Michael Shapiro, Music Director and Conductor

Michael Shapiro has performed internationally including appearances in Berlin, Siena, Victoria, New York, Boston, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C.  His repertoire as a conductor includes most of the standard symphonic, operatic, and ballet works as well as an insider’s understanding and appreciation for new music.  Michael Shapiro's background as an opera coach and concert pianist illuminates his work with soloists in vocal, operatic, and concerto performances.

Michael Shapiro has also collaborated with such artists as Teresa Stratas, Jose Ferrer, Janos Starker, Marin Alsop, Sergiu Comissiona, Eugene Drucker, Kim Cattrall, Timothy Fain, Edward Arron, Jerome Rose, Mariko Anraku, Clamma Dale, Anita Darian, Florence Levitt, Ayako Yoshida, Harris Poor, Kathryn Amyotte, Emily Wong, the Hawthorne String Quartet, Locrian Chamber Ensemble, Artemis, and Dateline NBC. In a celebration of the 75th birthday of WQXR radio personality, Robert Sherman, Michael Shapiro conducted the first performance of a new version of John Corigliano's The Red Violin Suite with narration with the composer in attendance.  Michael Shapiro served for two years as Music Consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. where he produced and performed the music of composers who perished in or fled Europe during the Second World War.  He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Conductor's Guild. 

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Michael Shapiro, Conductor

Cynthia Peterson, Executive Director

Pianist Cynthia Peterson performs works from a broad solo, chamber, and contemporary repertoire.  Her performances include the American Academy in Rome, radio broadcasts in Washington D.C. and Virginia, Anderson House Museum in Washington, D.C., Minnesota, and chamber music touring in Canada.  She has appeared at many venues in the New York area including the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and the Garden State Center for the Arts.  As prize-winner of concerto competitions, she performed the Beethoven First Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester, and the Gershwin Concerto with the Virginia Beach Pops Orchestra, and was soloist with several local orchestras including the Yonkers Civic Orchestra and the Westchester Youth Symphony. 

She appeared at Yale University and the Metropolitan Museum with violinist Kyung-Jun Kim, and as the featured pianist in works by John Corigliano at the CUNY Graduate Center Auditorium, her performance hailed by the composer as “extraordinary.”

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Cynthia Peterson

Eric Drucker, Artistic Director, Chamber Series

Eric Drucker is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and holds a Masters degree from Ithaca College. He also studied clarinet with Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Drucker has served as principal clarinetist and soloist with the Israel Sinfonietta, with which he participated in concert tours of Italy, France, Spain, and Germany, and he has performed in live radio broadcasts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Paris. He was also a member of the Sinfonietta Woodwind Quintet.

Eric Drucker is currently principal clarinetist with The Chappaqua Orchestra, Taconic Opera, and the Hawthorne Symphony in New Jersey, as well as performing regularly in chamber music recitals in the area.





Eric Drucker

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