Jarod Apple, Classical Saxophonist, is a NYC-based saxophonist, educator and multi-instrumental performer hailed for his artistic awareness and technical proficiency. He has been featured with various orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as a solo performer across the country, having had the opportunity to play in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Jazz Club, CBDNA regional conferences, the Navy International Saxophone Symposium and North American Saxophone Alliance regional and national conferences. Jarod was a Performance Fellow at the 2023 Cortona Sessions for New Music hosted in Cortona, Italy. In competition, Jarod placed Second in the 2023 London Classical Music Competition and won the Bergen Philharmonic Young Artist Competition. In 2017, Jarod was the First Prize winner of the Arkansas Tech Concerto Competition - winning the opportunity to perform Libby Larson’s Holy Roller with the American Prize-winning ATU Wind Ensemble. In April 2022, he was the Soprano Saxophone soloist sharing the stage with Dr. Paul Cohen and the Rutgers Saxophone Ensemble for the world premiere performance of William Latham’s Double Concerto for Soprano and Alto Saxophone with Orchestra (arr. for saxophone ensemble). Jarod is a Doctoral Candidate in Classical Saxophone at Rutgers University - studying under esteemed player and historian, Dr. Paul Cohen. Jarod is a two-time American Saxophone Academy alumni (2018 and 2020). He holds a Master of Music Degree in Classical Saxophone from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from Arkansas Tech University, studying both saxophone with Mr. Ken Futterer and voice with Dr. John Clements. Jarod is a Silverstein Works NextGen Artist and exclusively plays Silverstein Works ligatures.
Bethany Bobbs, cellist at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Joel Krosnick and Astrid Schween. She attends Juilliard with a full-scholarship awarded by the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship. She has attended the Perlman Music Program and PMP Suncoast since 2017 where she studied with Clara Kim, Paul Katz, and Zvi Plesser. Bethany has won numerous prizes, including winner of the Lynn Harrell Competition, Adelphi Young Artists Competition, LISMA International Competition, Houston Symphony Concerto Competition, and an award at the National YoungArts Competition. Already a seasoned soloist, she has performed with orchestras such as the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Newark Symphony, Houston Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, Yonkers Philharmonic Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Ocala Symphony, among many others. Bethany is currently a Jupiter Symphony Chamber Player, where she performs each month alongside musicians such as Paul Neubauer, Stella Chen, and Stefan Jackiw. Besides performing, Bethany has been recognized by The Strad and The ViolinChannel for using her musical talent to help others. In 2020, Bethany and her twin sister, Susanna, founded a non-profit organization known as Harmony for Healing which has provided financial aid to unemployed artists struggling during COVID-19 and Ukrainian refugees in need of medical supplies and humanitarian aid. Bethany is a recipient of the Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund and NFMC Michael Edwards Award.
Ron Levy, internationally acclaimed pianist, has been called "first-class" by the New York Times. He regularly appears in major venues, both as a soloist and collaborative artist, and has been pianist and harpsichordist of many symphony orchestras. Ron has been Associate Artist of the venerable All Seasons Chamber Players; he was a frequent guest soloist with the resident chamber ensemble of the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art. A resident of Vermont for over 20 years, Ron was a faculty and Board member of the Manchester Music Festival, Music Director and Conductor of the Opera Theatre in Weston, Program and Music Director at the historic Equinox Hotel, and impresario of the "Music On The Hill" chamber music series of the Southern Vermont Art Center. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, he has taught at numerous colleges, and is currently on the faculty of Montclair University's Cali School of Music, as well as The Ridgewood Conservatory. In addition, he is Music Director of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, pianist & Assistant Conductor of the Orpheus Club Mens' Chorus, a founding member of the Arundo Trio, and pianist of the award-winning Palisades Virtuosi [2022 American Prize], of which he is also a founding member. A prolific recording artist, CDs by Mr. Levy are available on the Albany, Centaur, Eroica, 4-Tay, Great Kate, High Point, Koch International, Phoenix, South Mountain and Summit labels.
A two-term President of the Professional Music Teachers' Guild of NJ, Mr. Levy is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rockland [NY] and Monmouth [NJ] symphony orchestras; he is also a consultant to BIM Music Pulbications, Switzerland.
Ron is the unintentional star of the YouTube video "Five Top Worst Page Turn Fails," which has gone viral with over two million hits!