Shaleah Adkisson

Shaleah Adkisson is a singer, actress and teaching artist living in New York City. She’s been seen on Broadway (and on tour) in Hair: The American Tribal LoveRock Musical and off-Broadway in Rent, as well as in regional productions including Clybourne Park, Avenue Q, The Hot Mikado, Beehive: The 60's Musical, Ain't Misbehavin, Grease, Nunsense & Children of Eden. When not working in the theatre, Shaleah works as a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, an organization of freelance musicians catering to school districts in upstate New York. Additionally, she performs in NYC and on tour with Soul Picnic Productions & a blues/rock/soul band called Wednesday Night Blues. She also works as a cantor at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in NYC. www.shaleahadkisson.com

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Daniel Anastasio

Daniel Anastasio is a multi-faceted artist whose “finesse and prodigious talent” is imbued with an intellectual curiosity (Tyran Grillo, ECM reviews). Conducted by Leon Fleisher with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Anastasio’s performance of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto was “the highlight to everyone’s ears, if the full-house standing ovation were any indication” (Grillo). As chamber music has become a principal element in his musical life, he enjoys collaborations at an international level. He was most recently a guest with the principal winds of the San Antonio Symphony (Olmos Ensemble), and has performed with Musical Bridges around the World, Astral Artists, and at Cornell University’s Mayfest, an international chamber music festival led by Xak Bjerken and Miri Yampolsky. In addition, Mr. Anastasio has collaborated with acclaimed violinist Joseph Lin, flutist Carol Wincenc, and clarinetist Alan Kay, among others. He is also the pianist of Unheard-of, a Clarinet Trio ensemble dedicated to commissioning composers and premiering their works. He has been privileged to be a part of summer music festivals for over a decade, and has most recently attended Yellow Barn Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Kneisel Hall. Mr. Anastasio earned his B.A. in both Music and Philosophy at Cornell University, studying with Xak Bjerken; he proceeded to earn a M.M. at Juilliard under Jerome Lowenthal, and currently studies with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl at Stony Brook University, where he is finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts.

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Ian Axness

Ian Axness (Piano) is a collaborative pianist and music director based in New York City, working between forms of concert music and contemporary theater. He writes music for plays and secret dinners, devises semi-improvised variety shows, and plays piano for numerous types of music+theater. Ian has worked with organizations including the New York Philharmonic, New Dramatists, Yale Rep, York Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, Ars Nova, 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn College, NYU Gallatin, and New York City Opera. Faculty: Playwrights Horizons Theater School. BA: Oberlin College

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Nanci Belmont

Praised as "Outstanding" by the New York Classical Review, bassoonist Nanci Belmont is a dynamic musician enjoying a diverse career as a performer, teaching artist, and arts advocate. Nanci is a member of the City of Tomorrow, a woodwind quintet dedicated to the performance of contemporary works. She has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble ACJW, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and Decoda, and has enjoyed additional performances with the Charleston, Princeton, and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, she recently won Second Prize in the 2016 Gillet-Fox Competition of the International Double Reed Society, and has performed as a concerto soloist in New York City with the Metro Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble mise-en. Following her passion for teaching, Nanci was a 2012-2014 Fellow of Ensemble ACJW, a Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, and currently works as a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect. Nanci serves on faculty at the Special Music School and the USDAN Camp for the Creative and Performing Arts.

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Rupert Boyd

“Remember the name Rupert Boyd. While there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.” - The Washington Post New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” by Gramophone as a “fine guitarist,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” His performances have taken him across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Strings- 139 Festival in China, Festival de Musique Classique in France, Gharana Music Festival in Nepal, and every state and territory in Australia. In addition to his Carnegie Hall debut as part of the D’Addario Music Foundation’s “International Competition Winners in Concert” Series, Rupert Boyd has performed at the Newport Music Festival, National Gallery of Art (D.C.), Music in the Strathmore Mansion, Marlow Guitar Series, Grand Canyon Guitar Society, Boston Guitar Society, University of Denver, University of Hawaii, and has given concerts in the U.K., France, Spain, New Zealand, India, Nepal and the Philippines.  Rupert Boyd resides in New York City. He is represented in North America by Dan McDaniel, LLC, and exclusively plays D’Addario Strings. www.rupertboyd.com

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Stuart Breczinski

Stuart Breczinski is a New York-based oboist, improviser, composer, and educator whose early interest in making unusual sounds on the oboe has developed into a passion for creating and sharing innovative audio with audiences of all backgrounds. A proponent of chamber and contemporary music, Breczinski is a member of the City of Tomorrow, a traveling woodwind quintet dedicated to the promotion and performance of contemporary works. He performs regularly as a chamber musician with NOVUS NY and the Talea Ensemble, and he has also performed with Bang on a Can, Contemporaneous, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, and Signal. He received an honorable mention at the 2015 IDRS Gillet-Fox International Competition, and in 2014 he completed his tenure with Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

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Silvie Cheng

Commended by New York Concert Review for her “thoroughly idiomatic and polished performances”, “especially poetic” and “purely magical” playing, Tokyo-born Chinese-Canadian pianist Silvie Cheng has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall five times as both soloist and duo partner, since her solo debut there in 2011. Ms. Cheng made her orchestral debut in 2008 in Ottawa's Centrepointe Theatre, and she has won top prizes at the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, Canadian Music Competition, Canadian National Music Festival, Ontario Music Federation Association Competition, and Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. As both a solo and collaborative pianist, Ms. Cheng has been invited to perform at New York’s Steinway Hall and Merkin Hall, Canada’s Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, Supreme Court of Canada, National Arts Centre, Winspear Centre, Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of History, Holland’s Remonstrantse Kerk, and the official residence of Canada’s Ambassador to the European Union in Belgium, among many other distinguished venues. As the pianist of Cheng2 Duo alongside her cellist brother, Bryan Cheng, Ms. Cheng has performed throughout North America (Canada and the United States), Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Holland), and Asia (China and South Korea). The duo was named one of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, and their debut album “Violoncelle Français” was released on the German classical label audite in October 2016. Ms. Cheng obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) as a Presidential Award Scholar, Dean’s List student, and the recipient of the Rubinstein Award for “exceptional promise in piano performance”. Ms. Cheng also holds an ARCT Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Passionate about connecting the next generation with classical music, she is a teaching-artist of MSM's Distance Learning program and the Bridge Arts Ensemble in New York, where she is currently based. For more information, visit www.silviecheng.com

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Sishel Claverie

Praised for her “smoky and seductive voice” and for her “winning vocal power and comic timing”, Mexican Mezzo-soprano Sishel Claverie is quickly gaining recognition as a stage performer. Last season Ms. Claverie made her New York City Opera debut in their new production of Candide, directed by the legendary Harold Prince. She also performed the title role in Heartbeat Opera’s production of Carmen in NYC, which was praised by the New York Times as “Riveting” and considered one of “This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments”. Her future engagements include covering the role of Glenda in the world premier of We Shall Not be Moved with Opera Philadelphia. Next spring, Sishel will premier her first solo show entitled Soleful at El Taller in NYC. Last year highlights include her debut with El Paso Opera as Carmen; the world premiere of the opera Beloved Prey by Kento Iwasaki, in the role of Lioness; Benjamin Britten’s cantata Phaedra, with The Houston Symphony Players, and a recital at the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK. In 2015, she was also seen as Carmen with The New Rochelle Opera and with Opera In The Heights in Houston. In 2014, Ms. Claverie sang the role of Angelina in La Cenerentola with Skylight Music Theatre, in Milwaukee WI, where she also performed as Daniela in the musical In The Heights. Ms. Claverie made her Santa Fe Opera debut as Charlotte, in the 2013 production of Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein. In 2014 she returned to Santa Fe Opera as the cover of Carmen. Starting in 2011, Sishel was in residency for two years at Utah Opera, with multiple engagements like the role of Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Inez in Il Trovatore, Giovanna in Rigoletto, and the cover of Paula in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas. Sishel also appeared as a soloist with Utah Symphony and The Deer Valley Music Festival. Ms. Claverie has been a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Renata Scotto Opera Studio in Rome, Opera New Jersey, and S.I.V.A.M., Mexico’s most prestigious Young Artist Program. Other operatic roles include Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, the title role in Chérubin, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles, and Meg in the international premiere of Adamo’s Little Women in Mexico City, among others. Sishel holds a bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Houston and a Master's degree in Music from Rice University. She currently resides in New York City.

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Lotte Crayton

Soprano Faylotte Crayton has performed at numerous festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Bard Summerscape, Aspen Music Festival and SongFest. She played the role of Masha in the world premiere of Elana Langer’s Four Sisters, at the Richard B. Fisher Center and made her American Symphony Orchestra debut, singing the soprano solo in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, conducted by Leon Botstein. Ms. Crayton has premiered many works including pieces by Yunzhuo Gan at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and pieces by Conor Brown, John Boggs and Matthew Schickele, at The Morgan Library. Faylotte Crayton holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music from Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with soprano, Dawn Upshaw.

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Tom Cuffari

Tom Cuffari is a music director, pianist, organist and educator from Stamford, CT. A classically trained pianist, Tom was drawn to many other genres of music at a young age. He studied the pipe organ at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA with renown organist Fred Swann while he was an undergraduate in college. It was also as an undergraduate that Tom began singing and working with choirs. He is also a capable jazz pianist and also likes to tinker with synth programming. Currently, Tom is the Assistant Director of Choral Programs at Sacred Heart University and Music Director at the United Congregational Church in Bridgeport, CT. Tom is an active in the choral and musical theater world’s outside of Fairfield County. He has worked on Broadway productions as rehearsal Pianist for “An American in Paris” and keyboard player for “Fiddler on the Roof”. He as pianist for the 2014-2015 First National Tour of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and chorus director for the 2009 “Star Wars in Concert” tour. As a Chamber Music musician he has been featured on WQXR’s “Young Artists Showcase” with Bob Sherman and has appeared on several live radio broadcasts including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series on Chicago’s WFMT, and WXXI’s “Live at Hochstein” in Rochester, NY. As a solo pianist, he has received prizes from the Southern California Bach Festival, South Western Chopin Competition, and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition. He has performed in Europe, Asia as well as here in the United States giving performances at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, The Orange County Performing Arts Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Chapman University in Orange, CA and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

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Christopher deProphetis

National Tour credits include SOUTH PACIFIC (Lincoln Center/1st National), RENT (10th Anniversary), and MISS SAIGON. Favorite Regional Credits include Jerry in THE FULL MONTY (Human Race Theater Company), Joseph Cable in SOUTH PACIFIC (Delaware Theatre Company), Francis in FOREVER PLAID (Walnut Street), Emmett in LEGALLY BLONDE (Westchester Broadway), Grantaire in LES MISERABLES (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), and Chris in MISS SAIGON (bunch of places). Christopher is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting in England.

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Erika Dohi

An advocate of new music, Erika has recently premiered works by composers Andy Akiho, Cindy Cox, and Samir Chatterjee. She also recently recorded "Desde Adentro,” a solo piano piece by Latin Grammy Winner, Fernando Ottero. Erika is the co-founder, with flutist Gina Izzo, of RighteousGIRLS, a duo that fuses classical, contemporary, and jazz, while inviting some of today’s most prominent composers to create genre-blurring new music. RighteousGIRLS’s album gathering blue has been met with critical acclaim from both jazz and contemporary-classical critics alike; Jackson Cooper, from I Care If You Listen, called it ”…one of the most adventurous new music debut albums in recent years.” gathering blue received a 4.5 stars rating by John Ephland in DownBeat magazine. The duo has recently received a 2015 New Music USA Awards Grant, 3rd place in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition for GIRLS by composer/producer Pascal Le Boeuf, and a 2014 Independent Music Awards Nomination for gathering blue (Best Album) and KARakurENAI (Best Instrumental) by composer/steel-pannist Andy Akiho. She has made appearances at international festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), D.C. Jazz Festival (U.S), Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music (Canada), Tokyo Experimental Festival (Japan), and Norfolk New Music Workshop (U.S); and has performed alongside contemporary ensembles including American Modern Ensemble, Contemporaneous, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Le Train Bleu, Ensemble LPR, and the Metropolis Ensemble. Erika has recently performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, subculture, Joe's Pub, Symphony Space, the Cutting Room, the Cornelia Street Café, at Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), as well as in Japan at Izumi Hall, Tokyo Wonder Site, Chuo Kokaido Symphony Hall, and in the “R” music series at the Rihga Royal Hotel. Erika received her B.M. from Manhattan School of Music’s Classical Performance Program and her M.M. in the Contemporary Performance Program. While at MSM, she worked closely with musicians including Phillip Kawin, Anthony de Mare, Jeffrey Milarsky, Christopher Oldfather, Todd Reynolds, Lucy Shelton, and studied improvisation with Vijay Iyer. Currently, Erika studies piano with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl at Stony Brook University where she is a Doctoral Candidate.

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Elizabeth Dorman

Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “crisp, brightly finished” playing and her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. A recent winner of the 2016 Father Merlet Award from Pro Musicis, Elizabeth has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues throughout North America and Europe. Currently based in New York City, Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate of Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook University. At Stony Brook, she enjoys teaching and managing the undergraduate piano program and as well as coaching undergraduate chamber music as Mr. Kalish’s and Christina Dahl’s Head Piano Teaching Assistant. A passionate educator, she has previously held teaching positions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division and has been piano faculty at summer festivals including the Icicle Creek Music Center and San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Summer Music West chamber music program. A frequent recitalist and chamber musician, Elizabeth has recently performed with the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Players, Santa Cruz Symphony chamber music, at New York City’s Symphony Space, Sonoma Classical Music Society, Concerts at Old Saint Mary’s, Le Petite Trianon, Old First Concerts, Escondido’s Center for the Arts, UCSF Chancellor’s Recital Series, live on air at WUSF Tampa, Seattle’s Classical King FM’s “Northwest LIVE” broadcast performance series, KQED San Francisco and NPR, and has performed recently at festivals including Aspen, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Sarasota, Icicle Creek Winter Festival, Silicon Valley, and was an Artist in Residence for two seasons at the Banff Centre in Canada. In addition to the 2016 Father Merlet Award, Elizabeth has also received Stony Brook University’s Gilbert Kalish Scholarship, San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Presidential Scholarship, the Marsha Pannone Award for Artistic Excellence, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Ross McKee competition, and the California Young Artist’s Beethoven Competition. A native of San Francisco, Elizabeth began her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she received her Bachelors of Music and was the school’s first double instrument major, studying piano with Paul Hersh and double bass with Stephen Tramontozzi. For more information, please visit her website at www.elizabethdorman.com.

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Mark Dover

Praised by Opera News for his “exemplary clarinet playing,” Mark Dover’s vast array of musical experiences have helped him quickly establish himself as one of the most diverse clarinetists of his generation. In January of 2016, Mark was appointed the new clarinetist of Imani Winds. More than North America’s premier wind quintet, the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds were recently named the University of Chicago Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence, 2016-2018. Currently, Imani Winds are an Ensemble-In-Residence at Mannes College of Music, The New School. In addition to these engagements and their busy tour schedule, Imani Winds run the annual Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, hosted by Mannes. Recent and upcoming masterclasses include The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, Bryn Mawr College, Hope College, and University of St. Thomas. Since moving to New York in 2010 Mark has performed at many of the major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space. 

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Brian Drye

Trombonist and pianist Brian Drye leads the group Bizingas whose debut album was hailed as “one of the best introductions to a new band” by The New York Times. As a founding member of the eclectic chamber ensemble “The Four Bags”, his compositions have premiered at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and BAM. Brian has lent his unique trombone voice to groups as diverse as balkan brass juggernauts Slavic Soul Party and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars. He has performed and recorded on both piano and trombone with Tony award winner Stew from Stew and the Negro Problem. Brian has performed with Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Steven Bernstein, Clark Terry, The Wood Brothers. Brian spent his formative years touring the nation with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Paul Anka and The Four Tops. In 2008 Brian created Ibeam Brooklyn, a performance space and home for creative music in Brooklyn, NY. Brian is a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall and has worked as a coach and mentor for music educators throughout New York City.

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Karen Dryer

Karen Dryer is a vocal coach, singer/songwriter and musical director. NYC musical direction: The Christians ( Drama Desk Award Winner, Playwrights Horizons), Power Balladz (Mid-Town Theater), Good 'Ol Girls (Roundabout Black Box Theater), internationally known VocaPeople (West Side Theater), Italian Bred, Fable, NYMF 2014. She has served as assistant musical director on three Broadway National tours, including Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. As a composer, Karen has produced 2 CDs of her original material. Karen is also a vocal coach at New York University and throughout New York City.

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Eric Eaton

Based out of New York City, cellist Eric Eaton has established a diverse performance career. He regularly performs with many orchestras in the New York area including the New York Chamber players, Urban Players Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Of The Bronx, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and the Empire Chamber Orchestra. He has performed in many New York City venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Mercury Lounge, Webster Hall, and Pacha. As a recording artist Eric has had the opportunity to work with many different groups and genres. He has appeared on albums with Lawrence Trailer, Hillary Capps, Jenna Marotta, Napoleon, and Shakira. In 2012 Eric performed with saxophonist Dave Liebman as part of the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Ensemble and appears on the album ‘Sky Changes’. He has also toured the country as part of the 2014-2015 production of Camelot. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Eric began studying cello at the age of ten. He attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with David Geber and received his Bachelor degree in Cello Performance. In his studies Eric Eaton has had the pleasure to work with such cellists as Bonnie Hampton, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Orlando Cole and Margo Tatgenhorst Dakos. Eric maintains a private studio and is a faculty member of the Lyra Summer Music Workshop.

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Mike Evariste

Mike has been in the entertainment business for the past decade serving as an entertainer and producer. As a performer he was last seen on Broadway in Amazing Grace. Other Broadway credits are the Broadway Revivals of Tony Award winning South Pacific produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, Les Miserables, and Hair. He has performed across the country with the National Touring Companies of The Book of Mormon, South Pacific, Hair, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Fame and Rent. NY Workshops/Readings: Upcoming Broadway-bound Once On This Island, Bull Durham: The Musical written by Ron Shelton, Untitled Elton John Musical, and Motown the Musical. Mike is a Tony Nominated Producer on the Tony Nominated and 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play Disgraced. For television Mike was the Creator and Executive Producer of "Arsenic 9", a non-scripted pilot created for The Sundance Channel in association with Big Fish Entertainment. His film producing credits are Pass the Light and upcoming Construction. A graduate of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program and a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Florida State University, Mike continues to bridge the gap between business and entertainment.

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Thomas Flippin

Thomas Flippin blends genres and styles into a refreshing artistic mixture that is distinctly American. Whether he is premiering Juilliard professor Ray Lustig's groundbreaking piece “Figments” on the classical guitar, or performing R&B and Mozart on the theorbo with broadway star Alicia Hall Moran’s acclaimed Motown Project, or plucking the banjo in the historic revival of the 1920’s opera “Voodoo,” Flippin’s playing has been hailed as "brilliant" (ArtForum International), "lovely" (New York Times), and "virtuosic" (I Care if You Listen). Based in NYC, Thomas Flippin’s performances have taken him across the world, from the villas of Florence, to the halls of Beijing’s Peking University, to revered American venues such as the Whitney Museum Biennial, the Blue Note Jazz Festival, the 92nd St Y, The Times Center, Le Poisson Rouge, The Kitchen, National Sawdust, and the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society as a recurring Artist-in-Residence. He has performed in concerts featuring MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran, as well as members of Eighth Blackbird and the Emerson String Quartet. Thomas Flippin's work has been showcased in various media outlets, including WNYC & WQXR radio. He has been featured in articles for Classical Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and Gendai Guitar. Flippin's music has been published multiple times in the Guitar Foundation of America's quarterly journal Soundboard and he was featured on the cover as half of Duo Noire, his ensemble with guitarist Chris Mallett. His debut recording, Something New, was praised for being "beautifully played" by Classical Guitar Magazine and "played with real affection and taste" by American Record Guide. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Flippin obtained bachelor's degrees in Law & Music (with honors) and was awarded the college's composition prize. He then earned Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music on a full-tuition scholarship and was the first African-American guitar major in the school's history. His primary guitar instruction has been with Benjamin Verdery, Denis Azabagic and Dr. Julie Goldberg, as well as lute studies with Pat O'Brien. Additional studies were as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival with Sharon Isbin and with Manuel Barrueco for a weeklong master class at the Peabody Conservatory. Composition studies were with Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall, John Anthony Lennon, and Michelle Mcquade Dewhirst. As an educator, Flippin has lectured at Juilliard, Yale, St. Louis University and other respective institutions. He is currently on faculty at both Manhattan’s Diller-Quaile School of Music, and Bronxville's Concordia College Conservatory. He plays a 2014 Kris Barnett guitar and a 2005 Jason Petty theorbo.

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Amy Garapic

Percussionist Amy Garapic is an energetic soloist, chamber musician, educator and adventurous producer who continually seeks to explore the role of percussion in today’s music and culture. With a strong passion for the creation of new work, her performing is split between the Brooklyn-based powerhouse percussion trio, TIGUE, and the “focused and ferocious” new music chamber orchestra Contemporaneous. She has worked closely generating new sounds with composers Robert Honstein, Jason Treuting, and John Luther Adams; has performed alongside Ensemble Signal, So Percussion, NEXUS, Bang on Can’s Asphalt Orchestra and pop icon David Byrne; and has traveled to make music in Jordan, Mexico, Paris, and most recently India alongside Grammy award winner AR Rahman. Amy also finds great value in exploring the relationship between performer and audience through musical community events. This year she united over 200 musicians from 24 cities and 7 countries in “A Worldwide Day of In C,” a 14-hour live-streamed celebration of 50 years of Terry Riley’s pioneering minimalist work. This, following her 2012 production of “A Worldwide Day of Vexations” joining over 100 percussionists in an 18-hour, live-streamed marathon of Satie's monumental work. She has also produced multiple performances of John Luther Adams’ 100-percussionist Inuksuit, and was featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone after leading two successful seasons of hand drum lessons for inmates in Rhythm on Rikers. Amy splits her time as lecturer at both Dartmouth College, Keene State College and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music while spending her summers as production manager for the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar. She is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

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Izzy Gleicher

Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a compelling and versatile musician, performing internationally throughout the United States, China, Japan and Canada. The New York Times has called her “excellent”. Isabel is a core member of new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé, a founding member of SoundMind, and an artist member of the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival. Isabel performs regularly with new music ensembles such as Contemporaneous, Ensemble X at Cornell University, and Cantata Profana. Isabel has premiered works by John Zorn and Rex Isenberg, as well as performing the United States premiere of Beat Furrer’s Ira Arca. She has held Principal Flute positions with the Banff Festival Orchestra, and the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As a soloist, Isabel was the First Prize winner, as well as the winner of Best Performance of the Commissioned Piece at the 2015 Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition in Texas. She has been a participant at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Lake George Music Festival. Feeling equally at home as an educator, Isabel is a Teaching Artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble as well as a 2016-2017 Teaching Artist Apprentice with New York Philharmonic Education. Isabel holds a Master’s degree in Flute Performance from the Yale School of Music as well as a Master’s in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music.

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Catherine Gregory

Australian flutist Catherine Gregory has built a diverse and accomplished career, centered in her adopted city of New York. A formidable soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician, and teaching artist, The New York Times has called her playing “magically mysterious,” also writing that “Ms. Gregory left a deep impression… her sound rich and fully present.” Catherine’s solo engagements have included appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Washington, D.C., and the 10th International Flute Festival of Chile. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall and at the Lincoln Center Festival. A sought-after chamber musician, she has been invited to the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music, Scrag Mountain Music, Chestnut Hill Concert series, Lyrica Chamber Music, and Summit: Music in the Mountains Chamber Series. Catherine is a Core-Member of Decoda—Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and Resident Ensemble for Creative Performance at the Guildhall School in London. After receiving her Masters degree with High Distinction, which included studies with Sally Walker, Catherine earned her Artist Diploma at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) where she studied with Alberto Almarza and Jeanne Baxtresser.

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Jake Goldbas

“Jake Goldbas becomes the virile, compassionate center in any creative process, both a sounding board and facilitator of adventurous new ideas.” -Bill T. Jones Grammy© nominated drummer Jake Goldbas is increasingly praised for his remarkable musical direction and production on the world stage. With a hand firmly pressed on the jazz tradition, he has recorded and performed with Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Wyclef Jean, Candido Camero, Patti Austin, Stefon Harris, and Dave Liebman. Yet the passion and articulate detail that characterize his musical direction has of recent opened important doors beyond genre. Goldbas has been appointed musical director the National Arts Awards for the past two years, where he has led tributes to Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Lady Gaga, and Esperanza Spalding. He is also an integral part of the sensational sound of Michael Blume, the viral success of John Splitoff’s latest release, “Sing to You,” as well as his work with The Knocks on their debut album "55". Goldbas counts the prolific Bill T. Jones as both a mentor and a frequent collaborator, having co-created large scale performances with him for the past four years. As an avid touring and recording artist, Goldbas continues his long-term collaborations with Miho Hazama’s band, M_UNIT, The Roy Assaf Trio, and Migguel Anggelo. Jake also performed in the pit of the Broadway musical The Color Purple featuring Tony Award winner and Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson, and has just begun playing in the new Broadway hit "Dear Evan Hansen". His musical vision is intimately linked to his sense of social justice and global citizenship. He was selected by Jazz at Lincoln Center to develop curriculum and teach for Wynton Marsalis' “Jazz for Young People” program. He now performs over thirty educational concerts in NYC schools every year. Goldbas was awarded his Bachelor’s and Master’s at Manhattan School of Music as a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship. While completing his degrees in jazz, he also initiated independent study in ethnomusicology and new media, and taught at 8 different New York City Public Schools. Jake Goldbas uses Vic Firth drumsticks, Protection Racket cases and wears Greats brand sneakers.

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Grace Han

Solo and collaborative pianist, Grace Han made her orchestral debut at age 12 at Colburn’s Zipper Hall performing the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra. Soon after that, Grace was the Grand Prize winner of the Korea Times Piano Competition and received first prize in several competitions such as the Southern California Bach Competition, South Bay State Competition, the Music Teacher’s Association of California Piano Solo and Concerto Competition, and the NYIMC Young Musicians Competition. She has performed in various venues in Los Angeles including the Steinway Piano Gallery, Yamaha Peninsula Music Center, Armstrong Theatre, and just recently at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She is also a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble and maintains a private studio in New York City and New Jersey as well. Ms. Han has studied with Dr. Louise Lepley and Dr. Solomon Mikowsky and has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Music Degree under the tutelage of Alexandre Moutouzkine.

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Jesse Han

Jessica Han is a New York City based Flutist. She is a member the Gil Evans Project and a substitute musician at the New York Philharmonic, Wicked, The Lion King, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has also performed with Opéra National de Lorraine/Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy et de Lorraine, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Mark Morris Dance Group. She has performed on the Grammy winning album, Centennial, Grammy nominated album, Lines of Color, and David Bowie’s recent Grammy winning release, Sue (Or in a Season of Crime). Ms. Han received her BM and MM in flute performance from the Juilliard School and a BA in French Literature from Columbia University

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Steven Herring

Baritone, Steven Herring, most recently performed Jason and Alicia Moran’s WORK SONGS, for the 56th Biennale di Venezia. Among his operatic roles, Mr. Herring has performed Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, Sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. Additional performances include Agwe in Once on This Island, Wandering Son in Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Obatala in God’s Trombones, as well as the baritone love interest in Alicia Hall Moran’s The Motown Project. As a featured soloist, Mr. Herring’s concert repertoire includes performances of Beethoven Choral Fantasy with The Saint Louis Symphony, Fauré Requiem with Orchestra of Saint Lukes, Peter in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with Musica Angelica and The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Carmina Burana at The John F. Kennedy Center with The CUA Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with The CUA Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Festival with The Juilliard Symphony. In addition to a busy performing schedule, Mr. Herring is the Co-director of Bridge Arts Ensemble, an organization of teaching artists which brings high quality music education to students in and around The Adirondack Park. Mr. Herring is a recent recipient of an Olga Forrai Foundation Grant.

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Justin Hines

Percussionist and educator Justin Hines, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, enjoys playing a wide diversity of musical styles, including classical, Broadway, rock, jazz, and contemporary music.

As a percussionist, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. He has also toured with the Jerusalem Symphony, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (principal percussion), and new music ensemble Alarm will Sound. Since 2006, Justin has represented the Education Dept. of the New York Philharmonic in concerts and special programs in Japan. As a Broadway musician, Justin has played on many Tony Award winning shows, including Caroline, or Change, Disney’s TARZAN, In the Heights and Pippin. As an educator, he has collaborated with the Saint Louis Symphony, the New World Symphony, the 92nd Street Y, the Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall, the Caramoor Center for the Arts, Midori and Friends, the New York City Opera, and Education Through Music. As a jazz musician, Justin has performed with the Leonisa Ardizzone Quintet and the 1920s band The Hot Sardines. Currently Justin is a composition mentor for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, and is on the teaching faculty of New York University. Last May, he made his New York Philharmonic hosting debut in the Young People’s Concert The Riddle of Shostakovich.

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Jacob Hoffman

Jacob Hoffman is a New York-based, Chicago-bred artist. As a youngster, he spent much of his time working in the Chicago theatre scene, fostering a passion for the arts that he carries with him today. While still in high school, Jacob worked together with four fellow fresh-faced actors to found Renegade Theatre Company, a youth-founded and run non-profit organization that strove to provide a professional working environment to driven young artists. As Artistic Director, Jacob would oversee the operation of the company, four of its productions, and serve as director for Renegade's benefit production of Grease. Jacob studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, earning a BFA in Drama. Since graduating, Jacob has worked extensively on the New York and Regional stage. Aside from his work as an actor, Jacob has founded the East Coast incarnation of his company, the Renegade Arts Domicile (or R.A.D.), an arts advocacy group committed to providing socially conscious artists a safe haven to explore and create. Jacob also teaches American Sign Language to children throughout the city and works as a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble.

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Marika Hughes

Marika Hughes is a native New Yorker, a cellist, a singer, an occasional radio host on WQXR, a storyteller on The Moth and was an actor in Family Album (by Stew of Passing Strange) which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, summer 2014. Marika has performed and/or recorded with Whitney Houston, Lou Reed, Anthony Braxton, David Byrne, Taylor Mac and D’Angelo among many others. She has performed on The David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon shows as well as Saturday Night Live. Marika is a teacher and director for Young Arts and for 10 years has been a volunteer for Triad Trust; taking her on repeated trips to South Africa and Haiti as a music and self-care educator. Marika happily leads her band Bottom Heavy whose debut album, New York Nostalgia, was released in early 2016 to very warm reviews.

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Paul Jones

Hailed as a “force to be reckoned with” (StepTempest), saxophonist and composer Paul Jones is creating his own brand of unique and stylized jazz and is an in demand sideman in the US and abroad. With a singing yet dark toned saxophone coloring Paul creates music that is based in the history of jazz and classical music while infusing elements from the modern pop aesthetic. Making music that is challenging and complex while remaining attainable as a simple song is the crux behind Paul’s musical world. “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple” (Charles Mingus). Short History, his recent debut album as a leader, received a four star rating from Downbeat Magazine; the recording was noted for showcasing his melodic yet gutsy playing while highlighting his individual harmonic stylings and varied literary and musical influences. “Jones and his ensemble shift moods with throttle-forward speed, revealing so many musical possibilities right off the bat that the listener gets the impression that anything can happen” (Downbeat). In NYC, Paul has performed at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, St. Peter’s Church, The Kitano, Tea Lounge, Shapeshifter Lab, Café Vivaldi, Highline Ballroom, and Rockwood Music Hall. In the fall of 2014 he was a finalist in the Julius Keilwerth Saxophone Idol Competition where he performed alongside Ernie Watts at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. Paul regularly collaborates and has recorded with Matt Davis’ band Aerial Photograph, Nicky Schrire Plus 4, Leon Boykins’ Interval Songs, Jonathan Parker’s The Interloper, Ryan Khun’s Circle, and Yuki Shibata’s Come and Go. Internationally Paul has been featured at Ronnie Scott’s and the Library Club in London. 

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Jeremy Jordan

A member of the Young Steinway Artists roster and critically acclaimed, “a clear technical virtuoso”, “a rare talent”; “a true Wunderkind”, pianist and native Chicagoan Jeremy Jordan burst on the music scene at age 9 playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in a ‘live’ televised performance, followed by appearances on the acclaimed radio program From The Top and From The Top: Live from Carnegie Hall performing Liszt. He has twice again appeared at Carnegie Hall playing Chopin, Liszt, and Wagner. Jordan, who attended the Juilliard School where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance, studying on the Van Cliburn and Irene Diamond scholarships, made his concerto debut with Maestro Alan Heatherington and the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra playing Grieg, followed by debut concerto performances and recordings of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Paul Freeman.  A Foulger International Music Festival Fellow and Juilliard Teaching Fellowship, Jeremy Jordan studied with distinguished pianists Matti Raekallio and Regina Syrkin; and received tutoring from renowned artists including Andre Watts, Yoshie Akimoto, Jerome Lowenthal, and Eteri Andjaparidze.

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John Kaneklides

Hailed by Opera News as “the very picture of youthful optimism and potential,” John Kaneklides is quickly establishing himself as a celebrated tenor of his time. After being named a finalist in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition in 2011, Kaneklides was personally championed by the prolific diction coach and opera translator - a mentorship that propelled his career in opera, art song, and oratorio. This season, Kaneklides will return to St. Petersburg Opera to make his role debut in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He will also star as Villiers in the highly anticipated New York premier of Carlisle Floyd’s most recent opera, The Prince of Players, with the Little Opera Theatre of New York. Additionally, Kaneklides will be a featured soloist in the Eve Queler and Friends concert series with the Opera Orchestra of New York and in Statesville, NC with Opera Experience Southeast. Offstage, Kaneklides will sing the role of Tamino in a workshop of a new English translation of the Magic Flute. Kaneklides is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in New York City. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Vocal Performance from Winthrop University, as well as a bachelors in finance. Kaneklides is a student of Bill Schumann.

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Ann SunHyung Kim

Violinist Ann SunHyung Kim has appeared in many of today’s most prestigious concerts halls including Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Dr. Kim has shared many stages with the most celebrated artists of our generation including violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Nikolaj Znaider, Philippe Entremont, Julian Rachlin, Sarah Chang, and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Dr. Kim has also had the opportunity to share the stage with world renown figures from Robert Redford to Al Gore.
Graduating from Specialist Music Program at Burnside High School in New Zealand with Principal’s Distinction Awards for Achievement in the Arts and Peter Rowe Cup for Musicianship, Dr. Kim travelled to New York City to further her studies at the Manhattan School of Music. During her years at the conservatory, Dr. Kim was actively involved in the Orpheus Institute, where she worked closely with the musicians from Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, a Grammy Award winning chamber orchestra founded in 1972. She also served as a concertmaster for Manhattan School of Music Opera Orchestra, among holding many other principal positions throughout her years at the school.
Dr. Kim has participated in prominent festivals such as Castleton Festival in Virginia (founded by Lorin Maazel, the former music director of the New York Philharmonic); Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina; Artosphere Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, held annually in Germany. She has participated in masterclasses by violinists such as Robert Mann and Shlomo Mintz.
As an avid orchestral musician, Dr. Kim has performed in numerous celebrated orchestras in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand and throughout Europe. She has performed under legendary conductors such as Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach and Manfred Honeck, to name a few. Dr. Kim was also a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Americas for an extensive tour around Mexico, Festival del Sole in Napa Valley, Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe, Vermont, and the release of the highly successful ‘Mi Alma Mexicana’ under SONY Classical.
Dr. Kim is also a core member of the Shattered Glass Ensemble, where she completed numerous tours throughout the U.S. She often leads Shattered Glass as the concertmaster and have produced numerous well-received CDs with the Ensemble.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Kim began violin lessons at the age of three. At the age of nine, she moved to New Zealand and continued her musical studies with Stephen Larsen. In 2004, she moved to New York CIty to attend Manhattan School of Music, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under Albert Markov, Isaac Malkin and Lucie Robert. In 2017, Dr. Kim received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, completing her studies with Hagai Shaham, Philip Setzer and Soovin Kim.

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Kirk Knuffke

Cornetist and Composer Kirk Knuffke is the winner of Downbeat Magazine's "Rising Star"critics poll for 2015. A recipient of the Jerome Foundation composers grant, Kirk has released 15 recordings as a leader or co-leader. "One of modern jazz’s most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing", he has "full command of his most demanding instrument” – All About Jazz. Kirk placed in the top five in the World in the El Intruso critics poll and was one of 6 nominees for Trumpeter of the year by the Jazz Journalist Association. Matt Wilson, Allison Miller, Butch Morris, Uri Caine, Michael Formanek, and many more have hired him as a sideman for over 60 recordings, he has been called "One of New York City's busiest musicians" - New York Times. Knuffke has been based in NYC since 2005. Shortly after his arrival Knuffke began playing with Butch Morris, this friendship resulted in 4 recordings and several European tours. Kirk joined the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet in 2009, recording "Gathering Call" (Palmetto) featuring John Medeski and touring each year. 2016 brought Matt Wilson's "Beginning of a memory" Palmetto, which received 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Michael Formaneks "The Distance" ECM was also awarded 5 stars this year. Knuffke also plays in "Sifter" with Mary Halvorson and Wilson, Ideal Bread, Allison Miller's "Boom Tic Boom", Todd Sickafoose's "Tiny Resistors" and groups led by Ray Anderson, Uri Caine, Mark Helias, Bill Goodwin, Karl Berger and Ted Brown to name a few. "Arm and Hands" a recent release garnering praise from every major Jazz publication as 4 Stars in Downbeat magazine review and Sunday New York Times. The Following CDs "Little Cross" Steeplechase records and "Lamplighter" Fresh Sound Records have also received much praise. Kirk Has had feature articles in Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, Germany's "Sonic", and Denmark's "JazzSpecial" among others. "Kirk Knuffke harbors a dual commitment to formal experimentation and bedrock tradition: There’s no either-or. It’s not often that you encounter the harmony of forces found in “Arms & Hands” (Royal Potato Family), Mr. Knuffke’s excellent new album” – New York Times Expect Knuffke "perfectly balancing sly groove and meditative exploration.” - Time Out New York

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Matthew Krenz

Matthew Krenz is a diverse singer originally from Lincroft, New Jersey. Matthew graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with renowned tenor Neil Rosenshein. After graduation, he received a full scholarship to study at the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve in Chianti, Italy for the summer of 2010. He spent two summers in Bruges, Belgium for the Intermezzo Opera Festival where he sang the roles of Monastatos and Don Basilio in Mozart’s Die Zauberföte and Le Nozze di Figaro. Matthew has sung Nemorino and Nerrone in scenes from L’Elisir d’Amore and L'incoronazione di Poppea, among others. He has been a chorister and featured soloist at The Riverside Church for the past 7 seasons. He was also selected to debut the role of Ignatius in James Sheppard's “A Little Nightmare Opera” in January 2014. Apart from classical music, Matthew is also an avid singer/songwriter. His band, Matt Krenz & The Divine, released their debut EP Goodbye, Good Mourning in the Spring of 2014 and and is currently involved with the recording of their next EP Matt Krenz & The Divine. He has performed with the group at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, The Shrine, The Delancey, The Rock Shop, Pianos, The Bitter End, and the Duplex Cabaret Theater.

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Charlie Levy

Charlie Levy is a New York based actor hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Education: Jen Waldman Studio and AMDA NYC. Theatre: Les Miserables (Enjolras), Ragtime (Younger Brother), Call Me Madam (Kenneth), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), The Fantasticks (Matt). Charlie is heavily involved in new works, various workshops and readings and theatre festivals, he can be heard on multiple recordings featuring the works of new composers. www.charlie-levy.com

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Daniel Linden

Daniel Linden (M.M. from the New England Conservatory in Trombone Performance) has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia with orchestras, opera companies and rock bands. He regularly plays in Broadway and Off Broadway productions and has made many recordings in classical, jazz and pop/world genres. He has performed on Fox News, CBS, MSNBC and the Artie Lange Show. Festivals Daniel has played include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Bang on a Can Marathon. Active in world music and jazz, Daniel has worked with David Byrne, Slavic Soul Party, Asphalt Orchestra, The Ed Palermo Big Band, The Gregorio Uribe Big Band and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars. Daniel has taught trombone at Brandeis University and is currently a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall. www.daniellindenmusic.com

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Laura Metcalf

Cellist Laura Metcalf, renowned as a compelling solo and chamber musician, has been acclaimed for her “brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine), "gorgeous cello legatos" (Washington Post) and described as “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent” (I care if you listen). She has performed in nearly all 50 U.S. states and in countries on six continents, including, among many others, South Africa, Nepal, Argentina, Qatar, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Australia. In 2016 Laura released her first solo album, First Day, on the Grammy-winning label Sono Luminus. Described as a “joyous program” by American Record Guide, the album debuted at #7 on the Billboard Classical charts. Laura is the cellist of award-winning string quintet Sybarite5. Winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild competition, Sybarite5 has given hundreds of concerts worldwide, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, and the Ravinia, Caramoor, Aspen, Wolf Trap and Chautauqua Music Festivals. Laura also performs regularly with the wildly popular cello-percussion quartet Break of Reality, recently selected for an ongoing world tour as musical ambassadors of the US State Department. In addition, she performs with her husband, classical guitarist Rupert Boyd in the duo Boyd Meets Girl, and has been repeatedly invited to the Newport Music Festival and the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions. Outside of the classical realm Laura has performed on the David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Today Shows, and alongside such artists as Adele, John Legend and Nas. Laura lives in New York City.

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Sam Nester

Sam Nester is an Australian trumpet player based in New York. Mr. Nester has performed for Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival & Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Paris Opera Ballet, American Composer’s Orchestra, Australian Ballet, the Festival of New Trumpet Music, and as soloist for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers. He has premiered works by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams, and John Zorn among others. Mr. Nester is the recipient of the 2016 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer award. In 2015 he received a Kevin Spacey foundation Artist of Choice award, for his work with LATE SEA. In addition, he has been the recipient of a Dame Joan Sutherland grant for Music, two Australian Music Foundation awards, an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant, and a French-American Cultural Exchange grant. Mr. Nester graduated with a Bachelor of Music studies from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2007, furthering his studies and receiving First Class Honors from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2009. During this time, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music where he received a Master of Music degree in 2012. Mr. Nester is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music and serves as the Artistic Administrator of Community Engagement at the Juilliard School.

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Patricia Noonan

PATRICIA NOONAN is a NYC-based actor, singer, lyricist, and playwright. Noonan wrote book and lyrics for the musical Learning How to Drown (with Amanda Jacobs), developed at The Johnny Mercer Writers’ Colony (Goodspeed) and the Pitch (Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival) and given a workshop production at Boston College this past year. She is also one of the writers and co-founders of The #makeitfair Project, which launched in 2015 to advocate for gender parity in the entertainment industry and beyond. As an actor, Noonan has created roles in Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday (Sophia), Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet), Edwin (Mollie Booth), The Brontes (Charlotte), Signs of Life (Lorelei), Baby Case (Betty Gow), Neurosis (Abby), and Little House on the Prairie and appeared in revivals at Lincoln Center and City Center in NYC and at theaters across the US. She can also be heard on the cast albums for Death Takes a Holiday and Merrily We Roll Along and made her TV debut as Macie-Lynn Pearce on Law & Order: SVU and feature film debut in The Light of the Moon. Current projects include editing A Mile in Our Shoes (a collection of memoirs from women from around the world) and book & lyrics for the new musical Sweetwater with composer Sean Mahoney which began at Goodspeed's Mercer Writers' Colony and was one of three shows chosen for Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals in 2018. She graduated as a Presidential Scholar from Boston College.

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Brandon Pearson

Brandon hails from Kansas City, Mo where he attended Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts. Previous credits include Because of Winn-Dixie- Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Buffalo Bella- Sundance Theatre Lab, Hair -Delacorte Theatre/Broadway/West End (Tony Award, Best Revival), Rent- National tour. Favorite T.V credits- What would you do?, The View, Tony Awards, The Late Show with David Letterman, Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade. Love and thanks to my family, and TKO.

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Merrill Peiffer

Merrill is new to Bridge Arts Ensemble and couldn't be more excited to join the team! Past credits as a performer include the North American tour of Mamma Mia! and many other various regional theater gigs. Merrill has also taught, directed and recorded in the business. She has a soft spot in her heart for the youth of this nation, and believes it's important to use music and the arts to enrich their lives more than ever.

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Angela Pickett

A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Angela Pickett has performed as a violist, violinist, and fiddler throughout North America, South America, Europe, The Carribbean, and Japan. A two-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Career Grant, Angela’s solo performances have often been featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s regional and national radio programs. In 2006, Angela was a winner of the International Viola Society’s competition for the performance of a Canadian work, and was subsequently invited to perform at the XXXIVth International Viola Congress in Montreal. Angela is currently the violist of acclaimed string quintet Sybarite5, with whom she has performed in thirty-five states, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Library of Congress to the NYC Apple Store and SubCulture. Sybarite5 has commissioned and premiered numerous works for string quintet, and their debut EP “Disturb the Silence” reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Charts. The ensemble has often been featured on NPR radio, and has recently been the subject of articles in Strings Magazine, Symphony Magazine, and The Strad. In 2013, Angela completed a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, and her dissertation focuses on Sybarite5’s recent contributions to the repertoire for string quintet. As a fiddler, Angela as toured and performed with artists including Irish tenor John McDermott, and The Chieftains. She has played on many recordings of Irish and Newfoundland traditional music, and has also been featured on two television commercials and the CBC radio series, “Fiddling Around.” Angela currently lives in New York City where she is the principal violist of the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of NYC and also performs with ensembles including the IRIS Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Argento Chamber Orchestra. In addition to a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music, Angela holds a Masters degree from the Juilliard School and a Conjoint Honors Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and Music History from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Evan Premo

As a member of Decoda, Evan has designed and led five residencies in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As a member of Ensemble ACJW Evan has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. Along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Evan premiered his own double concerto for violin and bass, “Simple Mysteries” inspired by the nature poetry of Mary Oliver. As a soloist, Evan also premiered “Concerto for Bass and Orchestra” by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. His chamber opera, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” (text by Mark Twain) was commissioned by the Pine Mountain Music and has been staged several times most recently featuring the Bergonzi String Quartet. Evan has performed at summer chamber music festivals throughout the country and has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Evan is artistic director and founder of “Beethoven and Banjos”, a Decoda residency that brings together folk and classical musicians for cross-genre concerts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Evan lives in Marshfield, Vermont with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag. Together they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of chamber music. When he’s not performing and composing, Evan enjoys woodworking, hiking, skiing, fishing, and simply being in Nature.

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Robyn Quinnett

Born on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, Robyn Quinnett began playing the violin at the age of eight. She has won several competitions including the national Mariam Hayes Young Artist Competition, and the Ruth Kern Young Artists Competition. Robyn is currently pursuing her DMA at Stony Brook University as a student of Hagai Shaham. An avid chamber musician, Robyn has performed with her string quartet and her string trio in Brazil and Costa Rica on trips sponsored by The Juilliard School. Robyn has performed in venues to include Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall, as well as performed on Saturday Night Live. She was also been selected to attend prestigious summer festivals on scholarship such as The Aspen Music Festival and The Tanglewood Music Center. Robyn is also passionately dedicated to community engagement and pedagogy. She has been a Violin Teaching Fellow at the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program, an Art’s Enrichment fellow, and a Morse Teaching Fellow. Robyn also was selected to be part of the New Orleans Project involving thirty-three Juilliard students to traveling to Louisiana in order to reach out with helping hands and with musical performances during spring break. She also founded the Montserrat Music Festival to bring musical training and live classical concerts to the volcanically impacted island of Montserrat.


Kyle Ritenauer

New York-based musician Kyle Ritenauer enjoys a many-faceted career as a conductor, percussionist, and Teaching Artist. Kyle serves as a Teaching Artist for the Bridge Arts Ensemble, a teaching artist organization that serves over 45 schools districts annually, and has a roster made up of over 70 of NYC's most talented musicians. As a performer Kyle is known for his wide-spanning knowledge of repertoire and his collaborations with other art forms, leading him to found the New York City based orchestra, Uptown Philharmonic. In June of 2016, Mr. Ritenauer led the Uptown Philharmonic, in collaboration with RIOULT Dance NY, in premiering Richard Danielpour’s ballet, Cassandra’s Curse, with four performances at The Joyce Theater. Kyle has studied with numerous conductors and was recently selected by Maestro Leonard Slatkin to be one of two conductors for the Manhattan School of Music/Detroit Symphony Conductors Project. Kyle’s studies also included an intensive week with Maestro Kurt Masur, studying the music of Anton Bruckner and Richard Wagner. Kyle was one of the conductors selected by Maestro Masur to lead a performance of Bruckner's 7th Symphony with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony. Kyle has also worked with Maestro Tito Munoz in an intensive workshop with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. From 2010-2014, Kyle studied at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians where he served as one of the Assistant Conductors from 2012-2014. In addition to orchestral percussion, Kyle performs frequently on Broadway in shows such as Pippin and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

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Lindsay Roberts

Always a dreamer, the desire to sing was placed in the heart of Lindsay Roberts at a young age. A Philadelphia-native, Miss Roberts earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in Opera/Vocal Performance with a concentration in Music Education and her Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Highlights of her blossoming performance career include five national tours, numerous productions with New York City Center’s famous ENCORES! series, multiple cast album recordings, and principal roles at regional theaters across the country. Lindsay made her Broadway National Tour debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, MEMPHIS, covering the starring role of Felicia Farrell. She then completed the Broadway First National Tour of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS covering the role of Clara. Recently, Lindsay was seen starring in Broadway’s AFTER MIDNIGHT in the role of “Creole Love Call” with Norwegian Cruise Productions. Her passion for performance is also matched by a passion for education. Miss Roberts has served as both a director and music director for numerous youth productions and dedicates much of her time to organizations that promote the training and encouragement of young actors like the Broadway Dream Foundation. In the summer of 2013, she traveled to Accra, Ghana to continue that legacy while working with the young actors of the St. Martin de Porres School. It was on that trip that her inspiration for international arts education and training, was ignited. Lindsay completed her graduate studies in Performing Arts Administration with a 4.0 GPA and recently published her thesis, “Designing Performing Arts Education Programs for Maximum Potential in Public Schools: A Guide to Practical Planning and Evaluation.” With her heart and eyes looking toward the future, Lindsay is truly fulfilling her purpose. Always supported by the endless love and encouragement of her family and friends, she couldn't be happier. She personifies talent, grace, and the belief that with God's favor, the sky is the limit!

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Matthew Rohde

Classical guitarist Matthew Rohde, described by the preeminent American virtuoso Eliot Fisk as a “spontaneous young master,” has performed in Brunei, Bethlehem, Boston, and many other places in between. He even performed for the president of China once. A particular devotee of the music of Latin America, he has regularly shared the stage with such musicians as Grammy-nominated pianist Clarice Assad, guitarist Thiago Colombo de Freitas, and singer Gabriela Pelosi. His debut solo album is scheduled for release later this year on the Tresona label. Matthew is devoted to education, particularly in communities otherwise cut off from the mainstream. He once spent more than a year teaching music throughout the West Bank, in Palestine. (It was also in Palestine that Matthew, an avid dancer of the Argentine tango, earned the claim to fame of organizing the first-ever tango workshop and social dance in the history of the country.) Matthew now runs Kithara Project, a nonprofit organization that oversees comprehensive year-round guitar education programs for at-risk youth in a low-income development in Boston and in a shantytown in Mexico City. Matthew has also taught masterclasses at universities and conservatories across the US and Latin America, and his students have been awarded scholarships to major conservatories in the US and Europe. Matthew completed his studies at Yale College; the Yale School of Music; the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique et Danse in Paris; and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. His teachers have included maestros Benjamin Verdery, Oscar Ghiglia, and Roland Dyens. Matthew also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po, in Paris. He is conversant in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic.

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Brian Shank

Born in Saratoga, NY, Brian Shank trained as a pianist from an early age, and later studied percussion and music history with John Antonio and Richard Albagli. He entered the Juilliard Pre-College at age 17 and graduated in 2010 with a Distinguished Graduate Award. That same year, he entered the Juilliard School under professors Daniel Druckman, Gordon Gottlieb, and Joseph Pereira. He received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion in 2014. While at Juilliard, began composing independently and now studies Harmony and composition with Dr. Philip Lasser. Shank's compositions reach across a variety of genres: Lieder, concert music, choral music, music for theater, music for ballet, and multi-media projects dealing with acoustic and electronic instruments. In 2012, Shank co-founded the jazz group the Joe Mohan Trio, playing drum set and composing for the ensemble. He is also the vibraphonist in Andy Clausen’s Split Stream Big Band, percussionist with the Æon Chamber Ensemble, and percussionist of the Rébow Ensemble. As a teacher he is on faculty at the Luzerne Music Center and is a teaching artist with Associated Solo Artists and the Bridge Arts Ensemble.

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James Sheppard

James Sheppard is a conservatory trained musician and composer based out of Brooklyn, NY. He earned his BM and MM in Classical Composition from the Manhattan School of Music. His music has been featured in performances at the NY and Orlando International Fringe Festivals, Rutgers University and The Juilliard School. His score for the Lady Winifred and Didi Show was remarked as “Wonderfully original” by NY Theatre-now. In addition, he works as a composer and arranger for The Bridge Arts Ensemble. As a pianist and vocalist, he has performed in venues such as Carnegie's Weill and Zankel Recital Halls, The Ukrainian Institute, The Abrons Art Center, The Cutting Room, The Brooklyn Bowl, The Cabaret Theatre at The Duplex and Bohemian National Hall to name a few. James currently works on the instrumentalist faculty at The Diller-Quaile School, the Saint Thomas Choir School and sings as a Tenor for the Schola Cantorum at the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer on the upper east side of Manhattan. When he is not performing or composing, he enjoys snuggling with his cat Harvey Keitel and watching terrible sci-fi horror films.

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Michael Smith

Michael, a native of Davis, CA, enjoys performing as a soloist as well as collaborating with a wide range of artists within many different musical communities. He is a former fellow at Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The fellowship brings together many facets that Michael is passionate about: performing, teaching, outreach, and developing unique roles as a creator and presenter. Deeply committed to the art of chamber music, Michael has performed throughout New York, the United States, and Europe in a variety of venues, including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Bernard Haitink Hall, Subculture, Merkin Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, National Sawdust, and the Mondavi Center. He has appeared at festivals including Music@Menlo, Tanglewood, and Norfolk. His performances have also been featured on WQXR and Wisconsin Public Radio. Also a proponent of New Music, he has premiered works by major American composers such as Meredith Monk and Stacy Garrup, and worked with other major composers like Kaija Saariaho, Marc Neikurg, Steven Mackey, and Martin Bresnick. His most recent partnerships include collaborating with composers Gitz Razaz, Timo Andres, and Jeremy Flowers. Michael is currently finishing a Doctorate degree at Stony Brook University under Gilbert Kalish, where he served on the Pre-College music theory faculty and managed the undergraduate piano program, teaching chamber music and solo piano majors as Head Piano Teaching Assistant. Among other honors, Michael has been awarded the Theodore Rehl Prize by Lawrence University and the Gilbert Kalish Scholarship by Stony Brook University.

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David Stevens

David Stevens is a percussionist, timpanist, and educator based in New York City. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and The Knights. Also active as a chamber musician, David is a member of Exceptet and has recently appeared with the Argento Chamber Ensemble.
On Broadway, David has performed as a substitute percussionist in the Tony Award-winning productions of Hello, Dolly!, An American In Paris, and Pippin. He recently performed in cities across North America with the year-long first national tour of the hit musical We Will Rock You – The Musical by Queen and Ben Elton.
David received his master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School.

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Colin Stokes

Cellist Colin Stokes completed his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate in the studio of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott at the Eastman School of Music. In 2012 Stokes completed the Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School with Richard Aaron. In 2014, Colin continued his studies in cello and electronic music with Fred Sherry and Todd Reynolds in Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program. Stokes has been lauded for his “eloquence” and the “abandon and ferocity” with which he plays.  He is known for his “musical commitment and ardent performance style.”  As a member of the elektro-classik collective Symphoniacs, Colin Stokes has performed in many of the most important European classical venues including the Munich Philharmonie, Stuttgart’s Beethovensaal, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle and Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, as well as Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, Bush Hall in London, Düsseldorf’s Messehalle, Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle as well as for a New Year’s Eve crowd of nearly 1 million people at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. In addition to a busy live performance schedule, televised broadcasts of his performances reached over 45 million people in 2016 alone. Born in 1987 Colin began his studies at the age of 7 with local teachers in his native Gettysburg in rural Pennsylvania. At the age of 11 he began studies in Baltimore at the Peabody Institute with the teacher who would exert a profound influence on him, Troy Stuart. Mr. Stokes soon moved to Baltimore to study full time with Mr. Stuart at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Colin Stokes has been performing to critical acclaim from a young age. 

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Joe Tucker

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Joe is a New York based performer and educator. He's played interesting music with interesting titles in interesting places with fantastic and interesting people. Joe is the percussionist for the Brooklyn based Curiosity Cabinet, and is a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble. He does other things, and would love to tell you about them either in person or in an email (if you're curious). Joe has studied with: Judy Moonert, Michael Lipsey, Matthew Ward, David Cossin, and David Colson. He continues to grow by learning from his friends and colleagues.

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Eric Umble

Eric Umble is a versatile, award winning clarinetist hailed as "lovely", (New York Arts) and known for his "... nuanced and coloristic playing." (The Clarinet). Eric enjoys a diverse international career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. An advocate for and avid performer of contemporary music, he is founding member of SoundMind, sTem, and DuoHelix ensembles; all champion music by living composers.
Eric served as clarinetist in residence at Chamber Music Silicon Valley, the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. He has performed with renowned ensembles including the Orchestras of the Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni, the WindScape Quintet, American Modern Ensemble, LoftOpera, ECCE, Tenth Intervention, Cantata Profana, Ensemble Echappee, Tactus, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Mise-en. Eric has performed in the world's major venues including Carnegie's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and National Sawdust in New York; as well as the Kölner Philharmonie, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, Berlin and Paris Philharmonies, and the Cultural and Congress Center of Lucerne, Switzerland. Eric has participated in residencies at Princeton, Cornell, Millersville, Miami, and Sul Ross State, Universities.
Dedicated to using music as a force for positive change, Eric produced benefit concerts that raised thousands of dollars for public health, shelters, and disaster relief. He has received awards and honors including the grand prize of the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, Lancaster Red Rose Award for Community Service, Gordon Parks Memorial Competition, Skokie Valley Young Artist Competition, and the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. As an educator, Eric is a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, and he is a Music Theory teacher at the Washington Heights Community Conservatory in Manhattan. Eric served as an adjunct instructor at the Teacher's College of Columbia University. He enjoys relationships with the Escuela Nacional de Música in Mexico City and Casa de Las Américas in Havana, Cuba where he has presented numerous lecturers, masterclasses, and recitals. Eric received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music studying with David Krakauer and Anthony McGill. For more information visit www.ericumble.com

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Forest VanDyke

Forest VanDyke is an actor and singer from Austin, Texas. His career began as a member, and soloist for The American Boychoir for two years where he toured Germany debuting a new operetta, and record.This was later followed by a performance at Carnegie Hall. Most recently, he performed in the West Coast premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choirboy” and new musicals “The Waterman” at Ars Nova and “Bread and Roses” at Playwrights Horizons. Some of his other favorite productions include “21” (Dir. Jerry Dixon), “Crush” (Comp. -Stew and Heidi Rodewald), and “Pericles”, “Julius Caesar”, and “The Comedy of Errors” at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. As well as many others. Forest is beyond excited and to be among those other great artists and be able to perform for these great students!

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Matt Ward

Matt Ward is dedicated to performing and commissioning new music and has been cited by the New York Times as “a fine soloist”. He is a principal member with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talujon, the American Modern Ensemble, Associated Solo Artists and is the Percussion Department Coordinator at The Juilliard School. Dr. Ward also performs regularly with groups such as the Albany Symphony, Talea Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, The Orchestra of the League of Composers, Sequitor and the Riverside Symphony. Matt Ward began studying conducting as the student director of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players and in residence at the Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival. He is also a regular guest conductor with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Inc., Da Capo Chamber Players and New York New Music Ensemble and has premiered new works by Phillipe Manoury, Lawrence Moss, Ross Bauer, Meyer Kupferman, Barbara White, Sebastian Armoza and many other young composers. Dr. Ward holds a BM degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a MM and DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook and is currently on faculty at Queens College, The Aaron Copland School of Music and Brooklyn College. Through organizations such as the 92nd Street Y, Westchester Philharmonic, and Marquis Studios Mr. Ward has worked with elementary school children throughout New York City and the surrounding area. He can be heard on the recording labels Aeon, Argo, Capstone Records, Newport Classics, Soundspell, and Albany Records.

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Clara Warnaar

Currently an active freelancer in both New York City and Los Angeles, Clara Warnaar is a versatile drummer and percussionist. She plays with renowned groups in the contemporary music scene, including the International Contemporary Ensemble (Brooklyn Academy of Music and Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center), with So Percussion (A Gun Show at BAM), and the American Modern Ensemble (working with Stewart Copeland on his opera The Cask of Amontillado). She is a founding member of the all female percussion quartet Excelsis, and plays drums in Infinity Shred and Real Loud. Clara is a Sabian artist. As a film musician, she’s appeared on the scores of The Fate of the Furious, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is mid-project with Aaron Zigman (The Notebook, The Proposal). Theater and opera credits include: Martin Creed’s The Back Door at Park Avenue Armory, OnSite Opera’s Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night and Pig Iron Theater’s A Period of Animate Existence. Meanwhile, Clara maintains an active schedule touring, writing and recording with Infinity Shred. The band is fresh off a North America tour with Grammy-nominated metal band Periphery, and has been featured on the MTV show Skins. The instrumental trio has electronic, post-rock and metal influences, and is working on a new full-length album. Excited about mentoring the next generation of socially aware musicians, Clara is on faculty for the International Music Sessions (La Jolla, CA) and is a teaching artist for Bridge Arts Ensemble (Adirondacks, NY). In 2016-17, she was in residency with Excelsis at Salem State University, AME at Shenandoah University and Ensemble Mise-en at Dartmouth University. Clara attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Manhattan School of Music.

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Sarah Whitney

Praised by the Washington Post for her “marvelous violin acrobatics”, violinist Sarah Whitney is known for her musical versatility and has been heard worldwide across stages in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the United States. She is recognized as a performer, teacher, entrepreneur and advocate for bringing fresh new ideas to classical music. Based in New York City, she is a member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, one of the fastest-rising chamber-music ensembles in the United States. SYBARITE5 is the first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, giving their Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. SYBARITE5, whose album ‘Disturb the Silence’ reached the top ten on the Billboard Charts, has also performed at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua and Ravinia Festivals, and on the CBS Early Show. Additionally, SYBARITE5 premiered the world’s first concerto for string quintet and orchestra by Dan Visconti with three orchestras last season. Sarah is recognized as a pioneer in changing the perception of classical music and the way it is presented; in 2015 she founded Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series that breaks down the boundaries between the audience and the performers. 

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Keve Wilson

Hailed by the New York Times for her “magnificently sweet tone,” oboist Keve Wilson released her solo album Pure Imagination on Composers Concordance Records/NAXOS. A past winner of Concert Artists Guild and solo oboist with the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, Keve has performed in Amsterdam, Argentina, Austria, Dubai, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Mexico, Panama, New Zealand, and South Korea. A two-time recipient of the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant, Keve traveled to Makuleke Village in South Africa where she participated in learning and teaching folk songs of the region. Keve enjoyed two years as the oboist in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. She inspires visiting high school band and orchestra students from around the country with her original show Believe NYC---from the Band Room to Broadway. From Hyde Park, NY, Keve graduated from the Eastman School of Music. She studied oboe with Richard Killmer, piano with Judith Handman and dance with Elizabeth Clark. She lives in Audubon circle with her husband and two Portuguese water dogs.

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EJ Zimmerman

Broadway: Les Misérables (Eponine u/s, Ensemble). National Tour: Avenue Q. Other favorites: Kim in Miss Saigon (Henry Award), Stuck, DIMF, B-Side Productions, Oguma Playhouse, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. UMD alum. AEA member. www.ejzimmerman.com @ejzimmerman47

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