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Craig HultgrenFor several decades, cellist Craig Hultgren has been a fixture on the scenes for new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. In recent years, he has performed solo concerts and chamber music in Rome, Boston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Denver, Memphis and San Antonio. 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. A cellist in the Alabama Symphony, he also plays in Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. He teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College where he directs the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham. Hultgren is a CAMA artist (Collaborating Artists Manifesting Adventure) with the St. Louis New Music Circle and will be presenting programs there for three seasons.

John McMurteryJohn McMurtery enjoys a varied career as an orchestral flutist, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Prior to his appointment as principal flutist of the Peoria Symphony, he was section flutist of the New York City Opera and principal flutist 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 Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and at the OK Mozart festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 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.” He has appeared as guest artist at flute festivals in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee. As chamber musician, McMurtery performs with 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. Dr. McMurtery is professor of flute at Western Illinois University and member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet. 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.(

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.

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. (

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. (

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.

Mark VolkerNamed 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 all over the world, and he has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, SCI, and ERMmedia. You can hear his music the recently released Centaur Records CD, Elemental Forces, as well as on volume 3 of ERMmedia’s Masterworks of the New Era series. Mark's acclaimed ballet based on The Diary of Anne Frank is currently being performed by members of the Nashville Ballet in schools around Middle Tennessee as well as other venues. Mark is also an active guitarist, specializing in the performance of new music for classical and electric guitar in chamber settings. He has premiered numerous chamber and solo works and performs regularly with the Luna Nova Ensemble. A native of Buffalo, NY, Mark holds degrees from the Ithaca College School of Music (BM), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), and the University of Chicago (PhD). Prior to his appointment at Belmont, Mark taught for several years at Colgate University in upstate New York.He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Alyssa and two children, Molly and Jacob. Find more at (

Perry MearsPianist Perry Mears is currently a doctoral student at the University of Memphis, where he studies with Victor Asuncion.  Previously on faculty at Lee University, Mr. Mears is also member of the musical staff of the Schumann Liederfest in Zwickau, Germany.  He has accompanied singers in master classes with renowned artists such as Steven Blier, Jennifer Larmore, Renate Faltin and Thomas Hampson.  As an opera coach, his credits include Carmen, My Fair Lady, Susannah and the workshop premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Newport Rivals.  He is frequently seen in recital with Mezzo-Soprano Loralee Songer and Tenor Ron Brendel.  Mr. Mears completed his M.M. in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Rita Sloan.  He also received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lee University. Mr. Mears is also an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School where he was part of the prestigious Collaborative Artist Program. 

Maeve BrophyPianist Maeve Brophy grew up in Bartlett, TN.  She gave her first solo recital at age 9 and made her orchestral debut at 15.  She has given solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances in various cities including New York, Seattle, Aspen, and Fort Worth, as well as Wells, England, the Amalfi coast, Italy, and Kiev, Ukraine.  She holds a Master of Music from Texas Christian University and also attended Manhattan School of Music, University of Alabama at Birmingham, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Massage Institute of Memphis.  From 2008-2011 she worked as a freelance accompanist in Memphis while pursuing a second career as a massage therapist.  She currently is an accompanist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  She also plays piano in the Establishment Jazz Band and enjoys writing and composing.

Jonathan KirksceyCellist Griffin Browne is active as an orchestral musician, private teacher, and free-lance musician. He is currently a section member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Principal cellist of the Jackson Symphony. Dr. Browne has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in the mid-south area including Jackson Symphony, Starkville Symphony, and the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra. With Leonardo Altino, David Bjella, and Grace Bahng as his primary instructors, he received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in cello performance from the University of Memphis, and has a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University. Dr. Browne recently completed an edition of M. H. Graul’s  Cello Concerto, an unpublished work he found in the Sing-Akademie Archive, and he enjoys playing music of many different genres — from classical to pop and jazz. Dr. Browne currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two children. (

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-baritone, has recently returned to his hometown of Memphis, TN, and is excited to contribute to the vitality of the artistic community where he began. Mr. Murray has spent the last ten years establishing himself as a respected opera and oratorio singer in the San Francisco Bay Area, lauded for his rich timbre and dramatic acumen. He received his Masters Degree in 2005 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was awarded a Post-Graduate Fellowship in 2006. He has performed many main stage roles with companies such as Opera San Jose, West Edge Opera (Berkeley Opera), Livermore Valley Opera, and Opera Bangkok. Mr. Murray has appeared as bass soloist with 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. Mr. Murray served on the faculty of CSU Fresno and at Santa Clara University.

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 Ensemble ( which has performed in colleges, museums, and other venues across the country. Currently, she is the executive and artistic director of the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival ( held annually in Memphis, TN. (

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