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Affiliated Artists

Our affiliated artists are dedicated performers of contemporary music based in San Diego that you will see featured regularly on our concerts and events. If you think you should be on this list, let us know!

Christopher Adler, piano
Rachel Allen, trumpet
Stephanie Aston, soprano
Rachel Beetz, flute
Kyle Adam Blair, piano
Tina Chong, piano
Dustin Donahue, percussion
Andrew Elstrob, trumpet
Priti Gandhi, soprano
Alex Greenbaum, cello
Bonnie Lander, soprano
Colin McAllister, guitar
Brendan Nguyen, piano
Julie Smith Phillips, harp
Wesley Precourt, violin
David Savage, bassoon
Ryan Simmons, Bassoon
Sarah Skuster, oboe
Eric Starr, trombone
Ariana Warren, clarinet
Jisun Yang, violin
Robert Zelickman, clarinet

Affiliated Artist Biographies

Christopher Adler, piano

Christopher Adler is a composer, performer and improviser living in San Diego, California. His compositions encompass cross-culturally hybrid forms drawn from contemporary concert music and traditional musics of Thailand and Laos, the application of mathematics to composition, and the integration of improvisation into structured composition. He is a foremost performer of traditional and new music for the khaen, a free-reed mouth organ from Laos and Northeast Thailand. He is a pianist for the nief-norf Project, NOISE, an Affiliated Artist with San Diego New Music, a co-founder of the soundON Festival of Modern Music, and Director of Composition for the nief-norf Summer Festival. He studied with Scott Lindroth, Evan Ziporyn, Steven Jaffe and Sidney Corbett and is currently Professor of Music at the University of San Diego. His work may be heard on Tzadik, Innova, pfMENTUM, Nine Winds Records, Artship Recordings, Vienna Modern Masters, Traditional Crossroads, Circumvention, Accretions, and WGBH's Art of the States.

christopheradler.com

Stephanie Aston, soprano

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Rachel Beetz, flute

Flutist Rachel Beetz is an active performer of contemporary music. She has performed music of the last century across America and Italy. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Indiana University where she studied with Kathryn Lukas, a Certificate from University of Maryland-Baltimore County with Lisa Cella, and a Master of Arts from University of California-San Diego with John Fonville. Currently, you will find her giving many performances in San Diego where she is continuing her artistic exploration at the University.

Andrew Elstrob, trumpet

Originally from Monterey, CA, trumpet player Andrew Elstob enjoys a career that encompasses a wide variety of musical styles and ensembles, from symphony orchestras to big bands, musicals to chamber music. Andrew has played for most of the current touring Broadway productions, including “Mary Poppins,” “Camelot,” “High School Musical,” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and alongside such notable artists as Don Rickles, Wynonna Judd, John Lithgow, Patty LuPone and Lou Diamond Philips. Additionally, he has performed with many of the top music ensembles in Southern California, including the San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova, Westwind Brass and Presidio Brass.  He has toured throughout North and South America, including a tour of Mexico with the Orchestra de Baja and internationally celebrated tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. Andrew grew up in the Bay Area near San Francisco, CA and moved to San Diego to attend the California State University, where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with an emphasis in jazz studies. In his free time, Andrew enjoys being with his wife and two dogs while cheering on his San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

Colin McAllister, guitar

Colin McAllister pursues a creative life as a guitarist, conductor and historian. He engages deeply with cross-disciplinary ideas in the humanities, particularly the intersection between music and history, classics and religion. A dedicated performer of contemporary repertoire, he has given over 100 first performances, including the U.S. premiere of works by leading European composers Chaya Czernowin, Franco Donatoni, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Vinko Globokar, Helmut Lachenmann and Rolf Riehm. He is the guitarist and conductor for the ensemble NOISE and a co-founder of the SoundON Festival of Modern Music. Colin has recorded for the Innova, Tzadik, Albany, Naxos, Old King Cole, Vienna Modern Masters and Carrier record labels and has two publications with Productions d’OZ: The Vanguard Guitar and Fourteenth Century Counterpoint: Music of the Chantilly Codex. He currently serves as Lecturer in Music and Humanities at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. colinmcallister.com

Wesley Precourt, violin

Wesley has appeared as a featured soloist with the Orange Coast College, Chandler, La Jolla, Desert, Torrance, and Grossmont Symphonies as well as the Long Beach Chorale.  As a recitalist he has been presented by the Musical Merit Foundation, the First United Methodist Churches of San Diego and Escondido, the Music at Founder’s Hall series, and the La Jolla Athenaeum’s series. Wesley was also a solo performer at the dedication ceremony of the Heifetz Studio at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. He has held a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, attended the ENCORE School for Strings, and participated in a joint Paris Conservatory – USC concert tour in France. Wesley received degrees from USC and the Colburn School. He performs on a violin by Leandro Bisiach Sr., dated 1919.

Sarah Skuster, oboe

Sarah Skuster is the principal oboist of the San Diego Symphony. She has also held the positions of interim second oboe in the Dallas Symphony, (2006-2008), and second oboe in the Akron Symphony, (2004-2006). Ms. Skuster has performed as guest principal oboist with the Indianapolis Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony, and as a substitute with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She spent the past year working toward a master of music degree at the Mannes College of Music as a student of Elaine Douvas. Ms. Skuster earned a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of John Mack and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied with Dan Stolper. Ms. Skuster has been awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center (2005, 2006) and attended the Aspen Music Festival (2003, 2004). In the summer of 2006, she received the Ralph Gomberg Award, bestowed upon the exceptional Tanglewood oboe fellow each summer. As a soloist, Ms. Skuster has performed the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and Concerto for Oboe and Violin with the Cleveland Bach Consort.

Ariana Warren, clarinet / bass clarinet

Ariana Warren grew up and began her musical career in Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Warren is currently a doctoral candidate in Contemporary Performance at the University of California, San Diego studying with Dr. Anthony Burr. She earned a bachelor of music and master of music degrees at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Edward Palanker, and a Certificate in American Contemporary Music from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County under the direction of Dr. E. Michael Richards. Mrs. Warren, an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music, is a founding member of Odd and Even, a music and dance improvisation collective, and the Devil May Care Duo, a new music commissioning percussion and clarinet duo.

Robert Zelickman, clarinet

Robert Zelickman, clarinetist, is a Lecturer of Music at UC San Diego where he has taught since 1983. In addition to teaching clarinet and performing contemporary music, Robert conducts the UCSD Wind Ensemble and lectures on Jewish Music. Besides his duties at the University, Robert can be seen in many other venues throughout the community. He was a member of Orchestra Nova San Diego for 23 years and has performed with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera. Robert is also well known throughout California as the co-director of the Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble. Zelickman earned his BA at UCLA and a MFA at Cal Arts. He has studied with Hugo Raimondi, Michele Zukovsky and Ronald Rueben. Robert was Bass Clarinetist with the Mexico City Philharmonic (1978-1979) and the Vera Cruz Symphony (1980-1982).

   
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