Gualala Arts Center is honored to have the 54 young musicians of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Repertory Orchestra perform a selection of light classical works here in Coleman Hall. Led by Bobby Rogers, this group comprises intermediate level musicians ages 10-18. Musicians are selected through an audition process and pay tuition to participate. Rehearsals take place weekly, on Saturday mornings from September through May. In addition to the large ensemble rehearsals, students are coached in instrument sections by professional musicians, often members of the Santa Rosa Symphony. In support of this program the Santa Rosa Symphony offers need-based financial aid as well as an instrument loan program.
The Barber of Seville Overture Gioacchino Rossini Arr. Merle J. Isaac
Viola Concerto in G. Major Georg Philipp Teleman SOLOIST Sullivan Rodriguez, viola
Star Wars (Main Theme) John Williams
William Tell Overture Gioacchino Rossini
Clarinet Concerto Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart SOLOIST Timothy Kulawiak, clarinet
Phaethon’s Ride Daniel Elder
A Matador’s Tale Mark Lortz
Sullivan Rodriguez, far left, and Timothy Kulawiak, members of the Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra, will perform solos. Sullivan, on viola, will play Viola Concerto in G. Major, by Georg Philipp Teleman, and Timothy will play a clarinet concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
About Conductor Bobby Rogers
Bobby Rogers has been Conductor of Repertory Orchestra since 2011. A graduate of Sonoma State University (B.A. in Music Education and Jazz Performance) and Sacramento State University (M.A. in Wind Conducting), he was the Region 3 finalist for California Teacher of the Year in 2009, Claus Noble Educator of Distinction in 2010 and Program of Excellence for top program in Yolo County 2015.
Rogers is currently the Music Director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Director of Jazz Program at Solano Community College, Adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band. He is finishing his term as Association President for Woodland Teachers Association, and now serves on the California Teachers Association State Council of Education.
He taught previously at Herbert Slater and Rincon Valley Middle Schools. Rogers has also taught for summer music programs at Sonoma State University, Cazadero Music Camp, Summer Music Camp at Stanley and a program for students in jazz and classical styles in Woodland. He has served two terms as president for the Northern California Band Directors Association, 2009-2011 and 2013-2015 and has recently been appointed to the California Band Directors Association Board of Directors.
Rogers studied conducting with Craig Kirchhoff of the University of Minnesota, John Whitwell of Michigan State University, H. Robert Reynolds of University of Michigan and USC Thornton School of Music, Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University, Jack Stamp of Indiana State, Kevin Sedatole of Michigan State and Dr. Robert Halseth of Sacramento State University. His private teachers have included Mark Wardlaw, Mel Graves, Harvey Winapple, Mel Martin and Ernie Smalls. Throughout his career, Rogers has been very active with pit orchestras and community orchestras including American Philharmonic, Camellia Symphony and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. He has also performed and recorded on clarinet, saxophone and flute with various jazz and rock groups, such as Lee Press-On and The Nails, Moonlight Swing Orchestra–a Glenn Miller Tribute Band, Placer Pops Orchestra, Jimmy Luxury, Lucas Arts, Gwen Stefani, Coolio, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Joe Gilman, Steinway Artist Jim Martinez and Delfayo Marsalis.
He currently performs around 100 events each year, and had his Carnegie Hall debut in March of 2015. He will be conducting the summer of the 2017 at Carnegie and Disney Hall.
Rogers lives in Woodland with his two daughters, Taylor and Hannah. He enjoys the art of a great BBQ, and running 10Ks and half marathons.
About the Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra
The Repertory Orchestra expands the musical experience by providing an opportunity for intermediate to advanced students to perform a wide variety of repertoire within a full orchestra. Repertory Orchestra members are expected to have private instruction on their instrument and follow a regular practice routine. To qualify, students must have been playing their instrument a minimum of three years and have prior ensemble experience – at least one year in the Preparatory Orchestra or the equivalent. Approximate age of orchestra members is 12-18 years.
Founded in 1994 as the Discovery Orchestra under the baton of William R. Williams, the ensemble was renamed the Repertory Orchestra in 2011. The orchestra is currently led by Bobby Rogers and plays to thousands in the community each year.
About the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Programs
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Ensembles have been in operation for over 50 years, making it among the oldest orchestra programs for youth in California. Accomplishments of the orchestras include tours and performances in Germany, New York, the Czech Republic, Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall, as well as award-winning performances in the Berkeley Junior Bach Festival, international cultural exchanges, and civic citations for excellence in community service. In June of 2018, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. The organization is dedicated to providing young musicians with orchestral training and performance opportunities of the highest caliber.
The mission of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles (SRSYE) is to offer young musicians an exceptional educational experience by providing the finest quality orchestral training and performance opportunities in Sonoma County. Our goal is for young musicians to develop an awareness and appreciation of great music in the context of learning responsibility and teamwork, while they participate in our community through public performance. Students can begin instruments as young as five years old at our Summer Music Academy, and remain in our training programs as they excel, into their first years of college.
Santa Rosa Symphony programs for youth include:
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, advanced players, 12-23 years old.
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, advanced string players, 10-18 years old.
Repertory Orchestra, intermediate players, 9-18 years old.
Preparatory Orchestra, beginning to intermediate players 8-15 years old.
String Orchestra Workshop, beginners 5 years-adult (no audition required).
Summer Music Academy, all ability levels and ages, (auditions may be required at instructor’s discretion),
three weeks in July.
Tickets are $15 advance, $5 more day of performance;
youth 7-17 admitted free with adult.
Please reserve tickets in advance AND RESERVE YOUTH SEATING at
Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.