2017-2018 Guest Artists
is a composer, arranger and audio engineer currently residing in Tampa, FL. His body of work encompasses a wide variety of styles and mediums, including acoustic chamber and large ensemble works; solo and duo works; fixed and interactive electronic/electroacoustic music; and collaborative projects with dance, visual and literary arts.
Recent compositions focus on the use of extended sounds/techniques in order to create timbral similarities or differences, as well as textures, between instruments, voices and/or electronics. Tyler's work is deeply influenced by the idea of Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic and world view that values transience, imperfection, and impermanence. More broadly, his compositions draw influence from a variety of extra-musical sources, primarily from literature.
Tyler is co-artistic director of Terroir New Music, an event series that combines the music of living composers with the work of local chefs and brewers. In addition to his work in composition, Tyler is a classical music radio announcer at WSMR, which is part of WUSF Public Media. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehead State University (KY), and a Masters of Music from the University of South Florida, where his primary composition teachers were Dr. Baljinder Sekhon and Paul Reller.
is a cellist based in Boston, MA and has been performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. As a soloist she made her concerto debut performing the Schumann Cello Concerto under the baton of Donald Schleicher with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the Krannert Center of Performing Arts. She is also an avid chamber music performer and has been trained by members of esteemed chamber music groups such as the Borromeo Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, and the Juilliard String Quartet. As an orchestral player she has attended the Aspen Music Festival as a New Horizon Fellow and regularly performs with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She enjoys pursuing a wide variety of musical styles and genres. She has actively performed new music written by fellow students, faculty and most recently performed a piece written by acclaimed composer, Derek Bermel, as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Prelude series.
Ms. Chung started her formal cello training at the age of 7 in her hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia. She continued her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Dmitry Kouzov, and most recently, graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Natasha Brofsky. When she isn’t playing the cello, she enjoys painting oil portraits for her Etsy store, selling clothing on her online shop, and going out for runs with her labrador mix, Jackie. Minjin Chung plays a Marc Lamberte cello (France 1933) generously loaned to her by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.
has been playing violin for 17 years. Her love of chamber music has led her to attend numerous summer festivals including Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Garth Newel Emerging Artists Fellowship Program and to perform for members of the Emerson and Deadalus quartets. During her youth orchestra days, she has toured in places such as England, Germany, the Czech Republic and Jamaica. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor in Music and a Minor in Mathematics as well as a Masters of Music degree with Professor Bayla Keyes.
earned degrees in Clarinet Performance from Ithaca College (B.M., 2006) and New England Conservatory (M.M, 2008; G.D., 2009), studying with E. Michael Richards, Richard Faria, William Wrzesien, and Craig Nordstrom. Passionate about new music, Humphrey has performed in contemporary ensembles throughout the northeast, including the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Maine. Humphrey has performed as a soloist and member of Salt Lake Symphonic Winds, American Band (Providence), and Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Boston) and has also worked with Brookline Symphony, Fall River Symphony, and MetroWest Opera. He is an active freelance musician in the greater Boston area.
Wolcott has performed on two SAR programs, pieces including SAR's Schubert Trout Quintet arrangement, SAR co-commission Krummholz Variations by Oliver Caplan, Stravinsky's Octet for Winds, Schreker's Der Wind, Higdon's DASH, and Rzewski's Moonrise with Memories.
Becca A. Lewis
is a professional actor and voiceover artist. She has lent her voice to such clients as Bose, National Grid, Heluva Good, Courtroom Connect, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming theatre includes Three Sisters at Apollinaire Theatre Company (Dec-Jan) and the world premier of The Women Who Mapped the Stars with Central Square Theatre (spring 2018).
Excited to be working with Some Assembly Required, Céline Ferro is an active performer and teacher in the Greater Boston Area. After earning two degrees in clarinet performance from Boston University and the New England Conservatory, she went on to premiere works with the Juventas New Music Ensemble, Cambridge Philharmonic, and Sound Icon. Currently, she has growing clarinet studios in Boston and New Hampshire, regularly performs with her woodwind trio, and collaborates in a groove oriented sextet that focuses on acoustically arranged polyrhythmic compositions. When she isn't performing, teaching, or grooving, you can find Céline with her nose in a really good novel, or riding the streets of downtown Boston on her tiny blue track bike.
2016-2017 Guest Artists
Originally from Maine, flutist Nicholas Southwick made his international solo debut at the age of 18 with the Bermuda Chamber Orchestra and has since performed throughout New England and abroad in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy, where he held a flute fellowship to the Trentino Music Festival. He holds awards from the Presser Foundation and Bay Chamber Concerts. He is pursuing a Master's degree in Flute Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College under the tutelage of Robert Willoughby and Marco Granados. He earned his BA Summa Cum Laude in music and French from Gordon College, where he won the 2015 Concerto Competition. He was recently selected for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas' (YOA) Global Leaders Program, an innovative graduate certificate program in Orchestral Leadership, Teaching Artistry, and Social Entrepreneurship awarded by YOA, the Fulbright Association, and Oxford and McGill Universities.
is a Boston based composer and trumpet player whose works take inspiration from the interplay of mathematics with the perception of time and sound. He performs regularly with Sound Icon, New England Philharmonic, and the Charles River Wind Ensemble and is a founding member of the Equilibrium Concert Series and Boston Modern Brass. He received a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Trumpet Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in Composition from Boston Conservatory where upon graduation he received the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award. His primary teachers of composition have included Richard Hoffmann, Curtis Hughes, Dalit Warshaw and Jan Swafford.
Currently based in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Phil Sullivan is a trumpeter and recitalist from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Equally at home as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician, Phil has performed in a wide variety of styles and venues including Carnegie Hall as principal trumpet, and The Isabella Stuart and the Children’s Museums in Boston as a chamber musician and soloist respectively. Phil holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2014.
Holding past positions in international professional orchestras with a wealth of chamber music experience, Andrea is currently completing her master's degree at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of BSO principal bassoonist Richard Svoboda. Previously, she held the position of asst principal/second bassoon with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bosnia i Herzegovina. An avid chamber musician, her reed trio was awarded the high distinction on an NEC Honors Ensemble. She is an avid lover of hippos and chocolate milk. A supporter since its inception, she is very excited to have the opportunity to perform with her friends in SAR! Andrea also performed on SAR's December 2016 program.
is an active freelance musician in the Boston area. She performs regularly with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra and Kammerwerke chamber ensemble. Lauren completed her Bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance at The Hartt School of Music and went on to earn her Masters of Music degree at New England Conservatory. She has studied with Marc Goldberg, Gregg Henegar, and Richard Svoboda.
As a classically trained trombonist, Jesse has adapted his skills to a wide variety of genres. Jesse is thrilled to be participating in some of the most challenging chamber music he’s experienced, and grateful for the camaraderie of Some Assembly Required members over the past years. Jesse is looking forward to a move to the Burlington, Vermont area, where he plans to build a brass music studio.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, violinist Danielle Wilson's musical journey has taken her to various venues throughout the United States and Europe as an orchestral and chamber musician. She he is a member of the Boston- based string orchestra Palaver Strings, which strives to bring classical music to people from all walks of life through artistic collaboration and performances in non-traditional venues. During previous summers, Danielle has attended the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Litomysl International String Masterclass in the Czech Republic. She has performed in solo and chamber masterclasses for artists such as Laurie Smukler, Robert Chen, Frank Almond, Gerard Ribiero, Blair Milton, and the Jupiter Quartet. Danielle earned an undergraduate degree in violin performance at the Oberlin College and Conservatory under the guidance of Milan Vitek. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Violin Performance at Boston University under the tutelage of Bayla Keyes.
Ketti Jane Muschler became a professional soprano at age seven, when she quit the Girl Scouts to join her local choir. Since then, she has become an active performer throughout the Northeast in all branches of classical vocal repertoire. Ketti is a choral conductor, arts administrator, and music teacher for all ages, with a particular specialty in Early Childhood music - because nothing is better than teaching tiny people to sing. To ease her terrible commute on the T during the Boston blizzard of 2015, she taught herself English Paper Piecing - a style of sewing that creates patchwork quilts entirely by hand.
Ever since he was a kid, Gabriel has been loud. Fortunately, he found that singing loudly is more pleasing than talking loudly. Having flown from Singapore to Boston for graduate school in opera, Gabriel has spent the past six years in New England honing his art. He hopes to share his art with more communities, be it on the opera stage, or cool backyard concerts. Gabriel also prays that he'll be able to stay in the US past November 8th, and continue to sing about pretty things like brooks, and love, and burning castles, and death, with groups like Some Assembly Required.