• "June 3rd, your 72nd birthday, my friend. So funny, a lot of..."
    - Alison Shaiman
  • "My condolences to the family. Thank you Mr. Strasser for..."
    - Anita Walker
  • "I can't believe it's been a year. Maybe it will snow like..."
    - Alison Shaiman
  • "You can say I didn't exactly have the best childhood but..."
    - A C
  • "Happy birthday for tomorrow, JS. Always remember."
    - Alison


The Board of Directors of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and its Founder, Annabelle Prager, note with deep sorrow the passing of ISO Music Director Emeritus Jonathan Strasser and extend sincere condolences to his husband Romir Antonio Robles, his family and friends. A gifted and inspiring teacher and conductor, he was beloved by his students, colleagues and friends. Mr. Strasser joined the ISO in 1979 as its music director, embarking on an outreach program in New York City public schools to fill a critical void in arts education. Under his leadership of nearly 30 years, the ISO thrived, growing to include a full symphony, a training orchestra, one intermediate and two beginner orchestras, and a symphonic band. Mr. Strasser conducted many notable performances with ISO, featuring performers including cellist Janos Starker, Dance Theater of Harlem, James Earl Jones, and the McDermott Trio. Under his guidance, an entire generation has been inspired to become teachers, coaches, performers and music lovers. Barbara Tracy, Chair and Karen Geer, Executive Director

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 12, 2017