Nanci Severance (viola) was educated at the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Denes Koromzay, and Northern Illinois University, studying with the Vermeer Quartet and Bernard Zaslav. She has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1982. Ms. Severance has performed with many Bay area ensembles, including the Stanford Quartet, Composers Inc, Chamber Music West, the Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players, and the Parlante Chamber Orchestra, with whom she was principal violist. Her summer engagements have included the Scaneateles Festival, Eastern Music Festival and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. She has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1986 and became a member in 2008.