May 19, 2013



Per Violoncello
Luca Vanneschi

Sliding High
Juan María Solare

Diffuse Reflection of Glass
Magdalena Kress

Dieter Buwen

Portrait Miniature #1
Ross Feller

One Minute of Infinite Dadaist Futility Condensed into 59.9 Seconds
Daniel Arite

A Wickedly Dramatic Shakespearean Serenade and Shout
David R. Peoples

C-Maschin (Homage to F. Fredersen)
David Bohn

Robert Percy

The Subdued Ferocity of Exile
Emanuela Ballio

Carried Interest...
Douglas Ovens

On the Rocks
Chris D. Burton

Silt and Shine
Alan Shockley

Dans la rue
Matt Horrigan

Amazing Grace Echo
Serban Nichifor

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Occupy Cello
Craig Hultgren, cello

Old Mormon Songs
Serban Nichifor
Craig Hultgren, cello

New York
Robert Voisey
Calie Hatchett, choreographer
Dancers: Caroline Dietz & Allison Schieler

Feet First
David Wolfson
Denise Stillwell, violin
Calie Hatchett, choreographer
Dancers: Caroline Dietz & Allison Schieler

Black Pool
Three Cowboys Poolside
Greg Bartholomew
Burt Mason, trombone
Emily Wong, horn
Ben Vokits, tuba

Douglas DaSilva
Katarzyna Bryla, violin


Caroline Dietz

Caroline Dietz is from Chester, New Jersey. She trained at Ballet Forte and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble from 2003 until graduating high school in 2009. She then went on to graduate from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BFA in dance in 2012. There she performed works by choreographers Kate Weare and Aszure Barton. She joined Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company as an apprentice in September of 2012. Caroline also enjoys performing with Callie Hatchett Dance.

Callie Hatchett

Choreographer Callie Hatchett grew up in Alabama, studying classical ballet under the direction of Meryane Martin Murphy. Callie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The University of Alabama and Master of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. Callie has had the pleasure of performing in the works of Deborah Jowitt, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Sydney Skybetter, Thaddeus Davis, Charles Weidman, and Terri Weksler. She has taught for Andalusia Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, LBW College, The Harlem Dance Leadership Program, Future Dancers and Dancemakers, The Legacy School, Hunter College, and Success Academy. Callie has presented her choreography at Dancenow’s RAW Festival, NYC10, Music and Motion, the Bessie Schonberg Choreography Intensive, and for Andalusia Ballet.

Allison Schieler

Allison Schieler’s professional dance training began at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she studied ballet, pointe, the Horton and Graham techniques, tap, and jazz. Continuing her education as a dance major at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, she trained with and performed works by David Dorfman, Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Ron K. Brown, Ellis Wood, Gina Gibney, Nicholas Leichter, Pamela Pietro, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Deborah Jowitt, Kate Weare, and Séan Curran. She was also a selected performer in “The Face of Tisch Gala” honoring alum Billy Crystal, allowing her the opportunity to work with current Smash choreographer Joshua Bergasse, and perform alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, and Billy Crystal. Allison currently freelances as a professional dancer and choreographer.


Katarzyna Bryla

A virtuoso violinist with diverse musical interests, Katarzyna Bryla made her debut as a soloist with Zielona Gora Philharmonic at the age of 14 and in Royal Albert Hall with Poznan Chamber Orchestra, and recently performed at the J.F.Kennedy Centerin Washington D.C. Katarzyna has won an impressive number of international competitions, including 1st prize at the National Children’s Art Competition in Warsaw, 2nd prize at the National J.S.Bach competition, where she was awarded a special prize for the best performance of Bach, and 3rd prize at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition, after which she was invited by Maestro Penderecki himself to perform as a soloist with Sinfonietta Cracovia in the International Maazel/Vilar Conducting Competition. She performs frequently as a guest artist at many top music festivals.

Hui-Chuan Chen

Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen has performed widely throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. An active chamber musician, In 2003, she accompanied soprano Shou- Hua Su in concert at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2004, she collaborated with mezzo-soprano Chi-Chun Chan in the same hall. Hui-Chuan has also participated in many festivals, including the Chigiana Accademia in Siena, Italy, and Universität Mozateum in Salzburg. In the summer of 2009, Hui-Chuan was awarded the fellowship in the field of instrumental collaborative artist to attended the Aspen Festival of Music, where she was invited back as a staff accompanist in 2011. The past summer, Hui-Chuan participated in Songfest, where she performed Schumann's Spanish Lieder for vocal ensemble under the instruction of Graham Johnson.

Craig Hultgren

Cellist Craig Hultgren is a long-time activist for new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. This year he has performed solo concerts and chamber music in St, Louis, Miami, Atlanta, Memphis and Bowling Green, Ohio. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he is a member of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta.

A cellist in the Alabama Symphony, he also plays in the Chagall Trio and Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes.

Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. In 2004, the Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival 48-Hour Scramble cited him for the best soundtrack creation for the film The Silent Treatment. Every other year he produces the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlights the best new compositions for the instrument. He teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College where he directs the BSC New Music Ensemble.

The theme for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame is Occupy Cello - Upsetting the Musical Status Quo For acoustic solo cello Criteria for selection: Playable forward-looking concepts that challenge the traditional role of the instrument Resource for contemporary cello techniques

Burt Mason

Burt Mason currently serves as Principal Trombone of both the Chamber Orchestra of New York and the Greenwich Village Orchestra. Recent appointments have included solo trombone for the Miami Music Project and Principal Trombone and soloist of the New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army. He has performed several times with the New York Philharmonic in addition to numerous ensembles and orchestras. He has also appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles, performing throughout North America, The United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. Mr. Mason has performed under the baton of notable conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Skitch Henderson, Kenneth Kiesler and Sidney Harth amongst others in worldrenowned venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Apollo Theater.

Denise Stillwell

Denise Stillwell, violin and viola, has performed throughout the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. She has held positions in the Santa Fe and Palm Beach Opera Orchestras, as well as other orchestras and ensembles. She has appeared in MTV videos and on "Live With Regis and Kelly" and "The View", and has recorded and toured with such artists as Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, and Don Henley, among others. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School, has recorded for Sony, Epic Records, and Yellow Sound Label, and can be heard in numerous movie soundtracks and TV commercials. Ms. Stillwell performs regularly in Broadway shows and at Radio City Music Hall.

Benjamin Vokits

Benjamin Vokits currently performs in New York City as principle tuba of the Greenwich Village Orchestra and the Richland County Orchestra. He has also performed with the Manhattan Symphonie, Chealsea Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, One World Orchestra, Broadway Bach Ensemble, New Amsterdam Orchestra, Hellenic Society Orchestra, and Brooklyn Repertiore Opera. In addition to symphonic orchestral work, Mr. Vokits has also performed the NY premiere of the Phillip Sparke tuba concerto as soloist with the Grand Street Community Band. He also teaches a small studio of aspiring low brass students. 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. Ben enjoys arranging music and cooking for his wife and friends in his free time.

Emily Wong

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.


Greg Bartholomew

The music of award-winning American composer Greg Bartholomew is frequently performed across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Australia by such highly-regarded ensembles as the Langroise Trio, Alaska Brass, and the Mexico City Wind Quintet, and such acclaimed choirs as the Cascadian Chorale, Portland Vocal Consort, and the Pink Singers (London). Winner of the 2012 Cheryl A. Spector Prize (for the First Suite from Razumov), the Silver Platter Repertoire Award (for The Tree), and First Place in the 2006 Orpheus Music Composition Competition (for Beneath the Apple Tree), Bartholomew was also awarded the Masterworks Prize from ERM Media in 2005 and 2006. He is the 2012/2013 Composer in Residence for the Cascadian Chorale. Eight commercial recordings of his work are available. More:

Douglas DaSilva

Douglas DaSilva, is a composer, guitarist, educator, curator, film-maker and amateur clarinetist in New York City. As Artistic Director for the Composer’s Voice concert series “DaSilva knows just how to tempt you with a delicious array of musical desserts that titillate your ear.” NM421 Much of his composing is influenced by Brazilian music and selfinflicted 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. His documentary “My Dad’s Violin” is scheduled for release in 2014.

Serban Nichifor

Serban Nichifor received his Doctorate in Musicology at National University of Music, Bucharest. He is the Vice-president of the Romania-Belgium and cellist of the Duo Intermedia and co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonate - Living Music Foundation Inc. Festival. He is presently a professor at the National University of Music, Bucharest. Serban has been awarded composition prizes at: Amsterdam (First Prize Gaudeamus), Tours, Athens, Urbana- Illinois, Evian, Toledo, Trento, Roma, Bydgoszcz, Köln, Karlsruhe, Newtown-Wales, Birmingham-Alabama. Comandor of the "Merit National Order" (2000). "The First Prize went to a 22- year-old Romanian Serban Nichifor, for his ‘Anamorphose’, played by the Gaudeamus String Quartet This innocuous, inextravagant, musically and visually direct essay in quartetwriting deserved recognition and won an ovation !" - Felix Aprahamian, Sunday Times, London August 18, 1977.

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.

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, 10-minute operas, pop songs and songs for big-headed-costumed-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 his website,

Fifteen Minutes of Fame composers

  • One Minute of Infinite Dadaist Futility Condensed into 59.9 Seconds

    Daniel Arite

    Composer/guitarist Daniel Arite has produced four albums and his music has been featured on television and radio. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and his awards include grants from Meet the Composer and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

    This one minute of infinite dadaist futility condensed into 59.9 seconds is one of infinite one minute segments of infinite dadaist futility. There is nothing else to say other than, it is visually stunning.


    Emanuela Ballio

    Emanuela Ballio (Milan - Italy). At the age of 22 she graduated in Composition with top marks from "G.Verdi" Conservatory in Milan under the guidance of U.Rotondi. She awarded an advanced diploma in Composition with F.Donatoni at the "Accademia S.Cecilia" in Rome. She teaches Composition at "L.Marenzio" Conservatory of Brescia. She has obtained many honours both in international and national composers' competitions. Her works have been played in concerts and festivals all over the world.

    The tenant on the third floor listening to strange and unusual music. She holds us suspended between sublime and torture. Recently I saw slip a note under my door. There was written: the subdued ferocity of exile doesn't change the sound over the centuries.

  • C-Maschin

    David Bohn

    David Bohn received degrees in composition from the University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Illinois. He currently resides in West Allis, Wisconsin, and is the music director at St. John's Lutheran Church in West Milwaukee. He is the President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers.

    The title is a reference to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, which seemed appropriate.

  • träumend

    Dieter Buwen

    DIETER BUWEN (born in 1955) studied music education, church music, music theory and composition at the Musikhochschule of Saarbrücken. Among others, he received a first prize in the Seventh Composition Contest during the Festival of European Church Music.Buwen teaches music theory and composition at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg.

    : "träumend": The emotions underlying this composition - „dream“, „volatility“, „discontinuity“ – lie beyond a classified, linear sense in time. Rather it is a sporadic perception of time: What has been founded is relinquished again immediately. Blurred, indistinct perceptions vis-à-vis crystal clear ones, this juxtaposition is characteristic of a dream.

  • Portrait Miniature #1

    Ross Feller

    Ross Feller is an Assistant Professor of Music at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he teaches classes in theory, composition, and computer music. Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, ASCAP, and the Gaudeamus Foundation. Performances throughout the US and Europe by many soloists and ensembles.

    With this piece I begin to explore a genre long considered outré, and work within a discarded medium thought to trivialize its subject matter. I beg to differ.

  • (avec nous) Dans la rue

    Matt Horrigan

    Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Matt Horrigan is currently completing the third year of his Bachelor's Degree in Composition at McGill University, studying with Brian Cherney. When not making concert music, he deepens his rock'n'roll roots playing drums with the grunge/folk act Sister Island.

    "(avec nous) Dans la rue" aims to capture the chaos of the street protest. Like the student strikes that rocked Montreal last spring, its driving clamour concludes with a dose of mangled Quebecois patriotism.

  • On the Rocks

    Chris D. Burton

    Chris D. Burton lives in New Orleans. A graduate of the Florida State University, he teaches composition at the University of New Orleans and Loyola University. He composes for all mediums, and has found a particular new love for opera. Burton plays the clarinet, piano, and cello.

    On the Rocks is a cellist’s homage to rock music. The piece takes the cello out of its traditional realm and places it in a world of shredding guitars and face-melting solos. It was written for the Vox Novus 15 Minutes of Fame.

  • Diffuse Reflection of Glass

    Magdalena Kress

    Magdalena Kress is a first-year master’s composition student at Bowling Green State University, where she has studied with Dr. Marilyn Shrude and Dr. Christopher Dietz. She has had pieces performed by members of the BGSU violin studio, the Toledo School for the Arts String Quartet, and the Relativity Jazz Quintet.

    Diffuse Reflection of Glass represents the scattering of light that would be reflected through a piece of warped or melted glass. The resulting rays of light would be dispersed unevenly in all directions, due to the irregular surface of the distorted glass.


    Serban Nichifor

    Serban NICHIFOR (b. 1954, Bucharest-Romania), American Composer, Prizes and Awards: Amsterdam, Tours, Evian, Athens, Urbana-Illinois, Birmingham-Alabama, Toledo, Koln, Karlsruhe, Roma, Trento, Newtown-Wales, Bydgoszcz, Jihlava, Zagreb, a.s.o., Officer of the Order of the Crown, conferred by His Majesty Albert the Second, King of Belgium. Over 200 compositions: Symphonic, Vocal-Symphonic, Concertant, Chamber, Vocal, Choral and Computer Music.

    AMAZING GRACE ECHO. Dedicated to the extraordinary cellist and professor CRAIG HULTGREN, this work is a Tribute In Memory of September 11, 2001.

  • Mitt's Lament

    Douglas Ovens

    Douglas Ovens has performed his works at the Akiyoshidai International Arts Village in Japan and on many festivals around the United States and abroad. He has received commissions from the North/South Chamber Orchestra (NYC), Allentown Symphony and many modern dance companies.

    This piece could be titled, "Mitt's Lament," but in the spirit of bi-partisanship, I decided on "Carried Interest." It's a piece for singing cellist with no particular expectations of the nature of the cellists's singing abilities. The singing part could be dedicated to Harry Partch (for anybody who ever heard him sing!).
  • A Wickedly Dramatic Shakespearean Serenade and Shout

    David Peoples

    David Peoples is originator of ‘Music for Now’ a lecture/performance series at the University of North Georgia (where he teaches) and ‘Music in the Stairwell’ a biennial sound installation. David’s works have been featured internationally from stage to the produce section at his local market.

    I imagine that some cellists may actually talk (or read bedtime stories) to their instrument? I wrote this piece for Craig Hultgren with the intent of allowing him to produce some different sounds and sing into his cello. Please ask him if he talks to his cello and email me.

  • Dispute

    Robert Percy

    Robert Percy is a London-based composer. His music, for a wide variety of idioms, has been performed extensively in the UK, as well as in Europe and the United States. Robert gained his PhD in composition at City University, London, where he currently lectures in orchestral and instrumental studies.

    An altercation between two voices with differing points of view. The voices are formed of two textures: one is of swirling harmonics and the other is a gradually roused bouncing spiccato. A brief, third, plucking idea (another voice?) is derived from the hammering-on and pulling-off of a rock guitarist.

  • Silt and shine

    Alan Shockley

    Raised in Warm Springs, Georgia (population <475), composer Alan Shockley has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center, the Centro Studi Ligure, and the Virginia Center for the Arts, among others. He is currently Director of Composition/Theory in the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.

    Silt and shine for solo cello was composed for Craig Hultgren. It is the third work in a series of pieces exploring Richard Wagner's prelude to Das Rheingold, and serves as a study for the fourth work in the series (an as yet untitled piece for laptop ensemble).

  • Sliding High

    Juan Maria Solare

    Juan Maria Solare, born 1966 in Argentina, works currently in Germany as composer, pianist (contemporary & tango) and teaching at the University of Bremen and at the Hochschule fuer Kuenste Bremen. His music has been performed in five continents. Eleven CDs of different performers include at least one piece of him.

    Sliding High - this piece unfolds itself in the uppermost register of the cello (in harmonics) and in ascending glissandi at different speeds. Hence its title.

  • Per Violoncello

    Luca Vanneschi

    Luca Vanneschi’s music was awarded prizes in more than twenty International competitions and it has been performed by some of the more qualified musicians all over the world. Hans Werner Henze said about his music: “… it is an intelligent, non conformist, elegant and full of grace music.”

    Per Violoncello has been written in a notation free from any traditional sign of measure, in order to set the performer absolved from each obligation of metrical parallelism, of symmetry, of synchronization. The musical construction, burnt any narrative or evocative aspect, carries out a dimension, a timeless space in which the pure sound is the only presence and the only voice.

Jan Hus Church

Jan Hus Church - This is the place you were welcome, long before you arrived!
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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.

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.