Cellist Anthony Elliott is in great demand as a soloist, chamber music performer, and teacher. Following his victory in the Emanuel Feuermann International Cello Competition in 1987, he has been a frequent guest soloist with major orchestras. Anthony Elliott has performed most of the standard concerto repertory with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the CBC Toronto Orchestra. Presently, Professor Elliott teaches at the University of Michigan
Paula Sokol-Elliott – Violin
Paula began violin studies at the age of five with her father, the renowned teacher and conductor Vilem Sokol. After attending the University of Washington on a Breecheman Scholarship, Paula graduated with honors from Indiana University where she studied with the legendary Josef Gingold. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski invited her to join the Minnesota Orchestra, where she recorded the complete works of Ravel and Bartok for Vox Records. She performed as violinist with the Vancouver Symphony, and as associate concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony.
Paula won the Saunderson Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Los Angeles, CA, and was 1st Violin of the Leclair String Quartet, which toured and recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Chamber music coaches and teachers included Jaime Loredo, Ruggiero Ricci, Gyorgy Sebok, Michael Kuttner of the Hungarian String Quartet, Robert Koff of the Julliard Quartet, and Bernard Goldschmidt of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Paula has performed with the West Point Grey Chamber Players, the Vancouver Chamber Players, the Bach Festival at Mt Angel, OR, the Michigan Chamber Players, and the Chelsea Chamber Players. She has been on the faculties of the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, the Marrowstone Music Festival, McPhail College, the New Brunswick Music Festival, and the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. Solo appearances include the Seattle Youth Symphony, The Seattle Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, and the Flint Symphony where she received a glowing review for performance of John Williams’ masterful violin solo “Remembrances” from Stephen Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.
Paula’s lifelong commitment to teaching began at the age of ten. She continues to mentor her students in the exploration of the violin and viola repertoire and the technical challenges that each of these instruments present.
Currently Paula performs as Concertmaster of the Dexter Community Orchestra, and plays several concerts a year with the Chelsea Chamber Players.
Taylor Smith is the Chair of Performing Arts at Cuyamaca College where he teaches classes in music performance, industry, and technology. He earned a PhD in Musicology and an MA in Music (Historical Performance Practices) from Claremont Graduate University and a BMA from BYU-Idaho. He frequently performs on double bass and viola da gamba, and produces the occasional recording throughout San Diego. He bikes and surfs a lot (or at least tries to). For more information, visit taylorsmithmusic.com.
A pianist noted for her versatility, Diane Snodgrass performs as a recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. She has recorded for Azica with flutist Lori Bell. In addition, she has taught at various colleges in the past and now maintains a private studio in Poway. Her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano was earned at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
Bryan Verhoye is a concert pianist who trained at the USC School of Music, the Aspen Music School, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has won first-prize awards from the International Piano Recording Competition and the Carmel Music Society, as well as multiple awards from the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. His performance in Carmel of Stravinsky’s “Three Movements From Petrouchka” was broadcast on National Public Radio’s syndicated Performance Today program.
In addition to being featured numerous times with the San Diego Symphony in both classical and jazz settings, he has appeared every December since 2001 in the Carols By Candlelight concert alongside performers such as Kenny Loggins, America, The Little River Band, Stephen Bishop, Billy Ray Cyrus and Kim Carnes; he has also appeared in concert with Grammy-award winning violinist/composer Mark O’Connor.
Mr. Verhoye has appeared frequently as a solo recitalist, accompanist, and concerto and chamber music performer in San Diego and throughout the West Coast. He has performed for the educational outreach programs of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the La Jolla Music Society and the Mainly Mozart Festival. A pianist noted for her versatility, Diane Snodgrass performs as a recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. She has recorded for Azica with flutist Lori Bell. In addition, she has taught at various colleges in the past and now maintains a private studio in Poway. Her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano was earned at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
Along with teaching piano, being a published composer and arranger, and being the accompanist for the San Diego Master Chorale since 1998, he is also Music Associate at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, and Adjunct Professor of Music at Grossmont College.
Keith Popejoy has performed with the San Diego Opera and as assistant principal horn with San Diego Symphony. Since 2004, he has been Principal French Horn with Pacific Symphony. He is a long-time resident of San Diego, graduating from SDSU in 1985. This summer, Mr. Popejoy can be found in San Diego performing at his twelfth La Jolla Music Society SummerFest.
Keith Popejoy last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2017.