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.
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.
Christian Kriegeskotte, Artist Representative - Christian is a young conductor and composer living in Brooklyn with strong relevant booking experience and a passion for early music and digital technology. He has been as a Production Associate in the Tour Production and Artist Management Division of Columbia Artists Management (CAMI) working closely with presenters all over the country, and has deep experience in arranging and managing all the details of successful tours. Christian has recently relocated to the New York City area after living, studying and working in Pittsburgh for the past seven years, where, among other activities, he has worked as a freelance radio producer of classical music with WQED. In addition to his booking activities with GEMS Live!, Christian will be devoting time to his composing and conducting--activities from which he is enjoying unusual success, his compositions having been performed by such respected ensembles as Eighth Blackbird and the Parker Quartet. Christian also is a critic and reviewer, writing for Opera Pulse.
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.