Harvey Thurmer is Associate Professor of Violin at Miami University, Ohio. He completed his training through Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies, Greensboro, North Carolina in 2012, and since then has given workshops throughout the United States. Thurmer is actively involved in the promotion and recording of new music. He has worked with composers Gyorgy Kurtag, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi and Michael Colgrass. His recording of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragmente, with soprano Audrey Luna, available on the Ars Moderno label, represents the first recording of this monumental work by American artists. He has held a summer faculty position at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee, and performed nationally with fellow Sewanee faculty members Natasha Farny, cellist and Gary Hammond, piano who teach in New York. He is also a member of Miami 3, a newly formed faculty ensemble, with Michele Gingras, clarinet and Heather MacPhail, piano.
The relationship between UC Davis’s Barqoue Orchestra and Davis Senior High School provides a yearlong relationship of learning, exploration, and performance of Baroque and early classical orchestral music on instruments of those eras. Phebe Craig, Angelo Moreno (a UC Davis Music Alum), and Michael Sand are their directors.
Ensemble Mise-En is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha. Comprised of talented young musicians, Mise-en strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences, wishing to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing. As a collective, the diverse musicians have coalesced around an aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name mise-en: “mee”, in Korean, means “beauty”, and “zahn”, “to decorate”, and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds.
Ensemble mise-en has premiered dozens of works by lesser known or underperformed composers alongside reigning powers of the contemporary scene. This has included portrait concerts of composers Bent Sørensen, Wolfgang Mitterer, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Lukas Ligeti and others.
A champion of contemporary music in the United States and abroad, violist Ellen Ruth Rose is currently a member of Empyrean Ensemble, the flagship new music ensemble in residence at UC Davis, and Earplay, the San Francisco-based contemporary ensemble. She teaches viola and chamber music at UC Davis and UC Berkeley.
She has premiered several works showcasing the viola by composers based in Northern California, including Kurt Rohde (Double Trouble, a double viola chamber concerto, 2002), Pablo Ortiz (Le Vrai Tango Argentin for solo viola, 2001), Miguel Galperin (Projections for solo viola, 2004), Steed Cowart (Zephyr for solo viola 1989/2001), Edmund Campion (Melt me with thy delicious numbers for viola and live electronics, 2003) and William Beck (Aquarium for viola, theremin, and tape, 2002).