Performance Monday, October 21, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Ensemble ACJW

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
Revolutionary composer Claudio Monteverdi was a seminal figure for pioneering the Baroque style out of the late Renaissance. Known for his vocal writing, he composed books of madrigals that are a staple of choral repertoire around the world. The always inventive Ensemble ACJW breathes new life into Monteverdi’s polyphonic gems, performing four madrigals in an innovative arrangement for brass quintet by trumpeter Raymond Mase.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.


  • Ensemble ACJW
    ·· Laura Weiner, Horn
    ·· Thomas Bergeron, Trumpet
    ·· Caleb Hudson, Trumpet
    ·· Stephen Dunn, Trombone
    ·· Dan Peck, Tuba
    ·· Ian Sullivan, Percussion
    ·· Clara Lyon, Violin
    ·· Grace Park, Violin
    ·· Megan Griffin, Viola
    ·· Alice Yoo, Cello
    ·· Tony Flynt, Bass


  • MONTEVERDI Four Madrigals (arr. Raymond Mase)
  • ANDY AKIHO Speaking Tree (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • ACJW Fanfares
    ·· STUART BRECZINSKI fanfare
    ·· THOMAS BERGERON A Blessing
    ·· DOUG BALLIETT Fan Fare
  • DVOŘÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Ensemble ACJW

    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 audience.

    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 to learn more.

    Thomas Bergeron

    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.

    Stephen Dunn

    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.

    Tony Flynt

    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.

    Megan Griffin

    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.

    Caleb Hudson

    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.

    Clara Lyon

    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 Albizu Campos.

    Grace Park

    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 year.

    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


    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

    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.

    Laura Weiner

    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.

    Alice Yoo

    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.

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At a Glance

Featuring four new works, a classical war-horse, and a fresh take on antiquity, tonight's performance is an auditory adventure in perspective and personal voice. The opening set of Monteverdi madrigals arranged by Raymond Mase pairs Monteverdi's revolutionary musical ideas with the captivating sonic capabilities of a modern brass ensemble. Jumping about 400 years to the present, the ensemble performs the New York premiere of Andy Akiho's Speaking Tree, written after a late-night stroll and an encounter with an intriguing tree in the Princeton Cemetery. Three short fanfares composed by fellows of Ensemble ACJW follow the intermission, originally written for and premiered on WQXR's The Brothers Balliett radio show. The evening closes with Dvořák's G-Major String Quintet, which references the folk music of his childhood—a departure from his youthful scores in the German fashion. This coming-of-age piece is one of the first compositions to showcase his mature style.
Program Notes
Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lead funding for Ensemble ACJW is provided by the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

Major funding has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr.

Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, and Park Hyatt hotels.

Public support is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Education.
This performance is part of Ensemble ACJW.