“Exciting, amusing, disturbing, beautiful, and always fascinating, Don Freund has showed himself to be a composer thoughtful in approach and imaginative in style.” (Music and Musicians, The Washington Post) Freund has composed works ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral music to pieces involving live performances with electronic instruments, music for dance, and large theatre works. An internationally recognized composer, he is also active as a pianist, conductor, and lecturer. His works are published by Lauren Keiser Music, Boosey and Hawkes, E. C. Schirmer, Seesaw, and Vivace Press.
As Professor of Composition at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 1992, teaching composition continues to be a major component of Freund’s career. Freund’s students from 30 years of teaching continue to win an impressive array of awards and recognitions. He has also served as guest composer at a vast array of universities and music festivals. He has served as composer-in-residence at the Australian National Academy of Music, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center and has given lectures and master classes at Royal Conservatories in Brussels, Prague, Vienna, the Hague, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Tanglewood Music Center. In the fall of 2005 Freund toured Asia, giving master cases and lecture recitals in Seoul, Miyazaki, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, and Bangkok, and returned in 2009 to various universities in Taiwan to give recitals, lectures, and master classes. Lectures from his 6-hour series entitled “Composition Lessons with JS Bach,” using color-coded scores and piano excerpts to make Bach’s WTC Book 1 a living creative experience, are available on YouTube.
Don Freund was born in Pittsburgh in 1947; he studied at Duquesne University (BM ‘69), and earned his graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music (MM’70, DMA’72). His composition teachers were Joseph Willcox Jenkins, Darius Milhaud, Charles Jones, Wayne Barlow, Warren Benson, and Samuel Adler. From 1972 to 1992 he was chairman of the Composition Department at Memphis State University. As founder and coordinator of Memphis State University’s Annual New Music Festival, he programmed close to a thousand new American works; he has been conductor or pianist in the performance of some two hundred new pieces, usually in collaboration with the composer.
Freund has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (Cello Concerto; Passion with Tropes), grants from Jacobs School of Music to compose the ballet Madame Bovary and Earthdance Concerto. Commissions including the Tennessee Arts Commission with Opera Memphis (Opera: The Bishop’s Ghost), Tennessee Music Teachers Association (Pastoral Symphony), the Memphis City Schools (Vista for Three String Orchestras), the Memphis in May International Festival (Springsongs), the Verdehr Trio (Triomusic), the Tennessee Department of Education (Jug Blues & Fat Pickin’ for the Governor’s School Wind Ensemble), the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (Hard Cells), the Jubal Trio (Backyard Songs), Memphis Ballet (Alice in Wonderland), the International Viola Congress (Fanfare for Violas), the Pastiche Ensemble (Rough and Tumble), Florida State University and Indiana University (Beyond the Brass Gates), the Rodrigo Riera International Guitar Festival (One Singer, Two Voices), Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory (Primavera Doubles), Voces Novae (Childhood Awakening), Robert and Sara LeBien (Quilt Horizon), Germantown Symphony Orchestra (Preludes for Orchestra), Whatcom Symphony Orchestra (Word on the Street), Ensemble Zellig (Crunch Time), and the Indiana Music Teachers Association (Autumnsongs). Prizes include the Washington International String Quartet Composition Competition, the International Society for Contemporary Music/League of Composers International Piano Music Competition, the AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition (God’s Grandeur), the Rodrigo Riera International Competition for Guitar Composition (Stirrings), the Hanson Prize, the McCurdy Award, the Aspen Prize, 25 ASCAP Awards, and a Macgeorge Fellowship from the University of Melbourne, Australia. In 2005, Freund was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Romeo and Juliet: A Shakespearian Music-Drama, which was given its premiere production by the Bloomington Playwrights Project in 2008.
Recent performances of Freund’s music include Primavera Doubles and Sunscapes by the Brevard Festival Orchestra, Radical Light by the Kansas City Symphony, Sinfonietta by the IU Concert Orchestra and the Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra, End of Summer (orchestral winds) at the Aspen Music Festival, Departing Flights (piano trio) premiered by Composers, Inc. in San Francisco, Hard Cells for 14 instruments by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Feux d’artifice-Tombeau (solo piano) and DepartingFlights at Merkin Hall (ISCM/League series), SoftCells (15 instruments) and QuiltHorizon by New Music Ensembles at Indiana University and University of Southern California, Life of the Party (Concerto for Bassoon and 16 friends) at the Melbourne International Double Reed Conference, and Sky Scrapings (alto saxophone and piano) in Prague and Montreal. The Indiana University Ballet Theatre premiered his ballets, Madame Bovary, Skin Rituals, and Earthdance Concerto. Recent CD releases include Madame Bovary Ballet Suite, Soft Cells, Viola Concerto, Dissolving Music (Indiana University Orchestra and New Music Ensemble, IUSOM-10 distributed by Albany), Triomusic (Verdehr Trio on Crystal), Jug Blues & Fat Pickin’ (Cincinnati CCM Wind Ensemble on Klavier), Pentecost and Hard Cells (Indiana New Music Ensemble), Radical Light (Bowling Green Philharmonia on Albany), Rough andTumble (Pastiche Ensemble on ACF-Innova) and Backyard Songs (Jubal Trio on CRI). As a pianist, Freund’s recital repertoire has extended back from new music to several complete performances of Bach’s WTC Book I and his own pianistic realizations of Machaut. He has performed his Earthdance Concerto with wind ensembles at Florida State University, West Virginia University, and Bowling Green State University.
soundSCAPE facilitates the flowering of new music and the exchange of ideas and culture between musicians of tomorrow's generation. Each summer in scenic Maccagno, Italy, soundSCAPE attracts composers and performers from around the world for two weeks of concerts, lectures, master classes and workshops. The essence of the festival is process and collaboration -- soundSCAPE has been the starting point for new music initiatives that have flourished long beyond the festival, all around the globe.
Musicians from soundSCAPE is a flexible chamber ensemble comprised of festival faculty and alumni performance participants. The ensemble has held residencies at the Logos Foundation in Belgium, University of California San Diego, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and others. soundSCAPE was founded in 2005 and is directed by Nathanael May, with institutional support from Missouri Western State University.
A champion of contemporary music and Associate Professor at UMBC, Lisa Cella performs throughout the United States and abroad. She is a founding member of new music ensemble NOISE, the flute duo inHale, and the flute and cello duo C2. She is a faculty member of the Soundscape Festival of Contemporary Music in Maccagno, Italy. She received degrees from Syracuse University, Peabody Conservatory, and the University of California, San Diego.
Aiyun Huang enjoys a musical life as soloist, chamber musician, researcher, teacher and producer. She was the First Prize and the Audience Award winner at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2002. A champion of new music, Aiyun has premiered over 100 works over the last two decades internationally. She holds the position of Associate Professor in Percussion and was recently appointed a William Dawson Scholar at McGill University.
A virtuoso clarinetist/composer Gleb Kanasevich widely performs as a soloist, improviser (clarinet and computer music), and a member of Cantata Profana, Lunar Ensemble and Trio Accendo. He appeared on stages of Spoleto Festival USA, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, PARMAfest, Festival Leonardo De Lorenzo and will appear as a visiting artist in 2015 at MusicArte in Panama, University of Miami, Alia Musica in Pittsburgh, Audeamus International Music Festival in Croatia and many more.
Stephen Marotto received a Bachelors degree with honors from the University of Connecticut, a Masters degree from Boston University, and is currently a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at BU under the direction of Michael Reynolds. He has worked with numerous composers, and has played with several new music ensembles in the Boston area. Stephen has attended and performed at several new music festivals in both America and abroad. He has a wide range of musical interest that includes contemporary chamber music, improvisatory music, and electronic music.
Daniel Pesca has been a guest performer at many university venues, as well as at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Interlochen Center, the Library of Congress, the New Hazlett Theatre (Pittsburgh), the Megaron (Athens, Greece), and the Chicago Cultural Center. Daniel has performed as a featured soloist with the Orchestra of the League of Composers, the Eastman BroadBand, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Slee Sinfonietta. An enthusiastic ensemble pianist, Daniel has appeared with Dal Niente, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He has recorded for Centaur, Block M Records, and Urtext Classics.
Susan Fancher-soprano, Robert Faub-altoSteve Stusek-tenor, Mark Engebretson-baritoneThe Red Clay Saxophone Quartet is a professional chamber music ensemble formed in October 2003 by four internationally recognized saxophonists. Susan Fancher has 15 years of experience as soprano saxophonist with the Vienna, Amherst and Rollin' Phones saxophone quartets. Robert Faub has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe as alto saxophonist with the New Century Saxophone Quartet. Steve Stusek, saxophone professor at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, is an international touring solo recitalist and chamber musician. Mark Engebretson is a veteran of the Vienna Saxophone Quartet and is Assistant Professor of Music Composition at UNCG. The RCSQ's repertoire includes original works for saxophone quartet by Alexander Glazunov, Michael Torke, Ben Johnston, Terry Riley, M. William Karlins and Perry Goldstein, and transcriptions for saxophone quartet of music by Steve Reich and Francis Poulenc. All the Red Clay Quartet members playVandoren Optimum mouthpieces.
Susan Fancher's tireless efforts to develop the repertoire for the saxophone have produced dozens of commissioned works by contemporary composers, as well as published transcriptions of music by composers as diverse as Josquin Desprez, Ben Johnston and Steve Reich. She has worked with a multitude of composers in the creation and interpretation of new music including Terry Riley, Michael Torke and Charles Wuorinen, just to name a few, and has performed in many of the world's leading concert venues and contemporary music festivals. The most recent additions to her discography are a solo CD entitled Ponder Nothin on the Innova label and a recording on New World Records of Forever Escher by Paul Chihara. Susan Fancher is a regularly featured columnist for the nationally distributed Saxophone Journal. Her principal teachers were Frederick Hemke, Jean-Marie Londeix, Michael Grammatico and Joe Daley. She is a clinician for the Selmer and Vandoren companies.
Robert Faub is an accomplished classical soloist, chamber musician and jazz artist. He was formerly the alto saxophonist with the widely acclaimed New Century Saxophone Quartet, with whom he performed extensively throughout the United States and in teh Netherlands. He appears on New Century's recordings A New Century Christmas and Standards. As a soloist, he gave the first performance of Ben Boone's concerto Squeeze with the University of South Carolina Symphony, adding to a long list of works he has premiered. His recording of Andrew Simpson's Exhortation, included on Arizona University Recording's America's Millenial Tribute to Adolphe Sax, was "immaculately played," according to The Double Bassist magazine. Robert Faub appears regularly with the North Carolina, Greensboro adn Winston-Salem Symphonies.
Steve Stusek is Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He performs frequently with Dutch accordion player Otine van Erp in the duo 2Track, was director of Big Band Utrecht and is a founding member of the Bozza Mansion Project, an Amsterdam-based new music ensemble. The list of composers who have written music for him include Academy Award winner John Addison. His many awards include a Medaille d'Or in Saxophone Performance from teh Conservatoire de la Région de Paris, winner of the Saxohone Concerto competition at Indiana University, Semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Vermont Council on the Arts prize for Artistic Excellence, and Finalist in the Nederlands Impressariaat Concours for ensembles. His teachers include Daniel Deffayet, Jean-Yves Formeau, Eugene Rousseau, David Baker, Joseph Wytko and Larry Teal.
Mark Engebretson is Assistant Professor of Composition and Electronic Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former resident of Vienna and Stockholm, he has received numerous commissions from the Austrian Ministry of Culture, STIM (Sweden) and the American Composers Forum Commissioning Program. His Duo Concertante was recently premiered by the Wroclaw (Poland) Philharmonic. Mark Engebretson has appeared twice as a concerto soloist with the Brno (Czech) Philharmonic Orchestra. He is well represented as a composer and performer on the Innova label and has performed with Klangforum Wien, Swedish percussionist Anders Åstrand and the Intergalactic Contemporary Music Ensemble. His principle teachers were Michel Fuste-Lambezat, Frederick Hemke, Jean-Marie Londeix, M. William Karlins, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, Michael Pisaro, Stephen Syverud and Jay Alan Yim.
Concert pianist Mary Hellmann is a Chair of the Music Department and an Associate Professor at Chowan University. She maintains an active performing schedule as both soloist and chamber musician. Dr. Hellmann is an avid proponent of music of our time and is a frequent master class clinician, performer at various festivals and adjudicator for competitions. Her principal instructors were Menahem Pressler, Ian Hobson, Michel Block, and Noel Engebretson. She has participated in a variety of master classes with some of the most renown pianists of our time including: Ward Davenny, Lillian Kallir, Joseph Kalichstein, Rebecca Penneys, Theodore Lettvin, Gyorgy Sebok, and Russell Sherman. She has presented recital programs for the Alabama Public Television series Pianists at Work, and performed in numerous university and festival settings including: the Rutgers International Piano Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Midwest Composers Forum, the Festivale Internationale de Todi, Italy, the Society of Composers, Inc. National and International Conferences, and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States Conference. Dr. Hellmann believes that sharing one's knowledge and passion for music to students is paramount in a musician's life. Mary received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Louisville; a Master of Music in Piano Performance and an additional Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois; she received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Alabama. Recordings of her performances can be found on itunes.com, amazon.com, and cdbaby.com.
Born in New York and raised in California, Daniel Koppelman has gained experience with many different musical traditions—classical and popular, composed and improvised, acoustic and electronic—which has led him to explore their intersections in search of new possibilities for performing, teaching, and creating music. Koppelman's current performance interests include digital signal processing of acoustic piano and improvisation with various real-time controllers in conjunction with Cycling '74's Max/MSP and Ableton Live software. He has recorded for CRI, New World Records, Neuma Records, Capstone, SEAMUS, C74, Everglade, and Innova. His 2005 2-disc CD/DVD set of 21st century music for piano and electronics, "Escapement", was hailed by Keyboard Magazine as "engaging, intelligent, and unpretentious." Koppelman holds degrees from San Francisco State University (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.), and the University of California at San Diego (Ph.D.), where he was a Regents Fellow; his piano teachers have included Wayne Peterson, James Tocco, Cecil Lytle and Aleck Karis. Currently Professor and Director of Music Technology at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Koppelman has been a resident artist at STEIM in Amsterdam, the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts in La Jolla, CA. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach courses in Odessa, Ukraine in contemporary American music and the creative use of new technological tools. In 2009 his Fulbright was extended to provide for lecturing and concertizing across Ukraine. Koppelman combines with Ruth Neville to form duo runedako; their recent CD "Recombinant Nocturnes" features music for piano and electronics by Benjamin Broening.