Camp Staff

Our Cazadero Music Camp faculty and guest conductors are all highly accomplished practicing musicians and music educators. Counselors are all music students at the university level and Counselors-in-Training at the high school level. Even our kitchen and maintenance staff members are often musicians! Cazadero selects staff not only for their musical skill, but for their passion for teaching music and their ability to effectively mentor youth. We recruit guest conductors each year from top universities and high school music programs to lead the orchestras. The guest conductor program ensures ongoing variety and new musical challenges each week.

If you're interested in applying for a summer job at Cazadero Music Camp, please visit our jobs page.


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2016 Music Staff

Administrative Staff
Jim Mazzaferro, Camp Director
Jonathan Knight, Assistant Camp Director
John Conant, Boy's Dean
Carolyn Niehaus, Girl's Dean
Anita Mazzafero, Head Chef
Guest Conductors
Jon Brummel - Summer Music, Lafayette
Dr. Zachary Bruno - Skyline College
Dan Bryan - Joseph Gregori High School, Modesto
Craig Bryant - Albany High School
Larry Colon - De La Salle High School, Concord
Candice Crismond - Berkeley Unified School District
Norm Dea - Acalanes High School, Lafayette
Michael Galisatus - College of San Mateo
Cheryl Yee Glass - San Ramon Valley High School
Kellie Hoover - Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon
Brian Kendrick - San Joaquin Delta Community College
Patrick Langham - University of the Pacific
David Lee - Sacramento Children's Chorus
John Maltester - St. Mary's College
Liz Mazzaferro - Sacred Heart Elementary School, Sacramento
Joe Mazzaferro - California State University, Stanislaus
Dr. Tony Mazzaferro - Fullerton College
Loretta McNulty - Stanley Middle School, Lafayette
Ryan Murray - Townsend Opera
Jonathan Raman - California State University, Sacramento
Mitch Schuster - Valley View Middle School, Simi Valley
Aaron Smith - Monterey Trail High School, Elk Grove
Mike Stone - Bakersfield City School District
Music Faculty
Danielle DiDonato, piano
Natalia Kaminska-Palarczyk, flute
Terri Knight, oboe
David Lee, piano
Lenore McIntyre, violin
Jonathan Seiberlich, tuba
Julie Stephens, horn
Ross Thompson, guitar
Heather Walkover, cello
Elisha Wilson, horn
Music Instructors
Mollie Budiansky, clarinet/sax
Mary Dougherty, violin
Kari Estrada, trombone
Becky Fitch, flute
Trevor Hall, percussion
Alia Kuhnert, trumpet
Ben Loomer, trumpet
Robert Mitchell, clarinet
Jonathan Raman, percussion
Rene Ross, bassoon
Aaron Smith, trumpet
Alexis True, tuba
Mark Twomey, saxophone
Miles Tsue, bass

Caz Testimonials

"From the time I was 11 until I was 16 Cazadero was the highlight of my year. I played incredible music, made lifelong friends, matured and grew up a bit every summer. I remember sitting in the center for the 100 piece orchestra and thinking there is nothing like this in the world. The memories are deep and profound."

Mindy Scharlin,
Caz Camper and Staff

Cazadero Music Camp