Woodwinds Program Coordinator
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Bassoonist Sasha Enegren is Assistant Professor, Woodwind Coordinator, and a member of the Montclair Woodwind Quintet, a faculty ensemble that mentors young chamber musicians through a professional residency program. Dr. Enegren is also a member of the Quintet of the Americas, a woodwind quintet focusing on music from South, Central, and North America. She has performed numerous concertos as a soloist with orchestras and premiered new compositions by local composers. She has been a member of the Savannah Philharmonic since 2010 and freelances extensively in the NY/NJ area. Committed to community engagement, Sasha volunteers in local schools where she gives group and individual music lessons to students of all ages. She has also played for the New York Philharmonic’s “Very Young People’s Concerts.” She has worked in the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at Manhattan School of Music and implements career guidance skills into her teaching. At Manhattan School of Music, she earned her master’s degree in orchestral performance and was honored as the outstanding graduate from their doctoral program. She has also studied at Mannes College of Music and Wake Forest University. She has published in the journals of the International Double Reed Society and the International Alliance for Women in Music.
Professor of Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Flutist Robert Cart has served as principal flutist of the Montclair Orchestra, and as flutist/piccoloist with the Grammy-nominated Landsdowne Symphony, Terre Haute Symphony, Roxborough Orchestra, and the Georgetown Symphony. He has toured England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and China. He made his debut as a soloist at the age of 16 performing Mozart’s Concerto in D, K314 with the Indianapolis Symphony. Since then, he has performed as soloist at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Whitehouse, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Philips Collection in Washington, D.C. His chamber music performances have included appearances with the Julius, Coolidge, Heimat, and Envoy String quartets, and he is the founding flutist of the Montclair Wind Quintet and the Cali Chamber Ensemble. An advocate for new music, he has premiered new works by Jennifer Higdon, Gary Schocker (with the composer at the piano in recital at Carnegie Hall), and Roger Hudson. Robert is a Powell Flutes Artist and Professor of Flute in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University
Flutist Janet Arms made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall as a prizewinner of the Concert Artists International competition while completing her Masters degree at the Juilliard School. She is a member of the New York City Opera orchestra and has also performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, as guest principal flutist with the St. Louis Symphony, and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She had a long-standing association with the Bard Festival Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra, has worked with the NYC Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New Jersey Symphony, as well as subbed on Broadway in The King and I, Finding Neverland and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Also active in commercial recording, Janet can be heard on PBS film documentaries including Jewish Americans, The Kennedy Years, and The Roosevelt Years. She is a Senior Artist Teacher and Associate Chair of Chamber Music of Winds and Brass at the Hartt School (CT). She has been a faculty member of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy – PRISMA in Powell River, BC and has spent several summers in Brazil, teaching and performing with the faculty of the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza
Benjamin Baron enjoys a diverse career including performances with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops, American Composers Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous Broadway shows. He has collaborated with the London Winds, Locrian Chamber Players, International Contemporary Ensemble, and as soloist with the New Haven Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, New York Symphonic Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra of New York where he serves as principal clarinet. Praised as a player of “great emotion, skill, and intensity” (Sioux City Journal) who “played with reverence” (New York Sun), demonstrated “clean, incisive clarinet playing” (American Record Guide), and “evoked sounds of nature” (New York Times), Baron has been featured on recordings for Sony Classical, Naxos, Orange Mountain Music, and the P.S. Classics recording of the critically acclaimed revival of Bernstein’s On The Town. Formerly on faculty at Lehman College, he has given master classes at New York University, University of Wisconsin, and Louisiana State University, among many others. He has degrees from Arizona State University, Yale University, Royal Conservatory of Belgium, and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. The Audition Method for Clarinet, released by GIA Publications and written in collaboration with Mark Nuccio, is being expanded into a series for other instruments.
KeriAnn DiBari is currently a member of the Little Orchestra Society, Greenwich Symphony, and Erie Philharmonic. She has performed as principal clarinetist and as a member of the clarinet/saxophone section in many orchestras including the New Jersey Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Choral Society, New York Virtuosi and American Symphony. She has performed with Matchbox 20, the Moody Blues, Joni Mitchell, Michael Feinstein, Crystal Gale, Mandy Patinkin, Peter, Paul and Mary, and the Manhattan Transfer. She has won many competitions and performed as soloist in concertos by Creston, Etler, Mozart and Weber. She has performed solo works of Debussy and Poulenc on New York’s WQXR radio and chamber music at Weil Recital Hall. She can be heard on many television commercials and in movies including Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, Hercules, and The Presidents (PBS). Her performances on Broadway include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Ragtime, and Crazy For You. She is heard on the original Broadway cast album of Beauty and the Beast, and on albums by Cy Coleman and the Gotham Wind Symphony. She has spent summers performing in Aspen, the Grand Tetons and Altenburg, Germany. Ms. DiBari was a student of Burt Hara, Bil Jackson, John Moses, Peter Simenauer and David Weber.
Alicia “Lish” Lindsey earned a MA Flute Performance from New York University and a BM Flute Performance/BA English from The College of New Jersey. University adjunct flute/music lecturer appointments include CUNY Brooklyn College, NJ City University, Wilkes University, and Mercer County Community College. She also taught woodwind method class at TCNJ. Lish is the flute artist-in-residence for Summer Music in Tuscany (Italy). Lish is piccoloist with the Capital Philharmonic, principal flutist with the Eastern Wind Symphony and Fresh Squeezed Opera Company and performs/has performed with the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and South Florida Symphonies, Riverside Symphonia, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Strauss Symphony of America, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Nova, and others. Tours include Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Evanesence, Hanson, Il Divo, Il Volo, Lindsey Stirling, Celtic Thunder, Rocktopia Live, and Video Games Live. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Kennedy Center, Verizon Hall, and venues in Japan, China, Italy, England, and Wales. Lish is a ryūteki performer with Columbia Instrumental Gagaku Ensemble and Tenri Gagaku Music Society in NY and was a regular Reed 1 substitute with the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in NYC.
Allison Loggins-Hull is a flutist, composer and educator with an active career performing and creating music of multiple genres. She is one half of the flute duo Flutronix, which was praised by the Wall Street Journal for being able “to redefine the instrument,” and by MTV Iggy for “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.” She has recently performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), NOVUS NY, singer/song-writer Toshi Reagon, jazz pianist David Virelles and hip-hop producer Ski Beatz. Her recordings with Flutronix include Flutronix, 2.0, Live From the Attucks Theatre and City of Breath. She has been featured in television segments on Telemundo, AriseTV, and The Daily Buzz, as well as an internationally broadcast ESPN Super Bowl commercial and the Black Girls Rock! Awards Show on BET. She has performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and regularly composes music for Flutronix. She is on the faculty of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and has taught at the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and The New School.
Flutist Wendy Stern is a member of the dynamic and innovative group Flute Force, winner of the Artists International Competition and recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the New York Council of the Arts. As a freelance flutist in New York, Wendy has played in the flute sections of many prestigious organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She has given premiere performances at Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in NYC, has been a featured performer at the National Flute Association conventions in Chicago, New York, California, New Mexico, North Carolina and Georgia and has been the guest artist at Suzuki Institutes at East Tennessee State University, Ithaca College, Denison University, Rockford College, MacPhail School of Music and the Rochester Minnesota Gashuku. Wendy has recorded CDs for CRI, VAI, Innova, MPR, Windham Hill and Adam Abeshouse. Wendy received her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, and post-graduation, studied with Toshio Takahashi at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan as a scholarship recipient of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Clarinetist David Sapadin is an active freelance musician in the New York City area. He has performed with Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, American Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Stamford Symphony and Albany Symphony. In addition to his freelancing, Mr. Sapadin is on faculty at Long Island University, Post, Mannes College Prep Division, The Special School at the Kaufman Center and Kinhaven Music School. Mr. Sapadin has a BM from the University of Southern California, a MM from Manhattan School of music and a performance certificate from Mannes College The New School For Music. He can be heard on commercially available recordings of the Metropolitan Opera and Rufus Wainwright. Mr. Sapadin was a student of Yehuda Gilad, Mitchel Lurie, David Krakauer and Ricardo Morales.
Harry Searing is an active freelance artist on both bassoon and contrabassoon in the New York City area and has been for over 30 years. Most notably, he has performed many concerts with the New York Philharmonic with such great conductors as Bernstein, Boulez, Mehta and Leinsdorf. In addition to performing with practically every classical organization in the New York – New Jersey area, he has performed with several distinguished groups while on tour, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2002 he performed nine concerts with three different organizations on Heckelphone, an extremely rare instrument. He can be heard as bassoon soloist in the soundtrack to Brian DePalma’s 2004 film, Femme Fatale. In addition to performing, Mr. Searing has an extensive career in music publishing, having worked for such publishers as Boosey & Hawkes, Schott, and G. Schirmer. In 2003, he started his own publishing firm, LRQ Publishing, devoted to the bassoon music of the great Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where is studied with Stephen Maxym.
An award winning musician in various competitions, saxophonist Chad E. Smith has performed throughout the world. He is also an active Broadway, recording and concert freelancer on bassoons, flute, clarinet, and saxophone. He has been a member of the Broadway orchestras of Wicked, Legally Blonde, and Follies, and has substituted for countless shows including 42nd Street, Spamalot, A Chorus Line and The Producers. He has performed with numerous orchestras on either saxophone, bass clarinet or clarinet including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and L’ Opera Français. He has also shared the stage with Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Pizzarelli, Frankie Valli, Arturo Sandoval Big Band, Bernadette Peters and Audra Macdonald to name a few. His movie credits include The Informant!, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, Monsters University and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Mr. Smith has been featured on television in Legally Blonde on MTV, Smash, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and the Tony Awards on CBS. He is a leading authority on the style of 1920’s saxophone pioneer Rudy Wiedoeft and has a passion for preserving the legacy of saxophone, bass clarinet and clarinet artist, Al Gallodoro.
Mary Watt received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Ronald Roseman. Other major teachers were Richard Killmer and John Mack. She was an assistant professor of oboe at Virginia Tech University before returning to New York where she performed with orchestras, chamber music groups and on Broadway. She was a member of the Quintet of the Americas for several years, which included tours in South America and the U.S. and a residency at Northwestern University. Moving to New England in 1990, she taught at Phillips Exeter Academy, performed with the Vermont Symphony, Portland Symphony, Concord Chorale, New Hampshire Symphony, Emmanuel Church in Boston and other musical groups in the area. Mary has also been Principal Oboe of the Bethlehem Bach Choir for over 30 years, performing with them at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and recording solo arias on the Dorian and Analekta labels. Other recordings of solo arias were made with the soprano Julianne Baird and the tenor David Gordon. She has given masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, University of New Hampshire, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mary teaches oboe and chamber music in the summers at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont, and founded their chamber music workshop for adults.
Stacy Wilson has won top prizes in many national and international competitions. In 2009, she became the first American saxophonist to win one of the top prizes as a saxophone/piano duo in the Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam, widely considered as one of the most prestigious competitions in the world for the interpretation of contemporary music. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with recent concert appearances in Japan’s Izumi Concert Hall, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw and Mahidol University in Thailand. She was recently featured as a guest concerto soloist with the United States Army Band in Europe. Dedicated to chamber music, she is the soprano saxophonist with the award-winning Zzyzx Quartet. Zzyzx was featured at the NASA Biennial Gala Concert at the Tempe Center in Arizona and at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. In 2012, they commissioned an original work for saxophone quartet by American composer, John Mackey, which is featured on their newest CD Intersections. Stacy is a saxophonist with the West Point Concert Band in New York and holds degrees from Indiana University Bloomington and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.