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Music Director and Conductor Long Island Symphony Orchestra Dr. Eric R. Stewart

Music Director and Conductor

Dr. Eric R. Stewart

Dr. Eric R. Stewart currently serves as the music director of the Long Island Symphonic Choral Association, and formerly an adjunct professor at the John C. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. He has conducted at such venues as Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) and the Four Seasons Centre of the Canadian Opera Company (Bradshaw Amphitheatre), and has been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). Eric served as the assistant conductor of the Argento Ensemble, the gamUT Contemporary Ensemble, and as cover conductor of the the Harbor Opera Company, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble/Baltimore Baroque Band, and the 92Y Orchestra.

As a composer, Eric’s music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He was a finalist for the Antonin Dvorak International Composition Award and the ASCAP Morton Gould Award. He has received scholarships from the Aspen Music Festival, the Peabody Conservatory- where he earned his BM and MM in composition, and the University of Toronto – where he earned his DMA in composition. His teachers included Michael Hersch, Chris Theofanidis, and Sam Adler.

Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition. Photos of the Island Symphony Orchestra and Rachell Ellen Wong, Violinist. Photography by id Unleashed.

Meet The Orchestra

2020 Orchestra Roster

CONDUCTOR
Eric Stewart

ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
Paul Little

VIOLIN
Paul Little – Concertmaster
Lora Kuykendall – Violin 2 Principal
Darlene Abbate
Diana Berthold
Cathy Chiarelli
Barbara Ebin
Cynthia Elias
Donna Geiger
Cecelia Hecht
Ray Keogh
Robin Maddox
Anne Mandaro
Dawn Martin
Maricela McGrath
Cynthia Pacini
Susan Rydzeski

VIOLA
Lisa Brieff – Principal
Carlande Gabriel
Nancy Maia
Heather Mann
Wendy Rothkopf
Ashley Sullivan
Anthony Wallen

CELLO
Richard Gotlib – Principal
Susan Barbash
John Benstock
Carol Purdy
James Ryan
Irene Wehn

BASS
Andy Rubin – Principal
Christopher McGrath
James White
Rebecca Wolff

FLUTE
Leslie Strait – Principal
Maris Albinder
Allan Sperber

OBOE
Mark Flanzraich – Principal
Judith Budd-Walsh
Suanne Stein

CLARINET
Michael Friedman – Principal
Nathan Garfinkel

BASSOON
Karen Miller – Principal
Edward Kurpis

FRENCH HORN
Lou Denaro – Principal
Leonard Apicella – Co-Principal
Tina Barkan
Larry Lupow
Phyllis Manville

TRUMPET
Douglas Mole – Principal
Kevin Cordone
Colin Richardson
Frank Turso

TROMBONE
Burt Klayman – Principal
Kevin DeLargy
Peter Freeman
Don Winston

TUBA
Don Winston – Principal
George Martin

PERCUSSION
Kevin Twigg
Tobin Centamore
Ralph LaFemina

ORGAN
Mark Engelhardt

Meet The Orchestra

2021-2022 Board of Directors

Dr. Eric R. Stewart
Music Director and Conductor

Paul Little
Assistant Conductor & Concertmaster

Darlene Abbate-Struss
President

Susan Barbash
Vice-President

Lisa Brieff
Recording Secretary and Grantwriter

Edward Kurpis
Treasurer

Nancy Maia
Symphony Librarian and Archivist

Paul Little
Publicity & Concert Programs

Maricela McGrath
Corresponding Secretary

Mark Flanzraich
Technical Director & Stage Manager

Lora Kuykendall
Personnel Manager

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