Applied Music Faculty Biographies
The Music Department provides students the opportunity for private
study of instrumental and vocal performance with the outstanding
faculty in our Applied Music Program. See below for biographies of our applied faculty members.
These faculty members do not have offices at Tufts University, but
can be reached via Edith Auner,
coordinator of applied music.
Katherine Chi has performed throughout
Europe and North America to great acclaim, including her 2003 New
York recital debut, about which The New York Times raved, "Ms Chi
displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of
technique." She has established herself as one of Canada's fastest
rising stars of classical music. "…the most sensational but, better,
the most unfailingly cogent and compelling Prokofiev's Third I have
heard in years," said The Globe and Mail. She has appeared with the
CBC Radio Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada's National Arts Centre
Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Manitoba Chamber
Orchestra, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Toronto Sinfonia, and
the Alabama, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo,
Philadelphia, Quebec, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Victoria Symphony
Orchestras and at festivals including Aldeburgh, Banff, Canada's
Festival of the Sound, Domaine Forget, Launadière, Marlboro,
Osnabrück Kammermusik, Germany's Ruhr, Santander Summer Music, and
Festival Vancouver. Bolzano Orchestra Recitals Milan, Rome,
Salzburg, tour of Italy and Germany, Hannover. Ms. Chi gave her
debut recital at age nine. A year later she was accepted to The
Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Seymour Lipkin. She
continued studies with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New
England Conservatory in Boston, where she received her Master's
degree and Graduate and Artist Diplomas. She later studied for two
years at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, and at
the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Ms. Chi was a prizewinner at
the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition and was the first
Canadian and first woman to win Canada's Honens International Piano
Competition. Her debut recording, of works by Beethoven and
Rachmaninov, was released in 2003 on Canada's Arktos label.
Hisako Hiratsuka is a graduate of the Tokyo
University of Arts and Music. She was a very active piano teacher in
Japan prior to coming to the United States in 1989. She enjoys a
fine reputation as a chamber music player and accompanist. Recently,
she has been performing in recitals with her colleagues in the
Baltimore, Washington, Maine, and Boston areas as well as in Tokyo,
Yokohama, and Kamakura, Japan. Her teachers include Victor Rosenbaum
and Yasuko Tani, a former professor at the Tokyo University of Arts
Michael McLaughlin Klezmer Ensemble
Director...Pianist, accordionist, arranger, and composer for the
Klezmer ensemble Shirim and the experimental Klezmer group Naftule's
Dream. Performances on such stages as the Berlin Jazz Festival
('99), the Texaco Jazz Festival ('97, '98) as well as the Ashkenaz
New Jewish Music Festival ('96, '98). Michael holds an MM in
Composition from Tufts University ('99) where he studied with John
McDonald, and a BM in composition from Berklee College of Music in
1993. He is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist
Grand Award in composition for 2001.
Greg Pauley has been praised by critics for
having "perfect dynamic nuances," being "at all times technically
brilliant," (The Newark Star Ledger) and for "playing with a
maturity that belied his age." (The Portland Press Herald) A native
of Southern California, Mr. Pauley earned his Bachelor's Degree from
the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master's
Degree from Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University
where he studied with Ilana Vered. Mr. Pauley has performed at Alice
Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall among many others, and has
performed live on radio and television in Vermont, New York, Maine
and Alberta Canada. In addition to performances in New Hampshire,
concerts have taken Mr. Pauley to Florida, Alabama, Kentucky,
Vermont, New York, Michigan, Maine, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and
California. In February of 2000 Mr. Pauley released his first
recording, "What the West Wind Saw," a CD of solo piano music
inspired by elements of nature (earth, wind, fire and water) which
features works by Ravel, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and Scriabin. In
addition to his busy performance schedule, Mr. Pauley maintains a
full teaching schedule and is in demand as an adjudicator and Master
Class teacher. Mr. Pauley lives with his family in Concord, New
Hampshire where is on the piano faculty at St. Paul's School and the
Concord Community Music School.
Andrew Rangell is a graduate of the Julliard
School, earning a doctoral degree in piano under Beveridge Webster.
He made his New York debut as winner of the Malraux Award concert
Artists Guild and has since performed throughout the United States,
with subsequent New York recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
the 92nd Street Y and Columbia's Miller Theater. From 1977 to 1985
he was resident artist and principal piano instructor at Dartmouth
College, and a frequent guest with some of New England's foremost
performing groups and festivals.
Thomas Stumpf received his degrees in piano
performance from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the New
England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He won concerto
competitions at both institutions, and was awarded the Bösendorfer
Prize (Vienna, 1970) and the Lilli Lehmann Medal (Salzburg, 1972).
His performing career has taken him across four continents and he is
featured on six CD's. Stumpf's repertoire ranges from Bach to the
avant-garde; he has conducted several Mozart concerti from the
keyboard, and performed the complete solo piano works of Mozart at
Boston University during the 1991-92 season and at UMassLowell in
2006-7. He has premiered many compositions by contemporary American
composers and has performed with such luminaries as Rita Streich,
Edith Mathis, D'Anna Fortunato, Richard Stoltzman, Jack Brymer,
Walter Trampler and Leslie Parnas. He has also appeared with the
HongKong Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Orchestra (under Arthur
Fiedler), Alea III (under Theodore Antoniou), and numerous other
ensembles. Stumpf's compositions have appeared on concert programs
in Boston, throughout the U.S. as well as in Germany and the
U.S.S.R.; in 1992 he won the Kahn Award for his music theater
project "Dark Lady," one section of which was recorded on the Neuma
label by soprano Joan Heller. Most recently his choral work "Though
I walk" was premiered at St. Bartholomew's in New York City by the
Pharos Music Project. He is Director of Music at Follen Church in
Lexington MA, where he has conducted many major choral works. His
experience at Follen has led to his first book: a collection of
essays entitled "A Sounding Mirror: Courage and Music in our Time,"
published in 2005 by Higganum Hill Books. He is also the co-founder
and Artistic Director of Prism Opera, and has conducted and directed
Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" (in his own translation), as well as
operas by Britten, Vaughan-Williams and Holst. Stumpf has taught
piano at the New England Conservatory, UMassLowell (where he was
head of the keyboard department), and Boston University (where he
was Chair of the Collaborative Piano Department). He regularly gives
master-classes at the Musikschule in Mannheim, Germany.
Charles Blandy has been critically praised for his
performances in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream and Berio's
Sinfonia at Tanglewood. He was in the premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's
opera Ainadamar at Tanglewood and Los Angeles. The year 2005
included two appearances with Opera Boston, in Offenbach's La Vie
Parisienne and Glück's Alceste. In 2006 he will sing Tamino in
Mozart's /The Magic Flute/ with Emmanuel Music in Boston. Mr. Blandy
has sung Handel's /Messiah /with the Charlotte Symphony, premiered
Jorge Liderman's Song of Songs with the San Francisco Contemporary
Music Players, and performed Britten's St. Nicolas, conducted by
Raymond Leppard. He frequently performs works of Bach with Emmanuel
Music in Boston, and he has sung several works with the Cantata
Singers under David Hoose and John Harbison. He studied at Indiana
University (Masters), Oberlin College, the Britten-Pears School in
England, and Tanglewood, where he was the recipient of the Grace B.
Jackson prize. He is a native of Troy, NY.
Andrea Ehrenreich, Soprano
Andrea Ehrenreich has appeared in recital throughout the United
States, as well as in Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, Poland,
Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand and India. She has appeared as a
guest soloist with such highly acclaimed organizations as the
Cleveland Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Leonberg, the Miami
Symphony, the St. Cecilia Orchestra of Dublin, the Boston Chamber
Orchestra, the Stuttgarter Bach Collegium, the Back Bay Chorale of
Boston, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and with
the Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Summer Pops
As an advocate of American music, Ms. Ehrenreich has toured the
South Pacific and the Far East under the auspices of the United
States Information Agency's Artistic Ambassador Program. The recital
tour included highlights from American opera, art song, and musical
theatre. Ms. Ehrenreich gave concerts in New Zealand, Indonesia and
India to enthusiastic critical acclaim.
Her extensive oratorio credits include performances of Orff's
Carmina Burana with the Back Bay Chorale of Boston, Handel's Messiah
with the Stuttgarter Bach Collegium and the Miami Symphony, Haydn's
Creation and Brahms' Requiem with the St. Cecilia Orchestra of
Dublin, Haydn's Theresienmesse with members of the New World
Symphony, Goodman's Kaddish at Marsh Chapel at Boston University,
the Mozart Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra's PAND Festival,
Haydn's The Seasons with Assabet Valley Mastersingers, as well as
the Bach's Magnificat and the Vivaldi Gloria. Recently, Ms.
Ehrenreich performed Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op.
24 with the Tufts University Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Ehrenreich has
been featured on live radio broadcasts of National Public Radio, Art
of the States, RTHK-Hong Kong, and the internationally syndicated
‘Voice of America'.
As a promoter of new music, Ms. Ehrenreich has premiered works
composed expressly for her by Andrew Vores, Donald Hagar, Marusya
Nainggolan, David Gallagher, Uli Süsse, and Mathias Schneider. In
addition to numerous performances of contemporary music, she has
also premiered works by John McDonald, Marti Epstein, Persis Vehar,
John Yukashi and Julian Wachner.
Ms. Ehrenreich has enjoyed success in the operatic field as well.
Her most recent performances include the roles of "Marie" in The
Bartered Bride by Smetana, "the First Lady" in Mozart's The Magic
Flute, "Norina" in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, and "Susanna" in
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
Thomas Gregg, Applied Music Instructor. Voice.
DMA in Vocal Performance, The Ohio State University, 1989.
Performance experience: Handel & Haydn Society and King's Chapel
choirs in Boston, numerous recitals, solos in opera and oratorio nationwide,
Schubert-Institute in Austria, historical music ensembles, new songs by
Commercial recordings: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" (1999), modern works
with the Trinity Choir of Boston (1999), German Lieder with single-action
harp, duo DoubleAction (2005), Mozart "Mass in c minor" and "Requiem" with
the Handel & Haydn chorus (2010/11), and song cycle "Autumnal Raptures"
by composer Larry Bell (2012).
Teaching experience: vocal repertoire and pedagogy courses and workshops,
musical theater and classical studio voice
Fellowships and Grants: Aston Magna Academy, Bach Aria Institutes,
NATS Intern Program. Appointed 2002.
Carol Mastrodomenico -Opera Ensemble Director,
M.M. in Vocal Performance, M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy, New England
Conservatory. Ms. Mastrodomenico is an active performe and teacher
in the Boston area. Her recital credits include: Tanglewood Music
Center, Jordan Hall in a program of works by composer David Leisner,
Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, 1794 Meeting House Concert
Series in New Salem, and the Music at Noon Concert Series at the
Swedenborg Chapel. She was heard as Adele in Die Fledermaus, and
Clorinda in Cenerentola at Longwood Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflote
with Hillman Opera, and Princess Toto and Columbine with Royal
Victorian Opera Company. In addition to Tufts University, she is
presently on the faculties of Boston College, and the University of
Massachusetts at Boston.
Ronald Haroutunian, B.M., New England Conservatory. Studied with
Sherman Walt and Matthew Ruggiero. Performs regularly with the
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber
Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, and numerous other organizations
throughout New England. He has appeared with the Boston Symphony and
Boston Pops Orchestras. He has recorded with Philips, Opus One,
Golden Crest, CRI and Albany records. Mr. Haroutunian has served on
the faculty of Hartt School of Music and also has served as
principal bassoon with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Diane Heffner is an active freelance clarinetist and
teacher on both modern and historical instruments. She plays period
clarinets with Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Arcadia Players,
and Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco).
As a modern clarinetist Ms. Heffner performs regularly with Dinosaur Annex
Music Ensemble, Alea III, Solar Winds, Alcyon Chamber Ensemble. In addition
to Tufts University Ms. Heffner is on the applied faculty at the Cambridge
School of Weston and the All-Newton Music School and has been a chamber music
coach at both the Chamber Music Center of the East and the Wellesley Composers
Confrernce. She received both BM and MM degrees with honors from the New England
Conservatory where she studied clarinet with Joseph Allard and chamber music
with Rudolph Kolisch and Leonard Shure.
Nina Barwell, B.M., New England Conservatory of Music: Fulbright-Paris,
France. M.M., S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook. The New York Times wrote of Nina
Barwell's debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall that "her playing
reflected the skill and assurance of a seasoned performer", and "she
played beautifully." She plays in the Symphony New Hampshire, teaches
at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory, Preparatory School
and actively free lances in Boston. She has taught at the University of
Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Ohio University School of Music, and Boston
University School of Music. She performed as a soloist with the Boston Pops,
played at Tanglewood and performed for two summers at the Bach Aria Festival.
She has played numerous solo recitals on WGBH Radio and at Jordan Hall.
Nina Barwell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and received
a M.M. from SUNY, Stony Brook. She received a Fulbright Grant to Paris,
France. Her teachers include James Pappoutsakis, Jean Pierre Rampal, and
Samuel Baron. In 2012 she completed her book, The Artistry and Inspired
Teaching of James Pappoutsakis, Transcribed, Edited, and Annotated by Nina Barwell.
Lynn Jacquin, B.M., New England Conservatory of Music, where she is
now Woodwind Chamber Music Chair of the Extension Division. She is
also on the faculty of the Longy School of Music. Ms. Jacquin was a
founding member of Oboe International and E.L.M. (Everybody Loves
Music), and has appeared as soloist and chamber music player in
North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. She is an
active free-lance and chamber music player in the Boston area, and
has performed with the Cantilena Quintet, Alea III, Boston Lyric
Opera, Boston Ballet, Opera New England, and Bank Boston Celebrity
Soloists Youth Concerts with Bassoon Chamber Players. Ms. Jacquin
has also coached music at the Wellesley Composers Conference and was
guest lecturer in Brizal under the Auspices of the Fulbright
Philipp A. Stäudlin has performed hundreds of concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Russia,
Austria, Sweden, France, Italy, South Korea, Mongolia, Japan, and in the U.S. As
the youngest competitor in 1997, Stäudlin won First Prize and the Audience
Prizein the Gustav Bumcke International Saxophone Competition. As a member of
the New Art Saxophone Quartet he has received First Prize in the Chamber Music
Competition of the German Music Foundation. Graduated from Basel Musikhochschule
in 1999, Stäudlin received a Soloist Diploma, having studied with Marcus Weiss
and Iwan Roth.He also receivedan Artist Diploma in 2002from Longy School of
Music, having studied with Kenneth Radnofsky. Current CD releases on the Ars
Musici, Enja, Newport Classics, Albany, Innova, Navona labels.
Anne Howarth is a founding member of the chamber group Radius
Ensemble, and performs often in the greater Boston area. She holds
the position of principal horn with the Plymouth Philharmonic
Orchestra and freelances with other orchestras, including the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and
Portland Symphony Orchestra. She maintains a private teaching studio
in Somerville, MA, teaches horn at U Mass Boston, and has taught
horn and brass methods at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Anne holds degrees from Oberlin College and New England
Dana Russian, B.A., Colby College, Waterville, Maine. He has
performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, the Harvard Chamber
Orchestra, and Rhode Island Philharmonic, and is currently a member
of the Springfield Symphony and the Beacon Brass Quintet.
Michael S. Milnarik is a member of the Innovata
Brass, Brass Sect, Keys & Brass, Cosmopolitan Tuba Quartet, Dr.
Fidgety Dixieland Jazz Band, Toobis Groovis and Brass Planet. He has
performed with most of the orchestras in northern New England, the
Albany Symphony, the Key West Symphony, as well as with ensembles
rnaging from new music to Dixieland and jazz, and also as a soloist.
He has a Master of Music degree from Boston University and a
Bachelor of Music degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
Michael is the founder and director of the Cosmopolitan Tuba
Euphonium Workshop - a summer camp for high school, college and
adult age participants, and he runs an online store called
TubaStudio.com that carries tubas, euphoniums and related items.
Michael is the tuba and euphonium instructor at Tufts University,
Salem State University and Brandeis University. Formerly he taught
at the University of Southern Maine for eight years and the
University of Massachusetts Lowell for five years.
Strings & Early Music
Pascale Delache-Feldman, double bassist, was a prizewinner at the
Prague International Chamber Music Competition, received first prize at
the Paris Conservatory with honors and an Artist Diploma from the Curtis
Institute of Music. Called by the NewMusic Connoisseur as having "technical
certainty and musical imagination" and by the Phoenix as "a gifted colorist...
who produced an entire range of orchestral effects", she has soloed with
the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, North Shore Philharmonic, Greensboro
Festival Orchestra, among others. She has collaborated with Midori,
Joel Smirnoff, Virginia Eskin, Victor Rosenbaum, Dawn Upshaw, the St.
Petersburg, Borromeo and Lark String Quartets. As co-founder of Cello e
Basso with cellist Emmanuel Feldman, they have concertized in the US and in
Europe and have released a new CD on Synergy Classics. She has recorded chamber
works with the Albany, Archetype, Arsis, AFKA and CRI labels. Since2001, she
has been the artistic director of the Boston Bass Bash, an international
festival dedicated to the double bass. She teaches at the Longy School of Music,
Tufts and Brown Universities and Rivers School of Music.
Hailed by John Williams, Grammy award winning composer as "an outstanding cellist and
truly dedicated artist", Emmanuel Feldman has emerged as one of the most innovative
cellists of his generation. Known for his intense soulful playing and a broad range
of repertoire, he enjoys an active career as soloist, chamber musician, recording
artist, champion of new music and educator. He has soloed with the Boston Pops,
Nashville Chamber Orchestra, BMOP, New England String Ensemble and many others.
An avid chamber musician, he was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music Festival,
has collaborated with fellow artists Gilbert Kalish, Richard Stoltzman, Joy Cline Phinney,
Jennifer Frautschi, the Borromeo String Quartet, and soloed with pop and jazz artist Bobby McFerrin.
Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote "Feldman was superb" in his recent Celebrity Series debut.
His solo CD on Albany Records "Rider on The Plains" featuring Virgil Thomson's Cello Concerto
was nominated for a 2008 Grammy award for producer Blanton Alspaugh (producer of the year)
and was called an "excellent recording…the concerto sounds exhilarating in this bracing and
confident performance" by Anthony Tommasini (N.Y. Times). He has also recorded for Naxos,
Arsis Zimbel and Navona. A consummate advocate of new music, Mr.Feldman has premiered
cello works by composers Aaron Kernis, Richard Danielpour, Gunther Schuller, and many others.
Co-founder of Cello e Basso with bassist Pascale Delache-Feldman, they were called
"a musical Lewis and Clark" by NPR's Ron Schacter. He has performed at the Pablo Casals,
Schlesswig Holstein, Yellow Barn, Killington, and Summit Music Festivals. A Curtis Institute
graduate with studies at the Paris Conservatory, Mr. Feldman is also on the cello faculty
at New England Conservatory.
David Patterson has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber
musician throughout the world. He is also known as an ace arranger and producer
across a wide spectrum of styles and genres. He founded the critically
acclaimed group, The New World Guitar Trio. The group performed and
recorded internationally between 1990 and 2002 and was dedicated to
commissioning and performing new music as well as creating original arrangements
of standard repertoire. As the group's director, Mr. Patterson earned
exceptional praise for his innovative programming and arranging. Additionally,
Mr. Patterson has collaborated with such composers as Osvaldo Golijov, Claudio Ragazzi,
Chiel Meijering, David Leisner, and Dana Brayton and has performed with numerous
orchestras and ensembles including Musica Viva, Boston Modern Orchestra Project
and Opera Boston. He has been a guest artist at the Tanglewood Music Festival
and Bowdoin International Music Festival and has been involved in collaborations
with such artists as Dawn Upshaw, Robert Spano and director, Peter Sellars. David
Patterson can be heard on various recordings: New World Guitar Trio,
Exiled and Esordio. Mr. Patterson's work extends beyond the classical
repertoire. He has played on and produced recordings in various genres
including his recording of Jimmy Page's "White Summer/Black Mountainside",
featured in a compilation CD Guitar Harvest alongside guitarists Andy
Summers, Bill Frisell, and Ralph Towner, among others. David Patterson is a
highly sought after teacher and clinician. He has conducted master classes and
workshops worldwide and currently divides his time between the United States and
Asia. He is on the faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College, Tufts
University and Gordon College. He recently completed a book of scale
studies, "Czerny for Guitar" which is published by Hal Leonard.
Mary Jane Rupert. B.M., Oberlin College. M.M., in Harp and Piano,
Indiana University. D.M., in Piano Performance, Indiana University.
Private harp study with Marcel Grandjany. Ms. Rupert is currently a
faculty member of Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts. Free-lance
harpist and recitalist in the Boston area. Other performances in
Carnegie Recital Hall and the Beijing Concert Hall, China. She has
published an arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite for flute and harp
(or piano) with New Boston Editions.
Scott Woolweaver, B.M., graduated with distinction from the University
of Michigan School of Music before moving to Boston for graduate
work with Walter Trampler. He was founding member of the Boston
Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993
String Quartet and Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan, and with the
Quartet, performed across the United States and Europe. He is
violist of the award-winning New England Piano Quartette, Boston's
Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and he spends his summers at
the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park (CO) Chamber Music
Festival, and the Adult Chamber Music Seminar at the Interlochen
(MI) Arts Camp. A champion of twentieth century music, Mr.
Woolweaver has premiered numerous works for the viola, many of which
were written for him. He is also a faculty member of the All Newton
Music School, the University of Massachusetts and has recorded for
Orion, Koch International, TelDec, Audiofon, Albany Records, Decca
and Northeastern Records.
Viola da Gamba/Recorder
Jane Hershey, Director of the Early Music Ensemble, studied at The
Hague conservatory with Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken, and Frans
Bruggen. As a member of the Boston Camerata from 1982 to 1987, she
toured in the US and Europe, and recorded with Erato, Harmonia Mundi
and Nonesuch; as a viol and violin player she has performed with the
Aston Magna Festival, New England Bach Festival, Handel and Haydn
Society, Hesperus, LiveOak, Emmanuel Music and the Smithsonian
Chamber Orchestra. She performs regularly with New Quartet, Arcadia
Players, and with Laura Jeppesen at the MFA in Boston; as a duo with
Ms. Jeppesen, she can be heard on the new CD Music for Viola da
Gamba on Titanic. Active as a workshop director for the Viola da
Gamba Society-New England, Ms. Hershey is on the faculties of the
Longy School of Music and the Powers Music School.
Joanna Kurkowicz. A prize winner in numerous competitions
and praised in the magazine Gramophone for her ‘disciplined virtuosity', the
Polish-born violinist Joanna Kurkowicz enjoys an active and versatile career as
a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and concertmistress. She has performed
worldwide in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston,
and the Große Saal, Salzburg, and has appeared as a soloist with, among others,
the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, New England
String Ensemble, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Poznań
Philharmonic Orchestra, and Polish National Radio Orchestra in Katowice, as well
as with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in which she currently serves as
concertmistress. She holds the position of Artist in Residence at Williams
College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and serves on the faculty at Tufts
University. She is also a frequent coach at the New England Conservatory of
Music. Joanna Kurkowicz is a strong advocate of contemporary music and has
premiered many works by living composers and made many recordings on such labels
as Chandos, Bridge, Centaur, CRI, Albany, New World , Neuma, Capstone and
Archetype. Her Chandos recording of Violin Concertos Nos 1, 3, and 7 by Bacewicz
was awarded a ‘Golden Tuning Fork' by the magazine Diapason d'or and reached No.
6 on Amazon's chart of Best Classical Albums in 2009. A founding member and
artistic advisor for the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, she has been a guest
artist at the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Ravinia Festival, Bargemusic in
New York, Asia Pacific Festival in Wellington, Rockport Chamber Music Festival,
and Marthas's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, among others. Joanna Kurkowicz
plays a violin made by Pietro Giovanni Guarneri in 1699.
Sarita Uranovsky, a native of Cape Town, South
Africa enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber musician,
teacher and orchestral musician. Since her debut at the age of 15,
she has appeared as soloist and in recital with, among others,
Boston University, Cape Town, Richmondshire and the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama Symphony Orchestras. Sarita has been
Concertmaster of Orchestra Geminiani de Fallonica (Italy), the RSAMD
Symphony Orchestras and Assistant Concertmaster of the Cape Symphony
Orchestra. She can be seen performing regularly in groups around
Boston including Boston Musica Viva, the Cantata Singers, Boston
Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Pops. Ms. Uranovsky is a
founding member and violinist of Boston based group, MONTAGE Music
Society. She has recorded and broadcast for both the BBC and SABC.
Sarita has performed in concert for HRH Prince Charles, HRH Princess
Anne and at the church of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. Ms. Uranovsky
teaches at Tufts University, is teaching Assistant to Bayla Keyes at
Boston University and serves on the faculty of MIT's Emerson
Joe Galeota, Jr. (focusing on African/Brazilian percussion) -
B.M., Berklee College of Music, studied Ethnomusicology at the University
of Ghana (West Africa); M.A., Wesleyan University, 1985. Assistant
Professor of Music, Berklee College of Music. Percussionist for
Spirit of Africa and the Radicals World Tour 1994-1996. Consultatn
and recording artist for movie soundtrack for Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom (Lucas Films). Owner of West African Drum company Jag
Originally from Brazil, Renato Malavasi has been performing and
studying the drum set since 1988. Recipient of Berklee College of Music Best
Scholarship, where he graduated from in 2000, Renato currently resides in Boston,
and shares the stages of the New England area with some of the most unique musicians.
His performances range widely from instrumental Jazz Trios, Quartets, Quintets,
and Big Bands to accompanying Jazz Singers. Other performances, recordings,
and experiences include projects with Brazilian and Afro Cuban groups as well.
He has also toured and given clinics in Japan. Before coming to Boston in 1997,
Renato performed extensively throughout Brazil accompanying folk singers, and
was also involved in other instrumental projects as a performer and student of
Brazilian music and culture. And since November of 2008, he has been part of the
Education Outreach City Music Boston Program teaching staff. This a program directly
related to and sponsored by Berklee College of Music, with the main goal of reviving
musical education in public schools.
serves as principal percussionist for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project
(BMOP), Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex Music
Ensemble, and the Opera Boston Orchestra. He works as well with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber
Orchestra of Boston and the Boston Chamber Music Society. As a timpanist, mallet
specialist and solo percussionist, he has been featured with the Celebrity
Series of Boston on numerous occasions. In 2004, Mr. Schulz received a Grammy
Award nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance on Yehudi Wyner's The
Mirror (Naxos).That year he also
gave the Boston premiere of Tan Dun's Water Concerto with
BMOP. He has led his own group, the BeatCity Art Ensemble, in performances for
the Celebrity Series, Lincoln Center, and the National Gallery of Art in
Washington, DC. He has toured nationally and internationally with pipa virtuoso
Wu Man and was the featured recitalist for the 2006 CrossSound Festival in
Juneau, Alaska. In 2010 he recorded Kick
and Ride, a concerto for drumset and orchestra written for him by Eric Moe,
scheduled to be released by BMOP Sound in 2011.
Also a virtuoso drumset artist in both solo and ensemble settings, he teaches
all the styles: jazz, big band, pop, funk, afro-latin, theatrical, etc. Schulz
has performed with Dave Brubeck on several occasions, at the Newport Jazz
Festival, with jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins, guitar legend Jim Hall, the San
Antonio Symphony, the Boston Pops, and countless jazz combos, cover bands, and
original music groups over the last 30 years. In his teaching, Bob's focus is on
helping his students develop the fundamental skills and techniques required of
any successful drummer/percussionist working today. The breadth of his
performance experience is matched by few and it is this wealth of experience
that makes him a uniquely gifted educator.
World, Ethnic, Folk, and Traditional
Instruments, Voice, Music
Arabic clarinet + hand drums
Mal Barsamian represents the third generation of oud (lute) players
in his family. Having obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees
in classical guitar performance under Robert Paul Sullivan at the
New England Conservatory of Music, he went on to become a
sought-after player of the oud and dumbeg (hand drum). He has played
within Armenian, Greek, and Middle Eastern musical communities
throughout the country for over thirty years, and also performs on
guitar, clarinet and saxophone. He performed with the late Esber
Korporcu, an important figure in Boston's Middle-Eastern music
community, and has also appeared with Mehmet Sanlikol's Dunya
organization. Mal is a specialist in music written by Armenian
composers active in Istanbul during the later years of the Ottoman
Rich Stillman has taught literally hundreds of students
to play banjo, both face-to-face and worldwide through Internet lessons.
He studied with Tony Trischka, and is a six-time winner of the Lowell Bluegrass
Banjo contest and a two-time New England banjo champion. Rich is a
longtimemember of the perennial New England bluegrass band Southern Rail,
with whom he has recorded four CDs. In the 1990s, Rich founded WayStation,
a band that combined folk and blues material with bluegrass instrumentation.
WayStationtoured for eight years and recorded one successful CD. Along the way,
Rich found time to fill the banjo chair with local favorites Adam Dewey and
Crazy Creek and The Bogus Family, recording two CDs with each, and played
memorable sets with Peter Rowan, James Monroe and the Arlington High School
orchestra. As a teacher, Rich has been on the faculty of Banjo Camp North
for nine of its ten years. The book "Banjo Camp" includes one of Rich's workshops
as well as articles by Pete Seeger, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith and Pete Wernick,
and his book "Bluegrass Banjo from All Sides" was released in September 2012 by
Mel Bay Publishing. Rich has given banjo workshops at many local bluegrass festivals.
He is a student of classic era 5-string banjo and has compiled a CD of fingerstyle
banjo music from the turn of the 20th century. Rich has taught banjo as an adjunct
faculty member at Phillips Andover Academy, and is associated with local teaching
studios at The Music Emporium and The Real School of Music.
Hindustani Music, Voice (Indian Music)
Warren Senders. The artistic traditions of Hindustani music have
been at the core of Warren Senders' life and work since 1977, when
he began his study of Hindustani music with Smt. Kalpana Mazumder.
After living for five years in India and learning from master
teacher Pt. S.G. Devasthali, he is recognized as the foremost
non-Indian performer of Hindustani singing; his concerts in India,
Europe and North America have been widely acclaimed. Warren has
received grants and fellowships including the Indo-American
Fellowship, the Jon B. Higgins Memorial Scholarship for Indian
Music, a Senior Research Fellowship and a Performing Arts Fellowship
from the American Institute of Indian Studies, support for music
composition from Meet the Composer, and travel awards from the Fund
for U.S. Artists. His writing on music has been published by Rhythm
Magazine, Bansuri, the New England Conservatory Journal for Learning
Through Music, and World Rhythm. Mr. Senders is on faculty at the
New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University.
Cathleen Read, B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., Wesleyan
University. Studied sokyoku (koto music) of the Yamada School for
twenty years. In 1974 she became the first foreigner to join a
professional Yamada School musicians' guild, when she was admitted
into the shachu of Nakanoshima Kin'ichi-Sensei, one of Japan's
renowned artists, and given the performing name Ayakano. Ms. Read
has concertized widely in the United States, Japan and West Africa.
Geoff Brown is an eclectic musician, multi-instrumentalist,
teacher, author, and composer. Gaining most of his training on mandolin and
guitar, he has played in many groups ranging from funk and rock to bluegrass,
Celtic, klezmer, folk, jazz, and classical. With a broad musical background,
he has carved a unique place for himself as an independent artist. He has
released nine independent records and has performed extensively throughout
New England. He holds a Performance Certificate from the Guitar Institute
of Technology (Hollywood, CA), a B.A. in Music from Tufts University (Medford, MA),
where he graduated summa cum laude, and a M.M. from Longy School of Music
(Cambridge, MA), where he graduated with distinction. Geoff has also
authored and published instructional books for both mandolin and guitar.
In addition to teaching mandolin at Tufts, he is part of the faculty at
Longy School of Music and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
He currently resides in the Boston area where he teaches, composes,
performs, and records with his group Hickory Strings. More information
about the artist is available at www.GeoffBrownMusic.com.
Kareem Roustom is an award-winning composer who has composed music
for film, television, the concert hall and album projects. Steeped
in the musical traditions of the Arab Near East and trained in
Western music, Roustom is a musically bi-lingual composer who has
collaborated with a wide variety of artists ranging from the
Philadelphia Orchestra to Shakira. An active composer of film music,
he has scored a number of short and feature-length films, and his
score for the award-winning documentary Encounter Point earned him
the Best Musical Score Award at the 2006 Bend International Film
Festival. Of his recent score for Amreeka, which premiered at the
2009 Sundance Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter wrote "Kareem
Roustom's Middle Eastern-flavored score contributes greatly."
Amreeka recently won the Internation Critic's Award at the
Director's Fortnight during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and will
be released in the USA in September of 2009.
Elizabeth Reian Bennett is the first woman to play
professionally as a Grand Master of the shakuhachi, the Japanese
bamboo flute, and stands out as one of only a handful of western
players trained in traditional Japanese music. She has studied and
performed with Living National Treasure Aoki Reibo, recognized as
Japan's foremost shakuhachi instrumentalist, for over 30 years.
Since her debut recital in Tokyo in 1984, Reian Bennett has performed
frequently in Japan and worldwide, from Australia and Europe to Mexico,
Afghanistan and the United States. Tokyo performances are planned every
two years. Notable venues have included Tokyo National Theater and NHK
(Japan National TV); her next recital will be in March, 2012. She as
been interviewed on radio by Faith Middleton of Fresh Air, Robert J.
Lurtsema of Morning Pro Musica and Richard Knisley of Classical
Her CD entitled Song of the True Hand, released in 2006, was nominated
'Instrumental Album of the Year' by Jon Sobel at Blogcritics Magazine.
In describing it, Sobel wrote, "(it exemplifies)… the way a single
individual with a musical instrument can wordlessly conjure the human
spirit out of thin air." Hartford Advocate critic Dan Barry compares
her musical vocabulary to "…Coltrane in his prime". Jay Keister, critic
for The Journal of the Society for Asian Music, praises "Bennett's
impressive technique…Her skill with the instrument is clearly world-class."
Reian Bennett teaches the shakuhachi through the world music program at
Tufts University, and in the Boston area.
Violin traditions of the World
Beth Bahia Cohen has spent a large part of her career exploring how
the violin is played in various cultures. She was trained as a
classical violinist and violist in NY, getting her Master's Degree
from Manhattan School of Music, and spent several years performing
with numerous symphony, ballet, opera and chamber orchestras in New
York and Europe, as well as in Broadway shows and commercial
Beth then traveled, studied and performed with masters of the violin
and other bowed instruments from Hungary, Greece, Turkey, the Middle
East, and Norway. She plays several Greek lyras, the Turkish bowed
tanbur and kabak kemane, the Egyptian rababa, the Norwegian
hardanger fiddle, and more. She plays village music from Hungary,
Greek music from various regions of Greece, Turkish classical and
folk music, and Arabic and Klezmer music. She has been the recipient
of many travel and research grants, including the NEA/Artists
International grant and the Radcliffe Bunting fellowship. She
performs regularly with several groups and as a soloist in The Art
of the Bow, which brings together the various bowed instrument
traditons as well as her original music, and she teaches workshops
and ensembles in universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and
Europe. As an Applied Music faculty member in the Tufts WEFT
program, Beth teaches the violin traditions mentioned above, as well
as European classical violin and Celtic music.
Jazz and Rock
Jazz/Rock - Electric Bass
Fernando Huergo born in Cordoba, Argentina in 1968. He has recording
over 60 albums, including three as leader and four as co-leader.
Fernando has toured in North, Central and South America, Europe and
Asia. He has given clinics in Argentia, Costa Rica, Brazil,
Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Portugal, England, France,
Germany, Sweden, Finalnd, Turkey, Japan and many American cities.
Fenando graduated from Berklee Collge of Music in 1992, where he has
been Assistant Professors in the Bass Department since 1996.
Jazz and Rock Guitar
Jerry Bussiere has jazz guitar, composition and improvisation
privately with Ross Adams, Jerry Bergonzi and Charlie Banacos. In
addition to extensive performing in many styles of western popular
music as a guitarist and vocalist, he has been a mainstay in the
Boston Modern Dance Community as a composer and accompanist. On May
7, 1994 he was presented the "Dance Belt Award" by Cambridge's
Kenneth Reeves. Mr. Bussiere continues to perform with jazz
saxophonist Stan Strickland, vocalist Wannetta Jackson, and the
Terry Anthony Dance Band.
Fernando Michelin was born in Montevideo, Uruguay
and came to Boston in 1989 to study at Berklee College of Music. He has since
remained in the Boston area and has undoubtedly made his impact on
the jazz scene. His past bands have included such up and coming
artists as bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and drummer
Richie Barshay. His discography includes Art, an album featuring
songs dedicated to modern visual artists, and Duende, an album
described in the Boston Globe as a "fluid and literate"
collaboration between the three featured artists. Entre Amigos will
be his ninth studio album. In addition to being a band leader,
Michelin has worked as a producer and as a sideman. He helped create
the awarded "Amores Torcidos" with Katie Viqueira and as a sideman
he has performed with icons like Jair Rodriguez and Maucha Adnet. He
is also an educator, working as a member of the applied faculty at
Stan Strickland, a singer, saxophonist, and flutist, has toured
extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and the former
Soviet Union performing in clubs and concert halls including Jordan
and Symphony Halls in Boston, Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall in
NY and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has been featured on
recordings by Bob Moses, Morty Ehrlich, Mama Tongue, Webster Lewis
and Brute Force, and with his own band, Legacy. He has composed many
original scores for television, video and dance productions. Mr.
Strickland is Adjunct Professor of Music and Movement at Lesley
College and teaches woodwinds at Longy School of Music, Boston
College and is Visiting Professor at Institutes in Finland, Holland
Paul Ahlstrand, saxophonist, holds a degree in Music Education from
Syracuse University. He has studied privately with Nick Brignola,
Bill Pierce, Jerry Bergonzi, and Charlie Banacos. He has performed
at night clubs and festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Europe
with a variety of artists, including The Four Tops, The Temptations,
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Toni Lynn Washington, Mighty Sam
McClain, Son Seals, Luther "Guitar Junior"Johnson, Susan Tedeschi
and many others. He is an active performer, studio musician,
arranger, and composer. A discography and current performance
schedule are available at www.paulahlstrand.com.
Jazz Times magazine states that "Patrice Williamson
isn't a singer, she's a one-woman jazz sampler. –She is a woman of many voices,
each distinctly intriguing all distinctly her own." A
native of Memphis, Tennessee, Patrice Williamson is a soulful singer who swings hard and is a
scintillating performer. She can scat with the best of them, and has rightly
been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan in publications such as the
Los Angeles Times and The All-Music Guide to Jazz. A favorite of both
Boston and Singapore's music scene, her sensitive ballad work and fluent scat style earned
her a coveted Best of Boston award.
She's also been heard at the Tanglewood and Marblehead Jazz Festivals, and both
of her independent recordings, My Shining
Hour and Free to Dream, have
received high praise from jazz critics around the country. Patrice received both
her Master's degree and an Artist Diploma from the famed New England
Conservatory of Music. In addition
to performing, Patrice is actively passing on her knowledge and love of the jazz
tradition through teaching at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and at
The New School of Music in Cambridge, MA, ensuring that many young people will
have contact with this great American music.
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