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Celebrate Latin Soul! Cello Fellow Nicolas Mariscal shares the richness and fascinating diversity of influences that is found in Latin American music. No other music in the world so colorfully melds the rhythms of Africa, the classical traditions of Europe and the folk traditions of the Americas. This endlessly inventive repertoire will be explored in depth in this vibrant program for full orchestra.
Alma Latina is an NWS BLUE project. Fellow-driven projects are sponsored in part by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation.
Second-year Cello Fellow Nicholas Mariscal is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), where he received both his master of music degree and graduate certificate studying with distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. In 2014 he received his bachelor of music degree at Indiana University under the tutelage of Eric Kim. Mr. Mariscal has won numerous competitions and awards, including first prize in the 2017 Edith Knox Competition in Los Angeles and third Prize in the 2014 Sphinx Competition in Detroit. He has given concerto performances at Aspen Music Festival, Indiana University and most recently in Redondo Beach, California, performing the Barber Cello Concerto with the Peninsula Symphony. In November of 2018, he makes his professional concerto debut, performing the Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody with the Tucson Symphony. Additionally, he has won the USC/Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Mock Audition, leading to performances with LACO as a member of its cello section.
Mr. Mariscal won the Indiana University Latin American Music Center Recording Competition, resulting in a commercially-produced recording and a solo recital in New York at the Americas Society. An ardent performer of new and lesser-known music, his recording, Nubes Bajas: A Collection of Solo Cello Music from Latin America, includes seldom-performed unaccompanied cello works by 20th- and 21st-century Latin American composers. He has also performed concertos by living composers such as Tan Dun and Sofia Gubaidulina, and has played extensively with contemporary music ensembles including the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Indiana University New Music Ensemble and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and USC Thornton Edge.
Recognized as "an entrepreneur bringing innovation to classical music" (Forbes), Chad Goodman leads an active and diverse conducting career.
The Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, Mr. Goodman will work closely with Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and take the podium on 13 programs during the 2019-20 Season. Since 2018 he has served as an Assistant Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony, assisting Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Daniel Harding, Pablo Heras-Casado, Simone Young and James Gaffigan, among others.
As Founder and Artistic Director of Elevate Ensemble, Mr. Goodman’s “courageous” and “ambitious” (San Francisco Classical Voice) vision for concert programming resulted in the pairing of music from Bay Area composers with underappreciated gems of the 20th and 21st centuries. Under his leadership, Elevate Ensemble established a Composer-in-Residence program, served as Ensemble-in-Residence at San Francisco State University, and commissioned 15 works from Bay Area composers.
Mr. Goodman has previously served as Music Director of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony. He has been a Conducting Fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival, a cover conductor for the San Francisco Ballet and has collaborated with composer Mason Bates on his electronica-classical music project, Mercury Soul.
A driving force in the new music scene, Mr. Goodman has conducted the premieres of more than 50 works. In addition to his performing career, he has taught young musicians the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully navigate the world as a working musician in his workshop “You Just Earned a Music Degree. Now What?”
Mr. Goodman holds a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master of music degree from San Francisco State University. His mentors include Michael Tilson Thomas, Alasdair Neale, Cyrus Ginwala and Martin Seggelke.
Cuban-Puerto Rican soprano Megan Barrera is a native of Miami and is an active performer of both opera and concert repertoire. This year she was the second prize-winner of the Gabriela Beňačková International Vocal Competition in the Czech Republic. In 2018 Ms. Barrera was the first prize-winner of the Certamen Nuevas Voces Ciudad de Sevilla, Spain. She was also a prizewinner of the Concorso Lirico Premio Koliqi in Milan, and the International Vissi D’arte Competition in the Czech Republic. In 2017 she was the first prize-winner of the Saint Petersburg Opera Guild Competition in Florida and the Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition in New York. In 2016 Ms. Barrera was awarded the Munday Encouragement Award at the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition. She has also been awarded a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust.
Ms. Barrera was recently seen and given great acclaim in recital with pianist Francisco Soriano in Festival de Cádiz, Spain. This past summer she toured a Music of the Americas recital with pianist, Dr. João Paulo Casarotti. They performed in London, Lisbon and different cities in Brazil. Ms. Barrera also made her Alhambra Orchestra debut in Miami, and she was recently heard as one of the fairies in the Miami City Ballet Balanchine’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In 2020 Ms. Barrera will make her debut with Divadlo J.K. Tyla Plzni, Czech Republic, singing Micaëla in Carmen. Ms. Barrera will also get to sing the four heroines in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann with Opéra Louisiane. Her next debut will be at the Teatro de la Maestranza of Seville in La Traviata, as the winner of the Nuevas Voces Certamen prize, which also includes concerts with Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. In 2021 Ms. Barrera will also debut with Thüringen Philharmonic in Germany and Kraków Philharmonic in Poland.
Ms. Barrera holds a doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees from Louisiana State University, where she was the recipient of a full tuition scholarship. She completed her bachelor of music degree at the University of Miami, where she was also a recipient of the Bertha Foster full tuition scholarship.
Hailing from Beverly, Massachusetts, Lisa Stoneham is a third-year Bass Trombone Fellow at the New World Symphony. She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra and Western New York Chamber Orchestra. She has spent her recent summers performing with the Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute. In 2018 Ms. Stoneham was selected to participate in the inaugural Keston MAX LSO Fellowship through the Music Academy of the West and played with the London Symphony in 2019. She also had the privilege of joining the Monarch Brass at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference.
As a soloist, Ms. Stoneham was a finalist in the 2018 Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition. She received fourth place in the Donald Yaxley Solo Competition in 2016. While at SUNY Fredonia, she completed a performer’s certificate, receiving the highest level of achievement for her recital performances. She was also a finalist for the SUNY Fredonia Concerto Competition for two consecutive years.
Ms. Stoneham received her master’s degree from Rice University, where she studied with Allen Barnhill, Barbara Butler and Charlie Geyer. She received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia where she studied with Jeffrey Dee. Other former teachers include Mark Lawrence, Ralph Sauer, Norman Bolter and Jeanne Pocius Dorismond.
In her free time, Ms. Stoneham enjoys exploring the bookstores and coffee shops wherever she happens to be.