West Side Concert Series 2015 - 2016 Artists

Salvation Army Staff Band

Salvation Army New York Staff Band

The New York Staff Band represents the finest in Christian brass band performance. Holding the distinction of being the first ‘staff band’ in Salvation Army [SA] music history, the NYSB meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards of musical practice and Christian ministry expected of such a model group. While truly outstanding in performance, their approach is that of the ‘amateur’ in its original sense—one who loves what they pursue in art, rather than an approach to one’s music as a ‘job. The NYSB has been and continues to be a fully volunteer musical organization. All members give freely of their time and effort while in the band, all in addition to their regular ‘day jobs.’ Read More...

The Band performs in many New York locations, but far-flung concert halls are added to provide perspective. They have visited the United Kingdom several times, toured Europe and Scandinavia ,traveled to the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand, been across the border into Canada, and performed coas t to coast in the USA. In all of this, they have played a major, significant role in the nurturing and encouragement of the worldwide brass band community and especially the music program of The Salvation Army. Read Less...

Tamara Mumford

Tamara Mumford - Mezzo Soprano

Mezzo-soprano. Tamara Mumford, graduated was raised in Sandy, Utah, and graduated from Utah State University in 2003. She continued her studies in Opera Performance at Yale University, and after a year, was invited to be a member of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in NY City. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2006 and has since sung principal roles in more than 130 performances with the company.

This season Tamara will debut with the New York Philharmonic, and, Eugene Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Seattle Opera, and then travel to Europe.

Ms Mumford appears at West Side courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Juilliard Chamber Orchestra

The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra (JCO) works without a conductor using a shared leadership model. Musical decisions are made by the players, with guidance from the coaches. JCO explores all the roles that a conductor normally plays, and as a group discusses how best to divide those responsibilities. It is the goal that each participant will come away from the experience with new respect for a conductor's role, and with a new insight into what each player can do to expedite the rehearsal process and make performances better. Lead coach, Eric Bartlett, is a 31-year veteran of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and for the past 17 years, also a member of the New York Philharmonic.

West Side Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra

For more than forty years the West Side Oratorio Choir and Orchestra have performed masterworks from the choral repertoire. The Oratorio Choir and Orchestra have performed Bach's St Matthew's Passion, Beethoven's Mass in C minor, and Brahms's German Requiem to critical acclaim. In the 2015 - 2016 Concert Series the Choir and Orchestra will be performing J.S. Bach's St. John's Passion..

Rutger University Glee Club

Rutgers University Glee Club

The Rutgers University Glee Club is one of the oldest and most distinguished men's choruses in the United States. Tracing its roots back to 1872, the Rutgers Glee Club has been among the nation's premier collegiate choirs for one hundred and forty years.

The Glee Club has also been invited to perform with some of the finest orchestras at the area’s most prominent venues. In 2000, the Club performed Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia; the following year, the Club appeared at Carnegie Hall to present the New York premiere of The Miracle. Critics from the New Jersey Star Ledger and Home News Tribune lauded the Club’s “wonderful” performance, which displayed “Patrick Gardner’s superb direction.” In 2003, the club joined the Philadelphia Singers to present Berlioz’s Requiem at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and in the spring of 2006, the Club joined the men of the Riverside Choral Society and Kirkpatrick Choir to sing Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 2 and 3 with conductor Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. That fall, the same choral forces returned to Avery Fisher Hall to perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar,” with Maestro Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra. The chorus also premiered a newly-discovered piano arrangement of the first movement, joined by pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter. Read More...

Founded in 1872, the prestigious Rutgers University Glee Club holds a distinctive position on campus that few groups or organizations could claim. It is the oldest student-run organization, a credited class, and is easily one of the most recognizable groups on campus to students and faculty alike. But its members don't sing or put in the long hours of rehearsal solely for the sake of tradition. It's the constant spirit and joy for music that allows the broadest of differences to be bridged, and for many voices to become one.


Dr. Patrick Gardner's performances have been acclaimed by New York audiences, critics, and an international roster of composers whose orchestral and choral works he has conducted. Now in his 17th season as the Director of Choral Activities at Rutgers University, where he conducts the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and the Rutgers University Glee Club, Dr. Gardner is also the director of the renowned Riverside Choral Society (RCS) in New York City. Read Less...

Jino Choi

Jina Choi - Violin

Jina Choi serves Ridgewood Bergen Symphony as a Director of Strings. She is an active chamber musician, concert soloist and orchestra player in the metropolitan area since she came to the United States in 1996.

In November 2009, she successfully performed Bruch violin concerto with Korean American Symphony Orchestra at the Bergen Performing Art Center in New Jersey. Read More...

Jina Choi has a passion especially for the orchestra. She leads many orchestras like Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, PMF Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra as well as Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra as a concertmistress and principal.

She received numerous awards and prizes at the Ehwa- Kyunghyang Competition, Korea Music Festival Youth Competition, Yeum Chamber Music Competition and Mannes Chamber Music Festival Competition and also performed with Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Chamber Orchestra and Hwa-Eum Chamber Orchestra in Korea. She participated in Young Virtuosos’ Artist Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Kumho Music Festival in Finland and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In the year of 2006, she was invited to Honolulu Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the audition for season 2006-2007.

Ms. Choi received her Professional Study Diploma at Mannes College of Music and Bachelor and Master Degrees from Seoul National University. Currently, she is acquiring Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Rutgers University under Mr. Arnold Steinhardt as a full scholarship student. She studied with Jong-Sook Lee, Ik-Hwan Bae, currently with Michelle Kim who is a New York Philharmonic Assistant Concertmaster and Arnold Steinhardt at Rutgers University. Read Less...