Crowden 40th Anniversary
2023–2024 Artist Bios


Samuel Adams


Nora Chastain


David McCarroll

Featured Artists

Rising star composer Samuel Adams (‘00)
Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet (Karla Donehew Perez ‘99)
Globally acclaimed concert violinist and pedagogue Nora Chastain
Distinguished Crowden faculty violinist Eugene Chuhklov
Grammy Award-winning jazz violinist Jeremy Cohen (Quartet San Francisco)
Crowden faculty conductor Rachel Durling
Crowden 40th Anniversary Concert Honoree, composer Gordon Getty
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Conductor Jory Fankuchen (‘91)
New music experts Friction Quartet
Acclaimed NY-based Crowden summer faculty violinist Ariana Kim
Crowden faculty conductor La Nell Martin (Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir)
Pittsburgh Symphony Co-concertmaster David McCarroll (‘99)
Menuhin Competition-winner, violinist Kenneth Renshaw (‘08)
Crowden mentor conductor Benjamin Simon
Alexander String Quartet violist David Samuel
Rising star composer Gabriella Smith (‘05, John Adams Young Composers Program)
Crowden Artistic Director Eugene Sor
Nicole Targosz (16 year-old John Adams Young Composers Program student)
Virtuoso pianist Audrey Vardanega (‘09)
Alexander String Quartet founder and cellist Sandy Wilson
SF Ballet Orchestra violinist Mariko Wyrick (‘06)
Crowden students, faculty, alumni, and friends
Celebrate 40 years of Crowden this Memorial Day weekend!» Join us May 25–26, 2024
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