Diane Lesser, Principal
– Harrison Hoffman Memorial Chair
Diane Lesser, one of the top studio recording oboists in the country, is the principal oboist of the New York Pops, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, Voices of Ascension, Oratorio Society, Sacred Music at a Sacred Space at St. Ignatius Loyola, Great Music in a Great Space at St. John the Divine, National Chorale, and the Greenwich Symphony and Chamber Players. Diane holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and Queens College. Active in the world of commercial music, she can be heard on recent recordings accompanying Cynthia Erivo, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Lena Park, Barry Manilow and Paul Simon. She has recorded for movie soundtracks and hundreds of TV and radio commercials, and performed at such diverse venues as the Grammy Awards, Sesame Street, the 1992 Olympics in France, Z100’s Jingle Ball, The White House, and as soloist at Carnegie Hall with Alexander Schneider.
Gary Hamme, began his musical studies in Florida and after attaining a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Florida in 1975, he continued studying with Ronald Roseman, receiving his Master of Music at the Juilliard School in 1978. Earlier, in 1977, Gary founded the Brioso Woodwind Quintet, which won the Artists International competition, resulting in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut and two successful return engagements. Over the years, Gary has firmly established his career as a professional freelance artist with an emphasis in orchestral and chamber music. In addition to frequent solo appearances and recording projects, he has performed with many notable orchestras including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Chamber Symphony, New York Pops, Mostly Mozart Festival, New York Choral Society, Little Orchestra Society, Opera Orchestra of New York, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, National Chorale, Amor Artis Chorale Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Soloisti New York, American Ballet Theatre and the American Symphony Orchestra. To date, he has also been an affiliated member of twelve successful Broadway shows.