[ Composer's Voice ]
Composer's Voice Concert

January 29, 2012
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York
New York
Music and performances by: West Point Woodwind Ensemble Douglas DaSilva,Domenica Fossati, Matt Frey, Josh Henderson, Susan Davita Mandel Liza Sobel, David Wolfson, Sooyun Kim, Conway Kuo, Satoshi Okamoto, 15 Minutes-of-Fame: Bateira Trio 15 pieces by 15 composers in 15 Minutes


15-Minutes-of-Fame: Trio Bateira

1. 3.6 Miles Per Hour
Cheryl Krugel-Lee

2. Just a Minute
David Berlin

3. Solace
David Morneau

4. On The Aerodynamic Instability of Bees
Douglas Wagoner

5. Masks
Francis Kayali

6. Spirit Smoothie
Vivian Li

7. Batteira di pentole 3 pz con termostato
Matteo Bertolina

8. Rondellhund
Douglas DaSilva

9. To Slow My Exhale
Scott Janz

10. I Can't Quite Remember
Murray Gross

11. Ragtime
Aurelio Scotto

12. Petite Trio
Isaac Hayward

13. Fantasy
Ted Mann

14. Stay
Nina Siniakova

15. Phat Pi
Stan Link

Sooyun Kim, flute
Conway Kuo, viola
Satoshi Okamoto, double bass
Jor-el's Juju
Douglas DaSilva

Domenica Fossati, flute Matt Frey, clarinet
JoshHenderson, violin Susan Davita Mandel, cello
Dad's Wedding
David Wolfson

West Point Woodwind Quintet
Ethereal Whispers
Liza Sobel

West Point Woodwind Quintet
Sums of Parts
Matt Frey

West Point Woodwind Quintet


Josh Henderson

The versatile violinist, Josh Henderson is gaining recognition as a musician for all seasons. He has performed classical music in venues all over the world including prestigious European concert halls such as The Gasteig in Munich, the Kennedy Center, Beijing's Forbidden City, as well as high energy electric violin performances in iconic venues of popular music such as Manhattan's Highline and Hammerstein Ballrooms. As a soloist, he has performed with the Starling Chamber orchestra, Accent X Orchestra, CCM Showcase Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, China-Performing-Arts-Broadcasting-Troupe-Orch. He has studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus in Cincinnati and studies with Naoko Tanaka at New York University.

Sam Kaestner

Sergeant First Class Sam Kaestner has been a member of the West Point Band since 2002. Since joining the band, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic in Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, at the Dallas Symphony's Meyerson Symphony Hall, as well as at other venues throughout the country. He has participated in recitals at the Juilliard School, the University of Southern California, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Potsdam Clarinet Summit, and at West Point. In 2009, he performed a recital with Toronto Symphony bassoonist Sam Banks at Butler University that commemorated the 200th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn's birth. Prior to joining the band, he attended the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Sooyun Kim

Winner of a Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant, flutist Sooyun Kim made her prize-winning debut at age ten with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared with the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul National Philharmonic, the New Amsterdam Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the New Jersey Symphony orchestras. In 2010 she became the first American since 1964 to win a top prize at the ARD International Music Competition. Ms. Kim completed her studies at the New England Conservatory with flutist Paula Robison. In 2007, she was named one of Korea's Young Leaders of Tomorrow by the Korean Central Daily News in recognition of her achievement and contributions to the arts. Ms. Kim is a member of Chamber Music Society Two.

Conway Kuo

Conway Kuo, violist and violinist, is a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School. He is currently the Associate Principal Second Violin of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and also a Section First Violinist with the New York City Opera Orchestra. Mr. Kuo performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra and participated in theAspen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Pacific Music Festivals. Mr. Kuo was the violist for the Four Seasons String Quartet, which gave performances in Merkin Concert Hall and the John Harms Center. His major teachers include Jascha Brodsky, Masao Kawasaki, Glenn Dicterow, and Arnold Steinhardt.

Susan Davita Mandel

Cellist, Susan Davita Mandel performed the American debut of Robert Delanoff's Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano at Weill Recital Hall as finalists of the AMTL Young Musicians concert series.Susan also collaborates with hip-hop, pop, rock, and jazz artists and has performed and recorded with Joey Contreras Music, Mason Jar Music, the Robbers on High Street, the Silent League, Vespertina, Capillary Action, and Danny Rivera Jazz Orchestra. She has performed at Webster Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, American Folk Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Glasslands Gallery, and Mercury Lounge. Recently, Susan was the featured cellist in Jihae and John Patrick Shanley's opera "Fire Burning Rain" at the Highline Ballroom in NYC and the Not For Sale campaign event in San Francisco Bay Area.

Satoshi Okamoto

Satoshi Okamoto was an assistant principal double bassist in the San Antonio Symphony for eight years and a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra for a year before joining the New York Philharmonic in September 2003. He received his master's degree from The Juilliard School, and a bachelor's degree from Tokyo University of Fine Arts. An eight-time Aspen Music Festival participant, he won the festival's bass competition twice, in 1993 and 1997. He also became a finalist of the International Society of Bassist Solo Competition in 1997, and the Izuminomori International Double Bass Competition in 2001. His teachers include Philharmonic Principal Bass Eugene Levinson, Paul Ellison, Al Laszlo, Bruce Bransby, Yoshio Nagashima, and Osamu Yamamoto.

Anna Pennington

Staff Sergeant Anna Pennington, oboe/English horn, joined the West Point Band in 2011. She was Assistant Professor of Oboe at University of Southern Mississippi School of Music. She performed as a member of the Mobile, Pensacola, and Gulf Coast Symphonies and toured extensively with Category 5, the faculty wind quintet. In addition to being a former member of the Planets, a classical fusion ensemble, Anna has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, and Salzburger Festspiele. A Texas native, Anna holds a Doctor of Music from the Florida State University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas.

Nicole Caluori

Nicole Caluori, a native of Coral Springs, Florida, began her undergraduate studies at Florida State University and completed her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance at Southern Methodist University as a student of Gregory Hustis. She has spent summers at the National Repertory Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Sarasota Music Festival. As an orchestral player, Nicole has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and currently plays 3rd horn with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Nicole was a semi-finalist at the 2005 International Horn Competition of America and won the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition the same year. Nicole joined the West Point Band in 2009 and was named Principal horn in March 2010.

Domenica Fossati

Brooklyn based flutist Domenica Fossati has performed internationally as both soloist and chamber musician, and is an active freelance musician and teacher. A versatile musician influenced by a wide range of musical styles, she performs with several ensembles from classical to contemporary and folk; frequently collaborating with different artists including poets, dancers, and painters. Ms. Fossati recently graduated from New York University with an M.A. in Music where studied with flutist and composer Robert Dick, and also served as an adjunct faculty member.

Megan Szymanski

Staff Sergeant Megan Szymanski joined the West Point Band in March of 2011. She lived in New York City as a Kenan Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute. While in New York, she won second prize in the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. Staff Sgt. Szymanski earned her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from The University of Central Florida as a Presser Scholar. She was also the 2008 winner of the Florida Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She graduated in 2010 with a Master of Music from UNC School of the Arts, where she won the concerto competition in 2009, as well as an award for excellence as a studio teaching assistant. Staff Sgt. Szymanski currently teaches flute lessons at SUNY Dutchess.

Glenn West

Master Sergeant Glenn West, of Spokane, WA, joined the West Point Band in September of 2004 with previous military service with the 323rd Army Band in San Antonio, TX, the USARUER Band & Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany and the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master of Music degree, Glenn studied bassoon with Dr. Wendal Jones, Charles Ullery, and Sharon Kuster. He has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, La Orquesta Sinfonica De La Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, the Spokane Symphony, the Winter's Chamber Orchestra, the Mozart Octet, and the Faculty Woodwind Quintets at the University of Texas, and Washington State University. Glenn also performs in the West Point Concert Band.


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. His compositions have been described as "very individual, and to us has a very clear personality" in Classical Guitar Magazine. His pieces Sarabande; How to Build a Totalitarian State and Contrails have been included in 60x60 projects. His works have been performed in Brazil, England, Italy, Germany, Romania, Brazil & throughout the USA. http://www.voxnovus.com/composer/Douglas_DaSilva.htm

Liza Sobel

Liza Sobel is a senior at Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in music, economics, and College Scholar, honors program. She studies composition with Steven Stucky and Kevin Ernste and voice with Judith Kellock. Spring 2011 Liza studied composition with Richard Danielpour as an exchange student at Manhattan School of Music. Liza received a fellowship to Chamber Music Institute, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In 2010 she participated in a yearlong Bach inspired concert series and master classes led by Joseph Lin (currently in the Juilliard String Quartet), and her composition, "Duo for Violin and Cello" was premiered. Liza was a Fulbright Scholar at Newcastle University, England, summer of 2010. Liza is Cornell's endorsed candidate for the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Keasbey scholarships.

Matt Frey

Matt Frey is a Brooklyn-based composer of contemporary concert music, both for vocal and instrumental ensembles. Recent projects have included residencies, commissions, and/or premieres with the JACK String Quartet, the NYU Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan Wind Ensemble, and the BACK Vocal + Percussion Duo. Currently studying with composers Joan La Barbara and Julia Wolfe while pursuing his Master's degree in composition at New York University, Frey is a co-founder and artistic director of the West 4th New Music Collective, a cooperative of NYC-based composers and performers. Combining inspiration from modern concert composers with a love for the bold gestures of electronic and popular music has become Frey's trademark, creating a sound uniquely recognizable and popular with both audiences and performers alike.

David Wolfson

David Wolfson is an eclectic, versatile composer of songs, concert music and music for theatre, as well as other genres. The New York Times has called his work "musically inventive" and "theatrically forceful." He has written art songs, theatre songs, comedy songs, pop songs and songs for big-headedcostumed- character amusement parks shows; he has written music for bassoon quartet, percussion ensemble, SATB chorus and cello quartet; he has composed incidental music for plays and done sound design for Macy's display windows. Please visit www.davidwolfsonmusic.net !

Composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Program Notes

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

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Vox Novus

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 by

Puffin Foundation

Funding also provided by the Puffin Foundation, "...continuing the dialogue between art and lives of ordinary people."