Sandra Dackow - orchestra, string methods
Sandra Dackow earned the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and the Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music of The University of Rochester. An Aspen Conducting fellow in 2001, she was also awarded the Silver Medal in the 2001 Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium International Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine. She is currently serving as Music Director of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania and is a former Music Director of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey. Recent guest conducting has included appearances with the Helena Symphony, Montana, the All-Queensland Honors Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia, the Kharkov Philharmonic in Ukraine, the Rapides Symphony and the Monroe Symphony, both in Louisiana, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, South Carolina, the Montpelier Chanber Orchestra, Vermont, the Danbury Symphony, Connecticut, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra in NJ, and the Midland Symphony, Michigan, as well as a tour with the Moriah College Orchestra in Australia.
A Native of East Paterson, New Jersey, Dr. Dackow has conducted bands and orchestras in the schools of Glen Rock and East Brunswick, New Jersey, and served as Supervisor of Music for the Ridgewood NJ public schools. A former chair of the string department and orchestra director at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, she has been a visiting faculty member during the summer sessions of the Eastman School of Music, Temple University, Montclair State College NJ, Wichita State University, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Colorado State University and Cork School of Music, Ireland. As a member of the faculty of Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, she directed the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
An annual ASCAP award winning arranger, Dr. Dackow has published over ninety works for orchestras and is an author of the Orchestra Expressions curriculum. She is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician across the nation and Canada, in England, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Ukraine, South Africa and throughout Australia and Ireland. Articles of hers have appeared in major professional journals and she has contributed to music reference books, methods and texts. Dr. Dackow recently served as President of the Conductors Guild, an international organization comprised of members from 32 countries. She has conducted at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, teaches at William Paterson University, NJ, and has directed the Hershey Festival Strings at recent MENC National Conventions, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and the ASTA National Conference. In 2009 she was voted a Lowell Mason Fellow by MENC: The Association for Music Education and awarded the “Bruno Walter Best Conductor” prize by the Master Players International Competition, Lugano, Switzerland.
Franco Gennarelli - violin
Franco Gennarelli has been much sought after as a concertmaster, soloist and chamber musician for several years. He studied violin for seven years with the world-renouned Dorothy Delay, and later with Harvey Shapiro, Rostislav Dubinsky and Gideon Grau. He also studied chamber music with the Lenox String Quartet and the Borodin Trio. Mr. Gennarelli has served as concertmaster for the Garden State Chamber Orchestra, New repertory ensemble of New York, the New Philharmonic of New Jersey, the Masterworks Orchestra, and the New Jersey pops. He is presently concertmaster of the New York Grand Opera under the direction of Vincent LaSelva and the St. Cecelia Orchestra under David Randolph. He recently performed the violin solo parts in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Bach's Saint Matthew Passion and B minor Mass in Carnegie Hall. A dedicated lover of chamber music, he was a founding member of the Seraphin String Trio and the New York Bach Ensemble. Also, with pianist Louise King he performed the complete set of Beethoven's violin and piano sonatas in New York City. Mr.Gennarelli has appeared on WQXR'S "The Listening Room" with host Robert Sherman and at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Gennarelli teaches violin at The Dwight-Englewood School and at William Paterson University and spent six summers at Crane Youth Music—State University of New York at Potsdam. After a concert at Carnegie Recital Hall, New York Times critic Tim Page wrote "The one real standout of the evening was Franco Gennarelli, whose violin tone was both warm and effusive."
Ann Roggen - viola
Violist Ann Roggen’s talents stem from a wide range of solo and ensemble experience. She has been awarded grants from Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, has recorded extensively for the Telarc, Sony and Deutsche Gramaphone recording labels. She maintains an active and vital studio at William Paterson University where she is professor of viola, violin, and chamber music, as well as at Vassar College, where she teaches violin, viola and chamber music. As a member of the Bennington College faculty, she has had great success in developing interdisciplinary cultural events designed to combine music with literature, history, dance and language in performance. Ms. Roggen is a tireless advocate for unique and unusual repertoire for the viola in combination with other instruments and voice. In her role as President of the New York Viola Society, she has enjoyed great success in creating numerous performance opportunities in New York City for dedicated violists to explore this repertoire, both old and new. In the fall of 2008, she was elected to the national board of the American Viola Society. Some of Ms. Roggen’s recent creations include “The Forbidden Music-Music by Composers Banned by the Third Reich”, an evening of music for multiple violas in collaboration with violists of the London Symphony Orchestra, concerts of viola music by film composers, as well as an event presented by the Pen and Brush organization devoted to the life and works of composer Rebecca Clarke. Highlights of recent seasons include concerto performances with the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra (Croatia), as well as recitals and master classes under the auspices of the American Cultural Centres in Zagreb and Vilnius, Lithuania. Ms.Roggen received her musical training at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers and mentors have included Karen Tuttle, Lillian Fuchs, Joseph Fuchs and the Juilliard String Quartet.
Joseph Kimura - cello
Living in New York for the past 30 years has given cellist Joseph Kimura a very diverse musical career. After earning his bachelor and masters degrees from Juilliard, he joined the Laurentian String Quartet, in residence at the Sarah Lawrence College and Ramapo College. He was subsequently appointed principal cellist of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded with EOS for the E.M.I. label and with the Riverside Symphony for the New World label. He has performed on live NPR broadcasts with the Opera Orchestra of New York, at Carnegie Hall. He is a member of Solisti New York and the Westfield Symphony and has performed as soloist with the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the Stamford Symphony, the Gloria Chamber Orchestra, the Garden State Chamber Orchestra, the Korean Symphony of New York, and the Hoboken Chamber Orchestra. He has played on numerous movie and TV commercial orchestra sound tracks and has performed for many years with Tony Award-winning Broadway shows. For the past seventeen summers, he has taught at the Greenwood Junior Camp in MA. He studied with Paul Katz, Harvey Shapiro and Channing Robbins.
Jonathan Storck - bass
Jonathan Storck, double bassist, has been a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1978. He holds a BM in performance from Boston University where he studied with Lawrence Wolfe. Jonathan performs frequently with the New York City Opera orchestra and has toured Japan with them. Jonathan also performs with American Ballet Theatre orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan has played chamber music with the Craftsbury Chamber Players including a live performance of the Rossini Duetto for Cello and Bass on public radio. He has also played with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble and Lyrica Chamber Ensemble.