Benjamin Baron enjoys performing with New York City’s finest ensembles and traveling the world as a clarinetist. Praised by the American Record Guide for his “clean, incisive clarinet playing” and by the New York Times for having “evoked sounds of nature”, the New York Sun said his performance of Messaien’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps was “played with reverence.” Following a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, the Sioux City Journal hailed him as a player of “great emotion, skill, and intensity.” Career highlights include performing with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Composer’s Orchestra, New York Pops, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, and Brussels Philharmonic.
As a chamber musician, Baron toured Europe with the London Winds playing the Serenades of Richard Strauss and Mozart’s Gran Partita. He was a soloist for Lisa Bielawa’s Chance Encounters with The Knights Chamber Orchestra (Orange Mountain Music) and bass clarinetist for the world premiere of Gilad Cohen’s wind sextet, The Last Battle of King Sorrow, at Carnegie Hall with their affiliate ensemble, DeCoda. The American Symphony Orchestra featured him on Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet and he has collaborated with the Locrian Chamber Players, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Either/Or Ensemble, Ensemble Connect, and the International Contemporary Ensemble.
Baron has served as principal clarinet of the Chamber Orchestra of New York (Naxos), Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (Sony Classical), and New York Symphonic Ensemble which included numerous solo appearances on tours throughout Japan. He has been guest principal clarinet with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Montclair Orchestra, Scandia Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The Westchester Philharmonic also featured him as soloist for Paquito D’Rivera’s Danzón as did the New Haven Symphony for John William’s Victor’s Tale. He was the clarinetist for the Broadway revival of Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town and the critically acclaimed cast album released by P.S. Classics. He has also played Broadway productions of The King and I, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, My Fair Lady, The Great Comet of 1812, and Mary Poppins.
Baron is currently on the clarinet faculty at Montclair State University and is also the Woodwind Department Chair. He previously taught at City University of New York at Lehman College and is in residence at New York University as a member of the Quintet of the Americas. He has been a guest at many schools, often facilitated through his artist relationships with Buffet Crampon Clarinets and D’Addario Reeds. Baron is the Director of Winds and Brass at New York City’s Calhoun School where he has begun a composition initiative to address race and gender related inequities in student music while elevating the artistic quality of new works for young people. Jeffrey Scott, Katie Kresek, and Xinyan Li composed pieces for the inaugural year.
Baron earned his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music and received additional degrees from Yale University, Arizona State University, and the Royal Conservatory of Belgium which was funded through a fellowship from the Belgian – American Educational Foundation. His thesis, The Audition Method for Clarinet, Volume 1, is available from GIA Publications. Along with his co-author Mark Nuccio, Volume 2 is nearing completion and the method is being expanded into a series for additional orchestral instruments. Upcoming releases include The Audition Method for Violin with David Kim, flute with Joshua Smith, and horn with William VerMuelen.
Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Ben currently resides in Oradell, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. For more information please visit www.benjaminbaron.com.
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
Alexander Davis is a New York City based freelance bassoonist whose artistic practice centers healing, connecting, and community within classical music. An advocate of creating cross-cultural influences in the arts, Alexander is the founder and artistic director of the Sugar Hill Salon Chamber Music series based in the culturally robust community of Harlem, NY. This live-streamed series was created in response to the lack of black and brown woodwind representation within chamber music. He has played with orchestras and series such as Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and CityMusic Cleveland to name a few. He has performed in summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Banff Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Maine Chamber Music Seminar, and Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. In addition to performing, Alexander is faculty at the Maine Chamber Music Intensive and Usdan Summer Arts, administrative manager for the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, and a teaching artist at the Park Avenue Armory. He studied with Laura Koepke, Frank Morelli, Bob Williams, and Michael Ma.
Pedro R. Diaz
Pedro R. Diaz joined The Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and has performed as solo english hornist in hundreds of productions. As a sought after teacher, Mr Díaz has lectured extensively at the top music conservatories such as The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The Eastman School of Music,The Hartt Music School and Duquesne University. His international appearances include masterclasses in Panama, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Leipzig, Berlin, and Italy.
A native of Puerto Rico, he received his early musical training in the “Escuela Libre de Musica”, an esteemed public school for the performing arts. He has performed as a guest artist with The Chicago Symphony and The New York Philharmonic, among others.
Mr. Diaz has performed the opera, Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner, twenty four times in three different productions under the batons of James Levine, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle.
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
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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.
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.
Chad E. Smith
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Chad E. Smith‘s talent with multiple woodwind instruments has made him sought after as a Broadway, recording and concert performer from New York to Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Broadway orchestras of Wicked, Legally Blonde and Follies and has substituted in countless shows including 42nd Street, Spamalot, A Chorus Line, The Producers and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He has performed with numerous prestigious orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, New York Pops, Boston Pops, American Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Albany Symphony and L’ Opera Francais. He has also shared the stage with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Pizzarelli, The Temptations, Arturo Sandoval, Lady Gaga, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters and Audra Macdonald to name a few. His movie credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, West Side Story, Secret Life Of Pets 2, Little, The Informant!, Ted 2, Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud, I Saw the Light and Monsters University. Mr. Smith has been featured on television in Legally Blonde on MTV, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Grease on Fox, The Wiz and Hairspray on NBC, the Tony Awards on CBS and the Academy Awards on ABC. Chad’s woodwind talents can be heard daily on the Family Guy, American Dad, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Flash, Lucifer, Smash and The Simpsons and Fosse/Verdon. An award winning musician in various woodwind competitions, Chad has performed at music festivals all over the world, most recently the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, where he premiered SAX-O-PHILM: Sounds and Sights of the 20’s. SAX-O-PHILM highlights the music of sax pioneer Rudy Wiedoeft accompanied by piano, harp and silent films. Some other appearances include the IRDS, College Music Society, Adolph Sax Centennial, Eastman Saxophone, Montclair State Film Forum, World Saxophone Congresses in Strasbourg and Slovenia, North American Saxophone Alliance, Greenwich Concert Series, Delaware Recital Series, Clarion University, San Diego State University, San Diego State, University of Northern Colorado, Millersville University Single Reed Day, West Chester Saxophone Festival, Newark Concert Series and The Craftsbury Chamber Players. He currently is an adjunct professor of saxophone at Montclair State University and founder/director of the Masters in Woodwind specialization program. Chad E. Smith earned a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University where he was a student of Ted Hegvik. He later pursued a Master’s in Saxophone and Woodwind Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Ramon Ricker. Chad also studied briefly with the late woodwind virtuoso, Al Gallodoro and considers him an inspiration and mentor. He is honored to be a Selmer Artist and D’Addario Clinician. He proudly performs on Al Gallodoro and Ted Hegvik’s gold plated saxophones.
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