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John McMurtery John McMurtery is section flutist of the New York City Opera, principal flutist of the Peoria Symphony, and professor of flute at Western Illinois University. He has performed as guest principal flutist with the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has held principal flute positions with the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Dicapo Opera, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. During the 2011-12 season he served as acting piccoloist with the Oregon Symphony. McMurtery has performed regularly with the New Jersey Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and with the Amici NY orchestra at the OK Mozart festival in Bartlesville, OK. As soloist, McMurtery has appeared with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in Japan, the Artemis Chamber Ensemble, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Of his debut performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Carceri d’Invenzione IIb at the 2005 Lincoln Center Festival, The New York Times wrote: “…a tour de force for flute bristling with invention was played brilliantly by John McMurtery…[exploring] the extreme high and low registers of the instrument, zapping back and forth at hyperspeed.” As chamber musician, McMurtery performs with The Camerata Woodwind Quintet, UpTown Flutes and Luna Nova. He recorded for the NAXOS label with the West Side Chamber Orchestra as soloist on John Rutter’s Suite Antique, as well as chamber music on a CD featuring works by Sean Hickey. Previous teaching appointments include The University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Westminster Conservatory Young Artist Program, and Drew University Summer Music. He taught at the Lucy Moses School in New York City, and is a past president of the New York Flute Club. McMurtery earned his DMA from The Juilliard School, MM from Rutgers University, and BM from Central Washington University. (www.johnmcmurtery.com)

Gregory MaytanGregory Maytan has performed extensively in Europe and the US, playing about 50 recitals a year. Recent engagements include multiple performances of the Paganini, Sibelius, Bruch and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos with orchestras in Nevada, Indiana, Michgan, South Dakota and Sweden. He has also performed as a soloist in the Paganini and Tchaikovsky concertos in tours throughout China, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. He has also recently been invited to perform as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he has participated in the prestigious chamber music festival ‘Musikveckan’ in Junsele, Sweden. He has participated in the International Chamber Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, where he was a featured prize winner and has placed and been awarded significant cash awards in the Swedish Royal Academy’s competition for post-graduate violinists during the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. He earned his doctorate in violin performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, where he studied with the renowned violinists Miriam Fried and Paul Biss. Currently he is on the faculty at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.Maytan was recently accepted as a Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate. (www.gregorymaytan.com)

Robert PattersonRobert G. Patterson holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Pennsylvania. His mentors include George Crumb, John Baur, and Don Freund. His compositions have been performed from South Africa to Norway and Spain to Seattle. Among the awards he has received are the 2004 National Symphony Orchestra Residency Commission, 1999 University of Michigan Bands Commission and the 1994 International Composition Prize from the City of Tarragona in Spain. In addition to his musical activities, Patterson helps develop PC-based hotel software for Hilton Hotels, and his interest in computers has led him to become an expert in musical engraving using a computer. He has played the in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1994. He has performed in new music festivals with Luna Nova since its beginning in 2002. (www.robertgpatterson.com)

Craig Hultgren

For several decades, cellist Craig Hultgren has been a fixture on the scenes for new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Recently leaving Birmingham after more than 30 years as a member of the Alabama Symphony, he now resides outside of Decorah, Iowa as the farmer-cellist. The New York Classical Review commented that he, "…played with impressive poise and sensitivity…" for Dorothy Hindman's recent chamber music retrospective at Carnegie Hall. At this point, more than 200 works have been created for him. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. He taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College where he directed the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and was on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham and their Scrollworks program. Currently, he is Vice President of the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra Board of Directors in Decorah. Last fall, he was the featured performer for the La Crosse New Music Festival in Wisconsin.

Nobuko IgarashiNobuko Igarashi, a native of Memphis, is the Bass Clarinetist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She received the BM and MM degrees in clarinet performance from Indiana University at Bloomington. Her principal teachers at Indiana University were Eli Eban and James Campbell. Ms. Igarashi has also studied with Howard Klug, Alfred Prinz, Hakan Rosengren and Dennis Smylie. She first joined Luna Nova as guest clarinetist at the 2007 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival and has been a very active member of the ensemble playing in numerous concerts in Memphis as well as at colleges around the country.

Daniel GilbertDaniel Gilbert is a professional violinist in the Memphis area. He plays regularly with Prizm Ensemble, Luna Nova, at the Orpheum Theater, and teaches at Bellevue School of the Performing Arts. He has appeared as concertmaster of the University of Memphis Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Corinth (MS) Orchestra and as both concert master and soloist with the Bellevue Baptist Church Orchestra, the Delta Symphony Orchestra in Jonesboro, and the Eroica Ensemble. Daniel is married to Lori, also a violinist, and they have two sons, Isai and Calum.

Tom RobakPolish-American artist Tomasz Robak is a concert pianist, chamber musician, organist, and educator. Through his versatile skills in multiple areas, he continues the age-old European tradition of the "complete musician". His achievements as a pianist include concerto appearances with the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard in solo recitals across the United States, in Baltimore, Austin, Chicago, and Memphis, as well as on radio at WFMT-Chicago and WKNO-Memphis. Mr. Robak has received scholarships from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish American Arts Association of Washington, DC. In 2013, he took Second Prize at the International Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis.. Mr. Robak completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, graduating magna cum laude with degrees in both piano and philosophy, and a Distinction in Creative Works and Research. He completed a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Peabody Institute, where he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His principal teachers have been Dr. Robert Roux, Benjamin Pasternack, Alexander Shtarkman (piano) and Donald Sutherland (organ).

Mark VolkerRecently named 2011 Composer of the Year by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association (as well as the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association), Mark Volker is the Coordinator of Composition and Assistant Professor of Music at the Belmont University School of Music, where he teaches applied composition and music theory. Known for his colorful harmonic language and orchestration, as well as his facility with both electronic and traditional instrumentations, Mark’s music has been performed and recorded by numerous performers around the world, including the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, eighth blackbird, the Pacifica String Quartet, Musica moderna Poland, the Pinotage ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Gryphon Trio, the Kiev Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, So Percussion, Luna Nova, the Orquesta de Baja California, the Boston Brass, the Society for New Music, the Cold Fusion Ensemble, the Young Opera Company of New England, and the Nashville Ballet. (www.markvolker.com).

Perry MearsPianist Perry Mears performs regularly throughout the Midsouth and across the country. Recent performances include recitals at the University of Alabama with mezzo soprano Loralee Songer and at Coe College with the Poplar Wind Trio, along with numerous concerts in Memphis with the Luna Nova ensemble. Previously on the faculty at Lee University, he has also been on the musical staff of the Schumann Liederfest in Zwickau, Germany and Ash Lawn Festival Opera. His numerous vocal coaching credits include Carmen, Werther, Susannah, My Fair Lady, and the workshop premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Newport Rivals with the Maryland Opera Studio. Known for his commitment to new music, Dr. Mears has premiered many works by a host of exciting composers. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Memphis and the University of Maryland, where his teachers have included Rita Sloan and Cathal Breslin. He is also an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School where he was part of the prestigious Collaborative Artist Program.

Adam BowlesPianist Adam Bowles holds degrees from Eastman School of Music (BM) and New England Conservatory (MM), and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Teachers have included Milton Stern, Barry Snyder, Jacob Maxin, and Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. Dr. Bowles is currently on the faculties of the Birmingham-Southern College and Conservatory, where he has taught piano, keyboard harmony, theory, and accompanying. Students of Dr. Bowles have won prizes at competitions hosted by such organizations as the Alabama Music Teachers Association, the NFMC, and others. Since the fall of 2010, Dr. Bowles has accompanied vocal and instrumental students for lessons and recitals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is recorded on the Living Artists label and was recently featured on a CD of music by Argentinian composer Valdo Sciammerella entitled “Rosas de Pulpa Rosas de Cal.” His playing can also be heard on Belmont University composer Mark Volker’s CD entitled Elemental Forces, which is recorded on the Centaur label.

Sabrina WarrenA 2013 District Winner and Eastern Region Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York, Sabrina Laney Warren has been praised as a “powerful and finely nuanced soprano” (Rhein-Neckar Zeitung). Upcoming engagements include Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Bryan Symphony. Miss Warren will be returning to Europe on tour with the Blue Lake International Symphony in 2014 as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Mozart's Coronation Mass.  2013 engagements include, the world premiere of Spoon River based on the Edgar Lee Master's classic and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, under the baton of Maestro Dan Allcott with the Oak Ridge Symphony. Miss Warren was the winner of the Grace Moore vocal competition and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony competition. She received the Professional Development Grant from the TN Arts Commission for 2010-2011. She has also won the Beethoven Club Young Artist competition, the Jackson Symphony Vocal Competition, and the Belmont Concerto and Aria competition.

Paul Murray, bass, is a native of Memphis, TN. He spent ten years in the Bay Area, receiving his MM in 2005 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and performing many main­stage roles with various companies, including Opera San Jose, West Edge Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Opera Bangkok, the Silicon Valley Symphony, the San Francisco Bach Choir, the San Jose Symphonic Choir, the Sonoma County Bach Choir, Chora Nova, the Mendocino Music Festival, and the Santa Rosa Symphony.He has served on the faculty of CSU Fresno and Santa Clara University. Now back in Memphis,while pursuing a doctorate at the University of Memphis, he is adjunct faculty at Rhodes College, and is a member of the Rhodes Mastersingers and Beale Canto.

Patricia GrayPatricia Gray, executive director of Luna Nova Music, holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University and was a member of the music faculty at Rhodes College from 1976-2001. While there she became active in the creation of online resources for use in music history and music theory classrooms. She has presented her work at national technology conferences such as SyllabusWeb, Ed-Media, Educause, Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. From 2001-2005 she led the Orpheus Alliance, music division of the Association Colleges of the South consortium. In this position she created the annual ACS New Music Festival and Technology Workshop which was held for five years. She has created a large body of online teaching materials available on the her website. In 2002 she founded the Luna Nova New Music (www.lunanova.org) which has performed in colleges, museums, and other venues across the country. Currently, she is president of the Beethoven Club of Memhis and the executive and artistic director of the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival (www.belvederefestival.org) held annually in Memphis, TN. (www.patriciagray.net)

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