Crane Alumni Festival Orchestra | Phil Preddice ('73), Conductor

Phil Preddice '73 studied viola with Lamar Alsop, Theodore Isreal, and Maurice Baritaud. His conducting studies were carefully guided by Professor Brock McElheran. Performances under the batons of Eugene Ormandy, James Levine, Stanley Chappel, Howard Hanson, Christopher Keene, and Aaron Copland inspired Mr. Preddice to reach for new heights as a conductor.

Mr. Preddice frequently conducts State, Regional, and Summer Festival Orchestras. He worked for many years as the Principal Conductor of the New York State Summer School of the Arts String Orchestra in Saratoga. This orchestra is administered by the New York State Education Department, and is coached by principal members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Preddice is the current and founding conductor of the Suffolk Principal Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York. Carnegie Hall performances under Mr. Preddice’s baton have met with rave reviews and standing ovations.

Mr. Preddice is a past President of the Suffolk County Music Educator’s Association, a past Executive Board member of Long Island String Festival Association, and a past Vice President of the New York State American String Teacher’s Association. He is currently retired from a career of 38 years as Orchestra director in the Commack, Shoreham-Wading River, and Three Village school districts.

Mr. Preddice is the recipient of the 2000 Helen Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award, granted by the Alumni Association of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

Music is always being played in the Preddice household. Wife Susan '73, daughter Alisa, son Jon, and daughter Leanne '85 are all Music Teachers and active local musicians. The Preddice Family String Quartet plays for brides and grooms throughout the Long Island and the Metropolitan NYC area.

When he is not conducting, Mr. Preddice can frequently be found fishing on a quiet Adirondack pond or surf casting the rocky shoals of Montauk.
   
Shoshana Hershkowitz '98 holds degrees in music education and vocal performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She is an artist in residence at Stony Brook University, where she conducts the Stony Brook Chorale and Camerata Singers, and teaches voice for the Pre-College Music Program. From 1999-2009, Mrs. Hershkowitz taught at Commack High School, where she directed mixed and women’s choirs. As a guest conductor, Mrs. Hershkowitz has conducted choirs for the Vermont Music Educators Association, Nassau Music Educators Association, Suffolk County Music Educators Association, Hamptons Music Educators Association, Three Village schools, and Eastern U.S. Music Camp. As a clinician, Mrs. Hershkowitz has presented workshops for NYSCAME, SCMEA, and the Balanced Mind Conference, as well as with school choirs and choral directors across Long Island. As a singer, she performs with the EVoco Voice Collective, a semi professional choral ensemble.