Arda Cabaoğlu, D.M.A., is an artist, scholar, performer, educator of music, resides in New York City and Istanbul, completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music, previously studied music at Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden, and İstanbul Technical University (MİAM) in Istanbul.
Melody Chua is a pioneering force of her generation in the development of interdisciplinary performances with new technologies. Her portfolio includes works with 360° touchscreens, 360° videos, Ambisonics, motion capture systems, live-coding, pressure-sensitive shoes, real-time projection visuals, microcontrollers, and sensor-augmented instruments, while at the same time reflecting critically on the multifaceted issues surrounding human-machine interactions.
Zachary Hale is a percussionist, composer, and software developer who bridges the gaps between music technology and music performance. After having played and recorded with the McCormick Percussion Group as well as in Broadway theatre productions such as Legally Blonde and South Pacific, he moved to Montréal, Quebec to study with Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. While in Montréal he performed with Ensemble Paramirabo, Ciao Rhino, Sixtrum, Architek Percussion, and the McGill Percussion Ensemble.
Praised for her “alluring clarity” by the New York Times, Jamie Jordan sings modern and contemporary classical music, and has premiered several dozen works. She has performed at the Brooklyn Museum for the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Music Series; Carnegie Hall with Daniel Druckman, Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; and more.
Kevin van Kampen
Kevin von Kampen is a Tampa, Fl-based percussionist who is active in solo, concerto, chamber, and large ensemble works. He is currently the percussion instructor at the University of South Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, a Master of Music in percussion from the University of South Florida, and is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music.
Robert McCormick is currently a freelance musician and founder/director of the McCormick Percussion Group. He served as principal percussionist with the Florida Orchestra for 20 seasons and taught at the University of South Florida for 45 years. He is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble.
Saxophonist Doug O’Connor is passionate about sharing music that challenges audiences to explore, connect, and grow. His performances push the athletic limits of the saxophone and feature music from all eras and in many styles, including classical, contemporary, jazz, and electronic. He strives to champion new works, present adventurous and innovative chamber music, and perform with an improvisatory command of music from Bach to Coltrane.
Taiwanese-Canadian cellist Carol Tsai has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and collaborator in new works for audiences across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has performed in international festivals, including the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau Festival, Grafenegg Festival, Mozartfest Würzburg, Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, the Banff Centre, and the Orford Arts Centre.
Praised for her “expressive tone,” violinist Sini Virtanen concertizes through Asia, Europe, and the United States. A former member of WolfGang string quartet, she appeared in internationally renowned festivals, including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and Turku Music Festival. As a soloist, Virtanen appeared with the McCormick Percussion Group, Helsinki Strings, Jyväskylä Philharmonia, Kauniainen Philharmonia, and the Youth Orchestra of Rimski-Korsakov Academy in St. Petersburg.
Dr. Katherine Weintraub (a native of Sarasota, Florida) is a decorated performer and passionate educator. She has been praised by composer Libby Larson for her “technical brilliance” and her “uncanny ability to communicate the music directly to the heart of the listener”. Dr. Weintraub is currently a private studio instructor and freelance performer residing in Tampa, Florida. She also serves as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at The University of South Florida and Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.