Meet the Trio

Barbara Rizek, flute

Barbara Rizek earned her Bachelors in Music from Hunter College and did graduate work at the Conservatory at Brooklyn College.  Her flute teachers include Gerardo Levy, Trudy Kane and Laura Gilbert, and she has taken masterclasses with Geoffrey Gilbert, William Bennet, Robert Stallman, Julius Baker and Pat Spencer.  She has played with the Hunter College Symphony, Regina Opera Company, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra and Newburgh Symphony, and is currently a member of The Venus Trio.  She has completed recording projects with composers Richard Schulman, Terry Champlin and producer Scott Petito.  She has performed in concerts at Harkness Park Rutgers Summer Fest, the 92nd Street Y, and faculty concerts at Mannes College of Music and Vassar College; and from 1985-91 she gave annual flute recitals in New York City, the final one in CAMI Hall.  She has taught at Manhattan’s Montessori School, Cappriccio Summer Music Program at Vassar College and is currently teaching at DCC Music School at Dutchess Community College.

Gregory Dinger, guitar

Classical guitarist Gregory Dinger’s first instrument was the piano, studying with Edgar Roberts and Jacqueline Marcault.  In high school he began to play the classical guitar, studying with prize-winning cellist/guitarist/conductor Luis Garcia-Renart, and also with composer/guitarist Terry Champlin.  Dinger recieved his B.M. (with honors) from the New England Conservatory, studying with Robert Paul Sullivan and Frank Wallace; subsequently taking masterclasses with Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Frederic Hand, Sharon Isbin and Christopher Parkening.  Dinger is classical guitar professor at Bard College, and The College at New Paltz/SUNY; he also teaches guitar, music theory & history at SUNY/Ulster; and various guitar styles at Barcone’s Music Center in Kingston and at his home studio in Woodstock, N.Y. (  From 1985-2006 he hosted & programmed WDST FM 100.1’s “Sunrise Concert” classical music program.  In addition to solo recitals, as a classical guitarist he has performed concerti (by Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo) with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and played with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in their “New Wave” concerts; he has also played with many other area ensembles & instrumentalists including the Pone Ensemble, Capella Festiva, oboist Joel Evans, violinist Carole Cowan, and singer Kimberly Kahan; also electric guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass guitar with rock, pop, country, heavy-metal, blues and “Broadway” groups/shows.  At the present he also performs with several “acts” as well as The Arabesque Trio: violinist Akiko Kamigawara, the Catskill Mt. Renaissance Consort, “classic rock” band Decoy, and Ars Choralis.  Some of his arrangements have been published by Music Arts Graphics.  Dinger is also president of the board of directors of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra.

Glenn West, bassoon

Glenn West, of Spokane, WA, holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota where he studied bassoon with Charles Ullery of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His other teachers include Dr. Wendal Jones (Spokane Symphony) and Sharon Kuster (San Antonio Symphony).  Glenn has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, La Orquesta Sinfónica De La Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, the Spokane Symphony and the Winter’s Chamber Orchestra as well as chamber music with the Mozart Octet of Spokane, WA and the Faculty Woodwind Quintets at the University of Texas, San Antonio and Washington State University.  Glenn performs in the West Point Concert Band and the West Point Woodwind Quintet as well as throughout the Hudson Valley region.