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Cory Combs is an educator, lecturer, program director, bassist, and composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed with many internationally known artists, recorded multiple CDs as a leader, and lectured frequently on the intersection of arts and culture.
As a lecturer, Combs has presented at the Asian Art Museum, The Jewish Community Center, SFJAZZ, Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theater, City College, San Francisco State University, the Fullerton Museum, the Pacific Asian Museum, and on the radio program Forum. Combs has performed on-stage interviews with numerous international performing artists, including Archie Shepp, Toumani Diabate, Hiromi, James Moody, The Bad Plus, Kevin Eubanks, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, and Bobby McFerrin.
Prior to joining InterMusic SF, he directed the Outreach, Music, and Enrichment departments at the Nueva School, a Blue Ribbon Award Winning K-12 school in Silicon Valley. Before his tenure at Nueva, Combs served as Director of Education at SFJAZZ, the non-profit organization behind the San Francisco Jazz Festival. At SFJAZZ, he was part of the leadership team that envisioned and executed the SFJAZZ Center. Previously he was Music Director at Waldorf High School in San Francisco and taught music technology, performance and music history classes at schools throughout the Bay Area. Additionally, Combs directed the jazz program at the American Festival of the Arts in Houston, Texas. He continues to be an active lecturer, and guest clinician at colleges and high schools.
Combs earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied classical music performance and composition.
Kyle is an Oakland-based oboist, electronic musician, improviser, and composer/performer. He is a member of our fiscally sponsored ensembles Quinteto Latino, Splinter Reeds, and sfSound, as well as of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, and the Stockton Symphony. His hybrid avant-jazz ensemble Wrack was a recipient of Chamber Music America’s 2012 New Jazz Works program. He brings to InterMusic SF the administrative skills he has honed as a bandleader and multi-faceted collaborator, as well as a decade of experience throughout the Bay Area’s musical community, from the ‘freeway philharmonic’ to the noise underground.
Digital Assets/Communications Associate
Oboist/English hornist Marcus Phillips is a freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area with an extensive background in orchestral performance and chamber music. As an active musician, Marcus is a founding member of the TripleWaveLength trio, is working with the San Francisco Symphony’s Youth outreach program (Adventures in Music), has launched an online oboe reed shop, holds the principle oboe position with the new South Bay Symphony Orchestra in Silicon Valley, and subs with many other orchestras throughout the Bay Area. When not working, Marcus can be found playing with his two dogs, enjoying the Bay’s vibrant food culture, or just enjoying San Francisco.
Marcus holds an M.M from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.M from Georgia State University.
Daniel Cullen is a composer, music educator and guitarist based in Oakland, CA and originally from Oregon where he earned his B.Mus in composition at the University of Oregon. Since earning his Ph.D degree in music at UC Berkeley in 2012, Daniel has taught at the University of San Francisco, CNMAT, The Crowden School, and in other music programs throughout the bay area, teaching courses in music technology, theory, and musicianship. In 2017 he joined the staff at InterMusic SF as an office associate, extending his passion for the advocacy of musicians, composers, and small ensembles.
Jessica Noel Stelzer
Jessica Stelzer is an Oakland, CA based bookkeeper with over 20 years experience working with non-profit and private clients.
Her musical interest began with middle school orchestra, but to everyone’s relief, math classes prevented further study. A lifelong passion for community & public radio began at the turntables of a pirate radio station in her hometown of Tampa, FL. Later she went legit at Community Radio WMNF as bookkeeper, production engineer, and occasional DJ.
Here in the “other Bay Area” since 2008, she’s balanced books and counted beans at various local organizations including Mothership Hackermoms, Mission Control, and Berkeley Food & Housing Project.
A mother of 2 tots, Jessica loves showing the boys where to find bugs in the garden, dissecting linguistic phenomena, and collaborating on elaborate dinners.
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