Anne Neikirk

Composer Anne Neikirk is drawn to creative processes that involve interdisciplinary work. Her background in vocal music instilled a particular interest in the relationship between music and the written word. Past awards and grants include the Presser Music Award, an American Composers Forum Subito Grant, and inclusion in the Society of Composers CD Series. Neikirk has presented her work at conferences including those of the Society of Composers, the College Music Society, the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States, and the American Harp Society, among others. Her music is distributed by ADJective New Music, LLC.

 

Neikirk received her DMA in Composition from Temple University, preceded by an MM from Bowling Green State University and a BA in Music from Hamilton College. Upon completing her education, she worked as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University and at the University of Delaware. In 2016 she began as an Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at Norfolk State University in Virginia. She has served on the Executive Boards of the College Music Society (Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Chapters) and the Society of Composers, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Huston

Elizabeth Huston has been fascinated by contemporary art since she can remember. She grew up on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, a surprisingly culturally active area. The daughter of two professional musicians, she watched in awe as her parents took her to incredible events with throat singers, experimental art installations, and 1990s cutting-edge electronic instrument technology. Huston’s parents were the founders of the first-ever youth symphony in their town, and a teenage Huston was often tasked with administrative duties including mailing marketing flyers, making copies, organizing refreshments, and creating room schedules, sparking an interest in production work.

 

Huston arrived in Philadelphia in the summer of 2010. Here she met a dedicated art patron merely by chance. He invited Huston to attend the many Philadelphia Fringe Festival performances that he was interested in. She saw performances by Pig Iron Theater and Lucinda Childs Dance, among many others, which showed how projection, costuming, lighting, and staging can change how one interacts with performance. Huston immediately began to think about how what she had seen could be applied to music performance, with some of its traditionally stuffy and plain staging. In 2012 she created A Change of Harp and launched her first concert series which explored what composers saw inside their heads as they wrote. Huston interviewed six local composers about six pieces for solo harp and created visual accompaniments for each piece based on what they had said. This resulted in a performance of dance, projection, theater, and harp which took place during the Fringe Festival, the festival which had so inspired her. The success of this performance made Huston understand that she had touched on a need in the community, and she began exploring other performance styles, putting together multimedia solo harp showcases all over the city.

 

She has since started the Arcana New Music Ensemble in collaboration with Bowerbird, produced numerous shows that explore new stagings of contemporary music, started a brand new harp program for Play on Philly, started a summer harp program for inner city youth, and teaches through her private studio. Huston currently resides in Los Angeles.

 

Andrew Allen

Andrew J. Allen is “a master of all sizes of saxophone” (The Instrumentalist, April 2018). In response to his New York solo debut, the Examiner opined that he had “performed brilliantly,” and the Wichita Falls Times-Record News has praised the "savory warmth” of his tone, while The Saxophonist has lauded his "virtuosic saxophone performance." In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Allen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Croatia. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma State University Chamber Orchestra, the University of Arkansas Wind Symphony, and the Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. More than two dozen works have been commissioned and premiered by him from such composers as François Rossé, Robert Lemay, Fang Man, Jesse Jones, Greg Simon, and Jay Batzner.  His first album, Step Inside: New American Music for Saxophone and Percussion (recorded with percussionist Gordon Hicken), is now available through Equilibrium Recordings.

 

Allen has received accolades as a quarter-finalist of both the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition. As an ensemble musician, he has performed with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. Present chamber ensemble activities include the percussion and saxophone group Rogue Two, the flute and saxophone ensemble The Allen Duo, and SAGA Quartet. Equally adept as a jazz saxophonist, Allen has served as a sideman with Gary Foster, Byron Stripling, Jeff Coffin, R&B luminaries The Temptations, and country music legend Ronnie Milsap.

 

Allen is one of the most active researchers and public pedagogues of the saxophone today. His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music, The Saxophone Symposium, Saxophone Today, The NACWPI Journal, JazzEd, and School Band and Orchestra, among many other publications. Allen has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, and has presented clinics at music education conferences throughout the country, including the Texas Music Education Association Convention. He is editor of the NACWPI Journal and serves on the editorial board of The Saxophone Symposium.

 

In the Fall of 2019, Allen joined the faculty of Georgia College & State University as an assistant professor of music. He has previously served on the faculties of Midwestern State University, Valley City State University, and Claflin University; and he holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina.  His primary teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, and Clifford Leaman, and he has received additional instruction from Joseph Lulloff at the Brevard Music Center, and Claude Delangle, Vincent David, and Arno Bornkamp at the European University of Saxophone. Allen is a Conn-Selmer Artist-Clinician and a Vandoren Performing Artist and he performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds, and ligatures.

 

 

Wayla Chambo

Wayla Chambo is a versatile, committed performer of both new music for flute and the traditional repertoire. She is Associate Artistic Director and flutist with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, and has performed with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Children’s Chorus, Christopher Newport University Opera, Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Dallas Wind Symphony, among others. She is also in demand as a chamber musician, performing frequently with Duo Thalassa, her partnership with guitarist Todd Holcomb, and with other musicians in Hampton Roads and beyond.

 

Chambo was Program Chair of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention and currently serves on the National Flute Association’s New Music Advisory Committee and the Flute Society of Washington Board of Directors. Past appearances as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator include the Richmond Flute Fest, Hampton Roads Flute Faire, East Carolina University Flute Symposium, California St. University-Monterey Bay, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sweet Briar College, June in Buffalo, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society concert series.

 

Chambo holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Music), CalArts (Master of Fine Arts), and the University of North Texas (Doctor of Musical Arts). She has taught at Eastern Mennonite University, the University of North Texas, and Thomas Nelson Community College, and is also a classical radio host on 90.3 WHRO-FM.

 

 

Adam Vidiksis

Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, improviser, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose music often explores sound, science, and the intersection of humankind with the machines we build. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing,” “dramatic,” “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable,” “catchy” (WQHS), “magical” (Local Arts Live), and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece's shape for being caught up in each moment” (David Patrick Stearns, the Philadelphia Inquirer). His work is frequently commissioned and performed throughout North America, Europe, and China in recitals, festivals, and major academic conferences. Vidiksis’s music has won numerous awards, including recognition from the Society of Composers, Incorporated, the American Composers Forum, and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His works are available through HoneyRock Publishing, EMPiRE, and SEAMUS Records, and PARMA Recordings. Vidiksis recently was composer-in-residence at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology in Zürich, and currently serves in that position for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s 2017-2018 season. Vidiksis holds degrees from Drew, NYU, and Temple University, culminating in a doctorate in music composition. Vidiksis serves as an Assistant Professor of music technology and composition at Temple University, and as a performance and composition faculty at the SPLICE Institute. He is conductor of the Temple Composers Orchestra and Ensemble N_JP, and director of the Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP). www.vidiksis.com  

 

 

 

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Anne Neikirk

Composer Anne Neikirk is drawn to creative processes that involve interdisciplinary work. Her background in vocal music instilled a particular interest in the relationship between music and the written word. Past awards and grants include the Presser Music Award, an American Composers Forum Subito Grant, and inclusion in the Society of Composers CD Series. Neikirk has presented her work at conferences including those of the Society of Composers, the College Music Society, the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States, and the American Harp Society, among others. Her music is distributed by ADJective New Music, LLC.

 

Neikirk received her DMA in Composition from Temple University, preceded by an MM from Bowling Green State University and a BA in Music from Hamilton College. Upon completing her education, she worked as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University and at the University of Delaware. In 2016 she began as an Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at Norfolk State University in Virginia. She has served on the Executive Boards of the College Music Society (Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Chapters) and the Society of Composers, Inc.