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David Schoenbrun Third Bass

David has played as a regular member of Symphony Silicon Valley (and its predecessor, the San Jose Symphony) bass section for 39 years. He also performs regularly with many other Bay Area musical organizations, including the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras and the Skywalker Symphony, where he has recorded on many film, CD, videogame, and other commercial scores. Over the last 35 years, he has played in pit orchestras for dozens of the touring musical theater productions that have come to San Francisco and San Jose, including the first national tours of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera—more than 1,600 performances. He continues to regularly perform with TheatreWorks, a regional theater based on the peninsula. Early in his orchestral career, David became interested in the welfare of his fellow musicians and subsequently became involved in various committees that represent musicians’ interests in the workplace. In 2005, he was elected president of the Musicians Union Local 6, San Francisco, of the American Federation of Musicians, the union which represents professional musicians in a jurisdiction stretching from the Oregon border in the north to Monterey County in the south. He is also a founding member of the Theatre Musicians Association (TMA), a player conference of the AFM, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the California Theatrical Federation. David is also a licensed psychotherapist, a fallback career that he feels fortunate to have never needed. In his spare time, he plays in a quasi-klezmer group which he cofounded.

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