Todd Nichols

Todd Nichols is the artistic director and conductor of the Eastern Wind Symphony and is Director of University Bands at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He serves as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and recording producer, and is especially honored to have guest conducted the United States Army Field Band. An advocate for new compositions, Nichols has supported the efforts of composers in over 20 commissions from numerous leading composers.


As artistic director for the Eastern Wind Symphony, Nichols conducted performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and commissioned six new works. Under his direction, the EWS has recently received multiple GRAMMY Award eligibility nominations and has been invited to perform at major conventions including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, NAfME All Eastern Convention, and Association for Concert Bands National Convention.


Nichols was published in The Conductor’s Companion – 100 Rehearsal Techniques, Imaginative Ideas, Quotes, and Facts. He was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association and American School Band Directors Association in 2016, received two NBA Citations of Excellence, and the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award.

Allison Brewster Franzetti

A multiple GRAMMY Award nominee and Latin GRAMMY Award winner, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti is known for her stunning virtuosity and musicality. Performances include the televised Latin Grammy Awards, the Grammy Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang, and the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. She has been a guest soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic, English Sinfonia, City of Prague Philharmonic, Denver Symphony, Colonial Symphony, European Women’s Orchestra, and the Montclair Orchestra. She played the world premiere of Carlos Franzetti’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, the European premiere with the Janáček Philharmonic, and the U.S. premiere with the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Solo recitals include debuts at Merkin Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and tours throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Argentina.


As accompanist and chamber musician, Franzetti has collaborated with composers and directors worldwide, including Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Stephen Paulus, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Aldridge, Victoria Bond, David Maslanka, Carlos Franzetti, Paquito D’Rivera, Ruben Blades, Benny Goodman, Julius Baker, Ransom Wilson, Eugenia Zukerman, and Robert White. Franzetti holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She joined the faculty of the InterHarmony International Music Festival in 2019.

Rebecca Cypess

Musicologist and historical keyboardist Rebecca Cypess is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She is the author of Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo’s Italy (2016) and Women and Musical Salons in the Enlightenment (forthcoming, 2022). As a performer, Cypess is a specialist in historical keyboard instruments. In recent years she has performed at Columbia University, Queens College, the Center for Jewish History in New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Duke University’s Collection of Historic Instruments, Cornell University’s Forte/Piano Festival, and conferences of the American Musicological Society and the Association for Jewish Studies. Cypess is founder and director of the Raritan Players, which has garnered praise for its recordings exploring the performance practices of women in the eighteenth century. She was the 2018 recipient of the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for contributions to historical performance.


Kaoru Hinata

Kaoru Hinata has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She was the first prize winner of the Lawrence Beauregard Competition in Canada and a prize winner in the Myrna Brown Competition in Texas. She has been featured as soloist with the Symphony of Westchester, the Norfolk Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Choral Society Symphony. A dedicated chamber musician who has premiered works by Christopher Theofanidis, Dan Cooper, and Dan Sonenberg, she has also played for Broadway shows such as Sunset Boulevard. She holds degrees from Yale University and Northwestern University, and her teachers include Ransom Wilson, Walfrid Kujala, and Keith Underwood. Kaoru is on the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.


Roger Nye

Roger Nye joined the bassoon section of the New York Philharmonic in September 2005. He is recognized for his versatility as an orchestral bassoonist, having held principal positions with both the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony. He was also the second bassoonist of the Omaha Symphony for 11 seasons. He has held teaching positions at Augustana College and Sioux Falls College, both in Sioux Falls SD, while serving as the Principal Bassoonist of the South Dakota Symphony.


Nye has performed as soloist with the South Dakota Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra with Joseph Silverstein, and the Sydney Symphony. He has also been a performer on the New York Philharmonic’s Merkin chamber music series. He is currently on the Faculty of Manhattan School of Music and the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Kathleen Nester

Kathleen Nester is Solo Piccolo/Assistant Principal Flute of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and flutist in the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut. Nester is a highly sought-after freelance artist in the NYC metropolitan area and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center, Caramoor, and Bravo! Vail Music Festivals. She has been featured as a concerto soloist on flute, piccolo, and recorder with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, and on tours of Japan with The New York Symphonic Ensemble.


Nester has been the solo flutist for several Broadway productions, including the revivals of Man of La Mancha, Evita, An American in Paris, and Sunset Boulevard. She can be heard on flute, piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute on many motion picture soundtracks, including Julie and Julia, The Alamo, Tower Heist, and The Joker. Nester maintains a private teaching studio in New York City, coaches the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, and is a member of the adjunct flute faculty at New York University.


Brett Deubner

Brett Deubner, one of the foremost violists of his generation, is an international soloist and chamber musician who has performed with orchestras on five continents. Deubner has performed with more than 80 orchestras in 11 countries and has made 20 CDs on labels such as Naxos, Centaur, Innova, Navona, and Albany, recording music written for him as well as other new music for viola.


A devoted and passionate chamber music collaborator, Deubner has performed with Pinchas Zukerman, Joseph Kalichstein, Andre Michel-Schub, the Tokyo Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, and Colorado Quartet, as well as clarinetist Guy Deplus and flutists Ransom Wilson and Carol Wincenc. Deubner is endorsed by D’Addario Strings and is on the string faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City and the Round Top Festival in Texas.


Lynne Cohen

Oboist Lynne Cohen plays both oboe and english horn as a soloist, orchestral player, and commercial artist. In addition to being Principal Oboe of the Riverside Sinfonia and a member of the Bethlehem Bach Orchestra, she had previously served as Principal Oboe of the Palm Beach Symphony, Opera and Ballet. She has performed with many of the orchestras in the New York City area, including the New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Westfield Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Stamford and New York Grand Operas, New York Virtuosi, Queens Symphony, and Brooklyn Philharmonic.


On Broadway, Cohen has held permanent positions in Broadway shows including Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Porgy and Bess, La Boheme, Cinderella, and Les Miserables. She can be heard on multiple cast albums and on recordings of Harry Connick, Kelli O’Hara, Jason Robert Brown, John Miller and the Gotham Winds, as well as the NBC broadcasts of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan. Cohen resides in Chatham with her husband, the conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, where she maintains an active oboe studio.


The Eastern Wind Symphony

The Eastern Wind Symphony, founded in the spring of 1996, is a wind ensemble of 65 professional musicians from the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas. The EWS has presented performances at Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Patriots Theater at the War Memorial. The EWS has also performed at The Midwest Clinic, Northeast Horn Conference, Association for Concert Bands National Convention, International Trumpet Guild Conference, and multiple NaFME Eastern Division Conferences.


Internationally acclaimed musicians including Stanley Drucker, Phil Smith, Paul Cohen, Joe Alessi, Alan Baer, Greg Giannascoli, and Allen Vizzutti have performed with the ensemble. The EWS is proud to be active in commissioning for wind band from today’s leading composers, including Julie Giroux, Joseph Spaniola, Bruce Yurko, Kevin Bobo, and William Ryden. The EWS has produced commercial CDs on the Klavier, Curnow Music Press, and MASTERS labels and is proud to now be represented on Navona Records.


Dr. Paul Cohen

is one of America’s most sought-after saxophonists for orchestral and chamber concerts and solo recitals. He has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Richmond Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Philharmonia Virtuosi. His many solo orchestra performances include works by Debussy, Creston, Ibert, Glazunov, Martin, Loeffler, Husa, Dahl, Still, Villa-Lobos, Tomasi, and Cowell. He has also performed with a broad range of orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera (NYC), American Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Group for Contemporary Music, Greenwich Symphony, Charleston Symphony, New York Solisti, Phiharmonia Virtuosi, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded three albums with the Cleveland Symphonic Winds under the direction of Frederick Fennell and an album of the music of Villa-Lobos with the Quintet of the Americas as well as recordings with the Saxophone Sinfonia, Philharmonia Virtuosi, New York Solisti, Paul Winter Consort, North-South Consonance, and the New Sousa Band. He collaborated with Paquito d’Rivera in a 2017 release of a lost work by Cuban composer Caturla. His most recent recordings include Quiet City, which includes premiere recordings of works by Ornstein, Lunde and Harltey, as well as Breathing Lessons, an album of new works for saxophone quartet. In 2016 his album American Landscapes was released featuring three centuries of American music for saxophone including the newly discovered concerto by the 19th-Century American composer Caryl Florio. In 2018 his album Common Ground features chamber music with strings, winds, and piano, including premiere recordings of works by Aldridge, Shawn, and McPeek. In 2019, New York Rising, featuring recent saxophone quartets written for Cohen was released, plus a first recording of Grainger’s Lisbon. Earlier recordings include Vintage Saxophones Revisited, including the premiere recording of Cowell’s Hymn and Fuguing Tune #18. Cohen is featured on a 2016 release of the saxophone music of Henry Cowell and Percy Grainger, as soloist and chamber player on alto and soprano saxophones.


Cohen has rediscovered and performed lost saxophone literature, including solo works for saxophone and orchestra by Loeffler, Florio and Dahl (for winds), as well as rare chamber works by Grainger, Ornstein, Sousa, Cowell, Siegmeister, and Loeffler. As arranger he has written The Renaissance Book for saxophone quartet (Galaxy Music); Four Piano Blues by Copland for saxophone quartet (Boosey and Hawkes); and, as editor, has prepared the ossia passages for the Concerto for Saxophone by Ross Lee Finney. His company, To the Fore Publishers, ( publishes his arrangements and settings for saxophone ensemble as well as original, historical, and contemporary saxophone works from selected composers. Cohen frequently presents lectures illustrating his talks with rare instruments, manuscripts, and archival material from his extensive private collection. The Presser Music Company recently published his arrangement for saxophone choir of Variations on America by Charles Ives and the Schumann setting of Billing’s When Jesus Wept. Boosey and Hawkes just issued Cohen’s saxophone quartet arrangements of music Simple Gifts, and Our Town by Aaron Copland. He also has authored The Altissimo Primer a specialized technique book. Cohen holds an MM and D.M.A. degree from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers have included Galan Kral, Joe Allard, and Sigurd Rascher. He has published more than one hundred articles on the history and literature of the saxophone worldwide. His seminal column, “Vintage Saxophones Revisited,” was featured in the Saxophone Journal from 1985 - 2002. Cohen is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University. photo: Matt Dine



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