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Ghostly Gathering III

Monday, October 28, 2019

Argos Warehouse (416 E State St, Ithaca)

Doors at 7pm
Music at 7:30pm

Come experience Ithaca's only musical haunted warehouse featuring the community's best composers and instrumentalists...if you dare...

Suggested Donation: $10 students | $20 general public
All proceeds go to fair wages for the musicians of the Ithaca New Music Collective

Aaron Burgess...conductor
Caitlin Mathes...mezzo-soprano
Avner Finberg...violin
Elizabeth Shuhan...flute
Emily DiAngelo...oboe
Piyawat Louilarpprasert...trombone
Desmond Bratton...bass
Simon Bjarning...percussion

2019 Ghostly Gathering Composition Competition Finalists

Clifton Callender

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Clifton Callender is Professor of Composition at Florida State University, teaching composition, music theory, and music programming and computation. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Peabody Conservatory, and Tulane University. In Fall of 2018 he was in residence at the Copland House. His works, which often draw on mathematics, are recorded on the Capstone, New Ariel, and Navona labels. Recent commissions include Chain Reactions, for the 75th commemoration of Chicago Pile 1 (the first nuclear reactor), Canonic Offerings and Hungarian Jazz, for the Bridges Conference on the Arts and Mathematics, gegenschein, for Piotr Szewczyk’s Violin Futura project, and Reasons to Learne to Sing, for the 50th Anniversary of the College Music Society. His music has been recognized by and performed at the Spark Festival, the American Composers Orchestra, SEAMUS, Forecast Music, Composers Inc., Studio 300, the Florida Electracoustic Music Festival, the International Festival of Electroacoustic Music “Primavera en La Habana,” NACUSA Young Composers Competition, the Northern Arizona University Centennial Composition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences, the World Harp Congress in Copenhagen and the ppIANISSIMO festival in Bulgaria. He is currently working a setting of Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s poem for the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, Dear Matafele Peinam. Also active in music theory, Callender has published in Science, Perspectives of New Music, Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Online, and Intégral and serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives of New Music and the Journal of Mathematics and Music, for which he served as Co-Editor-in-Chief (2015 – 2017). 

Parker Callister

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Parker Callister creates music that draws influence from noise, rock, and free improvisation while still respecting the contemporary classical idiom in which his work exists. His music often has intense contrast in dynamics, explorations in extended techniques and very particular timbral combinations to create tense and sometimes unsettling sound-worlds. Parker has worked with ensembles and performers such as Erik Drescher, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Lori Freedman, the Mivos and ETHEL Quartets, the Ithaca New Music Ensemble as well as the Ithaca College Graduate Percussion Trio. He has received additional instruction in masterclasses and lessons from composers such as Chinary Ung, Georg Friedrich Haas, Augusta Read Thomas and Stefano Gervasoni. 

Aside from composing, Parker is also an accomplished instrumentalist on the electric guitar and bass and has recorded projects and toured around the eastern US. He also has performed and premiered compositions of his own as well as those of fellow colleagues on these instruments.

Current works in progress include a commission for soprano voice and piano from the University of Baltimore Integrated Studies program where he will set a student-written poem to music. Parker is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Composition from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University where he studies with Du Yun. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Ithaca College where he studied with Evis Sammoutis and Jorge Grossmann.

Robert Cohen

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Robert S. Cohen has written music for chorus, orchestra, chamber ensemble, dance and theatre and has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, an American Music Center Grant, a Meet the Composer Award, New York Composer’s Circle Award, the 2011 New England String Quartet International Composition Competition and several grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. His works have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, Symphony Space, Bargemusic & the Sofia Opera House. Alzheimer’s Stories for soloists, chorus and large ensemble with a libretto by 2012 Grammy winner Herschel Garfein was commissioned and premiered by the Susquehanna Chorale in 2009 and has been performed more than 30 times in major cities throughout the U.S. It received its European premiere in Vienna June 2014 and will be the featured work at the 2018 ACDA National Conference. Other works include Of Eternity Considered as a Closed System for soloists, chorus and orchestra was premiered at Carnegie Hall by the Pro Arte Chorale & Westfield Symphony, and the Bulgarian National Opera Orchestra and Chorus. His monodrama Edison Invents for baritone and orchestra with a libretto also by Herschel Garfein was commissioned and premiered by the Westfield Symphony in 2007. Other works include Calder’s Circus for woodwind quintet, String Quartet #2 (A Day in the Life), The Mysterious Transformation of Johann B., Five Nights in Sofia for violin & piano inspired by Bulgarian folk music, Dream Journal for brass quintet, Homeland Security Suite for percussion and a ballet, Tiktaalik and an extensive catalogue of choral works including: Genesis Part I: Creation for soloists, chorus, brass & percussion, Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep, Christmas Time, Before, The Road Back, The Beauty of Life, Three Spirituals, Night Cadence, Sprig of Lilac, Sing with Me for chorus & small ensemble, Peter Quince at the Clavier, Sonnet 128, Stay in Time, Lullaby, Evening Star, The Beauty of Life, Wind, The Road Back, Come and Follow Me and God’s Whisper. He is published by Edition Peters, Santa Barbara Music, Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Brass Online, Dramatic Publishing, HoneyRock Music and his own Leapfrog Productions. 

In addition, Bob co-authored the book and composed the score for the 2000 Richard Rodgers Award winning Off-Broadway musical Suburb. Bob received his A.B. in music from Brown University where he studied with Ron Nelson; his M.A. in Composition from Queens College; and served time in the doctoral program at Columbia University. He currently lives in Montclair, NJ. His website is 

Stephen Jackson

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The music of Boston-based composer and trumpet player, Stephen Ryan Jackson (b.1992) examines and recreates seemingly indescribable sensations. His music often draws inspiration from careful observation of everyday phenomena; stretching, distorting, and reexamining them in order to create works that avoid the concept of narrative and allow audience’s to reevaluate and find beauty in aspects of daily life that they might overlook. Jackson composes in a variety of mediums including works for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber, and vocal music, often interweaving electronic elements with acoustic instruments. Jackson works extensively as a collaborator, working closely with soloists and chamber ensembles in order to create dialogues between composer, performer, and audience. Among these collaborators are soprano Rose Hegele, flutist Jacob Wright and chamber ensembles Still Life Collective, Elevator Music, Trio Mirage, and Trio Minerva.  In addition to his composing endeavors, Jackson is an accomplished trumpet player specializing in new works for solo trumpet and chamber music. 

Jackson has received commissions from The Choral Project, Hardin-Simmons Concert Band, The Ball State Concert Band and the Texas New Music Ensemble, among others. His music has been featured at New Music on the Point, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, the University of Nebraska Lincoln Chamber Music Festival, the University Nebraska Kearney New Music Festival and has had premiers across the U.S. His current projects include collaborations with ensembles such as The Mid America Freedom Band, Sputterbox, Boston-based soprano duo Peridot, as well as a chamber opera based on the 1920’s court cases between Radium Watch Dial Company versus the women workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting their watch dials. 

Jackson is a recent graduate of New England Conservatory, where he received a Masters in Music Composition studying with Michael Gandolfi, Robert Cogan, Katarina Miljkovic and John Mallia. He earned his undergraduate degrees in Music Theory/Composition and Trumpet Performance from Hardin-Simmons University in May of 2016, studying composition with Dr. Bernard Scherr and Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell and trumpet with Dr. Leigh-Anne Hunsaker, Dr. Mark Wilcox and Dr. Keith Johnson. 

Derek Maseloff

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A native of Quakertown, Pennsylvania- Derek Maseloff is an arts advocate, horn player, and composer based in New York City. In 2017, he earned his bachelors degree from Cornell University in China and Asian-Pacific Studies. Derek's thesis at Cornell focused on the intersection of Western Classical music and diplomacy in the US-China relationship from 1987-1993. 

After graduating from Cornell, Derek was accepted into the selective Woodwind Quintet Fellowship at the University of Maryland to pursue his Masters degree in French horn performance, where he became a founding member of the group Wavelength Winds. During its fellowship tenure Wavelength Winds commissioned a variety of new works, including a co-commission of the second wind quintet by John Steinmetz. The group also performed alongside the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in a performance of Gounod’s Petite Sinfonie

In 2018, Wavelength Winds began to shift its focus to a project called “Classically Dope”, a hip-hop/classical collaboration with rapper Konshens theMC that uses music as a positive social influence to tackle subjects such as racial inequality, stereotypes, and police brutality. This was also the year that the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, 41-33 against the New England Patriots. Since then, Classically Dope has engaged audiences across the D.C. metropolitan area with concerts and outreach activities, including an event with Yo-Yo Man and Esperanza Spalding at Anacostia High School. Derek’s original composition “Dreams” was premiered at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with the ensemble in January 2019.

In May, Derek moved to New York City to join the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China) as Director of Artistic Planning. With NYO-China, he works to advance music education and orchestral training in China and abroad. In 2019, he led the ensemble’s first ever-European Tour with successful performances in Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy. He continues to compose for Classically Dope and other projects that catch his interest.

Meredith Moore

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Meredith Moore is an international musician with a diverse and prolific career as a horn player, music educator, and composer. 

As a horn player, Meredith has performed with professional symphony orchestras in all corners of the globe, from London to Hawaii to India and almost everywhere in between. She has played in Broadway pits in New York, on soundtracks for Marvel and Pixar movies, with Cuban big bands in Havana and can be heard on a UK no.1 single with Sir Paul McCartney. She is a specialist on the classical and baroque natural horns and has curated numerous pieces for the horn and natural horn for solo recitals in New York and London. Meredith likes to tell people her career highlight is performing Messiaen’s Appel Interstellaire at the Hootenanny in Moose, Wyoming for an audience of park rangers and cowboys. 

Meredith started studying composition at the Juilliard Evening Division in 2019 under Ray Lustig and has had her compositions performed by Sybarite 5, Ithaca New Music Collective and the Otonal players. She is currently Music Director of Otonal, a collective of composers creating genre defying new music and producing small ensemble performances. As a composer, Meredith is interested in using composition to explore her synesthesia and using color as the primary language in her compositions. 

Outside of music, Meredith is an accomplished photographer who has won awards and exhibited in galleries in New York City, across the United States, and in the United Kingdom. She holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music (London) and the International Center of Photography (NYC).

Josh Oxford

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Electronisist Josh OXford, born in 1985, is a composer, arranger, and performer of myriad styles of music. He has performed throughout the world, especially in his native central New York, on piano, percussion, and Moog synthesizer.  After suffering a debilitating car crash in 2010, Josh has devoted his energy to composing.  His music can be heard on releases from Aaron Tindall, Frank Gabriel Campos, Tim Winfield, Lindsey Goodman, and on the debut CD of his band The OXtet. He holds two degrees from Ithaca College and a masters from Queens College, where he was awarded The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Arizona State University.

Josh OXford is a composer, arranger, and performer of myriad styles of music. His new record OXified features collaborations with many local Ithaca musicians, including The Ithaca New Music Collective.  He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Arizona State University.

Mengmeng Wang

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Mengmeng Wang is a DMA composition student at University of Wisconsin-Madison and studies with Professor Laura Schwendinger. She also studies electro-acoustic composition with Professor Joseph Koykkar and Daniel Grabois. She received her Master of Music in Composition from Shanghai Conservatory of music, studied with Professor Guang Zhao. She also studied composition with Liang Zhao and Heng-lu Yao.

She is the winner of Mullen Sacred Music Prize and Mead Witter School of Music Concerto Competition etc. Her film music was awarded the Honor Award of 1st eARTS Digital Audio China Competition in Shanghai; one of her art songs was awarded a golden prize at the 4th Chinese National Music Exhibition and Performance in Beijing etc. She was a residency composer of Atlantic Center of the Arts in 2018. She also named a “top-notch talent” of Chinese popular music by the China Association of Popular music. Her music was performed in June in Buffalo (New York), Atlantic Center of the Arts, Glasow UK, CCE concert at UW-Madison, Beijing Modern Music Festival and He-Luding Shanghai concert hall etc.

Gregory J. Watson

Gregory J. Watson (1993) is a composer and performer dedicated to the creation, production, and performance of new music. Watson’s music places emphasis on color, texture, and pacing, with influences of minimalism, spectralism, avant-garde, ambience, drone, and noise. Watson has written for and worked closely with many new music ensembles and performers such as loadbang, occasionalNoise tio, The American Trombone Quartet, and the ...And Friends Ensemble. A native to Illinois, Watson received his Master of Music degree from Illinois State University and his Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Illinois University. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Theory and Composition at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. 

Bethany Younge

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“Bethany Younge’s works are often birthed from an extreme curiosity in sonic, physical, and interpersonal potential. As both a performer and composer, Younge’s oeuvre is uniquely aware of the potential that resides within the physiological dramaturgy of a work.” -Laura Cocks 

“The music of Bethany Younge is raw. It deals with the body, the unique vocal expression and physicality of Younge herself —questions of identity when as much conditioning is stripped away as possible, and the bizarre theater that is born of all this. It is music that becomes desperately personal to the performer, as Younge composes with the essence of specific humans in mind. The brilliance of it all is its uroboric quality: in the end, Younge’s creations always circle back to be a representation of themselves.” -Nina Dante

Younge is currently pursuing her DMA in Music Composition at Columbia University in New York. She has received a Master’s degree in Music Composition from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has studied composition closely with George Lewis, Georg Friedrich Haas, Zosha Di Castri, Richard Barrett, Martijn Padding, Yannis Kyriakides, Peter Adriaansz, Lewis Nielson, and Seung-Ah Oh. 

Her works have been featured in the 2016 and 2018 International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Resonant Bodies Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, The 16th International Young Composers Meeting, and many other festivals. She has worked with ensembles including JACK Quartet, ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, TAK Ensemble, Dal Niente, TILT Brass, KLANG, Ereprijs Orkestra, Fonema Consort, AndPlay, Chartreuse, Gyre Ensemble, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Inversion Ensemble, Mocrep, and others throughout Europe and the USA. In 2016, she was awarded the Stipend Prize at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt. Younge’s work has been mentioned in both The New York Times, The Chicago Reader, and has been listed in The New Yorker. 

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