Certificate in American Contemporary Music: Faculty Mentors

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Dr. Linda Dusman

Dr. Linda Dusman’s compositions and sonic art explore the richness of contemporary life, from the personal to the political. Recent premieres include her piano trio Diverging Flints, Skra for clarinet and fixed media, and Triptych of Gossips for soprano and violin. Her work has been awarded by theInternational Alliance for Women in Music, the State of Maryland (in both the Music: Composition and the Visual Arts: Media categories), and in February 2009 she was in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Mid-Atlantic Arts Fellow. Her compositions are published by Silent Editions and are recorded on the NEUMA, Capstone, and New Albany labels. As a frequent contributor to the literature on contemporary music and performance, Dr. Dusman’s articles have appeared in the journals Link,Perspectives of New Music, and Interface, as well as a number of anthologies. She was a founding editor of the journal Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and is as an associate editor for Perspectives of New Music. Recently, she founded I Resound Press, a digital press/ archive for music by women composers. Dr. Dusman is a Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and served as Chair of the Music Department there from 2000-2008. Prior to her tenure at UMBC, she held the Jeppson Chair in Music at Clark University in Massachusetts. Areas of Specialty include composition, women composers, and music notation.

Mr. Matt Belzer

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Matt Belzer has a diverse musical life. He has been a member of the improvisational drum and saxophone duo Tiemann-Belzer, the avant-latin group Mosaic, and the classic jazz group The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble. He is also a very active freelance musician, regularly performing on woodwinds at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and numerous theaters and concert halls in the region. His works are published on Advance Music and UNC Jazz Press. He has been honored by Downbeat magazine, the Jazz Composers Alliance and the Maryland State Arts Council. Areas of specialty: Saxophone. Woodwind doubling. Jazz Composition and Arranging. Jazz History and Analysis: specifically the works of Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Wheeler. Performing interest: creative group improvisation, improvisation with interactive software. http://matt-belzer.squarespace.com/chet
Performance: Brass

Dr. Patrick Crossland

Trombonist Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. His musical study continued at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Manhattan School of Music, the Royal College of Music, the University of Minnesota, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik – Trossingen. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, he has collaborated with established and young composers from around the world. Prominent solo performances include the Walker Art Center’s “Festival Dancing In Your Head”, the Darmstadt Course for New Music, where he was awarded a Solo Performance Prize, and the American Trombone Workshop. He has created two multimedia performance projects – “V for Grock” and “Krieg dem Krieg” – which have been presented in the US and Europe. In addition to his activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he is an avid improviser, working with a wide range of musicians and dancers. He is a member of the Composers Slide Quartet and Ensemble Laboratorium. Patrick Crossland teaches trombone and improvisation at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. http://www.patrickcrossland.com
Performance: Piano

Dr. Audrey Andrist

Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School.  She is the winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for the performance of contemporary music, the grand prize for which was a cross-Canada solo recital tour.  She has premiered over 50 new works for solo piano and piano chamber music, and is a member of the Verge Ensemble for New Music, based in Washington, DC, and Strata, a trio with her husband, violinist James Stern, and clarinetist Nathan Williams (www.stratamusic.org).  A highlight of the music written for Ms. Andrist is the Piano Concerto by Andrew MacDonald, premiered with the CBC Vancouver Symphony, Maestro Mario Bernardi conducting. Area of Specialty: North American contemporary music.
Performance: Percussion
Tom Goldstein Tom Goldstein has performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Steve Reich Musicians, Pauline Oliveros, American Festival of Microtonal Music, The Gregg Smith Singers, and Continuum. He has published articles in Perspectives of New Music, Percussive Notes, and Mellen Press, and liner notes for Summit Records jazz recordings. Mr. Goldstein currently performs and records with the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo, the new-music ensemble Ruckus, and the percussion quartet Umbilicus. He has recorded on Neuma, Vanguard, Polydor, Opus 1, O.O. Discs, CD Tech, Capstone, Innova, Centaur, I Resound Press, and CRI labels. He has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Award. Mr. Goldstein is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Performance: Woodwind

Dr. Lisa Cella,
Program Director

A champion of contemporary music, flutist Lisa Cella has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is a founding member of NOISE, the resident ensemble of San Diego New Music. Lisa is co-artistic director of NOISE’s festival of modern music entitled soundON. Lisa performs with Jane Rigler and Carrie Rose in the flute collective inHale, a group dedicated to developing challenging and experimental repertoire for two and three flutes. She is a faculty member of the Soundscape Festival of Contemporary Music in Cesena, Italy and Nief-Norf in Knoxville, TN. She holds degrees from Syracuse University and Peabody Institute of Music. She received a DMA in contemporary flute performance under John Fonville at the University of California, San Diego. Her teachers include Robert Willoughby and John Oberbrunner. She is an associate professor of music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Alan Wonneberger Alan Wonneberger has been active in the music industry for over 30 years as a musician, composer, producer, recording engineer and teacher. He graduated from the University of Maryland, where he studied percussion with Ronald Barnett, and studied audio and electronics engineering with Emile Zugby (Electronic Processing Associates/NASA). Through the 1970’s and 1980’s Mr. Wonneberger designed and built specialized equipment for use in both commercial and military projects; some of these included archival restoration of magnetic wire and tape, vectoring/optical multiplexing of audio discs, and production of Voice Indexing for the Blind media. In 1985, in partnership with Catholic University, he realized and built Washington, DC’s first all-digital recording facility . He is frequently hired as a consultant, teaching advanced concepts in recording and studio design to both individuals and organizations nationwide. Mr. Wonneberger has engineered and produced over 1000 recordings, including hundreds of commercial releases. Current projects include the engineering of an 11 CD set of cello music for Apprentice Music, and serving as the Washington, DC producer for an ongoing series of recordings with composer and conductor Stephen Simon, featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He continues his work as a musician and composer, and his work can be heard on several new recordings.