When we want to hear great music performed live in our communities, when we want to be transported on the wings of sound to other places and other times, you lead us with the energetic wave of your baton and the eloquent commentary from the podium.
You have been the only music director and conductor for the Orchestra of Northern New York since its founding in 1988, putting together themed concerts featuring everything from Mozart and Beethoven to Copeland and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” performed by musicians from throughout the Northeast and Canada who drive several hours to rehearse and perform in concert halls, churches and other venues in small towns from Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain. And let us not forget such auxiliary activities as the orchestra’s famous “Bach’s Lunches.”
You have also served as music director and conductor of numerous other orchestras, and guest conducted such orchestras as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the American String Teachers' Association Orchestra. You are a frequent guest conductor across the U.S. and Canada, and are adjunct conductor with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
On the other side of the podium, you are also an accomplished flutist, having been associate principal flute with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and principal and guest principal with several other orchestras. You have performed under the batons of renowned conductors Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Jean Martinon, Charles DuToit and others throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and have been featured on public radio and television.
Indicative of your belief in the value of passing musical skill and knowledge on to coming generations, you are professor of flute at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and music director and conductor for the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra.
For your abiding dedication to bringing live classical music to its home region, St. Lawrence University is honored to present to you its 2008 North Country Citation.