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MUSICIANS' FORUM: SHATTERING THE BRASS CEILING
New World Center
- Lisa Stoneham, bass trombone
- Wesley Ducote, piano
- Johanna Gruskin, flute
- Thea Humphries, horn
- Rebecca Oliverio, trumpet
Bass Trombone Fellow Lisa Stoneham moves from the back of the orchestra to center stage, where she will perform a recital of solo and chamber works by living female composers. Come hear a diverse set of compositions, all written in the last decade, including the world premiere of a new commission. Lisa will explore the links between two male-dominated aspects of music: brass playing and composition. She will share video excerpts from her interviews with the composers, in order to create conversation between women in different fields who have often felt like the only one in the room. Let's shatter the brass ceiling!
Musicians' Forum: Shattering the Brass Ceiling is an NWS BLUE project. Fellow-driven projects are sponsored in part by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation.
Approx. Duration: 5 minutes
a quick trip with lots of baggage for Bass Trombone and Recorded Sound
Approx. Duration: 15 minutes
We will not stop looking
Walking over bridges also makes me panicky
Why I'm Not Where You Are (5/21/63)
The Sixth Borough
The Falling Man
Wesley Ducote, piano
Approx. Duration: 6 minutes
Wesley Ducote, piano
Approx. Duration: 3 minutes
Wesley Ducote, piano
(2020; world premiere of NWS commission)
Johanna Gruskin, flute
Approx. Duration: 12 minutes
Scenes from the Bayou
Morning on the Bayou
Fire in the Sky
Thea Humphries, horn
Rebecca Oliverio, trumpet
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.
Wesley Ducote is a first-year Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony. Hailing from Houston, he has led a versatile musical career pursuing a diverse set of interests.
As a collaborator, Mr. Ducote has been featured with many of today’s brightest stars including composer/vocalist Kate Soper, Emmy Award-winning composer and Vietnamese folk musician Van Anh Vo, flutists Leone Buyse and Carol Wincenc, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and many others. He has served as principal keyboardist with the Shepherd School Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has been a featured artist with MUSIQA and the Nantucket Rossini Club, and in 2017 was selected by the Shepherd School of Music to perform with the Gyldfeldt quartet from Leipzig. Mr. Ducote has even worked as a keyboardist/composer in his own jazz-fusion sextet Steve Cox’s Beard.
An enthusiastic performer of new and contemporary music, Mr. Ducote has premiered over 40 new works and worked with faculty at institutions in China, South Korea, Canada and all over the United States. His new music experience includes works for solo piano, chamber ensembles, orchestra and even a piano concerto written for him. He is currently working on an upcoming commissioning project of new solo piano music.
Mr. Ducote is an Artist Fellow with the Louis Moreau Institute and was a Young Artist Fellow with Da Camera of Houston, Resident Piano Fellow with the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and a fellow with CPI at the Composer’s Conference, SICPP, Encore Chamber Music, Round Top Festival Institute and Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Ducote holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in music from Rice University, where he studied with Brian Connelly, as well as an undergraduate degree in mathematics.
Johanna Gruskin is a third-year Flute Fellow at the New World Symphony. Previously she held the position of Principal Flute with the Knoxville Symphony and the YMF Debut Orchestra. She has performed as a guest with the Milwaukee Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony. She was twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and returned as a featured performer of contemporary music with the New Fromm Players. She has also attended the Aspen Music Festival (including one summer as the piccolo fellow), National Repertory Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Americas. As a member of the wind quintet Midic Winds, she was a medalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Ms. Gruskin received a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, a master of music degree from New England Conservatory and a professional studies certificate from The Colburn School. Her primary teachers include Bonita Boyd, NWS alumna Elizabeth Rowe and James Walker.
Thea Humphries is a first-year Horn Fellow at the New World Symphony. She has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Syracuse’s Symphoria. She was most recently a fellow in Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. There, she was an active chamber musician, performing and teaching in educational programs and interactive performances throughout New York City.
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Ms. Humphries received a master of music degree in horn performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Erik Ralske, and a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of W. Peter Kurau. She has participated in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program and Texas Music Festival. Ms. Humphries has had supplemental studies with distinguished artists such as Andrew Bain, John Zirbel, David Wakefield, William Caballero, Roger Kaza, William VerMeulen, Derek Conrod and RJ Kelley.
Ms. Humphries is passionately involved in education and community engagement. In addition to her work through Ensemble Connect, she was a Morse Teaching Fellow at Juilliard, instructing beginner band at a public school in Manhattan. She has also served as a mentor for the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras, and has conducted workshops for elementary school children in New York City.
Rebecca Oliverio is a first-year Trumpet Fellow at the New World Symphony. She recently completed her master’s degree at Northwestern University, where she had the opportunity to tour with the Northwestern University Symphony to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong as principal trumpet on Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. While at Northwestern, she studied with David Bilger, Channing Philbrick, Thomas Rolfs, Michael Sachs and Robert Sullivan.
Miss Oliverio received her bachelor’s degree at Boston University, where she studied with Terry Everson, Thomas Rolfs and NWS alumnus Thomas Siders. She studied abroad at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London during her junior year, where she studied with Mark Calder. Miss Oliverio has always had a love for early music and received lessons on the natural trumpet while at RCM.
Miss Oliverio has attended the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West and the National Repertory Orchestra. It was during her first summer at Tanglewood that she developed an appreciation for uncommon chamber ensemble combinations and eventually helped form a trumpet/percussion duo while at Northwestern.
As a former ice hockey player, Miss Oliverio enjoys ice skating and watching her hometown NHL team. She also regularly paints portraits and landscapes, loves travelling to new places and drinking coffee.