The Symphony rehearses twice weekly for several weeks leading up to a concert. As part of this rehearsal process, the orchestra regularly divides into sections in order to focus in depth on issues that pertain to only a portion of the ensemble. Principal players lead some sectionals, while professional coaches lead others. Below are those coaches who work with the Symphony.
Violin: Brynn Albanese
Brynn Albanese has toured and performed world-wide, sharing her music with audiences from Boston to the Netherlands. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, her first great musical memory was that of Concertmaster for the Peabody Conservatory Orchestra on a tour to the former Soviet Union in 1987. She has served as Concertmaster and soloist for the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and various musical groups ranging from Opera orchestras to Broadway shows. She performed and toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops under the direction of Seiji Ozawa and John Williams from 1994-2001. They performed in the great halls of Vienna, China, Japan, London, Greece and more. She also served as Principal second of - and has been a soloist with - the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Brynn lived and worked for 6 years in the Netherlands, performing with various Dutch Orchestras and touring the world a second time from the Canary Islands to Argentina and beyond. After returning to the States and to California, she held the position of Principal Second violin of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop, Concertmaster and Principal Second of Monterey Symphony and Principal Second of the Fresno Philharmonic. When, in 2008, she joined the well-known, local classical crossover ensemble, Café Musique, she took her musical diversity to a whole new level.
Brynn has served as Concertmaster of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Symphony of the Vines and Opera San Luis Obispo. She is an orchestral coach for the Cal Poly Symphony and maintains a private teaching studio in Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. Brynn has appeared as soloist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines, the Cal Poly Symphony, and at Cal Poly's Bach Week. In the summers, she enjoys being a Faculty member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony String Summer Workshop at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, and at Camp Kiya Music Camp in the Tehachapi Mountains. Variety is the spice of Brynn’s life and she relishes the opportunity to discover and uncover musical and non-musical experiences in all areas of life.
Violin: Emily Lanzone (Cox)
Emily Lanzone (Cox) received a BM in violin performance from the University of Oregon, MM from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers have included Kathryn Gray, Kathleen Winkler, Kathy Lucktenberg, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, and Axel Strauss.
Ms. Lanzone teaches violin and viola and performs around San Luis Obispo County as a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Symphony of the Vines, Santa Maria Philharmonic, and the Uniqua Quartet, among others. She also performs with the Santa Cruz County Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, and Oregon Coast Music Festival in Coos Bay, Oregon. Although she specializes in orchestral performance, Ms. Lanzone's first love is chamber music, a passion that took her to northern Italy in the summer of 2011 during the Zephyr Chamber Music Festival.
A Portland, Oregon native, she currently lives in Morro Bay, California with her husband Brian and young son Kieran. Outside of music, Ms. Lanzone enjoys cooking, camping, thrift stores, and a heated game of Scrabble.
Viola: Peter Jandula-Hudson
Polish-born Peter Jandula-Hudson emigrated to the US in 1987 to study at Indiana University. He later became an Assistant Principal Violist and Principal Violist with the New Mexico Symphony in Albuquerque. After 6 years in New Mexico he moved to Los Angeles where he quickly became a very successful studio musician playing on movie scores with such luminary composers as John Williams, James Horner, Hans Zimmer, John Debny and many others. He has been very active in live orchestral work around LA, performing with Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Redlands Symphony.
From 1999 to 2010, Peter was a member of Megan Mullaly’s band Supreme Music Program, making recordings and touring, performing at great venues in the US and abroad. "Playing with the Supreme Music Program has been an incredible adventure and unexpected turn in my career! It came completely out of “ the left field” and this experience allowed me the opportunity to open up to music and music making as never before. I will be always very grateful to Megan and the band, for whom I have the greatest admiration.” Peter currently resides in Cambria, CA. In 2012 he formed Duo Il Ripasso with pianist Torsten Juul-Borre, with scheduled performances around the Central Coast and abroad.
Cello: Jeanne Shumway
Jeanne Shumway has studied performance and chamber music with many notable musicians, such as Alice and Eleanor Schoenfeld, Joseph and Lillian Fuchs, David Wells, Joel Krosnick, Raphael Bronstein and Artur Balsam. Jeanne is Principal Cellist for Opera Santa Barbara and was Assistant Principal with Santa Barbara Symphony for many years.
She has held the principal chair with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Ventura County Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and was a member of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (now Festival Mozaic) for 32 years. She is also heard often with productions by PCPA Theaterfest. Her Symphonic work has brought her into contact with many ﬁne conductors such as Henri Temianka, Christopher Hogwood, Varujian Kojian, Heiichiro Ohyama, Gisele Ben-Dor, and Valery Ryvken.
Chamber music is an essential part of Jeanneʼs musical life. She has been active in many chamber ensembles throughout California, and her recital and chamber music experiences include performances throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. After many years as a resident of Santa Barbara, Jeanne now resides in San Luis Obispo County, where she is an active educator, serving on the faculty of Cal Poly and teaching privately in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara areas.
Woodwinds: Suzanne Duffy
Suzanne Duffy earned a master’s degree in flute performance from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University. In addition to post-graduate studies at SUNY-Stony Brook, she was a four-season member of the New World Symphony, an orchestral fellowship training program led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Her principal teachers have included Carol Wincenc, Peter Lloyd, Walfrid Kujala, Samuel Baron and Mary Louise Poo. Duffy has participated in master classes with the William Bennett and the late Geoffrey Gilbert. She is principal flute for Symphony of the Vines and Opera San Luis Obispo, and second flute/piccolo for Opera Santa Barbara. She has performed with Palm Beach Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Florida West Coast Symphony, Florida Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Symphony.
In the 2015-16 concert season, Duffy was a featured soloist for San Luis Obispo’s Canzona Women’s Ensemble in November, and for Symphony of the Vines’ May performance of John Fernstrom’s Concertino for Flute, Op. 52. Other recent solo performances include Georges Hüe’s "Fantasie," with Symphony of the Vines; J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 2 in B minor for Cal Poly's “Bach in the Mission;" and Charles Griffes' "Poem" with the Cal Poly Symphony.
In 2012, Duffy presented recitals in Paris and Domfront, France, and performed for the 2011 National Flute Association’s annual convention in Charlotte, N.C. From 2012-15, she regularly presented full chamber music recitals on the “Music at Trinity” community series hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church of Santa Barbara. Duffy is a featured soloist in a recording project of music by UCSB Black Studies composer Earl Stewart ("From the Heart," 2007) and has appeared on recordings for folksinger Susan Marie Reeves, fiddle player Michael Mendelson, and three recordings for the Santa Barbara-based Irish band, Dannsair. Duffy's 2013 “Music at Trinity” recital, with New West Symphony flutist Paul Fried and pianist Christopher Davis, was also broadcast on KDB 93.7 radio.
In addition to her private studio teaching, Duffy has held flute instructor positions at Indiana and Indiana State Universities. She also has a diverse arts administration résumé with symphonies, ballet companies, and chamber music organizations, including former production manager for Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Scholarship Chair for the Santa Barbara Music Club.
Brass: Christopher Woodruff
A graduate of Louisiana State University and Northwestern University, Christopher Woodruff joined the faculty at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as Associate Director of Bands in the fall of 2006. In addition to his responsibilities with the concert and athletic bands, he teaches courses in music theory and music appreciation. As Instructor of Trumpet he also coaches the Cal Poly Brass Choir and teaches courses in brass pedagogy. He has studied trumpet with James West, Timothy Morrison, and Jose Sibaja and taken seminars in brass ensemble performance with the Empire Brass Quintet and at Humboldt State University.
He recently performed at the conference of the International Trumpet Guild, hosted in Sydney in July of 2010. He is a founding member of the Pacific Coast Brass Ensemble, a presenter of both traditional and new works of chamber music. He has performed solo works for trumpet with the Penn Central Wind Band, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra. He has also played with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines, and San Luis Obispo Symphony. When he’s not preparing lectures, designing marching band drill or practicing, he may be found cycling the roads of San Luis Obispo County or immersed in the latest work of Alastair Reynolds or Joss Whedon.