The Doansburg Chamber Ensemble is comprised of young, accomplished, professional musicians who, along with several guest artists, annually present a concert series of outstanding musicianship. Join us in our 20th consecutive season of quality performances.
Whether you drive or choose to ride the Harlem or the Hudson line, avail yourself of a thoroughly delightful afternoon or evening of splendid music performed by the talented and world-famous musicians of the Doansburg Chamber Ensemble. The Ensemble now enters its 20th year with concerts to be presented in both Brewster and Cold Spring, New York. The intelligent, upbeat performances are brought out by the Ensemble’s talented musicians with vitality, energy, and artistry in a charming, rural church setting.
Bring the whole family, and enjoy performances of all-Irish favorites for St. Patrick’s Day, chamber ensembles throughout the summer, and the Ensemble’s chamber orchestra on the Labor Day weekend.
Christine Smith, Flutist holds a BFA Degree from SUNY at Stonybrook. She is a 1981 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Pre-College Division, and she holds a Master Degree in Education. She has also received a Certificate of Commendation for Meritorious Achievement from the School of Orchestral Studies.
Christine has toured England with the Stonybrook Wind Ensemble, and has performed at Paul Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. She regularly performs as a soloist with the Doansburg Chamber Ensemble, of which she is a charter member. Her solo appearances have also included performances for U.S. Forest Service personnel at the Harding Ice Field in Alaska.
She has performed at Grace Church in White Plains on their Noontime Series, as well as performing with the St. Peter’s Chamber Orchestra. Christine is currently conductor of the Putnam Symphony Orchestra, and she is the conductor of a number of vocal ensembles. Her principal teachers have been Alan Cox, Jeff Khamer, Samuel Baron, and Julius Baker.
Joy Plaisted, Harpist, has performed with the Doansburg Chamber Ensemble since 1989. She also performs with New York Grand Opera, the Berkshire Opera Company, and the Albany Symphony. Ms. Plaisted can be heard playing for afternoon tea at the St. Regis Hotel and the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
She plays regularly at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco as a Hospital Certified Harp Therapist, following her interests in the therapeutic effects of music. Her harp career has taken her on adventures from Iceland to China, and she has performed for notables that include Jim and Tammy Bakker, Leona Helmsley, Imelda Marcos, the Queen of Thailand, and the Iranian rock star, Dariush.
Ms. Plaisted received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, she attended the Geneva Conservatory for postgraduate studies, and she received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. She received her degree as a Hospital Certified Harp Therapist after studying at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.