2016 Biographies — New Music

Katie Cox

Katie Cox

Flute

Originally from Fairbanks flutist Katie Cox resides in Brooklyn, NY. An active contemporary chamber musician in NYC, Katie has worked with leading contemporary ensembles Transit, Concert Black, Contemporaneous, Ensemble Signal, members of eighth blackbird, and 2015 Latin Grammy nominee Mariachi For de Toloacha. A member of Hotel Elefant. Katie also is Executive Director of Wild Shore New Music in Homer and Program Associate for Exploring the Metropolis in NYC.Katie has performed at NYC’s tops venues Roulette Theater, Hearst Plaza for Lincoln Center Out of Doors (2014), Carnegie Hall for the Weill Music Institute (2013), (le) poisson rouge, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and Brookfeild Place for the Bang on a Can Marathon (2014). Major composers she has worked with include 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams, 2015 Guggenheim Fellow Richard Carrick, Conrad Winslow, Jamie Stewart of the band Xiu Xiu, Anna Clyne, and Mary Kouyoumdjian. Katie received her Bachelors of Music degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Masters of Music Degree at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long beach. Primary teachers include John Barcellona, Deborah Harris, and Dorli McWayne.


Stephen Lias

Stephen Lias

Composition

Adventurer-Composer Stephen Lias has been Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain, Denali, Glacier, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks. His compositions have been performed throughout the world including premieres of “Mount Rainier Search and Rescue” in Taiwan, “Kings Canyon” in Australia, and “Gates of the Arctic” by the Boulder Philharmonic in Colorado. “The Timberline Sonata” was featured in the Fall 2011 issue of National Parks Magazine and his upcoming CD includes new pieces about Yosemite, Mesa Verde, and Denali National Parks. Also active as a writer and photographer, he is the creator of FSAF’s “Composing in the Wilderness” class, and his passion for the outdoors, along with his engaging teaching style, makes him an ideal facilitator for this unusual field seminar.


Kate Sheeran

Kate Sheeran

horn

Kate Sheeran, horn, has performed new and adventurous music with with the Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Signal, Alarm Will Sound, TILT Brass, Red Light New Music, the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, Ensemble LPR, Trinity Wall Street's NOVUS NY, and more. She can be heard on a wide range of recordings for the Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, Western Vinyl, New Amsterdam, XL, and Warp labels, and for commercial television and film. Equally motivated about performing and helping to shape music education in the 21st Century, Kate is currently the Provost and Dean at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Previously, she was on the horn faculty of Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, and Dickinson College, and was Assistant Dean at the Mannes School of Music, where she directed all pre-college and continuing education, and developed a minor in Post-Genre Music. Kate has served on the Board of Trustees of Kinhaven Music School, and is currently on the Board of Directors of Alarm Will Sound. Originally from Vermont, with roots in Brooklyn, and currently residing in California, she holds degrees from Eastman and Yale, where she was lucky to meet a lot of lifelong friends and collaborators.


Andie Springer

Andie Springer

Violin; New Music Coordinator

Andie Springer is primarily a violinist specializing in new and experimental music. As a soloist and through her ensembles Redshift, TRANSIT, and Hotel Elefant, Andie has commissioned and premiered numerous works by young and established composers alike. The 2015-16 season will see the release of an audio-visual album of commissioned pieces for solo violin and electronics, and an album of music for violin and steel-string resonator guitar with duo partner James Moore. Andie has also been active in the theater through her work with New York City Players and Object Collection, whose pieces resulted in performances on mandolin, accordion, electric bass, percussion and voice. A native of Alaska herself, Andie is a cofounder of Wild Shore New Music- a presenting organization dedicated to bringing adventurous new chamber music to the communities in and around Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Andie earned her BFA at Carnegie Mellon University with Professor Andres Cardenes, and her MFA at New York University with Professor Arturo Delmoni. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Strings Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs, the Orchestra for a New Century and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys teaching and is currently on the faculty the Larchmont Music Academy.


Owen Weaver

Owen Weaver

Percussion

Through a combination of original music, improvisation and collaboration with leading composers of his generation, percussionist Owen Weaver's "intensely focused" (Gramophone) performances combine the forces of rhythm, noise, beauty and stasis while seeking the musical potential in everyday life. He uses recycled objects, homemade instruments and electronic sounds to construct a kaleidoscopic sound world ranging from the visceral to the sublime, clangorous to hypnotic.
Owen has been featured in the NYC-based Wordless Music Series, MATA Interval Series, Fast Forward Austin, two Nonclassical Records SXSW official showcases and National Public Radio's All Songs Considered. A diverse collaborator, he has performed in Europe, South America and throughout the U.S. with Mantra Percussion, Glenn Branca Ensemble, NEWSPEAK, Concert Black and others including performances with Conspirare: A Company of Voices for a PBS television special and Grammy-nominated album. A passionate educator, Owen is a teaching artist for both the West Side YMCA and the 92nd Street YMCA, and has taught at Yale, Cornell, CalArts, Texas Lutheran University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Hartt School and Rikers Island Correctional Facility.


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