Roster, Policies, and Handbook
Roster information is to be used for LAS business only, unless explicit permission has been obtained from individuals for additional use (and, yes, this applies even to benign music-related uses). The roster is password-protected and available in two formats: roster as an Excel document or the same roster as a pdf file. Based on musicians info as of 9/10/20.
Virginia McFann and Marie Ruzicka
Two strong women died in late December 2020 and will be greatly missed: Virginia McFann was 88 years old, and Marie Ruzicka was 91. They had shared a music stand as violin players in the LAS orchestra long ago, and both were very active behind the scenes at LAS for many years.
Marie was a member of the Guild’s nominating committee and co-chair of the Estate Sales committee at the time of her death. She had been a guiding light in managing, preparing for, and publicizing major fundraising activities of the Guild for years, from Treasures & Trivia
sales to Appraisal Days to estate sales.
Virginia was the orchestra manager for years, doing everything from picking up and distributing mail sent to the LAS post office box to rounding up content for the Symphony Notes newsletter to picking up beverage-sales permits for Pops concerts. An article about her titled Community Mourns the Loss of Orchestra Manager was published in the Independent on 1/7/21.
Kristina Anderson retires from LAS, 2020
In 2019, Kristina Anderson, our concertmaster since 2008, announced that she would retire from LAS at the end of our 2019–2020 season. (That was before Covid-19 wreaked havoc, including on the LAS concert season.) Longtime concertmaster of West Bay Opera (plus she is their union steward) and the Santa Cruz Ballet Orchestra and a member of the first violin section of the Oakland Symphony, Tina is immediate past concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony (retired in 2016, after 17 years) and the Diablo Symphony (retired in 2015, after 20 years). Read the tribute article “Farewell and Best Wishes, LAS Concertmaster Tina Anderson” by LAS Music Director Lara Webber on page 2 of the June 2020 issue of our Symphony Notes newsletter.
Hildi and her husband, Sang-Wook Kang,
soon after they attended the celebration of
the 50th season of LAS at the
Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds
in April 2013.
Hildi Kang, 1934–2019
An author and scholar, Hildi Kang had a lifelong love and appreciation of music. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on October 9, 2019, at the age of 85. Growing up in Oakland, she played piano and directed a children’s choir. As an adult living in Buffalo, New York, she played guitar and sang in her church choir. As a Livermore resident starting in the mid-1970s, she promoted music at her church, organizing hymn-singing and chamber groups. At age 72, she began cello lessons. Hildi joined LAS at the beginning of the 2010–2011 concert season; she retired from the orchestra in June 2019. Her family asks that we “please consider making a donation in her name to the charity of your choice.”
Margaret Morrad, 1935–2015 Margaret Helen Morrad-Burke passed away on June 4, 2015, at the age of 79. She played violin in the orchestra, had a great love of music, and was a sectionals host extraordinaire. A celebration of Margaret’s life included string quartet music featuring several LAS musicians.
Paul Kasameyer, 1943–2014
The Symphony was saddened by the sudden passing of percussionist and keyboardist Paul Kasameyer, who died unexpectedly on March 22, 2014. As Kathy Boster noted on the LAS Facebook page, we miss his kind, gentle, generous, and selfless spirit. Many donations to the Symphony’s music fund were made in his memory, and in 2017 the Kasameyer family donated a set of four beautiful professional hammered-copper timpani to the Symphony in memory of Paul.
50th Season, Still Playin’
Virgina McFann, in the 1960s and
at a Symphony Guild event in 2013
Virginia McFann, violin, had probably been to more LAS rehearsals
and played in more LAS concerts than anyone.
JoAnn Cox, in 2013 and
as a young high-school math teacher in 1964
JoAnn Cox, violin, played in LAS for 47 of
its first 50 seasons; she missed 3 seasons
along the way while caring for family members.
David Walter, in 2013 and in about 1968
(The man playing principal cello is Dave!)
David Walter, cello, played with LAS in its early years
and then sporadically; in late summer 2013 he moved
from his longtime Livermore home to a new home in Idaho,
but he played in the LAS December 2013 concert!
Three orchestra members from Season 1 of LAS also played in the symphony during Season 50 (2012–2013)!
These role-model players—Virginia McFann, JoAnn Cox, and David Walter—were presented with commemorative sweatshirts in appreciation of their status as “living history” members of the Livermore-Amador Symphony. The sweatshirts display the 50th-season logo plus
“SEASON 1—violin player” or
“SEASON 1—cello player” and
“SEASON 50—still playin’!”
Al Oliver, 1920–2011
Al Oliver, a founding member of the symphony, died on June 24, 2011. A memorial was held on July 9; it included music performed by a string quartet and a cello duo comprised of LAS musicians. Read a biography posted by Al Oliver’s family.
Marion Clark, 1916–2011
On January 2, 2011, beloved orchestra member and longtime community volunteer Marion Clark died. A memorial concert was performed in her honor on February 5. Learn more about both Marion and Arnold Clark.
Hazelle Miloradovitch Honored, 2010
Hazelle Miloradovitch was honored at the orchestra rehearsal on November 2, 2010. The festivities began with a few words from her good friend, Music Director and Conductor Art Barnes. Then Association President Ron White called Miloradovitch forward and gave her a certificate from the board of directors in honor of her “outstanding performance and dedication” and in recognition of her “high standards of excellence in symphonic leadership and string performance.” There were flowers, presented by Jean King, and cake. Known for being friendly yet forceful and for her fine violin and viola playing, Miloradovitch plays viola in the orchestra and during more than forty years in LAS has served as concertmaster and as viola section leader.
Hazelle Miloradovitch with other members of the viola section rehearsing for the 2010 LAS Pops concert
Arnold Clark, 1916–2009
On November 13, 2009, beloved orchestra member and longtime community volunteer Arnold Clark died. A memorial concert of “Memories and Music” was performed in his honor on January 23, 2010. Learn more about both Marion and Arnold Clark.