Ensemble-In-Residence and Faculty for Chamber Music
The Divisa Ensemble has been the Ensemble-in-Residence for Golden State Youth Orchestra since 2010. Student chamber groups are mentored through masterclasses and weekly coachings led by the Divisa Ensemble in the Divisa Honors Program. Each year, the program selects exemplary student groups to perform in a concert with the Divisa Ensemble.
In addition to being the Ensemble-in-Residence for GSYO, every program the Divisa Ensemble showcases its diverse repertoire of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary genres in a variety of wind and string ensemble combinations. The Divisa Ensemble has given formal concert appearances at venues including the Del Valle Fine Arts Series, St. Bede's Performing Arts Series, Manteca Kindred Arts Series, Old First Concerts, Trinity Chamber Concerts, and UC Berkeley Noon Concert Series. They have appeared as featured artists of the Vallejo Symphony and the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Composers.
Maeve is an avid orchestral and chamber musician in the Bay Area. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the Boston University School of Fine Arts, and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she primarily studied with Robert Sheena, Eugene Izotov, and the late Bill Bennett. She has performed with many of the Bay Area’s regional orchestras, and also frequently appears at Stanford University and other Bay Area venues. She has served as Principal Oboe of the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, based in Los Altos, since 2001, where she has frequently been featured as a soloist, having performed such works as Francaix’s The Flower Clock, Copland’s Quiet City, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Stephanie holds degrees in music from the University of California Berkeley and San Francisco State University. An avid chamber player, she has had the opportunity to perform with the Alexander Sring Quartet and members of the San Francisco Symphony. She performs with many orchestras around the Bay Area including the Marin, Berkely, and California Symphonies.
Sara is an active cellist and music educator based in Menlo Park. She works for Golden State Youth Orchestra as their cello coach and Chamber Music Coordinator. She is also a teacher for Music for Families and maintains a private studio. She can also be found performing with local symphonies or contracting ensembles for private events. Sara received her MM from San Francisco State University and her BM from the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University. To learn more about Sara please visit her website.
Tomiko is a flute performer and educator in the Bay Area. Tomiko performs often with local ensembles and as a soloist. Tomiko especially enjoys inspiring younger flutists. She maintains a full private teaching studio, directs several flute ensembles, and is a faculty member of the Northern California Flute Camp. Tomiko holds an MM in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California and BS/BA in chemistry and music from the University of Puget Sound. To learn more about Tomiko please visit her website.
Eugenia began her studies with Betty Haag-Kuhnke and made her radio debut on Chicago Public Radio at the age of nine. During her formative years, she also studied with Josef Gingold and was a recipient of a Nicolas Amati violin on generous loan from Mary Galvin and the Stradivarius Society. She has performed in solo and chamber music concerts across North and South America, Asia and Europe and appeared at music festivals including Val-de-Charante, Banff Music Center for the Arts, Kneisel Hall, Schleswig-Holstein, Duo Masterclasses at Lausanne, and the International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University, where she studied with Sergiu Luca, and continued onto her graduate studies at The New School’s Mannes College of Music where she studied with Daniel Phillips. She served on violin and chamber music faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago where she also acted as Program Director of Chamber Music. Currently, she privately teaches in the South Bay, holds contracts with Santa Rosa Symphony and Monterey Symphony, enjoys performing regularly with Symphony Silicon Valley, and spends her summers at Music in the Mountains and Mendocino Summer Music Festivals.