• Ensemble ACJW: Introducing Stanislav, Dana, and Jean

    Ensemble ACJW is introducing new 2014–2016 fellows every Friday. Out of the 18 new fellows, today we’d like you to meet Stanislav Chernyshev, Dana Kelley, and Jean Laurenz.

    Find out where they’re from, their musical heroes, and other interesting facts.

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    Stanislav Chernyshev, Clarinet

    Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, clarinetist Stanislav Chernyshev graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. He performs regularly with the St. Petersburg Music House, Mariinsky Clarinet Club, and Curtis On Tour. As a chamber musician, Stanislav has collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as violist Roberto Díaz, violinist Pamela Frank, clarinetist Julian Milkis, new music sextet eighth blackbird, and many others. He has recorded several CDs and has been broadcast on WQXR.

    Where is your hometown?
    St. Petersburg, Russia

    If you weren’t a musician, what would you want to do professionally?
    I would want to organize projects. I’ve always had a desire to organize things, to unite people to achieve goals. For example, right now I’m working on a project that helps students from art schools to study abroad.

    What is the best musical advice you ever received?
    The best musical advice was from my teacher Donald Montanaro. He said, “Sound should be like a diamond wrapped in velvet.”

    What do you like to do when you’re not playing music?
    Listen to Benny Goodman.

    What artists or songs (not classical) are you currently listening to?
    The Beatles’ White Album  


    Dana Kelley, Viola

    Violist Dana Kelley has won prizes at the Sphinx Competition and Irving M. Klein International String Competition. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, studying violin with Cornelia Heard and viola with Kathryn Plummer. In 2014, she completed her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. While at NEC, Dana was a member of a fellowship piano quartet in the Community Performances and Partnerships Program, which performed outreach concerts in Boston.

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    Where is your hometown?
    Manlius, New York

    If you weren’t a musician, what would you want to do professionally?
    Be a chocolatier.

    What is your most prized possession?
    Any of the intricate LEGO sets I spent hours building as a kid.

    What is the best musical advice you ever received?
    Before major auditions, my mom used to tell me to “make music”. She taught me that the most important aspect of playing an instrument was conveying a message to my audience, and that worrying about possible technical flaws in performance should not be on the forefront of my mind.

    Do you have a pre-concert ritual?
    I am not too picky about how I spend a concert day, as long as there is time for a late afternoon nap.

    What is on your current playlist that isn’t classical music?
    Nickel Creek, tUnE-yArDs, Snarky Puppy, and Roomful of Teeth

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    Jean Laurenz, Trumpet

    Jean Laurenz is an eclectic musician who loves variety and collaboration. As a trumpet player, she has performed with various ensembles including the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. She has worked with major artists such as Kanye West, American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, and the New York Philharmonic. Jean is also a passionate vocalist and has performed the national anthem and other musical services at most major sporting arenas in Chicago. As the primary bugler and singer for the Arlington International Racetrack, Jean has also made television appearances on Undercover Boss, ESPN, and ABC morning news. Jean has degrees in trumpet performance and choral education from Yale University and Northwestern University.

    Where is your hometown?
    Chicago, Illinois

    If you weren’t a musician, what would you want to do professionally?
    Well, there is a serious answer to this and a silly answer. When I was in kindergarten we made a class book with pictures that represented what we wanted to be when we grow up. Apparently, I wanted to be a duck. My reasoning? Because they can walk on land, swim in water, and fly … trifecta! While my “more practical” adult interests hover around artistic directing and psychology, I still hold the eclectic desire to be a multifaceted professional.

    What is your most prized possession?
    I usually don’t get too nostalgic about physical things, but when I was doing a festival in Europe last summer and living out of a suitcase, I realized there was only one thing that I really couldn’t live without—my pillow.

    What is the best musical advice you ever received?

    Do you have any stories associated with the instrument you play?
    I got my current B-flat trumpet (in the mail) on the very same day I got my braces on. It was the best and worst day ever for a trumpet player.

    Do you have a pre-concert ritual?
    I like to meditate. I will meditate even if I’m not performing, but I find it especially helpful before a big concert.