Marylin Winkle is a passionate scholar, teacher, advocate, and performer who believes fiercely in the power of the arts to affect lives and create change. Dr. Winkle has decade of teaching experiences with students of all ages and disciplines. She founded SJSU’s Young Musicians’ Project (YMP), which provides at-risk youth with affordable music instruction. At the collegiate level, Marylin has directed the USC Baroque Sinfonia, Collegium Workshop Ensemble, and the Chamber Opera USC in a full production of Francesca Caccini’s LA LIBERAZIONE DI RUGGIERO. She has also lectured music history courses for undergraduate music majors and non-majors alike. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the USC Thornton School of Music, where she majored in Early Music and minored in Teaching & Learning and Opera Directing. She has studied baroque cello and viola da gamba with Bill Skeen (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Voices of Music), and modern cello from David Goldblatt (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra) and David Bjella (Co-Principal Cellist of IRIS Chamber Orchestra). Marylin has played basso continuo in period productions of L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (Monteverdi), FAIRY QUEEN (Purcell), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), L’ORMINDO (Cavalli), IL PRIMO OMICIDIO (Scarlatti), Haydn’s CREATION, and LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart). She is the founder of L.A. Camerata, an initiative which seeks to highlight musical works for and by women. Marylin has also performed with Musica Angelica, Boston Camerata, and Concerto NoHo. Audiences can often find Marylin in theater pits, either performing in musicals or underscoring her own compositions for such plays as the LA Times critically-acclaimed LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD’S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS (Skylight Theatre Co.).