Artistic Staff

Michael Canipe, Conductor, Gemini Concert Winds

A native of North Carolina, Michael Canipe graduated from East Carolina University in 1964 with a B.S. in Music Education. While pursuing a master's degree in Trombone Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he studied conducting with James Levine. For the past thirty-five years Mr. Canipe has been active as both an educator and a professional musician. He was both a teacher and a band director in the Half Hollow Hills School District and retired as Director of Music and Fine Art for the Deer Park Schools in 2001. Mr. Canipe plays principal euphonium for the Queens-based Seuffert Band and the Concert Pops of Long Island. He has performed as trombonist in the North Carolina Symphony and bass trombonist for the Symphony of Long Island. Mr. Canipe founded the Long Island Tuba Quartet and has also collaborated with Orlando Ballet of Huntington and the Circle of Dance Company as arranger and conductor. Founder of the Gemini Festival Winds (now GCW), Mr. Canipe served as Music Director of GYO from 2005-2007.

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Harry Marenstein, Conductor, Gemini Youth Symphony 

Conductor Harry Marenstein was born and raised in New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in violin performance from SUNY Geneseo, and went on to complete the Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal teachers were Carl Topilow and Louis Lane. Mr. Marenstein also spent four summers studying with Harold Farberman at the Conductors Institute. In addition, he has been a participant in master classes and seminars with Gustav Meier, Kenneth Keisler, Daniel Lewis, Zdenek Macal, Colin Metters, Rossen Milanov, Larry Rachleff, and Neil Varon. In 2005, Mr. Marenstein was among the inaugural participants in the Eastman Summer Institute, in which he conducted the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the years, Mr. Marenstein has conducted a wide variety of ensembles, both here and abroad, including the Pleven Symphony, the New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia), the Lautremont Festival Orchestra, Anti-Social Music, Reizen Ensemble, and the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York. 

An advocate for contemporary music, particularly that of living American composers, Mr. Marenstein served as Music Director and Resident Conductor of Forecast Music from 2004-2010, and has performed in diverse venues throughout New York City, including Galapagos Arts Space, LeFrak Concert Hall, Alliance of Resident Theaters, Singer’s Forum, the Brooklyn Conservatory, Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, the Diller-Quaile School, and the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. He has been involved in world and local premieres of works by composers James Barry, Denise Broadhurst, Julie Harting, Beata Moon, Conrad Pope, and Eric Schwartz. Recording projects include Gal Ziv's "Iyov" with Forecast Music, Franz Nicolay's "Each Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow" with Anti-Social Music, and Peter Gilbert's Introduction and Passacaglia for Orchestra.

Mr. Marenstein joined the faculty of Nassau Community College (SUNY) in 2005, where he is Director of Orchestral Activities, and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. Recently he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his conducting and teaching activities, Mr. Marenstein performs as a freelance violinist with several New York area orchestras as well as his own group, the Grand Central String Quartet.

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Matthew Pierce, Conductor, Gemini Philharmonia Orchestra

Composer-Conductor-Violinist Matthew Pierce is celebrated for his new classical scores, commissioned by major American ballet companies. His work has been performed around the country and around the world at such venues as City Center in New York, Covent Garden in London, and the Palais Garnier in Paris. Mr. Pierce conducts the Five Towns College Chamber Orchestra, and is a professor of Violin and Viola. He conducted the Monclair State College Preparatory Orchestra for twelve years and was the Music Director for the GYO from 2006 to 2008. Trained as a violinist at the Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University, Pierce brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Dr. Andrew Perea, Conductor, Gemini String Orchestra and
Conductor, Repertory Orchestra

Dr. Andrew Perea has been in the music profession for over twenty-five years. In that time, he has run the gamut of the music industry, having conducted symphony orchestras, performed as both soloist and concertmaster with various ensembles, taught gifted students of all ages publicly and privately, and played with many a rock 'n' roll band. He loves every aspect of his work, including writing and arranging music in all styles and cultures. His many collaborations include performances with such legendary artists as Yanni, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Gunther Schuler, and the world-renowned violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. Apart from concertising, Dr. Perea greatly enjoys working with young people. He directs a large string program in the South Country Central School District. Originally a participant in the Training Orchestra, Inc. (later GYO), he has since participated as soloist, coach, and now conductor.

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Rebecca Perea, String Coach

Rebecca Perea, a native of the greater Boston area, grew up in an environment where music and art were always an integral part of her life. As a youth, Ms. Perea discovered the cello, with its rich, lush tone, and it soon became her passion. She has given extensive performances throughout the United States and Europe, highlighted by a tour of Hungary, Austria, and the former Yugoslavia. In addition to having been Principal Cellist of the Temple Chamber Orchestra and Austin Musical Theatre, Rebecca has supported the performance of 20th century literature, premiering works in the Long Island Composer's Symposium in Southampton. She also has plenty of studio work to her acclaim, recording on the albums of up and coming singer/songwriters, Alan Semerdjian, and the award-winning Patricia Shih, to name a few. Chamber music has always been a great love of hers - she presently continues to play with various ensembles: the Vintage String Quartet, Counterclockwise Ensemble, the Phoenix Trio, Bach & Forth, The June Rise, and the critically acclaimed Hampton Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Perea has performed with many top artists, such as Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, and Itzak Perlman. In the teaching arena, she has participated as a cello instructor in the nationally renowned Texas String Project. Rebecca currently maintains a private cello studio at her home in Huntington, Long Island.

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