The Cayuga Music Shop
After finishing his Master's degree in music and playing professionally in the New York City Metropolitan area, Gary settled in behind his bench in 1990. With a degree in Fine Arts and a passion for making musical instruments, repair of string instruments and brasswinds came naturally. Gary is a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and the Guild of American Luthiers.
Steve's craftsmanship as a woodwind repair technician has earned him a portfolio of clients, from local artists, students and faculty at Ithaca College and Cornell University to performers in the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Lyric Opera. He is a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and the International Double Reed Society. Always looking for opportunities to refine his skills, Steve has attended training seminars in flute overhaul and padding and has made a silver head joint with Jonathan Landell. He is one of only seven technicians in New York State certified to install Straubinger flute, piccolo and clarinet pads. Steve holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the Crane School of Music, State University at Potsdam, and a Master of Music in Woodwind Performance with a concentration in oboe from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been the principal oboist with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra since 1985, and a member of the Lydian Winds woodwind trio since 1988.