The Western Brass Quintet has performed cutting-edge, virtuosic repertoire for national and international audiences for over five decades. Whether they are performing in communities across Michigan, universities across the nation, or in concert tours across the world (including Russia, Thailand, China, and Europe) the group strives to entertain audiences with the expressive capabilities of brass instruments through its satisfying programs. The Western Brass Quintet “exhibits a remarkable flair...with remarkable facility and technique" (New York Concert Review).
Zachary Boyt is a multimedia artist, composer, and cellist based in Eugene, Oregon. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Oregon in music performance of data-driven instruments.
Alex Sellers is a freelance musician in the metro Detroit area. He recently graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, with a Master of Music in saxophone performance where he studied with Jeffrey Heisler. While at Oakland, Sellers won the Oakland University Band Concerto Competition and performed Ryo Noda’s rarely performed “Gen Concerto” with the Oakland University Wind Symphony. He holds a second Master of Music in music technology and a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from Georgia Southern University, where he studied with John Thompson and Carolyn Bryan. He has performed at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial conferences and the SEAMUS National Conference, as well as others.
The SPLICE Ensemble is a trumpet (Samuel Wells), piano (Keith Kirchoff), and percussion (Adam Vidiksis) trio focused on cultivating a canon of the most important works composed for instruments and electronics. Through seminars, lectures, master classes, concerts, and commissions, the SPLICE Ensemble works with composers and performers on performance practice techniques for collaboration and integrating electronics into a traditional performance space. The resident ensemble of both the SPLICE Summer Institute and the SPLICE Festival, the SPLICE Ensemble has been a featured ensemble at M Woods in Beijing, SEAMUS, the Electroacoustic Barndance, and SCI National. They will be the featured ensemble at Electronic Music Midwest and they will be the featured at the 2018 BEAMSfest at Brandeis University.
Lin Foulk is Associate Professor of Horn at Western Michigan University, where she teaches horn and performs with the Western Brass Quintet and the Western Wind Quintet. She has performed and presented lectures throughout the United States and in Spain, Russia, China, the Netherlands, Thailand, Colombia, Honduras, and Canada. She frequently performs in Michigan with the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Foulk received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her principal teachers include Douglas Hill, Nancy Cochran, Laurence Lowe, and Bruce Heim.
Samuel Wells is a composer, performer, and music technologist based in New York City. As an advocate for new and exciting music, he actively commissions and performs contemporary works for trumpet. Sam has performed throughout North America, as well as in China and France. He is a recipient of a 2016 Jerome Fund for New Music award, and is the winner of the 2016 Miami International Guitar Festival Composition Competition. Sam is a member of Arcus Collective and SPLICE Ensemble. Sam has performed with Contemporaneous, the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra, Nate Wooley, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and TILT Brass. Sam has degrees in both performance and composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and graduate degrees in Trumpet Performance and Computer Music Composition at Indiana University. He is currently on faculty at SPLICE Institute and Molloy College.
Dr. Andrés Mauricio Salguero is a Latin Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer. He holds an MM and DMA in Clarinet Performance. His debut CD, titled QUIRK, features new pieces that were written for him by young composers. Currently, Andrés travels around the US and abroad performing music for children and families as 123 Andrés. His two family albums have received numerous awards and accolades.
Christopher Biggs is a composer and multimedia artist residing in Kalamazoo, MI, where he is Associate Professor of Music Composition and Technology at Western Michigan University. Biggs’ recent projects focus on integrating live instrumental performance with interactive audiovisual media. His compositions reflect on extramusical concepts, including climate change, physics, philosophy, and politics. Biggs is a co-founder and the director of SPLICE Institute, a weeklong intensive summer program for performers and composers to experience, explore, create, discuss, and learn techniques related to the creation and presentation of music for instruments and electronics.
Biggs teaches music composition, electronic music production, digital signal processing, visual programming, and music theory. He received degrees from American University, The University of Arizona, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He studied music composition with James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, João Pedro Oliveira, Daniel Asia, Chen Yi, and Zhou Long.
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