Nathaniel Berman

Nathaniel Berman
Music Director

Nathaniel maintains an active presence as a performer and music educator in the San Francisco Bay Area.   Mr. Berman is a member of the UC Santa Cruz music department faculty, where he conducts the Concert Choir, the Wind Ensemble, and has appeared as guest conductor of the university Orchestra and Opera Theater.  An active educator, Mr. Berman is also the Music Director of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony.   He is assistant conductor of the Peninsula Symphony, and served as assistant conductor of the Oakland Civic Orchestra from 2011-2012.  In July of 2012, Mr. Berman appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic as one of the participants of the Eastman Summer Conducting Institute selected to perform in concert with the RPO.

Equally dedicated to new music and interdisciplinary collaboration, Mr. Berman has been a member and assistant conductor of the professional new-music chorus Volti, and is the conductor for the San Francisco-based new-music collective Wild Rumpus.  He has appeared as a conductor and trumpet player for puppet theater at the San Francisco Performance Art Institute, and in April of 2013, he premiered music by Korean American composer and UCSC faculty member Hi Kyung Kim at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D. C.  Mr. Berman received his Master’s Degree in conducting from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied with Nicole Paiement.  His first instrument was trumpet, and he grew up playing duets with his dad, a jazz pianist and singer.

Laura McShane

Laura McShane
Symphony Operations Manager

Laura  is a Santa Cruz-based orchestral percussionist who also works as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the UCSC Music Department. She has Master’s degrees in marine science and percussion performance from UC Santa Cruz. Laura has been a member of the Cabrillo Stage orchestra since 1994; she is a member of Ensemble Monterey; and she performs with the Santa Cruz City Band and the UCSC Percussion and Wind Ensembles.



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Judy Roberts
Kumi Uyeda
Alice Talbot