History

Our Organization

History
Overview Time Line Our Founder

On July 4th, 1999, a group of community volunteers construct a temporary stage in La Plaza Park, Cotati. Later that afternoon, a group of talented, volunteer musicians take the stage and under the baton of maestro Gabriel Sakakeeny, perform an all-American orchestral program for an enthusiastic crowd of over 1,000 people. The Cotati Philharmonic was born.

La Plaza Park, Cotati July 4th, 1999

From those modest beginnings in La Plaza Park, the orchestra has gone on to present hundreds of performances for tens of thousands of concert goers. We have grown to become the Sonoma County Philharmonic, the premier volunteer orchestra in the North Bay Area. In 2012, we welcomed our new music director, maestro Norman Gamboa, to the podium, and we took up residence in the SRHS Performing Arts Auditorium. In 2019, we move to a new home, the Jackson Theater @ Sonoma Country Day School.

Many things have changed over the years, but our central mission remains the same: to make the beauty of classical music available to everyone through the power of community. The orchestra remains committed to expanding our audience to include people who either haven’t had the opportunity or the means to enjoy an experience so central to our culture and heritage.