Musicians - Jan. 2020
Craig Reiss - violin
Craig Reiss grew up in Sacramento and became a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1993. He also holds the position of Associate Principal Second Violin with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
Mr. Reiss has been a featured soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Central Massachusetts Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Vallejo Symphony.
Mr. Reiss earned his Bachelor of Music degree while working with Rafael Druian at Boston University, and in 1987 became an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Trevor Williams. He has participated in the Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Colorado Music Festivals.
Craig is the founding member of the Eos Ensemble, a chamber group comprised of Opera and Ballet musicians, whose goal is to present concerts of wide ranging musical styles and instrumental combinations. The San Francisco Classical Voice wrote of them recently: "they performed with depth and power."Craig enjoys skiing, running and cycling when he’s not enjoying time with his wife Cheryl and kids Alana and Julian.
Julie McKenzie - flute
is Principal Flutist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Piccoloist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, positions that she has held since 1991. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Lloyd Gowen. Other teachers and mentors have included Paul Renzi, Julius Baker, Peter Lloyd and Keith Underwood.
In her earlier career, Julie participated as an orchestral fellow in the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, and she was featured in a CBC television documentary with Jean Pierre Rampal. For many years Julie was a member of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Symphony and the Anchor Chamber Players. As a soloist, she has appeared at the Carmel Bach and Mendocino Music Festivals, and with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded for New Albion and Teldec Records, among others.
In addition to orchestral playing, Julie enjoys collaborating with colleagues in chamber music settings. She has appeared with many Bay Area ensembles, including the Gold Coast Chamber Players, Eos Ensemble, Master Guild Series and the Sierra Chamber Players. Julie has also performed in concert with Renee Fleming, Susan Graham and Frederica von Stade.
When not playing the flute, Julie enjoys being active at the gym, the yoga studio, on her bike or on hiking trails. Julie resides in San Francisco with her husband, bassist Ken Miller.
Jane Marvine - English Horn & Oboe
Jane Marvine joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as second oboe in 1978 and was appointed to solo English horn position by Yuri Temirkanov in 2000. In addition, she has performed as acting assistant principal oboe with the BSO for extended periods.
Ms. Marvine began playing oboe at the age of ten and was fortunate to grow up in a public school system with an outstanding music program. She spent three years in the Chicago Youth Orchestra and majored in composition while playing principal oboe in the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, with achievement awards in both.She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance and a Master’s Degree in composition from Northwestern University. While a student Ms. Marvine performed on several occasions as English hornist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and as an oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including a tour to Carnegie Hall. She performed as English hornist with the Chicago Festival
Orchestra and as principal oboe with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as well as the WGN Artist Showcase Orchestra, which was comprised of members of the Chicago Symphony.
Ms. Marvine concurrently plays principal oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Orchestra and frequently performs chamber music with her colleagues in the BSO. With the BSO, she has been a featured soloist on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn. She has presented solo recitals and master classes at the Peabody Conservatory, Towson University, the Shenandoah Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp in addition to having been a guest artist for the International Double Reed Society. She is currently a member of the oboe faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Ms. Marvine has spent almost all of her years with the Baltimore Symphony as a player representative and is currently serving on the Artistic Advisory Committee. She also serves as Program Advisor for the BSO Academy.
Marc Shapiro - piano
Pianist Marc Shapiro is an acting member of the San Francisco Symphony, with whom he has toured the United States, Europe, and Asia. As featured soloist with the orchestra he has performed Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals, Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante, and James P. Johonson’s Yamekraw. He is also Principal Keyboardist with the California Symphony, and for twenty years was the San Francisco Symphony Chorus accompanist. Mr. Shapiro has partnered with such distinguished soloists as John Mack, Timothy Day, David Wilson-Johnson, Geraldine Walther and the late William Bennett. He can be heard on the soundtracks of Mars Attacks, House of Yes and Hellboy, and has recorded with the heavy metal group Metallica. He has appeared on four continents as solo pianist for the touring orchestra concert “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”. Marc is a frequent performer for Composer’s Inc. Chamber Music Sundae, San Francisco Symphony
Chamber Music Series, Sierra Chamber Music Society, and Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. Mr. Shapiro, who is on the piano faculty at Mills College, received his bachelor’s and masters of music from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and has recorded for Cantilena, NewAlbion, Music and Art, Delos, Argo, SarnWorks and Lapis Island Records.