Member Biographies


Esther Landau, flutist, specializes in performances of new music, having worked directly with such composers as Elliott Carter and Luciano Berio. She is both a founding member and the Managing Director of Citywinds. She has given numerous solo recitals on Bay Area concert series, and has performed often with the Berkeley Contemporary Music Players. She is currently on the faculties of both the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Northern California Music and Art Culture Center.

Ms. Landau's teachers have included Keith Underwood, Julie McKenzie, Floyd Cooley, Robert Willoughby, and Timothy Day. She has participated in masterclasses at Tanglewood and Banff, studying with Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Toshiko Kohno, and Robert Aitken. Ms. Landau received her B.M. at the Oberlin Conservatory and her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also spent a summer in County Clare learning traditional jigs and reels in trailers, tents and pubs.

Laura Reynolds Chrisp, oboe/ english horn, is a member of the Santa Rosa and Marin Symphony Orchestras. She freelances throughout the Bay Area, including performances with the San Francisco Symphony and the Western Opera Theater Orchestra. A former member of the Virginia Symphony, Ms. Chrisp is currently a faculty member of the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of California, Davis.

Ms. Chrisp has attended the Music Academy of the West, the National Orchestral Institute, the Sarasota Music Festival and the Bach Aria Festival and Institute at Stonybrook. A student of Harry Sargous and William Bennett, she received her B.M. from the University of Michigan and her M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music..



Robert Bailis, clarinet, has appeared in solo recital, with orchestras, and as a chamber musician across the United States, Canada, Asia, and the UK. A proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered new works from such composers as Martin Bresnik, Luciano Berio, Jack Perla and Matt Ingalls. He is a member of the Napa Valley Symphony and appears regularaly with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Northern California, most notably the acclaimed "Mirage Ensemble" of which he is a founding member.

Mr. Bailis serves on the faculty of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts where he maintains an active private studio and is co-director of the chamber music program. He received early training from San Francisco Symphony clarinetist Don Carroll, and later studied with the Milwaukee Symphony's Russell Dagon, as well as David Shifrin, artistic director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Bailis holds degrees from Northwestern University, and Yale School of Music. He has been the recipient of generous grants and awards from Oakland's Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, San Francisco's Community Music Center, and Marin's Buck Trust.

Zachary Limacher, horn player, is a freelance musician concentrating primarily on orchestral and chamber music. Orchestrally, he has been a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra since its debut season and performs frequently with other orchestras throughout the Bay Area. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, and toured with the San Francisco Opera Center's Western Opera Theater. In addition to Citywinds, Zachary's chamber music experience includes membership in The San Francisco Brass Company.

A native of the Chicago area, Zachary began his music studies with the violin at a young age in Joliet, Illinois. At age nine, he began to study horn in addition to violin. Zachary continued his horn studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with John Fairfield; Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria with Wilhelm Schwaiger; Amici della Musica in Florence, Italy with Radovan Vlatkovic; and in San Francisco with A. David Krehbiel.

Carla Wilson is principal bassoonist with the Santa Rosa, Marin, Berkeley, and Fremont Symphonies and is a member of the California Symphony. She is a frequent performer with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland Symphony and various new music ensembles. She completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Walter Green. Further studies took place at the Aspen Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival and on scholarship in London.

Carla has played with the Music in the Mountains Festival since 1982 and has participated in the Cabrillo and San Luis Obispo Festivals.In 1998 she performed the premiere of "Icons", a bassoon concerto composed by her husband Ross Bauer, with the Berkeley Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano.