Remembering Thomas Stacy

Thomas Stacy, who served as the principal English horn player of the New York Philharmonic between 1972 and 2011, passed away on April 30. He was 84.

A native of rural Arkansas, Stacy fell in love with the instrument at the age of 14. He was once hailed as “the Heifetz of the English horn.” Leonard Bernstein called him “a poet among craftsmen.” During his tenure with the New York Philharmonic, Stacy appeared as soloist more than seventy times. He premiered more than 30 new works, including Ned Rorem’s Concerto for English Horn.

Stacy’s 2003 album, Plaintive Melody, with harpsichordist Kenneth Hamrick, is a collection of short pieces. The album includes this beautiful transcription of the Stanley Myers’ Cavatina, popularized by the 1978 film, The Deer Hunter:


  • Myers: Cavatina from “The Deer Hunter,” Thomas Stacy, Kenneth Hamrick Amazon 

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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