Linda Green, violist, is originally from Toledo, Ohio. She performed in Europe and Asia during her nine year tenure as the assistant principal violist of the Orquestra Nacional do Porto (Portugal), where she also played in the Quarteto Jacob and performed many solo recitals and other chamber music. Other ensembles she has performed with include the Oakland/East Bay Symphony, the Luna Nova Quartet, the Toledo Symphony, the Carol Trio, the Syracuse Symphony, the Binghamton Symphony, the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and the Marin Symphony. As a teacher, Ms. Green’s private students have won competitions here and abroad. She has lived in the Bay Area since 2001, where she teaches music in the Oakland Public Schools.
Sara Usher, violinist, has been a freelance performer, chamber musician and teacher since moving to the Bay Area in 1977. She plays regularly with the San Francisco Opera, Philharmonia Baroque and New Century Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Usher has been a founding member of several ensembles including the Vivace Players, the Foxglove Chamber Ensemble and Corvo String Quartet. She has served on the board of the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, designing the popular Jumpstart weekend retreat program for bay area public school musicians. Ms. Usher has taught extensively having been on the faculties of the San Francisco Community Music Center, The Crowden School, and COVA. She is director of Glenview Strings, teaches privately and since 2012 has been happy to Co-Direct the HOUSE program with Linda Green. In addition, it is her great pleasure to be General Manager of the popular RTSO.