Marka Gwynn Stepper, principal viola, has been a member of the Ocean City Pops since 1989. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, she was a student of Lillian Fuchs, and before that studied with Joseph de Pasquale, of the Philadelphia Orchestra at Temple University. An active freelance musician, she spent three years in Xalapa, Mexico with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa and later lived in South Texas, where she performed and taught. She currently plays with the Bay-Atlantic, Bucks County, the Pottstown Symphonies, as well as the Newtown Chamber Orchestra. She is a substitute player with the Harrisburg Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Marka is also a member of Kyrah, a string trio and the Danoff String Quartet.
Ms. Kasker-Simmons is on the faculty of the Settlement Music School. She also teaches and also coordinates the Adult Chamber Music Players, a chamber music program for adults.