Nicky Roosevelt


Joined the orchestra: 1995

Portrait of Nikki Roosevelt

I was raised in a musical family in Alabama. My father was a music critic and I grew up hearing a lot of classical music as he reviewed new recordings. We sang in a choir that he conducted, and when it came time to choose an instrument to play in the 6th grade band, I decided I liked all the things the French horn could do in an orchestra. I went away to North Carolina for arts school in 10th grade and started my professional career in 11th. I came to California for college, finishing my MA at CSU Hayward. I have been fortunate to play with most orchestras in the Bay Area including SF Symphony, Opera and Ballet over the years. I’ve played a variety of musicals for in SF ( including Les Miserables right now). I’m a member of the California, Marin and Modesto Symphonies and the Mendocino Music Festival, and enjoy hiking and travel.

Hidden talent

Black belt in Aikido


“One moment, One chance,” from my years at the Cabrillo Music Festival with Marin Alsop (Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony). It reflects the unique experience of each live concert.