DANIEL ANDAI

Artistic Director and Conductor

Hailed as an "Exemplary Leader" by the New York Times for leading members of the New York Philharmonic and the Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, violinist Daniel Andai has shared his versatile artistry as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster, conductor and recording artist in major concert venues in over 50 countries across five continents, the Middle East, the Caribbean and over 30 United States. He is a prizewinner of national and international competitions and has soloed with orchestras around the world. ​

Daniel Andai is concertmaster, frequent soloist and guest conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO). He was also concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York with whom he recorded multiple Billboard rated SONY Classical CD’s, made numerous televised solo appearances and was featured on AeroMexico’s inflight entertainment systems. 

He has held concertmaster positions with orchestras in Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and France, performed in the sections of the New York Philharmonic and the Miyazaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, and worked closely with members of major string quartets and symphony, opera and ballet orchestras around the world. ​

 

He has also been on the violin faculties of three colleges. Currently, in addition to his position with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Andai is the Dean of Music at Miami's New World School of the Arts and the Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont.

RANDY BELLA

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Randy Bella comes from musical family and is a third generation violinist. Graduate of Chicago Conservatory of Music, he has been performing for public since age 5. His 30 years of orchestral experience includes Symphony, Ballet, Opera as well as musical theater. His vast repertoire includes virtuoso solo violin selections as well as jazz, commercial and international ethnic music.

 

Randy has played in the Michigan Opera for over 20 years. He was a concertmaster of the “Phantom of the Opera ”and “Music of the Night” National Tours for a decade.

 

He appeared as a soloist throughout United States and Canada. Known for his lyrical playing and dazzling technique he delivers music right to

the heart of the listener. Besides his exceptional level of performance,  his great ability to communicate with the public creates sparkling atmosphere at his concerts and always calls for ovations of the audience.

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Candid profiles of some of our musicians

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Smiley Hsu is has played violin since childhood and attended the Peabody Music Conservatory while studying for an engineering degree at Johns Hopkins.  He is passionate about health and nutrition and has created MixABar, a new concept in energy bars. MixABar is an organic energy mix; just mix with water and refrigerate for all natural, homemade energy bars.

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SMILEY HSU

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Janis Roszler (viola) is a licensed marriage and family therapist, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Her books include The Secrets of Living and Loving with Diabetes, Diabetes On Your OWN Terms, Sex & Diabetes For Him and For Her, and Approaches to Behavior.

Viola

JANICE ROSZLER

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Starting his third season with The Alhambra Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Fred began his musical career in the NY City schools. During his undergraduate years at NYU he studied with Carmine Fornarotto, of the NY Philharmonic. Upon graduation, Fred Spent 12 seasons with the Westchester Philharmonic having auditioned for, and won, the second trumpet chair. After three seasons the principal chair was vacated and Fred moved up to the principal position which he held for the following nine years. Additionally he plays as a freelance musician as both an orchestral and commercial player. Fred lives in Sunny Isles Beach with his wife Judy and has two children and three grandchildren all living in NY. "The members of the ASO work hard, play exceptionally well and execute the repertoire stylistically and technically precise. It is a joy to play with such fine musicians."

Trumpet

FRED LEDER

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Paul Strassburg, viola, grew up in Miami where he was a founding member and principal violist of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony; he’s been on the GMYS Board of Trustees for the past 8 years.  Paul is a former principal violist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra where he was a member for 17 years; he was a member of the Miami Philharmonic for 5 years, and has played with Miami Lyric Opera for 15 years. He’s been principal viola of the Alhambra Orchestra for over 20 years.  Paul is a founding member of the Miami Symphony Quartet the International Quartet, and the current Alhambra String Quartet, and has studied with violists Victor Stern (Miami Philharmonic, Univ. of Miami), Joseph DePasquale (Boston Symphony), William Lincer (N.Y. Philharmonic), and Stanley Plummer (UCLA).   

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PAUL STRASSBURG

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Aldo picked up the flute at the age of 12 and hasn't put it down since. His arms are very tired. He studied with famed Cuban flutist Jose Fajardo, and took a music minor at the University of Miami, studying flute with James Papoulis. He has played in various ensembles over the years, (and delved into charanga music at one point, playing in a charanga band) including the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, Kendall Chamber Orchestra, and sung in the former Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, under the direction of Lee Kjelson. While there he performed with various major symphonies, including major works such as Daphnes et Chloe. Aldo has been with the Alhambra Orchestra since 1999. He is available as a free-lance musician, playing flute and piccolo. You can reach him at aldomig@gmail.com. Aldo is also a local actor in improvisational theater.

Flute

ALDO FERNANDEZ

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Damian J Sanchez, oboe

M.Mus., 2006, University of Memphis

B.Mus., 2004, Arkansas State University

 

Woodwind Artist and Director of Damian J Project, Miami's first open sourced musical collaboration dedicated to the preservation, development and education of jazz. Each small ensemble represents a different era of jazz history and future. For more information please visit: www.damianjproject.com

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DAMIAN SANCHEZ

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Pamela Yen joined the Alhambra Orchestra in 2017. She has also performed with the National Conservatory of Music Orchestra in Lima, Peru. She is a piano and cello teacher.
Contact info: 305-951-0243   email: pamelayen82@gmail.com

Cello

PAMELA YEN

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Sara graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2012, with degrees in psychology and music performance. At SUNY Geneseo she was a co-principal cellist and performed multiple concertos with the orchestra. Sara is currently pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Miami. Sara has been a member of the Alhambra Orchestra since August 2015. She enjoys how the orchestra is dedicated to providing high quality musical experiences to the Miami community, while also promoting camaraderie among the musicians. Sara is grateful to be able to lead such a dedicated and passionate cello section. 

Cello

SARA WIGDERSON

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PhD Tulane, Physical Chemistry. Three years at NASA John Glenn Research Center. Kinetics of scramjet fuel systems. Pic is me next to J-58s of a Blackbird. Are they mine? Sorry. Classified. Member, Mensa, ISPE, Triple-Nine, Prometheus. Former adjunct faculty UM Med. Sch. (Pharmacology) and UM Business Sch. (Inst. for Quality Mgmnt.) Studied ten years under Alois Hruby, Principal cellist in Cleveland Symphony under Rodzinski and Szell. Joined Alhambra eight years ago and found new family to love. Cool people there. Currently member of trumpet section where social skills are optional and alpha dog personalities are common. Woof, I say! 

Trumpet

DOUG HUTCHISON

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Violinist Christina Chiavetta started her music education at the age of three, and she furthered her musical studies through regular lessons and involvement in orchestral, quartet, chamber, solo and competitive settings.  She received her Bachelor of Arts with a Music Industry minor from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied with Klara Fenyo Bahcall. Christina joined the Alhambra Orchestra in the summer of 2018. 

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CHRISTINA CHIAVETTA

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I have been a member of the Alhambra Orchestra since I arrived in Miami in 2004 and love every minute of.  It has allowed me to grow as a musician and along the way I have made some good friends. I’m so pleased to be part of such a great organization!

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JANET COPELAND

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I have been with the Alhambra Orchestra for 20 years, and have thoroughly enjoyed including the orchestra in my life. There is nothing more satisfying than participating in wonderful music and spending time with caring musicians. www.albertassociates.org, albertassociates42@gmail.com

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FAYE ALBERT

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Sophie has been a member of the Orchestra since August 2015. During the day, she is an auditor at the large public accounting firm, Grant Thornton. She loves the flexibility of Alhambra as it allows her to stay involved with the musical community and be part of such a welcoming, talented, and diverse group. Along with playing cello, Sophie enjoys painting digital portraits (sophiatrautschold.com), empowering young adults in her professional development blog (sophieexplains.com), and sharing her photographs of the beautiful city of Miami (instagram.com/sophietrautschold).

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SOPHIE TRAUTSCHOLD

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Helen Ann Hauser (Executive Director, viola, violin),  hhauserjd@aol.com, is a native of Miami who practiced law here for over thirty years.  She began violin studies at age 8 and was a member of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, where she is currently on the  board.  An enthusiastic chamber musician, Helen attends workshops annually, and often performs with New River Orchestra, Hallandale Symphonic Pops, and Miami Lyric Opera, as well as her role in the Alhambra Orchestra which she joined in 1994.  She studied violin and viola with Pierre Mande, Giorgio Ciompi (Duke University Quartet), Stephanie Haun, and most recently, with Marcia Littley and Michael Klotz at FIU where she earned a B.A. degree in music in 2017.  In addition to enjoying great music with wonderful people, Helen is committed to Alhambra Orchestra's mission of community service and music education;  the projects she has helped to start include our concerto competition,  our chamber music workshop, the Spooky Symphony for children, and most recently, our new electric ensemble

Viola

HELEN HAUSER

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Nerissa has been playing violin since the age of 7, and earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Music Therapy from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She also completed her Master of Philosophy in Arts, Creativity, Education and Culture at the University of Cambridge in the UK. She is now an elementary general music teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and organizes a weekly music therapy socialization group for teens with special needs. Nerissa joined the Alhambra Orchestra in 2017 and loves being able to share her passion for classical music with the community. 

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NERISSA MANELA

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I am  a professional videographer by trade and have  been playing the French horn since grade school.    I am so grateful to help bring classical music to people of all ages in South Florida. I specialize in mult-camera recording of concerts of all types. I can also help preserve your memories by digitizing your old video tapes and putting them online or on a DVD. Just contact me at Leonecreative@mac.com.

French Horn

MATT LEONE

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I'm Debbie Levi and I've been playing second violin in the Alhambra Orchestra for at least seven years, although I knew about it from its inception. Playing with an ensemble this good provides a great opportunity to push my limits and hone my skills. The camaraderie of like-minded musicians continues to provide satisfaction, as we aim to bring classical music to the public of Dade County.

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DEBORAH LEVI

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Heather Hunter is a life-long musician who began playing piano at age 3 and violin at age 9. She hails from the D.C. metro area, where she spent many years working as an engineer, performing with the McLean Symphony Orchestra, and singing with the City Choir of Washington. Performing in an ensemble is her greatest joy and she is grateful to be a part of the Alhambra Orchestra, both because of the people and the challenging repertoire. 

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HEATHER HUNTER

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Trumpet player, retired meteorologist after 39 years at the National Hurricane Center, and a product of the Miami-Dade County school system.  He has been a member of the Alhambra Orchestra for over 20 years, served as a board member and assists with orchestra e-mails.

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MILES LAWRENCE

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CAROL NAVEIRA-NICHOLSON has been principal flutist of the Miami Symphony since 1994 and a member since the orchestra’s inception in 1989. She also performs regularly with the Alhambra Orchestra (where she is also a board member), Central Florida Lyric Opera, Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra, New River Orchestra and Teatro Lirico d’Europa and over the past 20 years has freelanced with such South Florida orchestras as the Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, Miami Lyric Opera and Boca Pops. An active chamber/contemporary music artist, she has performed and recorded numerous world premieres including newly-released Secrets for Free(August 2018, Navona Records) by New World School of the Arts professor Ferdinando DeSena. Ms. Nicholson has served on the artistic and administrative staff of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony as symphony manager and woodwind coach, an instructor at Ransom Everglades, Carrollton School and SoBe Arts, and maintains a private studio.

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CAROL NAVEIRA-NICHOLSON

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Jorge Padrón is the orchestra director at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. He also is the musical director for the Pinecrest Sprouts, an after-school strings program at Pinecrest, Howard Drive, and Palmetto Elementary Schools. He is an adjudicator for the Florida Orchestra Association and serves on the editorial committee for the American String Teacher Journal. He enjoys being in the orchestra as it allows him a reprieve from the stress of his many commitments.

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JORGE PADRON

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Having marveled at the music of the great orchestral composers, Javier Albornoz began to study the clarinet and saxophone as well as experimenting with recording and MIDI technology at nine years of age.  Javier went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a master’s degree from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.  As a composer for media, projects include music composition and audio-post production for short films, trailers, games, and animation.  Javier has been with the orchestra since 2005 and has also composed commissioned works premiered by the Alhambra Orchestra in 2015 and 2016.

 

Demo Reel:  https://soundcloud.com/javier_albornoz

Contact:  javier.albornoz@gmail.com

Clarinet

JAVIER ALBORNOZ

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Judith B. Amster, Ph.D. Attended UM on cello scholarship. Played with Bergen Philharmonic, North Jersey Symphony, Adelphi Chamber Ensemble, Rockland Strings, Miami Beach Philharmonic, Alhambra Orchestra and various quartets in Florida, New York and Miami. Most recently studied with Wendy Warner and Jason Calloway.

Best nights of the week are Wednesdays!

Cello

JUDITH B. AMSTER

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Sandra Walsh, violist, has been in Alhambra Orchestra for ten years.  After moving to Miami, her husband, violinist Tom Moore, motivated her to play viola again after a 40-year absence.  He gave her lessons, bought her a Bernadel viola, and with the encouragement from Reggie Nicholson and his wife Carol plus many orchestra members, she began! As a professor at FIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences, she believes that the love of music and the opportunity to play such wonderful classical works are crucial elements to promote one's mental and physical health. 

Viola

SANDRA WALSH

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Myron (Mickey) Ginsberg is a professor of neurology at the University of Miami, with a specialty interest in brain metabolism and stroke.  As a teenager in the Denver public school system (East High School), he was a prize-winning bassoonist and scholarship student at the Aspen Music School.  He transitioned to the oboe (and its alto baroque cousin, the oboe d’amore) in middle age and has been principal oboist of the Alhambra Orchestra since its founding 29 years ago.   Besides the orchestral repertoire, he delights in playing and performing in chamber ensembles (woodwind quintets and octets), and in playing the oboe obbligato parts in Bach cantata arias.  For several summers, he studied and performed at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire.  He was blessed to have met his wife, Jessica, a violist and pianist, in the Alhambra Orchestra!    mginsberg@med.miami.edu

Oboe

MYRON GINSBERG