Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of young professional musicians who are
fellows in a two-year program that supports them in building careers as top-quality
performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who fully engage with the
communities in which they live and work.
On the concert stage and in its work in schools and communities, Ensemble ACJW has earned
accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances, its fresh
and open-minded approach to programming, and its ability to actively engage any
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the
community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to
be a musician in the 21st century. Visit acjw.org to learn more.
Trumpeter, composer, and educator Thomas Bergeron is principal trumpet of the Springfield
Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest principal with the American Symphony Orchestra. His
debut jazz album on Daywood Drive Records features original jazz arrangements inspired by
piano compositions of Claude Debussy. He has appeared on Saturday Night
Live and Jimmy Kimmel Live with Vampire Weekend, and has also
performed with The Temptations, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, A Far
Cry, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, TILT Brass, and Arlo Guthrie. As a soloist, he has
appeared with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Virtuosi, and Orchestra of the
Southern Finger Lakes. Thomas has taught at Williams College, Bennington College,
Amherst College, and Yale University, and holds two advanced degrees in music from the Yale
School of Music, as well as a bachelor's degree in management from the University of
Massachusetts. He is the founder and curator of the Washington Heights Music Festival, as
well as a founding member of the Reveille Trumpet Collective. He has commissioned and
premiered works by Lukas Ligeti, Andy Akiho, David Kechley, Jay Wadley, and Jacob
Walls. As part of his Ensemble ACJW program, Thomas teaches in the Bronx at Fordham
High School for the Arts.
Trombonist Stephen Dunn is an active orchestral and chamber musician, and an avid
performer of new music. In addition to regular appearances on concert stages in New York
City, he has performed with the Cincinnati, Hartford, and New Haven symphonies; and as
principal trombone of the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Monterey
Symphony in Mexico. Stephen's continued commitment to education and community engagement
has led him to join the teaching artist faculties of the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie
Hall's Weill Music Institute, where he works to incorporate music into educational
settings. A graduate of Rutgers University and the Yale School of Music, Mr. Dunn is also
an alumnus of The Pierre Monteux School and Aspen Music Festival.
Bassist Tony Flynt enjoys a vibrant career as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral
player, and educator. Based in Brooklyn, he frequently collaborates with East Coast Chamber
Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, and occasionally
joins the American Symphony Orchestra as principal bass. He has performed with the Boston,
Houston, and San Diego symphony orchestras and with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri,
Juilliard, Takács, and Vermeer quartets, and has appeared with the Borromeo String Quartet
and the Peabody Trio. Festival performances include Marlboro, Tanglewood, Verbier, Yellow
Barn, and Kneisel Hall; in 2014 and 2015, Tony will join Musicians from Marlboro's national
tour. An avid supporter of new music, Tony has worked with composers Osvaldo Golijov,
William Bolcom, and Kaija Saariaho.
Tony received bachelor's degrees, cum laude, in music and Hispanic and classical studies
from Rice University. He completed a professional studies certificate at The Colburn School
and received a master's degree with honors from the New England Conservatory, where he was
awarded the Edward Hyde Cox Presidential Scholarship and the Borromeo String Quartet Guest
Artist Award, and won the 2011 Vanhal Concerto Competition. As part of his Ensemble ACJW
program, Tony teaches in Manhattan at the NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies.
Awarded the Peter Mennin Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music,
violist Megan Griffin has performed at the Marlboro, Giverny, and Kneisel Hall music
festivals, and has been a member of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. As an alumna of the
Perlman Music Program, Megan has performed chamber music concerts with Itzhak Perlman in
New York, Virginia, and New Jersey, and also participated in the residency in Israel. She
has sat principal with both the Juilliard Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Originally
from Englewood, Colorado, Megan has performed with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and the
Colorado Symphony. As an advocate of arts education and outreach, she created an initiative
that brings Juilliard students to teach underprivileged students in Arusha, Tanzania. Megan
earned a bachelor's and master's degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with
Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Sam Rhodes. As part of her Ensemble ACJW
program, Megan teaches in Manhattan at the City College Academy of the Arts.
Trumpet player Caleb Hudson became the newest member of the Canadian Brass in 2013, having
graduated from The Juilliard School in 2012 with both bachelor's and master's degrees. He
made his solo debut in 2012 with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing
Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 2 in Alice Tully Hall. Caleb was soloist at the 2009
Aspen Music Festival with Vladimir Feltsman in Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano and
Trumpet, and in the New York premiere of John Adams's City Noir at Carnegie
Hall in 2010. He has also performed at the Verbier and Music Academy of the West festivals.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Caleb won multiple first prizes at the National Trumpet
Competition, and has performed with the New York City Ballet, New World Symphony, Symphony
in C, New York Trumpet Ensemble, and American Brass Quintet. As a baroque musician, Caleb
has played with historical performance ensembles, including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra,
American Bach Soloists, American Classical Orchestra, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Caleb
lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Amanda. As part of his Ensemble ACJW program, he teaches
in Brooklyn at Fort Hamilton High School.
Based in New York City, violinist Clara Lyon enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber
musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She performs regularly with the Argento Chamber
Ensemble, and has been a guest artist with the Momenta Quartet, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra,
and Ensemble 20-21. In addition to two performing residencies at Cornell University and a
teaching residency at Ithaca College, Clara has recently participated in a performing arts
residency with St. Joseph Family, a network of schools and orphanages in Haiti. She is a
frequent guest of orchestras across her home state of Pennsylvania, and has also performed
concertos with the Festival de la Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de las Américas in Puerto Rico
and the Viva Vivaldi Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Clara is the prizewinner of the 2012
Schadt International String Competition, NFAA ARTS award, and Irving M. Klein International
String Competition. She earned a bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School, as well as a
master's degree from Stony Brook University, where she is currently pursuing a doctoral
degree. As part of her Ensemble ACJW program, Clara teaches in Manhattan at PS/MS 161 Pedro
Grace Park is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate pedagogue.
Her diverse career has carried her from the world's foremost concert halls to inner-city
schools as a soloist, collaborator, coach, and multidisciplinary educator. A laureate of
the National Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloist Competition, she has been the featured
artist at the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Jordan Hall, The Grace Rainey
Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rudolfinum (Prague), and Glinka Hall
(St. Petersburg). 'While pursuing her bachelor's and master's degrees at the New England
Conservatory under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, Grace earned the
unprecedented honor of winning both of the conservatory's concerto competitions in the same
A devoted chamber musician, Grace has performed with a variety of ensembles around the
world and has led chamber orchestras from the principal chair. She has also been recognized
for her work in the Vitas Quartet, her chamber collaborations at Trinity Wall Street's
"Concerts at One," and her many performances at prestigious venues such as the Yellow Barn
Music Festival, Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove, and the Perlman Music Program's Chamber
Music Workshop. As part of her Ensemble ACJW program, Grace teaches in the Bronx at PS
157 Grove Hill.
Dan Peck is an experimental musician and tuba player who is active as an improviser,
composer, and classical musician. After obtaining degrees in orchestral performance
from Rutgers University and the Manhattan School of Music, he applied his classical
tuba training to jazz performance, performing with Anthony Braxton, Peter Evans, Nate
Wooley, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock, and Tom Rainey.
Dan performs around the world, touring Poland with Tony Malaby's Tuba Trio; premiering a
new work by composer Bojan Vuletić in Düsseldorf; playing tuba and electric bass with the
Peter Evans Octet at the Jazz em Agosto festival in Portugal; and performing in France,
Holland, and Switzerland with his jazz trio The Gate. As a member of the renowned
International Contemporary Ensemble, he gave multiple world premieres, worked with
composers such as Alvin Lucier and Olga Neuwirth, and performed 20th-century classics such
as Iannis Xenakis's opera Oresteia and Morton Feldman's For Samuel
Beckett. In 2010, Dan performed the music of Helmut Lachenmann with Ensemble Signal in
a series of concerts that culminated in a recording on Mode Records.
In December 2012, Dan started his own label, Tubapede Records. He plays tuba and upright
bass for the Broadway musical Chicago, and serves on the adjunct faculty at New
Jersey City University.
Ian Sullivan received a master's degree from The Juilliard School in 2012, where he
studied with Markus Rhoten, Greg Zuber, and Daniel Druckman. While pursuing a bachelor's
degree at the University of Michigan, he studied with Michael Udow, Brian Jones, Joseph
Gramley, and Ian Ding. Ian has performed with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, So Percussion,
Sharon Isbin, Axiom Music Ensemble, Salome Chamber Orchestra, and Mark Morris Dance Group
at such prestigious venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Seiji Ozawa Hall. A
graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Ian has performed in the Verbier Festival
Orchestra. He was previously a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he performed
with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and was also
a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. For three summers, Ian
participated in the Aspen Music Festival, receiving the Charles Owen Fellowship in 2009. He
has been awarded the Fred Hoey Memorial Scholarship and Avedis Zildjian Percussion
Scholarship, and was winner of the Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition. As part
of his Ensemble ACJW program, Ian teaches in Queens at MS 158 Marie Curie.
Horn player Laura Weiner is an enthusiastic performer, teacher, and artistic ambassador.
As a member of Ensemble ACJW, she performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard
School, and neighborhood locales across New York City. Laura has performed with musical
groups as diverse as the New World Symphony, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Genghis Barbie.
She has been a member of the LaCrosse and Beloit symphony orchestras in Wisconsin, and has
played in orchestras at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Texas Music Festival,
and American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. As a chamber musician, she was
a fellow of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She received her bachelor's degree summa
cum laude from Northwestern University and her master's degree from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison on a University Fellowship. Her principal teachers include Gail Williams,
Douglas Hill, and William Barnewitz.
As an advocate for accessible and interesting performances, Laura has co-directed the
chamber music collective Classical Revolution Madison and served as the programming
director for Grace Presents, an outreach concert series in Madison. For four years, she
directed a weekly mentorship program for at-risk youth in Evanston, Illinois, called the
Breakfast Club. As part of her Ensemble ACJW program, Laura teaches in Queens at Grover
Cleveland High School.
Cellist Alice Yoo has performed extensively throughout the US and abroad as a
soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has collaborated with distinguished artists,
including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Dénes Várjon, Pamela
Frank, and Donald Weilerstein. Festival appearances include the Ravinia's Steans Music
Institute, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Caramoor Rising Stars, Perlman Music Program, and Open
Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove. As winner of the 2009 USC Concerto Competition, Alice
performed the Barber Cello Concerto with the USC Orchestra under the baton of Jorge Mester.
She has won top prizes in the Cleveland Cello Society, Holland-America Music Society,
Schadt International String, and Klein International String competitions. Alice has
performed in master classes for distinguished artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis,
Leon Fleisher, György Kurtág, Boris Pergamenschikow, and Claude Frank.
A native of Bozeman, Montana, Alice earned a bachelor's degree from the New England
Conservatory, studying with Paul Katz; a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Northern
College of Music; and a master's degree from the University of Southern California as
a student of Ralph Kirshbaum. She is on the cello faculty of the Bard College Conservatory
of Music's Preparatory Division. As part of her Ensemble ACJW program, Alice teaches in
Brooklyn at Edward R. Murrow High School.