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Cello

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Nathaniel Lathrop, principal, is an active orchestral player, chamber musician, and teacher in the Boston area. He performs with the Nashua Symphony, the Thayer Symphony, and numerous other New England groups.  Nathaniel teaches at the Middlesex School in Concord, as well as at his home studio in Carlisle. He has given K-8 musical outreach programs in the North Shore, MetroWest, and New Hampshire.  He performs chamber music throughout New England.  He has been a regular member of Symphony by the Sea, the Cape Ann Symphony, and principal cellist of the North Shore Philharmonic.  Nathaniel received his musical training at Yale University.  While at Yale, he also studied viola da gamba.  Upon graduation he became assistant principal of the Johnstown and Altoona symphonies in Pennsylvania, where he also played with the Nittany Valley and Williamsport symphonies.  He was a classical radio announcer for WPSU, the central Pennsylvania NPR affiliate.  In his free time, Nathaniel enjoys cooking and wilderness backpacking.
Russell Engler Russell Engler is a Professor of Law & Director of Clinical Programs at the New England School of Law in Boston. A Lexington resident and member of the Lexington Symphony since 2000, he also plays chamber music as often as his schedule will permit.  He has studied cello with Aldo Parisot, Robert Ripley and Joan Brockway Esch, and has degrees from both Yale and Harvard. He and his wife Tracy Miller have two sons.
Paul Glenn Paul Glenn concertizes on both double bass and cello. The former principal cellist of the Concord Orchestra for its European tours and of the New England Philharmonic for over fifteen years, and the former principal bassist of the Civic Symphony of Boston, Mr. Glenn currently plays with the Lexington Symphony and Wellesley Symphony.  He also performs frequently in solo and duo recitals, with Boston chamber groups, and in various amateur chamber music festivals.  Professional engagements include concertos with the Billings Symphony Orchestra, the Longy Summer Chamber Orchestra, and the Wellesley Symphony; chamber concerts with the Sonos Piano Quartet, the Interlochen Adult  Music Conference faculty, and the Muir String Quartet, and two of its founding members, his wife Bayla Keyes and cellist Michael Reynolds.  A student of the eminent pedagogue George Neikrug, Paul earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics at Harvard.  He attended the Claremont Music Festival, and is currently on the faculty of the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference.
Susan Griffith Born & raised in the Philadelphia area, Susan Griffith started playing cello in the third grade.  She studied with Channing Robbins, Lorne Munroe, John Hsu & David Wells, and has participated in Master Classes with Janos Starker, Colin Carr & David Finckel.  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.  As a winner of the Emerson Competition in 1996, Susan performed with the Emerson String Quartet.  Susan joined the Lexington Symphony in 2000.  She also serves on the Board of Directors, and as Treasurer of the Symphony.  She lives in Arlington with her husband Philip and sons Carlos & Christopher.
Jane Sheena Jane Sheena attended the Royal Academy of Music, London, on a scholarship and graduated in 1986.  She won a position to play in the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 1987, playing there until 1991. Moving to San Antonio, Texas, she performed frequently in the San Antonio Symphony and was active as a chamber music player and teacher. Since moving to Boston in 1994 Jane has been enjoying teaching and freelancing. She is the cello teacher at The Waldorf School, Lexington. She has been a member of the Lexington Symphony since 2005.
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Bass

After graduating with his Master of Music from Indiana University, double bassist Robb Aistrup earned a fellowship in the highly competitive New World Symphony in Miami Beach. While there he participated in international tours to South America, Europe, and the Middle East.  He also took part in recording project’s often as Principal Bass, under the baton of renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Soon after leaving Miami Beach Robb won the position of Associate Principal Double Bass with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in Spain, where he performed for seven seasons. After leaving Spain, Robb performed back to back seasons with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans and the Kansas City Symphony as well as the Kansas City Baroque Consortiaum. Robb maintains a busy freelance and teaching schedule in the Boston area playing with such groups as Boston Ballet, Indian Hill Symphony and the Plymoth and New Bedford Symphonies.
-Story 5/4/11 12:38:33 PM -- BOSTON, Massachusetts Boston University 5/4/11 - Carolyn Fryer (Music) - CFA faculty, staff and administrators are photographed for the new web site. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky for Boston University Photography Carolyn Davis Fryer has an extensive background as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She has toured South America with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, and has performed with Isaac Stern at the Kennedy Center Honors to honor her mentor, Alexander Schneider, in a live, nationally televised broadcast. Subsequently, she went on to tour with the Brandenburg Ensemble under the direction of Jaime Laredo. As guest artist, she has appeared with Triple Helix, Lavazza, the Colorado and Mendelssohn Quartets, the Orion Trio, and is one of only 9 bassists selected since 1965 to tour with the prestigious “Music from Marlboro” concert series. She has also performed in the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Portland Chamber Music Festival.Ms. Fryer performs regularly with the Boston Ballet Company, Boston Musica Viva, Symphony New Hampshire, and Lexington Symphony. With over 35 years of teaching experience, Ms. Fryer is on the faculties of Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and as guest artist has coached at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and the New Hampshire All State Chamber Music Festival. She graduated from the Juilliard School where she was awarded the Zimmerman Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement, and earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.
Deb Jones Deborah Jones 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.
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