written by Robert Giardinelli
"Approximately 25 years ago, John Stork came to the Giardinelli Band Instrument Company in New York City looking for a job. I had no jobs available at the time but, during our conversation I found that he had just played trumpet with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, that he was just out of the Air Force and that he wanted very much to work in the music business in New York. While talking to him,
I also got the feeling that he was a very sensitive, intelligent and honest young man, so I decided to hire him as my assistant . . . one of the best decisions I ever made.
I took John under my wings. I started teaching him all I knew. I let him watch me work for hours and hours and after that, I supervised his work for many months. He progressed beautifully and eventually took over completely the custom mouthpiece work I was doing.
There never was a week passing by without a national or foreign orchestra visiting New York. Giardinelli's was the first stop for their brass sections and John got to know many of them very well. It was a marvelous experience for him. He became friendly with many of the world's best musicians who are still his customers.
I am very proud of the beautiful work that John is doing. He has great talent, but he has also been very lucky. First to have me as a teacher, but most of all for marrying Phyllis, a beautiful, knowledgeable and talented professional musician who has helped him greatly in establishing Stork Custom Mouthpieces as the best ever, plus giving him two handsome boys who will, most likely, continue to carry on the Stork name and contribution to the music world."
Phyllis Stork was born in New York City. There she attended the High School of Performing Arts. Upon graduation, she studied with Gerard Schwarz who encouraged her to attend the Juilliard School where she studied with William Vacchiano who became her main musical mentor.
While in New York, Ms. Stork worked as a freelance classical musician.
She was a member of Lincoln Center's "Young Artists
Program", touring New York City schools with a brass
quintet. Her performance credits also include the New York Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of
Gerard Schwarz, The "Vivaldi Concerto for Two Trumpets"
with Wynton Marsalis, the Alexander Schneider Festival Orchestra
(in appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy
Center in performances with Yo Yo Ma), and the
Marlboro Festival Orchestra (from 1976 -1980) performing
with the great Rudoplh Serkin. MS. Stork has also
performed with such noted conductors as James Conlin,
Roger Norrington, Joseph Silverstein, Blanch Moyse and Gerard
Phyllis brings an extensive knowledge of mouthpiece theory and performance to Stork Custom Mouthpieces. Her tutorial and diagnostic abilities have earned her worldwide recognition as "Doctor Mouthpiece". Her booklet, "Understanding the Mouthpiece" (Brass Bulletin, Editions Bim) has been printed in six languages. Other pedagogical articles have appeared in numerous journals including that
of the International Trumpet Guild and The Brass Player. Ms. Stork is also a frequent clinician at universities and conventions throughout the
When not talking mouthpieces, Phyllis is a fourth degree black belt in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate.
I want to congratulate you on your success as a clinician. I have
heard wonderful reports from trumpet players whom you have
helped with their mouthpiece problems. I am happy to know
that you have captured the intricacies of the mouthpiece."
Principal Trumpet New York Philharmonic 1935 – 1973
Professor of Trumpet Studies at the Juilliard School