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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.

Paul Ross

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 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, Director of Marketing
A native of Vermont, Naomi lived in Brooklyn from 2007–2020. 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." 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.

Libet headshotElizabeth ("Libet") Bell, Director of Concert Services
Libet came to New York City in 2015 by way of Chicago, where she earned a degree in Arts Administration from the DePaul University School of Music. As a part of her studies, Libet sang opera and classical music, including a great deal of early music with the school’s a cappella ensemble, which competed in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. After graduating, she served as a Front of House manager at Steppenwolf Theater Company, and returned to her alma mater to work as the Facilities Manager for the School of Music. Libet previously worked at The Public Theater and spent six years in talent management.

johnthiessen headshotJohn Thiessen, Director of Concert Production
John Thiessen comes to GEMS with an extensive background in arts management, including the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, NOVUS NY and The Music Paradigm. He was previously Executive Director of the American Bach Soloists. As an instrumentalist specializing in music from the 17th–19th centuries, Thiessen has been described by The New York Times as “the gold standard of Baroque trumpet playing in this country”. He has appeared as soloist and principal with Philharmonia Baroque, Tafelmusik, Handel & Haydn Society, and Boston Early Music Festival. Thiessen has recorded over 80 commercial CD’s for Sony Classical, BMG, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, London Decca, Telarc and EMI. He serves on the faculties of Juilliard’s Historical Performance Department, the American Bach Soloists Academy and Montclair State University. 

Rachel Givner

Rachel Givner, Office Manager
Rachel provides GEMS with attention to detail and an ability to handle a wide variety of responsibilities, after many years of experience working at the New York City Transit Authority in both administrative and planning roles. Rachel is an amateur clarinetist who also sang in her high school's Renaissance Choir.

Rebecca J. WeberRebecca J. Weber, Director of 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.

Joanne Floyd

Joanne Floyd, Midtown Concerts Manager
Joanne joined GEMS after a full career in medical care and medical administration. She is combining 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 is now applying these skills to scheduling concerts and artists for GEMS Midtown Concerts series.


Dennis EdemekaDennis Edemeka, Social Media Manager
Dennis is a Brooklyn native who has had a long-standing appreciation of early music. As a frequent concert-goer, he has become well acquainted with musicians and venues throughout the city. Dennis studied Architecture Technology at the CUNY City Tech, but his studies have now turned toward the keyboard. He is an avid harpsichord enthusiast seeking proficiency with the instrument and its repertoire. Dennis' goal within GEMS is to strengthen the connection between early musicians and their audience as well as expose new audiences to the art form.

150 Wendy RedlingerWendy Redlinger, GEMS Live! Artist Representative for Special Projects
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, was 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. From 2013 to 2018, Wendy led Road Scholar educational travel tours to Cuba. In 2015 Wendy started booking U.S. tours for the Cuban early music ensemble, Ars Longa, which have taken place in the spring of 2017 through 2020. She continues to represent Ars Longa for U.S. touring in spring 2021 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.

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