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Charlie Sdraulig

Charlie Sdraulig's music explores interaction that examines the roles of physicality and perception in human performance. This exploration often takes place at the threshold of audibility. The inherent ambiguity of this context may allow a particular expression of human individuality to emerge.

Akwasi Papa Abrefah

Akwasi was born in Oakland, California before moving to Richland, Washington at the age of 3. Even since before the move He has had an affinity to banging on things. During the 9th summer of his parents' futile resistance to his natural state of being, they finally gave in enrolled their son in summer steeldrum lessons. Through middle school and high school Akwasi traveled around the Pacific Northwest playing with the bands OK 2 Botay and then Bram Bratá before coming to Stanford where he continued with Cardinal Calypso.

Ioanida Costache

My current research explores issues of race and ethnicity, performance/construction of identity, cultural memory, trauma, and history as they intersect in lautareasca music, a Romani musico-oral tradition of Romania. Before coming to Stanford, I earned a B.A. in Music from Amherst College and spent a year researching and playing lautareasca music in Romania on a Fulbright. Other areas of interest include applied ethnomusicology, alternative epistemologies, critical theory and digital humanities.

Joo-Mee Lee

Violinist Joo-Mee Lee has taken on several roles in the Department of Music at Stanford University since the fall of 2014. She served as director of the Stanford New Ensemble. As a Lecturer, she teaches courses on Introductory Violin and Professional Development in Music, and also gives individual lessons. She has worked closely with the Stanford Symphony and Philharmonia, and has overseen the annual Concerto Competition.
 

Robin May

Member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Symphony Napa Valley and frequent performer with other Bay Area orchestras including: San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet;  Symphony Silicon Valley; Marin Symphony; Modesto Symphony; Santa Rosa Symphony; Lamplighters; Pocket Opera; West Bay Opera; San Francisco Musical Theater Productions. Teaching includes: Director, Napa Valley Wind Sinfonia; COVA Conservatory in Oakland; private instruction.

Adam Luftman

Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Adam Luftman is currently the Principal Trumpet of both the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras.  Prior to moving to SF in 2007, Mr. Luftman held positons with the Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony in Miami, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Adam has also been a guest artist with many of the countries finest orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. He has also enjoyed touring and recording with many of these ensembles.

David Rokeach

David Rokeach has performed/recorded with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin; Mavis Staples; Patti LaBelle; Mariah Carey; Celine Dion; Shania Twain; Joe Henderson; Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winner Rita Moreno; Mark Murphy; Steve Miller; Carole King; Wilson Pickett; Ernestine Anderson; Sonny Simmons; Calvin Keys and many others. He has played the Broadway shows Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, and Love Janis. He has also worked extensively in film and television.

David Rokeach

David Rokeach has performed/recorded with Ray Charles; Aretha Franklin; Mavis Staples; Patti LaBelle; Mariah Carey; Celine Dion; Shania Twain; Joe Henderson; Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winner Rita Moreno; Mark Murphy; Steve Miller; Carole King; Wilson Pickett; Ernestine Anderson; Sonny Simmons; Calvin Keys and many others. He has played the Broadway shows Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, and Love Janis. He has also worked extensively in film and television.

Constantin Basica

Constantin Basica is a Romanian composer currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose current work explores perceptual illusions in the context of audiovisual performance. His compositions include pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. In recent years, he has been composing multimedia works for acoustic instruments, electronics, and video, which have been performed in Europe and in the United States by artists such as Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Elision Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Splinter Reeds.

Timothy Zerlang

Studied with Philip Lorenz, Naomi Sparrow (masterclasses with Rafael da Silva, Jorge Demus, Murray Perahia). Harpsichord and fortepiano studies with Margaret Fabrizio; organ studies with Fred Dempster, Robert Gerster, Herbert Nanney (masterclasses with Harald Vogel); carillon studies with James Angell. Director of Music, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco.

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