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Brave New Works
555 East William Street #11E
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
TEL: 800-896-7340



Alejandra Urrutia
started playing the violin at the age of eight in her native country of Chile. At the age of fourteen.Alejandra received a scholarship to continue her studies at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Ms. Urrutia has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony of Chile, the National Youth Symphony of Chile, the Concepcion Symphony Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra of Santiago, the Columbus State University Orchestra, and the Morelos Chamber Orchestra of Mexico. In 1994-96, Ms. Urrutia was awarded a fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Summer Festival in Colorado, and for the past two summers, has been a member of the faculty at the All-State Program at Interlochen. Ms. Urrutia has participated in various master classes with Robert McDuffie, Cho Liang-Lin, David Kim, Pamela Frank, and others. Ms. Urrutia is pursuing a Doctorate in Violin Performance with professor Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan.


Katri Ervamaa, cello
(b.1972) is a doctoral student in performance at 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 Rosseels SQ, the graduate Quartet at U of M 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.

Amy Ley, harp

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.

Emily Perryman, flut
Flutist 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 Jefferey 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. Ms. Perryman currently performs with Brave New Works and the Phoenix Ensemble, both in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and she maintains a private studio of over thirty flute students.

David, Schober, piano

David was born in Denver and grew up in Rushford, Minnesota. Following three years of general studies at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, he enrolled as a double major at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied piano with Joseph Schwartz and composition with Param Vir and Randolph Coleman. As recipient of the Theodore Presser Music Award and the Ernest Hatch Wilkins Prize in 1995, he pursued six months of language and cultural studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. At present he is a second-year graduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where his teachers have included William Albright, Michael Daugherty, and Logan Skelton. Composition honors include BMI awards in 1991 and 1994 and an ASCAP grant in 1997. Currently he is completing a commission for the Minnesota Orchestra to be performed in January 1999 under the baton of its music director, Eiji Oue.

Eric Melear, piano

Eric Melear is a student of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan, where he is finishing his Master's Degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Mr. Melear distinguished himself in the Milwaukee area, working with the Florentine Opera Company, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, and numerous soloists and ensembles. This past summer, he participated in SongFest at the University of California-Irvine, studying with Graham Johnson and Mr. Katz. He has also served as coach/accompanist for productions of Susannah, The Magic Flute, and The Merry Widow, and was engaged as staff accompanist and chorus master with Dorian Opera Theatre in Decorah, Iowa, where he completed his Bachelor's degree at Luther College.

Jennifer Goltz
With the performance of William Bolcom's "Briefly it enters" Ms. Goltz has performed with Brave New Works for the sixth time. Her affiliation with Brave New Works began in 1997 with Alberto Ginastera's "Cantata Para America Magica" for soprano and percussion orchestra. In 1998, she performed "Circles" by Luciano Berio. In February she performed George Crumb's Madrigals. Last December, she performed Earl Kim's "Where Grief Slumbers". This spring She will be performing Carter Pann's "Women" which has been specifically written for Ms. Goltz and Brave New Works. Ms. Goltz received her M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Michigan in 1997. She specializes in music of the 20th century, premiering works by composers in the School of Music and across the country. Ms. Goltz is currently in the MA program in Music Theory at the University of Michigan.

Barnaby Palmer, clarinet
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.

Andrea Yun, cello
is a doctoral violoncello student at the University of Michigan, where she studies with Professor Erling Bengtsson. After completing her bachelor's (music education and mathematics) and master's (performance) degrees at Indiana University, she has returned to her birthtown of Ann Arbor to complete her studies. In recent years, Andrea has spent most of her time teaching pre-college cellists, working and teaching closely with string pedagogues such as Mimi Zweig, Richard Aaron and Paul Kadz. Andrea is a member of the Feliano Trio, which was formed in 1997 solely to commission and perform new works. She is a strong proponent of the contemporary music of students and non-students alike, and hopes to perform more new works this semester. She has attended the Aspen and Scotiafest Music Festivals.

Tim Christie, viola
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.