Double Bass

As a performer, Bradley Aikman has experience in symphonic, opera, and ballet repertoires with New York City’s premier ensembles, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet. Other orchestral appearances include the Minnesota and Sarasota Orchestras, and the Pittsburgh Symphony.  He is also the principal bass of the Albany Symphony in New York, and a member of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

French Horn

Choral, University Choir


Leelanee Sterrett is the third horn of the New York Philharmonic and joined the orchestra in June 2013. She was previously a regular substitute musician with the Philharmonic; a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; and a fellow of Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates. In recent seasons, Sterrett has made solo appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and with her Philharmonic colleagues at the 2014 International Horn Symposium in London.

Double Bass

Assistant Director of University Bands and Athletic Bands, Brass Ensemble, Rutgers Symphony Band, Pep Band

James Busuito is a member of the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is the assistant director of Athletic Bands. He is an instructor for the Marching Scarlet Knights and Pep Bands, and he conducts the Rutgers University Symphony Band and Brass Ensemble.


Associate Director of University Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, Rutgers Symphonic Winds, Concert Band

Composition and Music Theory

Scott Ordway (1984, Santa Cruz, CA) is a composer, conductor, and an assistant professor of Composition and Theory at Rutgers University. From 2017–19, he will be a fellow at American Opera Projects in New York City. His work is multidisciplinary, fusing instrumental and vocal music with original text, video, digital soundscape, and experimental theater to explore a diverse array of contemporary themes including natural landscape, protest and revolution, and the lives of cities.


Nicholas Chong joined the Rutgers faculty in Fall 2017, having previously served as TOMS Core Faculty Fellow and Lecturer in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. At Columbia Chong taught “Contemporary Civilization,” a “great books” seminar for undergraduates covering chronologically diverse texts in political philosophy, intellectual history, and social thought.