Robert Pound: Trio for Brass (2010). Luke Spence, Josh Thompson, Michael Selover
Michael Fili: Feedback (2017). Cristian Dohler, Michael Homme
Joshua Fishbein: Three Scenes (2013). Susanna Mendlow
Carrie Rose: Threads (2017). Cristian Dohler, Michael Homme, Peter Franklin
Bradley Green: in generationes sempiternas… (2017). Josh Thompson
Michael Bratt: Reverie Fall (2011). Cristian Dohler
Andy Herring: in/out.in/out (2017). Cristian Dohler, Michael Homme, Josh Thompson, Luke Spence, Michael Selover, Peter Franklin
Cristian Dohler has been described as an exciting, polished performer with a clean, even technique and "such a delightfully rich sound"--Valerie Coleman. After teaching himself to play the flute when he was 15 years old, he studied flute performance at Frostburg State University with Keith Hanlon from 2014-16, where he enjoyed performing extensively in solo, chamber and large ensemble settings. While at FSU, Cristian formed the Augmented Second duo with Susan Zoller. The duo gave their debut joint recital as sophomores in March of 2016, and presented a recital of flute duets and quartets in collaboration with the io Ensemble (Keith Hanlon and Amara Guitry) at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention in Reston, Virginia.
During the 2016-17 school year, Cristian studied with Dr. Carolyn Oh of Montgomery College where he also performed with the MC Orchestra as principal flutist and soloist. Outside of school, he is an active freelancer performing in churches, with the Strathmore Children's Chorus of the Strathmore Music Center, and collaborating with local musicians on various recording projects. Cristian also plays regularly with the Prince George's Philharmonic as a substitute and guest principal and is on sub lists for the Symphony of the Potomac, Columbia Orchestra and several other community orchestras in the D.C. area. Cristian has performed for master classes with Nikolai Popov, Chris Norman, Valerie Coleman and Aaron Goldman; was featured in performances as part of the FSU Department of Music Honors Recital (2016) and Montgomery College Honors Recital (2017); and won first prize in the Flute Society of Washington's Collegiate Soloist Competition (2017). In the summer of 2018, he attended the Music House International summer music festival where he worked closely with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s retired principal flutist Loren Lind, current piccolo player Erica Peel and assistant conductor Kensho Watanabe. A dedicated proponent of new music, Cristian has performed two world premieres and is enthusiastic about collaborations that will bring new and interesting works to audiences.
Cristian recently earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Maryland, College Park in the studio of Dr. Sarah Frisof. He performed frequently with the UMD Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Maryland Opera Studio, TEMPO New Music ensemble, and the "Riverdale Winds" wind quintet among other chamber groups. In the Fall, Cristian will be pursuing his Master of Music degree at Bowling Green State University studying with Dr. Conor Nelson. Cristiandohlerflute.weebly.com
Oboist Dr. Michael Homme hails from Tallahassee, Florida. Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Florida State University in 2013, where he studied with Dr. Eric Ohlsson, and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2015, studying with Nancy Ambrose King. Michael pursued his DMA at the University of Maryland, studying with Mark Hill where he was the oboist in the resident woodwind quintet, Daraja Ensemble. He has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Players, National Philharmonic, York Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgetown Chorale, while recently finishing a tour at the Virginia Arts Festival with D.C. based woodwind quintet District5.
Cellist and music educator Peter Franklin is currently pursuing dual degrees in cello performance and music education from the University of Maryland. As an active freelance musician, Peter has appeared in many local orchestras while also maintaining an active private cello studio. As a music educator, Peter has worked for many music camps, most recently the Terrapin Music Camp. This year, Peter was listed on a Grammy-nominated album from his performance as an orchestral fellow with 2017 National Orchestral Institute.
Susanna Mendlow, cellist, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Central Asia. A versatile musician, she enjoys playing a variety of styles, including classical, ethnic folk, pop, and improvisation. Her projects have brought her to such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, the Verizon Center, the National Gallery, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, and the National Cathedral. Susanna has collaborated with numerous artists, including Alan Kay, Frank Morelli, Dmitri Berlinsky, and members of the Emerson Quartet. She also has worked with composers Kaija Saariaho and Marc Neikrug and premiered works by Frank Stemper, Stacy Garrop, and Judith Shatin. As a member of Moyindau, a semi-improvisational experimental jazz ensemble, she traveled to Kazakhstan and the remotest parts of the Kyrgyz Republic in order to establish cross-cultural connections via music. Susanna currently plays in QuinTango, Kassia Music, and the Post-Classical Ensemble and actively freelances in the greater DC area. Susanna received her DMA from SUNY Stony Brook, her MM from Michigan State University, and her BA in both psychology and music from Columbia University. Her principle instructors include Suren Bagratuni, Misha Quint, and Colin Carr.
Luke Spence is a freelance musician and educator in the DC metropolitan area where he is principal trumpet of Symphony of the Potomac and a member of the Washington Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with ensembles at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and throughout the US, Europe, and China. He is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Maryland School of Music where he also earned his Master of Music. Spence earned his Bachelor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he was the recipient of the 2014 James Stamp Award.
Josh Thompson is a horn player hailing from Spring, Texas. An avid chamber musician, he is a member of the local wind quintet District5.
He has held fellowships at various summer programs including the Tanglewood Music Center, the Norfolk (CT) Chamber Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He also attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar, performing in Carnegie Hall.
A graduate of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and the Yale School of Music, Thompson studied with Gail Williams, Jonathan Boen, and William Purvis.
Michael Selover is currently a freelance musician in the greater Washington, DC area. He grew up in Southern California and received his BM with the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a MM in Trombone Performance from Rice University. He is a founding member of the Novus Trombone Quartet, and has performed and toured with such groups as the San Antonio Symphony, Albany Symphony, National Philharmonic, Brooklyn Brass, PRISM Brass, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. He has given masterclasses and concerts at Conservatories and Colleges across the country, as well as the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival. Michael’s teachers include John Marcellus, Ralph Sauer, David Waters, and Richard Erb.
Bradley S. Green is a composer and educator based in the DC-metro area, and his music is performed extensively in Maryland, DC, and across the US. His style is exemplified by an interest in creating unique colors and textures that evolve naturally over time, with attention given to how each individual sound relates to the others. His music has been featured on the Takoma Public Radio show Coda, various SCI and CMS conferences, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. In 2017, Bradley graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a DMA degree in music composition. Currently, he is a visiting professorial lecturer of composition and theory at American University.
Carrie Rose is a flutist, composer, and teacher in the Washington, DC area.
She is producer, composer, and performer for the Origins Concert Series in Silver Spring, Maryland—a hub for adventurous music seekers that features a world premiere of her compositions on each concert. The series, in its eighth season, is supported by the Arts and Humanities Commission of Montgomery County.
Her work has also received numerous grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the American Composers Forum.
In DC’s City Paper, she was named a “favorite local composer”. In addition to the premiers at the Origins Concert Series, her compositions have been featured at the University of DC, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Goucher College, and Strathmore Mansion.
Her avid interest in contemporary music has led her to give solo flute performances in Washington, DC and New York City and contemporary music workshops at several universities.
She is a member of inHale - a flute collective with Lisa Cella and Jane Rigler - three flute players on a mission to bring classical music of our time into the world.
Her new music CD, Books of Flutes, released by 11 West Records, features solo and ensemble music and was broadcast it in its entirety by WMUA in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Rose also plays classical chamber music with Bella Mattina (flute, oboe, harp) and Bambou (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon.) She is an active orchestral freelancer in the DC area. Past venues have included the National Cathedral, Lisner Auditorium, and the Harman Center for the Arts.
She is an enthusiastic teacher at her private flute studio in Takoma Park, Maryland. She runs Flute-a-rama Flute Camp with Melissa Lindon and has coached chamber music through the DC Youth Orchestra Program.
Rose earned Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Joshua Smith, principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
At folk dances across the country, Rose can be spotted as both a dancer and a musician. She especially enjoys reliving the time of Jane Austen with the elegance and playfulness of English Country dancing.
Robert Pound’s numerous compositions include orchestral works for the Atlanta Symphony (Irrational Exuberance, 2005) and the Columbus (GA) Symphony, which commissioned a luminous jewel lone(2002) jointly with the River Center for the Performing Arts in celebration of that venue’s opening. The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra commissioned Pound’s Fêtes and Fireworksin celebration of its 35thanniversary (2005). Pound’s recording of The Orbit of the Soul, settings of texts by Oscar Wilde, was released on Roven Records in October 2018 and hailed by Fanfarecritic Colin Clarke as “a positively revelatory release.”
Pound has received commissions from such distinguished ensembles as the Corigliano Quartet, the Amernet Quartet, the Timaeus Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, and the Florestan Recital Project. His works have also been featured by the Verge Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and at Fondation Bemberg. In Spring 2011, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra commissioned him to compose a fanfare for the 10thanniversary of Robert Spano as Music Director and Donald Runnicles as Principal Guest Conductor.
In March 2002, Pound was Composer in Residence at Columbus State University. He was guest composer and lecturer at the University of North Texas, April 2010 and at Luther College in October 2010.
Pound holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of North Texas and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School where he was a composition student of Stephen Albert and Milton Babbitt.
Also active as a conductor, Pound has appeared as guest conductor with the Atlanta Symphony, as conductor of the Verge Ensemble at the June in Buffalo festival, as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, as Music Director of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, and as director of the Dickinson College Orchestra.
Dr. Joshua Fishbein composes and arranges vocal and instrumental music, with special emphasis on choral music. He has won awards from the American Choral Directors Association, the American Composers Forum, BMI, the Cantate Chamber Singers, Chorus America, Chorus Austin, The Esoterics, the Guild of Temple Musicians, the National Lutheran Choir, and several others. His arrangements have been recorded by the English Chamber Orchestra, Voce Chamber Choir, and New London Children’s Choir. Professional vocal ensembles, such as Cantus, Chicago A Cappella, The Thirteen, and Washington Master Chorale, have premiered Fishbein’s original music. Steeped in Jewish music, Dr. Fishbein has composed numerous Jewish and interfaith musical settings for chorus and solo voice. Currently, Dr. Fishbein teaches on the music faculties of The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Towson University. Previously, he taught at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, The College of New Jersey, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Fishbein holds degrees in music from the University of California Los Angeles, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Carnegie Mellon University. E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Hal Leonard Corporation, Transcontinental Music Publications, and Yelton Rhodes Music publish his compositions.
Andy Herring is a composer, saxophonist, improviser, and arts leader whose work is driven by spontaneity, open-endedness, and conversation. Much of Andy’s work lies at the intersection between jazz and various other traditions, including protestant hymn singing, aleatory, or process music. His work has been presented by District New Music Coalition, StageFree Music, MATA Jr. Festival, Dallas Winds, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, River City Big Band, Linglestown Community Choir, and various ensembles at Shenandoah Conservatory. Andy holds degrees in music composition and performing arts leadership & management from Shenandoah Conservatory. In Fall 2019, Andy will assume the role of executive director at Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz (Harrisburg, PA