Selected Ensemble Members
Francisca Mendoza, Violin
Richard Fredrickson, Bass
Eliana Mendoza, Cello
Sally Shumway, Viola
Sharon Moe, French horn
Atsuko Sato, Bassoon
Marsha Heller, Oboe
Mitchell Kriegler, Clarinet
Theresa Norris, Flute
Jorge Avila, Violin
Veronica Salas, Viola (not pictured)
FRANCISCA MENDOZA has performed in North, Central and South America, Europe, Israel and the Far East. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with The New Chamber Orchestra of New York, has performed at Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center and she has been a guest with Robert Sherman at WQXR, New York. Her commercially released CD recording of Debussy and Prokofieff sonatas has been praised as “superb”…“enchanting…”. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television in The United States, South America, Spain and Mexico. “Francisca Mendoza is a musician of uncommon individuality and power… this was Brahms as it should be played, fervent and hot-blooded but always with the most unbearable tenderness just underneath”… — THE WASHINGTON POST— During the 2015 season Ms. Mendoza was invited by the MUSEO DEL VIOLINO ANTONIO STRADIVARIUS, Cremona, to adjudicate the International Violin Making Competition 2015 and to perform in a Gala Concert at the prestigious TEATRO PONCHIELLI. She also toured Italy and Poland where she performed Zigeunerweisen to standing ovations at the Krakow Opera House, The Karol Szymanowski Academy in Katowice and Sala Baldini in Rome, by invitation of the Altamura Center for the Arts. Ms. Mendoza has also given Master Classes and has been invited for teaching residencies at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada, El Systema for the Philippino Youth in Philippines where she performed with the ABS-CBN Orchestra , and has taught at the Amati Conservatory and Amati Music Festival.
Cellist ELIANA MENDOZA has been a member of the Westchester Philharmonic for more than 15 years. She has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and as an orchestral player. Ms. Mendoza debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a prizewinner of the Artists International competition in 1991. She appeared as soloist in approximately 50 concerts performing the Paganini – Lloyd Weber variations. Ms. Mendoza has been a long time member of the American Symphony Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. She has also recorded for movie soundtracks and commercials and is a member of “The Lion King” orchestra on Broadway. Ms. Mendoza has recorded chamber music under labels such as New World Records, Sound Spell Productions and the Centaur Records.
MITCHELL KRIEGLER was born in the Bronx and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied clarinet with Charles Russo, Conrad Kuchay, and Robert Renino. Mr. Kriegler performs at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. He is an artist member of The Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Linden Quintet and the New York City Opera Orchestra.
Artist Member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble, oboist MARSHA HELLER is a graduate of Oberlin College and pursued advanced studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Juilliard School of Music. She made her New York solo debut as 1971 Winner of the Concert Artists’ Guild Competition, and has enjoyed a busy schedule of performing with the American, Colonial and Queens Symphonies, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Dance Company and New York Pops. Ms. Heller has been a frequent soloist at the Berkshire Bach Society, Ogunquit Chamber Music Festival, Double Entendre, New Jersey Chamber Music Society and Bronx Arts Ensemble, and is featured as solo performer on many of BAE’s CDs. Marsha Heller is a faculty member at Montclair State University, where she has taught oboe and chamber music since 1993. An accomplished painter, she exhibits regularly throughout the Northeast as well as in Florida; her website is Marsha Heller Gallery, which lists her busy schedule of exhibits.
ATSUKO SATO, bassoonist of the Tony winning musical ” the Phantom of the Opera”, graduated from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Harold Goltzer. She was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and since returning to the New York, she freelances with many ensembles. She is a member of the Queens symphony, englewinds ensemble. She is very excited to perform with Bronx arts ensemble this season.
Flutist THERESA NORRIS is an active orchestral and chamber musician in New York City and the surrounding area. She began her musical career in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan where she performed with the Detroit Symphony and the Michigan Opera Theatre while studying flute performance at Wayne State University. Currently Theresa teaches flute at the Kent Place School in Summit New Jersey and often races to Broadway for an evening of Phantom of the Opera. She has performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Stamford Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, the Center for Contemporary Opera and the Long Island Philharmonic. She has been performing with the Bronx Arts Ensemble for over twenty years.
Violinist JORGE ÁVILA has won attention as an outstanding performer through numerous appearances as soloist, recitalist, concertmaster and chamber musician. An Artist Performer with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Jorge has appeared as soloist with the Ridgefield Symphony, Colonial Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony and Riverside Orchestra, and has performed as concertmaster with the Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, Musica Sacra, Jose Limon Dance Company and Gotham Opera Orchestra. On Broadway he has performed in such productions as Wicked, South Pacific and West Side Story, and with suchchamber ensembles as Simon String Quartet, Abaca String Band, Prism Ensemble and Musicians’ Accord. A native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Jorge began his violin studies at age 14. In New York, he received both his Bachelor of Music and Professional Studies diplomas at the Mannes College of Music. Major teachers included Jorge Corpus, David Nadien, Charles Castleman and Jose Chain-Barbot. Jorge has recorded for the Naxos, Nonesuch Records and Centaur labels. His Carnegie Hall Concerto debut with the DCINY orchestra was in 2012, and recent performances include the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Ridgefield Symphony in 2011.
VERONICA SALAS, a native of Chile, is a versatile performer and teacher who has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and master class artist throughout the world. As soloist Salas has performed with Mostly Mozart, Aspen Music Festival, USC Symphony, CW Post Orchestra, Colonial and Westfield Symphonies. Salas has performed at the White House as acting principal of the Eos Orchestra and is presently principal violist of American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Manhattan Philharmonic, Phantom of the Opera on ‘Broadway and Westfield Symphony. She is on the faculties of Long Island University and Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Salas received her BMA, MMA and DMA from the Juilliard School where she studied with Lillian Fuchs.