2019 Fellows

(full list of alums from 2002-2018 is here)

Sebastian Adams is a viola player, composer and director of an acclaimed Irish experimental music ensemble, Kirkos. His current interests include Fluxus, early music, improvisation, artificial intelligence and basic woodworking.

Isabelle Bania grew up in Sweden, and studied as a violinist in Copenhagen and Berlin. She is currently living in Copenhagen completing a postgraduate degree with Eszter Haffner and Lars-Anders Tomter. Thanks to the University, she has the opportunity to play a Stradivarius from 1716. Isabelle also freelances internationally as a chamber- solo- or orchestra player on both modern and baroque violin, as well as on viola. 

Neil Beckmann is a guitarist dedicated to giving compelling performances of music both well established and ignored, expanding the guitar's repertoire in both solo and chamber settings through collaborating with composers, and has a strong interest in finding and developing repertoire for various instruments from the plucked string family, currently including classical, acoustic, electric, and homemade cigar box guitars, lutes, banjo, and ukulele.

Rafailia Bampasidou is an award-winning classical and film composer. She has participated and won many composition competitions in Russia, Serbia, Prague, Italy. Her works have been performed in Russia, Austria, Greece, Ireland, England. She has received the "Garry Schyman Scholarship" and Film music foundation scholarship.  She pariticipated at BMI workshop "Composing for the screen" 2018 in New York with Rick Baitz and she has just finished "Breaking Art II" workshop-residency for emerging composers and choreographers under the auspices of Athens concert hall.

Irene Bianco is a percussionist born in Italy and based in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she loves to work across different music genres and arts.  She obtained her master degree at the Music Academy in Copenhagen and she is now in her post-graduate studies  at Odense Conservatory.

Phoebe Bognár is an Australian-born flutist, composer and improviser. Her approach to music is sewn with vibrancy and diversity, and explores a range of genres, repertoire and styles.

Violinist Hannah Christiansen is the artistic director of the Zafa Collective, a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was a 2017 Sponsored Artist of High Concept Labs. She moonlights as a sports writer and would one day like to learn to blacksmith. You can find her most readily on Twitter: @hannahlartin

Matīss Čudars is a Latvian composer and guitar player whose work, being influenced by anything from Gregorian chant to math-metal, is an eclectic cross-genre mosaic. Coming from a country with a long choral tradition, his music is mostly melodic and above all focuses on moving the human heart and elevating the spirit.

Dai Wei is a composer who recently graduated from Curtis Institute of Music. Her musical journey explores the spaces between east and west, classical and pop, electronic and acoustic, innovation and tradition. An experimental vocalist, she performs Khoomei throat singing in her compositions, exploring the different experiences and backgrounds that transcend genre, race and labels. This fall, she will begin her Ph.D. study in Music Composition at Princeton University as a Naumburg Doctoral Fellow.

Jenny Davis a flutist in Memphis, TN and Columbia, SC where is she completing a DMA in performance at the University of South Carolina. She is the director and flutist of Blueshift Ensemble, part of the experimental duo if.else, and music coordinator at Crosstown Arts in Memphis. Bringing music to life is her passion, whether commissioning new works, performing, or organizing performance opportunities for others.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Gramm Drennen is a Boston-based cellist and educator dedicated to performing the music of the moment and contemporary classics. Gramm is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s at the Boston Conservatory’s Contemporary Performance Program.

Mary Fortino, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with an M.M. in clarinet performance, has collaborated with groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble and the JACK Quartet as well as joining the Ann Arbor based mixed ensemble, Girlnoise. In her free time, Mary enjoying making pour over coffee, hiking and camping.

Humay Gasimzade, originally from Azerbaijan, is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Contemporary Performance program at Bowling Green State University in the studio of Prof. Robert Satterlee. She is focused on promoting most recent piano music composed by her contemporaries, making new music user-friendly for the wider audiences and rethinking the rituals of piano performance.

A multifaceted percussionist, Malcolm Jackson regularly performs recitals, concerts, and events that involve solo, chamber, and large ensemble works in various styles and music genres. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Performance and is an active participant in research in the field of music and psychology.

Sophia Jani is a composer, pianist and producer from Munich, Germany, where she obtained her degree in composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts. Recent projects and collaborations include an EP with composer/pianist Carlos Cipa on the experimental music label Denovali Records, the score for the movie „Die Goldfische“ („The Goldfish“) which has been chosen for the short list for the German Film Award "Lola" and a 10 minute-piece for the Munich Symphonic Orchestra.

Saxophonist Lisa Keeney is a performer, educator, and researcher who specializes in music production and publication. She has appeared as a performer and scholar in several venues and conferences, and currently serves on the faculty at Madonna University and as an editor for the University of Michigan Gershwin Initiative.

Pianist Eunbi Kim is creating new ways of experiencing concert music as a performer, speaker, and arts advocate. Most known as the creator of music-theater work Murakami Music, she has also recorded an album of Fred Hersch’s rare concert music, premiered work by Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), and gave a TEDx talk in 2017.

Kirsten Lies-Warfield was the first woman trombonist ever hired by The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” Having recently retired, she is now a full-time artist, performing, composing, teaching and traveling.

Soo Yeon Lyuh is a haegeum (Korean two-string bowed instrument) player, composer, and improviser currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work aims to expand combines traditional Korean music and improvisatory experimental music, as exemplified in her piece “Yessori” (2017), which was commissioned and premiered by the Kronos Quartet

Kevin Madison is a Boston-based pianist-composer exploring new music, improvisation, and alternative ways to perform classical music. Some of his favorite artists and inspirations include Nina Simone, Ryoji Ikeda, Brian Ferneyhough and Mykki Blanco.

Evan Miller is a percussionist and improviser based in Dayton, OH. His interests lie in collaborative and solo experimental/improvised music, as well as performing chamber and solo contemporary works.

Adrianne Munden-Dixon is a New York-based violinist and current member of Desdemona and the Savannah Philharmonic. As founder of Live Oak Concerts she presents performances in unconventional spaces for donation-based admission to bring live music to all members of the Savannah community.

Julian Terrell Otis is a multidisciplinary artist, creative vocalist/improviser and composer from Chicago, Illinois USA. Working in a range of styles, he has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble in George Lewis' Afterword, is redefining the vocal works of Julius Eastman, and currently sings in the seven piece free jazz ensemble of Angel Bat Dawid, called, The Brothahood.  

John-Paul Norpoth is a double bassist from Brooklyn, New York. He has performed with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Orpheus as part of their Baruch College Business Lecture Series. He has performed with the Albany, Harrisburg, and Allentown Symphonies, and the Westchester, Brooklyn, and Long Island Philharmonic(s). He has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Julia Bullock, and PUBLIQuartet and participated as bassist or composer in various festivals including Banff, Avaloch, and Domaine Forget.  Norpoth is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and is presently pursuing a D.M.A. at Stony Brook University

Martha Marie Petri is a Danish cellist and singer with a diverse musical background. She has studied in Chicago, Copenhagen, and Aarhus where she recently obtained a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance with concentrations in Contemporary Music and Pedagogy. Martha is constantly seeking out creative ways to combine her favorite genres of music, ranging from choral classics to modern jazz. She is dedicated to building upon her technique as a teacher, performer, and artistic director of her choir ENSEMBLE EDGE (www.ensemble-edge.com)

Alina Petrova is a Russian violist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, educator and composer based in Moscow. She graduated from Moscow State Conservatory as a viola player and also learned to play Chinese and Indian traditional instruments such as erhu and dilruba. Alina is a co-founder and musician of Kymatic - contemporary music ensemble. As a composer, Alina creates music for  ”The Tao Gardener” - micro-performance within an installation after Lao Tze’s treatise Tao the Ching, which has been shown at the ElektroTheater Stanislavsky since autumn 2018.

New Jersey native Reed Puleo is a percussionist currently in his last semester at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and in September will be moving to Amsterdam to start his Master’s at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. If he's not busy rehearsing with his friends, you can usually find him watching Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Isaac Pyatt is a percussionist and composer from Lansing, Michigan. An energetic chamber and solo musician, his musical collaborations often involve sharing a love for contemporary music with local communities and new audiences.

Violinist Melanie Riordan has enjoyed a versatile career as a performer an educator. She has premiered contemporary classical works throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, performed with the Houston Baroque ensembles Mercury and Ars Lyrica, and has performed folk music at the Austin City Limits music festival. She is passionate about using music as a way to uplift children in underserved communities, teaching for the “El Sistema” inspired Houston Youth Symphony Coda program and Sistemang Pilipino in Cebu City, Philippines. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, doing yoga and exploring planet earth.

Theodosia Roussos  enjoys an active career as an oboist, English horn player, and soprano internationally. She has played with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic, and studio orchestras at Warner Brothers, EastWest, and Coachella. She recently recorded oboe, English horn and composed for Plan B’s film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and vocals for Miranda July’s film “Kajillionaire.” Theodosia has enjoyed performing under the baton of Placido Domingo, James Conlon, Carl St. Clair, and Johh Harbison. She starred as Maria in West Side Story with USC, and Songfest in 2018 with conductor Michael Barrett and narrator Jamie Bernstein. Theodosia’s passion for contemporary music has lead to performances at Bang on a Can Festival, soundSCAPE, and Songfest with composers including David Lang, Julia Wolfe, John Harbison, John Luther Adams, among many more. Theodosia holds degrees in Oboe and Voice from Oberlin Conservatory, and UCLA, and USC.

Canadian trombonist Matthew Russell enjoys exploring the versatility of the trombone as a solo instrument. He lives in New York and is pursuing his DMA at Rutgers University.

Caroline Shaffer is a flutist in the greater Boston area. A student of Sarah Brady, Caroline is in the first year of her Master’s degree in Contemporary Classical Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and has an interest in performance art and improvisation. Outside of her experience as a classical flutist, Caroline works in many genres, including jazz and commercial pop music. In the spring of 2017, she had the opportunity to play with DJ KSHMR at Ultra Miami, an Electronic Dance Music Festival.

Celia Swart is a new music and modern jazz composer and saxophone player who graduated in composition from the Royal Conservatory The Hague in 2018. Her compositions involves mixtures of rock, classical and jazz music. Narrative- and film influences are important parts in her music, and she also creates multi-media works with visuals of her own stop-motion animations and illustrations.

Tomek Szczepaniak is a percussionist from Poznan, Poland. He studied in Poland, Holland and got his MA and postgraduate diploma in percussion performance in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is interested in multidisciplinary art projects, new music and building his own instruments.

Darian Donovan Thomas is a mediaqueer artist, whose work is rooted in exploring the intersectionality of genre, identities (imposed and/or claimed), and artistic medium. To create a body of all-inclusive works that makes every audience member realize they are being spoken to directly and personally is the goal - being at the intersection of multiple identities means being able to speak to everyone.

Phong Tran is a Brooklyn-based composer, electronic musician, and visual artist whose work explores the creation of large textures using a minimal source of materials. His recent projects have involved modular synthesizers, creative coding, and ramblings about simulation theory. More information can be found at phongmusic.com

Australian violinist Flora Wong is a musician, educator and curator who is drawn to the intersections between different disciplines of artistic practice. Based in Brisbane, Australia (Turrbal/Jagera land), she is a member of new music septet Nonsemble and founder of Hidden Dome, a concert series that celebrates and advocates for diverse voices in the arts.

Violinist Holly Workman’s recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the MIVOS Quartet, the June in Buffalo Festival with Slee Sinfonietta, a solo appearance with the OSSIA Ensemble, Creative Dialogue X, and performances at Klangspuren Schwaz. She has worked with members of Ensemble Modern, the JACK Quartet, Irvine Arditti, and numerous composers including Lindberg, Reich, Wuorinen, Lewis, and others. Holly holds both a BM and MM from the Eastman School of Music. 

Will Yager is a bassist/improviser interested in finding new sounds and playing the music of living composers. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Iowa.

Amy Zuidema is a clarinetist from the shores of West Michigan. Amy is a student, musician, teacher, and Army Reservist. She has performed across the country in venues such as national parks with the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble and Pearl Harbor with the 204th Army Band. She recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a major in Clarinet Performance and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. Amy will soon be pursuing a M.M. in Performance from Ithaca College in New York.