About Us

David Sego earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in viola performance from Arizona State University and has enjoyed teaching violin and viola for over 15 years. David has appeared as a violinist and violist with some of today's most notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bernadette Peters, Donny Osmond, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, and Sarah Brightman. In 2005, David was proud to be a part of the Cheetah Touring Company's production of Disney's The Lion King. He also enjoys performing traditional music from the U.S. and the British Isles. Since coming to the Bay area, David has established an active performing career, appearing with Ensemble Mirable, Jubilate!, California Bach Society, San Francisco Bach Choir, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He is a founding member of Bay Area early music ensemble Galileo Project, whose mission is to bring early music to wider audiences in non-traditional venues. In addition to performing, David is a busy educator, serving as director of the San Ramon Youth Symphony, which he founded in 2006, and teaching violin and viola at Galileo Music Academy. David has taught at Tempe Preparatory Academy, Arizona School for the Arts and Arizona State University.

 

Amy Haltom has been teaching violin and viola around the U.S. for the past 15 years. A native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Amy has had the good fortune of traveling extensively throughout the United States pursuing her training and musical career. She earned her Master's degree in Historical Performance on Baroque violin from the Mannes College of Music in New York City after studying modern viola and music history and literature at the University of North Texas. She then spent 10 years gradually traveling to the west coast (via Boulder, Colorado and Tempe, Arizona) gaining experience as a performer and teacher. During this time she founded her first professional chamber ensemble, the Boulder Broken Consort, and performed myriad concerts in the greater southwest on both violin and viola. She first encountered Galileo Music Academy co-director David Sego through a mutual friend in 1996 and immediately recognized in him a kindred musical spirit. In 1999, they began their musical collaboration when Amy invited David to perform as a guest artist with the Boulder Broken Consort. The two were inspired to explore the diverse and beautiful repertoire of the 17th century Baroque and eventually, together with colleagues from New York and Arizona, formed their own group, Galileo Project, in 2001.

In addition to performing modern orchestral and chamber music, Amy has special expertise performing historical styles on Baroque and Renaissance violin and viola and also cultivates an interest in improvisatory music of all genres, most notably Latin music and jazz. Since moving to the Bay area in 2003 she has appeared with ensembles such as the Sacramento Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society, and North Bay Opera as well as with Galileo Project.