Matt McLean, director

Matt is a full time music teacher at Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School. Having over 16 years of full time teaching experience he has led jazz ensembles, marching bands and wind ensembles in public 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 and an M.M. in saxophone performance from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. Matt actively performs with his jazz quartet in and around New York City.

Kareem Lawrence, director of product development

Accomplished marketing and digital technology development professional with working with a variety of stakeholders – from developers to executives – to design and deliver high quality products in fast moving and demanding workplaces. Strong operational background in web development with a history of fostering innovative solutions and encouraging team members to be highly productive under a variety of circumstances. Demonstrated success in the creation and implementation of digital marketing strategies, creative concepts, and vendor management.

Robinson McClellan, program coordinator

Robinson McClellan (b.1976) is a composer, teacher, scholar, and concert presenter. His music has been commissioned and/or played by/at performers and venues including the Albany, Ft. Worth, 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 and VOCO, Trio Eos, and many others. He has received residencies and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and Vassar College. His choral music is published in Music by Heart, an Episcopal hymnal, and Feniarco’s Choraliter, an Italian choral anthology. Robin is on the music faculty at Rutgers University, Manhattan College, Hunter College, St. Francis College, and Lucy Moses School; between them he teaches composition, music theory, music history, and world music to fifth graders, teenagers, college students, 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 and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He previously studied music at Vassar College, and his teachers have been Ingram Marshall, Ezra Laderman, Annea Lockwood, Richard Wilson, Martin Bresnick, and Aaron Jay

Composer Mentors

Emily Eagen

Singer/whistler/teacher Emily Eagen is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, an alumna of Macalester College and The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a former Fulbright scholar to The Hague, the Netherlands. Emily lives and works in New York City, where she is an active performer of early music, contemporary music, and traditional American music, as well as an avid experimenter with both voice and instruments in musical genres of all kinds.

Trevor Bumgarner

From North Carolina, Trevor Bumgarner first began composing during college. Trevor won the 2013 Edging the Cut competition, 3rd place in The American Prize, and has been a finalist for ASCAP, BMI Student Composer Awards, and Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition. He has had performances or recordings by groups such as the Cassatt Quartet, Dark in the Song, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Trevor has had performances at several conferences including the Society of Composers Student National Conference and the NASA region IV conference. He is a recipient of the inaugural Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship. Besides teaching and tutoring music theory in the college and precollege divisions at Juilliard, he is also a Morse Teaching Fellow, instructing several classes for underprivileged students. He is a Teaching Artist in the New York Philharmonics Bridge program for pre-teen composers. As a Gluck Community Fellow, he frequently performs in New York area hospitals, homeless shelters, and pediatric centers. Trevor Bumgarner attended UNC-Greensboro and The Juilliard School studying with Robert Beaser, Mark Engebretson, Alejandro Rutty, and Michael Burns (bassoon).

Angelica Negron

Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. She holds a master’s degree in music composition from New York University and is currently pursuing a doctorate at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies with Tania León. Ms.Negrón has released several albums with indie electronic group Balún and ambient chamber ensemble Arturo en el Barco, and co-founded in 2011 the Spanish immersion music program for young children, ¡Acopladitos!. She’s currently a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program and for Little Orchestra Society’s School Partnership Program working with children grades K through sixth on creative composition projects.

Composer Mentors Emeritus

Janelle Reichman

Janelle Reichman, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, composer, and educator, has performed with musical greats such as Doc Severinsen, Les Paul, Anne Hampton Callaway, Sherrie Maricle and DIVA, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin and many others. Janelle first discovered her love of music when she picked up the clarinet in fifth grade, and would go on to become a multi-instrumentalist. As a teenager, Janelle was a member of bands that opened for Nicholas Payton’s ensemble 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, 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 and Steve Wilson. She has lived in the NYC area for the past five years. Her debut album as a leader, entitled “Middleground” and co-produced by Steve Wilson, was released in the Spring of 2011.

Josh Deutsch

Josh is a trumpeter, composer and educator residing in Queens, New York. A native of Seattle, Josh started as a pianist and composer, before finding an affinity for jazz trumpet in the award-winning jazz bands at Washington Middle School and Garfield High School. Josh went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in jazz studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Allan Chase 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 and Kenny Werner. In 2006, Josh was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to the University of Oregon, and earned a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance and Composition in the spring of 2009.

Karl Warner

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

Harold Meltzer

Harold Meltzer is a composer, a director of a new music ensemble called Sequitur, 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 and Letters, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, 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, 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 and vocal music, which The New York Times put on its best-of-the-year list for

Brad Balliett

New York City-based bassoonist and composer Brad Balliett is gaining a reputation for unusual and thought-provoking programming, performance and composition. As a bassoonist, Brad performs regularly with Metropolis Ensemble, Signal, the Declassified, and Ensemble ACJW. Formerly acting principal of the Hartford Symphony, Brad has also appeared as principal bassoon with the Houston Symphony and American Ballet Theater, and has performed with International Contemporary Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, Zakir Hussain, and Miguel Zenon. Brad is an alumni of Carnegie Hall’s The Academy, and is a founding member of The Declassified, the Deviant Septet, and DZ4. Brad graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2005, and holds an MM from Rice University. Brad is also active as a composer, and makes hip-hop albums with his band The Oracle Hysterical.

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Matthew McLean
Robinson McClellan
S. Alex Ruthmann

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