This session entitled “Reflections of freelance musicians and the art of building careers with multiple orchestras” will be a panel discussion, moderated by Bill Powers, that will not only feature our own Earl Lee but also three special guests who are all freelance musicians and have been very successful in making music their career. As with all our BTN seminars, students will have a chance to ask their own questions in the Q&A session.
Jeffrey Mangone is a full time player and teacher of string bass, bass guitar, and tuba. He holds a BS in Music Education (1976) and Music Performance Graduate Studies (1978) from the Duquesne University School of Music. As a player of string bass, bass guitar, and tuba, Jeff Mangone has played virtually every style of music in local, national, and international venues in a professional career that began in 1972.
Jennifer Gerhard is Principal Violist of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Orchestra, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, as well as substitute violist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being a member of the Wheeling Symphony String Quintet, she is also a solo recitalist and chamber music performer who teaches both viola and violin privately.
Daniel Miller, principal cellist of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, is an active concert, theatre, and recording musician in the New York area. He has performed with numerous local ensembles, including the American Ballet Theatre, American Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York Pops, of which he is the assistant principal cellist. He has appeared as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society, the New Amsterdam Symphony and at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Mr. Miller is the artistic director of The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony. He is currently playing the Broadway production of Wicked and can be heard on many Broadway original cast recordings and theatrical soundtracks. A former member of the Orchestra Del Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy, Danny is also the cellist with Cuartetango, the tango string quartet, whose latest album, Masters of the Bandoneon, received two Grammy nominations.