Veteran flute and piccolo player Catherine Payne draws spotlight to San Francisco Symphony's high end

Veteran flute and piccolo player Catherine Payne draws spotlight to San Francisco Symphony's high end

Centennial players

In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history.

Catherine Payne, piccolo

The flute and piccolo player, a San Francisco Symphony member for 15 years, has performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, and appeared on “Evening at Pops” telecasts. A former principal flutist of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Payne in 2003-04 appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. Payne is an English major who graduated summa cum laude from both Tufts University and the New England Conservatory.

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