Carrie RavenStem works as both freelance musician and teacher in the Louisville/southern Indiana area. She has performed with several orchestras and ensembles including the Louisville Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Keep Louisville Symphonic, Louisville Chamber Winds, Orchestra Enigmatic, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic and Classical Symphony of Chicago. Her focus is introducing audiences to living composers and contributing to the future of music by fostering the love of new music.
Ms. RavenStem is co-founder and clarinetist of contemporary music ensemble A/Tonal, based out of Louisville. With a mission to bridge the gap between traditional and new music, A/tonal explores with their audiences the correlations between traditional classical works to works of living composers. A/Tonal has been performing throughout the Kentuckiana area and has been featured on WUOL’s The Unheard series, promoting the works of female composers. They recently recorded an arrangement of NPR’s Morning Edition theme which may be heard on Soundcloud. The group’s premiere EP, Starting Pointe, will be released Fall of 2016. Their upcoming venture is a partnership with Longleash Trio as guests of the Loretto Project, August 2016.
As clinician and teacher in the Louisville/southern Indiana region, she directs her attention to the short and long-term musical goals of each student. She runs an active teaching studio in her home in Louisville, and works with several local schools and their clarinet sections. Ms. RavenStem has also been a clinician and guest artist at University of Evansville’s Clarinet Day as well as clarinet and theory faculty for University of Louisville’s Wind Band Institute. She is on faculty at Indiana University Southeast in the Theory Department as well as a private teacher for the community Arts Institute.
Ms. RavenStem received her Masters of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Louisville, where she was a teaching assistant in both clarinet and music theory. Her bachelor’s degree was awarded with high honors from Indiana University Southeast, where she was the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award in Music.
Ms. RavenStem performs on Buffet Crampon Tosca clarinets and Vandoren mouthpieces, ligatures and reeds. She also utilizes the Ton Kooiman Maestro2 thumb rest on her instruments.
Jessica Litwiniec Dorman
A native of Calera, Alabama, Jessica Litwiniec Dorman is an active accompanist in the Louisville area; as well as being a staff accompanist at the University of Louisville, she has played for students at Indiana University Southeast and local high schools. She has also served as staff accompanist for local NATS competitions and the International Horn Competition of America (2011 & 2013). Jessica has played for numerous musical theater productions at local high schools, the Jewish Community Center, and with the Broadway Across America Series; she has also served as musical director for musicals at local high schools as well as for the Jeffersonville River Pops series. Jessica has also played with Orchestra Enigmatic and the Louisville Orchestra and is a core member of A/TONAL ensemble. Jessica is on the faculty at the Academy of Music at St. Francis in the Fields, where she teaches piano, voice, and occasionally theory. Jessica is the current Secretary of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA), having recently served as 2nd Vice President of KMTA (2012-2014) and Secretary of the Greater Louisville MTA (2010-2012).
Jessica holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Alabama where she studied piano with Amanda Penick. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Samford University. While at Samford, Jessica studied piano with Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd, and studied organ and harpsichord with Dr. H. E. Tibbs. She has participated in Masterclasses with such artists as Ann Schein, Claude Franck, and Leon Fleisher, and has received coaching from John Perry and Yakov Kasman, among others.
Robert Simonds is the Principal Second Violin of the Louisville Orchestra and a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. Both ensembles are renowned for their devotion to new and adventurous music. As solo recitalist and chamber musician, Rob continues this commitment to contemporary music with an emphasis on American styles.
In addition to performing the music of leading contemporary composers, Rob is also dedicated to working across genres and has produced and performed in small ensemble partnerships with indie-folk artists Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Pug, Ben Sollee, Tobie Milford and The Low Anthem.
Rob began his professional orchestral career with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, which was followed by a longtime position in The Phoenix Symphony. He regularly returns to Arizona to play with the Downtown Chamber Series, which presents concerts in Phoenix through a network of urban art spaces as well as the recently opened Musical Instrument Museum. His work in Arizona also includes performances with the Arizona Music Fest Orchestra. As a substitute musician, he has worked with the orchestras of Minnesota, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Columbus, and Virginia. For several summers he was a member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.
Rob has recorded orchestral albums with both The Phoenix Symphony and The Indianapolis Symphony on the Naxos and Telarc labels. He’s also performed solo and chamber parts on recordings with indie musicians Ben Sollee and Ray’s Music Exchange.
Within popular music, Rob has served as concertmaster for orchestral concerts with Celtic Woman, Michael Feinstein, Jackie Evancho, and Barry Manilow. He performed as the Associate Concertmaster for the North American tour of Star Wars in Concert. He also works as a studio musician; recording commercial, pop, educational, and sacred music as well as soundtracks.
Born in Massachusetts, Rob began studying violin at a young age with his grandmother. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Rob earned two degrees in violin performance studying with Dr. Won-Bin Yim, for whom he served as graduate teaching assistant, and with Dorothy Delay. While at CCM he studied chamber music with the Amernet and Tokyo String Quartets. His violin is from Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, made by Mario Bedocchi in 1927.
Chad Sloan, baritone, is a member of the faculty at the University of Louisville. He has sung with Kentucky Opera, Louisville Choral Arts Society, Dayton Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Anchorage Opera, New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, and Tacoma Opera. Most recently he was heard in recitals with Ensemble for the Romantic Century, as a soloist in Britten's War Requiem with Lawrence University, as a soloist in The Juilliard School's concert celebrating the life and work of Elliott Carter, Willy in Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking with Opera Memphis and featured along side eighth blackbird in University of Chicago's CONTEMPO series. Other recent projects include Carmina Burana with Lexington Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony and Flagstaff Symphony, a return to the CONTEMPO series with eight blackbird at University of Chicago, performances of Papageno in Arizona Opera's production of Die Zauberflöte and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen with Orchestra Kentucky. Further engagements include a return to Kentucky Opera in their production of The Mikado.
Amy Ensel is an active freelance musician and teacher in the Louisville area. As a flutist, she has performed with members of the Louisville Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Kentucky Opera, Keep Louisville Symphonic, Chamber Winds Louisville, Louisville Winds, Classical Revolution Louisville, Louisville Bach Society, Orchestra of Northern New York and Northern Symphonic Winds. In 2013, Amy joined the new chamber music ensemble A/tonal.
A native of New York, she received her Bachelor of Music Education, in addition to a Certificate in Flute Performance, from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY. She then went on to earn her Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Louisville, KY. During her studies, she had the honor of winning three concerto competitions.
A strong supporter of music education, Amy maintains a full private studio, works as a flute and woodwinds clinician in the Louisville Metro area, and serves as faculty at the University of Louisville in the music education department and Community Music Program.
Erich Stem’s music has been described as “sophisticated and intriguing” (The Washington Post), “unique and beautiful” (Boston Theatre Review), and as having a “fluent and chaotic exchange that breaks minimalism apart” (A Closer Listen). It pulls from a variety of sources, including American jazz, Japanese shakuhachi music, and Stem’s interest in improvisation. His music has been performed live around the globe in places such as New York City, Boston, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Miami, England, the Netherlands, and Romania and can be heard on albums by critically acclaimed groups such as counter)induction, Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and the Cadillac Moon Ensemble. His commissions include music for recognized artists such as saxophonist Johan van der Linden and flutist Lindsey Goodman.
Groups such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and many others have performed/broadcasted his orchestral works in venues such as Minnesota’s Orchestra Hall, The Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage, WUOL 90.5FM’s Brave New World, and WCVE 88.9FM’s Whitlow Concert Series with Bobbie Barajas. More recently, his affinity for the history and towns of the United States led to a larger orchestral project called America By: A Symphonic Tour. A consortium of American orchestras have commissioned works from Stem during the tour, with each piece representing the unique attributes and history of the residing orchestra’s hometown. The first group of the project, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, commissioned a piece, “Bainbridge,” which premiered on February 22, 2014. More recent and upcoming performances include the premiere of Kentucky By with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and a commission by the University of Portland Orchestra for the 2016-17 season.
Stem has also made the promotion of today’s art music an important part of his career. In 2005, he founded New Dynamic Records, with a mission of discovering and recording works by living composers. By 2016, the label had released music by 60 living composers worldwide, including 42 world premiere recordings. It was featured in publications such as Time Out New York, Fanfare Magazine, and notable online magazines such as I Care if You Listen, Sequenza 21, and Music and Vision (UK). One of its albums (Breath Beneath by PRISM Quartet) made the “Top 10 CDs of 2010” list by Richard Scheinin of Inside Bay Area, and another (Journey by Cory Barnfield) made the 2011 “Recommended Recordings” list of the Saxophone Journal.(www.erichstem.net)
Daniel Gilliam is a composer of art songs, choral, orchestra, and chamber music. Current commissions include a song cycle for soprano and wind ensemble commissioned by the University of Minnesota. He served as composer-in-residence of Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, Kentucky, from 2008-2010, and has been a composer fellow at The Seasons Music Festival (2010 & 2011). He has been commissioned and performed by Center City Opera Theater, Arsenal Trio, The Phoenix Concerts, Seasons Music Festival, Louisville Youth Choir, Turin Philharmonic Orchestra and Central Presbyterian Church (Louisville). In addition to being a composer, Gilliam is the Program Director of WUOL, and co-founder of hear+now with Rachel Grimes and Jane Halliday. (www.danielgilliam.com)