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Shelagh Abate

Summer Brass Intensive Faculty

Born on Long Island NY, Shelagh Abate completed her musical studies in New England.  After finishing her BA at Boston College, she went on to receive her MM at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her GD at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she studied with Gus Sebring.  Abate spent five years as a busy and versatile freelance musician in the Boston area performing with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, the Greg Hopkins Nonet and all of New England's regional orchestras.  Abate has held the position of Principal Horn with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jaime Laredo, since 1999.  She is also principal of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and City Music Cleveland, directed by James Gaffigan.  In 2005, Abate moved home to New York, where she was hired into the original Broadway orchestra of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White.  She has been freelancing in New York ever since.  She currently performs regularly on many Broadway shows, including Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.  Abate has made several live and television appearances with Barry Manilow, including A&E's Live! by Request, Good Morning America and a PBS special set to air in fall 2011.  In addition, Abate can be heard on Trey Anastasio's self-titled solo CD on Elektra Records.  She has performed live with Ian Anderson, Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton John and many other noted artists.

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