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New Music Ensemble

New Music Ensemble2013 - 2014 Mizzou New Music Ensemble
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Mizzou New Music Initiative seeks talented performers dedicated to promoting new music. The New Music Ensemble, under the direction of faculty composer and Alarm Will Sound member Stefan Freund, collaborates with MU’s faculty and student composers, performs frequently on and off campus, and works with some of the world’s leading composers and interpreters of new music. Seven Graduate Assistantships are available for New Music Ensemble members.

Over the last three years, the ensemble has performed regularly in St. Louis, in such venues as the Sheldon Concert Hall, Shoenberg Theatre at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Contemporary Art Museum,and World Chess Hall of Fame, collaborating with visual artists in the Sound of Art series. The Ensemble has been coached by prestigious guest composers and performers, visiting the campus as a result of the New Music Initiative, including Steven Stucky, Tod Machover, Matt Haimovitz, eighth blackbird, the Verdehr Trio, and others.


New Music Ensemble Members

Mary Jamerson, flute
Mary Jamerson
Mary Jamerson is currently completing her Master of Music degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she studies with flutist Alice Dade. She is involved in several ensembles in Columbia in addition to the New Music Ensemble, including the University Philharmonic Orchestra, the flute quartet I Quattri Venti, and a number of other small chamber ensembles. She also continues to be active as a performer in the Kansas City area. Mary completed her Bachelor of Science in Music degree at William Jewell College, studying with flutist Elaine Brown. During this time, she also spent a semester in Vienna, Austria, studying with Barbara Gisler Haase at the University for Music and Performing Arts of Vienna. As winner of William Jewell's 2010 College Artist Competition, Mary performed as soloist with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, and was recently a guest soloist with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Kansas City, of which she is an alumna. Mary enjoys the opportunity to work with composers and experience new ideas through her work with the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, and looks forward to sharing this music with listeners.

Shawn Nemati-Baghestani, oboe Shawn Nemati

Shawn Nemati-Baghestani is studying oboe with Dan Willett at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He recently graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Music in oboe performance.  At the University of Missouri-Columbia, Shawn held principal chairs in both the Wind Ensemble and University Philharmonic.  As a chamber musician, Shawn has competed in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the regional level of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) chamber music competition.  In addition, he has participated in lessons and masterclasses with oboists such as Eugene Izotov, Frank Rosenwein, John Ferrillo, Alex Klein, and Pedro Diaz.

Jeremiah Rittel, clarinet Jeremiah Rittle

Jeremiah Rittel is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Missouri. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. During his undergraduate career, Jeremiah sought musical experiences from Western and World practices, resulting in a diverse array of performances and collaborations. 

As a classical clarinetist, Jeremiah has performed with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of the Rockies, studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, and attended the International Clarinet Association Clarinetfest® 2010 in Austin, Texas. During this time, he studied with Dr. Maxine Ramey and Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick.

As a pit orchestra musician, Jeremiah plays E-flat clarinet, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, and tenor saxophone. He has collaborated in over a dozen musicals with the Missoula Community Theatre and the University of Montana’s School of Theatre and Dance. Notable performances include the on-stage klezmer clarinet solo in Fiddler on the Roof, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Steinand; and Chicago, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.

Jeremiah also has interests in world music and jazz. He has explored West African, East Indian, Balinese, and Jazz music through a variety of ensembles, independent studies, master classes, clinics, and community workshops.

Katherine Jones, violin
Katherine Jones
Katherine Jones is a graduate student at the University of Missouri, pursuing a M.M. in violin performance.  She began playing at age four, when her brother inspired her to be a violinist as he embarked on his studies.  She has a B.A. in music and theatre from St. Olaf College, and during the course of her studies there she became interested in new music.  While a part of Charles Gray’s violin studio, she studied and performed little-known 20th century compositions such as Frederick Jacobi’s Ballade for Violin and Piano, and enthusiastically participated in performances of student compositions.  As a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra, Katherine had the opportunity to tour and perform throughout the United States, Spain, and Morocco.  In addition, her four years in the St. Olaf Orchestra fostered her interest in modern music, as the orchestra frequently programmed music by faculty composers and well-known contemporaries such as Erik Ewazen, Eric Whitacre, and Morten Lauridsen.

A native of Colorado Springs, CO, Katherine spent two years teaching in her private violin studio, coaching string sections for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association and performing before coming to Columbia to study with Susan Jensen.  In that time she served as principle second violin for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and assistant concertmaster for the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. Katherine is delighted to be a member of the New Music Ensemble, and looks forward to exploring different ways of producing and performing music.

Rachel Czech, cello
Rachel Czech
Student teaching in St. Louis in the spring of 2013 invigorated Rachel Czech to continue to discover, teach, and introduce others to all types of music one can find.  Rachel graduated in May 2013 from the University of Missouri and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Instrumental Music Education with Education Departmental Honors.  Applying her strong background in education and educational research, she wishes to instill her same eagerness to explore both old and new music styles to unfamiliar listeners through private lessons and educational performance programs.  Continuing her education at the University of Missouri, she is now pursuing her master's degree in cello performance while performing with the New Music Ensemble to promote new compositions.  Additionally, Rachel travels as a freelance cellist to perform and collaborate with other artists in the Missouri area.

Ian McClaflin, percussion
Ian McClaflin
Ian McClaflin is a second year percussion performance major at the University of Missouri where he studies with Julia Gaines. He has a Bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Central Missouri where he studied with Micheal Sekelsky. Ian is currently the director of percussion for the Sedalia School district. During the marching band competition season, Ian judges local competitions. Ian has been the winner of the Mid Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy and the PASIC multi percussion competition. He helped create and is a founding member of the "Grease Monkeys" percussion group that plays at Kansas City's Worlds of Fun. Along with being an active member of the MU percussion studio, Ian is also a member of the Kansas City Chiefs drumline.

Shun-Jung Hsu, piano
Shun-Jung Hsu

Shun- Jung Hsu is currently a second- year graduate student at University of Missouri, pursuing M.M degree in piano performance and studying with Peter Myiamoto. She received her Bachelor of Music from Taipei Municipal University of Education in Taiwan and studied with Andrei Yeh. On her piano educational history, Shun Jung has been given piano lessons from many different pianists, who include Carmen Piazinni, Meng- Chieh Liu and Thomas Linde etc., and experiences various styles, which help her expands a wild repertoire range on piano performance. During Shun Jung’s undergraduate studies, she devotes much of her time, collaborating with vocalists, instrumentalist and choirs. She especially interested in accompanying for the opera, regularly plays for the vocal studio in the school which is coaching by Ini Tai and has several concerts with vocalists in both school and national concert hall. As a second- year graduate student in Mizzou, Shun Jung is looking forward to collaborate with other members in New Music Ensemble.

The programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative have been made possible
through the generous support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

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