Marhc 30, 2014

Celebrating Women's History Month


Shannon Roberts, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano

Playing House
Scott Brickman

Penny Matches
Sheila Forrester

Hurry up, come on...
Jay Anthony Gach

Prove that I Lie
Burton Goldstein

The Eagle
Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Plant My Apple Tree Today
Laszlo Kékszakállú

Now Welcome Somer
Geoffrey Kidde

In the twilight rain
Tyler Kline

Four Songs on Haiku of Masuro Basho
Kevin Scott

Wintery Forest
Jose Jesus de Azevedo Souza

Whales Weep Not!
Samuel Stokes

Almost April
Dale Trumbore

Matthew Van Dongen

Santa Rosa
Blair Whittington

Die Weihe der Nacht by Christopher M. Wicks

Sonata for violin and piano
Elisenda Fabregas
Adrianna Mateo, violin
Luda Lee, piano

Sonata for violin and piano (1st Movement)
Elisenda Fabregas, composer
Adrianna Mateo, violin
Luda Lee, piano
Hilary Tann
Yumi Suehiro, piano

Julie Mandel
Stanichka Dimitrova, violin
Sookkyung Cho, piano

Alla Pavlova
Stanichka Dimitrova, violin
Sookkyung Cho, piano

Tale #1 for violin and piano
Beth Anderson
Stanichka Dimitrova, violin
Sookkyung Cho, piano

Short Songs to the Poetry of William Blake
Nailah Nombeko
Adrienne Patino Dunn, soprano
Marcia Eckert, piano

Ode to an Elevator
Mary Ann Joyce Walter
Dorothy Duncan, clarinet


Katarzyna Bryla

Adrianna Mateo is a new music violinist and singer-songwriter. In thepast year, she has performed as a soloist at the American Museum ofNatural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with its first Artist-In-Residence, DJ Spooky, Ars Nova, the Living Room, and abroad in France, Italy, the Philippines, and South Africa; and as an orchestral musician at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) and Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall). She has been featured on the front cover of the TimesLedger's QGuide, with additional features by the Queens Tribune and the Savona News. Ms. Mateo graduated with a B.Mus/French minor from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in May 2013. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Instagram, Google+, or Tumblr.

Hui-Chuan Chen

Pianist Luda Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, She began studying piano at the age of 6 and later attended the Sunwha Arts School & High School. She earned a Bachelor's degree in piano performance and English literature at Ewha Womans University and earned credits at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2010. Currently she attends the Manhattan school of Music, pursuing a Master's degree in piano performance. Luda performs in piano duo, piano solo and chamber music. Luda won at the international piano competition and baroque philharmonic orchestra competition. Luda was the accompanist for the Palm choir at Gangnam Church at Seoul for 2 years. Now, she is an official accompanist/pianist at Manhattan School of Music.

Sookkyung Cho

Pianist Sookkyung Cho has performed in such renowned venues as Alice Tully Hall in New York, Sarasota Opera House in Florida, Beaux concerts de la relève in Quebec, and Château de Fontainebleau in France. An avid chamber musician, she has been featured in major chamber music festivals, including Yellow Barn, Norfolk, and Sarasota, and is a founding member of New York-based piano trio Almava Trio. Recently awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a C.V.Starr fellow from Juilliard, she has also taught as a Performing Associate at Bowdoin Music Festival, a Teaching Fellow in both Piano Minor and Music Theory departments at Juilliard, and a Piano Instructor in the LINKS Signature Arts Program at Juilliard. For more information, please visit, HYPERLINK "http://www.SookkyungCho.com" www.SookkyungCho.com.

Stanichka Dimitrova

Stanichka Dimitrova’s playing has been described as “wonderfully full in tone and exuberant in performance” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, was a winner of the 2010 Concerto Competition at Stony Brook University, which resulted in a solo performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the SBU orchestra. She has been a First Prize winner in the “Barbara Krakauer Scholarship Award” Competition at the Associated Music Teachers League in New York, “Hopes, Talents, Masters” International Competition in Dobrich, Bulgaria, “Svetoslav Obretenov” National Competition in Provadia, Bulgaria, and was a Top Prize winner of the National Competition for Austrian & German Music in Burgas, Bulgaria. Ms. Dimitrova is a graduate from the Juilliard School. She recently received her doctoral degree at Stony Brook University.

Dorothy Duncan

Dorothy Duncan, clarinet, is a member of the Westfield (NJ) Symphony, St. Cecilia Chamber Ensemble, and Lehman Woodwind Quintet. As principal clarinetist with the New York Grand Opera, she performed all 28 of Verdi’s operas in chronological order for the NYGO’s historic eight-summer Verdi cycle in Central Park. A resident of Mount Vernon, NY, she teaches clarinet at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, the Hackley School, and the Bronxville Schools, and is Co-President of the Westchester Musicians Guild.

Marcia Eckert

Marcia Eckert is active as piano soloist and collaborative artist and has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as at Merkin, Alice Tully, and Weill concert halls, and London’s Leighton House. She has travelled throughout the United States presenting lecturerecitals on piano music by women composers and on the music of Charles Ives. She recorded Songs by Women on the Leonarda label with soprano Susan Gonzalez and has performed with sopranos Lucy Shelton, Tiffany DuMouchelle and Helen Gabrielsen and tenor Daniel Molkentin. She is the pianist of the Beehive Piano Trio and has collaborated with Deborah Gilwood in the Eckert- Gilwood Piano Duo. Her recording of the music of Germaine Tailleferre with English violinist Ruth Ehrlich is on Cambria Records.

Adrienne Patino Dunn

Adrienne Patino Dunn, soprano, is originally from Livermore, California and graduated from California State University, East Bay with a BA in Vocal Performance. Adrienne is now actively working as an oratorio and sacred singer, and teacher. Recently she premiered the oratorioEnoch with Taconic Opera, sang the soprano solos in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and in Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor with orchestra. Adrienne regularly sings with the St. Patrick's Cathedral, National Chorale at Lincoln Center, the Salvatones, the Cornerstone Chorale, and the Mineola Choral Society. She made her Avery Fisher Hall debut as a soprano soloist with the National Chorale in 2009. She is a co-founder, producer and performer of Opera Collective, a group of young performers that strives to make opera accessible to the general public.

Shannon Roberts

Soprano Shannon Roberts holds dual US and Irish citizenship, dividing her time between New York City and Europe. She finds it an important and rewarding endeavor to collaborate with living composers, and has premiered works by several, including award winning Juilliard composer Bruce Lazarus and most recently Nailah Nombeko’s William Blake Songs. Ms. Roberts is a multiple award winner receiving prizes, grants, and or scholarships from: The Wagner Society of New York, the Liederkranz Foundation, and the Lee Schaenen Foundation, among others. Ms. Roberts attended the Hartt School of Music, received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida, and was awarded a Special Artists' Diploma from Miami's prestigious New World School of the Arts. Ms. Roberts is managed by John Miller of Pinnacle Artists Management.

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.


Beth Anderson

Beth Anderson is a composer of new romantic music, text-sound works, and music theater events. Her early work was considered post-Cagian, non-academic but more recently, the music became more lyrical while retaining the cut-up quality of the minimalists. Her all-Beth Anderson recordings are out on Albany New World, Pogus. AMERICAN WOMEN: Modern Voices In Piano Music recorded by Nancy Boston includes SEPTEMBER SWALE was released 2006. POINTS OF ENTRY:The Laurels Project Vol. I Comment for flute solo (based on a poem by Dorothy Parker) is out on a Capstone CD (CPS-8759) performed by Nina Assimakopoulos.

Elisenda Fabregas

Spanish/American composer Elisenda Fábregas has been praised for writing with an “imaginatively colored... idiom” (The New York Times). During the 2013-2014 season, Fábregas Symphony No. 1 for Symphonic Band will be premiered at ‘L’Auditori’ in Barcelona, and her Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano will be premiered by the Atlanta Virtuosi (US) in the Fall of 2014. Recent premieres at the Seoul Arts Center, the International Percussion Festival of Seoul, and the Wonju Philharmonic. Her music is published by Hofmeister Musik Verlag, and Alphonse Leduc & Cie. and is recorded on Haenssler, Albany, Centaur, and NCA. Fábregas is currently an Invited Professor of Music at Kyung-Hee University. She has graduate degrees in composition (Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University), piano performance, and education (Teachers College Columbia University), and from the Barcelona Conservatory.

Mary Ann Joyce

Mary Ann Joyce’s works have been performed at international festivals and concerts through the United States, Europe, and Russia. Her works are published by Pioneer Drama, World Library of Sacred Music, Ars Nova, and Gold Branch; her pieces are available on CDs from Capstone, Ravello and Pioneer Drama. In summer, 2012, Parma Records released two of her works, Cantata for the Children of Terezin, and Aceldama on the CD ,Cantata for the Children of Terezin.” In 2014, her piece, Immortal Diamond, for St. Petersburg State Orchestra and Chorus, will be distributed by Novello Records. She received the 2013 Boston Metro Award for her art song The Heights of Macchu Picchu.

Julie Mandel

Julie Mandel writes chamber music and musical theatre. Her String Qt. 3 and Harp Trio are published by E.B. Marks. Her oneact opera I Wish, I Wish was presented at Thalia Theatre June 2012. Her Musical Theatre work Subway Suite was produced at Queens College. Her chamber works have been performed by American Chamber Ensemble, Seattle Chamber Players, Motyl String Quartet. Member and Treasurer of New York Women Composers and Long Island Composers, Concerts Director of Long Island Composers Alliance.

Nailah Nombeko

Guest Curator Nailah Nombeko, a native of New York, comes from a musical family. She attended the Preparatory Division of Manhattan School Music, LaGuardia High School (Music and Art) and she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Mannes College of Music. Ms. Nombeko is active as a composer. Her works were performed by a variety of ensembles, soloists and choirs such as, the Orfeo Duo (violin/piano), Shannon Roberts, Tiffany DuMouchelle, and Marcia Eckert. Ms. Nombeko’s music has been performed at Symphony Space, Columbia University, as well as other venues in New York City. Her music was featured on Classical Discoveries 103.3 FM and What’s Next Radio 91.1 FM.

Alla Pavlova

Alla Pavlova was born in Ukraine. As a girl she lived in Vinnitsa city, then moved with her Russian-born parents to Moscow. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at the Ippolitov–Ivanov Music Institute. She received her Master’s Degree at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. From 1983 to 1986 she lived in the Sofia, where she worked for the Union of Bulgarian composers and the Bulgarian National Opera. From 1986 to 1989 she was in Moscow, working for the Russian Musical Society Board. During that period her articles, now numbering over a hundred, appeared in Russian and Bulgarian publications. Since 1990 Alla has lived in New York and is a member of New York Women Composers, Inc., a member of International Alliance for Women Composers and a Friend of Irish National Youth Ballet.

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New York Women Composers

THE MISSION OF NEW YORK WOMEN COMPOSERS, INC. is to create performing, recording, networking, and mentoring opportunities for its members, and to work for the betterment of all women concert-music composers. We believe that continually focusing attention on music by women composers will hasten its full inclusion in the concert repertoire. New York Women Composers, Inc. was founded by composers Elizabeth Bell, Lucy Coolidge, Ann Callaway, and Robert Friou, Esq., in 1984. It is a New York 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, under the direction of its members. Membership is open to residents of New York State and the greater New York City metropolitan region who are women composers of serious concert music and to those in musical occupations who support the recognition of women composers.

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.