TOCCATA - Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Jaggard, Brian – violin: Brian grew up in Minden, NV and began playing violin at the ripe age of 13. After several years of playing he won an audition with the Reno Youth Symphony Orchestra. Throughout high school Brian pursued music with a greater sense of urgency and became concertmaster of the Carson Valley Symphonia and also performed regularly with the Carson City Symphony, and the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra. Brian decided to follow music into college and is currently studying under Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio at the University of Nevada, Reno. He plans on graduating with a double major in Violin Performance and Biology. Brian also holds a contract with the Susanville Symphony, and teaches monthly master-classes to students of the Susanville Music Academy. Having become a regular member of TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra in 2009, Brian looks forward to continuing his education and being able to perform a variety of music under Maestro Rawie.
Kanzelmeyer, Bruce – horn: Bruce studied Biochemistry and Philosophy at Penn State University. He studied horn privately with Forrest Standley, Principal horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony and professor of horn at Carnegie Mellon University. After college, he played horn for one season each with the Colorado Philharmonic, Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, and La Orquesta Sinfonica del Noroeste, in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1974 he settled outside of Hartford, CT and worked as a cabinetmaker for several years for Austin Organ Company and then for several years with Richard Hamar, tuning and restoring historical tracker organs in the New England area. In 1982 Bruce relocated to Reno, where he works for Tripp Plastics as a CNC programmer and machinist. He is currently a member of TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra, NorthStar Chamber Players, and the Reno Pops Orchestra, and occasionally subs with the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Nevada Opera, among others.
Kao, Eric – viola and piano: Arik is an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno, currently pursuing a dual degree in civil engineering and applied music in piano. A pianist for twelve years and violist for eight years, his musical experience ranges from solo performing, to playing with large orchestras on both instruments. Orchestras include UNR Orchestra, Ruby Mountain Symphony, and Reno Pops Orchestra. Eric has been playing viola with TOCCATA since his junior year of high school in 2006. In the past, he has studied with Sandra Young on the piano, and Joel Munc and Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio on the viola. Currently, Eric is studying with Dr. James Winn, professor of piano at UNR. In 2008, he was the only freshman to perform a concerto on the piano with the University Orchestra. The year after, he was the winner of the First Annual Reno Pops Concerto Festival. Eric is spending a large amount of time on his academic degree, but also enjoying his non-musical activities which include running, basketball, and kayaking.
Lysa, Thomas - viola: was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area, and performs with the Reno Pops Orchestra and Ruby Mountain Symphony. She started playing with TOCCATA in 2010. She graduated with a degree in Music Education from University of Nevada, Reno. She currently teaches instrumental music in the Washoe county school district.
Marion, Eunice - vocalist and pianist: Eunice began her musical studies in piano, voice, and violin with her father, Joseph Wahlton, a music professor from the Royal Academy of Sweden. A graduate of San Jose State University in English and Music, she taught in the Cupertino and Santa Rosa School districts for 20 years, performed in musical theater with major roles in productions, including Fiddler On the Roof, A Little Night Music, and San Francisco Opera's summer production of Macbeth. As a violinist, she was a member of the Santa Rosa baroque Sinfonia and wrote and directed numerous drama productions for the Cupertino and San Rosa School districts. She has performed in numerous 4-hand piano concerts with artists in the San Francisco Bay area and Tahoe. Currently , Eunice teaches piano, violin, and voice in her music studio in Incline.
Nagel, Robert – trumpet: Robert was born in Freeland, PA, USA in 1924. He holds a Diploma in Trumpet and B.S. and M.S. degrees in composition from the Juilliard School of Music. For 20 years, Mr. Nagel was a freelance first trumpet in concerts, radio, television, recordings and film recording in New York City, and a member of the American Composers Alliance. He was the founder of the New York Brass Quintet, which he directed for 31 years, and of the Nagel Duo, a chamber ensemble of soprano, trum-pet & keyboard. In 1975, he co-founded the International Trumpet Guild and for many years was a Board member of the Christian Instrumentalists and Directors Association.Mr. Nagel is Prof. Emeritus at the Yale School of Music where he was a faculty member for 31 years. He also has former teaching affiliations with he Juilliard & Manhattan Schools of Music, University of Hartford, New England Conservatory and North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently an adjunct faculty member of the University of South Carolina School of Music, Mr. Nagel is also President of Mentor Music, a publishing house for brass & choral music founded in 1959. In 1999, Mr. Nagel received the Cesare Bendinelli Award in Verona, Italy.