The Composer's Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and personal "voice" created in their compositions.
Ghost Ship of the Wuffings
(from: English Pieces)
Douglas DaSilva, clarinet
Robert Voisey, electronics
Heather Thon, clarinet
A Friend and I Took A Walk
Ray Blue, saxophone
A Western Fanfare
Metropolitan Brass Quintet
Brooklyn Ferry Crossing
Elam Ray Sprenkle
Metropolitan Brass Quintet
Metropolitan Brass Quintet
Born in New York, trumpeter Hugh Ash received his bachelor's
degree in Classical Music - Anthropology from Ithaca College. He
studied Jazz/Commercial music at The State University of New
York at Purchase College. Hugh has studied with such notable
trumpet players as Ray Vega, Jon Faddis, Graham Ashton, Vince
Penzarella, Kim Dunnick and Vince DiMartino. After performing
around the world with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Hugh has
returned to New York to work as a freelance trumpeter. Currently
residing in Brooklyn, he performs in a wide variety of genres and
settings in and around New York City. He has accompanied
Brazilian poet/playwright Guil Parreiras in his Pensamentos
Poeticos project, played with the bands Willpilot and Dub is a
Weapon, and performed for the Art in Odd Places Festival.
Keith Beyer has served as a trumpet section leader, playing first
trumpet in the Army bands program for the past 10 years. He has
performed in a variety of ensembles ranging from a Big band,
Dixie band, Top 40 cover band, and a chamber brass quintet. He
is also a member of the Allentown band and plays with the
Allentown symphony. Keith performed as a bugler in the 2001
movie "Hearts in Atlantis."Keith has performed around the world
aboard Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise lines playing
Broadway style reviews and backing up guest artists.
In 2006, Beyer graduated West Chester University earning a
Bachelor of Music & Business degree. Keith has taught trumpet
lessons through West Chester University. He has also performed
for over 500 military funeral services.
Saxophonist Ray Blue regularly performs on numerous world
stages with musicians from many different cultures, throughout
Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. As a leader, he has
conducted U.S. State Department tours to Zambia, Tanzania,
Zanzibar and Gabon. His festival performances as leader and
featured artist include: Zanzibar International Film Festival,
Zanzibar, Tanzania; North Sea Jazz Festival-Cape Town, South
Africa; Macufe Festival-Bloemfontain, South Africa; European
Union Annex Festival-Dublin, Ireland; Audi Jazz Festival-
Brussels, Belgium; Macao Jazz Festival, China; The Newport in
New York Festival, New York, NY; New York State Black Arts,
Festival-Albany, New York; Koepenick Jazz Festival-Berlin,
Germany; Midi Music Festival-Beijing, China; Pori Jazz Festival,
Finland; Foix Jazz Festival, France; Bayonne Jazz Festival,
France and many others.
Joe Ferrante, has been performing trombone in everything from
classical to salsa. He received a Bachelors Degree from the
University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied with Rich
Genovese and John Fedchock. He has performed with such
groups as; Queens College Symphony, Manhattan Symphony,
Staten Island Symphony, and the Lansdowne Symphony. Joe
has performed in such venues as; Walnut St. Theatre, Acorn
Theatre on Theatre Row, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center,
Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the Tropicana
Ballroom in Atlantic City, as well as touring Europe and Asia.
Joe has also spent time in the recording studio and played with
John Legend on the Grammy Award winning album "So
Amazing-An All Star Tribute to Luther Vandross"
Clarinetist Heather Thon grew up in a musical family and knew
at an early age that she wanted to pursue music. She attended
the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan and
Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to New York, she
played with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Toho Orchestra
Academy in Japan and was the grand-prize winner of the
International Clarinet Association Orchestral Excerpt
Competition. As a freelance clarinetist in the New York City area,
Heather is active as an orchestral and chamber musician as well
as an educator. She is a founding member of the Aeros Quintet,
a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Summer
Camp, Special Music School and a Teaching Artist for The Little
Benjamin Vokits performs in New York City as principle tuba of
the Greenwich Village Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra,
and Richland County Orchestra. Mr. Vokits has also performed
the Phillip Sparke tuba concerto as soloist with the Grand Street
Community Band of which he was a founding member and as
tubist with the Brooklyn Repertoire Opera.
He earned his Bachelors of Music in 1999 under the tutelage of
Rex Martin and Wesley Jacobs. After college Ben relocated to
Indianapolis, worked in pharmaceuticals and earned a Masters of
Science in organic chemistry. While in Indianapolis he performed
and recorded with the eclectic rock group The Born Again
Floozies, rockabilly group The Tumbleweeds, jazz group The
Accidental Arrangements, and the Indiana Wind Symphony.
Hornist Emily Wong is a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs
School of Music in Indiana University, Bloomington in Brass
Pedagogy and Literature with a focus in Horn and minor fields
in Music History and Arts Administration; her topic is on the
sonic representation of heroism in orchestral and operatic
literature for the horn. Ms. Wong has performed with the
Champaign-Urbana and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras, the
Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Chelsea Symphony, the
New York Soloist Ensemble, OSH Opera and the Greenwich
Village Orchestra. She lives and works in New York City.
The music of award-winning composer Greg Bartholomew is
frequently performed across the United States and in Canada,
Australia and Europe. NPR classical music reviewer Tom
Manoff called him "a fine composer not afraid of
accessibility." Five commercial recordings of his works are
available, with upcoming releases scheduled by the Freudig
Singers of Western New York and trumpeter James Ackley. Born
in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1957, Bartholomew earned degrees
from the College of William & Mary and the University of
Washington. His music is published by Art of Sound Music, Ars
Nova Press, Imagine Music, Orpheus Music and Burke &
Bagley. For further information visitwww.gregbartholomew.com.
Artistic Director of the Composer's Voice concert series, Douglas
DaSilva is a composer, guitarist, educator and curator in New
York City. He composes in various styles including jazz, pop,
children's music, chamber music and experimental. Much of his
writing is influenced by Brazilian music and self-inflicted stress.
Douglas DaSilva's compositions have been described as "very
individual, and to us has a very clear personality" by Duozona in
Classical Guitar Magazine. His pieces Sarabande; How to Build
a Totalitarian State and Contrails have been included in 60x60
projects. His electronic piece Camp des feuilles will be premiered
at the 2010 International-Computer-Music-Conference..
Eric Ewazen is a recipient of numerous composition awards and
prizes. His works have been commissioned and performed by
many soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in the U.S.
and overseas. His works are recorded on Summit Records,
d'Note Records, CRS Records, New World, Clique Track,
Helicon, Hyperion, Cala, Albany and Emi Classics. Two of his
solo CD's featuring his chamber music are available on Well-
Tempered Productions. Three additional solo CD's, one featuring
his orchestral music, another his music for low brass instruments,
and a third, his music for string orchestra, are available on
Albany Records. A sixth solo Cd of his music for percussion is
available on Resonator Records. New World Records has
released his concerto for brass quintet, "Shadowcatcher"
The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly
accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm. He is
always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to
maintain the highest degree of project fever" -60x60: netsuke for
the musical mind -- Richard Arnest, Sounding Board, Spring
2011. "With few opportunities and much competition, young
composers show creativity in just getting heard." Chris Pasles's
article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as
one of those composers. Composing electroacoustic and
chamber music, his aesthetic oscillates from the romantic to the
Post Modern Mash-Up. His work has been performed in venues
throughout the world including: Carnegie Hall, World Financial
Center Winter Garden Atrium, and Stratford Circus in London.
David Wolfson is a composer, music director, arranger, pianist
and copyist who lives in New York City. He graduated from the
Cleveland Institute of Music in 1985, and in that same year
was the first recipient of the newly established Darius Milhaud
Award and won the Bascom Little Fund's Musical Theatre
Composition Competition for his short opera Rainwait.
Mr. Wolfson is the Associate Artistic Director, Music Director and
resident composer of Experience Vocal Dance Company. His
compositions for the company have been performed at
Symposium Tanz und Musiktheater in Hannover, Germany, and
in New York at The Field's Fielday, New Dance Group's The
Exchange, Movement Research's Open Performance, and The
Composer's Voice series at Jan Hus Church.
Support from the Puffin Foundation "...continuing the dialogue
between art and the lives of ordinary people."
Vox Novus is a collective of composers, musicians, and music enthusiasts collaborating together to create, produce, promote, and enjoy the new music of today. Our members are from a variety of composers committed to the creation and dissemination of new music. Their music is of a variety of styles, aesthetics, and ideologies.
Vox Novus produces and promotes new music. They are dedicated to contemporary music, the musicians who perform, and the composers that write the music of today. Their mission is to cultivate a music community and make their work available to the greater public.
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
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.
Jan Hus Church
This is the place you were welcome,
long before you arrived!
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.
Funding also provided by the Puffin Foundation, "...continuing the dialogue between art and lives of ordinary people."