March 28, 2010
Celebrating Women History Month
Nadine Earl Carey performed in the world premiere of I Tre Compagnie by Louis Gioia with the Encompass New Opera Theater; the Music in Midtown Series, American Spirituals with Roy Jennings as well as in productions of Ragtime, Closer Than Ever, A My Name is Alice, A Little Night Music. She performed in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Porgy & Bess. Ms. Carey was a featured reggae singer in the world premiere of Famous Orpheus, featuring the Garth Fagan Dancers. . She can be heard on the CD Advent Songs with soprano Jane Marsh. Upcoming performances include her acclaimed show, I Feel A Song Comin’ On – The Lyrics of Dorothy Fields.
Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin, harpist, educator and lecturer, graduated from at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Karlsruhe in 1986 with a Diploma for Education and Orchestral Harpist. From 1985-1986 she studied at the University of Houston American harp music through a Fulbright scholarship. A subsequent scholarship in Graduate Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas enabled her to further explore harp repertoire of all periods and musical styles. Eventually she left for New York where she received her Masters (1989) and her Doctorate in Education (1992) from Columbia University. Her dissertation was on contemporary harp music and covered new repertoire for the harp.
Percussionist Laura Jordan seeks out new projects and commissions across genres and in unorthodox venues. Laura was featured as a marimba soloist on the 2008-2009 Music on MacDougal Series, which featured the world premiere of Mark Janello’s Sonata for Violin and Marimba. She gave the Western premiere of Menachem Zur's Translations for Percussion and Electronics. Laura is faculty at the Bronx Conservatory of Music, Long Island Music Conservatory, Finger Power Music, and director at Washington Heights Percussion, a school she founded in 2005. Laura serves as the Secretary of the New York State Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and chairs the committee to create the New York City International Marimba Competition.
Noted for her interdisciplinary collaborations and hailed as “our leading exponent of the avant-garde flute” (Kyle Gann, Village Voice), Margaret Lancaster has built a large repertoire of new works that employ extended techniques, dance, drama, multimedia and electronics. Performance highlights include Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Santa Fe New Music, Whitney Museum, Edinburgh Festival and Festival D’Automne. She has recorded on OO Discs, New World Records, Innova, Naxos and Tzadik, and was selected for Meet the Composer’s New Works for Soloist Champions project. An amateur furniture designer and avid tap dancer, Lancaster performs solo and chamber music concerts worldwide and acts in Lee Breuer’s OBIE-winning-Mabou-Mines-Dollhouse. www.margaretlancaster.com.
A specialist in the field of contemporary music, vocalist, violinist, and guitarist Daisy Press, was born into a family of two musicians. In addition to her solo and ensemble work, Daisy has appeared as an actor in an upcoming Adam Goldberg independent film. Most recently, she was praised by the New York Times for her "winning subtlety and understatement" in her rendition of George Crumb's new folk-based song cycle "Unto the Hills" at Miller Theater with the acclaimed group So Percussion. Previously, she has sung with them the works of Steve Reich, including "Music for 18 Musicians" and "Drumming," which she has also performed as a guest artist at Juilliard.
Called an “adventurous cello songstress” (Time Out New York), cellist, composer, and vocalist Jody Redhage's dual passions for chamber music and new music have led her to participate in an array of cutting-edge projects. Jody has premiered over 100 works, including many of her own compositions for chamber ensembles, as well as premieres of fellow composers' works. Jody has also spent the past seven years developing the ability to simultaneously sing and play complex, rhythmically intricate and independent musical lines. As recipient of the 2005 Hertz Grant, Jody was able to develop this project by commissioning a repertoire of 21st century art song for voice, cello, and electronics from some of today’s most talented emerging composers.
Heesun Shin began her professional studies with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School pre-college division at age 11. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University, studied at the University of Music in Vienna, received a certificate of Arts Administration from New York University, a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and is currently an Enhanced Chancellor's Fellow doctoral student at the City University of New York. She was a top prize winner at the Sion International Competition, Josef Dichler Competition, and William Waite competition. She is also the recipient of Joseph Lentilhon Selden Award and Stanton Wheeler Award of Yale University.
A native of Vienna, Austria, flautist Theresa Thompson came to New York in 1998 with one suitcase to attend a post graduate summer program at NYU. She never left and nine years later still lives in- what she considers-the greatest city in the world. Her background in music and arts administration has lead to a tenure in the executive and artistic department at Carnegie Hall and as a manager of classical musicians. The experience of assisting conductors and opera singers from around the world with their New York accommodation needs coupled with her enthusiasm for New York City, brought her to the world of Real Estate. Theresa performs at various venues throughout New York City. Mara Waldman has a Master's Degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a prize-winner in the International Piano Recording Competition, the New York Chopin Competition, the Leschetizky Association Debut Competition. She has conducted-directed the Bel Canto Opera company and was assistant conductor with New York City Opera
Rebekah Driscoll was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where as a child she taught herself to play several instruments and began composing without formal instruction. She later studied composition with Chester Biscardi at Sarah Lawrence College, and she is now pursuing graduate studies with Tania Leon at Brooklyn College Conservatory. Ms. Driscoll is particularly interested in narrative and vocal music, and she is an avid student of foreign languages and literature. Her work has been performed by Aviva Players, Bel Canto Chamber Singers, Cantori New York, Cygnus Ensemble, Erie Saxophone Quartet, VocalEssence, and others. Please visit www.rebekahdriscoll.com for more information.
Emily Koh is a Baltimore-based composer and double bassist. Her music has been performed by ensembles such as CHROMA Ensemble (UK), Sentieri Selvaggi (Italy), Asian Festival Ensemble (S. Korea), Next Mushroom Project (Japan), Arts Sphere Chamber Ensemble (Singapore) amongst others, and have been heard at venues in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Asia. A recipient of a full scholarship, Emily is currently pursuing her Master of Music degrees in composition and music theory pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory. Si fallor, sum is written as a concert-opening piece with its brash opening chords that wakes the audiences’ ears. These chords cast the foundations of the harmonic language and melodic motives that follow. http://www.emilykoh.net
Laura Piperno Koplewitz, lives in Manhattan, and is on the faculty at Stony Brook University. She studied composition with mentors Joan Tower and Stefania de Kenessey, & on Ph.D. fellowship at CUNY/ Graduate Center. Commissioned by Jaime Laredo, she has written a violin concerto for Joanna Kurkowicz (Boston Philharmonic concertmaster), the Parker String Quartet (Harvard University premiere); “Blue Door” (cellist Arthur Cook; pianist Deborah Gilwood), and has been artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Whiteley Center of the Unviersity of Washington, & the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She can be reached via: http://www.laurakoplewitz.com.
Dorothy Rudd Moore began her studies in composition at Howard University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in music theory and composition. She continued her studies with the famed Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau. Her opera, Frederick Douglass, was commissioned and performed by Opera Ebony in New York. A co-founder of the Society of Black Composers, Mrs. Rudd-Moore is a former panelist National Endowment for the Arts and NY State Council on the Arts. Several of her works have been written for her husband, cellist and conductor Kermit Moore.
A Native of Belgrade (Serbia), award - winning composer Milica Paranosic now lives in New York as an active composer, performance artist, sound designer, music educator and producer. Her compositions include concept pieces, mixed media as well as music for dance, stage and film. She uses human voices (vocal and spoken, live and recorded), found objects, technological tools and musical instruments as her musical carriers, giving them “equal rights”. She writes music, concepts, sounds, theatrical scripts, librettos and short stories. Milica’s music and performances have provoked audiences of widely different profiles, from opera -goers to soccer fans, from teenagers to middle-aged, rarely leaving them indifferent. www.milicaparanosic.com
Faye-Ellen Silverman is currently on the faculties of Mannes College The New School for Music and Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts. She is published by Seesaw Music, and recorded on Albany, New World Records, Capstone and Crystal Records. She has received awards from UNESCO, the National League of American Pen Women, ASCAP, and the Rockefeller Foundation; and commissions from the Edinboro University Chamber Players, Seraphim, Philip A. De Simone, Larry Madison, Thomas Matta, the IWBC for Junction, the Monarch Brass Quintet, the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, the Fromm Foundation, NEA, Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates, Con Spirito, the Greater Lansing Symphony, and the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore. www.fayeellensilverman.com.
Molly Thompson is a Brooklyn-based composer and singer who writes music that Global Rhythm calls “hauntingly beautiful” and the New York Times describes as “rhapsodic music with…jazzy outbursts and exuberant chaos.” Thompson’s, Ash (2007, White Lime Records), is a collection of songs that All About Jazz Italia calls “some of the most beautiful songs ever heard.” Time out Chicago says Thompson “has a sultry voice, somewhere between Lotte Lenya and the pop icon Nico…Equal parts smoky lounge music, turn-of-the-century Berlin cabaret and Medieval chanson…Thompson’s blend of recognizable genres is fascinating and unique.” In addition to writing and performing her own songs, Thompson also writes music for concerts, independent film, and multimedia performance.
Jan Hus Church - This is the place you were welcome, long before you arrived!
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Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk children free of charge. Remarkable Theater Brigade creates and produces new works including operas, orchestral pieces, ballets, musicals, and electro-acoustic works and co-produces the Composer's Voice Concert Series concerts. Remarkable Theater Brigade was founded in 2002 by Christian McLeer, Monica Harte, and Dan Jeselsohn.
Vox Novus promotes contemporary music and its creators through concerts,
recordings, publications, broadcasts, and online publicity. Vox Novus
believes strongly in the intrinsic value of contemporary music,
recognizing it as a force in the advancement of culture and art. Our
goal is to keep music alive by strengthening the connection between
composer and audience, providing greater exposure to new music.