guest artists for "theme and Variations"
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.
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.
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.
GUESTS FOR alternative piano trios
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.
GUESTS FOR metal, voice and strings
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.