Published on July 20th, 2020

We are grateful for the dedication, commitment, and talent of all of our musicians, but these five take the cake! Combined, they have provided us 175 years of beautiful music…and counting. Bravo!



Playing with Symphony Tacoma since 1988
Favorite memory: “I think it would have to be Sarah’s audition performance of Shostakovich 5 and any time we did Beethoven 9. Best 4th Horn solo ever!”




Playing with Symphony Tacoma since 1987
Favorite memory: “Playing concerts in the park. Watching the little ones get ready to pop their paper bags during the 1812 overture was priceless!”




Playing with Symphony Tacoma since 1985
Favorite memory: “My absolute favorite memories are interactions with audience members, particularly one lady who came up to me following a performance of Beethoven 9. She started out by saying how fabulous the concert was and then went on to tell me she was sitting in one of the box seats, with a great view of the stage, and she absolutely LOVED my shoes!”



Playing with Symphony Tacoma since 1984
Favorite memory: “Symphony Tacoma is part of my family. I have played in the symphony with my sister (violin) and my uncle (viola). My parents were devoted supporters of the symphony and never missed a concert. My husband is an important part of my cheering section, along with our children and now grandchildren. I always look forward to seeing numerous friends at our concerts, later sharing their favorite piece that night or a special spot in the music that was meaningful to them. And how can I explain our dedicated musicians and all that they give to making our performances wonderful experiences. Working and growing our music together, even though we may be across the stage from each other, is a satisfying and bonding experience. Wonderful music and memorable friends, that’s Symphony Tacoma!”



Playing with Symphony Tacoma since 1981
Favorite memory: “One of my favorite memories of playing with Symphony Tacoma is of our summer pops concerts. The first year that Maestro Felder conducted, the audience was given paper bags as they arrived. Just before we played the 1812 Overture, the audience was asked to blow up the bags. On a cue from M. Felder they popped the bags in unison. It really sounded fantastic, just like cannons. So when we got to the end of the overture the audience popped their bags at every cue while we were playing. Best audience participation ever!”