Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

Viola: Colleen Sugata


Colleen Sugata has been a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra since the 2015 season. Originally from Pennsylvania, Mrs. Sugata moved to Southern California in 2008. Since then, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Symphony, and is a member of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and the New West Symphony.

Prior to moving to Southern California, Colleen performed regularly with the Pittsburgh Symphony for three full seasons. She has been on numerous tours with the Pittsburgh Symphony, including performances at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2009, and their extensive European tour in 2010 which resulted in the recording of the Brahms Symphonies.

Colleen received both her BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a scholarship student of Professor Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. She has studied French and Chinese, and uses both languages in her musical travels. Colleen and her husband live with their two kids and rescue dog.