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 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 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 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, 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.
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. www.easternwindsymphony.org
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