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216 Gene Murrow photo by Tatiana Daubek 3in 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.

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Paul Ross, Board President and Media Guru - 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.

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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.

Shirley Hunt

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.

Rachel Givner

Rachel Givner, Office Administrator
Rachel is an amateur clarinetist who also sang in her high school's Renaissance Choir. She plays in New York City's Contrapolitans contra dance band and in Scandia New York's Spelmanslag, and she is an avid Scandinavian folk dancer. Rachel comes to GEMS after many years of experience working at the New York City Transit Authority in both administrative and planning roles.


Rebecca J. WeberRebecca J. Weber, Business Development
Rebecca, an organizational advisor with more than a decade of experience in strategic capacity building, developing growth opportunities, content marketing, and galvanizing organization-wide campaigns, is driven to guide the sustainable scaling of GEMS’ reach by her strong belief in the organization’s mission to serve artist-led early music projects. A former nonprofit executive director in the social justice sphere, she brings a deeply held commitment to closing the opportunity gap that includes public access to the arts and opportunities for artists. Rebecca graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and currently volunteers as co-leader of the Women Career Changers Networking Circle, a group dedicated to helping women help each other.

Jeff Bilotta

Jeffrey Bilotta, Concert Services Manager
After a career in medicine, Jeff joins the GEMS team of similarly minded early music enthusiasts to continue the tradition of expert and exacting concert management services. In addition to hands-on management of arranging early music concerts in NYC from their inception, Jeff plans to coordinate volunteer staffing and on-site venue arrangements to optimize the concert experience for performers and audience members alike.

Joanne Floyd

Joanne Floyd, Midtown Concerts Manager
Joanne joins GEMS after a full career in medical care and medical administration. She plans to combine her love of early music with her management skills to continue the excellence of Midtown Concerts. Her prior role as Director of a surgical center involved scheduling procedures and personnel as well as fiscal management. She has transitioned this to scheduling concerts and artists for the current season.


150 Wendy RedlingerWendy Redlinger, GEMS Live! Artist Representative for Special Projects - 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 U.S. tours for the Cuban early music ensemble, Ars Longa, which took place in the spring of 2017 and 2018. She continues to represent Ars Longa for U.S. touring in spring 2020 and beyond. Wendy holds a B. Mus. degree in piano performance, and has been performing on portativ organ and harpsichord since 1991, first in a duo with the late Edmund Brelsford and later with local southern Vermont baroque ensembles, where she lives.

GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.