Molly Aronson is a cellist known for her "solidity and verve" (San Francisco Classical Voice), and has performed throughout the US and internationally. As a chamber musician, some highlight performances include Embassy Series in Washington, D.C, Savannah Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, Chateau Festival in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany, Chamber Players International, Luzerne Festival Series, Musica Classical at the Colombian Consulate, Mohawk Trails Concerts, and Interlochen Faculty Chamber Series. She has given chamber music performances with Amazonas, and the Larchmont Chamber Players at Carnegie Hall. In addition, Molly has toured with the Sernedip Piano Trio, RT9 Ensemble, Anderson Hill Trio, and with Eric Genuis’ Concerts for Hope, performing piano trio music in state prisons across the US.
As a proponent of contemporary music, Molly frequently works with living composers premiering, performing, and recording their newly composed pieces. She has played on such series as the Bargemusic: Here and Now, Luzerne Faculty Concert Series, Loudbox, Live Oak Concerts, the Composer's Voice, Spectrum NYC, Lex54 Concerts, Firehouse Space Concerts, Interlochen New Music Series. Molly served as Music Director and cellist of Sanctuary Project, an aleatoric multi-disciplinary storytelling ensemble, and performed and acted in The Crook of Your Arm as a part of FRIGID, the NYC winter Fringe Festival.
Working with larger ensembles, Molly has been a concerto soloist with the Holyoke Civic Symphony, and has been a featured performer with the Opus One Chamber Orchestra, Asian Cultural Symphony, New York Virtuosi Orchestra, Purchase Symphony Orchestra, and Interlochen Arts Academy Choir. She has played with the Savannah Philharmonic, Glens Falls Symphony, Long Island Concert Orchestra, and Eastern Chamber Orchestra as a member of the cello section.
Not limited to the realm of classical music, Molly has performed with such artists as Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, Disturbed, 2Cellos, The Irish Tenors, Celtic Thunder, The Game of Thrones Live Experience, Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, TD Gardens, Mohegan Sun, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and XL Center. She appeared with Vanessa Williams at Lincoln Center, Songwriter’s Orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge and the Tillis Center, and played on Sessions at the Hempstead House jazz series. She recently completed a residency with Britton and the Sting at NuBlu, and toured Montana with Kristen Estelle and the Heartstrings after recording her most recent album.
Molly has held teaching positions as an adjunct cello instructor at SUNY Purchase, chamber music coach for the New York State Summer School of the Arts – Orchestral Studies, and was awarded a Teaching Fellowship to join the cello faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp. She is currently a Teaching Artist with the InterSchool Orchestras, is on faculty at Larchmont Music Academy, Bloomingdale School of Music, and the Luzerne Music Center during the summers.
Oliver Barrett received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School.
After completing his master’s degree, Oliver had the privilege of playing second trombone during the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s 2015–2016 season, with additional performances as guest principal trombone of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016 Oliver was selected to join Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall, which is "a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States." Recently, he performed as principal trombone of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Symphony.
As an educator, Oliver is currently a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic, Interim Lecturer of Trombone at Princeton University, and the assistant director of brass bands at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s. Oliver is pursuing his doctoral degree in trombone performance at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he is the graduate teaching assistant.
Flute, Piccolo, Alto & Bass Flutes, Baroque Flute
A former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mary Barto is the recipient of the Distinguished University Teaching Award from Mannes School of Music, The New School University. Her major teachers include Julius Baker, John C. Krell, Herbert Levy and Sandra Miller. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. She has toured Western Europe with harpsichordist Eve Kugler and across the United States as soloist for the legendary Skitch Henderson, founder of the New York Pops.
A Part-time Associate Teaching Professor at Mannes, Mary Barto teaches Flute and is the Director of the Preparatory Division’s Flute Ensemble as well as coaching mixed Chamber Music. These groups performed in May of 2018 in the Black Box Theatre at Mannes. She also founded and directs the Flute Ensemble at Fordham University. In May of 2018, the Fordham Flutes, gave their Spring Concert at Steinway Hall on Sixth Avenue. For eleven years, she was the coordinator of the Adult Chamber Music Program at the Lucy Moses School – Kaufman Center, where she continues as a Chamber Music teacher and instructor of Flute.
Mary Barto performs solo concerts and offers Master Classes across the US and has performed on New York’s “Artists in Concert”, WQXR. She was a soloist with the Mannes Community Orchestra. She performs with the New York Composers Circle, dedicated to the showcasing of innovative new works by living composers. Last January, she was featured in a chamber music program at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Hall.
She is an Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Columbia University-Teachers College, Adjunct Professor at Fordham University and Assistant Professor at Hunter College of the City of New York where she also coaches mixed Ensembles. She performed at Hunter’s Lang Hall last April. She is the Woodwinds Coach for the Carnegie Hill and Concert Orchestras of the InterSchool Orchestras of NY – ISO.
Among her Broadway Orchestral credits are “Annie”, “The King and I” and “Les Miserables”. Her film score recordings include numerous works by Academy Award winning composer John Barry. Her work for Eric Selch’s Federal Music Society was performed on authentic period instruments and recorded by New World Records.
Her Quintet, The New York Five, has the unusual instrumental combination of Flute, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Piano. All of their music was composed by pianist George Quincy. Their CD, “Choctaw Nights” is available from Albany Records. Their latest CD, “Journey of the Red Feather” is available from Amazon, CD Baby and Flute World.
2014 brought the rare honor of a GRAMMY AWARD nomination.
Trifon Dimitrov was born in Pleven, Bulgaria. After graduating the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2002, Trifon moved to Frankfurt,
Germany where he studied and performed till 2004. In 2004 he began studying at Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music in New York, USA. Trifon has performed at numerous Jazz Festivals, clubs, TV, Radio shows and Broadway shows around the world. Currently based in NYC, Trifon actively
performs in USA and around the world.
Thomas Giles is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator based in New York City. He frequently performs across the United States and in Europe with the acclaimed MANA Quartet and as a soloist. Giles also has performed with New York City Opera, Contemporaneous, Metropolis Ensemble, the American Repertoire Theater, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (off-broadway), and as a session musician for film. On faculty with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and
as a Faculty Mentor at the Harmony Program, Giles regularly teaches all levels and abilities, and works one-on-one with teaching artists in public schools across the five boroughs. He has presented guest lectures and masterclasses at institutions such as the Manhattan School of Music, Academy of Music Szczecin, Le Conservatoire de Strasbourg, and dozens of others. He holds a Doctorate of Music degree in Woodwind Performance from the Florida State University.
Brooklyn-based cellist Timothy Leonard completed his master's degree in 2018 under the tutelage of Marcy Rosen at the Aaron Copland School of Music. While there, Tim was the recipient of the Artur Balsam Chamber Music Scholarship, won the concerto competition with Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto in A minor, and performed Bernstein's Three Meditations from MASSwith the Queens College Orchestra. Tim has concertized in China, Australia, Italy, Iceland, and Mexico and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard Quartet, Momenta Quartet, MET Orchestra, and Iceland Symphony. Tim is an active freelancer in New York and New Jersey: he recently premiered new works at BAM and Bargemusic and appeared at Carnegie Hall and NJPAC. Last year, Tim performed with Jon Batiste on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and NPR's Live From Herewith Chris Thile.
Nicholas Martin has performed in the past with the Boston Pops, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds Opera Orchestra (Italy) and is currently a member of the Allentown Symphony. Education includes New England Conservatory studying with Norman Bolter, California State University Long Beach (Jeff Reynolds) and the American Youth Symphony (Mehli Mehta). Mr. Martin is also a professional music educator working for the New York City Department of Education for over 15 years. His private studio students have gone on to study Music Performance at Kean University, Montclair State University, Juilliard, Delaware State University, and Bard Conservatory of Music. Mr. Martin also performs regularly with his contemporary chamber music ensemble Skyline Brass.
Earl McIntyre Bass Trombone, Tuba,
At Mannes College of Music he studied Bass trombone with Simone Karasick and tuba with Thompson Hanks. Later he studied arranging with Slide Hampton and Bob Brookmeyer and studied privately with the famous brass teacher Carmine Caruso
Mr. McIntyre has played, recorded or arranged for Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, the Band, Stevie Wonder, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Aretha Franklin, Levon Helm, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Ellington Orchestra, the Thad Jones -Mel Lewis Orchestra, Slide Hampton, the Mingus Big Band, Cecil Taylor, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Fred Ho.
He has received numerous grants as a composer, player and educator from. The National Endowments of the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Meet the Composer, and others.. He appears on many Grammy award-winning recordings, has numerous film & Broadway credits and been involved in a number of Tony winning productions. Faculty credits include Long Island University, The New School for Social Research and SUNY at Purchase. Mr. McIntyre has also been a teaching artist for Young Audiences, Brooklyn Arts Council and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He’s done clinics through various arts organizations as well. At the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music he served as Director for the Jazz division. He was also producer and founder of the “Brooklyn Brass Fest” which featured a number of world class brass players and teachers In 2013 he and Renee Manning founded the Excelsior Music Studio, and educational program geared towards adults and seniors in Brooklyn. His latest CD is “Brass Carnival & Tribute.” For more information go to excelsiormusicstudio.com
Violist and string teacher Mary Eileen McNamee has been teaching and performing in and around the New York City area since 2004. She is currently serving as the director of Elementary Orchestras in New Hyde Park, NY, a position she has held since 2007. Ms. McNamee is an active member of the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA). In 2016, she became a member of the NMEA Executive Board, serving as the Vice President of both the 6th grade and 5th grade Divisions.
Ms. McNamee is a member of the Long Island String Festival Association and the National Association for Music Education. She is a certified New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Adjudicator, and sends several of her own students to the annual NYSSMA solo festival.
A native of New Jersey, Ms. McNamee spent her youth playing in several regional orchestras. She performed at the 1998 World Youth Music Forum in Moscow, Russia as a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and was the 1999 recipient of the New Jersey Music Educators Association Scholarship.
Ms. McNamee has performed in several venues in and around NYC, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Tilles Center in Long Island. Ms. McNamee has performed with the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, the Litha Symphony, and is the principal violist of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.
A dedicated teacher, Ms. McNamee believes that young people can learn valuable life skills such as determination, perseverance, teamwork, and goal setting through music. She also emphasizes music’s ability to open paths toward lifelong friendships and its power to cultivate a deeper understanding of the human experience.
Managing Director & Head Teaching Artist
Anthony Morris has been Principal Auxiliary and has toured internationally with The New York Philharmonic from 1999 to 2006 under the batons of Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel. From 2007 to the present, Morris plays extensively with The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. When he is not playing with NJSO, he is working on Broadway shows along with other numerous orchestras in the Tri-State area. Mr. Morris is also an instructor at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. He holds a B.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music and an M.M.A. from The Juilliard School of Music. Studied with internationally renowned Musicians such as Eugene Levinson, Paul Ellison, and Bruce Bransby. An ISO alumnus, Morris has been a low string coach since 2010. Contact Mr. Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Mullins is an NYC-based percussionist and drummer. She performs in chamber ensembles, orchestras, pop bands, musical improv comedy, as a soloist, and in collaboration with dancers. Sarah’s interests expand beyond Western art music, and she performs as a member of Balinese ensembles, Gamelan Dharma Swara (GDS) and Gamelan MEGA Surya, and sings with NYC’s Georgian choir, Supruli. She can be heard on Nerissa Campbell’s album After the Magic (Crooked Mouth Music, 2015) as a member of GDS, and is featured on the marimba in Michael Eaton’s album, Diaglogical (Destiny Records, 2017).
Sarah has led master classes in percussion and Balinese gamelan, lectured on graphic scoring and performance techniques, and has taught group lessons in percussion, African drumming, and bucket drumming. She regularly teaches private percussion and drum set lessons and music theory.
For more information, please see www.sarahmullins.info.
Lisa Pike holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (B.M.), The Juilliard School (B.M &
M.M.) and SUNY Stony Brook (D.M.A.). She performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, NYC
Ballet, Long Island Philharmonic, NY Pops, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Center for
Contemporary Opera, Little Orchestra Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater,
North/South Consonance, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra New England and original
instrument groups American Classical Orchestra, Rebel, New York Collegium and Concert
Royal. She was a featured performer at the 1999 International Horn Society Symposium.! !
Her festival appearances include the Festival dei Due Mondi in Charleston, SC and Spoleto,
Italy (soloist), Connecticut Early Music Festival (soloist), Caramoor, Vermont Mozart Festival
(soloist), Bard Festival and Yale at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Lisa is the solo horn on the
Grammy Award-winning recording of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra (New World
Records) and served as solo horn on Orchestra New England’s Grammy nominated recording
of The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives. She has recorded for RCA Victor, Koch International,
Music Minus One, Musical Heritage, CBS and numerous television commercials and movie
soundtracks. She has worked with popular artists Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli,
Brian Wilson, The Moody Blues, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, Mannheim Steamroller, Ray
Charles, Patti Lupone, The Three Irish Tenors, Liza Minelli, Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Martin and
Chita Rivera. Lisa served as orchestra contractor and solo horn on Barry Manilow’s CD, Two
Nights Live. She toured extensively as principal horn with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company
across Canada and the United States, Andrea Bocelli, and as principal horn the Canadian
company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera to Alaska and Hawaii, also the
Canada-wide tour of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and has appeared in over thirty
Broadway shows in NYC. ! !
Currently she teaches at William Paterson University, Kean University as professor of horn and
numerous music departmental courses, Teachers College Columbia University, Felician College,
and the Bloomingdale School of Music. In the past she taught at the University of Calgary
(Canada) as professor of horn. She is a teaching artist/consultant and entrance audition
advisor/adjudicator at the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing
Arts and has given masterclasses and coached sectionals and ensembles at the Frank Sinatra
School of the Arts. For a number of years Lisa was involved with the New Jersey Youth
Symphony serving as an orchestral coach, chamber music instructor, theory teacher and
assisted in conducting the ensembles. Currently she works with ISO in New York City where
she utilizes her skills as a orchestral coach by mentoring young musicians as well as their yearly
auditions and seating assessments conducted for their numerous orchestras. Lisa is on faculty
at the 92nd Street Y where she is a coach in the adult chamber music program. Dr. Pike who
possess New York State certification for Music (k-12) also serves as a New York State
adjudicator for the NYSSMA Music Festival.
Steven Rochen conducts ISO’s Carnegie Hill Orchestra. He has based his career on teaching children to perform with confidence. He has served for more than two decades on the faculties of Third Street Music School, Trinity School, and Meadowmount School of Music. Performances of his piece for solo violin, A Piece of Pi, (Ovation Press, pub.) have been mentioned in articles published worldwide by Agence France-Presse and other media services.
He studied violin with Sally Thomas and Fredell Lack and studied conducting with Igor Buketoff. In 2008 he was appointed the Paul-Philippe Bolduc Fellow, with research trips to Berlin, Vienna, and Prague. He has enjoyed working with the indie band The Baskervilles on their latest CD and also performs with his band The New Lost Faculty Ramblers.
Matthew Rotjan, Ed.D., is an active music educator committed to cultivating excitement and enthusiasm in music and music education. As a public school music educator, he recently joined the faculty of the Scarsdale Public Schools (NY), where he is on staff teaching orchestra at Scarsdale Middle School. Prior to this position, Matthew taught in the South Orangetown Central School District (NY), where he taught grades 3-8 string lessons and orchestra classes.
Outside of his activities in the public school, Matthew works with young musicians in NYC as a conductor of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York’s Morningside Orchestra, which has led him to conduct in Trinity Church, Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall. With a strong commitment to community music making, he is the co-founder/conductor of the Rockland Youth Orchestra, a not-for-profit organization in Rockland County (NY).
Matthew has recently written articles, guest conducted, and presented at conferences for the American String Teachers Association, Broome County Music Educators Association, Connecticut Music Educators Association, Nassau County Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, New Jersey Music Educators Association, New York State School Music Association, and the Vermont Music Educators Association. He has been invited to present his research, pedagogical practice, and philosophy at colleges and universities throughout the east coast and has twice been named a Quaterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.
Matthew earned his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he served as a music teacher supervisor, applied music instructor, research assistant, and cooperating teacher. His dissertation, “In-between and together with: Exploring the complexity of repertoire selection with orchestra teachers and their students,” examined the complex relationships between student interests and identities, teacher training and philosophy, and repertoire selection practices in public school orchestras. He is actively immersed in connecting theory to practice in music education, string pedagogy, and teacher preparation. Degrees are from Ithaca College (B.M.) in Music Education and Performance (cello) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.) in Music and Music Education.
Page Silverman-Primm is currently the Principle String Coach for InterSchool Orchestras, responsible for overseeing the coaches in all 4 ensembles. She currently teaches at Tottenville High School and directs 4 orchestras as well the THS String Quintet. Many of her groups have been adjudicated and received ratings of Gold with Distinction. She is the current orchestral director for the Staten island Salute to Music String Orchestra which regularly performs in Carnegie hall. In addition, she is the Orchestra Director at the Summer Arts Institute at Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts. Page is the professor of Orchestral and String Studies at Wagner College. She has performed Violin, viola, and cello with various orchestral organizations and also maintains a private studio of musicians ranging from primer level to pre college and college level in violin, viola, cello, and piano. She is currently a member of NAfME and ASTA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and her Master’s Degree from the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.
Barry Stern conducts the ISO Symphony, and he is also orchestra director of Ft. Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, as well as the Principal Conductor of the All City High School Orchestra. Co-author of the New York City Department of Education's commencement Music Examination, and a lead facilitator for professional development for New York City music teachers, in addition to serving on the committee that created the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.
As a violist, Barry has collaborated and performed with artists such as Quincy Jones, Mark Wood, Tevin Campbell, and Sarah Brightman. Barry is the founding conductor of NYC’s Summer Arts Institute String Studio, meeting at Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts in Astoria. Previously, Mr. Stern was the guest conductor of the NYSSMA Area All State Middle School Festival at Bishop Laughlin High School in Brooklyn, and served on the faculty of the New York State Music Camp and Institute at Hartwick College. Prior to becoming a full time educator, Mr. Stern had been Director of Orchestral Operations at Manhattan School of Music, and Director of the Bronx House School for the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of Lehman College (MAT), and the Manhattan School of Music (BM, MM), where he studied viola with Burton Kaplan and Karen Dreyfus, and conducting with David Gilbert and Jonathan Strasser.
Joseph comes to us from Ann Arbor Michigan; having just finished a Master’s degree in bassoon performance and chamber music, he relocated out east to pursue a doctorate in musical arts at Stony Brook University. His performances have taken him coast to coast across the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a performer Joseph has earned many awards throughout his career; Grand finalist and winner of the Western Michigan Univeristy Concerto Competition and 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition silver medalist with the Vanguard Reed Quintet, among other accolades. Joseph is also a passionate teacher, having produced numerous all state and honors achieving bassoonists. When he isn’t playing, Joseph enjoys exercising, spending time with his golden retriever Dunkin, and solving Rubik’s Cubes!
Violinist Marc Szammer has performed as a soloist and in chamber music recitals across Europe and North America.
As a New York-based freelancer, Marc plays and records with numerous groups including Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and Artemis Chamber Ensemble. He performs regularly in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as other New York venues such as The Blue Note and Le Poisson Rouge. He has also appeared with various pop artists such as Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, John Legend, The Miami Sound Machine, Amy Grant and Olivia Newton-John.
Born in Quebec, Canada, Marc began his musical studies at the age of five. He later pursued his musical training by attending New York City’s Mannes College of Music. As a student of Sally Thomas, he received the degrees of Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and also completed the Professional Studies Diploma in violin performance. A dedicated teacher, Marc is also a certified ski instructor and enjoys teaching both skiing and music to students of all ages.
Phil Rashkin is a New York City-based conductor and oboist. Mr. Rashkin is the music director for Opera Upper West and The Special Music School's Wind Ensemble, and he teaches at the Horace Mann School and Mannes Prep, a precollege division of The New School. Mr. Rashkin toured as an oboist with Josh Groban for the release of his album Stages, and other artists with whom Mr. Rashkin has worked with include Wycliffe Gordon, Sasha Cooke, and Mark O’Connor. Mr. Rashkin's musicianship has been described as "particularly ravishing" (The Observer) and "choice, tersely delivered moments from Phil
Rashkin" (Lucid Culture).