Music Director – Ben Simon
Guest Conductor (PACO) – Jeremy Preston
Guest Conductors (Sinfonia) – Scott Krijnen & Jory Fankuchen
Resident Conductor (Debut) – Eugene Sor
Guest Conductor (Debut) –Michel Taddei
Guest Conductor (Prep) – Debra Fong
Resident Conductor (SuperStrings) – Natasha Makhijani
Guest Conductor (SuperStrings) – Wendy Clymer
Guest Conductor, Sinfonia
Violinist Jory Fankuchen has built a reputation as an engaging performer of many genres, as well as a passionate pedagogue. His ensembles include the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Magik Magik Orchestra, Squid Inc, the Musical Art Quintet, and the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. He appears as a regular guest with many of the Bay Area’s leading ensembles including the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, and Left Coast Ensemble. Jory has appeared as soloist with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has had the distinction of performing on Jascha Heifetz’s Guarneri del Gesu violin at the Legion of Honor. Jory is on the faculty of the Crowden Music Center, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and Crowden chamber music workshops. Most recently, he has held the position of visiting lecturer of violin at Cornell University. Jory holds a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory, and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory. As a long-time faculty member at PACO, Jory is looking forward to returning as guest conductor of the Sinfonia orchestra.
Whether conducting, coaching chamber music, or teaching cello in his private studio, Eugene Sor has had a distinguished career working with music students of all ages and abilities. He has been a member of Crowden Music Center’s faculty since 1998 and is the resident conductor of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has worked since 2001. He has been director of the Preparatory Division Chamber Orchestra at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has also held teaching positions at San Francisco State University, California State East Bay University, Notre Dame de Namur University and Black Pine Circle School. Eugene received his early musical training from renowned cello pedagogue Milly Rosner and completed his graduate studies in cello performance with Barry Gold at UCLA in 1996. He is a member of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and an avid chamber musician. He was formerly principal cellist of the Stockton Symphony and a founding member of the Chamberlain String Quartet. His wide range of performance experience has been integral in his background as a music teacher, providing him insights into how to maximize his students’ potential through challenging repertoire choices and strong rehearsal technique. Eugene and his wife, violinist Karen Shinozaki Sor, happily reside in the East Bay with their son Kenji.
Resident Conductor, SuperStrings
San Francisco-based violinist Natasha Makhijani is indemand throughout the Bay Area as a performer and a teacher. She is the Associate Concertmaster of Oakland Symphony, and a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Magik Magik Orchestra, she performs frequently with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera, and has appeared as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and the One Found Sound chamber orchestra. A passionate chamber musician, Natasha is a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. Equally dedicated to teaching as she is to performing, Natasha has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music and the San Domenico School Conservatory, is currently on the faculty of the Crowden Music Center and the San Francisco Conservatory’s Pre-College Division, and is delighted to be both on the faculty of PACO Camp and the 2016-17 conductor-in-residence of the SuperStrings Orchestra.