GUEST ARTISTS

Daniel Dorff, composer 
Daniel Dorff's music for flute and piccolo has entered the standard repertoire and is frequently performed and recorded worldwide. He has composed seven commissioned works for the Philadelphia Orchestra's education department and the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series has performed his music over 200 times. Recent highlights have included all-Dorff retrospective concerts at woodwind conventions, 11 performances of Three Fun Fables by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Utah Symphony, 38 performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears on the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzerts, and 10 all-Dorff concerts performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay. The 2016 convention of the National Flute Association featured 12 performances of Dorff's music.

Dorff's works have also been performed by the Atlanta Opera (60 performances), Baltimore Symphony (32 performances), Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival and Eastman Wind Ensemble; chamber concerts of the St. Louis Symphony and Oregon Symphony; on the Chicago Symphony Radiothon; by clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic; by pianist Marc-André Hamelin; flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal; and conducted by maestros Alan Gilbert and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb.

Daniel Dorff is VP of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company; a sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, he has lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, and advises the leading notation software companies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, Charles Ives Society, Vincent Persichetti Society, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia and has served on the Board of the National Flute Association.

Dorff's compositions have been published by Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer, Lauren Keiser Music, Shawnee Press, Mel Bay, and Kendor Music, and recorded on Albany, Bridge, Crystal, Azica and other labels.


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 is currently working in larger forms and exploring the melding of sound sculpture with more intimate musical expression. Inspirations include science and nature, the poetry of Wallace Stevens, backpacking in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the art music of India, Brazil generally, and Rio de Janeiro specifically. Mark's joint CD with Sergio Roberto de Oliveira entitled Pares (Pairings) features music for two cellos, piano four-hands, and cello and piano.


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.


Eva Ingolf, violin
Eva Ingolf is a well-known Icelandic violinist particularly recognized for her authoritative performances of solo works by J. S. Bach. She comes from a leading musical family and her father, Ingólfur Guðbrandsson, premiered many of the great choral works in Iceland. Eva currently lives in New York City. After studying at the Conservatory of Reykjavík for 6 years, Eva left Iceland to study with some of Europe’s finest violin pedagogues.

Her playing has been greatly influenced by the spirit of the Russian and East-European violin schools. At the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, she was a student of Prof. Leon-Ara, followed by studies with Prof. Corrado Romano at the Conservatory of Geneva and Prof. Istvan Parkanyi at the Sweelink Conservatory in Amsterdam. During these years she won many awards, as well as scholarships to study with world renowned pedagogues such as Stephan Gheorghiu, Victor Pikaizen, Zachar Bron and Tibor Varga.

Throughout her career, Eva has given numerous solo recitals in well-known concert halls in Iceland, Japan, United States, Russia and Europe, including regularly at the Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Trinity Church in New York City and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., receiving high acclaim from music critics as well as the general public. She has released two highly-regarded CDs on the Japis label. Eva has also recorded for the Icelandic State Radio. In 1995-1996, she undertook studies in composition, conducting and orchestration at Harvard University. She was awarded a Grant from NYWC in 2014 and American Scandinavian Cultural Grant in 2015.


Joshua Kovach, clarinet 
Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra clarinetist Joshua L. Kovach was born into a musical family in Philadelphia. His teachers have included Donald Montanaro, David Weber, Mordecai Appelbaum and Ronald Reuben. He maintains an active teaching and performance schedule, having played with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Network for New Music, Opera Philadelphia, Academy of Vocal Arts, Richmond Symphony and The Philly Pops. In addition, he performs regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony, and currently serves as Second Clarinet of the Reading Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under such conductors as Sir Neville Mariner, Luis Biava, Yuri Temirkanov, Corrado Rovaris and James Levine. He was twice invited to perform with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during their tours to Verbier, Switzerland. Mr. Kovach has a strong interest in contemporary music and has premiered many new works in both orchestral playing, and as a member of Chamber Music Now.

He has performed chamber music with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra of which he has substituted. He is a frequent recitalist, having played in New York, Rock Hall, the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Music Ballroom. Mr. Kovach can be heard on recordings for the Vox, Albany, Centaur, innova, New Focus Recordings and Warner Home Video labels. As a teacher, Mr. Kovach was appointed to the position of Clarinet instructor at West Chester University from 2003-2005. In the Fall of 2016, he was appointed clarinet instructor at The College of New Jersey. Mr. Kovach has also served as a judge for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield student competition. He enjoys performing and giving master classes as a member of Liberty Winds, a woodwind quintet that has traveled to Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Haiti. Mr. Kovach received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Clarinet Performance with honors from Temple University.


Bonnie McAlvin, composer
Bonnie McAlvin is a composer and flutist from New York City. Her works have been performed by members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and world champion rag-time pianist William McNally. Her recent film score, My First Kiss and the People Involved recently premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it was the top pick of the festival for the LA Daily News; the score received a grade of ‘excellent’ from The Hollywood Reporter. As a flutist, Bonnie is known for her captivation with multiphonics — a technique somewhat akin to playing double-stops on a string instrument. She teaches at Adelphi University, and the Kaufman Center of New York City and lives with her cat Sammy near the beach of South Queens, NYC. Bonnie studied at McGill University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. For more information, see http://www.bonniemcalvin.net./


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.


Daniela Pierson, viola 
In addition to being principal violist of Tempesta di Mare, Daniela has performed on violin or viola with many early music ensembles including New Trinity Baroque, Early Music New York, Harmonious Blacksmith, Clarion Music Society, New York Collegium, La Rocinante, and Washington Cathedral Baroque Orchestra. She has appeared at the Magnolia Baroque and Newburyport Festivals, Festival Internacional de Música Barroca de Barichara, and as a guest artist with Chatham Baroque. She plays on a Jacob Ford violin (1765) and a Thomas Croen viola (2001).

Daniela loves teaching as much as she loves performing. She has a wonderful studio of violin and viola students who take lessons and group classes with her – ask her how her Twinklers are doing if you want to see her light up – and she is proud to be the conductor of Philadelphia’s Musicopia String Orchestra.

 She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.


Mark Rimple, composer
Mark Rimple has garnered critical notice for his interpretation of early music from national newspapers and journals including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Early Music America and Early Music (UK).

He is a founding member of TREFOIL and musical director of Musica Humana Vocal Consort. He is aregular guest artist with the Newberry Consort and The Folger Consort and has appeared with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, The King’s Noyse, Ex Umbris (at the Clinton White House), New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, Mélomanie, Pomerium, Tempesta di Mare, Network for New Music, Cygnus Ensemble and the GEMS production of The Play of Daniel.

Mark's compositions incorporate early instruments and techniques. His works have been performed by Parnassus, Network for New Music, Mélomanie, ChoralArts Philadelphia and The League of Composers/ISCM Chamber Players. A new Sextet "At Sixes and Sevens" will be premiered in the near future by The Cygnus Ensmeble. Mark's solo composition CD, January: Songs and Chamber Music of Mark Rimple including works for archlute, countertenor, viola da gamba and harpsichord, is scheduled for release by Furious Artisans in April 2016.  He is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


David Schelat, composer
David Schelat is Director of Music at First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware and president and artistic director of Market Street Music, a non-profit corporation that creates musical experiences for audiences and musicians in the Delaware Valley. For this organization, he is founder and conductor of Mastersingers of Wilmington, a celebrated ensemble of professional and highly-skilled amateur singers.

As a composer, Mr. Schelat works on commission as well as writing for the ensembles he conducts. Recent commissions includeJust an Ordinary Child for Mélomanie, Biblical Sketches for Trumpet and Organ (for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic American Guild of Organists (AGO) Convention in Pittsburgh), Anthem for the Annunciation and Before the Dawn of Time (for the 2013 SE Regional AGO Convention in Columbia, South Carolina) Fantasy for a Festive Occasion (for organist Marvin Mills), and Organ Sonata (for organist Michael Britt). His music appears in the catalogues of MorningStar Music, Selah Publishing Co., Augsburg Fortress, and Oxford University Press.

David Schelat is a frequent organ recitalist in the United States, and has been heard on the nationally syndicated program on National Public Media, “Pipedreams.” He has performed as organist, conductor, or composer for five regional conventions of the AGO, as well as for conferences of the Organ Historical Society, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He has been heard in important venues such as Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago; Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta; St. Stephen’s Church in Vienna, Austria; and the Grand Ballroom at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.


Michael Stambaugh, composer
Michael possesses a playful musical style that reflects a wide range of musical influences, an appreciation for eccentricity, and a desire for structure. His music has been described as tense, jaunty, compelling, frightening and comical. 

Specializing in keyboard music and small chamber groups, Michael’s music has been performed throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. In 2015, Michael worked with Relache to score director Ernst Lubitsch’s silent film “The Eyes of the Mummy” for a performance at the Penn Museum. In 2013, Mélomanie premiered The Machine Comes to Life, a short work for solo harpsichord inspired by the mechanical intricacies of the instrument. Michael has also worked with the University of Delaware Dance Studio, composing and performing a suite of piano music that aims to describe the different senses of tastes through sound and movement.

A graduate of Temple University and the University of Delaware, Michael studied composition with Jennifer Margaret Barker and Alexander deVaron. He is from Wallingford, PA, and currently lives and works as a piano and composition teacher in Philadelphia at the Settlement Music School.


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