|Sherry Heffleger Lenich, pianist, has been an Arizona resident for over ten
years. Her high school teacher was Miriam Weiss Heisler, a student of Olga
Samaroff Stokowski, renowned pianist and pedagogue of the early 1900s.
During this time she was the recipient of numerous musical awards and
scholarships and played her debut as a soloist with the Reading Symphony
Orchestra. While earning her Bachelor of Music degree at Ithaca College, she
was a student of Ramon Salvatore and a participant in master classes of Gerald
Moore, Judith Raskin, and Ray Crisara as a collaborative performer.
|After undergraduate studies, Sherry established a large piano studio in Reading, PA, where several
of Mrs. Lenich’s students were finalists with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Pottstown
Symphony Orchestra. Sherry continued to be an active performer and collaborative artist,
appearing on numerous recital series in the area.
In 1983, Sherry began her work at Temple University with Marian Filar, acclaimed pianist and
student of Walter Gieseking. This was the most significant musical influence of her life, working
with Mr. Filar for nearly 10 years. She earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy in
It was during this study period that Sherry performed in a master class with Leon Fleischer.
For five years, Sherry served as accompanist for the Arizona Arts Chorale (AAC) under the
direction of Carolyn Eynon and worked with Doc Severinsen, Robert Moody, and Isola Jones
during this tenure. Sherry continues to teach piano at her studio and serves as pianist and
accompanist at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church in Scottsdale. Most recently, Sherry
served as President of the board of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association.
Sherry lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Marty and son, Jonathan. She is an avid hiker and
hopes to soon join the rest of her family on backpacking trips to Weminuche Wilderness,
Colorado, and Havasupai and Grand Canyons, Arizona. Some of her favorite hiking spots are the
hikes into Bryce Canyon, the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland, Dollhouse in Cataract Canyon, UT,
and the A’wa –a’wa puhi trail on Kauai.
|Washington D.C. born cellist, Ian W Ginsburg has been praised by critics in
Seattle, Atlanta, Phoenix and Charleston S.C for his beautiful sound and thoughtful
interpretations of music from Bach to Bartok. The “Washington Post” said of his
playing; “…he showed an unusual command of the stylistic and technical
difficulties in all that he played…exhibiting a lyrical soaring tone and superb
Mr. Ginsburg gave his professional Debut at the age of 15 with the Baltimore
Symphony after winning the Young Soloists competition there. He went on to study
with Claus Adam, Leslie Parnas, Zara Nelsova and Bernard Greenhouse and
completed his studies with Aldo Parisot at Yale University.
|Ian W. Ginsburg
|After serving as Assistant Principal Cellist in the New Haven Symphony, Ian was Principal Cellist
with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, where he appeared as both soloist and section
leader. Ian then went to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue chamber music as Cellist and Associate Director
of the Atlanta Chamber Players, a full-time touring seven-piece ensemble. While there, Ian was a
founding member and Principal Cellist of the Georgia Sinfonia, a cooperative chamber orchestra and
toured with pianist Paula Peace as a Georgia Council for the Arts sponsored duo. Interested in
pursuing new music for cello, he premiered at the Carter Center a piece for solo cello by Lawrence
Sher, which Ian commissioned with the Carter Center’s Rosalynn Carter.
Always interested in creative writing as well as cello performance, Ian recently moved to Phoenix to
be closer to his screenwriting partner, Arizonan Jane Wells, with whom he has written several major
award-winning screenplays, including “The Last Train,” which is currently in pre-production.
A passionately devoted teacher, Ian has held teaching positions at Emory University (Affiliate Artist
in Residence) and the University of Puget Sound, (Adjunct Professor). He has appeared as Principal
Cellist and featured Artist at the Britt and Grand Teton Music Festivals and also here in Arizona at
the Sedona Chamber Music Festival and at “Chamber Music in the Mountains at Echo Glen.” Ian has
also served as conductor of the Wickenburg Chamber Orchestra and Chorale and as Principal Cellist
of the Mesa Symphony Orchestra and Four Seasons Orchestra. In addition, Ian has been Principal
cellist of the Arizona Chamber Orchestra since the 1999-2000 season and during the 2000 season
performed the Haydn D Major Cello Concerto with the orchestra in a critically acclaimed authentic
edition with his (Mr. Ginsburg’s) own cadenzas.
Ian currently resides in a home in the Estrella Mountains in West Goodyear Arizona with his two big
rescued dogs, Kaz and Zac. In his spare time, Ian enjoys painting (even though he is colorblind), cooking
and working out.