Cynthia is concertmaster of the Opera San Jose and San Jose Chamber Orchestras as well as the Cadenza ensemble in Santa Cruz. She has also appeared frequently as a soloist with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and New Music Works Ensemble of Santa Cruz. A passionate advocate of string education, Cynthia is the founder and Music Director of Santa Cruz Chamber Strings, an ensemble of young string players. Having served on the faculties of Santa Clara University and the Silicon Valley Youth Conservatory at San Jose State University, she presently maintains a thriving studio of private students in Santa Cruz where she now resides. Before moving to the Bay Area, Cynthia lived in Europe where she performed as a member of the Lucerne Chamber Soloists in Switzerland and the Wurttembergisches Chamber Orchestra in Germany.
Kristin is an active freelance musician and has performed throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas with the Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, West Bay Opera, New Music Works, Cadenza, and the Hidden Valley String Orchestra. Kristin is also active in the popular music scene. She has collaborated with various groups in the San Francisco Bay Area including indie band Blue Rabbit, Kenny Shick, Jenn Grinels, and the Thriving Artists organization. Kristin received her Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA where she studied with Dr. Terry King. She studied chamber music with Kathleen Lenski, Victor Rosenbaum, and Roger Tapping, and jazz improvisation with pianist Peter Cassino. In addition to performing, Kristin maintains a teaching studio at her home in Scotts Valley, Ca.
Kumiko currently teaches world music courses at the University of San Francisco in the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department. She worked as a free-lance pianist before resuming her academic studies at UC Santa Cruz and received a Ph.D. in Cultural Musicology in 2015, with research focus on the indigenous Ainu music of Japan. She received her M.M. degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and has published two solo piano CD albums to date: Music of Erik Satie and Art of Love.Kumiko enjoys performing in various genres, including western art music, jazz-fusion, and collaborating with poets and traditional instrumentalists. Her website is available at www.kumikomusic.com