Originally from Los Angeles, cellist Dana Winograd received her Bachelor and Master of Music Performance degrees 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, Winograd 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, as well as playing backup for Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, Lyle Lovett, Manhattan Transfer, and Harry Connick Jr. Life in New York included nine tours to Asia, as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra, the New York Pops orchestra, and the American Symphony. Additionally, Winograd played throughout the US in touring productions of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast.
Since moving to Santa Fe in 1999, Winograd has been a member of the New Mexico Symphony (now New Mexico Philharmonic), and is principal cellist of The Santa Fe Symphony. She has appeared as a soloist with The Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Plainfield Symphony in New Jersey, and the Julius Grossman Orchestra in New York.
As a chamber musician, Winograd plays frequently with Chatter, Taos Chamber Music Group, and the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists. She is one of The Santa Fe Symphony’s orchestra mentors for the Santa Fe Public Schools, and is also the cello teacher of many budding musicians in the Santa Fe area. For the past 4 years, she has worked in various capacities with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. Winograd 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.