Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

8 pm* Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cubberley Theatre

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)

Christopher Theofanidis 

Richard Strauss 


Johannes Brahms 

Rainbow Body

Concerto No. 1 for Horn, op. 11

Monika Warchol, horn soloist

Symphony No. 1, op. 68

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Monika Warchol

Monika Warchol, French horn, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College in 2007, and her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009, where she was presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Brass Performance. Since graduating, Monika has maintained an active schedule performing regularly with ensembles across the Bay Area and around the world. Earlier this year, she played the season with the Sarasota Opera in Sarasota, Florida and returned to her hometown to perform with the Savannah Philharmonic.

An avid supporter of new music, Monika has played with Opera Parállèle, sfSound, Irregular Resolutions, and the Switchboard Music Festival. In August, she was featured in recital at the Center for New Music in Unaccompanied: The Art of Solo Performance, where she received praise for her "secure command of her instrument and what the composer demanded of that instrument" (Stephen Smoliar: SF Examiner). In May 2009, she gave the world premiere of David Garner's Horn Concerto with Symphony Parnassus. In 2008, she was selected as a fellowship participant for the Winds and Brass Professional Training Workshop through Carnegie Hall. She can be heard on numerous recordings for film, video games, and local singers/songwriters and has shared the stage with world-renowned artists like Sting and Chicago.

From 2010-2012, Monika was a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) and has performed all over South America, China, and Central America with them. She was selected as a Global Leader through YOA for the 2013-2014 season and will be working with community-based music programs around the world later this year. She is on faculty at the San Francisco Community Music Center and maintains a private teaching studio. She was also on faculty for the year's Summer Music West. Monika's previous summer engagements have included the Aspen Music Festival, YOA, International Chamber Music Workshop in Poland, Oberlin-in-Italy, Eastern Music Festival, Lyric Academy in Rome, Junges Klangforum Mitte Europa, and tours with local ensembles. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, she was a winner of the Savannah Symphony’s concerto competition.

Photo credit: Sandy Swanson