The St. Thomas Orchestra was co-founded by Bernard Tamosaitis and Peter Arike in 2002. Among its ranks today can be counted a broad spectrum of professionals in the arts, sciences, law, finance, medicine, and business. Members in the orchestra range in age from 15 to 85 and are united by a common commitment to the pursuit of musical excellence. Over the years, we have evolved into a uniquely diverse organization of remarkable depth and it is our privilege to perform great symphonic music for our community. The power of music is to transport us outside of day-to-day concerns and into an unfettered realm of private and communal epiphany. It is our hope that the orchestra will serve as a bridge to make great symphonic music more accessible to our community.

The power of music is to transport us outside of day-to-day concerns and into an unfettered realm of  communal epiphany. It is our hope that the orchestra will serve as a bridge to make great symphonic music more accessible to our community.

1st Violin

Lori Horowitz ***
Joshua Berrett
Claire Cohen
Victor Dvortsov
Megumi Kobayashi
Namiko Martin
Joyce Nakamiya
Kaori Saimaru
Antje Wilmer

2nd Violin

Rebecca Eckfeld *
Karen Chow
Jay Dweck
Judith Grand
Nancy Mariani
Lieven Nuyttens
Yoko Sato
Sarah Zemel

Viola

Monica Gerard*
Katie Callaghan
George Drapeau III
Jane Klemmer
Irynn Somera
Gabriel Tevan

Cello

Enrique Orengo*
Jacqueline Bergson
Howard Cohen
Jonathan Kantor
Michael Kellas
Davis Knobloch
Benjamin Lebwohl
Zachary May
Normearleasa Thomas
Henri Wang
Chris Wessman

Bass

William Eckfeld*†
Thomas Bastone
Robert Durant
Michael Maino

Flute

Jennifer Pyne*
Beth Anderson
Terry Wager

Piccolo

Terry Wager

Oboe

Heidi Chisholm Wolfgang
Eldad Coppens

Clarinet

Rocco Polera
John Stine
C. Winfield Swarr

Bass Clarinet

Bill Young

Bassoon

Rosemary Dellinger
Mary Olsson
Winnie Swarr

Horn

Kenneth R. Berv
Curt Carlson
Bobby Routch
Kate Russo
Marc Wager

Alto Saxophone

Art Sine

Tenor Saxophone

Uma Karkala

Baritone Saxophone

Karl Watson

Trumpet

Jack Binder
Ivan Hunter
David Marchiony
Glen Oxton
Dominick Pierro

Trombone

Elana Hausknecht
Frank Pedulla
John Revel
John Russo

Tuba

Josh Mandel

Tympani

Danielle Weinberg

Percussion

Christine Mangiamele
David Wilson

Keyboard
 
Chia-Li Sung

*** Concertmaster
** Assistant Concertmaster
* Principal
† Assistant Conductor

Bernie Tamosaitis, conductorBernard Tamosaitis was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied at the Juilliard School with Channing Robbins, where he graduated with a B.A. in violoncello in 1979.   Mr. Tamosaitis was co-principal of the Bellas Artes Orchestra of Mexico City and a section member of La Filamonica de las Americas which toured Central and South America.  Mr. Tamosaitis subsequently became a member of the Quinteto de Xalapa, a resident chamber ensemble at the University of Veracruz, which performed extensively throughout Mexico and Latin America.  As cello soloist, he has performed on tour with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and with the Sinfonica de El Salvador, the Sound Shore and St. Thomas Orchestras.  Mr. Tamosaitis is a member of the Ridgefield (CT) Symphony and Canta Libre, a chamber ensemble which frequently performs throughout the region.  Canta Libre’s recent CD of French chamber music for harp, flute and strings, which was produced and recorded by STO friend and violinist soloist Ray Iwazumi was hailed by BBC Music Magazine.


Mr. Tamosaitis founded the St. Thomas Orchestra in 2002.   Since then he has experienced the pleasure and pride of overseeing the considerable growth and musical development of the orchestra,  which today can be counted as  one of the most accomplished and inclusive in Westchester County.


Mr. Tamosaitis is married to the lovely and talented Sayuri Iida, a frequent piano soloist with St. Thomas Orchestra.  They have two children, Alexis and Lori and reside in Rye Neck.

The St. Thomas Orchestra was co-founded by Bernard Tamosaitis and Peter Arike in 2002. Among its ranks today can be counted a broad spectrum of professionals in the arts, sciences, law, finance, medicine, and business. Members in the orchestra range in age from 15 to 85 and are united by a common commitment to the pursuit of musical excellence. Over the years, we have evolved into a uniquely diverse organization of remarkable depth and it is our privilege to perform great symphonic music for our community. The power of music is to transport us outside of day-to-day concerns and into an unfettered realm of private and communal epiphany. It is our hope that the orchestra will serve as a bridge to make great symphonic music more accessible to our community.

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