Hailed as a “national treasure,” “delicious,” and a “mistress of the bow” Canadian violinist Timothy Steeves has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and advocate of contemporary music. He has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Salzburger Festspiele. Additionally his performances have been heard on BBC Radio, NPR, and Radio Canada among others. Timothy made his solo debut in 2004 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has since performed with orchestras in both Canada and the United States in repertoire ranging from baroque standards to world premieres. Timothy is the Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the founding violinist of the new music ensemble Latitude 49 with which he has toured extensively. Timothy is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award and a Laureate of the 2015 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition. He is a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at Rice University having previously attained both a Bachelors and Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan. Timothy’s primary teachers include Edmond Agopian, David Halen, Cho-Liang Lin, and Nick Pulos.
Praised for his “superb artistry and beautiful sound”, cellist Max Geissler is a highly sought-after chamber collaborator and educator. Max is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Rice University under the tutelage of Desmond Hoebig, and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan working with Richard Aaron. Previous mentors of his have also included Catherine Lehr-Ramos of the Saint Louis Symphony and Michel Strauss during a semester of study abroad in Paris. Max is a passionate advocate of the chamber music literature and takes any opportunity he can to enthusiastically share it with audiences. He has performed alongside and collaborated with Jon Kimura Parker, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Beaver, Brian Connelly, Desmond Hoebig, James Dunham, Timothy Pitts, and Benjamin Kamins. As the former principal cellist and project manager of the conductorless string orchestra KINETIC, Max assisted in building the nonprofit from the beginning and strongly advocated for the ensemble's communicative chamber music making in the Houston area. Additionally, Max is dedicated to collaborating with composers, having premiered several pieces for solo cello, string quartet, and chamber orchestra. He has performed regularly as a part of the new music organization MUSIQA in Houston, as well as alongside Brian Connelly on his chamber music series, Music in Context. In the summer, Max is a regular performer at the Geneva Music Festival in New York and continues to perform at the Kalmia Garden Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, a festival he helped co-found with violist Leah Gastler. In addition to performing at these festivals, Max has appeared as a Young Artist at La Jolla SummerFest and the Taipei Music Festival. As an educator, Max runs a teaching studio in Houston and has been on faculty at ENCORE Chamber Music since 2018.
Andy Hall is a passionate saxophone soloist, chamber musician, and private instructor based in Ann Arbor, MI. He has performed as a soloist with the Michigan Symphony Band, World Youth Orchestra, Triangle Wind Ensemble, and was a featured artist on NPR’s “From the Top”. He has competed and placed in numerous state, national, and international competitions, winning first place at the national level of the 2009 NFMC Biennial Competition, 2nd Place in the North Carolina Symphony Concerto Competition, and being named a 2009 Presser Scholar for excellence in saxophone performance. Chamber accomplishments include membership with various prize-winning saxophone quartets over the past twelve years, and one of the founding members of the contemporary music ensemble Latitude 49. He is also the baritone saxophonist with The Moanin’ Frogs, a modern vaudeville saxophone sextet performing throughout the country and internationally. In 2018 The Moanin' Frogs won the wind division of the MPRIZE Chamber Arts Competition. Holding a MM from the University of Michigan and a BM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in saxophone performance, Andy now takes great joy in spreading his knowledge and experience to his private studio. Andy has taught the saxophone professionally in group and private settings for fourteen years. He has held the the official position of saxophone instructor at North Carolina School of the Arts Community Music School, Dexter Community Schools, Northville Community Schools, Saline Community Schools, and Pickney Community Schools. He currently has a private, award-winning studio with students from Dexter, Pickney, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Saline based from his home in Ann Arbor. Andy’s principal teachers and mentors include world renowned saxophonists Donald Sinta, Dr. Steven Stusek, Dr. Timothy McAllister, Chad Eby, and Dr. Susan Fancher. He is a D'Addario woodwind artist, Conn-Selmer educational artist, is a proud member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Performances by clarinetist Andy Hudson have been hailed as “a treat for the listener” and have been praised for “an uncommon singularity of purpose, technical virtuosity, youthful vigor and a mature sensitivity.” Andy has performed at the World Congress of the International Alliance for Women in Music, the New Music Gathering, the College Music Society Conference in Vancouver, and gatherings of the International Clarinet Association’s ‘ClarinetFest’ in Los Angeles, Orlando, Knoxville, and Ostend, Belgium. He has appeared in venues like Carnegie Hall’s ‘Weill Recital Hall’ and Chicago’s ‘Symphony Center,’ and has performed across Switzerland and Germany as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Andy has won top honors at the MTNA National Senior Woodwind Competition, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition (twice), the MTNA Southern Chamber Music Competition, and both the Northwestern University and Columbus State University Concerto Competitions, and received other prizes in the National Collegiate Solo Competition and the Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition. A frequent soloist, Andy has recently performed the concerti of Weber, Daugherty, Mozart, and Zare among others. A noted interpreter of contemporary music, Andy has premiered and commissioned dozens of works to date and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on their MusicNOW series, with Ensemble dal Niente, at the Bang on a Can Summer Marathon, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Eastman School of Music, and Constellation. He has appeared with a.pe.ri.od.ic and the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, and is a core member of F-PLUS, The Zafa Collective, earspace, and 10th & Broadway. Andy is currently Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and he was appointed the North Carolina State Chair for the International Clarinet Association in 2019. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, and his primary professors have included Steve Cohen, Lawrie Bloom, and Lisa Oberlander. When he’s not practicing, Andy enjoys running, reading, playing guitar, eating local food, watching baseball, and acquiring obscure instruments.
Jani Parsons is an award-winning Canadian pianist and teacher, exploring diverse interests in performance, pedagogy, theory, and new music performance. Previous concerts include appearances at the Chan Centre for the Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts, the Ravinia Festival, MASS MoCA, New Music Gathering, Constellation, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and the Detroit Institute for the Arts. In addition to her work as the pianist and executive director with Latitude 49, Jani is an active collaborator, having performed with members of Bang On A Can All-stars, New Music Detroit, Eighth Blackbird, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, and members of the Detroit and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Jani has appeared in educational residencies at the New England Conservatory, University of Minnesota, Indiana University, Northwestern University and the University of Southern Mississippi, and has served as faculty at the Fresh Inc festival, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and Encontras Internacional de Pianistas de Piracicaba in Brazil. She can be heard on the Tzadik label and Çedille Records and has been broadcast as soloist and collaborator on CBC Radio 2 and Wfmt. Jani is a graduate of the University of Michigan (MM and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy), the Vancouver Academy of Music (BM), and the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). Her esteemed teachers include Dr. Arthur Greene, Dr. John Ellis, Prof. Christopher Harding, Lorraine Ambrose, and Allen Reiser. A passionate teacher herself, Jani serves on the piano faculty at Baylor University and teaches online-lessons to advanced students. Jani is generously sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and is a Hambidge Scholar.
Living in multiple musical dimensions, percussionist and composer Chris Sies seeks to bring visceral sonic experiences to audiences through his “virtuoso flair” (Detroit Free Press) and unique voice. Chris has composed, produced, and performed with a multitude of artists, collaborating in acts such as New Music Detroit, the National Arab Orchestra, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, My Brightest Diamond, the Detroit Bureau of Sound, Tatsuya Nakatani, Man Forever, ska-boundary-pushers Stacked Like Pancakes, the experimental rock outfit Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers, and the art rock/no wave duo Throwaway, among many others. He has performed extensively throughout North America in venues such as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Harris Theatre, (le) poisson rouge, Constellation Chicago, Princeton University, the Detroit Institute for the Arts, along with performances on the Vans Warped Tour, Summer Slaughter Tour, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, New Music Gathering, and Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music.
Sies makes his debut on New Amsterdam Records in 2019 as the percussionist and composer with the cross-continental new music ensemble, Latitude 49 on the release of their second album Wax and Wire. With an aim to combine elements of power electronics and death metal genres in his chamber music, Sies’ epic work for L49, these (were) used to harm, is a substantial feature on this release. Aside from his work with Latitude 49, Chris Sies is also a member of the Willo Collective, a percussion-heavy trio of composers dedicated to creating collaborative and interdisciplinary work with choreographers, visual artists, songwriters, and other creators. Chris also performs under the moniker S[K]IES - a solo project dedicated to what he calls “psychedelic noise-metal” through his relentless experiments with percussion and electronics.
Chris received his bachelor’s degree in music performance and dual master’s degrees in percussion performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan. His teachers and mentors include Amy Chavasse, Ian Ding, Joseph Gramley, Brian Jones, Jonathan Ovalle, Doug Perkins, Mike Ranelli, Stephen Rush, Jon Seligman, and Michael Udow. Chris has further developed his work through residencies and fellowships at the Banff Centre for Creativity, the Bang on A Can Summer Festival, the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in addition to attending the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, and the Chosen Vale Summer Percussion Seminar.
Chris is currently based in Waco, Texas where he teaches percussion at Baylor University and lives with his wife and pianist Jani Parsons and their cat, Sanu.