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2023 Orchestra Benefit Performance

The Saint Michael's High School Orchestra invites you to a performance benefiting our student musicians.
Event Details: 
Monday, October 30, 2023
San Miguel Chapel 
401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe (park in the PERA lot)
The program is presented by and features the school’s teachers:
Dana Winograd, Karina Wilson; coaches Katie Rietman, Richard Snider, and Lee Harvey; and students.
Music to be performed includes Vivaldi, Halloween Music, and Canon in D.
Thank you to all who purchased a ticket and helped make the evening a success! 
If you would like to make a donation to the Saint Michael's High School Orchestra, please click below: 
Please select "Activities" followed by "Orchestra." 
All donations are greatly appreciated. 


Funds raised from this benefit will be used for:





The Orchestra strives to provide instruments to students who would like to join the orchestra.

The Orchestra Director uses additional coaching staff to accommodate the wide range of student musical abilities from beginners to students playing at the highest levels and continuing in music studies after graduation.

All instruments require repair and upkeep. We teach students the best ways to keep their instruments sounding their best. Some repairs and upkeep are beyond our limited budget.

SMHS Teachers

Dana Winograd, Cellist

Originally from Los Angeles, cellist Dana Winograd received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in performance from the Juilliard School in New York where she studied with Harvey Shapiro and Channing Robbins, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet for chamber music. After graduation, Dana led an active freelance career in New York City, including performances at Carnegie Hall with the American Composer’s Orchestra and the American Symphony, Broadway appearances (both in the pit and on stage) with Phantom of The Opera, Cats, Beauty and the Beast,and Once Upon a Mattress, as well as playing backup for Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, Lyle Lovett, Manhattan Transfer, and Harry Connick Jr.

Since moving to Santa Fe in 1999, Dana has been a member of the New Mexico Symphony (now New Mexico Philharmonic), Santa Fe Pro Musica, and is principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Plainfield Symphony in NJ and the Julius Grossman Orchestra in NY.

Karina Wilson, Violinist/Fiddle Player


Karina Wilson has more than 15 years experience teaching violin and fiddle music. After starting as a Suzuki kid at the age of 5, she studied classical music through her mid 20s, and has since appeared on stages and in dance halls around the world. Her time is now spent teaching private students, small string orchestras, fiddle classes, freelance recording projects, and collaborations with local musicians. She is currently performing and touring with the New Mexico music group Lone Piñon, Glorieta Pines, and songwriters Bard Ederington V, and David Berkeley, and the occasional dance weekend with the Gaslight Tinkers, Pianist George Paul, and guitarist Larry Unger. 

Katie Rietman

Katie Rietman has performed as a cellist on over 60 CD recordings and numerous concerts and radio broadcasts with notable baroque,  classical, and romantic period instrument ensembles worldwide. Her performing career has taken her to 21 countries in Europe, North America ,and South America. She is a prizewinner in the Bonporti competition ( Rovereto, Italy) and a semi-finalist in the Van Wassenaer competition ( Den Haag, Netherlands.)

Katie studied modern cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music and baroque cello at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, and subsequently lived in Cologne, Germany  for ten years, performing with countless European early music groups.

Currently living in Santa Fe, Katie Rietman has been the principal cellist of many New York period instrument ensembles, including the Grammy-nominated Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra , where she was continuo cellist for the complete cycle of the Bach Cantatas; the Clarion Society; and with the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir. She is also principal cellist of Aradia (Toronto). Katie Rietman is particularly known for her continuo playing and command of several languages, and her collaboration with singers in baroque opera, oratorio, and cantatas.

In New Mexico, Katie has performed with the Desert Chorale , the Santa Fe Symphony, Pro Musica, and the new baroque concert series “MarketMusic” at the New Mexico School for the Arts, where she is the cello teacher. In addition, she has a large private cello studio and very much enjoys teaching the next generation!





 Lee Harvey, Violinist

Lee Harvey is originally from New England. Lee studied violin at New England Conservatory, Lawrence University and University of CO at Boulder. She shares her love of music with the Santa Fe youth through her private studio, Acequia Madre Elementary Public School, Santa Fe Waldorf School, Performance Santa Fe mentoring project and Santa Fe Youth Symphony coach. When not teaching, she squeezes in her passion for playing with local chamber groups and symphonies.









Richard Snider, Bassist


SMHS Orchestra Accomplishments 
  • Music Performance Assessment (MPA), a metric used by the New Mexico Music Educators Association, SMHS scored the highest rating (Superior) for the last three years.


  • Orchestra students are participating in All-State Orchestra, District Honors Orchestra and Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association Programs.


  • Post-graduation, recent orchestra students have gone on to study music education at UNM, play in a professional mariachi ensemble, and freelance professionally while attending college.