Audrey J. Edelstein
Audrey J. Edelstein is a conductor, bassoonist, and vocalist in the New York metropolitan area. Ms. Edelstein is the Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of Queens, and regularly conducts on their concerts. She has guest conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, the Queens College Orchestra, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Yonkers Philharmonic, and the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, among other ensembles in NYC. She is comfortable in any genre, and her diverse repertoire spans from symphonies to L’Historie du Soldat to Damn Yankees.
Ms. Edelstein completed her Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music under the tutelage of Maestro Maurice Peress and Maestra Tong Chen. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Swarthmore College, studying conducting with Andrew Hauze. At Swarthmore, she conducted the world premiere of The Royal Singer, a children’s opera by Thomas Whitman, among other collaborative projects.
Assistant to the Conductor
Dr. Barbara Podgurski
A native of New York, Dr. Barbara Podgurski holds a DMA in piano performance from The Graduate Center (CUNY) as well as a BM in piano performance and an MM in both piano performance and music theory from the Mannes College of Music.
Dr. Podgurski has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe and has performed at many of the world’s finest venues including a number of performances at Carnegie Hall. She has been featured in numerous television and radio broadcasts, including appearances on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase, WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, NPR, WPLN Nashville’s “Live from Studio C,” WQED and numerous others. Dr. Podgurski was recently featured on a television documentary for NHK in Japan with her touring partner violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and the famed “Red” Mendelssohn Stradivarius. She has worked with members of the Metropolitan Opera, San Fransisco Opera, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. Past collaborations with renowned artists include violinists Philippe Graffin and the late Lorand Fenyves, flutist Harold Jones, clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianists Diane Walsh and Seymour Lipkin, and cellists Manfred Stilz, Marcy Rosen and the late Paul Tobias.
Dr. Podgurski has premiered numerous new works including a commission of a concerto by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Walker which she premiered with the Queens Symphony Orchestra in NY. Dr. Podgurski is currently the Executive and Artistic Director of Musica Reginae Productions in NYC. She is also the Artistic Director of NIAM (the Nantucket Island Arts and Music Summer Festival). She is a member of the Lexington Piano Trio (with violinist Cyrus Beroukhim and cellist Arash Amini) as well as the Barbad Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble based in Astoria, Queens, NY. A former faculty member at The Mannes College of Music and Hunter College, Barbara is currently on the faculty of Mercy College, the RiverArts Music Program in Hudson Valley, and is a consultant for the Board of Education for both New York City and State. Barbara’s 2012-15 touring schedule includes concerts throughout the continental US and Caribbean.
Patty joined OSQ at the urging of her husband - she hadn't sung in public since high school. She joined the Board of Directors and soon after was honored to serve as OSQ President for nine years. Patty owns a multi-faceted party planning business in Queens. "Singing and parties - who has it better than me!"