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Leie Carmody

Leie_webLeie Carmody, mezzo-soprano,  started singing at 11 when she and the Cantor at a New York Temple did the music for the children’s Saturday morning service.  She studied voice privately during her college years. In the years following, in Washington, D.C. and the Boston area, she was church and temple soloist; sang at weddings and for Women’s Clubs; performed in stage presentations of musicals; and was the featured soloist in oratorios, recitals, and other musical performances. Then after three decades devoted to her clinical practice, she returned to music and with an accompanist presented programs of lieder, arias, and show tunes at senior living facilities. She and her late husband found Venice in 2010 and now spends half her time here.

Nina Collins

Nina_CollinsNina Collins graduated from Juilliard with a degree in violin performance. She became concertmaster of the pit orchestra for a Sol Hurok production of Die Fledermaus then toured with other groups while continuing to study to pursue her ambition to be a soloist. She played recitals in New York, Boston, and several other cities, and was soloist with Pierre Monteux and the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. For four years she was on the faculty at the University of Georgia where she taught violin and music theory and was the violinist in the faculty trio. Nina continued to play recitals, and at one time with a quartet, after moving to New York then outside Washington D.C.. Since arriving in Florida in 1989 she has played regularly with Venice Musicale and for "Music Live at the Library” concerts at the Venice Library.

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Mike Fiore

Mike_Fiore_webMike Fiore has played bass for 55 years. He has an eclectic background which includes symphony, stage band and jazz in many venues. He is a member of the South County Jazz Club and has played with many jazz musicians including Dick Hyman. He joined the Venice Symphony in 1989 but suffered a stroke in 2010 that left him unable to play. He retired in 2012 as the symphony’s music librarian but continues as personnel manager. In 2013 he contributed a scholarship to Venice Musicale to cover tuition for young musicians at selected summer music camps in Florida. Mike now sings with Venice Musicale's Encore Chorus.

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