To the News Enterprise:
As the person who incorporated Adirondack Ensemble and served as its violinist and director between 1995 to 2003, it is misleading to publish a historical column about Adirondack Ensemble without interviewing me or recognizing me by name (see “Music in the Mountains” - May 30, 2012).
Multiple resources exist, such as documents and stories that support my role developing Adirondack Ensemble and the opportunities I created for other musicians to visit and perform in North Creek. I selected and introduced all Adirondack Ensemble musicians to the Adirondack community.
Unfortunately, the author's long-standing bias or grudge against me skews objectivity, and stems in part from my recruiting him and later requesting his resignation as a member of the Adirondack Ensemble Board of Directors. I requested his resignation in part for not supporting my vision as the group's leader, and more importantly, demonstrating a lack of professional leadership as president among the entire Board membership.
The author should have recused himself from this particular assignment because of his conflict of interest. Considering that the author writes about Tannery Pond, it is astounding not to mention how a few Upper Hudson Musical Arts advocates were the same individuals opposed to the Tannery Pond Community Center development. The author chooses not to mention this fact.
The author also fails to mention significant contributions made by my friend Dennis Jeter, and without Mr. Jeter, the public would have never met Michael "Spike" Wilner, procured Wynton Marsalis as member of the Advisory Board, received the benefits of a Harry Connick Jr. concert or listened to the Steinway piano located in Wevertown.
I personally performed almost 250 classical chamber music concerts and negotiated them to occur in approximately 32 communities within the Adirondack Park. I founded and organized the multi-week Adirondack Music Camp for children. We implemented multiple weeks of school programs called Music Matters! I established grants with New York State Council on the Arts: Professional Performance category. Two of the "member" musicians lived out-of-state, but I was a productive member living in the Town of Johnsburg community. I fundraised tens of thousands of dollars for the North Creek Fire Department to buy a new fire truck and gear and helped raise money and awareness for the Town of Johnsburg Library and Gore Mountain Chamber of Commerce.
The non-for-profit corporate business model I selected in 1995 to operate Adirondack Ensemble proved to be a Catch-22 situation for me as a professional artist. I enjoyed the opportunity to develop audiences and programs and fundraise with a 501(c)3 entity; however I did not own the company and ultimately the Board of Directors (and former disgruntled members) conspired to force me out without warning.
With the help of a local attorney, I negotiated to receive the name Adirondack Ensemble and artistic mission, and the remaining few directors assumed the name Upper Hudson Musical Arts to present diverse programming (not chamber music) along with the Adirondack Ensemble non-profit status, financial accounts and audiences that I developed over multiple years. It was agreed that I would continue developing Adirondack Ensemble as a community-based chamber music ensemble but the "new" board of directors programmed chamber music concerts within a week upon changing the name. They lied to me.
Today my career thrives in Vermont. My time is limited to performing and my family. I own Burlington Ensemble (www.burlingtonensemble.com). I suggest that Mr. Pearsall stick to investment banking and write less about history.
Founder, Adirondack Ensemble