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Strings and Orchestra at Sac State

The String Department at the School of Music has a talented and dedicated group of professors to help you grow and succeed in your musical pursuits. We have also hosted performances and masterclasses by some of the best artists in world, including Sarah Chang (2016), Hilary Hahn (2015), the Orion String Quartet (2014), the Tokyo String Quartet (2013), Kim Kashkashian (2013), the Emerson String Quartet (2011), Jordi Savall (2010), The Kronos Quartet (2009), and the Beaux Arts Trio (2006). Our students benefit greatly from hearing and working with artists such as these, and have presented many great recitals of their own over the years. You can hear some clips of previous student performances on our MEDIA PAGE. Below is a listing of our string faculty.

Anna PreslerViolinist Anna Presler is the Artistic Director of Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in San Francisco and a member of the Grammy-nominated New Century Chamber Orchestra. She holds degrees in music from the North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a degree in history from Yale University. Appointed as an Assistant Professor in Sacramento State's Department of Music in 2014, she has also taught at the Center for Chamber Music at Apple Hill in New Hampshire and the CalCap Chamber Music Workshop, and participated in festivals at Tanglewood and at the International Musicians' Program in Cornwall, England. She has received critical acclaim for her performances of contemporary music and masterpieces of the chamber music literature. Email Professor Presler

Anna KrugerAnna Kruger is Acting Principal Viola of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and Principal Viola of the New Century Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Nadja Salerno- Sonnenberg.  Professor of viola at California State University, Sacramento, she is also a member of the Sun Quartet.  As founding violist of the Lark Quartet from 1985 through 1998, she toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, to Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, and Russia.  Among many competition prizes awarded the Lark were the Gold Medal in the 1991 Shostakovitch International String Quartet Competition and the 1990 Naumburg Chamber Music Award.  The quartet also received top prizes in the London, Melbourne (Australia), Paolo Borciani (Italy), Karl Klingler (Germany) and Banff (Canada) International String Quartet Competitions. In 1998, the Quartet's commission and premiere of String Quartet No. 2 by Aaron Jay Kernis won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Email Professor Kruger

Andrew LuchanskyAndrew Luchansky earned a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition, he studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, as well as the Beaux Arts Trio. Prior to joining the Sacramento State faculty in 1993, Mr. Luchansky served as Professor of Cello at the Florida State University School of Music, and also as Principal Cellist with the Tallahassee Symphony. Mr. Luchansky has performed in nearly every other major U.S. city, as well as in Europe. An active chamber musician, Mr. Luchansky served on the faculty of California Summer Music at Pebble Beach for five years and is a regular Guest Artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Keene New Hampshire. In 2015 Mr. Luchansky was a guest artist at the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Italy and a soloist at the Festival International de Musica in Deia Spain. Email Professor Luchansky

Thomas Derthick is currently Principal Bassist of the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera, Ballet and Choral Society, as well as the Cabrillo Festival, America’s foremost Contemporary Music Festival.  He frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and has recorded and toured with the Empyrean Ensemble.  Other performances include the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Symphony and Oregon Symphony, as well as recording work and Broadway shows.  Professional solo appearances include multiple performances of the Bottesini Grand Duo Concertante and Concerto #2, the Koussevitsky Concerto and the Dragonetti C major Quintet. Tom recently performed unaccompanied bass recitals for full houses in both Sacramento and Stockton. Three decades of service to his fellow professional musicians culminated in Tom’s election as Vice President of the Professional Musicians of Central California, AFM Local 12. Email Professor Derthick

Ryan Murray directs the Symphony Orchestra at Sac State. Mr. Murray is currently the Associate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Resident Conductor of Music in the Mountains. An award-winning opera conductor, Ryan spent his early career working as an assistant conductor and répétiteur, and is currently the Artistic Director of Townsend Opera. Ryan has recently garnered national recognition as the winner of the 2017 American Prize in Opera Conducting for his highly lauded production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Ryan is also a past winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s prestigious Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors, and spent the summer in residence alongside the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2014 Salzburg Festival.