The Santa Barbara Chamber Players’ upcoming concert will feature the conductor Mary Beth Rhodes-Woodruff, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St.

Rhodes-Woodruff, founder and conductor of the Santa Barbara Strings, began her musical journey at age seven in Southern California when she started studying the violin, quickly distinguishing herself as a prodigious talent.

With a history of collaborations with renowned musicians and orchestras, Rhodes-Woodruff has become a respected figure in the world of classical music.

She has studied at such esteemed institutions as the Interlochen Arts Academy, New England Conservatory of Music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Beyond her own performances, Rhodes-Woodruff said she is committed to nurturing young talent. She spent seven years at Biola University Conservatory of Music teaching violin, viola, music history, strings literature/repertoire, and strings pedagogy, and served as head of Chamber Music Studies.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Mary Beth Rhodes-Woodruff conducting this program,” said Nancy Mathison, president of the Santa Barbara Chamber Players. “Her passion for music and her dedication to nurturing talent align perfectly with our mission to provide exceptional musical experiences.

“Mary Beth’s expertise and artistry will undoubtedly elevate this performance to new heights.”

The diverse concert program includes Prokofiev’s “Overture on Hebrew Themes,” Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” Milhaud’s “La Creation du Monde,” and Dvorak’s “Serenade, op. 44, for Winds.”

Rhodes-Woodruff will conduct the Wagner and Milhaud pieces; the Prokofiev will be led by the group’s concertmaster Sara Bashore; and the Dvorak will be performed in chamber fashion.

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