Forrest Albano

A Dallas-Fort Worth native, Forrest holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his master’s from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Forrest has commissioned over 30 new works for brass quintet, and he currently holds positions with the Orchestra Now and as the soprano cornetist of the Dallas Brass Band. Outside of music, Forrest loves to backpack in the wilderness for multiple days at a time to enjoy the simple things in life.

Lea Baumert-Patterson

Lea Baumert (she/her) is an established flutist in the North Dallas area, where she teaches a private studio of 50+ middle school and high school students. Lea’s professional performing experience includes playing with the Tulsa Symphony, Dallas Opera, Rapides Symphony, and the Amarillo Opera. Lea received her Bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University, where she studied with Helen Blackburn; and her Master’s degree from Louisiana State University, where she studied under Dr. Katherine Kemler.

Anna Black

Anna Black is a graduate student at the University of Michigan studying under Professor Fabiola Kim. She graduated from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in 2021 as a student of Amy Moretti, David Kim, and Robert McDuffie. Anna started studying the violin at age seven and has served as concertmaster of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, and the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble. She was the principal second violin of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Anna was also a member of the Ann Arbor and Lansing Symphony Orchestras. She has soloed with the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra and performed alongside players such as Robert McDuffie, Lawrence Dutton, and the Cavani String Quartet.

Anne-Marie Cherry

Anne-Marie Cherry is a versatile performer and educator enjoying a varied career as a soloist, chamber/orchestral musician, clinician, and recording artist. Since 2019, Dr. Cherry has lived in Columbus, GA, where she serves as Assistant Professor of Horn for the Schwob School of Music and enjoys hiking along Georgia’s many trails. Anne-Marie performs regularly with ensembles throughout the Southeast, including recent engagements with the Atlanta, Chattanooga and Charleston symphonies.  Since 2015, she has enjoyed spending her summers in the mountains, where she serves as Co-Principal Horn in the Breckenridge Music Festival.  

A strong advocate of performer & composer collaboration, Anne-Marie frequently commissions new works for the horn in diverse contexts. One collaboration, Zack Stanton’s Trio for Horn, Harp and Viola, won the virtuoso division of the International Horn Society’s composition contest in 2018, and can be heard on his album Echoes of Veiled Light.  Additionally, she is the featured solo horn on the soundtrack of the film The Last Full Measure, and can be heard on the upcoming album of the Maryland Chamber Winds, Kairos, and the 2021 Nicolas Cage film, Pig. 

An active guest artist & clinician, she explores applications of mindfulness in music performance, pedagogy and practice with students and teachers around the country. She is also a founding contributor of the music education start-up, Ensemble Block. 

Wesley Ducote

A versatile pianist, Wesley Ducote regularly performs works dating from the  Renaissance to the current decade as well as the standards in between. As an  enthusiastic contemporary musician Mr. Ducote has performed many of the  pillars of 20 th /21 st century repertoire from Wuorinen’s New York Notes to  the Ligeti Piano Concerto. He is often seen collaborating with some of today’s  brightest stars including composer/vocalist Kate Soper, Emmy winning  composer and Vietnamese folk musician Van Anh Vo, flutists Leone Buyse and  Carol Wincenc, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and many others. Highlights of  this season include premieres by composers Karim Al Zand, Anthony Brandt,  Theo Chandler, and a new piano concerto by Max Vinetz. Ducote holds  graduate and undergraduate degrees in music from Rice University, where he  studied with Brian Connelly, as well as an undergraduate degree in  mathematics. He currently resides in Miami Beach as a piano fellow with the  New World Symphony.

Brittney Nicole Geurink

Brittney Nicole Geurink enjoys playing chamber, orchestral, and baroque repertoire. Ms. Geurink is a substitute violist with Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with East Texas Baroque and Lewisville Lake Symphony. She privately teaches viola and violin in the state of Colorado and Texas and is a private instructor for Denton Independent School District.

Jonathan Gilmer

Jonathan Gilmer is a San Diego-based director and designer. Mr. Gilmer is delighted to return to the San Diego Symphony having previously directed Noel Noel and The Rite of Spring as part of the “It’s About Time” Festival in 2018. He recently designed As One (San Diego Opera), The North Plan (ION Theatre), Shostakovich Day (Barbican Centre), Whistleblower (Waterloo East Theatre) and was a member of the design team for the UK Student Exhibit at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Jonathan Gilmer is the Associate Technical Director at La Jolla Playhouse. He received his B.A. Honours in Technical Theatre Arts from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Alex Greenbaum

Born in New York, cellist Alex Greenbaum enjoys a diverse and adventurous musical life. As a member of the Hausmann Quartet he is an Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer at San Diego State University, where he teaches cello and chamber music. As a long-time member of The Knights chamber orchestra he has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, and appeared at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Salzburg and recently returned to Vienna’s Musikverein and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. He has recorded for Ancalagon, Arc, Bridge, Canary Classics, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Naxos, Warner Classics and Sony records. His varied interests have led to collaborations with dance companies, recordings for film, television and commercials, studies of early music and performances throughout Mexico. Alex’s affiliations include Art of Élan, Bach Collegium San Diego, San Diego Baroque, San Diego New Music and he is co-director of chamber music at the La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. He lives in San Diego.

Derek Gullett

Ohio native Derek Gullett began trombone studies at age 12. Throughout high school, he served as the principal trombonist of numerous youth and professional ensembles. Now studying with Nitzan Haroz, Matthew Vaughn, and Blair Bollinger at the Curtis Institute of Music, he has performed with many ensembles around Philadelphia. He has toured the world and performed throughout Europe and the U.S. His previous teachers include James Albrecht and Richard Stout.

Nickolas Hamblin

Nickolas Hamblin serves as Principal Clarinet with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, 2nd clarinet with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs as guest principal clarinetist with the Michigan Philharmonic. Nickolas has received first prize in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Bradlin Scholarship Competition and the Detroit Federation of Musicians Solo Competition. His chamber group, Trio Matisse, won first prize in the Briggs and New York International Young Musician’s chamber music competitions.

Kate Hatmaker

Violinist Kate Hatmaker enjoys a varied career as performer, educator and entrepreneur. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of Art of Élan (, a San Diego chamber music organization committed to bringing classical music to diverse audiences, and has been a violinist with the San Diego Symphony since 2006. Ms. Hatmaker has been a featured soloist with a variety of North American orchestras and has performed at the Breckenridge Music Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. She teaches privately and is a frequent chamber music recitalist and guest clinician.

Theodore Jackson

Theodore Jackson is a percussionist and composer based in Bloomington, Indiana. He completed his undergraduate work in Percussion Performance at the University of Central Florida and received his Master’s in Percussion Performance, with an outside area in Composition, from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. While at IU, Ted was awarded the Performer’s Certificate and served as an Associate Instructor for the percussion department. He is from Tampa, Florida.

Ran Kampel

Israeli born clarinetist Ran Kampel enjoys a versatile career of  solo, chamber music, orchestral performances, and teaching. He  held principal clarinet positions with the Jacksonville Symphony,  

the Grand Rapids Symphony, and was a fellow with the New  World Symphony. He also has performed as a guest musician with  The Cleveland Orchestra, The Houston Symphony and the Saint  Paul Chamber Orchestra. During the summers, Ran has  performed at Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Yellow  Barn, Krzyżowa-Music, Lakes Area, Aspen, Norfolk, Sarasota,  Britten–Pears and Breckenridge music festivals.  

Ran serves as assistant professor of clarinet at Baylor University  School of Music, and has lead masterclasses around the world,  including at the University of Minnesota, Interlochen Arts  Academy, Academia Filarmónica de Medellín in Colombia, and  Givatayim Conservatory in Israel.  

A recipient of the Houston Arts Alliance grant, Ran founded the  Within the Music concert series that presents chamber music  concerts in an interactive format for new audiences.  

Ran received degrees with high honors from USC Thornton  School of Music and the Eastman School of Music. Ran is a Buffet  Crampon USA Performing Artist and performs exclusively on  Buffet Crampon instruments. Outside the concert hall, he enjoys  cooking, skiing, hiking, playing tennis and soccer. 

Ksenija Komljenović

Dr. Ksenija Komljenović (Belgrade, Serbia), a prizewinner of the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg, is a percussionist, educator, and composer. Throughout her career, she has performed, taught, and studied across Europe, the United States, and Asia. Ksenija is the first woman from Serbia with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Degree. She holds the Assistant Professor of Percussion position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Ksenija serves as a producer/ host on the At Percussion Podcast. She is on the organizational committees of the Tierras South Texas Percussion Competition and the SoundWaves Festival.
 Ksenija’s devotion to percussion is shaped by her advocacy for contemporary and chamber music, as well as intercultural collaboration. Her three chamber ensembles (PNEUMA, Vesna Piano/Percussion Duo, Balkan Percussion Duo) unite some of the finest young performers from across the world. As the artistic director of PNEUMA, a new percussion group, she strives to evolve the creative vision planted and shared among the performers during their studies under Svet Stoyanov and Matt Strauss at the Frost School of Music. Vesna Duo’s debut album featuring Ksenija’s arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for marimba and piano has received acclaim at the Chamber Music America: Forward Together Showcase 2022. Ksenija’s initiative resulted in several pioneering cultural-exchange projects between the U.S. and her home country, including the first drumline camp and contemporary percussion workshop in Serbia.

In 2019, the same year she made her Hong Kong debut, Ksenija was selected to be a co-principal for the World Percussion Group with whom she toured England, Spain, and Portugal. In 2021, she performed at the XXI International Conservatory Week Festival (Russia) and the 31st International Young Laureate Music Competitions Festival (Poland). Ksenija has performed and collaborated with some of the preeminent musicians of her time including James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight, Snow White and the Huntsman), Jeff Beal (House of Cards), The New York Voices, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Grusin, Martin Bresnick, Andy Akiho, Ben Folds, and Joan Tower.

Ksenija holds degrees from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Illinois State University, and the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia. Her compositions and arrangements are published by Bachovich Music Publications. Ksenija is a Marimba One artist.

Michael Linville

Pianist, percussionist, harpist and conductor, Michael Linville is currently Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music Activities for the New World Symphony, the orchestral academy founded in 1987 by Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Linville is also artistic coordinator of the New World Percussion Consort, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary chamber music that features percussion.

As a soloist, Mr. Linville has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Breckenridge Chamber Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. In addition, he has played with the Honolulu Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and was a featured keyboardist with the Florida Philharmonic.  His playing can be heard on a number of recordings, including New World Jazz (BMG), A Night in the Tropics – the Music of Gottschalk (Naxos), and White Mares of the Moon – Chamber Music of Dan Welcher (CRI), which Mr. Linville also produced.

Leon Joseph Littlebird

A regionally and internationally acclaimed musician, performer, recording artist and composer, Leon Joseph Littlebird is a third generation native of Colorado with ancestral roots in both pioneer and Native American cultures. His heritage combines multi-instrumental talents, his deep sonorous voice, masterful Native flute and guitar styles in a performance that captivates audiences.

Aisslinn Nosky

Violinist Aisslinn Nosky is concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston. Founded in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously performing arts organizations in the world. Aisslinn also collaborates as guest director and soloist with orchestras across the globe. Recent appearances include the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Charlotte Symphony, the Utah Symphony and Holland Baroque. She was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra from 2005 to 2016 and served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony from 2016 to 2019. Currently Aisslinn is Guest Artist-in-Residence of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Born in Canada, Aisslinn began playing violin at age three and made her solo debut with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra at age eight. A passionate educator, she has served on the faculty of the Amherst Early Music Festival, the International Baroque Institute of Longy, and the Banff Centre.

Joseph Nuñez

Joseph Nunez has appeared with many ensembles across the United States of America, and has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Orford Music Academy, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Joseph is currently on a leave of absence from his studies at Rice University to play with the Kansas City Symphony in the 2021-22 season. Aside from music, Joseph loves dogs and a great cup of coffee.

Justin Ochoa

Justin Ochoa is a percussionist and timpanist pursuing his Master of Music degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Ted Atkatz. Previously, he has studied with Thomas Burritt and Shaun Tilburg. He has been a fellow at the Round Top Festival Institute, Texas Music Festival, and virtually at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute in 2020. He has appeared as a guest percussionist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Midland-Odessa Symphony. In Los Angeles, Justin performs as Principal percussionist and timpanist with the California Young Artist Symphony, and has appeared as Principal timpanist with the American Youth Symphony.

Jessica Petrasek

Jessica Petrasek is an Atlanta-based flutist. She has served as Acting Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Acting Piccolo of the Kansas City Symphony, Principal Flute of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Piccolo/2nd Flute of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She has also performed with the Atlanta, Detroit, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras.

In the summer of 2018, Jessica was awarded the “Best Performance of a Newly Commissioned Work” prize at the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. In 2013, she earned Third Prize in the same competition. She was a NFAA YoungARTS Silver Award Winner and Presidential Scholar, and was featured on NPR’s “From the Top.”

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Master of Music from Rice University. She has received additional training at the Tanglewood Music Center, Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Maxwell Pipinich

Maxwell Pipinich is the 2nd bassoonist for the Kansas City Symphony. He held the same position with the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra (2013-2018), Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (2012-2019) and the Louisiana Philharmonic (2011-2012). In addition to his orchestral work in Buffalo he regularly appeared with the Ars Nova Musicians and the Buffalo Chamber Players as a soloist and chamber musician. Max has degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having studied with Benjamin Kamins and George Sakakeeny respectively. In graduate school, he organized the Shepherd School outreach program, JUMP!, and founded a concert series called “New Art, New Music,” which continues to this day. Max is a native of Seattle, Washington.

Shinae Ra

Shinae has studied with Emanuel Gruber and Peter Stumpf before studying with Natasha Brofsky at Juilliard. Among many accomplishments, she served as the principal cellist of IU symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra for two years and has won coveted prizes at many competitions including the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and Hilton Head Symphony Young Artist Competition. Shinae loves to cook and bake in her free time.

Wendy Richman

Violist Wendy Richman has been celebrated internationally for her compelling sound and “absorbing,” “fresh and idiomatic” interpretations with “a brawny vitality.” (The New York Times, The Washington Post). As soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miller Theater, Mostly Mozart Festival, Park Avenue Armory, Phillips Collection, and international festivals in Berlin, Darmstadt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Karlsruhe, Morelia, and Vienna. She is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Upon hearing her interpretation of Berio’s Sequenza VI, The Baltimore Sun commented that she made “something at once dramatic and poetic out of the aggressive tremolo-like motif of the piece.” She collaborates with a wide range of composers, commissioning pieces in which she sings and plays simultaneously. Wendy’s debut solo album, vox/viola, was released on New Focus Recordings (2020). In addition to her work on contemporary repertoire, Wendy has collaborated with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, the Claremont and Prometheus Trios, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, and Takács Quartets. She frequently performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has been a regular guest with the orchestral viola sections of Atlanta, Minnesota, and St. Louis.

Wendy is a distinguished educator and sought-after clinician at universities and conservatories across the country, offering classes on viola repertoire and technique, lectures on string instrument notation, and workshops on contemporary and “extended” string techniques. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), New England Conservatory (MM), and Eastman School of Music (DMA with Diploma in Ethnomusicology). Wendy’s academic interests address musicians’ communities, stemming from her own experiences with composer-performer relationships, gender- based discrimination, and disability. Her own compositions link her love of unconventional string sounds with reflections on nature, physical trauma, and invisible disability.

In 2022-23, in addition to her duties as an academic lecturer at UCLA and viola instructor at California State University at Northridge (CSUN), Wendy will be Artist-in-Residence at UC-Davis, presenting two recital programs and playing a concerto with the university orchestra.

Daniel Rozin

Daniel Rozin is an artist, educator and developer, working in the area of interactive digital art. As an interactive artist Rozin creates installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases the viewer becomes the contents of the piece and in others the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece. Even though computers are often used in Rozin’s work, they are seldom visible.

As an educator, Rozin is an Arts Professor at ITP, Tisch School Of The Arts, NYU where he teaches such classes as: “The World- Pixel by Pixel”, “Project Development Studio”, “Introduction to Physical Computing”, “Designing for Digital Fabrication” and “Kinetic Sculpture Workshop”.

Born in Jerusalem and trained as an industrial designer Rozin lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely with solo exhibitions in the US and internationally and featured in publications such as The New York Times, Wired, ID, Spectrum and Leonardo. His work has earned him numerous awards including Prix Ars Electronica, ID Design Review and the Chrysler Design Award.

Steven Schick

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. Hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument,” he has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. The most important of these have become core repertory for solo percussion. Schick was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.

Steven Schick is artistic director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As a conductor, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble.

Schick’s publications include a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and many articles. He has released numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014 (both on Mode). He received the “Diapason d’Or” as conductor (Xenakis Ensemble Music with ICE) and the Deutscheschallplattenkritikpreis, as percussionist (Stockhausen), each for the best new music release of 2015.

Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival, and starting in 2017, will be co-artistic director, with Claire Chase, of the Summer Music Program at the Banff Centre.

Tereza Stanislav

Dividing her time among chamber, solo, orchestral and  recording projects, Tereza has been hailed for her  “expressive beauty and wonderful intensity” (Robert Mann)  of her playing, her “sure technique and musical  intelligence” (Calgary Herald), and “ her sweet tone,  brilliant phrasing, uncannily pointed rhythm and pure  intonation (even at the violin’s highest and lowest  extremities)” (Huffington Post).  

An active and highly sought after chamber musician,  Tereza Stanislav has appeared in venues including the  Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall  and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has  performed in concert with many of the world’s leading  artists including August Hadelich, Jean-Yves Thibaudet  and Jon Kimura Parker. 

An advocate for new music, Tereza has worked with  composers including Steve Reich, Gunther Schuller, Joan  Tower, Toshio Hosokawa and Louis Andriessen. World  premieres include Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet (2009)  with Julie Landsman, Louis Andriessen’s The City of  Dis (2007), Gernot Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged  Ridges (2009), James Matheson’s Violin Sonata (2007);  West Coast premieres include Steve Reich’s Daniel  Variations and Gernot Wolfgang’s Jazz and Cocktails. She  is featured on recordings of Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and  Jagged Ridges on Albany Records, Reich’s Daniel 

Variations on Nonesuch, a self-released solo cd with  Hung-Kuan Chen and the complete Pleyel string quartets  with the Enso Quartet on Nonesuch.  

Tereza was the featured soloist with the Los Angeles  Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of the Violin  Concerto by Benjamin Wallfisch about which the Los  Angeles Times wrote, “she gave a magisterial rendition”  and “held the audience rapt.” 

Tereza is currently a member of the Calder Quartet, and  New Hollywood Quartet, as well as the Assistant  Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. 

Nicholas Tisherman

Nicholas Tisherman joined the Colorado Symphony as Second/Assistant Principal Oboe in 2017. He has also appeared as a guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. During summers Nicholas has been heard at the Bravo! Vail, Tanglewood, Brevard, and Verbier festivals. He presented his first-ever commissioned work, a solo oboe piece by composer Lavell Blackwell, in recital at the 2022 International Double Reed Society Convention in Boulder, Colorado. He has given master classes at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Kansas, and maintains a small private studio in Denver. A graduate of Juilliard’s Pre-College program, Nicholas holds his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. His principal teachers have been John Ferrillo, Anne Marie Gabriele, and Richard Dallessio.

Max Wolpert

Fiddler, composer, and storyteller Max Wolpert conjures up monsters and myth where the traditional, classical, and theatrical meet.

Drawing from tradition both musical and mythological, Dr. Wolpert makes music inspired by stories from around the world. Whether built upon the verve and bounce of an Irish jig, the endearing asymmetry of a Welsh pipe tune, or the drive of a Virginian breakdown, Max’s pieces are crafted with taut detail and a flair for the dramatic honed over years as a pit musician,conductor, and orchestrator for theatrical productions.

Max’s first viola concerto, Giants, wields the unsung hero of the orchestra to call up singing harps, dancing stormclouds, and a fiendishly ticking clock inexorably counting down to the end of the world. 

His three string quartets, Myths, Lid un Tantsn, and Song of Four, serve as pedagogical tools to introduce the classical musician to traditional forms and improvisation, and in performance bring forth an Irish war goddess, two enchanted ravens, a young girl with dreams of piracy, and a ferociously contrapuntal chase through a twisting labyrinth.

Max is committed to bringing together performers of diverse stylistic backgrounds, and to colliding musical worlds at high speed. His collaborators include banjoist and instigator Jayme Stone, Grammy-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, fearless violist Brett Deubner, and Native flute specialist Leon Joseph Littlebird, and his work has been performed by the Colorado Symphony, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, Musique sur la Mer Chamber Orchestra, and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, and at the American Repertory Theater, International Music Festival of Gramado, Brazil, and the Minster in York, England.  Max holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder (where he currently teaches), and a bachelor’s degree from the Berklee College of Music.  His work appears on Naxos Records and Yellow Sound Label.