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  • Hilarie Clark Moore

    2021 Aug 27 -

     Composer / Lyricist / Storyteller has blended music academia and performance in her education and career. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in French horn performance from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. She has taught at both Yale University and the State University of New York, Orange County Community College.  As a professional freelance musician on the French horn, she has performed in both local and international symphony orchestras and opera companies. As an orchestral conductor, Hilarie Clark Moore has over 20 years of experience conducting community orchestras.  Presently, she conducts the New London Community Orchestra and the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra in her home state of Connecticut. In addition to conducting, she is the founder and principal coach of Chamber Music by the River, a chamber music festival she runs from her music studio. In her first major work, The Fishergirl, she expresses her unique voice, “an alluring musical language” in her “Post Romantic” compositional style.

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  • Gwen Gunn

    2021 Aug 27 -

    Book Gwen was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Duke University and graduated from Antioch College. After moving to New York, she married actor Moses Gunn, worked in child development research, and earned an M.A. from The New School for Social Research. She cofounded The Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective in 1971, and her plays have been produced at The Theater for the New City, Westbeth Theater, The Joseph Jefferson Theater, and The East Fourth Street Theater in New York. She and her husband and two children moved to Connecticut in 1975 where she studied poetry with poet Richard Raymond and Professor Mark Johnston and co-edited the poetry magazine Embers. Gwen has had poems published in national and international journals and recently won two firsts in the Confederation of State Poetry Societies contests, one of which was the national Winners Circle Award. Her latest book of poetry is Tastes. She also worked as an editorial assistant and writer of theatrical bios for Sachem Publishing, and started a company, VideoTakes, for which she wrote, filmed, and edited video scripts.

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  • Ron De Fesi

    2021 Aug 27 -

    Orchestration Ron De Fesi has been the artistic director of the Hudson Opera Theatre since its founding in 1977 (yes, 44 years)! A student of world-renowned conductor Sixten Ehrling while at the Juilliard School, Maestro De Fesi also attended the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany where he completed specialized study in Baroque and Classical performance practice. Additionally, he has a bachelor’s degree in pre-med from Manhattan College, and a graduate degree from New York University in music performance. As well as having been a guest conductor for numerous orchestral, choral, ballet, and opera companies, he has been artistic director and principal conductor for several organizations over the years including the Tri-State Regional Opera, the Family Opera of New Jersey, the Delaware Valley Opera, the First Coast Opera and the Ballet Theatre of Westchester. He has directed and/or conducted over 350 productions over the years and figures he has about 350 more to go. In his career as a basso cantate, he has sung over 100 different roles, of which his favorites are Phillip II in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Schicchi in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Fiesco in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Zaccaria in Verdi’s Nabucco, and Boris in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Alas,

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