Date(s) - 09/15/2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
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Ben Snellings, cellist and conductor, has been performing and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. Ben’s credits as a cellist include performing tenured positions in numerous regional orchestras of the San Francisco Bay Area, performances at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, performances with Different Strokes (a jazz strings duo) and the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. He was also the Music Director of “Funky Fitness”, a TV show produced in San Francisco. Ben’s teaching experience includes positions as Instrumental Music Director, Artist in Residence, Strings Teaching Specialist, Chamber Music Coach, Cello Sectional Coach and Cello Instructor for numerous school districts, private schools, youth orchestras and community music schools.
Ben is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Arizona and San Francisco State University, where he earned a California State Teaching Credential in Music.
Violinist Jason Totzke has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been heard on WXXI Radio Rochester (NY) and as soloist with the Boston Chamber Ensemble, the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (CA), and the Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble of South Florida. His performances have received acclaim from the press which describe him as having consistent “character, poise, and tender phrasing” (Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale). A California native, Dr. Totzke currently resides in San Francisco and has performed with numerous orchestral and chamber music ensembles throughout the San Francisco Bay area. He is the concertmaster of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, has been a guest Concertmaster of the Thalia Symphony in Seattle and has recorded for numerous motion picture, television and video game sound-tracks. An active teacher, he is currently a faculty member of Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and maintains a large studio of private violin and viola students.
Mr. Totzke is a former member of the Syracuse Symphony (NY), the Erie Philharmonic (PA), and performed with the Rochester Philharmonic (NY) for nearly a decade. While completing the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, he taught at the University of Rochester and at Rochester’s Hochstein Music School where he was a founding member of the Hochstein String Quartet, and appeared in chamber music recitals with faculty members of the Eastman School and with principal players of the Rochester Philharmonic. Dr. Totzke plays on a Dutch violin made c. 1760 by Johannes Cuypers.