"Allen Gross has the rare ability to excite an orchestra,
to get it to reach beyond its capabilities... "(Los Angeles
The American conductor ALLEN ROBERT GROSS has conducted orchestras
world-wide to great acclaim.
He is the Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony
Orchestra in California, a position he has held for the past fourteen
years. Dr. Gross is also Professor of Music at Occidental College,
and a member of the music faculty of the California Institute of
Invitations and tours have taken Allen Gross to many countries.
He has taken international tours to France, Italy, Spain, Belgium,
the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary. He been invited to conduct
in China and Cuba and has conducted the Orquesta Sinfonica de Matanzas
as part of the International Festival of Contemporary Music.
Allen Gross was born in New York City. He was selected for the
famed music & arts high school and fondly remembers his years
there. He took his Masters in music from Berkeley and his Doctorate
in music from Stanford University.
Allen Gross began his professional conducting career in Germany,
where he served as Musical Director of the Heidelberg Castle Festival,
Conductor of the Junges Kammerorchester Heidelberg, and held conducting
positions in the opera houses of Freiburg and Aachen. He made a
number of studio recordings for the South German Radioith with the
Junges Kammerorchester Heidelberg.
Coming to Los Angeles in 1983, Dr. Gross joined the music faculties
of Occidental and Caltech Universities and became director of the
Allen Gross has an avid interest in working with developing players.
He served as Music Director/Conductor of the Pasadena Young Musicians
Orchestra from 1987 through 1991, and has been the conductor of
the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra for the past sixteen
Allen Gross has a wide range of musical interests and is a fervent
educator of new audiences. He is known both as a specialist in the
traditional Austro-German and Central European repertoire, and also
as an interpreter of new music. He has premiered new compositions
with the Santa Monica Symphony, the Occidental~Caltech Symphony,
and in local and foreign guest conducting appearances.
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At the age of ten, Michael Emery began his musical studies with
Alfredo Cavalieri, and in two years was selected to perform in the
Carnegie Recital Hall by the Violin, Viola, and Violoncello Teacher's
Guild of New York City. In 1972, he was the first prizewinner in
the advanced instrumental competition of the Albany League of Arts
and winner of the Albany Symphony Concerto Competition. The following
year he was soloist in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto as winner
of the Northeastern Student Orchestra Concerto Competition.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education
from the College of St. Rose in Albany, Mr. Emery began his career
as recitalist throughout New York and New England. As a scholarship
student in the Master of Music Performance program at the Manhattan
School of Music, he was a student of Erick Friedman and the late
Raphael Bronstein, served as concertmaster of the Manhattan Symphony,
and was selected to perform in the master classes of Henryk Szeryng
and Ruggiero Ricci.
Mr. Emery has performed in the Sibelius, Ludwig Spohr and the Paganini
International Violin Competitions, and was invited to participate
in the Tchaikovsky International Competition.
During the past nine summer seasons, Mr. Emery has toured internationally
as concertmaster and soloist with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
and the Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia under the direction of
Dr. Allen Robert Gross in major cities throughout Europe.
This summer, tours are planned with both the Santa Monica and the
newly formed Central New York Summer Orchestra under the direction
of Charles Schneider.
Mr. Emery is concertmaster and is a frequent soloist with several
orchestras in the Upstate New York region including the Utica, Catskill,
Schenectady, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his teaching positions at Skidmore College and the
College of St. Rose, Mr. Emery teaches privately in his studios
in Saratoga Springs and Schenectady.
Michael Emery / Ilana Kimel
Karen Gettl/ Barbara Brothers
Elizabeth Foldi / Janet Hutchison
Nancy Munnette/ Steven Mallory
Marilyn Baker / Helen Jean Arthur
Tom Angell/ Doris Loder
Brian Robinson/ Laura Donovan
Renee Cohen / Carol Blom
Elizabeth Moll / Stephani Emery
Karen Boling/ Rebecca Rodman
Betsy Federman / Nancy Friedmann
Andre O'Neill /Kathy Jo Brun
Shirley Crawford/ Richard O'Neill/Michael Polcino
James Lasota / Erin Tierney
Holly Wamhoff / Arlene Taub / Scott Reese
Carolyn Arnquist / Scott Reese
David Sarachene / Mel Taub
Margot Rowland / Lisa Cherry
Mark Wamhoff / Joanna Furbeck
Timpani and Percussion
The Santa Monica Chamber
The Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia was formed in 1996 consisting
primarily of members of the Santa Monica Symphony. For the past
six years, the orchestra has also added players New York
State to become a bi-coastal ensemble. Its Concertmaster, Michael
Emery, is the concertmaster of the Schenectady and Glens Falls Symphony
Orchestras (NY) and is a prominent violin soloist as well.
This year the orchestra is making its ninth European tour,
having performed to great acclaim in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium
and the Netherlands, as well as the Czech Republic, Poland,
Hungary, Slovenia, and Austria. The orchestra takes great pride
in presenting music by American composers as well as the traditional
chamber orchestra repertoire. This is the orchestra's second tour