Performer's bios for 11.7.2000

Performers bio for 11.7.2000

 Brave New Works


Britton Recital Hall
School of Music
Earl V. Moore Building







Trio Concert

Performer's Bios

Tim Christie
a native of the Washington DC area, began his violin studies at the age of ten. In 1994 he enrolled at the University of Michigan, studying violin with Andrew Jennings .In the Winter of 1996, Tim began concurrent studies in viola with Yzhak Schotten. Tim performs actively with the University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble as solo violist. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan both in Violin Performance and in English. Tim is currently pursuing a Masters degree in violin under Paul Kantor.

Katri Ervamaa
holds a doctorate in cello performance from the U-M School of Music. She has performed widely in the US, Europe and her native Finland. As a member of the Owla String Quartet, Katri has appeared in Bowdoin, Soundfest, Orlando, Haute Limousine. Norrtalje and Kuhmo Festivals and in recitals in Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Sweden and France. She is also a memeber of the timescape, a nine-member free improvising group and the Brave New Works ensemble collective. Katri holds B.M and M.M degrees from the Northern Illinois University. Her teachers include Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Marc Johnson, Kazimierz Michalik and Lauri Laitinen as well as the Vermeer, Borodin and Colorado Quartets. She is on faculty at the Flint Institute and the
School for the Performing Arts # Ann Arbor.

Jared Hauser
Oboist Jared Hauser's performing career has taken him
throughout North America and Europe, active as
soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Jared is
principal oboe of the battle Creek Symphony, and
regularly performs with the Michigan Opera Theater and
the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He was formerly the
principal oboe of the Brazos Valley Symphony
Orchestra, and has also performed with the
Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the New World

Mr. Hauser is a faculty member at Concordia College,
and for the past two summers has been an instructor
for the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute
and the Interlochen Arts Camp(All State Division).
Jared formerly taught at Rice University's Preparatory
Division, and the Pilgrim Fine Arts Academy.

Mr. Hauser holds degrees from Rice University; the Oberlin College Conservatory; the University of
Michigan and Interlochen Arts Academy. He is currently
pursuing doctoral studies at Michigan State University
as a recipient of the MSU Distinguished Fellowship

Amy Ley
playing the harp when I was sixteen, fulfilling a long time dream. In 1997 I recieved my bachelor in music, majoring in harp performance, from the University of Michigan and am now in the process of earning a masters in harp performance also from U of M. I have spent previous summers playing harp at Interlochen Arts Camp, the Salzedo Harp Colony and Aspen Music Festival. I am currnently the first harpist in the Ann Arbor and Adrian Symphonies.



Carolyn Lukancic
began studying violin at the age of eight. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University in 1995 where she studied privately with Christian Teal of the Blair String Quartet and chamber music with John Kochanowski of the Concord String Quartet. She received a Master's of Music degree in violin performance in 1997 under Stephen Shipps, studying chamber music with Andrew Jennings. Carolyn is currently residing in the Ann Arbor, MI area as a freelance violinist/violist and private violin/viola instructor. She has been Musical Director of the Monroe Youth Orchestra 1997 to the present and is a faculty member for the Michigan All-State High School and Junior High School Summer Festivals at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She is currently a member of the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and performs with various other orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Ann Arbor area.

Barnaby Palmer
graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Clarinet Performance, in the spring of 1999. Previously he attended the ClevelandInstitute of Music, The Interlochen Arts Academy. He also participated in festivals such as the National Repertoire Orchestra, the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem and the Festival at Sandpoint.



Emily Perryman
received her master's degree in flute performance from the
University of Michigan in December of 1998. She also holds degrees in
flute performance and music education from the Ohio State University,
where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Theodore Presser
Foundation Scholarship. In addition to her studies with Jeffery Zook,
Lorna McGhee, Leone Buyse and Katherine Borst Jones, Ms. Perryman has
performed in master-classes for flutists Peter Lloyd, Susan Milan, Jim
Walker, Robert Willoughby and Carol Wincenc. Her orchestral credits
include the Plymouth Symphony, the Symphony of Southeast Texas in
Beaumont, Orchestra X in Houston, and the Rome Festival Orchestra in
Italy. In addition to performing regularly with Brave New Works and the
Phoenix Ensemble, Ms. Perryman is employed at Shar Products Company and
maintains a private studio of fifteen flute students.

Irena Portenko,

Ukrainian pianist, Ms. Portenko is currently engaged in Doctoral studies at
the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), where she earned her Master's
Degree in Piano Performance. Prior to attending the University of Michigan,
Ms. Portenko studied at Michigan State University (Lansing, MI), and
finished her Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance, Teaching and
Accompanying at the National Academy of Music (Kiev, Ukraine). Ms. Portenko
has studied with Prof. S. Skrynchenko, Prof. D.Yudilevich, Prof. I. Ryabov,
Prof. R. Votapek, Prof. Yong Hi Moon and Prof. A. Greene.

In 1980, at the age of 8, Ms. Portenko appeared as a soloist, playing
J.Haydn D major concerto with Ukrainian National Orchestra, and since then
she has performed the concertos by J.S. Bach, J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L.
van Beethoven, F.Chopin, F. Mendelssohn, R. Schumann, K. Saent-Saens, S.
Prokofiev, S.Rachmaninov and M. Skoryk with Ukrainian National Orchestra,
Ukrainian TV and Radio Orchestra, Kharkiv Philarmonic Orchestra, Michigan
State University Symphony Orchestra and University of Michigan Philharmonic
Orchestra. Ms.Portenko also appeared as a solo and chamber music performer
at the concerts, festivals and masterclasses in Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia,
Russia, Germany, Italy, France and USA.

Ms. Portenko is a winner of Prokofiev International Competition,
International Chamber Music Competition "The Golden Autumn" (Ukraine),
Pierre Lantier International Competition (Paris, France), Honors
Competition (Lansing, MI), Concerto Competition (Ann Arbor, MI)

In the USA, Ms. Portenko premiered her solo recital in Lansing in 1996.
Since then she appeared as a soloist, chamber musician as well as the
performer with the orchestra in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Kalamazoo (MI), Chicago
(IL), Cleveland (OH), Orlando (FL), Rochester, New York (NY).

Ms. Portenko continues to perform in the USA and abroad, and she also
teaches private piano lessons at Northville Center for Music and Art
(Northville, MI).

Elliott Dailey Ross
is currently a senior in clarinet performance at the University of Michigan studying with Deborah Chodacki. He has been Principal Clarinet of the Pontiac-Oakland Symphony for two years and is in his sixth semester as a member of the University of Michigan Symphony Band. An Ann Arbor native, he tries to not be in Ann Arbor during the summer, because of this he has attended the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center.


Maria Sampen
is a native of Bowling Green, Ohio. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, where she was a scholarship student of Paul Kantor in the School of Music. She completed her Masters of Music degree at Rice University in May, 1999 where she studied violin with Kenneth Goldsmith and chamber music with Paul Katz and Norman Fischer. She is currently working on her doctorate in violin performance at the University of Michigan. Ms. Sampen made her solo debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. She has since performed as concerto soloist with the Illinois Symphony, the West Shore Symphony, the Pontiac Oakland Symphony and the Michigan Pops Orchestra and was named winner of the concerto competitions at both the University of Michigan (1996) and Rice University (1998) and runner-up in the William Byrd International String Competition (2000). She has spent her summers performing as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival as well at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria and the Interlochen Arts Camp. An active proponent of contemporary music, she has worked with many composers including Pierre Boulez, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Bernand Rands and William Albright and has performed as violinist/violist in the new music ensembles at the Aspen Music Festival, the University of Michigan and Rice University. Ms. Sampen concertizes frequently with her parents--saxophonist, John Sampen, and composer/pianist, Marilyn Shrude--with whom she made her New York City debut at Lincoln Center9s Bruno Walter Auditorium in June of 1996.

Laura Speicher
currently studies with
Barrick Stees at Michigan State University. A masters
student, she is an active performer with the
university Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. She
is also the newly appointed second bassoonist with the
Jackson Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her time in
Lansing, Laura studied with John Hunt at the Eastman
School of Music. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor
of Music Degree in both music education and
performance. During her time at Eastman she toured
Japan withthe Eastman Wind Ensemble, under the
direction of Donald Hunsberger. Originally from
Freeport, NY, Laura has also performed with the with
the College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, MA.

Anthony Stoops
Since winning first prize in the 1995 International Society of Bassists solo competition, Anthony Stoops has presented recitals and masterclasses throughout the Midwestern United States as well as in Texas. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he also attended Northwestern University, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Michigan. A versatile musician, Anthony has had a broad range of performance experience from playing in his first rock 'n roll band "Godzilla and the Pez People" and playing in several fusion and Jazz ensembles, to working with some of the world's greatest conductors as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A proponent of Contemporary Music as well as premiering numerous compositions which were written for him. Highlights of the 1998-99 season included a world premiere performance and recording for the International Computer Music Conference held at the University of Michigan in October, a compact disc recording of music newly composed and arranged for double bass and violin in December, and a recital at the 1999 International Society of Bassists convention held in Iowa City, Iowa in June.

Andrea Yun
is a doctoral violoncello student at the University of
Michigan, where she studies with Professor Erling Bengtsson. After
completing her bachelor's (music educ. and math) and master's (cello
perf.) degrees at Indiana University, she returned to her birthtown of Ann
Arbor to complete her studies. In recent years, Andrea has spent much of
her time teaching young cellists. A strong proponent of contemporary
music, Andrea and two other Indiana musicians formed the Feliano Trio in
1997, whose sole purpose was to commission and perform new works. She has
attended the Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan), the Aspen Festival
(CO), and the Scotia Festival (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Currently, Andrea
is a member of the Flint Symphony Orchestra and the Dexter Quartet. When
she is away from her cello, however, look for her to glide by on her



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