Marcia Lotter

First Violin

Marcia was raised in the Pacific Northwest and credits her initial passion for classical music to the time she spent playing in the Portland Junior Symphony as a student. She has studied with many notable teachers and has had private students of her own since she was 12 years old. Marcia especially loves the variety of experiences she has through playing the violin. She has played in back-up orchestras for Smokey Robinson, Judy Collins, and Johnny Mathis and once performed in a chamber group for a birthday party at the Francis Ford Coppola farmhouse. She won a seat in the first violins of the Santa Rosa Symphony in 1978 and has been making the lengthy journey back and forth ever since.

Marcia is concertmaster of the Symphony of the Redwoods and has been associate concertmaster of the Mendocino Music Festival for all 30 years of its existence. Marcia is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Music Festival and has also worked part-time as a school psychologist. With the chamber group Sonatina Marcia plays for weddings and special events all over the county. She hosts a weekly radio program of contemporary classical music on KZYX and has published a book she hopes will be helpful to brides traveling from outside the area to get married in Mendocino.

A portrait of Marcia Lotter and her violin.