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Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the community through imaginative and innovative musical programming. Our goal is to enrich and expand the traditional orchestral experience through unique artistic disciplines and collaborations, enhancing Northwest Florida's cultural vitality.


Music Director & Conductor
Demetrius Fuller

Innovative and energetic conductor, Demetrius Fuller is garnering critical acclaim at home and abroad. Entering his ninth season as Music Director of Florida's Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Fuller has redefined the symphony experience for the Northwest Florida region offering inspiring and artistically evocative performances and exciting critics and patrons alike.



Board of Directors

Sinfonia is guided by a supportive board of directors, and we are inspired by their leadership.

              

Jennifer Howard,          President
Denise Stegner,            Secretary
Christine Carter, CPA   Treasurer

- Steve Barber 
- Christine Carter, CPA
- Nancy Cottle, Esq. 
- Jeff Dannelly
- Dr. Mara Fiorentino
- Demetrius Fuller
- Erin Hansen
- Jennifer Howard
- Kate Kelley 
- Jeff Landreth
- Don Roberts
- Denise Stegner 

Violins 
Mari Thomas,  concertmaster
Kate Kelley, principal second
Kristin Pfeifer
Minyoung Cho
Jiwon Hwang
Carol Wolowsky
Sara Nodine
Brianna Rhodes
Burcu Goker
Jenny Lee Vaughn
Aaron Seiler
Aysegul Giray
Natasha Marsalli
John Thayer
Richard Tompkins

Violas 
Daren Fuster, principal
Laurel Yu, assoc. principal
Liz Aylor
Peter Dutilly
Julia Kim
Colleen Manseau

Cellos 
Chun-Hsin Chang, principal
Logan Castro
Maggie Thompson
Katie Beth Farrell
Justin Page
Lizzy Donovan
Daron Kirsch

Double Bass 
Bleda Elibal, principal
Roger Funk
Cindy Howng
Sophia Scarano
Toni Depass

Oboe 
Galit Kaunitz, principal
Ann Nguyen

Flute
Robin Horne, principal
Angela McCuiston, piccolo

Clarinet
Nancy Saleeby, principal
Ron Smith

Saxophone
Ron Smith

Bassoon
Richard Hopkins, principal
Brad Behr

Trumpets 
Brian Buerkle, principal
Aaron Witek  

French Horn 
William Schafer, principal
Beckie Chambers
Debra Finlayson
Daniel Atwood
Chip White

Trombone
Louis Lugo, principal
Michael Miller
Bill Haugeberg, bass trombone

Tuba
Daniel Rowland, principal

Percussion
John Thomas III,  principal
Chris Floyd, Timpani

Piano 
Aaron Seiler

Librarian  
Aysegul Giray

Personnel Manager
Laurel Yu  

Production Manager
Jeffrey L. Cole
                                                                                                                     
Demetrius Fuller

Demetrius Fuller
Music Director & Conductor

Innovative and energetic conductor, Demetrius Fuller is garnering critical acclaim at home and abroad. Entering his ninth season as Music Director of Florida’s Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Fuller has redefined the symphony experience for the Northwest Florida region offering inspiring and artistically evocative performances and exciting critics and patrons alike.


 A versatile conductor, Mr. Fuller has been chosen to work with some of the world’s most prestigious conductors and orchestras. Mr. Fuller is an award recipient from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, the Werner Foundation, and the International Music Foundation.

As an accomplished clarinetist, Mr. Fuller has performed in the Dame Myra Hess Chamber Music Series, sponsored by the International Music Foundation and broadcast live on Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 FM. Festival appearances include the Opera Theater of Lucca (Italy), David Oistrakh (Estonia), Aspen, Cabrillo and Eastern Music Festival (USA). He has appeared in master classes with Gustav Meier, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Daniel Lewis, Marin Alsop, Neeme Järvi, Jorma Panula, Larry Rachleff, David Loebbel, and the late Robert Shaw.

An advocate of contemporary music, Fuller has premiered, commissioned and/or collaborated with composers such as Augusta Read-Thomas, Dorothy Hindman, Thomas Schneller, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Joel Hoffman, Moiya Callahan, Samuel Robles, Steven Winteregg, Tan Dun, giving the Southeastern U.S. premier of his Crouching Tiger Concerto and Chris Brubeck, giving the Southeastern U.S. premier of both his violin concerto Spontaneous Combustion and symphonic tribute Ansel Adams: America, which was co-composed with his father, the late Dave Brubeck.

Fuller was invited several times throughout 2005-2007 by Maestro Kurt Masur to conduct the l'Orchestre Nationale de France in a set of conductor readings. In July 2007 Fuller was one of two conductors selected world-wide to conduct the Iraqi National Symphony and three other Iraqi orchestras in a groundbreaking Unity Academy in Erbil, Northern Iraq sponsored by American Voices and the US Department of State. In 2009, New York City-based Musicians For Harmony appointed Maestro Fuller as one of three Artistic Advisors, an honor shared with musical luminaries Arnold Steinhardt of the renowned Guarneri String Quartet and violinist Cho-Liang Lin.

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