2017-2018 series

Mark your calendars for WHMS’s first concert of the year on Sunday November 5, at 5pm at the Hebrew Tabernacle! We will welcome the winds of fall with two exceptional wind players: Judith Mendenhall, flute and Roni Gal-Ed, oboe. They both have lived in Washington Heights for years and are world-class musicians. Our new artistic director, Maya Hartman, will accompany on piano. Please check out their bios below. How lucky we are to have such wonderful musicians in our neighborhood!


Program will include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Nielsen and more, and will include a Q and A with the artists after the concert.

New this year: If you are interested in placing an ad for your business in the program, please contact us at info@wahimus.com

Suggested ticket prices are $10/$5 students and seniors at the door, $8/$4 in advance. You can send an email to info@wahimus.com to purchase tickets in advance through venmo or paypal. Ticket sales help cover the cost of venue and artist’s fees. No one will be turned away, and children are always free.


Our artists:


Judith Mendenhall, flutist, has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher. She is the principal

flutist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, a member of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, has appeared in thirteen nationwide “Musicians From Marlboro” tours, has been guest artist with the Cleveland, Emerson, and Mendelssohn String Quartets, and has been presented in solo recital including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and the Schubert Club in St. Paul.

She has been the principal flutist of the New York Chamber Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Grand Teton Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival. Ms Mendenhall was a founding member of the “Music Today” Ensemble under Gerard Schwarz , and a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Aulos Wind Quintet.


Teaching and mentoring are central parts of Ms Mendenhall’s life. She is a strong advocate for robust wind playing. She is the Chair of the Wind Department at Mannes College where she teaches flute and chamber music, and is on the faculty of Queens College.

Summer festivals include the Aria International Summer Academy and the Interlochen Flute Institute on an annual basis, recitals and master classes in Taiwan every two years, the Three Bridges Festival in Duluth, and the Imani Winds Chamber Institute at Lincoln Center.


Ms Mendenhall has recorded for Delos, Columbia, Vox, CRI, Koch, Bridge Records, and the Marlboro Recording Society.



Described as ”one of the finest oboe players in the country” – The Jerusalem Post; ”Expressive, wonderful player” – SZ Magazine, Germany; ”Virtuoso and Elegant” – Double Reed Magazine, Germany; and ”Outstanding” – The New York Times — Roni Gal-Ed is a first prize winner at the International Lauschmann Oboe Competition in Mannheim, Germany, and a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and from the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Gal-Ed has been a regular participant in music festivals around the world, including the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, the PRO Festival Rolandseck, Germany, the Verbier Music Festival, Edinburgh Music Festival, and the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.

Since moving to New York in 2009, Ms. Gal-Ed has become an active oboist. She is a member of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, and plays with prestigious ensembles such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Copland House, and the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble.

Learn more about Roni at www.ronigaled.com


Noted equally for her brilliant performances of contemporary music and her deep understanding of the classics, Maya Hartman has been described as an “Elegant and poetic” pianist with “an extraordinary capacity for producing a beautiful sound” (New York Concert Review). In October 2008 she won the prestigious Pro Musicis International Award, and subsequently played solo recitals in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Pickman Hall, and Salle Cortot in Paris through Pro Musicis France.


Maya Hartman began her studies at age four with her mother and now holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY-Stony Brook as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with high distinction, from Indiana University. She is a recipient of the Theresa Sterne Grant, and also won Second Prize at the 2007 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Competition. Her principal teachers were Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, Leonard Hokanson, and Edward Auer. She lives in New York City where she maintains a busy private teaching studio and has recently become Artistic Director of the Washington Heights Musical Society.

Learn more about Maya at www.mayahartman.com