Tricia Park, violin
Robin Scott, violin
Maurycy Banaszek, viola
Jay Campbell, cello
Andrew Janss, cello
Emmet Hanick, double bass
Tony Arnold, soprano
Meagan Brus, soprano
Conor Hanick, piano
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon
David Greenhoe, trumpet
David Gier, trombone
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Alan Lawrence, percussion
Scott Dunn, conductor
MARTIN ANDREWS is an actor, voice teacher, and theatre facilitator. In 2009 he co-founded Working Group Theatre where he has helped to create new plays that have been published in the New York Times Magazine and called “... some of the most important political theatre of the decade” by the Huffington Post. He was the Core Creator of The Broken Chord Project, a year-long examination of Alzheimer’s Disease carried out through interviews with patients, doctors and caregivers; improvisation and storytelling classes with those suffering from dementia; and volunteer service as Hospice aides . He is the creator and director of Was the Word, a monthly spoken word, storytelling, and music series that raises money for human service organizations in Johnson County. In 2010 he created Make it Better, Iowa, a Theatre of the Oppressed training series for LGBT youth dealing with harassment. As an actor, he has had the opportunity to originate eight roles with Working Group Theatre and perform extensively with Riverside Theatre, in such plays as Manning Up, A Steady Rain, All My Sons, Mary’s Wedding, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, and others. Martin is a certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and was Co-Creator and Co-Director of the First International Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference in Barcelona, Spain, which brought together over 50 students and teachers from nine countries. He has worked extensively as a voiceover artist, and founded his own voiceover company in January 2010, Canopy Creative Productions, where he directs voice actors and oversees audio editing and production. Martin earned his M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Iowa, an M.Ed. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a BA from The Ohio State University.
John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune writes, “anything sung by soprano TONY ARNOLD is worth hearing.” She has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. In 2001, Ms. Arnold was thrust into the international spotlight when she became the only vocalist ever to be awarded first prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition. On the heels of that triumph, she claimed first prize in the 15th Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition. Since that time, Ms. Arnold has established a reputation as a leading specialist in new vocal repertoire, receiving consistent critical accolades for her many recordings, as well as performances with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, New York New Music Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and many others.
Ms. Arnold has been a frequent guest at international festivals. She was a featured artist at the 2008 Darmstadt International Music Festival, the premier contemporary music venue of Europe. She tours regularly as a member of the George Crumb Ensemble. With violinist Movses Pogossian, she has taken György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments to more than 30 venues across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. A DVD/CD set of their performance was released in 2009 on Bridge Records, to great critical acclaim.
In addition to Kafka Fragments, Ms. Arnold’s numerous recordings include a 2006 Grammy nominated performance of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children on Bridge Records. A DVD of the music of Crumb with the composer participating was released in 2009. She has also recorded music of Carter, Babbitt, Wolpe, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Tania León for Bridge; Berio’s Sequenza III and works by Anton Webern for Naxos; Xenakis’s Akanthos and Jason Eckardt’s Undersong for Mode Records, and music of Kaija Saariaho, Schubert, and Messiaen on New Focus Records.
Ms. Arnold is an active participant in the creation and commissioning of new music. As the 2009 Howard Hanson Distinguished Professor of American Music at the Eastman School, she shepherded the creation and premiere performances of new vocal music by 15 Eastman composers. Recent premieres have included works by Georges Aperghis, David Lang, Philippe Manoury, Pamela Madsen, David Liptak, Gabriela Frank, and Zohn-Muldoon. During the summers, Ms. Arnold engages composers and singers in music written by the participants of the SoundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy. Since 2003 she has served on the faculty of the University at Buffalo, where she founded the extended vocal techniques ensemble, BABEL.
MAURYCY BANASZEK was born in Warsaw. He has performed at the Marlboro, Seattle, Santa Fe, Aldeburgh, Moritzburg, Mozart, Kingston, Martha’s Vineyard and Warsaw Autumn festivals. He regularly tours with Musicians from Marlboro and appears at the Bargemusic in New York. As a founding member of the Elsner String Quartet he has played in such prestigious venues as the Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus. In August 1998 he was invited by the members of the legendary Amadeus String Quartet to perform at the Amadeus Quartet 50th Anniversary Gala Concert in London. He was recently invited to be the soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the New Jersey Lyric Orchestra at their Carnegie Hall debut performance and with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra in Jordan Hall, Boston. He was also chosen by Gidon Kremer to participate in Chamber Music Connects the World Festival in Kronberg, Germany. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Michael Tree. He is Principal Violist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble, held a position of Principal Viola at the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and is a member of Sejong Soloists and the Metropolis Ensemble. He is also a founding member of ECCO, the conductor-less chamber orchestra. In 2011 he joined the Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University. He plays a viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka in Philadelphia in 1997.
MARVIN BELL was born in New York City in 1937, and grew up in Center Moriches, on the south shore of Long Island. He holds a B.A. from Alfred University, a M.A. from the University of Chicago and a M.F.A. from The University of Iowa.
Bell’s debut collection of poems, Things We Dreamt We Died For, was published in 1966 by the Stone Wall Press, following two years of service in the U.S. Army. His following two collections were A Probable Volume of Dreams (Atheneum, 1969), a Lamont Poetry Selection of the American Academy of Poets; and Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See (1977), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Since then, Bell has published numerous books of prose and poetry, most recently 7 Poets, 4 Days, 1 Book (Trinity University Press, 2009), a collaboration with six other poets and Mars Being Red (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Bell’s other collections include Rampant (2004); Ardor: The Book of the Dead Man, Volume 2 (1997); A Marvin Bell Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose (Middlebury College Press, 1994); The Book of the Dead Man (Copper Canyon Press, 1994); Iris of Creation (1990); New and Selected Poems (Atheneum, 1987). He has also published Old Snow Just Melting: Essays and Interviews (University of Michigan Press, 1983) as well as Segues: A Correspondence in Poetry with William Stafford (Godine, 1983).
Beginning in 2000, he served two terms as Iowa’s first Poet Laureate. His other honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The American Poetry Review, fellowships from the Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.
Bell taught for 40 years for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, retiring I 2005 as Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letter. For five years, he designed and led an annual Urban Teachers Workshop for America SCORES. Currently he serves on the faculty of Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program. He also frequently performs with bassist Glen Moore of the jazz group Oregon.
Iowa native MEAGAN BRUS has been praised for her “vocal warmth...even line, natural expressiveness” and “glorious instrument.” Known for her consistently dynamic performances, her rising career has included many traditional operatic roles and concerts, both in the U.S. and abroad. Branching out from Puccini and Mozart, she started her 2012 season by creating the role of Ophelia in the world premiere performance of Carson Kievman’s opera Hamlet, with Shakespeare’s original text. Immediately following her performance of Ophelia, she recorded and performed the premiere of Jeremy Beck’s song cycle Songs of Love and Remembrance, which was written for her, and which she will perform again in the fall of 2013. Continuing her year of 20th-century music, Ms. Brus performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at both MusicIC and in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Starting her 2013 season the same way she started 2012, she premiered the one woman show A Window to a Door to a sold-out crowd in Brooklyn with contemporary opera group Hotel Elefant.
Comfortable both on the operatic stage and in concert, Ms. Brus has been the soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Bach’s Magnificat and Jesu, Meine Freude, Handel’s Laudate Pueri Dominum and Dixit Dominus, and Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera, Venere, Amore e Ragione. She has given recitals in numerous places including Fukushima and Nihonmatsu, Japan, Düsseldorf and New York City. She holds degrees from both the Manhattan School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
BENJAMIN COELHO has been professor of bassoon at The University of Iowa since 1998. A native from Tatuí, Brazil, he began study of the bassoon at the age of ten at the local conservatory. In the early 1980’s he came to the U.S. to study at Purchase College Conservatory of Music where he received his B.F.A. He received his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. He also studied at Indiana University. His bassoon teachers included Clóvis Franco, Donald MacCourt, Arthur Weisberg and Kim Walker. He has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in many countries on four continents. As a recording artist, he has released six critically acclaimed CDs. He has played Principal Bassoon with several orchestras in Brazil and the U.S. Currently he is the Principal Bassoon with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.
GEORGE DE LA PENA’s early career included work with George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martha Clarke, Alonzo King, Kenneth MacMillan, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Dwight Rhoden, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Glen Tetley, Doug Varone, Dan Wagoner and many others. In 1978 he portrayed Vaslav Nijinsky in the Paramount Pictures/Herbert Ross film Nijinsky. On Broadway he appeared in Woman of the Year with Lauren Bacall and Raquel Welch; On Your Toes with Natalia Makarova; and Graciela Daniele’s musical theater adaptation of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story Chronicle of a Death, Foretold (Drama League Award). He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Laboratory. His recent work includes In the Night with Martha Clarke and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Tony Speciale (nominated for outstanding choreography, Lucille Lortel Off-Broadway awards 2013).
American conductor and pianist SCOTT DUNN is Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles’ Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and is one of the most versatile artists of his generation. His 2013 conducting appearances range from the sublimely difficult Ligeti Piano Concerto with Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng to a recent gala concert with the Atlanta Symphony, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Recently Dunn has led the LA Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Vienna Radio Orchestra and the St Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic, among others and has shared the stage with such noted headliners as guitarist Trey Anastasio, Beck, Natalie Cole and Chris Botti. Dunn studied piano with John Simms at The University of Iowa and Byron Janis, has performed worldwide and has numerous commercial recordings to his name. Universal Editions in Vienna has just published Dunn’s orchestration of Schoenberg’s Four Brettl Lieder for voice and chamber orchestra. Dunn also worked on Danny Elfman’s ballet Rabbit and Rogue for Tywla Tharp and the ABT, helped reconstruct Gershwin’s 1935 production version of Porgy and Bess, and made his Carnegie Hall debut under Dennis Russell Davies playing his own orchestration of Vernon Duke’s ‘lost’ Piano Concerto in C. Mentored by such noteworthy musicians as Lukas Foss, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and George Mester, it was Foss who appointed Dunn to his first conducting post. In 2007, he joined the conducting staff of the LA Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and in 2010 was named Associate Conductor.
DAVID GIER is Director of the UI School of Music, teaches trombone and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. An active soloist, chamber musician and clinician, he has performed and presented at many colleges, universities and professional conferences. His recording of mixed chamber music featuring trombone, entitled “Toot tooT” was released on the Albany Records label in 2007. From 1990 until 2008 Gier performed as Principal Trombone of the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, and he has been a member of Orchestra New England, the Springfield (MA) Symphony and Keith Brion’s Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently Principal Trombone of the Quad City Symphony.
DAVID GOMPPER has lived and worked professionally as a pianist, conductor and composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, Texas and Iowa. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Jeremy Dale Roberts, Humphrey Searle and pianist Phyllis Sellick. After teaching in Nigeria, he received his D.M.A. at the University of Michigan, taught at the University of Texas, Arlington, and since 1991 has been Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for New Music at The University of Iowa. In 2002-2003 Gompper was in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching, performing and conducting at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. Gompper’s compositions have been performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Konzerthaus (Vienna) and the Bolshoi Hall (Moscow). Wolfgang David and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recently recorded his Violin Concerto for Naxos. His song cycle The Animals, based on the poetry of Marvin Bell, was released on an Albany disc last June. His Double Concerto was premiered in March 2013 and written for Wolfgang David, violin and Timothy Gill, violoncello and Principal of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently he is working on a Clarinet Concerto for Michael Norsworthy and the Boston Music Orchestra Project and a Cello Concerto for Timothy Gill, principal of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.
DAKOTA GONZALEZ, originally from Arlington Heights, IL, is a senior working on finishing up BA in both Dance and Archaeological Anthropology. He began performing in high school and has now been privileged to take part in the University of Iowa’s Dance Gala for the past three years, amongst other Dance performances at the University. During this last year had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Muller in her restaging of “Speeds” while also taking part in an Arts Exchange at the University of San Juan in Puerto Rico! He is excited to take part in this production of L’Histoire du Soldat as it is his first theatre performance at the University, and would like to thank all those who have helped him along the way with this process to make it a great experience!
DAVID GREENHOE plays principal trumpet with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and in summer season is solo trumpeter of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, NY. He is Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Iowa, where he was the professor of trumpet for 30 years, as well as brass chairman and member of the Iowa Brass Quintet. He has performed internationally as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed with many orchestras and ensembles, including the Milwaukee Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Atlantic Brass Quintet and The Gregg Smith Singers. As a soloist under the direction of Aaron Copland, he performed Quiet City, as well as other Copland works. He is a proponent of new music and has premiered trumpet concertos or solo trumpet works by Libby Larsen, John Berners, John D. White, Robert Brownlow, Alan Blank, Eric Ziolek and Robert Sierra. He has also performed with many leading jazz and commercial artists. Greenhoe’s most influential trumpet teachers were Clifford Lillya and Gilbert Johnson. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he performed and recorded with Frederick Fennell’s Eastman Wind Ensemble and Howard Hanson’s Eastman Philharmonia.
The diverse artistic interests of pianist CONOR HANICK have led to solo and chamber music performances across the world, a radio show on WNYC’s streaming contemporary music station Q2, teaching at The Juilliard School and Smith College, concert and festival curation, and collaborations with the country’s most accomplished conductors, ensembles and composers. He has been heard on the radio and in concert halls throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, performing at the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center, KKL Lucerne Hall, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Malyasia and Kyoto Concert Hall in addition to virtually every prominent arts venue in New York City. These performances showcased collaborations in a variety of musical mediums – from solo concerto to chamber ensemble – with conductors Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Jeffrey Milarsky, David Robertson and James Levine, members of the symphonies of New York, Saint Louis and Philadelphia, and ensembles that include the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, Juilliard Orchestra, AXIOM Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Chatter, NOW Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestra Iowa, Eastern Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, Argento Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble.
His CD of Vivian Fung’s piano concerto Dreamscapes with director Andrew Cyr and the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble was released last fall on the NAXOS label, a disc that also includes Fung’s Glimpses for prepared piano. Beginning the 2012-13 season, he was a featured artist in a number of summer festivals, including the Spoleto Festival USA, MusicIC, the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble summer season. At Spoleto he participated in the American premiere of Philip Glass’s opera Kepler, performed solo piano music of Glass during a symposium with the composer, played Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with members of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and performed the solo keyboard part in Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Later in the summer he again performed Pierrot Lunaire at the MusicIC and also gave the world premiere of Vivian Fung’s Birdsong with violinist Kristin Lee at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival. A devoted promoter of contemporary music, he has collaborated with, commissioned, and premiered works by composers of all genres and generations. He has worked with John Adams, Pierre Boulez, Tan Dun, Mario Davidovsky, Charles Wuorinen, Magnus Lindberg and David Lang and is an active member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, AXIOM, Argento and the Metropolis Ensemble.
At age eight he began studying violin and viola in the Iowa City Community School District before starting piano at age ten, two years later becoming a private student of Daniel Shapiro and Rene Lecuona at The University of Iowa. In 2005 he completed studies with Alan Chow and Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University. Now a student at Juilliard, where he finished his master’s degree in 2008 and was awarded the Helen Fay prize in piano, he is a full-scholarship C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. He is on the piano faculty at Smith College and hosts “Hammered!”, a radio show devoted to contemporary piano music on WNYC’s streaming modern music station Q2.
Iowa City native, EMMET HANICK, double bass, completed a three-year fellowship in May at the New World Symphony in Miami. He has performed in orchestras across the world including the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. He has also performed with the Evansville Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. He earned a B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying under Albert Laszlo and an M.M. from Indiana University studying under Bruce Bransby. Making his second appearance at MusicIC, Mr. Hanick plays a bass made by Jim Reck.
After receiving her M.F.A. from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, SAFFRON HENKE has worked nonstop as a professional actor, director and educator. Traveling internationally, she has performed in over 60 professional productions, ranging from Taming of the Shrew to Tartuffe to the one person, 24-character show, The Syringa Tree. As a director, her work has been produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Sacramento Theatre Company (STC), the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble, Augustana College, Coe College and Cornell College. She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, and currently works as the Assistant Director for the Grant Wood Arts Colony at The University of Iowa.
ANDREW JANSS has been featured at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Louvre Museum. He has collaborated in concert with a long list of the world’s greatest artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, David Shifrin, and members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard and Takacs quartets. As an orchestral musician, he has performed as principal cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He tours regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Janss was a resident artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of CMS2 with the Escher String Quartet, which he helped found in 2005. He has performed at the Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Santa Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, Gold Coast and Marlboro music festivals.
In demand as a teacher, he has given masterclasses at Tulane University, Virginia Commonwealth University, SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Idaho. He also worked on the set of the critically acclaimed movie A Late Quartet, consulting for Christopher Walken on how to play the cello. Mr. Janss is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Omega Ensemble in New York City.
ALAN LAWRENCE has been Principal Timpanist of Orchestra Iowa (formerly the Cedar Rapids Symphony) since 1988. As a junior high band student in Midland, Texas, he discovered classical music through the radio and recordings from the public library. After being selected for the Texas All-State Band his junior and senior years, he was offered a scholarship to attend Texas Tech University, where he had opportunities to perform with the Lubbock and Roswell (NM) Symphony Orchestras. Following several years of public school and private teaching, he accepted a graduate assistantship at the University of New Mexico, where he performed with both the New Mexico and Santa Fe Symphony orchestras, and with the Santa Fe Opera.
Since coming to Iowa, Mr. Lawrence has been Principal Timpanist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, as well as substituting as timpanist with the Dubuque and Quad Cities orchestras. He has been involved in several Hancher productions: three seasons of The Nutcracker with The Joffrey Ballet, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with the Stuttgart Ballet, and the touring Broadway production of The Full Monty. He performs as Principal Percussionist with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band and directs the New Horizons Band of Cedar Rapids, which he founded in 1998. Since 1991, he has been Instructor of Percussion at Coe and Cornell Colleges, and also teaches privately.
CAMPBELL MACDONALD is Principal Clarinetist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and a fixture at chamber music, opera, studio, pop and orchestral music venues throughout the midwest. He has appeared in numerous performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Symphony and prior to joining the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in September of 2004, held positions in the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra in Detroit and spent six summers in Mexico City, Mexico as Solo Clarinetist of La Orquésta Sinfónica de Minería. His multifarious career has led to solo and chamber music recitals in cities across the United States and Europe.
Campbell is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and has performed with the group extensively throughout the country and abroad, including performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, the inaugural gala of EMPAC (Troy, NY), the Library of Congress, and Wien Modern. He has made additional chamber music appearances with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, with the Seattle Chamber Players at Nordstrom Recital Hall, with members of the Detroit Symphony as part of their 8 Days in June festival, and with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in Pittsburgh's City Theatre and at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mr. MacDonald can be heard on ICE's 2007 CD release of Huang Ruo's Chamber Concerto Cycle on the NAXOS label, the Detroit Chamber Winds KOCH release of Mozart's Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, and ICE's recent recording of Son of Chamber Symphony by John Adams on the Nonesuch label. A native of Seattle, Campbell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, attended DePaul University in Chicago, and studied clarinet with Larry Combs, David Weber, Lawrence McDonald, and Laura DeLuca.
Iowa native KRISTIN MARRS recently completed her M.F.A. in Dance (choreography emphasis) at the University of Iowa. She has performed as a company member of Columbus Dance Theatre (Columbus, OH), Ballet Quad Cities (Rock Island, IL), Images (London, England), and Arova Contemporary Ballet (Birmingham, AL). Her choreographic research centers on the contemporary evolution of ballet technique and the use of classical music as a rich wellspring of inspiration. Her work has been produced by the University of Iowa, professional ballet companies, and in the American College Dance Festival Association Gala Concert. Ms. Marrs also teaches yoga classes at Heartland Yoga in Iowa City.
TRICIA PARK enjoys a diverse and eclectic career as soloist, chamber musician, educator and festival curator. She is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was selected as one of “Korea’s World Leaders of Tomorrow” by the Korean Daily Central newspaper. Since appearing in her first orchestral engagement at age 13 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa; the Montreal, Dallas, Cincinnati, Seattle, Honolulu, Nevada and Lincoln symphonies; and the Calgary, Buffalo, Westchester and Naples philharmonics. She has also given recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including a highly acclaimed performance at the Ravinia Rising Stars series. As First Violinist of the Maia Quartet from 2005-2011, she performed at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y and Beijing’s Forbidden City Hall and was on faculty at The University of Iowa.
Ms. Park’s 2012-13 season highlights include performances with pianist Conor Hanick, presenting a contemporary music program that includes Kirchner’s elegiac Duo No. 2; recitals with pianist Scott Dunn, Associate Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl, touring a program of music by Gershwin and special arrangements of Vernon Duke songs; and concerto performances with the Wonju Symphony Orchestra in Wonju, Korea. Her summer season includes festival appearances at the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in Los Angeles and the Zodiac Festival in France, Cote d’Azur. Upcoming commissions include a new work for violin and piano by composer Jay Lin and a collaboration with bluegrass fiddler Brittany Haas.
Ms. Park received her B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and received the Starling-DeLay Teaching Fellowship. She has studied and performed chamber music with Felix Galimir, Pinchas Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, Michael Tree, Gary Hoffman, Paul Neubauer, Robert McDonald and members of the American, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Orion String Quartets as well as the new music group, eighth blackbird. Other former teachers include Cho-Liang Lin, Donald Weilerstein, Hyo Kang and Piotr Milewski. Currently, she is Assistant Professional Specialist and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.
ASHLEY PETTIT is an Iowa City native and senior at the University of Iowa studying Theatre Arts. Previous stage management credits include: She Stoops to Conquer (Assistant Stage Manager, University of Iowa), Ten Minute Play Festival (Stage Manager, University of Iowa), and Legally Blonde the Musical (Assistant Director/Assistant Stage Manager, City Circle Acting Co.).
At home as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and violinist ROBIN SCOTT enjoys a broad musical career. He has competed internationally, winning 1st Prizes in the California International Young Artists Competition and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, and 2nd Prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Stulberg
International String Competition. He has soloed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille (France), the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and many others. He has given numerous recitals and performances throughout the U.S. and France, in such venues as Weill Hall and the Schubert Club in St. Paul. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and Jordan Hall in Boston; he has attended the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the Marlboro Music, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, Maine Chamber Music festivals and others. He has been featured in various tours under the auspices of Marlboro and Ravinia. This year marks his second of two years as concertmaster of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, at which he is an Artist-in- Residence. He also serves as concertmaster of the New York Classical Players. He was recently a student of Donald Weilerstein and Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He received his Bachelor’s Degree with Miriam Fried at NEC. In 2006, he completed an Artist Diploma at Indiana University, also under the tutelage of Miriam Fried. Previously he was a student of Mimi Zweig at IU’s preparatory program. He plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin generously lent to him by the Marlboro Festival, whither he will return in the summer of 2013.