David Taddie, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, spent his teenage and young adult years playing in rock bands, serving as a church organist, arranging and performing on radio and TV commercials, finally beginning his formal studies in music theory and composition at Cleveland State University at the age of 20. He received his BA and MM from CSU, where he studied composition with Bain Murray, Rudolph Bubalo, and Edwin London. From 1985-1992, he served as pianist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He also composed for, and performed with, the New Music Associates in Cleveland, performed as a duo-piano team with his wife, Karen, and was active as a theory and piano teacher. After a decade of working as a freelance composer, performer, and music teacher, he moved to Boston in 1992 to attend Harvard University where he received his Ph.D., studying composition with Donald Martino, Bernard Rands, and Mario Davidovsky.


Taddie has written music for band, orchestra, choir, solo voice, piano, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles as well as many electroacoustic compositions. His music has been widely performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia by numerous soloists and ensembles. Among his awards are those from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and the Music Teachers National Association. He currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he is Professor of Music, Coordinator of Composition, and director of the Electronic Music Studio at West Virginia University. Prior to his faculty appointment at West Virginia University, he served on the faculties of UMass-Dartmouth, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College.







Performer Biographies



Julia Kay Jamieson -A passionate advocate for new music, Julia Kay Jamieson is the principal harpist of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. She has given numerous world premiere performances and has performed in SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) conferences (2012 and 2007). Julia has been commissioned to write several harp ensemble pieces which have been performed across the country. She is a founding member and arranger for the harp quartet HarpCore 4, a group that performs popular music (mostly from the 80's), and she has arranged many popular and jazz pieces for solo harp.


As a professional harpist, she won First Prize in the 2002 American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Biennial Solo Competition. Julia was the winner of the University of Illinois School of Music Concerto Competition Finals in 2008 and has been a soloist with the Danville Symphony Orchestra (2009) and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (2010).


From 2006 to 2011 Julia served as president of the Roslyn Rensch Central Illinois Chapter of the American Harp Society (AHS). During her terms she began a tradition of biannual student harp recitals and she started a local harp newsletter. She is currently serving on the AHS Board of Directors.


Julia studied with Jocelyn Chang in Cleveland, Susann McDonald at Indiana University (BM), and Ann Yeung at The University of Illinois (MM) where Julia served as teaching assistant. During her tenure as teaching assistant, she was awarded the highest teaching honor at The University of Illinois: the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2009). Julia's interest in harp pedagogy has led to her writing teaching materials, giving several workshops and masterclasses for harpists and composers, and writing articles for the American Harp Journal's "Teachers Corner". Julia has been featured as a clinician, composer, and concert artist for events such as the Illinois Summer Harp Class in Urbana-Champaign and the University of Oregon Harp Day in Eugene. In the summer of 2014 Julia was a guest performer and instructor at the High Cascade Harp Camp in Suttle Lake, Oregon as well as the Canadian International Summer Harp Institute in Vancouver.






Michael Ibrahim - "The listener is in for an exciting musical ride." - Saxophone Journal Praised for his "sheer virtuosity and musical intensity" (Calgary Herald), Canadian saxophonist Michael Ibrahim is a soloist, collaborator, and clinician active throughout the US and internationally.


At the center of New York City's contemporary music scene, Ibrahim has worked with ensembles including Amp Music, Either/Or, Fireworks Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Manhattan Sinfonietta, PRISM Quartet, Red Light New Music, SEM Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and Wet Ink. His solo and chamber music performances have taken place in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Symphony Space, and the Kitchen. In NYC, Ibrahim gave the US Premiere of solo pieces such as Stockhausen's Edentia, Boulez's Dialogue de l'ombre double, and Robin Hoffmann's Birkhahn-Studie for black grouse hunting call. In Chicago, with the Anubis Saxophone Quartet and violist Nadia Sirota, he gave the US Premiere of Georges Aperghis' Crosswind in 2013.


He has won numerous competitions including the North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Artist Competition, the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition for Woodwinds, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the MTNA Woodwind Collegiate Artist and Chamber Music Competitions, and a Darmstadt Performance Prize for Contemporary Music.


Ibrahim studied at the Manhattan School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts), Bowling Green State University, the Université Européenne de Saxophone in France, the University of Calgary, and the University of Regina. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Calgary, and Mount Royal College, and is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at West Virginia University, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award for the School of Music (2010) and the Outstanding Teaching with Technology Award (2015). He has taught internationally at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Thailand, and at the SaxArt Festival in Faenza, Italy. In 2009, he published the book New Aesthetics in Contemporary Saxophone Music. His solo and chamber recordings appear on the Cala, Carrier, Mint, Newfangled, Omninova, and Teal Creek Music labels.


This season, Ibrahim performs as a soloist with the US Navy Band at the International Saxophone Symposium in January; as a Big XII Faculty Fellow, will tour seven universities giving solo recitals and master classes in March; and will premiere a new concerto by Alex Mincek at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France in July.


Michael Ibrahim is a Conn-Selmer Artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively. He is also a D'Addario Performing Artist and performs exclusively on D'Addario Reserve Classic saxophone reeds.






Marianne Gythfeldt - Clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, a native of Norway, has distinguished herself in chamber music, orchestral and contemporary music performance on the international stage. She is equally at-home in traditional and alternative/cross-over genres and she has played a central role in the new music scene of New York City over the past 25 years. Winning the Naumburg chamber music award with New Millennium Ensemble in 1995 launched a wide-ranging career as clarinetist with various groups such as Ensemble Sospeso, Ensemble Sequitur, and SEM ensemble.  As a freelance performer, she has enjoyed collaborations with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and many other New York City ensembles.


She is currently member of Talea Ensemble and Zephyros Winds. Gythfeldt's diverse musical background has also led to many collaborations with musical innovators such as Alvin Lucier, Peter Serkin, Petr Kotik, Ursula Oppens, and Paquito D'Rivera. She is currently Associate Professor and head of Woodwinds at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College and her scholarly activities include a solo CD-recording of commissioned electroacoustic pieces for clarinet, to be released on the New Focus label in 2018.  Gythfeldt can be heard on recordings by CBS Masterworks, CRI, Albany, Koch and Mode Records; the 2005 Albany Records release of two solo clarinet pieces by Robert Morris; and with Absolute Ensemble in the 2010 release of Joe Zawinul.






Violinist Andrea Schultz enjoys an active and versatile musical life as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.  She currently performs and tours with a wide array of groups, including the New York Chamber Ensemble and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.   A devotee of contemporary music, Andrea is also a member of the contemporary chamber ensemble Sequitur and has been involved in the premieres of more than a hundred works with groups that include Either/Or, Cygnus, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Locrian Chamber Players, the NY Composer's Circle, the League of Composers, and others.  She has recorded contemporary chamber music for the Naxos, Albany, New World, and Phoenix labels.   She was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble for many years, touring the US, Britain, Japan, and Australia; and has performed as guest with the Cassatt String Quartet, Perspectives Ensemble, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Mostly Mozart.


Andrea spends summers performing and teaching at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont, the Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy in Virginia, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. She and her husband, cellist Michael Finckel, co-direct the Park-McCullough Carriage Barn Concert Series in North Bennington, Vermont.   A graduate of Yale University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook, Ms. Schultz studied violin with Betty-Jean Hagen, Sydney Harth, Paul Kantor, Donald Weilerstein, and Joyce Robbins.






Michael Finckel enjoys a wide-ranging career as cellist, conductor, teacher, and composer. A founding member of the Trio of the Americas and the Cabrini Quartet, he performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and performs with members of his family in the renowned Finckel Cello Quartet.


Mr. Finckel’s passion for contemporary music has involved him in performances with many of New York’s leading new-music groups including Speculum Musicae, Ensemble Sospeso, Columbia Symphonietta, Group for Contemporary Music, SEM Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, and the American Composer’s Orchestra, as well as performances with members of the New York Philharmonic under the directions of Pierre Boulez and Leonard Bernstein. From 1984 to 1995 he held the Gheris Chair as Principal Cellist of the Bethlehem Bach Choir Orchestra and earlier served as principal cellist of the Vermont State Symphony and the Orchestra of Our Time in New York.


Since 1992, Finckel has been Music Director of the Sage City Symphony in Bennington, Vermont. As director, he oversees the orchestra’s active commissioning program and in 2006 initiated a pilot program in which talented area high-school students compose symphonic works for the orchestra’s annual youth concert.


Finckel teaches cello and chamber music at the Mannes College of Music, the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and privately at his studio in New York City. He is a regular summer faculty member at the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East in Bennington, Vermont, the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College, and at the Kinhaven Music School’s Adult Chamber Music Workshop. Past teaching posts have included Cornell and Princeton Universities and Bennington College.

Finckel has recorded for the Dorian, Opus One, New World, CRI, Vanguard, Vox/Candide and ECM/Warner Bros. labels.





Francesca Arnone is an active flute and piccolo soloist, chamber musician, and educator.  An avid traveler, she enjoys pursuing this passion through music and has performed in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, in such venues as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice, and the Split Academy of Music in Croatia. She has been the featured guest artist at flute festivals around the country, and has performed at numerous flute conventions, including those of the National Flute Association, British Flute Society, and the Flute Society of Spain. Currently on faculty at the Tampa’s Patel Conservatory, she has taught at Boise State, West Virginia, and Baylor universities as well as many summer festivals and music camps. A member of the Palm Beach Opera and Opera Tampa orchestras, she has held Principal Flute, Second Flute, and Piccolo positions in orchestras in the US and Mexico, and has been a concerto soloist on flute, alto flute, and piccolo, on repertoire ranging from Bach to Chen Yi. Her recordings on MSR and PARMA have met with critical acclaim. With violinist Mikylah Myers McTeer, she established the flute and violin duo reACT in 2009 as a chamber ensemble dedicated to performing works by living composers.





Keith Kirchoffis a pianist, composer, conductor, concert curator, and teacher. Described as a “virtuosic tour de force” whose playing is “energetic, precise, (and) sensitive,” he works towards promoting under- recognized composers and educating audiences of the importance of new and experimental music. An active lecturer who has presented in countries throughout the world, his recital programs focus on the integration of computers and modern electronics into a traditional classical performance space.


Kirchoff has played in many of the United States’ largest cities including New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Austin, as well as major cities throughout Italy, New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada, Belgium, Mexico, China, and The Netherlands. He has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. performing a wide range of concerti, including the Boston premier of Charles Ives’ Emerson Concerto and the world premier of Matthew McConnell’sConcerto for Toy Piano, as well as more traditional concerti by Tschaikowsky and Chopin. He has also been a featured soloist in many music festivals including the Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Festival Internacional de Müsica Contemporánea, the Society for Electro- Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Oregon Festival of American Music, and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC).


Throughout his career, Kirchoff has premiered well over 100 new works and commissioned several dozen. As a strong supporter of modern music, he has worked closely with many prominent composers including Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski, and Louie Andriessen. As a lecturer, Kirchoff has presented seminars, lectures, and master classes on the music of the 21st century at many of the country's largest Universities. One of the nation's prominent performers of electronic music, his "Electroacoustic Piano" tour has been presented throughout two continents, and he has twice hosted an international composers competition seeking music for piano and live electronics: first with the University of Toronto in 2011, and then again with the American Composers Forum in 2015. The first album in his Electroacoustic Piano series was released by Thinking outLOUD Records in July 2011.


As a composer, Kirchoff is equally comfortable in acoustic and electronic mediums. The 2010 Rozsa Visiting Artist & Composer at the University of Tulsa, Kirchoff has been awarded residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, New York Mills, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Wildacres, and has been a guest composer/pianist at several universities including Brown University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Cal State, University of New Mexico, University of North Florida, and Brigham Young University. He has received commissions from numerous ensembles and soloists including Transient Canvas, Ensemble mise-en, pianists Shiau-uen Ding and Kai Schumacher, tuba player Jeffrey Meyer, organist Matthew McConnell, soprano Christine Keene, and Telling Stories Music. Often performing his own works in recital, his music, which has been described as "hyperactive," has also been performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Turkey, Holland, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and Germany by many respected musicians and ensembles including the California E.A.R. Unit, the Firewire Ensemble, mezzo-soprano Erica Brookhyser, violinists Carmel Raz and Stephanie Skor, cellist Alex Kelly, and pianists Albert Muhlbock and Mabel Kwan.


Kirchoff has served as Vice President of SEAMUS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States) and is the founder and Artistic Director of Original Gravity: a Boston-based concert series that features the music of local composers and pairs that music with locally brewed beer. Together with Christopher Biggs, he founded SPLICE (Summer institute for the Performance, Listening, Interpretation, and Creation of Electroacoustic music) hosted at Western Michigan University and regularly tours and performs with the SPLICE Ensemble.


The winner of the 2006 Steinway Society Piano Competition and the 2005 John Cage Award, Kirchoff was named the 2011 "Distinguished Scholar" by the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. He has also received composing grants from MetLife Meet the Composer and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.


Kirchoff’s primary teachers include Dean Kramer, Stephen Drury, and Paul Wirth. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon in 2003 graduating summa cum laude and then received his Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory in 2005. He has also studied composition with Michael Gandolfi and Jeffrey Stolet, and conducting with Richard Hoenich. In addition to his recordings on his independent label Thinking outLOUD Records, Kirchoff has released recordings on the New World, Ravello, Parma, SEAMUS, New Focus, Tantara, and Zerx labels.


Kirchoff is also an avid homebrewer who has published several articles on the topic and is the co-host of the "Original Gravity Podcast" – a homebrewing show that designs beer recipes inspired by the music of New England composers.






Violinist Mikylah McTeer’s performances have been called “energetic and virtuosic” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and “captivating” by Boulder, Colorado’s Daily Camera. Her 2016 CD “REACT: Music for Flute, Violin and Interactive Computer” on the Ravello Records label received glowing reviews both in the United States and abroad. McTeer can also be heard on the 2011 Parma Recordings release “Appalachian Inspiration.”


McTeer is professor of violin and coordinator of the string area at West Virginia University. Before joining the WVU music faculty in 2007, Dr. McTeer was concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony and assistant professor of violin and viola at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She was also the founder, artistic director, and conductor of the Durango Youth Symphony.


An award-winning chamber musician, McTeer is the violinist of the Lyon Piano Trio, and was formally the violinist of the Moores Piano Trio in Houston, Texas, which was the silver prize-winner at the 2000 Carmel Chamber Music Competition. She has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and Spain, and was a 19-year member of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Recent performances in Europe include recitals at the Rubinstein Hall at the Steinway-Haus in Munich, Germany.


McTeer received her doctoral and master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where she studied with Fredell Lack. During her time in Houston, Dr. McTeer regularly performed with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera. She earned her bachelor of music degree in violin performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied violin with Roland and Almita Vamos. She was also a four-year-member and co-captain of the Oberlin College women’s soccer team.






Internationally acclaimed flutist Nina Assimakopoulos is credited with over 83 international world-premiere performances and commissions and has released 5 solo CDs. She is a multimedia collaborative artist, integrating baroque through contemporary flute music with visual and digital and visual arts, dance, and theater.


Assimakopoulos is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Aaron Copland Fund Grant for New Music Recording, two Fulbright Grants, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Career Award.


Her contemporary music recordings include: Arcadian Murmurs, Pan in Pieces, Vol. I;(Euterpe Recordings); Points of Entry, Works for Solo Flute by American Women Composers, Volumes I and II (Capstone Records); and Vayu: Multicultural Works for Solo Flute from The Twenty First Century, recently elected into the first round of the Grammy nomination process for classical best solo instrumental. She is flute professor at West Virginia University.




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David Taddie, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, spent his teenage and young adult years playing in rock bands, serving as a church organist, arranging and performing on radio and TV commercials, finally beginning his formal studies in music theory and composition at Cleveland State University at the age of 20. He received his BA and MM from CSU, where he studied composition with Bain Murray, Rudolph Bubalo, and Edwin London. From 1985-1992, he served as pianist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He also composed for, and performed with, the New Music Associates in Cleveland, performed as a duo-piano team with his wife, Karen, and was active as a theory and piano teacher. After a decade of working as a freelance composer, performer, and music teacher, he moved to Boston in 1992 to attend Harvard University where he received his Ph.D., studying composition with Donald Martino, Bernard Rands, and Mario Davidovsky.