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Oakland Symphony
Our History

Classical and symphonic music in Oakland have a rich history, dating back  90 years from the original Oakland Symphony (1933-1986), and the subsequent formation of Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra over 60 years ago. 

Following the closure of the original Oakland Symphony in 1986, the Chorus and Youth Orchestra split into two independent organizations. In 2010, the Symphony, the Youth Orchestra, and the Chorus merged to establish one organization that combines the history and accomplishments of all three ensembles. After 26 years under the name of Oakland East Bay Symphony, we are once again known as the Oakland Symphony.

The Symphony, the Youth Orchestra, and the Chorus now reach over 60,000 people annually.

In addition to presenting unconventional concerts, the Symphony is a source of music education, working with schools and in the community to introduce young people to the joys of playing an instrument and experiencing classical performance. To date, our education programs, including the Music for Excellence (MUSE) program and Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, have introduced over 100,000 young people to the power of symphonic music. 

The Youth Orchestra provides training to young musicians with a rigorous program of weekly rehearsals, extensive coaching with leading Bay Area professionals, and performance opportunities throughout the region and the world. The Chorus serves as a premier resource for continuing education in the choral arts and holds regular, open auditions.

Throughout the years, the Symphony has fostered collaborations with local arts organizations, from children’s choruses to jazz ensembles. To ensure the future of symphonic music, the Symphony regularly commissions works from composers who have never composed for a full orchestra. New American works are frequently showcased in our programming and young artists are encouraged to create as well as perform.

Board of Directors

Bette Epstein, Chair
Bruce Ericson, Vice Chair
Paul Garrison, Vice Chair
Don Rigler, Treasurer
Monique Stevenson, Secretary

Dan Ashley
Dina Bartello
James F. Bell
Anne Cademenos
Alex Camphouse*
Kev Choice
Morris Chubb
Charlie Crane
Christopher Dann
Joseph C. Frank, Sr.

James Hasler
Carol Henri
Harry Howe
Robert F. Kidd
Diane Lang
Edward Long
Alexandra Moore
Carla Picchi*
Chadwick Spell
Donna M. Williams

* Musicians representative


Kevin Best
Steven DeVetter
Tanya Drlik
Erik Eriksson
Margery Eriksson
Ronald Gazzano
Dian Harrison
Margaret Hegg
Robert Heywood
Karen E. Ivy
Conway B. Jones, Jr.
Sue Jordan
Linda Lipner
Edward Love

Debrenia Madison
Barbara Miller
Peter Myers
Karen Nelson
Steve Nicholls
Mary Oram
Aaron Paul
John Protopappas
Marlene Rogers
Susan Sugarman
John Torpey
Don Walker
Loni Williams
Kline A. Wilson, Jr.


Administrative Staff

Kedrick Armstrong, Music Director and Conductor*
Omid Zoufonoun, Youth Orchestra Director*
Ash Walker, Chorus Director*
Jaco Wong, Assistant/Cover Conductor*


Dr. Mieko Hatano, Executive Director
Julia Ann Starke, Director of Development
Sara Vreeland, Director of Operations
Marielle Allen, MUSE Program Coordinator*
Drew Ford, Personnel Manager and
   Music Librarian*
Gregg Gleasner, GleasnerMusic, Senior
   Artistic Advisor*
Patrice Hidu, Office Manager
Meghan Hildebrand, Youth Orchestra Manager and Operations Coordinator
Marshall Lamm, Public Relations*
Andrea Sharkey, Senior Engagement Officer
Christopher Stager, CRStager marketing & audience development, Marketing Consultant*
Linda Steele II, Executive Assistant

* does not keep regular office hours