Strings

Violin
Erica Kiesewetter, Concertmaster
Sebu Sirinian, principal second
Claire Jolivet
Elizabeth Lim-Dutton
Patricia Davis
Gabriel Schaff

Gabriel Schaff comes from a strong musical background. His mother, Claire Polin, was the renowned Philadelphia composer, musicologist, and flutist, while one of his more colorful musical ancestors was the pre-eminent nineteenth century pianist and composer Anton Rubinstein. He began his musical studies on the violin at the age of 6 and was admitted to Philadelphia’s New School of Music at the age of 16 where he studied with the Curtis String Quartet. One year later he won a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music with internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Erick Friedman, later serving as Friedman’s teaching assistant and subsequent collaborator at the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. Mr. Schaff is a free-lance violinist in the greater New York area and appears regularly with many of the leading symphony, opera, and ballet ensembles in the region, in addition to frequent chamber and recital collaborations. During recent seasons, he has appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, New York Virtuosi, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, on Broadway in “The Producers” and “Wicked”, and on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. He is the concertmaster of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra in New York City, and founder and Artistic Director of the Englewood Chamber Players, a non-profit organization which brings together the finest musicians in the New York area who perform for the communities in which they live. Mr. Schaff has performed in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Holland, Russia, Jordan and Egypt. His performances have been aired on National Public Radio and Television, New Jersey Network, and on commercial radio and network television stations. He is on the faculty at Essex County College in Newark NJ. In 2005, Mr. Schaff created the Solo String Quartet with violinist Christopher Collins Lee, violist Tawnya Popoff and cellist Wendy Warner. His first full-length book, The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family, was published in the spring of 2009. Mr. Schaff makes his home in northeastern New Jersey with his daughter, Susannah.

Katsuko Esaki
Susan Lorentsen
Lisa Tipton
Laura Bald
Kathleen Thomson
Martha Brody
Ann GiIllette
Amy Wright
Robert Zubrycki
Nina Simon
David Steinberg
Lisa Steinberg
Suzanne Gilman



Woodwinds

Flute
Liz Mann, principal
Kathleen Nester

Clarinet
Jon Manasse, principal
Dean LeBlanc

Brass
Horn
Lawrence DiBello, principal
Louise Crowley
Peter Reit
David Smith

Trombone
Richard Clark, principal
Kenneth Finn
John Rojak, bass trombone
 

Percussion
Timpani
Benjamin Herman, principal

Percussion

Daniel Haskins, principal
Kory Grossman

Viola
Lois Martin, principal
Adria Benjamin
Rebecca Osborne
KC Still
Shelley Holland-Moritz
Laura Mount
Leslie Tomkins
Louis Day

Cello
Joseph Kimura, principal
Eliot Bailen
Sarah Carter
Peter Sanders
Jacqueline Stern
Matthew Goeke
Pamela Greitzner

Bass
Judith Sugarman, principal
Peter Weitzner
Richard Ostrovsky
Louise Koby
Troy Rinker

Harp
Amy Berger, principal

 



Oboe
Melanie Feld, principal
William Meredith

Bassoon
Marc Goldberg, principal
Maureen Strenge



Trumpet
Donald Batchelder, principal
John Dent



Tuba
Brian Brown, principal






Keyboards
Emily Wong, principal

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