meet our director: phil gelfer
Mr. Gelfer received his undergraduate music training at Denison University and Conservatory in Granville, Ohio. He completed his Master’s Degree at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook and has been teaching strings for thirty two years on Long Island. Mr. Gelfer is currently the director of Orchestras at Gelinas Junior High School in the Three Village Central School District. He has also served as musical director for the Gelinas Theater Company for over 10 years.
Mr. Gelfer is a sought-after guest conductor and clinician in the tri-state area. He has conducted area All State Orchestras in Oneonta, N.Y., Orange County, N.Y., Clifton Park, N.Y., New Jersey and Maryland, as well as regional All County Festivals throughout the East Coast. Mr. Gelfer’s orchestras have received A+ and gold with distinction ratings at N.Y.S.S.M.A. Majors and at various invitational festivals throughout the Northeast.
Mr. Gelfer is the founder and former director of the Brookhaven Youth Orchestra and Arts Academy. This was a community based Arts center that served hundreds of students and adults on Eastern Long Island. Mr. Gelfer was asked to bring this group to Carnegie Hall to perform with Maestro Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops Orchestra.
Mr. Gelfer also enjoys a busy performance career. He is first violinist and founder of the Ascot Affair String Quartet. He enjoys playing traditional Irish and Bluegrass music with various groups in the New York area. He currently plays fiddle, mandolin, and guitar with the country rock group Six Gun on Long Island. With Six Gun, he has toured Finland and the Soviet Union with the Wild West Rodeo Show. Mr. Gelfer can be heard on many recordings, performing with Six Gun as well as many local and national recording artists. He has also produced recording sessions for many artists in the Tri-State area.
Mr. Gelfer’s most recent project is the creation and development of the Brookhaven Art and Music Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras where he works with talented students from all parts of Long Island. This program services students of all ages, disciplines and abilities that includes performance ensembles, group instrumental and vocal lessons as well as student internships.