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 with oboe studies at Juilliard, 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 has served on the Board of Directors for two terms. Prior to founding GEMS in 2007, he served as General Manager of Early Music/New York in New York City.
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, Education Director, 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.
Shirley Hunt, Director of Booking and Artist Representation - Shirley brings a unique blend of industry experience to this new position. As a highly respected performer of early music, she is in demand as a cellist and viola da gamba artist throughout the United States and abroad, appearing with many of the leading ensembles include Boston Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque, TENET, and at numerous festivals. She has released the first of a 3-disc CD series comprising J.S. Bach's complete suites for cello and sonatas for viola da gamba. Shirley is also a seasoned administrator whose career highlights include positions with La Jolla Music Society, Ariel Artists, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Celebrity Series of Boston.
Wendy Redlinger, GEMS Live! Senior Artist Representative - 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). From 2006 to 2013, she was booking a roster of New York-based early music groups for GEMS Live! which at one point includes 14 ensembles! Since 2013, Wendy has been leading Road Scholar educational travel tours to Cuba and stepping in for special projects with GEMS Live!. In 2015 Wendy started booking a debut tour for the Cuban early music ensemble, Ars Longa, which took place this past February/March. She continues to represent Ars Longa for U.S. touring in 2018 and beyond. Wendy holds a B. Mus. degree in piano performance, and has been performing on portativ organ and harpsichord since1991, first in a duo with the late Edmund Brelsford and later with local southern Vermont baroque ensembles, where she lives.
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.