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Theodore Jospe, Chairman
Ted Jospe received his bachelor’s degree from University College of Arts and Science, New York University, and his M.B.A. in healthcare administration from George Washington University. He served as an Army Captain with tours of duty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and various assignments in Vietnam. Ted retired as President and CEO of Southside Hospital in 2003, a position he held for 31 years. He has been an active faculty member of the Stony Brook University School Health Technology and Management since 1974 and currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health facility operation and management. During his career, he has had numerous board affiliations and memberships, including the Hospital Association of New York State, the League of Voluntary Hospitals, the North Shore-LIJ Health system, Southside Hospital, the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, the Suffolk County Board of Health, the Long Island Association, the Harbor Country Day School Board of Education, and the Long Island String Quartet. He was a violinist in the North Shore High School Orchestra, the Hofstra Symphony as a high school student, and the NYU Symphony Orchestra. After a forty year hiatus, he resumed playing four years ago, and has been a member of the NSSO for the past four seasons.

William Farber, President Emeritus

Kay Bromberg, President
Kay Bromberg has been a member of the Violin II section of the NSSO since 1982. Although not a music major, she pursued her musical interests as an undergraduate in the Chamber Orchestra at Oberlin College and as a graduate student in an orchestra at the University of Michigan. In addition to having played in an informal string quartet for over 25 years, she continues to fiddle for traditional Scottish dances. She is currently the Administrative Director for the Rockefeller Family Fund and serves on the board of the Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor, a local environmental group.

Alex Levine, Treasurer
Alex Levine graduated from Queens College CUNY with a B.A. in Mathematics and Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with an M.S. in Operations Research. He has spent 40 years in the commercial insurance industry and currently works in the National Casualty Practice at Willis Towers Watson. Alex is a cellist in the NSSO having studied privately for about 10 years following graduate school and has been a member of NSSO since 2004.

Vicki Field, Vice President
Vicki Field received her Bachelors of Music from S.U.N.Y. Fredonia and her Master of Music from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  Vicki began with the NSSO under the baton of the orchestra’s organizer, Charles Gouse and has moved with the orchestra through its various homes over the years. She has spent most of her professional career as a string teacher in the Port Washington Public schools where she began a” Fiddler’s Ensemble” in both of her elementary schools.  She also performs in quartets at her church in Northport.   Vicki is pleased to continue to support the many efforts of the NSSO as it expands to meet the needs of its players and the community.

Leslie Strait, Secretary
Leslie Strait is the Principle flute of NSSO where she serves on the board and has been a member since 1989. She is also principle flute and a board member of the Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island and serves on the board of the Long Island Flute Club where she judges the annual flute competition as well. Ms. Strait is a founding member of the wind quintet Principle Winds and is a member of the acclaimed Flutissimo! flute quartet.  She occasionally performs with the Northport Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Festival Orchestra. While earning a degree in music performance at Syracuse University, she studied with John Oberbrunner. Other teachers include Allison Hubbard, Harold Bennett, and Jeff Weissman. She made her Carnegie Hall debut on the flute in 2005 and also performed there with the Long Island Symphonic Choral Association. Residing in East Northport, NY with her husband and two children, she runs a private studio.

Susan E. Deaver, Music Director & Conductor Emerita

Janice Chen

Janice Chen, the principal oboe of the NSSO, is a science teacher at North Shore High School. She graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in History and Science and later graduated with an M.A.T. in Biology from Brown University. She has studied oboe with Delight Immonen of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Lynn Jacquin of the New England Conservatory, and Jerry Roth of the New York Philharmonic. She was a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Bach Society Orchestra, and the C.W. Post Orchestra prior to playing with the NSSO.

Catherine Colquhoun
Catherine Colquhoun enjoys life performing as a violinist in Luminous Sounds, Inc. and as Assistant Concertmistress in the North Shore Symphony Orchestra. She also performs cello on occasion! During the workweek, Ms. Colquhoun teaches orchestra at Westbury Middle School to over 100 students. Ms. Colquhoun is well-rounded and actively involved in the Nassau Music Educators Association, Long Island String Festival Association, and NYSSMA. Besides keeping happily busy with teaching and performing, Ms. Colquhoun is also skilled at string instrument repairs and enjoys the occasional ultimate repair challenge! Ms. Colquhoun is very thankful to her students who inspire her day in and day out, to her performance colleagues for being so amazing to perform with, and to all of the great musicians that she has been privileged to study with.

Susan DelGiorno
Susan DelGiorno is a classical record producer who has worked on several hundreds of recordings, several of which have been nominated for Grammy awards and other honors. She is the General Manager of Entertainment One Music Classical, formerly known as KOCH International Classics. In this position, she has worked with such luminary artists as Anne Akiko Meyers, Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Leonard Slatkin, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia, and conductor Alan Gilbert. Recently, Susan has been charged with overseeing the historic Bach Guild catalog, and created the phenomenally successful Bach Guild “Big Box” series, which continually dominates the Amazon MP3 charts. Trained as a clarinetist, Susan received her BS in Music from Hofstra University where she studied with Naomi Drucker. She continues to play both orchestral and chamber music, and is a sought-after player amongst the Long Island orchestras. She lives with her husband George, daughter Joy, and their many pets.

Linda Gorney
Linda Gorney joined the Board of Friends of NSSO in 2015. As a board member, Linda is responsible for concert program design and serves as the NSSO Archivist. She is a violinist with NSSO, where she has been a member since 2007. Linda holds an M.S. in library science and an M.A. in art, both from Long Island University. She earned an undergraduate degree at SUNY Binghamton. She is Director of Advancement Services at Long Island University, where she focuses on research, relationship management and data analytics. Previously, Linda worked for a media and music company in New York City and before that, a Long Island art gallery as a retail associate and studio assistant.