Meet the Players
- Elizabeth Whitfield, concertmaster
- Randy Hiller, assistant concertmaster
- Barbara Hughey, principal second violin
- Jessica Amidon
- Leah Bartell
- Melissa Bull
- Allan Espinosa
- Cindy Fong
- Rebecca Hawkins
- Ana-Maria LaPointe
- Barbara Oren
- Marta Zurad
Elizabeth Whitfield, concertmaster, has been a member of the Lexington Symphony since its formation in 1994. A native of England, she studied with Yfrah Neaman at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama. After graduating, she launched a career in London as a freelance musician, playing with symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and opera companies, including Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square, London Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Kent Opera. In 1986, she moved to Boston, and focused on raising her three daughters while playing on a more informal basis until attaining Green Card status and eventually U.S. citizenship, enabling her once more to freelance, in and around Boston. A Lexington resident, Liz has been involved in many aspects of the Lexington Symphony, and particularly in furthering the reach of LS’s educational outreach program, “Orchestrating Kids Through Classics”. Another passion of hers is baking, and she is constantly trying out new recipes to bring to Lexington Symphony rehearsals. There have been no complaints so far.
Randy Hiller, assistant concertmaster, did his undergraduate work at Harvard University and earned an MBA and PhD in Applied Mathematics from MIT. In 2000, Mr. Hiller retired from a career in business in order to pursue music full time. He is the Founder and Director of the Lexington Chamber Music Center, Inc., a non-profit focused on training middle and high school students in classical chamber music and presenting outreach concerts at area hospitals, retirement homes, homeless shelters and charity events. As a freelance violinist, he has performed with many local ensembles, including Emmanuel Music, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Auros Ensemble, and the Lexington Symphony. He was concertmaster of the Concord Orchestra between 1999 and 2004. Mr. Hiller studied violin with Sarah Scriven and Roger Shermont. An avid chamber musician, he has performed in small ensembles in and around Boston and has studied chamber music with Raphael Hillyer, Eugene Lehner, and Leon Kirschner.
During the summer, Mr. Hiller is Director of Music at Point CounterPoint, a chamber-music camp in Vermont. Mr. Hiller also serves as Immediate Past President of the board of Project STEP, a Boston-based program designed to provide string instrument training to talented minority children with the goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in music.
Barbara Hughey has played with the Lexington Symphony since its inaugural concert in 1995. She received a PhD in physics from MIT in 1989, where she is presently Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, as well as Associate Director of the Women’s Technology Program—a summer program to introduce high school girls to engineering . She was concertmaster of the Princeton University Orchestra as well as the MIT Symphony, and performed the Brahms violin concerto at MIT in 1984. She was an avid participant in the MIT Chamber Music Society while in grad school, and was delighted to rejoin the group for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in 2013 with her son, an accomplished pianist who was then an MIT undergraduate. Her violin teachers include Frances Magnes and Stephanie Chase. She has two children - a son studying to be an orthopedic surgeon, and a daughter who is an indie pop singer-songwriter in Nashville (elisabethbeckwitt.com). She is presently on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Lexington Symphony, as well as being a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT and on the Board of Overseers of the Boston Museum of Science. She loves taking photographs of her trips hiking in beautiful places around the world.
Jessica Amidon grew up in Maine and holds a violin performance degree from Boston University, where her teachers included Roman Totenberg, Dana Mazurkevich, Lucia Lin and Peter Zazofsky. She has taught in the Brookline Public Schools, Solomon Schechter Day School, and Conservatory Lab Charter School. As a freelance violinist, Jessica has performed with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Reading Symphony (Concertmaster), Cape Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire. Outside of music, Jessica enjoys yoga and writing.
Leah Bartell has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and Canada and completed a one-month residency in Calcutta, India, teaching violin and performing as a soloist with the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphans through music education. As a freelance violinist in the Boston area, Ms. Bartell has performed with symphonies and opera companies throughout New England, including the Vermont Symphony, Opera North, PORT Opera, National Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music, Lexington Symphony, and Portland Ballet. Ms. Bartell discovered her passion for chamber music while studying with the members of the Lafayette String Quartet at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where she completed her M.Mus. in violin performance in 1999. Since then, Ms. Bartell has collaborated with musicians throughout the Boston area. As a conductor, Ms. Bartell has worked with young orchestras at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. She is the music director at the Waldorf School of Lexington and is the founder and music director of the Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra. After a recent open rehearsal of one of Ms. Bartell’s ensembles, an audience member wrote, “…this kind of music-making doesn’t just happen; it is the product of inspired joy and hard work."
Melissa Bull began her musical studies with the piano at age three and the violin at age five. At 11, she was the youngest musician ever to win a professional position with the York (PA) Symphony Orchestra. She studied at New England Conservatory of Music and Gordon College with James Buswell. With BA degrees from Gordon College in Violin Performance and Spanish, she is currently pursuing her MM degree at Boston Conservatory. Melissa has worked with conductors Keith Lockhart, Lorin Maazel, Kirk Muspratt, Eiji Oue, and Susan Davenny-Wyner, and with composers Luis Bacalov and Yehudi Wyner. Melissa is a member of the Cape Ann Symphony, the Lexington Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and is Principal Viola of Symphony by the Sea. She is the Orchestra Manager of the Gordon Symphony Orchestra at Gordon College and Personnel Manager for Cape Ann Symphony. She is founder and coordinator of Accord Chamber Players, which provides music for special events and performs and records new works for local composers. Melissa is Organist, Choir Director, and Worship Team Leader at the North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly Farms, and is passionate about the role of music in the life of the church. She maintains a private studio of violin and viola students, where her foremost goal is to pass along the joy of music. Melissa lives on beautiful Cape Ann with her Argentinean husband Román, who is a cellist, and their dog Penny.
Allan Espinosa is an avid freelance violinist in the Boston area performing with various New England ensembles such as The Orchestra of Indian Hill and The Reagle Theater Players of Waltham. Previous orchestral engagements have included Symphony by the Sea, The Plymouth Philharmonic and The Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Allan came to Boston to complete his undergraduate degree at the Boston Conservatory where he studied with Lynn Chang and graduated with honors in 2005. He continued with his studies at The Boston Conservatory and received his Masters degree in violin performance in 2007. Allan’s position as Senior Sales Consultant at the Carriage House Violin shop of Johnson String Instruments consumes much of his time. He enjoys working with the variety of players, from beginners to professionals, to help find that personal match in instrument and bows. In addition to performance and sales, Allan also teaches private violin lessons for the Lexington Community Education program. In his spare time, Allan enjoys going mountain biking and hiking with his wife Alyson through the different parts of New England.
Cindy Fong joined the Lexington Symphony in 1996. A double-major in Music and English at Stanford University, she is now making use of both as a professor of Piano and English as a Second Language at Bunker Hill Community College. Ms. Fong’s other violin activities include regular participation in the Manhattan String Quartet’s workshops abroad (in Paris, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest to date) and an occasional orchestral gig. She also continues to be active as a pianist and has performed in piano chamber music concerts in the New England area and as orchestral pianist for the Longwood, Newton, and Brockton Symphonies. Since 2007, Ms. Fong has written frequent program notes for the Lexington Symphony, thus making good use of one other skill she learned in college.
Rebecca Hawkins is a Lexington resident and has played with Lexington Symphony since 2001. She received a B.A. in English from Yale and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. While an undergraduate, she was a member of New Haven Symphony, Connecticut Chamber Orchestra and Yale Symphony. As an attorney, she practiced law by day at WilmerHale and violin by night as concertmaster of the Boston Bar Association Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the New England Philharmonic. In England, she was a principal player in the Surrey Mozart Players and Kew Sinfonia. She is raising three boys, has served on the Lexington Symphony Board, writes grants and marketing materials for the group, tries her hand at viola from time to time, and plays chamber music whenever possible. She also performs with A Joyful Noyse, an early music group.
Ana-Maria LaPointe has been the concertmaster of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. She has a master’s degree graduate from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, where she was a student of Malcolm Lowe (Concertmaster of Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Sophie Vilker [omit comma]. She is an active performer and teacher. She is a member of various orchestras including the Lexington Symphony Orchestra and Nashua Symphony Orchestra. Born in Bucharest, Romania, she is from a musical family, being the fourth generation to play the violin professionally. She won first prizes at the Orpheus Competition and the Interpretation Competition, Romania, as well as the Concerto Competition, Longy School of Music. She has appeared live on WGBH, the Romanian Radio Station and the TV show “Musicians Today and Tomorrow.” She has given recitals in both Romania and the U.S., including at Carnegie Hall, NYC. Ms. LaPointe is currently on the faculty at Atlantic Union College, Hopkinton High School and Wellesley Public Schools.
Barbara Oren’s teachers have included Heidi and Charlie Castleman at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, as well as Nancy Cirillo, Marylou Speaker Churchill and Atruro Delmoni. She graduated from the New England Conservatory with a degree in Violin Performance. She is a founding member of the Abbott Chamber Players, a group specializing in 20th century music, and she performs regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lexington Symphony. She also has a private violin studio of 15 students.
Marta Zurad received her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory and her Graduate Diploma and Master of Music degree from Longy School of Music. She also attended the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. Her violin teachers have included Wieslaw Kwasny, Valeria Kuchment, and Eric Rosenblith. Ms. Zurad conducts the Young People’s String Orchestra, the Petit Ensemble, and the Intensive Community Program Orchestra at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO). Ms. Zurad also conducts the Preparatory String Orchestra at New England Conservatory. She is on the string faculty at NEC, Rivers Conservatory, and the Winchester Community Music School. She is a very active chamber musician, and is a past participant of Yellow Barn Music Festival and Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival. She plays regularly with a number of local chamber groups, both as a violinist and a violist. She is a playing member of the Lexington Symphony, and has also performed with many other orchestras in the Boston area. She serves as an adjudicator for various local concerto competitions.
Lisa Kempskie has a degree in violin performance from UMass Lowell and has done graduate work in music education at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She freelances on violin and viola throughout the greater Boston area and is currently principal viola of the Lexington Symphony. Lisa directed the elementary and middle school string program in the Winchester Public Schools for seven years and has since maintained a private studio. She also has studied bow-making, repair, and rehair at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute in New Hampshire, and works as a rehair and repair person for regional string companies as well as many local players. Lisa is a certified music practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program which trains musicians to play individually-tailored live therapeutic music at the bedside of the sick or dying. She is also on the faculties of the Westford Suzuki School and the Lexington Chamber Music Center.
Jan Lerbinger studied viola with Denes Koromzay at the Oberlin Conservatory and was later a student of George Neikrug. Jan was a member of the Wantastiquet Chamber Players in Vermont from 1980-1992, a group formed by Irene Serkin, wife of Rudolf Serkin.
A member of the Lexington Symphony since 2000, Jan also works as a clinical psychologist. She is the Director of the Counseling Center at the New England Conservatory of Music, and has a private practice in Cambridge.
· Born in Taiwan, Chen Lin has gained versatile reputation playing diverse styles of music, from classical to jazz to contemporary. Ms. Lin has been a member of the Boston String Quartet since 2005. With the Quartet, Ms. Lin has performed in numerous venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and Troy Music Hall. Described by the Boston Globe as “exploring different ways of sparking musical interest,” Ms. Lin’s Quartet frequently concertizes in New England area, and has created its educational programs in collaboration with high school and college music programs throughout the United States. With the group’s educational tour, Ms. Lin has led workshops, as well as given viola and chamber music master classes at numerous schools. As an orchestra musician, Ms. Lin is currently a member of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Claflin Hill Symphony, and Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Lin received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Viola Performance at Boston University, where she was a full scholarship student under the tutelage of Professor Michelle LaCourse. Ms. Lin received her Bachelor’s degree in Music and Education from Taipei Municipal University of Education (Taiwan) and Master’s degree as a full scholarship student from The Boston Conservatory. Her previous teachers include Lee-Wen Wang, Teizo Yoshinaga and Roger Tapping. Ms. Lin is also currently teaching at Chichibu International Music Festival (Japan), Assai! Performance Institute and Youth & Muse Music Festival.
Leslie Sonder began playing with the Lexington Symphony in 2003. Leslie grew up in Tennessee, attended Washington University in St. Louis, and received her PhD from Harvard University. During her student days in Boston she played in the Boston Philharmonic. She currently teaches and does research in Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College. She plays regularly with the Dartmouth Symphony and Opera North and fits in as much chamber music as she can. Coming from northern New England, Leslie has the honor of having the greatest distance to travel to Lexington Symphony rehearsals. In addition to music, Leslie’s other passion is rowing, but that is not so strange because the same skills used to create musical ensemble—internal rhythmic sense, use of eyes, ears, and body motion to play together, simultaneous relaxation and concentration, leading and following—also work to make a boat of eight rowers go fast.
Claudia Stumpf is both a violinist and violist. She studied with Aideen Zeitlin and Magdalena Richter at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and has also had the opportunity to learn from such musicians as Michael Zaretsky, Andrew Jennings, Mary Lou Speaker Churchill, Norman Fischer, Jonathan McPhee, and Benjamin Zander. She was a member of New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the president of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Claudia currently gigs actively in the Boston area, performing with local orchestras and chamber music groups. Claudia holds a BA from Yale University and an MA in English from Tufts University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English at Tufts University, writing a dissertation on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. Claudia is also a freelance writer and communications professional. She serves as Lexington Symphony’s Grantwriter and works as a Communications and Development Specialist at Community Research Initiative of New England. She is always interested in fun work opportunities, whether they involve music, teaching, or writing.
Nathaniel Lathrop is an active orchestral player, chamber musician, and teacher in the Boston area. He performs with the Nashua Symphony, the Thayer Symphony, and numerous other New England groups. Nathaniel teaches at the Middlesex School in Concord, as well as at his home studio in Carlisle. He has given K-8 musical outreach programs in the North Shore, MetroWest, and New Hampshire. He performs chamber music throughout New England. He has been a regular member of Symphony by the Sea, the Cape Ann Symphony, and principal cellist of the North Shore Philharmonic. Nathaniel received his musical training at Yale University. While at Yale, he also studied viola da gamba. Upon graduation he became assistant principal of the Johnstown and Altoona symphonies in Pennsylvania, where he also played with the Nittany Valley and Williamsport symphonies. He was a classical radio announcer for WPSU, the central Pennsylvania NPR affiliate. In his free time, Nathaniel enjoys cooking and wilderness backpacking.
Russell Engler is a Professor of Law & Director of Clinical Programs at the New England School of Law in Boston. A Lexington resident and member of the Lexington Symphony since 2000, he also plays chamber music as often as his schedule will permit. He has studied cello with Aldo Parisot, Robert Ripley and Joan Brockway Esch, and has degrees from both Yale and Harvard. He and his wife Tracy Miller have two sons.
Paul Glenn concertizes on both double bass and cello. The former principal cellist of the Concord Orchestra for its European tours and of the New England Philharmonic for over fifteen years, and the former principal bassist of the Civic Symphony of Boston, Mr. Glenn currently plays with the Lexington Symphony and Wellesley Symphony. He also performs frequently in solo and duo recitals, with Boston chamber groups, and in various amateur chamber music festivals. Professional engagements include concertos with the Billings Symphony Orchestra, the Longy Summer Chamber Orchestra, and the Wellesley Symphony; chamber concerts with the Sonos Piano Quartet, the Interlochen Adult Music Conference faculty, and the Muir String Quartet, and with two of its founding members, Paul's wife Bayla Keyes and cellist Michael Reynolds. A student of the eminent pedagogue George Neikrug, Paul earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics at Harvard. He attended the Claremont Music Festival, and is currently on the faculty of the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference.
Jane Sheena attended the Royal Academy of Music, London, on a scholarship and graduated in 1986. She won a position to play in the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 1987, playing there until 1991. Moving to San Antonio, Texas, she performed frequently in the San Antonio Symphony and was active as a chamber music player and teacher. Since moving to Boston in 1994 Jane has been enjoying teaching and freelancing. She is the cello teacher at The Waldorf School, Lexington. She has been a member of the Lexington Symphony since 2005.
After graduating with his Master of Music from Indiana University, double bassist Robb Aistrup earned a fellowship in the highly competitive New World Symphony in Miami Beach. While there he participated in international tours to South America, Europe, and the Middle East. He also took part in recording project’s often as Principal Bass, under the baton of renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Soon after leaving Miami Beach Robb won the position of Associate Principal Double Bass with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in Spain, where he performed for seven seasons. After leaving Spain, Robb performed back to back seasons with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans and the Kansas City Symphony as well as the Kansas City Baroque Consortiaum. Robb maintains a busy freelance and teaching schedule in the Boston area playing with such groups as Boston Ballet, Indian Hill Symphony and the Plymoth and New Bedford Symphonies.
Carolyn Davis Fryer
Carolyn Davis Fryer has an extensive background as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She has toured South America with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, and has performed with Isaac Stern at the Kennedy Center Honors to honor her mentor, Alexander Schneider, in a live, nationally televised broadcast. Subsequently, she went on to tour with the Brandenburg Ensemble under the direction of Jaime Laredo. As guest artist, she has appeared with Triple Helix, Lavazza, the Colorado and Mendelssohn Quartets, the Orion Trio, and is one of only nine bassists selected since 1965 to tour with the prestigious “Music from Marlboro” concert series. She has also performed in the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Portland Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Fryer performs regularly with the Boston Ballet Company, Boston Musica Viva, Symphony New Hampshire, and Lexington Symphony. With over 35 years of teaching experience, Ms. Fryer is on the faculties of Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and as guest artist has coached at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and the New Hampshire All State Chamber Music Festival. She graduated from the Juilliard School where she was awarded the Zimmerman Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement, and earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.
Deborah Jones began playing the double bass at age nine, and has studied with Ed Barker, Richard Stephan, Homer Mensch, and Henry Portnoi. She has a BM in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, a MM in Music Performance from Penn State, and has completed the doctoral course in Musicology from Boston University. In addition to the Lexington Symphony, Deborah plays in the Maine State Ballet orchestra and freelances around New England. Deborah also performs on the viola da gamba, violone, and baroque bass, having playing in Much Ado: A Renaissance Consort, the Hamilton Baroque Ensemble, Pastorello, and the SOHIP Chamber Players. For ten years, Deborah served on the board of the Society of Historically Informed Performance (SOHIP), as the President and Executive Director for the summer early music concert series. By day, Deborah is a Vice President of The Dartmouth Group in Bedford, MA.
Cindy Moore has a Bachelors of Music degree in Flute Performance from UMass Amherst and a Masters of Music in Flute Performance from Boston University. A music teacher in the public schools in Framingham, she has been a member of Longwood Symphony since 1993. She started performing with Lexington Symphony within its first two years.
Stephanie Stathos earned her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Boston University School for the Arts where she was a student of Doriot Anthony Dwyer. Since that time she has continued her studies with Irena Grafenauer and Michael Faust in Germany and Jacques Zoon in Boston. She currently holds the principal flute position with the Cape Ann Symphony, piccolo position with the National Lyric opera of New York touring orchestra, and piccolo with the Lexington Symphony. As an active freelancer, her appearances include performances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Aria Guild, New England Chamber Symphony (featured soloist), Reagle Players, Composers in Red Sneakers, National Association of Composers USA, jazz ensemble Orange Then Blue, guitarist Robert Torres, and the Schweitzer Ensemble, Gunther Schuller conductor. Stathos has toured and recorded for the Green Linnet label with Argentinean vocalist Mili Bermejo and jazz ensemble Orange Then Blue and recorded with vocalist Catherine Hammond.
Audrey Markowitz has been the principal oboist of the Lexington Symphony since its inception. She has also been the principal oboist for the Northshore Philharmonic and the Concord Orchestra, and has freelanced with numerous ensembles in the Boston area, including the New England Philharmonic, the Cape Ann Symphony, and the Salem Philharmonic. Ms. Markowitz also freelances actively on the baroque oboe, performing with such groups as the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Newton Baroque, Amphion’s Lyre, and Fanfare Consort. Ms. Markowitz attended Harvard University where she earned a BA in English. She teaches music and French at the Waring School in Beverly, MA.
Kyoko Hida-Battaglia, oboe and English horn, is a regular player with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire and Lexington Symphony. She has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, New Haven Symphony and Colorado Music Festival. She has a BM from Tokyo College of Music and Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. She is currently a faculty at The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, Winchester Community Music School and Manchester Community Music School in NH.
William Kirkley is a founding and current member of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Symphony. He has been a featured soloist twice for the orchestra. Mr Kirkley is also the Principal Clarinetist for the Cape Ann Symphony, Boston Musica Viva, and the Gordon Symphony. Additionally he is a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and is a substitute clarinetist for the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. Mr. Kirkley’s playing has been called “emotional, committed, and intensely exciting” by the Boston Globe. He has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Lyric Opera, Tulsa Philharmonic, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti. He has taught on the music faculties of UMASS Boston, Harvard University and Brandeis University. He is currently on the music faculty of Gordon College.
Richard Carpenter received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Boston Conservatory where he studied with John Fullam and the late Pasquale Cardillo. He received his Master’s degree in Music from U. Mass. Lowell where he studied with David Martins. He has performed with several orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the Boston area. In addition to the Lexington Symphony, Richard performs with the Salem Philharmonic, the Ipswich Summer Band, and the Gordon College Wind Ensemble. Currently he teaches general and instrumental music in the Manchester Essex Regional School District, grades K-7. Rich has played second clarinet with Lexington Symphony since 1998.
Jeffrey Leonard is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, having majored in Music Education and Jazz Composition and Arranging. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University and has done additional graduate study at University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Central Connecticut State University. Jeff has been the director of bands and the jazz program at Lexington High School from 1983 to the present, and is now Coordinator of Music Education for the Lexington Public Schools. His groups at LHS have been consistent Gold medal winners at MICCA State Festivals, IAJE District and State festivals, the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival, the University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival and Competition. He has taught Music Education courses at New England Conservatory, directed the Jazz Ensemble at Boston University, and for four years was the Music Director for the musical theater productions at Boston College. Mr. Leonard is an active performer, arranger and conductor. As a saxophone and woodwind player, he performs extensively throughout New England in theaters and Boston area jazz clubs. His compositions and arrangements have been commissioned by groups in Massachusetts, Virginia, Indiana, and Maryland.
Patti Yee graduated with honors from the Hartt School of Music (West Hartford, CT) where she received Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in performance and music education studying with prominent teachers Steven Maxym and Frank Morelli. She is currently the principal bassoonist with the Lexington Symphony, where she was featured soloist, Lexington Chamber Players and the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. As a freelanced bassoonist she has performed with National Lyric Opera of New York touring orchestra, the Boston and Rhode Island Philharmonics, New Haven and Hartford Symphonies (CT), Emmanuel Music, Boston Virtuosi, Boston Bel Canto Opera, Orchestra of Indian Hill and many regional orchestras throughout New England. An avid chamber musician, Patti has performed in and around the Boston area. She has performed live on WGBH Boston, including in the spring of 2013 when she performed the chamber music of Joseph Jongen. She participated in the chamber music festival Le Festival International Du Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada where she studied with Christopher Millard, and in July 2010 she studied with Giorgio Versiglia and performed at the Sebino International Music Festival in Pisogne, Italy. More recently, Patti performed as a soloist with Musici Di Parma/Sebino Festival in Predore, Italy in 2011, and was invited to be featured soloist performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in October 2012 with the Boston Chamber Orchestra. A passionate educator for over twenty years, she has served on the faculties of the University of Hartford/Hartt School of Music Preparatory Division, All Newton Music School, and Youth and Muse International Summer Festival, Boston Conservatory. In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, Patti teaches bassoon for the Brockton and Walpole Public Schools.
Terry Myers became a member of the Lexington Symphony in 1999. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied bassoon with Leonard Sharrow and Mordechai Rechtman. She also holds a master’s degree from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Ms Myers has served as Music Director of the Boston Recorder Society, and is currently a faculty member of Gordon College and an instrumental music teacher in the Lincoln Public Schools. She is active as a freelance musician in the Boston area; performing in various orchestral, theater, and chamber music groups. She has performed as a soloist with both the Gordon College Orchestra and Symphony by the Sea. Ms. Myers performs with the Massachusetts Symphony, the Lexington Symphony, the Thayer Woodwind Quintet, and the Woods and Wire Performing Ensemble. In addition to playing the bassoon, she also enjoys tending to her kids, her cats, and her garden.
Anne Howarth is an active orchestral player, chamber musician, and teacher in the Boston area. Anne performs regularly with the wind quintet Vento Chiaro and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears occasionally with the Hartford Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the mixed-instrumentation chamber group Radius Ensemble and serves as its outreach director. Fueled by an interest in the intersection between music and dance, Anne has collaborated with modern dance troupe Monkeyhouse and dancer/choreographer Karen Krolak. Anne teaches horn and coaches chamber music at Tufts University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, maintains a private studio, and is on the horn faculty of the Brookline Music School and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Anne studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and holds degrees from Oberlin College, Oberlin College Conservatory, and New England Conservatory.
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Jeremy Ronkin currently freelancing in and around the Boston area, is a highly sought after French Hornist. Jeremy has performed with orchestras throughout the country and has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Jeremy is also an active teacher and chamber music coach and currently is Instructor of French Horn at Brown University. A native of the Boston area, Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Music in composition from Memphis State University and a Master of Music in French Horn Performance from Northwestern University. His teachers include Dale Clevenger, Eric Ruske, and Richard Dolph.
Richard Given has been principal trumpet of Lexington Symphony since 2005 and has been called “…a sovereign of the Trumpet” by the Boston Globe for his work with Boston Classical Orchestra, where he served as principal trumpet for over 20 years. Known for his musical versatility, he has toured nationally with the Broadway shows Les Miserables, Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, and Sweeney Todd, and has played in the Boston productions of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. In addition, he has toured Italy performing the music of Bach and Haydn with the Chorus of Westerly. His diverse styles can be heard on such recordings as The Sounds of Trinity, Candlelight Carols and on Gunther Schuller’s Jumpin’ in the Future. His premiere performance of a work for solo trumpet and tape delay by Jonathan Harvey, commissioned by MIT, earned him the Boston Globe‘s accolade: “Given is a genius of sound.”
Zebediah Upton, trumpet, has enjoyed great success both in the United States and abroad. Zeb is a graduate (B. Music, M. Music) of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, a former Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, and former Principal Trumpet of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. Zeb has performed as a substitute with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and New World Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the American Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra. Most recently, as a member of Prism Brass, Zeb was a quarter-finalist at the 2008 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
Peter Charig is an accomplished freelance artist, based in Boston and performing with a number of ensembles throughout the Northeast. As a student, Peter studied at the Eastman School of Music with John Marcellus, and at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts with Scott Hartman. As a student at the Aspen Music Festival, he enjoyed additional studies with Per Brevig, Chris Dudley, and John Rojak. As an artist, Peter has had the opportunity to perform with such ensembles as the Boston Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Albany Symphony, the Albany Pro Musica, the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, and he has taken part in performances at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the New York Brass Conference. As an educator, Peter has been on the faculty of the Poughkeepsie Day School and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, in addition to maintaining a private teaching schedule. In September of 2010 Peter joined the board of directors for the Lexington Symphony, and he has performed as principal trombone with the Lexington Symphony since 2005.
Chris Beaudry, originally from Putnam, Connecticut, holds a Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He is a Boston area freelance musician, performing regularly with the Lexington Symphony, the Plymouth Philharmonic, and Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has also performed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, and Indian Hill Symphony. In addition to his work in the New England area, Chris has also performed with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jobey Wilson‘s charismatic style of tuba playing has entertained audiences all over the world. Born and raised a prodigious golfer in Broken Arrow, OK, Jobey retired his golf clubs at the age of 18 to pursue his new love of music. After completing his BM at the University of Oklahoma, he moved northeast to refine his skills with the legendary Chester Schmitz of the Boston Symphony & Pops. In 2001, Wilson earned a Master’s degree from New England Conservatory and has since resided in Boston as a freelance performer and teacher. Wilson holds the principal tuba positions with the Lexington Symphony, Atlantic Symphony, and the New Bedford Symphony. He has also performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Albany Symphony (NY), Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland Symphony (ME), New World Symphony (FL), Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony (CO). Wilson is Adjunct Professor of Music/Low Brass at Boston College, Low Brass & Chamber Music Coach for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Brass Instructor for the Westborough, Hopkinton, Ashland, and Lexington Public Schools (MA). He now pursues his Doctorate at Boston University in his copious spare time. In April 2009, Wilson performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Bass Tuba with the Lexington Symphony, and he has also performed as a soloist with many local community bands.
Karl Seyferth grew up in Lexington and began his percussion studies in the Lexington Public Schools music program. Subsequently he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Everett “Vic” Firth, legendary timpanist of the Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestras. He has been a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under Benjamin Zander, and of the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston. Currently, in addition to serving as timpanist of the Lexington Symphony, Karl holds similar posts with the Indian Hill Symphony and the Symphony by the Sea in Marblehead. He is also Principal Percussionist of the New Bedford Symphony.
Percussionist Yumiko Watanabe was born in Yamanashi, Japan. She began studying classical piano at age 4, and classical percussion at age 13. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Orchestral Percussion from Tamagawa University in Tokyo, Japan. She was awarded the BEST (Berklee Entering Student Talent) and the US Tour scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied jazz vibraphone with Grammy award winner Dave Samuels, and majored in Jazz Composition and Arranging. In 2002 she formed “The Northern Lights Band,” for which she composed and arranged all the music, and served as leader and vibraphonist. Her work with The Northern Lights Band was recognized in 2005 by Jazz Revelation Records. The band’s recording of Yumiko’s original composition “Al Amanecer” was included in the JR album “TWO." Yumiko is very active as an orchestra percussionist throughout New England. She is a member of the the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the Lexington Symphony.
Gréta Ásgeirsson is principal harpist of the United States Air Force Band based in Washington, D.C. In addition to her duties in Washington, D.C., Gréta serves as the principal harpist for the Lexington (MA) Symphony Orchestra and was previously the principal harpist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has two decades of orchestral experience performing with the Chicago Symphony, Portland (ME) Symphony, Boston Ballet, and the Tanglewood Music Center orchestras. No stranger to performing a wide variety of music and styles, Gréta made her Carnegie Hall debut with John Rutter and the New England Symphonic Ensemble and then toured Florida with Barry Manilow in January 2011. Gréta has been hailed as “crisp confident, and soulful” and a “wonder” in countless performances of Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane, Handel’s Harp Concerto, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro, and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Gréta holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she studied with Ann Hobson Pilot and Jessica Zhou. Gréta also studied with Sarah Bullen, earning a Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Paul Carlson, pianist, has dedicated his performance career to presenting concerts with unique programming. He appears frequently as a solo recitalist and also as a collaborative musician. Freshness characterizes his programs, which strike a careful balance between the familiarity of great music of the standard repertoire, and the exciting discovery of new or neglected works. He has a special interest in music originating in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially unfairly neglected works. Very much in this vein, his new CD features the First Piano Sonata by Charles Ives and the Preludes by Ruth Crawford Seeger. It is available online through all the major outlets. Paul Carlson received a Bachelor of Music degree from Gordon College, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Boston University. His teachers include Tong-Il Han, Raymond Hanson, Maria-Clodes Jaguaribe, Boris Berman, Fred Broer, Saul Skersey and Marjorie Richie. He has taught at Gordon College and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He also serves as President of the Chromatic Club of Boston, a 125-year-old music club. At present he lives in Watertown, MA, and teaches at the Lexington Music School.