About The Bernal Hill Players

The Bernal Hill Players have been performing since 2008 throughout the Bay Area and Mexico City, have commissioned several pieces by Bay Area and Mexican composers, and have produced a CD entitled “San Francisco: In and About the City”. 

Their mission is to play a wide and rich repertoire, to commission new works, to explore connections between classical and folk genres, and to use chamber music as a way of both celebrating local community and creating cross-cultural musical connections.

Martha Rodríguez-Salazar
Martha Rodríguez-SalazarSinger, flutist, conductor and producer Martha Rodríguez-Salazar has been bringing Latin American folk, classical and contemporary music to the Bay Area for more than 15 years. For her outstanding leadership in promoting and developing Mexican music and culture in the Bay Area Martha was recognized as a "Luminary" in 2011 by the Mexican Consulate in SF and as "Excelencia Latina" by LAM and Mundo Fox in 2013. A native of Mexico City, Martha was classically-trained in both Mexico and Mills College as a concert flutist and opera singer. She currently performs with the Bernal Hill Players and the Latin folk duo Chile y Limón, as well as curating the “Día de los Muertos” event at the San Francisco Symphony, directing the annual Mexican Christmas musical theater show “La Posarela” and conducting several older adult community choirs. Martha is a faculty member of the Community Music Center, where she coordinates a music scholarship program for local Latino youth.
Jennifer Peringer
Jennifer Peringer

Jennifer Peringer is a pianist who is passionate about playing chamber music from around the world, with specialties in Latin American repertoire and newly composed music. She is a founding member of the Bernal Hill Players, for whom she has made numerous innovative arrangements of works by well-loved composers such as Manuel de Falla, Agustín Lara, Astor Piazzolla, and Carlos Santana. She also performs with the Latin folk duo Chile y Limón, and with Katrina Wreede’s “Composing Together” ensemble. Jennifer’s eclectic background includes a decade spent in London playing saxophone, congas, tablas, keyboards and accordion in various bands and theater companies, before going on to earn music degrees from the University of London and San Francisco State University. She currently teaches piano, accordion, and chamber music at the Community Music Center in San Francisco.

Sarah Bonomo
Sarah BonomoJulia Sarah Bonomo (purposefully initialed after J.S. Bach) was destined for a musical life from the beginning. Sarah has always been driven toward musician-hood, transferring from taking naps under her mother’s piano as a child to taking up the clarinet as an adolescent. Currently she is an active freelance clarinetist in the San Francisco Bay Area and the founder of the unconducted chamber orchestra One Found Sound. She is an avid orchestral and chamber musician whose clarineting has taken her across the United States and to parts of Europe. As a founding member of the award winning woodwind quintet Terpsichore Winds, Sarah gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2011. She has played with the Tallahassee Symphony, the Merced Symphony, BASOTI Summer Festival Orchestra and various regional orchestras in and around Tallahassee, Florida and the Bay Area. Sarah earned her Bachelors degree from Florida State University and her Masters degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under Luis Baez of the San Francisco Symphony.
Samsun van Loon
Samsun van LoonCellist Samsun van Loon is a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco and performs regularly with the conductorless chamber orchestra One Found Sound. His passion for chamber music has led him recently to participate in festivals in Switzerland and Denmark as well as New York's Arcos Orchestra's Germany tour and recording for the Neos label. He has been critically praised as a "promising talent" with "the rhetorical polish of a skilled storyteller," and his recent concert appearances include the series at Old Saint Mary's, Old First Presbyterian Church, Legion of Honor, as well as a duet with Cambodian dancer Chary Burt at the SF Ethnic Dance Festival.  He has taught in the Bay Area for the past ten years, coached at Youth Music Monterey, Lake Tahoe's Zephyr Music Camp and Cazadero Music Camp, and is on the faculty at San Francisco's Community Music Center.