Meet the 2019-2020 Board of Directors:

(click or scroll below for info on each board member, in alphabetical order)

PRESIDENT

Evangeline Benedetti

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Kate Dillingham

2nd VICE PRESIDENT

Robert Reed

TREASURER

& WEB MASTER

Tara Hanish

SECRETARY

Patricia Santos

Evangeline Benedetti ~ (President) 

A member of the New York Philharmonic from 1967 until 2011, Evangeline also teaches cello and the Alexander Technique privately.  She is author of the book, Cello, Bow and You: Putting It All Together, Oxford University Press, 2017. She is on the faculty of iClassical Academy, an online series of masterclasses. 

 

For more info, visit: www.evangelinebenedetti.com

Alessandro Benetello

Born in Italy, Alessandro Benetello graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where he studied cello and composition, and continued his studies with Antonio Janigro at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He was a tenured member of La Scala and the R.A.I. orchestras in Milan and toured with chamber music groups throughout Italy. 

 

In the U.S., Alessandro is a member of the NYC Ballet Orchestra and has performed with numerous chamber music groups and orchestras, including NYC Opera and Radio City Music Hall.  He was a founding member of La Scuola d’Italia, where he was chairman of the music department for thirty years, and maintains a studio of private cello and piano students.  His music publishing company, titled Organized Chaos Music Editions, offers an extensive choice of music for vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Kate Dillingham ~ (Vice President)

Cellist KATE DILLINGHAM is a soloist, recording artist and an avid proponent of the music of living composers. Following her debut, which featured world premieres of works by Augusta Read Thomas and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, the press deemed her "an excellent cellist; dignified, intelligent, and compelling … an adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music … an extraordinary performer who displayed musical insight and emotional depth…". She has performed as a soloist with The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, The Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and The Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic). She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, Symphony Space, and The DiMenna Center in New York City. Kate was a student of Bernard Greenhouse at Rutgers University and of Maria Tchaikovskaya at the Moscow Conservatory. A long association with Mr. Greenhouse led to collaboration on an edition of the Sonatas for Violoncello and Keyboard, BWV 1027-1029 by J.S. Bach, published by G. Schirmer Inc., which she presented in a combined concert and lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and recorded with renowned harpsichordist Jory Vinikour for Affetto Records. Kate has recorded albums of varied repertoire from Haydn to Higdon which are available at iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. As Executive Director of Random Access Music (RAM) and the Queens New Music Festival, (New York, USA) Kate is engaged in presenting, commissioning and performing music of the 21st Century. When Kate is not performing on her beautiful 235-year-old antique cello, she proudly plays one of two modern instruments (2011, 2015) by master maker, Zoran Stilin.

For more info, visit: www.katedillingham.com

Sean Grissom

Sean has been involved with the VCS for many years, and believes in the mission of the Society to promote the art of cello playing.  At the forefront of the Alternative Style movement, he wants to expand the boundaries of the instrument to show its vast potential. He has 15+ recordings to his credit, as well as a series of Alternative compositions for today's players- you can NEVER have enough cello!

Tara Hanish ~ (Treasurer & Web Master)

The efforts to reboot and rebuild the VCS have only just begun; Tara has proudly been a part of this hardworking team, and hopes to continue to contribute in the way of communication, organization and technical skills.  She has enjoyed connecting with the VCS membership and helping it nearly double in the last year and a half.  She built the current website and has plans to create a members section and continue to evolve the site's user-ability and interactive experience.  Her desire for the VCS is for it to continue to grow and thrive to provide a fun, valuable, and sought-after community for all cellists to connect.

As an educator, Tara is on faculty at Queens College CPSM, Brooklyn Conservatory, Suzuki on the Island and the JCC Thurnauer School of Music.  As a freelancer, Tara performs all kinds of music, from orchestral, theater, chamber music and new music ensembles to rock bands and singer-songwriter projects.  She is half of The Whiskey Girls cello duo, and cellist in You Bred Raptors?, an experimental post-rock trio.  Tara’s primary cello studies were with Richard Aaron (Cleveland Institute of Music), Anthony Elliott (University of Michigan), Ross Harbaugh (University of Miami), Louis Potter, Tanya Carey, and Pamela Devenport (School for Strings teacher training).

For more info, visit www.tarahanish.com

Hannah Holman

Hannah comes from a long line of cellists, playing on her grandmother’s Becker, so naturally she wants to cultivate a sense of community amongst all NYC cellists. This great city deserves a place for all cellists to feel welcome and be able to explore current happenings with this great instrument.  Hannah’s dream is to have all cellists and cello lovers in the 5 boroughs and beyond feel a spirit of home and inspiration to bring to all they do, whether teaching, performing, listening, or supporting. Hannah feels grateful to have a position in the NYCB cello section!

For more info, visit www.hannahholmancello.com

Barbara Stein Mallow 

Barbara has made her reputation as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.  She was a founding member of the Carnegie String Quartet and the Chamber Arts Trio.  She has been professor of cello and chamber music at Bennington College, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.  She also founded the cello and chamber music programs at The Perlman Music Program.  Currently she is professor at Mannes College/ The New School and  the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School in Blue Hill Maine.  Ms. Mallow was Vice President of the Violoncello Society for many years.  She comes from a distinguished musical family; her mother, violist Lillian Fuchs, and uncle, violinist Joseph Fuchs.

Robert Reed ~ (2nd Vice President)

Robert is Assistant Professor of Music at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Substitute Cellist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  Formerly on faculty at Eastern Michigan University, Robert also formerly served as Treasurer for the Michigan Chapter of The American String Teachers Association.

Sara Sant'Ambrogio

Grammy Award winning cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio has performed thousands of concerts on 6 continents as a soloist and as a member of the Naumburg Award winning Eroica Trio.  Born into a musical family, Sara started her cello studies with her Father, John Sant’Ambrogio- principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony- before being accepted at 16 to The Curtis Institute of Music to study with David Soyer.  Three years later she was invited to study with Leonard Rose, her father’s former teacher, at The Juilliard School.  Sara has won numerous international competitions including the bronze medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, USSR.  In 2019 Sara will give the world premiere of Michael Bacon's Cello Concerto with Alexander Mickelthwate and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and release the premiere recording of Bruce Wolosoff's Cello Concerto along with the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


Sara is excited at the opportunity to continue to serve on the Board of the VCS of NY as they all work to revitalize, reenergize and renew this important celebration of all things cello, the king of instruments!  She is hoping to continue to serve on the New Vistas committee creating more opportunities for cellists to show the depth and breadth of the possibilities for the cello, cellists, and the music that entrances us.

For more info, visit www.sarasantambrogio.com/

Patricia Santos ~ (Secretary)

In addition to being a performing cellist and instructor, Patricia also bring 12 years of experience in arts education administration.  She'd love to bring those skills (including artist liaison, scheduler, data and social media manager) to the table for the VCS.  Patricia wants to help continue the VCS grow as an invaluable resource and community for cellists of all ages and levels.

Patricia is a songwriter and singing cellist who draws on her classical training to meld the cello with non-classical styles.  She is half of the singing cellist duo The Whiskey Girls and has worked with many great artists including Hurray for the Riff Raff, Martha Redbone, and Valerie Simpson.  Patricia is a teaching artist for Musicambia, a non-profit that brings music instruction to incarcerated communities.  She received her Music Performance Bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory with Regina Mushabac, and her postgraduate studies were with Bryan Dumm of the Cleveland Orchestra.

For more info, visit www.patriciasantos.com

Inbal Segev

Jay Shulman

Jay was born to a musical family in New York.  After early studies with Anthony Sophos, Lillian Rehberg Goodman and Harvey Shapiro, Jay attended Syracuse University where he studied with Frederick Miller, and Colby College, with the Hungarian String Quartet.  With violinist Frances Magnes, Jay was a co-founder of the Rochambeau Trio, and with pianist Fredrica Wyman, the River Duo.  A 36-year member of the Long Island Philharmonic, Jay is cellist of the Broad Street Chamber Players, and teaches and performs throughout the Hudson Valley.  A member of the Violoncello Society since 1959, Jay also serves on the the Society’s Board.  He has recorded with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and is heard on the soundtrack of Sedat Pakay's PBS documentary "Josef and Anni Albers."  Jay has produced CD reissues of the Stuyvesant String Quartet for Parnassus and Bridge Records, and of the music of his father, Alan Shulman, for Bridge and Hep Records.

Mark Shuman

Mark has performed as chamber musician and soloist in concert halls throughout the world.  For many years a member of the Composers String Quartet, he is also a founder of the period instrument group The Aulos Ensemble.  He has worked with a broad spectrum of artists ranging from Elliott Carter and Raymond Leppard to Streisand and Lenny Kravitz.  He has been involved in recordings running the gamut from Telemann Oboe sonatas and Carter String quartets to Michael Jackson, the Fugees, and jingles for Chocolate Lucky Charms.  In his efforts to expand the cello repertoire, Mark seeks out contemporary and previously neglected works and has recorded the cello music of the Spanish composer and virtuoso Gaspar Cassadó.  For ASV Quicksilva he has recorded the complete cello music of Mendelssohn with pianist Todd Crow.  A native New Yorker, Mark is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

Jeffrey Solow

Jeffrey has toured throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia as a recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, he studied with the distinguished cellist Gabor Rejto and earned a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude from UCLA while studying with and then assisting Gregor Piatigorsky at USC.  Two of his many recordings have received Grammy Award nominations.  In addition to performing, Mr. Solow’s editions are published by Breitkopf, IMC, Peters, Latham, Ovation, and Henle Urtext and his articles and reviews can be found in The Strad, Strings, and American String Teacher magazines.  Recognized as an authority on healthy and efficient cello playing, Jeffrey is professor of cello at Temple University in Philadelphia.  He is past president of the American String Teachers Association and of the Violoncello Society, Inc. of NY.

For more info, visit www.jeffreysolow.com

Frederick Zlotkin

Winner of the Geneva International competition, Solo Cellist of the NYC Ballet Orchestra since 1971 and President of the Violoncello Society since 2017, Frederick earned his doctorate at Juilliard, where he studied with Leonard Rose.  He has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Minnesota Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Ravinia Festival, among many others.  Frederick also recorded and performed with numerous pop stars such as Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra.  He has served on the faculties of MSM, Brooklyn Conservatory and Hoff-Barthelson.

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