sought-after freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Bruce Olstad, Chorus Master

Nina Ankele
Jori Gonzales
Liz Mazzafero
Judy Moren
Kate Murphy
Naomi Peterson
Carol Slattery
Rachel Sprague
Elizabeth Tremaine
Cara Wefers

Mary Anne Kirchner
Therese LLanes
Doub Salazar
Carla Santo Domingo
Sandra Silva
Amy Stringer
Frances Swiecki
Vanna Turner

Jonathan Arevalo
Michael Beale
Jonathan Hansen
Matt Hidalgo
Stephen Hill
George Hinman
Rodney Parada
Kyle Sullivan
Anthony Tavianini
John Unrath

Jim Almond
Andrew Cheung
Don Killmer
Niels Krop
Lanny Malfar
David Paterson
Ernie Shimizu
Paul David Terry
Mark Thomas
Wayne Wilcox