The music of composer Judah Adashi, grounded in the classical tradition and imbued with soul and pop influences ranging from Nina Simone to Björk, has been described as “beguiling” (Alex Ross, New Yorker), “elegant” (Steve Smith, Boston Globe), "affecting" (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun) and “impassioned” (Will Robin, Bandcamp). His recent work centers on the the interplay of art and activism, guided by a belief that the creation and performance of new music can bear witness to injustice, bring together diverse constituencies, create space for empathy, and serve as a call to action. Dr. Adashi is on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where his teaching is focused on new music and community engagement. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, which has made Baltimore a destination for outstanding new music and musicians since 2005. Dr. Adashi holds degrees from Peabody and from Yale University. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and frequent collaborator, cellist Lavena Johanson. More information is available at judahadashi.com.
Currently the music director/conductor of Hamilton on Broadway. Previous work in theater includes Hamilton (Public Theater),Bring It On (Broadway), Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Off-Broadway), In The Heights (National Tour), Carmen La Cubana (Théâtre du Châtelet), FLY (Dallas Theater Center), and Somewhere(Hartford Stage). He has written arrangements and played for numerous Cabaret venues in New York City and also composed a song for the episode “The Cookie Thief” of Sesame Street.After studying Music and Comparative Religion at Harvard University, he received a fellowship to study classical and devotional music in North India. He was also part of the creative team of Carmen: El Amor Cubano, one of the first professional productions of musical theater in Cuba in decades. Originally from Montana, he has also interned and served as Education Policy Adviser in the Montana Governor’s office.
Grammy-nominated Sandeep Das is considered one of the leading tabla players today. One of the favorite disciples of the legendary tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj ji of the Benaras Gharana, Das has carved out a niche for himself around the musical world. His concerts have taken him to major centers of music around the globe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royce Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and the Petronas Tower Hall in Malaysia.
Sandeep has composed for and performed internationally with the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma since the group’s founding in 2000. With the Ensemble, he performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York in 2008, played the BBC Proms in 2004 and 2009, and is the only Indian artist to have performed for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympic Games in Shanghai.
American pianist Lara Downes, 2016 laureate of the Sphinx Organization Medal of Excellence, has garnered wide acclaim as one of the most exciting and communicative pianists of today's generation, called "a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship"by NPR. Born in San Francisco and raised in Europe, Downes' musical outlook reflects the diversity of her personal heritage and extensive travels, with a wide range of creative projects inspired by music from Bach to Billie Holiday, presented with a unique style that the Huffington Post calls "addicting - with an open, honest heart." Since making debuts at Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Salle Gaveau, Lara has won over audiences on diverse stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Le Poisson Rouge and Zinc Bar. Her recordings have topped the Billboard Charts and have been praised as “luscious, moody and dreamy” by the New York Times and “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine. Lara is heard regularly on national radio programs including NPR Music, Sirius XM Symphony Hall, MPR's Performance Today, WNYC's New Sounds, and WFMT’s Impromptu. As a writer, her work has been published in Listen Magazine, The Rumpus, Readers Digest, San Francisco Classical Voice, and other national outlets. She is the producer and host of The Green Room, a radio program about the lives of classical musicians, distributed nationally by the WFMT Radio Network. Ms. Downes is a Steinway Concert and Recording Artist. LaraDownes.com
Hadi Eldebek is a musician and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. He attended the Lebanese National Conservatory in Beirut before moving to New York in 2005 to continue his studies with master Oud and Violin player, Simon Shaheen. In 2009, Hadi began his collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road project as a Teaching Artist for the Silk Road Connect. From there, in 2010, he joined the Silk Road Ensemble as a performing member, and later as a composer. In parallel with performance and composition, Mr. Eldebek is an active educator and panelist on topics of Culture, Arts, and Education, collaborating with institutions such as Harvard Graduate School of Education, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Disney World Imagineering, and more. Currently, Hadi is developing Grantpa, an online platform that helps artists and organizations find and apply for grants.
Drew Alexander Forde
A fiery, passionate performer who leaves everything on the stage, Drew Alexander Forde gives his all to audiences. After starting the viola at the late age of 12, Drew went on to solo with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during his senior year of high school. Soon after acquiring his Bachelors in Viola Performance at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, Drew went on to finish his musical studies at The Juilliard School, obtaining a Masters in Music.
TVK has developed a robust following throughout numerous social media platforms, largely because of his candid communication, unique perspective, and contagious enthusiasm. A master of many faces, from silly to serious, Drew seeks to demystify the stubborn perceptions of classical music, channeling his influences from Neil deGrasse Tyson to Will Smith. He uses social media to share the hidden side of this sacred art: the humor, the heartaches, and the human moments. Through his constant interaction with an enthusiastic online audience, he often acts as a big brother to many young musicians; helping them learn the tricks of the trade, and empowering them to seize their dreams—all while having a good laugh along the way.
Jessica Garand has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Le Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, and the Museum of Fine Art in Montreal. Jessica holds a bachelor degree from McGill’s Schulich School of Music and is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School under the direction of Samuel Rhodes.
Jessica is inspired by the role music can serve in the community. In 2011, she founded Opportunity Music Project, a non-profit instrument instruction program for low-income families. She is an active volunteer in the Montreal and New York City scenes, performing for benefit galas, retirement residences, hospitals, and homeless shelters. In 2008 Jessica was awarded a Canadian Millennium Scholarship in recognition of her community contribution.
Amanda Gookin, praised for her "deep, rich tone and a lovely rubato" (SoundWordSite) and "exceptionally evocative form" (The Glass), is a chamber musician, soloist, and educator living in New York City. She is the co-founder of innovative PUBLIQuartet, quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Concert Artists Guild's 2013 New Music/New Places Ensemble. She gives master classes on improvisation and chamber music throughout the U.S. and is a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools. Amanda is the Professor of Topics in Career Development at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and has been sought after as a speaker on entrepreneurship by the Mannes School of Music. Amanda is the Artistic Director of PUBLIQuartet's composers program, PUBLIQ Access, commissioning new works by emerging composers significantly impacting the approach to writing for string quartet. Her latest initiative, the Forward Music Project, commissioned seven new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers who encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls. The Forward Music Project will open the "Spring Revolution" festival at National Sawdust on March 1, 2017, the first day of National Women's History Month.
Last seen in Finians Rainbow at Irish Rep Theatre.
Broadway: Leap of Faith (angel) National Tour: Newsies (Medda) film/tv: Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix Marvel series, Joyful Noise (Earla) 30 rock (Kolandra and Portia) The Unusuals, Dates and Mates. Some other theatre: City Center Encores, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Ahmanson, Chicago Shakespeare, Vineyard, Papermill, Goodspeed, Marriott Lincolnshire, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva, Appleletree, Drury Lane Oakbrook.
A member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices and volunteer and advocate for homeless youth at Covenant House.
Kevin Hu is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning violinist and polymath. Born in 1993, Kevin became concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra at age 15, won the Schmidbauer International Young Artists competition at age 16, and became a YoungArts Finalist and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts at age 17. He qualified for the USA Mathematics Olympiad in middle school, and while in high school, became a semifinalist for the USA Physics Team, and participated in the USA Mathematics Olympiad Summer Program and the Research Science Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kevin graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 2015, where he was the President of the Harvard Applied Mathematics Society. While in college, he performed across the U.S. and Europe, and performed for international dignitaries including U.S. President Barack Obama, kicking off the 69th annual U.N. General Assembly meeting. Currently, Kevin works at Operator, a tech startup in San Francisco, where he tells stories through numbers and writes music for marketing content. Kevin volunteers on the shelter medicine team at the San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and enjoys running, hiking, photography, and traveling.
Cellist Lavena Johanson is a multifaceted musician who has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Her passion for chamber music has led to performances with esteemed artists such as Robert McDuffie, Mischa Dichter, Peter Wiley, Andres Diaz, Amy Schwartz Moretti, and Elizabeth Pridgen. Lavena is a member of the Atlas String Quartet, semifinalists in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed new and recent works by Ted Hearne, Amy Beth Kirsten, Caroline Shaw and Anna Thorvaldsdottir on Baltimore's Evolution Contemporary Music Series. Lavena has also premiered two pieces written expressly for her by her husband, Judah Adashi, and is only the second cellist to have performed Michael Hersch's Second Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello; she will perform both of Hersch's unaccompanied sonatas in Baltimore next month. Most recently, Lavena toured as a cellist with the indie rock band Ra Ra Riot, playing to sold-out crowds at the 9:30 Club (Washington, DC), The House of Blues (Cleveland, OH), and Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL). A native of Seattle, Lavena holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. She plays on a cello made by Jason Viseltear (New York) and Robert Young (France) in 2005. More information is available at lavenajohanson.com.
Jennifer Jolley (b. 1981) is an Ohio-based composer and sound artist influenced by urban environments and nostalgia. She also authors Why Compose When You Can Blog?, a web log about contemporary composing.
Jennifer’s works have been commissioned and performed by various soloists and ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Opera MODO, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and many others. Current commissions include works for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble
As an educator of new music, Jennifer is an active composer mentor with Music-COMP, and has joined the Interlochen Arts Camp music faculty in 2015. Jennifer has been a faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University since 2012.
Jennifer’s works are distributed through ADJ*ective New Music.
Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “impassioned” (The Washington Post), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Her works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon and VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival, and featured in outlets such as Pitchfork, WNYC’s New Sounds,Q2 Music, I Care If You Listen, and The Log Journal.
As a performer, Molly often performs on her vintage Magnus toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay and has performed on in multiple capacities; including solo, with toy piano, and with a beatboxer. She is additionally active as a DJ, spinning under the moniker “DJ MJ.”
Emily Koh (b.1986) is a Boston-based Singaporean composer whose music is characterized by inventive timbral extremes. Described as ‘the future of composing’ (The Straits Times, Singapore), she is the recipient of awards such as the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Prix D’Ete, and PARMA competitions, commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and grants from New Music USA, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence.
Emily’s works have been described as “beautifully eerie” (New York Times), and “subtley spicy” (Baltimore Sun), and have been performed at various venues around the world in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States by acclaimed ensembles and performers such as Talea Ensemble (USA), Ensemble Dal Niente (USA), New York New Music Ensemble (USA), Signal Ensemble (USA), Boston New Music Initiative (USA), New Thread Quartet (USA), Acoustic Uproar (USA), LUNAR Ensemble (USA), East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (USA/Europe), Avanti! (Finland), Israel Contemporary Players (Israel), Sentieri Selvaggi (Italy), the Next Mushroom Promotion (Japan), Chroma Ensemble (UK), The Philharmonic Orchestra (Singapore), Dingyi Music Company (Singapore) and Chamber Sounds (Singapore) among others.
Emily graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS and the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition and Theory at Brandeis University (degree expected May 2017). She currently teaches at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and has taught at MIT and Longy School of Music, Bard College. She is the co-Artistic Director of Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, and is a member of ASCAP, SCI and the Composers Society of Singapore.
Gabriel Morales was born in Roanoke, VA. At a very young age he started to appreciate a wide range of music genres. At the age of ten he started to play the guitar and showed a special affinity for Rock and Blues guitar playing- which he did with great maturity and expression -“like a grown man” (Two-Time Grammy Award-winner, Michael League of Snarky Puppy). The late Michael “Iron Man” Burks (1957-2012) once referred to Gabe as “Guitar Gabe”. Gabe Morales is a guitarist, musician, song-writer and performer. His songwriting is about life-a personal insight while living in the midst of the everyday life experience. His sound is continuously evolving; he is constantly studying the work of great musicians of all genres. His music includes elements of blues, jazz, classic rock and influences from Latin American folk music. In addition, his music is energetic, and at the same time invites listeners to reflect on daily challenges, feats, and defeats. When performing the blues, Gabe brings the blues legends of past and present to the stage and stands on their shoulders as he tells their stories and bends the strings of his red SG.
Kelly Moran is a composer and pianist from New York. As the sole engineer and producer of her five solo albums, her intricately arranged electro-acoustic compositions have been described as accomplishing “the rare feat of making the work of a single individual sound like the artistic output of a veritable creative army.” (Clrvynt) As a pianist, Moran specializes in works that employ extended techniques and a prepared piano. Her forthcoming album 'Bloodroot' will be released by Telegraph Harp Records in March 2017.
In recent years she has performed as a bassist in Weasel Walter’s no-wave outfit Cellular Chaos, and keyboardist for avant-rock band Voice Coils. Recent collaborations include projects with Toby Driver (Kayo Dot), Charlie Looker (Extra Life), and Joshua Strawn (Azar Swan).
Moran completed her undergraduate degree at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where she studied piano performance, sound engineering, and composition. In 2010, Moran received a fellowship for the MFA program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at University of California-Irvine. A deep interest in composition for dance has propelled numerous collaborations and served as the foundation for her master's thesis, "Laboring Together: An Exploration of Collaborative Processes Between Composers and Choreographers" (published by UC Irvine Libraries, July 2012.) Her composition teachers have included Bright Sheng, Ko Umezaki (Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble) and Grammy award-winning composer Billy Childs. Most recently, she studied piano with acclaimed jazz pianist Kei Akagi (Miles Davis).
Moran works as a freelance pianist in NYC and is on staff as an accompanist at Barnard College and the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance.
Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew’s work explores tap dance as a vehicle for storytelling and community building. He has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded and directed the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. (along with Hines).
“A masterly tapper” (New York Times), Nemr’s work has been recognized with a TED Fellowship, acceptance into the SupporTED Collaboratorium, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative and the CUNY Dance Initiative, a FloBert Award for Tap Dance Excellence, and residencies with Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall, BRICLab, More Art’s Engaging Artists program, Surel’s Place, and the TED Residency. Nemr is recorded on the Grammy nominated recording Itsbynne Reel by Dave Eggar, the DVD Documentary and companion album Tuesdays at Mona’s by Mona’s Hot Four, and narrates the DanceTime Publications DVD, Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film. An avid public speaker, Nemr now uses the story of his journey and the craft of tap dance to speak on ideas of identity, community, faith, and love.
James Allister Sprang
James Allister Sprang is an artist born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Miami, Florida. He is a multi-disciplinary artist that thrives on the inner workings of language. In turn, making work that is a part life as much as it is representational of it. Sprang has been featured in two HBO documentaries based on the growth of young artists and has performed in venues such as the Apollo Theater, The Performing Garage, BHQFU, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Miami Art Museum, and The Gusman Theater of Miami. The first rap lyric he remembers spazzing out over is: “I keep one eye open like CBS. Can I live?”
Sam·i·te (Sæm ē tay) n. 1.a. World-renowned musician, b. Humanitarian, c. Photographer. 2. Born and raised in Uganda. 3. Travels the world bringing his message of peace and hope through the healing power of music. 4. “While performing, I see that people are able to forget their differences and join as one in the moment; my hope is for that moment to last. If we can make that moment last, the world will be a better place.”
Selected a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years to “single out the most promising American pianists of the new generation,” Llewellyn joined former recipients including Yuja Wang, Kirill Gerstein, and Jonathan Biss. Llewellyn performed solo at the White House for President Obama and at the Kennedy Center for his second term’s Presidential Inauguration concert. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him the YoungArts gold medal for music.
Llewellyn also is committed to social action through music, and was the recipient of the Atlantic Council’s Young Global Citizen Award (fellow awardees included Robert De Niro and Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Lee Kuan Yew). He performed with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Baghdad, in a concert that raised funds to support the Children’s Cancer Hospital and celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity. In a Pentagon performance, General Petraeus commended “his courageous humanitarian contributions through the arts…strengthening the ties that unite our nation's.”
Vocalist and composer Tariq Al-Sabir has been described as a "prolific composer" by the Peabody Magazine and the Baltimore Examiner dubbed him "a rising musical mastermind." He sings and writes many styles of music including gospel, classical, jazz, pop and musical theater.
Tariq began writing music/poetry and performing in 3rd grade. His first complete piece "Carry On" was premiered by the Peabody Conservatory's Junior Bach program in his 6th grade year. Junior Bach has since premiered six of his pieces. In 7th grade he joined the Booker T. Washington Boys Choir, (later Kids L.E.A.D), directed by Tony Small. His travels with this Award winning composer and musician have taken him all across the country to experience and teach music at a professional level. Thanks to this collaboration, Tariq was featured as one of the lead vocalists on the theme song for HBO's "The Wire" in 2006.
Tariq’s awards include the 2006 Centerstage Young Playwrights Award for his musical, “Another Man's Treasure", the 2008 NIYC Gospelfest Awards, the Baltimore Choral Arts 2009 Student Composer Project Award with his piece, "With Open Wings", the 2009 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, "Oh Say Can you Sing" competition and a 2011 National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts Young Arts Finalist in both Classical and Popular voice. He has been featured as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the D.C. Jazz Festival, Anacostia Jazz Festival, and Hilary Hahn's Tsunami Relief Concert. Tariq has shared the stage with artists such as Kishna Davis, the Bel Canto Singers, Dejuana Small, Rance Allen, Sandy Patti, Andy Williams, and Maurette Brown Clark.
Mariela Shaker, born in 1990 in Aleppo, Syria, started playing the violin at the age of ten when she joined the Arabic Institute of Music in Aleppo. Mariela studied Business Administration and graduated from the University of Aleppo in 2012. As civil war escalated in 2013, Mariela received a scholarship to attend Monmouth College in Illinois to study Music Performance. She applied for asylum in the United States as she was unable to return to her war-torn home in Syria. Her parents are still living in Aleppo. Mariela has been awarded a full-tuition academic scholarship to study for her Master in Music Performance at DePaul University. She has performed at the Kennedy Center part of UNHCR and was honored at the White House as a “champion of change” on refugee issues. In December she played for members of the U.S. legislature and for the First Scottish Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Mariela has recently performed and spoke at the White House, Brooking Institute, Pentagon Conference, United Nations, Aspen Ideas Festival, Arab American Institute, Georgetown and George Washington universities, Harvard and many others… Mariela is trying to use her music to build bridges and raise awareness for the plights of the Syrian people. Mariela has been profiled by the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Buzz Feed Woman's Day and many others.
Elizabeth is happy to be back in NYC after a year leading the national tour as Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County. On Broadway she was last seen as the man-crazed anthropologist, Claire De Loone in the revival of On the Town (Drama Desk Nomination). She made her Broadway debut as the flight attendant, April, in the 2007 Tony-Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Other roles originated on Broadway include: Allison, in John Water’s Cry-Baby, and Dyanne in the rock’n’roll musical, Million Dollar Quartet. First National and Japanese Tour: Kira in Xanadu. New York/Off-Broadway: Gussie Carnegie, in the New York City Center, Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along. The Nurse in Hello, Again (Transport Theatre Group—Drama League Nomination, best ensemble). TV: The Get Down, The Affair, Black Box, Made in Jersey, Fringe, The Chappelle Show,All My Children, The Today Show, Jimmy Fallon, the TONY awards, PBS Great Performances. Numerous leading roles regionally: Sundance Theatre Lab, Goodspeed Opera Co., Barrington Stage Co., Sacramento Music Circus, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Pittsburgh CLO, Rep. of St. Louis, The O’Neill, La Jolla Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre Co., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has been a concert soloist with symphonies throughout the United States and loves performing her self-written cabarets. A Midwestern native, she is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. www.elizabethstanley.net
Jacqueline Suskin is a writer, performance poet and artist based in Los Angeles. She is the author of two books, the latest entitled Go Ahead & Like It available from Ten Speed Press of Penguin Random House. Known for her ongoing work with a project she calls "Poem Store," Suskin composes on-demand poetry on her manual typewriter for customers who choose both a topic and a price in exchange for a unique verse. Poem Store has been her main occupation since 2009 and has taken her around the country with her typewriter in tow. Suskin has been featured in New York Times, T Magazine, LA Times, and has performed at events for various organizations including Art Basel, Los Angeles Contemporary, Art of Elysium and SF MOMA. She often collaborates with fashion brands such as Alice + Olivia and Nasty Gal, finding endless ways to bring poetry into the mainstream. Suskin also works as an educator, inspiring students to write poetry, keep journals, and read books. She works with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as a Turnaround Artist, has been the visiting artist at many schools such as La Salle High School and Ball State University, and has taught writing workshops at Wanderlust, Hollywood and The Women’s Center For Creative Work.
Andia Winslow, Yale alumna and Founder of The Fit Cycle, is a Professional Golfer, Master Certified Fitness Professional, On-Air TV Personality, Voice Over Artist, National Parks Foundation Ambassador and contributor for the American Heart Association Go Red For Women campaign. Her innovative fitness and wellness efforts have been recognized globally, with features by The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, SXSW, ESPN, Cosmopolitan and Forbes recognizing her work as the “Smartest, Sexiest Workout Videos Ever." As an elite athlete, Andia trained with Olympic Hall of Fame Track & Field Coach Brooks Johnson and was invited to join the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in preparation for the Winter Olympics. Heralded as one of the "Top Trainers in New York City," she's helped to launch highly acclaimed fitness studios, has been recognized as a wellness industry thought leader and is committed to her work that encourages youth and adults to maintain healthy and active lifestyles. Andia loves heavy beats and good riffs and works to inspire folks to harmonize their bodies with their environments. Follow her #MOVEment onlinewww.AndiaWinslow.com and connect on with her on Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram @AndiaWinslow.
An advocate of new music, Justin Snyder has worked with composers such as Libby Larsen, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, John Musto, and Mohammed Fairouz. He has collaborated with and performed world premieres by William Bolcom, Jonathan Dove, Tucker Fuller, and Libby Larsen. Justin has worked with artists of diverse mediums including dancers, poets, performance artists, fashion designers, laser artists, and filmmakers.
Some of the venues he has performed at include Wigmore Hall, The Tank (New York), the Barbican Centre, Mori + Stein Gallery, Harvard University, Panoply Lab, The Horse Hospital, Sadler's Wells (in collaboration with Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal), the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Mexican Cultural Institute (D.C.), Teatro del Lago, Guangzhou Opera House, and Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts. He has appeared on BBC Radio and the Czech National Radio.
Justin studied at the University of Michigan in Piano Performance with Christopher Harding followed by a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano with Martin Katz. He holds a second masters degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying under Pamela Lidiard and Graham Johnson.