The New York Festival Brass Quintet (performer - brass quintet)
Formed in 2016 by four members of The Orchestra Now at Bard College and one student of the Juilliard School the New York Festival Brass has quickly emerged as a leading light in this generations young brass talent. Since the groups inception the members all separately hold positions in premier orchestras internationally yet still meet to perform and record chamber music at the highest level. The group now includes members of such prestigious ensembles as the Kennedy Center Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, Suzhou(China) Philharmonic, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Additionally members have frequently performed with such ensembles as the Malaysian Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
Zachary Silberschlag, trumpet, is the acting principal trumpet of the Hawaii Symphony previously he was a member of the inaugural class "The Orchestra Now" based in New York. He also serves as principal trumpet of The Chesapeake Orchestra in the summers. Zachary holds a Bachelors degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland, Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Nathaniel Silberschlag, horn, is the current Assistant Principal Horn of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra in Washington, DC, and newly appointed principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra. Additionally, He has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Nathaniel is a student of Julie Landsman at The Juilliard School in New York and is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. In 2017, his sophomore year, he won the Juilliard Concerto Competition performing the Strauss Concerto No. 2. Nathaniel has been a member of The National Symphony Orchestra's Young Fellowship Program, Brass of Peace, Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and he has attended the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute, Eastern Music Festival, and The Music Academy of the West.
Since 2018, Slobas Koczur is a full time member of Suzhou Symphony Orchestra. From 2015-2018, Mr. Koczur was one of the inaugural members of The Orchestra Now. Prior to the New York Festival Brass Quintet, Mr. Koczur was one of the founding members of the Hudson Valley Brass, through which he had the privilege of participating as guest artist at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa alongside with musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Koczur was winner at The Orchestra Now Concerto Competition, and received prizes at prestigious competitions such as the National Trumpet Competition in Denver USA, International Interpretative Competition for Wind Instruments, Brno Czech Republic and Hungarian National Trumpet Competition Budapest. Mr. Koczur has studied with celebrated trumpet soloists including Gabor Boldoczki at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and Jeroen Berwaerts at Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.
Dan Honaker holds degrees in tuba performance from Baldwin Wallace University and the San Francisco Conservatory of music. His primary teachers include Yasuhito Sugiyama, and Jeff Anderson. As an orchestral performer Dan has performed with many orchestras around the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic.
Gabe Cruz recently obtained the position of Second Trombone in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Prior to this, he was a member of The Orchestra Now where he met the members of the New York Festival Brass Quintet. Gabe studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his primary teachers include Tim Higgins, Paul Welcomer and Michael Mulcahy. He has also played with some his favorite orchestras like Buffalo Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Erik Rohde (conductor)
Erik Rohde is the Director of String Activities and Orchestra at Indiana State University where he conducts the Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin. He is artistic director of the Salomon Chamber Orchestra, the newly-appointed music director of the Winona Symphony Orchestra (MN), performs in the Quad Cities, Illinois, and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestras, and is the violinist of the new-music duo sonic apricity. erikrohde.com
Andrew Martin (percussion soloist)
Andrew R. Martin, Ph.D., is Professor of Music at Inver Hills College, St. Paul, Minnesota where he teaches courses in music history, music analysis, percussion, and directs the African music ensemble and steelband. Martin is a sought-after performer and clinician throughout the United States and Internationally and he is Director of Steelbands for Twin Cities Carifest. Martin’s research explores Globalization, Caribbean Music and Movements, Tourism, American music, and popular and folk music and musicians during the Cold War. He has published widely on the above topics and presented numerous lectures and conference papers throughout the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, and China. His research has appeared in several print sources including the journals American Music, Pan Podium: The Journal of the British Steel Band Society, The Journal of New York Folklore, and in reference works such as the Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is the author of the books Steelpan Ambassadors: The US Navy Steel Band 1957-1999 and Steelpan in Education: A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband. Since 2011, Martin has written a semi-regular newspaper column “Pan Worldwide” in the Trinidad Guardian.
The Estrella Consort (performer - saxophone quartet)
Named after the Sierra Estrella Mountain Range near Tempe, AZ, the Estrella Consort is a saxophone quartet committed to the performance of exciting works, both old and new. The group was founded in 2010 while all members were studying with Dr. Timothy McAllister, and has performed both nationally and internationally. The Estrella Consort was invited to tour Ecuador as part of a cultural exchange, performing and giving masterclasses in Cuenca, Loja, and Guayaquil. The group has also performed at the renowned Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, presented guest artist recitals and workshops at numerous institutions throughout the country and frequently performs at the Biennial North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences. The group is currently working on a recording project that will include Xenakis’ Xas as well as newer works for saxophone quartet. The Estrella consort has commissioned and premiered half a dozen works for saxophone quartet and looks forward to continuing to champion new music.
Soprano saxophone chair, Patrick Murphy, has performed throughout the United States, South America, and Asia. He has performed with such esteemed ensembles as The Chicago Symphony, The New World Symphony, The Musica Nova Orchestra, and The Orchestra of Northern New York. He is a founding member of the Estrella Consort and is saxophonist for the Paradise Winds Reed Quintet. In addition to performing, he currently serves as Manager of the Theater at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ, assisting in the presentation of over 250 shows of incredible diversity every year. A proponent of support for the local arts and artists, he has taken on a further role, having joined the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission. His teachers include Timothy McAllister, Eric Lau, and Donald Sinta. He previously taught saxophone, theory and history at SUNY College at Potsdam and he holds degrees from Potsdam, the University of Michigan, and Arizona State University.
Alto saxophone chair, Jeff Siegfried, combines a “rich, vibrant tone” (South Florida Classical Review) with “beautiful and delicate playing” (Michael Tilson Thomas) to deliver “showstopper performances” (Peninsula Reviews). He received first prize at the Luminarts Competition and the Frances Walton Competition and was runner up in the Carmel Music Society Competition and the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with the University of Portland Wind Ensemble, the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, and the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
Tenor saxophone chair, Allison Adams, is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. An avid performer, she is a member of the nief-norf Contemporary Music Ensemble, frequently performs with the Knoxville Symphony, and has been featured in recitals across the country. She has also performed at the World Saxophone Congress, the International Saxophone Symposium, the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conferences, and the International Clarinet Association Conference. Besides her study of the saxophone, Adams’ main area of research centers around performance injuries, wellness for musicians, and the integration of yoga into music performance. A chapter on her recovery from focal dystonia is available in the collection Notes of Hope, published by Mountain Peak Music. She has also authored an essay on yoga for musicians, which can be found in the multi-media resource Cross Training for Musicians (available through Mountain Peak Music as well). Her main saxophone teachers include Timothy McAllister, Eugene Rousseau, and Steven Mauk. She is a D’Addario Performing Artist.
Baritone saxophone chair, Thomas Snydacker, a concert saxophonist and educator based in Chicago, has been praised for his “plush tone” (South Florida Classical Review) and his “thoroughly compelling” and “stunning tour de force” performances (Chicago Classical Review). As an orchestral musician, Snydacker has performed with world-class ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony under the direction of such luminaries as John Adams, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Susanna Mälkki, Marin Alsop, and Matthias Pintscher. As a soloist, he has performed with such ensembles as the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, the Northern Illinois University Wind Symphony, the University of Illinois - Chicago Wind Ensemble, and numerous others. Snydacker holds teaching positions at Northern Illinois University and the Merit School of Music in Chicago.
Clare Longendyke (performer - pianist)
Hailed “a superlative pianist,” Clare Longendyke’s pianism is marked by colorful musicality, technical fluency, and the ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum. She has performed across Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician as well as on NPR’s Performance Today. A champion of new music performance, she has premiered of over 75 new works by living composers since 2012. Longendyke has performed with orchestras in Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. She holds degrees from Boston University, the École Normale de Musique in Paris, and Indiana University. www.clarelongendyke.com.
Emi Kagawa (performer - pianist)
An internationally recognized soloist and chamber musician, Emi Kagawa is the newly appointed principal keyboard of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Her performances, held throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, and Japan, are “a picture in the form of a 1,000-piece puzzle, with each piece being a masterpiece,” as described by the Salt Lake Tribune. She is a winner of numerous national and international competitions, such as the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at Juilliard and the Nancy Clark International Piano Competition, Dr. Kagawa’s past and future performances include the collaborations with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra chamber music series, the Chamber Music Series of Symphony of the Mountains, the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Isotone Concert series, International Women’s Brass Conference, the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC), the ClarinetFest at University of TN, Knoxville. As dedicated educator, her recent project includes conducting workshops entitled “How to color your sound” for pianists and “How to work with Pianists” for woodwind and brass instrumentalists. www.emikagawa.com
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Elliott Miles McKinley
Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Commissions include those from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the SOLI Chamber Music Ensemble, the Mirari Brass Quintet, Transient Canvas, Hub New Music, the Estrella Consort, the Janáček Trio, and the Martinů String Quartet. His orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Czech Radio Symphony, and his music has been featured on international festivals including the BGSU Contemporary Music Festival, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, and the University of Minnesota SPARK Festival. McKinley is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a BMI Student Composer Award, a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and grants from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and the American Composers Forum. In 2012, his percussion concerto, Four Grooves, won the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival’s MusicNow competition. Among other honors, McKinley was awarded a New Frontiers for the Arts and Humanities grant from Indiana University, and received two Indiana University Faculty Research Grants and a Roger Williams University Foundation Grant. Also active as a performer and improviser, McKinley is a founding member of earWorm, an electroacoustic improvisation ensemble of composer-performers.
From 2008 to 2012, he served as Assistant Professor of Music and Music Program Coordinator at Indiana University East, where he developed the music program and curriculum and built the department’s electronic and computer music studio. In 2010-2011, McKinley was composer-in-residence at InverHills College in Minnesota, and he has held positions in composition and theory at Washington and Lee University and the University of Tennessee School of Music. Currently, McKinley is Associate Professor of Music Composition, Theory, and Music Technology at Roger Williams University and since 2015 has been the director of the Alba Music Festival Composition Program.
McKinley holds a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota. Among principal teachers are John McNeil in jazz studies, and composers Malcolm Peyton, Alex Lubet, Doug Geers, David Gompper, George Wilson, Michael Daugherty, and William Bolcom. His music is published by American Composers Edition in New York.