Perry Sutton leads a musically diverse life. Having earned degrees from both the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University (BM) and Rowan University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts (MM), Perry regularly performs in orchestral, chamber music, jazz, and commercial music settings with equal dexterity. His versatility can be attributed to studies with master brass and jazz pedagogue William Fielder, in addition to studies with top orchestral players including Peter Bond and Robert Earley; chamber musicians Kevin Cobb and Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, among others. Perry is also the founder and leader of the Chamber Brass of New Brunswick, a 10-piece brass ensemble in the tradition of the renowned Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
Giuseppe Fusco is a freelance woodwind artist in the North Jersey and NYC area. He is currently coordinator of multiple woodwind studies at New Jersey City University. He received his bachelor's degree in music education from Rutgers University followed by his master's degree in multiple woodwind performance at New Jersey City University. Mr. Fusco has been a substitute musician for several Broadway shows, and he is currently playing in the orchestra of Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway.
Originally from Calgary Canada, Dustyn Richardson is a freelance woodwind musician in the NYC area. He has subbed on Broadway (Pippin, If/Then, Honeymoon in Vegas), at Radio City Music Hall and with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Calgary and a master’s degree in multiple woodwind performance at New Jersey City University.
Born and raised in New York, Shelagh Abate has loved the horn since age nine. She studied formally in Boston, graduating with honors from Boston College with a BA in English Literature. Shelagh’s MM from UMASS Amherst as a Howard W. Lebow Scholar was followed by an Artist Diploma from The New England Conservatory of Music as a Wilhelm Walkenier Scholar, where she studied with Richard Sebring, principal horn of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras. Since then she has performed all over the world in various capacities. Since 1999 Ms. Abate has been principal horn with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, led by world famous violinist Jaime Laredo. She has performed under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, James DePreist, Andre Previn, Carl St. Clair, Gunther Schuller, John Williams and Keith Lockhart.
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, 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, and Evita, Little Miss Sunshine, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Amazing Grace, coming to the Nederlander Theater this June.
Kyle Hoyt is an active French Horn player and teacher in the NYC metropolitan area and beyond. Kyle can be heard frequently playing with the American, Detroit, New Haven Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra of St. Lukes and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. He performs regularly at the Bard Music Festival Orchestral and Chamber Music Programs. Previously he was Associate Principal horn of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and held section positions with the Columbus and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras. He has recorded for Naxos, Telarc, Nimbus Records, and NFL Films. Kyle has been a member of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra, and is currently a member of the pit orchestra of “Something Rotten” on Broadway. He studied at the University of Michigan and Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers were Bryan Kennedy, Soren Hermansson, Erik Ralske, and Jeffrey Lang.
Matt Lepek is a freelance musician based out of the New York City and New Jersey Area. He received his Masters in Performance from New Jersey City University with a specialization in Multiple Woodwinds. While in school Matthew studied with many notable performers in the fields of musical theatre, rock, jazz, and classical music, including oboist Marsha Heller, studio musicians Edward Joffe and Rick Heckman, and jazz saxophonists Jim Snidero and Bob Malach. He has performed across the United States and Canada on saxophone, oboe, English horn, flute, and clarinet in various groups and arrangements. He has performed in the pit orchestras of such shows as Heathers, Fun Home, If Then, Pippin and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He currently can be seen in the orchestra of the broadway musical GiGi.
J.J. Cooper is a freelance bass trombonist and educator in the New York/New Jersey area. He holds D.M.A. and M.M. degrees from Rutgers University, and a BA/BM from the University of Washington. J.J. has performed with many orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NY), Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonie (Germany), Honolulu Symphony (HI), Harrisburg Symphony (PA), Symphony in C (NJ), and Tacoma Symphony (WA). An avid chamber musician, J.J. has commissioned and premiered many new mixed chamber works with bass trombone, and his work on the subject has been published by the International Trombone Association Journal.
Nicole Abissi is a professional trombonist and teacher living in New York. Nicole received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School under the instruction of Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. In September of 2007, she began the first of two seasons as a fellow the New World Symphony. While there, she had the opportunity to work with one of the premier conductors of our time, Michael Tilson Thomas. Nicole won her first professional position as the Second Trombonist of the Alabama Symphony for the 2009-2012 seasons. In September of 2012 she joined the Colorado Symphony as the acting Principal trombonist for the 2012-2013 season. In the same year, she also filled in as acting Principal Trombone in the Macon Symphony under the direction of Ward Stare. Nicole has also had the pleasure of performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Nicole has been a member of The Stiletto Brass Quintet since 2013 and is currently freelancing in New York City and pursuing her Master of Music degree at Stony Brook University under the instruction of Michael Powell, Trombonist with the American Brass Quintet.
Christopher Stingle is currently the Assistant Principal trumpet with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal trumpet with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, Stingle began playing with the New Jersey Symphony in the same year. Since then, he has enjoyed a varied career playing solo, chamber, orchestral, broadway, operatic, and brass band music throughout the country.
John DiSanto is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts with a bachelors in classical saxophone performance and music education. He also holds a masters in multiple woodwind performance from New Jersey City University. He is an active freelance woodwind artist in the New York area. He has performed on multiple Broadway shows including Motown the musical, Cinderella and Annie. He has also recently performed at Radio City Music Hall's christmas spectacular orchestra. John is also a member of the Swingadelic big band which performs every Monday night at swing 46 in midtown Manhattan.
Christina Chenes, soprano, received her Bachelor of Music degree from University of Nevada Las Vegas and her Master of Music degree from Miami University of Ohio. Christina won first place in the New Jersey State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition in 2013. Recent roles include Salomea (Frederica) and Nichette (Madeleine) both with the Concert Operetta Theater. Ms. Chenes was also featured as the soprano soloist in Brahms' Requiem with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. During her studies at Miami University she performed the roles of Sister Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and The Fairy God Mother (Cendrillon). Ms. Chenes has also performed the title role in Alcina, as well as Despina (Così Fan Tutte) and Papagena (The Magic Flute) with the University of Nevada Las Vegas Opera Theater. Christina has won several awards from The National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Meg Zervoulis is a life-long resident of Bayonne, New Jersey. She enjoys a variety of professional appointments in musical theater, music education, and accompanying. Meg music directed the Off-Broadway musical Rated P...for Parenthood which has been picked up by Kelly Ripa for development at ABC. Meg's current residency is at Paper Mill Playhouse, where she is active as an MD/arranger. Locally, Meg serves as Co-Music Director at St. Mary's and as a music teacher in the BBOED public schools.
Violinist Mia Laity is an active performer in the New York City area. Last season, she appeared as a soloist in Kenneth Cooper's production of Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at the Manhattan School of Music. This season she will be appearing in New Jersey and Manhattan in performance with the Brooklyn-based indie band, Phony Ppl, on their new album.