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Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Faculty


Victoria Hauk

Flutist Victoria “Tori” Hauk loves exploring the beauty of music through collaboration with fellow Bay Area musicians and by sharing it with the next generation of young musicians through coaching and teaching. Tori was born and raised in San Diego, but has been teaching and performing in the Bay Area since 2013. She is the winner of the University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition, Arizona Flute Society Competition, award winner of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego, award winner of the MTNA Southwest Regional Competition, and has received the Presser Foundation Award. Tori was the featured soloist for the season opener for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in 2010 performing both the Nielsen and Mozart concerti. She has performed abroad at the Charterhouse International Music Festival (U.K.) and toured in China with University of Arizona Harp Fusion. In summer 2011 she was a member of the Opera in the Ozarks orchestra performing Die Fledermaus and Le Nozze di Figaro. In the summers 2012 and 2013 she performed in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Orchestra alongside world-class singers such as Linda Watson.

Tori can be seen in San Francisco performing with the unconducted chamber orchestra One Found Sound, The Fête Concert Series, and Triple Wavelength trio (flute, oboe, cello). She is on Faculty as the Private Instructor of Flute at several Bay-area organizations: Young Musician’s Choral Orchestra based in Oakland, Albany Music School in El Cerrito, Little Mission Studio in San Francisco, Scherzo Music in San Mateo, and After School Music Academy in Atherton. In 2015 & 2016, she and her trio, Triple Wavelength, performed around the city with the San Francisco Symphony’s Education Program, Adventures in Music, for students in the 1st through 5th grades.

B.M. University of Arizona; M.M. Lynn University Conservatory of Music; P.S.D San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Hauk studied with Brian Luce, Renee Siebert, Jeffrey Khaner, and Tim Day. vhauk@sfcm.edu

Catherine Payne, Flute

A member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1996, flutist Catherine Payne was appointed to her current position of Solo Piccolo by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Before joining the SFS, Ms. Payne performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as acting second flutist for two seasons. As a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, she appeared on many “Evening at Pops” telecasts, including the annual July 4th broadcasts live from the Esplanade. Ms. Payne was formerly principal flutist of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and associate principal flute and piccoloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist many times with the SFS, including the premiere of a work the SFS commissioned for Ms. Payne, Meredith Monk’s “Realm Variations”, both in San Francisco and at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Payne was invited to perform for several weeks as guest Solo Piccolo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, playing concerts in Chicago and Europe.

An experienced teacher, Ms. Payne has given master classes at many music schools and conservatories, including the New England Conservatory, Indiana University and the University of Michigan. She is currently Professor of Flute at San José State University and serves as the flute section coach of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. 

B.M. New England Conservatory of Music; B.A. Tufts University, magna cum laude. Ms. Payne studied with Thomas Nyfenger, Lois Schaefer, and Leone Buyse. cpayne@sfcm.edu


Mingjia Liu

Mingjia Liu joined the San Francisco Opera as Principal Oboist in 2010 and has since been recognized for his charismatic performing skill and "singing ability" on the instrument. A native of Qingdao, China, Mr. Liu attended Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with WeiDong Wei, Robert Walters and Alex Klein. As an alumni of the Aspen Music Festival, he has also worked closely with Richard Woodhams and Elaine Douvas. In addition to his role with San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Mr. Liu previously served as the Principal Oboe of the Kansas City Symphony and has appeared regularly as a guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Liu has great enthusiasm for teaching and was recently invited to give recitals and master classes at the First Beijing International Oboe Festival at the Central Conservatory of Music. Mr. Liu taught at his Alma Mater, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2013 and in the collegiate division of SFCM in 2014 & 2015. His students have been accepted by the top music institutions in U.S., including Oberlin Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, and others. mliu@sfcm.edu

Laura Reynolds

"I center my teaching on ease and efficiency of technique in the pursuit of musical line, sound concept and rhythmic sensibility.  I enjoy helping students expand their 'tool kit' which they can use to become their own best teacher and problem-solver."

Ms. Reynolds has been an active performer and educator in Northern California for over 20 years.  She is principal oboist with the Santa Rosa and California Symphonies and a member of the Marin Symphony, and has appeared as soloist with all three organizations. Ms. Reynolds also performs regularly with a number of other regional orchestras and is lecturer in oboe at Sonoma State University.  A chamber music enthusiast, she is a member of the reed trio Trois Bois, and was a founding member of Citywinds, a San Francisco based woodwind quintet dedicated to contemporary repertoire.  Ms. Reynolds, a student of William Bennett and Harry Sargous, holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the University of Michigan (B.M.). lreynolds@sfcm.edu


Roman Fukshansky

"Each student possesses unique talents.  I try to identify and nurture those qualities, while working to establish a solid foundation that allows the young musician to find and feature their expressive voice. Figuring out this highly individualized puzzle within each student is perhaps my favorite aspect of teaching."

M.M., University of Southern California; Professional Studies Diploma, Manhattan School of Music; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Festivals include Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Attergau (Salzburg Festival), Sarasota, AIMS in Graz, and Idyllwild. Principal clarinet, Berkeley Symphony and Symphony Napa Valley. Previously acting principal clarinet, Modesto Symphony Orchestra. Co-Founder, Ensemble San Francisco. Collegiate faculty, UC Santa Cruz. Performances with San Francisco Symphony (including international and domestic tours), San Francisco Opera, California Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Moscow State Radio Orchestra, and Charleston Symphony (SC). Former principal clarinet, Winston-Salem Symphony, Augusta Symphony Orchestra. Previously collegiate faculty, CSU Stanislaus, Augusta State University (GA), and San Jose State University (visiting faculty). rfukshansky@sfcm.edu


Timothy Price

M.A. with distinction, California State University at Fresno; A.B. magna cum laude, Occidental College; further studies at Eastman School of Music and University of Northern Colorado; studied saxophone with Harvey Pittel and Gary Foster, piano with Richard Grayson and Phillip Lorenz; co-founder, co-director of the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra; faculty, San Francisco University High School; former faculty member California State University at Fresno, Fresno City College.


Yueh Chou

"My teaching emphasis is on sound production with good musicianship and developing a disciplinary routine and high level of focus while playing."

D.M.A. and M.M., University of Southern California; B.M., The Juilliard School; Certificate Diploma from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, the Netherlands; performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center; faculty, San Jose State University and Pre-College at SFCM. ychou@sfcm.edu

French Horn

Daniel Wood

"Every student has a degree of potential on any instrument. It is up to me -- as their teacher -- to help them discover that potential and take them as far as they want to go along the path of music education.  I believe in teaching students to be complete musicians and teaching them to be complete technicians on their chosen instrument. I stress musicality and stage presence in my methods and expect commitment in return when warranted.  Ultimately, it is my responsibility to teach my students how to be their own best teacher."

Chair of Musicianship and Composition for the Pre-College Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Daniel Wood is an accomplished composer, performer and educator. His compositions favor small groups such as brass, wind and string chamber music, steel drum ensembles and jazz combos and his most recent commissions have come from Ceora Winds, Presidio String Trio, and Avenue Winds. Mr. Wood has written and performed solo shows as an improvisational musician including "Life on an Island" and "Brother, Can you spare a Dime." As a founding member of the Quadre horn quartet, he has toured extensively since 1998, and composed and performed for Quadre's 4 albums with guest horn player James Thatcher, Grammy award-winning flutist, Molly Barth, and soprano Elizabeth Weigle.  Mr. Wood has lectured on the Business of Music for the American Federation of Musicians, San Francisco Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, University of Oregon, and the International Horn conferences. He is also a member of the Avenue Winds and the Teal Crane Trio, both focused on championing new work and runs Solid Wood Publishing. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Wood received his training from the University of California, Los Angeles. dwood@sfcm.edu


Scott Macomber

Having trained in Chicago, Scott Macomber teaches a "Song & Wind" style of trumpet playing with an emphasis on relaxed and efficient tone production. M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Northwestern University; studied with David Burkhart and Vincent Cichowicz; principal, Napa Valley Symphony, Arizona MusicFest, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra; member, Santa Rosa Symphony, California Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, San Francisco Brass Company; faculty, UC Davis and CSU East Bay. smacomber@sfcm.edu

Richard Roper

"I like a flexible approach to teaching that reflects students' diverse learning styles and goals."

D.M.A. University of Maryland, M.M. Yale School of Music, B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Winner of Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for year long residence and study in Paris. Performances at Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, currently performs with many Bay Area ensembles. Faculty at UC Santa Cruz and Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View; formerly at University of Maine, Cal State Stanislaus. rroper@sfcm.edu


Nicholas Platoff

Nicholas Platoff joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2016 as Associate Principal Trombone. 

He also enjoys a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, vocalist, improviser, conductor, composer/arranger, concert producer, and recording artist. He performs and creates in non-classical genres ranging from pop and hip-hop to sound healing and music for multi-tracked trombone. Outside the concert hall, Platoff has performed in such disparate locales as Black Rock City’s deep playa, Moroccan dance clubs, Miami yoga classes, Alpine peaks, and San Francisco homeless shelters. 

In addition to teaching at SFCM, Platoff serves as guest faculty with the National Orchestral Institute and the Miami Music Festival, and as the low brass coach for the award-winning SFS Youth Orchestra.

He is a proud alumnus of New Haven’s Neighborhood Music School, Northwestern University, and the New World Symphony.


Michael Roest

M.M. The Juilliard School of Music; B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Michael studied with former Principal Tubist of the Cleveland Orchestra Ronald Bishop, Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic Alan Baer, and former Principal Tubist of the Baltimore Symphony David Fedderly. Michael trained at the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Lucerne Festival Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Roest served as Teacher of Brass Studies and Brass Ensemble Director at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as well as the Artistic and Executive Director of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. mroest@sfcm.edu


Tommy Kesecker

B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Barry Jekowsky, Rick Kvistad and Johnny Rae; faculty member, Jazz School in Berkeley; performances with Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience; performances and recordings with Larry Vuckovich; performances with Michael Feinstein at Davies Symphony Hall. tkesecker@sfcm.edu

Stephanie Webster

"My teaching focuses on building a strong technical base that allows students to grow as solo and ensemble musicians.  It is important for young musicians to develop a strong work ethic but also to fall in love with their art so lessons are a balance between hardwork and fun."

Stephanie Webster is a Mexican-American musician who focuses on the folk music of her ancestors and other related cultures. She typically performs programmatic recitals that utilize her voice, various instruments and guest performers. Ms. Webster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts: Music with an emphasis in composition from Saint Mary's College of California, two Master of Music degrees in Composition and Marimba Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She studied composition with Conrad Susa, Dr. Martin Rokeach and Dr. Frank La Rocca and marimba with Jack Van Geem. In addition to her work in the Pre-College, Ms. Webster also teaches for the Blue Devils Organization in Concord.  An Education Artist for MarimbaOne Ms. Webster always uses their marimbas and mallets. For additional information please visit sfmarimba.comswebster@sfcm.edu