Symphony Concert Master

Marcia Lotter


Marcia Lotter is a busy person, who spends much of her time on the road.  She lives in Gualala, but she won a seat in the Santa Rosa Symphony in 1978 and has been making the 150-mile round trip ever since.  She and Alan Kendall co-host a weekly classical music program on KZYX, another long trip for her.  She is concertmaster of the Symphony of the Redwoods and has been associate concertmaster of the Mendocino Music Festival for all 27 years of its existence.  With the chamber group Sonatina, she plays for weddings and special events all over the county.  She also performs for school assemblies, mostly in the Bay Area, with the Santa Rosa Symphony String Quintet, under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc.

Marcia was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She credits her initial passion for classical music to the time she spent playing in the Portland Junior Symphony as a student.  She has studied with many noted teachers, including Vilem Sokol, Andor Toth, and Leonard Austria.  She has had private students of her own since she was 12 years old.  Marcia especially loves the variety of experiences she has through playing the violin.  She has played in back-up orchestras for Smokey Robinson, Judy Collins and Johnny Mathis, and performed in a chamber group for a birthday party at the Francis Ford Coppola farmhouse.  Additionally, she is the author of Your Mendocino Wedding, the essential guide book for brides traveling from outside the area to get married in Mendocino.