Resident composer & 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 Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Missouri School of Music.
Resident composer & 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.
Chelsea Tinsler Jones
Percussion & Ensemble Manager
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 a Lecturer of Music & the Events Coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
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 Baylor University and has previously taught at Pennsylvania State University. 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 & Logistics/Financial 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.
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.
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.
Regarded for thoughtful interpretations, compelling execution, and depth of understanding, cellist Eli Lara has been praised for creating “a sense of complete awe” As an ensemble and solo musician, she has performed across North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. Eli is a founding member of Trio Séléné with Mingzhe Wang and Ilya Poletaev; the trio’s recording of works for clarinet, cello, and piano by Fauré, Zemlinsky and Spanish composer Fernando Buide (commissioned by Séléné) was released in spring 2018. Dedicated to promoting contemporary music, Eli has worked with many composers including Buide, Krzystof Penderecki, Caroline Shaw, Christopher Stark, and Julia Wolfe. She has performed and/or premiered new works in numerous concerts and festivals including at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Berklee College of Music, Mizzou International Composers Festival, MoxSonic, National Sawdust, and Summergarden at the New York Museum of Modern Art. In Fall 2016, Eli joined the University of Missouri School of Music faculty where she also performs with the Esterhazy String Quartet. She previously taught at Austin Peay State University.
She graduated from Yale University where she received a B.A. in molecular biophysics & biochemistry and an M.M. in cello performance. A recipient of the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship, she completed her D.M.A. at The Juilliard School.Eli performed as co-principal of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, guest principal of the Paducah Symphony, and in the Nashville Opera Orchestra; while in the Nashville area, she also worked frequently as a studio recording musician. Highlights include recording with Willie Nelson as well as video games for Insomniac, Oculus Rift, and Electronic Arts including Madden 16. Eli has appeared on NPR, at major venues such as New York's Alice Tully Hall and London's Wigmore Hall and at festivals including Birdfoot, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Banff, Festival Pablo Casals (France), and Festival International de Música do Amazonas (Brazil).
Mary Matthews is Assistant Professor of Flute at Tennessee Tech University where she is a member of the Cumberland Winds and principal flutist of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra.
She enjoys an active career as an international soloist and chamber musician, having performed on four continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Fundação Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Festival Goethe Institut Música Nueva, and Cité Internationale des Arts. She has also been a performing artist with the Newport Music Festival and is a regular member of the Maryland Wind Festival. In February of 2018, she released her debut album "Three-Nine Line" on the MSR Classics label in collaboration with flutist-composer Nicole Chamberlain and flutist Matthew Angelo.
Mary holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Hartt School, a Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Visit www.MaryMatthewsFlute.com for more information.
Er-Gene Kahng Violin
Er-Gene Kahng is a violinist, researcher and professor whose work first came to light through her advocacy of African-American composer, Florence Price. Her recording of Price’s Violin Concertos has been cited and praised by sources such as The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The New York Times as an important contribution to American classical music, and has aired on programs like NPR’s Songs we Love, and APM’s Performance Today.
She has collaborated with organizations like Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Hong Kong Arts Academy, Texas Ballet Theater, and the Banff Centre. Er-Gene is concertmaster of the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra; in the past, she has been involved with the North Mississippi, New Haven, Albany, Lancaster, Eastern Connecticut, Tulsa, Baton Rouge Symphonies and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Er-Gene aims to continue the work of equity, diversity and inclusion by exploring the ways contemporary American classical music can intersect with, and highlight, forgotten narratives of the past and thus shape the musical values of the present and future. Er-Gene is a former Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, and received degrees from UCLA, Yale and Northwestern Universities. She is Full Professor of Violin and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.