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Since 1984, we have self-presented many programs of music for winds, strings, singers, and piano at the acoustically superb Church of the Holy Cross in our home town of Kingston, NY. We have also been invited to perform at respected venues and for discriminating organizations such as the Millbrook Arts Group, WAMC-FM radio (NPR), the Clermont State Historic Site, Knox' Headquarters, Sugarloaf Concert Series, Columbia County Historical Society, Mohonk Mountain House, the Van Buren National Historic Site, Howland Center, the Senate House, The Old Dutch Reformed Church, Olana, Bethlehem Library, The Tower Series of Poughkeepsie, The Otesaga Hotel of Cooperstown and others, performing numerous additional concerts and Viennese balls.

PAULINE MANCUSO, flute, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and a Bachelor of Music Education degree, cum laude, from Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from Boston University School for the Arts.  Her principal flute study was with Stanley Aronson, and principal piano study with Herbert Chatzky and Fredryk Wanger. Her theory and composition study was with Arnold Franchetti, John Goodman, Edward Miller, and Edward Diemente. Mrs. Mancuso is a member, Mu Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Lambda. She is a member, National Flute Association, Ulster County Music Educators Association, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) judge of piano and woodwinds, and Music Educators National Conference.  She is Co-founder and Managing Director, Cambiata Chamber Players.  A former teacher of music and choral director at J. W. Bailey Middle School, Kingston, she maintains a private  flute studio.

PETER J. MANCUSO, piano, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, magna cum laude, from Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Boston University School for the Arts, where he was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda professional music fraternity. He has studied piano with Daniel Pollack, Raymond Hanson, Fredryk Wanger, Edgar Roberts, and Vera Wills. Mr. Mancuso has been selected twice as a soloist in master classes of the International Bach Society, Rosalyn Tureck, director, held at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. He has also done extensive professional accompanying under world-famous choral conductors. A life-long resident of Kingston, he is co-founder, with his wife Pauline, of Cambiata Chamber Players. Department chairperson and a teacher of voice and choral music at Saugerties Junior-Senior High School from 1972 to 2005, Mr. Mancuso has previously conducted the Junior High School All-County Chorus in 1978, 1981 and 2004.  Mr. Mancuso is a member if UCMEA, NYSSMA (certified judge of piano), and MENC.

ALLIED ARTISTS are drawn from the many years of highly successful and rewarding collaborations in the Hudson Valley musical community. Our violinists, violists, cellists, pianists, organists, brass players, and singers are among the most highly-educated and experienced performers the area has to offer. All have degrees from fine conservatories and universities; never are students or amateurs employed in any of our ensembles. In over 30 years in artistic association, we have performed for over 800 weddings, parties, and Viennese balls with these fine musicians, and it is our great pleasure to convoke one of our fine ensembles for your elegant private event.
 

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