Maestro Alfred Gershfeld

Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, holds advanced degrees in conducting and violin performance from the Kishnev and Moscow Conservatories in the former Soviet Union. Prior to emigrating to the United States, Maestro Gershfeld was conductor of the Moldavian Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and the Moscow Bolshoi Theater. In 1977 he was elected Honored Artist of the Moldavian Republic. He has returned frequently to Moscow to conduct a series of concerts. Currently Alfred Gershfeld is a tenured Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. He has appeared as guest conductor in many cities and universities in the United States and has conducted several performances of two Russian operas for the Sarasota Opera Association. He is the composer of the children’s opera “Karlson on the Roof” which received its U.S. premiere performance at the Sarasota Opera House.

Dr. Jon Magendanz

Dr. Jon K. Magendanz, Assistant Conductor of AMICCO, has a rich and varied background as a violinist. After he retired from the practice of dentistry and dental anesthesiology in New York, he focused most of his attention on performing in and leading musical organizations throughout the country. Presently he is a freelance musician and performs in the Schenectady, Catskill and Utica Symphonies as well as locally with the Venice Symphony and AMICCO. He has performed in Seattle and Boston and in Connecticut and Michigan. Internationally he has performed in Italy, Austria and Vietnam. A man of many talents, he has a degree in paralegal studies and is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Connecticut and SUNY Dental School at Buffalo.

Deborah Polkinghorn Šuta

Deborah Polkinghorn Šuta, Chorus Master and Soprano, has graduated with multiple bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education, Conducting and Education. She completed an advanced post-graduate program in Opera Performance at the New England Conservatory of Boston. Ms. Polkinghorn Šuta is completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Music Education and Research. She teaches at the University of South Florida and is frequently invited as a guest vocalist,lecturer, conductor, adjudicator and clinician for numerous universities and musical organizations. Deborah serves as the Cantorial Soloist for Temple Beth El Synagogue and as a Cantor and Soprano for St. Wilfred Episcopal Church. She is often seen as the Soprano soloist on the Opera, Oratorio, Pops, Liturgical, Recital and World Music stage. Her international performances and recordings include; Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Lichtenstein, France,Germany, Austria, throughout the United States of America, and most recently England, Wales and Scotland. Deborah has had the honor of conducting with the late, Dr. Daniel Moe, the late, Janita Hauk, Dr. Richard Zielinski, Dr. Ann Stephenson-Moe, Dr. Alan Gumm, several conductors, ensembles, symphonic orchestras, and multi-generational choirs.

AMICCO Members

Chorus

Adler, Louise
Allish, Debbie
Bouton, Marcy
Canniff, Charlie
Closser, Chuck
Davis, Lucy
DiPalma, Martha
Edgren, Gretchen
Edmondson, David
Ellinger, Sandy
Friedlander, Alex
Frizelle, Pat
Gaillard, Kira
Girardet, Cynthia
Gregson, Elizabeth
Gregson, John

Grinnell, Robert
Hamel, Brigitte
Hamilton, Judith
Hensel, Karen
Hoffman, Dan
Kesler, David
Leitner, Joy
Little, Leandra
Lohr, Larry
Marcheck, Barbara
Mayer, Rich
McIntyre, Dick
Miller, Fran
Mullet, Sanford
Neale, Judith
Nelson, Deanna

Pontius, Suann
Potter, Madeline
Richardson, Alex
Schisler, Laura J.
Septic, Laura
Smilde, Lorna
Stopp, Jackie
Subkoviak, Mary
Swanson, Warren
Veglia, Francesca
Ward, Mike
Welsh, Susy
Wisser, Bo
Zak, Joan

Orchestra

VIOLIN

Adams, Richard
Birdsall, Claudia
Brooker, Anita
Carney, Victoria
Chatzistamatis, Joy
Clark, Carolyn
Del Pozo, Jessica
Dendy, Matthew
Franco, Helene
Inman, Renee
Jourawleff, Francesca
Lind, Sarah
Lowe, Sherry
Magendanz, Donna
Magendanz, Jon
Preves, David.
Ratzenboeck, Karissa
Rawley, Nicole
Rinsema, Nicole
Rowe, Janet
Whitby, Beverly

VIOLA

Bellosa, Karla
Emmons, Kelly
Fletcher, Renee
Glazar, Daniel
Morse, Erin
Rosenblum, Myron
Tuttle, Karen

CELLO

Bellosa, Kevin
Diesing, Eleanor
English, Lorraine
Hackert, Catherine
Musgrove, Elenita
Wright, Charles

CONTRABASS

Bruno, Joseph Jr.
Lane, Ed
Mingus, Isaac
Riley, Christopher
Voorhees, Gregg

FLUTE

Butts, Linda
Jones, Julie
Janisch, Suki
Preves, Patti

OBOE

Daige, Stephanie
Jones, Leslie
Weintraub, Jason

CLARINET

Elmore, Vicki
Jorgensen, Richard
Klages, Karen
Nichols, Diane
Notari, Robert

BASSOON

Murphy, Leonard
Gibbons, Mary

FRENCH HORN

MacDougall, Karen
Messner, Troy
Moore, Robert
Reinstrom, Gary
Robinson, Dallas
Sarazua, Sabrina

TRUMPET

Bagaus, David
Brian, Aric
Fee, Michael
Sãenz, Carlos Jr.

TROMBONE

Medlin, Robert
Musgrove, Martin
Terry, Steve

TUBA

Guth, Eric

PERCUSSION

Anderson, Dean
Ho, Fai Fai
Blum, Scott
Suta, Thomas

KEYBOARD

Bryn, Don
Myers, Lurray