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The Directors

Anthony Simons, clarinetist, maintains a career as an orchestral performer, chamber music musician, solo recitalist, freelance woodwind performer and educator. Mr Simons has been a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Pocono Pops Orchestra and the Chaminade Wind Quintet. In addition he has served as the principal clarinetist of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and the Haff Chamber Music Series, and has performed with the Alexandria (VA) Symphony, Annapolis (MD) Symphony Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana (IL) Symphony, Lehigh Valley (PA) Chamber Orchestra, Allentown (PA) Symphony, and Pottstown (PA) Symphony, as well as numerous theatre and opera orchestras. In 1989, Mr. Simons performed on clarinet and bass clarinet in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire in concert with the Peabody Camerata at Carnegie Recital Hall, and has participated in performances at the Kennedy Center, Baltimore's Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. He has also appeared with the Pennsylvania Wind Quintet at the Music at Penn's Woods Festival. A recent performance of the Mozart Quintet for Clarinet and Strings was critically received as a "masterful performance . . . sunny and casual yet accurate artistry . . . rich, warm and emotional tone in the clear arpeggios that ranged throughout the extremes of the clarinet's registers." Mr Simons received the Artist Diploma in clarinet from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and also holds the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance and literature with summa cum laude honors from the University of Illinois, and the Bachelor of Science Degree in music education from West Chester University. His principal teachers include Loren Kitt, Leon Russianoff, Howard Klug and Terry Guidetti. In addition, he has taken saxophone study with Willis Coggins, Arthur Hegvik, and Christopher Ford. Mr. Simons has also had a successful and varied career as an educator, and is presently on the music faculty at Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College, the East Penn School District, and teaches a studio of young clarinetists. In 2005, he was selected for inclusion in the 9th Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Mr. Simons also serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Pocono Youth Orchestra.

Audrey Simons is active as a cellist and instructor. Mrs. Simons is a cellist in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Classical Attitude String Quartet and the Chestnut Hill Chamber Players. She has performed with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra and the Muhlenberg College Music Theatre, and has toured California with the Bucknell University Orchestra. As a pianist, she has accompanied cello, clarinet and voice students and theatre productions, including the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre. Mrs. Simons received the Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance in 1989 from Susquehanna University, where she taught cello and piano students of various ages and abilities. She was subsequently awarded a teaching assistantship at the Temple University Esther Boyer College of Music, where she received the Master of Music degree in music history with summa cum laude honors, and taught classes in music appreciation. Her principal cello teachers include Jeffrey Solow, Heidi Jacob and Nancy Bidlack. In addition, she has studied piano with John Fries at Susquehanna University. In 1996, while teaching music history at Montgomery County Community College, she received the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2002, she was selected for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of Who's Who of American Women. Currently, Mrs. Simons is the Assistant Director (Strings) of the Pocono Youth Orchestra and the Pocono Junior String Orchestra. She is a cello instructor and teaches String Techniques and Cello Pedagogy classes for music education majors at Moravian College.

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