MOORPARK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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Established in 1990, the orchestra has grown from a few interested enthusiasts to over 75 dedicated musicians. Its membership consists of professional musicians and community members.
The MSO is an organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity. The MSO has a board of directors that oversees their activities with offices in Camarillo, Ca.
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Meet the Orchestra
Sharon Cooper, Concertmaster
SHARON COOPER, violinist and violist, is an active freelance musician in southern and central California. She started lessons at age 7, studied chamber music at San Francisco Conservatory and holds a BA degree in Music from Stanford University.
She has performed throughout California, Arizona, Europe and Australia in numerous recitals, chamber ensembles, theater productions, orchestras and civic events. Sharon has performed solo works with symphonies including Moorpark, Valley (LA), New Valley and Antelope Valley. She has also been featured soloist with the Channel Islands and Palo Alto chamber orchestras, Lompoc Pops, Ventura Baroque, Santa Maria Philharmonic, Symphony of the Canyons, Junior Bach Festival (Berkeley) and on KQED Public Television in San Francisco.
Concert series showcasing Sharon's solo and chamber recitals included the Mt. Cross (Camarillo), St. Patrick's (Thousand Oaks), Ojai Art Centre, Lompoc Music Association, Moorpark Orchestra Chamber Series, and the Beethoven Festival (Santa Barbara). She is regularly concertmistress of 5-Star Theatricals (Thousand Oaks), Lompoc Pops Orchestra and Moorpark Symphony. Her solo violin has been heard emanating from theater pits in Ventura, LA, Santa Barbara and Orange counties as well as Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.
Sharon can frequently be heard on diverse musical recordings including the soundtracks of Fox TV's animated features as well as movies and theater original cast recordings. She has performed with many including David Benoit, Seth MacFarlane, Electric Light Orchestra, Riders of the Purple Sage, Frank Sinatra Jr., David Gates, Oleta Adams, Duke Ellington and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Sharon has extensive teaching experience in her own private studio, the masterclass forum and the classroom. She loves sharing her passion for the violin and viola with players of all ages from early years on their instruments to experienced professionals. Sharon teaches in Thousand Oaks at Los Cerritos Middle School string instrument and orchestra technique, and has upon occasion coached chamber music at Westlake High School.
Alec Glass, Cello
Alec Glass is a junior at California State University, Northridge where he is studying Cello Performance with Diane Roscetti. Growing up in Connecticut, Alec started playing cello at the age of 9 and continued playing in orchestras through middle school. In 2012, he moved to California and while attending Westlake High School, played in several honors orchestras and had worked his way up to the Principal Cellist of the Chamber Orchestra when he graduated in 2015. Alec then started at Moorpark College where he studied cello with Ashley Walters and performed in the Moorpark College Symphony under the direction of Professor James Song for 3 years.
Since transferring to CSUN in 2019, Alec has been a member of the CSUN Symphony, in addition to performing with several chamber groups and currently preparing for a Spring recital. As part of CSUN’s inaugural Cellobration series, in February Alec had the opportunity to play for Ben Hong, the Associate Principal Cellist of the LA Philharmonic, as well as other renowned visiting cellists. This will be Alec’s first solo performance with an orchestra and is honored that it will be with the Moorpark Symphony.
James Song, Music Director
James Song founded the Moorpark Symphony in 1991, and has watched it grow into the large, independent organization that it is today. His vision & perseverance has not only benefited the orchestra, but earned him the admiration & affection of all the musicians that have had the pleasure of playing under his baton over the decades. We are honored to call him our Founding Director.