Tom Peters is a composer and GRAMMY® nominated performer who specializes in creating music for silent films, performing original scores through interactive electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes. In April 2013, he premiered his original score to the 1927 silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc—his ninth film—at the Toronto Silent Film Festival with Joelle Morton on tenor viol. The score was featured in a radio broadcast over the CBC. His score to John Ford’s classic western The Iron Horse (1924) premiered at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles in March 2015. The Phantom of the Opera, which premiered on Halloween Night 2015, is his 14th silent film score.
Upcoming projects include Dziga Vertov’s landmark 1929 documentary The Man with the Movie Camera in January 2016 at the Portland Art Museum, and two recordings. The first is Tom’s score to The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, the second is a large-scale work called The Forest, both released on Tiger Barb Records.
Tom’s 2014 GRAMMY® nominated recording of John Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things on the MicroFest label with acclaimed pianists Aron Kallay and Vicki Ray, legendary percussionist William Winant, and a recently discovered recording of John Cage himself performing 45’ for a Speaker was the first American recording of this seminal work. Tom has been a member of the Long Beach Symphony since 1993 and Southwest Chamber Music since 1998. He has performed as a soloist with Ensemble Oh-Ton, People Inside Electronics, MicroFest, and the Schindler House and many others, and has been featured on Nordwest Radio in Hamburg, Germany. He is a lecturer of Double Bass at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach.Frank Marino
Tenured in June 2009
FRANK MARINO began his childhood education studying piano and violin in his native San Diego. By the year 1990, he had taken up string bass in the orchestra because he didn’t want to carry his violin to school everyday. Since then, Frank has been carrying his bass to rehearsals, lessons and festivals throughout California and across the country. He has studied with Gunner Biggs, Clifton Swanson, Paul Ellison, and Nico Abondolo, attended such festivals as the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Summer Festival in Catania, Italy, and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2005. Today Frank enjoys teaching music lessons and performing with various ensembles in Los Angeles County, and he loves the Long Beach Symphony.Thomas Harte
Thomas B. Harte, Jr. received his first double bass lesson during his final semester of high school and quickly discovered his love of low notes. He went on to complete both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School, followed by an Artist’s Diploma from USC. Choosing to remain in Southern California, Thomas enjoys the variety that being an L.A. musician brings. In addition to the Long Beach Symphony, Thomas has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, New West Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He has also performed and recorded with notable pop artists including Andrea Bocelli, Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, Sting and Peter Gabriel.Geoff Osika
Tenured in 2008
Geoff Osika credits his musical training to three men: his father David, a fine trumpeter and music teacher who indicated that in order to be taken seriously as a musician the 15-year old would have to do more than just play in a rock band; John Schaeffer, former principal bass of the New York Philharmonic, who in two and a half years’ time conditioned the young bassist to gain acceptance at both the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music; and Roger Scott, former principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who opened the methodical bassist’s ears to a deeper understanding of orchestral playing and repertoire.
After Curtis, Geoff embarked on several years of full-time orchestral jobs. From 1992 to 2003 he held positions with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galícia in Spain, and the Oregon Symphony. From each place he took with him a wealth of musical and life experiences.
Since settling in Los Angeles, Geoff has enjoyed the mysteries and rewards of freelancing, having performed as a substitute with the L.A. Opera, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony. He continues to perform the orchestral repertoire on a regular basis, being the principal bass of the Riverside Philharmonic and the Long Beach Symphony.
Geoff is also part of the recording industry in Los Angeles having played for motion picture and video games. In the summers, he is the dedicated bass player for the Pageant of the Masters, the unique annual tradition in Laguna Beach.