A New Jersey native, Adam is an active freelance performer and teacher in the New York area. He holds a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Mark Nuccio, and a Bachelor in Music from the University of Maryland, where he studied with both Paul Cigan and David Jones. Adam has been a fellow at both the National Repertory Orchestra and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He works regularly with various ensembles throughout the New York/New Jersey area including: the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Ensemble 212, New Jersey Verismo Opera, and the Garden State Philharmonic.
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Dena Orkin is a clarinetist who is passionate about performance and education. She is currently in the last stages of finishing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University, where she was a teaching assistant, and holds a Master’s degree from The Eastman School of Music, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of California, Los Angeles where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Latin Honors. Orkin currently teaches for the Harmony Program in New York City, and freelances throughout New York and New Jersey. Ms. Orkin has performed under such conductors as Leif Segerstam, Marin Alsop and Leon Fleisher and has worked with artists including members of the New Jersey Symphony, musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Dick Van Dyke, and J.C. Chasez of NSYNC.
Eric Schultz, P.S. 107
Eric Schultz is currently in the final year of his doctoral studies at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Alan Kay (Juilliard, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra). He is an award-winning clarinetist, including the prestigious Rislov Foundation career grant for excellence in classical music. Eric spent this past summer in Salzburg, Austria performing with the Mozarteum Summer Orchestra and working with Andreas Schablas of the Bavarian State Orchestra and Opera. During the summer recital series, he was the only American, and the only clarinetist, chosen as a prize winner for his performance of Martinů’s Sonatina. Eric is currently serving on the faculty at East Stroudsburg University.
Patricia Billings, P.S. 107
New York-based clarinetist Patricia Billings is a freelance musician and educator, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance at New York University. An active educator, Ms. Billings serves as Intermediate Woodwind Teacher for the Harmony Program at PS 107 and as a Private Lesson Teacher for the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. She also serves the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as a Faculty Member for the R.A.M.P. Program, M.A.N.Y Program, and as Teaching Artist for the “Orff in Your Community” Project. Ms. Billings maintains an active private teaching schedule.
Ms. Jennifer Theilacker, a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has been teaching and performing for fifteen years. She has taught instrumental music in Brooklyn, New York, at Philippa Schuyler Middle School (I.S 383) for the Gifted and Talented, and at M.S. 180 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams in the Bronx. Currently, Miss Theilacker is the Associate Director of Music Programs at the Boys and Girls Harbor in Harlem. A consummate professional, Jennifer is active in the following roles for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE): Facilitator for Teacher Effectiveness in the Arts; Facilitator for City-Wide Professional Development in Music; Contributing Curriculum Writer with the Curriculum Mapping Team of Office of Arts and Special Projects. Other professional credits include: Berklee College of Music, P.U.L.S.E. Consultant/ Design Team, Carnegie Hall Music Educator, and Carnegie Hall Arts Achieve Performance Assessment Adjudicator and Scorer.
Angela Shankar is an active clarinetist and music educator in New York City. You can see and hear Angela on screen as a featured soloist on the Golden Globe awarded Amazon series, Mozart in the Jungle. In addition to performing regularly with The Chelsea Symphony, she is a member of the Swedish-American ensemble Quartet Kalos and the NYC-based reed trio, Reeds Amis. Quartet Kalos has toured in Sweden, Boston, and New York, most recently as part of the Inscriptions Tour in 2016. Reeds Amis performed at the IDRS Conference in Tokyo and recently recorded the lost chamber music of the female French composer, Fernande Decruck. Angela is currently organizing a chamber concert series on Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex housing over 10,000 inmates. A passionate educator, Angela is a faculty mentor for the Harmony Program and a teaching artist with In The Pocket NYC.
Tyler Wes is a clarinet instructor and performer in the Tampa Bay area. He currently holds substitute positions with the Gainesville Orchestra, The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, and The Imperial Symphony. During his school career, Tyler has performed with many ensembles, including The University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, where they have played many operas and a full production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. He is also involved with the University of Oklahoma Wind Symphony, Accademia Filharmonia Orchestra, Missoula Symphony Orchestra, University of Montana Symphony Orchestra, and University of Montana Wind Symphony. Tyler has been a guest clinician at several high schools in Oklahoma and Florida, including Riverview High School. Tyler holds a Bachelor in Music from the University of Montana (MT), and a Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. His teachers have included Dr. Suzanne Tirk (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Maxine Ramey (University of Montana), and Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick (University of Montana).