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Andy Vores Chair
Andy Vores
was born Wales and raised in England. He studied composition at Lancaster University with Edward Cowie. From 1982 he worked in London as Lecturer and Composer-in-Residence at The City University and as a music copyist for Universal Edition, Schotts, Novellos, and Faber Music. In 1986 he was a Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood, studying with Oliver Knussen.

He moved to Boston in 1989 where he was offered one of five three-year funded residencies with the composers' collective NuClassix. From 1993 to 1994 he was Communications Director of the American Composers Forum in St. Paul from, returning to Boston to teach composition at the Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts.From 1999 to 2001 he was Composer-in-Residence to the BankBoston Celebrity Series, and from 2002 to 2005 Composer-in-Residence to the New England Philharmonic. In 2001 he was appointed as Chair of Composition, Theory, and Music History at The Boston Conservatory.His music has been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Boston Modern Orchestral Project, the New England Philharmonic, The Cantata Singers, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish National Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, the Borromeo String Quartet, Triple Helix, The Boston Trio, The Nash Ensemble, the BBC Singers, Irvine Arditti, Sarah Walker, Lynn Torgove, Dominique Labelle, Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, Sanford Sylvan, Kendra Colton, Kathleen Supové, David Kravitz, Karol Bennett, and many others.Commissions include Freshwater (The Boston University Opera Institute), Bulldancer (Boston Ballet), Head Down Legs Up (Welsh Arts Council), World Wheel (The Cantata Singers), Bubble (US Mexico Fund for Culture), String Quartet No.3 (Chamber Music America), The Bridge (the City of Boston for the opening of the Leonard P. Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge),Wetherby Nocturne (Barlow Endowment for Music), Uncertainty is Beautiful (BMOP), Goback Goback and Weegee (Collage New Music), and ForgotOften, Vanishing Cream, and Umberhulk (Boston Musica Viva).

Awards and prizes include a Koussevitsky Fellowship, the Alea III International Composition Competition, the Ian Whyte Award, the Tanglewood Prize for Composition, the Omaha Symphony Guild New Music Festival, the Richmond International Festival, The National Orchestral Association, and the Huddersfield Festival. His music has been broadcast by in Europe and the US including Urban Affair, a CD of his chamber music.

Besides concert works, he collaborates with artists working in different disciplines including electronic scores for three video installations with Jessie Shefrin, seen at galleries in Beijing and Buffalo. Recent performances include Umberhulk at Summergarden MoMA (New Juilliard Ensemble), What I Can't Kick at the Bar Harbor Festival (New Piano Quartet), No Exit (Guerilla Opera) Two Fabrications at the Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music (BMOP), Leif (Boston Musica Viva) Objects and Intervals (Brave New Works), Natural Selection (The Cantata Singers), and Fabrication 17: Stunt (The Zodiac Trio).  

Marti Epstein
Marti Epstein
(b. November 25, 1959) started studying composition in 1977 with Professor Robert Beadell at the University of Nebraska. She earned degrees from the University of Colorado and Boston University, and her principle teachers were Cecil Effinger, Charles Eakin, Joyce Mekeel, Bunita Marcus and Bernard Rands.

Epstein was a fellow in composition at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1986 and 1988 and worked with Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze. As a result of her association with Henze, she was invited by the City of Munich to compose her puppet opera, Hero und Leander, for the 1992 Munich Biennale for New Music Theater. She was on the jury for the 1994 Biennale.

Epstein has received commissions from the CORE Ensemble, ALEA III, Sequitur New Music Ensemble, the Fromm Foundation, guitarist David Tanenbaum, the American Dance Festival, the A*DEvant-garde Festival of Munich, tubist Samuel Pilafian, flutist Marianne Gedigian, the New England Brass Quintet, the Iowa Brass Quintet, The Boston Conservatory, Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir, pianist Kathleen Supové, the CrossSound New Music Festival of Juneau Alaska, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Radius Ensemble, the Ludovico Ensemble (Boston Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence) and the Callithumpian consort. The Longy School of Music commissioned her to compose Quartet for Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) English horn soloist Robert Sheena to be played at the Inauguration of Karen Zorn, their new president. Epstein’s music has been performed all over the world by ensembles, which include the San Francisco Symphony, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Atlantic Brass Quintet and Ensemble Modern.

Epstein's music has been recorded by the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Sequitur New Music, The Seattle Trumpet Consort, pianist Kathleen Supové, guitarist Ulf Golnast, Robert Sheena with the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble and the University of Iowa Brass Quintet. She was a resident at the MacDowell Colony in 1998 and in 1999. Epstein was a recipient of a 1998 Fromm Foundation Commission, and she won the 1998 Lee Ettleson Composition Prize. She is also a recipient of a 2005 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).

Epstein is an active pianist and plays prepared piano with guitarist David Tronzo in the Epstein/Tronzo Duo.

Curtis K. Hughes
The music of Curtis K. Hughes (b. 1974) has been described as "fiery" by The New York Times, "well crafted" by The Boston Phoenix and "colorfully scored" by The Boston Globe. Most recently, his 2006 composition, danger garden, was described by David Cleary in New Music Connoiseur as "energetic, compelling stuff" handled with "seasoned sureness," and by critic Richard Dyer as a "little winner." Works of his have been commissioned and championed by numerous chamber groups, including the Callithumpian Consort, Collage New Music, the Yesaroun' Duo, the Firebird Ensemble, the Saxophone Quartet of the U.S. Marine Band and many others. His orchestral and large ensemble music has been performed in recent years by The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and by theBoston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) as the winner of the organization's 4th annual composition competition.

Currently residing in Boston, Hughes holds the position of 2007–2008 composer-in-residence with the Radius Ensemble and is an instructor in music theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 2005–2007, he was the composer-in-residence with Collage New Music and he has also taught composition and theory at Brandeis University and the New England Conservatory (NEC), where he received a Ph.D. in 2005 and a M.M. in 2000, studying primarily with composer Lee Hyla and also with Michael Gandolfi. He has also studied independently with composer Evan Ziporyn, has collaborated with composer/improviser Joseph Maneri and is a graduate of Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with composers Param Vir and Pieter Snapper. At NEC, he was the winner of composition competitions for the Honors String Quartet and the Contemporary Ensemble, as well as the recipient of NEC's Tourjée Alumni Award and, in 2000, he received the Japan Society of Boston's Toru Takemitsu Prize for Composition, awarded annually to one of the "most promising" young composers in the Boston area.

In recent years, Hughes's music has been performed in such diverse venues as the Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Bulgaria, the Library of Congress in Washington, Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood Music Center, Elebash Hall at CUNY in New York City, the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Rotterdam, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance (SICPP), NEC's Jordan Hall, the New Gallery Concert Seriesin Boston's south end, and many others. He has also collaborated repeatedly with some of the most remarkable musicians of his generation, including pianist Sarah Bob, percussionist Aaron Trant, violinist Biliana Voutchkova, saxophonist/conductor Eric Hewitt and clarinetis Michael Norsworthy.

His debut CD, Avoidance Tactics, released in late 2003 from Cauchemar Records, was praised by The Wire as "spiky" and "absorbing," and by New Music Box as "an emblem to pulling together the wherewithal to do something audacious," and a live version of the title track from the CD was broadcast internationally on WGBH's Art of the States. Curtis is also a co-founder, with composer David T. Little, of National Insecurity, an annual program of all-American political music. In 2005, he was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship at theTanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and a St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant-in-Aid Award for a new work for the Firebird ensemble which was premiered in 2006.

An active member of greater Boston's new music community, Hughes routinely organizes and produces concerts around the greater Boston area at venues such as MIT's Killian Hall, and for two years he was the director of NEC's new music concert series, Tuesday Night New Music. He has also performed and recorded for New World Records with Gamelan Galak Tika, a Balinese/Western ensemble founded by Evan Ziporyn, and he has participated in numerous music festivals, including the June in Buffalo conference, Aspen and the Composers Conference in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Mike Frengel

Mike Frengel earned a B.A. in electroacoustic music from San Jose State Univeristy, where he studied electronic music and composition with Allen Strange. He completed M.A. studies in electroacoustic music composition at the Bregman Studios at Dartmouth College, where he studied with Jon Appleton, Charles Dodge, Larry Polansky and Christian Wolff, and Ph.D. studies at City University in London, where he studied composition with Denis Smalley and Simon Emmerson.

Frengel was a prize winner in the 2000 Luigi Russolo Composition Competition. His works have been included on the Sonic Circuits VII, ICMC'95, CDCM Vol.26 and 2000 Luigi Russolo compact discs. His music has also been performed at various music events around the world, in addition to being broadcast over American, Canadian, French and Slovak radio station and the internet. Frengel is a founding member of the Electronic Arts Focus in London.

Pierre Hurel

Born in Paris, pianist and composer Pierre Hurel was first discovered by Paris Jazz Conservatory's founder and director Charles Henry. At age 20, as he was about to reluctantly start a career in business, Hurel decided to change course and enrolled at the School of Modern Music in Paris. Six months later, he came to Boston for a summer session at the Berklee College of Music and has remained here ever since. 

Jazz journalist Virginia Schaefer wrote in ”Hurel's compositions and playing show the influence of European classical music, particularly of the romantic and impressionistic eras. When in an interview last year I asked him about the composers who inspired his work, he cited Shostakovich, Poulenc, and Ravel. In his playing, Hurel projects a natural grace, easygoing on the surface but precise and focused at the core.” A few years ago, Hurel was described by The Boston Globe's David Wildman as "The extraordinary-local-but- Paris-born pianist." Over the last few years, Pierre Hurel's reputation has continued to grow and his trio made the Boston Globe's short list of the 10 Best Shows of 2003 along side Norah Jones and Dave Brubeck, among others. Reviewing one of his most recent performances, Steve Greenlee wrote in The Boston Globe "Hurel is one of Boston's real gems. His style is impressionistic and adventurous, coming off somewhere between Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett ... The Pierre Hurel Trio is Boston's most sensitive working group." 

Hurel has been featured numerous times on New England Cable News and his music has been played on WGBH, WERS, WBUR, WMBR, Paris Jazz, Europe 1 and France inter, among others. He has recorded five albums, most of which are available online at Hurel is a regular at the famous Cambridge Regattabar, has appeared at numerous Jazz festivals and Jazz clubs including the Duc des Lombards in Paris, the Knickerbocker in New York and locally at Sculler’s and Ryles Jazz clubs, among others. He is also a faculty member at Emerson College and at the Boston Conservatory, where he teaches improvisation using his own approach and techniques. 


Marc McAneny

Composition Faculty

Marc McAneny brings eighteen years of teaching and professional experience to working with aspiring musicians. He has taught at Northwestern and Brandeis universities, as well as Buffalo State, Canisius, and Daemen colleges. His composition, Summation, won the Northwestern University Philharmonia Orchestral competition in 1996, and he was awarded a Theodore Presser Scholarship as an undergraduate in 1994. From 1997-99, Marc was the producer, music director, and DJ for "The Contemporary Classical Show" on WNUR radio in Evanston, IL.

Jonathan Bailey Holland

Composition Faculty

Jonathan Bailey Holland’s music has been commissioned and performed by the Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia, San Antonio, St. Louis, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras; Auros Group for New Music; Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia; Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra; Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; Orchestra 2001; and Triple Helix; as well as soloists Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Demarre McGill and many others others.

Mischa Salkind-Pearl

Composition Faculty

Mischa Salkind-Pearl is a Boston based composer of instrumental and vocal music. His music is informed by a passion for questions of humans' relationships to nature, stemming from lifelong vegetarianism and a period of activism in animal rights. Through the musical qualities which he feels grow creatively from this relationship, feelings of mystery, anticipation, and the unexpected are common threads in Mischa's music.

Eun Young Lee

Composition Faculty

Eun Young Lee has worked with the New York New Music Ensemble, Pacifica Quartet, eighth blackbird, ALEA III, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Black House Collective and dissonArt ensemble among other ensembles.

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