Who We Are, What We Are, etc.

To see more about us, including all KINDS of useful stuff, please scroll down past the roster of musicians.

Who We Are:
Members of the Musica Bella Orchestra
for Our June 2011 All-Mozart Concerts

(Listed alphabetically)

Laura Belland
Kristine Cangcuesta
Siqi Chen
Evonne Cho
Jacqueline Coston
Stanichka Dimitrova,
Daniella Fischetti
Joanna Lundberg,
  principal second violin
Adam Mirza
Jessica Scrimale

Daniel Adams
James Eng, principal
Alfredo Ok
Crystal Wei
Michael Wilson

Kurt Behnke
Anahit Harutyunyan Gaskill,
Linda Harrison
Edward Lee

Morton Cahn, principal
Jonathan Harris
Max Johnson

Shoji Mizumoto, principal
Sophia Saunders-Jones

Kari Anderson
Scott Brodie, principal

Aaron Abramovitz, principal
Heather O’Gara

Phil Fedora, principal
Giancarlo Sari

David Moldenhauer
Daniel Molendyke
Daniel Nimetz

Dan Caplivski, principal
Eganam Segbefia

Maxwell Herzlich

Manager/Executive Director   Anahit Harutyunyan Gaskill
Stage Managers   Morton Cahn, Shoji Mizumoto
Music Director/Conductor   Phillip Gaskill
Chorusmaster   Aram Tchobanian

What we are: The Musica Bella Orchestra of New York, Inc., founded in 2001 and incorporated in the State of New York as a Not For Profit Corporation in January 2004, is a very high-quality non-professional orchestra. Membership is by invitation or audition only.

Why we exist: Click here to read our Mission Statement, which by law is part of our Certificate of Incorporation with the State of New York.

How we sound, Part I: Read some testimonials from distinguished musicians who have heard us.

How we sound, Part II: Listen to a brief recording of Musica Bella in rehearsal or concert! Sorry, nothing new has been added recently—but that will change when and if we can actually find some spare time to do it.

A little about our history: The Musica Bella Orchestra of New York, Inc., was founded and organized by cellist Anahit Harutyunyan Gaskill in 2001 and began rehearsals late in the same year. The orchestra made its concert debut on January 20, 2002. We completed that first season (2001-2002) with another concert in January and one in June, and we are now in the middle of our ninth season since then (2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011) of four, seven, ten, nine, twelve, fifteen, seven, five, and two (or three) orchestra concerts, respectively. This all means, if our math is correct, that we ended our ninth season (2009-2010) with exactly 100 concerts to our credit (counting chamber music concerts), and our tenth (2010-2011) with 107. Click on the “Our History” link at the left of any page for a more detailed look at our past concerts (sadly not anywhere near up to date at the moment; we’ll try to get caught up one of these days), and on the “Future Concerts” link for all the currently available information on our schedule.

Admission to our concerts is by donation (we suggest a very reasonable $15.00, student/senior $10.00). By “by donation,” we mean that we ask you to kindly make a donation of any size, but preferably of at least the recommended minimum size if you can afford it, in order to help us continue to present these concerts.

Donations: Please feel encouraged to make a donation to Musica Bella, in addition to your donation at the door. You may donate as much — or as little — as you want; every penny is appreciated. It’s really not too dramatic to say that our very survival depends on your generosity, since putting on these concerts is incredibly expensive. For more details, click here or on the “Donations” link on the left of any page. Please note that your donation is tax-deductible, as Musica Bella is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Management: The music director and conductor of Musica Bella (and the Webmaster of this Web site) is Phillip Gaskill. The chorusmaster is Aram Tchobanian. The founder, driving force, executive director, and manager of the orchestra is Anahit Harutyunyan Gaskill.

This site’s history: This Web site went public on Sunday, January 6, 2002, exactly two weeks before our very first concert ever, and moved to this location (musicabella.com) on Sunday, October 5, 2003, coincidentally exactly two weeks before our first Mahler concert (which of course was a significant event in itself). The “redesign” (moving the links to the left instead of the bottom) was launched on Tuesday, June 15, 2004. The last modified/updated dates are automatically displayed at the bottom of each individual page.


By Phone:

Call 917-579-7535.

By E-Mail:

Please be aware that you’ll likely be caught by our spam filter, since your E-mail address probably isn’t already in our Address Book. Please don’t be offended by this. We check our “Suspect” E-mail folder at least once a day, so we’ll see your message and add your address to our Address Book. You’ll immediately get an automated message that mentions how you can let us know about the existence of your message, and you can do that, but you don’t need to: we would just see your message a little bit quicker, that’s all.

Click here to send an E-mail to Musica Bella’s administration in general.

Click here to send an E-mail directly to executive director/manager Anahit Harutyunyan Gaskill.

Click here to send an E-mail directly to music director/conductor Phillip Gaskill.

If you experience a problem with this Web site (or just want to give us some feedback or whatever), click here to send an E-mail to Webmaster Phillip Gaskill.

By U.S. Mail:

The Musica Bella Orchestra of New York
442 15th Street, Suite 2L
Brooklyn, NY 11215


To join Musica Bella’s mailing list, click here to send an E-mail to us (please read the long-ish paragraph in the “By E-Mail” section above); or write to us at our postal address listed immediately above. Just mention that you want to join our mailing list.

This page was last modified Monday, June 20, 2011.

The Musica Bella Orchestra of New York, Inc., a New York State Not For Profit Corporation, was incorporated in 2004 and became a 501(c)(3) organization the same year. For further information about becoming a donor, please visit our Donations/Support page.