Musicians

Board and Staff

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Richard FieldsDan Fenn and Elsa O. Sullivan

Officers

Epp SoninPresident
Joseph HansenVice President 
William Kirkley, Vice President
Susan Griffith, Treasurer
Deborah Jones, Clerk

Board of Directors

Whit Bond
Miyana Bovan
Richard Fields

Christina Gamota
Sandra Gasbarro
Richard Given
Susan Griffith
Joseph Hansen
Randy Hiller
Deborah Jones
Jay Kaufman
William Kirkley
Jeffrey Leonard
Patricia Manhard
Jeremy Ronkin
Epp Sonin
Marlene Stone
Elsa O. Sullivan
John Tarrh

Sustaining Members

Dan Fenn
Christina Gamota
Annette Moores
Elsa O. Sullivan

Staff

Virginia Hecker,
Executive Director

Samantha Wade, Operations Manager

Karen Sampson, Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations Director

Elizabeth Whitfield, Outreach Coordination

Barbara Hughey, Financ

Susan H. Griffith, Bookeeper and Program Booklet Management and Design

Diane Sperandio, Videography

Board of Directors, Officers

Epp Sonin Epp Sonin, President
Epp has taught piano for 30 years in NY and Boston. In 1985, she founded the Lexington Music School and has since led the school in providing quality piano classes for children, private instruction by awarding-winning music faculty, and community outreach in the way of benefit concerts, scholarships, mentorship, and inspiration to musicians and music appreciators.   Epp remains an active performer and frequent soloist with orchestras and choruses in oratorios, masses and cantatas, most recently with the Lexington Symphony and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.  She has given recitals in major cities in the US, Canada and Europe, has premiered new works at Lincoln Center, MIT, Harvard, Tufts and UMASS-Lowell and performed in numerous Boston-area operas. She is a member of the Cantata Singers. Her performances have been heard on radio and recordings. She was soloist with the Vancouver Symphony and with the Estonian State Symphony in a gala celebrating Estonia’s newly re-established independence.
Joseph Hansen, Vice President
Joe has pursued a dual career in education and in business.  He joined the Northeastern University faculty in 1960, teaching mathematics in undergraduate programs in engineering, business, health sciences, and liberal arts.  He served as mathematics department chairman from 1963 to 1987 and as acting chairman in 2001-2002.  He pioneered the introduction of on-line and hybrid mathematics courses at Northeastern, for which he received the special Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching from the university provost in 2004. Concurrently with his educational career, Joe worked in management positions at LFE, Teradyne, and Raytheon, where he served as director of strategic planning.  He later formed the consulting firm Lexington Strategic Associates, which serves clients in the telecommunications and industrial process control industries.  Joe serves as chairman of the finance committee of Lexington Symphony, a position to which he was appointed in 2011. Joe holds AB and MBA degrees from Harvard.  He and his wife Betsy live in Lexington and have three children and five grandchildren.
William Kirkley William Kirkley, Vice President
As Principal Clarinet, Bill is a founding member and a current member of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Symphony.  He has been a featured soloist twice for the orchestra.  Bill is also the Principal Clarinetist for the Cape Ann Symphony, Boston Musica Viva, and the Gordon Symphony.  Additionally, he is a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and is a substitute clarinetist for the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops.  He has taught on the music faculties of UMASS Boston, Harvard University and Brandeis University.  He is currently on the music faculty of Gordon College.
Susan Griffith Susan Griffith, Treasurer
Born & raised in the Philadelphia area, Susan started playing cello in  the third grade.  She received her BA from Cornell University in 1980, majoring in Economics and Music, and her MM in Cello Performance from the Hartt School (Univ. of Hartford) in 1996.  She worked as Personal Assistant to David Finckel (Emerson String Quartet) and Wu Han (piano) from 1996-97.  Susan relocated to Boston in 1997 to work for the Celebrity Series.  Susan joined the Lexington Symphony as a cellist in 2000.  She has served on the Board of Directors, and as Treasurer of the Symphony, since 2003.  In addition, Susan does the layout of all of the Symphony’s printed programs.  She lives in Arlington with her husband Philip and sons Carlos & Christopher.
 Deborah Jones Deborah Jones, Clerk
Deborah began playing the double bass at age nine, and has studied with Ed Barker, Richard Stephan, Homer Mensch, and Henry Portnoi. She has a BM in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, a MM in Music Performance from Penn State, and has completed the doctoral course in Musicology from Boston University. In addition to the Lexington Symphony, Deborah plays in the Maine State Ballet orchestra and free lances around New England. Deborah also performs on the viola da gamba, violone, and baroque bass, having playing in Much Ado – a Renaissance Consort, the Hamilton Baroque Ensemble, Pastorello, and the SOHIP Chamber players. For ten years, Deborah served on the board of the Society of Historically Informed Performance (SOHIP), as the president and executive director for the summer early music concert series. By day, Deborah is a Vice President of The Dartmouth Group in Bedford, MA.

Board Members

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Whitford (Whit) Bond was associated with the Nordblom Company in commercial and industrial real estate for over 40 years. He served as Executive Vice President in Nordblom’s Boston office participating in transactions throughout North America and Europe.As a past Director of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), Whit served on many of the national committees. He was also District Vice President of SIOR.Whit has served as a Trustee and past President of the Graduates Association of Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. He was formerly a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). He was a Director and Member of the Board of Investment of a Boston Bank.He is currently the Principal of Bond Real Estate Advisors providing consulting services in commercial and industrial real estate.Whit is a graduate of Colby College and lives with his wife, Faith Wilcox, in Sudbury. He enjoys playing the trumpet, golf and tennis.
Richard Fields Richard Fields Richard is sole proprietor of Richard S. Fields Associates LLC, is a consultant specializing in consumer products.  He has worked as Chief Strategic Officer of Unique Settings, a New York-based company, and has participated on Advisory Boards of three other companies.  His work involves marketing to retail establishments in varying channels of distribution and requires extensive domestic and international travel.  He is involved in  Lexington’s Follen Church, BSSC athletic organizations, and has served as Vice President of Lexington Symphony since 2008.  Past affiliations include the Massachusetts Committee for Children and Youth and the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. He is married to Kathryn Fields, owner of Crafty Yankee in Lexington, MA, and together they have raised one daughter and are proud grandparents of twins.
Christina Gamota Christina Gamota Christina Gamota was born in Eastern Europe, raised in Western Europe and educated in Argentina.  A self-termed “homemaker and professional volunteer,” she has lived in Lexington for 24 years and has been on the boards of University of Michigan Art Museum, National Heritage Museum, Lexington Historical Society, and Lexington Field & Garden Club. She is interested in people of all ages and enjoys helping others.  She has been an active participant in the International Host Family program at the University of Michigan and at MIT, and has also worked with pre-school children at Langley School, a private school in McLean, VA.  She has participated in many community fundraisers as chair/co-chair, benefiting University of Michigan Museum of Art, Lexington Field & Garden Club, Morning Study Group, Lexington Historical Society, Lexington Symphony, and Munroe Center for the Arts.  Also interested in community beautification, she organized and has been responsible for the maintenance of Emery Park (Depot Square) in Lexington.  Her interest in design, which she showcases in the decor of her own home, has made her home the subject of three national magazine articles, house tours, and garden tours.  She is also interested in entertainment and her table settings have been published in Table Decor (2006).  As a wife and mother, Christina has been always active and has participated in many school-related organizations.  Christina is founder and member of the Lexington Symphony Concert Fund Partnership, which was established in 2007 and has graciously hosted many fundraisers for the Lexington Symphony’s outreach and other programs in her elegant home.
Sandra Gasbarro Sandra Gasbarro Sandra is a graduate of The Lincoln School, the only all girls Quaker school in the US. She has a degree in education from Wheelock College in Boston and taught third grade in the Johnston, Rhode Island public schools and fifth grade at The Langley School, a small private school in McLean, Virginia.  In her years as wife and mother, she served as President of the PTL and Board member of the Rocky Hill School, President of the Alumnae Association and Board Member of The Lincoln School, and Board member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross.  She has also volunteered at Rhode Island Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Kent County Hospital, and Miriam Hospital.  She has been a Lexington resident since 2005 and presently volunteers at the Lahey Clinic and Lexington Historical Society in addition to serving on the Board of the Lexington Symphony, a position she has held since 2008.  She is a very proud mother and grandmother and especially loves to travel to faraway places with her family.
Jay Kaufman has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since January 1995 and is now in his third term chairing the legislature’s Committee on Revenue. He had, for two terms before this, chaired the Committee on Public Service and led the effort to develop and pass several major pension reform initiatives. His primary legislative interests are education, health care, campaign reform, environmental protection, and social and economic justice. He led the fight to pass and implement the state’s campaign finance reform law, and has chaired special task forces on medical records privacy, the social and ethical implications of genetic technology, and alternatives to property taxes to fund public schools. During his freshman term, he broke a six-year logjam to win passage of the Rivers Act, a major environmental protection bill. He is currently leading the effort to pass the Act for Healthy Families & Businesses, a bill that would encourage the substitution of safer alternatives to commonly-used toxic chemicals. He has sponsored legislation aimed at tax fairness, including the Property Tax Circuit Breaker, and has consistently secured major budget increases for METCO, the state’s premier racial desegregation program. Jay also serves as director of Northeastern University’s Center for Leadership and Public Life where he teaches and leads leadership development workshops for those in or aspiring to public life. He has worked with legislators from around the country, the cabinet and staff of an incoming governor, the leadership team of public school districts, leaders and managers of county government, classes of promising leaders from minority communities, and groups of community leaders from local governments, churches, universities, civic groups, and state agencies. He also serves on the faculty of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ leadership programs for legislators and legislative staff in the U.S. and abroad.
Jeffrey Leonard is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, having majored in Music Education and Jazz Composition and Arranging. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University and has done additional graduate study at University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Central Connecticut State University.  Jeff has been the director of bands and the jazz program at Lexington High School from 1983 to the present, and is now Coordinator of Music Education for the Lexington Public Schools.  His groups at LHS have been consistent Gold medal winners at MICCA State Festivals, IAJE District and State festivals, the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival, the University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival and Competition.  He has taught Music Education courses at New England Conservatory, directed the Jazz Ensemble at Boston University, and for four years was the Music Director for the musical theater productions at Boston College. Mr. Leonard is an active performer, arranger and conductor. As a saxophone and woodwind player, he performs extensively throughout New England in theaters and Boston area jazz clubs. His compositions and arrangements have been commissioned by groups in Massachusetts, Virginia, Indiana, and Maryland.
Patricia Manhard Patti joined the Lexington Symphony board in June 2011. An educator with long tenure at both secondary and college levels, she holds degrees in World History and Russian Studies from Syracuse, Political Theory from the University of Virginia and is working on a combine degree at Oxford. Recently retired after 30 years on the faculty of Brookline High School, she brings to the board substantial volunteer experience with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as Chair of the Junior Council of the BSO and Overseer of the BSO in the 1980’s. She was also National Chair of all Orchestra Junior Councils as a Board member of Amsov, ( American Symphony Orchestra Volunteer’s Association). She has served on the Board of the Council of the the Museum of Fine Arts and most recently Director of Sustainer’s for the Junior League of Boston. Married to math professor Warren (Biff) and mother of two sons, author/illustrator Christopher Bing, and Peter, she is a longtime resident of Lexington.
Currently free-lancing in and around the Boston area, Jeremy Ronkin is a highly sought after French hornist. Jeremy Has performed with orchestras throughout the country including the Iris Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Portland (ME) Symphony, the Lexington Symphony, and South Bend Symphony to name a few and has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed nearly 800 shows with the broadway musical Miss Saigon. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Jeremy is also an active teacher and chamber music coach and currently is Instructor of French horn at Brown University. A native of the Boston area, Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Music in composition from Memphis State University and a Master of Music in French horn from Northwestern University. His teachers include Dale Clevenger, Eric Ruske, and Richard Dolph.
Marlene Stone Marlene Stone Marlene has been a Lexington resident since 2004 and is a very active volunteer in local Lexington organizations.  In addition to her work as a Board member of Lexington Symphony, she serves on the Board of the Merriam Hill Association, was past President of the Lexington High School PTSA, and is a lay minister for Follen Church, where she is on the Parish Council Board.  She has been in charge of many fundraising activities, including at Follen Church and at Lexington Symphony and has set record sales at these events. She is a full-time working mother of a college student who graduated from Lexington High School in 2010.  Marlene has worked in industry as a recruiter/human resources director for over 30 years for companies including Digital Equipment Corporation (now Hewlett Packard), Fidelity Investments, Millipore, Novartis, and smaller start-ups in biotech and high technology.  She is presently the recruiter for one of the top 25 fastest growing defense contractors in the country, Oasis Systems, Inc., located on Hartwell Avenue in Lexington. Marlene loves classical music and started playing piano at 6 years old.  She went to many Broadway productions in her childhood and grew up near New York City.  Marlene has a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, a Master’s degree in social work from Smith College and a Master’s in business from Clark University.
Composer John M. Tarrh grew up in a musical household, with his church choir director mother, opera-loving father, and professional pianist/organist sister. Mr. Tarrh learned to play the drums and performed with a variety of bands and orchestras through college. While always a passionate lover of classical music, Mr. Tarrh had little time for music during busy careers first as an engineer/scientist and then as a financial executive.Originally trained as an electrical engineer, Mr. Tarrh earned his B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1970 and his M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He worked for a number of years for several small businesses and labs at MIT, specializing in the design of large electromagnets for advanced energy research. He developed an interest in accounting and finance, and was a co-founder, Director and CFO of Applied Science and Technology, Inc. at its inception in 1987. Following the sale of AST in 2001, Mr. Tarrh began to pursue a lifetime dream of studying music. Mr. Tarrh studied music composition with Michael Gandolfi and Larry Thomas Bell at the New England Conservatory, earning two Masters of Music degrees from NEC— one in Musical Theory in 2007, and one in Composition in 2008, both with Academic Honors.Mr. Tarrh also plays percussion with the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Newton, and sings with the Lexington Pops Chorus, for which he was named Assistant Conductor in 2010.  Mr. Tarrh is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the Society of Composers, Inc. Mr. Tarrh has written music for a variety of ensembles, including solo piano, solo voice and piano, chorus and piano, various chamber ensembles, concert band, and full orchestra. His music is published by Meriam Hill Music of Lexington, MA. Mr. Tarrh resides in Lexington, MA with his wife, Barbara, and three sons, Nathan, Andrew, and Evan.

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Sustaining Members

Our Sustaining Members are people who have consistently provided significant organizational support to Lexington Symphony. They have a special role within our organization as voting members and are appointed by the Board. We are extremely grateful for their dedication to the orchestra and its mission.

Dan Fenn Dan Fenn Dan moved to Lexington in l949 and has been active in many areas of the town’s life. A former member of the School Committee and of the Board of Selectmen, he was the founding president of the Lexington Education Foundation, Vice Chair of the Cary Memorial Library Foundation, and founder of the Fund for Lexington. Currently he is a Board Member of the Munroe Center for the Arts, active at First Parish, a member of the Lexington Minute Men Company, a Town Meeting  Member and on the Board of the Council on Aging, among other activities. Professionally, he was the Founding Director of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, a member of President Kennedy’s staff in the White House from 1961 to 1963, a Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the US Tariff Commission and a teacher at a number of universities. Currently he is Adjunct Lecturer in Executive Programs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Christina Gamota Christina Gamota Christina Gamota was born in Eastern Europe, raised in Western Europe and educated in Argentina.  A self-termed “homemaker and professional volunteer,” she has lived in Lexington for 24 years and has been on the boards of University of Michigan Art Museum, National Heritage Museum, Lexington Historical Society, and Lexington Field & Garden Club. She is interested in people of all ages and enjoys helping others.  She has been an active participant in the International Host Family program at the University of Michigan and at MIT, and has also worked with pre-school children at Langley School, a private school in McLean, VA.  She has participated in many community fundraisers as chair/co-chair, benefiting University of Michigan Museum of Art, Lexington Field & Garden Club, Morning Study Group, Lexington Historical Society, Lexington Symphony, and Munroe Center for the Arts.  Also interested in community beautification, she organized and has been responsible for the maintenance of Emery Park (Depot Square) in Lexington.  Her interest in design, which she showcases in the decor of her own home, has made her home the subject of three national magazine articles, house tours, and garden tours.  She is also interested in entertainment and her table settings have been published in Table Decor (2006).  As a wife and mother, Christina has been always active and has participated in many school-related organizations.  Christina is founder and member of the Lexington Symphony Concert Fund Partnership, which was established in 2007 and has graciously hosted many fundraisers for the Lexington Symphony’s outreach and other programs in her elegant home.
Annette Moores Annette Moores Bob (my husband) and I were close friends of Hisao Watanabe, the founder of the Lexington Symphony.  It was through Hisao that I became involved as a supporter and volunteer in 1995.  It was at a time when all that was needed was a few hours and a willingness to do anything for the performance.   That I had; the readiness to serve.  So for many years, I worked behind-the-scenes doing all sorts of jobs including ticket sales, set-up and refreshments and even transportation and storage of the 40 or so music stands.   Whatever was needed!By volunteering for the Lexington Symphony, I was able to see the dream became a reality.  I have had the opportunity over the past fifteen years to connect with the many wonderful performers, supporters and volunteers as well as the local arts community in a very real and tangible way.  In addition, I was able to work side by side with Bob, my husband of 53 years.  Bob had always been a real enthusiast of classical music and sharing this passion of his was truly a blessing.  It was with sadness that Bob and I had to limit our volunteering efforts when he became too ill to continue but he still enjoyed attending the performances until his death last June.It’s very inspiring to be involved in a new adventure late in life, especially involving the gift of music.  It has been amazing to see Lexington Symphony grow from that first concert in the National Heritage Museum with just a few hundred family and friends, to an award winning orchestra with many collaborative events and over seven hundred loyal fans per performance.   I am truly thankful to have shared in it.
Elsa O. Sullivan Elsa O. Sullivan Elsa Sullivan is a longtime supporter of the Lexington Symphony and has sponsored many of the orchestra’s endeavors including a performance of the Amy Beach Piano Concerto in 2005.  In her early years, she studied piano with Edith Gault and voice with John Kenneth Bainbridge, and says, “Those were the two people that made me understand that if you have a talent, you should use it.”  Elsa was awarded a scholarship to Juilliard in her high school years and was also selected to participate in concerts by talented youth in New York City.   Ever quick on her feet, she performed regularly on a radio call-in show on WCLV in Montgomery, Alabama, where she would arrive at work and sing solos, live and impromptu, from a list of songs requested by callers.  Not long after moving to Lexington over 50 years ago, the Town Celebrations Committee asked her to write the libretto for a musical to celebrate the town’s 250th anniversary, “They Nobly Dared.”  Elsa not only wrote the libretto, which can be found in Lexington’s Cary Library, but was actively involved in the production.  The performance, with its cast of 268 players, was held April 19th, 1963, and excerpts were performed at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  Elsa continued her musical pursuits and was invited to sing Kurt Weill songs in supper clubs all around Boston.  An active fundraiser for the National Heritage Museum’s Seeds of Liberty exhibit, Munroe Center for the Arts and Lexington Symphony, Elsa has been involved with numerous town institutions, including the Chamber of Commerce, Council of Aging, National Heritage Museum, Lexington Historical Society, First Parish Church, and Lexington Field and Garden Club. As a docent at Lexington’s Munroe Tavern for 26 years, she trained many guides and wrote the book Time in the Tavern about the Munroe family.  In 2005, Elsa was selected as recipient of the White Tricorn Hat for her commitment to the town.  She is presently working on a book about Anna Smith Munroe, the wife of the tavern-keeper.
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