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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.

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2020 Orchestra Roster

Paul Little

Paul Little – Concert Master
Darlene Abbate
Donna Geiger
Lora Kukendall
Anne Mandaro
Dawn Martin
Cindy Pacini
Susan Rydzeski
Catherine Cole – Principal
Diana Berthold
Cathy Chiarelli
Barbara Ebin
Cynthia Elias
Cecelia Hecht
Barbara Livant
Maricela McGrath
Rhoda Needlman

Lisa Brieff – Principal
Florence Hengeveld
Nancy Maia
Wendy Rothkopf
Ashley Sullivan
Marguerite Volonts
Anthony Wallen

Richard Gotlib – Principal
Susan Barbash
Carol Purdy
James Ryan
Monroe Semble
Irene Wehn

James White – Principal
Brandon Felician
Christopher McGrath
Andy Rubin
Kathleym Salinas
Fred Weidenhammer

Karen Miller – Co-Principal
Robert Price – Co-Principal
Edward Kurpis

Leslie Strait – Principal
Maria Albinder
Allan Sperber
Sandy Yu-Shan Chang

Mark Flanzraich – Principal
Judith Budd- Walsh
Suanne Stein

Michael Friedman – Co-Principal
Glenn Kantor – Co-Principal
Nathan Garfinkel

Lou Denaro – Principal
Leonard Apicella – Co-Principal
Tina Barkan
Larry Lupow
Phyllis Manville
Dennis Moller

Douglas Mole – Principal
Colin Richardson
Frank Turso

Burt Klayman – Principal
Kevin DeLargy
Paul Sulkin

Don Winston – Principal
George Martin

Kevin Twigg – Principal
Tobin Centamore

Mark Engelhardt 

Ralph La Femina

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2019-2020 Board of Directors

Dr. Eric R. Stewart
Music Director and Conductor

Paul Little
Asst. Conductor/Concert Master

Darlene Abbate-Struss

Donna Geiger
Vice-President and Marketing Liaison

Lisa Brieff
Recording Secretary and Grantwriter

Edward Kurpis


Nancy Maia
Symphony Librarian and Archivist

Susan Barbash
Personnel Manager

Paul Little
Publicity & Concert Programs

Dawn Martin
Corresponding Secretary

Mark Flanzraich
Board Member

Monroe Semble
Board Member

Allan Sperber
Board Member

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