Woodwinds and Brass Instructors

Sadie Glass

Hornist, Sadie Glass, leads a varied career as performer, teacher, and administrator. Recognized for her “polished tone,” Sadie has a passion for early music. Featured in Early Music America’s (EMAg) January 2017 Early to Rise Series, she is developing praise as an emerging baroque and natural horn specialist.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Sadie is a member of the Monterey Symphony and has performed with many orchestras, including the Santa Rosa Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, and Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera. As a period instrument specialist she performs as soloist and orchestral hornist with period-instrument ensembles across America, including American Bach Soloists (San Francisco, CA), Mercury: the Orchestra Redefined (Houston, TX), Valley of the Moon Music Festival (Sonoma, CA), and Musica Angelica (Long Beach, CA).

With a passion for education, Sadie has been a teaching artist at Valley Vibes Orchestra, an El Sistema Program in Sonoma and an adjunct professor at Pacific Union College teaching horn and trumpet. As an administrator, Sadie is the Associate Director for the New Millennium Concert Series and Marketing Director for Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

Sadie completed a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying horn performance with Bernhard Scully. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, studying with Dr. Patrick Miles. In her free time, Sadie enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her husband and two dogs, Callie and Macy.

Karen Stasko Veca

Karen Stasko Veca was raised in Livermore and received her early musical training from the Livermore School District.  She went on to San Jose State University, where she earned a B.A. in music, studying with Isabelle Chapuis Starr.  She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, winning many of their solo competitions.  Karen is currently principal flutist with the Livermore Valley Opera and Tri-Valley Repertory Theater.  She also performs with the Whaler’s Island Jazz Trio with her husband, Don Veca.  She was previously the principal flutist for Tassajara Symphony, ProArt Symphony, and the Livermore Amador Symphony.  Karen enjoys chamber music performances, playing with many Bay Area groups, including the Livermore Woodwind Quintet and the Pleasanton Chamber Players.  She has taught music for the Livermore School District and is currently the flute instructor for Aragon High School in San Mateo. She has been teaching privately for over 30 years.

Joshua Marhsall

Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Zeena Parkins, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, and Steve Adams of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Joshua has performed and/or recorded with ROVA (filling in for Larry Ochs), Opera Wolf, The Lords of Outland, Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble, Sharp & Fine Dance Company, Andrew Jamieson’s Trouble Ensemble, VOCO, Architect/Enchantress, Bill Noertker’s Moxie, Medium Sized Band, ELL3, Cheer Accident, Josh Allen’s Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, Mister Sister, Ikue Mori, Robocop, the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Modest Machine, and MDK amongst many others. His music has been featured in festivals and conferences nationwide, including Providence Pixilerations events, the 2010 International Computer Music Conference, the 2017 Penofin Jazz Festival and several years worth of the Bay Area’s Outsound Summit. Joshua graduated from Brown University, earning a B.A. through the MEME program, and holds an Masters degree in music from Mills College.