CHICO Roster

Roster 2017-2018

Steven Perren –

Laura Mihalka –

Nancy Sieh –

Henning Ottsen –

Les Vielbig –

Bruce Walker –

Miriam Arichea –

Karen Nelson –

Nancy Sieh

Nancy Sieh joined the CHICO board of directors in 2014, after retiring from the practice of law. She served as Deputy District Attorney in Ventura, then in Santa Barbara County as Assistant District Attorney . She specialized in crimes against vulnerable victims, including spousal abuse, sexual assault and child abuse.  

Upon retiring, Nancy chose to return to her roots. From a musical Italian family,  she was introduced to opera and classical music in the home early in life and saw the joy it can bring.  Tales from the great operas were her bedtime stories.  Nancy heartily recommends that others join the CHICO family and enjoy a role in producing more concerts of all kinds.

Nancy is grateful to her husband and family for their unflagging support. 

Celine Gietzen

Celine's Promo Shot 1Celine Gietzen has been teaching since 1986, and she currently has a full studio of private cello students in Camarillo.  She is also a coach for the Junior Chamber Music program.  Her students have been awarded college scholarships, have received honors in the Certificate of Merit program, have achieved principal chairs in student orchestras, and have been chosen to perform in the MTAC state convention.  She regularly adjudicates for competitions, scholarship auditions, and the MTAC Certificate of Merit program.  Celine Gietzen attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the most prestigious conservatories in the nation, with a merit-based scholarship as a student of Alan Harris.  In 1997 she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and was elected to the Dean’s List.  She then received a Master of Music degree from UCLA in 2009 as a scholarship student of Antonio Lysy.  Another of her influential teachers has been Dr. Richard Naill of the Colburn School of Performing Arts.  She has performed professionally in solo recitals, chamber music groups, and in many orchestras.  Celine is an active board member of the MTAC and is also a member of the American String Teachers’ Association. 161022Recital

Nicole McKenzie

NICOLE MCKENZIE has performed widely as soloist and chamber musician. The Santa Barbara Independent declared, “McKenzie made a splash in the luscious and exciting music – she performed with gorgeous musicality.”

Winner of the Sutton Chamber Music Award, she graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BM Degree from Oberlin Conservatory, an MM Degree from Florida State University, and studied with Gary Kosloski at the Music Academy of the West. Ms. McKenzie is Concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra. She maintains a private violin studio, co-directs and teaches for Sandcastle Music Together, Coaches chamber music at Santa Barbara

Strings, is a member of the duo, Continental Cafe, directs and teaches at Allegro Violin Camp, was a founding member of the Nicole McKenzie Improv Group (an improvising group of dancers and musicians), was a long time member of the Klezmer/Jazz group, Kalinka, and regularly concertizes with renowned pianist, Betty Oberacker. She performs on a violin created for her by Michel Eggimann of Rome, Italy.