Flutist John Romeri maintains an active teaching and performance schedule throughout the northeast, often performing with such orchestras as the Stamford, Delaware, Harrisburg, and Lancaster Symphonies, Orchestra of St. Luke's, as well as the Philadelphia Virtuosi and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestras, St. Paul's Chapel of Trinity Wall Street, and Central Park's Shakespeare in the Park.
John is also a sought-after player of Broadway shows including the current revival of Carousel. Other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, the Lincoln Center revival of The King and I, She Loves Me, An American in Paris, On the Town, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime, Mary Poppins, and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Television appearances include Mildred Pierce [HBO], Late Night with Jimmy Fallon [NBC], and NBC's The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! .
John holds two bachelor's degrees—in flute performance and composition—from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, as well as a master's degree in flute performance from Mannes College The New School for Music, where he studied with American Ballet Theater Principal Flute Judy Mendenhall. An avid educator, Mr. Romeri currently serves on the music faculty of The Calhoun School, and is a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
Broadway Chamber Players comprises the finest instrumentalists, composers, and conductors across classical, jazz, and new-music fields, unified by one common thread—we all perform on Broadway. BCP seeks to continue Broadway's great tradition of live music by bringing its musicians from the pit to the stage, further enriching the Theater District concert scene by programming diverse chamber-music concerts and providing a fresh approach to hearing some of New York City's finest musicians in an intimate setting.
Our beloved partner in this exciting venture is St. Malachy's – The Actors' Chapel, which has remained an active, integral part of the dynamic Times Square/Theater District community since its founding in 1902. With the chapel's neo-Gothic pillars and superb acoustics serving as our home venue, Broadway Chamber Players will be able to showcase this living art form—right in the heart of Times Square.
Oboist Setsuko Otake enjoys a diverse career as a chamber musician, orchestral performer, and teacher. As a soloist, she has performed with the New York Symphonic Ensemble on a tour of Japan and Southeast Asia, and gave the premiere performance of Yoshihro Kanno's Water Leaf 4 for oboe and chamber orchestra with the North/South Consonance.
Throughout the U.S. and Japan, Setusko has presented chamber-music recitals with various woodwind quintets and trio groups—including a 2002 recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She currently holds the second oboe/English horn position with the Riverside Symphonia in Lambertville, New Jersey, and, as a freelance oboist, has regularly appeared with a number of Broadway shows, including Miss Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, On the Town, Les Misérables, The King and I, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Aida, Wicked, Ragtime, Porgy and Bess, and Mary Poppins.
Ms. Otake received her bachelor's degree from the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and her master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with former New York Philharmonic oboist Joseph Robinson. During the summer, she is an oboe and chamber-music coach at the Summerkeys Music Festival in Lubec, Maine. Ms. Otake is also the oboe instructor at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn.
New York native Shelagh Abate has played the horn since the age of nine. She graduated with honors from Boston College with a BA in English Literature, received her MM from UMASS Amherst, as well as an Artist Diploma from The New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Richard Sebring, of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras. Since 1999 Ms. Abate has been principal horn with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and has also served as principal of City Music Cleveland, The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, The National Repertory Orchestra, and was a fellow at the famed Tanglewood Music Center.
Since relocating to NYC in 2005, Ms. Abate has become a freelance artist in even higher demand. She performs on a regular basis with the American Ballet Theater, City Center’s Encores! Orchestra, The Opera Orchestra of NY, The Wind Soloists of NY, New York Choral Society, The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony, and has played with over a dozen Broadway productions. Shelagh has been a contracted member of the Broadway companies of The Woman in White, South Pacific, and Mary Poppins, Evita, Little Miss Sunshine, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Honeymoon in Vegas, Amazing Grace, and the 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
Shelagh has performed live and recorded with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Sting, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Bjork, and Phish’s Trey Anastasio to name a few. She has performed on live television multiple times on A&E’s Live by Request!, Good Morning America, America’s Got Talent and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Today Show.
As a founder of the Triton Brass Quintet, an award-winning chamber ensemble, Shelagh has been a member of the faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and is currently in artistic residence at Boston College, The Boston Conservatory, MIT, at Boston’s King’s Chapel as well as with Boston’s Composers in Red Sneakers. The Triton Brass is a widely acclaimed ensemble having received top honors and prizes from the Lyon Competition (France), The Fischoff Organization (United States), and the Concert Artist’s Guild (United States), and the Coleman Association (United States). In addition, Triton has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions, and has recently released their debut CD on Hip-Bone Music label.