DOUGLAS ANDERSON

 

Douglas Anderson is a composer, conductor, educator, and producer who has been active in the New York area for 45 years.  He studied music and psychology at Columbia University, where his three degrees culminated in a doctorate in music composition in 1980.  His professional career began as a jazz musician at the age of 12, and he performed widely in the Eastern U.S. before moving to New York to attend college.  His work as a conductor has been his performance focus for the last several decades.

 

Dr. Anderson’s compositions include chamber works, orchestral works, concerti, solo vocal and choral music, electronic music, radio drama, jazz, film, and musical theater, as well as many choral and instrumental arrangements.  His music has been heard around the world for decades, notably on Voice of America radio abroad, and nationally in radio dramas broadcast on NPR. He has been a featured composer, a composer-in-residence, a guest composer, and had a retrospective concert.  He is on the faculty of the Borough of Manhattan Community College/ CUNY, where he is Professor of Music and was for 14 years Chairman of the Music and Art Department.  More information can be found on his website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JILL COLLURA

 

Bassoon: A New York native from Rockland County, Jill taught herself the piano at an early age, began the flute at age 9, formal studies at age 12. Throughout high school Jill was fascinated with the woodwind family, and thoroughly explored each instrument: clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, oboe and saxophone, choosing the bassoon in her senior year. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the SUNY at Purchase College Music Conservatory under the guidance of bassoonist Donald MacCourt of the New York City Ballet. She has also studied with Leonard Hindell, Marc Goldberg, and Kim Laskowski, all either current or former members of the New York Philharmonic. Chamber ensemble instruction was given by flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, oboist Humbert Lucarelli, and clarinetists Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich.

 

Jill has been a free-lance musician on bassoon, flute, clarinet and saxophone throughout the tri-state area, has performed in numerous ensembles, including Broadway shows “The Phantom of the Opera”, “A Catered Affair”, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Wicked”, and “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Caramoor, New York Pops Orchestra, Queens Symphony,  Bermuda Philharmonic, Artemis Chamber Ensemble, The Putnam Chorale, and The Chappaqua Orchestra, and many others.

 

Jill is a private music instructor at the Allen-Stevenson School, an illustrious private boys’ school of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. There she inspires boys ages eight through fourteen while teaching techniques and strategies of being a musician and student of life.

 

An avid self-educator she has either taught herself, or is teaching herself, the piano, viola, violin, cello, ukulele and guitar. Her other passions include learning, travel and experiencing different cultures, exploring, hiking, nature, health and nutrition, family, friends, empowering people to reach their goals, and sharing these passions with others.

 

 

RICHARD COHEN

 

Bass clarinet, is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist, and has been a member of Steve Reich and Musicians including originalrecording on ECM of Music For 18 Musicians and recent concerts at BAM; Laurie Anderson on Warner Brothers ; Broadway show orchestras such as Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of Penzance (including Universal movie soundtrack), PBS Great Performances of Crazy For You; Peter Brook theatrical ensemble Conference of the Birds (Elizabeth Swados, music), Public Theater including Shakespeare in Central Park with Meryl Streep, Raul Julia, music William Elliot. Cedar Lake Dance Co (Stefano Zazzara, music), Martha Clarke Dance Co., Vienna Lusthaus at Kennedy Center; Metropolitan Chamber Music Group, Encompass Opera Co.; McCoy Tyner Big Band, many shows at LaMama World Theater, notably Trojan Women (Andre Serban/Liz Swados) and Carmilla (Wilford Leach)recorded on Vanguard, tours to Holland Festival, Spoleto Festival Italy, Venice Biennale, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Poland, Greece. Deepest thanks to Ellen Stewart. As a composer, The Three Sisters at LaMama, Mid Summer Night's Dream at Theater For A New Audience, La Ribalta: The Limelight with Bryan Leys, A Full Blown Blast at LaMama.

 

 

GARY DRANCH

 

Clarinetist Gary Dranch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he specialized in contemporary music. A native New Yorker, Dranch is principal clarinetist with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and also regularly performs with the Lehman Orchestra, the Lehman Concert Band, the Westchester Band, and the Putnam Chorale. Dranch obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music and obtained his M.M. in Clarinet Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has commissioned or had works written for him by such composers as Elliott Schwartz, Hank Johnson, Peter Hazzard, John Bavicchi, Douglas Anderson and Martin Ducharme. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in New York, Europe and South America, where he has also given master classes in clarinet. Dranch was a faculty member at "AMEROPA", a chamber music festival in the Czech Republic. Dr. Dranch was an invited performer to the International Clarinet Association in Vancouver He was featured on a CD entitled “The Brazilian Concerto” which was in the nomination list of the 2001 Grammy awards in the category “Best Soloist with Orchestral Accompaniment”. Dranch's first solo CD, released on the MSR Classics label in November 2006, is entitled "The 20th Century Clarinet Concerto" [MS1180] and contains the clarinet concertos of Paul Hindemith, John Bavicchi and Daniel Wolff. ‘The Clarinet’ journal’s March 2007 review concluded: “I recommend this recording as a worthy addition to the contemporary clarinetist’s audio library…there is something for everyone here, and then some. Gary Dranch is supremely adept at handling the technical and musical challenges that arise in these works.” Another CD, Tomorrow Will Be Today, features Dr. Dranch performing the title work as well as Peter Hazzard’s Three Scenic Moods, Opus 75, for Clarinet and Piano Quintet. It was released on BKJ Publications label in September 2008. The Clarinet [Volume 36, Number 4, September 2009] published his article: “The Genesis of a (Double) Clarinet Concerto” by Gary Dranch pages 64-67. Dr. Dranch was an invited guest soloist of the Filarmonica Brasov in Romania, where he performed the Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto in April 2009. In November 2012 he performed Spohr’s Clarinet Concert No. 4 with the SIBIU State Philharmonic. On April 20th, 2014 he premiered a clarinet concerto commissioned from composer Douglas Anderson. The work is called Spirit Guide, and was performed by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra at the Brooklyn Museum. More information can be found on his website.

 

 

MAUREEN KEENAN

 

Flute: The founding flutist of Tessera Quintet, Maureen Keenan performed her Carnegie Hall debut recital as an Artists International Special Presentation Award Winner, has played concertos with the Brentwood Westwood Symphony in Los Angeles and the Kingston University Orchestra in Surrey England, and has been heard on WFUV and on CBC Radio 2. In recent years she has had numerous performances with groups such as Amore Opera, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Astoria Symphony, and Lucidus Ensemble, as well as several solo co concerts. and She has also performed classic and alternative rock in venues ranging from Symphony Space to the Highline Ballroom. She earned a Bachelor of Music Cum Laude studying with David Shostac at California State University Northridge and completed her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Tara O’Connor at State University of New York at Purchase. She completed her Doctor of Music degree in flute performance at the City University of New York.  Dr. Keenan is on the faculty of Borough of Manhattan Community College.

 

 

JIN-OK LEE

 

Pianist, has performed in the United States, Korea, Japan, and Italy, both as a soloist as well as a collaborator. Among her notable performances as a soloist are those at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy, a New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of Artist International special presentation, and concerto concerts with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Liszt Hungarian Fantasy) and AndieMusik Philharmonic Orchestra (Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1).

 

As an avid chamber musician, Jin-Ok has also been active as an accompanist as well as a collaborator. Her performance for “Music in Gotham” was reviewed in the Bulletin of the Society for American Music, where it was described as “excellent and expressive”. She has been a core member of several ensemble groups: Lucidus Ensemble, New York Victorian Consort, Tutti Ensemble, and Sonata da Chiesa. Their venues include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, and LeFrak Hall at Queens College.

 

A native of South Korea, Jin-Ok started piano at the age of six and had a debut concert with Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 when she was fifteen. After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mok-Won University with top honors under the guidance of Joseph Plon, she moved to New York and studied with Zenon Fishbein at Manhattan School of Music for her second master’s degree. Afterwards, she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she studied piano with Martin Canin.

 

Jin-Ok taught at Hunter College and City College of New York, and is currently a faculty member at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Brooklyn College.  She has also been appointed to be the host of a music program, Artifex, on Korean Catholic Broadcasting. The show will start airing in January, 2018.

 

 

INA LITERA

 

Violist, premiered Douglas Anderson’s solo viola work “…mood, enough...” in 2007. Violist of the award winning trio, Eight Strings & a Whistle, she has been an advocate for contemporary chamber music since her student years at the Manhattan School of Music. Ina is an active symphonic and chamber musician, performing with many New York area orchestras.  As a soloist, she has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik,  Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.  Ina has performed at the White House with saxophonist David Sanborn.  Live radio performances include appearances on Around New York on WNYC, WBAI radio and Live at 11 on Maine Public Radio.  Ina has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris, Vikki Sue Robinson, Chris Rael, Galt MacDermott and with the bands Church of Betty and Modern English.  She is an Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York, and is on faculty at the Third Street Music School and the Lucy Moses School/Kaufmann Music Center.

 

 

DEBBIE SCHMIDT

 

French horn, is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center presents "Principally Poulenc" festival, Bard Festival, Orchestra of the Bronx, Vassar College Chorale, Long Island Choral Society and the 92Y Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, with the Modern Brass Quintet Debbie has toured the Northeast, appearing in recital and school concerts reaching thousands of children. In this area, she has appeared in education and outreach programs for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Midori, Princeton Symphony and New Philharmonic of New Jersey. She has appeared with the Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Queens Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, among others. Ms. Schmidt has premiered works by numerous composers while playing with the Dogs of a Desire and the SEM ensemble. She premiered John Luther Adams’ Across a Distance with the London Sinfonetta as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Center in London. She is Director of Chamber Music and on the faculty of the Tisch Center for the Arts.

 

 

JOHN CHARLES THOMAS

 

Trumpet: Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Dr. Thomas is a member of the Grammy Award winning Chestnut Brass Company, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Hartford Symphony, Principal Trumpet with the Ridgefield and Waterbury Symphonies (Connecticut), Associate Principal Trumpet of the Queens Symphony (NYC). John has performed frequently with the New York Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and various Broadway shows. He has appeared with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, American Symphony, Solisti New York, Trier Bach Soloists (Germany), Vienna Symphony, Bermuda Philharmonic, San Francisco and San Jose Symphonies. Some of the conductors he has played for include Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alan Gilbert. His solo appearances have included, among others, performances of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2”, Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto” and Copland’s “Quiet City”.

 

John can also be heard on the New York Philharmonic recordings of Mahler’s Second and Sixth Symphonies under Lorin Maazel. He has recorded several works of Handel, Bach and Buxtehude (on the historical “baroque” trumpet) including Messiah, Magnificat and B-Minor Mass. His trumpet can be heard on several film soundtracks including, “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”, “Sphere”, “Titus”, “S.W.A.T.” & “Final Fantasy”. He was the trumpet soloist on the Bill Moyers & Joseph Campbell series, The Power of Myth, and has been heard on National Public Radio, The Today Show, and 60 Minutes.

 

He received his Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and then a graduate fellowship took him to Austria. While in Vienna, John was presented in several solo recitals on a series at Vienna’s historic Karlskirche. Subsequently he joined the New York Harlem Opera, and toured throughout Germany, Italy, France and Spain.  Upon returning to the United States, he received a Master of Music from Indiana University.

 

After moving to New York in 1984, he danced with the modern dance companies of Sally Silver and Paula Clements, and completed his Doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He was a featured actor in an episode of “Small Miracles” (a pilot for a television series), and also appeared as a supporting actor in “Approaching the Unknown”.

 

John has taught trumpet at Bard College since 2000. In 2009 he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College, and has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Marist College, the Allen-Stevenson School (NYC), Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn, NY), the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (Huntington, LI) and the Parsons School (NYC). He has presented master classes at North Texas State University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Baylor University, Loyola University (New Orleans), SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Fredonia, Brevard College and South East Oklahoma State, among others. He has given educational programs for the Ridgefield Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Princeton Symphony.

 

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DOUGLAS ANDERSON

 

Douglas Anderson is a composer, conductor, educator, and producer who has been active in the New York area for 45 years.  He studied music and psychology at Columbia University, where his three degrees culminated in a doctorate in music composition in 1980.  His professional career began as a jazz musician at the age of 12, and he performed widely in the Eastern U.S. before moving to New York to attend college.  His work as a conductor has been his performance focus for the last several decades.

 

Dr. Anderson’s compositions include chamber works, orchestral works, concerti, solo vocal and choral music, electronic music, radio drama, jazz, film, and musical theater, as well as many choral and instrumental arrangements.  His music has been heard around the world for decades, notably on Voice of America radio abroad, and nationally in radio dramas broadcast on NPR. He has been a featured composer, a composer-in-residence, a guest composer, and had a retrospective concert.  He is on the faculty of the Borough of Manhattan Community College/ CUNY, where he is Professor of Music and was for 14 years Chairman of the Music and Art Department.  More information can be found on his website.

 

 

JILL COLLURA

 

Bassoon: A New York native from Rockland County, Jill taught herself the piano at an early age, began the flute at age 9, formal studies at age 12. Throughout high school Jill was fascinated with the woodwind family, and thoroughly explored each instrument: clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, oboe and saxophone, choosing the bassoon in her senior year. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the SUNY at Purchase College Music Conservatory under the guidance of bassoonist Donald MacCourt of the New York City Ballet. She has also studied with Leonard Hindell, Marc Goldberg, and Kim Laskowski, all either current or former members of the New York Philharmonic. Chamber ensemble instruction was given by flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, oboist Humbert Lucarelli, and clarinetists Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich.

 

Jill has been a free-lance musician on bassoon, flute, clarinet and saxophone throughout the tri-state area, has performed in numerous ensembles, including Broadway shows “The Phantom of the Opera”, “A Catered Affair”, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Wicked”, and “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Caramoor, New York Pops Orchestra, Queens Symphony,  Bermuda Philharmonic, Artemis Chamber Ensemble, The Putnam Chorale, and The Chappaqua Orchestra, and many others.

 

Jill is a private music instructor at the Allen-Stevenson School, an illustrious private boys’ school of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. There she inspires boys ages eight through fourteen while teaching techniques and strategies of being a musician and student of life.

 

An avid self-educator she has either taught herself, or is teaching herself, the piano, viola, violin, cello, ukulele and guitar. Her other passions include learning, travel and experiencing different cultures, exploring, hiking, nature, health and nutrition, family, friends, empowering people to reach their goals, and sharing these passions with others.

 

 

RICHARD COHEN

 

Bass clarinet, is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist, and has been a member of Steve Reich and Musicians including originalrecording on ECM of Music For 18 Musicians and recent concerts at BAM; Laurie Anderson on Warner Brothers ; Broadway show orchestras such as Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of Penzance (including Universal movie soundtrack), PBS Great Performances of Crazy For You; Peter Brook theatrical ensemble Conference of the Birds (Elizabeth Swados, music), Public Theater including Shakespeare in Central Park with Meryl Streep, Raul Julia, music William Elliot. Cedar Lake Dance Co (Stefano Zazzara, music), Martha Clarke Dance Co., Vienna Lusthaus at Kennedy Center; Metropolitan Chamber Music Group, Encompass Opera Co.; McCoy Tyner Big Band, many shows at LaMama World Theater, notably Trojan Women (Andre Serban/Liz Swados) and Carmilla (Wilford Leach)recorded on Vanguard, tours to Holland Festival, Spoleto Festival Italy, Venice Biennale, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Poland, Greece. Deepest thanks to Ellen Stewart. As a composer, The Three Sisters at LaMama, Mid Summer Night's Dream at Theater For A New Audience, La Ribalta: The Limelight with Bryan Leys, A Full Blown Blast at LaMama.

 

 

GARY DRANCH

 

Clarinetist Gary Dranch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he specialized in contemporary music. A native New Yorker, Dranch is principal clarinetist with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and also regularly performs with the Lehman Orchestra, the Lehman Concert Band, the Westchester Band, and the Putnam Chorale. Dranch obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music and obtained his M.M. in Clarinet Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has commissioned or had works written for him by such composers as Elliott Schwartz, Hank Johnson, Peter Hazzard, John Bavicchi, Douglas Anderson and Martin Ducharme. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in New York, Europe and South America, where he has also given master classes in clarinet. Dranch was a faculty member at "AMEROPA", a chamber music festival in the Czech Republic. Dr. Dranch was an invited performer to the International Clarinet Association in Vancouver He was featured on a CD entitled “The Brazilian Concerto” which was in the nomination list of the 2001 Grammy awards in the category “Best Soloist with Orchestral Accompaniment”. Dranch's first solo CD, released on the MSR Classics label in November 2006, is entitled "The 20th Century Clarinet Concerto" [MS1180] and contains the clarinet concertos of Paul Hindemith, John Bavicchi and Daniel Wolff. ‘The Clarinet’ journal’s March 2007 review concluded: “I recommend this recording as a worthy addition to the contemporary clarinetist’s audio library…there is something for everyone here, and then some. Gary Dranch is supremely adept at handling the technical and musical challenges that arise in these works.” Another CD, Tomorrow Will Be Today, features Dr. Dranch performing the title work as well as Peter Hazzard’s Three Scenic Moods, Opus 75, for Clarinet and Piano Quintet. It was released on BKJ Publications label in September 2008. The Clarinet [Volume 36, Number 4, September 2009] published his article: “The Genesis of a (Double) Clarinet Concerto” by Gary Dranch pages 64-67. Dr. Dranch was an invited guest soloist of the Filarmonica Brasov in Romania, where he performed the Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto in April 2009. In November 2012 he performed Spohr’s Clarinet Concert No. 4 with the SIBIU State Philharmonic. On April 20th, 2014 he premiered a clarinet concerto commissioned from composer Douglas Anderson. The work is called Spirit Guide, and was performed by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra at the Brooklyn Museum. More information can be found on his website.

 

 

MAUREEN KEENAN

 

Flute: The founding flutist of Tessera Quintet, Maureen Keenan performed her Carnegie Hall debut recital as an Artists International Special Presentation Award Winner, has played concertos with the Brentwood Westwood Symphony in Los Angeles and the Kingston University Orchestra in Surrey England, and has been heard on WFUV and on CBC Radio 2. In recent years she has had numerous performances with groups such as Amore Opera, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Astoria Symphony, and Lucidus Ensemble, as well as several solo co concerts. and She has also performed classic and alternative rock in venues ranging from Symphony Space to the Highline Ballroom. She earned a Bachelor of Music Cum Laude studying with David Shostac at California State University Northridge and completed her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Tara O’Connor at State University of New York at Purchase. She completed her Doctor of Music degree in flute performance at the City University of New York.  Dr. Keenan is on the faculty of Borough of Manhattan Community College.

 

 

JIN-OK LEE

 

Pianist, has performed in the United States, Korea, Japan, and Italy, both as a soloist as well as a collaborator. Among her notable performances as a soloist are those at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy, a New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of Artist International special presentation, and concerto concerts with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Liszt Hungarian Fantasy) and AndieMusik Philharmonic Orchestra (Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1).

 

As an avid chamber musician, Jin-Ok has also been active as an accompanist as well as a collaborator. Her performance for “Music in Gotham” was reviewed in the Bulletin of the Society for American Music, where it was described as “excellent and expressive”. She has been a core member of several ensemble groups: Lucidus Ensemble, New York Victorian Consort, Tutti Ensemble, and Sonata da Chiesa. Their venues include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, and LeFrak Hall at Queens College.

 

A native of South Korea, Jin-Ok started piano at the age of six and had a debut concert with Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 when she was fifteen. After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mok-Won University with top honors under the guidance of Joseph Plon, she moved to New York and studied with Zenon Fishbein at Manhattan School of Music for her second master’s degree. Afterwards, she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she studied piano with Martin Canin.

 

Jin-Ok taught at Hunter College and City College of New York, and is currently a faculty member at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Brooklyn College.  She has also been appointed to be the host of a music program, Artifex, on Korean Catholic Broadcasting. The show will start airing in January, 2018.

 

 

INA LITERA

 

Violist, premiered Douglas Anderson’s solo viola work “…mood, enough...” in 2007. Violist of the award winning trio, Eight Strings & a Whistle, she has been an advocate for contemporary chamber music since her student years at the Manhattan School of Music. Ina is an active symphonic and chamber musician, performing with many New York area orchestras.  As a soloist, she has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik,  Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.  Ina has performed at the White House with saxophonist David Sanborn.  Live radio performances include appearances on Around New York on WNYC, WBAI radio and Live at 11 on Maine Public Radio.  Ina has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris, Vikki Sue Robinson, Chris Rael, Galt MacDermott and with the bands Church of Betty and Modern English.  She is an Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York, and is on faculty at the Third Street Music School and the Lucy Moses School/Kaufmann Music Center.

 

 

DEBBIE SCHMIDT

 

French horn, is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center presents "Principally Poulenc" festival, Bard Festival, Orchestra of the Bronx, Vassar College Chorale, Long Island Choral Society and the 92Y Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, with the Modern Brass Quintet Debbie has toured the Northeast, appearing in recital and school concerts reaching thousands of children. In this area, she has appeared in education and outreach programs for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Midori, Princeton Symphony and New Philharmonic of New Jersey. She has appeared with the Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Queens Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, among others. Ms. Schmidt has premiered works by numerous composers while playing with the Dogs of a Desire and the SEM ensemble. She premiered John Luther Adams’ Across a Distance with the London Sinfonetta as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Center in London. She is Director of Chamber Music and on the faculty of the Tisch Center for the Arts.

 

 

JOHN CHARLES THOMAS

 

Trumpet: Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Dr. Thomas is a member of the Grammy Award winning Chestnut Brass Company, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Hartford Symphony, Principal Trumpet with the Ridgefield and Waterbury Symphonies (Connecticut), Associate Principal Trumpet of the Queens Symphony (NYC). John has performed frequently with the New York Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and various Broadway shows. He has appeared with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, American Symphony, Solisti New York, Trier Bach Soloists (Germany), Vienna Symphony, Bermuda Philharmonic, San Francisco and San Jose Symphonies. Some of the conductors he has played for include Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alan Gilbert. His solo appearances have included, among others, performances of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2”, Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto” and Copland’s “Quiet City”.

 

John can also be heard on the New York Philharmonic recordings of Mahler’s Second and Sixth Symphonies under Lorin Maazel. He has recorded several works of Handel, Bach and Buxtehude (on the historical “baroque” trumpet) including Messiah, Magnificat and B-Minor Mass. His trumpet can be heard on several film soundtracks including, “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”, “Sphere”, “Titus”, “S.W.A.T.” & “Final Fantasy”. He was the trumpet soloist on the Bill Moyers & Joseph Campbell series, The Power of Myth, and has been heard on National Public Radio, The Today Show, and 60 Minutes.

 

He received his Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and then a graduate fellowship took him to Austria. While in Vienna, John was presented in several solo recitals on a series at Vienna’s historic Karlskirche. Subsequently he joined the New York Harlem Opera, and toured throughout Germany, Italy, France and Spain.  Upon returning to the United States, he received a Master of Music from Indiana University.

 

After moving to New York in 1984, he danced with the modern dance companies of Sally Silver and Paula Clements, and completed his Doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He was a featured actor in an episode of “Small Miracles” (a pilot for a television series), and also appeared as a supporting actor in “Approaching the Unknown”.

 

John has taught trumpet at Bard College since 2000. In 2009 he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College, and has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Marist College, the Allen-Stevenson School (NYC), Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn, NY), the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (Huntington, LI) and the Parsons School (NYC). He has presented master classes at North Texas State University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Baylor University, Loyola University (New Orleans), SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Fredonia, Brevard College and South East Oklahoma State, among others. He has given educational programs for the Ridgefield Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Princeton Symphony.

DOUGLAS ANDERSON

 

Douglas Anderson is a composer, conductor, educator, and producer who has been active in the New York area for 45 years.  He studied music and psychology at Columbia University, where his three degrees culminated in a doctorate in music composition in 1980.  His professional career began as a jazz musician at the age of 12, and he performed widely in the Eastern U.S. before moving to New York to attend college.  His work as a conductor has been his performance focus for the last several decades.

 

Dr. Anderson’s compositions include chamber works, orchestral works, concerti, solo vocal and choral music, electronic music, radio drama, jazz, film, and musical theater, as well as many choral and instrumental arrangements.  His music has been heard around the world for decades, notably on Voice of America radio abroad, and nationally in radio dramas broadcast on NPR. He has been a featured composer, a composer-in-residence, a guest composer, and had a retrospective concert.  He is on the faculty of the Borough of Manhattan Community College/ CUNY, where he is Professor of Music and was for 14 years Chairman of the Music and Art Department.  More information can be found on his website.

 

 

JILL COLLURA

 

Bassoon: A New York native from Rockland County, Jill taught herself the piano at an early age, began the flute at age 9, formal studies at age 12. Throughout high school Jill was fascinated with the woodwind family, and thoroughly explored each instrument: clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, oboe and saxophone, choosing the bassoon in her senior year. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the SUNY at Purchase College Music Conservatory under the guidance of bassoonist Donald MacCourt of the New York City Ballet. She has also studied with Leonard Hindell, Marc Goldberg, and Kim Laskowski, all either current or former members of the New York Philharmonic. Chamber ensemble instruction was given by flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, oboist Humbert Lucarelli, and clarinetists Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich.

 

Jill has been a free-lance musician on bassoon, flute, clarinet and saxophone throughout the tri-state area, has performed in numerous ensembles, including Broadway shows “The Phantom of the Opera”, “A Catered Affair”, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Wicked”, and “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Caramoor, New York Pops Orchestra, Queens Symphony,  Bermuda Philharmonic, Artemis Chamber Ensemble, The Putnam Chorale, and The Chappaqua Orchestra, and many others.

 

Jill is a private music instructor at the Allen-Stevenson School, an illustrious private boys’ school of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. There she inspires boys ages eight through fourteen while teaching techniques and strategies of being a musician and student of life.

 

An avid self-educator she has either taught herself, or is teaching herself, the piano, viola, violin, cello, ukulele and guitar. Her other passions include learning, travel and experiencing different cultures, exploring, hiking, nature, health and nutrition, family, friends, empowering people to reach their goals, and sharing these passions with others.

 

 

RICHARD COHEN

 

Bass clarinet, is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist, and has been a member of Steve Reich and Musicians including originalrecording on ECM of Music For 18 Musicians and recent concerts at BAM; Laurie Anderson on Warner Brothers ; Broadway show orchestras such as Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of Penzance (including Universal movie soundtrack), PBS Great Performances of Crazy For You; Peter Brook theatrical ensemble Conference of the Birds (Elizabeth Swados, music), Public Theater including Shakespeare in Central Park with Meryl Streep, Raul Julia, music William Elliot. Cedar Lake Dance Co (Stefano Zazzara, music), Martha Clarke Dance Co., Vienna Lusthaus at Kennedy Center; Metropolitan Chamber Music Group, Encompass Opera Co.; McCoy Tyner Big Band, many shows at LaMama World Theater, notably Trojan Women (Andre Serban/Liz Swados) and Carmilla (Wilford Leach)recorded on Vanguard, tours to Holland Festival, Spoleto Festival Italy, Venice Biennale, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Poland, Greece. Deepest thanks to Ellen Stewart. As a composer, The Three Sisters at LaMama, Mid Summer Night's Dream at Theater For A New Audience, La Ribalta: The Limelight with Bryan Leys, A Full Blown Blast at LaMama.

 

 

GARY DRANCH

 

Clarinetist Gary Dranch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he specialized in contemporary music. A native New Yorker, Dranch is principal clarinetist with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and also regularly performs with the Lehman Orchestra, the Lehman Concert Band, the Westchester Band, and the Putnam Chorale. Dranch obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music and obtained his M.M. in Clarinet Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has commissioned or had works written for him by such composers as Elliott Schwartz, Hank Johnson, Peter Hazzard, John Bavicchi, Douglas Anderson and Martin Ducharme. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in New York, Europe and South America, where he has also given master classes in clarinet. Dranch was a faculty member at "AMEROPA", a chamber music festival in the Czech Republic. Dr. Dranch was an invited performer to the International Clarinet Association in Vancouver He was featured on a CD entitled “The Brazilian Concerto” which was in the nomination list of the 2001 Grammy awards in the category “Best Soloist with Orchestral Accompaniment”. Dranch's first solo CD, released on the MSR Classics label in November 2006, is entitled "The 20th Century Clarinet Concerto" [MS1180] and contains the clarinet concertos of Paul Hindemith, John Bavicchi and Daniel Wolff. ‘The Clarinet’ journal’s March 2007 review concluded: “I recommend this recording as a worthy addition to the contemporary clarinetist’s audio library…there is something for everyone here, and then some. Gary Dranch is supremely adept at handling the technical and musical challenges that arise in these works.” Another CD, Tomorrow Will Be Today, features Dr. Dranch performing the title work as well as Peter Hazzard’s Three Scenic Moods, Opus 75, for Clarinet and Piano Quintet. It was released on BKJ Publications label in September 2008. The Clarinet [Volume 36, Number 4, September 2009] published his article: “The Genesis of a (Double) Clarinet Concerto” by Gary Dranch pages 64-67. Dr. Dranch was an invited guest soloist of the Filarmonica Brasov in Romania, where he performed the Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto in April 2009. In November 2012 he performed Spohr’s Clarinet Concert No. 4 with the SIBIU State Philharmonic. On April 20th, 2014 he premiered a clarinet concerto commissioned from composer Douglas Anderson. The work is called Spirit Guide, and was performed by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra at the Brooklyn Museum. More information can be found on his website.

 

 

MAUREEN KEENAN

 

Flute: The founding flutist of Tessera Quintet, Maureen Keenan performed her Carnegie Hall debut recital as an Artists International Special Presentation Award Winner, has played concertos with the Brentwood Westwood Symphony in Los Angeles and the Kingston University Orchestra in Surrey England, and has been heard on WFUV and on CBC Radio 2. In recent years she has had numerous performances with groups such as Amore Opera, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Astoria Symphony, and Lucidus Ensemble, as well as several solo co concerts. and She has also performed classic and alternative rock in venues ranging from Symphony Space to the Highline Ballroom. She earned a Bachelor of Music Cum Laude studying with David Shostac at California State University Northridge and completed her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Tara O’Connor at State University of New York at Purchase. She completed her Doctor of Music degree in flute performance at the City University of New York.  Dr. Keenan is on the faculty of Borough of Manhattan Community College.

 

 

JIN-OK LEE

 

Pianist, has performed in the United States, Korea, Japan, and Italy, both as a soloist as well as a collaborator. Among her notable performances as a soloist are those at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy, a New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of Artist International special presentation, and concerto concerts with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Liszt Hungarian Fantasy) and AndieMusik Philharmonic Orchestra (Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1).

 

As an avid chamber musician, Jin-Ok has also been active as an accompanist as well as a collaborator. Her performance for “Music in Gotham” was reviewed in the Bulletin of the Society for American Music, where it was described as “excellent and expressive”. She has been a core member of several ensemble groups: Lucidus Ensemble, New York Victorian Consort, Tutti Ensemble, and Sonata da Chiesa. Their venues include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, and LeFrak Hall at Queens College.

 

A native of South Korea, Jin-Ok started piano at the age of six and had a debut concert with Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 when she was fifteen. After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mok-Won University with top honors under the guidance of Joseph Plon, she moved to New York and studied with Zenon Fishbein at Manhattan School of Music for her second master’s degree. Afterwards, she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she studied piano with Martin Canin.

 

Jin-Ok taught at Hunter College and City College of New York, and is currently a faculty member at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Brooklyn College.  She has also been appointed to be the host of a music program, Artifex, on Korean Catholic Broadcasting. The show will start airing in January, 2018.

 

 

INA LITERA

 

Violist, premiered Douglas Anderson’s solo viola work “…mood, enough...” in 2007. Violist of the award winning trio, Eight Strings & a Whistle, she has been an advocate for contemporary chamber music since her student years at the Manhattan School of Music. Ina is an active symphonic and chamber musician, performing with many New York area orchestras.  As a soloist, she has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik,  Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.  Ina has performed at the White House with saxophonist David Sanborn.  Live radio performances include appearances on Around New York on WNYC, WBAI radio and Live at 11 on Maine Public Radio.  Ina has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris, Vikki Sue Robinson, Chris Rael, Galt MacDermott and with the bands Church of Betty and Modern English.  She is an Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York, and is on faculty at the Third Street Music School and the Lucy Moses School/Kaufmann Music Center.

 

 

DEBBIE SCHMIDT

 

French horn, is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center presents "Principally Poulenc" festival, Bard Festival, Orchestra of the Bronx, Vassar College Chorale, Long Island Choral Society and the 92Y Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, with the Modern Brass Quintet Debbie has toured the Northeast, appearing in recital and school concerts reaching thousands of children. In this area, she has appeared in education and outreach programs for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Midori, Princeton Symphony and New Philharmonic of New Jersey. She has appeared with the Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Queens Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, among others. Ms. Schmidt has premiered works by numerous composers while playing with the Dogs of a Desire and the SEM ensemble. She premiered John Luther Adams’ Across a Distance with the London Sinfonetta as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Center in London. She is Director of Chamber Music and on the faculty of the Tisch Center for the Arts.

 

 

JOHN CHARLES THOMAS

 

Trumpet: Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Dr. Thomas is a member of the Grammy Award winning Chestnut Brass Company, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Hartford Symphony, Principal Trumpet with the Ridgefield and Waterbury Symphonies (Connecticut), Associate Principal Trumpet of the Queens Symphony (NYC). John has performed frequently with the New York Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and various Broadway shows. He has appeared with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, American Symphony, Solisti New York, Trier Bach Soloists (Germany), Vienna Symphony, Bermuda Philharmonic, San Francisco and San Jose Symphonies. Some of the conductors he has played for include Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alan Gilbert. His solo appearances have included, among others, performances of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2”, Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto” and Copland’s “Quiet City”.

 

John can also be heard on the New York Philharmonic recordings of Mahler’s Second and Sixth Symphonies under Lorin Maazel. He has recorded several works of Handel, Bach and Buxtehude (on the historical “baroque” trumpet) including Messiah, Magnificat and B-Minor Mass. His trumpet can be heard on several film soundtracks including, “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”, “Sphere”, “Titus”, “S.W.A.T.” & “Final Fantasy”. He was the trumpet soloist on the Bill Moyers & Joseph Campbell series, The Power of Myth, and has been heard on National Public Radio, The Today Show, and 60 Minutes.

 

He received his Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and then a graduate fellowship took him to Austria. While in Vienna, John was presented in several solo recitals on a series at Vienna’s historic Karlskirche. Subsequently he joined the New York Harlem Opera, and toured throughout Germany, Italy, France and Spain.  Upon returning to the United States, he received a Master of Music from Indiana University.

 

After moving to New York in 1984, he danced with the modern dance companies of Sally Silver and Paula Clements, and completed his Doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He was a featured actor in an episode of “Small Miracles” (a pilot for a television series), and also appeared as a supporting actor in “Approaching the Unknown”.

 

John has taught trumpet at Bard College since 2000. In 2009 he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College, and has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Marist College, the Allen-Stevenson School (NYC), Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn, NY), the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (Huntington, LI) and the Parsons School (NYC). He has presented master classes at North Texas State University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Baylor University, Loyola University (New Orleans), SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Fredonia, Brevard College and South East Oklahoma State, among others. He has given educational programs for the Ridgefield Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Princeton Symphony.

DOUGLAS ANDERSON

 

Douglas Anderson is a composer, conductor, educator, and producer who has been active in the New York area for 45 years.  He studied music and psychology at Columbia University, where his three degrees culminated in a doctorate in music composition in 1980.  His professional career began as a jazz musician at the age of 12, and he performed widely in the Eastern U.S. before moving to New York to attend college.  His work as a conductor has been his performance focus for the last several decades.

 

Dr. Anderson’s compositions include chamber works, orchestral works, concerti, solo vocal and choral music, electronic music, radio drama, jazz, film, and musical theater, as well as many choral and instrumental arrangements.  His music has been heard around the world for decades, notably on Voice of America radio abroad, and nationally in radio dramas broadcast on NPR. He has been a featured composer, a composer-in-residence, a guest composer, and had a retrospective concert.  He is on the faculty of the Borough of Manhattan Community College/ CUNY, where he is Professor of Music and was for 14 years Chairman of the Music and Art Department.  More information can be found on his website.

 

 

JILL COLLURA

 

Bassoon: A New York native from Rockland County, Jill taught herself the piano at an early age, began the flute at age 9, formal studies at age 12. Throughout high school Jill was fascinated with the woodwind family, and thoroughly explored each instrument: clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, oboe and saxophone, choosing the bassoon in her senior year. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the SUNY at Purchase College Music Conservatory under the guidance of bassoonist Donald MacCourt of the New York City Ballet. She has also studied with Leonard Hindell, Marc Goldberg, and Kim Laskowski, all either current or former members of the New York Philharmonic. Chamber ensemble instruction was given by flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, oboist Humbert Lucarelli, and clarinetists Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich.

 

Jill has been a free-lance musician on bassoon, flute, clarinet and saxophone throughout the tri-state area, has performed in numerous ensembles, including Broadway shows “The Phantom of the Opera”, “A Catered Affair”, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Wicked”, and “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Caramoor, New York Pops Orchestra, Queens Symphony,  Bermuda Philharmonic, Artemis Chamber Ensemble, The Putnam Chorale, and The Chappaqua Orchestra, and many others.

 

Jill is a private music instructor at the Allen-Stevenson School, an illustrious private boys’ school of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. There she inspires boys ages eight through fourteen while teaching techniques and strategies of being a musician and student of life.

 

An avid self-educator she has either taught herself, or is teaching herself, the piano, viola, violin, cello, ukulele and guitar. Her other passions include learning, travel and experiencing different cultures, exploring, hiking, nature, health and nutrition, family, friends, empowering people to reach their goals, and sharing these passions with others.

 

 

RICHARD COHEN

 

Bass clarinet, is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist, and has been a member of Steve Reich and Musicians including originalrecording on ECM of Music For 18 Musicians and recent concerts at BAM; Laurie Anderson on Warner Brothers ; Broadway show orchestras such as Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of Penzance (including Universal movie soundtrack), PBS Great Performances of Crazy For You; Peter Brook theatrical ensemble Conference of the Birds (Elizabeth Swados, music), Public Theater including Shakespeare in Central Park with Meryl Streep, Raul Julia, music William Elliot. Cedar Lake Dance Co (Stefano Zazzara, music), Martha Clarke Dance Co., Vienna Lusthaus at Kennedy Center; Metropolitan Chamber Music Group, Encompass Opera Co.; McCoy Tyner Big Band, many shows at LaMama World Theater, notably Trojan Women (Andre Serban/Liz Swados) and Carmilla (Wilford Leach)recorded on Vanguard, tours to Holland Festival, Spoleto Festival Italy, Venice Biennale, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Poland, Greece. Deepest thanks to Ellen Stewart. As a composer, The Three Sisters at LaMama, Mid Summer Night's Dream at Theater For A New Audience, La Ribalta: The Limelight with Bryan Leys, A Full Blown Blast at LaMama.

 

 

GARY DRANCH

 

Clarinetist Gary Dranch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he specialized in contemporary music. A native New Yorker, Dranch is principal clarinetist with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and also regularly performs with the Lehman Orchestra, the Lehman Concert Band, the Westchester Band, and the Putnam Chorale. Dranch obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music and obtained his M.M. in Clarinet Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has commissioned or had works written for him by such composers as Elliott Schwartz, Hank Johnson, Peter Hazzard, John Bavicchi, Douglas Anderson and Martin Ducharme. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in New York, Europe and South America, where he has also given master classes in clarinet. Dranch was a faculty member at "AMEROPA", a chamber music festival in the Czech Republic. Dr. Dranch was an invited performer to the International Clarinet Association in Vancouver He was featured on a CD entitled “The Brazilian Concerto” which was in the nomination list of the 2001 Grammy awards in the category “Best Soloist with Orchestral Accompaniment”. Dranch's first solo CD, released on the MSR Classics label in November 2006, is entitled "The 20th Century Clarinet Concerto" [MS1180] and contains the clarinet concertos of Paul Hindemith, John Bavicchi and Daniel Wolff. ‘The Clarinet’ journal’s March 2007 review concluded: “I recommend this recording as a worthy addition to the contemporary clarinetist’s audio library…there is something for everyone here, and then some. Gary Dranch is supremely adept at handling the technical and musical challenges that arise in these works.” Another CD, Tomorrow Will Be Today, features Dr. Dranch performing the title work as well as Peter Hazzard’s Three Scenic Moods, Opus 75, for Clarinet and Piano Quintet. It was released on BKJ Publications label in September 2008. The Clarinet [Volume 36, Number 4, September 2009] published his article: “The Genesis of a (Double) Clarinet Concerto” by Gary Dranch pages 64-67. Dr. Dranch was an invited guest soloist of the Filarmonica Brasov in Romania, where he performed the Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto in April 2009. In November 2012 he performed Spohr’s Clarinet Concert No. 4 with the SIBIU State Philharmonic. On April 20th, 2014 he premiered a clarinet concerto commissioned from composer Douglas Anderson. The work is called Spirit Guide, and was performed by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra at the Brooklyn Museum. More information can be found on his website.

 

 

MAUREEN KEENAN

 

Flute: The founding flutist of Tessera Quintet, Maureen Keenan performed her Carnegie Hall debut recital as an Artists International Special Presentation Award Winner, has played concertos with the Brentwood Westwood Symphony in Los Angeles and the Kingston University Orchestra in Surrey England, and has been heard on WFUV and on CBC Radio 2. In recent years she has had numerous performances with groups such as Amore Opera, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Astoria Symphony, and Lucidus Ensemble, as well as several solo co concerts. and She has also performed classic and alternative rock in venues ranging from Symphony Space to the Highline Ballroom. She earned a Bachelor of Music Cum Laude studying with David Shostac at California State University Northridge and completed her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Tara O’Connor at State University of New York at Purchase. She completed her Doctor of Music degree in flute performance at the City University of New York.  Dr. Keenan is on the faculty of Borough of Manhattan Community College.

 

 

JIN-OK LEE

 

Pianist, has performed in the United States, Korea, Japan, and Italy, both as a soloist as well as a collaborator. Among her notable performances as a soloist are those at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy, a New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of Artist International special presentation, and concerto concerts with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Liszt Hungarian Fantasy) and AndieMusik Philharmonic Orchestra (Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1).

 

As an avid chamber musician, Jin-Ok has also been active as an accompanist as well as a collaborator. Her performance for “Music in Gotham” was reviewed in the Bulletin of the Society for American Music, where it was described as “excellent and expressive”. She has been a core member of several ensemble groups: Lucidus Ensemble, New York Victorian Consort, Tutti Ensemble, and Sonata da Chiesa. Their venues include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, and LeFrak Hall at Queens College.

 

A native of South Korea, Jin-Ok started piano at the age of six and had a debut concert with Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 when she was fifteen. After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mok-Won University with top honors under the guidance of Joseph Plon, she moved to New York and studied with Zenon Fishbein at Manhattan School of Music for her second master’s degree. Afterwards, she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she studied piano with Martin Canin.

 

Jin-Ok taught at Hunter College and City College of New York, and is currently a faculty member at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Brooklyn College.  She has also been appointed to be the host of a music program, Artifex, on Korean Catholic Broadcasting. The show will start airing in January, 2018.

 

 

INA LITERA

 

Violist, premiered Douglas Anderson’s solo viola work “…mood, enough...” in 2007. Violist of the award winning trio, Eight Strings & a Whistle, she has been an advocate for contemporary chamber music since her student years at the Manhattan School of Music. Ina is an active symphonic and chamber musician, performing with many New York area orchestras.  As a soloist, she has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik,  Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.  Ina has performed at the White House with saxophonist David Sanborn.  Live radio performances include appearances on Around New York on WNYC, WBAI radio and Live at 11 on Maine Public Radio.  Ina has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris, Vikki Sue Robinson, Chris Rael, Galt MacDermott and with the bands Church of Betty and Modern English.  She is an Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York, and is on faculty at the Third Street Music School and the Lucy Moses School/Kaufmann Music Center.

 

 

DEBBIE SCHMIDT

 

French horn, is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center presents "Principally Poulenc" festival, Bard Festival, Orchestra of the Bronx, Vassar College Chorale, Long Island Choral Society and the 92Y Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, with the Modern Brass Quintet Debbie has toured the Northeast, appearing in recital and school concerts reaching thousands of children. In this area, she has appeared in education and outreach programs for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Midori, Princeton Symphony and New Philharmonic of New Jersey. She has appeared with the Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Queens Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, among others. Ms. Schmidt has premiered works by numerous composers while playing with the Dogs of a Desire and the SEM ensemble. She premiered John Luther Adams’ Across a Distance with the London Sinfonetta as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Center in London. She is Director of Chamber Music and on the faculty of the Tisch Center for the Arts.

 

 

JOHN CHARLES THOMAS

 

Trumpet: Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Dr. Thomas is a member of the Grammy Award winning Chestnut Brass Company, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Hartford Symphony, Principal Trumpet with the Ridgefield and Waterbury Symphonies (Connecticut), Associate Principal Trumpet of the Queens Symphony (NYC). John has performed frequently with the New York Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and various Broadway shows. He has appeared with L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, American Symphony, Solisti New York, Trier Bach Soloists (Germany), Vienna Symphony, Bermuda Philharmonic, San Francisco and San Jose Symphonies. Some of the conductors he has played for include Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alan Gilbert. His solo appearances have included, among others, performances of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2”, Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto” and Copland’s “Quiet City”.

 

John can also be heard on the New York Philharmonic recordings of Mahler’s Second and Sixth Symphonies under Lorin Maazel. He has recorded several works of Handel, Bach and Buxtehude (on the historical “baroque” trumpet) including Messiah, Magnificat and B-Minor Mass. His trumpet can be heard on several film soundtracks including, “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”, “Sphere”, “Titus”, “S.W.A.T.” & “Final Fantasy”. He was the trumpet soloist on the Bill Moyers & Joseph Campbell series, The Power of Myth, and has been heard on National Public Radio, The Today Show, and 60 Minutes.

 

He received his Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and then a graduate fellowship took him to Austria. While in Vienna, John was presented in several solo recitals on a series at Vienna’s historic Karlskirche. Subsequently he joined the New York Harlem Opera, and toured throughout Germany, Italy, France and Spain.  Upon returning to the United States, he received a Master of Music from Indiana University.

 

After moving to New York in 1984, he danced with the modern dance companies of Sally Silver and Paula Clements, and completed his Doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He was a featured actor in an episode of “Small Miracles” (a pilot for a television series), and also appeared as a supporting actor in “Approaching the Unknown”.

 

John has taught trumpet at Bard College since 2000. In 2009 he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College, and has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Marist College, the Allen-Stevenson School (NYC), Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn, NY), the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (Huntington, LI) and the Parsons School (NYC). He has presented master classes at North Texas State University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Baylor University, Loyola University (New Orleans), SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Fredonia, Brevard College and South East Oklahoma State, among others. He has given educational programs for the Ridgefield Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Princeton Symphony.