GUEST ARTISTS

Naomi Gray, cello
 Cellist Naomi Gray is an active performer and teacher in the Philadelphia area. She serves as Associate Principal Cellist of the Delaware Symphony and section cellist in the Harrisburg Symphony, and also frequently appears with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and Reading Symphony.  Recently, Ms. Gray joined the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Branford Marsalis on their month-long “Well-Tempered” tour of the U.S.

In 2008, Ms. Gray completed a three-year fellowship as a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. During her tenure, she collaborated with such renowned artists as Paula Robison and Yo-Yo Ma, for whom she also performed in a master class. Ms. Gray has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Roger Norrington, Valery Gergiev, and Stéphane Denève, as well as popular artists Peter Gabriel and Jill Scott.  Ms. Gray earned dual undergraduate degrees in Cello Performance and Psychology from Northwestern University and an M.M. degree from the University of Southern California.  She is a native of Tucson, AZ.


Mark Hagerty, composer
Mark Hagerty is an award-winning, highly individualistic American composer who pursued classical training as an instrumentalist, singer, and composer, and then determined his own path, outside of any tradition or institution. He has been developing two compositional practices in parallel — one that extends historic, particularly pre-classical forms, and a second that sets all traditions aside in favor of forays into more extreme forms and modes of expression. In all cases, he strives for a deep connection with performers and listeners, and his music has found enthusiastic audiences internationally and across the United States. He recently completed a 5-movement triple concerto for violin, erhu (the classical Chinese string instrument), solo percussion, and large orchestra entitled Beyond These Borders, commissioned by the Master Player Concert Series of the University of Delaware for violinist Xiang Gao, erhu artist Cathy Yang, and percussionist Chen Zimbalista. Beyond These Borders will be performed by the University of Delaware Orchestra on May 28, 2018 and will be featured on the orchestra’s tour of China in June. It is scheduled for performance by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in early 2019. Mark’s most recent recording is of his 4-movement work for trumpet and piano, None of the Above, included on a forthcoming CD with the working title "New American Works for Trumpet" by trumpet player Andrew Stetson and pianist Becca Zeisler.


Chris Hanning, percussion
Dr. Chris Hanning is a Professor of Percussion and Chair of the Applied Music Department at West Chester University. As a performer, Chris is a recording artist for NFL Films, performs with the Peter Paulsen Quintet, the Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem, and Philadelphia's premier contemporary music ensemble Relâche. He also regularly appears with the Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra. His performing has taken him throughout Europe, South America, and the United States with engagements at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Verizon Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Royal Albert Hall in London. 

In 2006, he released Island Grooves, an instructional drum set DVD that received a 4 1/2 out of 5 star rating from Modern Drummer magazine. Chris has recorded several CD's with Relâche, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, David Liebman and the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, and with the Peter Paulsen Quintet. Chris performed on numerous recordings for NFL Films over the past fifteen years including several Emmy Award Winning projects. You can hear Chris every year when the Lombardi Trophy music is played during the Super Bowl. He is currently co-writing music with long time NFL Films composer and producer Tom Hedden. His compositions can be found at firstcom music (firstcom.com) and APM Music (apmmusic.com). Chris is an artist/clinician for Vic Firth, Pearl/Adams, Remo, and Zildjian and has presented clinics at universities, conventions, and percussion festivals across the United States and abroad. Chris chaired the Percussive Arts Society Contest and Audition Procedure Committee for ten years and currently serves on the PAS Executive Committee.


Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, composer
Nominated twice for the Latin Grammy, Sergio is one of the most active and most widely performed composers in Brazilian contemporary music. His work has made an impact outside Brazil, with lectures, interviews, concerts and musical publications. He has been lecturing in more than 40 institutions in Brazil and abroad, as Princeton. In 2009 he was Artist-in-Residence at Duke University. His music has been played in Brazil, US, UK, Mexico, Italy, Holland, Germany, Serbia and Spain. Sergio is the founder and a member of the group of composers Prelúdio 21 (the most important of Brazil and one of the most active worldwide). He is also a member of the group of composers Vox Novus, based in New York. He is the creator of “International Festival Composers of Today”, Contemporary Music Festival that happens annually in Rio de Janeiro, in November, since 2013. His discography will include, by March 2016, 25 CDs as producer, 21 as composer, 33 as general producer, 2 as arranger and 2 as pianist. His catalog of compositions includes more than 125 works for various ensembles. Sergio Roberto de Oliveira is a member of the Latin Academy of the Arts and Science of Recording.


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