After studying at the Oberlin Conservatory, Dana Putnam (cello) received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her main teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Ronald Leonard and Peter Rejto. As a member of the Round Top Festival String Quartet, Ms. Putnam performed concerts all over the United States and England, including a prize performance in the National Portrait Gallery, as well as having live performances broadcast on National Public Radio. Ms. Putnam has soloed with the Galveston Symphony, the Pacific Palisades Symphony, the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra, the Round Festival Orchestra and the Sewanee Festival Orchestra. Featured appearances include live performances with Robert Mann, Joel Krosnick, Jorja Fleezanis, Ian Swensen, and Andrew Jennings. Ms. Putnam has appeared as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the La Jolla Summer Fest, and the Amadeus String Quartet's Summer Course. Dana is active in the Bay Area and has appeared on the Noontime Concerts Series, was a former member of the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, and worked with the Lawrence Peck Dance Company. As a former member of the San Francisco Conservatory's New Music Ensemble, Dana was part of the west coast concert premiere and the premiere recording of Andrew Imbrie's Spring Fever. She also participated in the premiere recording of David Conte's Gift of the Magi. As an educator, Ms. Putnam has taught for the Oberlin Prepatory Program and currently is a member of the cello faculty for the Preparatory and Adult Extension Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Last Fall, Ms. Putnam was invited by the American School of San Salvador, El Salvador to perform and give master classes.

[from program for November 12, 2001 concert]