represents Mr. Verbsky's 49th season with the Queens Festival
Orchestra/Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Franklin Verbsky received his B.A. from Queens
College of CUNY and his M.A. from Hofstra University. He studied piano
with various teachers, the last of whom were Arcadie and Marie Kouguell,
and cello with Alexander Kouguell, Professor of Music at Queens
College. He attended the Kneisel Hall at Blue Hill, Maine and at the
Taos School of Music, in Taos, New Mexico.
Before assuming the duties of Conductor and Music
Director of the Queens Festival Orchestra in March 1968, Mr. Verbsky was
principal cello and appeared as soloist with the orchestra under the
baton of founder/conductor Jerome Laszloffy. He also acted as Assistant
Conductor. Mr. Verbsky has played with several area orchestras, i.e.
Queens Symphony, and summer orchestra music festivals, i.e. New
Hampshire Music Festival. He has also appeared in chamber music recitals
in Town Hall and Lincoln Center. Presently he is a free-lance musician
in the New York City, Long Island and Upstate areas. He was principal
cello of the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra for ten years and is
conductor of the Island Senior Symphony String Orchestra in Huntington,
which provides programs at assisted living and nursing home facilities
and children’s concerts at area libraries. Most recently, Mr. Verbsky
has been heard as soloist with the Island Senior Symphony, in cello
concertos by Schumann and St. Saens.
Above and beyond
his musical activities, Mr. Verbsky is an educator, having taught in the
public schools of Nassau and Suffolk Counties from 1965 until his
retirement in 1998. In those years he has taught all ages: elementary,
junior high, high school and college students. Prior to retiring, Mr.
Verbsky taught Orchestra at Uniondale High School and since 1985 is an
adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Hofstra University. Beginning in
2005, Mr. Verbsky has been teaching private instruction for cello at
Five Towns College in Dix Hills. In a new program, originally sponsored
by Hofstra University’s continuing education department, Mr. Verbsky
began offering a program encouraging adults to begin learning to play a
stringed instrument. New Horizons String Orchestra is now in its twelfth
year. On October 18, 2012 Franklin Verbsky was honored by TSINY
(Transitional Services, Inc. of New York), for his efforts since 1980 in
Forest Hills, with the Queens Festival Orchestra Association, Inc aka
Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, to bring music performance to the
adults and senior citizens both as players and audience in Forest Hills.
In a new venture, Mr. Verbsky is both cellist and one of several
revolving conductors of the Nassau Winds. This group is made up
of retired band and orchestra music teachers. Most recently Mr. Verbsky
has inaugurated a string orchestra program at the Whispering Pines
Seventh Day Adventist School in Westbury. It is in its third year.