Susan Rotholz, Principal
– Eunice Taylor Vanderhoef Memorial Chair
Praised by the New York Times as “irresistible in both music and performance,” Susan Rotholz is in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher. Winner of Young Concert Artists with Hexagon Piano and Winds and of Concert Artists Guild as soloist, Susan is Principal flute of the Greenwich Symphony and The New York Chamber Ensemble and a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New York Pops. She has toured internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Co-founder of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble she also appears each season with the Cape May Music Festival, Greenwich Chamber Players, and the Sebago Long Lake Chamber Music Festival. Susan attended the Marlboro Music Festival and was principal with the New England Bach Festival for 25 years. Her recordings of the complete Bach Flute Sonatas and the Solo Partita and the newly released American Tapestry, Duos for Flute and Piano have both been received with acclaim. Susan teaches at Vassar College, Columbia University, ACSM at Queens College and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College.
– Donald and Marcia Hamilton Chair
Helen Campo, in a review by the South China Morning Post, was described as having “such dazzlingly beautiful tone that she could only be called extraordinary . . . she displayed stunning lucidity, colour, and figuration.” Leonard Bernstein wrote, “Miss Campo plays the flute the way I wish I could sing.” Since her debut at the age of 14, Helen has made more than 1000 solo appearances, from concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra to solo performances with orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center, to guest television appearances with the Muppets, and she remains the youngest flutist ever to win The Concert Artists Guild International Competition. As an orchestral player, Helen also won the position of Associate Principal Flutist with the Houston Symphony, has performed as Assistant Principal with the Baltimore Symphony and has been, over many years, a substitute with the NYC Ballet, NYC Opera, and NY Philharmonic, having performed in the Principal Flute, Second Flute, and Piccolo positions with all three organizations. Helen can also be heard on many television commercials and films, has performed with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, and others, and has held the Principal Flute position of ten Broadway shows (currently Wicked). She also loves to teach flute students of all levels.
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.
Phillip Bashor, Principal
– Liebergesell Foundation Chair in memory of Rolf Liebergesell
Phillip Bashor has been principal clarinetist with the GSO since 1989. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Harold Wright, principal clarinet of the Boston Symphony, and was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center for three summers. Mr. Bashor has been principal clarinetist with numerous orchestras, including the Cathedral Orchestra of Newark, New England Operetta, and Amore Artis. Principal clarinetist of the Kansas City Philharmonic for seven years, he also played principal clarinet with the New Haven and New Jersey Symphonies, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and played in thirty states with the Boris Goldovsky Opera Company. He has performed throughout the world at the International Contemporary Music Festivals of Chamber Music with the Lumina String Quartet, and performed twenty-two works especially written for him.
Mark Davies, Principal
– Ronald and Susie Dubin Chair
Mark Davies has served as principal bassoonist of the GSO since 2002. Mark enjoys the life of a freelance musician and has performed with orchestras throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. In addition to his years with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, a sampling of the orchestras Mark has performed with include the Westfield Symphony, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and Princeton Symphony. He earned BM and MM degrees from the Juilliard School.
Gili Sharett has been the Second Bassoon player of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra since 2008, in addition to being the orchestra’s Facebook Director. Gili has performed with the New York City Ballet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony, American Ballet Theater and the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2004, and has also been a featured recitalist at the United Nations and the International Double Reed Society. Dr. Sharett is a member of the Ariel Winds woodwind quintet. She has performed on many Broadway shows and on Encores! at City Center. Summer festival appearances include Verbier, Brevard Music Center and Bard Summerscape. Among Gili’s numerous recording credits are The Light in the Piazza for Nonesuch (Grammy nomination), Broadway Carols for a Cure, diverse projects with John Zorn’s label, PBS Television, Stephan Sondheim, Lauryn Hill and Nathan Lane. Sharett studied with Mordechai Rechtman, Kim Laskowski, Arlen Fast, Lenny Hindell and Dennis Godburn. Gili holds a DMA from Stony Brook University and lives with her husband, trombonist, composer, and Grammy award winner Rafi Malkiel, and her daughters, Mai and Liana.
T.D. Ellis has played contrabassoon and bassoon with the Greenwich Symphony since 1980. He is principal bassoon and personnel manager of the Greater Bridgeport, Ridgefield and Wallingford Symphonies, plays contrabassoon and bassoon with the New Haven Symphony, and may often be heard with other orchestras throughout New York and Connecticut. He has appeared as a soloist with the Ridgefield Symphony, Chappaqua Chamber Orchestra and Western CT Youth Orchestra. T.D. is a founding member of Bassoonery, a bassoon quartet. Recently he founded and is Executive Director of the CTPhilharmonic. In his spare time he owns and operates three online music businesses. The Music Source (www.TheMusicSource.org), has over 50,000 print music titles in stock, as well as unique music gifts and supplies. Trevco-Varner Music (wwwTrevcoMusic.com) is the “World’s Foremost Purveyor of Print Music for Double Reeds.” T.D. Ellis Music Publishing publishes over 300 works by Anthony Newman and others, as well as arrangements by Mr. Ellis. As a music copyist, he has typeset scores for Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Pavarotti, Michael MacDonald, the Boston Pops, National Symphony, the Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Piglet’s Big Movie, Barack Obama’s inauguration, and more.