Walden School Players

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  • The Walden School is one of America's greatest hidden treasures.

    – Joan Tower, composer

The presence of a visiting performance ensemble on campus during Festival Week has long been a Walden School tradition. Renowned contemporary music groups such as the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, The Peabody Trio, and Non Sequitur have completed residencies in years past, performing student pieces as well as sharing their own repertoire. For the last several years, Walden has hosted its own professional ensemble-in-residence, The Walden School Players. All distinguished musicians and specialists in contemporary music, the Players share their talent and wealth of experience in contemporary music with the Walden community each summer during the course of a two-week residency. Although the roster changes somewhat from year to year, several of the Players have been returning to Walden for many summers and have formed lasting relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

While in residence at Walden, the Players work closely with student composers in readings and rehearsals, giving feedback as students prepare their pieces for Festival Week. Then, over the course of three Festival Week Composers Forums, they perform students’ pieces. In addition to their work with students, the Players present a concert of modern and contemporary chamber music in an event that is always a highlight of Walden’s concert series.

The 2014 Walden School Players

Erica Dicker

Violinist Erica Dicker works in a wide variety of musical settings, spanning bridges between worlds of orchestral performance and experimental improvisation. She regularly contributes her talents to orchestras across the United States, such as the Grand Rapids Symphony, and serves as concertmaster of Anthony Braxton’s Trillium/Tri-Centric Orchestra. Erica is a founding member of the contemporary chamber music collective Till by Turning, violinist in Katherine Young’s Pretty Monsters, and frequently performs with Anthony Braxton’s Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet and 12+1-tet. She has premiered works by many composers including solo works written for her by Olivia Block, Turkar Gasimzada, Ryan Ingebritsen, and Katherine Young. Erica also performs her own music, exploring the idiomatic modalities and textures of her instrument. A record documenting her solo music is currently in production as well as an album by Vaster Than Empires, an electro-acoustic collaboration with composer and sound artist Paul Schuette. Erica earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Minnesota, and is completing her doctoral studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers include Gabriel Pegis, Marilyn McDonald, and Jorja Fleezanis.

 

Peter Evans

Peter Evans is an American trumpet player based in New York, who specializes in improvisation and avant-garde music. Evans has been a member of the New York City musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, performance art, free improvised settings, electro acousticmusic and composition. In addition, he performs regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually in New York City.

Evans has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, and England. His solo trumpet album, More Is More was released on Evan Parker’s psi label in 2006, and his debut album as a leader, titled simply The Peter Evans Quartet, was released by Firehouse 12 in 2007.

He performs often with his quartet (with Brandon Seabrook, Tom Blancarte, and Kevin Shea), Moppa Elliot’s quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hyperactive free-improvisation duo Sparks (with Tom Blancarte), the Histrionics, the free-jazz quintet Carnival Skin (with Klaus Kugel, Perry Robinson, Hilliard Greene and Bruce Eisenbeil), the Language Of with Charles Evans, the “Christmas Duo” with trombonist Sam Kulik, as well as a sustained interest in solo performance.

In New York, Peter also performs contemporary notated music with groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Continuum, and Ensemble 21. He has continued to perform onpiccolo trumpet in Baroque settings, performing Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at the Bargemusic series, and in Bach’s Mass in B Minor at St. Peter’s Church. Other recent collaborators include: Mary Halvorson, Tim Dahl, Dave Taylor, Mark Gould, Perry Robinson, Fred Frith, Brian Chase (drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Nate Wooley, Zach Hill (drummer for Hella), Stefan Tcherepnin, Chris McCintyre, Dave Reminick, Ned Rothenberg, Okkyung Lee, Briggan Krauss, Chris Speed, Weasel Walter, and Andrew Drury.

Ryan Muncy

Praised for “superb” performances by The New York Times as well as his ability to “show off the instrument’s malleability and freakish extended range as well as its delicacy and refinement” by The Chicago Reader, Ryan Muncy is a saxophonist who performs, commissions, and presents new music. His work emphasizes collaborative relationships with composers and artists of his generation and aims to reimagine the way listeners experience the saxophone through contemporary music. He is a recipient of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists as well as a Fulbright Fellowship and has participated in the creation of more than 100 new works for the instrument. His debut solo album Hot was released by New Focus Recordings in 2013 to critical acclaim, praised as “absorbing” (Alex Ross) and “one of the year’s best albums” (Time Out New York).

Before joining the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) as saxophonist and Grants Manager, Muncy was, from 2010 to 2014, the executive director of the Chicago-based new music collective Ensemble Dal Niente. Under his leadership, Dal Niente was named the first-ever ensemble recipient of the Kranichstein Music Prize, awarded at the 46th International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. Muncy is also a founding member of Anubis Quartet, a multi-faceted chamber group established in 2007 with the aim of reshaping the saxophone quartet genre. During that time, the quartet has commissioned more than 40 new works and remains one of few worldwide in which all four players perform regularly on the entire battery of saxophones.

He performs frequently at international festivals and series, including Wien Modern, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Ecstatic Music Festival, MATA’s Interval Series, Liquid Music at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Center, Unruly Music, Festival Internacional Chihuahua, The Fromm Concert Series at Harvard, SALT New Music Festival, MusicArte Panamá, World Saxophone Congresses in Bangkok and Montreal, and the Ear Heart Music Series in New York as well as classical radio stations WQXR (New York) and WFMT (Chicago). Muncy performs regularly with the Talea Ensemble and the Grant Park Symphony, and has held numerous residencies and conducted arts management workshops at universities and cultural institutions across North America and abroad.

In 2012, Muncy received the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studied with Frederick L. Hemke. A devoted educator and pedagogue, Muncy previously served on Northern Illinois University’s School of Music faculty as an instructor of saxophone and music business.

 

Tawnya Popoff

Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys an exciting and versatile international career. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera since 2007, she is continuously sought after for diverse chamber music collaborations and recitals. She is a founding member of bothMicrocosmos {a string quartet}, and the Driftwood Duo (viola/cello), a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (TX), the Walden School Players (NH) and has ongoing collaborations with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and VisionIntoArt in New York City international tours.

As an enthusiastic supporter of works by living composers,Ms. Popoff has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces and has recorded for the Koch, Albany, Nonsuch, CRI, SHSK’H (web label), Columbia Composers and other independent labels both as a member of the Cassatt Quartetand individually. She has served on the faculties of thePerlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania,Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Artes no Camiño (Spain), was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, and a recipient of two consecutive Canada Council Individual Grants.

Tawnya Popoff studied with Gerald Stanick (Fine Arts Quartet) in Vancouver, BC and Martha Katz (Cleveland Quartet) at Rice University.

Aside from musical pursuits, Ms. Popoff has a cycling company offering private and personalized adventures and creates handmade toys and games.

Chris Wild

Cellist and conductor Chris Wild has performed in concert halls throughout North America and Europe and in broadcasts on CTV National News (Canada) and radio stations throughout the United States. His debut cello album, Abhandenis described by New Music Box as “a virtuosic tour-de-force for solo cello… Wild’s approach to the material is soaring, lyrical, and bold…confirms that Wild is not only an exciting performer to watch, but also a wise programmer and collaborator.” An avid interpreter of new music, Chris is currently Artistic Coordinator and Cellist for Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based collective of “super-musicians” (Chicago Tribune). In addition to their local concert series, Dal Niente performs internationally and has been in residence at universities such as Northwestern, Indiana, Harvard, and Stanford, and at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music (Germany), where they were the first-ever ensemble awarded the Kranichsteiner Music Prize for Interpretation.

As a guest conductor Chris has led orchestral rehearsals and concerts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York), Camerata Antonio Soler (Madrid), Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Northern Illinois University Philharmonic, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Northern Illinois University Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, among others. In concerts he has also conducted chamber ensembles such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Columbia College Chicago’s Cadre Ensemble, and The Music Room, a collective that performs contemporary music in Chicago’s public spaces. Chris has studied conducting with Lucia Matos (Northern Illinois University), Randal Swiggum (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance), and Robert Culver (University of Michigan), and has worked at workshops with Neil Varon, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Donald Schleicher, Louis Bergonzi, and Michael Jinbo.

Chris began his cello studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music and later studied with Eric Wilson at the University of British Columbia. At the age of fourteen he won first place in the strings category of the Canadian Music Competition and made his solo debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra two years later. He moved east to study cello performance and music education at the University of Michigan, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees studying cello with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson and Richard Aaron, and won first place in the school’s Concerto Competition.

Chris has extensive experience teaching music that includes work with orchestras and private cello students of all ages. He spent seven years in DeKalb, Illinois, leading a public school orchestra program that doubled its enrollment, won multiple awards, moved into new facilities, and added the DeKalb High School String Band, for which he arranged all kinds of tunes. In and outside of his work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, composer Eliza Brown.

Bonnie Whiting

Bonnie Whiting performs and commissions new music for speaking percussionist. In addition to solo projects, she works regularly with percussion group red fish blue fish.  Recent projects include a series of performances at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington DC, and work as a soloist in Tan Dun’s Water Passion under the baton of the composer himself. In 2011, she joined red fish blue fish in premiering the staged version of George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny directed by Peter Sellars and featuring Dawn Upshaw for Ojai Festival. Other notable group projects include collaborating with eighth blackbird (the “Tune-in” festival at the Park Avenue Armory), the International Contemporary Ensemble (American premiere of James Dillon’s Nine Rivers at Miller Theatre), and Bang on a Can (Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians for the LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series.) Bonnie collaborates regularly with percussionist Allen Otte; they have presented concerts at The Stone in New York, throughout New Zealand, and at colleges and universities around the country. Her debut album, featuring an original solo-simultaneous realization of John Cage’s 45’ for a speaker and 27’10.554” for a percussionist, will be released by Mode Records in 2014.

A dedicated arts educator, Bonnie spent three years with Tales & Scales, a quartet combining new music, dance, and theater for family audiences, giving over 400 performances in 25 states and appearing with the Dallas, Oregon, Indianapolis, Buffalo, and Louisville orchestras. She also helped to develop several experimental music programs in Southern California: The Children’s Universal Language Orchestra in Spring Valley as well as residencies at the Monarch School (for children affected by homelessness) and the inner-city Lincoln High School in San Diego.

She was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland under the direction of Pierre Boulez, and has performed throughout Europe as well as Canada and Panama. Bonnie has worked with composers Jerome Kitzke, Randall Woolf, John Luther Adams, Michael Pisaro, and Frederic Rzewski, and she champions the music of her peers. Bonnie attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory (BM), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), and University of California San Diego (DMA.) She spent a year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and currently teaches at DePauw University in Indiana.

Aaron Wunsch

Pianist Aaron Wunsch appears regularly on concert stages throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has performed in Avery Fischer and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center. Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Royal Albert Hall in London, and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. A ten-city solo recital tour of China garnered critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience responses. A vigorous proponent of contemporary music, he has worked closely with many renowned composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, Fred Lerdahl, and Kaija Saariaho, and has performed new works by Saariaho and John Adams during Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music. He performed Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata during the Lincoln Center Focus! Festival and was subsequently invited to perform it at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France.

Mr. Wunsch began his studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, which awarded him the school’s First Prize for five consecutive years. Afterwards he studied with many revered pianists, including Peter Frankl, Andras Schiff, Claude Frank, Emmanuel Ax, Steven Kovacevich, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Joseph Kalichstein. Mr. Wunsch received his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He then received a Fulbright Grant for further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied piano under renowned pedagogue Karlheinz Kämmerling. Afterward he completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School under pianist Robert McDonald. Upon graduation, Juilliard presented him with the Richard F. French Prize, the school’s higher honor for doctoral students.

Mr. Wunsch is a faculty member at both the Juilliard School (Keyboard Studies, Music History, Graduate Studies) and at William Paterson University (Piano). His recent summers have included positions at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont and as guest artist and faculty member at the Jakarta International Summer Music Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. He regularly gives including a Visiting Professorship at Shanghai Normal University. He frequently lectures about American music, including at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and is Artistic Director of the Music Mondays concert series in New York City.

The 2013 Walden School Players

Jane Chung

Jane Chung, violin, has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across the United States and Europe, including the festivals of Prussia Cove, Aspen, Taos, Britten-Pears, Utah and Spoleto. She has collaborated as a chamber musician with Joel Krosnick, Rostislav Dubinsky, Luba Edlina, and Steven Isserlis, and the dance company TERRAIN. An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, Ms. Chung has been a regular guest artist of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players since January 2003, including recent tours to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Minsk. She has also appeared with the Elements Quartet, Non Sequitur, Azure Ensemble, odeonquartet, and worked with Mario Davidovsky and Eric Chasalow.

Ms. Chung trained primarily at Yale University, where she received a Master of Music degree and a B.A. in architecture, and was winner of both the graduate and undergraduate concerto competitions. She then studied in Vienna as a Fulbright grant recipient. Her main teachers include Peter Oundjian and Donald Weilerstein. Ms. Chung has served on the faculty of Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp and the Great Neck Music Center, and taught violin and chamber music at Yale. She is also a recent hire of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra.

Jane Cords – O’Hara

Brooklyn-based cellist Jane Cords-O’Hara enjoys a busy and varied career in New York and abroad. She is a member of The Knights, SONYC, Syrius Trio, Tarab Cello Ensemble, North Sky Cello Ensemble, and the Caravel Trio. Recent performances in New York have been at Weill Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, New York Historical Society, Lyric Chamber Music Society, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Lyceum, The Stone, Riverside Church, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, as well as performances at the Ravinia, Caramoor, Stillwater, and Canary Islands Music Festivals. In recent seasons, she has recorded several albums on the Sony Classical label with the Knights, and with the Syrius Trio on the Toccata Classics label. With the North Sky Cello Ensemble, she recently completed a tour of San Francisco and was featured on the album Monk Mix: Remixes & Interpretations of Music by Meredith Monk. She has also played with many other U.S. groups, including Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble at Zankel Hall, Argento, and Da Capo Chamber Players. Originally from Ireland, Ms. Cords-O’Hara studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in the U.K. before moving to New York to continue studies with Tim Eddy at Mannes College of Music.

Russell Greenberg

Queens-based percussionist Russell Greenberg is interested in new music that spans a wide variety of styles. A co-founder of the new music piano and percussion quartet, Yarn/Wire, Russell has also worked with a number of other groups including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink, Argento Chamber Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, sfSound, and the experimental theater troupe, Two-Headed Calf, among many others. In addition, he composes and performs with the innovative pop band Hi Red Center, and plays an assortment of instruments in Charlie Looker’s Seaven Teares.

Russell received his B.A. in music from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002, where he studied percussion with William Winant, and with Eduardo Leandro at Stony Brook University, where he earned his M.M. in 2004 and a D.M.A. in 2009. Greenberg has also penned music for the Off-Off Broadway theater production of Clubbed Thumb’s Gentleman Caller, among others. Greenberg is a faculty member at Suffolk Community College, where he teaches percussion and music.

Tawnya Popoff

Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys an exciting and versatile inter-national career. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera since 2007, she is continu-ously sought after for diverse cham-ber music collaborations and recitals. She is a founding member of both Microcosmos, a string quartet, and the Driftwood Duo (viola/cello); a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Texas) and the Walden School Players (New Hampshire); and has ongoing collaborations with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, and VisionIntoArt in New York City and on international tours.

As an enthusiastic supporter of works by living composers, Ms. Popoff has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces and has recorded for the Koch, Albany, Nonesuch, CRI, SHSK’H (web label), Columbia Composers and other independent labels both as a member of the Cassatt Quartet and individually. She was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, has received two consecutive Canada Council individual artist grants and has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Artes no Camiño (Spain).

Tawnya Popoff studied with Gerald Stanick (Fine Arts Quartet) in Vancouver, BC and Martha Katz (Cleveland Quartet) at Rice University. Her viola was played by Boris Kroyt of the Budapest Quartet, and has been generously lent to her by his grandson. Aside from musical pursuits, Ms. Popoff has a cycling company offering private and personalized adventures and creates handmade toys and games.

Jessi Rosinski

Boston-based flutist Jessi Rosinski is highly sought after for her versatile skills as a performer and teacher. Recent projects include a tour with the United States Coast Guard Band, a premiere and recording of music by Tristain Murail, and a solo recital series focused on bringing contem-porary music to new audiences.

Specializing in avant garde music, Jessi works with composers regularly to bring new compositions to life and has recently been honored to collaborate with Helmut Lachen-mann, Christian Wolff, and Alvin Lucier. She performs regularly with Callithumpian Consort, Ludovico Ensemble, Harvard Group for New Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Sound Icon and has also appeared with contemporary
music groups such as Collage New Music, Boston Musica Viva, and Firebird Ensemble.

As an educator, Jessi serves on the faculty at University of Massachusetts, Boston University/Tanglewood Institute, Winchester Community Music School, Milton Academy and maintains an active private studio.  She has recently been an artist in residence at The Walden School, Harvard University, Boston College, and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Jessi earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The Hartt School as a fellow of the Performance 20/20 Program and a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory where she was awarded the 2006 John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music Performance. Interested in exploring new ways to use her creative voice as a leader and arts advocate, Jessi is excited to continue her education and join the Babson College M.B.A. Class of 2015 as a Forte Fellow.

Christa Van Alstine

Christa Van Alstine, clarinetist, (born and bred in Saskatchewan, Canada) lives in New York City where she performs with a diverse list of contemporary ensembles and is on faculty at the United Nations International School.

Dedicated to expanding new music repertoire, she commissions works for clarinet and performs with Red Light New Music, a contemporary music composers collective and Praxis, an experimental ensemble dedicated to discovering new sounds and modes of performance by combining music, movement and text. Additionally, Christa has performed with contemporary ensembles Talea, Wet Ink, Novus NY (Trinity Wall St.), Mantra Percussion, Iktus, Hotel Elefant, Argento, Ascolta (Germany), Toca Loca (Toronto), skogensemble (Sweden); has worked with producers Beth Morrison and Com-panion Star; and has performed and premiered works at festivals including Darmstadt (Germany), Impuls (Austria), soundXis (Canada), avantX (Canada), Moving Sounds (New York City) and the 12 Nights (Miami).

Christa received an Artist’s Diploma from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and her Master’s degree from Stony Brook University in New York.

Aaron Wunsch

Pianist Aaron Wunsch appears regularly on concert stages throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has performed in Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Royal Albert Hall in London, and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. A ten-city solo recital tour of China garnered critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience responses. A vigorous proponent of contemporary music, he has worked closely with many re-nowned composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, Fred Lerdahl, and Kaija Saariaho, and has performed new works by Saariaho and John Adams during Tangle-wood’s Festival of Contemporary Music. He performed Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata during the Lincoln Center Focus! Festival and was sub-sequently invited to perform it at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France.

Mr. Wunsch began his studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, which awarded him the school’s First Prize for five con-secutive years.  Afterwards he studied with many revered pianists, including Peter Frankl, Andras Schiff, Claude Frank, Emmanuel Ax, Steven Kovacevich, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Joseph Kalichstein.  Mr. Wunsch received his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He then received a Fulbright Grant for further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied piano under renowned pedagogue Karlheinz Kämmerling. Afterward he completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School under pianist Robert McDonald. Upon graduation Juilliard presented him with the Richard F. French Prize, the school’s highest honor for doctoral students.

Mr. Wunsch is a faculty member at both the Juilliard School (Keyboard Studies, Music History, Graduate Studies) and at William Paterson University (Piano). His recent summers have included positions at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont and as guest artist and faculty member at the Jakarta International Summer Music Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. He regularly gives master classes at conservatories and universities throughout Asia, including a Visiting Professorship at Shanghai Normal University. He frequently lectures about American music, including at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and is Artistic Director of the Music Mondays concert series in New York City.

The 2012 Walden School Players

Jane Chung

Violinist Jane Chung performs as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe and Asia. A dedicated advocate of new music, her collaborators include the Da Capo Chamber Players and FLUX Quartet, as well as composers Mario Davidovsky and Eric Chasalow. In recent seasons, Ms. Chung has collaborated extensively with dance. Highlights of recent seasons included a residency at Bowdoin College as part of the Athabasca String Trio, a premiere of original music by Szymon Brzoska with Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance at Jacob’s Pillow and premieres of four new works with noted East Coast choreographers, including Cherylyn Lavagnino and Randy James, in a project supported by a Yale alumniVentures grant. Ms. Chung has also served on the faculty of Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp and taught violin and chamber music at Yale University, from which she received M.M. and B.A. degrees magna cum laude and was winner of both the graduate and undergraduate concerto competitions. She subsequently studied in Vienna as a Fulbright grant recipient. Ms. Chung has been a prizewinner at the Heida Hermanns International Competition and winner of the Montgomery Symphony Violin Competition. She performs on a 1782 Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin.

Jane Cords – O’Hara

Cellist Jane Cords-O’Hara has performed extensively in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the United States. Concerto appearances have been with Philomusica of Gloucester (Elgar concerto) and the Hibernian Orchestra (Saint-Saens and Haydn D major concerti). As a recitalist, she has played at such venues as the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the Goethe Institute, Dublin and New York, and the Irish Consulate in Brussels. In 2005 she was awarded a Special Presentation Award from Artists International in New York. As a result she was presented in her New York Debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in March 2006. Ms. Cords-O’Hara tours regularly with the Syrius Trio in Ireland and abroad, and is a member of the Knights Chamber Orchestra. She also plays regularly with SONYC, a New York based conductorless string orchestra. A keen explorer of new music, she enjoys collaborating with several composer’s collectives in New York, including Columbia Composers, American Composers Alliance and Wet Ink. She enjoys performing and recording with non-classical artists such as Kanye West, singer/songwriters Christina Courtin and Gabriel Kahane, Weezer, The Last Shadow Puppets, guitarist Kaki King, Bebel Gilberto and Sufjan Stevens, with whom she was part of the premier of his BQE composition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ms. Cords-O’Hara studied with Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music, and with Timothy Eddy at Mannes College of Music.

Matthew Gold

Matthew Gold is a New York-based percussionist with a deep commitment to new music. A member of the Talujon percussion group and Talea Ensemble, and a former co-director of TimeTable Percussion, he performs regularly with Sequitur, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, SEM Ensemble, and many others. Mr. Gold is an Artist Associate in percussion at Williams College where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble and co-directs I/O New Music. Recent solo appearances include concerto performances with Sequitur, the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and the Williams Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He performs frequently with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the New York City Ballet, and serves as an artist-faculty member for the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College.

Rane Moore

Boston-based clarinetist Rane Moore enjoys an active performing schedule at home and abroad. An enthusiastic interpreter of contemporary repertoire, she is a member of the Callithumpian Consort and the Talea Ensemble. Ms. Moore has given numerous premieres of new works and appeared with Boston Musica Viva, Firebird Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Bang on a Can All-Stars, Guerilla Opera, Hyperion Ensemble, and Milwaukee’s Present Music. Festival Appearances include the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Open Sound Festival in Colorado, Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo in Leon, Mexico, La Ciudad de las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico, Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea de Lima, Spectrum XXI in London, Nevada Encounters of New Music (NEON), Bang on a Can Marathon, Ditson Contemporary Music Festival in Boston, and the Lucerne Festival. Ms. Moore has also been featured as a guest artist at the Royal College of Music and Drama at Wales. She has recorded for Gravina Música, Mode, New World, Parma, Bridge and Tzadik records and holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of California at Berkeley. A devoted teacher, Ms. Moore maintains a full studio of clarinet and saxophone students, coaches chamber music at Harvard’s Mather House, and has given master classes at conservatories and universities in Europe, South America and around the US.

Tawnya Popoff

Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys an exciting and versatile international career. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera since 2007, she is continuously sought after for diverse chamber music collaborations. She is a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Texas and Monadnock Music in New Hampshire and has regular engagements in Europe. Ms. Popoff is a founding member of both Microcosmos {a string quartet} (BC), and the Athabasca String Trio (NY), and has ongoing collaborations with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance in addition to developing events with the trans-media group VisionIntoArt. She has given solo recitals throughout North America and Europe and performs with Caroline Stinson as the viola-cello Driftwood Duo. In 2012, Ms. Popoff will be on tour in France and Germany, S. Carolina and NYC with Cedar Lake, around British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario with Ensemble Made in Canada, playing string quartets and rafting in the Grand Canyon and performing throughout the Canadian Maritimes with the Lily Quartet. Ms. Popoff has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Artes no Camiño (Spain), was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, and a recipient of two consecutive Canada Council Individual Grants.

Jessi Rosinski

Flutist Jessi Rosinski performs actively throughout Boston appearing with groups such as Boston Musica Viva, Collage, Firebird Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Boston Microtonal Society, Xanthos Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Ms. Rosinski is the flutist of Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, an artist in residence at Harvard, an associate with the Atlantic Symphony, and a regular substitute with the U.S. Coast Guard Band. Jessi has won top prizes at several competitions including the Pappoutsakis Competition, New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, and Albert Cooper International Flute Competition. Jessi is committed to bringing music to new audiences through performance outreach and is an avid teacher. Ms. Rosinski has performed at the Stratford International Flute Festival, Norfolk, Monadnock, and Bowdoin Festivals. She recently enjoyed a solo performance with the Boston Pops, a recital at the International Festival of Contemporary Arts in Leon, Mexico, and a commission from Paul Elwood. This past spring Jessi toured with the U.S Coast Guard Band and The Light of Greece Concerts. Jessi holds degrees from The Hartt School and New England Conservatory .

Aaron Wunsch

Pianist Aaron Wunsch appears regularly on concert stages throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. A vigorous proponent of contemporary music, he has worked closely with composers Charles Wuorinen, Steve Stucky, Chen Yi, Fred Lerdahl, and Kaija Saariaho, among others. He has performed Charles Ives’Concord Sonata as part of the Lincoln Center Focus! Festival and at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France, and has recorded six new works by young composers inspired by Anton Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments. Wunsch received his Bachelor’s degree cum laude from Yale University and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School under pianist Robert McDonald. He has studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Wunsch serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School and William Paterson University. His recent summers have included positions at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont and as guest artist and faculty member at the Jakarta International Summer Music Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. He regularly gives master classes at conservatories and universities throughout Asia, including those in Jakarta, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, where he is currently 2010 Visiting Professor at Shanghai Normal University. He frequently lectures about American music, including at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Music Mondays concert series in New York City.

The 2011 Walden School Players

Steven Beck

American pianist Steven Beck continues to garner impressive acclaim for his performances and recordings worldwide. Praised by the New Yorker as “one of the city’s finest young pianists”, a recent New York concert by Mr. Beck was described as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times.

Highlights of the 2010-11 season include the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s “Metagong” for two pianos and percussion and US premieres of works by Boulez and Hans Abrahamsen. In addition, he is making two appearances on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series, and beginning a Schubert sonata cycle at Bargemusic, where he presents more than twenty concerts a year as an Artist Presenter. His annual performances of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on Christmas Eve and “Brandenburg Concertos” on New Year’s Eve at the Barge have become something of a New York institution.

An eminent recording artist, Mr. Beck’s discography includes world premiere recordings of newly discovered works by Beethoven on Monument Records and a recording of Elliott Carter’s “Double Concerto” on Albany Records (this was described as “impressive” by Gramophone). His recording “Places of the Spirit” with flutist Paula Robison won the Classical Recording Foundation’s Samuel Sanders Award for 2008, and the debut CD of his chamber ensemble “Pleasure is the Law” was released on Boston Records in 2009.

Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson) and the Virginia Symphony. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and Miller Theater, as well as on WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. He has performed as a musician with the New York City Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and appeared as an orchestral musician with the New York Philharmonic and the Riverside Symphony, as well as performing with the Pacifica and Manhattan string quartets.

A committed advocate of the music of our time, Mr. Beck has worked with Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, Charles Wuorinen, George Crumb, George Perle, and Poul Ruders, and performed with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Metropolis Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. He is a member of the Talea Ensemble and counter)induction and a member of the 2011 Walden School Players.

Robert Burkhart

Cellist Robert Burkhart combines a deep commitment to the existing cello repertoire with what the New Yorker magazine calls an “adventurous” spirit in new music. With performance credits at Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and The Rose Studio at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Robert has also appeared as a soloist throughout Japan as a member of the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and been featured in recital on WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase.” At the center of new music in New York, Robert works frequently with living composers as a member of the American Modern Ensemble, Ensemble Pi, and as guest artist with Argento Chamber Ensemble, counter)induction, and SONYC. Recent collaborations include Georg Friedrich Haas, Aaron Jay Kernis, Steve Mackey, Joan Tower, Chen Yi, and Charles Wourinen. In 2007 he performed the New York premiere of John Harbison’s Abu Ghraib for cello and piano, and was the soloist in Augusta Read Thomas’s Passion Prayers for cello and chamber ensemble at the New York Times Center. He has taught at Syracuse University, Music Conservatory of Westchester, and been artist-in-residence at Yale University and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. His new CD “20/21: Music for Cello and Piano from the 20th and 21st Centuries,” features pianist Blair McMillen and the premiere of a work for cello and piano by composer Andrew Waggoner. Robert’s recording of solo Bach on the American Express commercial “Don’t Take Chances. Take Charge.” has garnered national attention.

Jane Chung

Violinist Jane Chung performs as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe and Asia. A dedicated advocate of new music, her collaborators include the Da Capo Chamber Players and FLUX Quartet, as well as composers Mario Davidovsky and Eric Chasalow. In recent seasons, Ms. Chung has collaborated extensively with dance. Highlights of recent seasons included a residency at Bowdoin College as part of the Athabasca String Trio, a premiere of original music by Szymon Brzoska with Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance at Jacob’s Pillow and premieres of four new works with noted East Coast choreographers, including Cherylyn Lavagnino and Randy James, in a project supported by a Yale alumniVentures grant. Ms. Chung has also served on the faculty of Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp and taught violin and chamber music at Yale University, from which she received M.M. and B.A. degrees magna cum laude and was winner of both the graduate and undergraduate concerto competitions. She subsequently studied in Vienna as a Fulbright grant recipient. Ms. Chung has been a prizewinner at the Heida Hermanns International Competition and winner of the Montgomery Symphony Violin Competition. She performs on a 1782 Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin.

Matthew Gold

Matthew Gold is a member of Sequitur and a co-director of TimeTable Percussion. An advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered numerous new works, performing frequently with the Da Capo Chamber Players, Talea Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Orchestra of the League of Composers/ISCM, and the SEM Ensemble. Recent solo appearances include concerto performances with Sequitur, the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and the Williams Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Mr. Gold is an instructor of percussion at Williams College where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble and co-directs I/O New Music and the annual I/O Fest. Matthew performs frequently with ensembles including the Mark Morris Dance Group and the New York City Ballet, and serves as an artist-faculty member for the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at the Mannes College of Music.

Tawnya Popoff

Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys a versatile career throughout North America. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera, she is a founding member of the Athabasca String Trio, and performs regularly with VisionIntoArt, the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas. She was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, American Composers Orchestra and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. As a member of the Cassatt Quartet, she was vitally involved in commissioning, premiering and recording works from leading American composers. Tawnya Popoff’s viola was played by Boris Kroyt of the Budapest Quartet, generously lent to her by courtesy of his grandson.

Jessi Rosinski

Flutist Jessi Rosinski performs actively throughout Boston appearing with groups such as Boston Musica Viva, Collage, Firebird Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Boston Microtonal Society, Xanthos Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Ms. Rosinski is the flutist of Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, an artist in residence at Harvard, an associate with the Atlantic Symphony, and a regular substitute with the U.S. Coast Guard Band. Jessi has won top prizes at several competitions including the Pappoutsakis Competition, New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, and Albert Cooper International Flute Competition.

Jessi is committed to bringing music to new audiences through performance outreach and is an avid teacher. Ms. Rosinski has performed at the Stratford International Flute Festival, Norfolk, Monadnock, and Bowdoin Festivals. She recently enjoyed a solo performance with the Boston Pops, a recital at the International Festival of Contemporary Arts in Leon, Mexico, and a commission from Paul Elwood. This past spring Jessi toured with the U.S Coast Guard Band and The Light of Greece Concerts. Jessi holds degrees from The Hartt School and New England Conservatory and also has advanced knowledge of cupcakes and ice cream. For more information please visit www.jessirosinski.com.

Meighan Stoops

Clarinetist Meighan Stoops has distinguished herself as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. In a recent performance of Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No. 12, Ms. Stoops was praised in The New York Times for her “vibrant, richly shaded performance.” Another review noted that “Meighan Stoops…had a star turn in [Joan] Tower’s Wings.”

In addition to playing with The Walden School Players, Ms. Stoops is a member of Da Capo Chamber Players and American Modern Ensemble. She regularly performs with other ensembles, such as Manhattan Sinfonietta, Newband, Music from Japan, Sequitur, John Eaton’s Pocket Opera Players, Music from Copland House, Sylvan Winds and the Quintet of the Americas. With the Quintet, she had the great honor of performing at the September 11th Commemorative Ceremony at Ground Zero. Orchestras with which Ms. Stoops can be heard regularly are the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Princeton, Westfield and Colonial symphonies.

Ms. Stoops has recorded for Bridge, CRI, Naxos, Albany and Chesky Records (Area 31, Grammy nominated). She can be heard on the soundtrack of Muhammed: Legacy of a Prophet, a PBS documentary with music by Martin Bresnick; Solidarity, a short film directed by Nancy Kiang with music by Richard Carrick; and, most recently, I Sell the Dead, a feature length zombie flick directed by Glen McQuaid with music by Jeff Grace. Ms. Stoops holds degrees from Northwestern and Yale Universities, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. Ms. Stoops teaches clarinet privately and at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City.