Gene Murrow, Executive Director - Gene was founder and president of two successful computer companies and has been involved with early music for over 40 years. Following a music degree from Columbia, he toured with the New York Renaissance Band and the Paul Winter Consort. He has coached American Recorder Society Chapters and at early music workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years, and served as ARS President from 1994-2000. A founding member of Early Music America, he currently serves on the Board of Directors. As General Manager of the Early Music Foundation in New York City from 2002-2006, he managed over 40 concerts, 3 tours, and production of 3 CD recordings, and created the first New York Early Music Celebration.
Paul Ross, Operations - Following a career in publishing, Paul joined GEMS to design and implement effective scheduling and management systems for our organization. For the last 14 years, he was Managing Editor of Ziff-Davis's PC Magazine, where he coordinated the efforts of some 40 professionals in writing, editorial, design, and printing to ensure that the magazine reached newsstands and subscribers on time, twice a month.
Naomi Morse, Office Manager & Newsletters Editor - A native of Vermont, Naomi has lived in Brooklyn since 2007. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she performed frequently with the College's early music vocal ensemble. During 2006, she lived in York, England, where she studied ensemble singing at the University of York with her early music quintet, "Uncloistered." Since living in NYC, Naomi sings regularily with a number of church choirs around the city. In addition to her professional singing and work at GEMS, Naomi plays the fiddle for traditional contra and English country dances as well as in concert with a number of bands, including The Poor Cousins and Childsplay.
Nina Stern, Artistic Director, has carved a unique and astonishingly diverse career for herself as a world-class recorder player and classical clarinetist. A native New Yorker, Ms. Stern studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, where she received a Soloist’s Degree. From Basel, she moved to Milan, Italy where she was offered a teaching position at the Civica Scuola di Musica. Ms. Stern performs widely on recorders, chalumeaux, and historical clarinets, appearing as a soloist or principal player with orchestras such as The American Classical Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, New York Philharmonic, and New York City Opera. She has recorded for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Sony Classics, Newport Classics, Wildboar, Telarc and Smithsonian labels.
Ms. Stern was appointed to the faculty of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program in 2012 and has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music – where she directed the Historical Performance Program from 1989 to 1996 – the Civica Scuola di Musica (Milan, Italy), Oberlin Conservatory, and the Five Colleges in Massachusetts.
Nina Stern is also hailed as an innovator in teaching school-age children to be fine young musicians. For this important work Ms. Stern was awarded an Endicott Fellowship in 2003 and was honored in 2005 with the “Early Music Brings History Alive” Award, bestowed by Early Music America. A founder of S’Cool Sounds, Nina Stern served as Director of Education for the New York Collegium from 2002-2007 and has consulted for Midori & Friends and for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute, helping them to develop and expand their recorder curriculum. She is the author of “Recorders Without Borders” - two innovative books for beginning recorder players and percussion, intended for use in the school classroom.
Wendy Redlinger, GEMS Live! Senior Artist Representative - Wendy enjoyed a successful career at Vermont-based World Learning and its School for International Training overseeing language instructional programs abroad and negotiating with organizations around the world for placement of ESL teachers. Fluent in English, Spanish, German, Nepalese and conversant in French, she began her career as a booking agent by representing the medieval duo Asteria following their win of the 2004 EMA Medieval/Renaissance competition (her son, Eric, is half the duo). Since 2006, she has been booking a roster of New York-based early music groups for GEMS Live! which has now grown to include 14 ensembles. Wendy holds a B. Mus. degree in piano performance, and performed on portativ organ and harpsichord beginning in 1991 with the late Edmund Brelsford in Ensemble Cordiforme.
Francesca Galesi, Midtown Concerts Manager
Francesca Galesi was born and raised in New York City, where she attended the Hewitt School, and then NYU. Her work in New York's early music field began with an internship for ARTEK's Gwendolyn Toth, where she also was offered a concert management position for ARTEK's popular Midtown Concerts series. When Midtown Concerts was taken over by GEMS, Francesca moved with it, continuing her managerial position and responsibilities. As the concert manager for Midtown Concerts, she is in charge of scheduling, promotion, and ensuring the wonderful musicians and groups for the series are well taken care of, and that the conditions for their performance are all optimal. Her personal touch and warmth are, in themselves, a fixture of the Midtown Concerts experience, encouraging repeat patronage by inveterate regulars and newcomers alike.