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Deborah Buck,

acting concertmaster

Described by Strad Magazine as “performing with a surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound”, violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong and varied musical career. She has been a member of the Lark Quartet for fifteen years in which time she has done extensive U.S. and international concertizing; she has recorded for…

… Koch, Albany, Arabesque, and Bridge Records and has commissioned a comprehensive amount of new works by today’s leading American composers. Ms. Buck served as tenured concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 2009-2013 and is currently the acting concertmaster of the Stamford Symphony.  Ms. Buck has also recorded extensively for motion picture and television and was the soloist in the re-mastered version of The Scarlett Letter for Turner Classic Movies.  Her recitals have been heard in broadcasts around the U.S. and she has been a soloist with several orchestras including Little Orchestra Society at Alice Tully Hall and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In 2017, Ms. Buck earned the position of Assistant Professor of Violin at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where she is also Head of Chamber Music. Since 2009, she has served as the Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School where she has taught violin for seventeen years.  Ms. Buck earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a Starling Foundation scholarship recipient and student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. In 1994, she received a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California where she studied with Robert Lipsett and was a recipient of the Jascha Heifetz Violin Scholarship. Her primary teachers were Michael and Irina Tseitlin. Since 2004, Ms. Buck has performed on a violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, graciously on loan by Ray and Marcia Corwin. Show more

Sebu Sirinian,

principal second

Born in Bucharest, Romania, was the first violinist of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet. He has performed internationally and held residences at Queens College, Bard College, Turtle Bay Music School though a grant by Chamber Music America and the Yale at Norfolk Summer Festival. Mr. Sirinian has performed…

… as concert-master for Musica Viva, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Grand Opera, as Principal Second of the Stamford Symphony, and has performed with Amici NY, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater and many Broadway orchestras including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Christmas Carol, West Side Story, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and most recently as a member of the My Fair Lady production at Lincoln Center. Sebu has performed chamber music with Paul Neubauer, Seymour Lipkin, Daniel Phillips and William Sharp, and has performed as a soloist with The New York Chamber Orchestras, Bach Aria Festival Orchestra, Hunter College Orchestra. Mr. Sirinian earned his BM and MM from the Juilliard School, has studied with Jerry Beal, Ivan Galamian, Joyce Robbins and the Juilliard String Quartet, and is currently on the faculty of the Princeton Playweek Workshops.  He has been heard on WQXR and WNYC, and is recorded on LRC, LIQUID SILVER, CAPSTONE and MIDDER MUSIC RECORDS, INC. Show more

Claire Jolivet

 

Praised by the New York Times for her “impeccable, thoughtfully shaped, dramatically taut” playing, violinist Claire Jolivet has rapidly established herself as one of the country’s leading interpreters of baroque, classical and early romantic repertoire on period instruments. Now based in her native home of France, she…

… performs with Opera Fuoco, Le Concert de la Loge and Palais Royale. In the US she continues to perform with ensembles throughout the Northeast. In addition to her work with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, she is concertmaster of Opera Lafayette in Washington DC, and appears regularly with Sarasa (Boston), Repast Ensemble, Clarion and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. She has played as a guest with Musica Pacifica, Tafelmusic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. An avid chamber musician, she was a member of the Dodd String Quartet and is the founder and Artistic Director of the Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, an organization she steered for over 10 years. Claire is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay. She has recorded on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, ASV – Gaudeamus, Aparte, and Naxos labels. Away from her musical activities, Claire has a budding career as a decorative painter. In her free time, she enjoys hiking or canoeing in the wilderness and growing berries and small vegetables on her Paris balcony. Show more

Elizabeth Lim-Dutton

 

Violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton began studies at the age of three and performed in a first student recital at the age of five. She started attending the Aspen Music Festival at the age of eleven and subsequently followed her teacher, Dorothy DeLay, to New York at the age of fourteen. She studied…

… at the Professional Children’s School, the Juilliard School (BM) and at the Yale School of Music-Yale University (MM). Ms. Lim performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, has toured the US as Concertmaster for the New York City Opera National Company and has performed as a member of the New Haven Symphony, Stamford Symphony and the New York Pops. As a member of Steve Reich and Musicians and the Steve Reich Ensemble since 1992, she has toured and performed in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. The diverse musical life of a violinist in New York City has allowed Ms. Lim to record close to one hundred TV and radio commercials, over sixty movie soundtracks, and to perform in over forty Broadway productions, currently the Lincoln Center Theatre production of My Fair Lady. Show more

Patricia Davis

 

Patricia Davis has been a member of Stamford Symphony since 1995. She performs in ensembles based at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and on Broadway. Ms. Davis collaborates with composers on premieres of new chamber works, and was featured as solo violinist on WQXR (NYC) with…

… pianist/composer Beata Moon. She has participated in music festivals such as Aspen, Banff, Bard, Britten-Pears, Caramoor, Kinhaven, Meadowmount, Prussia Cove, Schleswig-Holstein, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar with Alexander Schneider. Her primary teachers have included Joyce Robbins, Sylvia Rosenberg, and the members of the Cleveland Quartet. Ms. Davis graduated from the Eastman School of Music, London’s Royal College of Music and SUNY Stony Brook where she received a DMA. Currently, she teaches young violinists at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in NYC. Show more

Gabriel Schaff

 

A native of Philadelphia, violinist Gabriel Schaff studied with the Curtis String Quartet at the New School of Music before moving to New York City at the age of 17 as a scholarship student of Erick Friedman at the Manhattan School of Music, later serving as his teaching assistant. Mr. Schaff has been…

… affiliated with, and a tenured member in several professional orchestras in the New York area, as well as being an active chamber musician and a recognized teacher on the secondary and college levels. In 1992 he created the Englewood Chamber Players, a community based group of professional musicians dedicated to performing interactive and historical concerts in the communities in which they live, as well as for populations underserved by live classical performances. 

He is an internationally recognized author of books and articles pertaining to the history of the violin family and the music written for it, most notably “The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family” and “Rediscovering Haydn’s Three Original Violin Sonatas”. He is on the faculty of Essex County College as a lecturer in the Humanities division and currently developing an interactive secondary school curriculum entitled “Music in Society”.
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Susan Lorentsen

 

Violinist Susan Lorentsen has been honored and privileged to be a part of the rich New York musical scene for many years. Concerts, Broadway, chamber music, opera, ballet and recording are just some of her many areas of interest. She has performed with many of the freelance orchestras in New York, including…

… the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, New York Choral Society, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Musica Sacra, Solisti NY and New York Chamber Orchestra. In the classical field Ms. Lorentsen has had the privilege of performing with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Pinchas Zuckerman, and many others. On the Great White Way she has appeared in over 25 Broadway shows including Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon and Carousel. Ms. Lorentsen has been performing The Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a member of The Radio City Music Hall orchestra for over twenty-five years. Ms. Lorentsen’s violin can be heard on the soundtracks of In and Out, Hercules, and Marvin’s Room. She has recorded with scores of artists as diverse as Keith Jarrett and Jennifer Holliday, and appeared with Stevie Wonder, Julie Andrews, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Bjork, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Rod Stewart, Page and Plant, and dozens of other artists. Ms. Lorentsen has also recorded numerous commercial jingles for clients like Nokia, Domino’s Pizza, Nexium, GNC and many others. Show more

Lisa Tipton

 

Lisa Tipton, violinist and co-founder of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet, has toured internationally and held residencies at Queens and Bard Colleges. She won distinctions from the Evian International Competition, Artists International and Chamber Music America. As a devoted interpreter…

… of new music, Ms. Tipton established the Made in America series at Weill Recital Hall and has performed on the Interpretations series at Merkin Concert Hall. She performs regularly with Amici NY, Stamford Symphony, Little Orchestra Society, and American Symphony Orchestra and on Broadway. Ms. Tipton’s critically acclaimed recording of the violin sonatas of Charles Ives was released on Capstone Records in 2006. She has performed as a soloist with the Cornell, NY Chamber Orchestra, the Bronx Symphony and Vari Musici. Recently Lisa, along with Adrienne Kim, Tomoko Fujita, Lisa Kozenko and Adria Benjamin launched The NY Chamber Music CoOP, a new creative performance collaborative in NYC. She has been heard on WQXR, WNYC and recorded on LRC, Midder, Arizona and Capstone Records. Lisa is the Director of the NY Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program and on the faculty of School for Strings. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University where she was a College Scholar, her M.A. from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and her DMA from the CUNY Grad Center. Lisa has studied with Daniel Phillips, Ani Kavafian, Joey Corpus, Roman Totenberg, Joyce Robbins, Sonya Monosoff and The Juilliard Quartet. To learn more about this musician, visit: http://tiptonviolin.com/index.php/music Show more

Laura Bald

 

A member of the Stamford Symphony since 1984, Laura Bald has performed with numerous orchestras including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Amici New York, the American Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the OK Mozart Festival for fifteen seasons. She has served…

… as guest concertmaster with the Connecticut Grand Opera and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. As an avid chamber musician, Laura was a founding member of the Victoria String Quartet while living in Hong Kong. In addition to making several tours of China, the quartet’s concerts were frequently broadcast on live radio. Recipients of an Exxon grant, the quartet was chosen to perform at the Government House for the American Consul General and Hong Kong’s last governor, Christopher Patten. The Victoria String Quartet has received critical acclaim and appeared in feature articles in the South China Morning Post and Hong Kong Elle. At home, Laura has made several tours of Northeast Oklahoma with the Amici New York String Quartet, performing in educational and community outreach programs, television appearances and numerous concerts. Recently she collaborated with the Vassar dance department to premier a piece for string quartet and dancers. 

Laura has performed in Broadway pit orchestras for Ragtime, Boy from Oz, and Sunset Boulevard among others. Recordings include the orchestral soundtrack for the Haydn Planetarium’s Explore: The Universe and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s Grammy Award Winning Cheek to Cheek as well as their PBS Great Performances broadcast.
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Kathleen Thomson

 

Kathleen Thomson, violin, began her violin studies in her home town of Minneapolis and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Saint Olaf College then moved to New York for her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Thomson has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, …

… Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other concert halls throughout the New York City metropolitan area. Overseas she has appeared with orchestras in Royal Albert Hall in London and at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Committed to chamber music, she is a founding member of the Manhattan Chamber Artists, the Palisades Chamber Players, and is currently first violinist of the Westchester Camerata and the Saint Georges String Quartet. She resides in Irvington with her husband, Bill Moss, and their 2 children. Show more

Ann Gillette

Amy Wright

 

Amy Wright began playing the violin at the age of 4.  Since making New York City her home, she has enjoyed an active freelance career playing in the tri-state area.  In addition to playing with the Stamford Symphony, Ms. Wright plays with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension…

… and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.  Ms. Wright has also appeared in several Broadway pit orchestras and has toured or recorded with Alicia Keys, Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Keith Jarrett, Red Hurley and Anthony Hamilton. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Wright has studied with Ruggiero Ricci, Almita and Roland Vamos, Joyce Robbins and Joey Corpus. In addition to performing, Ms. Wright serves on the music faculty at Riverdale Country School where she is currently chair of the lower school music department. Show more

Robert Zubrycki

 

Violinist Robert Zubrycki is Concertmaster of the New York City Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster of Orchestra Moderne NYC and principal violin and frequent soloist with the Amici New York Orchestra. He has recently performed…

… as Concertmaster for the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Encores! at City Center, Opera Orchestra of New York and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He performs with the American Ballet Theater orchestra. A veteran of dozens of Broadway shows, Bob is in the orchestra of Carousel, and formerly in She Loves Me and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He can be heard on the recent cast recordings of She Loves Me, An American in Paris and Paint Your Wagon (violin and mandolin). He has won an Emmy Award for his musical contribution to the documentary The Curse of the Bambino.
As a chamber musician, Robert is the first violinist of the Queen’s Chamber Band and the Queen’s Chamber Trio. The Trio’s recordings of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven are available on the Lyrichord label. Robert toured the United States with the Abaca String band, including performances at the Chautauqua Institute and the White House. He is currently the director for Concerts Around the Corner and the Cultural Arts Coalition in Brewster, NY. Bob is also an avid gardener.
This past year, he became a US Masters Swimming Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor and is an American “Red Cross” certified lifeguard.
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David Steinberg

 

American born violinist David Steinberg has played with the Stamford Symphony since 1994 and became a member in 1997.  He was raised in Canada and brought to New York under the guidance of Ivan Galamian.  He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees…

… and is also a graduate of Juilliard’s pre-college division.  He has been heard as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician in both the U.S. and Canada.  His Canadian performances have been heard on CBC Radio, including CBF-FM’s “Music from Montreal” and has appeared in Montreal’s Pollack Hall, as well as the Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur. He has also been heard at Columbia University’s I.I. Rabi Memorial Concert series.  He is active in New York City and the tri-state area. Orchestras he has appeared with include: the Montreal Symphony, the American Symphony, the Opera Orchestra of NY, the N.E. PA. Philharmonic, the L.I. Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Cecilia Chorus & Orchestra, the Master Works Chorus & Orchestra, the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Summer festivals include: the Bard Music Festival and the Great Music West (Utah). In the commercial realm, he has played with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr. and Rosemary Clooney among others. He is currently Concert Master and a soloist with the Doansburg Chamber Ensemble in Putnam County.  He resides in New York City with his wife, actress and singer, Victoria Devany.  Hobbies include reading and Tai Chi. Show more

Lisa Steinberg

Suzanne Gilman

 

Suzanne Gilman, violin, is a Connecticut native, raised in Simsbury. Her teachers include Roman Totenberg, Szymon Goldberg and Joyce Robbins. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and received first prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Suzanne is former concertmaster of…

… Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Orpheus, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, Northeastern PA Philharmonic (Assistant Concertmaster), Opera Orchestra of NY (Principal Violin 2), and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Presently, in addition to the Stamford Symphony, she is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Concertmaster/Principal Violin 2), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Phantom of the Opera Orchestra on Broadway. Show more

Louise Owen

 

Violinist Louise Owen has been praised as “a brilliant performer” by the Boston Globe.  She has enjoyed a diverse musical path over the years, performing annual chamber music concerts with world-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler, touring North America and Europe with Barbra Streisand, making her…

… Broadway stage debut opposite Christopher Walken in “James Joyce’s The Dead and serving as concertmaster on tour for Harry Connick Jr. since 2011.  She has an active freelance life in New York City, playing in many of the city’s leading ensembles. She has also been a member of the Stamford Symphony for eight years.  Louise loves giving marathon solo recitals whenever possible and is currently the concertmaster of Anastasia on Broadway.

A native of Southern California, Louise received much of her musical training in Boston at the New England Conservatory and she has continued to work extensively with Joey Corpus in New York City over the past two decades. She is a passionate home cook and part-time chocolatier in between gigs and she has written about her musical and culinary adventures on her blog, Kitchen Fiddler (www.kitchenfiddler.blogspot.com). Louise has been featured twice on “60 Minutes” in “Endless Memory” and “Memory Wizards”, the Emmy-nominated profiles about people with an extremely rare ability called Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory.
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Nazig Tchakarian

 

Violinist Nazig Tchakarian has given recitals in Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United States. She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in May 2008, which was followed by additional recital appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2013. In January 2010 Nazig toured Syria…

… and Lebanon as part of AGBU piano quartet and gave masterclasses at the Damascus Conservatory. Nazig is an award winner of national and international competitions. She has participated in the Heber Springs Chamber Music Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, as well as in masterclasses led by the Tokyo String Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Jorja Fleezanis, Charles Chastleman and Yfrah Neaman to mention a few. She was on the faculty of the International Festival-Institute at Round Top from 2008 to 2011 where she performed as concertmaster of the Texas Festival Orchestra. Nazig currently performs with the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City and Stamford Symphony in Stamford, CT. She is on the faculty of Turtle Bay Music School and maintains a private teaching studio in New York City.

Nazig holds a Masters of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctoral degree from the Stony Brook University. Her principal violin and chamber music teachers include Paul Kantor, Philip Setzer, Kevork Mardirossian, Peter Salaff, and the Emerson String Quartet.
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Akiko Hosoi

 

Japanese violinist Akiko Hosoi is an active performer in New York City and across the United States. She is Concertmaster of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and has positions in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and performs with…

… many tri-state area ensembles. Akiko continues to have an international presence with regular recitals in Japan as well as collaborations with Alexander Technique Studio Tokyo, Japan’s premiere school for training Alexander Technique teachers. Akiko has also performed across the UK, Finland, Malta, and Russia. In 2016, Akiko partnered with non-profit Nesin Cultural Arts to establish the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) whose mission is to serve the community and elevate the quality of life through artistic expression and cultural experiences, which is subsequently Akiko’s personal mission to the arts. She has collaborated with artists and organizations for outreach performances and veteran hospitals, hospices and state prisons across the US and has appeared regularly as a soloist for benefit concerts to raise relief funds for the 2011 Fukushima disaster. A strong believer in music education, Akiko maintains an active studio in New York and is co-founder of the Aspiring Young Musicians Program, a program designed to provide students with frequent contact with high-caliber performing artists who share the passion for music education. Akiko is a graduate of the Purcell School of Music (UK), Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, studied with David Cerone, Ronald Copes, Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch, Kazuki Sawa, and David Updegraff. To learn more about this musician, visit: www.akikohosoi.com Show more

Viola

Lois Martin,

principal

Lois Martin, a native of York, PA, began her viola studies with Arthur Lewis at the Peabody Preparatory School. She completed her undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Francis Tursi. During this time, she was a member of…

… the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She continued her graduate studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Lillian Fuchs. Lois is a founding member of the Atlantic String Quartet, which is dedicated to the performance of newly written compositions. Her continuing commitment to contemporary music includes performances with the Group for Contemporary Music, ISCM Chamber Players, Ensemble Sospeso, Ensemble 21, New York New Music Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, Composers’ Guild, Da Capo Chamber Players, Composers Forum, and Steve Reich and Musicians.
On the Jazz and Popular circuit, she has performed with artists including Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Ornette Coleman, Esperanza Spalding, String Fever, Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Paul Simon, Tyne Daley, Gil Goldstein, Don Alias, Richard Bona, Mike Mainieri, Judy Collins and Roberta Flack.
Currently, Lois is Principal Violist of the Stamford Symphony, Amici New York, and The Little Orchestra Society. She is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Chamber Ensemble, and frequently appears with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and New York City Ballet Orchestra. She is also on the faculty of the Composers’ Conference at Wellesley College, and has taught at Princeton University.
Lois has recorded the works of over 50 contemporary composers. She premiered Charles Wuorinen’s Viola Variations at Merkin Hall in New York in the fall of 2008, and also had the opportunity to perform this work at the Library of Congress in 2009 for Wuorinen’s 70th birthday celebration. 
Recent highlights include a world tour with Grammy Award recipient Esperanza Spalding.
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Adria Benjamin,

 

Adria Benjamin is a longtime member of Stamford Symphony’s viola section and serves as the orchestra’s personnel manager. She performs as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and in NYC as a recording studio and Broadway musician.  She is a nationally recognized music educator through her work…

… at Mannes College’s Preparatory Division where she conducts three orchestras, teaches viola, chamber music, performance workshops and chairs the String Department. Adria also conducts the New School Community Orchestra and Stamford Symphony’s Music Education programs. She has performed as a soloist at the 92 Street Y, Zankel Hall, and has also performed at the White House. Adria was part of the founding team of the OK Mozart International Festival where, in addition to serving as Assistant Principal Violist, she also served as Artistic Administrator and Artistic Director. She performs annually at the Bard Festival. Adria was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Eos Orchestra and of the New York Viola Society. She is a former member of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Jerusalem String Ensemble. Her teachers include Mary Jane Metcalfe, Francis Tursi (Eastman), Karen Tuttle (Peabody) and Joey Corpus.  While pursuing a Master’s Degree at the Peabody Conservatory, Adria served as Karen Tuttle’s teaching assistant and was awarded the Peabody Prize for Outstanding Viola performance. While at Eastman, Adria served as assistant to her conducting mentors, Gustav Meier and Robert DeCormier. She is often a part of the planning and creative teams and a performing artist for many concerts benefiting a wide range of non-profit organizations. With the New York Chamber Music Co-Op, Adria and her colleagues present an annual series of Concerts for Social Justice, all in support of the social justice initiatives at Congregaton Beit Simchat Torah.  Adria currently serves as Co-Chair of the New School University’s Faculty Senate. Show more

Rebecca Osborn

 

Rebecca Osborn is from Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado and the Juilliard School.  She has lived and performed in South America and Europe and currently resides in New York City and Sitka, Alaska.

KC Still

 

Violist and violinist KC Still is an active teacher and performer. She is currently on the faculty at The Crowden Center in Berkeley, CA, as a Suzuki and Traditional violin and viola teacher, and teaches both Suzuki and Traditional students in her private studio. She teaches all ages and abilities, but specializes in…

… working with children. Until January 2008, KC was a New York freelance orchestral and chamber music performer. Among the groups she performed with are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, New Haven and Stamford Symphony Orchestras in CT, the ballet orchestras for the Matsuyama, Australian, Royal and Kirov ballet companies, and the pit orchestras for various Broadway shows. KC toured Japan with the New York Pops, and opened a new concert hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil with the American Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the orchestra of the Sarasota Opera Association during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. KC can be heard on the ECM recording of pianist/composer Keith Jarrett with the Fairfield Orchestra, and on the Nonesuch recording of “Desert Music” by Steve Reich with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. A resident of the San Francisco East Bay now, KC continues to perform in the New York area, coming back to play with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra because of its continued excellence.To learn more about this musician, visit: http://www.kcstill.com Show more

Shelley Holland-Moritz

 

Shelley Holland-Moritz grew up in Wolverine Lake, MI and attended Interlochen Arts Academy as a scholarship student for high school. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of William Lincer, principal violist of the NY Philharmonic. Besides being a member of…

… the SSO, Shelley is also a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, and plays regularly in several other groups such as Encores!. Shelley loves playing chamber music, and will be returning to Schloss Weinberg, a 13th c. castle in Austria, for her second season of the International Chamber Music Festival this summer. She also loves teaching and is director of the Spring School Suzuki program. She resides in NJ with her husband, principal trombonist Richard Clark. Show more

Liana Laura Mount

 

Liana Laura Mount, violist, was awarded a DMA from the Juilliard School.  Her teachers included William Lincer, Karen Tuttle, Leonard Mogill, Donald Wright, Stephen Clapp and Francis Tursi. She has performed throughout Asia and Europe with La Sinfonica Galicia. She appears frequently with orchestras in the Tri-State Area. She is…

… a member of the Columbus Chamber Players and the North South Consonance. She was formerly the faculty of Hunter College High School, Hunter College and Queens College. She has been on the faculty of Mannes Preparatory Division since 1994. Show more

Leslie Tomkins

 

Leslie Tomkins, viola, is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Moab Music Festival (moabmusicfest.org) which has its 26th season in September, 2018. She is the Associate Director of Summertrios (summertrios.org) which offers chamber music coaching and performance opportunities to adult amateur musicians of all levels. When she…

… is not playing chamber music among the red rocks of Southeastern UT, Leslie enjoys the richly diverse musical life that New York City offers, playing with many fine New York area ensembles including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Westchester Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Musica Sacra, Oratorio Society, the Orchestra of St. John the Divine, Fontenay Chamber Players and the Innovative Trio. Show more

Louis Day

 

Louis Day , viola, earned his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the Mannes College of Music. He studied with Karen Tuttle at Mannes College of Music, Wolfgang Krist at Wofgang Hoch Orchester Schule in Germany, and Bernard Kadinoff at Boston University. He has performed with…

… numerous orchestras in the tri-state area and abroad, including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Stamford and Fairfield Symphony Orchestras, the New York Pops, the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Connecticut Grand Opera, the New York Virtuosi and the Broadway orchestras of 1776, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera as well as with the Orquestra Symphonica Portuguesa Sao Carlos Orchestra in Portugal, the Orchestra Sinfonica de Sevilla and the New American Chamber Orchestra in Spain. Show more

Cello

Caroline Stinson,

principal

Canadian cellist Caroline Stinson has performed recitals and chamber music on leading stages in the U.S., Europe, and Canada, including Zankel Hall, the Gardner Museum, the Smithsonian, the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe; and the Centennial Centre in Canada. Beginning fall of 2018…

… she has been appointed Cellist of the Ciompi String Quartet and Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke University. 

Ms. Stinson has commissioned and premiered dozens of works from solo cello to concerti and has worked closely with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Shulamit Ran, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower and Andrew Waggoner. Caroline was a member of the Cassatt Quartet from 2000 to 2003 and was a member of the Lark Quartet from 2009 to 2018, with whom she recorded, travelled and taught extensively. Caroline’s solo CD Lines appears on Albany Records and she appears on close to twenty chamber music recordings on Albany, Naxos, Koch, and Bridge Records.

At the Juilliard School, Caroline was an assistant to Joel Krosnick and taught cello and chamber music in the Pre-College Division between 2008 and 2018; she taught cello and chamber music at Syracuse University from 2004 to 2013 and has given masterclasses across North America, Mexico and Europe. Born in Edmonton, Ms. Stinson studied with Tanya Prochazka and Alan Harris at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Maria Kliegel at the Hochschule für Musik, Köln in Germany, and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she received the Artist Diploma. Together with her husband, Andrew Waggoner, Ms. Stinson directs the Weekend of Chamber Music in the Upper Delaware River Valley. To learn more about this musician, visit: www.carolinestinson.com
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Eliot Bailen

Eliot Bailen has an active career as an artistic director, cellist, composer and teacher. Strings Magazine writes, “At Merkin Hall ‘cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music.” Founder and Artistic Director of…

… the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, now in its 36th year, whose performances the New York Times has described as “the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert,” Mr. Bailen is also Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom in New York and Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Ensemble. Principal cello of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, New York Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra New England, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society, Mr. Bailen also performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, Cape May Music Festival, Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival as well as with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Opera and Ballet, American Symphony, Stamford Symphony and New Jersey Symphony. Heard frequently in numerous Broadway shows, in 2015 he was the solo cellist for Allegiance. Among Mr. Bailen’s commissions are an Octet, a Double Concerto for Flute and Cello, Perhaps a Butterfly and the Saratoga Sextet.  His musical, The Tiny Mustache, has recently received a third grant for further development from the Omer Foundation. Mr. Bailen has also received over thirty-five commissions for his “Song to Symphony” for schools (subject of a NY Times feature article Sept. 2006 and winner of a Yale Alumni Grant). In 2002, he received the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking. Mr. Bailen received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and an M.B.A. from NYU. He is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College. Show more

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter has enjoyed tremendous versatility in her career as a performing artist. She has been a member of the Stamford Symphony for nearly three decades and always looks forward to playing with this wonderful orchestra!  Other orchestral affiliations include…

… the American Symphony, the Westchester Philharmonic, the American Composer’s Orchestra, the Oratorio Society of NY, the Riverside Symphony and Radio City Music Hall where she has been the principal cellist for the past 12 years.  She has been a member of many Broadway Show orchestras such as Damn Yankees, The King and I, Parade, The Music Man, Oklahoma, Never Gonna Dance, South Pacific, The Visit and Kid Victory.  Currently, she is subbing on Wicked, Lion King, Anastasia, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. At home in Cresskill NJ, she enjoys teaching her private students and playing chamber music whenever possible.  Her three amazing children are all in their twenties and well on their way to doing great things. Show more

Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders, cello, is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sanders has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 1999 (for which he has served as Acting Principal), performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and has performed…

… and recorded as a guest artist with the Perspectives Ensemble. He has toured Southeast Asia twice with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and as concerto soloist with the group performed in concerts in Taipei and Singapore. He is Artistic Director of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival which had its inaugural season in 1993. Mr. Sanders was a winner of the 1998 Artists International award as a member of the Hollaender Ensemble and is currently a member of the Ariadne Trio. He has participated in many summer festivals including the Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival (faculty position), CVCMF, Lancaster Festival, Ohio (where he was principal cello from 1992-98), Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Park City & SLC Autumn Classics Music Festival and the Moab Music Festival. As a studio musician Mr. Sanders has recorded for a variety of popular artists including Pat Metheny, Jewel, Kathie Lee Gifford, Andy Bey and Carlinhos Brown. He can be heard on the Delos, Muse, Bridge, RCA Victor-Red Seal, New World, On the Lamb and KOCH International Classics labels. Radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, APM’s “Performance Today”, PBS and Vermont Public Radio. Show more

Jacqueline Stern

Jacqueline Stern has been performing with the Stamford Symphony since 1984. She is an orchestral and chamber musician in groups including the trio Terzetta, Spirit (an improv ensemble) and the Encore Chamber Players. She has played Baroque cello with…

… the Artek Ensemble, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and New York Baroque. She has been an Artist-Fellow with the Bach Aria Festival and a full scholarship student at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England. She holds a BM from Ithaca College and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a Helena Rubinstein Foundation scholar. Ms. Stern chairs the Instrumental Music department at the Green Meadow Waldorf School, where she conducts the orchestras, teaches cello and music history and coaches chamber music. She directs the Westchester Junior Strings Orchestra, as well as conducting, coaching and being clinician at various music festivals in the metropolitan area. She is a participant in the Music Educators’ Workshop at the Resnick Education Center of Carnegie Hall. Show more

Matthew Goeke

Matthew Goeke, cellist, performs as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player in a broad range of musical styles.  His experience with contemporary music spans the SEM Ensemble, Cross Town Ensemble, North/South Consonance, the Kitchen House Blend and Glass Farm Ensemble. Matt is…

… a member of the di.vi.sion piano trio, and the award winning flute, viola, cello trio, Eight Strings & a Whistle, and is an active free-lance musician throughout the metropolitan area.  Solo performances with orchestras around the New York area include many from the standard repertoire.  Recent recordings include releases with Eight Strings & a Whistle (Albert’s Window, 96 Strings and 2 Whistles (dedicated to the music of Scott Brickman) and Chamber Symphonies 2, 3 & 4 (the Music of Doug Anderson, all on PARMA Records), the di.vi.sion piano trio (Dream Forms (dedicated to the music of Steven Burke), the Music of Merrill Clark (both on Albany Records) and the Glass Farm Ensemble (Bruhaha, on the Innova label).  He has also recorded with North/South Recordings and 4Tay, Inc., Opus One Records, Polygram, Elektra, Tzadik and Koch International Classics labels.
Matt can also be found “rocking out” in the band ‘GIANTfingers’, based in New York City.
Matt coaches with the New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of the City of University of New York.
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Pam Greitzer

Pam Greitzer is an active cellist and teacher in the New York area. As a chamber musician, she has performed at Alice Tully, Weill Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. Her performance of the Barber Cello Sonata was hailed by Tim Page of the New York Times for its “Patrician Purity”. She is…

… a member of the Stamford Symphony, the New York Pops Orchestra, and performs with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and in Broadway Orchestras. Ms. Greitzer appeared as a soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in several tours throughout Asia. She has been in residence as faculty and performing artist for several seasons at the St. Bart’s Music Festival. Ms. Greitzer was a faculty member at the School for Strings for 20 years, the Collegiate School and the Mannes School of Music Pre-College Division. She is currently on the faculty of the Dalton School and has a private studio in her home. Ms. Greitzer holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School and can be heard on Crystal Records with the Maryland Bach Aria Group. Show more

Bass

Peter Weitzner

 

Peter Weitzner, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has performed with Solisti New York, the Jupiter Symphony, EOS Ensemble, SONYC, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Stamford Symphony, Musicians Accord, and the New Jersey Symphony. As soloist, he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony and performed the New York premiere of…

… Sheila Silver’s Chant for bass and piano.  Mr. Weitzner has been a frequent participant at international music festivals including Mostly Mozart, OK Mozart, Cape May, Festival of the Hamptons, Bratislava Music Festival, and the Bruckner Festival in Linz, Austria.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weitzner is currently the curator and host of the BPL Chamber Players in residence at the Central branch (Grand Army Plaza) of the Brooklyn Public Library. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orion, Ensō and Daedalus Quartets, Trio Solisti, New York Chamber Ensemble, Yale at Norfolk, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, New York Philomusica, Garden City Chamber Music Society, Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Berkshire Bach Society.

He has also performed with the dance companies of Lar Lubovitch and David Parsons as well as Merce Cunningham’s 80th birthday celebration at the Lincoln Center Festival in the New York premiere of Biped. He also participated in a performance at NJPAC (NJ Performing Arts Center) with the re-emerging Alice Coltrane shortly before her passing. For ten years Mr. Weitzner toured the world as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio. In the spring of 2009, he was invited to become a member of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, an arts education advocacy group comprised of arts-related non-profits, musicians and educators.

His work can be heard on the Nonesuch, Albany, Pro Gloria Musicae, New World Records, Musical Heritage Society, Delos, Grenadilla, and Berkshire Bach Society record labels. He has also produced recordings of the Brandenburg Concerti with the Berkshire Bach Society and the critically acclaimed complete flute music of J.S. Bach with flutist Susan Rotholz and Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, released by Bridge Records. A CD of American flute music with Susan Rotholz and pianist, Margaret Kampmeier has also been released by Bridge. He is also a frequent contributor of concert recordings to NPR’s Performance Today.
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Richard Ostrovsky

Troy Rinker

 

A member of several ensembles, Troy Rinker has performed with the West Side Chamber Orchestra, New York City Chamber Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Oratorio Society of New York, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra, …

… SEM Ensemble, New York Pops, and the Stamford Symphony. Mr. Rinker teaches at the Third Street Music Settlement, the Noel Pointer Foundation, and Kinhaven.

Troy Rinker’s musical journey began in the public schools of Jacksonville, Arkansas and by age 15 he was playing professionally with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rinker’s musical education continued at Indiana University, the University of Central Arkansas, and The Juilliard School, where he studied with bass luminaries Lawrence Hurst, James Hatch, and Homer Mensch.

His summer festival credits include OK Mozart, Tanglewood, Spoleto, the Naumburg Bandshell concerts, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Caramoor. Mr. Rinker can be heard on labels Sony Classical, Telarc, Naxos, North/South, and in studio recordings for television and film.
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Andrew Trombley

 

Andrew Trombley, hailed as a “stand-out performer” by the NY Concert review, is an often sought-out bass player in the tri-state area and abroad. Andrew holds the position of Principal Bass for the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Principal Bass for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and is a section member of…

… the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. Andrew frequently performs with some of the world’s leading ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera. Andrew has also collaborated with international artists such as JP Jofre and his “New Tango Quintet,” Joseph Lin, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and members from Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a recording artist, Andrew performed on soundtracks for “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Hundred Foot Journey,” and “Noah” to name a few. 

A native of Monticello, New York, Andrew and his violinist-wife, Akiko Hosoi, returned to his roots to establish The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with local arts non-profit, Nesin Cultural Arts. Andrew currently serves as the ensembles Artistic Director and Principal Bass. The husband-and-wife duo also established the Aspiring Young Musicians program to offer private lessons and ensemble classes to dedicated students who wish to excel at their craft. Andrew’s commitment to the arts is not limited to performances as he regularly coaches students from his alma mater, the Monticello Central School District and the Wappingers Central School District. Andrew is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Timothy Cobb.
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Flute

Elizabeth Mann,

principal

Elizabeth Mann is a featured performer in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East.  She is the Principal Flutist of the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble and is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  She has played Principal Flute with…

… the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev and recorded and performed with the New York Philharmonic.  In past seasons, she premiered a solo flute piece by Joan Tower and performed a commissioned Concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Mann has been principal flute with the Santa Fe Opera, played with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Dorian Quintet and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. She has been featured at Caramoor, Santa Fe and the Lochenhaus Festivals and teaches at the Colorado College for their Summer Festival.   

Ms. Mann attended the Juilliard School as a student of Julius Baker.  She can be heard on over 100 recordings, which include her critically acclaimed flute and harp CD with Deborah Hoffmann of Chopin transcriptions titled “Reflections”. Ms. Mann is also an active teacher.
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Kathleen Nester

 

Connecticut native Kathleen Nester has been a member of the Stamford Symphony since 1994. She is also Assistant Principal Flute and Solo Piccolo for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Kathleen has performed with many of the top ensembles in and around NYC, including…

… the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Opera, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She also performs with the IRIS Orchestra with Maestro Michael Stern, and has played at the Bravo! Vail, Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center, and Oklahoma Mozart Festivals. She has been featured in concertos on flute, piccolo, and recorder with orchestras in the US, and abroad. She has recorded with such artists as Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle and jazz singer/trumpeter Bria Skonberg. An advocate of new music, she has premiered new works for flute and chamber ensemble as a member of “Musicians’ Accord.” Kathleen has been the flutist for many Broadway productions, most recently An American in Paris, Evita, Sunset Boulevard and Roundabout Theater’s 2016 production of She Loves Me, the first Broadway show to be live-streamed. She has recorded for Pickwick, Decca, Mode, Musical Heritage Society, and Sony Classical, and can also be heard on movie soundtracks such as Julie and Julia, Tower Heist, The Last Mimsy and The Greatest Showman. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the flute faculty at New York University. Kathleen also plays Baroque flute and is an avid knitter and bird watcher. Show more

Oboe

Melanie Feld,

principal

Since 1980, Melanie Feld has been principal oboist of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and American Composers Orchestra and is principal oboist of the Westchester Philharmonic. She is the English Hornist of the American Symphony Orchestra and has performed with…

… the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  Since 1992, she has been a member of the orchestra for the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera.   For a number of years she was a member of the New York Pickup Ensemble, playing the annual Carnegie Hall P.D.Q. Bach programs.  Her recording credits include albums on the Music Masters, CBS, Telarc, Harmonia Mundi, Decca, EMI, Nonesuch and New World Records.
A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Ms. Feld moved to New York City to attend the Mannes College of Music and completed her graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music.  Her teachers have included Leland Lincoln, Marc Lifschey, Stephen Adelstein and Ronald Roseman.   
Melanie resides in Leonia, New Jersey with her music librarian husband David Carp.  Former members of the Carp household are son Joshua (father of Elliott Jordan Carp) and daughter Elizabeth; current inhabitants are cats Navy and Choco.
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Keisuke Ikuma

 

Keisuke Ikuma is currently a member of the Stamford Symphony and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Ikuma received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Clarinet

Pavel Vinnitsky,

principal

Pavel Vinnitsky was appointed principal clarinetist of the Stamford Symphony in 2013. An avid orchestral musician, he regularly performs with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. As chamber musician, Pavel Vinntsky is…

… a founding member of ClariAnna Duo that includes his wife, concert pianist Anna Vinnitsky. He also performed with the Met Chamber Players during their Carnegie Hall series as well as with the Wind Soloists of New York, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble. He is on the artist roster of many international chamber music festivals.
A dedicated educator, Pavel Vinnitsky has conducted master-classes at universities and music schools nation-wide. He is on the faculty at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. His discography includes recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, New World and Bridge Records labels, numerous broadcasts on WQXR, CBS, Israeli National TV and Bavarian Radio as well as major motion picture soundtracks.
Pavel Vinnitsky holds degrees in clarinet performance from Tel-Aviv University and Yale University School of Music. To learn more about Pavel, please go to his website –>www.pavelvinnitskyclarinet.com
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Bassoon

Cynde Iverson,

principal

Cynde Iverson is recognized as one of the finest bassoonists today. She is Principal bassoonist with the Stamford Symphony and New Haven Symphony and a member of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra.  She performs with…

… many of New York’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the American Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist Ms. Iverson has toured the US, Europe, Japan and Asia with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Iverson is a founding member of the Wind Trio of New York. 
In the summer months she performs at the Caramoor Music Festival, North Country Chamber Players, Moab Music Festival and Chamber Music Northwest.
As an advocate for contemporary music, Ms. Iverson has performed and recorded numerous compositions with the chamber ensembles Continuum and Musical Elements and has explored the medium of Jazz with artists such as Steve Lacy, Anthony Davis and James Newton.  She was a member of the Jazz ensemble Episteme and toured extensively both locally and abroad. 
Cynde Iverson received her B.M. (cum laude) from Indiana University as a student of Leonard Sharrow and her M.M. (cum laude) from the Juilliard School as a student of Stephen Maxym.
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Maureen Strenge

 

Maureen Strenge, bassoon, earned a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School. Ms. Strenge is a freelance musician who performs with…

… many different orchestras in the New York metropolitan area including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Pops, the Bard Festival, the Oratorio Society, the American Ballet Theater, and the Stamford Symphony. She has substituted in various Broadway shows including most recently, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fiddler on the Roof. Maureen loves teaching and has an active teaching studio. She and her husband, who have three grown sons, have recently adopted a rescue dog, who she hopes will someday be certified as a therapy dog. Show more

Horn

Lawrence DiBello,

principal

Lawrence DiBello performs extensively in the NYC metro area. In addition to his position as Principal horn of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra he is currently Principal horn of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center as well as 3rd horn in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is also…

… a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops and New York Symphonic Brass.
During the 2010-2011 season he filled in as acting Principal horn of the New York City Opera Orchestra. He has also been invited to play Principal horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on several occasions.
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Eva Conti

 

Eva Conti , French hornist, is currently in her 8th season as a member of the Stamford Symphony. She is also in her 20th season as Principal horn with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She is a regular member of the Boca Symphonia and Berkshire Opera Orchestras. She has held the position of principal horn with…

… the New Israeli Opera, Israel Camerata and the Haifa Symphony. Eva has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, The Radio City Orchestra, Aspen Quintet and in numerous Broadway shows. She has toured several times in the US, Canada and Europe as a member of the Barbra Streisand Orchestra and is on the CD and DVD of the 2006 US tour and the recently released back to Brooklyn tour of 2013.
Ms. Conti holds a Master’s of Music Degree in French Horn from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar and in Biology from the University of Rhode Island.
Eva is also an accomplished flamenco dancer and has been a soloist, featured dancer and musical arranger with the Alborada Spanish Dance Theater for 10 seasons. She has been a dance soloist with numerous orchestras and chamber groups including the Stamford Symphony in 2016.
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Zohar Schondorf

 

Upon finishing his BM degree from the Juilliard School in 1995, Zohar Schondorf returned to his homeland of Israel for a total of six years to assume two positions, one as Associate Principal Horn with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the other as Principal Horn with the Israel Symphony/Opera Orchestra, a position he held…

… from 1997 to 2001. Relocating back to NYC in 2001, Mr. Schondorf joined the American Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal horn and has been serving as Principal since 2012.
Also serving as 3rd horn with Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Schondorf enjoys a prosperous career, performing mostly as Principal, in the studio as well as with numerous international, regional and local orchestras.
Recent appearances include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, American Composer’s Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, the KNIGHTS, NKO in Israel, Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Pops, Encores and many more.
For his performance of Auf Dem Strom at the 2014 Bard Music Festival he was hailed “the star” by Harry Rolnick of ConcertoNet.com
Mr. Schondorf has been featured as a regular member on cast recordings of high profiled Broadway shows like Spamalot, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Addams Family, Ghost, 2015’s Fiddler on the Roof and the latest revival of My Fair Lady.
Mr. Schondorf joined Zephyros Winds in 2008 and is a member of Sylvan Winds since 2002.
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David Smith

 

David Smith is a native of Westport, Connecticut, a graduate of Yale University and has been a member of the Stamford Symphony horn section for many years. Mr. Smith has played and recorded extensively with the New York Philharmonic and has performed on a number of their US and international tours, including…

… the historic tour to North Korea in 2008.  He is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the New York City Ballet and Opera orchestras as well. David has also joined with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Moscow Virtuosi during their United States tours.  He has been involved with the Vail Valley, Bard, Tanglewood, OK Mozart, Waterloo and New England Bach summer music festivals.  Mr. Smith has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, BMG, RCA Victor, Koch International and Island Records and has been featured as soloist on recordings of the Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Horns and Bach’s First Brandenburg Concerto.  David has played in numerous Broadway shows and currently performs in the orchestra of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. He is married to singer and Phantom cast member Patrice Pickering and they are the proud parents of their son Jeremy. Show more

Trumpet

Donald Batchelder,

principal

Donald Batchelder has served as Principal Trumpet with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra since 1987. Recognized as an outstanding soloist and orchestral trumpeter in the New York area for many years, he performs frequently with the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway, and…

… is Principal Trumpet with the New York City Opera. He is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Coordinator of Brass at Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music.  Don also is Principal Trumpet in the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

Don is a featured soloist on composer David Sampson’s recent Summit Records CD Notes From Faraway Places (2016). “The performance of the entire suite is beautifully managed, the lonely lines impeccably judged.” (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine). He is a founding member of the Quiet City Chamber Ensemble, and is featured on that group’s acclaimed world premiere recording of the chamber version of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, adapted by saxophone soloist Christopher Brellochs, on the Sono Luminus label (2011).  Among notable solo appearances: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Stamford Symphony and the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone by David Gillingham, with both the Montclair State University Wind Ensemble and the Ridgewood Concert Band, the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and Trumpet with both the Stamford Symphony and the Windham Chamber Music Festival, a featured solo role at the 2008 New York Brass Conference, the world premiere of Trent Johnson’s Concerto for Trumpet and Organ and David Sampson’s Triptych with the Westfield Symphony. 

Don earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers in 2016 where he received the Irene Alm Award for excellence in performance and scholarly research. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Juilliard School where he studied with William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles.  Other influential teachers include David Krauss, Vince Penzarella, Arnold Jacobs and Philip Smith.
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John Dent

 

John Dent performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Opera, and the New York Pops. As a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, he performs at Carnegie Hall and at the Bard Music Festival. Solo appearances…

… include performances on Live from Lincoln Center with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and at the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma. John is currently performing in the Broadway revival of Carousel. Previous Broadway credits include She Loves Me, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Candide, Man of La Mancha, The Music Man, On the Twentieth Century, and The Sound of Music. A native of Tennessee, John is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Juilliard School. Show more

Trombone

Richard Clark,

principal

Richard Clark, has long-time experience as one of the leading tenor/alto/bass trombone/euphonium players in the greater NYC region. He is principal trombonist of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival orchestra, the New York Pops orchestra, Northeastern Pa Philharmonic, the Amici New York Orchestra and the American Classical Orchestra. Mr Clark…

… has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque. He has been staff trombonist for many Broadway musicals, including On the Town, Billy Elliot, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Candide, and The King and I. Mr. Clark is adjunct professor of trombone and brass chamber ensembles at William Paterson University. Show more

Bass Trombone

John Rojak,

principal

John Rojak became a member of the American Brass Quintet in 1991, joining their residencies at The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival. He is bass trombonist of the Stamford Symphony, New York Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, IRIS, and Little Orchestra Society. Rojak has performed and recorded with…

… the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, and Solisti New York, and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Symphony. His Broadway shows include Les Miserables, Sugar Babies, and The Producers. Rojak has performed with Metallica, Peter Gabriel, and Styx, as well as for Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis. Solo CDs include Rojak Rocks on Navona, The Romantic Bass Trombone on MMC, Bass Hits, the Bass Trombone Concerti of Eric Ewazen on Albany Records, and The Essential Rochut on Belle Records. Rojak has given master classes throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and Mexico. He has been an adjudicator for Fischoff, Concert Artists Guild, Coleman and other solo and chamber music competitions. In addition to Juilliard, Aspen, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, he is on the faculty at New York University. Rojak is an artist representative for Michael Rath Trombones. Show more

Tuba

Brian Brown,

principal

Brian Brown has been the Principal Tuba of The Stamford Symphony Orchestra since 1980. He is also Principal Tuba of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and The Philly Pops. As an active freelance musician, Mr. Brown has performed…

… and recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He is the tuba player for NFL Films.

Mr Brown is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at The University of Delaware and is a lecturer in the Music Department of Princeton University.

Brian Brown earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School. His major teachers include Paul Krzywicki, Don Harry, Donald Harwood ,Vincent Penzarella and John Fletcher.
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Timpani

Benjamin Herman,

principal

Benjamin Herman, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has been a freelance timpanist/percussionist around NYC for decades. He has performed with virtually every major arts organization. These include the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet. In addition, he has played on Broadway, performed countless jingles, film scores and recordings. Mr. Herman has been the timpanist of the Stamford Symphony since 2005.

Percussion

Daniel Haskins,

principal

Percussionist Daniel Haskins is currently principal percussionist of the Opera Orchestra of New York and the Stamford Symphony, and performs on period instruments as timpanist of the American Classical Orchestra. Daniel is percussionist in the American Ballet Theatre orchestra and formally timpanist of the New York City Opera National Company. He performed…

… for many years as a percussionist with the Radio City Orchestra playing for the Christmas Spectacular, Easter Extravaganza and other shows at Radio City Music Hall. He has also played in many orchestras on Broadway. Recently, Daniel was the percussionist for The Woman in White, Mary Poppins, The King and I and Sunset Boulevard. Along with his performing duties, he is also Personnel Manager for Opera Orchestra of New York, The Queens Symphony and was Orchestra Contractor for Il Divo – A Musical Affair on Broadway. Daniel can be heard on a wide range of recordings, including Opera, Orchestral, Broadway cast albums, commercial jingles, and movie sound tracks. Daniel has also played on television broadcasts including the All Star Tribute to Brian Wilson at Radio City Music Hall and Live from Lincoln Center shows including Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody. He holds a Bachelor and Master Degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Fred Hinger and Walter Rosenberger. Show more

Kory Grossman

 

Kory Grossman holds a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a member of the American Symphony Orchestra and serves as principal percussionist with the Bard Music Festival. He is also principal percussionist with Mostly Mozart Orchestra. Other musical organizations he performs with regularly…

… include the Stamford Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the American Composers’ Orchestra, and the New York Pops. He has played in numerous Broadway shows, performing most recently in Fiddler on the Roof and Sunday in the Park with George. Others include Follies, Les Miserables, 42nd Street, and Ragtime. Kory Grossman has worked with a variety of contemporary artists ranging from Chita Rivera to Queen Latifah. Show more

Harp

Amy Berger,

principal

Amy Berger started playing the harp at the age of 6. She graduated college with a BA in Music from Stony Brook University and an MM degree from Yale University’s School of Music. She has traveled internationally as well as in the US, performing with orchestras including NY City Opera National Company, NY City Opera, …

… Orchestra of the State of Mexico, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. She has toured China, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, and Israel. As a freelancer, she has performed in Broadway shows, TV commercials, and movies, including “August Rush”. Her solo CD, “On Golden Harp” has been used for the documentary “One Hundred Years of Baseball”. She has recorded the Grammy-winning opera “Anthony and Cleopatra” by Samuel Barber. She has worked with Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett, Sara Vaughn, Sting, Van Dyke Parks, Rufus Wainwright, and Latin pop star, Juan Luis Guerra. Amy has been the principal harpist with the Stamford Symphony for over thirty years and teaches privately in New York City. Show more

Keyboards

Emily Wong,

principal

Librarian

David Carp,

 

Originally a Renaissance and Baroque woodwind multi-instrumentalist, David Carp’s first position in publishing was as a rental librarian for Carl Fischer Music. In 2000, he began freelancing in the New York metropolitan area as an orchestra librarian and music preparer. David is…

… the music librarian for American Ballet Theatre and has edited and produced orchestral materials for 50 ballets for New York City Ballet. He has also served as orchestra librarian for the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Westchester Philharmonic, and the Queens Symphony. He supplies opera and ballet materials for companies on a national and international scale. David’s work for the Stamford Symphony began in April 2010.

He developed an interest in Latin American music and dance during his 15 years as a producer at WNYC-FM; he has interviewed over 200 Latino musicians and dancers and co-produced “The Palladium Ballroom: Home of the Mambo” for National Public Radio.  David lives in Leonia, NJ with Stamford Symphony principal oboist Melanie Feld and cats Navy and Choco.
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