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The strings are the foundation of the orchestra.  They take the role of primary instrumentation or may simply form an accompaniment for the remainder of the orchestra.  String players in the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA include students, avocational musicians, professionals, and retired professionals.  All are accomplished in their own right.
THE STRING SECTION
MARY LOU KIDDER, Violinist began studying the violin at the age of nine.  She took private lessons in Bridgeport, Connecticut throughout her school years.  She played in school as well as in the Junior Symphony of Bridgeport during that time.  Mary Lou was the concert mistress of the the orchestra during her senior year of high school.  At Vassar College, as a non-music major, Mary Lou studied with Boris Koutzen.  She performed with an adult group in Bridgeport after graduating from college.  Mary Lou met Marshall, her husband and a trumpeter while in the adult group.  They were wed, and she spent the next few years caring for two daughters and starting them on their own music studies, one with violin and the other with flute.  Mary Lou joined the Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra after moving to Mahopac in 1972.  She played regularly with the orchestra's community group, and performed twice in their professional orchestra.  Mary Lou joined the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA sometime later, and she joined their Board of Directors shortly thereafter.  Mary Lou is presently a Board member and secretary of the orchestra.
JEN SEELAUS, Violinist began her violin studies at the age of 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She played throughout school, and at the age of 16 Jen moved to the brass section to play trombone in the marching band at Palmdale High School in California.  She performed with the Tournament of Roses Honor Band twice, and continued to pursue her trombone studies throughout her early college years.  She marched with the Lancer Marching Band while attending Pasadena City College, and formed the AVC Marching Marauders while attending Antelope Valley College.  The Marauders performed at a variety of events, including the Doo-Dah Parade and the B2 Bomber roll-out.  Jen and her family moved to Pocatello, Idaho upon graduation from AVC with an AA degree in music.  She completed here BA degree in philosophy in Idaho, and eventually moved to Norwalk, Connecticut to be closer to Karl, whom she married shortly thereafter in Niagara Falls.  Jen joined the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA upon relocating to the Brewster area.  She continues her pursuit of music through the orchestra.
THE ANTEVELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE MARCHING MARAUDERS
The Antelope Valley College
Marching Marauders
at the B2 Bomber Roll-Out
Haiku by John Peak 
Marching Marauders tuba player
WOODWIND SECTION
The woodwinds are an important element of the orchestra.  They give the orchestra a tonal quality that is diverse and colorful. Woodwinds frequently perform as soloists, or may simply form an accompaniment for the remainder of the orchestra.  Woodwind players in the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA include students, avocational musicians, professionals, and retired professionals.  All are accomplished in their own right.
KIMBERLY RIESDORPH, Clarinetist was in the fourth grade when she decided to play the clarinet.  She is self-taught, and played in various bands and orchestras throughout high school. She graduated Brewster High School with honors, and attended the College of Westchester after graduation, where she earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Management. She was on the Dean's List and earned a Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding after graduation. Kimberly is currently the Secretary of the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and is an active memeber in the St. Peter's Drum Corps Color Guard. She is also the back-up color Guard instructor for the New Fairfield Sparklers Drum Corps.
The brass instruments give the orchestra vibrance and a depth of sound that can be subtle or truly resonating. The brass section expands the performance capabilities of the orchestra by accomodating a broader range of orchestration that goes beyond the early classical mode.  Brass players in the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA include students, avocational musicians, professionals, and retired professionals.  All are accomplished in their own right.
THE BRASS SECTION
KYLE KAYLER, French Hornist began his musical interests as a trumpeter.  He studied with the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra until the age of 11, at which time he began his studies with the french horn.  He performed with the All-County Honor Orchestra in Jefferson County, Colorado at the age of 12.  Kyle performed throughout his years in high school, and was an active member of the Evergreen Senior High marching band.  His studies through these years included music theory and composition.  He continued his musical studies while attending Amherst College where he received his BA degree with a major in geology.  He was a member of the Amherst College Glee Club, continuing his activities in choral music which had begun earlier while he was a member of the church choir.  Kyle pursued his graduate studies in geology at Arizona State University where he received his MS degree in 1978. Kyle works as a geological consultant and land surveyor, and is the owner of Kayler Geoscience and Land Surveying, PLLC.  He is a private pilot, and has published a number of papers and articles dealing with geology, land management, and land surveying.  Kyle began performing on the french horn again in 1994 after a 23 year break from the instrument.  He has studied with Marjorie Seymour, hornist with the 
Doansburg Chamber Ensemble, and performs with the Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra, as well as the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
JEN SEELAUS, Trombonist began her musical studies at the age of 11 as a violinist in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She played throughout school, and at the age of 16 Jen moved to the brass section to play trombone in the marching band at Palmdale High School in California.  She performed with the Tournament of Roses Honor Band twice, and continued to pursue her trombone studies throughout her early college years.  She marched with the Lancer Marching Band while attending Pasadena City College, and formed the AVC Marching Marauders while attending Antelope Valley College.  The Marauders performed at a variety of events, including the Doo-Dah Parade and the B2 Bomber roll-out.  Jen and her family moved to Pocatello, Idaho upon graduation from AVC with an AA degree in music.  She completed here BA degree in philosophy in Idaho, and eventually moved to Norwalk, Connecticut to be closer to Karl, whom she married shortly thereafter in Niagara Falls.  Jen joined the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA upon relocating to the Brewster area.  She continues her pursuit of music through the orchestra.
MARSHALL KIDDER, Trumpeter started his musical career at age six as a boy soprano soloist in the Federal Church in Wilder, Vermont where his father was organist.  By age nine he was studying piano, and he had begun cornet studies (borrowing his uncle's instrument) by age ten.  Marshall studied with James Phoenix, lead trumpeter and soloist with the National Coast Guard Band, until graduating from college.  Marshall was student conductor of his grammar school band.  He has sung twice as section leader with his high school's State Championship a capella choir, and was principal trumpeter in both the school band and orchestra.  He has sung at the old Metropolitan Opera, and has played two operatic performances as a member of the pit orchestra in the same hall.  Marshall entered Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1948, and took a job upon graduation with DuPont.  While in college, he performed as lead trumpeter and soloist for the concert band, and was also a member of the college's 16-piece "Big Band".  He was student conductor of the concert band for two years, and sang in the local church choir and college glee club.  Marshall played professionally throughout college, performing with the Worcester Little Symphony and the Hayward-Wakefield Concert Band.  He also performed twice with the Boston Pops.  Marshall took a break from serious performance between 1960 and 1972 while he and Mary Lou were raising their two daughters.  He joined the Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra after relocating to Mahopac, and has been performing with the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA since 1981, and has been singing with the Taghanic Chorale since 1982.
The percussion instruments are varied in their tonal qualities, construction, and performance characteristics. The percussion section is the heartbeat of the orchestra, providing a sense of regularity in rhythm and tempo.  Percussionists in the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA include students, avocational musicians, professionals, and retired professionals.  All are accomplished in their own right.
PERCUSSION SECTION
STEVEN MacDOUGALL, Percussionist is married and the father of two.  He lives in Lake Carmel and is employed by the Town of Kent in the Parks and Recreation Department.  Steve has studied drums and percussion with John Arrucci, the percussion instructor at Princeton University.  He performs with the Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra as well as the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.  He plays drums each Sunday with the First Baptist Church of Brewster's House of Praise Worship Team.
The keyboard instruments include the piano, organ, harp, harpsichord and celeste.  This section perfoms with a wide range of ensemble configurations.  The instruments can perform as soloists or as accompaniment to the remainder of the orchestra.  Keyboard players in the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA include students, avocational musicians, professionals, and retired professionals.  All are accomplished in their own right.
THE KEYBOARD SECTION
Keyboard players for the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are multi-talented and versatile.  Jane Morgan, a physicist, performs for the orchestra on keyboard, as well as being a talented percussionist.  Martin Sturzenbecker is an accomplished organist, and has also assisted the orchestra by conducting on special occassions.  Alex Baldenko, a talented student at the Carmel High School performs as a pianist as well as assisting in the percussion section.
The PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs a regular schedule of concerts featuring repertoire selected especially for the ensemble which is to perform.  Some of the performances feature soloists who may or may not be regular members of the orchestra.  The orchestra performs with these soloists presenting works that clearly demonstrate the skill and breadth of talent hosted by the orchestra.

The orchestra has also performed commissioned works, and works specifically orchestrated for community orchestras.  PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA was presented with the opportunity to honor Otto Luening on the occassion of his 90th birthday by playing  a portion of his Symphonic Fantasias which had been composed with community orchestras in mind.  The orchestra played the premier performance of Rituals by Elizabeth Bell, a local composer, in 1988.

Guest conductors also make special appearances with the PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.  Linda Bouchard led the orchestra in 1970 as they performed Fanorev, which she had written and dedicated to the victims of AIDS.

The orchestra has also performed in association with the local school system to incorporate participation by students who were not members of the orchestra.  The group's 1994 performances of Peter and the Wolf was narrated by Jane Alexander, and student dancers acted the parts in the story.
SPECIAL APPEARANCES
PUTNAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
P.O. Box 534
Carmel, NY  10512
914-924-8925
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Hillary Albert, Secretary
putnamsymphony@comcast.net
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Putnam Symphony String Section
Robert Baseman - Concert Master
Putnam Symphony Woodwind Section
Kyle Kayler - Principal French Horn
We have a drumline
Brass and woodwinds are here too
Color guard - we wish
The Brass Section
The Trumpets
The Low Brass
Alanna Smith - Harpist
Nicole Summers - Richard DiRusso - Linda Meo
Kimberly Riesdorph - Clarinetist
Tamara Caputo - Flutist