Tyrone Page, Jr., saxophones   An accomplished saxophonist and educator, Tyrone Page Jr. has had tremendous success working with composers and other musicians to expand contemporary saxophone repertoire. Actively involved in the performance of new works, Tyrone performs regularly in the Baltimore area and across the Eastern United States as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. This season, Tyrone will premiere a new and extended version of Fluorescent Skeleton (after Jasper Johns,  Regrets ), which was written by James Young and premiered last Spring. Within the next year he will also premiere Wrath, which is a commissioned work for tenor saxophone and piano written by Stacy Garrop.     In competition, Tyrone was a Local Gold Medalist for the NAACP ACT-SO competition and competed in Los Angeles, winning the National Silver Medal for Instrumental Classical Music (2011). In 2012, Tyrone was granted the Hoffberger Foundation Scholarship through the Baltimore Scholars Program to attend the Peabody Conservatory. In 2014, Tyrone was selected by the Johns Hopkins Institution’s Diversity Leadership Council to receive a Diversity Recognition Award for his work with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program and Peabody’s Black Student Union. Last Spring, Tyrone was a semi-finalist and finalist, winning 3rd place in the 2016 Peggy and Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. This year Tyrone was a finalist in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.     Additionally, he has been featured in recent performances with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Modern Orchestra, and regularly plays with the Peabody Wind Ensemble. As a teaching artist with the OrchKids and the BSA TWIGS programs, he performs with, teaches and mentors young students in Baltimore City.     Tyrone is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Ford. He holds degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. Tyrone is continuing his studies in saxophone with Gary Louie and conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker at the Peabody Conservatory.   

Tyrone Page, Jr., saxophones

An accomplished saxophonist and educator, Tyrone Page Jr. has had tremendous success working with composers and other musicians to expand contemporary saxophone repertoire. Actively involved in the performance of new works, Tyrone performs regularly in the Baltimore area and across the Eastern United States as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. This season, Tyrone will premiere a new and extended version of Fluorescent Skeleton (after Jasper Johns, Regrets), which was written by James Young and premiered last Spring. Within the next year he will also premiere Wrath, which is a commissioned work for tenor saxophone and piano written by Stacy Garrop.

 

In competition, Tyrone was a Local Gold Medalist for the NAACP ACT-SO competition and competed in Los Angeles, winning the National Silver Medal for Instrumental Classical Music (2011). In 2012, Tyrone was granted the Hoffberger Foundation Scholarship through the Baltimore Scholars Program to attend the Peabody Conservatory. In 2014, Tyrone was selected by the Johns Hopkins Institution’s Diversity Leadership Council to receive a Diversity Recognition Award for his work with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program and Peabody’s Black Student Union. Last Spring, Tyrone was a semi-finalist and finalist, winning 3rd place in the 2016 Peggy and Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. This year Tyrone was a finalist in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

 

Additionally, he has been featured in recent performances with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Modern Orchestra, and regularly plays with the Peabody Wind Ensemble. As a teaching artist with the OrchKids and the BSA TWIGS programs, he performs with, teaches and mentors young students in Baltimore City.

 

Tyrone is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Ford. He holds degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. Tyrone is continuing his studies in saxophone with Gary Louie and conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker at the Peabody Conservatory.

 

    Peter Kibbe, cello     www.peterkibbecello.com  Cellist Peter Kibbe, son of Los Angeles and proud citizen of Baltimore, was raised in a family of musicians and composers, and in addition to having had the pleasure of studying and playing with some of the finest teachers and performers on both coasts of the US, he currently enjoys a career as an orchestral and chamber musician in and around Baltimore.  Owing to his start in the west, and the training given him by his teachers Rachael Lonergan, John Walz, and Andrew Cook, Mr. Kibbe has had the privilege of working with several of today's respected performers and conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Grant Gershon, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and John Legend, to name a few.  He has performed orchestrally for capacity audiences across the United States and parts of Europe, including acclaimed concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York.  Having completed his studies with premier cellist Alan Stepansky at The Peabody Institute, Peter is currently a member of several ensembles in Baltimore, including The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, which performs a diverse range of classical and romantic era pieces, and is a founding member of Mind on Fire, an acclaimed chamber group dedicated to new and cutting edge works, involving themselves with commissions, premiers, and challenging and engaging repertoire.  He has enjoyed finding himself in many varied and eclectic performance settings during his career, including symphony halls, historic cathedrals, coffee houses, summer festivals, recording studios, night clubs, libraries, grassy fields, cruise ships, kindergartens and amphitheaters, and is always glad to play for open ears.  Peter happily plays on a 2004 Cremonese instrument made by Roberto Collini.

Peter Kibbe, cello

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Cellist Peter Kibbe, son of Los Angeles and proud citizen of Baltimore, was raised in a family of musicians and composers, and in addition to having had the pleasure of studying and playing with some of the finest teachers and performers on both coasts of the US, he currently enjoys a career as an orchestral and chamber musician in and around Baltimore.  Owing to his start in the west, and the training given him by his teachers Rachael Lonergan, John Walz, and Andrew Cook, Mr. Kibbe has had the privilege of working with several of today's respected performers and conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Grant Gershon, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and John Legend, to name a few.  He has performed orchestrally for capacity audiences across the United States and parts of Europe, including acclaimed concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York.  Having completed his studies with premier cellist Alan Stepansky at The Peabody Institute, Peter is currently a member of several ensembles in Baltimore, including The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, which performs a diverse range of classical and romantic era pieces, and is a founding member of Mind on Fire, an acclaimed chamber group dedicated to new and cutting edge works, involving themselves with commissions, premiers, and challenging and engaging repertoire.  He has enjoyed finding himself in many varied and eclectic performance settings during his career, including symphony halls, historic cathedrals, coffee houses, summer festivals, recording studios, night clubs, libraries, grassy fields, cruise ships, kindergartens and amphitheaters, and is always glad to play for open ears.  Peter happily plays on a 2004 Cremonese instrument made by Roberto Collini.

    Lauren Rausch, violin     Violinist Lauren Rausch enjoys a dynamic career as an artist-teacher in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. An active recitalist with programs this spring at Catholic University and historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown, she performs regularly with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and recently represented Carnegie Hall as a teaching artist for PlayUSA, a program that supports music for children in underserved communities across the country.  A devoted performer of new music, Rausch is a founding member and Managing Director of SONAR, an award-winning ensemble based in Baltimore. She regularly appears as a soloist for Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series where she has worked with composers such as John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, and Missy Mazzoli. Her advocacy of new music extends to her teaching. Rausch encourages students of all levels to perform new music, and she will present on this topic at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association in Pittsburgh this spring.  Rausch is on the faculty at the Peabody Preparatory where she also serves as Assistant Director of the Young Peoples’ String Program. In her role as Coordinator of the Tuned-In Strings program, she partners with the Baltimore Symphony’s ORCHKids program to bring promising young students from the city to study at Peabody. Rausch was recently appointed Director of Allegro Strings, a summer program for string students with campuses in Towson and Howard County. She also maintains a successful private studio and regularly leads workshops for young string students in throughout the region. In addition to her work with pre-college musicians, she serves as an instructor at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at JHU. Rausch holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Oregon, and Arizona State University, and has performed at major festivals throughout North America.

Lauren Rausch, violin

Violinist Lauren Rausch enjoys a dynamic career as an artist-teacher in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. An active recitalist with programs this spring at Catholic University and historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown, she performs regularly with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and recently represented Carnegie Hall as a teaching artist for PlayUSA, a program that supports music for children in underserved communities across the country.

A devoted performer of new music, Rausch is a founding member and Managing Director of SONAR, an award-winning ensemble based in Baltimore. She regularly appears as a soloist for Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series where she has worked with composers such as John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, and Missy Mazzoli. Her advocacy of new music extends to her teaching. Rausch encourages students of all levels to perform new music, and she will present on this topic at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association in Pittsburgh this spring.

Rausch is on the faculty at the Peabody Preparatory where she also serves as Assistant Director of the Young Peoples’ String Program. In her role as Coordinator of the Tuned-In Strings program, she partners with the Baltimore Symphony’s ORCHKids program to bring promising young students from the city to study at Peabody. Rausch was recently appointed Director of Allegro Strings, a summer program for string students with campuses in Towson and Howard County. She also maintains a successful private studio and regularly leads workshops for young string students in throughout the region. In addition to her work with pre-college musicians, she serves as an instructor at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at JHU. Rausch holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Oregon, and Arizona State University, and has performed at major festivals throughout North America.

    Zoe Fried, oboe     Zoe Fried is a performer, administrator, and arts advocate with an aim to inspire audiences in unconventional ways. A Native of Miami, Florida, she began her musical studies at the age of 12 and has been an active member in the music community both on the stage and behind the scenes ever since. Zoe is an active member on the Executive committee of the Society of Peabody Alumni and she also serves on the Board of the Occasional Symphony and in Baltimore, an orchestra that creates innovative concert celebrations to engage the Baltimore community and illuminate the unparalleled experience of hearing live music curated for living spaces.   In addition to playing oboe with Mind on Fire, she is also the Secretary for the board and a member of the Marketing Committee.  Zoe is currently the Operations Manager with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Previously she has held positions with cultural organizations such as the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the New York Philharmonic.  She graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with her Masters in Oboe Performance . She additionally holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance as well as a Teaching Certificate from the Peabody Conservatory. During her time at Peabody, she studied under Jane Marvine, English Horn of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Outside of music she enjoys painting, yoga, and Cuban food.

Zoe Fried, oboe

Zoe Fried is a performer, administrator, and arts advocate with an aim to inspire audiences in unconventional ways. A Native of Miami, Florida, she began her musical studies at the age of 12 and has been an active member in the music community both on the stage and behind the scenes ever since. Zoe is an active member on the Executive committee of the Society of Peabody Alumni and she also serves on the Board of the Occasional Symphony and in Baltimore, an orchestra that creates innovative concert celebrations to engage the Baltimore community and illuminate the unparalleled experience of hearing live music curated for living spaces. 

In addition to playing oboe with Mind on Fire, she is also the Secretary for the board and a member of the Marketing Committee.  Zoe is currently the Operations Manager with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Previously she has held positions with cultural organizations such as the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the New York Philharmonic.  She graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with her Masters in Oboe Performance . She additionally holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance as well as a Teaching Certificate from the Peabody Conservatory. During her time at Peabody, she studied under Jane Marvine, English Horn of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Outside of music she enjoys painting, yoga, and Cuban food.

  Lisa Perry, voice and keyboard   Lisa Perry is a contemporary chamber music specialist hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a founding member of the Pique Collective and REXDuo, a contemporary voice duo with fellow soprano Danielle Buonaiuto. She has held fellowships with Bang on a Can “Banglewood” (2016), Opera from Scratch (2015-16), SongFest (2014), and the Thompson Street Opera Company (2014). Recent guest artist performances include Bowling Green State University (2016), SALT New Music Festival (2015), Parma Festival (2015), and SUNY Fredonia (2013). Recent solo performances of note include Gyorgi Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre” with the SUNY Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players in Stony Brook, NY, and “NO one To kNOW one” by Andy Akiho, performed with the Atlantic Reed Consort at the National Gallery of Art and Carnegie Hall. For upcoming engagements, visit lisaperrysoprano.com.

Lisa Perry, voice and keyboard

Lisa Perry is a contemporary chamber music specialist hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a founding member of the Pique Collective and REXDuo, a contemporary voice duo with fellow soprano Danielle Buonaiuto. She has held fellowships with Bang on a Can “Banglewood” (2016), Opera from Scratch (2015-16), SongFest (2014), and the Thompson Street Opera Company (2014). Recent guest artist performances include Bowling Green State University (2016), SALT New Music Festival (2015), Parma Festival (2015), and SUNY Fredonia (2013). Recent solo performances of note include Gyorgi Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre” with the SUNY Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players in Stony Brook, NY, and “NO one To kNOW one” by Andy Akiho, performed with the Atlantic Reed Consort at the National Gallery of Art and Carnegie Hall. For upcoming engagements, visit lisaperrysoprano.com.

  Jeremy Lyons, guitars   A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Jeremy Lyons began studying the classical guitar at a young age with his father Glenn Lyons, who founded the classical guitar program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the guitar, Jeremy studied the cello with Ovidiu Marinescu and performed as a member of several orchestras and ensembles.     Jeremy received a BM in guitar performance (Summa Cum Laude) from the Florida State University, where he studied with Bruce Holzman, and holds a MM in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy, a MM in Musicology, and a DMA all from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco.     While attending Florida State University, he also studied the viola da gamba with professor Pamela Andrews, the Renaissance lute with Anthony Rooley, and the gu-zheng (an ancient Chinese zither) with Haiqiong Deng. He was a member of the FSU Viols, the FSU Chinese Ensemble, and he regularly accompanied the FSU Early Music Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Kite-Powell. Jeremy also participated in the Early Music Ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory where he performed with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and the Peabody Consort, both directed by Mark Cudek, and the Peabody consort of Viols, directed by John Moran.     As a guitarist, Jeremy gives solo recitals throughout the United States and he has also appeared as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop, the Warminster symphony orchestra, and the Tallahassee symphony orchestra.  Jeremy continues to perform on viola da gamba, lute, and Baroque guitar, and he regularly appears with his duo partner Soprano, Lisa Perry. While maintaining an active performing career, Jeremy is the current guitar instructor at Artist music education center in Perry Hall Maryland, and he also teaches guitar at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C.     An advocate for contemporary music, Jeremy regularly writes music, collaborates with other composers, and enthusiastically participates in music that connects to a variety of audience members. He is a member of two Baltimore-based contemporary music ensembles: Mind on Fire and the Pique Collective. These ensembles explore the many sounds, sensations, experiences, and possibilities that arise from a performance, held in a public space, that invites the audience to immediately react and interact with the show that they attend.     Jeremy also delivers lectures concerning classical guitar history and the many influences that effect the repertoire of music available to the modern day guitarist. His research interests include pedagogical approaches to teaching the guitar, contemporary guitar literature, and the perception of a modern day guitarist as a musician.

Jeremy Lyons, guitars

A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Jeremy Lyons began studying the classical guitar at a young age with his father Glenn Lyons, who founded the classical guitar program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the guitar, Jeremy studied the cello with Ovidiu Marinescu and performed as a member of several orchestras and ensembles.

 

Jeremy received a BM in guitar performance (Summa Cum Laude) from the Florida State University, where he studied with Bruce Holzman, and holds a MM in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy, a MM in Musicology, and a DMA all from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco.

 

While attending Florida State University, he also studied the viola da gamba with professor Pamela Andrews, the Renaissance lute with Anthony Rooley, and the gu-zheng (an ancient Chinese zither) with Haiqiong Deng. He was a member of the FSU Viols, the FSU Chinese Ensemble, and he regularly accompanied the FSU Early Music Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Kite-Powell. Jeremy also participated in the Early Music Ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory where he performed with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and the Peabody Consort, both directed by Mark Cudek, and the Peabody consort of Viols, directed by John Moran.

 

As a guitarist, Jeremy gives solo recitals throughout the United States and he has also appeared as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop, the Warminster symphony orchestra, and the Tallahassee symphony orchestra.  Jeremy continues to perform on viola da gamba, lute, and Baroque guitar, and he regularly appears with his duo partner Soprano, Lisa Perry. While maintaining an active performing career, Jeremy is the current guitar instructor at Artist music education center in Perry Hall Maryland, and he also teaches guitar at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C.

 

An advocate for contemporary music, Jeremy regularly writes music, collaborates with other composers, and enthusiastically participates in music that connects to a variety of audience members. He is a member of two Baltimore-based contemporary music ensembles: Mind on Fire and the Pique Collective. These ensembles explore the many sounds, sensations, experiences, and possibilities that arise from a performance, held in a public space, that invites the audience to immediately react and interact with the show that they attend.

 

Jeremy also delivers lectures concerning classical guitar history and the many influences that effect the repertoire of music available to the modern day guitarist. His research interests include pedagogical approaches to teaching the guitar, contemporary guitar literature, and the perception of a modern day guitarist as a musician.

  Jennfier Hughson, clarinets   Clarinetist Jennifer Hughson is a vibrant musician who has performed throughout the US, Ireland and Italy. She has played with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The American Pops Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Liberty Wind Symphony, and is a member of the Mind on Fire New Music Ensemble. She also teaches a studio privately throughout the Baltimore-DC area whose students have earned awards and honors at the county and state level. Ms. Hughson received her BM from Indiana University and her MM from the Peabody Conservatory studying under Howard Klug and Steven Barta. Ms. Hughson can be found on Instagram and YouTube as CharmCityClarinet!

Jennfier Hughson, clarinets

Clarinetist Jennifer Hughson is a vibrant musician who has performed throughout the US, Ireland and Italy. She has played with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The American Pops Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Liberty Wind Symphony, and is a member of the Mind on Fire New Music Ensemble. She also teaches a studio privately throughout the Baltimore-DC area whose students have earned awards and honors at the county and state level. Ms. Hughson received her BM from Indiana University and her MM from the Peabody Conservatory studying under Howard Klug and Steven Barta. Ms. Hughson can be found on Instagram and YouTube as CharmCityClarinet!

    Shona Goldberg-Leopold, horn     A Philadelphia native, Shona received her Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University and Master's of Music from Peabody Conservatory.  Her main horn teachers were Leslie Norton (Nashville Symphony) and Denise Tryon (Philadelphia Orchestra).  Shona is now an active freelance horn player and teacher in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, where she performs with many orchestras including the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Annapolis Symphony.  Shona is also passionate about music education in inner city Baltimore and acts as the Music Coordinator and Horn Teacher for the Baltimore School for the Arts’ TWIGS program.

Shona Goldberg-Leopold, horn

A Philadelphia native, Shona received her Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University and Master's of Music from Peabody Conservatory.  Her main horn teachers were Leslie Norton (Nashville Symphony) and Denise Tryon (Philadelphia Orchestra).  Shona is now an active freelance horn player and teacher in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, where she performs with many orchestras including the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Annapolis Symphony.  Shona is also passionate about music education in inner city Baltimore and acts as the Music Coordinator and Horn Teacher for the Baltimore School for the Arts’ TWIGS program.

  Allison Clendaniel, artistic director   Allison Clendaniel is an interdisciplinary artist reborn in Baltimore, MD. Her work encompasses sound, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, and theatre.   A versatile improviser, Allison has composed and performed music for voice, synthesizer, piano, computer, cello, and theremin in both solo and collaborative environments. She currently focuses her artistic attention at the intersectionality between technology and acoustic instruments. She has studied voice and movement with legendary performer and composer, Meredith Monk at the House Foundation, clowning with Globus Hystericus, and has toured extensively through North America as a teacher and performing artist.   She tries to build beautiful things around her, crafting songs, making theatre, and working permanently with Nudie Suits, The Flowery, In the Womb of the Everywhere Room, Feral Woman, and Mind On Fire. For more information, please visit  www.allisonisonline.com .

Allison Clendaniel, artistic director

Allison Clendaniel is an interdisciplinary artist reborn in Baltimore, MD. Her work encompasses sound, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, and theatre. 

A versatile improviser, Allison has composed and performed music for voice, synthesizer, piano, computer, cello, and theremin in both solo and collaborative environments. She currently focuses her artistic attention at the intersectionality between technology and acoustic instruments. She has studied voice and movement with legendary performer and composer, Meredith Monk at the House Foundation, clowning with Globus Hystericus, and has toured extensively through North America as a teacher and performing artist. 

She tries to build beautiful things around her, crafting songs, making theatre, and working permanently with Nudie Suits, The Flowery, In the Womb of the Everywhere Room, Feral Woman, and Mind On Fire. For more information, please visit www.allisonisonline.com.

  Kika Wright, bassoon   Honduran-born bassoonist Kika Wright is an energetic and versatile performer and educator, currently living in Baltimore City. Ms. Wright serves as the double-reed instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC and the bassoonist of the Incidental Chamber Players and Mind on Fire.   Prior to relocating to Baltimore, Ms. Wright was active in the Pittsburgh music community, performing with many regional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and university ensembles. She can be heard performing with various groups on WQED FM’s  Performance in Pittsburgh  series. Ms. Wright has performed with Manhattan Opera Studio, Metro Chamber Orchestra (NYC), Concert Artists of Baltimore, The Sanctified Symphony Orchestra of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Savoyards, Westmoreland Symphony, the Renova Music Festival and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.   Ms. Wright has participated in summer music programs in the US and Canada, including the Hot Springs Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Eastern Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. At Aspen, she performed with the Chamber Orchestra, Festival Orchestra, and Aspen Opera Theater’s production of John Harbison’s  The Great Gatsby . This October she will perform in the Color of Change Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.  Ms. Wright is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, University of Wisconsin, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Glenn Gould School. Former teachers include Frank Morelli, Nancy Goeres, and Marc Vallon. Ms. Wright is a sustaining member of the International Double Reed Society as well as a member of Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore Local 40-543 and Metropolitan Washington DC Federation of Musicians Local 161-710.

Kika Wright, bassoon

Honduran-born bassoonist Kika Wright is an energetic and versatile performer and educator, currently living in Baltimore City. Ms. Wright serves as the double-reed instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC and the bassoonist of the Incidental Chamber Players and Mind on Fire. 

Prior to relocating to Baltimore, Ms. Wright was active in the Pittsburgh music community, performing with many regional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and university ensembles. She can be heard performing with various groups on WQED FM’s Performance in Pittsburgh series. Ms. Wright has performed with Manhattan Opera Studio, Metro Chamber Orchestra (NYC), Concert Artists of Baltimore, The Sanctified Symphony Orchestra of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Savoyards, Westmoreland Symphony, the Renova Music Festival and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. 

Ms. Wright has participated in summer music programs in the US and Canada, including the Hot Springs Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Eastern Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. At Aspen, she performed with the Chamber Orchestra, Festival Orchestra, and Aspen Opera Theater’s production of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. This October she will perform in the Color of Change Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

Ms. Wright is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, University of Wisconsin, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Glenn Gould School. Former teachers include Frank Morelli, Nancy Goeres, and Marc Vallon. Ms. Wright is a sustaining member of the International Double Reed Society as well as a member of Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore Local 40-543 and Metropolitan Washington DC Federation of Musicians Local 161-710.

  James Young, artistic director   James Young is a texpat making music in Baltimore. He is a composer and improvisor, administrator and educator, human and show runner.  He has built, housed, or developed a number of musical projects and organizations which have led him across the states, at times as a teacher and at others as a performer. A majority of his work is as artistic director for Mind on Fire, a modular orchestra focused on living composers, showcasing artists in Baltimore, and access. Otherwise he is writing music.  He carries a doctorate in music composition, having devoted much of his life to studying the ability for organized sound to communicate and shape time. He has studied craft and musical thinking at Mass MOCA as part of the Bang on a Can Festival, June in Buffalo and Brevard, in Prague as part of the Czech-American Summer Music Institute, and at Peabody.

James Young, artistic director

James Young is a texpat making music in Baltimore. He is a composer and improvisor, administrator and educator, human and show runner.

He has built, housed, or developed a number of musical projects and organizations which have led him across the states, at times as a teacher and at others as a performer. A majority of his work is as artistic director for Mind on Fire, a modular orchestra focused on living composers, showcasing artists in Baltimore, and access. Otherwise he is writing music.

He carries a doctorate in music composition, having devoted much of his life to studying the ability for organized sound to communicate and shape time. He has studied craft and musical thinking at Mass MOCA as part of the Bang on a Can Festival, June in Buffalo and Brevard, in Prague as part of the Czech-American Summer Music Institute, and at Peabody.

    Jeff Stern, percussion      Percussionist Jeff Stern is emerging as an exciting new voice in today’s contemporary music scene.  Recent highlights include the world premiere of James Wood’s marimba solo,  Secret Dialogues , a performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and his debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with the Yale Percussion Group. Jeff currently serves as a founding member and one fourth of 2 piano/2 percussion group, icarus Quartet, championing the repertoire’s staples as well as new works from great young composers of his generation. He has performed at major halls such as Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, and with ensembles including the Boston New Music Initiative and Baltimore’s Sonar New Music Ensemble. Jeff has appeared at the Yellow Barn, Bang on a Can, Avaloch Farm, and Norfolk music festivals, and can be heard on Cantaloupe Records’ release of Pulitzer prize-winning John Luther Adams’ large-scale percussion work,  Inuksuit.   As an educator, Jeff is a frequent guest studio teacher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he assists resident lecturer in percussion, Ayano Kataoka. In 2012, he established a percussion department for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s youth program, OrchKids, and from 2013-2014, he served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory division as the director of their percussion program, a position he will step into once again in 2016.   Jeff holds degrees from UMass Amherst and the Peabody Conservatory, where he was awarded the Harold Randolph Prize in Performance. He recently earned an Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice.

Jeff Stern, percussion

 Percussionist Jeff Stern is emerging as an exciting new voice in today’s contemporary music scene.  Recent highlights include the world premiere of James Wood’s marimba solo, Secret Dialogues, a performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and his debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with the Yale Percussion Group. Jeff currently serves as a founding member and one fourth of 2 piano/2 percussion group, icarus Quartet, championing the repertoire’s staples as well as new works from great young composers of his generation. He has performed at major halls such as Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, and with ensembles including the Boston New Music Initiative and Baltimore’s Sonar New Music Ensemble. Jeff has appeared at the Yellow Barn, Bang on a Can, Avaloch Farm, and Norfolk music festivals, and can be heard on Cantaloupe Records’ release of Pulitzer prize-winning John Luther Adams’ large-scale percussion work, Inuksuit.

As an educator, Jeff is a frequent guest studio teacher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he assists resident lecturer in percussion, Ayano Kataoka. In 2012, he established a percussion department for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s youth program, OrchKids, and from 2013-2014, he served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory division as the director of their percussion program, a position he will step into once again in 2016.

 Jeff holds degrees from UMass Amherst and the Peabody Conservatory, where he was awarded the Harold Randolph Prize in Performance. He recently earned an Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice.

  Stephanie Ray, flutes   Stephanie Ray is a versatile performer and curator of musical projects in Baltimore City.  Since 2010 Stephanie has co-organized the Classical Revolution Baltimore Chapter which has curated over 100 free performances in Baltimore City and collaborated with a diverse range of artists including the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, EMBODY, OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Eze Jackson, and the Tuvan throat-singing group, ALASH. As the Artistic Director for Baltimore’s Lunar Ensemble, Stephanie curated the Pitcher-Perfect Happy Hour series, which showcased performances of local composer’s works in varying non-traditional concert formats.  Furthering her love and exploration of contemporary music, Stephanie is a founding member of Baltimore’s Mind on Fire and serves as an Artistic Director for the ensemble Pique Collective.  In 2016, Stephanie became the Adjunct Professor of Flute at Frostburg University.  Stephanie regularly performs with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Marianne Gedigian. She went on to earn her Master of Music degree at The Peabody Conservatory, studying under world-renowned soloist, Marina Piccinini.

Stephanie Ray, flutes

Stephanie Ray is a versatile performer and curator of musical projects in Baltimore City.  Since 2010 Stephanie has co-organized the Classical Revolution Baltimore Chapter which has curated over 100 free performances in Baltimore City and collaborated with a diverse range of artists including the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, EMBODY, OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Eze Jackson, and the Tuvan throat-singing group, ALASH. As the Artistic Director for Baltimore’s Lunar Ensemble, Stephanie curated the Pitcher-Perfect Happy Hour series, which showcased performances of local composer’s works in varying non-traditional concert formats.  Furthering her love and exploration of contemporary music, Stephanie is a founding member of Baltimore’s Mind on Fire and serves as an Artistic Director for the ensemble Pique Collective.  In 2016, Stephanie became the Adjunct Professor of Flute at Frostburg University.  Stephanie regularly performs with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Marianne Gedigian. She went on to earn her Master of Music degree at The Peabody Conservatory, studying under world-renowned soloist, Marina Piccinini.

     Eric D'Alessandro, viola   Violist Eric D’Alessandro has performed throughout the United States and Canada in chamber ensembles and as a soloist as a member of a variety of groups. In addition to performing with Chamber Encounters, he has been a member of the Atlas String Quartet, Capstone String Quartet, Druid City Ensemble and Mind on Fire. He has performed in numerous festivals through the United States and Canada. As co-artistic director for the newly formed Divine Water Series, he works with young and established composers to create programmatic concerts that feature new works. Mr. D’Alessandro completed a Master’s of Music at Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute and received an artistic diploma at San Francisco Academy Orchestra. He started working with students in 2009, and has continued that in Baltimore as a teacher with the Baltimore Bows program. 

 

Eric D'Alessandro, viola

Violist Eric D’Alessandro has performed throughout the United States and Canada in chamber ensembles and as a soloist as a member of a variety of groups. In addition to performing with Chamber Encounters, he has been a member of the Atlas String Quartet, Capstone String Quartet, Druid City Ensemble and Mind on Fire. He has performed in numerous festivals through the United States and Canada. As co-artistic director for the newly formed Divine Water Series, he works with young and established composers to create programmatic concerts that feature new works. Mr. D’Alessandro completed a Master’s of Music at Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute and received an artistic diploma at San Francisco Academy Orchestra. He started working with students in 2009, and has continued that in Baltimore as a teacher with the Baltimore Bows program. 

  Jason Charney, technical director/electronics   Jason Charney is a composer and sound artist. He works with instruments, physical objects, and digital technology, often combining them.  He holds degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Kansas and Bowling Green State University and is currently pursuing his MFA in intermedia and digital arts at UMBC.

Jason Charney, technical director/electronics

Jason Charney is a composer and sound artist. He works with instruments, physical objects, and digital technology, often combining them.

He holds degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Kansas and Bowling Green State University and is currently pursuing his MFA in intermedia and digital arts at UMBC.