About The Bernal Hill Players

The Bernal Hill Players have been playing concerts 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 “Neighborhoods of San Francisco”.  Their work has been supported by grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the Zellerbach Foundation, the American Composer’s Forum, and the Community Music Center, as well as by generous individual and corporate donors.

Their mission is to play a wide and rich repertoire, to commission new works, to create interesting arrangements of existing works, 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 two “Comunidad de Voces” senior choirs. Martha is a faculty member of the Community Music Center, where she runs a music scholarship program for local Latino youth.
Jennifer Peringer
Jennifer PeringerJennifer 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, and Astor Piazzolla. She also performs with the Latin folk duo Chile y Limón, and with piano duet partners Matylda Rotkiewicz and Lauren Cony. Jennifer’s eclectic background involves studying North Indian, Cuban and Ghanean drumming, jazz saxophone and piano, and folk accordion. She spent the 1980’s in London working as a multi-instrumentalist, musical director, and composer with several theater companies and bands, before completing music degrees from the University of London and San Francisco State University. She currently teaches piano, accordion, chamber music, and Latin jazz at the Community Music Center in San Francisco, where she regularly performs in the Shenson Faculty Concert Series and the annual faculty Piano Marathon.
Karla Avila
Jennifer PeringerSan Francisco-based musical artist Karla Avila combines her virtuosic and deeply expressive clarinetistry with her passion for Western classical music, jazz, folk, and popular music the world over, in dynamic and innovative live performances ranging in musical style from the traditional to the latest in genre-bending experimental.  An avid chamber musician, Karla has collaborated with members of Quartet San Francisco, Classical Revolution, ZOFO, Edmund Welles Bass Clarinet Quartet, and many others. She also recently founded the Out of the Chamber Artists Collective. As an orchestral player, Karla served as principal clarinetist of the Amadeus Operensemble in Salzburg, Austria for four seasons, where she performed as soloist in Salzburg’s famed Haus für Mozart under the baton of Seiji Ozawa with members of the Vienna Philharmonic. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet, as well as the Carmel Bach Festival, and numerous orchestras throughout California.