Morgan McMahon joined the UCDSO as a freshman in January of 2008. The orchestra has always been a challenging and exhilarating experience to help Morgan balance out a science heavy education. Morgan graduated from UC Davis in June, 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry. She is now a junior specialist in the University’s Walnut Improvement Program and manages their walnut tissue culture lab. Morgan currently takes violin lessons with Jolán Friedhoff.
Sharon Inkelas is Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Her PhD is from Stanford University, where she played in the Stanford University Symphony for several years. She has lived in Davis since 1999; her two children attend Holmes Junior High and Da Vinci Charter Academy.
Cynthia Bates, longtime concertmaster, has been a member of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 1972. She earned a BA in Music and an MA in English as a poetry student of Karl Shapiro and Sandra Gilbert. As a founding member of the Early Music Ensemble, she played vielle, rebec, and treble viol as well as violin; with that group she toured France and England, returning to Winchester Cathedral in 1978 for performances of the EME’s much admired production of The Play of Daniel.
Kelsey Endo is a fourth year Exercise Biology major with a minor in Music. She began playing the violin at the age of five in 1995 with the Modesto Suzuki Association and eventually graduated from the program in 2007. She ventured out into additional programs like the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra and was selected for CODA Symphony Orchestras and for the California All State symphony throughout high school. Some of her most memorable orchestral memories include touring France, Belgium, and Italy with her high school orchestra. She is currently studying with Jolan
Krista Chun is currently a junior at Davis Senior High School. She has been studying violin for about 9 years and also plays piano and viola. She was a part of the 2009 CODA Honors Symphony Orchestra and was co-concertmaster of the Davis Senior High School Symphony last year. Her outside interests include eventing with her horse, Cricket, serving as treasurer for the Davis High Equestrian Club, and serving as secretary for the Young Musician Outreach Club. She often plays in chamber ensembles and now studies with Kineko Barbini.
Clairelee Leiser Bulkley has been a member of the UCDSO since 1960/61, when she spent a year at UCD; she was concert master of this early group. She was a recreation management major at UCLA, minoring in music. After graduating she worked for the US Army in Germany as a program/entertainment director for two years.
She returned to the USA / got married / taught school (PE) for 30 years for the Woodland Joint Unified School District before retiring; She and her husband Ralph have a rice and tomato farm in the Sutter Basin area.
Vanessa Rashbrook has played violin in symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, and string quartets, as well sung soprano in numerous choral groups while living in England, South Africa, Australia, and the USA. Highlights of her musical career include meeting and performing for Benjamin Britten, playing in the “Proms” at the Royal Albert Hall and performing in Sydney’s Opera House. In addition to the UCDSO (which she joined in 2005), she is currently a member of the American Philharmonic – Sonoma County, and the SRJC string quartet.
My name is Tracie Dang. All my life, I always had passion for music. My parents introduced me to the true meaning of music. Ever since I was six years old, I played the piano and then at seven I started playing the violin and the flute in elementary school. At first, I did not understand the true meaning of playing the instrument because I loathed practicing. But as time went, I started to realized knowing how to play not just one instrument, but three instruments was a great gift. Through determination, I strive on becoming better as a musician.
Milene Hanick is a third year transfer to UC Davis, and this is her first year playing with the UCD Symphony Orchestra. Throughout high school and freshman/sophomore year of college, she played with the Shasta Youth Symphony and the Shasta Symphony Orchestra in Redding, CA. She also participated in local summer string academies and played wherever musicians were needed in local shows. In addition to playing the violin, she also has considerable experience dancing classical ballet, as well as a smattering in opera and musical theater.
Yanghee Kim is an exchange student from Ewha Womans University in Korea and this is her first quarter studying in UC Davis. She is a third year music major and began playing the violin at the age of 7. She graduated from arts middle and high school in Korea. Before coming to the US, she played violin in the Seoul metropolitan Youth Orchestra from 2011 and played in many performances. She loves movies and listening all kinds of music, and is currently studying with Dan Flanagan.
Emily Talbot is a 16 year old junior at Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis. She started playing violin when she was 3 ½ years old and has been playing violin for 13 years. For the last 6 years, she has taken private violin lessons with Angelo Moreno. Prior to joining UCDSO, Emily was a member of the Sacramento Youth Symphony for three years. She has also participated in the Davis High School Symphony since 2010.
Raphael Moore, also known as Rafi, has been a member of the UCDSO since 1987/1988. He received his BA in Psychology (with a minor in Education) from UCD in 1990, at age 19. He then received his Doctor of Law degree (J.D.) at age 22 from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Legal Practice from the same school at age 23.
Rafi has been practicing law since 1993, and has his law office in downtown Davis.
Julian is a first year Mechanical Engineering major at UC Davis. He began playing violin at the age of 5 and has not stopped since. He played with the Villa Sinfonia from 2004-2011 and was also a part of the San Francisco Sinfonietta during the 2010-2011 season. He has played on two concert tours of Europe with Villa Sinfonia as a part of the Villa Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has played violin for musicals, plays and other theater productions. When he’s not playing classical music, Julian enjoys playing fiddle music and even classic rock.
Regina Marino is a first year Nutrition Science major at UC Davis. She began playing the violin at the age of eight years old when she was first introduced to the instrument through her school music program. Since then, Regina has performed with a variety of orchestras such as the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Folsom Symphony, and Folsom High School Symphony Strings, where she served as concertmaster for three years. In her spare time, Regina enjoys swimming, reading, and spending time with all of her wonderful friends and family.
A long time ago, in this precise galaxy, Hewett Lan emerged into the violin scene with authority. From the moment he picked up the violin, his prowess was unmatched, as demonstrated in his unique interpretation of the famous “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” No such music had ever been heard throughout his household; no one around him could rival his power. As the years progressed, Hewett Lan began adding various pieces to his arsenal, adding more firepower to his impressive repertoire. As he grew so did his powers, until one day, he knew it was time to follow his desti
Alison Muller is a freshman studying genetics and is so excited to be a part of the symphony orchestra this year. She began playing the violin at age six. Alison became concertmistress of her high school orchestra in Pleasanton, CA, as a sophomore. She has also enjoyed playing in the pit for 3 of her high school’s musicals. She joined the Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County as a freshman and became concertmistress two years later. Among her other interests, including tennis, science, and spending time with friends and family, music has always been a vital part of her life.
Drew Cylinder started playing piano in kindergarten, but admittedly did not really like the instrument because he could not walk and play it at the same time. He moved on to the violin in the second grade and joined the Sacramento Youth Symphony two years later. During his time with the Sacramento Youth Symphony he served as concertmaster in all three of their orchestras and toured with them in Europe. Currently, Drew is a sophomore Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity Major at UC Davis. He enjoys reading and Oreos but hates cats and Brussels sprouts.