Join us for a summer afternoon concert with the Hudson Valley Chamber Musicians.
The quintet members are:
Norman Dee – flute
Ann Churukian – oboe
Leigh Myers – clarinet
Terry Watson – french horn
Donald Venezia – bassoon
The program will feature pieces written by female composers Florence Price and Hedwige Chrétien. Also in the program is the five-movement composition, Miniatures, written by William Grant Still, who is known as the Dean of African-American Composers.
Also in the program are pieces by Adrien Barthe and Ludwig van Beethoven.
This program is produced in memory of our dear community member, Lia Lynn Rosen, our “Potter on Main.”
About the Musicians
Norman Dee – Flute is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has been on the faculties of the University of New Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He has studied flute with Neal Zaslaw, James Pappoutsakis, and Julius Baker. Composition studies were with Hugo Kauder. He has given numerous recitals in New England, Boston, New York, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and concerto appearances with the Boston Pops, The State Orchestra of Sao Paulo, and the New York Virtuosi.
Ann Churukian – Oboe earned a B.A. in music from Oberlin College and an M.M. in oboe performance from Southern Methodist University. She has performed as an orchestral musician in Texas, Illinois, and Indiana, and since 1989 has been a freelance musician in the Hudson Valley, where she has performed with Hudson Opera Theatre, Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, Putnam Chorale, and Orange County Classic Choral Society, among others.
Leigh Myers – Clarinet is an experienced orchestral and chamber music clarinetist. He was the principal clarinetist of the Haifa Symphony in Israel as well as the principal clarinetist of the Queensborough Orchestra, Manhasset Bay Opera, Great Neck Symphony, Great Neck Philharmonic, and New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra. He was also a founding member of the Greater Newburgh Symphony. Mr. Myers has a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Leon Russianoff.
Terry Watson – French Horn played horn professionally after having studied horn at the Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College. In 1976 she formed the Metropolitan Brass Quartet and was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts Grant, where the group was artists in residence at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in N.Y. In 1980 Ms. Watson received her Master’s in Music Therapy from New York University. As an adjunct faculty member at NYU, she has enjoyed a long career as a Music Therapist. Five years ago, Ms. Watson returned to the horn and has joined several community orchestras, including the U.N. Symphony Orchestra and chamber music ensembles. In 2020 she helped establish the Hudson Valley Chamber of Musicians.
Donald Venezia – Bassoon graduated with a B.M. in Performance from Fredonia University and worked toward his Master’s at The Manhattan School of Music. He has performed orchestrally throughout New York State, New Jersey, Western Pennsylvania, and Connecticut as an Opera bassoonist on tour through West Virginia. He has performed with The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, the New York Grand Opera, and the Piccolo Opera Theatre of West Virginia, among others.