Bass

Michael Egan
Principal

Michael Egan has been principle Double Bass of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony since 1990. Mike performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center over 50 times. Previous orchestras he has performed with include N.J. State Opera, N.J. Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Masterworks Choir Orchestra, Hoboken Chamber Orchestra, and dozens more in the NYC region. Mike played in Mexico for two years with the Orchestra of the State of Mexico and the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides playing with conductors and performers like Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, Gary Graffman ,Guarneri Quartet, Earl Wild, Jamie Laredo, Sharon Robinson, John Denver, Ray Charles, the Moody Blues and recording at NFL Films… Mike also played for 2 US Presidents, and Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome

Mike opened Egan String Repair in 2003 which is a quality musical string instrument repair shop in Gibbsboro, NJ.  Repair work includes anything from major instrument restorations to minor repair such as gluing open seams and cracks making or adjusting bridges, soundposts, fingerboards, pegs, tailpieces, endpins… Clients range from members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, local orchestras, colleges, universities, high schools, grade schools and amateurs.  I have had the opportunity to see and inspect many fine instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri del Jesu, Amati, Ceruti, Cavani, Panormo and other important makers. I did major work and restoration on Grancinos, Fosters, Charles Albert, Gofriller, Tecchler, Dodd and most recently on a 400 year old Maggini double bass. There are numerous other German, French, Chinese… in my shop. I began apprenticing in 1991 until 2002 when I started my own business.

Michael studied Double Bass with Julius Levine, on faculty at Columbia University, Peabody Conservatory, and other universities. While at Glassboro State College he studied with Curtis Buriss, a former member of Philadelphia Orchestra and Robert Cerulli.

Michael Egan received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music from Glassboro State College,  now Rowan University in 1976. 


Lesa Hornaday-Kurtz
Assistant

Lesa Hornaday-Kurtz attended and was principal double bassist at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and as Valedictorian with a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance.  While at UArts, Ms. Hornaday-Kurtz was on the Dean’s list each semester and was awarded Alumni Association Scholarships.  She has studied for nearly a decade with Neil Courtney, retired Associate Principal Bass with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Lesa has participated in double bass sectionals and master classes with Henry Scott and Peter Lloyd, both of the Philadelphia Orchestra

As a professional, Ms. Hornaday-Kurtz has performed under the baton of Klaus Tennstedt, Charles Dutoit, Peter Nero, Rosalind Erwin, Sean Deibler, Sidney Rothstein, Jed Gaylin, Andrew Constantine and others.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music and Merriam Theater, with groups such as The Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly Pops, Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Kennett Symphony, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Pennsylvania Pro Musica, Jubilate Deo Chorale & Orchestra, Wayne Oratorio Society and The Philadelphia Boys Choir.  Lesa is currently in her seventeenth year as Assistant Principal Bass of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.  She also performs with Reading Symphony Orchestra and is a freelance artist in the tri-state area.


Richard A. Kurtz

Rich is the Owner/Recording Engineer at Cadence Music Inc.  He is an ASCAP licensed writer, who has composed scores for regional, national and international clients.  Along with his proficient skills as a sound engineer, Rich is also one of the most experienced bassists working today, having performed thousands of live and recorded appearances.  He has performed with top artists such as Jackie Evancho, Ray Charles, George Benson, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Cetera, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein, Andrea Bocelli and Shirley Bassey, appearing with Ms. Bassey at Carnegie Hall.  He also performs with Bay-Atlantic Symphony.   Rich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Education.