Admin and Staff

Dedicated non-profit professionals who share a passion for our mission, Cazadero's administrative staff works tirelessly to bring the love of music and learning to youth. Read about our fabulous summer camp staff here.



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Emily Wainacht
Executive Director
Emily Wainacht was a Caz camper for five years and then served as Caz staff for five years. She simply can't stay away and is thrilled to return in her new role leading Cazadero. She relocated from Los Angeles where she had been working for LA Opera since 2012. She has held a variety of positions with arts organizations such as The Broad Stage, LA Chamber Orchestra, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, and the Oberlin Artist Recital Series. She credits Caz for helping to shape her musical path, eventually earning two degrees in trumpet performance: a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from University of Southern California. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Pure Mathematics from Oberlin College. She studied at Aspen Music Festival in 2010 and completed the American League of Orchestras' Essentials in Orchestra Management course in 2015. In her free time she enjoys hiking, running, and cooking with her husband, Andrew.
510-527-7500, ext. 13

Jim Mazzaferro
Artistic Director and Camp Director
Cazadero's Artistic and Camp Director Jim Mazzaferro is a 35 year veteran of music education, with extensive experience teaching at the middle school, high school and college levels. Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Music at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, California, where he teaches Concert Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, String Orchestra, and Advanced Placement Music Theory. A professional bassist, Jim has been associated with Cazadero since 1970 when he attended the music camp as a student, returning every year as a camper until 1975. Jim was thrilled to return to Cazadero in 2001 as its Artistic and Camp Director.
510-527-7500, ext. 17

Emily Brockman
Camp Registrar
510-527-7500, ext. 10

Rick Austin
Office Manager
510-527-7500, ext. 14

Caz Testimonials

"Cazadero offers children a chance to grow on many levels. One thing music teaches us is that everyone has to work to be their best individually, then work to be the best that they can as part of a group. Whether or not you continue in music after high school or college, those qualities - leadership, teamwork, self discipline, learning to give and take, compromise - all those skills are skills learned through music."

Jim Mazzaferro, Camp Director


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