Music Director & Orchestra

Get to know the talented director & musicians who bring our performances to life, from seasoned professionals to emerging artists. Discover the faces, names, and stories behind the beautiful music you enjoy from the Auburn Symphony.

Maestro Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Auburn Symphony, Associate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Artistic Director & Conductor of Music in the Mountains. He is also the newly appointed conductor for the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s premier orchestra.

An award-winning opera conductor, Ryan spent his early career working as an assistant conductor and répétiteur, and is currently the Music Director of Opera Modesto. Ryan also currently directs the orchestra and opera at California State University, Sacramento. He is the past Music Director of Fresno Grand Opera, and previously worked as a staff conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI) and The Opera Academy of California in San Francisco. Effortlessly moving between genres, Ryan currently enjoys a wide range of performance genres & platforms, including traditional orchestral and operatic repertoire, pops performances, movies in concert, and a notable emphasis on contemporary American operatic works.

Ryan was a winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s prestigious Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors and spent the summer in residence alongside the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2014 Salzburg Festival. Ryan is a current finalist for the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, and has previously garnered national recognition for his dynamic, compelling performances of contemporary opera as the winner of the 2017 American Prize in Opera Conducting.

A charismatic pops conductor, Ryan has worked with prominent artists such as Storm Large of Pink Martini, SuperDiamond and the phenomenal symphonic tribute to David Bowie. He has led some of the top vocalists from Broadway and beyond, including Ben Crawford (Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera), Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins), and Alli Mauzey (Glinda from Wicked), as well as some of today’s top young jazz vocalists including Tony DeSare and James Tormé. With an enthusiasm for film scores, Ryan enjoys the unique challenges of conducting movies in concert; recent and upcoming performances include Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pixar Animation Studios’ Pixar in Concert.

Ryan holds degrees, summa cum laude, in Bassoon Performance and Voice Performance from California State University, Sacramento and also holds a master’s degree, with distinction, in Music Business from the Berklee College of Music where he studied with industry professionals to develop tools for success in the modern music industry, including new technology, policy, law and finance. Driven by a lifelong passion for learning, Ryan has attended conducting masterclasses and seminars around the world, including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s Conductors Workshop, the Musiikin aika Summer Festival Masterclass in Finland led by Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, the Aurora Chamber Festival in Sweden led by Maestro Kurt Masur, the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Conducting Masterclass in Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music’s Summer Conducting Institute and the New York Philharmonic’s 2017 Contemporary Music Symposium led by Maestro Alan Gilbert. Widely praised for his tireless work ethic, natural poise, and impassioned, inspired performances, Ryan continues to connect deeply with orchestras and audiences alike, and has proven to be a formidable presence on the podium.

Meet the Orchestra

Get to know the talented regular musicians who bring our performances to life, from seasoned professionals to emerging artists.

Key: # Concertmaster | ## Assistant Concertmaster / * Principal | ^ Founding Member

Violin I

Charles Spruill #
TBA ##
Jennifer Keck ^
Ann Gaines
Dotti Egel
Heather Thomas

Violin II

Paolo Reyes *
Urs Wehrle
Babak Sabetian
Margie Hartung
Sunie Keller
Shari Gueffroy
Audrey Crooks
Rachel Shamburger


Emily Svendsen *
Rebecca Skidmore
Gentry Bundlie
Lars Jakobsen
Judy Bromley
Kaden Doyog
Ben Hartung
David Thorp


Norma Sexton *
George Weis
Chris Allen
Hannah Milam
Robin Purto
Eric Rubinstein


Taylor Marsh *
Jeff Bruner
Margaret Urke


Maquette Kuper *
Kirsti Powell
Judy Coe
Shannon Devir

Oboe/English Horn

Curtis Kidwell *
Murray Campbell


Patty Wassum *
Karen Stenger

Bass Clarinet

Robin Houston


Sondra Marchand *
Neal Williams

French Horn

Christopher Jones *
Carmelo Farruggia
Jaime Mangonon
Stephanie Rush


Victor Pietrzak *
Joe Siemers
Paul Simmons


Walter Johnson *
Mike Mangonon

Bass Trombone

Joel Clark


Dan Boykin *


Aaron Smith
David Lauder


Ryan Goodpastor *
Dave Lauder


Kerstin Allvin +
Jacquelyn Venter +


Faythe Vollrath +

Personnel Manager:

Norma Sexton

Ensembles for Hire

Curvd Aire Brass Quintet
(two trumpets, French Horn, trombone, tuba)
Paul Simmons

Golden State Brass
(two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba)
Professional brass quintet plays in all genres (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, Christmas, Rags, Tangos, Jazz) featuring formal concerts, weddings, church services, Christmas, Easter, dinners, background, indoor, outdoor (without amplification).
Victor Pietrzak

Serenade Wedding Ensemble
(cello & violin duet)
George Weis
Yelp: Serenade-Wedding-Ensemble-Roseville

Tres Musicos
(Curtis Kidwell – oboe, Anita Felix – violin, John Cozza – piano)
Curtis Kidwell
916-397-2423 mobile, 916-441-6545 landline



Alexandra Roedder

Norma Sexton


Karen Stenger


Maquette Kuper

French Horn

Carmen Farruggia

Paul Simmons

Oboe / English Horn

Curtis Kidwell
916-441-6545 (home)
916-397-2423 (mobile)


Paul Simmons


Gentry Bundlie

Margie Hartung

David Thorp
530-635-6193 (mobile)


Gentry Bundlie

Margie Hartung