DARCY RINDT, viola

Darcy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied with Roy Malan, concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.  She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and  was awarded Phi Beta Kappa with honors in both fields. She holds a Master's Degree in performance from San Francisco State University.  She holds positions in the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Rosa, Marin, Oakland, California and Berkeley Symphonies.  She has also performed with a number of other symphonic groups including the New World Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet, New Century Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Silicon Valley as well as the contemporary chamber ensembles, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, ALEA III and Empyrean Ensemble.   She has also been on the faculty at both San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay Universites.  

Less conventional ventures include Jazz Mafia’s “Brass, Bows, and Beats” and “Emperor Norton Suite,” with whom she played at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Central Park in New York City, and the Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals.  She toured internationally with the band SRO and has played shows with Peter Gabriel, Chicago, Transiberian Orchestra, the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and numerous other Bay Area bands. 

Ms. Rindt is composer and arranger for Squid Inc, an alternative string quartet whose goal is to reach new audiences through dynamic, engaging performances, original compositions and compelling arrangements of modern rock, alternative and pop music. 

She has also been very involved in education, having just completed a fourth season with San Francisco Symphony’s “Adventures in Music” outreach program.  Through AIM, Ms. Rindt has performed over 600 musical outreach programs, inspiring and educated every elementary student in the San Francisco public schools each of those seasons.  She was previously a MUSE mentor through the Oakland East Bay Symphony, visiting 2-3 Oakland schools each week and assisting in the music instruction programs and has done outreach concerts through California and Monterey Symphonies.   

On the side, Darcy leads guided walks of the Elephant Seal rookery at Año Nueveo State Park as a Docent Naturalist.

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