Originally from Los Angeles, Santa Fe Symphony principal cellist Dana Winograd 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. After graduation, Dana led an active freelance career in New York City, including performances at Carnegie Hall with the American Composer’s Orchestra and the American Symphony; Broadway appearances (both in the pit and on stage) with Phantom of The Opera, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, and Once Upon a Mattress; and playing backup for Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, Lyle Lovett, The Manhattan Transfer and Harry Connick Jr.

Since moving to Santa Fe in 1998, Dana has been a member of the New Mexico Symphony (now New Mexico Philharmonic) as well as appearing as a soloist with The Santa Fe Symphony, 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 Serenata of Santa Fe, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists and Chatter. She is also the cello teacher of many budding musicians in the Santa Fe area and the proud mother of an 11-pound dog named Poco, as well as the foster parent of countless other neighborhood dogs.