Katherine Fink, flute
Flutist Katherine Fink maintains a diverse career as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. As a member of the Grammy Award–nominated Borealis Wind Quintet, Fink tours the United States giving concerts, master classes, and lectures. She is principal flute with the Queens Symphony and the New York Pops, and has served as principal flute of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, EOS, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Dance Theater of Harlem Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and was a long-time associate musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ms. Fink is currently on the faculty of New Jersey City University and CUNY York College, has taught orchestral studies at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and is an official Haynes Flute Artist.
Fink is featured prominently on recordings with the Borealis Wind Quintet, New York Pops, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD broadcasts. She is a featured soloist on the album Reel Life, which features the music of film composers, and has recorded the complete solo flute works of Robert Baksa. In addition to work on a number of major film scores and television commercials, Fink is also a sought-after Broadway musician, and has performed with the orchestras for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Porgy and Bess, and Ragtime.
David Byrd-Marrow, French horn
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, David Byrd-Marrow holds a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with the late Jerome Ashby, as well as a master's degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as a student of William Purvis.
David performed extensively with Ensemble ACJW as a two-year fellow in Carnegie Hall’s Academy program. He is currently a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble [ICE], and the Talea Ensemble, and regularly performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Signal, and the New York Philharmonic. On Broadway, Mr. Byrd-Marrow has performed in the orchestras for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Big Fish, Mary Poppins, and South Pacific.
Paul Masse, piano
Since his Broadway debut at the age of eighteen as Oscar, the onstage pianist, in the 2001 revival of 42nd Street, Paul Masse has performed in the orchestras of over twenty Broadway productions. Masse is currently the associate conductor for the upcoming production of Holler If Ya Hear Me and previously served in the same capacity for Porgy and Bess and Avenue Q. Other conducting engagements have included the world premiere and original Broadway production of The Scottsboro Boys as well as the premiere of The Landing.
A versatile pianist and accordionist, Masse has appeared on The Colbert Report, The View, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, in addition to frequent work as a studio musician. He has led the music direction and orchestration of solo shows for performers including Victor Garber, Mario Cantone, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Ryan Silverman. On the stage, Paul was recently a guest accordionist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Caramoor, and has been a guest pianist with the New York Pops and New York City Chamber Orchestra.
Catherine Venable, piano
Cathy Venable has served as substitute and rehearsal pianist for eleven Broadway musicals, including Les Misérables, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Evita, Anything Goes, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Curtains, The Light in the Piazza, Sondheim on Sondheim, Beauty and the Beast, The Apple Tree, Wonderful Town, and served as the solo pianist for the Vineyard Theater premiere of The Landing, starring David Hyde Pierce.
Also a staff accompanist at New Jersey City University and an opera coach, Cathy has collaborated in recital with Jeffrey Khaner, Marc Nuccio, Sam Caviezel, Judith Mendenhall, Dave Taylor, tenor Brian Cheney, and pianist Steven Ryan—with whom she performed the American premiere of Robin Holloway's Gilded Goldbergs for two pianos. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and earned her Master of Music in Accompanying from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Sheryl Henze, Rie Schmidt,
Wendy Stern, Jeannie Wilson, flutes
Flutist Sheryl Henze is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Westchester Philharmonic, and can often be heard performing with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, American Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. Ms. Henze has held the flute chair for the entire twenty-six-year run of The Phantom of the Opera; other Broadway credits include Pirates of Penzance, Alice in Wonderland, The King and I, and the original production of Les Misérables.
Rie Schmidt is a member of the Westchester Philharmonic and the American Symphony, and has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and numerous Broadway shows—including The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Pirates of Penzance, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Ragtime, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, Carousel, Aida, The Secret Garden, Aspects of Love, and Jekyll and Hyde. Ms. Schmidt teaches at the Suzuki Music School in Westport, Connecticut, as well as the Bloomingdale School of Music, Allen-Stevenson School, and the 92nd Street Y.
Wendy Stern is a sought-after flutist in the New York area who has performed in the flute sections of the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Stern's Broadway credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Aida, Les Misérables, Into the Woods, Jekyll and Hyde, and The Secret Garden. Ms. Stern is also a member of the dynamic and innovative flute quartet Flute Force, along with tonight's fellow flutists Sheryl Henze and Rie Schmidt.
Flutist Jeanne Wilson currently serves as the piccoloist for the Hartford Symphony. An active New York freelancer, Ms. Wilson has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Pops, New Jersey Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. Broadway credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, Aida, Titanic, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Ms. Wilson is on the faculties of New Jersey City University and the Horace Mann School.