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TABLE OF CONTENTS welcome – 4 list of fellows – 6 cortona collective / faculty list – 7 faculty / guest bios – 8 schedule – 18 cortona prize – 20 opening concert – 21 contemporary performance competition – 22 duo cortona concert – 24 florence excursion – 25 cortona collective concert – 26 guest from civitella ranieri – 27 christopher cerrone guest concert – 28 semiosis quartet concert – 29 chamber concert – 30 iron composer competition – 31 cortona fellows expo – 32 wine tour – 33 chamber concert – 34 premiere concert 1 – 36 cortona flutes / fellows concert – 38 cortona percussion group concert – 39 premiere concert 2 – 40 string quartet readings – 42 premiere concert 3 – 44 2016 fellow bios – 47 thank you / sponsors – 58 guide to cortona – 59




BENVENUTI Welcome to the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music! This is our seventh year, and my own excitement for the music-making, friendship, and annual joy that the Sessions bring is overflowing. Over the next two weeks, we will enjoy dozens of world premiere performances, experience some inspiring masterpieces of the 20th Century, and build the relationships that will shape our future musical lives. Plus, we will enjoy copious amounts of pici, pizza, prosciutto, and pecorino, all washed down with some of the best wine in the world! For the past seven years, we have strived to create a summer program with a certain energy and approach that makes it quite different from a lot of festival environments. At the Cortona Sessions, our focus is on the qualities in music and music-making that promote sharing, friendship, excitement, learning, and love. Of course, this comes with a heavy dose of brilliant musicianship and incredible compositional inventiveness. We hope that these two weeks prove to inspire everyone to push themselves in their artistic development, and that all of us leave with the intention to use our artistic gifts to make the world a more inclusive place, filled with beauty in all its different and distinct forms. Our chosen path has the potential to affect great change on individual hearts and minds, and collectively, to be a positive impact on society at large. Thank you for sharing your summer in this magical place. Saluti a tutti! Michael Kirkendoll Founder and Artistic Director of the Cortona Sessions

THE CORTONA SESSIONS IN NUMBERS Seasons – 7 Fellows – 195 World Premieres – over 500 Festivals / Ensembles Started by Fellows – 10







2016 *returning fellow Camila Agosto Alex Alfaro Brian Allred Amir Bitran Natalie Calma Luke Carlson Oliver Chang Yu-Han Chen Caitlyn Chenault Viet Cuong Moose Davis Brian Denu Ariel Downs* Thomas Faulkner Samuel Gabay Nave Graham Tristan Greeno Laura Hundert Robert Hess Zhihua Hu Kathryn Irwin Marshall Jones Sophie Kass Yuan-Keng Ling Benjamin Montgomery Stephen Moratto Daniel Morel Isabel Ong Wen-Ting Ong* Walter Park Nicole Parks Colin Payne Zachary Pierce Alexandra Porter* Jay Rauch Diana Rodriguez Benjamin Sledge Leia Slosberg Jason Stetler Tina Tallon* David Vess Xinyang Wang Kaitlyn Williams Jack Yarbrough*

CORTONA FELLOWS 2014 Clay Allen Grant Bingham Sean Bradley Yu-Hsin Chang Andrew Cole Ariel Downs Kate Duncan Frederick Evans Antoine Fachard Stella Fiorenzoli Edo Frenkel Turkar Gasimzada Caitlin Gilmore Ana María Hernandez Jake Hewitt Peter Katz William Kenlon Aaron Kirschner Chelsea Komschlies Steven Kowaleski Lindsay Laird Dana Malseptic Curren Myers Lauren Parks Samuel Parilla Alexandra Porter Dave Reminick Jonathan Russ Aaron Singleton Tina Tallon Catalina von Wrangell Andrew Yoon

2015 Jeffrey Allardyce Hayden Anderson David Angelo Daniel Beilman David Berrios Alex Betsold Grant Bingham Sunny Byun Mary Cervantes Kanako Chikami Richard Chowenhill Megan Cooney Amy Dauphinais Jenny Davis Tom Dempster Kate Duncan Kristen Dye Jacob Egli Matthew Ernster Francesca Ferrara Nina Fronjian Jonathan Graybill Robbie Harvey Will Healy Audrey Herren Jake Hewitt Alice Hinshaw Ashlin Hunter Zach Jones William Kenlon Bin Li Kerrith Livengood Jordan Lulloff Connor Mikula Chrsty Muncey Wen-Ting Ong Eden Rayz Jeremy Rapaport-Stein Jonathan Russ Aaron Singleton Eliza Smith Tai-Jung ‘Fofo’ Tsai David Vess Katherine von Bernthal Rachel Whelan Jack Yarbrough


2013 Kelley Barnett Adam Borecki Brendan Faegre Patrick Gutman Alice Hinshaw Devinder Kumar Kyle Malone Lisa Neher Kelly Lynn Pierce Theresa Silveyra Nick Virzi Dakota Wayne Yiguo Yan Chun-Ju-Yen Mary Young


2012 Michael Catania Jason Charney Caitlin Foster Jason Gerraughty Alice Hinshaw Anna Hoard Kevin Laba Yayu Li Daniel Liu Yangzhi Ma Paige Martin Ryo Nakayama Chris Prosser Jared Redmond Kim Rivera Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie Theresa Silveyra Tom Strauser Tina Tallon Mallory Turlington MoJiao Wang Sharra Wagner Dave Waugh Jennifer Weiman 2011 Ron Amchin Jason Barabba Kelley Barnett Julian Day Kristen Dye Caitlin Foster Jacob Gunnels Kay He Dana Limpert Cesar Mantufar Paul Poston Ramteen Sazeghari Björn Sikström Michael Spicer Matthew Taylor Erin Tomkins Ryan Woodhouse 2010 Stephen Bachicha Jason Barabba Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer Breanna Ellison Gilbert Galindo Anne Guzzo Leo Hurley Laura Marsh Nicholas Omiccioli Marcílio Onofre Julie Penner Christopher Prosser Jessica Rudman Julia Snell Hainu Tan Sophia Tegart Jeanette Wong WWW.CORTONASESSIONS.ORG

THE CORTONA COLLECTIVE 2016 faculty marked with * flute | sarah brady* mary fukushima | michael norsworthy clarinet gregory oakes* saxophone | h2 quartet geoffrey deibel* jeffrey loeffert kimberly loeffert jonathan nichol violin | ari streisfeld* cello | kivie cahn-lipman* piano | amir khosrowpour michael kirkendoll* percussion | ji hye jung* | rachel calloway, mezzo-soprano* voice laura bohn, soprano sarah tannehill-anderson, soprano conductor | jake wallace composers | gabriela lena frank forrest pierce david rakowski* stevan tickmayer beth wiemann* executive assistant/intern for 2016: alexandra porter

2016 SPECIAL GUESTS & DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS guest composer | christopher cerrone guest percussionist | w. lee vinson ensemble-in-residence | semiosis quartet resident-fellow in piano | wen-ting ong 2015 cortona prize composition fellow | bin li civitella ranieri guest composers Javier Alvarez Fuentes, Thuridur Jรณnsdรณttir, Christian Kesten, Lu Wang 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC




Called “enchanting” by the Boston Globe, flutist Sarah Brady is sought after across the country as a soloist, chamber musician, and master teacher. An avid promoter of new music she has premiered and recorded new music from many of today’s top composers. Recent projects have included premieres of new solo flute and electronic music from Elena Ruehr, Andy Vores and John Mallia, Curtis Hughesas well as music for flute and strings from Marcos Balter, Nicholas Vines and Johnathan Bailey Holland. Her solo, chamber and over 40 orchestral recordings can be heard on the Albany, Naxos, Oxingale, Cantalope and BMOP/Sound music labels. As a leading interpreter of contemporary music, she was invited to read and record new music commissioned by Yo Yo Ma for his Silk Road Project at Tanglewood. Sarah lives in Boston and performs regularly as principal flute with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera. She can also be heard performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Portland Symphony Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera. As a chamber musician she has been described as “clairvoyantly sensitive” (New Music Connoisseur), and has collaborated with the Fromm Players at Harvard, the Firebird Ensemble, the Radius Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, The Talea Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon and NotaRiotous. She is a member of the Michigan based new music ensemble Brave New Works a group that is dedicated to promoting new music throughout the US and Canada by premiering new music and educating young composers through a college residency program. The ensemble has been in residence at Cornell, Bowling Green University, the University of Michigan, Tufts University, University of Puget Sound, Williams, Western Washington University and the Boston Conservatory. In competition she was awarded second place in the National Flute Association 2006 Young Artist Competition, where she also won an award for the best performance of the newly commissioned work by Paul Drescher. She was a Semi-finalist in the Myrna Brown Competition Flute Competition, Heida Herman Woodwind Competition, Eastern Connecticut Young Artist Competition, and twice received second place in Boston’s prestigious Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. As a soloist Sarah enjoyed a sold out debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with pianist Oxana Yablonskaya. Sarah is on the flute faculty at the Boston Conservatory of Music, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the University of Massachusetts at Boston.


Gregory Oakes is one of the most exciting and energetic clarinetists of his generation. From his Carnegie Hall debut with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez to his performances as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Oakes has been praised by critics for his “outstanding performance” (New York Times) and “jazzy flourishes” (Denver Post). His performance highlights include a concerto with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Telluride Jazz Festival with Grammy® Award-winner Terence Blanchard, a concert at Amsterdam’s venerable new music hall De IJsbreker, and a solo feature at Berlin’s prestigious MaerzMusik festival. Oakes has performed at multiple International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and the International Computer Music Conference. He has performed throughout the United States, Brazil, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Thailand. He has held residencies at Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth, Aspen, and




Amsterdam’s STEIM. His solo CD New Dialects appears on the Centaur Records label. His recordings appear on Bridge, CRI, Gothic, Karnatic Lab Records, and Naxos and broadcasts on National Public Radio. Oakes is on the faculty of Iowa State University and is principal clarinet of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. He is a Buffet Group USA and Vandoren Performing Artist.


A Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. He maintains a multifaceted career as performer, teacher, and researcher. Recent concert highlights include performances at Merkin Hall and Zankel Hall (NYC), and recitals in Stuttgart, Germany, Cortona, Italy, and in Wichita, KS. Geoff has been an invited guest lecturer at Die Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, at University College Cork, Ireland, and many Universities in the US. He has appeared at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the International Iannis Xenakis Festival in Athens, Greece, and World Saxophone Congresses in the UK, Europe, and Thailand. Geoff has commissioned new works by both established and emerging composers, including Drew Baker, Nathan Davis, Claudio Gabriele, David Rakowski, and Jesse Ronneau. He has also premiered the music of Jason Eckardt, Hiroyki Itoh, Pierre Jodlowski, Marc Mellits, David Reminick, Elliott Sharp, Jagoda Szmytka, Mari Takano, Hans Thomalla, and Amy Williams, and has worked with John Adams, Bernard Rands, Howard Sandroff, and Christopher Adler, among many others. Geoff has been frequently featured on the New Music Chicago and Soundfield series in Chicago, and has been a guest at the Drake University New Music Series and Chamber Music Midwest. Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, first prize winners at the Fischoff Competition, recent finalists at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, andrecipients of an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. The American Record Guide has hailed h2 as a group of “artistic commitment...boasting superb blend, solid technique, [and] tight rhythm.” h2 has three recordings available (Generations, Times & Spaces, and Groove Machine), and maintains a non-profit organization to promote the creation of new works for the saxophone quartet. Geoff is also a seasoned orchestral performer, and serves as principal saxophonist with the Wichita Symphony. He has also performed with the New World Symphony (Miami) and Grant Park Symphony, as well as numerous regional orchestras in Michigan, and has worked with conductors such as David Robertson, Roberto Abbado, and HK Gruber. As a jazz musician, Geoff has performed with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra, and has performed locally on the Fisch Haus Jazz Series. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside Ruben Alvarez, Ron Blake, Allison Miller, James Moody, and Matt Wilson. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wichita Jazz Festival. Geoff holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University. His principal teachers have included Joseph Lulloff, Frederick Hemke, Leo Saguiguit, and Reginald Jackson. Geoff has held teaching positions at Grand Valley State University, Alma College, and the University of Florida. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University. Geoff is a Yamaha and Vandoren performing artist, and performs on Yamaha Saxophones, and Vandoren reeds, ligatures, and mouthpieces exclusively.





Violinist Ari Streisfeld has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for his performances of diverse repertoire and has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary classical music. Praised for his “dazzling performance” by the New York Times and “scintillating playing” by New York Classical Review, Dr. Streisfeld is a founding member of the world renowned JACK Quartet. Recent season highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall (London), La Salle Pleyel (Paris), Teatro Colon (Argentina), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Carriage Works (Sydney, Australia), Venice Biennale (Italy), Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, The Morgan Library (New York), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), and the Salzburg Festival (Austria). He has collaborated with many of today’s most prominent composers including John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, Steve Reich, and Salvatore Sciarrino. He has recorded for Mode, Albany, Carrier, Innova, Canteloupe, and New World Records. Together with his wife, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, Dr. Streisfeld formed Duo Cortona, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of new works for the unique instrumentation of mezzo-soprano and violin. Recent and upcoming performances include the Resonant Bodies Festival, SONiC Festival, The Stone (NY), Contemporary Undercurrents of Song Project (Princeton, NJ), New Music on the Point (VT), and The Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy). He is also a member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the performance and preservation of Jewish art music. Dr. Streisfeld frequently collaborates with some of today’s leading ensembles, including Ensemble Signal, Worldless Music Orchestra, and Weekend of Chamber Music. Hailed as “imaginative” by the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Streisfeld’s arrangements of madrigals and motets for string quartet by Machaut and Gesualdo have been performed to acclaim both at home and abroad. A recipient of the Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Dr. Streisfeld most recently premiered his Machaut arrangements for voice and violin at The Stone (New York). A passionate and committed music educator, Dr. Streisfeld serves on the faculty of New York’s Special Music School, Face the Music, New Music on the Point and the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy). He looks forward to joining the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music as Assistant Professor of Violin Pedagogy this fall. Dr. Streisfeld holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music), Northwestern University (Master of Music), and Boston University (Doctor of Musical Arts). His teachers include Zvi Zeitlin, Almita Vamos, and Peter Zazofsky.


Kivie Cahn-Lipman holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory and The Juilliard School, and he received his doctorate in 2016 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is the founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)—with which he continues to perform regularly to critical international acclaim—as well as the founder, lironist, second gambist, substitute violonist, occasional cellist, and accidental quasi-director of the Baroque ensemble ACRONYM. He performs with numerous other ensembles, such as Wet Ink, LeStrange Viols, the Nouveau Classical Project, and the Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity.





Praised as “spectacular” by the Los Angeles Times and “extraordinary” by the Ventura County Star, the Times describes percussionist Ji Hye Jung as “a centered player who can give the impression of being very still yet at all places at once”. Ms. Jung began concertizing in her native South Korea at the age of nine where she performed more than 100 concerts including solo appearances with every major orchestra in Korea. Soon after coming to the United States in 2004, Ms. Jung garnered consecutive first prizes at the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. With percussion repertoire still in its formative stages, Ms. Jung feels strongly about collaborating with composers to further the creation of a new voice for the art form. She has commissioned and premiered works by several important composers including, Kevin Puts, Alejandro Viñao, Paul Lansky, John Serry, Lukas Ligeti, and Jason Treuting. In 2013 she made the premier recording of Michael Torke’s marimba concerto Mojave and in 2014 recorded Phillip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra for the Naxos label. Ms. Jung frequently performs with many of today’s most important conductors and instrumentalists. For six years she has served as principal percussionist with the west coast-based chamber music ensemble Camerata Pacifica, with whom she has premiered works by Bright Sheng and Huang Ruo. She has also recorded Stravinsky’s Les Noces with JoAnn Falletta at the Virginia Arts Festival, performed as soloist with David Robertson conducting an all Messiaen program at Carnegie Hall, and made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Hans Graf in 2005. In 2015 Ji Hye Jung was named Associate Professor of Percussion at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. She previously served as Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas for six years. An active educator and clinician, Jung has presented masterclasses at the Curtis Institute, the Peabody Conservatory, Rice University, Beijing’s Central Conservatory, and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. Ji Hye Jung completed a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, both under the tutelage of Robert van Sice. As an artist endorser, she proudly represents Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals.


Called “the very model of a 21st Century musician” by critics of the Indianapolis Star, pianist Michael Kirkendoll has established himself at the forefront of contemporary pianism. A dedicated advocate for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Michael has presented over one hundred new works in both solo and collaborative settings. His performances are musical journeys that often span the history of keyboard repertoire, including a sixteen-piece program entitled Musical Gastronomy, featuring works of Scarlatti, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Ives, Schoenberg, Ligeti, Rzewski, and a host of other living composers. Michael has been featured at prestigious venues in China, Singapore, Italy, France, and throughout the United




States, and was a finalist in the 2009 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Awards, where his performances were heralded as “inspired” showcasing “extraordinary” technical gifts and “superior intelligence.” Past performances of works including Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, and recitals featuring music of Frédéric Chopin, have been called “astonishing, regal, and eloquent.” A devoted educator, particularly of both musicians and audiences about the excitement of contemporary music, Michael founded the Cortona Sessions for New Music in 2010 (www.cortonasessions.com). The Cortona Sessions offer young performers and composers from around the world two weeks of focused study, performance, and collaboration with a faculty of esteemed contemporary music specialists. Located near the Tuscany-Umbria border in the hill-town of Cortona, Italy, the nightly concerts at the Sessions showcase nearly 100 works annually, including dozens of world premieres by both students and faculty. Fellows of the Sessions have created new music series, pursued graduate degrees in contemporary performance, and been awarded some of the most prestigious composition prizes in the world. Annually, members of the Cortona Collective (the faculty performance ensemble) present concerts featuring major contemporary repertoire alongside works of Fellows at universities and concert halls around the U.S. This new-music band includes members of the JACK String Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, h2 Saxophone Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra, and other innovative and exciting soloists. In concert, they perform works by Cortona Sessions Fellows, and other important works spanning all aspects of contemporary composition. Michael is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas, where he earned his doctoral and bachelor’s degrees, and also holds a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to teaching at the Cortona Sessions for New Music, Michael is also on the faculty of the prestigious International Institute for Young Musicians. When not at the piano, Michael can be found enjoying fine wine, cooking, golfing, or playing with his dog, Sam. Michael is also the author of the food and wine blog, The Uncorked Pianist, and can be followed on Twitter @UncorkedPianist. Michael Kirkendoll is proud to be a Yamaha Artist.


As an internationally recognized leading interpreter of contemporary and modern music, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway brings versatility and compelling insight to stages worldwide. Her work has been praised by the New York Times for “penetrating clarity” and “considerable depth of expression” and by Opera News for her “adept musicianship and dramatic flair.” Season highlights include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Oratorio Society of New York in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Jukebox New Music Series, performances with Duo Cortona (duos for voice and violin with Ari Streisfeld) on the Resonant Bodies Festival (New York) and the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (Princeton), the SONIC Festival with JACK Quartet, Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles at the Copland House, the music of John Zorn at National Sawdust and the Guggenheim, collaborations with the Amernet Quartet at the Kennedy Center, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Miami Jewish Music Series, and appearances in New York and Pittsburgh with the new music vocal ensemble Ekmeles. Ms. Calloway’s Carnegie Hall debut in the roles of Dominant and Musicologist in Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style with Robert Spano conducting brought recognition from the New York Times praising her singing as “rich-voiced.” Through this engagement she became a finalist for the internationally recognized Warner Music Prize. She recently performed with Alarm Will Sound in the world premiere of The




Hunger by Donnacha Dennehy in an unscheduled appearance last season. Recent engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Omaha Symphony under the direction of Thomas Wilkins, Thomas Adès Totentanz (cover) with the New York Philharmonic, the world premiere of Earth by Man Fang at the Southern Exposure New Music Series, the world premiere of Jeff Myers’ Requiem Aeternam with JACK Quartet at Trinity Wall Street, the music of John Zorn at The Cloisters, and the music of Helmut Lachenmann at Miller Theater. Ms. Calloway debuted with Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany, singing Alban Berg’s Der Wein under the auspices of Alte Oper for a national radio broadcast by Heissicher Rundfunk. She sang the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song in the inaugural PROTOTYPE Festival in New York and Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You with Gotham Chamber Opera at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Calloway has performed with leading contemporary ensembles including Ensemble Signal, Alarm Will Sound, Talea, JACK Quartet, Ekmeles, and Continuum. She has collaborated with today’s foremost composers including: Gabriela Lena Frank, Georg Friederich Haas, Unsuk Chin, Steven Stucky, Oliver Knussen, Nico Muhly, and Donnacha Dennehy. Ms. Calloway has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Series (Green Umbrella), Berkeley Symphony, Ojai Festival, San Francisco Girls’ Chorus, BAM Next Wave Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cal Performances, and Lincoln Center Festival. She has collaborated with the Amernet Quartet, Boston’s Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Dolce Suono Ensemble, and the Biava Quartet . She made her European operatic debut as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw at Opéra de Reims, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jovet (Paris) and Opéra de Lille. She has performed with Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival in Virginia, Tulsa Opera, Central City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of Pro Musica Hebraica. Ms. Calloway is a founding member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performances of lost and unknown Jewish art music. Ms. Calloway is a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council and first prize in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search. As winner of the EisenbergFried Concerto Competition, she performed Ravel’s Shéhérazade conducted by George Manahan. Ms. Calloway holds degrees from The Juilliard School (BM) and Manhattan School of Music (MM). She joined the faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy) in 2014 and this summer will be a master teacher at New Music on the Point in Vermont and Juilliard Summer Arts in Geneva, Switzerland. This fall she joins the faculty of the University of South Carolina. Ms. Calloway can be heard on Albany Records, Tzadik Records, BCMF Records, and Toccata Classics. www.rachelcalloway.com


David Rakowski was born and raised in St. Albans, Vermont, where he played trombone in high school and community bands, and keyboards in a mediocre rock band called the Silver Finger. Early musical challenges included taking pop songs off the radio for his band to play. He was his high school class’s valedictorian and its Best Thespian. He received his musical training at New England Conservatory, Princeton, and Tanglewood, where he studied with Robert Ceely, John Heiss, Milton Babbitt, Paul Lansky, Peter Westergaard, and Luciano Berio. He spent the four years after graduate school not writing his dissertation, holding down dismal part-time word processing jobs and helping to run the Griffin Music Ensemble in Boston. At the end of those four years, he took a running leap into academia with




a one-year appointment at Stanford University. Seven years later, he finished his dissertation. Rakowski’s most widely-traveled music is his collection of one hundred highly varied and high-energy piano etudes; these pieces approach the idea of etude from many different angles, be they technical, conceptual, compositional, or stylistic; many of them may be viewed on YouTube. He is now at work on a set of piano preludes and has finished fifty-six of a projected one hundred. He has also written five symphonies, eight concertos, three large wind ensemble pieces, a sizable collection of chamber and vocal music, as well as incidental music and music for children. Rakowski’s awards include the Rome Prize, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2006 Barlow Prize, and the 2004-6 Elise L. Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Tanglewood Music Center, BMI, Columbia University, the Orleans International Piano Competition (the Chevillion-Bonnaud composition prize), the International Horn Society, and various artist colonies. He is the only composer ever to be commissioned both by Speculum Musicae and the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. He has also been commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Sequitur, Network for New Music, Koussevitzky Music Foundation (with Ensemble 21 in 1996 and with Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2006), Collage New Music, the Kaufman Center/Merkin Hall, Boston Musica Viva, the Fromm Foundation (twice), Dinosaur Annex, the Crosstown Ensemble, the Riverside Symphony, Parnassus, The Composers Ensemble, Alea II, Alea III, Triple Helix, and others. In 1999 his Persistent Memory, commissioned by Orpheus, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, and in 2002 his Ten of a Kind, commissioned by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has been composer-in-residence at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Guest Composer at the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Karel Husa Distinguished Professor of Music at the Ithaca College School of Music, and a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts; since 2011, he is composer-in-residence with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra. His music is published by C.F. Peters, is recorded on New World/CRI, Innova, Americus, Albany, Ravello, New Focus, ECM, Blue Griffin, Centaur, Capstone, BMOP/sound and Bridge, and has been performed worldwide. Pending CD releases include a fourth volume of piano études on Bridge, and a second orchestral CD on BMOP/sound. After his year at Stanford, he taught at Columbia University for six years, and then skipped town, while laughing maniacally, to join the faculty of Brandeis University, where he is now the Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition. While at Brandeis, he has also taken part-time appointments teaching at Harvard University (twice) and New England Conservatory (also twice). Now a failed trombonist, he lives in Boston exurbia and in Maine with his wife Beth Wiemann and exactly two cats named Sunset and Camden.


Beth Wiemann was raised in Burlington, VT and studied composition and clarinet at Oberlin College and Princeton University. Her works have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, Continuum, Parnassus, Earplay, the Buffalo New Music Ensemble, Washington Square Contemporary Players, ALEA III, singers Paul Hillier, Susan Narucki, D’Anna Fortunato and others. Her compositions have won awards from the Orvis Foundation, Colorado New Music Festival, American Women Composers, and Marimolin as well as various arts councils. She teaches composition and clarinet at the University of Maine. Beth splits her time between Maine and Massachusetts, where her husband, composer David Rakowski, teaches at Brandeis University.




2016 CORTONA SESSIONS GUEST COMPOSER CHRISTOPHER CERRONE Hailed as “a rising star” by The New Yorker and winner of the 2015 Samuel Barber Rome Prize, Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984, Huntington, NY) is a Brooklyn-based composer whose compositional voice is characterized by profoundly expressive lyricism, ringing clarity, and a deep literary fluency. His opera, Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s classic novel, was praised by The Los Angeles Times as “A delicate and beautiful opera…[which] could be, and should be, done anywhere.” A finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, Invisible Cities received its fully-staged world premiere in a wildly popular production by The Industry, directed by Yuval Sharon in Los Angeles’s Union Station. It was released in 2014 as a commercial recording by The Industry’s in-house label. Recent and upcoming commissions include a work for soprano Hila Plitmann and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by John Adams; a violin sonata for Rachel Lee Priday and David Kaplan, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation; a new work for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; a piece for Present Music in Milwaukee; a solo piano piece for Vicky Chow Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music; a piece for percussion quartet and voice jointly commissioned by Third Coast Percussion and Sandbox Percussion; live original scores for installations at the New Museum and the Time Warner Center by artist and filmmaker Marco Brambilla; Memory Palace, a solo work for custom-built percussion instruments and live electronics; and more. One-sixth of the composer collective Sleeping Giant, Cerrone has written collaborative works for eighth blackbird, the Albany Symphony (where the Sleeping Giant composers are in residence through 2017), for vocalist Theo Bleckmann and the Dogs of Desire, and for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW. Upcoming projects include “Bach Unwound” for the cellist Ashley Bathgate. In addition to the Rome Prize, Cerrone has received awards and grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamber Music America, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, OPERA America, the Jerome Foundation, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, ASCAP, and New Music USA. He has served as composer-inresidence at the Carlsbad Music Festival and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, and will be in residence at the McDowell Colony in the summer of 2015. Christopher Cerrone holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and is published by Schott NY and Project Schott New York.

Guest Percussion Faculty: W. Lee Vinson

W. Lee Vinson is currently a freelance percussionist based in Nashville, Tennessee. For four seasons, from 2007 through 2011, he was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and from 2000 to 2004 served as a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of John Beck, and has done graduate study at Boston University. He also attended summer music festivals at Interlochen, Tanglewood, and the Brevard Music Center. Mr. Vinson has performed as an extra percussionist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. In 2012 he performed with Toronto Symphony Orchestra on their tour of Montreal and Ottawa, and in 2013 performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival. An active educator, Vinson was a guest lecturer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York during the 2014 - 2015 academic year and also served on the music faculty of the University of Kansas in an adjunct




capacity. He was previously a faculty member at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and in the summer of 2011 taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp. As a clinician and guest artist Mr. Vinson has appeared at colleges and universities across the United States including the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, the Hartt School, the Boston Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2015 he gave a series of clinics in Poland including classes at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, the Academy of Music in Krakow, and the Karol Lipinski Academy in Wroclaw. He also recently appeared as a guest performer at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Mr. Vinson is active within the Percussive Arts Society as a two term member of the Symphonic Committee and was formerly Vice President of the Massachusetts Chapter. He has appeared at the PAS Day of Percussion in Maryland, Massachusetts and Kansas, and in the Fall of 2009 was a featured symphonic clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the 2010 Convention, he organized and moderated the Symphonic Panel Discussion entitled “Orchestral Percussion in the College Curriculum.� An avid vintage and antique snare drum collector and historian, Mr. Vinson has contributed articles to Not So Modern Drummer Magazine and Percussive Notes. His personal snare drum collection numbers greater than sixty instruments, more than forty of which were manufactured in Boston dating from the 1860s through the 1930s. In 2011 he authored and designed BostonDrumBuilders.com, a website dedicated to researching and preserving the instruments produced by the early 20th century Boston based drum makers. W. Lee Vinson is a performing artist and clinician for Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Malletech LLC. Mr. Vinson is originally from Auburn, Alabama.

2015 Cortona Prize Winner: Bin Li

Bin Li (b. 1987, Fuzhou, China) is an emerging composer based in New York City. His music has been performed internationally at festivals and venues such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Avantin Suvisoitto (Finland), the Palais Montcalm (Quebec), the Neuen Synagoge (Berlin), the Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival (Indonesia), the Cortona Sessions (Italy), the Etching Festival (France), the Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Chinese National Contemporary Music Symposium, the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, the Midwest Composers Symposium, the Electronic Music Midwest, and SoundCrawl. Leading performers including the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-en, and members of the Jack Quartet have featured his music. Bin is an award-winner of the SCI/ASCAP Commissioning Competition, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition, the American Prize and the Cortona Prize. Additionally, he has received recognition from the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the BMI Composer Awards, the International Society of Bassists, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and the Brian M. Israel Prize. Bin holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His principle teachers were P.Q. Phan, David Dzubay, Claude Baker and Jeffrey Hass (Electronic). Additional studies include Samuel Adler in Berlin (2012), George Tsontakis in Aspen (2012), Georg Friedrich Haas and Fred Lerdahl in France (2013), Jukka Tiensuu and Jouni Kaipainen in Finland (2014), and Reiko Fueting in NYC (present). Bin currently works at the New York Times.




DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS RESIDENT ENSEMBLE: SEMIOSIS QUARTET The Semiosis Quartet thrives on passionately presenting 20th and 21st century compositions. With new music as a focus, we commission and work closely with living composers. Improvisation is also an important part of our performance values. Members include violinists Natalie Calma and Nicole Parks, violist Oliver Chang, and cellist Bryan Hayslett. We have performed with Equilibrium Concert Series, Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, August Noise JP, and we have coached with composer Joan Tower and the JACK Quartet. We have collaborated with the world music duo Terra Madre and attended the 2015 Emerging Quartets and Composers program at Deer Valley under the direction of the Muir Quartet. Collectively, members of the Semiosis Quartet hold degrees from The Boston Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Boston University School of Fine Arts, The Hartt School of Music, and St. Olaf College.

Alexandra Porter | Administrative Assistant, soprano (2014 Cortona Fellow) Alexandra Porter, soprano, is a dedicated performer, programmer, and supporter of contemporary music. Between 2012 and 2015, she was an annual student at New Music on the Point, working with emerging young composers as well as established artists like Tom Cipullo, Daron Hagen, Gilda Lyons, Robert Paterson, and Yehudi Wyner to bring new compositions to life. She has also worked closely in rehearsal and performance with the acclaimed members of the JACK Quartet and the American Modern Ensemble. In 2014 and again in 2016, she sang for the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, premiering various student compositions and collaborating closely with the esteemed faculty. This summer, she performed at the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, presenting chamber works by Kate Soper, Luciano Berio, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. In 2015, Ms. Porter assisted with the third annual Resonant Bodies Festival, a three-day event showcasing the many possibilities of the human voice, and founded the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project: a recital series committed to the elevation of modern art song composition. Equally at home in more traditional repertoire, she has performed as Monica (The Medium), The Governess (Turn of the Screw), Brigitta (Iolanta), and Jano in Janácek’s Jenufa. A passionate educator, Ms. Porter teaches private lessons for The Hun School, Princeton Day School, and Mason Gross Extension Division (Rutgers).

Wen-Ting Ong | 2016 Resident-Fellow in Piano (2015 Cortona Fellow) Wen-Ting Ong started the piano at seven years old with other interests in art and music composition, winning regional and state awards for watercolor painting and composing. However, her involvement in music grew more exponentially than her time in the art studio and she began competing in solo piano and concerto competitions. She won first place in the Chopin Fine Arts Club Competition, IMTA, and Honorable Mention in the MTNA Junior Division. Wen-Ting later attended Andrews University, majoring in Piano Performance and Pre-med Studies and finished her Master’s Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In her time there, she won second place in the Darius Milhaud Solo Performance and Chamber Competition and debuted at the NeoSonicFest with FiveOne, a contemporary music ensemble featuring works such as Missy Mazzioli, Judd Greenstein, and David Cromwell. She entered the University of Kansas in 2014 to pursue doctoral studies in Piano Performance with Dr. Jack Winerock. During her time in Kansas, Wen-Ting won the 2014 Fort Hays Concerto Competition, received the Patronus Award from the 2015 SAI Scholarship, was awarded Honorable Mention under Piano Duo at the 2015 International Bradshaw and Buono Piano Competition and was given a grant from the Koch Cultural Fund to support her contemporary musical ventures at the 2015 Cortona Sessions in Italy. Wen-Ting also enjoys integrating music with dance and is currently a ballet accompanist at the Lawrence Arts Center.




SCHEDULE OF EVENTS saturday | 25 june all day | lobby check-in 18h | cantina welcome banquet

sunday | 26 june 9h | sala neumann 10h | sala dolcetto 18h | sala neumann

welcome and discussion composition symposium opening concert: cortona collective

monday | 27 june 9h | terrazza women’s session 10h | sala dolcetto composition symposium 1530h | sala neumann presentation: David Rakowski 18h | sala neumann concert 2: contemporary performance competition 22h | sala beato angelico composer/performer speed dating

tuesday | 28 june 10h | sala dolcetto 15h30 | sala neumann 18h | sala neumann

composition symposium presentation: Beth Wiemann concert 3: duo cortona

wednesday | 29 june 8h | lobby FLORENCE EXCURSION

thursday | 30 june 10h | sala dolcetto 18h | sala neumann

composition symposium concert 4: cortona collective

friday | 1 july 10h | sala neumann 14h | sala dolcetto 18h | sala neumann

guest presentation: Fellows from Civitella Ranieri composition symposium concert 5: guest composer concert | Christopher Cerrone

saturday | 2 july 10h | sala dolcetto 14h | sala montepulciano 18h | sala neumann

composition symposium Duo Cortona competition readings concert 6: resident ensemble profile | semiosis quartet




sunday | 3 july 11h | sala neumann 14h | sala montepulciano 22h | sala neumann

concert 7: cortona collective and fellows iron composer competition concert 8: cortona fellows expo

monday | 4 july 8h | lobby WINE TOUR TO MONTALCINO Conti Costanti: tour / tasting Terralsole: tour / tasting / lunch / swim Montalcino Centro: gelato 22h | sala neumann movie

tuesday | 5 july 10h | sala dolcetto 18h | sala neumann

composition symposium concert 9: cortona collective and fellows

wednesday | 6 july 10h | sala dolcetto 18h | sala neumann 22h | sala neumann

composition symposium concert 10: premiere concert 1 concert 11: cortona flutes

thursday | 7 july 10h | sala dolcetto 14h | sala neumann 18h | sala neumann

composition symposium concert 12: cortona percussion concert 13: premiere concert 2

friday | 8 july 10h | sala dolcetto 14h | sala montepulciano 17h | sala neumann 20h30 | cortona centro

composition symposium concert 14: string quartet readings concert 15: premiere concert 3 closing banquet

saturday | 9 july 8h | lobby

check-out / departure




THE CORTONA PRIZE In 2014, the DuoSolo Foundation (now the International Foundation for Contemporary Music) and the Cortona Sessions for New Music awarded the first Cortona Prize for Composition. The Cortona Prize is an open call for scores fitting the instrumentation of the Cortona Collective, who also serve as the judges. The winner of the Cortona Prize is offered a scholarship to attend the Cortona Sessions, where the winning work will be performed by members of the Collective. In addition, they will have the opportunity to compose a new work for the Cortona Collective, to be premiered at the following-year’s Sessions. Submissions that are of particular interest to members of the Colelctive are chosen as Special Selections and may also receive performance during the Cortona Sessions.

WINNER OF THE 2016 CORTONA PRIZE Viet Cuong | Wax and Wire (clarinet, violin, cello, piano) WINNER OF THE 2015 CORTONA PRIZE Bin Li | Fuzhou, 1860 for violin and piano

commissioned piece: Concetto Spaziale 5 (violin, cello) to be premiered during 2016 Cortona Sessions

WINNER OF THE 2014 CORTONA PRIZE Dave Reminick | Consort for 4 soprano saxophones

commissioned piece: Bird Songs (flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, piano) premiered at the 2015 Cortona Sessions




CONCERT 1: OPENING CONCERT sunday | june 26 | 6pm sala neumann

CORTONA COLLECTIVE | SOLI Etude No. 52, “Moody’s Blues” (2003)

The Soul is the Arena (2010)

David Rakowski (b. 1958) Michael Kirkendoll, piano Mario Diaz de Leon (b. 1979) Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

Corporeal (1985)

Vinko Globokar (b. 1934) Ji Hye Jung, percussion

Dal Niente (1970)

Helmutt Lachenmann (b. 1935) Gregory Oakes, clarinet

Ali (2010)

Alex Mincek (b. 1975) Geoffrey Deibel, alto sax

Der Turm zu Babel (Selections) (2002) Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008) Rachel Calloway , mezzo-soprano Totem (2012)

Gergely Ittzes (b. 1969) Sarah Brady, flute

Sei Capricci (1976)


Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947) Ari Streisfeld, violin



CONCERT 2: CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE COMPETITION monday | june 27 | 6pm sala neumann

The Cortona Sessions Contemporary Performance Competition began during the 2012 Sessions as a way to highlight the talented perofrmers in attendance, and to further encourage collaboration between Fellows after the Sessions end. The winner of the Contemporary Performance Competition is awarded the HIEBERT PRIZE, named for Dave and Gunda Hiebert whose generosity and support of the IFCM, the Cortona Sessions, and music and art in the community has proved invaluable to so many. The Hiebert prize is a two-part award, giving the winning performer a small cash prize, and also a small stipend to be used by the Cortona Sessions to commission a Cortona Fellow to write a new solo work for the winning performer.

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE HIEBERT PRIZE 2015 | Connor Mikula, saxophone commission: Will Healy 2014 | Grant Bingham, bassoon commission: Clay Allen 2013 | Kelley Barnett, flute commission: Adam Borecki 2012 | Jennifer Weimann, mezzo-soprano commission: Dave Waugh

2016 CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE COMPETITION Brian Allred, flute Brian Ferneyhough: Cassandra’s Dream Song (1971) Shulamit Ran: East Wind (1987) Thomas Faulkner, marimba Jennifer Stasack: Six Elegies Dancing (1987) Adam Silverman: Stars, Cars, Bars (1999) Nave Graham, flute Shirish Korde: Tenderness of Cranes (1990) Philippe Hurel: Loops I (1999)




Robert Hess, alto sax Marilyn Shruday: Visions in Metaphor (1996) John Anthony Lennon: Aeterna (1996) Laura Hundert, clarinet William O. Smith: Five Pieces for Clarinet Alone (1959) Elliott Carter: Gra (1993) Stephen Marotto, cello Henri Dutilleux: 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher (1982) John Cage: Etudes Boreales (1978) Isabel Ong, violin Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 115 (1947) Elliott Carter: 4 Lauds for Solo Violin (1984-1999) Brian Sledge, flute Brian Ferneyhough: Cassandra’s Dream Song (1971) Edward Jacobs: Amuse-Bouche (2015) Leia Slosberg, flute Luciano Berio: Sequenza I (1958) Tristan Murail: Unanswered Questions (1995)




CONCERT 3: DUO CORTONA tuesday | june 28 | 6pm sala neumann DUO CORTONA

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Ari Streisfeld, violin Music, Jeremy Rapaport-Stein (European Premiere) * The Painter on Silk, Thomas J. Dempster (European Premiere) * The Last Birthday at Home, Kerrith Livengood (European Premiere)* Love Sonnets, Laura Schwendiger (European Premiere)         SONNET 116 -  Let me not to the marriage of true minds           SONNET 147 - My love is a fever, longing still           SONNET 18 -   Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? PAUSE

Islands of Death, Jeff Myers (World Permiere)          I. Isla de las muñecas (Island of the dolls)           II. Ilha da Queimada Grande (Snake Island)          III. Nazino Island          IV. North Brother Island (Typhoid Mary)           V. Île de la Cité (The Viking Siege of Paris)          VI. Shark Island (Namibian Concentration Camp) If only after you then me (or, Litanies),  Amadeus Regucera (European Premiere) * Cortona Composition Fellow




FLORENCE EXCURSION wednesday | june 29

All participants in the Cortona Sessions will enjoy round-trip train transportation for a memorable day-trip to Florence.Just over an hour away from Cortona, Florence is one of the most beautiful, interesting, and historic cities in the world. Train departs Camucia-Cortona: 8:24am Train arrives Firenze S.M.N.: 9:48am Florence To Do / To See The Duomo: walk to the top for stunning views Uffizi Gallery: Giotto, Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, etc. Galleria dell’Accadmia: home of Michelangelo’s David Museo 900: modern art (including an exhibit on 20th/21st Century music) Boboli Gardens: beautiful palatial gardens overlooking the city San Lorenzo Market: fabulous shopping stalls near train station and Duomo Trattoria Mario: one of the most incredible meals you will ever eat (Via Rosina 2r near Mercato Centrale - open noon-3:30) super local - very Italian





CONCERT 4: CHAMBER CONCERT thursday | june 30 | 6pm sala neumann CORTONA COLLECTIVE Chimes and Misdemeanors (2014)

Beth Wiemann (b. 1959) Michael Kirkendoll, piano

Like Blind Men Tapping in the Dark (2010)

Libby Larsen (b. 1950) Ji Hye Jung, marimba W. Lee Vinson, marimba

Jim & John (2015)

Michael Fiday (b. 1961) Sarah Brady, flute

3 Duos With Cello

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Ari Streisfeld, violin Gregory Oakes, clarinet Michael Kirkendoll, piano

Dhiply Zhia (1952) Charisma (1971) Paille in the Wind (1992) Un Lieu Verdoyant: Hommage à Gérard Grisey (1999)

Philippe Leroux (b. 1959) Geoffrey Deibel, alto sax Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano

Wax and Wire (2014) * winner of 2016 Cortona Prize


Viet Cuong (b. 1990) Gregory Oakes, clarinet Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn, Lipman, cello Michael Kirkendoll, piano



GUEST PRESENTATION | CIVITELLA RANIERI friday | july 1 | 10am sala neumann

CIVITELLA RANIERI COMPOSITION FELLOWS In 2013, the Cortona Sessions for New Music and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (www.civitella.org) began a unique partnership for the sharing of music, art, and ideas between two exciting institutions. Each summer, composition fellows of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation visit the Cortona Sessions, presenting lectures on their music for the Cortona fellows and faculty. When possible, the Cortona Collective visits the Civitella Ranieri Fellows at the beautiful Castello di Civitella to present a concert of contemporary music. Past Civitella Fellows to work with the Cortona Sessions include Pauline Oliveros, Du Yun, Luciano Chessa, Okkyung Lee, Andrea Clearfield, Amelia Cuni, Werner Durand, Alexandre Lunsqui, Larisa Vrhunc, and Eric Wubbels.

2016 Civitella Composition Fellows Javier Alvarez Fuentes, Mexico Thuridur Jรณnsdรณttir, Iceland Christian Kesten, Germany Lu Wang, China/USA




CONCERT 5: GUEST COMPOSER CONCERT friday | july 1 | 6pm sala neumann


Hoyt-Schermeron (2010) Michael Kirkendoll, piano

I Will Learn to Love a Person (2013) Ariel Downs, soprano Win-Ting Ong, piano

The Naomi Songs (2015) Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Michael Kirkendoll, piano




CONCERT 6: RESIDENT ENSEMBLE PROFILE CONCERT saturday | july 2 | 6pm sala neumann


2016 Cortona Sessions Ensemble-in-Residence Natalie Calma, violin Nicole Parks, violin Oliver Chang, viola Stephen Marotta, cello

John Zorn - Cat O’Nine Tails Olga Neuwirth - Settori Curtis Hughes - String Quartet No. 2 (premiere) Georg Frederich Haas - String Quartet No. 2




CONCERT 7: CHAMBER CONCERT sunday | july 3 | 11am sala neumann CORTONA COLLECTIVE & FELLOWS Cloud Lattice (2015)

Charles Peck (b. 1988) Ji Hye Jung, marimba

From the Grammar of Dreams: II (1988)

Kulamen Dilan (1990)

Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Porter, soprano Michael Finnissy (b. 1946) Geoffrey Deibel, soprano sax Ji Hye Jung, marimba

Falling Through Infinity (2011)

Blue Fog City, 1922 (2014) †

Nicholas Omiccioli (b. 1982)* Brian Allred, flute Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Michael Kirkendoll, piano Chelsea Komschlies (b. 1991)* Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Arie Downs & Alexandra Porter, sopranos

* former Cortona Fellow † premiered at the 2015 Sessions




IRON COMPOSER COMPETITION sunday | july 3 | 2pm

The Cortona Sessions Iron Composer Competition has been a tradition since the first Sessions. The competition is inspired by the television food competition show Iron Chef and pits all of our composition fellows into a fast-paced compositional showdown. Staged in three rounds, composers are given a ‘secret-themeingredient’ on which to compose one-minute works. After a brief time to compose, the works are distributed to performance fellows who quickly learn the works and return to perform them. Sessions faculty serve as judges, and after two rounds, scores are tallied and 3-4 finalists are selected. The winning composer will receive the title Cortona Sessions Iron Composer, and various other prizes.

Cortona Sessions Iron Composer Champions 2015 | Kerrith Livengood 2014 | Dana Malseptic 2013 | Dakota Wayne 2012 | Dave Waugh 2011 | Ramteen Sazeghari 2010 | Leo Hurley & Chris Prosser (tie)

2016 Iron Composer Competition Rules

• all works must be one minute in length (excessive timing over or under one minute will be penalized) • all works must have a title • secret ingredients and instrumentations will be announced prior to each round




CONCERT 8: CORTONA FELLOWS sunday | july 3 | 10pm sala neumann





2016 CORTONA SESSIONS WINE TOUR monday | july 4

The annual Cortona Sessions Wine Tour is an incredible journey into the soul of Tuscany. The focus of the tour is to experience and taste the most important and powerful wine in Tuscany: Brunello di Montalcino. We will visit two wineries in Montalcino (about 1.5 hours from Cortona) for extended tastings, highlighting the complexity and diversity of this remarkable wine. In addition, we will taste Rosso di Montalcino (the less-expensive ‘Baby Brunello) and IGT or SuperTuscan wines (wines made by blending the Italian Sangiovese grape with French grapes). We will also enjoy a brilliant home-cooked lunch at the Terralsole estate, full of local flavor. Wines and olive oil will be available for purchase at both estates and are truly outstanding. schedule 8:30am | depart hotel 10:00am | CONTI CONSTANTI tasting: 2014 Rosso di Montalcino, 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, 2004 Riserva Brunello, 2012 Igt Merlot, Grappa, Grappa Riserva 12:00pm | TERRALSOLE tasting: TBA lunch & swimming 4:00pm | visit Montalcino town 5:00pm | depart Montalcino 6:30pm | arrive Cortona




CONCERT 9: CHAMBER CONCERT tuesday | july 5 | 6pm sala neumann CORTONA COLLECTIVE & FELLOWS Aria (1958)

John Cage (1908-1992) Alexandra Porter, soprano

Divisions (2011)

Robert Fokkens (b. 1975) Ji Hye Jung, marimba W. Lee Vinson, vibraphone

Music for Sarah (1981)

John Fonville (b. 1950) Sarah Brady, flute

Child of Tree (1975)

John Cage (1908-1992) Cortona Percussion Group

Wrest (2005)

Amy Williams (b. 1969) Ari Streisfeld, violin Michael Kirkendoll, piano

Flutoods (2008-09)

David Rakowski (b. 1958) Brian Allred, flute

Bone Needles: A Working Song for Two Voices (2006) Gilda Lyons (b. 1975) Ariel Downs & Alexandra Porter, sopranos Vox Balanae (1971)


George Crumb (b. 1928) Brian Allred, flute Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Michael Kirkendoll, piano






CONCERT 10: PREMIERE CONCERT 1 wednesday | july 6 | 6pm sala neumann


Zhihua Hu: Modern Life Kathryn Irwin, Moose Davis, Alex Alfaro, percussion Luke Carlson: Ditokous Isabel Ong, violin Colin Payne: Amee Nave Graham, flute | Robert Hess, sax | Caitlyn Chenault, cello Zachary Pierce: HALLUCINation Leia Slosberg, flute | Sophie Kass, clarinet | Walter Park, violin Caitlyn Chenault, cello | Thomas Faulkner, percussion | Jack Yarbrough, piano Daniel Morel: Wanderings Benjamin Sledge, flute Daniel Morel: Cortona Quartet Yu-Han Chen, flute | Laura Hundert, clarinet Walter Park, violin | Caitlyn Chenault, cello Brian Denu: chrrp Sophie Kass, clarinet




David Vess: Tawasskythe Ariel Downs, soprano | Laura Hundert, clarinet Diana Rodriguez: Studies for Violin and Cello Walter Park, violin | Caitlyn Chenault, cello Samuel Gabay: Roxbury Triptych Robert Hess, sax Camila Agosto: Blemish Semiosis Quartet Bin Li: Concetto Spaziale 5 * Ari Streisfeld, violin | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello 2015 Cortona Prize Commission




CONCERT 11: CORTONA FLUTES & FELLOWS wednesday | july 6 | 10pm sala neumann

2016 CORTONA FLUTES Wedge | Peter Kramer Brian Allred, Leia Slosberg, Sarah Brady, flutes Raga Cha | Derek Charke Benjamin Sledge, Katie Williams, Yu-Han Chen, Sarah Brady, flutes





CONCERT 12: CORTONA PERCUSSION CONCERT thursday | july 7 | 2pm sala neumann


Alex Afaro | Moose Davis | Thomas Faulkner | Kathryn Irwin with Ji Hye Jung & W. Lee Vinson

Clapping Music

Steve Reich


John Eriksson


Askell Masson

New Year’s Eve

Elliot Cole Martin Bresnick

A Message from the Emperor Extremes


Jason Treuting



CONCERT 13: PREMIERE CONCERT 2 thursday | july 7 | 6pm sala neumann

PREMIERE CONCERT 2 Zachary Pierce: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Recomposed Semiosis Quartet Zhihua Hu: Two Paintings by Picasso Robert Hess, sax Camila Agosto: Listen to me as one listens to the rain Brian Allred, flute | Robert Hess, sax | Alex Alfaro, percussion Marshall Jones: Incantation Natalie Calma, violin Xinyang Wang: A Celestial Inscript Ariel Downs, soprano | Benjamin Sledge, flute | Sophie Kass, clarinet Isabel Ong, violin | Caitlyn Chenault, cello Kathryn Irwin, percussion | Wen-Ting Ong, piano Marshall Jones: Nocturne Natalie Calma, violin Benjamin Montgomery: String Quartet No. 1 Semiosis Quartet




Daniel Morel: Salt Duo Kaitlyn Williams, flute | Thomas Faulkner, marimba Yuan-Keng Ling: out of./ Yu-Han Chen, flute | Walter Park, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Caitlyn Chenault, cello Marshall Jones: Rhapsody Nicole Parks, violin David Vess: Two Sandburg Songs Alexandra Porter, soprano | Robert Hess, sax Walter Park, violin | Jason Stetler, piano




CONCERT 14: STRING QUARTET READINGS friday | july 8 | 2pm sala montepulciano

SEMIOSIS QUARTET Natalie Calma, violin Nicole Parks, violin Oliver Chang, viola Stephen Marotto, cello

Amir Bitran: The Galilee Oak Luke Carlson: Edges Daniel Morel: A Lyric Suite







CONCERT 15: PREMIERE CONCERT 3 friday | july 8 | 5pm sala neumann

PREMIERE CONCERT 3 Jay Rauch: Koan Robert Hess, sax | Walter Park, violin | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Colin Payne: The Impeccable Polish of the Moon Laura Hundert, clarinet | Tristan Greeno, piano Yuan-Keng Ling: Listen, I… Ariel Downs, soprano | Kaitlyn Williams, flute Isabel Ong, violin | Jack Yarbrough, piano Zhihua Hu: Ecology Semiosis Quartet Daniel Morel: Shaded Rhythms Laura Hundert, clarinet Amir Bitran: Six Poems by García Lorca Alexandra Porter, soprano | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Brian Denu: The Book of Repulsive Women Ariel Downs, soprano | Robert Hess, sax | Kathryn Irwin, vibraphone




Luke Carlson: Creations Nave Graham, flute | Sophie Kass, clarinet | Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Moose Davis, percussion | Tristan Greeno, piano Xinyang Wang: Qi

Leia Slosberg, flute | Sophie Kass, clarinet | Isabel Ong, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Wen-Ting Ong, piano David Vess: …hears it, glowing… Caitlyn Chenault, cello




2016 CORTONA FELLOWS COMPOSERS Camila Agosto | Camila Agosto, a music composition student at Montclair State University, looks to create music that produces a visceral effect on the listener, whether it be through collaboration of visual elements of dancers and graphics, or through emotional connections from music to the audience. Her pieces, both notated and improvisational, blend and layer melodies and rhythms within a tonal diatonic framework, and use extended techniques to create atmospheric textures and expand instruments’ timbral possibilities. Her music, and it’s emotional effect on the audience, is informed by her performance experience as a violist, both in classical music and in the collaborative/improvisatory ensemble founded with musician colleagues. Amir Bitran | Amir Bitran’s multi-lingual and multi-cultural background is perhaps the most important driving force behind his artistic impulse. His American, Jewish and Latin-American heritages have shaped his worldview and defined his diverse musical idiom. Trained as a classical pianist, Amir began composing in 2005. His early works for jazz and rock ensembles reflected the cross-pollination of various popular styles with abundant classical influences. More recently, Amir has focused on concert composition. In 2012, Amir was named a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould composition competition. Amir is currently a senior at Harvard College, where he has studied composition with Chaya Czernowin, Richard Beaudoin, Osnat Netzer, and Daniel Henderson. He has also taken lessons with composers John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Reza Vali. At Harvard, Amir has won competitions organized by the Harvard Composers Association that have led to performances by the Callithumpian Consort, the Juventas Ensemble, and the Dinosaur Annex Ensemble. In 2014, Amir’s orchestral work Kedushah was selected to be recorded by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as part of the BPYO’s first annual Young Composers Initiative under Zander fellow James Blachly. In addition, Amir’s music has been performed by the Grammy-award winning Parker Quartet, and by the Grammy-award winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano in various cities within Mexico and the U.S. Luke Carlson | The music of composer and conductor Luke Carlson has been called “personal and strong” (New York Times), “magical”, and “otherworldly” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His compositions have been performed by individuals and ensembles across the country, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Daedalus String Quartet, Network for New Music, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival. He is the recipient of the 2013 Druckman Prize, an orchestral commission (The Burnished Tide) from the Aspen Music Festival, premiered by Robert Spano and the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently participated in the 2015 Edward T. Cone Composition Institute which culminated in a performance of The Burnished Tide by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Additional honors include winning the 2016 and 2014 MACRO Composers Competition, multiple competitions held by Network for New Music, and various other prizes. Carlson received several academic honors and awards; most notably, the 2013 Hopkinson Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, “in recognition of superlative academic performance.” His principal teachers include Robert Kyr, Karim Al-Zand, Jay Reise, and James Primosch. He holds a BM, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon, a MM from Rice University, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Viet Cuong | Viet Cuong is a composer who has had works performed on six continents by a number of eminent musicians and ensembles including So Percussion, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, Gallicantus, Music From Copland House, Winston-Salem Symphony, Dolce Suono Ensemble, Mimi Stillman, Anthony McGill, Lisa Moore, and over seventy college and conservatory wind ensembles. Viet’s music has been featured in diverse venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, International Double Reed Society Conference, Boston GuitarFest, US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and American Public Radio’s Performance Today. Awards include the ASCAP Morton Gould Award, Suzanne and Lee




Ettelson Award, Theodore Presser Foundation Music Award, Cortona Prize, and Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, as well as honorable mentions in the Harvey Gaul Memorial Competition and two ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prizes. He has received artist residencies from Copland House, Yaddo, Ucross, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was a scholarship student at the Aspen, Bowdoin, and Lake Champlain music festivals. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Viet is currently a Naumburg and Roger Sessions PhD Candidate at Princeton University. Brian Denu | Brian Denu started composing as an undergraduate student in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, where he took regular lessons with composer Avner Dorman. His degree was in clarinet performance, along with a second major in physics, but composition quickly became his main musical focus. After graduating from Gettysburg College in 2013, he was hired by Naxos of America to work in their marketing department in Nashville, Tennessee, continuing to work on his music in every free moment. Currently, he is working on his Masters in Music Composition at Mannes College of Music at The New School, studying with Missy Mazzoli. Brian’s music is often inspired by his studies in physics, and specifically acoustics. He finds beauty in the elegant science behind how sound is produced and interpreted, and often utilizes spectral elements to communicate this simple sophistication. Samuel Gabay | I am a first year Master’s student in composition at the New England Conservatory studying composition under Kati Agócs and conducting under Michael Gandolfi. After changing from a career in production engineering and software development, I began intensive musicianship training at the Longy School of Music. There I studied composition under Paul Brust. My Klaviertrio for Piano Trio was premiered by the award-winning Trio Rachois. I was awarded the Margaret Rohde Award for excellence in solfège and theoretical studies. My art song “Monody” was workshopped in a master class by Dawn Upshaw. Upcoming pieces include a five-movement quartet for trumpet, horn, trombone, and piano and a work for solo alto saxophone. Zhihua Hu | My name is Zhihua Hu. I was born in Shanghai, China. I started to play the piano at the age of five and began to compose when I was eleven. After fierce competition, I had the honor to enter the Affiliated Middle School to Shanghai Conservatory of Music and studied composition under teacher Erbo Deng and Xia Dong. Thanks to my basic knowledge accumulation and rich practical experience, I passed layers of strict selection and entered the top class at Shanghai Conservatory of Musicwith the highest grade. My undergraduate program let me recognize that I have talent of compsing and piano, and this is why I continued to tap my potential by beginning master studies at Shanghai Conservatry of Music in September 2010. My compositions were performed in many famous concert hall in Shanghai, such as Shanghai Concert Hall and Luting He Concert Hall. I was very lucky to cooperate with some famous orchestras, such as Shanghai Opera Orchestra and Halland Ensemble Insomnio. Now I continuously pursuit my music dream studying in Manhattan School of Music. I am under the tutelage of German composer Reiko Fueting. Marshall Jones | Marshall Jones earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the College of Wooster in 2000 and his Master of Music degree from the University of South Florida in 2010 and is currently a D.M. candidate at Florida State University. He has served as a music director in churches in SC, NC, FL, and GA. Marshall’s works have been performed by members of the FSU Horn Choir, USF Percussion Ensemble, the Eppes Quartet and the Greater Cleveland Flute Society. His compositions have been featured at SCI Region VI Conferences, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Soundcrawl:Nashville, and as part of the International Horn Symposium. He is also a recipient of an ASCAP Plus award for 2012 -2014, and a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Yuan-Keng Ling | Yuan-Keng Ling is a native from Taiwan, who has studied music theory and composition since age 14. He has studied cello since age 10. He attended the American Boychoir school, and Chen Yuan 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



Municipal High School. After studying with Taiwanese composer Lee Wen-Pin, he is now a undergraduate in music composition and cello performance at Brandeis University, where he studies with Yu-Hui Chang, Eric Chasalow, Tamar Diesendruck, and David Rakowski. After three years at Brandeis, his music has been played by the Lydian String Quartet, Trio Emet, David Russell and Geoffrey Burleson, players from No Exit ensemble, and Adam Marks. He has a short chamber opera to be premiered by Guerrilla Opera in spring of 2016. Benjamin Montgomery | Benjamin Montgomery specializes in instrumental concert music, although explores a variety of media and experiments with interactive electronics in his spare time. His music creates an imagistic atmosphere that is often reflective and intellectually compelling. Finding inspiration in many different composers and style periods, he infuses diverse elements into a complex language. He views each piece as a journey to understand more about perception, spiritual beliefs, and emotional energy with the purpose of broadening his own perspective, and ultimately hopes for others to find a similar experience. He is currently working towards a M.M degree in both Music Composition and Music Theory at Michigan State University. He has studied composition with Ricardo Lorenz, Jere Hutcheson, Dana Wilson, and Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann. Daniel Morel | Daniel Morel is a Kansas City-based composer who energizes his music with spectral lyricism and microtonal expression. Garnering commissions and performances across the United States, his music reflects myriad literary and natural interests. His works are permeated with the Western sensibilities of his Colorado upbringing, drawing on influences ranging from prairie thunderstorms to classic American poetry. Mr. Morel has received awards and honors from the Byrdcliffe Guild, the City of Hartford, the Hartt School, the Longfellow Chorus, and the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Association, among others. Recent premieres include the Cherry Creek Chorale, Hartford Opera Theater, and Seasons Festival Orchestra. Mr. Morel serves as director of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. He holds degrees from Bucknell University (BA) and The Hartt School, University of Hartford (MM, AD) and is currently working on a doctorate at University of Missouri - Kansas City. Performance details and further information are available at www. danmorel.com. Colin Payne | As a multi-disciplinary instrumentalist, I find inspiration in many forms from the busy streets on a typical work day in Detroit to the ethereal countryside outside Siena, Italy. With a background in electronics and wireless compatibility, I am interested in the synthesis of sound, particularly in combinations with the human voice, noise, and acoustic instruments. I have served as assistant to Dr. Braxton Blake, an Eastman alumni and former student of Dr. Samuel Adler. In the summer of 2015, I was invited on scholarship to participate as a composer in the Siena Summer Music Festival. Currently, I am a grad assistant studying composition under Dr. Mark Sullivan and piano under Tamar Mikeladze at Michigan State University. In Fall 2015, I was recently awarded the Michigan State University Composition Fellowship. Principal teachers include Dr. Braxton Blake, Dr. Carlos Guedes, Dr. Gerald Custer, and Dr. Jon Anderson. Zachary Pierce | Zach Pierce is a unique, up-and-coming composer in the Northern Colorado region. Starting off his musical career as a drum set player in rock/metal bands and later being inspired by modern composers like Steve Reich, Andy Akiho, and John Corigliano, Pierce developed a compelling voice completing his first large ensemble piece by the age of 17. Pierce has since written works for many ensembles and solo performers such as “The Composers D’aMore Ensemble”, CSU Contemporary Percussion Quartet, Colorado Middle School Outreach Ensemble, and has premiered many of his own solo works. Pierce is also an in demand percussionist for many ensembles large and small. Last year alone, he helped premiere four percussion quartets and two keyboard solos while also performing in the CSU Sinfonia, Percussion Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. Zach Pierce is currently a senior Music Composition Major at 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



Colorado State University and is Vice President of the CSU Composer’s Society. He is a published Symphonic Pulse Percussion Artist, and has studied with notable figures Dr. James David, Dr. Eric Hollenbeck, and Mr. Shilo Stroman. Not limited to classical music, Pierce is also an active DJ in the Northern Colorado area playing a large variety of music to many different audiences in popular dance clubs, bars, wedding receptions, and restaurants in the area under the name “DJ Maestro.” Jay Rauch | A student at Boston University’s School of Music, Jay Rauch has studied composition with several teachers, including Joshua Fineberg, Alex Mincek and Rodney Lister. He worked his way through a number of instruments before coming to composition, beginning with piano at the age of 5. This was soon followed by clarinet, drums, saxophone and his primary instrument, bassoon. Jay’s compositions reflect his eclectic musical tastes, from jazz to balkan to classic rock. Since high school Jay has also studied conducting with instructors David Hodgkins and Ken-David Masur. He currently conducts Boston University’s contemporary ensemble, Time’s Arrow. In his spare time Jay gigs with the R&B group Unclaimed Freight, cooks and plays ultimate frisbee. Diana Rodriguez | Diana Marcela Rodriguez (b. 1987) is a Colombian composer whose music has been performed throughout the East Coast and France. She received her Master in Music degree from the Boston Conservatory. To date, she has studied under Susan Epstein-Garcia, Marti Epstein, Dalit Warshaw, and Curtis K Hughes. She was awarded with the Kirkham and Houseman Scholarship and the Mrs. Morgan P Gilbert Scholarship and was a finalist at the Jane Pyle Composition Competition in 2008 for her brass sextet “Lugubrious” and in 2009 for “Saudade” a piece for string orchestra and harp. She has received commissions by the Ludovico Ensemble and Boston Musica Viva. Tina Tallon | Tina Tallon (b. 1990) is a San Diego-based composer, soprano, improviser, and computer musician pursuing her doctoral studies in composition at the University of California, San Diego. Her music has been performed in the US, Australia, and Europe by ensembles and performers such as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Calder Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, members of the JACK Quartet, Talea, Eastman BroadBand, Transient Canvas, soprano Tony Arnold, trombonist Matt Barbier, and clarinetist Greg Oakes, among others. She has been commissioned by the h2 saxophone quartet, Jennifer Beattie and Adam Marks, the Oklahoma State University Frontiers New Music Ensemble, Transient Canvas, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Accordant Commons, flutist Meerenai Shim, Inverse Square Trio, Synchromy Music, and wildUP. Tina has held fellowships and residencies at the New Music on the Point Contemporary Chamber Music Program, Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Art of Migration Festival at UC Davis, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her first string quartet, selective defrosting, won grand prize in the 2013 PARMA Student Composer Competition, and her saxophone quartet, corpus, fractum, was a finalist for the 2014 Cortona Prize. Academically, her research interests include the relationship between somaesthetics and music cognition, computational modeling of energetic relationships between various musical parameters based upon Newtonian mechanics, development of software for spectral analysis and composition, algorithmic composition, and computational approaches to musicological inquiry. In addition to grants from Brandeis University, Tina won one of four inaugural Katzin Prize Fellowships to fund her research at UCSD. Tina holds S. B. degrees in Biological Engineering and Music from MIT, and an M.F.A in Composition and Music Theory from Brandeis University. Her primary teachers include Peter Child, David Rakowski, and Lei Liang. David Vess | David Vess is Boston-based composer and tubist. He holds a Master of Music in composition from the Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in tuba performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is the winner of the 2014 Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta Composition Competition. Vess’ music has performed in the US, Canada, and Italy by groups such as Boston Musica Viva, the Ludovico Ensemble, IKTUS Piano and Percussion Duo, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. He is the founder 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



of the Modern Brass Initiative, a new music group in Boston whose aim is to commission new works for unusual ensembles and combinations. David performs as the principal tubist of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. He is currently completing a Professional Studies Certificate at the Boston Conservatory, studying composition with Marti Epstein and conducting with Eric Hewitt. Xinyang Wang | Born in Guangyuan (ancient Lizhou), Sichuan, China, in 1989, Xinyang Wang studied composition at Sichuan Conservatory of Music (2007-2012), where he earned his bachelor’s degree studying with Yingzhong Chang. He completed his Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Reiko Füting. Wang’s prodigious musical output as an undergraduate included 24 preludes and fugues and 60 etudes for piano, 12 string quartets, 13 symphonic works and many other chamber pieces. He was the recipient of the National Scholarship of China for two consecutive years and was voted the Excellent Graduate of Sichuan Province in 2012; in the same year his work Lizhou II for piano solo and string orchestra was one of the winning pieces in the Gold Medal Awards of China. He also won first prize in the Third Rivers Awards Competition in Shanghai in both composition and performance in 2011. In summer 2012, as one of 20 young composers and musicologists from all over the world, Wang was invited by the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna to participate in a seminar on composition and Schoenberg. During this time, he worked with a number of distinguished composers, conductors and musicologists, including Rene Staar, Severine Neff, Zubin Mehta, Helmut Lachenmann, Müller Siemens and Christian Meyer. Works commissioned from Xinyang Wang include Fantasia for percussion sextet; Lizhou I for piano duo; Variation for percussion quintet; Three Songs for soprano and orchestra; Chamber Prelude for septet; Capriccio in One Movement II for Chinese Zither (Zheng) and percussion duet; and Yao for Chinese zither and piano. Xinyang Wang won second prize in the 2016 Cortona Prize.

PERFORMERS Alex Alfaro | Alex Alfaro was born and raised in St. Louis where he started his musical career before moving to Springfield for college. Beginning his lifelong career in music at the age of 5, Alex was naturally drawn to the drum-set and all things percussive. Playing in basement bands throughout childhood and his early teenage years led to steady gigging throughout St. Louis all through high school. Throughout high school, Alex expanded his musical ventures into the world of WGI, indoor marching percussion. Alex received a bronze medal in 2009 at the world championships with the Independent A Class group Voyager Intrepid Percussion. After high school, Alex left St. Louis for Springfield to attend Missouri State University where he is still currently enrolled pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance. Alex found a love all things classical when arriving in college and has begun to build a career as a solo and chamber musician. Along with intensive classical study under the direction of percussion professor Dr. Scott Cameron, Alex also studies jazz drum-set with Marty. Balancing a classical and contemporary lifestyle of music, Alex is still an active gigging drummer traveling the mid-west with Delta Sol Revival and with Cory King. Brian Allred | Flutist Brian Allred is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas where he studies with Dr. Sarah Frisof and serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant. Recently he was selected for the KU Graduate Honor Recital and was heard on Kansas Public Radio. Brian was a Second Prize winner in the 2013 Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition and won the 2014 piccolo fellowship with Orchestra Next. Brian received his Master of Music from Birmingham Conservatoire. During his time in Birmingham, Brian performed regularly with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and with the Sutton Coldfield Orchestra for their Young Soloists Concert. In addition to his studies and performing in Birmingham, Brian developed an interest in Baroque flute and won first prize in the 2013 Corton-Hyde Early Music Prize.




Brian has performed in masterclasses with renowned teachers such as Leone Buyse, Brad Garner, Molly Barth, and Philip Dikeman. Other principal teachers include Jonathan Rimmer, Marie-Christine Zupancic, and Kenneth Andrews. Natalie Calma | Venezuelan violinist Natalie Calma, currently based in Boston, is an enthusiast of new music and improvisation. In recent years, Natalie has been involved in a number of contemporary ensembles and festivals, including The Boston Conservatory’s New Music Festival, Boston University’s Center for New Music, Equilibrium Concert Series, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Additionally, she is the co-founder of the violin-marimba ensemble Balletik Duo, collaborating with and performing works by Boston composers at local venues. She is also a founding member of the Semiosis Quartet. Mrs. Calma has also performed on renowned stages and venues throughout the world, including Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Duomo di Siena, and Auditorio Emil Friedman. Natalie is also a Big Sister for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Lynn Chang, and Boston University,where she studied with Dana Mazurkevich. A native of Concord, MA, violist Oliver Chang performs regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, along with collaborating with the Semiosis Quartet, Boston String Quartet, New England String Quartet, and the Amherst String Quartet throughout New England. He teaches violin and viola at the Wayland School Community Program, introductory strings at the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music program, and maintains a private teaching studio in Framingham. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Eastman School of Music, and his Master’s Degree and Performance Diploma at the Boston University School of Music. Previous teachers include Michelle LaCourse, George Taylor, Carol Rodland, and Lisa Suslowicz. Yu-Han Chen | I currently study Master of Music at The Boston Conservatory and study with Sarah Brady. I mostly learned classical music before. However, I start to interest in modern music after I study with Sarah. I have performed a lot since my college period and I am willing to join any kind of performance.Especially chamber group and orchestra, I love to cooperate with others. In addition, I am a flute tutor and piano accompanist. It means that I have teaching experience. However, most music I performed are classical music. I would like to interact with new music much more. Caitlyn Chenault | Caitlyn Chenault is a passionate cellist who hails from Southern California, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Redlands. She is currently a doctoral student at UC’s College Conservatory of Music, where she studies with eminent pedagogue Yehuda Hanani. She also holds the position of head Orchestra Librarian at CCM as a graduate assistant. At CCM she is an active perform across the conservatory heard on the bass viola da gamba to her colleagues composition recitals. Caitlyn was a frequent performer with such groups as the Redlands Symphony, The Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, and the Orange County Symphony, and currently performs with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. When not performing, Caitlyn is an active Teaching Artist in the Cincinnati area. In her free time he enjoys playing chamber with her violinist/violist fiancée Walter Park, cooking, reading and long nature hikes. Moose Davis | Moose Davis, percussionist, has been a finalist in the The Great Plains International Marimba Competition and a winner of the 2013 UCA Spotlight Competition, performing as a soloist with the University of Central Arkansas’s Wind Ensemble in October 2013. Davis can be heard performing on Cloud Forest, Moonrise and Vagabond of Light from “Firefish: Music of Blake Tyson” (2013). In addition to his activities as a solo and chamber performer, Davis is an active educator and performer in the marching arts around the United States. He has marched with numerous Drum and Bugle Corps around the 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



United States including: Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, and The Blue Devils. While marching with The Blue Devils he assisted the organization in breaking the highest score in DCI history — 99.65. In August 2014, he was awarded 1st place in both the Percussion Ensemble division and Marimba Soloist division at the Individual and Ensemble Competition held in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to his marching career, he is an instructor with the The Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, as well as the WGI World Class percussion group United Percussion based out of Camden County, New Jersey. Ariel Downs | Soprano Ariel Downs is a native of Southern California. She has been praised for her “ravishing coloratura” and her “vivid” singing. Ms. Downs sang the role of Miles in The Turn of the Screw with Pacific Opera Project as part of the Benjamin Britten Centennial in Los Angeles, where she was described as “… [providing] many of the production’s most haunting moments”. Roles recently performed include Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Phyllis (Iolanthe), Miles/Flora cover (The Turn of the Screw), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), The Sandman (Too Many Sopranos!) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), as well as opera scenes as Amy (Little Women) and First Witch (Dido and Aeneas). She has appeared as a Young Artist in the Kunming Opera Festival (China), the Up North Vocal Institute, OperaWorks, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and New Music on the Point. As a strong interpreter of contemporary and experimental music, Miss Downs is passionate about working with composers and has had the opportunity to premiere numerous chamber music pieces. She also portrayed Charley in selections from Alexander Vassos’ new opera The House is Open and Sister 2 in Ellen Reid’s Winter’s Child as part of The Industry’s concert [First Take] in 2013. Miss Downs completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Puget Sound in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory under the instruction of Dr. Maria Kanyova. Thomas Faulkner | Thomas Faulkner began his studies of music at age 8, and began studying percussion four years later. He became closely involved with percussion throughout high school, and in 2014, he attended Tennessee’s Governor’s School for the Arts. This past May, he completed his first year at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, where he studies percussion performance under the instruction of Ji Hye Jung. At school, he is a member of the newly formed Vanderbilt Percussion Group, as well as a percussionist and timpanist for the school’s orchestra and wind symphony. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Thomas studied with Matt Broom in his hometown, Chattanooga, TN. Nave Graham | Nave Graham, has won first prize in the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Flute Society of Kentucky, and the Central Ohio Flute Association’s Young Artist Competitions. She has also been a prizewinner in the Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition, the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and the NFA Masterclass Performers Competition. Ms. Graham has played with the National Repertory Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, National Music Festival Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. As an advocate for new music, Ms. Graham was a 2015 flute fellow for the New Music on the Point Festival and is a current finalist for ensemble ACJW in New York City. She is also a member of the Next Generation Ensemble of Concert:Nova, the resident new music ensemble for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Graham is a DMA student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she is the graduate teaching assistant for Dr. Bradley Garner. She also serves on the flute faculty of the CCM Preparatory Department. Tristan Greeno | 20-year-old Tristan Greeno of Seattle, Washington is a pianist who continues to distinguish himself at an international level. His accomplishments include acknowledgements in the Northwest Chopin Competition and the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. In November of 2014, Tristan was selected as first prize in the Washington State MTNA Young Artists (Collegiate) Division, and was the Washington State Representative at the MTNA Regional Competition in Boise Idaho in January of 2015. Tristan has participated 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



in many national and international music festivals, including the International Institute for Young Musicians Summer Festival at the University of Kansas, as well as Music Fest Perugia, in Italy. He has performed with the Federal Way Symphony Orchestra of the greater Seattle area, as well as the Alicante Symphony Orchestra of Spain. Tristan has performed for a number of internationally renowned pedagogues. Including, John Perry, Marina Lomazov, Alex Sokolov, Peter Takacs, and many others. Tristan, a former student of Judy Baker, is currently studying with Dr. Steven Spooner at the University of Kansas, with hopes to obtain a degree in Piano Performance B.M. Robert Hess | Robert Hess is currently in the process to become a Masters of Music candidate. Robert is completing his Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education at Western University in Canada, where he studied with Bobbi Thompson and Laura Kerslake. He has performed in masterclasses for Allison Balcetis, Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Jennifer Blackwell, and composer Colin Labadie. In his undergraduate career, he has had solo opportunities with Western University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. He is interested in working with composers to develop new voices for saxophone music, as well as musicological identities presented in contemporary saxophone music. Laura Hundert | Laura Hundert is a clarinetist at The Eastman School of Music working on her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance under the tutelage of Kenneth Grant. She grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where her clarinet teachers were Luiz Coelho and Louis Gangale, and she was a member of the prestigious Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. She won the Contemporary Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and had the opportunity to perform the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto in 2013. Laura has toured Poland and Hungary with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and Turkey with the Shaker Heights High School Marching Band. At Eastman, Laura is a member of the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Orchestra, Ossia New Music Ensemble, Empire Film Music Ensemble, and several chamber groups. As a member of the woodwind quintet, The Skrüte Winds, Laura had the opportunity to perform in the Eastman Honors Chamber Music Recital in December 2015. Kathryn Irwin | Kathryn Irwin is a percussion performer and educator from Petal, Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion from Michigan State University under the instruction of Professor Gwendolyn Dease and Dr. Jon Weber. She completed her Master of Music degree in percussion performance at the University of Kansas with Ji Hye Jung, and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University where she studied percussion with Dr. Brett William Dietz. Kathryn has performed with scholastic and professional ensembles throughout the United States and Germany. Performances include the Eutiner Festspiele and Carl Maria von Weber Concert of Chamber Music in Eutin, Germany, the New Literature Session at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis with Hamiruge, the Louisiana State University percussion group, and “Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion” in Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Additionally, Kathryn has performed in notable master classes and clinics given by Robert Van Sice, the members of So Percussion, Tom Freer, Keith Aleo, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Ayano Kataoka, and Nena Lorenz. Sophie Kass | Sophie Kass is a native of Foxboro, Massachusetts, and is currently pursuing her Graduate Performance Diploma in clarinet performance at The Boston Conservatory. Sophie recently recieved her Bachelors of Music in clarinet performance in May 2015. She is currently the second clarinetist in the Boston Civic Symphony, she actively performs with the various Boston Conservatory ensembles, and The Bay State Stompers. As a chamber player, she has performed in The Boston Conservatory honors concert with The Niji quintet, and Beethoven trio opus 11. She has also been a part of Orford summer octet workshop in Orford, Canada. As a soloist, Sophie has performed the Ernest Chausson Andante et Allegro at the Belgian Clarinet Academy in Oostende, Belgium. Her most noted performance was alongside Banjo Hall of Famer, Steve Caddick in Barrington, Rhode Island. Sophie is currently a student of Michael Norsworthy. 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



Stephen Marotto | A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, Stephen has received a Bachelors degree with honors from the University of Connecticut, a Masters degree from Boston University, and is currently a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at BU under the direction of Michael Reynolds. Stephen’s formative teachers include Kangho Lee, Marc Johnson, and Rhonda Rider. As a passionate advocate of contemporary music, Stephen has worked with numerous composers, and has played with several new music ensembles in the Boston area. Stephen has attended music festivals at the Banff centre, SoundSCAPE in Maccagno, Italy, and the Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. Stephen has played in master classes for artists such as the Arditti Quartet and JACK Quartet. Stephen has a wide range of musical interest that include contemporary chamber music, improvisatory music, and electronic music. In his spare time, Stephen is an avid hiker and outdoorsman. Nicole Parks | Originally from Minnesota, Nicole Parks is a Boston based violinist and pedagogue. With a particular passion for contemporary music, she collaborates with a diverse group of performers and living composers to bring new music to a wide range of audiences. She is a violinist and co-founder of the Semiosis Quartet, a group who strives to perform exclusively 20th/21st century music with the passion and dedication that it deserves. She was the founder and original artistic director/conductor of The Lirica Chamber Ensemble; an ensemble created to play rarely heard and new works for chamber orchestra. She has played with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Cape Ann Symphony, The Metropolitan Symphony and The Northern Symphony Orchestra among others. She is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association and serves on the MA-ASTA board as Secretary. She has held a violin faculty position at The Community Music Center of Boston since 2010. She has also taught at summer performance/education workshops including BIMA at Brandeis University, Minnesota All-State Festival, and the chamber music festival, Stringwood. Nicole holds a BM in violin performance from St. Olaf College, and MM and PSC degrees from The Boston Conservatory where she studied violin performance and pedagogy with Sharan Leventhal. Isabel Ong | Isabel Ong is currently studying at Juilliard pursuing her Masters degree in violin performance while studying under Laurie Smukler.. Previously, she has studied under Grigory Arutyunyan, Carla Trynchuk, and Joseph Lin. Isabel has often been involved at charity functions and benefit concerts playing solo projects and collaborating with other musicians. She performed at ASAP’s 15th’s anniversary celebration honoring their non-profit service of spreading higher education and implementing healthier and cleaner living conditions for the people of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Additionally, she appeared in Muhammad Ali’s Charity Concert at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Also, Isabel has played in venues held by GYC/GC (both international organizations), is very active on 3ABN (a Christian-related media), and was invited to WNIT TV (a PBS television member station). Most recently, Isabel performed on the Taiwan Indigenous Television Channel 16. Isabel has also performed in Bermuda, Bahamas, Canada and all over the United States. Again in 2012, she was asked by Aletheia University of Tamsui, Taiwan to perform their 130th anniversary concert providing a mixed recital of Western Classical music and classically-rendered Chinese folk pieces. Isabel is a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble led by Joel Sachs at the Juilliard School. Walter Park | Cincinnati-based violinist and violist Walter Park brings an unmistakable passion to the classical music culture of Cincinnati. Since having moved to Ohio in 2011, Walter Park has become an active musician in both contemporary chamber music as well as classical chamber and orchestral music. Born and raised in Orange County, California, Walter grew up listening to and participating in a wide array of musical genres including film music, musical theatre works, ballets, operas, orchestral works, chamber music ensembles, and string quartets. Walter performs primarily with a new Cincinnati-based contemporary chamber music ensemble, All of the Above, but also performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. He is a recent graduate at the 2016 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where he studied with, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Piotr Milewski, Liu Yang, Anna Reider, and Brittany MacWilliams. He has participated in a several music festivals including the Tafelmusik Baroque summer institute, the Mozarteum summer academy, and Summit music festival in NY. Benjamin Sledge | Benjamin Sledge fell in love with music early in life. He has studied piano with Terrie Siebert and currently studies flute with Dr. Christine Gustafson. He has defined himself as a soloist and avid performer new music, receiving an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award to fund a concert of 20th and 21st century solo flute literature. He has studied composition under Dr. Marc Faris, Dr. Mark Taggart, and Dr. Ed Jacobs. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by various students and faculty at East Carolina University, as well as across the Eastern seaboard. Leia Slosberg | Leia Slosberg is a dynamic young flutist based in New York, NY. Committed to the performance of new music and the expansion of flute sounds, she has performed dozens of premiers throughout her career and also performed at The Boston Conservatory’s New Music Festival in 2014. Leia has worked closely with many young composers including including Felipe Pinto d’Aguiar Montt, Craig Davis Pinson, Ethan T. Parcell, and the composer collective CanvasSounds; additionally, she has played for Joan Tower, Louis Andriessen, and Marcos Balter. In the spring of 2015, Leia premiered a program of commissioned new music for flute with text and speech; she had the privilege of playing this program of 5 works in Chicago, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC. Currently pursuing her Masters of Music in Contemporary Performance at Manhattan School of Music, Leia concertizes in New York as a member of Tactus, presenting programs consisting of Berio, Carter, Boulez, Messiaen, Balter, and many others. Leia’s primary studies have been with Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor, Sarah Brady, and Paul Taub. Jason Stetler | Jason Stetler is from Mulvane, Kansas. He is a piano performance major at the University Of Kansas School Of Music under Dr. Scott McBride Smith. Jason has been playing the piano since his grandmother, Lucretia, began teaching him when he was 5 years old. He has won awards for his pianism in the Kansas Music Teachers Association Junior/Senior piano competition, as well as the Music Teachers National Association senior piano duet competition. When he’s not practicing or studying for exams, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and doing anything outdoors. Kaitlyn Williams | Kaitlyn Williams is a native Texan flutist currently studying performance at the Boston Conservatory with Ann Bobo. Williams has performed with Sir James Galway at the Magestic Theatre in San Antonio; in the Texas All State Philharmonic; and performed in various masterclass and summer academies for Jeanne Baxtressor, Soo Kyung Park, Marriane Gedigian, Leone Buyse, John Thorne, Keith Underwood, and Judith Mendenhall, among others. At the Conservatory, Williams participates as much as possible in Composer Recital Series concerts for the gifted student composers of the school and regularly in chamber music ensembles. Jack Yarbrough | Jack Yarbrough is a pianist from Birmingham, Alabama, who is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas where he studies with Jack Winerock. Jack most recently won the KMTA Freshman/Sophomore piano competition, and is a Cortona Sessions 2015 fellow. Jack frequently performs with the Helianthus Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble led by composer Forrest Pierce. In addition to being a pianist, Jack is a dedicated coffee fanatic, avid literature reader and film aficionado.










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Where to buy: Enoteca Molesini (Piazza Repubblica) What to buy - good bets listed below

FuFluns (pizza) Mercato Molesini (sandwiches) Pozzo Antico (Anna and Franco) La Loggetta (overlooking piazza) La Bucaccia (fancier - amazing pici) Osteria del Teatro (fancier - fun) Ambrosia (fancier - cool spot) Ad Braceria (seafood and meat) La Grotta (nice bistecca) Pane e Vino (great wine/cured meat) La Saletta (nice coffee and lunch) Bar 500 (deserts and coffee)

*denotes Romeo wines, available at Romeo enoteca to right of Piazza Repubblica

splurges in italics Cortona Syrah Bramasole | Achelo | Tenuta d’Alessandro Stefano Amerighi | Il Bosco Chianti Classico Monsanto | Dievole | Antinori Peppoli Nipozzano | Castell’in Villa | Vitticio | Felsina San Felice | Badia a Passignano


Rosso di Montalcino Casanova di Neri | Fanti | Barbi | Valdicava Poggio di Sotto | Salvioni

Terrabruga (pottery)

Brunello di Montalcino (all are splurges - bigger splurges in italics) Caparzo | Col d’Orcia | Barbi | Terralsole Poggio Antico | Romeo* | Casanova di Neri Poggio di Sotto | Antinori

USEFUL PHRASES I would like... | Vorrei... May I have... | Posso avere... Where is the bathroom? | Dov’è il bagno? Thank you | Grazie Still water | Aqua naturale - (senza gas) Sparkling water | Aqua frizzante - (con gas) House wine | Vino della casa Very good | Molto bene

Rosso di Montepulciano Poliziano | Romeo* | Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Poliziano | Romeo* | Bramasole | Avignonesi IGT Super-Tuscan Wines (blends of cabernet/merlot/syrah/sangiovese) Falesco Montiano | Guidalberto | Le difese La volte | Crognolo also: Limoncello at Romeo*




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2016 Cortona Sessions Program  


2016 Cortona Sessions Program