New York City-based American composer Stephanie Ann Boyd (b. 1990) endeavors to write music that brings whimsical worlds to life, that is meaningful to audience and performer alike, and that refreshes and strengthens the creative spirit. Her violin sonata Amerigo has been performed in nearly all 50 states as part of the innovative 50 State Sonata Project, and her melodic music has been praised as “arrestingly poetic” (BMOP) and “wide ranging, imaginative” (Portland Press Herald).
Stephanie’s 2016/2017 season included the premieres of the cello concerto Tekton, the bassoon concerto Rituum, commissions by New York City’s Moirae Ensemble, members of the Reno Philharmonic, Mars Hill University’s Alan Theisen, Beijing’s Sun He, Kingma System flutist Rachel Hacker, and a co-commission involving violinists from 35 countries. Boyd is a critic for American Record Guide and I Care If You Listen, and
is the 2017-2019 Composer in Residence for the Eureka Ensemble in Boston.
A two-time winner of the Chicago College of Performing Arts Vector Project, her orchestral music has been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Eureka Ensemble, the JVL Festival Orchestra in Ontario, the Cremona Academy Festival Orchestra in Italy, the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy-winning Pioneer Symphony Orchestra in Ann Arbor, and the New England Conservatory Orchestra in Boston. Stephanie’s music has been played on Hawaii Public Radio, New York City’s 89.9 WKCR, Chicago’s 98.7 WFMT, and WRBC The Blaze Radio. Her string orchestra works are published by TRN Music and Femoire. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago and the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Boyd is a frequent lecturer at universities and high schools, often speaking on the subjects of creativity, entrepreneurship, and how to create a career after music school. An advocate of the innate creativity in young people, she has brought composition programs to schools and music festivals in three countries. She maintains a studio of international composition students, with studio recitals being held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City. When not composing, Ms. Boyd secretly enjoys screaming trumpet music, openly enjoys John William Waterhouse paintings, and will never pass up an iced coffee. Boyd resides in Manhattan.
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Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Miho Hazama developed her signature jazz chamber orchestra “m_unit” and expertly showcased the abilities of guest artists such as Joshua Redman and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. As the 2015 recipient of the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize, Miho has worked alongside Vince Mendoza, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Metropole Orkest, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more.
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Anna Webber is a Brooklyn-based flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. With her Simple Trio, featuring drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Matt Mitchell, she has released two critically acclaimed albums on Skirl Records: Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014). Webber’s other projects include her septet Percussive Mechanics, Jagged Spheres with Devin Gray and Elias Stemeseder, and The Hero of Warchester with Nathaniel Morgan and Liz Kosack. She has performed and/or recorded with bands led by Dan Weiss, Jen Shyu, Matt Mitchell, Ohad Talmor, John Hollenbeck, Ches Smith, Hank Roberts, Harris Eisenstadt, Adam Hopkins, and Erik Hove. In 2015 she was the recipient of a grant from the Shifting Foundation, and 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop. Webber is originally from British Columbia.
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