Performance Monday, February 7, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Ensemble ACJW

Featuring musicians of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education

Weill Recital Hall


  • Ensemble ACJW


  • JANÁCEK Mládí
  • DAVID BRUCE Steampunk (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes, including one intermission


  • Hamilton Berry

    Cellist Hamilton Berry's eclectic taste has led him to pursue a range of musical projects. As a participant in Carnegie Hall's Porous Borders of Music workshop, he performed Edgar Meyer's Duet for Cello and Bass with the composer at Zankel Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra and the Columbia University Bach Society, and in diverse roles at venues that include Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theatre, Terminal 5, and the Jazz Gallery. He has attended the Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Banff, and Orford music festivals. In 2009, Hamilton received his master's from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Timothy Eddy. In June 2010, he and several Juilliard colleagues presented master classes and interactive performances to underprivileged children in São Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with the Guri Santa Marcelina program. As part of his Academy program, Hamilton teaches in Staten Island at IS 61.

    Brian Ellingsen

    Bassist Brian Ellingsen performs a range of musical styles from classical to contemporary and cross-media experimental. As a soloist, he has won first prize in the van Rooy Competition for Music Excellence, third prize in the Paranov Concerto Competition, and appeared as a semi-finalist in the 2009 International Society of Bassists Competition. As a chamber musician, Brian has appeared with the New York Chamber Soloists, Fifth House Ensemble, NOW Ensemble, and Transit. As an advocate for new and experimental music, Brian has collaborated with visual artists to bring their work to life through solo improvisations. He has also presented many solo recitals, performing new works from today's rising young composers in addition to his own improvisations. Brian earned his master's from the Yale School of Music and his bachelor's from The Hartt School of Music. As part of his Academy program, Brian teaches in the Bronx at PS 157X.

    Emily Popham Gillins

    Violinist Emily Popham Gillins has traveled throughout the US, Europe, Korea, and Israel as a soloist and chamber musician. As first violinist of The Degas String Quartet and a member of the Sejong Soloists, Emily has performed at the Library of Congress and at the Kennedy Center. Other collaborations include concerts at the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, and the Aspen and Ravinia music festivals. She completed degrees from Indiana University, The Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Miriam Fried, Robert Mann, and Sylvia Rosenberg. Emily has served as concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of the Sarasota Opera, and as a faculty member of the Summertrios festival in Pennsylvania. She is currently a member of the New York Chamber Soloists. As part of her Academy program, Emily teaches in Queens at PS 62Q.

    Alexey Gorokholinsky

    A native of Russia, clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky won The Juilliard School's Clarinet Concerto Competition during his freshman year. He was also a top prizewinner at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Buffet Crampon, and International Clarinet Association competitions. Alexey's latest recording, Delicacies, showcases a variety of virtuosic and melodic pieces, most of which he arranged for clarinet and piano. He regularly appears as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout New York City. Alexey earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers include Charles Neidich, Stephen Williamson, Mark Nuccio, Yehuda Gilad, and his father, Valery Gorokholinsky. As part of his Academy program, Alexey teaches in Brooklyn at PS 112K.

    Shelley Monroe Huang

    After earning degrees from the Eastman and Yale schools of music, bassoonist Shelley Monroe Huang is currently finishing her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, studying with Frank Morelli. She has been awarded fellowships at various music festivals, including Tanglewood and Aspen. As a concert bassoonist and contrabassoonist, Shelley has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Charlotte, Albany, New Haven, and Delaware symphony orchestras. Shelley has also performed as soloist with the Eastman Philharmonia, New Music New Haven, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. She is an avid contemporary musician, recently performing Sofia Gubaidulina's Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings, and giving the world premiere of Huang Ruo's Wind Blows. As part of her Academy program, Shelley teaches in Brooklyn at PS 135K.

    Moran Katz

    Clarinetist Moran Katz performs extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. She has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, the Collegium Musicum Basel, and Albany Symphony. As a chamber musician, she performs with the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble Continuum, as well as with the jazz ensemble led by pianist Uri Caine. Moran is also a founding member of Shuffle Concert, a newly formed audience-interactive ensemble. Moran was the 2009 first-prize winner at the Freiburg International Clarinet Competition in Germany. She received her bachelor's and master's from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, and was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship. As part of her Academy program, Moran teaches in Manhattan at PS 46M.

    Carl Oswald

    Carl Oswald is a classically trained oboist whose performances have spanned the globe. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Music, he is a Baltimore native who began his oboe studies at the Peabody Preparatory before moving on to the University of Maryland. In addition to The Academy, Carl recently joined Sospiro Winds, a New York-based woodwind quintet that is dedicated to bringing chamber music to the community. Carl has performed as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, and University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Having participated in several summer festivals, programs, and tours, he has performed internationally in Japan, Russia, Estonia, and Venezuela. Carl's primary teachers have included Stephen Taylor, Mark Hill, and Ray Still.

    Nathan Schram

    Growing up in a constantly mobile family, violist Nathan Schram developed his skills as a musician in multiple regions of the US. Initially beginning his studies in a Virginia public school, Nathan has gone on to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and throughout Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Indiana, Spain, and Portugal. As a student of Alan deVeritch at Indiana University, Nathan was a prizewinner at the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition. He has also been influenced by such mentors as Diemut Poppen, Yuval Gotlibovich, Martha Gulyas, Ralf Gothóni, Menahem Pressler, and Mauricio Fuks. Other performances include chamber music concerts with Joshua Bell and Atar Arad. An avid cyclist, Nathan has toured the US on bicycle from Indiana to San Francisco during the summer of 2008. As part of his Academy program, Nathan teaches in Brooklyn at PS75K.

    Yoobin Son

    Flutist Yoobin Son hails from Seoul, Korea, and is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music. She was the acting principal flutist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, while also pursuing her master's at Yale University with Ransom Wilson, and was principal flutist of the 2010 Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Yoobin participated in Japan's Pacific Music Festival, led by Maestro Valery Gergiev. In addition to her recitals in the US and in Korea, Yoobin has performed as a soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Orchestra at William Paterson University, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Yoobin is also a winner of the Olga Koussevitzky International Winds Competition, National Flute Association Soloist Competition, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Auditions, and the Florida Orchestra Concerto Competition. She earned her bachelor's from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Khaner. As part of her Academy program, Yoobin teaches in Brooklyn at PS 207K.

    Leelanee Sterrett

    Hornist Leelanee Sterrett received degrees from the Yale School of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with William Purvis and Douglas Hill. A native of northern Michigan, she also graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. Leelanee has performed with the New York Philharmonic, and has been a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, as well as the La Crosse and Fox Valley symphony orchestras in Wisconsin. In 2007, she was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and also received second prize in the International Horn Competition of America. Leelanee is an alumna of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, and the National Orchestral Institute. As part of her Academy program, Leelanee teaches in Queens at PS 13Q.

    Ensemble ACJW

    Ensemble ACJW is an energetic collective of outstanding young musicians from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for its fresh, open-minded approach to performance and programming. In a variety of venues, Ensemble ACJW played a wide range of music-from works written centuries ago to those completed days before-with verve and total commitment to their art.

    The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and regularly appears at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes to university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community.

    All Ensemble ACJW members are alumni or current fellows of The Academy, a two-year fellowship program started in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi to support young professional musicians in developing their careers as excellent performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which they live and work.

    Fellows of the two-year Academy program-chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education-come from some of the best music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Mannes College The New School for Music, New England Conservatory, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and Yale School of Music.

    Each season, the fellows partner with music teachers in New York City public schools. The hour-and-a-half-per-week that each of the 20 fellows spends in a classroom is an education not only for the students, but for the fellows as well. In their second year, the fellows develop innovative, community-minded group projects. Among those produced in recent years were a collaboration with residents of a Bronx family apartment complex, a pen-pal program that paired young students with professional musicians, and a performance of George Crumb's Voice of the Whale in the American Museum of Natural History's Millstein Hall of Ocean Life.

    Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the fellows of The Academy that make up Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit to learn more.
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Major funding for The Academy–a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education–has been provided by Mercedes and Sid Bass, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Judith and Burton Resnick, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, with additional support from The Arnow Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Susan and Ed Forst, Mrs. Nancy A. Marks, the Edward John Noble Foundation, The Joe Plumeri Foundation, and Suki Sandler.

The Academy School Partnerships benefitting NYC public school students are made possible, in part, by Bank of America.

The Academy is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Department of State, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

This performance is part of Chamber Sessions IV.