Musicians Union Local 6
116 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-2603
Office Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Dues Department closes at 3:30pm
David Schoenbrun - President
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David Schoenbrun is president of the Musicians Union Local 6, San Francisco of the American Federation of Musicians and has additionally worked for AFM Symphonic Services as a negotiator of symphony orchestra, opera, ballet and theatre contracts in the western United States. He was a founding member of the Theatre Musicians Association (TMA) – a player conference of the AFM, and serves on the Board of Directors of the California Theatrical Federation.
As a professional bassist, David has played as a regular member of the Symphony Silicon Valley (and its predecessor, the San Jose Symphony) for 38 years. He has also performed regularly with many other Bay Area musical organizations, including the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, with the Marin Symphony where he was principal bass for over 20 years, and with the “Skywalker Symphony” where he has recorded on many film, CDs, videogame and other commercial scores. Over the last 30 years he has played in pit orchestras for dozens of the touring musical theatre productions that have come to San Francisco and San Jose, including the first national tours of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera (over 1600 performances). He continues to regularly perform with TheatreWorks, a regional theatre based on the Peninsula.
David is also a licensed psychotherapist, and in his spare time plays in a quasi-klezmer group which he co-founded. He feels blessed to have just celebrated his 30th anniversary with his wonderful wife, Helen, with whom they have raised their two amazing daughters, Sarah and Rachel.
Kale Cumings - Vice President
Kale Cumings, a native of Michigan, received a B.M. degree from Wheaton College and a M.M. degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz. Kale is an active freelance player and performs with many local orchestras. He has been Vice-President of Local 6 since 2015.
Beth Zare - Secretary-Treasurer
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Beth Zare has played the French Horn since the age of ten. She grew up in the Palo Alto, and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Southern California. She played principal horn in Mexico City for eight years. In 1995 she returned to the Bay Area to play with the San Jose Symphony. In 2005 Beth served as Vice President of Local 153 in San Jose, CA. When Wally Malone stepped down as president Beth filled that position until 2008. In 2010 she was elected President once again of Local 153, a position she held until December of 2013 when the local merged with Local 6. In 2013 she was appointed by the Board to replace Gretchen Elliott as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 6, a position she assumed on January 1, 2014. When she is not busy with music Beth enjoys playing golf and billiards.
Board of Directors
Trombonist Hall Goff has been a noisemaker all his life, vocalizing sound effects for toy trucks, guns, cars, and planes throughout his childhood in New Jersey. After two years as an alto in the Madison (Wisconsin) Boy Choir, he gravitated to the trombone at age 12 and began listening to dixieland, beebop, pop vocalists of the day (early 60’s), and all kinds of recorded sound, later being influenced by early Zappa, Chicago Symphony recordings, and Firesign Theater. Realizing the value of serious practice in his 16th year was a landmark experience. Hall attended Oberlin College (BA), and earned a Master’s degree at Yale School of Music, mentored by John Swallow and Otto-Werner Meuller. He has been a member of the A.F. of M. since 1968, the S.F. Ballet Orchestra since 1977, the S.F. Contemporary Music Players since 1979, and, since 1998 a sub and eventually a regular member of the Golden Gate Park Band, having had the good fortune to play (to this day) as a freelancer with many bay-area ensembles of all sizes, as well as on various recordings, and behind visiting musical stars of opera, jazz, rock, and pop.
Josephine Gray originates from New Zealand where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music Performance (Violin) from the University of Auckland. She certified as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1998. Other than the violin, which she plays professionally in many Bay Area regional orchestras, Josephine plays piano, guitar and sings. She has taught Alexander Technique at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, at Chevron, and at the Opera Academy of California. Josephine has served on the Executive Board for Local 6 since 2004.
Steve Hanson, a Minnesota native, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Moorhead State University. He toured throughout Europe for three years as a U.S. Navy Musician in the NATO Band headquartered in Naples, Italy. He received his Master’s degree in Music from North Texas State University. During his five years in Texas, he worked as a freelance musician with membership in Dallas Local 147. He moved to New York City and performed there for four years while he was a member of local 802. Steve moved to the Bay Area in 1986 where he has been active as a bass player. He has served on the Executive Board for Local 6 since 2004.
Gretchen Elliott began studying the cello at the age of seven. After growing up in Phoenix, AZ, she attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan for her senior year in high school. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in 1970 from Indiana University. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, she worked as a freelance cellist and was an extra with the SF Symphony and SF Opera Orchestra. She was also a member of the SF Ballet Orchestra for nearly 10 years when chronic shoulder pain forced her to retire. In 1994, she joined the Local 6 staff. 2 years later when Melinda Wagner assumed the presidency, Gretchen was appointed to succeed her as secretary-treasurer of Local 6, a position she held until her retirement at the end of 2013. Subsequently, she was elected to a 3-year term in the Board of Directors, beginning in 2015.
Forrest Byram is a freelance tuba player who performs throughout the Northern California area. He plays regularly with the Monterey Symphony, the Santa Cruz Symphony, the California Symphony and the Modesto Symphony. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, and the orchestras of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Byram is a founding member of the San Francisco Brass Quintet. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied with Arnold Jacobs, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1982.