the Pacific Crest Music Festival Orchestra

Located in the picturesque town of Dunsmuir, CA, the Pacific Crest Music Festival is a highly intensive, international music program in which hand selected students are invited to work, rehearse, and perform alongside the out-standing professional faculty. Founded in 2013 by violist Michael Whitson, the festival has impacted students from numerous countries, and from all walks of life. PMCF is typically comprised of 15 to 20 student artists, and a faculty of five or six. It is this incredible ratio that leads to an extremely personalized and individualized experience for each student member. The young musicians have the opportunity to experience rehearsals and performances with professional musicians, as well as master-classes, private lessons, solo opportunities, outreach and mentor-ship.  

This year’s PCMF Orchestra is comprised of the following talented student musicians and faculty:

Miles Cochran-Branson, Carmichael, CA
Luis Angel Contreras, Villa del Rosario, Columbia
Sebastian Figueroa, Lenoir, NC
Derrick Guintini, Redding, CA
Zachary Moore, Morro Bay, CA
Beatrice Padilla, Los Angeles, CA
Kai Rushworth, San Luis Obispo, CA
Aaron Soriano, Los Angeles, CA

Katie Hoover, Santa Monica, CA
Roxy Ong, Culver City, CA
Luis Felipe Rocha, Bogota, Columbia
Brayden Schmick, Spokane, WA
Abigail Soriano, Los Angeles, CA

Christopher Olson, Carmichael, CA
Gizelle Polanco, Los Angeles, CA
Jackelinne Rodriguez, Los Angeles, CA
Yaren Romero, Tijuana, Mexico

PCMF Faculty Members
Michael Whitson, Viola (PCMF Founder and Director) – Los Angeles and Dunsmuir, CA
Patrick Dalton-Holmes, Violin – Indianapolis, IN
George Figueroa, Violin – Lenoir, NC
Laura Gaynon, Cello – San Francisco, CA
Chiharu Sai, Piano – Mt. Shasta City, CA

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See our Events page for upcoming concerts


Please see our Founders page for biographies on our
co-founders, Laura Dahl and Sally Porter Munro