Faculty, Staff and Students Participate in Chamber Music Program

Musicians representing UC Davis faculty, staff and students are participating in a summer chamber music program called CalCap which is being held at California State University, Sacramento. Pete Nowlen, director of UC Davis Concert Bands, is the director of CalCap which runs July 22 to August 3 in two one-week sessions

Among the musicians participating in the workshops are student Oscar Santamaria, bassoonist, who performs with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, and staff member Marjorie Phillips from environmental toxicology who is a flutist.

The CalCap Chamber Music Workshop is a unique chamber music intensive in which participants interact with a variety of ensembles, personnel and repertoire through concentrated rehearsals, daily performances, and coaching sessions by top professional musicians. The goal is to provide each participant with a diverse and enjoyable chamber music experience. Each day, participants are assigned to a new group and piece. Following intensive rehearsal and coaching, the group performs a portion of the work at an afternoon or evening concert.

The workshop is open to intermediate and advance performers on violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. Workshop participants include adults and college students 18 and over.

Nowlen has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 1988 and the California State University, Sacramento, faculty since 1990. He was a member of the French horn section of the Sacramento Symphony. He currently is an active orchestral and chamber musician and an international solo prize winner who performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet orchestras; Symphony Silicon Valley; the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera, and Chamber Music Society; and plays as principal hornist of the Music in the Mountains Festival and Arizona Musicfest.

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