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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 cortona collective bach/berio concert – 24 florence excursion – 25 resident ensemble portrait concert: scorrevole – 26 cortona collective concert – 27 resident ensemble portrait concert: international counterpoint – 28 resident ensemble portrait concert: all of the above – 29 wine tour – 30 chamber concert– 31 iron composer competition – 32 cortona percussion concert – 34 chamber concert – 35 cortona cellos concert – 36 guest from civitella ranieri – 37 conducting workshop – 38 premiere concert 1 – 40 performer showcase concert - 41 premier concert 2 – 42 2017 fellow bios – 45 thank you / sponsors – 56 guide to cortona – 57




BENVENUTI Welcome to the 2017 Cortona Sessions for New Music! It is incredible to think that this year marks the eighth time we have had the opportunity to make music in this incomparably beautiful and special place. Over the years, we have met so many interesting new people, heard amazing new music, experienced incredible new foods and wines… but one thing has always remained constant – the love, joy, and friendship permeating everyone and everything that makes up the Sessions. We have always believed in promoting not just the creation and performance of diverse, interesting, and challenging contemporary music, but in encouraging a more thoughtful, elegant, and open discourse about art, life, and society in the 21st Century. These times are filled with many challenges for people from all backgrounds. The Cortona Sessions strives to be a place where music, art, and beauty can be fostered in order to go out in the world and make statements that brings light, love, peace, and passion. I hope the beauty of Cortona and the ever-present spirit of la dolce vita inspires all of you, and look forward to sharing in the beauty of creation with you over the next few weeks! Grazie e saluti! Michael Kirkendoll Founder and Artistic Director of the Cortona Sessions

THE CORTONA SESSIONS IN NUMBERS Seasons – 8 Fellows – 219 World Premieres – over 500 Festivals / Ensembles Started by Fellows – 10







2017 *returning fellow David Abraham David Angelo* Mikey Arbulu Lisa Atkinson Emily Azzarito Madeline Barrett Megan Bauman Sonya Belaya Mattie Brister Crystal Buck Flora Campbell-Tiech Aidan Cook Marco Crispo Jovana Damnjanovic Brian Daurelle Amber Evans Yijia Fang Nadja Geier Nave Graham* Charlie Hackemer Mimi Harding Colin Hinton Karl Hirzer Ben Justis Todd Kitchen Forrest Lam Margaret Lambie Pascal LeBouef Alexis Mitchell Lauren Murphy Jena Nahnsen Dudley Raine IV Jeremy Rosenstock Brandon Snyder Philip Snyder Om Srivastava Morgan Sutherland Mari Takeda Matthew Umphreys Michael Vince Garrett White

CORTONA FELLOWS 2016 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*

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

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

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



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


THE CORTONA COLLECTIVE 2017 faculty marked with * flute | sarah brady* mary fukushima clarinet | michael norsworthy 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 michael compitello* voice | laura bohn, soprano rachel calloway, mezzo-soprano jeffrey gavett, baritone* sarah tannehill-anderson, soprano conductor | chris younghoon kim* jake wallace composers | suzanne farrin* gabriela lena frank forrest pierce* stevan tickmayer

2017 SPECIAL GUESTS & DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS ensembles-in-residence | all of the above; international counterpoint; scorrevole resident-fellow in piano | sonya belaya 2017 cortona prize composition fellow | pascal leboeuf civitella ranieri guest composers ben goldberg, matmos, kate soper 2017 administrative assitant | margaret lambie documentation by SALT Arts Documentation, tina tallon 2017 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 multi-faceted 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, New Focus, 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), The Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy), Southern Exposure, and the North Carolina New Music Initiative. 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 recently premiered his Machaut arrangements for voice and violin at The Stone with upcoming performances of his arrangements of Gesualdo Madrigals for cello quintet by the JACK Quartet with guest cellist Joshua Roman at Music Academy of the West, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Omaha Chamber Music Society. A passionate and committed music educator, Dr. Streisfeld is currently Assistant Professor of Violin and Violin Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music and serves on the faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy) and is the string coordinator at the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory. He previously taught violin and chamber music at New York’s Special Music School, Face the Music, and New Music on the Point. 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.


While all the other kids were learning addition in first grade, Kivie Cahn-Lipman was running around the classroom singing that he was a yeti. His kindly teacher said he was very musical, so Kivie was allowed his choice of instruments along with the therapy. He told his parents he wanted to play the drums, so they asked him what instrument he REALLY wanted to play. “The tuba,” he replied, and they handed him a violin. The violin teacher was all “you can’t touch the violin until you’ve learned to respect the violin,” but in their third lesson Kivie picked his nose and wiped it on the violin, and then that teacher went away and Kivie’s parents gave him a cello. And when he picked his nose and wiped it on the cello, the new teacher was like “ewww gross don’t do that, here’s a tissue, clean that up and let’s play music,” and that seemed like a good idea. Eventually Kivie went to Oberlin and then Juilliard, and after awhile each




school gave him a fancy document written in Latin that hopefully indicates that he graduated. He finished up his education at the University of Cincinnati, and he’s a doctor now. Not that kind of doctor. Since its foundation in 2001, Kivie has been the cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (and please don’t abbreviate it to “ICE” anymore), and he still tours all over the world performing with them. He served on the faculties of Smith College and Mount Holyoke College from 2005–2012 and The College of New Jersey from 2015-2017, and he’s now an Assistant Professor of Cello at Youngstown State University. Kivie started his own Baroque ensemble, ACRONYM, and he finds seventeenth-century music in old manuscripts and transcribes it, and they give the first performances of it in hundreds of years; they’ve got eight CDs of modern premieres recorded and more on the way. Kivie also plays the viola da gamba for some reason, and he performs and records with LeStrange Viols. His 2014 solo recording of J.S. Bach’s cello suites got a nice blurb in a trade publication called The Strad, but he’s way more proud of the warm personal letter praising the disc which he received from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kivie’s mom also claims to like the recording, although she thinks some of the tempos are too fast. You can find it on sale wherever you can still find music on sale, and the discs make great coasters. Also, a recent review in the New York Times noted that “his long, flowing hair often covered his face as he played.” Seriously, the New York Times printed that. Kivie mostly stopped picking his nose in 1985.


Michael Compitello is a dynamic, “fast rising” (WQXR) percussionist active as a chamber musician, soloist, and teaching artist. Michael is dedicated both to honoring his instrument’s most important repertoire and creating dynamic new art through collaborations with composers, performers, actors, and artists in all mediums. He has performed with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble ACJW, and with members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Eighth Blackbird and So Percussion, while appearing in diverse locations such as the Darmstadt Summer Course, the LA Phil’s Green Umbrella Series, June in Buffalo, Mostly Mozart, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Michael has worked with Helmut Lachenmann, Nicolaus A. Huber, David Lang, John Luther Adams, Alejandro Viñao, Marc Applebaum, and Martin Bresnick on premieres and performances of new chamber works. He also champions new and recent works for solo percussion in the US and abroad, organizing and participating in consortium commissions for works for solo percussion from composers such as Christopher Cerrone, Tonia Ko, Amy Beth Kirsten, James Wood, and David Crowell. With cellist Hannah Collins as New Morse Code, Michael works to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers. Through collaboration with colleagues such as Christopher Stark, Robert Honstein, Andy Akiho, Matthew Barnson Tonia Ko, Paul Kerekes, and Caroline Shaw, New Morse Code has created a singular and personal repertoire that reflects both their friends’ creative voices and their own perspectives. In addition to performing, New Morse Code has worked with composers and performers at the University of Kansas, Austin Peay State University, The Catholic University of America and Cornell University, in addition to leading interactive performances at Community MusicWorks in Providence, the Geneva Music Festival, and Greenwood Music Camp. New Morse Code were finalists in Concert Artists Guild’s 2014 competition, and coordinates Avaloch Farm’s New Music Initiative—a residency program in New Hampshire for collaboration. As an orchestral musician, Michael has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Michael is Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas. He previously taught at Cornell University and Mt. Holyoke College, and was Interim Lecturer in Percussion at UMass Amherst in the fall of 2012. Michael earned an MM and MMA from the Yale School of Music, and a BM from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with renowned percussionist Robert Van Sice. From 2009 to 2010, Michael performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ensemble Modern and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, Germany on a Fulbright Grant from the US Department of State. 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC




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 sixteenpiece 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.


Jeffrey Gavett (baritone), called a “brilliantly agile singer” by the New York Times, performs a repertoire spanning from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works and his own compositions. An active collaborative musician, he has sung with a broad array of artists, ranging from the Rolling Stones and indie rock group Clogs to new music groups ICE, New Juilliard Ensemble, the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, SEM Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Talea Ensemble; and his own groups, the new music vocal ensemble Ekmeles, and mixed ensemble loadbang (trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, baritone voice). He has worked with composers including Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Terry Riley, Caroline Shaw, Steven Takasugi, and Charles Wuorinen. As a soloist in New York he has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, The Stone, and Zankel Hall.




He made his European stage debut in 2014, performing in Rudolf Komorous’s Nonomiya and the world premiere of Petr Kotik’s Master-Pieces at New Opera Days Ostrava in the Czech Republic, then singing Berio’s Coro under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival Academy. In 2015 he appeared in the world premiere of Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow on the Holland Festival, with subsequent performances in Oslo, Arras, Zagreb, and New York; and returned to reprise his role in Kotik’s Master-Pieces for Ostrava Days. He appears on video in Judd Greenstein’s A Marvelous Order, and is currently workshopping a new opera by Evan Ziporyn. In January 2017 he performs the world premiere of Matt Marks’s Mata Hari on the Prototype Festival. Mr. Gavett holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music.


Chris Younghoon Kim has been at Cornell University as the director of orchestras and associate professor of music, since 2004. The League of American Orchestras and ASCAP have awarded the first place award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music to the Cornell Orchestras among all collegiate orchestras in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He has premiered over 200 works by contemporary composers worldwide. Cornell Symphony Orchestra has hosted two Meet the Composer New Partnership residencies. The American Prize recognized his work in 2014 in three different categories; Winner of the the American Prize in Orchestral Programming, 2014—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, Winner of the American Prize in Conducting, 2014—College/University Orchestra Division and finalist in the American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university orchestra. At Cornell University he directs the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, teaches conducting and works closely with the DMA composers in presenting their work in concert. With the Cornell Orchestras he has led international tours and joint collaborations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. In 2017 he will take the orchestra to Argentina to continue to multi year collaboration with Sinfónica del Neuquén and the conservatory in the city of Neuquén. He has appeared with orchestras in the United States and abroad, including ensembles such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Delta Festival Ballet, Symphoria based in Syracuse, NY, Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Italy. He has also appeared in music festivals such as, Kinhaven Music Center, Skaneateles Music Festival, and International Bartók Festival in Szombathely, Hungary among others. Recently he has been active in Asia guest conducting at Ewha Womans University, Shieh Chien University in Taiwan and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.


Suzanne Farrin’s music explores the interior worlds of instruments and the visceral potentialities of sound. Her music has been performed by some of the great musicians of today on stages across Europe and North and South America. Tim Page, the former classical music critic of the Washington Post wrote: “If you can imagine the dense, perfumed chords of Messiaen’s piano music combined with the clangorous, insistent, nearpictorial tone-clusters of Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, you will have some idea of what Farrin’s work sounds like. Yet it transcends its derivations to leave the distinct impression of its own.” Her music has been featured at venues and festivals including The Gothenburg Art Biennial (with Jacob Kirkegaard), Mostly Mozart, Matrix, Alpenklassik, Music in Würzburg, BAM NextWave, Theaterforum (Germany), Town Hall Seattle, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Symphony Space, the Walker Art Center, SALT (Victoria, BC), Festival Nuevo Mundo (Venezuela), Centro de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina) and New York’s The Stone, Spectrum, Subculture, Miller Theater, Merkin Hall 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



and Joe’s Pub. She has been supported by organizations such as the Philharmonia Society of Bremen, the Rockefeller Foundation, Meet The Composer, the Wachovia Foundation, Concert Artists Guild and New Music USA. Musicians and ensembles who have interpreted her work include the American Composers Orchestra, The League of Composers Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Arditti Quartet, So Percussion and soloists Leonard Elschenbroich (Germany), Ksenija Sidorova (Latvia), Antoine Tamestit (France), Joshua Rubin (USA), Derek Bermel (USA), Kyle Armbrust (USA), Nuiko Wadden (USA), Ben Melsky (USA), and others. Recent radio appearances include a feature on “In-Studio” on WUOL Louisville, KY with pianist Renate Rolfing, “Abono 1110” on Radio Ciudad (Buenos Aires) with Sandra de la Fuente, and Radio Nacional Clásica’s “Juego de Cartas” with Laura Novoa (Argentina). In addition to composing, Suzanne is a performer of the ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument created by the engineer Maurice Martenot in France in the 1920s as a response to the simultaneous destruction and technological advances of WWI. She performed in the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at Georgia Tech and with the Farnorth Collective on a tour of Greenland. She gave a solo recital at the Centro de Artes in Buenos Aires that included works commissioned works as well as Debussy, Varese, Bach and Messiaen. She was recently featured as an ondes soloist in an episode of Mozart in the Jungle with Gael Bernal that was directed by Roman Coppola. Her latest piece, the monodrama Dolce la morte, based on the love poetry of Michelangelo, was commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble and will be premiered by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo at the Vélez Blanco Courtyard at the MET Museum on April 1st, 2016. It was performed again in July 2016 at the Crested Butte Festival in Colorado. Suzanne is currently Professor and Chair of Music at Hunter College and Professor of Composition at The CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a doctorate in composition from Yale University. Corpo di Terra (New Focus Recordings) is devoted entirely to her music, which may also be heard on the VAI, Signum Classics, Tundra and Albany Records labels. Suzanne will be part of the composition faculty at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in summer 2017.


Forrest Pierce composes music steeped in religious mysticism and contemporary virtuosity. Sincere, often triadic, and blatantly tuneful, it draws on both non-western and rock-era traditions to depict an authentic world of sacred unity and natural beauty. His works have been performed in sacred and concert settings around the world, on noteworthy concert series and by diverse ensembles such as the BBC Singers, Brave New Works, the Chamber Players of the Society of New Music/ ISCM, the BMOP chamber series, DuoSolo, the Chamber Orchestras of Portland and Kansas City, Khorikos, the Indianapolis and Walla Walla Symphonies, Volti, the Concord Ensemble, Octarium, the Seattle New Music Ensemble, the Latvian Radio Choir, the Oregon and Northwest Repertory Singers, the Boston Choral Ensemble, the Dublin and Canadian International Organ Competitions, Songfest, and by numerous distinguished soloists in North America and abroad. Pierce is the past resident composer of the Seattle New Music Ensemble and was the founding artistic director of Portland’s Friends of Rain Contemporary Ensemble. His catalog is led by over 50 works for voices, including operatic, choral, and solo vocal forces. He has been the winner of the 2012 Barlow Prize in Composition, the Robert Avalon International Composition competition, was named a winner of the 2012 Ortus International competition, was first prize recipient of the Boston Choral Ensemble and Boston Chamber Singers choral competitions, and was composer-in-residence of the beautiful—if short-lived—International Meeting of Choral Music at the University of São Paulo—Riberão Preto, Brazil.





Incepted in 2014, All of the Above is a Cincinnati-based contemporary music ensemble consisting of current and former students of the College-Conservatory of Music. The ensemble has since been featured in the Constella Festival, Music for All National Festival, Giovanni Vecchi Concert Series, The Cincinnati Art Museum Muse Concert Series, and the Music in the Gorno Library Concert Series. In addition to regular appearances at Classical Revolution Cincinnati, All of the Above has also performed at various Galas sponsored by Ohio Cancer Research and CityLink Center. AOTA was announced as the Ensemble-in-Residence at Xavier University beginning in 2016. The ensemble’s performances at the University have since been included in the Music Department Concert Series. AOTA has also been involved in various ensemble coachings, recruiting of future music majors, masterclasses, and side-by-side performances with Xavier University students. AOTA has been a next:generation ensemble with concert:nova since 2015. As part of this partnership and mentorship program, members of AOTA have been given the opportunity to perform alongside concert:nova artists while also participating in workshops covering various topics including interactive performances, marketing, non-profit education, and improvisation. AOTA was also recently featured in concert:nova’s late:night series at Taste of Belgium. Recent commissions for AOTA involve collaborations with David Clay Mettens (Chicago), Allison Wright (Australia), Daniel Harrison (Cincinnati), and Sullivan Boecker (Cleveland). The ensemble’s upcoming engagements also include a recording project featuring the music of Douglas Knehans and Edward Smaldone on Ablaze records (March 2017), and a concert featuring the music of William Brittelle of New Amsterdam Records (April 2017).


Formed in August 2016, International Counterpoint is comprised of graduate students from Georgia State University. The name ‘International Counterpoint’ represents the bringing together of the three nationalities represented by the trio members: Canada, Serbia, and the United States. International Counterpoint is dedicated to furthering chamber repertoire for flute, clarinet, and saxophone through commissioning new works and performing already existing pieces for this unique instrumentation. Despite their relatively short time together, International Counterpoint has already commissioned two works, premiering one of the pieces at the 39th International Saxophone. The trio has expanded the instrumentation of this group to include baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, and alto flute alongside the traditional soprano clarinet, C flute, and alto saxophone to create an expansive medium for composers to write for. International Counterpoint has already received praise for their work from composer David Gillingham stated that “I am absolutely wild about this performance!” of his American Counterpoint. Individual awards and prizes amongst the trio members include First Place in Canadian Music Competition 2016, First Place in National Music Festival Canada 2014, First Prize in Great Composers Competition 2016 and 2017, and Scholarship Winner for the International Summer Academy at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst.


Ensemble Scorrevole is a collaboration between Amber Evans, soprano, Dudley Raine IV, viola, and Brian Daurelle, piano. Hailing from Brisbane, Virginia and Utah, respectively, the three met at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where Ms. Evans and Mr. Daurelle are members of the resident contemporary ensemble, TACTUS, and where Mr. Raine studies with Karen Richter. Originally coming together to take on the two songs for viola and soprano by Brahms, the group enjoyed their working relationship enough to pursue other repertoire, and eventually to commission new works for this unfairly neglected combination of instruments. All three performers are also active as composers, in their own right; Ms. Evans has had several pieces for choir released on a CD of Australian choral music; Mr. Daurelle writes electroacoustic music for himself and his ensembles, and Mr. Raine has recently been commissioned to write a string quartet for an upcoming television show. Thanks to this wide variety of backgrounds and influences, Ensemble Scorrevole is uniquely suited to work-shopping and producing new music, and takes great pride in their ability to help produce works with lasting value.




Sonya Belaya | 2017 Resident-Fellow in Piano Sonya Belaya is a Russian-American pianist based in the Ann Arbor/greater Detroit area. As an active member of the new music community, Sonya is invested in vulnerable and nonsensical art, as well as creating strong personal relationships with her collaborators. As an alumnus of University of Michigan, Bang on a Can, and New Music on the Point, she has worked with composers Tim Peterson, Amy Williams, Christopher Cerrone, Tanner Porter, and John Luther Adams. Sonya specializes in works written for piano and percussion, which brought her to become a member of Willo Collective, an art ensemble with a percussion-synth instrumentation at its core. She also performs as a free improviser and an active dance collaborator. Sonya has performed as a pianist and singer with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Music Detroit, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and JACK Quartet. Currently, she is working on a commission of solo works by composers from New Music on the Point 2015, and debut EP entitled ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’. Her 2016-2017 season includes performances at the University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University, Strange Beautiful Music 9 at Wasserman Projects, and the Bang on a Can Festival at Mass MOCA. Her mentors include Christopher Harding, Joseph Gramley, Stephen Rush, and Oriol Sans.

Margaret Lambie | Administrative Assistant, Flute (2017 Cortona Fellow) Margaret (Gregory) Lambie is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas where she studies with Sarah Frisof and Michael Gordon. Her undergraduate degree came from Hastings College where she studied with Deborah Johnson. Margaret has been a member of the KU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra, the Eutiner Festspiele Opera Orchestra, and Lawrence Community Orchestra, and Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. No stranger to chamber music, either, she is a member of the Ensemble Kiowa, a flute, clarinet, violin, and piano ensemble that received first place at the MTNA State and Division levels and third prize in the Enkor Chamber Competition. Margaret has also performed with the “Token Trio,” a flute, saxophone, and piano ensemble who the NTMA Nebraska Chamber Competition. Some of her past honors include the KU Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition Winner, Hastings Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition Winner twice, principal of the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir, and winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition. Margaret knits and cooks, and rides bikes because her husband rides bikes. She maintains a private studio, teaches pre-college test prep courses, and is a grant writer at the Lied Center of Kansas.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS sunday | 2 july all day | lobby 18h | cantina

check-in welcome banquet

monday | 3 july 9h | sala neumann 18h | sala neumann

opening session opening concert: cortona collective

tuesday | 4 july 8h | terrazza 14h | sala neumann 18h | sala neumann 22h | sala beato angelico

women’s session presentation: Forrest Pierce concert 2: contemporary performance competition composer/performer speed dating

wednesday | 5 july 11h | sala neumann 14h | sala neumann 18h | sala neumann

contemporary performance finals presentation: Suzanne Farrin concert 3: Berio concert

thursday | 6 july 8h | lobby


friday | 7 july 18h | sala neumann

concert 4: ensemble portrait: Scorrevole

saturday | 8 july 18h | sala neumann

concert 5: chamber concert 1

sunday | 9 july 14h | sala neumann 18h | sala neumann

concert 6: ensemble portrait: International Counterpoint concert 7: ensemble portrait: All of the Above

monday | 10 july 8h | lobby WINE TOUR TO MONTALCINO Conti Costanti: tour / tasting Terralsole: tour / tasting / lunch / swim Montalcino Centro: gelato 22h | sala neumann movie night 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



tuesday | 11 july 11h | sala montepulciano 18h | sala neumann

session: just intonation concert 8: chamber concert 2

wednesday | 12 july 8h | terrazza 14h | sala montepulciano

session: new music world Iron Composer Competition

thursday | 13 july 14h | sala neumann 18h | sala neumann 23h | sala neumann

concert 10: percussion concert concert 11: chamber concert 3 concert 9: cello concert

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

guest presentation: Fellows from Civitella Ranieri concert 12: conducting workshop performances concert 13: premiere concert 1

saturday | 15 july 15h | sala neumann 17h | sala neumann 20h30 | cortona centro

concert 14: performer showcase concert concert 15: premiere concert 2 closing banquet

sunday | 16 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 2017 CORTONA PRIZE Pascal LeBoeuf / Obliquely Wrecked (vln, vc, pno) WINNER OF THE 2016 CORTONA PRIZE Viet Cuong | Wax and Wire for clarinet, violin, cello, piano commissioned piece: TBA WINNER OF THE 2015 CORTONA PRIZE Bin Li | Fuzhou, 1860 for violin and piano commissioned piece: Concetto Spaziale 5 (violin, cello) premiered at the 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 monday | july 3 | 6pm sala neumann CORTONA COLLECTIVE | SOLI Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites (2003)

Annie Gosfield (b. 1960) Ari Streisfeld, violin

delete/control/option (2008)

Marcos Balter (b. 1974) Sarah Brady, alto flute Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

Meditation on the Name of G•d (2003)

Forrest Pierce (b. 1972) Michael Kirkendoll, piano

Aphasia (2010)

Mark Applebaum (1967) Michael Compitello, percussion

Winter (2015)

Thurídur Jónsdóttir (b. 1975) Jeffrey Gavett, baritone

Silver Birch Scroll (2014)

Forrest Pierce (1972) Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

Between Myself and Russia (2016)



Joseph Michaels (b. 1977) Geoffrey Deibel, soprano sax


CONCERT 2: CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE COMPETITION tuesday | july 4 | 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 2016 | Brian Allred, flute commission: Camila Agosto 2015 | David Angelo, clarinet commission: Jake Egli 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

2017 CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE COMPETITION Emily Azzarito, cello Gyรถrgi Ligeti - Cello Solo Sonata (1953) Max Vinetz - Allemande (2016) Megan Bauman, saxophone Ryo Noda - Mai (1975) Christian Lauba - Jungle (1992-94) Mattie Brister, cello George Crumb - Cello Sonata (1955) Caroline Shaw - Manus Tuas (2009) Crystal Buck, soprano Charles Boone - Vocalise (1972) 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



Forrest Pierce - 3 Enso (2012) Brian Daurelle, piano Tristan Murail - Estuaires’ (1973) George Benjamin - Piano Figures (2004) Amber Evans, soprano John Cage - Aria (1958) Jakob Bragg - Elegy for Chamberlain (2014) Yijia Fang, cello Wang Liping - The Dream of the Red Chamber (1987) Philip Glass - Partita No. 1 (2007) Alexis Mitchell, english horn / oboe Richard Felciano - Dark Landscape (1985) Elliott Carter - Inner Song (1992) Lauren Murphy, clarinet Donald Martino - Set for Clarinet (1954) Joan Tower - Wings (1981) Jena Nahnson, clarinet Eric Mandat - Tricolor Capers (1980) Elliott Carter - Gra (1993) Philip Snyder, flute Mario Davidosvsky - Synchornisms No. 1 (1963) Shirish Korde - Tenderness of Cranes (1990) Morgan Sutherland, percussion Gordon Stout - Two Mexican Dances, II (1974) Frederic Rzewski - To The Earth (1985) Mari Takeda, percussion Vinko Globokar - Corporeal (1985) Mark Applebaum - Aphasia (2010)




CONCERT 3: CORTONA COLLECTIVE wednesday | july 5 | 6pm sala neumann Music of J. S. Bach and Luciano Berio

Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV1008, Prelude Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Sequenza I (1958) Sarah Brady, flute Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV1008, Allemande Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Sequenza IV (1966) Michael Kirkendoll, piano Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV1008, Courante Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Sequenza VIIb (1969/2000) Geoffrey Deibel, alto sax Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV1008, Sarabande Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Sequenza VIII (1976) Ari Streisfeld, violin Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV1008, Menuetto I & Menuetto II Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Sequenza IXa (1980) Gregory Oakes, clarinet Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV1008, Gigue Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello




FLORENCE EXCURSION thursday |july 6 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: RESIDENT ENSEMBLE PORTRAIT CONCERT friday | july 7 | 6pm sala neumann

Scorrevole 2017 Cortona Sessions Ensembles-in-Residence Scorrevole

Amber Evans, voice Dudley Raine IV, violin Brian Daurelle, piano

Zwei Gesänge, op. 91 (1884)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Morpheus (1917)

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

Sieben Frühe Lieder (#s 1, 2, 3, 5) (1905-08) Vocalises (1935)

David Diamond (1915-2005)

Let Evening Come (1993)


Alban Berg (1885-1935)


William Bolcom (b. 1938)


CONCERT 5: CHAMBER CONCERT saturday | july 8 | 6pm sala neumann CORTONA COLLECTIVE & FELLOWS Esprit Rude / Esprit Doux II (1994)

Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Sarah Brady, flute Gregory Oakes, clarinet Michael Compitello, percussion

Inner Song (1992)

Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Alexis Mitchell, oboe

Gra (1993)

Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Jena Nahnsen, clarinet

I, purples, spat blood, laugh of beautiful lips (2006)

Aaron Cassidy (b. 1943) Jeffrey Gavett, baritone

To Boston for Sex (1998)

Vincent Calianno (b. 1979) Sarah Brady, flute Gregory Oakes, clarinet Geoffrey Deibel, alto sax Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Michael Kirkendoll, piano




CONCERT 6: RESIDENT ENSEMBLE PORTRAIT CONCERT sunday | july 9 | 2pm sala neumann

International Counterpoint 2017 Cortona Sessions Ensembles-in-Residence

International Counterpoint Jovana Damnjanovic, flute Lauren Murphy, clarinet Megan Baumann, saxophone

Bluish Orange (2017)*

Aaron Mencher (b.1996)

Eclectic Trio (2012)

Catherine McMichael (b.1954)

Quelques tranches de temps (2001) American Counterpoint (2002)

Robert Lemay (b.1960) David Gillingham (b.1947)

BoKuTo (2016)*

James W. Dinsmoor (b.1995)

*commissioned by International Counterpoint




CONCERT 7: RESIDENT ENSEMBLE PORTRAIT CONCERT sunday | july 9 | 6pm sala neumann

ALL OF THE ABOVE 2017 Cortona Sessions Ensemble-in-Residence Nave Graham, flute Mikey Arbula, clarinet Yijia Fang, cello Matthew Umphreys, piano David Abraham, percussion

with Ari Streisfeld & Flora Campbell-Tiech, violin Dudley Raine IV, viola

Still Life with Avalanche (2008)

Missy Mazzoli (b. 1980)

He Dreams a Mother (2016)*

David Clay Mettens (b. 1990)

Daydreaming (2016)* Erase (2011)

Radiohead (arr. Allison Wright)

Andy Akiho (b. 1979)

*commissioned by AOTA




2017 CORTONA SESSIONS WINE TOUR monday | july 10

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: 2015 Rosso di Montalcino, 2014 Vermiglio Rosso di Montalcino, 2012 Brunello di Montalcino 12:00pm | TERRALSOLE tasting: TBA lunch & swimming 5:00pm | depart Montalcino 6:30pm | arrive Cortona




CONCERT 8: CHAMBER CONCERT tuesday | july 11 | 6pm sala neumann CORTONA COLLECTIVE & FELLOWS While the Earth Is Still Turning (2016)

Apparition (2017)

Brian Riordan (b. 1974) Sonya Belaya, piano Viet Cuong (b. 1990)* Gregory Oakes, clarinet

Alter-Ego (2001)

Georges Aperghis (b. 1945) Geoffrey Deibel, alto sax

“Hawthorne” from Piano Sonata No. 2 (1911-15)

Time Is a Cage (2007)

Charles Ives (1874-1954) Jeremy Rosenstock, piano Suzanne Farrin (b. 1976) Ari Streisfeld, violin

Unanswered Questions (1995)

Tristan Murail (b. 1947) Sarah Brady, flute

{clusterfrostflower 1a} (2017)

Andrew Harlon David Angelo, clarinet

Blue Skin of the Sea (2014)

Tonia Ko (b. 1988) Michael Compitello, marimba

Leaving Santa Barbara (2007)

Marc Sabat (b. 1965) Jeffrey Gavett, baritone Ari Streisfeld, violin

*2016 Cortona Fellow 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



IRON COMPOSER COMPETITION wednesday | july 12 | 2pm sala montepulciano 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-theme-ingredient’ 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 2016 | Jack Yarbrough 2015 | Kerrith Livengood 2014 | Dana Malseptic 2013 | Dakota Wayne 2012 | Dave Waugh 2011 | Ramteen Sazeghari 2010 | Leo Hurley & Chris Prosser (tie)

2017 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 9: CORTONA PERCUSSION CONCERT thursday | july 13 | 2pm sala neumann


David Abraham | Morgan Sutherland | Mari Takeda with Michael Compitello

Georges Aperghis, Retrouvailles (1 and 4) Alejandro Viñao, Book of Grooves III. “Texture Grooves” IV. “Dance Groove Drifting” Francois Sarhan, Situations I. “Remember” VII. “Imagination Is” Hannah Lash, Prelude and Chorale




CONCERT 10: CHAMBER CONCERT thursday | july 13 | 6pm sala neumann CORTONA COLLECTIVE & FELLOWS Obliquely Wrecked (2016)* *winner of the 2017 Cortona Prize

Pascal LeBoeuf (b. 1986) Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Sonya Belaya, piano

On the Fermentation of Honey (2017)

Forrest Pierce (b. 1972) Sarah Brady, flute Gregory Oakes, clarinet Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Michael Kirkendoll, piano Michael Compitello, percussion Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor

l’onde (2015)

Suzanne Farrin (b. 1976) Alexis Mitchell, oboe

Heroin (2007)

David Lang (b. 1957) Jeffrey Gavett, baritone Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

Ariel Exits (2006/2017)

Forrest Pierce (b. 1972) Scorrevole Amber Evans, soprano Dudley Raine IV, viola Brian Daurelle, piano

This is This is This is (2009-10)


Eric Wubbels (b. 1980) Geoffrey Deibel, alto sax Michael Kirkendoll, piano



CONCERT 11: CORTONA CELLOS thursday | july 13 | 10pm sala neumann 2017 CORTONA CELLOS Emily Azzarito | Mattie Brister | Yijia Fang | Nadja Geier with Kivie Cahn-Lipman

Mario Diaz de Leon: Anima (2016) Picforth: In Nomine (c.1570) Amadeus Julian Regucera: Open (2014) Molly Herron: Canon #2 (2016) Grisha Krivchenia: Quartet (2000)




GUEST PRESENTATION: CIVITELLA RANIERI friday | july 14 | 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.

2017 Civitella Composition Fellows Ben Goldman, USA Matmos, USA Kate Soper, USA




CONCERT 12: CONDUCTING WORKSHOP friday | july 14 | 2pm sala neumann

Conducting Workshop performed by the Cortona Collective & 2017 Cortona Fellows Pierre Boulez: Dérive I Karl Hirzer conducting Marco Crispo conducting







CONCERT 13: PREMIERE CONCERT 1 friday | july 14 | 6pm sala neumann


All of the Above with Gregory Oakes, clarinet & Flora Campbell-Tiech, violin

Todd Kitchen

Laughing Heart Colin Hinton Crystal Buck, soprano | Philip Snyder, flute | Mari Takada, vibraphone Dionysus Aidan Cook Geoffrey Deibel, saxophone | Om Srivastava saxophone | Mattie Brister, cello Morgan Sutherland, percussion | Mari Takada, percussion The Flowers That Close at Night Madeline Barrett Mimi Harding, flute | Mattie Brister, cello | Jeremy Rosenstock, piano Breaking Point Tony Solitro David Angelo, clarinet | Garrett White, clarinet | Alexis Mitchell, oboe Geoffrey Deibel, saxophone | Om Srivastava, saxophone | Flora Campbell-Tiech, violin Mattie Brister, cello | Matthew Umphreys, piano Karl Hirzer, conductor Simultaneities Michael Vince Philip Snyder, flute | David Angelo, clarinet | Emily Azzarito, cello Dualities

Jena Nahnsen, clarinet | Om Srivastava, saxophone Flora Campbell-Tiech, violin | Morgan Sutherland, percussion

Eclipse Awaiting




Michael Vince

Ben Justis


CONCERT 14: PERFORMER SHOWCASE CONCERT saturday | july 15 | 3pm sala neumann

PERFORMER SHOWCASE CONCERT Notes on the Deliverance Machine Vincent Caliarro Emily Azzarito, Mattie Brister, Nadja Geier, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello The Vanishing

Michael Vince, tenor | Matthew Umphreys, piano

Three Scenes from the Heartland Double Life Home is So Sad Love Songs in Age

Michael Vince Ed Smaldone

Matthew Umphreys, piano

Eric Mandat

David Angelo, clarinet

Flora Campbell-Tiech

Amber Evans, soprano | Flora Campbell-Tiech, violin

From My Window There is a Lighthouse Om Srivastava, saxophone Temple Allemande

In Manus Tuas


Nave Graham, flute Emily Azzarito, cello

Mattie Brister, cello


Lisa Atkinson Douglas Knehaus J.S. Bach

Caroline Shaw


CONCERT 15: PREMIERE CONCERT 2 saturday | july 15 | 5pm sala neumann PREMIERE CONCERT 2 Ghosts and a Leaving Towards Their Home Brandon Snyder David Angelo, clarinet | Alexis Mitchell, oboe | Flora Campbell-Tiech, violin Nadja Geier, cello | Sonya Belaya, piano | Mari Takada, percussion Marco Crispo, conductor Two Pieces for Winds Forrest Ho Lam Tang I. A Family Matter II. The Water Color Beast Margaret Lambie, piccolo | Mimi Harding, flute | Garrett White, clarinet Alexis Mitchell, oboe | Om Srivastava, saxophone Missing


Ari Streisfeld, violin| Nadja Geier, cello | Morgan Sutherland, vibraphone

Ben Justis

Colin Hinton Margaret Lambie, flute | Garrett White, clarinet | Emily Azzarito, cello Jeremy Rosenstock, piano | Morgan Sutherland, vibraphone Marco Crispo, conductor


International Counterpoint

Lisa Atkinson

Couch Tomato Charlie Hackemer Mimi Harding, flute | Jena Nahnsen, clarinet | Emily Azzarito, cello

No More In Darkness


Tony Solitro

Toxic Inheritance Ben Justis Philip Snyder, flute | Jena Nahnsen, clarinet | Flora Campbell-Tiech, violin Emily Azzarito, cello | Sonya Belaya, piano | Mari Takeda, marimba, Karl Hirzer, conductor 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC









2017 CORTONA FELLOWS COMPOSERS LISA ATKINSON | Lisa Atkinson is a composer avid in the pursuit and promotion of new music, whose work strives to create engaging performances that explore the nuances of timbre and texture through the use of extended instrumental techniques and notational practices. Atkinson’s works have been performed by violinist Clarice Collins, saxophonist Thomas Kurtz, and the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. Currently Atkinson is based in the New York City area, pursuing a M.A. in Music Composition at Montclair State University, studying under Marcos Balter. Atkinson completed her B.M in Composition at Arizona State University under the guidance of Kotoka Suzuki and Jody Rockmaker. MADELINE BARRETT | Madeline (Maddie) Barrett is a first-year Composition student at Chapman University, HallMusco Conservatory of Music. She is classically trained on piano since age 3 and has earned numerous awards each year at local festivals. She began playing the flute at age 9 and since then has gained extensive experience in various performing ensembles on flute, piccolo, tuba, and piano, covering a wide range of musical genres including classical and jazz. Maddie began arranging and composing in high school and while her program of study has an emphasis on concert music, she is looking forward to further exploring all realms of composition and developing her own compositional style. She loves to sing with her family as well as in the church praise and worship band. She has enjoyed the opportunity to work with so many talented musicians and is excited to continue to do so for years to come. AIDAN COOK | A native of Boulder, Aidan Patrick Cook finds themself at home in spaces which as a default question normalcy. Cook is currently completing a bachelors degree at the University of Colorado, under the imposing shadow of the Flatirons, where life becomes a constant meditation on the vanity of human endeavour, which is precisely the awareness which Cook has absolutely no interest in penetrating with their music. Instead, Cook has lately been exploring progressive metal, durational minimalism, and the Shakuhachi. Also, animal liberation now! CHARLIE HACKEMER | Charlie Hackemer’s music is known for its emotional and down-to-earth sound. Often tugging at the heartstrings of its listeners, his story-like music is frequently said to sound like a film score. His compositions have been performed at the Blair School of Music, The New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta, Oakton High School and Franklin Middle School. A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Charlie graduated from Oakton High School in 2015 and was known amongst his peers for his involvement with all of the school’s music programs. As a performer, leader, composer and arranger, he held crucial roles in the marching band, concert band, jazz ensemble, pit orchestra and choir. Currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Composition at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Charlie works closely with students and faculty to deliver new and artistic musical performances of his original works. He also maintains a love for performance and often performs jazz and pop music on the upright and electric basses. When he is not working on musical endeavors, Charlie enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, canoeing, and eating fine cheese. COLIN HINTON | Residing in Brooklyn, New York, Colin is an active member of the avant-garde/new music community. As a drummer/composer, Colin brings a unique approach to his music fusing elements of American jazz and improvised music, European-based free improvisation, and 20th century classical music to create a recognizable voice. His music draws heavily from Bartók, Ligeti, Feldman, and Grisey, as well as composer/improvisers Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, and Muhal Richard Abrams. He has studied composition with Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, and Eric Wubbels, and 20th century theory with Joseph Straus and Shaugn O’Donnel. Colin attended the University of North Texas and City College of New York. He holds a BFA in Jazz Performance and an MA in Music Performance. Colin continues to study drums with Dan Weiss and Ralph Peterson. Colin’s first record as a leader will be recorded in the fall of 2017 with his group, Facehugger. BEN JUSTIS | An arranger and composer from a young age, Ben Justis has written for all manner of chamber ensembles, soloists, concert bands, orchestras, and marching bands. In 2016 he presented his work at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Music Society conference whereafter he was selected for the region’s singular Student Composer Award. He graduated cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Colorado State University in 2013 before returning to CSU to earn a master’s in percussion performance. During that time he studied with Eric Hollenbeck, James David, and Shilo 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



Stroman, and wrote extensively for the marching band. He currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas where he is pursuing his doctorate in music composition and assists with undergraduate theory courses. His current teacher and advisor at the University of Kansas is Forrest Pierce. At any point you might find him skiing, stargazing, fly fishing, camping, cooking, home brewing, or, most likely, composing at home in Lawrence, Kansas. TODD KITCHEN | Composer and conductor Todd Kitchen is fascinated by arrhythmic smatterings of events (preferably while composing) and unpredictable shapings of timbre. His music’s predominant metric ambiguity belies the fact that he takes much of his inspiration from the genres of jazz, funk, and EDM. These influences are perhaps most readily perceived in the sonic materials that he carefully sculpts before releasing them into cleverly disguised meters. Or, to put this all much more briefly, you would never expect his music to sound the way it does, judging by his tastes in listening. As a composer, Todd has earned modest acclaim, including a Barlow Commission, two appearances at the SEAMUS National Conference, and acceptance to the National Student Electronic Music Event. He has written for groups such as PRISM Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Sound Icon, the Lydian String Quartet, BYU Singers, and Brevitas choir. He is currently the conductor for the Brandeis Operetta Initiative, and has performed in several choirs, including the prestigious BYU Singers and Brevitas choir, of which he is a founding member. He also has a storied history playing brass instruments in various orchestras, wind ensembles, and a ska band. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music theory and composition at Brandeis University, and he received his bachelor’s degree in composition from Brigham Young University. Todd currently lives just outside of Boston with his wife and baby, where you can find him running in the woods or biking on the roads during his free time. FORREST LAM | Ho Lam Tang, also known as Forrest, first came to America with the classic America dream. He started his first piano and basic music theory lesson at the age of 20 at Foothill College, California. Moving to New York City two years later, Forrest realized the core of creating music and art should never be about gaining popularity nor fortune. After seeing countless unfair treatments toward female and minorities musicians and artist in every musical scenes around the city, and the depressing, material-driven music industry, Forrest is now putting his mind in creating music with his heart and soul, also, Forrest is aiming to create a musical world that allows female and minorities composers, songwriters and artist to be treated equally. Forrest’s musical style is focusing on delivering the story and translating the moment, emotion and feeling of a particular scenery in his head to the notes and musical language on the paper. PASCAL LEBOUEF | Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is an American composer, pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms. Pascal’s latest project imaginist, is a full-length album collaboration between the JACK Quartet and the Le Boeuf Brothers Quintet (co-led by Remy Le Boeuf). The 9-piece hybridized chamber ensemble was praised by the New Yorker for “clearing their own path, mixing the solid swing of the jazz tradition with hip-hop, indie rock, and the complex techniques of classical modernism”. Additional recent and upcoming projects include “Alpha” recorded by cellist Nick Photinos (Eighth Blackbird) on New Amsterdam Records, “GIRLS” recorded by the flute/piano duo RighteousGIRLS on New Focus Recordings, and (as a producer) the release of Timo Andres’ “Crashing Through Fences” recorded by percussionist Ian Rosenbaum on VIA Records. As a keyboardist, Pascal has played as support for D’Angelo’s Black Messiah tour and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac. He actively tours with jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Le Boeuf Brothers, the 15-piece gospelfunk band Jesus On the Mainline, and his piano trio “Pascal’s Triangle” featuring bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Justin Brown. Pascal’s most recent awards include the 2017 Cortona Prize, the 2017 Lake George Music Festival Composition Composition, a 2016 FROMM Commission from Harvard University, the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize, and Independent Music Awards in “Jazz”, “Eclectic” and “Electronica” categories. Pascal has also received commissions and grants from Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, and New Music USA. He composed music for the 2008 Emmy Award-winning movie King Lines, and won first place in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University as a Naumburg Doctoral Fellow. BRANDON SNYDER | Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Boston based composer Brandon Lincoln Snyder thinks about the physical and conceptual in music. Particularly he thinks about what relationships are between them and what frameworks can be used to perceive them anew. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Harvard University where he has studied music composition with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, and Felipe Lara. He also has studied improvisation with Vijay Iyer and George Lewis, and conducting with Federico Cortese. He is a recipient of the Hugh F. 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



MacColl prize, winner of the Bach Society Orchestra’s 2016 composition competition, and was a BMI Young Composers Award Finalist in 2015. His music has been featured by Downbeat Magazine, MATA Jr. and the Harvard Ecdysis. In addition to concert music, Brandon has scored numerous films, written for jazz ensembles, as well as produced music for HarvardX online. He currently directs his band, Hot Air Balloon, as well as the Harvard Composers Association, which released their first full-length album May 2016.Brandon’s music has been performed by ensembles such as Faint Noise, the Bach Society Orchestra, Face the Music, Callithumpian Consort, and Dinosaur Annex. He has studied in masterclass and private lesson settings with Aaron Cassidy, Joan Tower, Nico Muhly, Kevin McFarland and Evan Johnson. MICHAEL J. VINCE | Michael J Vince is a composer, performer, and eclectic arts fanatic currently residing in New York City. To date, he has composed works for chamber ensembles, chorus, orchestra, voice, and short film. Michael has had the privilege of writing for several ensembles of varied instrumentation, such as the NYU Woodwinds and Percussion programs, members of the Fifth House Ensemble with Just Duet, the JACK Quartet, Pie for Two, and the NYU Madrigal Singers. In addition, his work for double reed quartet, Waterworks, has the honor of being published and distributed by TrevoCo-Varner Music. Michael currently produces the annual Live 45 Series, which is a yearly collection of concerts that promotes different composers/ensembles in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. He is also the Co-Artistic Director of Loud Box NYC, a group dedicated to mixing music with contemporary themes, whether it is pop culture or current politics. The aim of the group is to find art in unexpected places and bring it to a diverse audience. Michael earned his Master of Music degree in Theory and Music Composition from New York University in 2015. In 2010, he enrolled as a non-degreeseeking student at Columbia College in Chicago, IL. Michael previously acquired his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2008 at The University of Mount Union (formerly Mount Union College) in Alliance, Ohio. Michael also enjoys singing in various choruses, such as the Litha Orchestra Chorus and New York Festival Singers, and continues to seek out new artistic collaborations with fellow musicians and peers.

PERFORMERS DAVID ABRAHAM | David Abraham is from Portland, OR; you can find him in Cincinnati, OH these days. David Abraham recently completed his DMA at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and also holds degrees from Central Michigan University (MM), and Portland State University (BM). David enjoys immersing himself in new music, and has had the fortune of attending various renowned musical festivals, while also collaborating with and performing alongside several notable and prominent new music savants. Expect David to be very enthusiastic involving anything related to South Park, Metallica, The Los Angeles Lakers, Manchester United, and the Denver Broncos. DAVID ANGELO | David Angelo is a Boston-based clarinetist, interested in presenting the music of our time to the largest possible audience. He considers “music of our time” not only works written in the immediate past, but also those written in the distant past that, when contextualized, still have enormous relevance today. In his effort to encourage and be a part of the growth of new music, David has taken part in the premieres of over 50 pieces in the Boston area. He has worked with many Boston-based composers in this effort. He has commissioned new chamber and solo pieces, and has engaged in community outreach geared at presenting these new works to audiences who otherwise would not have the opportunity to hear them. David is a founding member of Chimera New Music, a collective of composers and musicians, whose goal is to bring underexposed music or ensembles to underexposed audiences. David has performed with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Fifth House Ensemble, played in the MIT Concert Chorus Orchestra, is a member of the East Coast Scoring Orchestra, J4MN, Berklee’s Scoring Sessions Players, and Ensemble/Parallax, and has been a guest performer of Harvard University’s Music Department, and the University of Hartford’s Community Division. He has played on MIT’s 88.1 WMBR as a soloist and chamber musician several times. He can also be heard on 89.7 WGBH Boston’s new sounders. He has worked with various visiting artists at the Boston Conservatory, including Louis Andriessen, Claire Chase, Tony Arnold, Eric Mandat, and Nico Muhly. David has performed across the United States and abroad winning the Cortona Sessions Contemporary Performance Competition in Italy in 2015, performing a solo at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2016, and attending the Toronto Creative Music Lab in 2017. David is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Music Performance at the Boston Conservatory, studying with Michael Norsworthy. MIKEY ARBULU | Mikey Arbulu is originally from South Florida, but has recently made his home in Cincinnati, OH. He has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and New World Symphony and serves on permanent positions in the Kentucky Symphony and Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra. While not performing 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



in orchestras, Mikey serves as a clarinetist in the chamber groups All of the Above and the American Chamber Winds. He has performed with these ensembles throughout the United States, Italy, France, Germany, and Brazil. Mickey is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. In his free time, Mikey is usually gaming on his PC, board gaming with friends, or playing Android: Netrunner. He also has a very cute dog. EMILY AZZARITO | Emily, sophomore, was awarded a full-ride scholarship to Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music to study cello performance with Dr. Felix Wang. Emily has also studied cello at home in Connecticut with Lois Errante and Allison Eldredge. Emily served as Principal Cellist of the Connecticut Norwalk Youth Symphony for three years. In 2012, Emily was selected as a winner of the American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. Additionally, she was invited to perform at the 2013 Leon Tec Showcase highlighting outstanding young musicians across the state. Emily won the 2013 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Concerto Competition and was awarded 1st prize at the Musical Club of Hartford Concerto Competition of 2013 playing the Elgar Cello Concerto. In 2015, Emily won the Norwalk Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and performed the 4th movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Conductor Jonathan Yates and the orchestra. Emily received the Norwalk Youth Symphony 2015 Ramer Award in recognition of exemplary leadership, preparation, and attendance. The same year, she won the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra 54th Annual Music Award honoring a qualified graduating senior planning to continue studies in music. Emily also received the New Canaan High School Performing Arts Departmental Award of 2015. MEGAN BAUMAN | Megan Bauman, originally from Medicine Hat, Canada, is a saxophone performer and teacher based in Atlanta, Georgia. Megan received her Bachelor of Music (with High Honors) in saxophone performance from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) in 2016. She was awarded the University of Saskatchewan Film Society Prize for the top graduate in the Fine Arts. Currently, Megan is working towards completion of a Master of Music degree at Georgia State University (U.S.A) studying under the tutelage of Dr. Jan Berry Baker and serving as a Graduate Assistant. In 2014, Megan won first place in the Woodwind Category at the National Music Festival in Canada and in 2016 she won first place in the Woodwind Category at Canadian Music Competition. In addition, she was selected as a second place winner in the 2015 American Protégé International Woodwind and Brass Competition, allowing her the opportunity to perform in the winners’ recital at Carnegie Hall. Other awards include first prize in the Great Composers Competition 2016, second prize in the Enkor Competition 2016, and second prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition 2016. She is a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) and the Golden Key International Honor Society. In addition to her formal education, Megan has participated in intensive saxophone programs including the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute and the American Saxophone Academy. For the past three years, Megan has taught piano, saxophone, and music theory at the Saskatoon Academy of Music (Canada). SONYA BELAYA | Sonya Belaya is a Russian-American pianist based in the Ann Arbor/greater Detroit area. As an active member of the new music community, Sonya is invested in vulnerable and nonsensical art, as well as creating strong personal relationships with her collaborators. As an alumnus of University of Michigan, Bang on a Can, and New Music on the Point, she has worked with composers Tim Peterson, Amy Williams, Christopher Cerrone, Tanner Porter, and John Luther Adams. Sonya specializes in works written for piano and percussion, which brought her to become a member of Willo Collective, an art ensemble with a percussion-synth instrumentation at its core. She also performs as a free improviser and an active dance collaborator. Sonya has performed as a pianist and singer with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Music Detroit, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and JACK Quartet. Currently, she is working on a commission of solo works by composers from New Music on the Point 2015, and debut EP entitled ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’. Her 2016-2017 season includes performances at the University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University, Strange Beautiful Music 9 at Wasserman Projects, and the Bang on a Can Festival at Mass MOCA. Her mentors include Christopher Harding, Joseph Gramley, Stephen Rush, and Oriol Sans. MATTIE BRISTER | Mattie Brister, from Georgetown, Texas, is currently a second-year cello performance major at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. In high school, she studied chamber music at the Austin Chamber Music Center and performed as principal cellist in the Austin Youth Orchestra Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, she has attended Brevard Music Center, the Indiana University Summer String Academy, and Credo Oberlin. Her primary teachers include Karla Hamelin, Cornelia Watkins, Catharina Meints, and Felix Wang. CRYSTAL BUCK | Singing both nationally and internationally, soprano Crystal Buck has performed roles such as Despina, Lucia, The Queen of the Night, Giuliette, Elvira, Constanze, The Plaintiff and Christine from Phantom of the Opera. Ms 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



Buck has also performed as the soprano soloist with the KU symphony under the direction of maestro David Neely, the Duluth Symphony under the direction of Dr. Stan Wold and chamber ensembles at both the University of Kansas and University of Minnesota in Duluth. Crystal has sung in various masterclasses with Martin Katz, Speight Jenkins, Carol Vaness, Libby Larson and Margot Garrott. Crystal Buck recently performed with the University of Kansas Opera as Dona Anna in the 2016 production of Don Giovanni and is working on a dual DMA and PhD. FLORA CAMPBELL-TIECH | Flora Campbell-Tiech studied at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia di Roma (Italy) for her undergraduate degree in violin (Triennio 1 Livello). She has just completed a masters degree in violin at the Conservatoire Royale de Mons (Belgium). MARCO CRISPO | Marco Crispo was born in Ragusa, Italy, in 1987 and began his musical studies in 2007. He received his Diploma with honours in classical guitar from the “A. Corelli” Messina conservatory. He continued his instrumental studies with Giampaolo Bandini, Giovanni Puddu and Darko Petrinjak’s master classes. Parallel to his classical guitar training, he studied composition attending Marco Di Bari’s classes at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col maestro” of Imola, where he studied until 2012. In January of 2013 he began studying conducting with Donato Renzetti in “Accademia Musicale Pescarese”, where he received his diploma after three years. In 2015 he was chosen to take part in “La bottega Peter Maag” during which he studied with the full cast and the Filarmonica Gioacchino Rossini Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Since August 2015 he has been studying conducting with Ole Kristian Ruud at Norges musikkhøgskole in Oslo. In January 2017 he was chosen as assistent conductor of Gregor Bühl for a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, staged at the Opera House of Oslo and produced by KHIO (Operahøgskolen i Oslo). Since 2012 he has also been working as a freelancer arranger/orchestrator. Of note is his work for the Bron Chamber Orchestra. His orchestrations have been performed at concert halls such as the Berliner Philarmonic, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Zürich, together with “Interlaken Classics” festival and concerts organized by the Zakhar Bron Foundation and played by internationally acclaimed musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Hope and Zakhar Bron. With Zakhar Bron as a soloist, three of his orchestrations have been included in the Bron Chamber CD “Impressions”. JOVANA DAMNJANOVIC | Jovana Damnjanovic is a Graduate Assistant in Department of Georgia State Bands at Georgia State University (Atlanta). A native of Serbia, she graduated in Flute Performance at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and received a Master with Honours of Musical Arts. She studied with Prof. Laura Levai Aksin for the duration of her studies at AUNS. She was a Scholarship winner for International Summer Academy by the Universität für Musik and darstellende Kunst, Vienna. In collaboration with pianist Dunja Crnjanski she has held notable performances at SANU (Serbian Academy of Science and Arts), Privrednik, A Fest and Shumann Fest. She is active as a chamber musician, she is a part of Serbia based flute trio “Flora”, one of the founders of award winning trio “Vivaldi” and a member of Atlanta based “International Counterpoint” woodwind trio with whom she recently performed at the US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium in Washington, D.C. She is part of a Damnjanovich&Padovan flute and piano duo with whom she was a prize winner at Great Composers Competiton. Most recently, she won Brumby Concerto Competition and she will be performing Reinecke Flute Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra in Fall 2017. Regular attendance in masterclasses all over the Europe gave her chance in working with some of the most distinguished flutists, such as: Kersten McKall, Felix Renggli, Dejan Gavric, Norbert Girlinger, Lior Eitan, Nataša Maric. Beside classical music, she holds interests in Eastern Balkan native/folk music. She was a part of a Serbian prize winning native music and dance performing group with whom she has performed in Austria, Switzerland and most of the Balkan countries. BRIAN DAURELLE | Brian Daurelle is a New York-based pianist specializing in contemporary classical music. Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Brian completed a MM in classical music under the renowned Russian pedagogue Nina Svetlanova before turning his primary focus to modern music, and is currently a member of TACTUS, the resident contemporary ensemble at Manhattan School of Music. In addition to promoting the work of living composers and under-recognized composers of the 20th century, Brian keeps one foot firmly in the world of traditional music by remaining active as an accompanist and chamber musician. His upcoming projects include an ongoing series of collaborations with the composers of Columbia University, a duo recital with his electronics/acoustic project ADSR, and a marathon recital of modern music for two pianos. Brian is a member of Scorrevole. AMBER EVANS | Amber Evans, soprano, received her bachelor of music in Advanced Performance (Opera) and graduate certification in Music Studies in Opera Performance from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane, a master of 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



music in choral studies from the University of Cambridge, and is currently pursuing a master of music in contemporary performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She is a member of Scorrevole. YIJIA FANG | Born in Shantou, China, Yijia Fang began his cello studies with his father, principal cellist with the Shantou Philharmonic Orchestra. After receiving his BM Degree at the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, he continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Dr. William Grubb for his Artist Diploma and Master of Music Degrees. In 2014, Yijia won first prize at the Hong Kong International String Competition and received the Excellent Performance Award at the Beijing Aiqin International Cello Competition. In 2016, Yijia premiered the cello version of the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto with maestro Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia. Yijia is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cincinnati. His cello was made in 1870, and was donated by Mrs. Robinson. NADJA GEIER | Nadja began cello lessons at age 3, through the Vanderbilt pre-college Suzuki program. At age 8, she moved to Minneapolis where she studied with Tom Rosenburg and participated in the Augsburg Strings Program. She currently studies with Prof. Felix Wang at the Blair School of Music, where she has received the Jacqueline and Morris Wachs Scholarship for Piano and Strings and is a 4-year winner of the Myra Jackson Blair Senior Scholarship. Nadja is also a winner of the Tennessee Cello Competition (Senior Division) and of the Montecito International Strings Competition. Nadja has attended summer festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music (two summers), the Jaime Aebersold Jazz Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the Cincinnati Chamber Festival (three summers), and Madeline Island Chamber Music. She has played in masterclasses for a variety of renowned musicians, recently including the Kronos Quartet, the Arianna Quartet, and cellists such as Robert deMaine, Melissa Kraut, Alan Rafferty, Hans Jensen, and Clive Greensmith. Nadja also collaborates with local composers in the creation of contemporary works and performs in a variety of styles and ensembles. NAVE GRAHAM | Flutist, Nave Graham, leads a versatile and fulfilling career as a solo and orchestral performer, chamber musician, and educator. She has been a prizewinner in numerous prestigious young artist competitions including the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, Central Ohio Flute Association, Flute Society of Kentucky, South Carolina Flute Society, and the Houston Flute Club. She is also a past winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Performers Competition for which she performed at the 37th annual NFA convention in New York City. Nave has attended various reputable orchestral summer music festivals including the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival, the National Music Festival, and the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra. As an advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Graham has attended several festivals dedicated to new music including New Music on the Point, the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy, and the Bang on A Can Summer Music Festival. In addition to performing, Ms. Graham also has a strong passion for teaching and serves on the flute faculty of the CCM Preparatory Department. She also served as the graduate teaching assistant for the CCM flute studio. With a cognate in Ethnomusicology, she has conducted intensive research on music performance anxiety and has presented at the College Music Society Conference, the South Carolina Flute Society Festival, as well as at Northern Kentucky University. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Randolph Bowman.

MIMI HARDING | Mimi Harding is an undergraduate flute performance major at the University South Carolina where she studies with Jennifer Parker-Harley. Mimi has won and placed in numerous competitions throughout SC and the nation and has been a participant at the Brevard Music Center, the Decoda Chamber Music Institute, Tango for Musicians, Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars, and a 2nd prize winner in the concerto competition while a fellow at the 2015 Philadelphia International Music Festival. Mimi has appeared in studio classes with Jill Ferber, Rhonda Larson, Christina Smith, Mimi Stillman, and others, and has twice performed at the National Flute Association Conference. Mimi has been active in many ensembles and chamber music activities while at Carolina, where she has among others performed as principal flute in the USC Symphony, and has formed her own trio, The USC Contemporary Chamber Players. A passionate investigator for the power of music in society, she has recently spent some of her 2016 summer in Buenos Aires studying tango music and its impact on and contribution to the political and social unrest of Argentina’s mid-20th century. KARL HIRZER | Karl Hirzer is a Canadian conductor and pianist from New Westminster, British Columbia. Since September 2016, he has held the position of Resident Conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has acted as Assistant Conductor for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. Hirzer has also 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



collaborated with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra as an active member of the Menuhin Festival Gstaad Conducting Academy. His teachers have been Guillaume Bourgogne, Alexis Hauser, Boris Brott and Ajtony Csaba; and he has participated in masterclass sessions with Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Zsolt Nagy. T ​ rained as a pianist, Hirzer holds bachelor’s (University of Victoria) and master’s (McGill University) degrees in performance, as well an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diploma which he obtained at the age of seventeen. His piano teachers have included Ilya Poletaev, Bruce Vogt, Walter Prossnitz and Anne Wilson Unger. He also attended the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, during which time he studied in the class of Robert Levin. MARGARET LAMBIE | Margaret (Gregory) Lambie is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas where she studies with Sarah Frisof and Michael Gordon. Her undergraduate degree came from Hastings College where she studied with Deborah Johnson. Margaret has been a member of the KU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra, the Eutiner Festspiele Opera Orchestra, and Lawrence Community Orchestra, and Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. No stranger to chamber music, either, she is a member of the Ensemble Kiowa, a flute, clarinet, violin, and piano ensemble that received first place at the MTNA State and Division levels and third prize in the Enkor Chamber Competition. Margaret has also performed with the “Token Trio,” a flute, saxophone, and piano ensemble who the MTNA Nebraska Chamber Competition. Some of her past honors include the KU Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition Winner, Hastings Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition Winner twice, principal of the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir, and winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition. Margaret knits and cooks, and rides bikes because her husband rides bikes. She maintains a private studio, teaches pre-college test prep courses, and is a grant writer at the Lied Center of Kansas. ALEXIS MITCHELL | Alexis Mitchell is a freelance oboist and English horn player located in the Phoenix area. In addition to performing and teaching locally, she is also involved in independent research related to synthetic reed development. A few of her other research interests include synthetic materials for instrument bodies, metal alloys used for keywork and reed knives, and alternative options for instrument support mechanisms. Alexis is currently in her fourth year of a fiveyear dual degree program in the honors college at Arizona State University. She will be graduating in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering. Some performance highlights include performing the Cimarosa Oboe Concerto with the Youth Symphony of the Southwest, performing in the Milwaukee Art Museum as a part of the Fresh Inc Festival, and playing the solo English horn part for Aaron Copland’s Quiet City with the ASU String Orchestra. Alexis studies with Martin Schuring and has played in masterclasses or lessons with Katherine Needleman, Nancy Ambrose King, Rebecca Scarnati, Paige Morgan, Eric Ohlsson, Peter Cooper, Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Sara Fraker, Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, and Robert Sheena. LAUREN MURPHY | From Powder Springs, Georgia, Lauren Murphy is a clarinetist and music educator in the Atlanta area, specializing in clarinet performance and instruction. Lauren received her BM in Clarinet Performance and Music Therapy from Illinois State University in 2013. Since then, she has worked with the clarinet sections in a variety of band programs in the Atlanta area as well as maintaining a private studio. Lauren has performed with the Peoria Municipal Band as a soloist in 2012, Tara Winds at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in 2015, Bent Frequency performing John Luther Adams’ Sila: the Breath of the World in 2017, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, the International Saxophone Symposium and the North American Saxophone Alliance in 2017 with woodwind trio International Counterpoint. Lauren is currently resides in Roswell, GA and is pursuing her MM in Orchestral Instrument Performance at Georgia State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Ken Long. JENA NAHNSEN | Jena Nahnsen is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Clarinet performance at Iowa State University; studying under Dr. Gregory Oakes. Her music endeavors started with piano lessons at age 5 and expanded when she started clarinet at age 11. She has studied clarinet with Dr. Oakes for the past 3 years. During that time, she has competed in multiple contests, won a spot in the Iowa State Orchestra, and named a finalist in the Iowa State Concerto competition. Outside of music, Jena enjoys trying new things, being active outdoors, and traveling. DUDLEY RAINE IV | Dudley Raine IV is a violist living in New York City and currently studies with Karen Ritscher at Manhattan School of Music. He has been performing in local NY orchestras, churches, weddings, and chamber groups. Dudley is also teaching a few students and part of music outreach programs. He has recorded music for an upcoming independent film, for a songwriter-performer from Columbia University, and has composed for and performed on a TV 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



show. Some of his prior instructors include Joe Nigro, Steve Larson, and Michael Klotz. Other summer programs Dudley has attended include Chautauqua Institute, Miami Music Festival, and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. Outside of his musical studies, Dudley competitively runs long distance races, and is registered to run the New York City Marathon in November 2017. JEREMY ROSENSTOCK | Jeremy Rosenstock is a pianist and composer majoring in Piano Performance at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He is currently studying piano with Craig Nies and composition with Stan Link. He has festivals for piano such as Interlochen Arts Camp, Boston Universtiy Tanglewood Institute, and the Atlantic Music Festival. He has also performed in masterclasses with Eugene Pridonoff, Boaz Sharon, and Bruce Brubaker. He is currently working with students and professors at Blair to develop a new music ensemble that will perform and commissioned works by living composers. PHILIP SNYDER | Philip Snyder, is a DMA candidate in Flute Performance at the Univ. of South Carolina. Philip is interested in the experimental pursuit of performance as a process. This has led him to interests in contemporary classical, experimental, and electronic music. He performs with new music organizations Cica, the USC Experimental Music Workshop, and earspace. He is the founder and director of Wired Music, a contemporary music series in the basement of a Columbia, SC coffee shop. Philip is also a hobby outdoorsman and has hiked over 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail. OM SRIVASTAVA | Om Srivastava is a saxophonist passionate about contemporary and world music. Om has performed throughout the United States and abroad including featured performances with the Kokomo and Ball State Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the BSU Jazz Ensemble’s tour of China. He has been an active performer in the festival of the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York, the New Harmony Music Festival, and the Covington World Music Fest. As a chamber musician, Om was named a finalist in the International Coleman Chamber Music Competition (2013) and semi-finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition (2016). In 2013 he released the album “Through Adam’s Fall” with the Promethean Quartet and will be releasing his upcoming solo debut entitled “Antara” comprised of Indian fusion music for saxophone and tabla in March, 2017. In summer of 2015, he was awarded an IndianRaga fellowship. Recent performances include performing alongside Tony Award winner Matthew Morrison with the Lexington Pops Orchestra, Grammy nominated guitarist Fareed Haque at the Lincoln Center, and with the RagaTone Ensemble at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Presently, Om is completing his doctoral degree in saxophone performance at the University of Cincinnati where he held a graduate teaching assistantship. MORGAN SUTHERLAND | Morgan Sutherland is a percussionist from Hampton, Virginia. She is a sophomore at George Mason University, currently studying with Professors John Kilkenny and Victor Provost and pursuing a major in percussion performance with a minor in jazz studies. At Mason, she is a frequent performer with the Wind Symphony, Mason Percussion Group, and Steel Pan Ensemble. During her college career, Morgan has participated in the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar and been a member of The Tidewater Winds Concert Band based in Norfolk, Virginia. In the fall of 2016, she played in a New Literature Session at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention with the Mason Percussion Group. This summer, she plans to study abroad with Mason music students as a part of the International Teaching Scholars organization in Costa Rica. MARI TAKEDA | Percussionist Mari Takeda is a young and energetic performer who brings versatile and elegant performances. Her optimism and passion for the ongoing development of percussion repertoire inspires her to seek and perform new works, through collaboration with composers, and strives to broaden the audience for contemporary classical music. She takes particular interest in works that utilize electronics, speech, body movement/gestures, and body percussion. Past solo and chamber performances include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and National Sawdust, in Brooklyn, NY. Mari is currently completing her B.M. in Percussion Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD. Mari is currently pursing her B.M. in Percussion Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelege of Robert van Sice. She has also studied with Ji Hye Jung, Gwen Dease, Garrett Arney, Paul Fadoul, and the members of Sandbox Percussion. MATTHEW UMPHREYS | Cincinnati-based collaborative pianist and vocal coach Matthew Umphreys specializes in 2017 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC



opera, chamber music, and new music. Matthew recently joined the faculty of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he operates as staff pianist for choirs, concerts, and recitals, and also teaches Opera Workshop. He performs regularly with Cincinnati Opera and has spent several summers as pianist and coach at Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the Savannah Voice Festival in Savannah, Georgia. Matthew is a founding member of All of the Above, a contemporary music chamber ensemble. The ensemble regularly performs works by composers such as David Lang, Andy Akiho, Missy Mazzoli, and Nico Muhly, and continues to commission and premiere brand new music by both local and international composers. All of the Above is the official ensemble-in-residence at Xavier University, and a next:generation ensemble of concert:nova. Matthew graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with his Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano in 2014. He is currently the Director of Music at Columbia Baptist and Linwood Baptist churches in Cincinnati. Matthew is a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa and received his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance and Business Management in 2011 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. GARRETT WHITE | Music has always been a major part of Garrett’s life and he plans to keep his life centered around it. He picked up the clarinet in sixth grade, and has not been able to put it down since. A music degree was not what he initially planned to pursue, nevertheless he has thoroughly enjoyed his time so far in the program. LuAnn Ewan was his teacher for two years. After that, he decided to major in music and attend Iowa State University where he studies with Gregory Oakes.










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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) Caffé Tuschar (great burger and coffee) A.D. Braceria (seafood and meat) La Grotta (nice bistecca and vegetables)) 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

SHOPPING GUIDE 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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2017 Cortona Sessions Guidebook  

2017 Cortona Sessions Guidebook