Collaborators 2017/2018 Season
Roupen Shakarian is presently in his fourteenth season as music director of Skagit Symphony. He has also served as the music director of Philharmonia Northwest and Cascade Symphony. As a guest conductor Mr. Shakarian has appeared with many regional orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Pacific Northwest Opera and Whatcom Symphony.
A published composer, his works include, Whimsy, for orchestra, Five Bagatelles for woodwind quintet, Inner Places for organ and brass quintet, commissioned by the American Guild of Organists and premiered at the National Convention in April 2000, Pastime for a small ensemble, Flute Concerto, and The Turnip, Clock, and the Kid, commissioned and recorded by The Rainier Chamber Winds.
Other works include, “… is but a dream” for solo oboe, written for Rebecca Henderson and recorded by Ms. Henderson on Boston Records label, Other Voices for chorus and small ensemble, Bone Island Suite, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, Eventide, for trumpet and piano, choral pieces of which, Almighty and Everlasting God and If Ye love Me, Keep My Commandments, are published by Oxford University Press. In June of 2013 Mr. Shakarian recorded his Violin Concerto with members of the Seattle Symphony and violinist Victoria Parker, who premiered the work in 2008, and has been aired on Seattle’s KING-FM radio station. Moments, commissioned by the North Corner Chamber Orchestra, received its premier in November 2014.
Collaborators from past seasons
C. Davida Ingram
C. Davida Ingram is a conceptual artist whose work creates counter-narratives about race and gender via social practice projects, performances, and installations. Her art explores desire, space, time and memory using blackness as its prism. Ingram is specifically interested in expanding inquiry-making around 21st century black female subjectivity. Her re-readings of gender, sexuality, economic class, and vernaculars re-conceive of what black female bodies and subjectivities might be and become.
Ingram is influenced by theory and cultural studies in particular. Her work also has a postmodern sensibility. She taps emotion. As a director, she has long standing collaborations with video makers and photographers. Her work has incredible plasticity. Her mediums have included Craig's List ads, hypnotists, drones, Facebook click bait, and cell phone videos that examine social and personal relationships. She plots pulse points between the idea of subject and object, social justice and social practice, habit and memory, psyche and soul. Her arts writing, installations, and community projects use radical imagination in disarming ways. She has offered online to cook white men their favorite meals to discuss race and gender. She's hired a hypnotist to learn the story of why she stopped crying. Along the way, Ingram's work slides in and out of the realms of autobiography, documentary, fairy tale, and fiction--bringing the black woman's body into clear view.
Hanna Benn is a composer and vocalist. She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, where she studied composition and sacred vocal music. Benn is the co-founder of Pollens, a Seattle-based experimental pop band. Her works and arrangements have been performed by various ensembles including St. Marks Cathedral Choir (Seattle), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the CMF Festival Orchestra, Saint Helen's String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players and Opus 7. She was recently commissioned by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and premiered a 5-hour durational “opera” with choreographer and director, Alice Gosti in Spring, 2015.
Angelique Poteat is a native of the Pacific Northwest. Her music has been recorded and performed in Australia, Germany, Lithuania, and all over the United States by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Enso Quartet, Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Saratoga Orchestra, Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, Trio Tara, and the New York New Music Ensemble. Some notable performances include Beyond Much Difference (2014), a piece commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and performed by them at their January 2015 Sonic Evolution concert with Mike McCready, Chris Cornell, and members of the bands, Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, and more; Much Difference (2014) at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York; Roots of Variegation (2012) at the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference; Reflections on a Summer (2008) at the 2012 Druskomanija festival in Lithuania; A Perspective (2009) at the 2010 International VSA Festival: Cyclic Complement (2010) at the 2010 Midwest Composer’s Symposium; and Coastal Meander (2004) at the 2006 Region VI SCI Conference. Poteat earned the degrees Bachelor of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music. She has studied composition with Samuel Adler, Joel Hoffman, Mara Helmuth, Anthony Brandt, Pierre Jalbert, Shih-Hui Chen, Arthur Gottschalk, and Samuel Jones. Poteat was a participant of the 2011 FUBiS International Summer Institute in Berlin under the direction of Prof. Samuel Adler and is also the recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Composition for Beyond Much Difference. Poteat is a 2015 CityArtist from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
As a clarinetist, Poteat enjoys performing a wide variety of genres, currently championing new music for the bass clarinet. She has appeared as a soloist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, of which she is currently Principal Clarinetist. Poteat performs with the Seattle Modern Orchestra and has also performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Saratoga Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, among other groups. She studied clarinet with Michael Webster at Rice University and Laura DeLuca of the Seattle Symphony, and bass clarinet with Ronald Aufmann of the Cincinnati Symphony.
On the side, Poteat is an avid cyclist and a lover of nature. Many of her works are influenced by the natural world around her, often returning to the ocean and Puget Sound area.
Clarinettist Sean Osborn has performed on four continents since his recital debut at the age of seventeen at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Appointed over nearly 300 other applicants to a position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1989, Mr. Osborn was the youngest clarinetist in the history of the Met. He has also performed as guest Principal Clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony , and the American Symphony Orchestra.
Touring North America, Europe, and Japan, Mr. Osborn has performed live on numerous radio stations, including WNYC, KUOW, and KING radio, as well as being presented in recital on WHYY, WIAA and nationally on NPR's Performance Today to name a few. Sean is a top prize winner in both the ARTS Competition and the International Clarinet Society Competition, and in 1984 was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He has also participated such festivals as Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Zagreb Biennale, Pacific Rims, Colorado, and Aspen, as well as recording for Sony Classics, London, Deutsche Grammaphon, CRI, and others.
A frequent chamber musician, Mr. Osborn has collaborated with many world-class musicians, including James Levine, Donald Weilerstein, Richard Stoltzman, Jeremy Denk, Adam Nieman, Milan Turkovic, members of the Tokyo, Colorado, and St.Lawrance String Quartets, and members of the orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Boston to name but a few. Also a new music specialist, Sean has presented premiers of many composers, including John Corigliano, John Harbison, Phillip Glass, John Adams, Michael Daugherty, Chen Yi, Jennifer Higdon, and Chinary Ung.
A student of Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Osborn is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy where received its highest honor - the Young Artist Certificate, while studying with Dr. Frank Kowalsky. In 1999 he received his Master's Degree from Southern Illinois University, where he studied clarinet with Dr. Eric Mandat and composition with Dr. Frank Stemper. He has also given numerous master classes throughout the country, including those at The Eastman School of Music, Rice University, Florida State University, and The Manhattan School of Music. From 2006-2009, Sean taught clarinet and chamber music at the University of Washington.
Mr. Osborn is also a composer, and has written two Symphonies, an Oboe Concerto, Trombone Concerto, Wind Serenade, Sonata for Eb Clarinet (or Violin) and Piano, and Duet for Bassoon and Clarinet to name a few. His pieces have been performed by faculty of the Juilliard School and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, Marlboro Music Festival, and the American Saxophone Quartet to name a few.