Michele Denton Assistant Conductor
Mr. Noguchi is a member of the flute section of the Forest Hills Symphony since 2004.
Joshua Goldstein is a classical trumpeter on modern and baroque instruments. He has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the DiCapo Orchestra, and the North Carolina Symphony. Currently, he is principal trumpet of New York’s One World Symphony directed by Sung Jin Hong. Joshua has toured France and Italy as a soloist and orchestral performer, and he has been a faculty member of the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York. Joshua was a Kenan Fellow at Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education where he was trained as a teaching artist. He attended the University of Southern California where he received his B.M. and the North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his M.M. he currently studies trumpet with Jerome Callet, in Staten Island, N.Y. Joshua studies Hatha-Raja yoga, and has been certified to teach by his own teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra.
JOAN DAWIDZIAK—OBOE SOLO
As a local freelancer, Joan has appeared as soloist, principal oboe, section player or chamber musician with many organizations including: St Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, N.Y. Virtuosi, One World Symphony, Encompass Music Theatre, Garden State Symphonic Band, Nassau Symphony, Amato Opera, Choral Society of the Hamptons, Japanese Community Club, Seoul Sym0phony, French American Orchestra and many others. She is an adjunct professor of oboe at Adelphi University in Garden City, and has a large private oboe studio. She has taught oboe composition at Eastern Suffolk School of Music. As a composer, her works for chamber, solo, and orchestra have been performed by several organizations including the One World Symphony in Manhattan. She has recorded for Naxos.
NEAL WACHENHEIMER—VIOLIN SOLO
Mr. Wachenheimer graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, with a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Music Education degree. He studied with the late Raphael Bronstein, Fritz Kramer and Raymond Le Mieux. He toured Austria with Fritz Kramer, giving lecture recitals. Mr. Wachenheimer retired from teach music at P.S. 250 where he was choral director. His chorus performed all over the Metropolitan area. He has been a member of the Forest Hills Symphony since 1986 and has performed concertos many times with the orchestra. He has been heard in chamber music concerts at the Donnell Library in Manhattan. He is also a member of the Island Senior String Symphony, which rehearses and performs in Suffolk County.
This season marks Mr. Verbsky’s 39th season with the Queens Festival Orchestra/Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Verbsky received his B.A. from Queens College, CUNY and his M.A. from Hofstra University. He studied piano with various teachers, the last of whom were Arcadie and Marie Kouguell, and cello with Alexander Kouguell, Professor Emeritus of Music at Queens College. He attended Kneisel Hall at Blue Hill, Maine, and the Taos School of Music, in Taos, New Mexico studying the chamber music literature and performance.
Before assuming the duties of conductor and music director of the Queens Festival Orchestra in March 1968, Mr. Verbsky was principal cello of the orchestra and appeared as soloist with the orchestra under the baton of the founder/conductor Jerome Laszloffy. He also acted as Assistant Conductor. Mr. Verbsky has played with several area orchestras, i.e. Queens Symphony, and summer orchestra music festivals, i.e. New Hampshire Music Festival. He has also appeared in chamber music recitals in Town Hall and Lincoln Center. Presently he is a free-lance musician in the New York City, Long Island, and Upstate areas. He was principal cello of the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years and is conductor of the Senior Symphony String Orchestra in Huntington, which provides programs at assisted living, nursing home facilities and presents children’s concerts at area libraries. Most recently, Mr. Verbsky has been heard as soloist with the Island Senior Symphony, where he performed cello concertos by Schumann and St. Saens. He has recently added viol da gamba to his instrument repertoire and has presented solo and consort programs around the Long Island area.
Above and beyond his musical activities, Mr. Verbsky is an educator, having taught in the public schools of Nassau and Suffolk Counties from 1965 until his retirement in 1998. In those years he has taught all ages: elementary, junior high, high school and college students. Prior to retiring, Mr. Verbsky taught Orchestra at Uniondale High School and since 1985 is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Hofstra University. He has recently begun teaching cello at Five Towns College in Dix Hills.
In a new program originally sponsored by Hofstra’s Continuing Education Department, Mr. Verbsky has been offering a program encouraging adults to begin learning to play a stringed instrument. The program, now enter is in fourth year, is looking for a new home but is enjoying a very enthusiastic following.
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