Recent Events

A sampling of recent events includes…

Performance on Boris Goldmund’s Salon Series
San Francisco, CA
May 14, 2017

Performed pieces by myself and John Cage on Boris Goldmund’s salon series.

Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the DVC, Temple Isaiah, and Temple Sinai Choirs
Temple Isaiah
Lafayette, CA
May 14, 2017

Performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

Performed the works of Doug Balliett, Brad Balliett, and Elliot Cole with Oracle Hysterical and Opera Cabal at Mainline Music at the Starline
Starline Social Club
Oakland, CA
May 13, 2017

Performed Triple Concerto by Brad Balliett, Cleopatra by Doug Balliett, and Babinagar by Elliot Cole with Oracle Hysterical as part of Mainline Music at the Starline Social Club under the baton of Steve Prutsman. The series is organized by Majel Connery.

Judge for the Musical Pitch Competition
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA
May 5, 2017

Judge for the Pitch competition in Jeff Anderle’s Musical Startups Class at San Francisco Conservatory of Music where students pitch their entrepreneurial musical ideas. The judging panel included myself, Hannah D’Addario-Berry and Chloe Veltman.

Guest Lecture on Using Eurhythmics in Private Lesson Teaching

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA
April 24, 2017

Guest lecture for Andrew Luchansky’s string pedagogy course at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Guest Lecture on the Art of Market Research and Community Engagement at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA
April 21, 2017

Guest lecture for Jeff Anderle’s Musical Startups Class at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Beginning Eurhythmics for Adults
Diablo Valley Arts Academy
Walnut Creek, CA
April 19, 2017

Fourth of a four-session class teaching beginning eurhythmics for the Diablo Valley Arts Academy.

Shabbat Service and Reflection on Listening
Temple Isaiah
Lafayette, CA
April 14, 2017

Played harp for a reflective Shabbat service around the theme of listening with Cantor Leigh Korn, Rabbi Judy Shanks and Rabbi Jay LeVine at Temple Isaiah.

Fierce Women in Music History
Diablo Valley Arts Academy
Walnut Creek, CA
April 12, 2017

Workshop sharing the stories and music of women in music history including Julie d’Aubigny, Florence Price, Margaret Bond, Henriette Renie, Wendy Carlos, Angela Morley, Pamela Z, Du Yun, and others.

Beginning Eurhythmics for Adults
Diablo Valley Arts Academy
Walnut Creek, CA
April 12, 2017

Third of a four-session class teaching beginning eurhythmics for the Diablo Valley Arts Academy.

Taught a Competition Preparation Workshop for the Diablo Valley Arts Academy
Diablo Valley Arts Academy
Walnut Creek, CA
April 9, 2017

Workshop for student performers on developing a toolbox of savvy practice techniques to help prepare for competitions, auditions, and performances. Workshop was given through the Diablo Valley Arts Academy.

Performance Accompanying the Lodi Academy Choir
Lodi, CA
April 8, 2017

Performance accompanying the Lodi Academy Choir under the direction of Daniel Rodriguez.

Beginning Eurhythmics for Adults
Diablo Valley Arts Academy
Walnut Creek, CA
April 5, 2017

Second of a four-session class teaching beginning eurhythmics for the Diablo Valley Arts Academy.

Beginning Eurhythmics for Adults
Diablo Valley Arts Academy
Walnut Creek, CA
March 29, 2017

First of a four-session class teaching beginning eurhythmics for the Diablo Valley Arts Academy.

Admiral Launch Duo Premiere of Angélica Negrón’s Still Here at the NESS
Amherst, MA
March 25, 2017

The Admiral Launch Duo premiere of Angélica Negrón’s Still Here at the New England Saxophone Symposium. They also performed Steve Rush’s Whirlwind and Marcel Tournier’s La Lettre du Jardinier.

Admiral Launch Duo Presents Angélica Negrón’s Still Here at the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA
March 24, 2017

The Admiral Launch Duo presented Angélica Negrón’s Still Here and it’s relation to the theme of trespass with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen at the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute.

2000 Moving Parts: Concert with Sound of Late in Portland
N.E.W. Expressive Works
Portland, OR
March 18, 2017

Concert with the Pacific Northwest’s new music ensemble Sound of Late at N.E.W. Expressive Works on a program including Saariaho’s New Gates, Angélica Negrón’s Technicolor, Tina Davidson’s Never Love a Wild Thing and my own Weav-Weav-Weaving III. And the Harp Strings Spoke and Disk.

2000 Moving Parts: Concert with Sound of Late in Seattle
Flutter Studios
Seattle, WA
March 11, 2017

Concert with the Pacific Northwest’s new music ensemble Sound of Late at Flutter Studios on a program including Saariaho’s New Gates, Angélica Negrón’s Technicolor, Tina Davidson’s Never Love a Wild Thing and my own Weav-Weav-Weaving III. And the Harp Strings Spoke and Disk.

Radio Interview with All Classical Portland
Portland, OR
March 2017

Radio interview with Andrea Murray of All Classical Portland. Listen here

Seen/Heard Trio Performance and Workshop of Donofrio’s Canto IV at University of North Carolina Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
March 3, 2017

Performed at UNCG with Seen/Heard Trio and workshopped Anthony Donofrio’s Canto IV.

Guest Lecture for Composers at University of North Carolina Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
March 1, 2017

Gave the workshop How to Write for Harp: What Orchestration Books Forget to Tell You for the UNCG composition department.

Seen/Heard Trio In Residence at University of North Carolina Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
February 26 to March 4, 2017

Seen/Heard Trio in residence at UNCG.

Admiral Launch Duo Recital at University of Arizona
Tuscon, AZ
January 18, 2017

Admiral Launch Duo recital at the University of Arizona featuring pieces including works by Stephen J. Rush, Patrick O’Malley, Christine Delphine Hedden, and Natalie Moller.

Admiral Launch Duo Master Class at University of Arizona
Tuscon, AZ
January 18, 2017

Admiral Launch Duo gave a joint master class between the saxophone and harp departments at the University of Arizona.

Admiral Launch Duo Recital at Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
January 17, 2017

Admiral Launch Duo (with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen) performance including works a premiere by Patrick O’Malley at Arizona State University.

Eurhythmics Guest Workshop at Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
January 17, 2017

Taught a eurhythmics workshop open to all music students at Arizona State University.

Guest Workshop on Freelancing and Community Engagement at Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
January 17, 2017

Workshop for the harp department (led by Julie Smith Phillips) at Arizona State University on freelancing and community engagement.

Admiral Launch Duo Featured Performers for the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society
San Francisco, CA
January 15, 2017

Admiral Launch Duo (with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen) performed for the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society.

Admiral Launch Duo Workshop with Cal State East Bay’s Aphasia Tones
Hayward, CA
January 11, 2017

Admiral Launch Duo (with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen) did an interactive musical workshop with CSU East Bay’s Aphasia Tones–a wonderful choir and community of those affected by the communication disorder aphasia.

Performance for Bloomingdales San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
December 10, 2016

Festive holiday solo performance for Bloomingdales San Francisco.

Served as a Judge for the Musical Startups Pitch Competition at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA
December 9, 2016

Served as a judge for the Musical Startups course’s Pitch Competition at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Guest Lecture at San Francisco Conservatory: Using Eurhythmics in the Private Lesson
San Francisco, CA
November 28, 2016

Gave an interactive workshop at San Francisco Conservatory of Music for Andrew Luchansky’s string pedagogy course about using eurhythmics in private lesson teaching.

Performance at Lafayette Methodist Church
Lafayette, CA
November 20, 2016

Played at Lafayette Methodist Church.

Performance with UC Davis Orchestra
Davis, CA
November 19, 2016

Performance with UC Davis Orchestra including Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Dutilleux’s Tout un Monde Lointain.

Guest Lecture on Community Engagement at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA
November 18, 2016

Gave a workshop on building strong community partnerships for musicians in the Musical Startups Class at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Guest Lecture on The Art of Touring at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA
November 17, 2016

Gave a workshop on the art and practicalities of touring for musicians in Jeff Anderle’s Practical Aspects of Music Class at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Solo Recital at the Waterford
Walnut Creek, CA
November 15, 2016

Solo recital featuring both classical words and arrangements from the Great American Songbook at the Waterford.

Faure Requiem at St. Mark’s
Berkeley, CA
November 2, 2016

Performed the Faure Requiem at St. Mark’s under the direction of George Emblom.

Performance with All Sanctuary at Kerrytown’s Edgefest – Fringe at the Edge
Ann Arbor, MI
October 29, 2016

Performed with All Sanctuary (Mark Kirschenmann, mouthpieceless trumpet; John Churchville, tabla) at the Lunch Room as part of Kerrytown Concert House’s Fringe at the Edge for Edgefest. Watch a video excerpt.

Performance at Old Town School of Folk Music with One Beat and Eighth Blackbird’s Nicholas Photinos
Chicago, IL
October 9, 2016

Performance with One Beat and cellist Nicholas Photinos at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Performance at Constellation with One Beat and Underground System
Chicago, IL
October 7, 2016

Performed with One Beat on a shared bill with Underground System at Constellation in Chicago.

Recording Sessions in Chicago at Griffin’s and Columbia College

Recorded with One Beat. Listen to the recorded tracks: Taal piece, Ellen Pakkies piece, and Listen piece.

One Beat Performance at Miller Plaza as part of Chattanooga Start-Up Week
Chattanooga, TN
October 5, 2016

One Beat performance at the outdoor Miller Plaza as part of Chattanooga Start-Up Week.

One Beat Music Box Performances
New Orleans, LA
September 30th and October 1st, 2016

Show with One Beat, sound artist Quintron, and rap artist Delish. See photos here.

Music Video with Kamerum el Akademico and DJ Luss
New Orleans, LA
September 29, 2016

A Black Lives Matter video created with Kamerum el Akademico and Luss. See photos here or watch the video here.

Performances at the Three Keys with One Beat
New Orleans, LA
September 26 and September 28, 2016

Performance with One Beat at the Three Keys. Watch a video excerpt.

Community Engagement Residency with Mr. Serv-On and One Beat
New Orleans, LA
September 26 to September 30, 2016

Community engagement residency serving youth in New Orleans 8th and 9th wards with One Beat and rap artist Mr. Serv-On in collaboration with Silence is Violence. Culminated in a performance with youth at the Three Keys. Listen here.

Performance at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with One Beat
New Smyrna, FL
September 24, 2016

Performance with One Beat at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. See photos here.

Performance at TIMUCUA with One Beat
Orlando, FL
September 23, 2016

Performance at TIMUCUA with One Beat. Watch a video excerpt.

Residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with One Beat
New Smyrna Beach, FL
September 10, 2016 – September 24, 2016

Residency with One Beat at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. See pictures here and here.

One Beat Fellowship
Orlando, FL – New Orleans, LA – Chattanooga, TN – Chicago, IL
September 8, 2016 – October 11, 2016

First harpist ever accepted to One Beat, a joint venture between Found Sound Nation and the U.S. State Department.

Solo Harp Music for the Lafayette Methodist Church
Lafayette, CA
August 21, 2016

Performed solo harp pieces at the Lafayette Methodist Church.

World Premiere with the Rossmoor Choir
Walnut Creek, CA
August 14, 2016

Performance of Joe Magdalena’s Hail, Holy Queen and a world premiere of his Agnus Dei with the Rossmoor Community Choir. I also gave a solo performance of Bach’s Prelude in C.

Solo Artist Residency at Wildacres
Little Switzerland, NC
July 11-18, 2016

Solo artist residency at the incredible Wildacres in Little Switzerland, NC.

Seen/Heard Trio Performs at Omaha Under the Radar Festival
Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, NE
July 7, 2016

Seen/Heard Trio (Erika Boysen, flute; Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano) performs at the Joslyn Art Museum as part of the Omaha Under the Radar Festival.

Admiral Launch Duo in Residence at Avaloch
Avaloch Farm Music Institute
Boscawen, NH
June 27-July 4, 2016

In residence with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo at Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

Seen/Heard Trio in Residence at Avaloch
Avaloch Farm Music Institute
Boscawen, NH
June 9-16, 2016

In residence with flutist Erika Boysen and mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen as the Seen/Heard Trio at Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

Songs of Love and Justice: Performance of Erik Santos’ Dreamer at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Charleston, SC
June 5, 2016

Performed on the Songs of Love and Justice concert as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival on Erik Santos’s piece Dreamer featuring the poetry of Langston Hughes and the singing of Lonnie Reed.

Album Release! Jennifer Ellis playing on Steve Horowitz’s Entertainment Tonight
Album Available Here
June 1, 2016

Featured harpist on the world premiere recording of Steve Horowitz’s on his piece Entertainment Tonight For Harp and Seven Players.

Performance at MOCA Cleveland featuring Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO
MOCA Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
May 27, 2016

Performance to honor the opening of Myopia at MOCA Cleveland in a concert featuring Mark Mothersbaugh himself and the music of DEVO.

Record Harp Sound Effects for Soundiron
Brentwood, CA
May 9, 2016

Recorded harp sound effects for Soundiron, a company that develops virtual instrument packages for the video game, television, and film industries.

Guest Lecture at San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Using Eurhythmics in Private Lesson Teaching
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA
May 2, 2016

Invited to lead a workshop on using eurhythmics in the private lesson for Andrew Luchansky’s String Pedagogy class at the San Francisco Conservatory.

New Feature Article for Harp Column Magazine! Get Engaged: Seven Simple Strategies for Building Community Partnerships that Work
Harp Column Magazine
May 1, 2016

This article provides resources for musicians to improve their community engagement practices. Covering topics like identifying community needs, reciprocity, and resiliency, this article provides strategies for building strong community partnerships. See more here.

Faure’s Requiem with the Rossmoor Choir
Walnut Creek, CA
April 24, 2016

Performed movements from Faure’s Requiem and performed my own solo arrangement of Summertime.

Performance at Gala for Family Builders
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco, CA
April 19, 2016

Performed at gala event for a Family Builders, an organization helping to support foster children and foster parents.

Guest Instructor for Harp Circle
Harps Etc.
Walnut Creek, CA
March 30, 2016

Led the adult harp ensemble at Harps Etc.

Tea at the Waterford
Walnut Creek, CA
March 30, 2016

Performed works from musicals and the Great American Songbook at the Waterford, an independent senior living facility within Rossmoor.

Guest Instructor for Harp Circle
Harps Etc.
Walnut Creek, CA
March 23, 2016

Led the adult harp ensemble at Harps Etc.

Admiral Launch Duo California Tour: Educational Concert at Monte Vista High School
Monte Vista High School
Danville, CA
March 17, 2016

Performed educational concert for the instrumental music program at Monte Vista High School with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo.

Admiral Launch Duo California Tour: Electroacoustic Concert at San Francisco’s Center for New Music
Center For New Music
San Francisco, CA
March 16, 2016

Admiral Launch Duo performs an electroacoustic program at San Francisco’s Center for New Music including West Coast premieres of works by Natalie Moller, Jasper Alice Kaye, Simon Alexander-Adams, and a West Coast premiere of my piece Weav-Weav-Weaving III. And the Harp-Strings Spoke. Watch a movement of Simon’s piece here.

Admiral Launch Duo California Tour: Concert at Harps Etc. to benefit the Diablo Valley Arts Academy
Harps Etc.
Walnut Creek, CA
March 15, 2016

Admiral Launch Duo concert at Harps Etc. including West Coast premieres of pieces by Christine Hedden, Stephen J. Rush, and Patrick O’Malley. Video

Perform New Music for Harp and Saxophone with the Admiral Launch Duo at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
March 13, 2016

Performed with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo showcasing new works for harp and saxophone by Natalie Moller, Patrick O’Malley, and Stephen J. Rush at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference at Texas Tech University.

Guest Workshop – Practicing Improvisation: A Toolkit for Harpists
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
March 12, 2016

Taught a workshop on improvisation for harpists for the harp undergraduate and graduate students at Texas Tech University.

Performance at the Coast Guard Academy as part of CNDBA
Coast Guard Academy
New London, CT
March 10, 2016

Performed with the UMass Wind Ensemble on David Biedenbender’s saxophone concerto Dreams in the Dusk featuring Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and under the baton of Matthew Westgate as part of CNDBA.

School Concert with the Admiral Launch Duo and the UMass Wind Ensemble
Foxborough High School
Foxborough, MA
March 9, 2016

Performed an educational concert and Q&A for the high school students with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo. Then, performed with the UMass Wind Ensemble on David Biedenbender’s saxophone concerto Dreams in the Dusk featuring Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and under the baton of Matthew Westgate.

Perform Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 and Tomasi Saxophone Concerto under Ng Tian Hui
Fine Arts Center
University of Massachusetts, Amhers
Amherst, MA
March 7, 2016

Performed with the UMass Orchestra to perform the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 and the Tomasi Saxophone Concerto under the baton of Ng Tian Hui.

Perform in David Biedenbender’s Saxophone Concerto featuring Jonathan Hulting-Cohen
Fine Arts Center
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA
March 4, 2016

Performed with the UMass Wind Ensemble on David Biedenbender’s saxophone concerto Dreams in the Dusk featuring Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and under the baton of Matthew Westgate.

Ginastera’s Ballet Suite from Panambi
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA
February 13, 2016

Performed Ginastera’s Ballet Suite from Panambi with the UC Davis Orchestra.

Guest Lecture at Bowling Green State University on Contemporary Techniques for Harp
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
January 15, 2016

Invited by Bowling Green State University’s composers’ group Praecepta, I gave a one-hour workshop on writing for harp and extended techniques.

Admiral Launch Duo Recital on Kerrytown Concert Series
Kerrytown Concert House
Ann Arbor, MI
January 14, 2016

Admiral Launch Duo recital at Kerrytown Concert House featuring pieces by Stephen J. Rush’s, Jasper Alice Kaye (Diana Sussman), Dylan Baker, Matthew Browne, Natalie Moller, Christine Hedden, Patrick O’Malley, Yusef Lateef, and Ida Gotkovsky.

Admiral Launch Duo Recital at Glacier Hills Senior Living
Ann Arbor, MI
January 13, 2016

Recital with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo at Glacier Hills Senior Living.

Admiral Launch Duo Recording Session of Stephen J. Rush’s Whirlwind
Duderstadt Center
Ann Arbor, MI
January 10, 2016

Recorded Stephen J. Rush’s Whirlwind with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo and sound engineer Jason Corey for Stephen J. Rush’s upcoming NAXOS album.
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SF Conservatory: Using Eurhythmics in the Private Lesson
San Francisco Conservatory
San Francisco, CA
December 7, 2015

Invited to lead a workshop on using eurhythmics in the private lesson for Andrew Luchansky’s String Pedagogy class at the San Francisco Conservatory.

ASTA Teacher Symposium: Using Eurhythmics in the Private Lesson
Berkeley, CA
November 20, 2015

Invited to lead the November 20th Teacher Symposium for the American String Teacher Association, San Francisco Chapter. We covered practical weighs to incorporate techniques from eurhythmics into private lesson teaching.

The Admiral Launch Duo Performs a Recital at Michigan State University
Lansing, MI
November 9, 2015

Performed with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo featuring pieces by Natalie Moller, Patrick O’Malley, and Stephen Rush, Christine Hedden, Dylan Baker, and Diana Sussman, Yusef Lateef, and Ida Gotkovsky. Thank you to Joe Lullof for organizing the concert!

Harp Masterclass at Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Lansing, MI
November 9, 2015

Honored to give a masterclass for Chen-Yu Huang’s harp studio at Michigan State University. Photos below:IMG_5698

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Admiral Launch Duo performs an Electroacoustic Program of Music Written by Women Composers on the Inaugural Concert on the Listening to Ladies Concert Series
Kalamazoo Piano Company
Kalamazoo, MI
November 8, 2015

The Admiral Launch Duo performed the inaugural concert on Elisabeth Blair’s Listening to Ladies Concert Series featuring composers including Ida Gotkovsky, Christine Hedden, Natalie Moller, Angelica Negron, Judith Shatin, Diana Sussman and myself.

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Workshop on Harp and Electronics at the Kalamazoo Piano Company
Kalamazoo, MI
November 8, 2015

Gave a workshop on the art of harp and electronics as well as extended techniques at the Kalamazoo Piano Company.

Solo Recital for the American Harp Society Western Michigan Chapter
Trinity Lutheran Church
Grand Rapids, MI
October 31, 2015

Gave a solo recital for the American Harp Society Western Michigan Chapter’s Fall Meeting including works by Britten, Tailleferre, Cage, Still, and a premiere of my own composition as well as my own transcriptions of David Lang’s Wed and Summertime.

Workshop for the American Harp Society Western Michigan Chapter–
Honing the Internal Pulse: Methods for Developing Confidence In and Improving a Consistent Inner Pulse

Trinity Lutheran Church
Grand Rapids, MI
October 31, 2015

Gave a workshop on Honing the Internal Pulse: Methods for Developing Confidence In and Improving a Consistent Inner Pulse as part of the American Harp Society Western Michigan Chapter’s fall meeting.

Workshop for the American Harp Society Western Michigan Chapter–
Community Engagement: Building Meaningful Community Partnerships

Trinity Lutheran Church
Grand Rapids, MI
October 31, 2015

Gave a workshop on Community Engagement: Building Meaningful Community Partnerships as part of the American Harp Society Western Michigan Chapter’s fall meeting.

Co-Led Workshop for University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching:
Seven (simple) Strategies To Improve Your Teaching

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
October 26, 2015

Co-Led the workshop Seven (simple) Strategies To Improve Your Teaching with Vernnaliz Carrasquillo for the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT).

Presentation on Writing for Harp at Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
October 22, 2015

Presented on writing for harp for Nicholas Underhill’s orchestration course at Cleveland State University.

Two Workshops on Harp and Electronics at Miami University
Miami University
Oxford, OH
October 20, 2015

Presented for the beginning and advanced electronic music classes taught by composer Per Bloland at Miami University on harp and electronics.

Admiral Launch Duo Performance at the University of Hartford
The Hartt School
Hartford, CT
October 18, 2015

Featured music written for the duo by Natalie Moller, Patrick O’Malley, and Stephen Rush, Christine Hedden, Dylan Baker, and Diana Sussman as well as works by Saint-Saens, Yusef Lateef, and Ida Gotkovsky.

Workshop on How to Write For Harp at the University of Hartford
The Hartt School
Hartford, CT
October 18, 2015

Led a workshop on how to write for harp and extended techniques for composers at the University of Hartford as well as members of their Young Composers Program. Thank you to Ken Steen for his work to coordinate the workshop.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Recital with the Admiral Launch Duo
Bezanson Hall
Amherst, MA
October 17, 2015

The Admiral Launch Duo performed a full length recital at UMass Amherst featuring works by former UMass professor Yusef Lateef as well as pieces by Natalie Moller, Patrick O’Malley, and Stephen Rush, Christine Hedden, Dylan Baker, and Diana Sussman.

SCCC School of Music Chamber Series with the Admiral Launch Duo
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Schenectady, NY
October 15, 2015

Called “an evening of adventurous listening” by The Daily Gazette, the concert featured premieres by Natalie Moller, Patrick O’Malley, and Stephen Rush as well as pieces previously written for the duo by Christine Hedden, Dylan Baker, and Diana Sussman. Thank you to Mark Evans for having the Admiral Launch Duo perform on the Schenectady County Community College School of Music Chamber Music Series. Read the full review here.

Chamber Residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute with the Admiral Launch Duo
Boscawen, NH
October 8-13, 2015

Thrilled to return for the Admiral Launch Duo’s second residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. We shared our time there with remarkable musical colleagues including Mobius Percussion, Friction Quartet, Black Sea Hotel, Dana Lyn/Marika Hughes duo, Hoos-Foos (DJ Sparr, Craig Morris,and Todd Matthews) and Duo Vela.

Freelancing for Musicians: What You Need to Do While You’re In School to Have a Career When You’re Out Of School
Bezanson Hall
Amherst, MA
October 8, 2015

Presented to the UMass Amherst saxophone studio on systems, strategies, and habits that students can cultivate while they are in school to set them up for a productive freelancing career.

Using Eurhythmics in Classroom Teaching: A Workshop for the UMass Amherst NafME Chapter
Amherst, MA
October 1, 2015

Students are often told to “just feel it” or listen to their “internal pulse.” But what happens when you aren’t “feeling” it? How can you begin to change or improve such an internal process? Eurhythmics is a kinesthetic method of rhythmic education that focuses demystifying rhythm for students. Taking an embodied approach, it treats rhythm as a practicable, learnable skill. In this hands-on workshop, we explored strategies from eurhythmics that are useful tools in a classroom teaching. Presented by the NafME chapter at UMass Amherst led by Stephen Paparo.

How to Write for Harp: A Masterclass for Composers
UMass Amherst Music Department
Amherst, MA
September 15, 2015

Thank you to Salvatore Macchia for inviting me to do the first of two workshops with UMass composers about the ins and outs of writing for the pedal harp.

Five College New Music Festival: Concert of Electro-acoustic Music
Bezanson Hall
Amherst, MA
September 12, 2015

Performed my own piece Weav-Weav-Weaving III. “And the Harp Strings Spoke” and performed a new arrangement of Christine Hedden’s Kitchen Dance with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and bassist Salvatore Macchia.

Five College New Music Festival: Five College Composers’ Concert
Bezanson Hall
Amherst, MA
September 11, 2015

Premiered Salvatore Macchia’s Sleep Binds Them Fast featuring tenor William Hite at the Five College New Music Festival.

One-to-One Teaching in Music, Art, Dance & Architecture Part I and Part II
The Michigan League
Ann Arbor, MI
August 31, 2015

Taught a two-part workshop on the art of one-on-one teaching in music, art, dance, and architecture as part of the University of Michigan Graduate Student Instructor Orientation.

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island, MI
August 8-26, 2015

Harpist for the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Artist-in-Residence at Wildacres
Little Switzerland, NC
July 27 – August 7, 2015

Grateful for the opportunity of an artist residency at Wildacres in beautiful North Carolina. My fellow two artist-in-residents were Elisabeth Blair and Skylar Gudasz.

Performer and Composer with SPLICE
Kalamazoo, MI
July 5-11, 2015

I was honored to be a composer and performer for the inaugural SPLICE Institute (Summer Institute for Performance, Listening, Interprettation, and Creation of Electroacoustic music.) While I was there, I performed the third movement of my piece Weav-Weav-Weaving and had a wonderful time premiering a new work for harp and electronics by composer Benjamin Whiting.

Bizet with Spectrum Orchestra
Birmingham, MI
June 5, 2015

Performed Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 as guest principal harpist with the Spectrum Orchestra under the direction of Kevin Fitzgerald.

Notes on Fiction at the Center for Fiction
Center for Fiction
New York City, NY
May 18, 2015

Performed an evening of chamber music that explores and struggles with the multi-faceted, challenging text of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness with the fabulous Megan Ihnen and joined by wonderful flutist Brandon Patrick George as part of the Notes on Fiction concert series at the Center for Fiction. Repertoire included Kaija Saariaho’s Ariel’s Hail, William Grant Still’s Mol’e, Alan Theisen’s Hai-kai, Vivienne Olive’s Whispers of Heavenly Death, John Cage’s In a Landscape, and Joseph Schwantner’s Wild Angels of the Open Hills. A tremendous thank you to Sugar Vendil of the Nouveau Classical Project for her work organizing the concert series.

Holst’s The Planets with the LSO
Hill Auditorium
Ann Arbor, MI
May 10, 2015

Performed Holst’s The Planets as guest principal with the LSO under the direction of Adrian Slywotzky.

Henry Cowell and Carlos Salzedo: An Examination of How Extended Techniques Emerge from Social Networks
Moore Building
Ann Arbor, MI
April 30, 2015

A lecture on how musicians can better understand the development of extended techniques for harp through tracing composers’ social networks. As a case study, I presented my research on the relationship between Henry Cowell and Carlos Salzedo. For more information about this research, please contact me.

Masterclass at Interlochen Arts Academy
Interlochen, MI
April 29, 2015

Gave a joint masterclass with collaborator and harpist Carly Nelson to the high school harpists at Interlochen Arts Academy. See photo

Dreamer by Erik Santos
Kerrytown Concert House
Ann Arbor, MI
April 23, 2015

Performed Dreamer by Erik Santos with tenor Lonnie Reed and pianist John Elam. A video preview of the performance was created by Toko Shiiki and Chris Asadian. Watch Video

Creating Meaningful Community Partnerships – Workshop at Harps Etc.
Walnut Creek, CA
April 12, 2015

“Outreach” and “Community Engagement” are buzzwords in the musical community. But how do we, as musicians, go about creating long-term, sustainable, mutually-beneficial relationships with community partners? In this workshop, I borrow from other fields, especially engaged pedagogy, to explore how other disciplines create meaningful and effective community partnerships and apply these interdisciplinary techniques to our work as musicians. The workshop was held at Harps Etc.

The Sacred and the Profane: A Lecture Recital of New Music for Harp and Saxophone- Presented at the HERA Conference with the Admiral Launch Duo
San Francisco, CA
April 10, 2015

Presented with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo at the Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) Conference. Read the presentation abstract here.

Inclusion, Access, and Translation: A Presentation for the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Symposium
Rackham
Ann Arbor, MI
April 8, 2015

Featured as part of a panel discussion on issues of inclusion, access and translation in engaged academic learning at the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Symposium. My co-presenters included Laura Amtower and Cassius Adair.

Second Dissertation Recital: Expanding Vocabularies – Extended Techniques for Harp and Electronics
Stamps Auditorium
Ann Arbor, MI
April 2, 2015

This recital featured works by David Lang, Luciano Berio, Benjamin Britten, Elliott Carter, and Angélica Negrón as well as premieres of works by Christine Hedden, Alex Koi, and myself. The first half of the program featured expanding vocabulary for acoustic harp and the second half of the program featured works for harp and electronics. Christine Hedden’s piece Kitchen Dance also featured Nadine Dyskant-Miller on flute and Benjamin Landen on percussion with the composer herself on fídíl. Alex Koi’s piece also featured Jamie Bastian on trombone, Peter Formanek on alto saxophone, Andrew Peck on bass, Amanda Ross on trumpet, and Christopher Tabaczynski on tenor saxophone. A huge thank you to the co-chairs of my committee, Joan Holland and Charles Garrett.

Hear Noise, Call it Music
Ann Arbor, MI
March 21, 2015

An evening of experimental harp music hosted by Elizabeth Keslacy and featuring collaborations with Grace Jackson, Kat Steih, and Christine Hedden.

Premiere of Seven Systems by Simon Alexander-Adams with the Creative Arts Orchestra
Stamps Auditorium
Ann Arbor, MI
March 19, 2015

Creative Arts Orchestra concert led by Mark Kirschenmann and featuring a premiere of Seven Systems by Simon Alexander-Adams.

Live Show on WCBN with the Creative Arts Orchestra
Ann Arbor, MI
March 11, 2015

Performed on WCBN for The Local Music Show with the Creative Arts Orchestra led by Mark Kirschenmann.

Two Solo Valentine’s Concerts at Glacier Hills
Glacier Hills
Ann Arbor, MI
February 13, 2015

Performed at Glacier Hills as part of their Valentine’s celebration.

Invited Guest Speaker for local chapter of NafMe:
Eurhythmics for Music Educators

Earl V. Moore Building
Ann Arbor, MI
February 11, 2015

Led a eurhythmics workshop designed especially for music educators to help expand the rhythmic toolbox that they can use with their students. Workshop was for the University of Michigan Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NafME).

Live Performance and Interview on WCBN’s Horizons with Tony Audas
Ann Arbor, MI
February 8, 2015

A live performance and interview about the harp and a demonstration of extended techniques on Tony Audas’ show Horizons on WCBN. View a photo taken in the WCBN studio and listen to an archive of the live broadcast here.

Prizewinner in the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Competition
Britton Recital Hall
Ann Arbor, MI
February 7, 2015

Won the bronze prize for the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Competition.

Bright Sheng’s Wild Swans with Elim Chan and Chad Burrow
Stamps Auditorium
Ann Arbor, MI
January 31, 2015

Performed as principal harpist for Bright Sheng’s clarinet concerto Wild Swans featuring Chad Burrow under the direction of Elim Chan.

Guest Instructor at Harps Etc.
Walnut Creek, CA
January 4-8, 2015

I was invited to fill in and teach Jessica Siegel’s harp studio while she was out of town. I taught individual lessons as well as the adult harp ensemble. Jessica Siegel has served on the American Harp Society National Board and is the founder of Harps Etc and Angel Entertainment.

Harp Fellow for Orchestra Next: Nutcracker with the Eugene Ballet
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Eugene, Oregon
December 19, 20, 21st, 2014

I performed Nutcracker as the harp fellow for Orchestra Next under the direction of Brian McWhorter with harpist and University of Oregon faculty Laura Zaerr.

Premiere of Salvatore Macchia’s Ritual V
Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Amherst, MA
December 4, 2014

I was honored to premiere Salvatore Macchia’s new violin concerto with percussion ensemble, piano, and harp. The concerto featured the exquisite violinist Elizabeth Chang and the work was conducted by Eduardo Leandro.. The nine-person percussion ensemble was under the direction of Ayano Kataoka.

Workshop on Extended Techniques for Harp for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Composition Department
Amherst, MA
December 3, 2014

This work included demonstrations of a variety of extended techniques for harp. It also gave composers a chance to sit down at the harp and try moving a pedal and playing a glissando.

Workshop on the Basics of Harp Composition for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Composition Department
Amherst, MA
December 2, 2014

This workshop was the first of a two-part workshops series at UMass Amherst. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students at UMass Amherst was divided into three parts. The first part was a hands-on exploration of harp construction. The second part examined the basics of harp composition, with a particular emphasis on handy tips not often found in orchestration textbooks. The final part was an open Q and A with students.

Second Guest Lecture for Michael Daugherty’s Undergraduate Composition Seminar –
Composing for the Harp

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
November 7, 2014

Performed iconic harp passages that feature extended techniques and responded to student Q and A.

Creative Arts Orchestra Fall Show
Stamps Auditorium
Ann Arbor, MI
November 20, 2014

Fun and crazy show with the indomitable Creative Arts Orchestra led by Mark Kirschenmann. Recording coming soon…

First Dissertation Recital: Technical Innovations within Interlocking Artistic Communities
Stamps Auditorium
Ann Arbor, MI
November 15, 2014

This recital featured works by Tailleferre, Cras, Salzedo, and Ginastera. A huge thank you to the co-chairs of my committee, Joan Holland and Charles Garrett.

Guest Lecture for Michael Daugherty’s Undergraduate Composition Seminar
Composing for the Harp: What Orchestration Books Forget to Tell You

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
November 7, 2014

This two-hour guest lecture was given to Professor Michael Daugherty’s Undergraduate Composition Seminar. It included an exploration of harp construction, helpful facts about harp writing rarely found in orchestration books, and extended techniques.

Creative Arts Orchestra performing in the Paramodel Exhibit by Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yûsuke Nakano
UMMA
Ann Arbor, MI
October 26, 2014

The Creative Arts Orchestra, directed by Mark Kirschenmann, performed at UMMA as part of the new installation Paramodel by artists Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yûsuke Nakano. You can read more about this incredible exhibit here.

Weav-Weav-Weaving featured on Composers Circle
Composers Circle
October 21, 2014

Movements II and III of my piece Weav-Weav-Weaving was featured on the Composers Circle run by the indomitable composer and percussionist Eric Guinivan. You can watch and read the feature here.

Kerrytown Concert House: 18th Annual Edgefest with Mark Helias and the Creative Arts Orchestra
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Ann Arbor, MI
October 18, 2014

Performed Mark Helias’s works Jacques and Exigencies with the Creative Arts Orchestra directed by Mark Kirschenmann as part of the renowned Edgefest series.

Performance of Schwantner’s Sparrows with the Contemporary Directions Ensemble
Britton Hall, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, ME
September 30, 2014

Performed on Joseph Schwantner’s piece Sparrows, conducted by Elliot Moore and featuring soprano Amy Petrongelli.

Chamber Music Residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute as part of the Admiral Launch Duo
Boscawen, NH
August 11-18, 2014

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work intensively with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen The Admiral Launch Duo. The Avaloch Farm Music Institute is an absolutely idyllic musical environment. I was thrilled to share my time at Avaloch with ACRONYM, Deciduous Trio, Bathgate/Kaplan Duo and the Hartka/Terrien-Queen Duo.

Premiere of Weav-Weav-Weaving for Solo Harp and Electronics at Atlantic Music Festival Future Music Lab Concert
Given Auditorium, Colby College
Waterville, ME
July 31, 2014

I premiered Weav-Weav-Weaving for Solo Harp and Electronics as a Future Music Lab fellow under the direction of Mari Kimura. The piece used the IRCAM’s motion sensor technology and Max MSP to create an interactive acoustic environment. To learn more, access the piece’s program notes here: Weav-Weav-Weaving AMF Future Music Lab PDF. Video coming soon!

Atlantic Music Festival Salon Concert
Silberman Lounge, Colby College
Waterville, ME
July 27, 2014

Collaborated on two improvised pieces, a game piece facilitated by violist Ben Wu and a small improvisation group organized by composer Diana Sussman.

Presentation on Electroacoustic Music For Harp and the IRCAM’s M.O. Sensor
Given Auditorium, Colby College
Waterville, ME
July 27, 2014

Under Mari Kimura’s direction, Maja Cerar, Nicolee Kuester, Sam Jones, and I each presented about the electro-acoustic pieces created using the IRCAM’s motion sensor technology (M.O). I presented on my piece Weav-weav-weaving and discussed some of the challenges and advantages of using the M.O. sensor technology with the harp.

Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra
Lorimer Chapel, Colby College
Waterville, ME
July 26, 2014

Performed as guest principal harpist with the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra for David Ludwig’s reorchestrated premiere of Saturn Bells featuring violinist Bella Hristova.

Composing For the Harp: What Orchestration Books Forgot to Tell You
A Seminar for the Atlantic Music Festival’s Composition Program

Diamond Auditorium, Colby College
Waterville, ME
July 23, 2014

I gave a seminar on writing for the harp for the Atlantic Music Festival’s Composition program. The seminar was in three parts: 1. A hands-on exploration of harp construction. 2. A discussed of some of the most important points often not included in orchestration books. 3. A whirlwind demonstration of both standard and extremely experimental extended techniques and their notation.

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island, MI
June 19-21, 2014

Guest harpist filling in at the beautiful Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Parisian Salon Concert: 70th Anniversary of D-Day
Northbrook Public Library
Northbrook, IL
June 6, 2014

I performed with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo. The concert featured Jonathan’s arrangement of the Saint-Saens Fantasie and we played Tournier’s La Lettre du Jardinier as an encore. We shared the stage with soprano Genevieve Thiers, pianist Saori Chilba, violinists Consuelo Lepauw and Dawn Gingrich and pianist George Lepauw.

Performance at NUNC! by the Admiral Launch Duo
Regenstein MCR, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
April 27, 2014

Performed Dmitri Capyrin’s As Butterflies in the Wind for NUNC! at Northwestern University as part of the Admiral Launch Duo with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen.

Premiere of Diana Sussman’s Allignment
McIntosh Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI
April 20, 2014

I was thrilled to be a part of the premiere of Diana Sussman’s piece Allignment. A versatile composer, improviser, and vocalist, you can find more of her work at her website.

Premiere of Natalie Moller’s Lepidoptera
McIntosh Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI
April 5, 2014

I was honored to collaborate on the premiere of Natalie Moller’s Lepidoptera. A one act musical drama with a libretto by Holly Hoenshell-Nelson, it was premiered under the baton of Jonathan Caldwell. You can find recordings here and you can see more of Natalie Moller’s work here.

Creative Arts Orchestra Live Broadcast on WCBN
WCBN 88.3, Ann Arbor, MI
April 2, 2014

Including live improvisations as well as a Sun Ra tribute, the Creative Arts Orchestra led by Mark Kirschenmann was featured on a live WCBN broadcast. Listen to an archive of the broadcast here.

Chichester Psalms
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
March 31, 2014

Performed Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with organist John Beresford and percussionist Joseph Gramley under the baton of Eugene Rogers and featuring the University Choirs.

Social Justice Art Festival
Creating Socially Just Neighborhoods – The Power of Art

Ann Arbor, MI
March 29, 2014

Performed with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the Admiral Launch Duo for the Social Justice Art Festival hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. We focused on musical community building, playing works by Ann Arbor composers and collaborating with our audience to create graphic scores for the afternoon’s performance.

The WoDom Collective premieres Diana Sussman’s Blue Satin at the Midwest Composers Symposium
McIntsoh Hall, Ann Arbor, MI
November 16, 2013

I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to premiere Diana Sussman’s Blue Satin with the WoDom Collective. I’m so grateful to Diana for writing for us! WoDom’s instrumentation (violin, sax, flute, bass, and harp) is definitely out-of-the-box and Diana blended the timbres so wonderfully. Find more of Diana’s work here. Listen to WoDom performing Blue Satin at the Midwest Composers Symposium here:
Blue Satin

Nick Baskin’s Aubade premieres at Fresh Inc
Bedford Concert Hall, Parkside, WI
June 23, 2013

Yale’s Nick Baskin has written a wonderful contribution to the flute, viola, and harp repertory with his piece Aubade which I had the chance to premiere as part of the Fresh Inc Festival. You can listen here or watch the performance here. See more of Nick’s work at his website.

Jabez Co’s The Jabberwock premieres at Nichols Hall with Fresh Inc
Nichols Hall, Evanston, IL
June 22, 2013

Louisville’s Jabez Co wrote an evocative piece based on the poem by Lewis Carroll. The Jabberwock features the fabulous new music soprano Megan Ihnen, founder of the Sybaritic Singer blog. I was honored to perform with flutist Melissa Snoza, founder of the Fifth House Ensemble, violist Rita Andrade, and bassist Milo Fultz. You can listen here or watch here.

Concert at the Racine Art Museum
Racine Art Museum, WI
June 14, 2013

Performed the Debussy Trio with flutist Melissa Snoza and violist Katie Kroko, Bernard Andres’ Algues with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, and John Cage’s In a Landscape for solo harp.

Admiral Launch Duo Performance and Solo Premiere of Seek at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
June 11, 2013

Harp and Saxophone performance of Jongen’s Danse Lente with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and a premiere of my Seek for solo harp as part of the Fresh Inc Festival.