St. James Concert Series


Susan Lamb Cook, Cello


John Cozza, Piano


Sandra Moats McPherson, Clarinet

September 24th, 2017

Susan Lamb Cook, is an active performer and educator both nationally and internationally. She is sought after as soloist and chamber musician, and her performances have thrilled audiences throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States. She is on the artistic staff for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Viaden Festival, Luxembourg, and is Lecturer in cello and chamber music at the University of California, Davis. Susan has served as artist in residence at the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany, and her recent tour of China included performances and master classes at the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory and in the cities of Jinan, Liaosheng, Dezhou, Qilu, Hangzhou and Xiamen. As a member of the Gold Coast Trio, she has performed and given master classes at San Francisco State University, Scripps College and Harvey Mudd College, and the Gold Coast Trio has been featured on Austrian National Television.

Ms. Cook is a member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, Music Teachers' Association of California, and the American String Teachers Association. She is also co-author of Guide to Teaching Strings by Norman Lamb. She is director of the Sacramento Youth Symphony's Chamber Music Workshop, and her students perform regularly for competitions and public concerts.

Ms. Lamb Cook studied with Angelica May at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, and Charles Wendt at the University of Iowa.

Sandra Moats McPherson performs frequently as principal clarinetist and bass clarinetist in numerous Northern California orchestras, including the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera, and Choral Society Orchestras.For the past two summers, she performed orchestral and chamber music in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria as part of the annual Classical Music Festival. Ms. McPherson has extensive experience as a chamber music performer and coach, and, as a member of the Harmonic Winds, performs educational concerts throughout the region. She has also performed at the Crocker Art Museum Sunday Series, Sacramento State’s Festival of New American Music, Chamber Music Alive!, and the Capital Chamber Players Series. Ms. McPherson acts as rehearsal coach and chamber music instructor for the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s orchestras and Chamber Music Workshops. She maintains an active private teaching studio, and is on the faculties of California State University, Sacramento and American River College. She has previously served as clarinet and chamber music instructor at the University of California, Davis. Ms. McPherson received degrees from California State University, Fresno and the University of California, Santa Barbara in music education, clarinet performance, and musicology, and has published articles on early-American clarinet literature.

John Cozza is in demand throughout California as teacher, coach/accompanist, chamber musician, adjudicator and clinician; he teaches accompanying and piano in the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, as well as holding the position of Staff Accompanist at Sacramento State University. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Northwestern University and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria, Dr. Cozza was named Director of Accompanying at Baylor University (Waco, TX) in 1994 to design and implement the Masters of Music degree program in Piano Accompanying.

Collaborating with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, Dr. Cozza’s international engagements have included performances as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in such European cities as Vienna, Bologna, Milan, Cologne, and Budapest.

Dr. Cozza is the current President of the Sacramento Saturday Club, the oldest musical organization in Sacramento, and one of the oldest west of the Rockies.