Founded in 1962, the Children’s Orchestra Society (COS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “teaching children the language of music” and presenting them in concerts. Launched in 1994 by Music Director Michael Dadap as a bridge to the professional community, the Discovery Concert features the most advanced orchestra of COS, the Young Symphonic Ensemble (YSE), whose members are ages 10 to 18. Having released several CDs and toured East Asia, U.S. cities, London and Edinburgh, Scotland, YSE has performed with cellists Eric Jacobsen, Yo-Yo Ma, Hai-Ye Ni and Sharon Robinson; clarinetists David Shifrin and Richard Stoltzman; flutists Paula Robison and Eugenia Zukerman; pianists Emanuel Ax, Helen Huang, Li Jian, Cecile Licad and Orli Shaham; violinists Sarah Chang, Stephanie Chase, Chee-Yun, Soovin Kim, Jaime Laredo and Cho-Liang Lin; and violist Michael Tree. COS annually highlights one of its own talented members through its Discovery Competition.
Michael Dadap, music director of COS since 1984, made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a classical guitarist in 1974 and has since performed internationally. Among Mr. Dadap’s solo guitar recordings, Intimate Guitar Classics was featured as Album of the Month on WQXR in February 1990. He lectures worldwide on the Bandurria, a plucked chordophone from Spain that is similar to the mandolin, and his compositions have received numerous recognitions. Among them, Handurawan Dance Suite won the Asian-American Alliance for the Arts Award and was premiered by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble in 1988. He was honored with the 2006 Award for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Malacañan Palace in Manila.
Scott Feltman has been playing double bass for nine years, studying under Kageki Nagao, Ph.D. for eight years. Now in his fourth season with The Children’s Orchestra Society and his first with the New York Youth Symphony, the Syosset High School senior is ranked in the 99th percentile nationwide in mathematics and science and has been selected twice to participate in the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) All-State Orchestra.
Clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. His solo appearances include performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall. An avid chamber musician, Jon Manasse has been featured with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and in tours of Japan and Southeast Asia. A graduate of The Juilliard School and student of David Weber, Mr. Manasse was a top prize winner of the 36th International Competition for Clarinet in Munich and the youngest winner of the International Clarinet Society Competition. He is associate professor of clarinet at the Eastman School and The Juilliard School. He serves as co-artistic director of The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and is a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren Artist.