Board Of Directors

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Patricia Graham

President | Executive Director

Patricia Graham has been an active professional musician in Southern California for 25 years. She has conducted West Coast Classical formerly known as Palmdale Symphonic Orchestras for 17 years. She studied violin performance with Robert Lipsett at age 14 and continued with him at CSUN. She has a studio of 71 private students. Patricia has played with Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Santa Maria Philharmonic Orchestra. She has played in pit orchestras for over 20 shows, also has her own quartet that plays for private venues. She has been music director for over 50 musical stage productions since 2001. She has worked for DOT, PRT, Cedar Street Theater and Santa Clarita Regional Theater Company.

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Jeff Kaser

Vice President | Co-Director

Jeff Kaser is the director of the West Coast Classical Wind Ensemble, Beginning Band and West Coast Classical Flute Choir. He coaches the woodwinds and brass for the West Coast Classical Concert and Symphonic orchestras. Jeff teaches music theory and jazz improvisation through West Coast Classical.  He serves as an Adjunct professor of music at Antelope Valley College. Jeff also gives private music instruction for all levels and ages.

Aside from teaching, Jeff is an active musician in the Los Angeles area and specializes in saxophones, flutes, clarinets and oboe performing in studio sessions, clubs, theater orchestras, symphony orchestras, private events, and concert venues. He has over 100 musicals to his credit and has performed and recorded with such artists as Bob Newhart, Tom Scott, Tom Wopat, Fee Waybill, Jello Biafra, Stephen Lynch, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Lawrence Welk Orchestra, and the Robert Ward Blues Band. Jeff also has performed in such places as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Disneyland, Jamaica, Fiji Islands, New Zealand and Australia. Jeff received his Master of Music from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University.

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Amy Fischer
Treasurer

Amelia (Amy) Fischer, West Coast Classical Board Treasurer, is a professional violinist in the Southern California area. She has been a regular symphonic player in many Los Angeles-based orchestras for over 35 years, as well as in pit orchestras, movie and recording studios. She was raised in Antelope Valley and is semi-retired from her private teaching studio. It is with great joy that she is joined with West Coast Classical and with her friend and colleague, Patricia Graham, as well as the other Board members. It’s been a pleasure to watch West Coast Classical and it’s musicians grow and share their passion for music.

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Kira Sopp

Kira Sopp has been part of West Coast Classical for 12 years. She has been a member  of wind ensemble, concert orchestra, symphonic orchestra, and jazz ensemble. She enjoys being a part of the West Coast Classical board and loves working along side the directors for upcoming and current seasons. Kira is currently pursuing her bachelors at the university of Arizona in cybersecurity. She is passionate about being part of this wonderful community and is excited for what’s to come! 

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Megan Schraer

Classically trained since 2006, Megan has a passion for music and a drive for learning and teaching piano. She is the pianist for West Coast Classical (WCC) Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra since 2011 and has been on the orchestra's board of directors for as of 2017. It has been a huge blessing being part of such an amazing orchestra family all these years. Outside of this, Megan got married in November 2021 and she and her husband are expecting a baby girl in January 2022!

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Sarah Bunch

Sarah Bunch is a professional freelance violinist in Los Angeles County. She grew up in the Antelope Valley studying under Patricia Graham and has been an active member of West Coast Classical for 10 years. She is currently Concert Master of West Coast Classical’s Symphonic Orchestra and serves as West Coast Classical Board Secretary. Along with her duties at West Coast Classical, Sarah performs regularly with the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles. Sarah has also performed with Debut Chamber Orchestra, toured with Hollywood Concert Orchestra, and played pit for several regional and community theater productions including Santa Clarita Regional Theater Company and Cedar Street Theater. 

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Dan Martensen

Dan Martensen is the conductor of Encore Strings and a board member of West Coast Classical. He also teaches the award winning choir and orchestra program along with AP Music Theory at Pete Knight High School. While he plays the viola and is a classically trained vocalist, Dan considers his main instrument to be the baton. He has a degree in music education with an emphasis in classical voice, and a degree in viola performance from the Biola University Conservatory of Music.

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Josiah Macy

Josiah Macy is has been a member of the West Coast Classical orchestra since 2013. During that time he has performed trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combo and both the Concert and Symphonic orchestra. He has been a member of the West Coast Classical board since 2017. His favorite memories of the organization revolve around the orchestra's trip to New York, Europe and Disney Concert Hall.