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Denise Isaacson

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President and Executive Director

Phone: (727) ***-****  HQ Phone
6827 Amberjack Lane
Hudson , Florida 34667
United States

Company Description: Three musicians, Mrs. Helen Hartzell and Mr. and Mrs. George Panter, founded the Richey Community Orchestra in 1957. The trio quickly grew and by 1963 the...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors' Secretary and Entertainment Chairman
    Hudson Seafest Inc
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Contacts | Richey Community Orchestra, 22 July 2015 [cached]
President & Executive Director: Denise Isaacson
Unity Truth Center, 10 Dec 2012 [cached]
Music & Worship Arts Director: Denise Isaacson
Denise Isaacson
About Denise Isaacson
Denise has been the Music Director at Unity Truth Center since 2005. The daughter of a Methodist minister, she has been active in sacred music since childhood, both vocally and instrumentally. Denise plays piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, all the saxophones, bassoon and piano.
In her career as a professional musician, Denise performs with big name stars and shows touring Florida. She has performed with many stars, including Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton John, Bernadette Peters, Robert Goulet, Shirley Jones, Jerry Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, Marie Osmond, Joel Grey, Marvin Hamlisch, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Tommy Tune, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. She has played several national Broadway tours, including Sweet Charity, Guys & Dolls, Some Like it Hot, White Christmas, Cinderella, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady and The King & I. Denise also plays for many local theatre companies, bands and symphonies.
Denise is the President and Executive Director of the Richey Community Orchestra, Pasco County's only symphony orchestra. She has been a member of and principal clarinet with the group since 1972. Denise and her husband John own and operate Ike's Garage, a full-service automobile repair shop in Hudson. Their daughter, Mary Beth, received her Master's degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida. Denise is an avid toy collector specializing in lead soldiers, figures and vehicles and anything to do with Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang.
Denise Isaacson ..., 4 Nov 2009 [cached]
Denise Isaacson
Hudson Seafest | Family Fun and Fabulous Food Since 1984, 27 June 2009 [cached]
Denise Isaacson | Richey Community Orchestra
Orchestra Director A One-Woman Band, 19 May 2006 [cached]
PORT RICHEY - As president and executive director of the Richey Community Orchestra, Denise Isaacson schedules its concerts, selects its music, finds its guest soloists, puts new music in its musicians' folders and takes the old out.
Oh, and she writes and designs its programs, mails out about 300 of its tickets seven times a year, creates its season brochures and designs and prints its tickets.
And in her spare time, she serves as music director of a church in Port Richey; board of directors' secretary and entertainment chairman of the Hudson Seafest; and bookkeeper and office manager for husband John "Ike" Isaacson's businesses, Ike's Garage and H and I Maintenance.
Isaacson marked her 34th year as the Richey Community Orchestra ended its season with a concert Sunday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
When she joined, the orchestra was part of the adult education department of the Pasco County School District and had about 30 members.It had been founded in 1957 as a trio and gradually grew as people heard about it and wanted to join.
When its conductor left in 1986 to move to California, Isaacson was elected president of the group."I didn't think then it would be a life position," she jokingly says.
Average attendance, Isaacson said, is about 450.
The orchestra is the only one in Pasco County, Isaacson said.Its 50 members range from teenagers to octogenarians.Isaacson is proud of the wide age span."There are not many places you find young people and old people working together to produce a common good," she says.
Isaacson is the orchestra's principal clarinetist.
She plays all woodwinds well, however, and often plays several during one performance with touring shows.She has played as many as eight instruments in one concert.
Her greatest mentor was the late Vaughn Bean, who served as conductor of the Richey Community Orchestra from 1987 until 2000."He took me from a little thing playing the clarinet to a professional musician," she explains.
In all, Isaacson said, she plays about 20 different instruments well.
Family Affair
The concerts have become a family enterprise.Isaacson met husband John when she joined the orchestra.John still plays the oboe, as he did when they met, and also serves as production manager.
Their 21-year-old daughter, Mary Beth, helps her mom with administrative duties, sells tickets on performance nights and recently has developed computer-graphics presentations as a visual accompaniment to some of the concerts, an addition popular with audiences, Isaacson said.
Performance night makes all those little chores such as mailing out about 1,500 brochures each season with the help of Mary Beth worth it, Isaacson says.
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