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Alphabetical list of WISE group members, click on name below:








Saraza Jr, Diomedes

Instrument:  First Violin


Born to a family of musicians, Diomedes showed his interest in the violin at the age of 3.  Diomedes' father became his first violin teacher.  He took his first formal lesson at age 5 at the St. Scholastica's College of Music (Philippines), studying under the violin pedagogue of Ms. Vima Valerio.  After a year, he transferred to the much respected pedagogue, a Julliard trained violinist, Professor Basilio Manalo, and then to Professor Arturo Molina, the only foreigner in history to win the Annual String Competition, at the Kiev Conservatory, Moscow. 

Diomedes has performed as a soloist of the PREDIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, and CHILDRENS ORCHESTRA as Concertmaster.  He became the youngest member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra II, and has been featured in Maestro Filipino l, and Friends of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Concert.

At the age of 8, Diomedes was one of the delegates, in the 45th year Suzuki Music Convention (1998) held in Japan.  He has been featured at his solo debut recital at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and at the Pasig Music Festival.  In 2002, he won first place at the National Music Competition for Young Artists, and in 2003, he made his concert debut "The Gift", at the CCP which was awarded as one of the best performances of 2003 by the Manila Bulletin in the Philippines.

He moved to New York in the summer of 2005 to pursue his studies of the violin at the Mannes College, Preparatory Division.  He was under the tutelage of respected violin pedagogue, Dr. Chin Kim.  In 2006, he joined the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, and played the Khachaturian Violin Concerto for the opening concert.  In 2007, he won the Friday Woodmere Young Artist Competition in Hewlett, NY, and was featured in the WQXR 96.3's Rob Sherman's Young Artist Showcase.  In 2008, he won the Mannes Concerto Competition, which led him to a performance with the Mannes Philharmonic under the baton of Mr. Michael Adelson, assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic.  Soon he became the Concertmaster of the Mannes Philharmonic (in 2009).  Diomedes chamber group, also won the American Teacher's League Competition of 2009, and was later featured at Carnegie Hall.  Additionally, and later in the year of 2009, he had his homecoming concert in the Philippines entitled "Symphonic Virtuosity", with the respected German conductor, Christoph Poppen, and the Manila Symphony Orchestra.

Today, Diomedes just had his New York concert debut with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble at the Julia Richman Auditorium.  He also became a prize winner of the Julliard Competition 2010, playing William Schuman's Violin Concerto.  In addition, he recently performed at the Paul Hall of the Julliard School for an all sonata concert called "Sonatenabend".  Diomedes is a member of the West Islip String Ensemble, and is currently furthering his studies at the Julliard School under the tutelage of professor Stephen Clapp.

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Lambese, Edward


Instrument:  Cello



Ed Lambese began his musical journey at age 7 when his Mom got him a toy violin for Christmas.   He began playing some real tunes on this and it was plastic.  Later, in grade school he saw a notice of " Free Violin Lessons" offered  after school in the auditorium of the Asher Levy School, in NYC where he lived.  Upon seeing a real violin, he was enthralled with the beauty of the wooden instrument and was determined to play it.  He showed much promise and won contests and eventually scholarships to the Third Street Music School Settlement under the coaching of Mr. Charles Manoff and  later on,  a special scholarship to the High School Of Performing Arts (where the Fame TV series was focused on) . 

After grade school,  Ed's family moved from NYC to Brooklyn, NY where he started Junior High School at Walt Whitman JHS.  Ed continued on training all through Junior High School and then won a scholarship to The High School of Performing Arts, but his Dad preferred he stay in Brooklyn.  Upon entering High School ,he was made Concertmaster of the Erasmus Hall High School Orchestra in Brooklyn, NY.  In his  first year of High School, he got Barbra Streisand's Algebra Book when they gave out the math textbooks.  Erasmus Hall is the oldest High School in the country with such celebrated alumnus as Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Lainie Kazan.  During Junior High School, Ed had fallen in love with the sound of the cello.  In his first year of High School, he became serious about learning to play the cello.  He asked one of his High School teachers,  Mr. Alan Knieter(whom he still remains in contact with), if he could borrow a cello over the summer break of 1971.  That summer,  he took home the cello and a piece of music the orchestra had performed called "Chaconne" which had a nice cello solo.  He remembered the melody line of the cello solo and figured out the notes on the cello and taught himself the Bass Clef.  Upon returning to High School for the Fall Semester of 1971, he was made principal cellist of the Erasmus Hall High School Orchestra.  Ed was also coached by Barbra Streisand's and Neil Diamond's vocal teacher, Mr. Cosimo DiPietto, as he was the Choral and Orchestral director of  Erasmus Hall  for Ed's first two years of High School.  Mr. DiPietto, was a very serious, gifted teacher and he was very strict with  his students about music.  Other students were nervous when he conducted and concerned about making mistakes.  Mr. DiPietto took a great liking to Ed and always praised his playing.  He had a standing quote for Ed which was, " You get some great sound out of that cello, Fella!".  Ed was thrilled to have his playing praised like that by Barbra Streisand's and Neil Diamond's High School Vocal Instructor.  Especially since he was such a serious music instructor!  Ed was also coached by another teacher and dear friend at Erasmus Hall who was a professional cellist himself.  His name is Saul Zalkin...he devoted much of his free time to coaching Ed on the cello between classes as he said he saw gifted natural talent.  Later on Ed also trained with a world famous Hungarian Violinist, Mrs. Katherine Fodor Finn of the Fodor Violin Studio in Brooklyn, NY. 

Ed continued on playing first violin and cello through High School and then on to get his BA in music education at Brooklyn College.  Ed has played with many orchestras that include the All Boro, Boro Wide Orchestra, and also a chamber group that he formed.  He also was a member of the Alumnus Orchestra and then went on to play with "The New World Symphony Orchestra, a semi pro orchestra.  He has been a member of the " West Islip Symphony Orchestra" for the past 7 years and continues to perform with them.  In June of 2004, Ed was asked by the "West Islip Symphony Orchestra" president, Nancy Donohue, to play with a few other members of the " West Islip Symphony" at a Grand Re-opening of the West Islip Library...  Hence the birth of WISE (West Islip String Ensemble).  Since then Ed and the members of  WISE have performed together at many venues all over Long Island and continue to do so.

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Sheehan, Greg


Instrument:  Second Violin




Gregory began studying the violin at the age of nine at his local elementary school in West Islip, NY.  He always showed great interest and pride when practicing and performing at various music festivals and school concerts during his youth.  Little did his parents  know that this seemingly ancillary hobby would eventually become a huge part of Greg's life.

His Grandfather's gift of an heirloom family violin spurred Gregory's burning desire to hone his skills and join the high school orchestra.  In his sophomore year, Greg's true talent and increasing skills shone through as he won the concertmaster position which he held until graduation.  Throughout his high school years, Gregory played with the Long Island Youth Orchestra under the direction of Martin Dreiwitz, and was granted a "rising star" position with the C.W. Post Orchestra under the baton of Susan Deaver.  It was at this time that Greg began attending summer chamber music festivals.  Upon graduation at St. John the Baptist High School, Greg was granted admission to the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

During the summer between high school and college, Gregory was part of a month long international orchestra tour with the Long Island Youth Orchestra.  The orchestra was honored with performances in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, and the Cook Islands. 

In 2004, Greg entered the Crane School of Music.  At Crane, he was under the tutelage of several very accomplished violinists.  He began his studies with John Lindsay,  the concertmaster of The Orchestra of Northern NY, and a revered soloist.  Subsequently, Greg joined the studio of Dr. Sarah Hersh.  Dr. Hersh studied with such famed pedagogues as Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, and is one of the designated teacher trainers of the Suzuki method in the United States.  Greg credits Dr. hersh with having a huge impact on both his playing and teaching style.

Greg had many accolades during his studies at Crane.  He was a member of a student string quartet, and The Crane Symphony Orchestra for four years, in addition to being chosen for the select opera and ballet orchestras.  In 2005, Gregory performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC as part of the Crane Symphony Orchestra.  At the end of the next year, Gregory's String Quartet won an audition and became featured performers at the NY Governor's Inauguration in Albany, NY.  In 2008, Greg graduated Suma Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education.

Today, Gregory resides in his home town of West Islip, NY.  He performs as a member of the West Islip String Ensemble, and teaches violin and piano while continuing his studies as a graduate student at Stony Brook University.

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Duboski, Thomas


Instrument:  Viola



As a child Thomas Duboski always had a keen interest in Music.  Being raised into a musical family, he began studying the viola at the age of nine.  His first experience with the viola, was in a musical instruments repair shop, that he and  his Mother had visited to repair her clarinet.  One of the repairmen at the shop introduced Tom to the instrument that he was to play for the rest of his life.  At this time, his interest in pursuing music and learning to play the viola began.

From the Baroque style of Johann Sebastian Back to the Twentieth-Century contemporary Max Reger, Thomas has played and performed numerous works within the diverse classical viola repertoire.  He has attended many renowned orchestral and chamber music festivals including Long Island String Festival 2007-08 and S.C.M.E.A. All County  Orchestra for four years.  He was also involved with the Tri-M Music Honor Society in his high school.  In addition, he has attended New York's All-State Music Conference in December 2007-08 in Rochester, NY.  Each of these year's, Tom had the experience of live orchestra performances with the Eastman School of Music's "Eastman Theater".  During his years of studying the viola, Thomas had attended several summer music festival programs.  These programs include New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Orchestra Studies Division for 2007 and 2008.  In 2009, he attended Meadowmount School of Music, studying with Patricia McCarty.  Lastly, in 2010, he attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, studying with violists Karen Ritscher and Wing Ho. 

In addition to participating in many music festivals, Thomas has been involved with several Pre-College Music Programs.  The Stony Brook University Pre-College program was the first of these which he attended for three years.  Following this, Tom went on to the Aaron Copland School of Music Pre-College program at Queens College for one year.  During his last two years of high school, Thomas was enrolled in the Mannes College for Music Pre-College program, which was a turning point in the development of his musical career studies.  At Mannes, he studied privately with violist Liuh-Wen Ting.  Tom's chamber music coaches included cellist Gregory Hesseling and pianist, David Oei.

Thomas has performed in various major concert halls which include Carnegie Hall.  For two years (2008 through 2009), he was a member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.  For each of these years, he performed a concert at Carnegie Hall's Stern/Perlman Auditorium.  Additionally, in 2009, he won the American Music Teacher's League Young Artists Competition with his Piano Quintet from the Mannes Pre-College, performing in concert at Carnegie Hall's  Weill Recital Hall.  Beyond performing, Tom has won many scholarship awards including the Long Island Philharmonic's Agnes Trill Funk Music Achievement Scholarship Award in 2009.

Mr. Duboski is a member of the West Islip String Ensemble.  He is currently furthering his studies in music and performance of the viola at the Manhattan School of Music.  He is under the tutelage of Patinka Kopec.

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