Women’s Orchestra Project
Women performing music written by and for women
Rosaria Macera, conductor
After the successful U.S. tour of the Vienna Damen Orchestra in 1871, the Lady orchestra gained popularity in America. Since women were excluded from professional orchestras until World War II depleted the ranks of male musicians, these single gender ensembles grew in popularity and flourished from Boston to Los Angeles, from the 1880s through the 1930s.
Her Time 20xx is a women’s ensemble of professional musicians who perform in the style of American “lady orchestras.” Our concerts highlight music written by and for women and feature themes that recognize the contribution of women to the world of music.
For more information, contact: Hertyme20xx@gmail.com
The idea to launch the Women’s Orchestra Project was inspired by a research paper Rosaria Macera wrote in 1996, while a student in grad school. “The Unfinished Symphony,” chronicles the growth of women’s orchestras and women in orchestras in America.
Florence Price—Snapshots of My Soul
Sunday, February 18, 2024 @ 3:00pm
Newark United Methodist Church
69 East Main Street, Newark, DE
Music provided by Her Tyme 20xx
Rosaria Macera, director
Soloists: Elizabeth Cochran, Nina Cottman, Alberta Douglas, Cheryl Everill, Makeda Hampton, Kathleen Hastings, Hiroko Yamazaki
About our program….
Florence Price (1887-1953) was the first African American woman composer to have her symphony performed by a major American orchestra. In addition to concertos and orchestral works, she also composed works for choir, violin, piano and organ, as well as art songs and original settings of spirituals. Her compositional style has been described as “Afro-Romantic.” Ms. Price’s life trajectory bridges the period of Post-Reconstruction and the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. A private and introverted individual, Ms. Price prefers to reveal her personality through her musical compositions, which serve as “snapshots” of her soul.
About our soloists…
Elizabeth Cochran, double bass/pipe organ, performs with numerous symphonic and chamber ensembles in the Philadelphia region, including the Delaware Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly Pops. She received an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and a Diploma in Music from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where she was a student of Michael Shahan. In addition to her work as a bassist, she is the organist at Church of the Holy Trinity, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Nina Cottman, viola, has performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra since 1987. She currently performs with other musical organizations in the area, including the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, Principal Violist of Opera Delaware, the Principal Violist of the Festival of Shippensburg University, and Philly Pops, to name a few. After her graduation from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, Nina joined the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra then moved on to the Oakland Symphony Orchestra in Oakland, California. Nina Cottman has been a violist with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra since 1987. She currently performs with other musical organizations in the area, including the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, Principal Violist of Opera Delaware, the Principal Violist of the Festival of Shippensburg University, and Philly Pops, to name a few. After her graduation from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, Nina joined the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra then moved on to the Oakland Symphony Orchestra in Oakland, California.
Alberta Douglas, violin, is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was surrounded by a musical family and decided to begin taking violin lessons in elementary school at the age of seven. At the age of thirteen she began taking private violin lessons with violinist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Booker Rowe. In 2013, Alberta began attending University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance, studying violin with Rudy Perrault. Alberta has played for Vanessa Williams, Frankie Avalon, Andrea Bocelli, Darlene Love, Haley Reinhart, Landau Murphy Jr., Dave Damiani, Rick Ross, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Meshell Ndegeocello and Lauryn Hill. She has also played with The Philly POPS, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra, UMD Sinfonietta and Minnesota Ballet, Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, Main Line Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Noir.
Cheryl Everill, violoncello, has performed regularly as a contracted member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, as a former principal cello of Haddonfield Symphony (now Symphony in C), with Bay Atlantic and Kennett Symphonies, and as guest principal with several local orchestras. She has performed as a soloist with both the Newark and Delaware County Symphonies, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and in Rome, Italy as a guest of the USIS. She currently teaches at her home studio, has taught at Settlement Music School and Wilmington Music School, conducted master classes in chamber music and cello at Appel Farm, Settlement Music School Summer Camps and for the Institute for Arts and Humanities in Education at Rowan College.
Makeda Hampton, soprano. Delaware native Makeda Hampton is recognized for her warm and shimmering soprano voice. Makeda has studied and performed across the United States and parts of Europe, including Portugal, Spain, Germany, and Austria. In recent seasons, Makeda made solo debuts with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Baltimore, OperaDelaware, and the Long Island Concert Orchestra. She has performed as an extra chorister at the Metropolitan Opera since 2019 and will join casts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2024. Makeda has taught voice at the University of Delaware, University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, Alabama A&M University, Oakwood University, and the American Institute of Musical Studies summer festival in Graz, Austria. Makeda is a graduate of Oakwood University (BM), Westminster Choir College (MM), and the University of Kentucky (DMA), where she earned degrees in voice performance and pedagogy.
Kathleen Hastings, violin, was born and raised in Tigard, Oregon. After graduating high school, Kathleen moved to Philadelphia to attend the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts on a full 4 year scholarship, majoring in violin performance. Major jobs have been Suzuki Violin Coordinator and teacher for the Settlement Music Schools in Philadelphia and the Music School of Delaware. She was also a member of Delaware Symphony, first violin section. For the past 18 years Kathleen has taught Suzuki and Traditional violin/viola lessons in her private studio in Newark, DE. She is a member of Opera Delaware, Kennett Symphony and owner of the Wilmington String Ensemble.
Rosaria Macera, director, created Her Tyme 20xx to celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. She currently serves as president of AFM Local 21 musicians’ union. Rosaria has been a contracted violinist with the Delaware Symphony since 1988. She directed the orchestras of Shue-Medill Middle School and Newark High School for 30+ years, receiving regional as well as national recognition. Rosaria holds a Bachelors Degree in violin performance (New School of Music), a Masters Degree in orchestral conducting (University of DE) and has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2005.
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano, has performed in the US and abroad with members of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and Delaware Symphony at venues including the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center and Swarthmore College. Festival appearances include Aspen, Rome, Luzerne, and International Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas. She is the pianist for Pyxis Piano Trio, the ensemble in residence at both the Delaware Art Museum and Market Street Music in Wilmington. She has taught at both University of Delaware and Aspen Music Festival and School and is currently Associate Head of the Piano Department/Master Piano Faculty with Special Distinction at The Music School of Delaware. She attended the University of Maryland, receiving a Bachelor of Music in piano performance, and Master of Music in Collaborative Piano.
Alma Rosé — A Portrait in Music
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 7:30pm
Music School of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Alma Rosé (1906-1944) was the niece of Gustav Mahler and the daughter of Arnold Rosé, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic. She had a successful solo career as a violinist before the Nazis captured her and sent her to Auschwitz. Her Tyme 20xx performed musical selections with photos and narration to outline the benchmarks of Alma’s musical life, starting with her early years in Vienna and ending with the women’s orchestra of Auschwitz. Performed in commemoration of Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), this musical portrait featured soloists Barbara Govatos, Hirono Oka, Cheryl Everill, Hiroko Yamazaki and Shari Eve Feldman.
“[We] found [the program] to be a powerful, moving experience. While the performances were impressive, the way you wove together the historical narrative and photographs into the selections enabled us to feel how the music must have been a part of Alma’s life and tragic death.”Beverly G.
“The Alma Rosé concert was incredible! The musical selections worked perfectly with the narrative, and each part of the program flowed seamlessly into the next. It was a joy to see and hear such talented musicians on the stage.”Jean Bingham
“Extremely moving and very impressive in every dimension.”Ellen
P R O G R A M (PDF)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik …..………. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Concerto for Two Violins ………………… Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Barbara Govatos & Hirono Oka, violins
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano
“Vienna, City of My Dreams” …………..………. Rudolf Sieczynski (1879-1952)
Sonata No. 4 in D, op. 1, no. 4 ……….. George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Barbara Govatos, violin
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano
Czardas ………………………………………………………. Vittorio Monti (1868-1922)
Rákóczy March ………………………………………….Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Träumerei ………………………………………………. Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Cheryl Everill, violoncello
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano
Zigeunerweisen ………………………………..…………. Pablo Sarasate (1844-1908)
Hirono Oka, violin
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano
The Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz ……..…… Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)
“In Mir Klingt Ein Lied” ………………… music by Frederic Chopin (1820-1849)
from Etude in E, op. 10, no. 3 arr. Joshua Choe, text by Alma Rosé
Shari Eve Feldman, soprano
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano
This concert was sponsored by the Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Committee, an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Delaware.
Sunday, September 11 at 12:00pm
24th Annual Chautauqua Tent Show
The Arsenal, New Castle, DE
The inaugural performance of Her Tyme 20xx was originally planned to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Unfortunately, the concert, scheduled for 6.14.2020, was canceled due to the pandemic. Two years later, the program was revived for the 24th Annual Chautauqua Tent Show on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at the historic Arsenal in New Castle, DE. The ensemble performed a varied program of music written by and for women. The performers dressed in white attire in the style of “lady orchestras,” popular from the 1880s through the 1930s.
P R O G R A M
The Suffragettes March…………………Otto F. Schreiner, arr. Louis Tocaben
De Innocentibus. Rex Noster………………………………….Hildegard von Bingen
Shari Feldman, soprano
Concerto for Four Violins in B minor (Op. 3, No. 10)……….Antonio Vivaldi
Violins: Kathleen Hastings, Almasd Meshejian, Emily Tan, Amanda Pong
Prelude and Fugue (Op. 16, No. 3)….Clara Schumann, arr. Robert S. Frost
“I Should Worry and Get Wrinkles”……..Vincent Bryan, Raymond Hubbell
Shari Feldman, soprano
Brook Green Suite……………………………………………………………….Gustav Holst
Cheryl Everill has performed regularly as a contracted member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, as a former principal cello of Haddonfield Symphony (now Symphony in C), with Bay Atlantic and Kennett Symphonies, and as guest principal with several local orchestras. She has performed as a soloist with both the Newark and Delaware County Symphonies, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and in Rome, Italy as a guest of the USIS. She currently teaches at her home studio, has taught at Settlement Music School and Wilmington Music School, conducted master classes in chamber music and cello at Appel Farm, Settlement Music School Summer Camps and for the Institute for Arts and Humanities in Education at Rowan College. When not playing or teaching, she loves to quilt and to play disc golf with her family.
Shari Eve Feldman, soprano, is passionate about all things musical, including chamber music literature, authentic performance practice, avant garde repertoire, and contemporary song literature. She has sung in projects ranging from large choral, orchestral, and operatic works to solo recital engagements with such organizations as the Master Players Concert Series at the University of Delaware, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Delaware, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Choir School of Delaware, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Washington Piano Society, New Music Delaware Festival, The Arts Club of Washington, TEMPO New Music Ensemble, StageFree, and the University of Maryland Choir in collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Shari performed as part of a Young Artist MN Duo at the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, MN from 2015-2019 and loves collaborating with composers to promote and perform new classical song literature. She maintains a studio of voice students and teaches song literature and opera history classes through Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Maryland, where she studies with Martha Randall.
Kathleen Hastings was born and raised in Tigard, Oregon. After graduating high school, Kathleen moved to Philadelphia to attend the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts on a full 4 year scholarship, majoring in violin performance. Major jobs have been Suzuki Violin Coordinator and teacher for the Settlement Music Schools in Philadelphia and the Music School of Delaware. She was also a member of Delaware Symphony, first violin section. For the past 18 years Kathleen has taught Suzuki and Traditional violin/viola lessons in her private studio in Newark, DE. She is a member of Opera Delaware, Kennett Symphony and owner of the Wilmington String Ensemble.
Sheila Hershey is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher. She directs strings lessons and orchestra classes for the Christina School District. In promoting music-making and songwriting among students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, she emphasizes the value of each student’s contribution to the music and the teamwork necessary for a great performance. Outside of teaching, she has composed and performed the music for films by John Welsh about the environmental impact of coal mining in Pennsylvania, including the short films “Scorched,” and “Beyond the Breaker.” Ms. Hershey also performs with Bon Vivant Strings for weddings and special events throughout the Delaware Valley.
Antoinette Kellam is a sophomore at the University of Delaware majoring in Computer Engineering and an alum of Newark High School. She began playing violin in the fifth grade, was a student of Ms. Macera’s orchestra program for seven years, and continues her passion for performing in the orchestra as a new member of the Newark Symphony. Antoinette draws inspiration to achieve from her teachers, family and friends who are musicians. In addition to playing the violin and piano, Antoinette enjoys cooking, reading, and running.
Ruth K. Kreider, violinist, is a longtime member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Kennett Symphony of Chester County and as principal second violin and soloist with the Newark Symphony Orchestra. She serves on the Executive Board, Local 21, of the American Federation of Musicians. With a B.A. degree from the University of Delaware, Ruth was also a high school Spanish language teacher for a total of 24 years in 3 states: Minnesota, Maryland and Delaware.
Rosaria Macera is the Orchestra Director and String Specialist at Shue-Medill Middle School and Newark High School. A National Board Certified Teacher since 2005, Ms. Macera has served on the Delaware Professional Standards Board and chaired the Christina School District Music Department. As a professional orchestral violinist, she performs regularly with the Delaware Symphony. Ms. Macera received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the New School of Music (Philadelphia) and a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Delaware.
Almasd Meshejian was born and raised in Philadelphia. At the age of 7, she began studying the violin. She went on to receive a BA degree from Rowan University in Music Performance and from there went on to freelance extensively in the Philadelphia and Tri-State area performing with groups such as the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Opera Delaware, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Philly Pops. In 1998, she received an MS degree in Information Systems and Technology from Drexel University. Then in 2005 she earned her teaching degree in Music Education from Eastern University and has since been teaching Elementary and Middle School Orchestra in the Christina School District and continues to perform locally.
Pamela Nelson is a member of both the Delaware Symphony and the Lancaster Symphony and performs as a violist with other musical ensembles in the area. Ms. Nelson works as a Librarian in the New Castle County Library system. For many years, she performed one-person puppet shows as Pam, Pipes & Puppets.
Amanda Pong, MD, MSc started playing piano at age 3 and violin at age 8. Her teachers included Sylvia and Leo Ahramjian, Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, and Muneko Otani of Juilliard/Columbia. She was Delaware All-State Orchestra soloist and voted Best Musician at Newark High School, under the tutelage of Rosaria Macera. She was co-concertmaster of the Columbia University Symphony Orchestra at Columbia, where she attained her degree magna cum laude in philosophy, a masters in biostatistics, and was recruited as assistant professor in pediatric neurology and epilepsy. She trained in medicine at Pittsburgh, pediatrics at UCSD, neurology then epilepsy at Harvard, while continuing to collaborate with her medical school pianist. She continues to practice around her clinical schedule and children, both avid music enthusiasts; all three are students of Baroque violinist, Ms. Sophie Lowe. Amanda has lived on four continents and has now settled into a directorship of pediatric epilepsy and several specialty clinics and is involved in clinical care and clinical trials in rare genetic epilepsies.
Emily Tan began studying violin in elementary school through the Christina School District music program. Her local teachers included Delaware Symphony Orchestra members Petula Perdikis, Rosaria Macera, and Kathleen Hastings. She went on to pursue music at Syracuse University, where she studied violin with the assistant concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Jeremy Mastrangelo, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance in 2008. Since then, she has taught violin and viola privately and joined the Newark Symphony Orchestra. She regularly participates in both the Symphony and Chamber concert series and has served as the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2019, she and three local players formed a string quartet called Bon Vivant Strings. The quartet performed at the Nemours Mansion in Wilmington, Delaware. The group also plays weddings and special events. Emily, currently works for JP Morgan Chase and enjoys playing music and badminton, and making art in her spare time.