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Michael G. Finegold

Michael G. Finegold - Flutist, ECMP Artistic Director

Michael G. Finegold – Artistic Director of ECMP, Flutist, Composer, and Northern Essex Community College Emeritus of Music enjoys a diversified career in music. Michael founded the Essex Chamber Music Players at Northern Essex Community College in 1999 while Professor and Coordinator of Music.
He studied flute with Doriot Dwyer, former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony while doing post-graduate work at the New England Conservatory. He studied with flutists Samuel Baron and Thomas Nyfenger as a graduate student while working on his MProfessorasters of Music and Masters of Musical Arts degrees at the Yale University School of Music.

He studied music composition with Jan Meyerowitz, Tenafly, New Jersey (1960), and Joseph Manieri, Brooklyn, New York (1965). As a composition minor-performance major at the Yale School of Music, Michael studied composition with Gunther Schuller (1966-67), Richmond Brown (1968) and James Drew (1969). In recent times he has consulted with William Thomas McKinley of Reading, Massachusetts and other composers.

Michael has performed with symphony orchestras, theater orchestras, jazz groups and given many recitals. In 1994 with pianist David Pihl, he recorded William Thomas McKinley’s Romances #2, Secrets of The Heart for the MMC (Master Musicians Collective) label. In 1995 he recorded and performed in concert McKinley’s Concerto for Flute and Strings with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague, Czechoslovakia for MMC. In 1998 he premiered Georgetown, Massachusetts composer Ray Loring’s Celebration for Flute and Strings composed for Mount Ida College’s Centennial. In 1998 he performed as soloist NECC faculty member J. Windel Brown’s About Time, and Mitch Hampton’s Pop Goes The Concert Hall: The Swingin’ Seventies with the Czech Radio Orchestra when they visited the United States performing at Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Everett Collins Center in Andover. In February of 1999 Finegold recorded these works in Prague with the orchestra. In 2000 he and internationally renowned clarinetist Richard Stolzman recorded Mitch Hampton’s The Four Humors with the Warsaw Philharmonic. In 2001 he performed the Joachim Quantz Flute Concerto in G Major as guest soloist with the Essex Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ian Carter White, at the Rogers Center For The Performing Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts. In 2002 he premiered and recorded Marc Rossi’s Dance To The Music of Being and Fantasy in Adi Talam with ECMP. In 2003 he recorded William Thomas McKinley’s Three Movements for Flute and String with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava, Slovakia. Romances #2, Secrets of The Heart, Three Movements for Flute and String and About Time are now
available on MMC Recordings.

Michael’s music composition work include: Quintet for amplified Flute, Violin, Piano, Bass and Drums (1969) performed at Sprague Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Salon Musings (1998) composed for and performed by the Thuringer SalonQuintett at Carnegie Recital Hall, Barge Music in New York City, and on tour throughout the United States and Europe, and Rave Reflections for Flute, Cello and Piano (2006) for the Essex Chamber Music Players to be premiered November 19, 2006 at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  He has also composed several jazz works: Remember The Time, Flautist’s Intrigue, In Pursuit of Nirvana, Dark and Somber, Way Would, Flowers In Autumn, and Wisteria for his jazz group The Essex Jazz Ensemble.

Michael and pianist David Pihl are founding members of the Essex Chamber Music Players. From 2001 -2006 Michael was chosen for inclusion on the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) roster in the Category of Performing and Touring. The MCC Roster is a list of high-quality Massachusetts artists across a wide range of artistic disciplines who are qualified to give performances and/or conduct school residencies. Past honors have included receipt of the Fromm Fellowship in Contemporary Music while studying at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood.

 

Constantine Finehouse

Constantine Finehouse was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. His principal teachers included Fredrik Wanger, Natalia Harlap, Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Bruce Brubaker. Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his "interpretations of depth and maturity,” Finehouse has performed extensively in the US (including in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington) and abroad (including in Lausanne, London, Odessa, St. Petersburg,  and Trieste). His newest album with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam features the universally-admired Brahms Sonata, Opus 38 for piano and cello, as well as several new works in the High Romantic style by Boston composer, Tony Schemmer. His 2009 solo recording, Backwards Glance [Spice Rack Records 101-01], interweaves music of Johannes Brahms and Richard Beaudoin.
The Bolcom Project, made in collaboration with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included a double-CD [Albany Troy 959/960] and a national tour. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” As part of American Double, Finehouse also toured Hungary, performing sonatas by Brahms, Bolcom and Ravel. More recently, he collaborated with violinist Olga Caceànova at the Lausanne Conservatoire and on a 5-concert tour of North Carolina and Georgia, as well as with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Merkin Recital Hall (Kauffman Center) and Mozarteum (Salzburg).  In partnership with pianists Ursula Oppens and Christopher Taylor, Finehouse is currently recording Bolcom’s complete piano solo works for Naxos Records.
The 2015-16 season brings recitals celebrating William Bolcom's 75th birthday, in which Finehouse will be featured as a soloist as well as in chamber music performances across the United States. Of special note was a highly-praised solo recital at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in March, 2014. Finehouse has been awarded the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship from Juilliard, a 2004 St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant and a 2006 Classics Abroad Project Award. He serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory and Extension Divisions in Boston and as Visiting Artist/Faculty at Westmont College, Santa Barbara.

For more information visit www.cfinehouse.com or www.facebook.com/ConstantineFinehousePianist



Patrick Owen - Cello

A versatile cellist, Patrick Owen is in high demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player in New England.

As an orchestral musician Mr. Owen has worked as the Assistant Principal Cellist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as well as Assistant Principal and Principal Cellist of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, CO. In New England he is a frequent guest performer with the Boston Philharmonic, BMOP, Boston Lyric Opera and Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Having a keen interest in new music Mr. Owen worked closely with Anthony De Ritis on his composition “Sheng” for solo cello and electronics, a recording of which will be released shortly. Other recent premieres include works by William Thomas McKinley and DJ Sparr. Recent recordings include a jazz cd with Cedric Hanriot, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci and Ben Powell on Harmonia Mundi called “French Stories” and a Klezmer based soundtrack for the documentary film “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem”

Mr. Owen is a founding member of the Ellipsis Trio, a piano trio based
Cambridge, MA. Since its inception in January 2013, Ellipsis has become the recipient of the Rosenbloom Foundation Career Grant and completed a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute which they will repeate in 2015. Ellipsis Trio has worked with composers John Harbison and Tod Machover on their works for piano trio and commissioned a new piano trio from composer D.J. Sparr, which was premiered in April 2014. The trio has performed as guests of the Rockport Music Festival and was in residence in Crete at the Archanes Summer Music Academy in July, 2014.

Ellipsis performs regularly in the Boston metropolitan area and hosts an ongoing series called "The American Experiment" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which features American or American-inspired music.

Mr. Owen holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University. He has held teaching positions at the South Shore Conservatory and Northeastern University.

 

Amanda Wang

Violinist, Amanda Wang, DMA, was born in Shanghai and raised in Baltimore. Despite
early success in music, she decided to go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she
earned a degree in electrical engineering at the age of 19. Before long, her need to play
chamber music led her back to her first love. Ms. Wang is a first prize recipient of the New
England International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, a recipient of an MIT
Emerson Fellowship and a Boston University's CFA Scholarship. Reviewers have noted her
“full, sonorous, perfectly centered tone with awesome bow control.” Recent engagements
include performances for the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, Music Festival at
Walnut Hill, Chamber Music Foundation of New England, Rockport Music Festival, and
Killington Music Festival. Ms. Wang has studied under Lynn Chang, Bayla Keyes, and
Shirley Givens. She recently completed a doctoral degree in music at Boston University with
her thesis on the chamber music of Krzysztof Penderecki. During her free time, Ms. Wang
pursues a dual career as Chief Operating Officer of a financial research firm.

 

 

 

Adriana Repetto - Soprano

Recent reviews of soprano, Adriana Repetto describe her “voluptuous tone [as] simply ravishing”, and as being a performer both “convincing and inspired”. (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) As soprano soloist, she has performed in Europe with the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bell’Arte Salzburg Baroque Orchestra, presenting the sacred and secular oratorios, passions and cantatas of Bach, Mozart, Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Händel and Haydn, among others.  For the ‘Festival of Sacred Music’ in Lucca, Italy, Ms. Repetto was featured as Dalila in Händel’s Samson. 

At home, in New England, she has concertized and/or recorded with Boston Secession, the Dedham Choral Society, Clarke University, Philovox, King’s Chapel Singers, Longwood Opera, and Cappella Clausura, with which she, in 2014, released a CD premiering the madrigals of teen Renaissance phenom Vittoria Alleotti.  Other recordings feature the new works of contemporary composers Ruth Lomon, Graham Gordon Ramsay and Erik Gustafson.
Ms. Repetto is a native Bostonian and a graduate of both Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory, with a Master of Music in voice from Boston University. She is a soprano soloist at Boston’s Old South Church, serves on the voice faculties of Emerson College, Middlesex School and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, and manages her own voice studio.

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Sarah Bob - Pianist

Hailed as “sumptuous and eloquent” by the Boston Globe, pianist Sarah Bob is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming. A strong advocate for new music and considered a “trailblazer when it comes to championing the works of modern composers and combining art media in the process…” (Northeast Performer), she is also the founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series, a series devoted to commissioning and uniting new music and contemporary visual art with their creators. She is an original member of many ensembles including her piano/percussion group, Primary Duo, the 20th and 21st century focused Firebird Ensemble, and Radius Ensemble, a chamber music collective that presents both the traditional and cutting edge. Recently, Sarah became the Classical Music Director of the Stone Mountain Arts Center to program, perform and bring in the highest quality of musicians. The goal, her strong suit, is to introduce music in a loving, inclusive and intoxicating way.

Recognized as a risk taker and cited for an “ideal combination of all-stops-out abandon and sure-footed technical control” by 21st Century Music, she is top prizewinner of the International Gaudeamus Competition 2001 and grant recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. Other accolades include the Outstanding Alumni Award from the New England Conservatory of Music, the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Grant-in-Aid Award, an honor that recognizes the quality of her work and artistic merit, the first annual John Kleshinski Award in honor of her daring, exciting and high quality New Gallery Concert Series presentations, a successful three year fellowship at the prestigious St. Botolph Club, and funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding that brought her to Sofia, Bulgaria and Berlin, Germany to present and perform music by living American composers. She can be heard playing music on Tzadik, Albany Records, Cauchemar, NLM Records, BMOP/sound label, collaborations with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on New World and Oxingale Records, Avie Records, and more recording projects underway, including her second solo album. For more information, please go to www.sarahbob.net

Hunter Bennett - Clarinet

Hunter Bennett has performed with numerous ensembles in Boston and
throughout New England including the Boston Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Atlantic
Symphony, Opera North, and many others. He is currently a fellow with Symphony
Nova, performing and producing large-scale chamber music and serving as principal
clarinetist in the orchestra. With a passion for teaching young musicians, he has taught
and performed in many of Boston's inner-city schools through the Boston Philharmonic's
community outreach program. In recent summers, Hunter has performed in over a
dozen cities in five different countries, and he has also been a fellow at the National
Music Festival in Maryland for the past two years. A Boston native, Hunter holds a B.M.
from New England Conservatory, where he studied with Thomas Martin.

Jane Ring Frank - Conductor, Pianist, Producer

Ms. Frank is one of Boston’s most in demand conductors. From professional freelance CD recording projects to workshops for professional conductors and singers, Ms. Frank continues to direct some of Boston’s best musical ensembles. For twelve years, Frank was the critically acclaimed Artistic Director and Founder of Boston Secession - one of Boston’s premiere professional choral ensembles. The Boston Globe called Secession an extraordinary chorus, notable for its beautiful balance, musical surety, and English-styled straight-toned singing, while Tom Garvey of the Hub Review praised the ensemble for its “lushly transparent singing conducted with intelligence and wit.”
Ms. Frank began her conducting career at California State University, Long Beach, where she became associate conductor of the premiere 70-voice University Choir, staff pianist, lecturer, and musical director/conductor for the Department of Theatre Arts. She also worked as repetiteur with professional opera companies in Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Music Center Opera and the Long Beach Opera Company. Other artistic mentors include Randall Behr (former conductor and music director of the Department of Vocal Arts, Juilliard Opera Center and former resident conductor, Los Angeles Music Center Opera), the late Michael Carson (conductor, Lake George Opera), and Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio).
Frank moved to Boston in 1991 to conduct at Harvard University and five years later founded Boston Secession. In addition to her aggressive conducting responsibilities, Frank is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, and Minister of Music and Worship Arts at the First Congregational Church in Winchester. She is also the Artistic Director/Conductor of both the Concord Women’s Chorus, a 60-voice chorus dedicated to the performance of music written especially for women’s voices, and Cantemus Chamber Chorus, located on Boston’s North Shore. Currently, she is a frequent CD Producer for some of Boston’s best professional ensembles and performers. She has conducted and taught at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. For a number of years, she served as Conductor of E.C.S. Publishing Company’s professional recording choral ensemble, Philovox, as well as a 10-year faculty member at Emerson College.
Frank has conducted and produced two CDs with Boston Secession. Afterlife: German Choral Meditations on Mortality features the works of Distler, Brahms, Bach, and Ruth Lomon. This debut disc received critical acclaim for its outstanding performance quality in American Record Guide (“The chorus is a very fine one, well blended and excellently in tune. Their performances of often quite difficult music are assured and musical.”), as well as in independent journals and blogs. Frank and Boston Secession’s second CD, Surprised by Beauty: Minimalism in Choral Music, which features works by Lomon, Arvo Pärt, Gavin Bryars, and William Duckworth, were outstandingly reviewed by the New York Times, Gramophone (“…on occasion, groups of singers have such great sound they could sing a grocery list and it would still be a worthwhile performance . . . Secession achieves with ease the sound that most chamber choirs, professional or otherwise, merely lust after."), and American Record Guide.

Emmanuel Feldman - Violoncellist

Hailed by John Williams, Grammy award winning composer and conductor as “an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist”, Emmanuel Feldman enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician.  With a repertoire ranging from Bach to Ligeti, Mr. Feldman has concertized throughout Europe and North America. He has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, New England String Ensemble and many others.  An avid chamber musician, he was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music Festival and has collaborated with fellow artists Gilbert Kalish, Robert Levin, Joy Cline Phinney, Yehudi Wyner, the Borromeo String Quartet, and soloed with pop and jazz artist Bobby McFerrin.  In the Boston Globe Richard Dyer wrote  “Feldman was superb” in his recent Celebrity Series debut.  His solo CD on Albany Records “Rider on The Plains” featuring Virgil Thomson’s Cello Concerto was part of producer Blanton Alspaugh’s 2008 nomination for a Grammy award (Producer of the Year) and was hailed as an “excellent recording…the concerto sounds exhilarating in this bracing and confident performance” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times.  He also has several CD’s on the Naxos, Arsis and Zimbel labels.  A consummate advocate of new music, he has premiered cello works by composers Aaron Kernis, David Diamond, Gunther Schuller, and many others.  Co-founder of Cello e Basso with bassist Pascale Delache-Feldman, they have been called “a musical Lewis and Clark” by NPR’s Ron Schacter. He has performed at the Pablo Casals, Schlesswig Holstein, Yellow Barn, Killington, and Summit Music Festivals.  A Curtis Institute graduate with studies at the Paris Conservatory, Mr. Feldman currently is on the cello faculty at Tufts and Brown Universities and New England Conservatory.

Website: Emmanuelfeldman.com

 

Charlotte Russell

Charlotte Russell, Soprano

Charlotte Russell has appeared as soloist with the Boston SymphonyOrchestra, the Indian Hill Orchestra, the Montanea Festival (Switzerland), and in recital at Fruitlands Museums, Follen Church, the Fitchburg Public Library, Northern Essex Community College, Middlesex Community College, Indian Hill Music Guest Artist Series, and the Church of St. Anne (Jerusalem).  She has premiered songs written for her by Arthur Koykka and Francis Judd Cooke, and has also sung the premiere of several songs by Stephen Peisch.  Charlotte studied voice with Donna Hewitt-Didham and Jo Estill, and as an intern with Ms. Estill was invited to teach at Duquesne University and California State University at Hayward.  She is now a Certified Master in the Estill Voice Training System, which she teaches at Indian Hill and New England Conservatory.  She also teaches voice at St. Mark's School in Southborough and in her private studio, is Music Director at the Union Church of Stow, and enjoys her work as a choral clinician throughout the northeast.  She has a special interest in unusual repertoire and vocal physiology.

John Sullivan
John Sullivan, Tenor

John M. Sullivan has been a Vocal Fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood and soloist with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Sarasota Opera, Mississippi Opera, Mobile Opera, Opera Deleware, the Banff Festival, Canada and the Nissei Arts Festival in Tokyo. Locally, Mr. Sullivan has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera and has been tenor soloist with many choral organizations throughout the Boston area. He is the Music Department Head of the Newton Country Day School.
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David Pihl

David Pihl, Pianist

David Pihl has decided to pursue a solo pianist career beginning September 2014. ECMP wishes him the best.

Composers of Current and Recent New Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elliott Miles McKinley - Composer, Performer

As a composer, Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed in 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 Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, and the Martinu String Quartet. The Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Czech Radio Symphony have performed his orchestral music, and his works have been featured on international festivals including the Alba International Music Festival in Italy, the Mid-American Contemporary Music Festival, Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival, the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Art, as well as College Music Society and Society for Composers Inc. festivals. He is a recipient of a number of awards, grants, and fellowships including those from BMI, ASCAP, SCI, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and Indiana University.
Also active as a performer and improviser, McKinley is a founding member of the electroacoustic improvisation ensemble, earWorm, where he plays a variety of keyboard and percussion instruments, and executes real-time sampling, looping, and effects processing for the ensemble. earWorm has several commercially available recordings performs on conferences and festivals in the Untied States such as the International Society for Improvised Music.
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. Primary teachers include Malcolm Peyton, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, David Gompper, and Alex Lubet. He has taught music theory and composition at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Washington and Lee University, and was Assistant Professor of Music and Music Program Coordinator at Indiana University East. In the fall of 2014 he will join the faculty of Roger Williams University as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition.

Peter Farmer - Composer

Peter Farmer is a composer whose musical roots are varied.
His father sang with the Wiffenpoofs at Yale; his mother played the piano and introduced him to the classics. In his early teens, he discovered jazz: first Traditional, then Swing and Duke Ellington, and finally Bebop (and beyond).
 He started playing the trumpet and at age eighteen and he attended the Lenox School of Jazz at Lenox, Massachusetts in 1959, where he played in an ensemble directed by Kenny Dorham. After an extended period as a trumpeter, he switched to saxophone in 1985, playing much in the Boston area. He states, "It was the improvisational element of jazz that led me finally to composition."
 Farmer received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the Boston Conservatory in 1969, where he studied with Avram David. In 1967 he attended the Ferienkurz fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany where he participated in composing and performing 'Ensemble', a cooperatively composed orchestral work under direction of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
 From 1974 to 1982 Farmer attended the University of Michigan where he received his MM in Composition ('76), and his DMA in composition in 1982. There he studied with William Albright, William Bolcom, George Wilson, and Leslie Bassett.
 Since then he has taught at Berklee College of Music, Lowell State University, and is currently part time teaching (via Skype) at Indiana State University.
 He has recorded and continues to record most of his music in Eastern Europe, through his association with William Thomas McKinley and his son, Elliott McKinley, and has been quite prolific in his orchestral and chamber music output.

Stephen James - Pianist, Composer

Stephen James has performed for the Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Series, the WICN Radio concert series at Mechanics Hall (Worcester, MA), the Omnibus Series at Boston University, the American Repertory Theater, the Asparagus Valley Contemporary Music Ensemble, and on many other concert series in New England.  He holds a masters degree in piano from Boston Universtiy, where he studied with Luis Batlle and performed the Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, as well as a bachelors degree in music from Amherst College, where he studied piano with Beveridge Webster, Vincent Marlotti and Robert Miller, and performed the Schumann and Stravinsky piano concertos with orchestra.  He is a composer as well as a pianist, and completed his doctoral degree in composition at Boston University, where he received the graduate composition prize in 1984, the Malloy Miller Composition Award in 1986, and an award for continuing musical excellence in 1987.  His music has been performed by nationally known ensembles and soloists, including baritone Sanford Sylvan, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Music Ensemble, and the Atlantic Brass Quintet.  He has taught composition, piano performance, music theory and related courses at Amherst College, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Bridgewater and Worcester State Universities.

Nathaniel A. Akers - Composer

Nathaniel A. Akers (b. 1980) is an emerging American composer from western Ohio. He attended Indiana University East, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in music composition, where his primary instructor was Elliott Miles McKinley. He studied theory, orchestration, composition, history, and counterpoint, and also had additional study in composition and counterpoint with Peter R. Farmer. Akers was the recipient of several awards and scholarships at IU East, including a 2011 summer research scholarship to compose a piano suite. In 2010 and 2012, Akers attended composition masterclasses at the Alba International Music Festival in Alba, Italy, having his works performed, and had the opportunity to work with composers David Froom, Christopher Muscat, and Mark Andrew Cook. After completing his studies in Indiana, he worked for, and studied privately with composer William Thomas McKinley.
Akers is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota School of Music, where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in composition. His primary composition teacher is Alex Lubet. He is also a graduate teaching assistant, and is very active in the compositional community in the Twin Cities.

Marc Rossi

Marc Rossi - Pianist, Composer (b.1952

Composer and jazz pianist Marc W. Rossi received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Composition from New England Conservatory.  His principal teachers were William Thomas McKinley and Donald Martino, (composition) George Russell, Jimmy Giuffre, Jaki Byard, (jazz studies) and Peter Row (sitar and North Indian music).  Since then he has continued private studies in composition and orchestration with Frank Bennett, and jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos, and sitar with Peter Row.  Rossi's music has been performed here and abroad, and recorded by The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, SinfoNova, the Essex Chamber Music Players under Artistic Director Michael G. Finegold, concert pianists Jeffery Jacob and Cameron Grant, the New England String Quartet, soprano Margot Emery and pianist William Merrill, cellists Emmanuel Feldman, Rafael Popper-Keizer and Felix Simonian, Indian classical guitarist Prasanna, sitarist Peter Row, Indian violinist Krishnan Lalgudi, santoor player Satish Vyas, the Jimmy Giuffre 4, Stan Strickland and Ascension, and the Berklee Faculty Jazz Orchestra to name a few.  As a keyboardist he has performed, recorded, and toured with Stan Strickland and Ascension, George Russell's Living Time Orchestra, The Jimmy Giuffre 4, Bo Diddley, pianist/historian Lewis Porter, the Robert Moore Quartet, the Row and Rossi Project, the Living Geometry Duo, and the Marc Rossi Group (MRG).

Rossi's compositions have been favorably reviewed in Fanfare, The American Record Buyer's Guide, New Music Connoisseur, and The Boston Globe, and New Music Box.  His original MRG jazz CDs has been favorably reviewed in Jazz Times, The LA Jazz Scene, Downbeat, All About Jazz, Jazz.com, Abstract Logix, Jazzreview.com, and Morrice's Internet Jazz Review.  Rossi has been on the faculties of Tufts University and New England Conservatory, as is now a full time Professor at the Berklee College of Music where he has taught since 1989.  To learn more about Marc Rossi, please visit http://www.marcrossi.com/

David Bennett Thomas

David Bennett Thomas (b. 1969)

David Bennett Thomas is a composer living in the Philadelphia area, where he teaches composition, theory, and piano at The University of the Arts.  He holds degrees from West Chester University and The Peabody Conservatory; and studied privately with Lukas Foss. Thomas has composed music in many genres, most prolifically for chamber music and voice. Several recordings have been released of his works, on the Capstone Records label.  Thomas is also enjoys a second life as an active jazz pianist.  His website is www.davidbthomas.com, where you can find out more about his activities.

Eric Sawyer

Eric Sawyer (b. 1962)

The music of Eric Sawyer receives frequent performances on both coasts, including at New York’s Weill and Merkin concert halls and at Tanglewood, as well as in England, France, Germany, and most recently in Romania and Bulgaria. Recent performances include works on programs by the Brentano String Quartet and San Jose Chamber Orchestra.  His opera with poet John Shoptaw, Our American Cousin, on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, received its staged premiere from Boston Modern Orchestra Project in June 2008, and a recording of the opera just been released on the BMOP/sound label.  His chamber music compilation String Works and cantata The Humble Heart are available on compact disc from Albany Records.  Mr. Sawyer has received the Joseph Bearns Prize, a First Music commission from the New York Youth Symphony, and awards from the Tanglewood Music Center and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has held fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Harvard University.   He teaches at Amherst College where he is chair of the music department.

http://www.ericsawyer.net/

Harold Shapero (b. 1920, d. 2013)

Harold Shapero has lived most of his life in the Boston area, graduating from Harvard University in 1941.  Shapero has studied composition with Nicholas Slonimsky(1936), Ernst Krenek(1937), Walter Piston(1938), Paul Hindemith (1940), and Nadia Boulanger(1942). He was composer in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 1970.  As a composer, he has earned the Rome Prize, the Bearns Prize, a Naumburg Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and a Fullbright Fellowship. A fine pianist, he has given premieres of most of his keyboard and chamber works. Mr. Shapero has received commissions from the Koussevitsky Foundation, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the American Jewish Tercentenary, the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, the Ford Foundation, and George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet Company.  A recent revival of his Symphony for Classical Orchestra by conductor Andre Previn, has led to performances of this work by the Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, and London Symphony Orchestras.  For over thirty years he served on the music faculty at Brandeis University, directing its Electronic Music Studio, and teaching theory and composition. Currently retired, he lives in Natick, MA.

J. Windel Brown (b. 1941)

J. Windel Brown has been a teacher at Northern Essex Community College since 1971 where he has taught in the Mathematics Department.  Many of his works have been performed locally and throughout Europe.  He has written 6 pieces for ECMP that have been performed since 2001.  A CD containing his Piano Concerto has been released on the MMC label.  The MMC Recording Company is currently broadcasting the last movement, Ritmico, from his piano concerto over the web at mmcrecordings.com. The Czech Radio Symphony premiered ‘Before Time’ with Michael Finegold as flute soloist in Boston and recorded it in Prague in 1999.  The London Symphony Orchestra recorded another of his compositions, ‘London Overture’, in 2000.  The Moravian Philharmonic performed the premiere of and recorded his ‘Symphony #2’ in 2003.  Locally the Chelmsford Community Band performed his ‘Chelmsford Fanfare’ in July of 2005 and ECMP performed his ‘Suite for Flute, Cello and Piano’ in November 2006.

 

Ray Loring 

We are saddened by the passing of composer Ray Loring (May 20, 1943 - September 6, 2008). He was a graduate of Yale University and the Brandeis Graduate School of Music where he received his MFA in music composition.  His teachers included Seymour Shifrin, Arthur Berger and Harold Shapero.   He was also a classically trained pianist.  He composed extensively for film and television, having received numerous commissions from PBS Nova, Frontline and the History and Discovery Channels.  He scored the music for "Saving the National Treasures" for Nova that aired in February of this year.  He had also provided the music for several important museum installations throughout the US.  Locations have included the Harry Truman Museum, the theater at the National Archives Rotunda, the Museum of the Mississippi, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.  In 2004 he was commissioned to provide an arrangement for the Astoria Jazz Band for inclusion in the Ninth Annual Festival of Women in Jazz held at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. We will miss Ray, his great friendship, contributions to the ECMP Board of Composers and the works he was intending to compose for ECMP.

William Thomas McKinley (1938 - 2015)

One of the most highly regarded and well-known composers of his generation, William Thomas McKinley has been likened to “Ives on steroids” (Fanfare) and “Stravinsky gone mad” (Gerard Schwarz).  He learned both classical and jazz piano at a very early age, becoming the youngest member of the American Federation of Musicians at just twelve years old. To date, he has composed over 350 works, is listed in Groves' Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and has received commissions from the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Fromm Foundation, and the Naumburg Foundation. His many awards and grants include, among others, an award and citation from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and eight NEA grants. McKinley has studied with many renowned teachers and composers, including Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, and Gunther Schuller, and as a jazz pianist has performed, composed, and recorded with Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Eddie Gomez, Gary Burton, Miroslav Vitous, Rufus Reed, Roy Haynes, and Billy Hart, to name a few.

In 1992, McKinley founded MMC Recordings with the goal of connecting composers with the finest orchestras, conductors, and performers in the world, releasing their recordings, and creating an archive of modern classical music.  The label’s primary collaborators include luminaries such as clarinetist Richard Stoltzman (a long-time friend and supporter of McKinley and his music), conductors Gerard Schwarz, Marin Alsop, Carl St. Claire, George Manahan, Kirk Trevor, Gil Rose, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra, and many more.

In recent years, McKinley has become even more prolific, and his works are featured on releases from Koch, Delos, and RCA Red Seal in addition to those on MMC.  2006 saw the premiere of R.A.P. (Rhythm And Pulse), a double concerto for Richard Stoltzman (clarinet) and his son Peter (piano), with the Boston Modern Orchestra, and the Nonet for the Quintet of the Americas at Carnegie Hall.  In 2007, selections from McKinley’s Piano Etudes will be premiered at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and Gil Rose will conduct the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in the world premiere of his 7th Symphony, The Cosmos.  MMC Recordings is currently planning a retrospective CD to celebrate the composer’s 70th birthday.


Elaine Erickson

Elaine Erickson (b. 1940)

Elaine Erickson received a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from Drake University. She has won numerous awards, fellowships and residencies, including from the Ford Foundation (Contemporary Music Project), Meet the Composer, the Charles Ives Center (4 times, the National League of American Pen Women (including the $1000 Music Composition Award), the Pyle Commission Award from the Iowa Composers Forum, among others. She has done additional study in composition at the University of Iowa and at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Her teachers have been Francis Pyle, Richard Hervig, Jean Eichelberger Ivey and Robert Hall Lewis. She has composed 5 operas, 3 of which were performed at Peabody. She travels to schools throughout Iowa, presenting workshops involving her compositions, as an artist for VSA arts of Iowa. She is a published poet. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

 

Roger Rudenstein

         I studied music with Fu Yuan Soong and Walter Hilse who taught me to make music that is entertaining as well as artful.  I’ve composed five full length operas and a musical,   of which five have already been performed in New York and New England (Faustus, an updating of the tale to the current age based on Goethe and Marlowe; Azazel, about a Jesus-like rebel;  Ulysses, based on the novel of James Joyce; Grace, the first full-length opera about AIDS based on the play by Edward Langlois and John Carmichael; and Onions, a musical for kids (performed at the Prescott Park Arts Festival).  These received some good reviews when the critics and the stars were in alignment (“gorgeous and rewarding”,”his music mirrors the profundity of Joyce’s words”) and some really terrible ones (“slunk into town”,”not art”).
         I have a large repertoire of recently-composed chamber works which reflect my reaction to the greed-based, warlike, national security state we suffer in.  This part of my work is dubbed The Nightmare of Reason opus. My new recording, State of the Union, is part of these works.
         I have won the Masterworks of the New Era award twice. I have a newly released recording on the MMC label called “State of the Union” and recordings coming out soon on the Masterworks label.
         I currently live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with my wife, Marilyn, and cats, Marshmallow and Huckleberry.

More info link: www.rogerrudenstein.com

Guest Music Ensembles

Ellipsis Trio

 

Ellipsis Trio is a piano trio residing in Cambridge, MA. Their mission is to bring delight to all, from those who ever felt a twinge of nostalgia listening to a Schubert melody, to those who might tap a foot to Aretha Franklin. This is their endeavor born of love. Since its inception in January 2013, Ellipsis has been the recipient of the Rosenbloom Foundation Career Grant and completed two residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. In recent months, Ellipsis Trio has worked with composers John Harbison and Tod Machoveron their works for piano trio and commissioned new piano trios from composer D.J. Sparr(premiered April 2014) and Igor Iwanek.The Trio is a guest performer of Rockport Music Festival, Grove Music Festival, CharlestonMusic Fest, and was featured at the St. Botolph Club as an honorary guest last year. In thesummer of 2014, the Ellipsis Trio was in residence at the Archanes Summer Music Academy in Greece. The Trio has recently performed with violists Marcus Thompson and Krystalia Gaetanos. Itsmembers have collaborated individually with esteemed artists such as Ronald Thomas, PeterZazofsky, Lynn Chang, Max Levinson, Richard Stoltzman, and Augustin Dumay. Ellipsis performs regularly in the Boston region and hosts an ongoing series called "TheAmerican Experiment" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology featuring Americancomposers or American-inspired music. Ellipsis plays music of composers ranging from Haydn to Shchedrin. The performers provide brief lectures during recitals on topics as varied as “Beethoven and the Odyssey”, “Shostakovich and Sollertinsky”, and “When Music Critics Get it Really REALLY Wrong.”Lectures are intellectually