July 23, 2016

Canceled – Spring Concert

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Spring Concert performance has been canceled.

– Estancia: Danzas del Ballet – Ginastera

– The Red Violin Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra – Corigliano

– Symphony 6 in B Minor “Pathetique” – Tchaikovsky

Featuring maestro S. Shade Zajac and violinist Amy Glidden.


Amy Glidden

Amy Glidden is currently the associate concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Praised by the Buffalo News for her “keen rhythmic acuity, consistently fine tone and an innate sense of phrasing,” Amy has performed on stages throughout Western New York. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Amy attended the University of Kansas, where she received a B.A. in Biology as well as a B.M. in Violin Performance. Subsequently, she received a Master of Violin Performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Amy has performed with the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Ballet Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra. She was previously the concertmaster of the Mendocino Music Festival and the assistant concertmaster of the Marin Symphony. In the summer of 2018, Amy was appointed concertmaster of the Saratoga Opera orchestra. She travels west each summer to participate in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

Amy has often performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, including 2011performances of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. Other solo engagements include performances with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony, the Cheektowaga Symphony and the Buffalo State Philharmonia. In 2009, Amy was invited to join the newly created string program at Buffalo State College. She performed at the 2012 dedication of Buffalo State’s new Ciminelli Recital Hall and recently founded the Buffalo State String Collective, which brings students, faculty, and community members together in string music performance. Formerly a teacher at Orchard Park Suzuki Strings, Amy maintains a home studio and has given masterclasses at Fredonia State University, Cal State Fullerton, and the University of Kansas. As a chamber musician, Amy performs locally with the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival and the Buffalo Chamber Players and is a founding member of the Artemis and Clara String Quartets.


S. Shade Zajac

S. Shade Zajac is a freelance conductor, composer and cellist. He is the Principal Conductor and Music Director of both the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed to these positions in the Spring of 2016 and 2017, respectively. Mr. Zajac also works with other ensembles as a guest conductor. After guest conducting the Orchard Park Symphony in 2019, Mr. Zajac will return in April 2020 to conduct a program including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique.”

Mr. Zajac has conducted the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra, Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra and the OpusWerkes No.2 on numerous occasions. He was a student of Professor Nancy Strelau and was a guest conductor of her orchestra, the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic. Mr. Zajac was awarded the Paul Vermel 2015-2016 Apprenticeship with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, working with Maestro Kim Diehnelt. He was also accepted as a Fellow in the BCO December 2015 Workshop under the direction of Maestro Markand Thakar, where he conducted the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in selections such as Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” In the spring of 2016, Mr. Zajac was an active participant in the 8th Ithaca International Conducting Master Class with Maestros Donald Schleicher and Dr. Jeffery Meyer. He led the Ithaca College Chamber and Symphony Orchestras in performances of Berio’s Folk Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra, and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. In March 2018, he conducted the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra featuring David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Kim will return in May 2020 to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Genesee Symphony and Mr. Zajac.

Mr. Zajac is founder of the Seneca Summer Music Festival and Orchestra, providing events that include chamber music and orchestra performances. Emphasis is placed on raising funds for charities and offering classical music to surrounding communities in upstate New York. In 2018, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra performed a special concert as part of the festival.

Mr. Zajac is the founding member of the Asteria Quartet, that performs frequently around upstate New York. As an orchestra player, Shade was Principal Cellist of the Nazareth College Chamber and Symphony orchestra and has sat Principal Cellist in the Roberts and Wesleyan College Community Orchestra. He was the winner of the Nazareth College Concerto/Aria Competition both in 2012 and 2014 and performs solo and chamber music concerts frequently around the Rochester and Finger Lakes area.

A prolific composer, Mr. Zajac has written music for solo cello (commissioned by Pro. Mimi Hwang), a cello sonata, piano concerto, violin concerto, seven string quartets, and pieces for percussion ensemble, chamber groups and orchestra. In April 2016, he completed his first symphony, which he dedicated to his teacher Nancy Strelau, the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic and the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra.