Flutist John Romeri maintains an active teaching and performance schedule throughout the northeast, often performing with such orchestras as the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Stamford, Delaware, Harrisburg, and Lancaster Symphonies, 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 member of the American Modern Ensemble
John is also a sought-after player of Broadway shows including the most recent revival of Carousel. Other Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, the Lincoln Center revivals of My Fair Lady and 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! .
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, a founding member of the Broadway Chamber Players, enjoys a diverse career as chamber musician, orchestral performer, and teacher. Throughout the U.S. and Japan, she has presented numerous chamber music recitals with various woodwind quintet and trio groups-including the 2002 recital debut at the Carnegie Weil Recital Hall. She currently holds the second oboe/ English Horn position with the Riverside Symphonia in Lambertville, New Jersey. And as a freelance oboist, regularly appeared with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, and Queens Symphony.
On Broadway, frequently appeared as a substitute member including Miss Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, On the Town, Les Miserables, Porgy and Bess, and Mary Poppins to name few. Most recently she was the oboist for the Grammy nominated The Public Theater production of Soft Power.
She 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, adult music camp in Lubec, Maine. Ms. Otake is also the oboe teacher at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, Rodeph Sholom School, and from Fall 2021 at The Dalton School in Manhattan.