Resident composer and Executive director
By exploring the merging of music and visuals, Argentinean composer Carolina Heredia’s current research is invested in the production of interactive audiovisual works. She founded Khemia Ensemble in 2015, a contemporary music ensemble who strives to create innovative audiovisual concert experiences involving interactive technology. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by esteemed musicians and ensembles such as JACK Quartet, Derek Bermel, Alarm Will Sound, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and Duo Cortona, among others. Her music has been featured on the SONIC Festival NYC, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, TIES Toronto International Electroacoustic Festival, SEAMUS, Strange Beautiful Music, New Music Gathering, Crested Butte Music Festival, and 3rd Cordoba Composition Biennial, among others. Heredia received a 2015 Harvard University Fromm Music Foundation Commission for the creation of her work Ausencias/Ausências/Absences, for string quartet, electronics, dance and interactive video, that was premiered by the JACK Quartet in March 2016. She is an associate professor of composition at the University of Missouri School of Music.
Resident composer and Artistic director
Bret Bohman is a composer of acoustic and electronic music. With a background in dance music production and jazz guitar improvisation, his concert works meet somewhere in the cross-section of these influences and the modernist and post-modernist traditions of Western concert music. Bret's compositions have been heard throughout the United States at various venues and festivals including New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University, Strange Beautiful Music X in Detroit, New Music Gathering 3, Aspen Music Festival, New York City Electronic Music Festival at Abrons Playhouse, 73rd Wellesley Composers Conference, Trinosophes, Toronto International Electronic Symposium, SCI National Conference, SEAMUS National Conference, Society for New Music, 3rd Annual TUTTI Festival and more. His music has received awards and recognition from the Society of New Music (Brian Israel Award), the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition. the Robert Avalon Composition Prize, ASCAP and the Michigan Music Teachers Association. Mr. Bohman teaches in the composition department at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He has held lecture positions at the University of Michigan where he received his Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2014.
Percussion and Managing director
Percussionist Chelsea Tinsler Jones has a wide variety of musical interests, having studied classical percussion, contemporary and chamber music, steel drums, Brazilian percussion, jazz vibraphone, drum-set, Middle Eastern frame drumming, and West African percussion. She has appeared as a soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and Percussion Ensemble, Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Hartt Contemporary Players. In 2016, Chelsea took second place in the Black Swamp Solo Percussion Competition. An active chamber musician, Chelsea is a member of Khemia ensemble and co-founder of Steelworks Steelband and percussion duo Chain Tones. She holds an MM in percussion performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan and a BM in percussion performance and music education from the Hartt School. Chelsea has previously taught full-time as an instrumental music teacher in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. She is currently on the music faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Soprano and Development director and Librarian
Lauded in the New York Times for her “admirable fluidity,” soprano Amy Petrongelli revels in singing music of all different periods and styles. Most recently, she premiered the role of Margie in Laura Kaminsky's opera, Some Light Emerges with the Houston Grand Opera. Other highlighted solo performances include an art song recital for the University of Michigan's inaugural "En Español" Latin American Music Festival, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, and Haydn’s Creation at Carnegie Hall. Amy Petrongelli is an alumna of the Tanglewood Music Center (2011, 2012), New Music on the Point (2014, 2015, 2017), and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (2016), and has had the privilege of working with renowned musicians such as Martin Katz, Lucy Shelton, Tony Arnold, Dawn Upshaw, Kathleen Kelly, Samuel Ramey, Kayo Iwama, Alan Smith, Howard Watkins, and John Harbison. A passionate educator, Amy is currently on faculty at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. She has maintained a successful private studio since 2005, and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Akron, Eastern Michigan University, and Saginaw Valley State University. Amy completed her doctorate at the University of Michigan where she studied with Carmen Pelton.
Percussion and Logistics manager
Dr. Shane Jones is the Co-Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Percussion in 2017. He has studied and performed around the globe, including in Brazil, China, Trinidad/Tobago, Puerto Rico, West Africa, and across the United States. He was percussionist on Broadway for 1776 at 54 Below and was percussionist for the off-broadway premier of the Pulitzer prize winning show Next to Normal. Currently, Shane co-directs and performs in Stratus Ensemble, an Ann Arbor based flute/percussion duo dedicated to promoting diversity through the creation of new repertoire and community outreach. He is also percussionist and logistical coordinator for Khemia Ensemble, an internationally performing mixed chamber group dedicated to promoting all forms of diversity in classical music. Shane proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Inc. sticks and mallets.
Clarinet and Travel manager
Multifaceted clarinetist Thiago Ancelmo has a successful career as soloist and chamber musician. Awarded in more than ten competitions, he has appeared in concerts in Europe, South America and the United States. His performances have been described and praised as “miraculous” and “probably the finest performance of classical music we will hear all year” by the Daily Nonpareil. The Rising: Contemporary Music at UI said, “Clarinetist Thiago Ancelmo handled the piece masterfully, with verve, seriousness, and commitment”. Thiago has collaborated and worked with important musicians of international reputation such as Heinz Holliger, Augusta Thomas Read, Jurg Hennenberg, JACK Quartet, and many others. Mr. Ancelmo is frequently invited to teach at festivals and conferences. In 2015, Mr. Ancelmo was invited to give a masterclass at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota. This summer, he gave masterclasses in Sao Paulo, Bauru, and taught at XVIII Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil. Next February, he is going to Canada to give a masterclass and recital at the University of Western Ontario. An active chamber musician, Thiago is a founding member of Khemia Ensemble. Khemia released its first album “Voyages” in last April. He is a member of Duo Andura, with pianist Gustavo do Carmo.
Piano and Public Relations director
Siyuan Li holds Bachelor degree in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying from Oberlin Conservatory, Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from University of Michigan, and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan. Siyuan was the winner of the 1st United States Virtuoso International Piano Competition in Cleveland in 2014 as well as the 2014 Ann Arbor Society for Musical Art Young Artists Competition. She was the featured soloist performing with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra and the Chautauqua Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo performances at the Kennedy Centre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Festival 2016), Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin College Conservatory. She is proud to join the prestigious Khemia Ensemble starting Season 2017-2018. 2013-2014, as one of the co-founders, Siyuan served on the piano faculty at the Alaska Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, giving concerts and master classes. She was the artist in residence at the Baltimore International Piano Festival in 2016. Siyuan is currently working as a staff pianist at the University of Michigan and an adjunct professor of music at the Jackson.
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