Kate Stenberg

Kate Stenberg’s solo violin playing has been described by NewMusicBox as “highly virtuosic and deeply communicative, full of character and presence.” Her acclaimed CD, Scenes from a New Music Séance with pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann (Other Minds), includes several...

Cid Pearlman

Cid Pearlman – Director of “Cid Pearlman Performance” is choreographing dance for “Solstice” Suite, in evening concert. For two decades Cid Pearlman’s choreography has worked to subtly disrupt traditional notions of desire, gender and...

Larry Reed

Larry Reed founded ShadowLight Productions in 1972 to nurture indigenous shadow theater traditions, and to explore and expand the possibilities of the shadow theatre medium. He is one of the first Westerners to have trained in the traditional Balinese shadow theatre...

Vlada Volkova-Moran

A native of Russia, Vlada Volkova-Moran holds diplomas from the Tula Music College, the Moscow State Pedagogical University, and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservitory as a musical educator, accompanist, and as a performing artist. While in Russia she was the principle...

John Schneider

John Schneider is an internationally recognized guitarist, composer, author and broadcaster whose weekly television and radio programs have brought the sound of the guitar into millions of homes for the past thirty years. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics & Music from...

Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill, recently called “fiercely gifted” by the New York Times and “as tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” by the San Francisco Chronicle, has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers...

Frank Zappa

FRANK ZAPPA, (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993), was born Frank Vincent Zappa in Baltimore, Maryland and began to play drums at the age of 12. He first played in R & B groups by high school, and then switched to guitar at 18. After narrowly graduating...

Joan Szymko

JOAN SZYMKO, (b.1957) was born in Chicago into a family that placed a high value on education the arts— especially music. She studied choral conducting and music education at the University of Illinois (Urbana, 1978). Immediately after graduating she moved to the...

Franz Schubert

FRANZ SCHUBERT January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer. Although he died at an early age, Schubert was tremendously prolific. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies (including the famous “Unfinished Symphony”), liturgical...

Arnold Schoenberg

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (13 September 1874 – 13 July 1951) was an Austrian and later American composer, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. He used the spelling Schšnberg until after his move...

Jon Scoville

JON SCOVILLE is currently Music Director of Tandy Beal & Company and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Utah. Accomplished composer and dance accompanist, he has toured world-wide and accompanied for many dancers including a partial listing:...

Hyo-Shin Na

HYO-SHIN NA, After studying piano and composition in her native Korea, Hyo-shin Na came to the U.S. in 1983 to do graduate work at the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Colorado, where she received her doctorate. After moving to San Francisco in 1988,...

David Loeb

DAVID LOEB studied with Peter Pindar Stearns at the Mannes College of Music in New York. He currently teaches at Mannes and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. For thirty five years he has composed extensively for traditional Japanese instruments and for...

Bun-Ching Lam

BUN-CHING LAM, born in the Macao region of China, began studying piano at the age of seven and gave her first public solo recital at fifteen. In 1976, she received a B.A. degree in piano performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She then accepted a...

Naoko Kurauchi

NAOKO KURAUCHI, is a graduate of the Musashino Music College in Japan. She studied under Hirohiko TAMURA and Tohru TAMURA . Naoko was selected for the 54th Japan Music Competition and received the 2nd New Composer Award by Japanese Society for Contemporary Music...

Mark Kilstofte

MARK KILSTOFTE, is admired as a composer of lyrical line, engaging harmony, strong, dramatic gesture and keen sensitivity to sound, shape and event. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “exciting and beautiful, consistently gripping,” his music has garnered a...

Lou Harrison

LOU HARRISON, (1917-2003), for fifty years, was in the vanguard of American composers. An innovator of musical composition and performance that transcended cultural boundaries, Harrison’s highly acclaimed work juxtaposes and synthesizes musical dialects from...

Osvaldo Golijov

OSVALDO GOLIJOV, (born December 5, 1960), grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina. Born to a piano teacher mother and physician father, Golijov was raised surrounded by chamber classical music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and...

Philip Glass

PHILIP GLASS, through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the...

Luigi Denza

LUIGI DENZA, (1846 – 1922) was born on 24 February 1846 in Castellemmare di Stabia, Italy. He studied music under Saverio Mercadante and Paolo Serrao at the Naples Conservatory. After graduation, he began to compose opera music and his Wallenstein (1876) was...

Steed Coward

STEED COWART, is a composer and conductor, most interested in the progressive areas of new music, especially American experimental music. His compositions are for an array of instrumental and vocal combinations, electronics and inter-media. Timbre, harmonic...

Philip Collins

PHILIP COLLINS co-founded New Music Works and has served as the organization’s Artistic Director and Conductor since 1982. Collins has guest-conducted numerous ensembles and has performed residencies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Cabrillo...

John Cage

JOHN CAGE, (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992), was born in Los Angeles, California and died in New York City on August 12, 1992. He studied liberal arts at Pomona College. Among his composition teachers were Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg. Cage was...

Luciano Berio

LUCIANO BERIO (1925 – 2003), the Italian composer, was born in Oneglia into a musical family. His father and grandfather were organists and composers and he studied music with them both. Although he developed an interest in the piano, the idea of any possible...

William Winant

WILLIAM WINANT, percussion, is described as “one of the best avant-garde percussionists working today” according to Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times. William has collaborated with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage,...

Dag Weiser and Leslie Murray

DAG WEISER and LESLIE MURRAY, Santa Cruz artists, have collaborated on art installations for over 20 years. They have created installations at the MAH: a three-storey hanging mobile, “Bait Ball,” for the Surf Art show in 2010, and for its annual Stars event 2007-2009....

Thomas Schultz

THOMAS SCHULTZ, piano, has established an international reputation both as an interpreter of music from the classical tradition – particularly Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt – and as one of the leading exponents of the music of our time. Among his recent...

Mike Marshall

MIKE MARSHALL, mandolin, is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile acoustic musicians, a master of mandolin, guitar and violin whose playing is as imaginative and adventurous as it is technically thrilling. Able to swing gracefully from jazz to...

Michael McGushin

MICHAEL MCGUSHIN, Director of Ariose Singers, is a professor of music at Cabrillo College and the coach/accompanist for the Music Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the conductor of the chamber choir Ariose and of Cabrillo’s Westside...

Jim Kassis

JIM KASSIS, Percussion, has been performing with New Music Works since he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1987 to study with San Francisco Symphony percussionist Anthony Cirone, Jim has been teaching and performing both drum set and classical percussion...

Ludi Hinrichs

LUDI HINRICHS, trombone and didgeridoo, has been assimilating sounds since he was two. A diverse musician, he works as a recording artist, educator, choir director, arranger, as well as leading his own jazz groups. Recent collaborations include the performance duo,...

Shoko Hikage

SHOKO HIKAGE, koto, began her koto playing at the age of three, studying with Chizuga Kimura of the Ikuta-ryu Sokyoku Seigen Kai. With this foundation of Japanese traditional music, Shoko has expanded the repertoire and performance of the koto by incorporating...

Timba Harris

TIMBA HARRIS is a violinist/violist, trumpet player, and composer. His professional musical interests span from contemporary chamber music to grinding death metal. He records and tours internationally with the groups Secret Chiefs 3, Master Musicians of Bukkake, and...

David Grisman

DAVID GRISMAN, mandolinist, has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music for nearly half a century. His musical range is wide and deep – embracing many styles, genres and traditions. An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David forged a unique...

Denise Gallant

DENISE GALLANT, video, is a national award- winning video artist with 35+ years experience in video creation and editing, live video production, and graphic design for video. Graduated UCLA Film School, Cum Laude, and UCSC in Communication, Denise has worked as a...

Luciano Chessa

LUCIANO CHESSA, as a composer, pianist, and musical saw / Vietnamese dan bau soloists, has been active in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. Luciano Chessa received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California at Davis. Previously, at the Conservatory of...

Linda Burman-Hall

LINDA BURMAN-HALL, the American harpsichordist, cultural musicologist and early music producer, studied at the College of Letters and Science of University of California in Los Angeles (B.A. in Music with Honors), Princeton University (M.F.A. Music in Theory and...

Tandy Beal

TANDY BEAL is a local dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has organized a number of productions over the years with Tandy Beal & Company, including regular performances of a contemporary dance version of the Nutcracker, which originally premiered in 1982....

Neel Kant Agrawal

NEEL KANT AGRAWAL, percussion, is from East Lansing, Michigan and lives in Los Angeles. Neel’s innovative style draws upon folkloric rhythms of the global diaspora in poetically expressing his postmodern identity. Neel channels his spiritual energy through the art and...

Ariose Singers

ARIOSE SINGERS, is an a capella chorus that performs a varied repertoire of vocal music.They are located in Santa Cruz, California, drawing skilled singers from the community and nearby universities. Their repertoire focuses on master works for small groups from the...