Dana Winograd, originally from Los Angeles, received her bachelor’s and master’s 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. Following graduation, Dana led an active freelance career in New York City, including performances at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra and the American Symphony, and Broadway appearances (both in the pit and on stage) with Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Once Upon a Mattress. She also played 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), and she is principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony. She has appeared as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Plainfield Symphony in New Jersey and the Julius Grossman Orchestra in New York. As a chamber musician, Dana plays frequently with the Taos Chamber Music Group, Serenata of Santa Fe and Chatter. She is one of the Santa Fe Symphony’s orchestra mentors for the Santa Fe Public Schools, and she is also the cello teacher of many budding musicians in the Santa Fe area.
Dana is in her fifth year working with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. She and her husband, Gil, have started a scholarship for Youth Symphony kids, in honor of their recently deceased dog, Sydney. They live happily together with Sydney’s three friends: Poco, Loco and Lily.