Jooyeon Kong was born in Seoul, Korea, where she began playing the violin at the age of seven. She continued her studies at the Yewon School, the Seoul High School for the Arts, and the preparatory division of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she studied with Kathleen Winkler, and her master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Peter Oundjian.
A member of the St. Louis Symphony from 2006 to 2016, Jooyeon Kong is an active chamber musician and performer of new music, and has performed on numerous occasions in the collaborative concert series presented by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the STL Symphony. Her festival appearances include Cabrillo (Assistant Concertmaster), Bellingham, Banff, Yellow Barn, and Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santender.
The American soprano, Christine Brandes, enjoys an active career in North America and abroad, performing at many of the most distinguished festivals and concert series, in programs ranging from recitals and chamber music to oratorio and opera.
My research focuses on the relationship between voice and politics in Italian 20th-century music. My doctoral thesis examined this relationship by way of Milan in the 1950s-70s. In this way, I investigated a question usually asked about Italian operatic production in the nineteenth (more…)
David Coll (b.1980) is a composer of concert music, installation art, and interdisciplinary projects that engage physical presence with technology to create works of dramatic, introspective, and often playful effect.
Ryan Gourley is a first-year graduate student in Ethnomusicology. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he completed his undergraduate studies in music at Brown University in 2016. His research interests include Soviet jazz, music as a means of protest, Post-Soviet aesthetics, cultural ideology, and propaganda. He is a published photographer, poet, composer, and the founder of www.coldwarjazz.org.
Jonathan is interested in the ways technology alters musician’s views of their own authorship. Technology is forcing, with increasing might, creative people to examine their own authority and agency. He argues for a musicology of interfaces which seeks to understand human interaction with technology more broadly.
The music of Curtis Rumrill explores the intersection of literary form and modern chamber music. His works with writer, naturalist and visual artist Webberly Ebberly Finnich (née Zachary Webber) tell folk-like tales of animals in desperate or violent predicaments. He is also the composer of instrumental chamber music with and without electronics, works for tape, and studio compositions.
Clara Olivares (b. 1993) is a Franco-Spanish composer. After studying the piano at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, she entered the composition curriculum with Mark André in 2011, then continued studying with Philippe Manoury, Daniel D’Adamo, Thierry Blondeau and Annette Schlüntz. She also received advice from Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Schoeller and Alberto Posadas.