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Episode 30: Wade Fernandez

Episode 30: Wade Fernandez


Soaring around the world with Menominee Indian Reservation roots, Wade Fernandez (Walks With The Black Wolf) is a “deeply authentic” multi-award winning international touring artist from the Menominee Nation. Winning numerous awards in many genres, Fernandez's musical style knows no bounds. Beginning his solo career joining Jackson Browne & the Indigo Girls onstage has led to a long career with over 60 international tours. Both his music and his message is firmly grounded in his Menominee Reservation roots and love for the land, animals, and people.  His passion to educate, share music, culture and honor Grandmother Earth is reflected in his international presentations and work in schools (k-college), workshops, with the elderly, the mentally disabled, elders, youth and concerts both rocking and soothing stages from Woodstock 94 to Honor The Earth.  During the COVID-19 epidemic Wade became a team leader/community health worker for Creative Health Collective servicing the needs of the Native American community on the ground, through film, and livestreaming. He continues to give concerts and lectures through the internet as he waits for the world to become safe for touring again.WebsiteFacebook
Violinist and violist Gabe Bolkosky has been praised for the way he "takes audiences into his confidence and includes them" and described as having "the serenity of a master without a hint of coldness." He has performed and taught across the United States, abroad, working with all ages of musicians.  He recently pioneered an online approach to music-making and collaboration from home. His organization, Education for Happiness, recently launched PhoenixPhest Virtual Online Chamber Music Immersive, culminating a 20 year in-person program.  His focus educationally has been to help musicians in all developmental stages and levels of interest with a focus on inclusion.Primarily a violinist, he performs a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works with different collaborative artists from many musical genres in many of the great concert halls.  As a violist, Gabe helped found the Bayberry String Quartet in 2018 and continues to play in this group with his wife Steffani. To date, Gabe has released seven recordings that show his breadth as a musician focused in the areas of contemporary music, jazz, and nuevo tango as well as traditional classical music, with plans to expand into the world of DAW and BandLab. Over the last two decades, Gabe served as the executive director of The Phoenix Ensemble, a nonprofit organization dedicated to warm hearted and compassionate arts education. Education for HappinessGabe's Website
American violist Rita Porfiris  has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and as a soloist.Currently the Associate Professor of Viola and Director of Chamber Music at The Hartt School, she has also been on the faculties of New York University, the University of Houston Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University, and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. She has given master classes, lectures and clinics across the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, Taiwan, and the Dominican Republic.Ms. Porfiris is a member of the Miller-Porfiris Duo and the Hartt Quartet. As a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet, she was in-residence at the Ojai Festival, Mainly Mozart, Point Counterpoint, and the Internationale Quartettakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest. She was the recipient of Austria’s prestigious Prix Mercure, a prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Primrose International Viola Competition, and a laureate of the Paolo Borciani International Quartet Competition.In her 20 year-long career as an orchestral musician, 15 years of which were spent with the Houston Symphony, she worked under some of the most recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries, including Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach. Equally at home in a wide variety of genres, Rita has shared the stage with Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Lyle Lovett, Rod Stewart, and Tony Bennett, to name a few.Highlights of recent seasons include chamber concerts with Lynn Harrell, Joseph Kalichstein, and Jamie Laredo; tours to Israel, Europe, and Taiwan; sold-out concerto appearances at the historic Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany; Baltimore, Maryland and Lincoln, Nebraska; and a performance of the rarely played Romantic Rhapsody for Violin, Viola and Orchestra by Arthur Benjamin as part of the Miller-Porfiris Duo. In May 2016, the Baltimore Sun declared "Rita Porfiris proved an ideal soloist, as much for her richness of tone and impeccable articulation as for the warmth and subtlety of her phrasing."Rita’s transcriptions for the viola of both classical music staples and pop favorites have been enjoyed worldwide by audiences and performers. Gramophone Magazine called her  transcription of Gliere’s Eight Pieces Op. 39, recorded on the Miller-Porfiris Duo’s second CD “Eight Pieces,”  "satisfying" and "sung with beautiful warmth." Recent acclaim from Fanfare for the Duo's third CD, entitled "Divertimenti" declares their playing "a lightning bolt" and speaks to the "color, fire, and passion."Ms. Porfiris received both her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. Other teachers and mentors included Paul Doktor, Norbert Brainin, and Harvey Shapiro.WebsiteUncertainty of Fate Festival
Krissy Bergmark is a tabla player, percussionist, and composer in the Twin Cities. Bergmarkcenters her work on bringing tabla to new genres and cross-genres through composition andperformance. She has received commissions and grants through the Cedar Commissions, theJerome Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State ArtsBoard for her tabla studies and compositions for tabla, percussion, and strings. She was also aparticipant in the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at Banff Center for Artsand Creativity in 2018, and Silkroad Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshop in 2016. Sheperforms with her progressive folk trio Sprig of That, electronics and tabla duo Lo.mocean, and a variety of other musicians in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Chicago, and New York. Krissy is a2010 graduate of Northern Illinois University and a 2012 graduate of the University ofMinnesota. She is an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Gustavus Adolphus College. Krissyendorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets. You can stay updated on her latestrecordings, projects, and performances via Facebook, Instagram, and
Kenji Bunch is one of America’s most engaging, influential, and prolific composers. Through an expansive blend of classical and vernacular styles, Bunch makes music that’s “clearly modern but deeply respectful of tradition and instantly enjoyable.” (The Washington Post) Deemed “emotional Americana,” (Oregon ArtsWatch) and infused with folk and roots influences, Bunch’s work has inspired a new genre classification: “Call it neo-American: casual on the outside, complex underneath, immediate and accessible to first-time listeners… Bunch’s music is shiningly original.” (The Oregonian) Hailed by The New York Times as “A Composer To Watch” and cited by Alex Ross in his seminal book The Rest Is Noise, Bunch’s wit, lyricism, unpredictability, and exquisite craftsmanship earn acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics alike. His interests in history, philosophy, and intergenerational and cross-cultural sharing of the arts reflect in his work. Varied style references in Bunch's writing mirror the diversity of global influence on American culture and reveal his deft ability to integrate bluegrass, hip hop, jazz, and funk idioms. Rich, tonal harmonies and drawn-out, satisfying builds characterize Bunch’s work and easily lend themselves to dance and film. Over sixty American orchestras have performed Bunch’s music, which “reache(s) into every section of the orchestra to create an intriguing mixture of sonic colors.” (NW Reverb) Recent works include commissions and premieres from the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Lark Quartet, the Britt Festival, Music From Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Eugene Ballet, and the Grant Park Music Festival. His extensive discography includes recordings on Sony/BMG, EMI Classics, Koch, RCA, and Naxos labels among others. Also an outstanding violist, Bunch was the first student ever to receive dual Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola and composition from The Juilliard School and was a founding member of the highly acclaimed ensembles Flux Quartet (1996-2002) and Ne(x)tworks (2003-2011). Bunch currently serves as Artistic Director of Fear No Music, and teaches viola, composition, and music theory at Portland State University, Reed College, and for the Portland Youth Philharmonic.Website: https://www.kenjibunch.netFacebook:  
Performer-Composer Brian Kavolius-Matherne is a horn and electronics soloist withprojects as varied as the medium is unique. With influences including Tchaikovsky, Strauss,Broadway, French-Acoustic-Folk, David Maslanka, and Julia Kent, it is no wonder that hetook to composition to synthesize all the music he hears!Brian developed a taste for new music early in his career, performing with the EDGE NewMusic Ensemble at Shenandoah Conservatory during his early training. Since then, he hascommissioned multiple new works for solo horn and various chamber groups and hasserved as principal horn for world premieres of works for orchestra and band. Acollaborator at heart, common theme of a recital organized by Brian is a connection toanother art form, such as winemaking, brewing, oration, photography, or writing. As aperformer-composer, he has performed his works for audiences across the USand Canada, ranging from Hawaiʻi to the east coast, including a recent appearance at theSanta Clara Universities Music@Noon series.In addition to horn and electronics life, Brian has had a full career as a solo, chamber,  andorchestral musician. He served as principal horn in performances with the University ofMaryland Symphony Orchestra, the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra, theShenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Summer Music TheaterCompany, the Plainville Wind Ensemble, the Rapidan Orchestra, the Miami Summer MusicFestival Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Summer Music Festival Opera Orchestra. Heis an active participant in the chamber music community wherever he lives and has been aregular member of many groups. After his collegiate training, Brian was appointed the Principal Horn of the USNavy’s “U.S. Pacific Fleet Band” in Pearl Harbor, Hawaiʻi and served under the baton ofFleet Bandmaster Lieutenant Commander Kelly Cartwright. While serving in the Navy, hewas a featured soloist and regular horn player for the organization’s premiere brassquintet, “Harbor Brass” and wind quintet, “Trade Winds”. During his service in the US Navy, Brian completed multiple international and domestic tours, providing musicalsupport for hundreds of diplomatic, military, and outreach events. He participated in theOʻahu Joint Military Service Band Concert in 2019, serving as principal horn for militarymembers in the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, and National Guard. In 2018, he wasselected to perform at the Midwest Band Conference as a member of a Navy-widechamber ensemble. He received the National Medal of Arts “for personifying excellence inmusic and service to country”. As a fierce advocate for musical outreach in educational settings, Brian contributedhundreds of hours of volunteer teaching for local high schools during his military service.He served as the head of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band’s Music Education Outreach Programand was the initiating agent for key programs, including multiple joint programs withthe University of Hawaiʻi Department of Music and the Navy’s first online outreachprogram during COVID-19. He is committed to education and maintains an activehorn studio and stays in touch with a network of band directors, providing educationaloutreach as a soloist.Brian received his undergraduate degree in Music Therapy along with a performancecertificate from Shenandoah Conservatory and his MM in Horn Performancefrom the University of Maryland. He maintains an MT-BC credential with the CertificationBoard for Music Therapists. His principal teachers are Janelle Ellis, WilliamZsembery, Joseph Lovinsky, and Gregory Miller.
We're back! Bailey kicks off this next run of episodes with friend and fellow fiddle demon, Rachel Calvert. Rachel plays fiddle and sings with Barbaro, an award-winning Bluegrass and Americana band based out of Minneapolis. Barbaro’s musical vision explores their collective life experiences through intricate instrumentation, creatively bending traditional music into a style that is all their own.  The Minneapolis-Winona based rising stars have created their eclectic sound through original songwriting craft, with inspiration derived from bluegrass, jazz and chamber music.Barbaro's social media:Website - barbaroband.comInstagram - barbaro_bandTwitter - @Barbaro_bandFacebook - -'s social media:Instagram - bleepbloopbeeboopTwitter - @callmebackplzEmail -
**Want to register for Sarah's cooking class on February 12th and get a discount? Use code "Dissonance" for 20% off when you click the link below!** Jane Kenner (The Hungry Musician) is a professional violinist, blogger, and culinary coach in the New York City area. As a violinist, Sarah specializes in early music, and has performed with leading period instrument ensembles in venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Washington National Cathedral, the Caramoor Center for Music and theArts, and Trinity Church Wall Street. She holds performance degrees from The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University.At The Hungry Musician, Sarah enjoys providing cooking tips and wholesome, flavorful recipes geared towards creative individuals. She knows firsthand how hard it can be to fit cooking (and other forms of self- care) into a busy lifestyle - but she also knows how essential it is for maintaining physical, mental, and creative health. For this reason, she has made it her mission to encourage her unique following and clientele to embrace cooking creatively and efficiently.Blog: https://www.thehungrymusician.comFacebook: http://www.sjkviolin.comIG: @hungrymusician
This week kicks off a mini-arc of episodes that takes a look at a few ways we as musicians can take care of ourselves. Up first, we have Keri Anderson! Keri describes her passion as, "to help people look and perform at their best through fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching." Keri has been the nutrition program coordinator at Lifetime Fitness since 2016, and has been a fitness professional and nutrition coach since 2006. She specializes in both 1:1 and small-group training. Her certifications include Precision Nutrition, ISSA Personal Training and Nutrition, NASM, and RKC.On top of helping others with their own fitness and nutrition goals, Keri was a pro bodybuilder in 2015, physique and figure competitor, and competed in powerlifting in 2017. She is a wealth of information on this topic and I'm excited to share one of the strategies that has been helpful in maintaining my body so I can continue to play at a high level. * Keep in mind that everyone's needs are different, so it's always recommended to check with a professional before beginning any lifestyle changes*
This week, Bailey sits down with Evan Newman, pianist and sales wiz. A lot of musicians get turned off when they hear the word "sales;" the art should speak loudly enough for itself, right? Not always the case! Evan brings a unique perspective as someone who performs at a high level both musically and as a Cutco Sales Professional. With half a million dollars in personal sales, his experience brings a lot to this discussion! Outside of the Cutco world, Evan is a professional pianist, who earned his Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He continues to teach independently in the Minneapolis area, as a part-time instructor. With Cutco, Evan specializes in helping Realtors/LO's with their gifting needs and works with the #1 team in MN. His favorite pastimes include traveling, fishing, reading, and bodybuilding.
Leila Ramagopal Pertl is an Instructor in Music Education and harp at Lawrence University, Deep Listening Instructor for the Center for Deep Listening, and the Music Education Curator of the Mile of Music Festival, in Appleton Wisconsin where Leila and her team lead 60 hands-on music-making events for its over 75,000 visitors each year.  She created the innovative music curricula at Next Generation School in Champaign, IL and at Appleton Public Montessori, Appleton, Wi, where music is treated as a core subject; each student taking music class every day and being immersed in drumming, dancing, singing, improvisation, composition, music theory, and Deep Listening.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Lawrence University, a Master of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois and is a recipient of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors, Excellence in Music Education. She is an active presenter and has recently given presentations and teacher workshops for the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance, Appleton Area School District, WMEA State Conference, the International Deep Listening Conference, the Appleton Education Foundation, The Smithsonian Year of Music panel on the Future of Music Education, and co-presented a paper at the Northeastern Philosophy of Education Society at Tufts University: “Hearing the Lines:  The Birth of Childhood and Philosophy through Music.”  Leila was the 2018 recipient of the Mentor Award from the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE) and is the WMEA State Chair for Composition and Improvisation. She believes that music is a birthright, and loves being with people in collaborative, creative spaces!
Brian Pertl is currently the Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory. He is a trombonist, ethnomusicologist, didjeridu player, Deep Listener, and an advocate for music education at all levels. Brian believes that creating a conservatory music culture that honors diversity, multi-musicality, creativity, exploration, collaboration, curiosity, and play is key to producing musicians and entrepreneurs who will best overcome the obstacles and capitalize on the opportunities facing today’s graduates. Brian is endlessly optimistic that the properly prepared music graduate will have more opportunities to create a musical life than ever before.https://lawrenceuniversity.org
One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine).  In addition to leading various groups under his own name and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at the Hartt Conservatory.  Over the past few years, Jason has been focusing on arranging and composing for the Rhythm Future Quartet, Jason Anick Acoustic Trio, and the Anick/Yeager Quartet.  The Rhythm Future Quartet, which Jason started with Finish guitar virtuoso Olli Soikkeli, is rapidly becoming one of the preeminent Gypsy jazz groups in the country. The group just released its third album, "RFQ and Friends" which was praised by JazzTimes as "packed to the gills with feeling... dynamic, full of virtuosity and swing".The Jason Anick Acoustic Trio, which formed in 2017, applies Jason's formidable improvisational and compositional chops to the roots/fiddle music of his youth.  The Jason Anick/Jason Yeager Quartet draws on the wide swath of musical interests of its co-leaders, blending straight-ahead and post-bop jazz, world music, funk and pop, eagerly embracing what Anick and Yeager have defined as “jazz without borders.” Their debut album, United, garnered rave reviews including 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine.  A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artist like Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, Hamilton de Holanda, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, John Sebastian, Delta Rae, and Ward Hayden and the Outliers. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.Jason is also a sought-after educator, and has taught jazz violin and mandolin to students of all ages at string camps, workshops, and clinics around the world.  Jason regularly contributes educational columns to Fiddler Magazine and instructional videos to DC Music and Christian Howes' Creative Strings Academy.
Kate Kayaian is a professional cellist, teacher, musician’s coach, and the creator and artistic director of the Virtual Summer Cello Festival–the very first full-length summer festival program to be offered online in 2020. As a cellist, Kate has performed as soloist, chamber musician and recitalist in a myriad of venues from art galleries in Seattle to Jordan Hall in Boston, and in some of the top concert halls of Europe.She attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and was subsequently awarded a fellowship at the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami. She performs and records often with the Grammy award-winning contemporary music ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and was embarking on a US tour of her solo recital program: The Voice of the Cello when the current COVID-19 pandemic hit.Drawing from her 5 years of experience as a pioneer in the world of online teaching, she created the 7-week Virtual Summer Cello Festival for highly talented high school and college aged cellists as a response to the cancelation of traditional summer festivals due to the current public health crisis.This fall she is unveiling 2 of her latest projects: The Bridge Online Cello Studio–created for advanced high school and college level– which combines her current online private teaching studio with the group structure of the festival, creating an incredible opportunity for students all over the world to study. And The Profit Pivot–a 10 week long group coaching program for professional musicians who are ready to take the reins on their careers and their bank accounts.She writes about career and life issues for classical musicians on her blog, Tales From The Lane, and coaches musicians and other creatives on career and mindset pivots to ensure financially stable lives for them and their families.Join her Tales From the Lane Facebook Group! (Tales From The Lane): Summer Cello Festival:
Episode 16: Sarah Larsen

Episode 16: Sarah Larsen


Sarah Larsen has blown through the juke joints and watering holes of America, the perfect example of a classical good girl gone outlaw. She’s shot whiskey in the Midwestern Wilds, danced to zydeco in Louisiana, fallen in love in the Rockies, and two-stepped on top of broken hearts in Nashville. With fiddle, banjo, and guitar in tow, Hoss sings the stories of her travels and travails, as well as traditional songs of the American experience. When not portraying the urban gypsy-cowgirl Hurricane Hoss, Sarah Williams Larsen is one of the Northeast’s hardest working fiddle players. An award-winning contest fiddler, classical call-girl, and session player, she’s recently lent her fingers to Dr. Dog, David Mayfield, Ben Arnold, Saskwatch, Mason Porter, and the Hot Club of Philadelphia. She has also been a member in the multi-instrumental folk trio Ladybird. Instagram: @sarahlarsenmusic
Honesty Pill founder Christopher Still joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as SecondTrumpet in 2007. Before coming to California, he was the Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony.He has also held the positions of Associate Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphonyand Principal Trumpet of the Charleston (SC) Symphony. Additionally, Christopher hasserved as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra inChicago’s Millennium Park and Guest Principal with the St. Louis Symphony.Christopher has recorded extensively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Grant Park,Dallas, and Albany symphony orchestras. Active in the Hollywood recording studios, hecan be heard on major motion picture and television soundtracks. He is a YamahaArtist, a dedicated educator, and an active clinician.Having grown up in a musical household, Christopher originally intended to become aband director and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane Schoolof Music (SUNY-Potsdam). Switching to performance, he received his Master of MusicPerformance degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He was aTanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1995 and 1996.Christopher’s favorite aspect of his job is the orchestra’s frequent performance ofcontemporary music, especially the Green Umbrella concert series.Christopher lives in Altadena, CA with his wife, Amanda McIntosh, and two children. Heenjoys long-distance running, skiing, brewing beer, and hiking in the trails behind hishouse.
For tickets to Will's "Songs from the Shower: Viola Vespers recital, please visit Concert is Sunday, 11/22 at 7:30 pm EST. Will Curry enjoys a diverse career as a music director, conductor, violist, violinist, teacher, and coach. An active theater musician, Will was recently the music director and conductor of the national tour of Miss Saigon. He previously held positions of violist and assistant conductor with the Broadway productions of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater, Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, and Les Misérables. Before moving to New York City, Will served as the associate conductor and violist for the Toronto production of Les Misérables, and toured the US with the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables as concertmaster and assistant conductor.An avid chamber musician, Will is a member of Mod3, with pianist Carol Ann Aicher and oboist Kevin Chavez. He also regularly performs with the Broadway Chamber Players. Will has performed with singer-songwriter, Amanda Brown, and with Pink Martini.A passionate teacher, Will teaches violin and viola at the Elisabeth Morrow School and Wilton Music Studios. He is a teaching artist with Broadway Classroom and has taught masterclasses at UCLA, University of Northern Colorado, Michigan State University, Arizona State University, Northwestern University, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. He has guest conducted ensembles at Saratoga High School, Beechwood High School, Hershey High School, and Jefferson County High School.A graduate of Northwestern University, Will studied viola with Roland Vamos and conducting with Victor Yampolsky. He currently studies piano with Carol Ann Aicher. Previous teachers include Alice Bish, Liu-Quo Chang, Charles Pickler, Matthias Tacke, and Clara Takarabe. Will trained in the Suzuki method at The School for Strings in New York City with Allen Lieb and Kati Gerson. Will can be heard on the cast albums of My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and John & Jen, and he has released two solo albums, Fill in the Words and The Time of Year for Miracles, with actor/singer Ian Patrick Gibb. Will contributed orchestrations to Jake Weinstein’s short film Ode to the Singing Butler, and to Lawrence Rush’s musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Other orchestration credits include performances by Andrew Lippa, Carole Shelley, Christine Ebersole, Andrea McArdle, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Harvey Evans and Jim Brochu, and Daniel Reichard.
* The Super String concert David mentions in the episode takes place November 14th, 2020. Please click on the link to get your ticket!* David Cutler, a self-proclaimed WEEKEND TRAVELER, is a pianist and composer equally comfortable with classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world music. Stretching what it means to be a performer, events regularly involve crazy antics: extreme eclecticism, choreography, humor, interdisciplinary collaboration, superhero costumes, character ushers, celebrity cameos, kazoo playing marching bands, you name it.Cutler's remarkable composition SuperNova dramatically reimagines the most popular string method of all time, SUZUKI VIOLIN SCHOOL, VOLUME 1. While melodies remain unchanged, rhythm section accompaniments are virtuosic and exploratory, inspired by music genres from around the globe (tango to techno, Baroque to boogie). This project includes 4 full albums, a SuperCreativity eCourse, string ensemble arrangements, and more.  One of the world’s leading voices on ARTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Cutler has led keynotes and workshops for Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, Juilliard School, Dutch Classical Music Meeting, Chamber Music America, New World Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University, and Italy’s soundSCAPE music festival. His books The Savvy Musician and The Savvy Music Teacher, which provide tools for amplifying income, impact, and innovation, have shaped a generation of musicians. Dr. Cutler is a distinguished professor of music entrepreneurship at University of South Carolina, and a Yamaha Master Educator.Cutler and his consulting firm The Puzzler Company work with arts, business, and education organizations to foster innovation. His upcoming VISUAL book (illustrations and design throughout) Problem-Solving Champion: Winning the GAME of Innovation helps teams turn problems into GAMEs and play to win. email:
Praised by The Washington Post for her “marvelous violin acrobatics,” Sarah is known for being on the edge of creativity and has developed a successful music career as a performer, teacher and musicians life & business coach. She has appeared on stages worldwide as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa and is fiercely dedicated to bringing fresh new ideas to classical music and empowering musicians to find their own voice. Sarah is a founding member of the NYC based string quintet SYBARITE5, whose last two albums have reached the top ten on the Billboard Charts. SYBARITE5, the first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Grand Teton and Ravinia Festivals. In 2015, Sarah founded Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series that breaks down the boundaries between the audience and the performers. Entering its sixth season of successful concerts, Beyond the Notes presents concerts around the country in partnership with series and organizations and presents flagship Beyond the Notes concert occurs annually in Concord, MA. Passionate about helping musicians navigate the ever-changing music world, Sarah is a musician's life and business coach and helps musicians craft fulfilling and sustainable careers in music. She has also given entrepreneurship lectures and workshops at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Arizona, among others. Her reputation and devotion to sound practice techniques led STRINGS magazine to feature Sarah in an article, ‘The Art of Mindful Practice’ and her widely-read blog The Productive Musician focuses on health and wellness, productivity, and strategies for developing and maintaining an effective mindset. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Michigan School of Music, as well as a Master of Music and Professional Studies degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Sarah's FREE PDF "Four Secrets to Being Super Successful (that you didn't learn in music school)": Blog: @theproductivemusicianFB:
Dr. Matthew Arau, founder of Upbeat Global, is the Chair of the Music EducationDepartment and Associate Director of Bands at the Lawrence University Conservatoryof Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, Dr. Arau is on the faculty of the AmericanBand College of Central Washington University and VanderCook College of Music. Healso serves as a Conn-Selmer Education Clinician and as Member-at-Large on theNAfME Council for Band Education.Dr. Arau has guest conducted and presented on student leadership, mindfulness,growth mindset, rehearsal techniques, and creating positive cultures in over 25 statesand 4 continents. He has presented at the International Midwest Band and OrchestraClinic, the Western International Band Clinic, the NAfME National Conference,numerous State and Regional Music Education Association Conferences, and theConn-Selmer Institute. He has conducted honor bands in Australia, Greece, Cyprus,and Malaysia, and All-State honor bands across the United States. Dr. Arau teaches hisUpbeat! Leadership Program to student leaders and Drum Majors at in-person andonline camps around the United States and abroad.Dr. Arau draws on a deep reservoir of fifteen years of experience as a successfulmiddle school and high school band director in Loveland, Colorado, where he led hisbands at Walt Clark Middle School and Loveland High School to numerous honorperformances and championships and pioneered the Leadership Symposium. Dr. Arauholds a D.M.A. in Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulderand a Master of Science in Music Education from the American Band College ofSouthern Oregon University. He graduated magna cum laude from LawrenceUniversity, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education,Music Performance (Classical), Music Performance (Jazz Studies), and a Bachelor ofArts in Government. He resides in Neenah, Wisconsin with his wife Merilee, their dogOlive, and two sugar gliders - Little Foot and Flash.
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