Bios

John R. Beck: percussion John Beck photo

JOHN R. BECK has been a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts since 1998, and is a performer with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphony orchestras, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Philidor Percussion Group. He is a former member of the United States Marine Band and for 10 years performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Beck has toured the United States as a xylophone soloist with the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New Sousa Band. He has served on the PAS Education Committee, Board of Directors, NC Chapter President, and has presented clinics at state Days of Percussion, PASIC, Midwest, and MENC events. As an educator Beck has also served on the faculties of the Universities of Utah, Colorado, Nevada – Las Vegas, North Carolina – Greensboro, and Florida State. His CD “Shared Spaces” is on the Equilibrium label, and in 2000 his educational video “Ensemble Techniques and Musicianship for Percussionists” was distributed free to all high schools in North Carolina through a state Arts Council Grant. http://faculty.uncsa.edu/music/beck/

Michael Burns: bassoon, composer 

MICHAEL BURNS is the bassoon professor at the University of NC at Greensboro and a Yamaha Performing Artist. His first solo CD Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists was released on the Mark Masters label in 2009 to critical acclaim. He holds the BM degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the MM from the New England Conservatory, and the DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed in numerous professional orchestras including the Cincinnati and the New Zealand Symphonies and played Principal in the Midland/Odessa, Richmond and Abilene Symphonies and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Currently Burns plays principal with the Asheville Symphony, North Carolina Ballet and North Carolina Opera as well as performing frequently with the North Carolina and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras. Prior to UNCG he taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Indiana State University, and Midland College. He remains active as a solo and chamber performer with numerous recitals and master classes throughout North America, Germany, China and the South Pacific, he is bassoonist in the EastWind Ensemble, the Blue Mountain Ensemble, and the Cascade Quintet. Burns has recorded for the Centaur, CAP, Telarc, EMI, Klavier, and Mark labels. He is also an active composer with many of his pieces being published by TrevCo Music and frequently performed. He is archivist for the International Double Reed Society and was co-host for the IDRS 2003 Conference in Greensboro, NC. For more information please visit: www.michaelburnsbassoon.com

Carla Copeland-Burns: flute Carla photo 2016 

CARLA COPELAND-BURNS, flute, currently enjoys an active freelancing career with several ensembles including the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, and the Carolina Ballet among others.  She has performed over 300 concerts with the North Carolina Symphony, including numerous appearances as Principal flute.  Since 1995 Burns has served as Piccoloist for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute in the Salisbury Symphony, and in the ongoing chamber ensembles Blue Mountain (flute/bassoon) and the Cascade Wind Quintet, a North Carolina Arts Council Touring Roster Ensemble. Burns currently teaches flute at Radford University in Virginia and coaches chamber music at the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop held at the University of North Carolina. She previously served as Principal flute in the Midland-Odessa Symphony and on the faculties of Indiana State University, Mars Hill College, and the Cincinnati-College Conservatory Preparatory Division. Burns holds the Bachelor of Music with Honors from Florida State University, the Master of Music in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory, and was a Doctoral Candidate in Flute Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) when she joined the Midland-Odessa Symphony as Principal Flute. Burns has recorded with ensembles on the Albany, Centaur, and Klavier labels and has been heard on several editions of NPR’s Performance Today. Her mentors include Nadine Asin, Jack Wellbaum, Carol Wincenc, Lois Schaefer, Charles DeLaney and Stephen Preston. www.carlacopelandburns.com

Jacqui Carrasco: violin  

Violinist JACQUI CARRASCO has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and Russia, including solo appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and at the Library of Congress. Her performing has been described as “captivating” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) and “expertly worked” (Los Angeles Times), and she has recorded contemporary chamber music for the Nonesuch, Koch, Albany, Mode, CRI and Braxton House record labels. She has also been active in the worlds of Argentine tango and jazz in performances with groups such as the New York-Buenos Aires Connection and with musicians such as Anthony Braxton and pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus. An Associate Professor at Wake Forest University, she currently performs as the violinist of the Carolina Piano Trio and is an artistic co-director of the Carolina Summer Music Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. http://www.wfu.edu/music/people/faculty/carrasco.html

James Douglass: keyboard  

JAMES DOUGLASS, keyboard, is assistant professor of collaborative piano and auditions coordinator for the Accompanying and Chamber Music degree program at UNC-Greensboro. He has been involved in diverse genres including chamber music, vocal arts, opera, choral arts, symphonic repertoire, jazz, cabaret, and musical theater. He received the BM and MM in piano performance from the University of Alabama and the DMA in collaborative piano from the University of Southern California where he was a student of Dr. Alan L. Smith; additional studies were with collaborative pianists Anne Epperson and Martin Katz. While at USC he received a Koldofsky Fellowship and the Outstanding Keyboard Collaborative Arts award. Douglass has served on the faculties of Mississippi College, Occidental College LA, USC, and Middle Tennessee State University where he was coordinator of the collaborative piano degree program. In 2003 he began teaching in the summer study program AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria as the instructor of collaborative piano and a coach in the lieder program with Harold Heiberg. Performances as a collaborative pianist have included recitals and television/radio broadcasts across the United States and in Europe (France, Germany, Austria, Hungary); in master classes given by artists Dawn Upshaw, Carol Vaness, Vladimir Chernov, Norman Luboff, Paul Salamunovich, Natalie Hinderas, Leon Bates. Douglass is an active clinician and a recording with soprano Hope Koehler of John Jacob Niles songs was released on the Albany label in 2008.

Susan Fancher: saxophone 

SUSAN FANCHER is known for her deep and poetic musical interpretations.  A much sought after performer of new music, she has inspired and premiered dozens of new works for saxophone. The 2011-2012 concert season features performances and recording sessions for a CD of music by Hilary Tann, as well as a performance of Tann’s Shakkei for soprano saxophone and orchestra at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference.   Susan Fancher will also perform the premiere of Concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra by Mark Engebretson (written with the support of a North Carolina Artist Fellowship) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, under the baton of Ligia Amadio.  The season also includes performances of Michael Torke’s Concerto for soprano saxophone in its new version, commissioned by Susan Fancher together with a consortium of wind ensembles, as well as Mark Engebretson’s Duo Concertante together with saxophonist James Romain and the Drake University Wind Ensemble under the baton of Robert Meunier.  In September 2011, Susan traveled to Stockholm to present a masterclass at the Music Academy and perform in a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rollin’ Phones saxophone quartet, the ensemble that launched her professional performing career. Her 2009 CD release In Two Worlds (Innova 736) features music for saxophone and electronics by John Anthony Lennon, James Paul Sain, Mark Engebretson, Reginald Bain, Judith Shatin, Morton Subotnick and Edmund Campion.  New CD releases in 2012 include a full CD of the music of Stuart Saunders Smith on 11 West Records, and the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet performing music of Alejandro Rutty on Parma Records. Susan Fancher is a regularly featured columnist for the nationally distributed Saxophone Journal.  She is a clinician for the Selmer and Vandoren companies and teaches saxophone at Duke University.

Clara O’Brien: mezzo soprano 

CLARA O’BRIEN’s international career began when she was awarded the Sonderpreis des Badischen Staatstheaters; a prize created specially for her at the 1st International Coloratura Competition, Sylvia Geszty in Stuttgart, Germany. She has appeared on such international stages asChicago, Dallas, Berlin, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Dresden, Leipzig and Frankfurt. For many years, she was engaged as soloist at the State Theater of Baden and based her career from Germany. Among her repertoire are acclaimed performances of Octavian, Komponist, Adalgisa, Mignon, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda), Rosina, Cenerentola, Musetta, Hélène (La Belle Hélène), Fenena (Nabucco) and numerous roles with the International Händel Festspiel.  Her operatic performances received Opernwelt’s Best Performancecitations in both the Emerging and Established Artist categories. Other awards include 1st Prize, Erika Köth Meisterkurs and Finalist in the International Belvedere Competition. Recently, Clara O’Brien returned to the U.S. and now combines her appearances on stages and in concert with teaching at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Eric Schwartz: artistic director, composer, piano 

ERIC SCHWARTZ  has studied composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, New York University, and both the Interlochen and Aspen Summer Music Festivals. His music has been performed on five continents, at venues ranging from Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and the BMW Edge Theatre in Melbourne, Australia to universities, coffee shops, gas stations, and bars of all shapes and sizes. He has received awards and grants from Meet the Composer, ASCAP, The Society for New Music, The Puffin Foundation, The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and The Ohio Federation of College Music Clubs. Schwartz has served on the faculties of New York University, Hunter College, the Henry Street Settlement, and most recently the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he serves as Music Director for the School of Dance. He was formerly a Resident Composer for the Los Angeles based Tonoi contemporary music ensemble, the Minnesota based Renegade Ensemble, and NYC’s Vox Novus. His debut CD 24 Ways of Looking at a Piano, named one of the top classical CDs of 2005 by All Music Guide, is available from Centaur Records. His second solo album, OYOU will be available from CD Baby in 2011. His music is also available on Signum Classics, Capstone Records, Trace Label, and a host of others, and is published by Staunch Music (UK) and Lovebird Music (US).  http://www.ericschwartzcomposer.com

 

Guest Artists (a few of the fantastic musicians that have sat in with Forecast):

Mark Engebretson: composer, saxophone 

MARK ENGEBRETSON is Assistant Professor of Composition and Electronic Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former resident of Vienna and Stockholm, he has received numerous commissions from the Austrian Ministry of Culture, STIM (Sweden) and the American Composers Forum Commissioning Program.  His Five Songs of Passion was recently premiered by the Eastwind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and Duo Concertante was premiered by the Wroclaw (Poland) Philharmonic.  Dr. Engebretson was formerly on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music, the University of Florida and SUNY Fredonia. He studied composition with Michel Fuste-Lambezat, M. William Karlins, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, Michael Pisaro, Stephen Syverud and Jay Alan Yim. http://home.earthlink.net/~mark.engebretson/index.html

Louis Goldstein: piano   

LOUIS GOLDSTEIN is a Professor of Music atWakeForestUniversity, where he has been a member of the Department of Music faculty since 1979.  He taught on the faculty of American Foundations, a graduate seminar offered at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, for 15 years.  He has performed widely as a piano soloist in theUnited States, most notably at the Hollywood Bowl, Orchestra Hall inChicago, and Carnegie Recital Hall inNew York City. He has also performed inCanada,Israel, theNetherlands,Czechoslovakia, andItaly.Goldstein co-founded and co-directed the California New Music Ensemble, and has been a member of the Los Angeles Group for Contemporary Music and NEWBAND, a New Yorkcontemporary music ensemble.  In 1982 he won the Grand Prize in the Teacher’s Division of the International Piano Recording Competition.  He has recorded for Orion Records, Greensye Music, and Offseason Productions.  His CD recordings of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes and Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories have garnered lavish praise from print and internet sources as well as fellow musicians. His most recent recording, of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus (Nuscope Recordings), ranked in the top 10 modern composition recordings of 2010 by The Wire Magazine. Piano studies have been with Rudolf Ganz, Joseph Hungate (Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music), Leonard Stein, Leonid Hambro (Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Arts), and David Burge (Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music).

Kristopher Keeton: percussion 

Dr. KRISTOPHER KEETON is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music.  Keeton is active as a soloist and as a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony and Sympatico Percussion Group.  He has appeared as a performer and soloist at multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.  As an artist/clinician, Keeton has appeared in multiple settings in the U.S. and Europe, including music festivals, universities, conferences and PAS Days of Percussion.  He received a Doctorate of Music and a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the Northwestern University Beinen School of Music.  Keeton received a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Western Kentucky University.  He has studied with acclaimed percussionists Christopher Norton and Michael Burritt, James Ross of the Chicago Symphony, and drum set artists Chester Thompson and Paul Wertico.  Dr. Keeton is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an artist/educator for Innovative Percussion, Zildjian and Evans.

Saxton Rose: bassoon 

Saxton Rose’s virtuosic interpretations of traditional repertoire, and his dedication to new music have afforded him a prolific and varied career as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. Performances this season include works from Bach to Berio, Mozart to Frank Zappa, and numerous world premieres from composers such as Michael Gordon, John Fitz Rogers, Lawrence Dillon, and John Orfe. He is Artist/Professor of Bassoon at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the principal bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony. He was principal bassoonist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Rose performs and teaches throughout the world. This past season he performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the National Symphony of Colombia in Bogotá, a concerto by Vivaldi with the Orquesta Sinfónica deCaldas, Colombia and in Berlin at the Philharmonie with Alarm Will Sound. Other recent engagements as concerto soloist have been with the National Symphony of Panamá, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Mr. Rose’s training includes courses in Germany, Austria and Italy. He graduated with highest honors from the class of Stefano Canuti at the Conservatorio “Agostino Steffani” inCastelfranco-Veneto, Italy and is a former student of William Winstead at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Saxton Rose is a J. Püchner artist and performs on the Model Superior/6000 bassoon. http://www.saxtonrose.com/

Suzanne Rousso: viola 

SUZANNE ROUSSO, viola, was trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Eastman School and New England Conservatory earning a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola performance. Some of her teachers included Eugene Becker, Max Aronoff, Heidi Castleman and Walter Trampler. From 1989-2001 Ms. Rousso was principal violist of the Greensboro Symphony and performed regularly with the North Carolina Symphony. Additionally she was a faculty member and performer at Eastern Music Festival where she also served as personnel manager. Ms Rousso was appointed Director of Education for the North Carolina Symphony in May 1999. In late 2006, she was appointed Director of Operations and Education of the Portland (Maine) Symphony and also performed as a member of the Vermont Symphony, PortOpera, Opera Boston and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. She returned from Maine to North Carolina in the summer of 2008 to become the Artistic Director of the Mallarmé Chamber Players. She is also an active free-lance player in the Triangle area, performing with groups like the Carolina Ballet, Opera Company of NC, Choral Society of Durham and the NC Symphony. She has recently become Vice President of the Board for the American Federation of Musicians, Local 500. http://www.mallarmemusic.org/

Taimur Sullivan: saxophone  

TAIMUR SULLIVAN enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the acclaimed PRISM Quartet. His performances have taken him from the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Knitting Factory, to engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Dallas Symphony, to concerts in Russia, Europe, and throughout Latin America. He has garnered critical praise as “outstanding…his melodies phrased as if this were an old and cherished classic, his virtuosity supreme” (New York Times), “talented, fearless and sensitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), and as a player of “dazzling proficiency” (American Record Guide). He has premiered over one hundred new compositions, and can be heard on twenty-six recordings for the New World, Mode, Albany, Innova, Naxos, and Capstone record labels. Taimur Sullivan is the Artist/Professor of Saxophone at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones http://www.taimursullivan.com/

John C.B. Wilson: percussion, audio 

For nearly 25 years JOHN C.B. WILSON has been exploring his love for music in bars, clubs, concert halls, dance studios, and recording spaces. He received a BM from The North Carolina School of the Arts and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music. As a percussionist John has performed with various bands, such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the As-Is Ensemble. He also regularly plays with local groups including Four for One, Ken Rhodes Trio, Muddy River Band, The Matt Kendrick Unit, Lean In, and The Carolina Chamber Symphony. In addition, John has taught music at many institutions including Davidson College, Pfeiffer University, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop. Throughout the last decade John has been operating Spot Studio, a unique recording space constructed mostly with salvaged materials. At Spot John and his engineering partner, Chris Peck, have worked with artists such as The Martha Bassett Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luminescent Orchestrii, The StoryLine Project, and Will and Deni Films featuring David Holt. Since 1998 John has found a creative home as an accompanist in the UNCSA Dance Department, where he is inspired on a daily basis through his work with students and faculty. John lives in downtown Winston-Salem with the love of his life, Dr. T. Sharee Fowler, their dog Henry, and two cats Scout and Aslan.

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