Kyle Bruckmann

Oboist Kyle Bruckmann tramples genre boundaries in widely ranging work as a composer/performer, educator, orchestral free-lancer and new music specialist. His creative output extending from a Western classical foundation into gray areas encompassing electro-acoustics, free jazz,
post-punk rock, and the noise underground can be heard on more than 80 recordings. His ensemble affiliations include sfSound, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, the Stockton Symphony, and Quinteto Latino.

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2003, he has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the area¹s regional orchestras while remaining active within an international community of improvisers and sound artists. The most significant projects he has led or collaboratively founded include Degradient, EKG, Lozenge, and Wrack.

Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University, studying oboe with Robert Atherholt, serving as music director of campus radio station KTRU, and achieving academic distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Masters degree in 1996 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath.

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Jooyeon Kong

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.

Christine Brandes

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.

Delia Casadei

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…)

Brian Gygi

David Coll

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.

Sarah Plovnick

Ryan Gourley

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

Jonathan Turner

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.

Rose Ward