Brian Johnston is an alumnus of The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (Suffolk Principal Orchestra, 2010-2011). On November 12, 2018, Brian took the audition for 2nd trombone of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, where he competed with nearly 40 other trombonists for that position. Brian was the first one to play that day, and was successful in both the preliminary round and the finals. After being successful, Brian was offered a trial period with the
Steven Cooney, bass trombonist with the MYO Principal Orchestra, Class of 2007. With a passion for music and the arts, Steven began his career in the second grade after deciding the trombone was going to be his instrument of choice; the start to his story. While in MYO Steven was All State and All Eastern and was recognized as the bass trombonist for the All USA Band by the MENC. He also held the bass
Sarah Miller, MYO alumni 2015, currently a sophomore cello performance major at the Cleveland Institute of Music, competed and won first place in the Collegiate and Professional Division of the Tennessee Cello Competition at the University of Tennessee this weekend. In addition, last week Sarah was awarded a full fellowship to attend the prestigious Aspen Summer Music Festival and was also accepted for the second consecutive summer to the Young Artists Program of the National
From Long Island NY, Neil Miller is a second year Masters student at the Eastman School of Music majoring in viola performance. He also attended Eastman as an undergraduate and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. This past summer Neil spent 8 intensive weeks at the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckinridge Colorado where he performed in over 20 concerts playing 120 orchestral works. Conductors included Karina Canellakis, Andrew Litton, Peter Oundjian and
Leah Stevens played flute with MYO’s Suffolk Principal Orchestra for six years since its opening season in 2008. After graduating high school and leaving MYO, she began working on her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music for a bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance, as well as a minor in Art History through Case Western Reserve University. Leah has studied with world- renowned flute instructors, including Stefan Hoskuldsson, principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony
Veronica Mak was part of the Nassau Youth Chorale for her first three years in MYO, and then the inaugural Nassau Chamber Chorale her senior year. She is currently a Voice Performance undergraduate at Manhattan School of Music studying with Joan Caplan. Since her time with MYO, she has sung major choral works with Manhattan School of Music’s Chamber Choir at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, The Kennedy Center,
Audrey J. Edelstein played bassoon in the Nassau Principal Orchestra from 2009-2011, toured Eastern Europe with MYO in 2010, and interned at MYO in 2013. From her seat in the wind section, she watched Scott Stickley approach music and got hooked, realizing what she really wanted was to conduct.
Audrey J. Edelstein, Bassoon MYO Class of 2011
Bassist and Percussionist Tomoya Aomori is an active soloist and chamber musician who performs concerts and recitals worldwide. As a bassist, he tours around the world with his cellist wife Julia Kang, playing and organizing concerts and events under the name Aomori-Kang Duo (AKDuo.com). He is also a regular performer with the New York Chamber soloists, and he was the 1st place winner at the International Society of Bassists Young Bassist Competition in 2003.
Alexander Appel is a graduate student in percussion performance at NYU and is also a composer. Alex has stayed connected to MYO by performing with the Alumni Orchestra in June 2014, as well as performing with the Suffolk orchestras in November 2014, and coaching our Nassau percussionists as they prepare for their upcoming March 15 concert.
Here he is performing a solo percussion work written for him by composer Scott Stinson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpRruzmXIIE
Daniel Bassin, Class of 1999, is an active conductor, composer, trumpeter and improviser, currently Music Director of the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, a position he began in autumn 2010, and the newly-appointed Music Director/Choir Conductor at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo. Daniel came to Buffalo after working for five seasons with the American Symphony Orchestra, in New York City. A New York native, Daniel received his initial training at the Juilliard Pre-College, before
Scott Davis, son of MYO Board Treasurer Ken Davis, is from Plainview, New York and started playing the bass at age 9. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with James VanDemark, and a Master of Music from Indiana University, where he studied with Kurt Muroki. His other teachers include Timothy Cobb, Jeremy McCoy, Leigh Mesh, Owen Lee, and Bruce Bransby. Scott has previously attended the Round
Stephen Duggan was a proud member of MYO from 2000-2006 and performed with the Nassau Concert and Principal Orchestras under Patsy Koppeis and Scott Stickley. Stephen joined the MYO Staff in March 2010 where he started the MYO Office and served as General Manager of the organization until June 2016. He studied music performance at Queens College and is now a freelance musician and teacher. He has performed and toured internationally with such groups as
Kurt Ferguson was our guest soloist for the June 7, 2015 Alumni Concert and performed the Ferdinand David Concertino for trombone and orchestra. Kurt Ferguson was born and raised in Nassau County. His career has taken him from coast to coast, performing in venues such as Disney Hall, Houston Symphony’s Jones Hall, and Lincoln Center, as well as art museums and children’s hospitals. In addition to the standard orchestral repertoire, he is afforded the chance
Aside from touring China with MYO and working in the MYO Office, violist Bianca Ferrante teaches private lessons in the Long Beach and New Hyde Park area. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in General and Special Education for Grades 1-6. In her spare time, she performs at multiple Sunrise Senior Assisted Living facilities for residents that have Dementia and Alzheimer’s. She is also performing in the Long Beach Theater Guild’s production
Scott Harrison, Class of 1998, is the Vice President of Advancement and External Relations with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He leads the DSO’s communication and advancement teams tasked with meeting the DSO’s gift and grant requirements for general operating support, endowment, and other special needs. Before joining the DSO, Scott was the associate director of marketing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also spent several years managing community programs for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Roger Kalia played trumpet with the MYO Principal Orchestra from 2001-2003 and toured China with MYO in 2001. Winner of the 2013 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Roger Kalia has been hailed as a conductor who conducts with “vigor” and “commitment” (Charlotte Observer) and for bringing a “fresh view to classical music” (The Republic). He began his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony in September 2013 and he is in his third
Aaron Langenauer, Class of 2009, played in the MYO Principal Nassau Orchestra during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons. He then studied Music Education and Trumpet Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Aaron additionally studied instrumental conducting and served as the Music Director for the Clarkson University Orchestra, and furthered his studies while student teaching with his former MYO conductor, Scott Stickley. Since then, Aaron has
Katherine Liccardo played violin with the Nassau Principal Orchestra and was the winner of the 2009 MYO Concerto Competition, performing the Sibelius Concerto at Carnegie Hall. Katherine began her violin and piano studies at age 3. Her passion for music started at home, growing up in a household of music teachers and performers. Katherine received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Mannes College The New School for Music and is currently pursuing her Master of
Cellist and Singer Anthony Madonna is a current senior at Westminster Choir College, earning his degrees in Music Education & Vocal Performance. Throughout his time at Westminster, Anthony has become increasingly involved in the Princeton community. He has held conducting internships with the Princeton Girl Choir, the Westminster Neighborhood Children’s Choir, and the adult community choir Cantus Novus. Currently Anthony is a Teaching Artist with the Tony-Award winning McCarter Theater, leading theater classes focused on
Noreen Prunier played viola with the Nassau Principal Orchestra (Class of 2013) and is now a Nashville based singer/songwriter. Performing since the age of four for anyone willing to listen, she always knew that a music career was in her future. Originally from Nassau County, New York, Noreen moved to Nashville, TN in the fall of 2013 to start school at Belmont University and to pursue her career as a singer-songwriter. As a student at
Cellist, Kaitlyn Raitz, Class of 2007, grew up surrounded by an array of musical genres, finding each one more exciting than the next. These passions have led her to a career as a versatile cellist who is equally at home playing Schubert or Sondheim, sitting in on a bluegrass jam or reading a Beethoven string quartet, and performing on stage at Carnegie Hall or The Bitter End. Kaitlyn has worked with such diverse artists as