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Tom Cleary

As a pianist Tom Cleary has long-term performing associations with artists including Ellen Powell, James Harvey, Ray Vega and Rick Davies, and has accompanied artists including Lester Bowie, Bill Frisell, Chris Vidala and Pete Yellin.  Since 2008 he has performed on a number of national tours as keyboardist and vocalist in a band led by […]

Füsun Köksal

A native of Turkey, Füsun Köksal studied composition at Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Ankara-Turkey with Bujor Hoinic. After completing her undergraduate studies she studied composition with Prof. Krzysztof Meyer and theory (Künstlerische Tonsatz) with Prof. Johannes Schild at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Köksal holds a PhD in composition, minoring in […]

Damascus Kafumbe, composer/musician

Damascus Kafumbe

Damascus Kafumbe is an expert performer on various East African musical instruments and of numerous East African dance traditions. Dr. Kafumbe has presented nationally and internationally, contributed to world music textbooks, composed and produced world music albums, and built/maintained East African musical instruments for various academic and cultural institutions in the United States. He directs […]

Maria Grenfell, composer

Maria Grenfell

Maria Grenfell was born in Malaysia in 1969 and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, graduating with a Master of Music degree from the University of Canterbury.  She completed further studies in the USA, gaining a Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a doctorate from the University of […]

Daniel Kessner, composer/flutist

Daniel Kessner

VCME’s opening concert will feature Daniel Kessner’s composition Dances, played its entirety.Born in Los Angeles in 1946, Daniel Kessner received his Ph.D. with Distinction at The University of California, Los Angeles, in 1971. His more than 100 compositions have received over 600 performances worldwide, and 22 works are recorded commercially. Most important awards include the […]

Kevin Puts, composer

Kevin Puts

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Silent Night, Kevin Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation.  His work has been commissioned and performed by leading orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestër (Zurich), the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, […]

Lydia Busler-Blais

Vermont composer Lydia Busler-Blais (ASCAP) began her compositional education in high school and continued through New England Conservatory, Thayer Conservatory at Atlantic Union College, and the University of New Hampshire. Lydia has been commissioned by multiple organizations including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Green Mountain Youth Symphony, and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. Commissioned by […]

Hello world!

Not just new music – a new musical experience! This season features a melding of traditional African music and western styles with African drummer Damascus Kafumbe and the ensemble. We present 20th century masterworks, this year’s Pulitzer prize winner Kevin Puts, and a major new work by Thomas Read. And, we return to the marriage […]