Long-time board member and orchestra player Steve Machtinger was elected President of the Marin Symphony Association Board of Directors in 2015. Steve has enjoyed dual careers as a securities lawyer and violist, and currently serves as General Counsel at Code Advisors, an investment bank in San Francisco. Steve has played viola in the Marin Symphony since 1982 and has also performed with the San Jose Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and Boston Pops. In recent years, he has been exploring the philosophical implications of the music of Mozart and has given lecture-performances at the Commonwealth Club, Humanities West and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. He and his wife Susan live in Tiburon.
Nancy Rehkopf has been a member of the Marin Symphony’s Board of Directors since August 2016. Joining the board completes the circle for Nancy, as she started her career at the San Francisco Symphony in the Marketing department. She also plays the piano, guitar, and contrabass, and sings in the Marin Oratorio. A recently retired senior executive from Wells Fargo, Nancy has over 30 years of experience in marketing strategy and corporate communications. Her valuable business and non-profit leadership and experience will help guide the Symphony on its mission to enrich, educate, and transform lives through classical music. In 2017, Nancy was named Executive Director of the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art.
Renee Rymer has served on the Marin Symphony Association board for over 20 years. She brings years of banking experience as well as a knowledge of Marin County to the Board. She is a classical music lover, amateur pianist and singer, and she sings in the Marin Symphony Chorus. She holds an MBA from SF State University, an MA from UC Berkeley in German, and a BS from the University of Minnesota. She spent her Junior year abroad at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Renee is a member of ACSO, Association of California Symphony Orchestras.
Principal Oboe, Marin Symphony
Retired Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Margot has been the Principal Oboist since 1995 (not sure about this year), and joined the Marin Symphony board in 2015. Margot’s music career has also included Principal Oboe positions in The Oakland Symphony, The California Symphony, The Fremont Symphony as well as fellowships at Tanglewood, Colorado Philharmonic, and Aspen. Margot has freelanced in Northern California in many groups including Pocket Opera, West Bay Opera, Masterworks Chorale, and the Mendocino Music Festival. She has played on occasion with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera.
In 2015 Margot left commercial banking after 33 years with Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust, Harris Bank, and Wells Fargo (26 years). Margot held a number of different positions in banking, always on the institutional side. Her last position was as Western Regional Manager of the Education and Nonprofit Banking Group where she worked with universities and colleges across the western states.
Margot holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, and a B.M. in oboe performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Margot is currently Board Chair for Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties and holds a board position with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Margot has served in the past on the President’s Advisory Board for Oberlin College. A longtime San Francisco resident, Margot is an empty nester in Noe Valley with her husband (with two daughters away at college).
Board of Directors
Lynn began a 30 year music teaching career after receiving her music education degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she serves on the School of Music Board of Visitors. Lynn has been active in the Marin arts community as a longtime member of the board of Youth in Arts, member of the Winifred Baker Chorale, Consort Chorale, and Marin Symphony Chorus. She has been an enthusiastic patron of the Marin Symphony for 25 years and is excited to serve on its Board. Lynn and her husband live in Greenbrae.
Bill has been involved in music and music education through much of his adult life. Prior to
moving to Marin in 2011, Bill served on the board of the Music Institute of Chicago from 2003-
2009. During his time as Board Chair, Bill was involved in a capital campaign to expand the
Music Institute. This included the acquisition of a former North Shore church that was turned
into a 500 seat performance hall, with the lower level being turned into acoustically isolated
During his business career, Bill has served in senior management roles within Kraft Foods and
Catterton Partners and most recently, has been a founder of two food start-ups, including
Boardwalk Frozen Treats (taking Baskin Robbins ice cream into grocery stores) and the Better
Food Project, which recently acquired Go Raw sprouted snacks.
Renee Froman began her violin studies with Charles Meacham and Hugo Rinaldi. She played with Marin Youth Orchestra and Orchestra Piccola through high school and feels this experience was invaluable and set her on a course for a professional life as a musician. After graduating UC Berkeley in violin and piano, Renee played with the Galilee Orchestra in Israel, and then worked in Hollywood, editing recordings for Angel Records/EMI. Currently playing with several Bay Area orchestras, she also works as a piano accompanist and teaches piano in her Berkeley studio. She has served on the Marin Symphony’s Board of Directors since 2009.
Erica Posner is a musician representative to the Marin Symphony Association’s Board of Directors and has been a community player and cellist in the Marin Symphony for 40 years. In high school, she was a member of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Hugo Rinaldi. She loves playing in the orchestra, making music with the friends she has made there and watching young children squirm during the Family Concerts. The Symphony is Erica’s musical home, which she shares with her husband, Larry, who has played 2nd clarinet in the Orchestra for 42 years.
An active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the principal violist with the Santa Rosa symphony and is also a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet. She recently joined the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is associate principal with the Marin Symphony and performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and The Farallon Quintet. She is also member of the Skywalker Philharmonic. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony. She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.
A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her debut at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Other engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Grand Tetons Music Festival,Chamber Ensemble Cologne, Grass Valley and Mendocino summer festival, Midsummer Mozart and “Chamber Music San Francisco”. She performed regular Viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles accompanying on the piano.She has performed chamber music with musicians such as Lynn Harrell, ChoChiang Lin, Axel Strauss, Miles Graber,Zuill Bailey and Jeffrey Kahane.
Marty Rubino has been a member of the Marin Symphony Board of Directors since 2014. He and his wife, Gayle Peterson, own Big Cat Advertising. Prior to launching Big Cat Marty was President and Publisher of the Marin Independent Journal. Marty is also a current board member of the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau and North Bay Children’s Center. He is past Chair of the Volunteer Center of Marin and Vice-Chair of Lifehouse. He has also served on the Board for Bread & Roses and Marin Literary Partners. He was Board member of the year for the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and the IJ was recognized as Large Business of the year during his time at the helm.
Sally has loved music all her life- starting with hearing her father practice his violin when she was very small. She thought it was the most beautiful sound in the world! Over many years, Sally has played some instruments, sung in choral groups, and always been an enthusiastic audience member for classical music performances. She taught elementary school for many years, and that morphed into a job as a classroom music teacher- dubbed the “singing lady!”
Sally has been a member of the Marin Symphony Board of Directors for two years, and treasures the opportunity to work on behalf of so many fine musicians. The orchestra is superb, and her hope is that more and more people will have the thrill and good fortune of hearing and knowing their music as she does.
Beth Seaman, M.D.
Alice T. May †
Catherine Munson †
Hugo Rinaldi †
Peter L.H. Thompson
Dr. Frances L. White