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 tenth 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
Debra Henry, CPA        Treasurer

- Steve Barber 
- Jeff Dannelly
- Hense Ellis
- Demetrius Fuller
- Debra Henry
- Jennifer Howard
- Nina Jeffords
- Kate Kelley 
- Jeff Landreth
- Don Roberts
- Michael Sherwood
- Denise Stegner 

Mari Thomas, concertmaster
Kate Kelley, principal
Kristin Pfeifer Yu, assistant principal
Minyoung Cho
Kenneth Davis
Jia-Rong Gan
Jennifer George
Taylor Georgio
Burcu Goker
Jiwon Hwang
Grace Kim
Patrick Lin
Natasha Marsalli
Sara Nodine
Pedro Oseias
Greg Perrin
Brianna Rhodes
Megan Sahely
Brent Taghap
Aaron Seiler*

Laurel Yu,  co-principal
Daren Fuster, co-principal
Liz Aylor
Mihai Razvan Berindean
Josiah Coe
Julia Kim
Joseph Koeferl

Meghan Carey, principal 
Meghan Carey,  assistant  principal  
Maggie Thompson, assistant principal
Boyan Boney
Adam Collins
Logan Castro
Patrick Shea Kole
Justin Page
Zlatina Staykova

Double Bass 
Bleda Elibal, principal
Melanie Punter
Toni Depass
Roger Funk

Casey Knowlton, principal
Asher Kelly

Jessica Sherer, principal
Angela McCuiston

Sam Peliska,  principal
Nancy Saleeby

Ron Smith

Richard Hopkins,  principal
Shannon Lowe
Mary Kay Thompson

Brian Buerkle,  principal
Aaron Witeck
Joe Nibley

French Horn 
William Schaffer, principal
Wilden Dannenberg
Debra Finlayson
Matthew Tavera
Kristin Woodward

David Ellis,  principal
Michael Miller
Jonathan Lacey, bass trombone

Daniel Rowland, principal

John Thomas III,  principal
Catherine Cole
Brian Nozny, timpani
Ben Tomlinson

Rebekah Atkinson

Dan Smith
Aaron Seiler*

Maggie Thompson

Personnel Manager
Laurel Yu  

Production Manager
Jeffrey L. Cole

* denotes leave of absence
Demetrius Fuller

Demetrius Fuller
Music Director & Conductor

Innovative and energetic conductor Demetrius Fuller is garnering critical acclaim at home and abroad. The 2015-2016 season marks his tenth as Music & Artistic Director of Florida’s Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Fuller has redefined the cultural landscape of Northwest Florida by offering inspiring and artistically evocative performances, 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. Fuller trained at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, receiving both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.

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. Fuller has been fortunate to work with various icons in the music industry including: Roberta Flack, Bernadette Peters, Mary Wilson, Patti LuPone, Chris Brubeck and Pink Martini, among others.

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. During the 2013-2014 season, Fuller lead the Southeast U.S. premier of Identity - Zhongshan Zhuang, co-composed by Victor Cheng and Michael Gordon Shapiro. During the 2014-2015 season, Fuller and Sinfonia co-commissioned and performed the U.S. premier of Chris Brubeck and Guillaume Saint-James Brothers in Arts and the world premier of Nico Muhly’s full orchestration of his electric violin concerto Seeing is Believing.

Abroad, Fuller was invited several times by Maestro Kurt Masur to conduct the l'Orchestre Nationale de France (Paris) 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 U.S. 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.


Locally, Fuller serves on the boards of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Okaloosa Arts Alliance, Alaqua Animal refuge, is a past chair of the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Barons’ Ball and continues to serve as a grant panelist for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.           

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