Our Musicians

The Orchestra of Northern New York generally employs more than 100 talented professional musicians each year. Artistic fees and musician travel last year totaled $101,564 or 46% of all expenses.

Two-thirds of the orchestra is comprised of Local Professionals, hailing from many communities throughout the North Country, from Saranac Lake to Cicero.  

A select number of exceptionally talented students attending The Crane School of Music gain valuable experience playing alongside seasoned musicians in a professional orchestra setting. These ONNY/Crane Student Apprentices are paid through a generous grant from The Secret Sits Pro Musica Ensembles, Inc. (TSS, Inc.). 

The remaining third of the orchestra includes musicians who travel from Rochester, NYC, Boston , Ottawa, Montreal and other places to fill certain seats and play under the capable baton of Maestro Kenneth Andrews. Outside Professionals receive free housing thanks to volunteer host families who generously open their homes, providing a clean bed and meals for a few days of rehearsals and concerts. 

All performers generally have only three rehearsals before they perform two or three concerts for hundreds of people. 

Jill Rubio, ONNY’s Principal Flute, is an Adjunct Instructor of Flute at The Crane School of Music and a music educator in the Potsdam Central School District. She has been ONNY’s Personnel Manager for more than twelve years. She contracts musicians from Northern New York, the Northeast and Canada for each concert. Most programs necessitate hiring an average of 50 musicians, other concerts involve only 20-30 players, while pops concerts can need up to 70+ performers.

“She does an amazing job,” says Maestro Kenneth Andrews. “We simply wouldn’t have an orchestra without her.” 

 

 

   

MEET THE MUSICIANS

Violin I 

John Lindsey – Concertmaster, The Timothy and Jill Savage Chair

Jennifer Kessler – Assistant Concertmaster

Katharine MacKay

Maggie McKenna

Sara Pistolesi

Marla Rathbun

*Samuel Clark

*Kimberly Durflinger

*Michael Hahn

*Erica Jacobs-Perkins

*Ellen Kogut

*Christopher Stork

*Aliza Thibodeau

†Olivia Coyne

†Manuel Rodriguez

 

Violin II

Elaine Dewar - Principal

Lorie Gruneisen

Gretchen Koehler

Agnes McCarthy

Jill Savage

Stephanie Widrick

*Amber Dean

†Julia Bartlett

†Rose DioLallevi

†Nicole Pellman

 

Viola

Christian Hosmer - Principal

Erin Brooks

Lia Call

Sarah Carsman

Peggy Wheeler

*Maxwell Buckholtz

*Amy Cirmo

†Matthew Grosso

†Laura Matthews

 

Cello

Marie-Élaine Gagnon - Co-Principal

Jameson Platte - Co-Principal

Jonathon Tortolano - Co-Principal

Donald Pistolesi - §     

Robert Docker

Christine Prevost

*Samantha Godus

*Michael Weil

†Jonathan Kim

†Robert Paddock

 

Bass

Principal Bass Open - The Robert B. & Beverly D. Washburn Chair

Karl Doty - §

Mario Pratti - §

Emily Wood - §

*Luke Baker

*Steve Fayette

*Nicholas Feigenbaum

*David Katz

*Joseph Karwacki

†Justin Kehati

†Sarah Taylor

†Adelle St. Onge

 

Flute

Jill Rubio – Principal, The James and Katherine Andrews Chair 

*Lauren Zwonik

†Elizabeth Collins

†Erin Finn

†Allison Linen

Piccolo 

*Lauren Zwonik 

 

Oboe 

Anna Hendrickson - Principal

*Kathleen Oprea – Guest Principal ’19-‘20

*Laurel Kuxhaus

†Lauren Derflinger

†Skye Hamilton-Carranza

†Cailyn Monastero

 

 English Horn 

*Kathleen Oprea

*Laurel Kuxhaus

 

Clarinet 

Julianne Kirk-Doyle – Principal, The John S. Woy Chair

Christine Hoerning

Jill Roberts

*Jenelle Yeoman

†Jennifer Belisle

 

Bass Clarinet

Wally Siebel 

 

Bassoon  

Carol Lowe - Principal

Maxwell Grube

†Aliciana LoTemple

†Matthew Smith 

 

Horn 

Lauren Becker, Principal

Guy Edrington §

Nancy Ziemba §

Morgan Hastings

Shannon Zaykoski

 

Trumpet  

James Madeja – Acting Principal ’20-‘21

†Christopher Keach

†Nathalie Mejia 

 

Trombone  

Mark Hartman - Principal

Peter McCoy

Bret Zvacek 

 

Bass Trombone 

Michael Struzik 

 

Tuba 

Charles Guy - Principal

 

Timpani 

Scott LaVine - Principal 

Timothy Sullivan – Assistant Principal 

 

Percussion  

Timothy Sullivan – Principal

*A.J. Aebig

*Joseph Geraci

*Kevin Gorry

*Matthew McGrath

*Kyle Peters

*Jason Schirripa

*Ashley Trudell

†Kevin Gorry

†Patrick Roche 

 

Keyboards 

Scott LaVine - Principal

Julie Miller

*Jarrett Larson 

 

Harp  

Jessica Suchy-Pilalis – Principal

*Anna Weigandt

†Shannon Boyle

 

ORCHESTRA STAFF

Personnel Manager 

Jill Rubio 

Recording Engineer, Lighting and Sound Designer 

James Wildman 

Orchestra Librarian

Keith Ziemba

 

* Supplementary Musicians

§ Guest Principals During Position Vacancy or For Specific Concerts

†TSS/Crane Apprentices for 2019-2020

 

NOTE: TSS/ONNY Crane Apprentice appointments for 2020-2021 will be listed in September 2020.