The Musicians

David Maglione

David Maglione is a New Jersey-based writer, musical director, and orchestrator. As composer, his projects include Under Six, The Comedy of Errors, and Wendy’s Shadow (with Tomas Ruiz). As composer/lyricist and librettist: The Only Way Out, Martin and Meelo and most recently The Most Incredible Thing. In 2015-2016, he attended the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as a composer. Maglione works as a music director and accompanist regionally. Some of his favorite shows as MD: Next to Normal, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, and The Bridges of Madison County, to name a few. When musically directing, Dave approaches a project with a collaborative and focused spirit. He prioritizes the integrity of the material while making decisions that bring out the performers and musicians’ best. David-maglione.me

Music Supervisor and Music Director - Pippin : She Loves Me : Man of La Mancha : Beehive: The '60s Musical

Walter Bobby McCoy

Walter “Bobby” McCoy is an award winning Music Director for Musical Theatre. Music Direction credits include—WASHINGTON DC: Miss You Like Hell, Annie-Piano Conductor (Olney Theatre Center); Legally Blonde (2020 HH WINNER, Outstanding Musical Direction) (Keegan Theatre); A New Brain, A Civil War Christmas, Fly By Night (2019 HH Nom), Old Wicked Songs (2016 HH Nom), Bat Boy, Altar Boyz (1st Stage Tyson’s); Little Shop of Horrors (2020 HH Nom), Aida (2019 HH Nom), The Wild Party (2018 HH Nom) (Constellation Theatre); FAME: The Musical, In The Heights: in Spanish (2018 HH WINNER, Outstanding Musical Direction) (GALA Hispanic Theatre); Into the Woods, In The Heights (Montgomery College); Blues in The Night (2018 HH Nom), Ruthless, Caroline or Change (Creative Cauldron); Always Patsy Cline, A Christmas Story, My Fair Lady, Mame (Riverside Center); Urinetown (Monumental Theatre). Bobby is currently on the faculties of The Theatre Lab, Levine Music, and The Madeira School.

Music Director - The World Goes 'Round

Erika Ji

Erika Ji is a Chinese American cross-genre musical storyteller. As a conductor, pianist, and vocalist, Erika has performed on national TV for CBS Sunday Morning, at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, and for house concerts across the country. As a composer, her work has been featured off-Broadway and around the world by Broadway’s Future Songbook at Lincoln Center, the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Nadia Boulanger Institute, and the Musical Theatre Factory at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. Most recently, she and her collaborator Clare Bierman were winners of the 2021 New Voices Project for their immersive circus experience VISARE. A Tisch Fellow at the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Erika grew up in California, studied computer science and philosophy at Stanford University, organized the Viennese Ball in San Francisco, and built products at Dropbox before deciding to follow the music.

Assistant Music Director - Pippin , She Loves Me, Man of La Mancha

Themba Pieterse

Themba Pieterse grew up in the capital region. Graduating from Albany High School in 2020. After graduating he attended McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He then transferred to the Manhattan School of Music where he will start this fall under the tutelage of New York Philharmonic trumpeter, Ethan Bensdorf. During high school Themba played with the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 he was accepted to play in NYSSMA Allstate and preformed in Rochester at the Eastman School of Music. During the Covid-19 Pandemic Themba preformed nightly on his roof for his neighbors in Albany. He played songs of hope such as “We Shall Overcome” and “What a Wonderful World.” It provided a sense of community in a time when it was needed most.

Trumpet

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony is thrilled to be a part of the 2021 season at Mac- Haydn Theatre. Originally from Brooklyn, NY Anthony is an international touring reed doubler. Most recently he joined the 1st national tour of the Spongebob musical and previously played an international run of Phantom of the opera in Jakarta, Indonesia as their oboe/eng horn player in 2013. When not on tour Anthony resides in Chicago, IL playing for musicals and local events. For more information please check out Anthony’s website www.anthonymrodriguez.com and follow on Instagram @anthony.m.rodriguez

Reeds

Cyndy Elliot

Cyndy Elliott (bass) is delighted to be joining the orchestra at the Mac-Haydn Theatre this summer. Based in the Washington DC area, she has performed and recorded shows at numerous theaters around town, including Olney Theater, Gala Hispanic Theater, Constellation Theater, and the Kennedy Center. Highlights from the past year include Pippin, Les Miserables, Runaways, Urinetown, and The Last Five Years. Cyndy played bass for the national tour of Meet Me in St. Louis, subbed on the national tour of Sister Act, and spent 4 years on the road playing bass with the 1940s big band show In the Mood. She is an active freelancer in the DC area, performing with orchestras, big bands, and chamber ensembles, along with being co-leader of the jazz octet Swingtopia, and her new group, Trio Speevy. Cyndy has a M.M. in jazz studies from the University of Maryland.

Bass

Andres Vahos

Andres Vahos is a freelance drummer, percussionist, and educator based in the New York City Metropolitan area. From ballet orchestras to hip-hop acts, Andres enjoys playing many styles of music on a regular basis. He has been heard at Carnegie Hall, on PBS National Broadcasts, and in performances receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times. Andres has also performed as a drum/percussion substitute in the Off-Broadway productions ‘Cyrano’ (starring Peter Dinklage), and ‘For Colored Girls…’ at the Public Theater. Andres takes great pride in teaching all ages and abilities through his private percussion and drum studio, presentations, and clinics along the East Coast. His students have achieved high honors in New York State and have gone onto acclaimed institutions such as the Juilliard Pre-College Program and top university percussion programs.

Drummer/Percussionist

Lucy Ritter

Born and raised in the vibrant music scene of New York and New Jersey, Lucy began playing drums at just 9 years old. Her passion for drumset flourished through high school where she studied at the Eastman School of Music and NYU Steinhardt. In addition, Lucy was awarded a full scholarship to the NJYS Jazz Quorum. Over a decade since her first pair of sticks, Lucy is currently studying at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Amidst her studies, Lucy is the drummer for the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers where she tours, records, and performs across the country. Lucy is also an audio engineer for Keep Making Music, a professional video and audio production company. Lucy uses these skills to write and produce music for many independent artists. Lucy also maintains a busy private teaching schedule and church drumming rotation. Lucy is thrilled to be with the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Drums

Jane Sycks

Jane Sycks is a New York-based trumpet player originally from Ohio. She is experienced in many styles of music, including musical theater, jazz, orchestral, and chamber music. Pre-pandemic Jane was on tour with “Chicago” the Musical. She has also had the opportunity to play for theaters and on cruise ships around the country and the world. She received her Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her Masters in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington. Jane is currently working as a freelance musician in New York City and is very excited to join the Mac Haydn Theatre for their productions of “World Goes Round” and “Beehive”!

Trumpet

Andrew Stickman

Andrew Stickman studied classical guitar at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated in 2012. He teaches private lessons, music theory, music history, and group classes at the Omaha Conservatory of music since 2014. In 2016 he began teaching guitar classes at Saint Augustine Indian mission school in Winnebago Nebraska and hosts a concert fundraiser for the program every year. His group the Omaha Guitar trio’s music can be found on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and many other streaming platforms. He also plays in a tribute band called The Album Party that plays full length albums, including Ziggy Stardust, purple rain, born in the USA, stop making sense, loaded, are we not men we are Devo, and Sports. Andrew is a composer and arranger of instrumental guitar music.

Guitar

Emalina Thompson

A Los Angeles native, Emalina Thompson has over 15 years of experience in the music industry. She received her B.M. in Music Education and Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in Long Beach California and then moved out to New Jersey in 2012 to complete a Masters in Horn Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. As well as being a freelance Hornist, Emalina teaches privately and group classes. On top of all of her musical endeavors, Emalina is the Associate Director of Admissions for Mason Gross School of the Arts and recruits talented artists from all over the country. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and being a loving cat mom to her fur baby Cory.

French Horn

Nate Huvard

Nate Huvard is a guitarist, composer/arranger, and educator based in New York City. He is a versatile performer with experience playing jazz, classical, old-time, folk, hip-hop/R&B, rock and pop music, new music, and early music. Nate also plays tenor banjo, mandolin, renaissance lute, and theorbo, and has played in countless large ensembles including the Pittsburgh Opera, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and over 70 musical theater pit orchestras. Nate received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina (2016); a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the Yale School of Music on a full tuition fellowship (2019); and a Master of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music on a full tuition fellowship (2020). He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.​