Artistic Consultants


John Znidarsic

has dedicated a great deal of his theater career to the nurturing and development of new plays and musicals.  The majority of his work is done through Arts and Artists of Tomorrow where he serves as Artistic Director. There he has been able to institute a variety of successful programs – including the popular Broadway’s Future Series - free monthly concerts held at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium (at the Library for the Performing Arts) featuring music of today's newest and most exciting songwriters.  John has also served as Stage Director of the Merkin Concert Hall Broadway Close-Up Series where he has been fortunate enough to have worked with such musical theater legends as Jerry Bock, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Martin Charnin, Cy Coleman, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, Alan Menken, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Maury Yeston, and David Zippel.  As Producing Director of The National Music Theater Network, he launched the extremely successful Broadway Dozen Series.  For seven years, he produced, directed, and hosted the popular "In Celebration of Life" concerts where Broadway’s top writers and performers collaborated to debut over 125 new songs.  These concerts, benefiting Broadway Cares, also resulted in a popular CD.  He has also directed and/or choreographed productions and workshops at Second Stage Company, The Culture Project, SoHo Playhouse, Sanford Meisner Theater, American Jewish Theater, Village Theater Company and Manhattan Class Company.  Regionally, he has worked at the Old Globe Theater, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Two River Theater Company, Hampton Playhouse, Maine Stage Theater, and The New Hope Performing Arts Festival (where he served as director-in-residence for four years).  He has also served on the faculties of New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York High School of Performing Arts, and Manhattan School of Music.  At these schools he has taught everything from acting and dance - to literature and creative writing. 

Steven Mark Kohn

 
Steven Mark Kohn, Electronic Music Production, received a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Kent State University (magna cum laude) and a Master of Music degree in composition from The Cleveland Institute of Music. He completed further studies at the Aspen Music Festival (Composition) and the Banff Centre (Musical Theatre). He has created TV and radio commercial music for Wheaties, Arby's, Matrix, Volvo, BP, Hickory Farms, Rax Restaurants, Sentenel, Stanley Steemer, Kelly Tire, TRW and many others and has composed scores for award-winning animated children's films for PBS, ABC and the Disney Channel including Frog and Toad Together, Uncle Elephant, Cousin Kevin, Commander Toad in Space, Morris goes to School, Ralph S. Mouse and the Emmy-nominated Runaway Ralph starring Fred Savage and Ray Walston. He has written and arranged music for KFI Radio Los Angeles, Sea World, Harper Collins Audio Books, Second Story Productions, The Sylvia Rimm Show (NPR) and the documentary film Let Them Live for BBC 2, London. Other works include Health Journeys, a 50-volume Time-Warner audio book series; Hymn for String Orchestra, (pub. by Carl Fischer) which was recorded by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra; and many art songs (pub by Classical Vocal Repertoire). His three volumes of American folk song arrangements (under the title American Folk Set) were premiered at Carnegie Hall by David Daniels and Martin Katz and have been performed all over the world by a number of artists. Andrew Garland and Donna Loewy recorded the entire collection for Azica Records in 2008.

Mr. Kohn is also a writer and lyricist and has written lyrics for the stage musicals The Quiltmaker's Gift (Dramatic Publishing) Unstoppable Me, The Tale of the Nutcracker, and the stage show The Three Redneck Tenors, all to the music of Craig Bohmler. His screenplay for the television pilot, Little Mozart, was produced by OhLook! Productions in Dallas, and he has co-written and directed the short films Bugfeast, Lord J's Wild West Daredevil Show and How's My Driving?, which have been screened at festivals around the country and in Europe. His short story The Professor's Diary appeared in National Lampoon magazine. He recently completed the libretto for the grand opera Riders of the Purple Sage, based on the classic western novel by Zane Grey, (music again by Mr. Bohmler) which will receive a world premier production by Arizona Opera during the 2016-2017 season.

Laurine Celeste Fox


Laurine's New York area ensembles have garnered deeply felt critical acclaim, with critics declaring their performances “Glorious... magical... crowned with clamorous applause… an unforgettable night of art.” (Hernando Merchand/La Voz Hispana (NYC)) and “triumphed right from the start when the hushed tremolo of the second violins ushered in an atmosphere of supreme awe…” (Otto Salzer/The Cranford Chronicle (NJ)). On the international scene Ms. Fox has conducted orchestras in Brazil, Denmark, Germany and
Russia, once again deeply touching the hearts of listeners as evidenced with reviews declaring, “Fox’s moving interpretation… thrust the audience into an avalanche of passion, love and inevitability.” (Alfiya Sufieva/Black Sea Revival (Sochi, Russia)). Laurine is also widely known for her musical scholarship, which has resulted in the resurrection of a number of superb musical works that she and her ensembles have premiered. 

    

     Western Hemisphere premieres have included the Handel Dettingen Anthem and Schubert’s two “Tantum ergos,” D. 460 and D. 739. Ms. Fox is also the foremost proponent of the music of Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga in North America,
and has given the premiere performances in the Americas of numerous Arriaga works. Her years of
work with the Arriaga musical manuscripts undoubtedly qualify her as the foremost expert in the Western Hemisphere on the orchestral music of Arriaga. With her interest in repertoire from around the world, Laurine and her ensembles have also given the North American and/or New York premieres of such works as “Conquest of Jericho” by Detroit composer Lettie Beckon Alston; “Passacaglia” by Argentinian composer Arizaga; Concerto No. 2 for Kanun and Orchestra by Armenian composer Avetissyan; Klezmer Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Israeli composer Ben-Amots; “Tres Cantilenas Argentinas y Final” by Argentinian composer Guastavino; “The Feast of Autumn” by Korean composer Sukhi Kang; “Concerto Andalus” for ‘Ud and Orchestra by Lebanese composer Marcel Khalifé; “Song in the Dusk” and Ballet Suite from “Bari” by Korean composer Geonyong Lee; and “Cinquillo Dramático” by Puerto Rican composer Awilda Villarini.


     Ms. Fox presently resides in New York City, where her work has seen her appear with such artists as Francisco Casanova, lead tenor of the Metropolitan Opera, Mindy Kaufman, solo piccolo of the New York Philharmonic, and David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In recent performances as a guest conductor she has appeared at Carnegie Hall with guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarín, Lincoln Center with Opera Eurydice, Town Hall (NYC) with the Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Miller Theater with the Boricua College Chorus & Orchestra and in Russia with the Symphony Orchestras of Maikop and Sochi. Prior to her present post as Music Director/Conductor of Symphony of the City of New York, Ms. Fox was the Music Director/Conductor of The Bronx Concert Singers, Trovatore Opera, the New York Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Orchestra, and Staten Island Ballet. Laurine’s education as a conductor included studies in Brazil, Germany and the U.S. under Maestros Eleazar de Carvalho, Kurt Masur and David Zinman, and in 1995 she was a medal winner in the Vienna International Conducting Competition.


     As a student at The Juilliard School, Ms. Fox was the recipient of the largest possible scholarship for her instrument (trumpet), and was also a teaching assistant under the legendary ear training pedagogue, Mary Anthony Cox. In addition to receiving a M.M. degree from The Juilliard School, Ms. Fox also graduated magna cum laude with a B.M. degree from Michigan State University.