Artists

Artists

Dutch saxophonist Arno Bornkamp is the archetype of the modern virtuoso, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire. Hailed as a lyrical musician with a great sense of performance. He has won many awards, the 'Silver Laurel of the Concertgebouw' and the 'Netherlands Music Prize' among the most noteworthy. The latter enabled him to go abroad, studying in France with Daniël Deffayet and Jean-Marie Londeix, in Japan with Ryo Noda as well as working with composers such as Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Since his 1982 solo debut in Rome, performing the 'Concertino da Camera' by Jacques Ibert, he has played more than two hundred concerts with orchestras around the world, including the most important works from the saxophone repertoire in addition to new concerti written especially for him, such as the 'Tallahatchie Concerto' by Jacob TV. Recently Bornkamp added three new works to his already large repertoire: Saxophone Concerti by Joey Roukens and Carlos Michans and the 'Trois Danses' (orig. for oboe) by Frank Martin, the last of which he performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the XVI World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews. This fits perfectly into Bornkamp’s ambassadorship for new music: throughout his whole career he has collaborated with composers, such as Martijn Padding, Christian Lauba, Peter van Onna, Otto Ketting, Louis Andriessen, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Simon Burgers, Wijnand van Klaveren, Perry Goldstein and many others. Arno Bornkamp is a renowned teacher, leading an international saxophone class at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In the summer he teaches at various master classes.

Mark Engebretson is Professor of Composition and Electronic Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the recipient of a Barlow Commission (for Bent Frequency), North Carolina Artist Fellowship in Composition (for the Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra), a Fulbright Fellowship for studies in France, and has received major commissions from Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation (Acrylic Waves), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (They Said: sinister resonance), the Thomas S. Kenan Center for the Arts (Deliriade) and the Barlow Foundation He is the founder of the UNCG New Music Festival. Engebretson’s creative work is driven by melody, timbre, virtuosity, clear and balanced formal structure, the integration of new media, multiple levels of associations, and a desire for fresh, engaging musical expression. Recent work has included strong overtones of pop music and creative intersections with written texts. Dr. Engebretson taught composition at the University of Florida, music theory at the SUNY Fredonia and 20th-century music history at the Eastman School of Music. He studied at the University of Minnesota (graduating Summa cum Laude), the Conservatoire de Bordeaux (as a Fulbright Scholar), and Northwestern University, where he received the Doctor of Music degree. At Northwestern he studied composition with M. William Karlins, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, Michael Pisaro, Stephen Syverud and Jay Alan Yim and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. His teachers in France were Michel Fuste-Lambezat and Jean-Marie Londeix.

Stacy Garrop’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. The sharing of stories is a defining element of our humanity; we strive to share with others the experiences and concepts that we find compelling. Stacy shares stories by taking audiences on sonic journeys – some simple and beautiful, while others are complicated and dark – depending on the needs and dramatic shape of the story. Stacy is currently on a journey that is redefining her personal narrative. After teaching composition full-time at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University from 2000-2016, she stepped down from her position to become a freelance composer. As she makes this transition, she will serve as composer-in-residence of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras’ Music Alive 2016-2019 residence program. Stacy has additionally received awards and grants including a Fromm Music Foundation Grant, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, and three Barlow Endowment commissions, as well as competitions sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Boston Choral Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Utah Arts Festival. Stacy earned degrees in music composition at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (B.M.), University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University-Bloomington (D.M.).


Concert saxophonist Jonathan Helton has been heard in performance throughout the United States, Canada, in Europe and the Far East, appearing with orchestras and wind ensembles, in recital, and in numerous chamber concerts. He has performed in Paris, London, Beijing, Tianjin, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Brasilia, Mendoza, Bogata, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, and New York City’s Lincoln Center. His performance credits include concerto appearances with the New Philharmonia of Riverside in New York City, the Winston-Salem (NC) Symphony, the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Center for New Music (Iowa), the Harper Symphony Orchestra, the United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band, and the Twelfth and Fifteenth World Saxophone Congress Wind Orchestras. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Dr.  Helton is featured in solo and chamber music performances on compact discs from Centaur, Elf, Innova, Mark Records, and Music from Northwestern labels. Dr. Helton holds degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts and Northwestern University. From 1992 to 1999 he served on the faculty at Northwestern University teaching saxophone and chamber music, and coordinating the Wind and Percussion Programs. Helton is currently Professor and Woodwind Area Head at the University of Florida School of Music, a Selmer Paris Artist/Clinician, a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician, and a former President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Frederick L. Hemke has appeared as a recitalist and soloist with symphony orchestras and wind ensembles in the United States and around the world. He has presented master classes and lectures throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Scandinavian countries, and the Far East. Hemke has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Conservatoire National de Musique, Paris; the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music, Amsterdam; and the Basel Conservatory of Music in Switzerland. He is a consultant to the La Voz Corporation, which manufactures his signature saxophone reed, and the Selmer Company of Elkhart, Indiana, and serves as an editor for the Southern Music Company. Hemke has released numerous solo albums and has appeared as a soloist on other recordings. He has also appeared as a saxophonist on six recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1956, he became the first American to receive the Premier Prix du Saxophone from the Conservatoire National de Musique, Paris. Hemke holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Wisconsin. He served for 50 years as professor of saxophone at Northwestern University as Louis and Elsie Snydacker Eckstein Professor of Music and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in the School of Music.



Saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen appears regularly as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He has premiered three saxophone concertos and performed standards with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and Tulare County Symphony Orchestra. He presented solo recitals in Strasbourg, France, Mississippi University for Women, and the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival, and performed chamber music with David Shifrin at Chamber Music Northwest and under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall. With the Admiral Launch Duo, Hulting-Cohen commissioned and premiered nationwide ten works for harp and saxophone, which are schedule for release on the duo’s debut album in 2018. Co-founder of The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet, he performs internationally and maintains a visible profile in popular chamber music. Their debut album was released on Teal Creek Music in 2017. Jonathan Hulting-Cohen earned his BM and MM under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan and is a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Woodwinds Artist. He is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Joseph Murphy has been the saxophone professor at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania since 1987, where he has also served as Department Chair and Director of Bands. He received the Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University (OH), and Masters and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from Northwestern University. He received a Fulbright Award for a year of study in Bordeaux, France, where he received a Premier Prix.  He is a clinician for the Selmer Corporation. Murphy has been involved in commissioning and premiering more than fifty new works for the saxophone, including pieces by Libby Larsen, Michael Colgrass, John Harbison, Bernard Rands, and Gunther Schuller.






Composer Paul Richards has been engaged with music since childhood, including forays into various popular styles, the Western canon, and Jewish sacred and secular music through his father, a cantor. All of these experiences inform his creative activities, which have included numerous orchestral, vocal, chamber, and theatrical works. Hailed in the press as a composer with "a strong, pure melodic gift, an ear for color, and an appreciation for contrast and variety," and praised for his "fresh approach to movement and beautiful orchestral coloration," his works have been heard in performance throughout the country and internationally on six continents. He has been recognized in numerous competitions, including the 2014 Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Competition, the 2009 St. Mary's University/Kaplan Foundation Composition Competition, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Fresh Ink 2002 Florida Composers' Competition, the International Section of the 2000 New Music for Sligo/IMRO Composition Award, and the 2001 and 2004 Truman State University/M.A.C.R.O. Composition Competitions. Music by Paul Richards is recorded on the Centaur, Mark Custom, Meyer Media, MMC, Capstone, Spitfire, Summit, Raven, and Pavane labels. His works are published by Carl Fischer Music, the International Horn Society Press, TrevCo Music, Jeanné, Inc., and Margalit Music. Currently Research Foundation Professor of Music and head of composition and theory at the University of Florida, where he has been on the faculty since 1999. Richards earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Theory and Composition at the University of Arizona.

Matthew Slotkin is an acclaimed performer, teacher, and scholar, and has appeared in venues on six continents. A commitment to contemporary music has resulted in premieres of works by composers Linda Buckley, John Anthony Lennon, Scott Lindroth, and John Orfe. Festival performances include Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Walled City Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, the Guitar Foundation of America, and World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland, Thailand and Slovenia. He has performed on classical guitar society concert series in New Zealand (GANZ), Philadelphia, Cleveland, Iowa, Northeastern PA, and the Great Lakes. He has given performances with chamber ensembles including the Metropolis Ensemble, the Mallarmé Chamber Players, & Dez Cordas. Recordings on Summit, Centaur, and Liscio labels have been praised as “wonderful…a very enjoyable disc” (Soundboard), and “a magnificent achievement…the concept of this program is brilliant” (American Record Guide).Soundboard magazine called him an “exceptional” player, and a concert review from the Classical Voice of North Carolina states that “Slotkin performed brilliantly.” Slotkin directs the guitar program at Bloomsburg University (PA) and has given masterclasses at Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Victorian College of the Arts (Australia), ESMAE (Portugal),National University of La Plata (Argentina), and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. He received the Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied guitar with Nicholas Goluses.


Craig Smith is an American media artist whose art and research focuses on the process, aesthetics, and ethics of human‐to‐human interactivity in contemporary art, especially photography, sound, and socially engaged performances. Smith and his contemporaries are active in a diverse, media-enriched and socially engaged cultural field in which curating and the production of spaces of encounter are conceptualized, defined, and instrumentalized. Such a concept of curating space is a response to the situational structure of artistic practices that are no longer bound to the fixed and private location of a studio space for making art, nor to a gallery or museum for presenting artifacts from that private activity killing time in the studio. Instead, Smith’s research – based practice can be produced in innumerable locations because of an effort to combine the history of a particular site with its everyday use, its population, and the context of how such a population occupies a named ‘site.’ The artwork in such cases is filtering the everyday use and context of the actual location. Location and theatrical space become inclusive formal elements in these art practices that maintain a fidelity within their objects to the goal of making a reality of specific and incredible encounters possible for the viewer. Smith has held teaching positions at numerous universities and colleges including New York University, Goldsmiths College, and the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). Smith joined the University of Florida in 2010.

Steven Thomas was appointed to the University of Florida's School of Music in 2007, following a 13-year tenure at the Hartt School, where he had chaired both the String and Chamber Music departments. Dr. Thomas brings to the University of Florida an unusually vast wealth of performing experience, having appeared as soloist and recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician and conductor on four continents. His repertoire includes classical and non-classical music from Baroque to newly-commissioned works, as well as Broadway shows and popular music. Whether playing a Bach suite, conducting a Beethoven symphony, or narrating his own version of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, his performances are consistently described as having "...everything to do with art." (The Birmingham News).  A top prize-winner in the Villa-Lobos (Rio) and Bach (Washington) International Cello Competitions, as well as the Hudson Valley and Charleston Competitions, Dr. Thomas has appeared as soloist with orchestras in North and South America and throughout Europe. As a member of the Cantilena Piano Quartet, he toured and performed in most of the major concert halls of Europe and the U.S. He has performed as recitalist and chamber musician at festivals such as Windsor (England), Gstaad (Switzerland), the Israel Festival (Jerusalem), Prague, Tivoli (Denmark), Itu and Fortaleza (Brazil). As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such renowned artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Erick Friedman, Donald MacInnes, Jesse Levine, Joseph Robinson, David Shifrin, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman and the Miami String Quartet. Having received his early training at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in England, Dr. Thomas was a student of Maurice Gendron and William Pleeth. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Yale Universities, including a Doctorate from the latter, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. He also earned a Performer's Diploma from the Royal College of Music (London) at the age of 17. He has recorded for the MVL, Point, Delos, Koch International and MMO labels.


Gregory Wanamaker’s music has been called “pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace” (San Francisco Chronicle) and  “achingly beautiful” (Palm Beach Daily News).

Prolific in all musical media, his best-known works are those that exploit unique timbral characteristics and technical extensions of wind instruments. His earliest musical training began at age 6 in professional summer stock theater companies, and continued through both schooled and self-guided explorations through the American folk music of the 1960s, bebop and free jazz, and Western classical music of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He continues his study of sounds to those from around the world, to draw from a variety of musics to inform his continually evolving voice.

Wanamaker has created works with the support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and other public and private organizations and commissions from individual musicians and consortiums from around the world. He has several recorded works on labels including Navona, innova, Albany, Centaur, Blue Griffin, Mark Custom, White Pine, and Summit. He publishes his own music, which is available exclusively through www.gregorywanamaker.com.

Gregory Wanamaker currently serves as Professor of Composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He holds degrees in music composition from Shenandoah University and Florida State University.