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Jennifer Berman began studying the flute at the age of 7 in South Florida. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where she received both her High School diploma and Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Philip Dunigan. She then studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Ransom Wilson for her Master of Music degree.
After freelancing briefly in New York, Jennifer became a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she was co-principal for 2 years. Since moving to Connecticut in 1994, she has performed with many area ensembles, and currently serves as Principal Flute of both the Norwalk Symphony and New Britain Symphony, and Assistant Principal of the Waterbury Symphony. She has frequently substituted with the symphonies of Hartford, New Haven, Greater Bridgeport, and Ridgefield, as well as the US Coast Guard Band.
Jennifer has appeared as soloist with the Albany, GA Symphony, the Rome Festival Orchestra and the New Britain Symphony Orchestra.
Janet (Campbell) Rosen spent her childhood years growing up on a farm in Woodbury, CT, where she began her musical training on piano. Her family's move to Pennsylvania at the age of 12 gave her an opportunity to study the oboe. She received a B.S. In Music Education from West Chester State College, and a M.M. In Oboe Performance from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where she was a Concerto Competition winner. Her teachers include Louis Rosenblatt, Robert Bloom and Humbert Lucarelli.
She is a member of the Waterbury, Norwalk and Greater Bridgeport Symphonies. As a freelance oboist, Janet has played with the Rome Festival Orchestra, the Bermuda Festival Orchestra, and the New Haven, Hartford and Springfield Orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the Nutmeg Symphony and the Connecticut Flute Orchestra and regularly plays Broadway shows at the Bushnell and Toyota Oakdale Theaters. Janet currently teaches instrumental music in New Canaan, CT and privately throughout Fairfield County. She resides in Milford, CT.
Jim Forgey has been an active performer and teacher in Connecticut since 1992. His musical training includes degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. His teachers include John McCaw and Kalmen Opperman.
Jim is a member of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony, New Britain Symphony and performs frequently as a freelance clarinetist with orchestras throughout Connecticut.
Jim has also been a part of many Broadway National tour productions at Hartford’s Bushnell Theater including, "The Producers", “Ragtime”, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”, "Wicked" and “If/Then”.
Jim can be heard on the RCA recording "Dreams" with fellow Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and has appeared in performance with Mr. Stoltzman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As an educator, Mr. Forgey currently serves on the music staff of the Westport Connecticut public schools. He has also held faculty positions at the University of Rhode Island and University of Bridgeport.
Jackie Sifford Joyner holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of South Carolina in bassoon performance and music education. An active freelance musician, Jackie has performed throughout the tri-state area. Since making Connecticut her home, she has performed with the Symphonies of Ridgefield, Greater Bridgeport, Wallingford, New Britain, and Norwalk. She has also been involved with the Western CT Youth Orchestra as a parent volunteer and active board member for the past 20 years, and is a private teacher in the Fairfield County area.
Robert Hoyle began his professional career as a hornist playing on many occasions with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 19. After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Mason Jones, he toured the United States and abroad performing chamber music. He decided to continue his studies at Yale University and concurrently was awarded the Solo Horn Chair with the Hartford Symphony, a position he held for 24 years. While in Hartford, he was called upon to act as soloist on numerous occasions. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, the Connecticut Orchestra, Bushnell Memorial Productions and many others. Currently, he performs with the New Haven, Springfield, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestras and Orchestra New England. Harmonia V is his most recent commitment, allowing him to revisit his love for chamber music. For many years, Robert served on the faculty of The University of Connecticut and is currently on the faculty at Wesleyan University.
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