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Michael G. Finegold

Michael G. Finegold - Flutist, ECMP Artistic Director

Michael G. Finegold – Artistic Director of ECMP, Flutist, Composer, and Northern Essex Community College Emeritus of Music enjoys a diversified career in music. Michael founded the Essex Chamber Music Players at Northern Essex Community College in 1999 while Professor and Coordinator of Music.
He studied flute with Doriot Dwyer, former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony while doing post-graduate work at the New England Conservatory. He studied with flutists Samuel Baron and Thomas Nyfenger as a graduate student while working on his MProfessorasters of Music and Masters of Musical Arts degrees at the Yale University School of Music.

He studied music composition with Jan Meyerowitz, Tenafly, New Jersey (1960), and Joseph Manieri, Brooklyn, New York (1965). As a composition minor-performance major at the Yale School of Music, Michael studied composition with Gunther Schuller (1966-67), Richmond Brown (1968) and James Drew (1969). In recent times he has consulted with William Thomas McKinley of Reading, Massachusetts and other composers.

Michael has performed with symphony orchestras, theater orchestras, jazz groups and given many recitals. In 1994 with pianist David Pihl, he recorded William Thomas McKinley’s Romances #2, Secrets of The Heart for the MMC (Master Musicians Collective) label. In 1995 he recorded and performed in concert McKinley’s Concerto for Flute and Strings with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague, Czechoslovakia for MMC. In 1998 he premiered Georgetown, Massachusetts composer Ray Loring’s Celebration for Flute and Strings composed for Mount Ida College’s Centennial. In 1998 he performed as soloist NECC faculty member J. Windel Brown’s About Time, and Mitch Hampton’s Pop Goes The Concert Hall: The Swingin’ Seventies with the Czech Radio Orchestra when they visited the United States performing at Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Everett Collins Center in Andover. In February of 1999 Finegold recorded these works in Prague with the orchestra. In 2000 he and internationally renowned clarinetist Richard Stolzman recorded Mitch Hampton’s The Four Humors with the Warsaw Philharmonic. In 2001 he performed the Joachim Quantz Flute Concerto in G Major as guest soloist with the Essex Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ian Carter White, at the Rogers Center For The Performing Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts. In 2002 he premiered and recorded Marc Rossi’s Dance To The Music of Being and Fantasy in Adi Talam with ECMP. In 2003 he recorded William Thomas McKinley’s Three Movements for Flute and String with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava, Slovakia. Romances #2, Secrets of The Heart, Three Movements for Flute and String and About Time are now
available on MMC Recordings.

Michael’s music composition work include: Quintet for amplified Flute, Violin, Piano, Bass and Drums (1969) performed at Sprague Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Salon Musings (1998) composed for and performed by the Thuringer SalonQuintett at Carnegie Recital Hall, Barge Music in New York City, and on tour throughout the United States and Europe, and Rave Reflections for Flute, Cello and Piano (2006) for the Essex Chamber Music Players to be premiered November 19, 2006 at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  He has also composed several jazz works: Remember The Time, Flautist’s Intrigue, In Pursuit of Nirvana, Dark and Somber, Way Would, Flowers In Autumn, and Wisteria for his jazz group The Essex Jazz Ensemble.

Michael and pianist David Pihl are founding members of the Essex Chamber Music Players. From 2001 -2006 Michael was chosen for inclusion on the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) roster in the Category of Performing and Touring. The MCC Roster is a list of high-quality Massachusetts artists across a wide range of artistic disciplines who are qualified to give performances and/or conduct school residencies. Past honors have included receipt of the Fromm Fellowship in Contemporary Music while studying at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood.

Constantine Finehouse

Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his "interpretations of depth and maturity,” Constantine Finehouse has performed extensively in the US and abroad, including in Salzburg, Trieste, London, St. Petersburg and Odessa. His album with cellist Sebastian Baverstäm features music by Brahms and Boston composer Tony Schemmer. His 2009 solo release, "Backwards Glance," interweaves works by Brahms and Richard Beaudoin. “The Bolcom Project”, made in collaboration with with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included an Albany Records 2-CD album and a national tour with concerts in Boston, New York, Denver, Santa Barbara, Spokane and at Yale University. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.”  2018 will see the premiere of Bolcom's Horn Trio with Ficsor and Steven Gross, a work commissined by the group. Finehouse's recording of Bolcom’s piano solo works for Naxos Records saw its world-wide release earlier this year, and a new album with violinist, Daniel Kurganov, for Spice Classics, is due to come out in January, 2018.  During the recent seasons Finehouse has performed at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Miaskovsky Hall (Moscow Conservatory), Merkin Recital Hall, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Jordan Hall (Boston), as well as at Harvard, Yale, and Emory universities, and St. Vincent's and Elmira colleges, among others. With degrees from Juilliard and Yale, Finehouse teaches at New England Conservatory, and serves as Visiting Artist/Faculy at Westmont College, CA. For more information visit www.cfinehouse.com or www.facebook.com/ConstantineFinehousePianist

Adriana Repetto - Soprano

Recent reviews of soprano, Adriana Repetto describe her “voluptuous tone [as] simply ravishing”, and as being a performer both “convincing and inspired”. (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) As soprano soloist, she has performed in Europe with the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bell’Arte Salzburg Baroque Orchestra, presenting the sacred and secular oratorios, passions and cantatas of Bach, Mozart, Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Händel and Haydn, among others.  For the ‘Festival of Sacred Music’ in Lucca, Italy, Ms. Repetto was featured as Dalila in Händel’s Samson. 

At home, in New England, she has concertized and/or recorded with Boston Secession, the Dedham Choral Society, Clarke University, Philovox, King’s Chapel Singers, Longwood Opera, and Cappella Clausura, with which she, in 2014, released a CD premiering the madrigals of teen Renaissance phenom Vittoria Alleotti.  Other recordings feature the new works of contemporary composers Ruth Lomon, Graham Gordon Ramsay and Erik Gustafson.
Ms. Repetto is a native Bostonian and a graduate of both Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory, with a Master of Music in voice from Boston University. She is a soprano soloist at Boston’s Old South Church, serves on the voice faculties of Emerson College, Middlesex School and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, and manages her own voice studio.

Daniel Kurganov

Daniel Kurganov - Violinist

Russian-American Violinist Daniel Kurganov has emerged as a unique musical voice synthesizing values of different artistic eras. He has already garnered praise from such musical giants as Sergej Krylov, Ivry Gitlis and Rudolf Koelman, as well as from publications in the United States, Europe and Japan. 2018 saw a new album release with pianist Constantine Finehouse on the Spice Classics label. The disc, featuring masterworks of Brahms, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and others, was met with positive reviews. ArtsFuse journal wrote “Kurganov gives a tour de force performance, superbly impassioned.” Some highlights from recent seasons include solo appearances with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and Canterbury Strings, performances at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, recital tours throughout Boston and Chicago, and multiple concert tours of Japan with his chamber group “Kurofune Ensemble” and with the Boston Chamber Orchestra. In Sion, Switzerland, Kurganov was invited by Shlomo Mintz and Rudolf Koelman to take part in “The Violins of Hope” project, where he had the honor of performing on a violin rescued from Auschwitz. In Boston, Kurganov performs as a member of the Essex Chamber Players. He is also a passionate teacher, holding a private studio and leading workshops and masterclasses internationally. Always looking for ways to serve music using technology, he curates a YouTube channel with over 6 million viewers and frequently writes on the topic of musical performance, including published work on the topic of violin technique. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Kurganov grew up near Chicago and began his musical studies on the piano. He completed his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) under Rudolf Koelman, protégé of the legendary Jascha Heifetz.

Guest Players

Mickey Katz - Cellist

A native of Israel, cellist Mickey Katz has distinguished himself as a solo performer, chamber musician and contemporary music specialist. He received the Presser Music Award in Boston, the Karl Zeise Prize from the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Tanglewood, and won first prizes at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and the Rubin Academy Competition in Tel Aviv. He has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural foundation scholarships since 1988
Mr. Katz is a passionate performer of new music. He premiered and recorded Menachem Wiesenberg’s Cello Concerto with the Israel Defense Force Orchestra, and performed several American and Boston premieres of the music of Elliott Carter, working with the composer. He also worked with composers Gyorgy Kurtag, John Corigliano, Leon Kirchner and Augusta Read Thomas in performing their music.  Following his success in performing new music as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he was invited back to Tanglewood in the summer of 2002 as a member of the New Fromm Players, an alumni ensemble in residence, working on challenging new pieces, and collaborating with young composers.

An active chamber musician, Mickey has performed in many important venues, such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, Italy, Salle Gaveau in Paris as well as all the major Halls of Israel.  He collaborated in performances with distinguished players such as violinist Pinkhas Zukerman and violist Tabea Zimmerm
Benjamin Swartz - Cellist

Cellist Benjamin Swartz has concertized extensively in the U.S. & Europe with a particular emphasis on historically-informed performance, electroacoustic collaboration, and avant-garde contemporary performance practice.  Equally at home on cello, Baroque cello, and viola da gamba, he has gained increasing recognition for multi-instrumental virtuosity spanning the Ars Subtilior to the present day.  Currently a resident of Boston, he performs as cellist with Sound Energy, a string trio dedicated to exploring the energy of sound through the performance of contemporary works by living American composers, as well as with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).  Ben is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (MMus), Peabody Conservatory (BMus), Johns Hopkins University (BA/MA, American history), and was a DAAD Scholar to Germany as well as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow to Amsterdam. His festival credits include Aspen, Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, Manchester, Aldeburgh, Darmstadt, and Aurora, and his primary teachers were Anner Bylsma & Pieter Wispelwey in Amsterdam, Mats Lidström & Jonathan Manson in London, and Alison Wells & John Moran in Baltimore. 
A much sought-after teacher & clinician in the Boston area, Ben is on faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, South Shore Conservatory, Ipswich High School, and during the summer at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory as well as the Killington Music Festival in Rutland, VT. 

Sebastian Bäverstam - Cellist

Praised by The Strad for his “…powerfully expressive style,” cellist Sebastian Bäverstam is a winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. His recent performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall was noted in The Strad for its “consummate instrumental mastery,” with critic Dennis Rooney declaring “…the emergence of a mature artist.” This remarkable recital led to Mr. Bäverstam’s subsequent selection by Musical America as its “New Artist of the Month” for June 2011.

Highlights of his 2011-12 season include concerto performances with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (Elgar) and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Dvorak), and he gives recitals throughout the east coast, including CAG series at the Brooklyn Public Library and at Coe Hall in Oyster Bay, NY. Other recent recital highlights are Merkin Concert Hall, St. Vincent College (PA), the Honest Brook Music Festival (Delhi, NY) and concerts in Boston, Connecticut and Switzerland.

Sebastian Bäverstam, age twenty-two, has appeared multiple times on the nationally syndicated radio show From the Top, and he has also been heard on international radio broadcasts on Voice of America. On television, he was featured on the PBS TV version of From the Top, and he has participated in a PBS documentary filmed at Carnegie Hall, as well as a film by the Masterclass Media Foundation of Great Britain and a nationally televised commercial for Bose speakers.

A winner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, Mr. Bäverstam performed the Shostakovich Concerto with the BSO at Symphony Hall. In 2007, he was called on to substitute for Lynn Harrell with the Cape Cod Symphony on only six hours notice. He delighted the audience playing Schumann’s Cello Concerto and was praised by the Cape Cod Times for his “insightful musicianship and poetic feeling.” 
Other recent concerto performances include the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Concord Symphony Orchestra and the Chernikov Symphony Orchestra, among others, and he has toured China, Venezuela and Brazil as soloist with the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Committed to performing music of our time and to working with living composers, Mr. Bäverstam was the 2006 winner for contemporary interpretation at the Johansen International Competition for String Players. He has attended many summer festivals including the Aspen Festival, the Banff Centre in Canada, the Verbier Festival Academy and the International Music Academy of Switzerland, directed by Seiji Ozawa.

Mr. Bäverstam offered his first full recital at the age of six at Harvard University and his first concerto with orchestra at the age of seven. In 2002 at the age of fourteen, he made his Weill Hall debut. Since then he has given numerous solo recitals, recently performing all six Bach cello suites at Williams College. He appeared as the featured young artist of the 2005 Williamstown Chamber Concerts and has also performed at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the ASCAP awards at Lincoln Center, the Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris and many other venues.

Additional recognition includes the 2006 Harvard Music Association Young Artist Award, the New England Chamber Music Foundation Award in 2004, first place in the 2002-2003 and the 2000-2001 New England Conservatory Preparatory School Concerto Competitions, the 2002 Suzuki Association of America and the International Young Virtuoso Competition of 2001-2002.

A dual citizen of the United States and Sweden, Sebastian Bäverstam has participated in master classes with Frans Helmerson, Orlando Cole, Pieter Wispelwey, and Bernard Greenhouse, among others, and he currently studies with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Will Prepastis - Baritone

Heralded for his "stunning florid flourishes" and his "expressive, beautiful" singing, Baritone Will Prapestis performs frequently as a soloist and ensemble member in the U.S. and Europe. He has had the pleasure of singing as a soloist and chorister with Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, Renaissance Men — of which he is a founding member — the Orpheus Singers, Exsultemus, BEMF, Cappella Clausura, Labyrinth Choir, Sound Icon, Monadnock Music Festival, Augmented, Copley Singers, Oriana Consort, Boston University Chamber Chorus, and the Fredonia College Choir. Will is also a very busy bass player, thoroughly active in the Boston and New York City Pop Music scenes, performing with as many as five bands as a bass guitarist, vocalist, writer, and arranger. He is also a highly-sought session artist. Will is a native of Elmira, NY, and he earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance at SUNY Fredonia. www.renmenmusic.com


Charlotte Russell

Charlotte Russell, Soprano

Charlotte Russell has appeared as soloist with the Boston SymphonyOrchestra, the Indian Hill Orchestra, the Montanea Festival (Switzerland), and in recital at Fruitlands Museums, Follen Church, the Fitchburg Public Library, Northern Essex Community College, Middlesex Community College, Indian Hill Music Guest Artist Series, and the Church of St. Anne (Jerusalem).  She has premiered songs written for her by Arthur Koykka and Francis Judd Cooke, and has also sung the premiere of several songs by Stephen Peisch.  Charlotte studied voice with Donna Hewitt-Didham and Jo Estill, and as an intern with Ms. Estill was invited to teach at Duquesne University and California State University at Hayward.  She is now a Certified Master in the Estill Voice Training System, which she teaches at Indian Hill and New England Conservatory.  She also teaches voice at St. Mark's School in Southborough and in her private studio, is Music Director at the Union Church of Stow, and enjoys her work as a choral clinician throughout the northeast.  She has a special interest in unusual repertoire and vocal physiology.

Composers of Current and Recent New Works










Elliott Miles McKinley - Composer, Performer, ECMP composer in-residence

As a composer, Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Commissions include those from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the SOLI Chamber Music Ensemble, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, and the Martinu String Quartet. The Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Czech Radio Symphony have performed his orchestral music, and his works have been featured on international festivals including the Alba International Music Festival in Italy, the Mid-American Contemporary Music Festival, Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival, the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Art, as well as College Music Society and Society for Composers Inc. festivals. He is a recipient of a number of awards, grants, and fellowships including those from BMI, ASCAP, SCI, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and Indiana University.
Also active as a performer and improviser, McKinley is a founding member of the electroacoustic improvisation ensemble, earWorm, where he plays a variety of keyboard and percussion instruments, and executes real-time sampling, looping, and effects processing for the ensemble. earWorm has several commercially available recordings performs on conferences and festivals in the Untied States such as the International Society for Improvised Music.
McKinley holds a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota. Primary teachers include Malcolm Peyton, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, David Gompper, and Alex Lubet. He has taught music theory and composition at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Washington and Lee University, and was Assistant Professor of Music and Music Program Coordinator at Indiana University East. In the fall of 2014 he will join the faculty of Roger Williams University as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition.


Peter Farmer - Composer

Peter Farmer is a composer whose musical roots are varied.
His father sang with the Wiffenpoofs at Yale; his mother played the piano and introduced him to the classics. In his early teens, he discovered jazz: first Traditional, then Swing and Duke Ellington, and finally Bebop (and beyond).
 He started playing the trumpet and at age eighteen and he attended the Lenox School of Jazz at Lenox, Massachusetts in 1959, where he played in an ensemble directed by Kenny Dorham. After an extended period as a trumpeter, he switched to saxophone in 1985, playing much in the Boston area. He states, "It was the improvisational element of jazz that led me finally to composition."
 Farmer received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the Boston Conservatory in 1969, where he studied with Avram David. In 1967 he attended the Ferienkurz fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany where he participated in composing and performing 'Ensemble', a cooperatively composed orchestral work under direction of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
 From 1974 to 1982 Farmer attended the University of Michigan where he received his MM in Composition ('76), and his DMA in composition in 1982. There he studied with William Albright, William Bolcom, George Wilson, and Leslie Bassett.
 Since then he has taught at Berklee College of Music, Lowell State University, and is currently part time teaching (via Skype) at Indiana State University.
 He has recorded and continues to record most of his music in Eastern Europe, through his association with William Thomas McKinley and his son, Elliott McKinley, and has been quite prolific in his orchestral and chamber music output.

Stephen James - Pianist, Composer

Stephen James has performed for the Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Series, the WICN Radio concert series at Mechanics Hall (Worcester, MA), the Omnibus Series at Boston University, the American Repertory Theater, the Asparagus Valley Contemporary Music Ensemble, and on many other concert series in New England.  He holds a masters degree in piano from Boston Universtiy, where he studied with Luis Batlle and performed the Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, as well as a bachelors degree in music from Amherst College, where he studied piano with Beveridge Webster, Vincent Marlotti and Robert Miller, and performed the Schumann and Stravinsky piano concertos with orchestra.  He is a composer as well as a pianist, and completed his doctoral degree in composition at Boston University, where he received the graduate composition prize in 1984, the Malloy Miller Composition Award in 1986, and an award for continuing musical excellence in 1987.  His music has been performed by nationally known ensembles and soloists, including baritone Sanford Sylvan, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Music Ensemble, and the Atlantic Brass Quintet.  He has taught composition, piano performance, music theory and related courses at Amherst College, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Bridgewater and Worcester State Universities.

Gary William Friedman

Gary William Friedman is a versatile composer best known for his groundbreaking score for the Tony-nominated, OBIE award winning musical “The Me Nobody Knows.” 
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Brooklyn College where he completed post-graduate studies in education. 
He studied electronic music composition at Columbia University with Vladimir Ussachevsky, and advanced classical composition privately with Hall Overton and Jan Meyerowitz. 
A selection of his symphonic works is available on the CD “Colloquy” (150 Music). 
His orchestral, operatic and dance works have been commissioned and performed at venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lancaster Music Festival and the Columbus Symphony. 
Friedman is also a celebrated composer of several Liturgical works. AN AMERICAN S’LICHOT was presented and recently encored at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C., and excerpts from his CELEBRATION Friday Night service were recently presented at East Side Synagogue, NYC.
Friedman’s other musical theater credits include the Outer Circle Critic’s Award winning off-Broadway musical “Taking My Turn”, which was chosen for presentation on PBS Television’s Great Performance Series. 
He has co-produced, arranged, and composed original material for several internationally acclaimed jazz recordings by his wife, Stevie Holland. 
He served as Music Director for TV’s “The Electric Company,” for which he wrote many songs including the popular “Spider Man Theme Song.”
Recent premieres include; “Butterfly: A Musical Journey of Hope,” Friedman’s orchestral settings of poems written by children incarcerated in Theresienstadt, performed at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, in Bexley, Ohio,
“A Poe Triptych,” a chamber orchestral work,  inspired by works of Edgar Allan Poe, commissioned and performed by the Pit Stop Players, in New York City, 
“Reflections”, a chamber work, commissioned and recorded in 2017 by the Palisades Virtuosi (Albany Records: AMERICAN MASTERS VOL. 6).


Marc Rossi

Marc Rossi - Pianist, Composer (b.1952

Composer and jazz pianist Marc W. Rossi received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Composition from New England Conservatory.  His principal teachers were William Thomas McKinley and Donald Martino, (composition) George Russell, Jimmy Giuffre, Jaki Byard, (jazz studies) and Peter Row (sitar and North Indian music).  Since then he continued private studies in composition and orchestration with Frank Bennett, jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos, and sitar with Peter Row.  Rossi's music has been performed here and abroad and recorded by The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, SinfoNova, the Essex Chamber Music Players under Artistic Director Michael G. Finegold, concert pianists Jeffery Jacob, David Pihl Cameron Grant, the New England String Quartet, soprano Margot Emery and pianist William Merrill, cellists Emmanuel Feldman, Rafael Popper-Keizer and Felix Simonian, Indian classical guitarist Prasanna, sitarist Peter Row, Indian violinist Krishnan Lalgudi, santoor player Satish Vyas, the Jimmy Giuffre 4, Stan Strickland and Ascension, and the Berklee Faculty Jazz Orchestra to name a few.  As a keyboardist he has performed, recorded, and toured with Stan Strickland and Ascension, George Russell's Living Time Orchestra, The Jimmy Giuffre 4, Bo Diddley, pianist/historian Lewis Porter, the Robert Moore Quartet, the Row and Rossi Project, the Living Geometry Duo, and the Marc Rossi Group (MRG). 
Rossi's compositions have been favorably reviewed in Fanfare, The American Record Buyer's Guide, New Music Connoisseur, and The Boston Globe, and New Music Box.  His original MRG jazz CDs have been favorably reviewed in Jazz TimesThe LA Jazz SceneDownbeatAll About Jazz, Jazz.com, Abstract Logix, Jazzreview.com, and Morrice's Internet Jazz Review. Excerpts from Rossi’s “Joy of Wisdom” can be heard on the sound track of filmmaker Hal Rifken’s 2015 film Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin. Rossi has been on the faculties of Tufts University and New England Conservatory, as is now a full time Professor at the Berklee College of Music where he has taught since 1989.  To learn more about Marc Rossi, please visit http://www.marcrossi.com/

David Bennett Thomas (b. 1969)

David Bennett Thomas is a composer living in the Philadelphia area, where he teaches composition, theory, and piano at The University of the Arts.  He holds degrees from West Chester University and The Peabody Conservatory; and studied privately with Lukas Foss. Thomas has composed music in many genres, most prolifically for chamber music and voice. Several recordings have been released of his works, on the Capstone Records label.  Thomas is also enjoys a second life as an active jazz pianist.  His website is www.davidbthomas.com, where you can find out more about his activities.

J. Windel Brown (b. 1941)

J. Windel Brown has been a teacher at Northern Essex Community College since 1971 where he has taught in the Mathematics Department.  Many of his works have been performed locally and throughout Europe.  He has written 6 pieces for ECMP that have been performed since 2001.  A CD containing his Piano Concerto has been released on the MMC label.  The MMC Recording Company is currently broadcasting the last movement, Ritmico, from his piano concerto over the web at mmcrecordings.com. The Czech Radio Symphony premiered ‘Before Time’ with Michael Finegold as flute soloist in Boston and recorded it in Prague in 1999.  The London Symphony Orchestra recorded another of his compositions, ‘London Overture’, in 2000.  The Moravian Philharmonic performed the premiere of and recorded his ‘Symphony #2’ in 2003.  Locally the Chelmsford Community Band performed his ‘Chelmsford Fanfare’ in July of 2005 and ECMP performed his ‘Suite for Flute, Cello and Piano’ in November 2006.

William Thomas McKinley (1938 - 2015) Composer, Jazz Pianist, Educator

One of the most highly regarded and well-known composers of his generation, William Thomas McKinley has been likened to “Ives on steroids” (Fanfare) and “Stravinsky gone mad” (Gerard Schwarz).  He learned both classical and jazz piano at a very early age, becoming the youngest member of the American Federation of Musicians at just twelve years old. To date, he has composed over 350 works, is listed in Groves' Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and has received commissions from the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Fromm Foundation, and the Naumburg Foundation. His many awards and grants include, among others, an award and citation from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and eight NEA grants. McKinley has studied with many renowned teachers and composers, including Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, and Gunther Schuller, and as a jazz pianist has performed, composed, and recorded with Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Eddie Gomez, Gary Burton, Miroslav Vitous, Rufus Reed, Roy Haynes, and Billy Hart, to name a few.

In 1992, McKinley founded MMC Recordings with the goal of connecting composers with the finest orchestras, conductors, and performers in the world, releasing their recordings, and creating an archive of modern classical music.  The label’s primary collaborators include luminaries such as clarinetist Richard Stoltzman (a long-time friend and supporter of McKinley and his music), conductors Gerard Schwarz, Marin Alsop, Carl St. Claire, George Manahan, Kirk Trevor, Gil Rose, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra, and many more.

In recent years, McKinley has become even more prolific, and his works are featured on releases from Koch, Delos, and RCA Red Seal in addition to those on MMC.  2006 saw the premiere of R.A.P. (Rhythm And Pulse), a double concerto for Richard Stoltzman (clarinet) and his son Peter (piano), with the Boston Modern Orchestra, and the Nonet for the Quintet of the Americas at Carnegie Hall.  In 2007, selections from McKinley’s Piano Etudes will be premiered at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and Gil Rose will conduct the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in the world premiere of his 7th Symphony, The Cosmos

Elaine Erickson

Elaine Erickson (b. 1940)

Elaine Erickson received a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from Drake University. She has won numerous awards, fellowships and residencies, including from the Ford Foundation (Contemporary Music Project), Meet the Composer, the Charles Ives Center (4 times, the National League of American Pen Women (including the $1000 Music Composition Award), the Pyle Commission Award from the Iowa Composers Forum, among others. She has done additional study in composition at the University of Iowa and at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Her teachers have been Francis Pyle, Richard Hervig, Jean Eichelberger Ivey and Robert Hall Lewis. She has composed 5 operas, 3 of which were performed at Peabody. She travels to schools throughout Iowa, presenting workshops involving her compositions, as an artist for VSA arts of Iowa. She is a published poet. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.




Robin L. Øye

I was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1951.  We lived different places as my father was frequently transferred. We moved back to the Detroit Area by the time I was seven, and there I started hearing classical music on the CBC station from Windsor, and I started playing the flute in the Royal Oak, Michigan schools when I was ten.

A couple of other moves brought us to Chicago when I was twelve. I continued to play in school bands, and in my teens, I started playing jazz, and I discovered and embraced avant-garde and free jazz, along with Latin music.

My musical education came through school music, lessons on the flute, a lot of listening, self-study, being a choir member, and growing up in the Lutheran Church. I also got a lot of my education from non-musical sources, among them the Art Institute of Chicago. I learned quite a bit about composition in the galleries of Impressionist Art.  I could go to the Art Institute on “free” days, when I couldn’t afford to go to clubs or to Orchestra Hall (though through a friend, I was able to see some Chicago Symphony concerts of note, including a Takemitsu premiere).

I have played and performed in many genres.  Jazz, of course but also classical music, various folk music, even bluegrass and country music (playing  mandolin). 

I am a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. I was ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1992, though I haven’t served in congregations for many years.  I am Kantor of my church, Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk, Michigan. 

I have always found improvisation easy and have frequently given many recitals of completely improvised music.  Composing follows from improvisation for me, although I have found that there are many differences, chief among them that improvisation is very immediate and instantaneous, and that composition takes more time, and doesn’t “flow” in quite the same way.

Some of my works include Suite for Viola (2002); A Game for Two (for oboe and bassoon); Textures (for horn and percussion); For They are Women’s Children (Score for dance-drama based on the 1913 Michigan Copper Strike, 2013).  I’ve written choral works, a wind quintet, works for flute, and arrangements, and a setting of a Shakespeare sonnet for soprano and piano.  I have done two works as graphic scores, and I have done incidental music (both composed and improvised) for several plays. Also, unaccompanied works for voice.

My wife Paula and I live on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where we garden