Watertown Advisory Committee

Members of the Watertown Advisory Committee display ONNY reusable tote bags at their last quarterly meeting. They are, left to right, front row: Emily Sprague, Watertown, retired English teacher from Watertown City Schools; Agnes McCarthy, Philadelphia, director/co-founder of Trillium Music Center and an ONNY violinst; Shannon Zaykoski, Adams, music teacher in the South Jefferson Central School District and an ONNY hornist; Wink Beadel, Wellesley Island, retired Communications Associate at Clayton’s Antique Boat Museum; and Aileen Anderson, Watertown, Grants Management Specialist for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Back row: Richard Lake, Watertown, retired Vice President of Harleysville Insurance Co.; Anita Prather Harvell, Watertown, IT Specialist for Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation on Fort Drum; Clement Wong, Watertown, Financial Officer of the United Way of NNY; Lia Call, Theresa, 7th and 8th grade orchestra teacher at Indian River Middle School and ONNY violist; John Goloski, Theresa, Watertown Advisory Committee chair, 7th and 8th grade band teacher at Indian River Middle School; and John Wrape, Watertown, retired Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in the Watertown City School District. Missing: T. Urling “Tom” Walker, Watertown, retired businessman and former Mayor of the City of Watertown.

Wink Beadel has always been involved with music. Her instrument has always been voice. but much as she loved music and singing, Wink did not plan on studying music. She attended Green Mountain College in Vermont, where she sang the lead role of Nellie" in SOUTH PACIFIC. While studying at SUNY OSWEGO, Wink also performed with Black Friars,  Festival Chorus  and sang with the Syracuse University Oratorio under the direction of G. Burton Harbison. In recent years, she has been singing with the Northern Choral Society and Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble. She has been with the Antique Boat Museum for 22 years. Wink serves on the Board of Directors for Clayton Opera House where she is chair of Development and the Volunteer Program.

Lia Call grew up in Central New York and currently resides in Theresa. Ms. Call teaches 7/8 orchestra at Indian River Middle School and loves it! The things she enjoys most about middle school strings are the creative potential of individuals, helping young people experience music, and watching students grow in self-confidence. Ms. Call plays viola with the Orchestra of Northern New York as well as the Northern Lights Orchestra. Ms. Call is proud to serve on the Watertown Advisory Committee on behalf of ONNY to help make this amazing organization and its beautiful music more accessible to everyone in the Watertown area. In her spare time Ms. Call enjoys advising the Adventure Club at Indian River Middle School, organizing The Backpack Run 5k/10k, and spending time outdoors.

John Goloski is chair of the Watertown Advisory Committee who lives in Theresa NY.  He is a music teacher at Indian River Central Schools where he teaches 7th and 8th grade band.  Originally from Baldwinsville NY, John attended SUNY Potsdam where he studied bassoon at the Crane School of Music and earned both his bachelors and master’s degree in music education.  When John is not working with the Indian River Middle School 7/8 band or advising the middle school Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter he can be found outside running, biking, camping, hiking, gardening or reading.  He is thrilled to be able to help the Orchestra of New York by serving as the chair of the Watertown Advisory Committee.  

Anita Prather Harvell is an artist and IT professional from Washington, DC and Georgia. Her performing arts experience spans multiple genres.  From playing woodwinds and percussion in local pit orchestras, singing with Northern Blend Chorus, performing on stage with and serving on the board of Watertown Lyric Theater and Little Theatre of Watertown, Anita also sits on the board of the North Country Arts Council, as well as sharing the love of the arts with her musician spouse, Robert. She serves the greater Sackets Harbor and Hounsfield community on the board of the Sackets Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and currently works as an IT Specialist for Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation on Fort Drum.  She also is the website manager for Area 3, Harmony, and manages social media and PR for wide variety of non-profit organizations.

Richard Lake is a lifelong resident of Watertown, NY.  Educated in the neighborhood school system, he graduated from Watertown High School and immediately went to work at age 17 as a mail supply clerk for the Agricultural Insurance Company.  He availed himself of all insurance courses offered and progressed through several positions to supervisory status. The "Ag" was purchased by a large company that closed the business.  A small group of adventurous people started a new company, New York Casualty Insurance which was later purchased by Harleysville Insurance Co. of Penna.  Richard retired from that company as Vice President of Personnel/Administrative Services in 1996.  A self-educated individual with a strong commitment to volunteerism, Richard has served the public as a Hospice board member, Red Cross blood donor, United Way and Watertown Urban Mission volunteer. He is also active with First Presbyterian Church in Watertown.

Agnes McCarthy is director and cofounder of the Trillium Music Center in Watertown, New York. She is a principal instructor at the Trillium Music Center where she teaches private lessons, Suzuki Group Classes, Music Theory Classes and Fiddle Classes. She is a performer in many area ensembles including the Trillium String Trio, Northern Lights Orchestra and the Orchestra of Northern New York. Ms. McCarthy graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor of Music degree and has done graduate work at Ithaca College, Crane School of Music, The Hartt School and Suzuki Teacher Training.

Emily Sprague is a committed community volunteer and finds joy and fulfillment in her philanthropic efforts for NNY. She is a recently retired secondary English teacher; whose love of music drew her to supporting the Orchestra of Northern New York. Emily enjoys travel, literature, yoga, outdoor adventures, and music. The Sprague’s’ daughters were taught the joys of music by WAC and orchestra member, Agnes McCarthy, founder of the Trillium Music Center. Caroline and Julia still play and perform on a regular basis, demonstrating the lifelong pleasure and benefits of exposure to expert musicians and orchestral music. Emily’s belief in bringing live music to our community is the reason for her commitment to the orchestra. 

T. Urling 'Tom' Walker was born in 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in the East Liberty area. He was drafted into the United States Army Corps in 1943. After spending two years in the South Pacific as a crew chief on a B-24 bomber aircraft,  he returned to attend college. His college days involved two years at Washington & Jefferson College. He earned his mechanical engineering degree at Case Institute of Technology in 1951. Tom started his career that same year as an executive-in-training at the New York Airbrake Company. In about 1963 after helping to establish Jefferson Community College Ball, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Engineering for eight years after having taught math in the grades prior to JCC. During the establishment of Fort Drum in 1983, he became Mayor of the City of Watertown, and spent eight years working to establish the Fort and repairing the infrastructure of the city. After retiring, he spent much of his time working with charitable agencies in the area and doing some estate planning. Tom and his wife, Mabel, have been married 70 years, have had three girls and a boy which produced five grandchildren and six+ great grandchildren. Watertown has been a great place for our family.

Clement Wong is the Financial Officer of the United Way of NNY. He was born in Hong Kong and educated in England in the 90s. He graduated at the King’s College London with a degree in Biotechnology. After graduation, he lived in London and worked in finance and accountancy, He is a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in United Kingdom. Clement married in 2014 and moved to USA to be with his late husband who was a Watertown native and heavily involved in the community. Clement has been living in Watertown since 2016.

Dr. John Wrape is a retired educator from Watertown.  He started his college career at the Crane School of Music, but then decided to pursue other academic interests,  ending with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Miami.   John has been a teacher, principal, BOCES staff developer, and adjunct professor at Potsdam.  He retired from the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in the Watertown City School District.  His love of music continued, and he has recently joined the Watertown Advisory Board to support the Orchestra of Northern New York.  He states that he “is proud to be involved with an organization that brings such high quality of music to northern New York.  ONNY is a very significant asset to the cultural life of our area.”

Shannon Zaykowski is a music teacher in the South Jefferson Central School District where she specializes in elementary band and kindergarten general music. For the past five seasons, she has regularly performed with The Orchestra of Northern New York in the horn section. This is her first year on the Watertown Advisory COMMITTEE for The Orchestra of Northern New York. Ms. Zaykoski earned her B.M in Music Education from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and her M.M. in Music Education from Boston University. Her education and experience have brought her the opportunities of conducting the pit orchestra for her school district's annual musical and conducting the church choir at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown, NY. She has also performed with Northern Symphonic Winds, Clayton Community Band, Northern Choral Society, and Watertown Lyric Theater.