Sam Magill, ‘Cello
was educated at the Peabody Conservatory and was a student of Zara Nelsova. Currently he is a member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and was previously a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Sam was Principal Cello of the New York Symphonic Ensemble, for nine tours of Japan playing major cello concerti.
Andrew Behrens, double bass,
is a native of Huntington, NY. He has
performed with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, AspennMusic Festival, and the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. His principal teachers include Timothy Cobb of the New York
Philharmonic and Leigh Mesh of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.He holds degrees from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and Bard College.
Douglas Myers, trumpet and horn, Artistic Director,
has been solo trumpet in orchestras in the United States (Milwaukee, New Jersey), Europe (Bergen) and Asia( Hong Kong), before turning his attention to a career as soloist and chamber musician. In addition to the piccolo trumpet, he also specializes in the newly invented corno da caccia, or piccolo French horn. The New York Times said of a Carnegie Hall solo performance that he “Played with sheer musicianship….beautiful sound.”
Terence Flanagan, keyboard continuo,
is one of the country’s leading organists. He served as Organist and Assistant Choirmaster at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church for over 18 years, working with Dr. Richard Westenburg. He studied organ with Dr. John Weaver at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Juilliard School. Terry is currently the Music and Children’s Choir Director at the Presbyterian Church in Mount Kisco.
Oboist Lillian Copeland
recently relocated to New York City after playing eight seasons as Principal Oboe with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra in Chile. While in Chile, Lillian performed twice as soloist; once with her orchestra, and once with the Chamber Orchestra of the Universidad Mayor, where she was also Professor of Oboe. Aside from the diverse repertoire of opera, ballet and orchestral programs, Lillian was active in chamber music, touring the south of Chile with her woodwind quintet, and performing with the Ensamble Filarmónico. An ardent supporter of new music, Lillian premiered new works at the annual Contemporary Music Festival in Santiago. Since being in the New York area, Lillian has been an active freelancer, playing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, among others. She is a member of the contemporary Flute and Oboe duo, FloBot, and also has a private oboe studio.
Joel Pitchon, violinist,
is a soloist, concertmaster, chamber music player, and Professor of violin and chamber music at Smith College. Mr. Pitchon has served as the concertmaster for numerous orchestras; including the Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona (Spain), the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the EOS Chamber Orchestra. The New York Times noted his playing in the EOS production of Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du Soldat as “superb.”
Trumpeter James Ross
joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1994. Previously, he was Principal Trumpet of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and a frequent performer with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra. His freelance activities have included performances as Principal Trumpet at Tanglewood with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and concerts with the New York-based chamber orchestra, Orpheus. He has been a guest of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and was a member of the NY Philharmonic.
has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1987. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Juilliard School where he was Principal Viola of each of the school’s three orchestras. Mr. Lionti also studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard School String Quartet. From 1983-87 he was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a faculty member at Macomb County Community College, a founding member of the Ventura String Quartet, and a member of the Renaissance City and Lyric Chamber Players. He has served as Guest Principal Viola for the Indianapolis, New Jersey and American Symphony Orchestras as well as the Santa Fe Opera. He has appeared at many summer festivals, including the Casals, Bard, Waterloo, Meadowbrook, Adirondack, Sunflower, and Southampton Music Festivals. Mr. Lionti is conductor of the Westchester County Youth Orchestra, and the Downtown Sinfonietta of White Plains, New York