Margaret Lancaster, flutes

“New-music luminary” (The New York Times) and “leading exponent of the avant-garde flute” (Village Voice), Margaret Lancaster has built a large repertoire of new works composed for her that employ extended techniques, multi-media, and electronics fusing music, theater and movement. Performance highlights include Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Ibsen Festival, Santa Fe New Music, Edinburgh Festival, Tap City, New Music Miami, and Festival D’Automne. A member of Either/Or, Ensemble Ipse and Fisher Ensemble, she has been a guest of many groups including Argento, American Modern Ensemble and the New York Philharmonic.  She has appeared as a lecturer/soloist at many sites including Stanford, Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia, Bennington, and the National Flute Association, has recorded on New World Records, OO Discs, Innova, Naxos, Tzadik and Mode, and was selected for Meet the Composer’s New Works for Soloist Champions project. Noted for her interdisciplinary performances, Lancaster, who also works as an actor, dancer, and amateur furniture designer, presents solo and chamber music concerts worldwide. Recent collaborations include projects with Jean-Baptiste Barrière, ArmitageGone!Dance, BMP’s Kocho, touring Morton Feldman’s 5 hour epic For Philip Guston, and playing Helene in the 7-year global run of OBIE-winning Mabou Mines Dollhouse…

Photo: Annabel Mehran

Photo: Annabel Mehran

Esther Noh, violin

Violinist Esther Noh has garnered acclaim for her achievements as both a classical and alternative music performer. She won the Audience Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and first prize in the Julius Stulberg International String Competition. She has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and the Danish National Philharmonic.

As a chamber musician, she won first prize in the junior division of the 1994 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and has participated in residencies in Banff, Canada, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has toured throughout the country with the ETHEL string quartet, eighth blackbird, Fireworks Ensemble, and the Meredith Monk Ensemble, and has performed in New York City at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, and Miller Theater.

Ms. Noh is also an active champion of improvised and alternative music. She has collaborated with John Zorn, Mark O' Connor, and Bang on a Can, and has presented avant-garde music at Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, The Stone, and the Cutting Room. She plays and records with singer/songwriters and is the featured violin soloist in the Oscar-winning short film God of Love (Best Short Film, 2011). A strong supporter of contemporary music, she performs with numerous groups, including Signal, Wordless Music Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Either/Or. She premieres composers’ works for both solo violin and chamber ensembles, and has recorded for the New Amsterdam and E1 labels. 

Ms. Noh received degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan. She holds a doctorate with honors from SUNY Stony Brook and is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She was the visiting professor of violin at Wichita State University and concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony from January 2004-May 2005.  She currently resides in New York City.

Photo: Jazmin Fillion

Photo: Jazmin Fillion

Geoffrey Burleson, pianist

Equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and jazz performer, Geoffrey Burleson, pianist, has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America. The New York Times has hailed Burleson’s solo performances as “vibrant and compelling,” praising his “rhythmic brio, projection of rhapsodic qualities, appropriate sense of spontaneity, and rich colorings.”  Current recording projects include Camille Saint-Saëns: Complete Piano Works, on 5 CDs, for the new Naxos Grand Piano label. Volumes 1 (Complete Piano Études), 2, 3 and 4 have been released to high acclaim from GramophoneInternational Record Review, Diapason (France) and elsewhere, and have garnered International Piano Choice Awards from International Piano Magazine.   Other noteworthy recordings by Burleson include Vincent Persichetti: Complete Piano Sonatas (New World Records), which received a BBC Music Choice award from the BBC Music Magazine, and AKOKA (Oxingale Records), featuring Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, as well as companion works, for which Burleson was nominated for a 2015 JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year.  Mr. Burleson’s concerto appearances include the Buffalo Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva and the Holland Symfonia in the Netherlands.  He has also appeared as featured soloist at the Bard Music Festival, International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York), Monadnock Music Festival, Santander Festival (Spain) and the Talloires International Festival (France).    He is a core member of the American Modern Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, the Tribeca New Music Festival, David Sanford’s Pittsburgh Collective, and Princeton University’s Richardson Chamber Players.   Mr. Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University and is Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College-City University of New York.  He is also on the piano faculties of the CUNY Graduate Center, the International Keyboard Institute & Festival (New York), and the Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy).

Christa Van Alstine, clarinets


Recognized by The New York Times as "animated . . . careful and diligent," Christa Van Alstine lives in New York City and is dedicated to new music repertoire. She is the clarinetist with Red Light New Music; clarinetist/bass clarinetist with Hotel Elefant; and performs frequently with contemporary ensembles Talea, Wet Ink, Novus NY (Trinity Wall St.), Mantra Percussion, Iktus, Argento, Ascolta (Germany), Toca Loca (Toronto), and skogensemble (Sweden). She 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). She 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. She is currently on faculty at the United Nations International School.

Stephanie Griffin, viola

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Stephanie Griffin is an innovative composer and violist with an eclectic musical vision. Born in Canada and based in New York City, her musical adventures have taken her to Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and Mongolia. Stephanie founded the Momenta Quartet in 2004; and is a member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble and Continuum; principal violist of the Princeton Symphony; and viola faculty at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges. She received prestigious composition fellowships from the Jerome Foundation (2017) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2016), and was a 2014 fellow at Music Omi. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Samuel Rhodes, and has recorded for Tzadik, Innova, Naxos, Aeon, New World and Albany records.

Matt Ward, percussion

Percussionist Matt Ward is dedicated to performing and commissioning new music and has been cited by the New York Times as “a fine soloist”.  With a particular interest in chamber music, he is a principal member with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talujon, the American Modern Ensemble, Associated Solo Artists and is the Percussion Department Coordinator at The Juilliard School.  Dr. Ward also performs regularly with groups such as the Albany Symphony, Talea Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, The Orchestra of the League of Composers, Sequitor and the Riverside Symphony. Dr. Ward was the recipient of the Ridley-Tree Fellowship at the Music Academy of the West in 1998, and in 1999 he participated in the Tanglewood Music Center under the direction of Seiji Ozawa and George Benjamin and returned the following year for the American Premiere of Pierre Boulez's Sur Incises at the 60th Anniversary TMC Alumni Concert.  Recent performance highlights include the American Premieres of works by Bernhard Lang, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Philippe Hurel.
Matt Ward began studying conducting as the student director of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players and in residence at the Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival.  Since then, he has premiered new works by Phillipe Manoury, Lawrence Moss, Ross Bauer, Meyer Kupferman, Barbara White, Sebastian Armoza and many other young composers.  He is also a guest conductor with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink, Ensemble Inc., DaCapo Chamber Players and the New York New Music Ensemble, premiering dozens of new pieces by young composers every year.
Dr. Ward holds a BM degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a MM and DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook.  He is on faculty at Queens College, The Aaron Copland School of Music and Brooklyn College.  Through organizations such as the 92nd Street Y, Westchester Philharmonic, Marquis Studios, and Carnegie Hall, Dr. Ward has worked with elementary school children throughout New York City and the surrounding area.  He can be heard on the recording labels Aeon, Argo, Cantaloupe Music, Capstone Records, Newport Classics, Soundspell, and Albany Records.

Benjamin Grow, conductor

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Conductor Benjamin Grow has worked with a wide array of ensembles in New York City and serves as Music Director/Principal Conductor of Chelsea Opera and Co-Director of the sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé. As music director of Tom Cipullo's acclaimed opera, Glory Denied, at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia, Grow "expertly coached the singers and led the orchestra" (Broad Street Review), and his "fine detailing delivered the ferocious power of this score" (Huffington Post), in what The Philadelphia Inquirer said was the "most unforgettable opera" of the year. He has also conducted studio recordings and workshops for Opera Philadelphia. In 2015, Grow won the International Conducting Workshop and Competition in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Grow has been guest conductor at the Manhattan School of Music, assistant conductor at The Juilliard School, and currently conducts the chamber orchestra at Berkshire Summer Music. For several years, Mr. Grow co-presented an annual lecture at the 92nd Street Y, "The Physics of Music," as part of their Mysteries of Science series, and has given pre-concert talks at the Museum of Biblical Art. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and his Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music.

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Stephen Gosling, piano

Pianist Stephen Gosling is a ubiquitous presence on the New York new music scene, and has also performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. His playing has been hailed as “brilliant,” “electric,” and “luminous and poised” (New York Times), possessing “utter clarity and conviction" (Washington Post) and “extraordinary virtuosity” (Houston Chronicle).A native of Sheffield, England, Mr. Gosling received his BM, MM and DMA degrees from The Juilliard School where he was awarded the Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Excellence in Music, and the Sony Elevated Standards Fellowship.

Mr. Gosling was for three years pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and appeared in several seasons of the Summergarden series at MOMA. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Grant Park Festival in Chicago, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Bargemusic, the 2001 Great Day in New York festival, and the PAN festival in Seoul, Korea. He is a founding member of the American Modern Ensemble, as well as a member of Ensemble Sospeso and the New York New Music Ensemble. He has performed with Orpheus, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, DaCapo Chamber Players, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Continuum, the League of Composers/ISCM Chamber Players, and Da Camera of Houston. He has also participated in Off-Broadway productions and collaborated with a number of dance companies, including American Ballet Theater and Parsons Dance Project. Mr. Gosling has been heard on the NPR, WNYC and WQXR radio networks, and has recorded for New World Records, CRI, Mode, Innova, Rattle Records and American Modern Recordings (AMR).

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John Popham, cello

Cellist John Popham is a chamber musician and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. His playing has been described as “brilliant” and “virtuosic” (Kronen Zeitung), “warm but variegated”, and “finely polished” (The New York Times). Currently a member of Either/Or Ensemble and Longleash (a piano trio), Mr. Popham has performed internationally with groups including Klangforum Wien, Talea Ensemble, and the Argento Chamber Ensemble. He has appeared as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Red Light Ensemble, and the Kunstuniversität Graz Chorus. Recent festival appearances include Beijing Modern Music Festival (China), Brücken (Austria), Internationales Musikfest Hamburg (Germany), Open Musik (Austria), Wiener Festwochen (Austria), the Vermont Mozart Festival, USINESONORE (Switzerland), Bay Chamber (Maine), and the Contemporary Classical Music Festival (Peru). The recipient of a Fulbright research grant, Mr. Popham spent the 2013/2014 academic year in Austria, where he studied the performance practice of Klangforum Wien and worked with leading figures in contemporary Austrian music: Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Klaus Lang, and Pierluigi Billone. Mr. Popham received his BM and MM from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of David Geber and David Soyer and was awarded the Manhattan School of Music Full Scholarship. He has recorded for Tzadik, Carrier, New Focus, Albany, and Arte Nova records. Mr. Popham co-directs The Loretto Project, a composition seminar and concert series held in his home state of Kentucky.

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Stephanie Corwin, bassoon

Praised for her “warmth and composure” (Wichita Eagle), bassoonist Stephanie Corwin enjoys a varied career playing modern, classical, baroque and renaissance instruments. Based in New York City, Stephanie performs with ensembles at home and throughout North America, including Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Tafelmusik, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, Clarion Society, REBEL, the Sebastians, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. She also is a core member the period-instrument chamber ensembles Kleine Kammermusik, and Repast. As a soloist, Stephanie was the inaugural winner of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition and a semi-finalist in the Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition. A graduate of Davidson College, Stephanie earned degrees from Yale University (MM) and Stony Brook University (DMA), where she studied with Frank Morelli. Her interest in early music led her to continue her studies with Michael McCraw at Indiana University, where she received a Performer Diploma in historical bassoons. Stephanie can be heard on recordings with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Kleine Kammermusik. 


Caitlin Sullivan, cello

A sought-after musician throughout the New York scene, cellist Caitlin Sullivan can be found equally on the stages of Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and at unconventional spaces like clubs, art galleries, or even a double-decker bus. Recognized as having the “understanding and emotional projection of a true artist” by the New York Concert Review, Ms. Sullivan has designed a multi-dimensional career as a performer of both classical and contemporary music. In addition, Ms. Sullivan has a strong passion for music education and advocacy, frequently performing in schools and community venues, and working with aspiring music students around the world. Having formidable performance experience with a variety of groups, Ms. Sullivan is a member of many celebrated young ensembles including The Knights, Decoda, IRIS Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Ensemble Signal; she is also a substitute player with veteran orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and Princeton Symphony Orchestra, as well as Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry. Additional ensemble experience includes Ms. Sullivan’s membership with Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect), which enabled her to perform chamber music regularly as part of a Carnegie Hall subscription series in 2007-2009.