Bill Hayes

"She devoted tremendous energy and intellectual vigor to the job and was able to look at a complex issue and quickly prioritize the elements that needed attention."

I’ve worked with Cecelia Hobbs Gardner in New York’s music scene for many years, including work in the Broadway pits, in recording studios, and international touring with Barbra Streisand. A fine violinist and a joy to work with, she is a dedicated professional who takes every job seriously. She is always valued for her excellent playing, attention to detail, and quick understanding of what each job requires. In the midst of her music career, Cecelia impressively added a law degree to her accomplishments

In addition, we worked together for many months on a small committee to address a crisis at the musicians' union pension fund.  She devoted tremendous energy and intellectual vigor to the job and was able to look at a complex issue and quickly prioritize the elements that needed attention. With incisive skill, she wrote reports to clarify these issues to the membership at large, and her understanding of both the legalities involved and the complexities of how musicians would be affected was invaluable.  Cecelia has not only been a valuable member of New York’s musician community but also a passionate advocate for it as well.