Conductor Ryan Murray is a young rising star with a very busy schedule. He conducts Music in the Mountains, Opera Modesto, Sacramento and Modesto youth symphonies, and is the associate conductor of the Modesto Symphony. Ryan was a past conducting fellow with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. His conducting awards include winner of the American Prize in Opera Conducting in 2017 and second place in orchestral conducting in 2019. Ryan recently completed a master’s degree in Music Business and is interested in all aspects of an orchestra’s organization. ryanjmurray.com
Bryan Nies is the Principal Conductor of Festival Opera and former Associate Director of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra where he was a Bruno Walter Memorial Conducting Grant recipient and the Oakland Youth Symphony's longest tenured conductor. He pursues an active performance and teaching schedule with multiple vocal and chamber recitals, and is a Lecturer at Stanford University. He released his first recording "Amour sans ailes: The Music of Reynaldo Hahn" on MSR Classics with baritone Zachary Gordin. festivalopera.org/leadership
Conductor and pianist Paul Schrage is currently Music Director of Symphonia Caritas and the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Previously he served as Interim Music Director of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra during the 2019-2020 season. As a pianist, Paul has performed in recital, with orchestras, and in jazz settings across the United States and abroad. Artists he has performed with include Jory Vinikour, David Ramadanoff, Bobby Brookmeyer, Louis Bellson, Ian Swensen, Christina Major and Kindra Scharich. paulschragemusic.com
"It seems to me that we as a community should all take great pride in all that the Symphony of the Redwoods has accomplished over these many years. That this astonishing orchestra has survived for so long pays great tribute to both you who have supported it and those devoted musicians who have worked ceaselessly to assure its continued success."
— Allan Pollack, Music Director and Conductor (retired)
Under the inspired musical leadership of Conductor Allan Pollack, Symphony of the Redwoods has evolved from a small community orchestra into the outstanding orchestra it is today, attracting fabulous musicians and world-class soloists. Pollack's commitment to excellence has energized musicians and audiences alike, and for over thirty years he has played a significant role in developing and sustaining musical life on the North Coast.
"How blessed we are to have such an incredible local symphony orchestra. They play with such verve, virtuosity and explosions of color. Thanks, Symphony of the Redwoods, you really really rock!"
— Letter to the Editor, Fort Bragg Advocate
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