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Artists

Our concerts feature professional musicians, including Tony Award winners, Grammy-nominated classical artists, and Pulitzer Prize winners who have been uniformly moved by the experience of participating in our unique programs.
Deborah Hurwitz

Deborah Hurwitz is a millennial renaissance woman living in Manhattan and Los Angeles. Trained as a concert pianist with a major solo debut at age 12, she discovered the joys of electronic production in the studios at Princeton University and brought both musical worlds together in New York as a composer, conductor, producer and performer. […]

Denise Fraser
  • Drums

Drummer Denise Fraser has performed in Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. She plays regularly with the Restless Blues Band who currently has a song in the movie The Other Woman. She is the house drummer for UnCabaret, a weekly comedy and music show at First & Hope Restaurant in downtown LA.

Desi Oakley

Desi Oakley is a broadway singer, previously seen in Evita, Shrek the Musical, and Les Miserables. Her performance with Music for Autism was during the national tour of Waitress, where she played the part of Jenna.

Diane Ortega
  • Bassoon

Diana Ortega began the bassoon at age of 12, and shortly after a year of playing music was accepted into the prestigious preparatory program at the Juilliard School. In 2001, Ms. Ortega began her high school years at the “Fame school” formally known as LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and by her junior […]

Dianne Fraser
  • Actress

Dianne grew up a Valley Girl in Southern California, graduated from UCLA, and moved to New York to pursue a career in musical theatre. Well… a funny thing happened on the way to fame and fortune. Her only role on Broadway was as a waitress at the Saloon restaurant at 64th & Broadway. Undaunted, Dianne […]

Doug and Dmitri Klezmer Duo
  • Klezmer Duo

Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch is a clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, composer, ethnomusicologist, educator, conductor, and Yiddish/ Eastern European style singer. Since 2008, he has been an Assistant  Artistic Director at National Yiddish Theatre, working with Zalmen Mlotek, one of the most authoritative figures in the modern Jewish theater and music world.  He has also co-arranged a score for […]

Dr. Sophia (Feng) Lee

Dr. Sophia (Feng) Lee is a Family Medicine Physician who is completing her residency at Montefiore Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Ma. Both have performed as chamber musicians in the United States and internationally.

Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma
  • Violin

Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma is a Developmental Pediatrician and a musician. A graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School, she works with children with developmental disorders in the Bronx and Queens, performs as a chamber musician, and teaches violin, viola, and chamber music with The Children’s Orchestra Society. Informally known as the “Music Doctor,” her […]

Elena Bonomo

Elena Bonomo is a drummer, percussionist, band leader and music educator based in the NYC area. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Performance. Elena has shared the stage with Tony-award winning actress Patina Miller (Pippin, Sister Act), Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Richie Goods (Chris Botti) and jazz […]

Emily Herdeman Kelly
  • Violin

Emily is a violinist with the Houston Symphony. She holds a master’s degree in music from Rice University. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and at Column Hall in Moscow.

Emily Kalish
  • Violin

Violinist Emily Kalish is committed to bringing audiences thoughtful, imaginative, and emotionally honest interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as new works written by 21st century composers. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School in Connecticut, where she studied with Katie Lansdale, Emily moved to New York for her Master’s degree at […]

Emily Koch

Emily Koch was with the national tour of Waitress when she performed with Music for Autism.

Erich Schoen-Rene
  • Cello

Erich is principal cellist of The Chelsea Symphony, and a regular performer with Distinguished Concerts International New York, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and numerous other orchestral and chamber ensembles. He has performed in collaboration with Joan Tower, Bill Whelan, Athena Tergis, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Akiko Sasaki, among others. Recordings span many genres, from the […]

Ethan Riordan

Ethan Riordan is a sophomore at Yale University. In his freshman year, he played Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening with the Yale Dramatic Association in the fall of 2018. Ethan is a musical theatre composer and is studying in the Shen Curriculum for Musical Theater at Yale.  He has acted with the New York Musical […]

Eydie Alyson

Eydie Alyson starred as “Audrey” in Little Shop of Horrors during its award-winning Off-Broadway run at the Orpheum Theater, directed by the show’s original co-creator, Howard Ashman. Eydie made her Broadway debut as “Chava” in Fiddler on the Roof at Lincoln Center, and toured in three National Companies of Les Misérables, including the original Los Angeles and San Francisco companies. […]

Fei-Fei Dong
  • Piano

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her […]

Felipe Tristan
  • Flute

In 2011, Felipe was awarded the Kenan Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Institute, a prestigious program for emerging artists that culminated in his successful NYC Debut Performance Recital on the Lincoln Center campus which was entitled “Viva La Flauta!”, a celebration of flute music from the Americas. Following his soloist debut at age 17, […]

Gabriel Medd
  • Trumpet

Gabriel Medd played his first gig at the age of ten, and he has been performing on his trumpet ever since. Now 23, the Iowa City native has occupied venues at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard, Iridium, Chicago Jazz Showcase, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the Blue […]

Genghis Barbie
  • Brass Ensemble

GENGHIS BARBIE, the leading post post-feminist feminist all-female horn experience, is the most innovative and energizing chamber ensemble of its generation and beyond. With a combined 24 years of conservatory training, Genghis Barbie delivers to you a visceral and unadulterated musical adventure. Performing arrangements of pop music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and […]

Gloria Shih
  • Piano

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Gloria Shih has received several awards including First Prize in the Taipei Piano Competition, Second Prize in the Taipei chamber music competition, and First Prize in the Schimmel Piano Competition. Ms. Shih earned her Bachelor’s degree at Soochow University as a protégé of the renowned Se-Se Chang, and has appeared in […]

Guidonian Hand
  • Brass Quartet

Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “expertly played” performances displaying “meaty lower brass textures,” the Guidonian Hand is America’s leading modern trombone collective. Tireless advocates for contemporary music, this adventurous ensemble collaborates frequently with living composers.  The Hand has commissioned numerous new works and received grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, […]