Amanda Lynn Dunning is an aspiring opera singer, who is making her professional debut with the Erato Chamber Orchestra. Originally from New York , she will complete her bachelor’ s degree in vocal performance at the University of Florida in spring 2009. Ms. Dunning is currently a student of Dr. Elizabeth Graham.
Amanda Dunning has most recently been cast as “Gilda” in the famous Rigoletto Quartet for the University of Florida. Her supplementary operatic and oratorio performances include roles in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Mozart’s Don
In 2004, in New York City, composer/percussionist Andrew Beall performed the world premiere of his Testament: Symphony for Marimba and Orchestra with the Tower Philharmonic, marking as the first marimba symphony in history ever to be composed or performed. Since the premiere, he has reduced the opus to a shorter Concerto, which had its world premiere with the Aspen Philharmonic and succeeding performance with the Columbus Philharmonic. His second orchestral work, Affirmation, for solo percussion and orchestra, was just recently premiered at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. The concert band version will be premiered by the US Navy Band in Washington DC in April ‘09. A multi-faceted performer and educator, Mr. Beall sustains balance between the Symphonic, Broadway, Rock, and Marching arenas. As a freelance percussionist, he has performed on Broadway in The Lion King and Les Miserables, as well as at Carnegie Hall with the
A performer of uncommon flair and versatility, clarinetist Sunshine Simmons currently holds the position of Principal Clarinet of the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra, Second Clarinet of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and Rockford Symphony, and Bass Clarinet in the Quad City, and Green Bay Symphony Orchestras. In addition, she has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Sinfonietta and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Ms. Simmons has enjoyed three successful summers with the Aspen Music Festival as the Bass Clarinet Fellowship recipient. In addition to Aspen, she has been chosen to participate in the Frutillar Music Festival, held in Frutillar, Chile, and Spoleto USA in Charleston, SC. Sunshine is an active chamber musician and is currently a member of two Chicago chamber groups, the Lake Street Trio and the Accende Ensemble. Accende has championed Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, a work for clarinet and string quartet. She has performed in the Winter Chamber Music Festival in Evanston and was the winner of the Silberman Chamber Music Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania performing Bartók’s Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano.
Alyce Johnson plays piccolo with the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and second flute with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. Previously she served as the principal flutist in the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra for four years. Ms. Johnson left Shanghai in 2003 to join the New World Symphony Orchestra for one season, which included tours to Rome and Carnegie Hall. She was a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition and performed Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with the orchestra. Other solo appearances have been with the Bach Week Festival, the Shanghai Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Marlboro Symphony, Rochester Oratorio Society, University of North Carolina Symphony , Eastman Chamber Orchestra and the New Eastman Symphony. Ms Johnson was most recently featured as a soloist at the National Flute Convention in a headliner's recital.
Ms. Johnson received both her Masters Degree and a Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and has participated in various summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival.
Manhattan Pops Orchestra and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Mr. Beall has appeared as a soloist around the world, including 15 recitals and 7 concerto performances. In 2001, he won the D.C.I. Solo Marimba Competition, D.C.I. Percussion Ensemble Competition (with the Phantom Regiment drum & bugle corps), and the P.A.S.I.C. College Marimba Competition.
As a composer, Mr. Beall’s works have been performed at the top concert halls, conservatories, and music festivals around the world. As a guest artist and clinician, he has presented concerts and workshops across the country, many featuring a portrait of his compositions. In the field of marching percussion, he has taught drum and bugle corps such as the Boston Crusaders, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Carolina Crown (arranging the 2003 winning D.C.I. Percussion Ensemble). He has also written and designed indoor percussion shows for such as Odyssey Percussion Theater, Surround Sound, and Mt. Juliet High School. Most recently, he was commissioned by the US Air Force Band to write a work for solo percussion and brass ensemble. Mr. Beall received his B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, his M.A. from New York University, and was a Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship winner at the Aspen Music Festival. He is pleased to frequent his alma mater, Manhattan School of Music, on occasion to teach privately at their Pre-College.
Giovanni (2006), Purcell’s Dido and Aneas (2006), Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (2006), Puccini’s La Boheme (2005), and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (2004). Ms. Dunning has toured Europe as a select member of the Converse College Chamber Singers in 2005, performing in cathedrals in Vienna , Prague , and London . She also has participated in the National Association of Teachers' singing competition in 2001, 2002, and 2006, receiving firs t place in 2002. Amanda also received superior ratings in the Solo and Ensemble Florida Vocal Association Competition from 1999 through 2004.
Composer Stacy Garrop has received several awards and grants including the 2006/2007 Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2006/2007 Harvey Gaul Composition Competition, the 2005 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, 2005 and 2001 Barlow Endowment commissions, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 1999-2000 First Hearing Composition Competition, Omaha Symphony Guild’s 2000 International New Music Competition, and the New England Philharmonic’s 2000 Call for Scores Competition. She was selected to participate in reading session programs sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Dale Warland Singers. She received a 2002 Artists Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council and was a finalist for the 2001 Rome Prize.
Dr. Garrop was composer-in-residence of Chicago’s Music in the Loft chamber music series in 2004/05 and 2006/07. The Loft commissioned her String Quartet No. 2: Demons and Angels for the Biava Quartet who premiered the piece at Yale University in 2005, followed by its Chicago premiere in 2006. The Biava recently recorded the piece for Cedille Records, which will receive its commercial release in the fall of 2007.
Her works have been performed by the ensembles Ambassador Duo, Artaria String Quartet, Callisto Ensemble, EARPLAY, Empyrean Ensemble, Enso Quartet, Helikon Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Lincoln Trio, New EAR, Orion Ensemble, Seattle New Music Ensemble, Society for New Music, and Third Angle; by Chicago A Cappella, Murray State University Concert Choir, Peninsula Womens Chorus, Princeton Singers, Volti, and Vox Caelestis; and by the Amarillo Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Youth Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and the Women’s Philharmonic. Her works have been choreographed by the a-ha! Dance Theatre of Kansas City, and conducted by Martín Benvenuto, Cliff Colnot, Karen Lynne Deal, Apo Hsu, Paul Hostetter, Donald Portnoy, Jeffrey Renshaw, Steven Sametz, James Setapen, Stephen Squires, and Victor Yampolsky.
She has attended residences at the Aspen Music Festival, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Oxford Summer Institute, Ragdale Foundation, Round Top Music Festival, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Yaddo. Theodore Presser Company and Hildegard Publishing Company publish several of her works.
Dr. Garrop is an Associate Professor in Composition at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. She was guest composer and speaker at the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras conference in Amarillo, Texas in 2004. She has guest lectured at the University of Chicago, University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Connecticut at Storrs, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of South Carolina at Columbia, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Amarillo College, and West Texas A&M University.
Seth Winterhalter is currently in his 4th season as the Artistic Director of the Evergreen Concert Series and is the founding Music Director and Conductor of the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, which is in its inaugural season this year. He came to the South Sound region in 2005, bringing a passion for both inspiring local communities of people as well as bringing artistic excellence of the highest caliber. Seth also serves as the Creative Arts Director at Evergreen Christian Community, overseeing all of their creative content including music, print media and technical productions.
The eclectic offerings Mr. Winterhalter has brought to the South Sound include a new twist on classical music. His use of innovative programming and his ability to engage the audience with humor and fascinating story has led to a dynamic increase in attendance as well as musical growth. The launch of the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus only adds to an impressively growing resume that includes his work with orchestras and choruses from around the nation.
Highlights of recent seasons include the acclaimed "Night at the Movies" featuring the music of John Williams as well as the continued partnership with the Los Angeles Collaboration made up of Duane Funderburk and Alex Russell. This season the stakes are raised even higher as Mr. Winterhalter engages the audience on the theme of "Connections" starting with a tribute concert to our great nation and the honoring of the great men and women who have served valiantly to protect us and keep us free. He also brings a Washington State premiere of the new "Requiem" by acclaimed composer Mack Wilberg. The season ends with a tribute to the connections in Seth's life as the Philharmonic brings in special guest artists who have served as mentors and friends throughout his musical upbringing.
Seth Winterhalter was born and raised in Washington State. His musical studies have led him to the Midwest, giving him opportunity to work with famed choral conductor, Tom Matrone, as well as the Springfield, Missouri Symphony Orchestra and conductor Apo Hsu. These two artists served as giant mentors in his life encouraging him to move to New York to pursue his musical ambitions. Mr. Winterhalter is a graduate of the Bard Conservatory of Music, having studied with conductors such as Harold Farberman, Leon Botstein and Larry Rachleff, having received degrees in orchestral conducting and composition. He is a young talent on the rise who is sought after not only for his musical abilities but also for his aptitude in organizational structure and development.