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     Welcome to the Living Tree Chamber Trio webpage!

Our next performance is at the Carnegie Room, Nyack Library in Nyack New York Sunday, April 15, 2012.

Masterpieces by Living Composers

Apr 15, Sun | 7:30 pm: Dennis Dougherty

Clarinetist Dennis Dougherty and friends perform "Masterpieces by Living Composers" - music by Lampkin, Waltzer, Baier, Skolnik, Vollinger, Dougherty, and Tyspin.



Mikhail Svetlov, bass (Metropolitan Opera)
Jennifer Cece, soprano
Katherine Harris, soprano
Peter Tarsio, Dennis Dougherty, piano
Olga Dusheina-Dougherty, violin (Hudson Valley Phil)
Vladimir Tsypin, violin (New York Phil.)
Avron Coleman, cello (New York Phil & Hawthorne Symphony)
Dennis Dougherty, clarinet (Hawthorne Symphony)
Yuris Gute, viola (Hawthorne Symphony)
Rosemary Waltzer, horn (Hawthorne Symphony)
Matthew Baier, guitar

Jennifer Cece, soprano, Rosemary Waltzer, French horn, and Dennis Dougherty, clarinet, have joined creative forces to promote the work of contemporary composers and their own new works. Traditional chamber groups which include voice will very often include piano.  Rare it is to combine voice, french horn and clarinet, but, it works!

Left - Rosemary WaltzerHorn, Center - Jennifer Cece, Soprano, 
Right - Dennis Dougherty, Clarinet, just after our Morning Music Club, Rockland County, N.Y., October 13, 2009 performance, in this photo below:


The mission of our avante-garde classical chamber trio, Living Tree,
is to perform works of new composers, especially living composers
of the 20th and 21st century.  What’s more, collectively we strive
through our music to convey our interest in respecting our environment, appreciating nature, and exercising compassion for all living things, especially animals.
We hope that through the music of Living Tree our messages will branch out beyond the performance space to connect, support and inspire like minded others.

Living Tree is proud to have not one, but, two living composers
amongst us, Rosemary Waltzer and Dennis Dougherty. 
Our French horn player, Rosemary Waltzer has been inspired
by the poetry of Native Americans to compose lovely,
lyrical music for Living Tree.

Composer Rosemary Waltzer has been the primary energy behind
generating original music for the trio's three instruments to play as an
ensemble.  Waltzer, has recently premiered her composition, 
Songs of the Wind,  at Park-Art Studio and Performance Space, 
in mid-town Manhattan, (April 2008) with the trio. 
Also on the program was an original work for solo clarinet
called Soliloquy 1983 composed by Dennis Dougherty. Please

Our last performance was held October 13, 2009, in Valley Cottage, New York, for the Morning Music Club. The Morning Music Club was founded in 1924 and is the oldest continuously functioning music organization in Rockland County, New York.  For more information please visit

We look forward to giving further details regarding our upcoming
performances schedule planned for Nyack New York, Bergen County, New Jersey, 
Puerto Rico, and in
2014, St. Petersburg, Russia.  We also are proud to raise funds and awareness to help the animals of research and related fields through participation in peace4paws'( special fundraiser concert called Songs of Hope which is for the benefit of our animal heros living in sanctuary at the Kindness Ranch. and other sanctuaries across the country, such as the 2011 Songs of Hope!  

Meet the Artists:

Rosemary Waltzer:  Ms. Waltzer has perfomed as a soloist and as a member of numerous orchestras and chamber groups throughout the United States including the American Wind Symphony and the Florida Symphony.  As principal horn and soloist with orchestras ensembles in the Metropolitan New York area, her affiliations include the Riverside Symphony, Broadway Bach Ensemble, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Hawthorne Symphony, Einstein Symphony, Manor House Woodwind Quintet, Butterfield Brass and many others.  Ms. Waltzer performed  at the Weill Recital Hall. She has previously appeared with the Fine Arts Symphony, Tri-City Symphony, the Lansing, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Symphonies and the Bermuda Philharmonic.  She participates in the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East at Bennington Collge in Vermont as hornist, violinist and composer.  She is the horn coach at the Vermont Music and Arts Symphony.  She is the immediate past president of the Rockland County Music Teachers Guild and resides, composes, and teaches horn, piano, and violin in New City, New York.

Dennis Dougherty: Mr. Dougherty is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned dual degrees in Applied Clarinet and Composition.  His private studies included Keith Stein (Chicago Symphony Orchestra and author of The Art of Clarinet Playing), and John McCaw (Philharmonia Orchestra, London).  In addition to performing regularly with many orchestras in the New York Metropolitan area, Mr. Dougherty's professional career has been marked by various achievements in audio engineering.  He was responsible for the world's first broadcast of a Compact Disc (WFMT, Chicago) and the world's first replay of a live broadcast recorded with PCM (digital) tape (WQXR, New York).  He is an active composer with several chamber works performed in New City, New York,  and New York, New York as well as in  Russia and Argentina.  In recent years he has premiered eight new works by other American composers, two of which were written for him.  Mr. Dougherty is married to professional violinist Olga Dusheina Dougherty from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jennifer Cece, soprano: Ms. Cece’s musical studies include attending University of Richmond with vocal scholarship, and a Masters in Music in classical Vocal Performance at New Jersey City University. She was the first place winner in a NATS 2000 opera competition. She is certified in Somatic Voicework™ and studied with the acclaimed founder Jeannie LoVetri. 


In addition to teaching music, Ms. Cece performs chamber music, opera, musical theatre and vaudeville. She has premiered the work of many new composers.  Favorite performances include Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Vivaldi festivals with Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, and Gesualdo at the Dramatists Guild, N.Y.C., Camelot at the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA., Rapunzel in Rapunzel at the Papermill Playhouse (the state theatre of New Jersey) and Nine where she played the role of Carla.  Most recently she has performed with the North Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She just finished a performance of Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate in Nyack, New York for the annual Concert of Remembrance a tribute to 9/11 victims. Upcoming opera roles include Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, at the Lincoln Center New York Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium with the New York Opera Forum. And in February 2010, Ms. Cece will sing with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra in a concert called Romantic Arias.  


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