[ Composer's Voice ]
Composer's Voice Concert
July 8, 2012
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York
New York
Featuring Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame Peter Reit, horn

Music and performances by: Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Josh Henderson, Susan Mandel, Yui Kitamura, Kyoko Ogawa, Peter Reit Yumi Suehiro, and Robert Voisey



1. Hello
Alyssa Reit

2. Soliloquy
Dagmar Feyen

3. 160 Miles of Strange Cases
Simon Arnott

4. Duality
Piotr Skweres

5. Just in Time
Graham Ashton

6. Bridging Dreamspace
Nate Reit

7. Dial "P" for Peter
Joshua Barlage

8. Burn and Rave
Michelle Mequade Dewhirst

9. Monologue for Horn
Ken Paoli

10. Are They Ill Tempered?
Michael Mikulka

11. Double-Headed
Tomasz Skweres

12. Playing With Fire
Markus Kraeber

13. La Sirene de la Mort
Marc Hoffeditz

14. Keeping Yes and No Unsplit
Juan Maria Solare

15. Mouse Minus One
Eric L. McIntyre

Peter Reit, horn
Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

Susan Davita Mandel, cello
Yumi Suehiro, piano
Natsukashiki Kaori
Yui Kitamura

Kyoko Ogawa, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano
Yui Kitamura

Kyoko Ogawa, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano
Excerpt from "Marie: Embroidering Survival”
Josh Henderson

Josh Henderson, violin
Persistence of Melancholy
Robert Voisey

Yumi Suehiro, piano


Peter Reit

Peter Reit is Professor of Horn at Purchase College, SUNY, and on the faculty at Vassar College. 

He began his studies at the University of Vermont, and finished at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Reit has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera, the American Ballet Theater. He has toured the U.S. extensively with the American Symphony & the Metropolitan Opera Orchestras with whom he played five seasons as Assistant Principal Horn. Mr. Reit is now one of Manhattan's most in-demand freelance principal horn players. He also plays Principal Horn with the Westchester Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony and Scandia Symphony Orchestras, Associate Principal Horn with the Stamford Symphony and is in his 22nd year with the Broadway hit 'Phantom of the Opera'.

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst received a BM in horn performance from Ithaca College and completed the A.M. and Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Chicago,. Michelle’s work has been performed the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Pacifica String Quartet, eighth blackbird and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. Her work …sky is falling in… for flute, horn and percussion appears on hornist Kent Leslie’s CD With every leaf, a miracle. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music at UW-Green Bay, where she teaches music theory, history, composition and horn. Michelle is a founding member of the Chicago Miniaturist Ensemble and “a very small consortium” (www.very-small.org) Michelle was the March 11, 2012 featured performer of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: horn

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.

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.

Kyoko Ogawa

Kyoko Ogawa is a New York based soprano/crossover singer. Kyoko grew up in Osaka and started learning classical singing at the age of 15. In 2005 she was accepted at Osaka College of Music and in 2008 she transferd to Manhattan School of Music. During her studies at Manhattan School of Music she continued to perform regularly in New York and Japan. In 2011 she was chosen to sing at a very special Japan Relief concert at the Kitano Jazz Club in NYC.This concert featured some of the finest and most established musicians, including Kevin Hayes, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Barry Harris. In May 2011 Kyoko graduated from Manhattan School of Music with her Bachelors degree and continues to give solo concerts in New York.

Yumi Suehiro

Born in Osaka, Japan, pianist Yumi Suehiro started piano at age 6, and started marimba a year later. Ms. Suehiro has won numerous national and international competitions, including the top prize at the KOBE International Competition in Japan as the youngest winner. In 2007 and 2008, she was invited to perform her debut at the Carnegie Weill recital hall as a winner of AMTL audition, and in following year, she was featured as a guest marimba player in Latin percussionist, Victor Rendon's recoding “Fiesta Percussiva”. Ms. Suehiro won the second prize at Dora Zaslavsky Koch piano concerto competition in Manhattan School of Music where she currently earned Master of Music under the tutelage of Mr. Zenon Fishbein and Dr. Peter Vinograde


Yui Kitamura

Yui Kitamura is a versatile composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music in various styles and her works have been performed at such venues as New York’s Lincoln Center and Joe’s Pub, Berlin’s Akademie der Künste, Kiev’s National Catholic Cathedral, and Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall and Suntory Hall. She was nominated for a 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the classical/orchestral genre. She is a co-founder and the artistic director of Multicultural Sonic Evolution (MuSE), a non-profit organization that creates a multicultural environment through sound and collaborations with other fields of art such as dance, theater, and film. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from The Juilliard School and Masters of Fine Arts from New York University (Tisch School of Arts).

Robert Voisey

"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." And in 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 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.

15 one-minute selections for Peter Reit

Program Notes

The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and personal “voice” created in their compositions.

Vox Novus collaborating with the Remarkable Theater Brigade and Jan Hus Church to produce a monthly concert series promoting the chamber works of contemporary composers.

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.

JAN HUS CHURCH - This is the place you were welcome, long before you arrived!
Pastor Ray Bagnuolo
Donations of food and clothing are greatly appreciated for the Homeless Outreach Advocacy Program (HOAP)


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

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."