- Lee Bynum
- Michael Cuomo
- David Bloom
- Liz Player
- Rich Miller
- Liza Austria
- Chase Quinn
- Farah Tanis
- Frederica Stines
- Vince Warren
Terrance McKnight is the weekday evening host for WQXR 105.9 FM, New York’s only all-classical music station. He's also the host and producer of the station's audio documentaries on Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hazel Scott, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and Florence Beatrice Price. In 2010, his program All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery, was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award. As a speaker, McKnight has worked with Chamber Music America, the Mellon Foundation, American Opera Projects, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.
Eun Lee is an educator, musician, and arts activist based in Queens, New York. Eun has been teaching in public school and after-school music programs throughout New York City since 2012, and is currently a Woodwinds and Musicianship Teaching Artist at the Corona Youth Music Project. She is also a head teacher in the Diller-Quaile School of Music's Early Childhood Outreach Program, where she works with young learners and provides professional development to staff in early childhood and day-care centers located throughout upper Manhattan. As a clarinetist, Eun has performed with various chamber and orchestral ensembles, and is a founding member of the Gusto Chamber Players; an ensemble which programs food and repertoire for intimate and interactive audience experiences.
In addition to her educational and musical activities, Eun is the founder and executive producer of The Dream Unfinished. Eun’s work in The Dream Unfinished’s inaugural season has been documented by media outlets such as WQXR, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Alex Ross' blog The Rest is Noise; and she has been invited to speak on The Dream Unfinished at institutions such as NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Dalton School. Eun graduated from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music with a Bachelors in Music Education.
Tanya Birl studied at the world-renowned Alvin Ailey School in NYC. She was the recipient of the Triple Threat Dance Convention’s 1st place prize where she was offered a contract with Princess Cruise Lines. After a short contract at seas she began her theater career on the 1st National tour of Broadway's ‘The Lion King’. Tanya has performed both in New York and around the world. Credits include Broadway: ‘Finian’s Rainbow’, ‘Memphis’, ‘How To Succeed in Business...’ staring Daniel Radcliffe, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ staring Scarlett Johansson and currently in the Broadway revival of 'On The Town'. She has also performed in ‘West Side Story’ in London’s West End and in several of New York's City Center Encores! Productions including one of her favorites 'The Wiz'. Tanya has been fortunate to work as the associate choreographer on 'Cotton Club Parade' with Jazz at Lincoln Center and ‘Chaplin’ the musical, on Broadway. Through all of this Tanya continues to teach master classes and workshops around the New York City area. Her love of dance and theater is something that she looks forward to passing on to young artists who are eager to learn. She credits her inspiration to her Husband, percussionist Wilson Torres and daughter Noemi.
Praised for her rhythmic precision and dynamic range, harpist Ashley Jackson enjoys a multifaceted career as one of the most highly-sought after collaborators in New York and beyond.
As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, the Qatar Philharmonic, and is the principal harpist of NOVUS NY, the contemporary music orchestra of Trinity Wall Street led by Julian Wachner.
Ashley has appeared on stages in New York and around the world including Alice Tully Hall, National Sawdust, Park Avenue Armory, Sala São Paulo, Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
As a passionate advocate for developing new works across artistic disciplines, she has premiered works by Timo Andres, Brad and Doug Balliett, Danielle Eva Schwob, and Nina Young. She also premiered What Did Freud Dream About, a mixed-medium immersive performance curated by Roya Sachs, performed at New York Fashion Week, and was featured in the style blog, Swagger New York.
Throughout her academic and professional careers, Ashley has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion within higher education and the performing arts. As a recipient of the Theodore Presser Award, she pursued her doctoral research on black female composer Margaret Bonds and her collaboration with Langston Hughes, presenting her findings in lectures at the Studio Museum of Harlem and the University of North Carolina. She is currently on faculty at Vassar College, and serves on the Advisory Board of The Dream Unfinished, a diverse collective of classical musicians and activists who promote NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations.
She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard, a Master of Music from Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
John McLaughlin Williams
Grammy Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams (the first African-American conductor to win a Grammy) has been critically acclaimed for his outstanding interpretive abilities and engaging podium presence. Equally at home with the standard literature and the great romantic and early modern music written by American composers, it was with the release of his acclaimed recordings on the Naxos label, that his conducting became familiar to listeners on both sides of the Atlantic. With the National Symphony and Radio Orchestras of Ukraine Williams has made world-premiere recordings of orchestral works by American composers both well-known and neglected for the Naxos label’s celebrated “American Classics” series. He has been critically hailed in international publications, among them Fanfare, Gramophone, Classic FM, International Record Review, American Record Guide, and the French recording journal Diapason. His recordings appear on the Naxos, TNC, Artek, Cambria, Afka, and Sono Luminus labels. Additional recognition came from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2009 and 2011 when he was awarded further Grammy nominations for his conducting in recordings of concerti by Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Lees with violinist Elmar Oliveira, and for Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works. Williams’s conducting experience includes appearances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Colorado Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Classic FM Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), Kiev Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera/Opera New England, Boulder Philharmonic, and the Britt Festival, where he served as Assistant Conductor. Williams holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Carl Topilow, and composition with Donald Erb and Margaret Brouwer. Williams is as comfortable with popular material as he is with the classics. He’s conducted for R&B superstars Al Jarreau, Brian McKnight, and The Winans in “Christmas Glory”, a gospel Christmas concert production for the FOX and UPN television networks.
James Blachly is a conductor rapidly gaining a reputation for insightful and interactive programming. The artistic director of the New York-based Sheep Island Ensemble, he is the co-founder of Make Music NOLA, an El Sistema-inspired program in New Orleans. This season saw debut performances with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic New Directions, and two concerts in Venezuela, where he was invited as guest conductor. This summer, he will be making his debut with Geneseo Light Opera, music directing Così fan tutte at the Smith Opera House. His recent production and conducting of the Rite of Spring Dance Party, presented in partnership with Groupmuse, has called international attention to his innovative programming. With the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, he initiated the Young Composers Initiative, reading and recording the compositions of young composers. Mr. Blachly is a passionate advocate for music education and youth orchestras. Last summer, he conducted a large-scale benefit concert for six El Sistema-inspired programs in New York City hosted by Jamie Bernstein, joining with concertmaster Krista Bennion Feeney of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s to perform Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. In 2014, he made his Boston debut with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, as well as conducting sessions for Parma Records and guest conducting the acclaimed Discovery Ensemble.
chamber concert manager
Pianist Kyle P. Walker strongly believes music can to speak social justice issues better than verbal language can. He brings this understanding to both traditional Western repertoire and that of the living composers with whom he collaborates.
Recent performances have been featured on WQXR radio, NPR and UNC-TV. New York City performances include his 2013 debut solo recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera Guild, The House of the Redeemer, The National Opera America Center, Tishman Auditorium, and the innovative music and multimedia venue, Spectrum NYC.
Walker performs with the newly founded “Artists By Any Other Name” based in NYC. The group endeavors to increase the accessibility of classical music by encouraging it’s symbiosis with other art forms, including dance, drama, poetry, and visual art.
He is currently embarking on a solo performance project entitled Black Notes, which aims to explore the divides and connections between White American and Black American Art Music. This project received generous support from the Peter M. Gross Foundation.
Kyle Walker earned a Bachelor of Music under Benjamin Hochman and Keiko Sekino at East Carolina University. He is also a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied under Clifton Matthews. Recently Walker received his Masters of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Sauer at Mannes College The New School for Music. His website is www.kylewalkerpiano.com
Chamber Concert manager
Emily Kalish is a violinist and educator based in New York City. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Hartt School, where she studied with Katie Lansdale, and Master's in violin performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Burton Kaplan. A member of the Binghamton Philharmonic and Hudson Valley Philharmonic, as well as Gusto Chamber Players, Ms. Kalish performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She maintains a full teaching studio at Concordia Conservatory of Music and Art in Bronxville, NY, where she has taught violin lessons, group classes, and summer camps since 2010.
artistic personel manager
Violist and Composer Eric Lemmon received his Bachelors in Music at New York University’s Music and Performing Arts Program, a Masters in Viola Performance from the Mannes Conservatory and an Artist Diploma from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he was awarded a Mancini Fellowship. As a violist, Eric has performed throughout the New York City and Miami metropolitan areas with groups such as The Manhattan Camerata, DETOUR New Music, the troupe Project Opera, the New York Chamber Virtuosi, Aerial Photograph, and as principal for One World Symphony, The Chelsea Symphony, and The Sheep Island Ensemble. He is a member of the Highline Chamber Ensemble. Eric has performed with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Mark O’Connor, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Take 6, Michael Feinstein, Clay Aiken, Johnathan Blake and Gordon Goodwin.
As a composer, Eric’s music has been described as using “a broad range of extended techniques and complex rhythms to create both a creepy and beautifully ethereal nebulousness of sound”. His works have appeared at (le) Poisson Rouge, SubCulture, and the FIGMENT arts festival on Governor’s Island. They have been reviewed by the New York Times and featured on WQXR’s Q2. Eric has been awarded NYU’s Creative Collaboration Grant, Mannes’ Peter M. Gross Grant, MetLife’s Creative Connections Grant and ConEd’s Exploring the Metropolis Residency. Recent commissions include works for Jacqueline LeClaire and the International Double Reed Society, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and the Flute, Cello duo Migrations.
Alice Bacon is cellist, graphic designer and web designer (Bloomsday Design) based in Brooklyn, New York. Past projects include work for The Chelsea Symphony, Burning City Orchestra, The Actors Studio, and One Light Left productions. Through design, she aims to enable musicians and creative artists to better communicate visually with the public, and on the best days, works on projects that seek to better lives. The Dream Unfinished is the perfect collision of the two.
As a cellist Alice works across a spectrum of styles. She has performed as a classical artist on four continents and through the US, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Zellerbach Hall, The Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA. She currently plays with NYC ensembles The Chelsea Symphony and the Highline Chamber Ensemble. She has recorded and performed with rock, folk, pop, jazz, and soul musicians including Paul Simon and The Eagles at venues including The Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, the Blue Note, Le Poisson Rouge, The Box, and Gramercy Theatre; premiered and recorded new compositions by jazz composers, accompanied dancers and aerial artists with free improvisation. This fall Alice was featured in the orchestra of the Amazon Prime series Mozart in the Jungle.
Alice earned her M.M. and B.M. with a double major in Cello Performance and Romance Languages, from NYUSteinhardt, where she studied with Professor Marion Feldman and served as an adjunct cello professor.
Milton X. Trujillo
Milton X. Trujillo is a poet and filmmaker based in Queens, NY. He migrated to Queens, from Quito, Ecuador, with his family at the age of 15. He attended Hunter College (CUNY) and obtained a B.A. in Arts, concentrating on Film, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Milton has recently finished production engagements as director of photography in the independent feature film TERRESTRIAL and is currently engaged in production as director of his first feature film. He volunteers as a film educator for his community in Queens and is a member of the immigrant youth organization ATLAS DIY, based out of Sunset Park, Brooklyn.