WILLIAM J. COMITA, cellist, performed with the Richmond (VA) Symphony Orchestra for 38 years, including 19 years as Assistant Principal Cellist. Concurrently in 1995, he was appointed Director of the Strings program at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools in Richmond, where each year he directed five ensembles in a program comprised of over 100 string students.
While in Virginia, he was cellist in numerous chamber ensembles, most notably the Oberon String Quartet. Recordings have been on Bruce Hornsby’s Harbor Lights album as well as the Opus One, Coastline Music (BMI), Albany Records, and BMG labels. Mr. Comita also appeared as a cellist/movie extra for CBS and HBO productions.
He received his Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University (WI) and his Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music (OH), where he studied with Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Since 2013, Mr. Comita has been playing in the cello section of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. He teaches cello lessons in the F-M area and has performed locally in recitals at Concordia College, North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University, and the Plains Art Museum.
Mr. Comita’s cello was made by Saquin in 1842 in Paris, France.