Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, his recital and chamber music activities, and his work with SilkRoad, for which he serves as Artistic Director. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, each fueled by the artists’ interactions. Mr. Ma is also widely recognized for his strong commitment to educational programs that bring the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike.
CONDUCTOR, LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA
An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Orchestra, he also serves as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, which he first conducted in 2011. A tireless advocate for the power of music, Abrams continues to foster interdisciplinary collaboration with organizations including the Louisville Ballet, the Center for Interfaith Relations, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Speed Art Museum, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. His extensive community outreach continues to reach new audiences and bring classical music into increasingly diverse communities.
Teddy’s 2016-17 season includes debuts at the Kennedy Center and with the Colorado, North Carolina, and New Jersey Symphonies, as well as a return to the New World Symphony. Recent guest conducting highlights include engagements with the San Francisco, Houston, Vancouver, Phoenix, and Jacksonville Symphonies; Florida Orchestra; and the Louisiana and New Mexico Philharmonics. He has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Indianapolis Symphony, and recently conducted them with Time for Three for a special recorded for PBS. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2012-2014.
From 2008 to 2011 Abrams was the Conducting Fellow and Assistant Conductor of the New World Symphony (NWS) and conducted many performances, including subscription concerts and numerous other full and chamber orchestra events. Abrams has conducted the NWS in Miami Beach, Washington, D.C. and at Carnegie Hall, and recently returned to conduct the NWS on subscription with Joshua Bell as soloist.
An accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras—including play-conducting the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Jacksonville Symphony in Fall 2013—and has performed chamber music with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Time for Three, and John Adams, in addition to annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Dedicated to exploring new and engaging ways to communicate with a diverse range of audiences, Abrams co-founded the Sixth Floor Trio in 2008. Together, they founded and direct GardenMusic, the music festival of the world-renowned Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami; they continue to tour regularly throughout the U.S.
Abrams studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller and Ford Lallerstedt at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival; he was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both institutions. Abrams is also an award-winning composer and a passionate educator - he has taught at numerous schools throughout the United States. His 2009 Education Concerts with the New World Symphony (featuring the world premiere of one of Abrams’ own orchestral works) were webcast to hundreds of schools throughout South Florida.
Abrams performed as a keyboardist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest, and was the Assistant Conductor of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2009. He has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival in Ischia, Italy and at the American Academy in Berlin. Teddy was a proud member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for seven seasons, and graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music, having studied piano with Paul Hersh.
Cellist Claire Bryant enjoys an active and diverse career in New York City as a performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire. She is equally passionate and committed to her work as an educator and advocate for the inclusion of the arts in society. In 2009, Ms. Bryant founded a community residency project through chamber music in South Carolina called Claire Bryant and Friends. This endeavor brings accomplished young artists to communities for weeklong residencies that include engaging pedagogy and performance in the public schools, advocacy forums for arts education, and community concerts in diverse and innovative venues.
A founding member of the new chamber music society Decoda, Claire has collaborated with world-class artists such as Daniel Hope, Anthony Marwood, Emanuel Ax, Sir Simon Rattle, Dawn Upshaw, the Weilerstein Trio and members of the Peabody Trio, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, and Danish String Quartet, among others. She regularly performs with acclaimed chamber ensembles in NYC such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Novus NY, and Ensemble ACJW. The 2010 recipient of the Robert Sherman McGraw Hill Companies award for excellence in community outreach and music education, she is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where her primary teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Joel Krosnick. She was in the pilot class of The Academy -- A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute and served as an assistant to faculty member, Bonnie Hampton, at The Juilliard School from 2007 – 2012.
Zachary De Pue
Zachary De Pue made his solo debut on the violin with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and went on to study with William Preucil, Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He earned a full-tuition scholarship to The Curtis Institute of Music, where he also held the David H. Springman Memorial Fellowship. At Curtis, Zach studied with renowned violinists Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian and served as Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra before becoming a violinist in The Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2007, Zach was appointed Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He plays a beautiful Ferdinand Gagliano violin made in Naples, Italy, in 1757.
Afa Dworkin is President and Artistic Director for the Sphinx Organization. Until 2015, she served as Executive and Artistic Director, overseeing all fundraising and programmatic aspects of the organization’s operations. During her tenure, she has also developed and maintained a comprehensive national roster of musicians of color, launched key partnerships with dozens of symphony orchestras around the country, as well as numerous national and international partnerships, in addition to leading the organization’s most successful short-term fundraising campaign.
Ms. Dworkin has appeared as a speaker and presenter at national conferences, including International Arts & Ideas Festival, Chamber Music America (opening address), the National Association for Schools of Music, the League of American Orchestras, ICSOM, Americans for the Arts, University of Michigan’s MLK panel discussion, Bowling Green University, Central Michigan University, Lorraine College Signature Artist Series, NALAC’s Regional Conference, San Francisco Symphony’s National Orchestral Forum, and various media outlets, including The Toledo Blade, Interlochen Public Radio, Greensborough Public Radio and Michigan Radio. Ms. Dworkin has also participated as a multi-year orchestra grant review panelist for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Association of Performing Arts Presenters Young Performers Career Advancement panel, 3Arts Awards, as well as the MetLife Awards administered by The League of American Orchestras. She has also participated in the educational institution research panel hosted by Surdna Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, a well as Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council grants, Independent Sector’s American Express NGen awards, Florida, Indiana and Oklahoma State Arts Council grants and Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program juries. She served as a contributing writer to Polyphonic.org, an on-line industry source, as well as Michigan String Teachers Association magazine.
Ms. Dworkin recently became faculty for Roosevelt University’s Master’s Program in Performing Arts Administration. She is member of the Advisory Committee for the Ben Holt Memorial Recital Series hosted by Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, as well as formerly the Board of Trustees of Walnut Hill School for the Arts (the premiere arts preparatory high school) and the National Guild for Community Music Education. Currently, she serves as a Trustee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and INTAKE Organization. She also serves as an advisor for Casa de Lerma Musicale (a music publishing firm founded by preeminent musicologist Dominique Rene de Lerma).
An accomplished violinist trained in Azerbaijan (former Soviet conservatory system), Ms. Dworkin graduated with High Honors from the University of Michigan with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Violin Performance. She has previously served on the faculty of Clarkston Conservatory and was a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra from 1994-2000 (entering the orchestra as a freshman in college). In addition to extensive teaching experience, she has performed with several symphony orchestras and chamber groups in Russia, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Austria and the United States. Ms. Dworkin may be heard as an electric violinist on a CD entitled “Bar-Talk”, featuring the renowned violin duets by Bela Bartok.
She also has international corporate experience, having previously served as a tri-lingual interpreter and an Executive Assistant to the President at ARCO, The International Oil and Gas Company in Baku, Azerbaijan. Ms. Dworkin resides in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband and two sons. In addition to the arts, she is an avid cook and enjoys travel.
Gabriela Lena Frank
Identity has always been at the center of Gabriela Lena Frank's music. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Frank is something of a musical anthropologist. She has traveled extensively throughout South America and her pieces reflect and refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. She writes challenging idiomatic parts for solo instrumentalists, vocalists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras.
Moreover, she writes, "There's usually a story line behind my music; a scenario or character." While the enjoyment of her works can be obtained solely from her music, the composer's program notes enhance the listener's experience, for they describe how a piano part mimics a marimba or pan-pipes, or how a movement is based on a particular type of folk song, where the singer is mockingly crying. Even a brief glance at her titles evokes specific imagery: Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout; Cuatro Canciones Andinas; and La Llorona: Tone Poem for Viola and Orchestra. Frank's compositions also reflect her virtuosity as a pianist — when not composing, she is a sought-after performer, specializing in contemporary repertoire.
The residency of Gabriela Lena Frank with the Detroit Symphony will culminate in January 2017 with the premiere of her Concerto for Orchestra, brimming with Peruvian influence. As she completes her third year as Houston Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence, Frank will write a requiem for premiere in May 2017. This multi-cultural work interweaves traditional Latin and Meso-American texts with contemporary text by Pulitzer Prize-winning Cuban-American writer Nilo Cruz. Frank has developed a number of projects with Cruz, among them La Centinela y la Paloma (The Keeper and the Dove), a song cycle for Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Journey of the Shadow for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
Recent premieres include Iberian Songs for Music From Angel Fire; Five Scenes for the San Diego Symphony and Malashock Dance, Cuentos Errantes: Four New Folk Songs for piano and strings written for The Sphinx Virtuosi, My Angel, His Name is Freedom for The Library of Congress and the Handel and Haydn Society, Karnavalingo for the Houston Symphony, Will-o'-the-Wispfor piccolo player Mary Kay Fink and the Cleveland Orchestra; Saints for The Berkeley Symphony, soprano Jessica Rivera and the San Francisco Girls Chorus; and Concertino Cusqueño for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Having collaborated with a broad range of artists, Frank's other works include Quijotadas for the Brentano String Quartet; Jalapeño Blues for Chanticleer; Compadrazgo, a double concerto for David Finckel and Wu Han with the ProMusica Orchestra; ¡Chayraq! and Ritmos Anchinos for the Silk Road Project; and Inkarrí for the Kronos Quartet. 2017 will bring premieres of a flute sonata for Demarre McGill of the Dallas Symphony, and a new solo violin sonata for Movses Pogossian.
Frank attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she earned both a B.A. (1994) and M.A. (1996). She studied composition with Paul Cooper, Ellsworth Milburn, and Sam Jones, and piano with Jeanne Kierman Fischer. Frank credits Fischer with introducing her to the music of Ginastera, Bartók, and other composers who utilized folk elements in their work. At the University of Michigan, where she received a D.M.A. in composition in 2001, Frank studied with William Albright, William Bolcom, Leslie Bassett, and Michael Daugherty, and piano with Logan Skelton.
Judson Green, a 1974 graduate of DePauw University, is the former President and CEO of NAVTEQ Corporation, an NYSE-listed company with a market value of $8 billion at the time of its sale to Nokia in 2008. NAVTEQ is the leading provider of digital maps and content for navigation and location-enabled applications in the world. Prior to NAVTEQ, Green worked nearly 20 years for The Walt Disney Company. He served for almost 10 years as Chairman and President of Walt Disney Theme Parks and Resorts, which included Disney’s theme parks and resorts worldwide including the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disney Resort as well as the Disney Cruise Line. He had previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Company. Green has served on the corporate board of directors of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., Harley-Davidson, Inc., Aon Corporation and Alticor Corporation. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Field Museum in Chicago, and currently serves as Director Emeritus of Conservation International.
NEW AMSTERDAM RECORDS
Judd Greenstein was born and raised in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, where he began his compositional life by writing hip hop beats as a teenager. His concert works reflect those origins, as well as his traditional piano background, combining an urban, beat-oriented sensibility with a late-Romantic classical harmonic language. A passionate advocate for the indie classical community in New York, much of Judd’s work is written for the virtuosic ensembles and solo performers who make up that community, and is tailored to their specific talents and abilities.
Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Residence. In 2010 he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he serves as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Hampson was made honorary professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth College, and San Francisco Conservatory, as well as being an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences.
Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. Hampson who was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has won worldwide recognition for thoughtfully researched and creatively constructed programs as well as recordings that explore the rich repertoire of song in a wide range of styles, languages, and periods. Through the Hampsong Foundation which he founded in 2003 he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.
For more than 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 850 works and arrangements for string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.
Kronos’ adventurous approach dates back to the ensemble’s origins. In 1973, David Harrington was inspired to form Kronos after hearing George Crumb's Black Angels, a highly unorthodox, Vietnam War–inspired work featuring bowed water glasses, spoken word passages, and electronic effects. Kronos then began building a compellingly diverse repertoire for string quartet, performing and recording works by 20th-century masters (Bartók, Webern, Schnittke), contemporary composers (Sophia Gubaidulina, Bryce Dessner, Aleksandra Vrebalov), jazz legends (Ornette Coleman, Maria Schneider, Thelonious Monk), rock artists (guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, Brazilian electronica artist Amon Tobin, and Icelandic indie-rock group Sigur Rós), and artists who truly defy genre (performance artist Laurie Anderson, composer/sound sculptor/inventor Trimpin, and singer-songwriter/poet Patti Smith).
Libby Larsen is one of America’s most prolific and most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Her music has been praised for its dynamic, deeply inspired, and vigorous contemporary American spirit. Constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, Libby Larsen has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory. Larsen has been hailed as “the only English-speaking composer since Benjamin Britten who matches great verse with fine music so intelligently and expressively” (USA Today); as “a composer who has made the art of symphonic writing very much her own.” (Gramophone); as “a mistress of orchestration” (Times Union); and for “assembling one of the most impressive bodies of music of our time.” (Hartford Courant) Her music has been praised for its “clear textures, easily absorbed rhythms and appealing melodic contours that make singing seem the most natural expression imaginable.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) “Libby Larsen has come up with a way to make contemporary opera both musically current and accessible to the average audience.” (The Wall Street Journal) “Her ability to write memorable new music completely within the confines of traditional harmonic language ismost impressive.” (Fanfare)
Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois, with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, Pratt recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins.
In 1992, Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals throughout the U.S. including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Detroit and New Jersey symphonies among many others. Summer festival engagements include Ravinia, Blossom, Wolftrap, Caramoor and Aspen, the Hollywood Bowl and the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo.
As a conductor, Pratt participated in the American Symphony Orchestra League and Conductor's Guild workshops and the National Conducting Institute, where he worked closely with Leonard Slatkin and conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. He has also conducted the Toledo, New Mexico, Vancouver WA, Winston-Salem, Santa Fe and Prince George County symphonies, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Concertante di Chicago and several orchestras in Japan.
A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears; these activities may include master classes, children's recitals, play/talk demonstrations and question/answer sessions for students of all ages.
Pratt has been the subject of numerous articles in the national press, including Newsweek, People Magazine and New York Newsday. He was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony Magazine's special 50th anniversary issue and has been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday Morning and Weekend Edition. On television, Pratt has performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Sesame Street, been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and was one of the featured soloists on PBS's Live from the Kennedy Center - A Salute to Slava. In November 2009, Pratt was one of four artists selected to perform at a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and performed in concert for guests including President Obama. He has performed two other times at the White House, both at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.
Pratt’s recordings for Angel/EMI include A Long Way From Normal, an all Beethoven Sonata CD, Live From South Africa, Transformations and an all Bach disc with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His most recent recordings are the Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Zuill Bailey for Telarc and a recording of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont with the Harlem Quartet for Navona Records.
Pratt is currently Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at CCM. He was recently named the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and is also the Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano Festival at CCM.
Though known for many years as a critic, most of Greg Sandow’s work these days involves the future of classical music — defining classical music’s problems and finding solutions for them. To find solutions, Sandow has worked with individuals and institutions, often as a consultant, sometimes as a friend, and often as a speaker (keynote speeches at conferences, commencement addresses at Eastman and the Longy School of Music, and much more). He teaches at Juilliard and for two years was an artist-in-residence at the University of Maryland, where he worked with music students, helping them to find an audience their own age. He’s happy to say that his work there took root, and that this year the audience at the School of Music orchestra concerts is larger, younger, and livelier.
Double bassist Peter Seymour has performed with many of the world’s most highly acclaimed artists and ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York City Ballet, Iris Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival. He was the recipient of the Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Jazz Soloist and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Bobby McFerrin. Since the inception of PROJECT Trio, Peter has taken on many roles, including CEO, manager and community engagement director. He is especially passionate about education and outreach, and he has organized events for the Trio benefiting over 150,000 students on three continents in eleven countries and over 35 States. Peter also serves as the director of PROJECT: The Camp, a unique summer music festival founded in 2012 that focuses on modern chamber music, with an emphasis on ensemble, improvisation, composition, memorization, performance, and extended techniques. He is always active writing music for the Trio. His recent compositions include two pieces for trio and orchestra: Dr. Nick and an arrangement of Rossini’s William Tell Overture.
VIOLINIST AND COMPOSER
Caroline Adelaide Shaw is a New York-based musician appearing in many different guises. Trained primarily as a violinist from an early age in North Carolina, she is a Grammy-winning singer in Roomful of Teeth and in 2013 became the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices (also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Composition). She made her solo violin debut in 2015 with the Cincinnati Symphony (MusicNOW). She was the inaugural musician-in-residence at Dumbarton Oaks in the fall of 2014, and she was the composer-in-residence for two years (through 2016) with Vancouver’s Music on Main. Caroline has also performed with ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Alarm Will Sound, the Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble, the Knights, Victoire, the Yehudim, and many others. (And she has appeared incognito as a backup singer or violinist, on Saturday Night Live with Paul McCartney, on Late Night with David Letterman with The National, and on The Tonight Showwith The Roots.) Caroline was virtually unknown as a composer before the Pulitzer announcement in 2013, having written only a handful of pieces.
As a concert artist, Paul has now appeared on stage over 1000 times in his career. Many of these performances have been with the international award-winning a cappella group, VOCES8. Paul co-founded the group in 2005 and has featured in every concert with the group since that day. This run now stretches to more than 350 concerts. In the UK, Paul has appeared at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall; St John’s, Smith Square; St George’s, Hanover Square; King’s Place; Alexandra Palace; Westminster Abbey; Fairfield Halls and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. With VOCES8, Paul has taken international solo roles in concerts across the world, in countries including the USA, Kenya, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Slovenia, the Canary Islands, and Austria. Upcoming performances include a concert at the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing. Concert highlights include a six-concert tour of Handel’s Messiahwith Paulo Ali and the Jubilate Orchestra in Italy; appearing as a soloist in the Conservatoire in Moscow and the Kremlin with Martin Neary; and a performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in 2008.
FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE
A passionate advocate for chamber music, Melissa Snoza is a founding member of Fifth House Ensemble. A dynamic educator and coach, Melissa currently teaches a music entrepreneurship course at DePaul University and has served as professor of flute at Carthage College. As Fifth House Ensembles’s Executive Director, Melissa drives the organization’s entrepreneurship programs, having created workshops for New England Conservatory, the Colburn School, Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, TEDx Michigan Ave, and the fresh inc festival on arts entrepreneurship and creative programming. Her writing has been featured on the Entrepreneur the Arts blog and Huffington Post.
AUTHOR AND PRODUCER
Joseph Horowitz is an author, concert producer and teacher. He is one of the most prominent and widely published writers on topics in American music. As an orchestral administrator and advisor, he has been a pioneering force in the development of thematic programming and new concert formats. Horowitz’s ten books – including Understanding Toscanini: How He Became an American Culture-God and Helped Create a New Audience for Old Music (a finalist for the 1987 National Book Critics Circle Award) and Classical Music in America: A History (named one of the best books of 2005 by The Economist) – offer a detailed history and analysis of American symphonic culture, its achievements, challenges and prospects for the future.