We are delighted to be joined by the following guest artists during our 2016/17 concert season.
Chelsea Bernstein, cello
Chelsea Bernstein received her musical training at SUNY-Purchase, where she completed a bachelor’s in cello performance studying under Julia Lichten. After graduating summa cum laude from SUNY-Purchase, Ms. Bernstein pursued her Master of Music from the University of South Florida, where she was awarded the position of Graduate Cello Assistant under the tutelage of Scott Kluksdahl and Helga Winold. A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Bernstein spends her summers as a Teaching Assistant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson, New Hampshire, where she has participated in the Fellowship String Quartet, Dirt Road Ensemble, and Winter Chamber Music Residency programs. Chelsea currently resides in eastern North Carolina, where she freelances and performs as a substitute cellist with the North Carolina Symphony. She is currently studying with Emanuel Gruber at East Carolina University.
Zan Berry, cello
Zan Berry, a native of Nashville, TN, is active as both a performer and teacher in Providence, RI. He received his MM Cello Performance from the University of Michigan in 2014. After working in Ann Arbor, MI for two years, Zan moved to Providence in the fall of 2016 for the cello fellowship at Community MusicWorks, a non-profit arts organization striving to bring positive social change to communities through performance and education. He frequently performs with CMW’s resident ensemble, the MusicWorks Collective, and teaches at CMW’s various after school programs. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Zan strives to perform the works of living composers as much as possible. He has most recently performed at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival in North Adams, MA as well as with Aepex Contemporary Performance, a new music organization devoted to bringing contemporary music to diverse venues in Southeast Michigan. In addition to performing the works of other composers, Zan also enjoys exploring new sound worlds and performance contexts for the cello through his own experimental improvisations and compositions. In addition to a life filled with music, Zan enjoys going on walks, discovering new coffee shops, and practicing yoga.
Ashley Frith, viola
Ashley was recently enrolled in a masters program at The Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Lila Brown. There, she was the principal violist of the baroque ensemble, and active in the contemporary music program. Ashley studied viola with Kathie Aagaard, and chamber music with Scott Kluksdahl and Svetozar Ivanov at the University of South Florida. She has served as a teaching artist with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and with El Sistema Somerville and Revolution of Hope in Boston. For the past few years, Ashley has been studying the use of sound as a healing modality, in combination with mindfulness and nutrition, to help those suffering from mental illness. She also volunteers with Tunefoolery, an organization committed to promoting mental health recovery through music.
Piero Guimaraes, percussion
Percussionist Piero Guimaraes stands at the forefront of a new generation of international performers specializing in orchestral and contemporary music. A native of Brazil, Guimaraes presented the Brazilian premiere of several pivotal works by influential composers including Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich and Peter Eotvos. Guimaraes concertizes extensively, having made his mark in halls across the United States, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Spain, and Holland. A versatile player, Guimaraes is a frequent participant in orchestral and contemporary music festivals including The World Orchestra, International Ensemble Modern Academy, Pommersfelden Summer Akademy and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has collaborated extensively with living composers, working with John Luther Adams, Heinz Holliger, and Kaija Saariaho to name only a few. Additionally, Guimaraes has performed under the baton of many world-renowned conductors including Maestro Kurt Mazur. Guimaraes earned his bachelor’s degree from Sao Paulo State University in Brazil and his masters and doctoral degrees from Stony Brook University in New York.
Around the New York contemporary music community, Guimaraes has performed at venues such as Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and Roulette. In addition to his solo career, Guimaraes serves as a core member of the Iktus Percussion ensemble. Guimaraes and Iktus delivered both world premieres and presented master classes in the elite music departments of Queens College, Oberlin Conservatory, Michigan State University. the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. As a member of the duo What Where with French pianist Julia Den Boer, he was jointly awarded a prize winner in the coveted Ackerman Chamber Music Competition.
Sarah Hill, viola
Sarah Hill, viola, graduated in 2012 from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received baccalaureate degrees in Viola Performance and English. She has been guided in her chamber music studies by members of Orpheus and of the Jasper, Borromeo, and Apple Hill String Quartets and has performed in master classes for Emmanuella Reiter and Karen Ritscher. Her principal teachers include Peter Slowik, Lenny Matczynski, Mike Kelley, and Katherine Murdock. She has performed at such varied venues as Boston’s Jordan Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, and most importantly, the Harrisville General Store, in Harrisville, NH. Sarah has been a long-time summer participant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, where she has been a member of the Fellowship String Quartet and serves as a teaching assistant. Sarah lives in Boston where she is currently working on a Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory. She has served as principal violist of the NEC Philharmonia, and she is a student of Mai Motobuchi of the Borromeo String Quartet.
Megan Koch, cello
Megan Koch lives in Providence, where she is on the faculty at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. She has taught at several summer music workshops, including most recently, at the RIPhil Summer Chamber Music Workshop. She is also an active freelancer, playing with Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and Eastern Connecticut Orchestra. Before moving to Providence, she lived in Boston, where she was a member of Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and also played baroque cello in Harvard Baroque Orchestra, under the leadership of Phoebe Carrai.
As an avid chamber musician, Megan has performed with some of the world’s foremost musicians, and has had the opportunity to experience the music of many different cultures. Megan has performed chamber music alongside Robert Mann, Michael Kannen, Ian Swenson, and Steven Dann. She was a founding member of a quartet at Peabody that traveled to Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic, in association with the United States Department and Carnegie Hall. The quartet also traveled to Singapore, where they mentored young musicians at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and performed at the US Embassy of Singapore. Most recently, Megan has performed as part of the John Kleshinski Concert Series at the Community Music Center of Boston and as a guest with Boston Public Quartet, performing Schubert Cello Quintet.
Megan has a Masters Degree in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Jean-Michel Fonteneau, and holds a Bachelors of Music degree from the Peabody Institute, where she studied with Alan Stepansky.
Jacob Mackay, cello
Hailed as “very expressive” by the Boston Music Intelligencer, cellist Jacob MacKay has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Recently, he has participated in the Palestine Sacred Music Festival and the Festival International de Musique de Chambre in France, as well as New Hampshire-based festivals including Monadnock Music and Electric Earth Concerts. He has been closely mentored by members of the Ciompi and Lydian String Quartets, Triple Helix Piano Trio, Apple Hill Chamber Players, and Silk Road Ensemble. In 2016, Jacob graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University, receiving highest honors in Music as well as a degree in Environmental Studies. He was a Leonard Bernstein Music Fellow and the recipient of a Fisher Prize for “exceptional achievement in the creative arts,” as well as a Coffey Award for “excellence in the performance of music.” Jacob teaches cello at Neighborhood Strings in Worcester, MA, and at Elm City Music in Keene, NH.
Tanya Maggi, viola
Violist Tanya Maggi, currently resides in Boston, MA where she is Director of Community Performances and Partnerships at New England Conservatory and an active musician. Ms. Maggi has previously performed with numerous orchestras and chamber groups around the country including the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Youngstown Symphony, the Akron Symphony, Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra, and Emmanuel Music, among others, and was a member of the renowned New World Symphony where she was awarded the distinguished prize of “Musician of the Year”. A strong advocate and performer of new music, Ms. Maggi has collaborated with various contemporary music ensembles and series including Furious Band, New Gallery Concert Series, Dinosaur Annex (Boston), Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh) and Prism Projects (New York) and has been involved in contemporary music concerts under the direction of Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw and John Adams. She has also been involved in numerous musical collaborations with organizations such as The Stone Mountain Arts Center, Salem Art Works, New Genre Festival, Mid-Western Theater Company, and the Harvard Middle Eastern Ensemble. Ms. Maggi holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, a M.M. from the University of Akron, and an Artist Diploma from Brandeis University.
In addition to her work as a performer, Ms. Maggi is an internationally recognized arts educator and has worked on community engagement projects around the globe to connect musicians with diverse audiences. She also serves on numerous non-profit boards in the Boston area, and is the Artistic Director of Hyde Park Chamber Concerts, a community-based concert series in Hyde Park, MA.
Heath Marlow, cello
Heath Marlow is the director of the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center at the New England Conservatory. Heath came to the Conservatory in 2012 after spending more than a decade associated with Community MusicWorks, a nationally recognized organization that builds transformative relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in Providence’s urban neighborhoods.
A Massachusetts native, Heath received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Shepherd School at Rice University, was a three-time fellowship recipient at the Tanglewood Music Center, and did graduate studies in cello performance at Boston University. A chamber music enthusiast, he has enjoyed many summers of making music in beautiful locations, including the Berkshires, Banff, Alberta and Blue Hill, Maine.
Kate Outterbridge, violin
Violinist Kate Outterbridge recently earned her Masters of Music and Masters of ChamberMusic from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Aaron Berofsky. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelors of Music degree at Boston University, where she studied with Bayla Keyes. Kate enjoys learning and performing a variety of musical styles, including early baroque performance practice, exploring sounds and experimentation with newly composed music, keeping up with her Irish fiddling, and most recently learning Indian Carnatic violin. Kate has been a participant in many notable music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestra Institute, and Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, where she has had the opportunity to learn from world-class artists. Kate particularly enjoys the communal aspect of violin playing, and aims to focus her energies on developing classical music in urban communities as a means of empowerment. Aside from music, Kate enjoys cooking and baking, especially for friends and family.
Dan Sedgwick, piano
Dan Sedgwick (1981–) is a composer, pianist, and teacher whose work focuses on instrumental and vocal chamber music. Dan was born and raised in Worcester, MA, where he attended the Music Magnet at Burncoat Public High School, studying piano and basic music theory, eagerly performing with and composing for ensembles large and small, and dabbling in french horn and classical guitar. Dan went on to concentrate in music as an undergraduate at Harvard, and earned his doctorate in composition from Rice University in 2009.
As a pianist and harpsichordist, he embraces a wide-ranging repertoire; his recent recordings include a collection of ten brand-new miniature works by ten composers for horn, violin and piano (with the Red Hedgehog Trio, 2015); the Complete Sonatas for Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba by J.S. Bach (with Richard Hartshorne, double bass, 2014); and a guest appearance on singer-songwriter Kris Wettstein’s album, For Nothing Holds You In (2014).
Dan’s compositions have been performed by the Boston Public Quartet, Apple Hill String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, Keene Chamber Orchestra, Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, Houston Boychoir, and many others. In his most recent compositional work—including commissions from the Dilijan Chamber Music Series of Los Angeles, CA and the SONAD Peace Project of NH—Dan has collaborated with violinist and wordsmith Marji Gere to combine music with spoken text, resulting in unique pieces of theatrical chamber music.
Since 2009, Dan has worked as a teaching assistant at the Harvard Music Department, teaching undergraduate music theory, composition, post-tonal analysis, keyboard skills, electronic dance music, xenharmonic listening, and acoustics.
Colin Wheatley, viola
Colin Wheatley is the orchestra director at East Lyme Middle School in Connecticut where he teaches lessons and directs five orchestras. A native of Bellingham Washington, Colin earned his B.M. at Oberlin Conservatory studying with Peter Slowik, his M.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Atar Arad, and his Masters in Music Teaching from Oberlin Conservatory. An avid chamber musician, Colin has performed for members of the Emerson, Pacifica, Cleveland, Concord, and Takács quartets, and has played in a master class for Yo-Yo Ma. Colin has taught violin and viola for over ten years and is a certified Suzuki instructor. He has taught at the Oberlin Community Music School, alongside Mimi Zweig at the Indiana University String Academy, privately, and at Fairview Elementary School in Bloomington, IN as part of a grant-funded project studying the benefits of music education for urban youth. When not performing and teaching, Colin enjoys spending time outdoors, running marathons, cooking, and traveling.