Meet the Team

The Legato Foundation is made up of a team of individuals from all walks of life working towards a common goal:
to connect our Long Island Community to the joys of classical music

Christopher Gotzen-Berg

PRESIDENT, FOUNDER, AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Christopher Gotzen-Berg has been highly active as a concert guitarist and educator for over 20 years. He has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, with orchestras, and has been a guest on National Public Radio. Christopher has been on faculty at Molloy College, Dowling College, and The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. His students have been accepted to the finest programs including Florida State University, The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins.

Paul Little

VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

Paul Little is a violinist, conductor, and educator. He is the concertmaster of the Northport Symphony Orchestra and the Island Symphony Orchestra, as well as the current conductor of the West Islip Symphony Orchestra. He is currently President of the Northport Symphony Orchestra and holds board positions with the Island Symphony and West Islip Symphony.

Paul has been a New York State-certified teacher for over 10 years, teaching all levels of students. He has worked in virtually every area of music, from performance to composition to production, and led audio-visual teams in live musical and theatrical performances on countless productions.

The Legato Foundation Board of Directors

Secretary

Nick Spiliotis

Members At-Large

Jonathan Kirchner
Mike Rudes

Other Advisors

Gerry Saulter (Artistic Advisor)

Jo-Ann Hertzman
Sue Rassekh
Sal Somma

Our Sponsors

Some of our Major Contributors

Alhambra Guitars

D'Addario

Frank & Camille's

HELLO STAGE

Piccola Bussola Restaurant

The Long Island Violin Shop

Munro Music

Murphy’s Music

NJS Wealth Management

Oasis Strings

Savage Classical Guitar

Savarez

Sterling National Bank

Our Donors

Friends of The Legato Foundation

Angel Members

Dr. Robert Baker and Family

Associate Members

Ken and Shirley Gotzen-Berg
Louis Meisel
The Montagna Family
Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Nicomendi
The Reubins Family

Special Thanks

Grace Episcopal Church

23 Cedar Shore Drive
Massapequa, New York 11758

Five Towns College

305 North Service Road
Dix Hills, NY 11746

A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.