Edna Cantoral Acosta, visual artist

Edna Cantoral Acosta was born in Mexico City, 1976.  She studied in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, where she currently works. In 1996 she obtained the Sogem diploma in literary creation.  She undertook undergraduate studies in plastic arts at the University of Guadalajara. (1998-2001).  She took classes with artists and in the engraving workshop of Herculano Álvarez during the period between 2002-2003.  She was granted a scholarship to study at the ENSAD, Paris, during the period from October 2004 to August 2005.

Jean Ahn, composer

Jean Ahn holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. and B.A. from Seoul National University.  Her compositions have been featured at Aspen Music Festival, American Composers Orchestra’s Ear Shot (by Memphis Symphony), June in Buffalo, Oregon Bach Festival, Festival of Contemporary Music, IAWM and Pacific Korean Music Festival, among others.

Commissions include works for the Leftcoast Chamber Ensemble, Gayaguem Soloist JUL, Volti Chamber Choir, Duo Camaraderie, Locrian Chamber Players, and the Pianissimo among others.  She is currently working on “Folksong Revisit”, a collection of Korean folksong for professional singers.  She is currently a Lecturer and an assistant choral director at UC Berkeley.  She is also the director of Ensemble Ari. 

Stephanie Bauer, visual artist

My work is influenced by the process of deconstruction.  After a shattering disclosure that left me isolated, I starting writing in unreadable streams of consciousness.  This process allowed me to deconstruct the situation and reduce the resulting quagmire into something exploratory.  The resulting patterning of the writing inspired me to explore the tension between exposure versus subversion.  I painted in thin layers over the writing.  The horizontal nature of the writing would push the painting towards a landscape and I found myself exploring the idea of landscapes and waterscapes deconstructed to their most basic elements.  I work on a dozen or more paintings at a time in various stages.  I write madly on fresh canvas, draw pictures, explore patterns and color relationships until a landscape starts to emerge.  I then follow and develop the image until I achieve a balance between the chaos of the written word beneath, the riot of paint and color, and a sense of peace.

Rose Bishop, flute

Victoria Rose Bishop holds the position of Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and plays piccolo with the Oneota Valley Orchestra.  An active freelance musician in the region, she also regularly performs with the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Muscatine Symphony and the Ottumwa Symphony and has appeared as a soloist with the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble.  Ms. Bishop is a passionate educator and her students have won positions in prominent youth orchestras, attended prestigious summer programs and have placed well at state contests and competitions.  

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Victoria Rose Bishop received her Master of Arts Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgia State University.  At both institutions Rose played principal flute and piccolo in the University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensembles.  She has participated in master classes in the United States and abroad with several prominent flutists including Sarah Jackson, Walfrid Kujala, Angela Jones-Reus, Michel Bellavance, and Leone Buyse, among others.  Her principal teachers include Nicole Esposito and Sarah Kruser Ambrose, with additional study with Jim Walker.

Rebekah Chappellchoreographer

Rebekah Chappell is a performer, teaching artist, and dance maker.  She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa and a BFA in Dance from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.  Rebekah has taught dance throughout the United States, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua working with colleges, public and private schools, studios, and community programs.  Her choreography considers the relationship between art and efficacy, examining the processes that facilitate a transformation of a person, place, and/or community.  She is exploring how to connect embodied movement and lived experiences so that life, art, and the research inform and enrich one another.  Rebekah's MFA thesis, Flood, investigates overwhelming and overflowing states of being, considering the vessels and containers of our lives that have been flooded.

Reenie Charriere, visual artist

Reenie Charrière received her MFA in 2009 from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She currently resides in Oakland, California. Her work addresses environmental issues exposing the natural beauty as well as the synthetic troubles all around us, and actively considers the consequences of our human conditions.
Reenie has received numerous grants including 2 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant in 2015,and 2011, and a Roderick Dew Travel Grant in 2008, as well as funded residencies by the La Napoule Art Foundation in France, 2012-14, SF MOMA, 2013, Arts Benicia, 2014, and Vermont Studio, 2011. Her work has been exhibited in venues internationally, as well as all over the United States.


The Englert Theatre

The mission of The Englert Theatre is to own, maintain and operate The Englert Theatre as a community arts center and performance space, enhancing the vitality of Iowa City’s historic downtown by preserving its last historic theater.

Robert Fleisher, composer

Robert Fleisher attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and earned his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The recipient of seven Illinois Arts Council grants, his work has also received support from the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through resident fellowships at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Millay Colony for the Arts, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Author of Twenty Israeli Composers (1997), Dr. Fleisher is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s collection of new music scores, Notations 21 (2009). He has served on the faculties of the UIUC (1978-1980), UCLA (1980-1982), and Northern Illinois University (1983-2014), where he is Professor Emeritus.

Fleisher’s chamber music been described as “eloquent” (Ann Arbor News), “lovely and emotional” (Toronto Musicworks), “astoundingly attractive” (Perspectives of New Music), and “ingenious” (Strad); his electro-acoustic music as “rich, tactile” and “endearingly low-tech” (New York Times). His works have been heard globally, with more than 70 performances and broadcasts of a dozen works in 10 countries since 2010. In 2016, these included performances of three electro-acoustic works (in Brooklyn, NY; Tuscaloosa, AL; Ann Arbor, MI; and Leuk, Switzerland), and the premiere of his Five Pieces for Flute and Percussion (at Northern Illinois University). His music appears on Capstone, Centaur, Navona and SEAMUS labels. 

Andrew Gentzsch, violin

Andrew Gentzsch, a native of Iowa City, has led the University of Delaware Chamber Orchestra and the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Gentzsch received music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying with David Perry and the University of Delaware studying with Xiang Gao.  While at the University of Delaware, Mr. Gentzsch performed the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with Professor Gao.  Currently, Mr. Gentzsch is pursuing his D.M.A. at the University of Iowa studying with Scott Conklin, active in the UI Center for New Music as well as the UI String Quartet Residency Program.  Mr. Gentzsch spent the summer of 2014 at the Round Top Summer Festival Institute.


Christina Craig Gentzsch, violoncello

Christina Gentzsch is a graduate from the University of Iowa with a Master of Arts degree in cello performance.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance with Honors from Washburn University. Her teachers include Steven Elisha, Anthony Arnone, and Hannah Holman.  

An active performer, Christina currently plays with orchestras around Eastern Iowa including Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, South East Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Ottumwa Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, and Orchestra Iowa.  She performs often in pit orchestras for  community theater productions.   Christina is also a founding member of the Accipiter Quartet.  

Throughout her career, Christina has been an active chamber music participant working with several different ensembles.  She was an award winner in the Kansas Music Teacher's Association Solo Competition and toured around Honduras as principle cellist with the Washburn Symphony Orchestra.  She has also participated in the Apeiron Research Forum for several years presenting research and performances of historical composers, as well as debuting works from new, contemporary composers.  She has performed and worked with several well-known artists including Taylor Mac, The Kronos Quartet, and Rod Steward. 


GRIT is an interdisciplinary performance representing the collaborative efforts between Rebekah Chappell (choreographer), Joshua Marquez (composer), and Dana O'Malley (visual artist) culminating in a performance at The Englert Theatre on February 21, 2016. This 70-minute collaborative concert weaves dance, music, and visual art into one, seamless production on the Englert stage. GRIT is about the perseverance (grit) needed to overcome the obstacles (grit) that we confront in our daily lives and the dialogue needed to grow from them.

Yotam Haber, composer

His music hailed by New Yorker critic Alex Ross as “deeply haunting,” by the Los Angeles Times as one of five classical musicians "2014 Faces To Watch," and chosen as one of the “30 composers under 40” by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440, Yotam Haber was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He is the recipient of a 2013 Fromm Music Foundation commission, a 2013 NYFA award, the 2007 Rome Prize and a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He has received grants and fellowships from New Music USA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo, Bogliasco, MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage, ASCAP, and the Copland House. Recent commissions include works for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor; an evening-length oratorio for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, CalARTS@REDCAT/Disney Hall (Los Angeles); The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; New York-based Contemporaneous, Gabriel Kahane, Either/Or, and Alarm Will Sound; the 2015 New York Philharmonic CONTACT! Series; the 2012 & 2014 Venice Biennale; 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Festival; the Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble l’arsenale; FLUX Quartet, JACK Quartet, Cantori New York, the Tel Aviv-based Meitar Ensemble, and the Berlin-based Quartet New Generation.

He is currently working on Voice Imitator, an evening-length cycle of piano works with visual artist and MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber, based on the stories of Thomas Bernhard; New Water Music, an interactive work (premiering 2017) for the Louisiana Philharmonic and community musicians to be performed from boats and barges along Bayou St. John in New Orleans; and a new work for the Kronos Quartet in collaboration with the electronic performer Philip White.

Haber is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of New Orleans and Artistic Director Emeritus of MATA, the non-profit organization founded by Philip Glass that has, since 1996, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works by young composers from around the world. His music is published by RAI Trade.

Naoki Izumo, intermedia artist

Naoki Izumo is a Nisei, which means second generation Japanese-American, who grew up in the Chicagoland area.  He earned his BA in Television from Southern Illinois University, where he then worked on several commercial media productions in Chicago.  He shifted his focus of interest when he came to the University of Iowa to study in the Intermedia program.  From personal experience and academic study, he learned the partnership of image and sound elicits visceral bodily responses that can provoke intellectual insights through his video installation work.  His practice in video involves deconstructing histories to encourage different ways of thinking through new or alternative assemblages of the past.  He hopes to reach people, especially those who occupy second-generation status, to encourage to seek out their own lineage and to understand that history is fragmentary and incomplete.

Teresa Leung, visual artist

Born and living in Hong Kong, Teresa Leung exhibited her works previously in Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US.  She was awarded a project grant for participation in an artist-in-residence program in South Caucasus countries Armenia and Karabakh during Sep-Dec 2015 by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

She was also one of the 40 finalists selected from more than 3,100 entries in the Contemporary Talents 2012 competition organized by the Fondation Francois Schneider in France.  Teresa’s interested in the possibilities of urban non-places, art-as-an-experience, and urban development and transformation in post-soviet countries such as those in South Caucasus, which led her to join artist-in-residence programs in Armenia’s capital city Yerevan in both 2014 and 2015.  She graduated from the MA in Fine Arts program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011.

Philip Mantione, composer

Philip Mantione is a Los Angeles-based sound artist, composer, sound designer, guitarist, computer musician, educator and multimedia artist whose career spans over two decades.  His work includes music for orchestra, various chamber ensembles, computer, fixed media, interactive performance, multimedia and sound installation, and experimental video.  He writes custom software to meld field recordings, samples and computer generated sounds into unique sonic textures.  Mantione is the recipient of two Meet the Composer grants and a recent commission from New Music USA. 

Maggi Payne, composer and visual artist

Maggi Payne composes music for concert presentation, video, and dance, and is a video artist, photographer, recording engineer, and Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches composition/media, electronic music, and recording engineering.

Her video works have been presented in the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australasia. She received Composer's Grants and an Interdisciplinary Arts Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; video grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships Program; and honorary mentions from Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges and Prix Ars Electronica.

Her video Liquid Amber won the Amsterdam Video Festival Van Gogh Award: Best Environmental Film; the El Capitan Film Award, Environmental/Mountain Film Competition, 2009 Yosemite Film Festival; tied for third prize in the Experimental category of the Athens International Film + Video Festival Competition, Athens, OH; and received an Honorary Mention, 35th Concours Internationaux de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges in the works for multimedia category          

Her works appear on Innova, Lovely Music, Starkland, Asphodel, New World (CRI), Root Strata, Centaur, Ubuibi, MMC, Digital Narcis, Music and Arts, Frog Peak, and/OAR, Capstone, and Mills College labels. 


Public Space One

Public Space One is an artist-run, nonprofit arts organization that provides an independent, innovative, diverse, and inclusive space for making and presenting art while providing cultural educational opportunities, and advocating for the importance of art in everyday life for any and everyone.

J. Pouwell, visual artist

Born in Invercargill New Zealand. J received a Masters Degree in Fine Art in 2004 from Miami University in Painting and Drawing. He is currently living and working in Chico, CA.

IT IS MY GOAL TO SYNTHESIZE (to combine constituent elements into a singular unified entity) THE EXPERIENCES (the fact of personally observing, encountering or undergoing of things generally as they occur in the course of time) THAT MAKE TIME SPENT IN A GIVEN PLACE (a space, area or spot, set apart or used for a particular purpose) UNIQUE (limited to a single outcome or result; without alternative possibilities).

Eva Redamonti, visual artist

Eva is an artist who depicts drawings that blend realism with fantasy, through movement and precision, using india ink on paper. Her mother, also an artist, taught her how to draw from her early childhood. Music has also had a great influence on Eva’s artwork. She uses it as a strong source of inspiration for her ideas and relies on it’s affect towards her art’s overall movement. Eva had been playing music since she was ten and began writing her own music later on in her career. Born and raised in Connecticut, Eva went on to pursue a degree in music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA during Fall 2013. Finding the balance between the visual arts and her musical studies was a struggle during her time in school. She recently felt it was time to begin working on a series that gives its best representation to her new developed style and vision.

Leonie Roessler, composer

Born in the Ruhr District (Ruhrgebiet) in Germany, Leonie relocated to Los Angeles as a teenager.  She studied classical guitar at Los Angeles City College, and received a Bachelor Degree in Composition along with a Minor in Dance Performance at California State University Northridge in 2010.  She moved to the Netherlands and earned her Master Degree in Composition at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2013. She completed a one-year course at the Institute of Sonology thereafter and is currently finishing the fourth and last year of the Contemporary Music Through Non-Western Techniques Program at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.   She is active as a performer, composer, and sound artist in various countries and places nearby, but essentially lives with her five-year-old son in the center of The Hague.

Lindsey Schoeneman, visual artist

With a background in mental health counseling and art therapy, I approach art-making from a psychological and emotional space, tapping deeply into intuition. My work embodies an existential and meditative sensibility that reflects dynamic quietude, summoning the viewer to go inward and at once experience depth, expansiveness, and the whisper of mystery. Rooted in the Pacific Northwest, I find myself ceaselessly inspired by the beauty of our Earth, and find that nature-based imagery spontaneously emerges as I create.


Nina Shekhar, composer

Nina Shekhar (b. 1995) is currently a rising senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a B.M. in Music Composition and a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering. Her works have been featured in the National Flute Association Convention, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Midwest Composers Symposium, and in the Detroit REVIVAL Project in collaboration with Detroit-based dance troupe ArtLab J. Nina is a recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.

Aside from composing, Nina is a versatile performing artist. As a flutist, she currently studies with Amy Porter and previously with Holly Clemans. Last year, Nina performed in a masterclass given by Flutronix, a cutting-edge New York-based ensemble that incorporates electronics into contemporary classical music. As a pianist, she has performed in the Poland International Piano Festival as a soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic and studied under Tomoko Mack-Brzozowski and previously Brenda Krachenberg. Nina was selected to perform in the Detroit International Jazz Festival with her jazz band in 2012 and 2013 as lead alto saxophonist.

Nina currently studies with Bright Sheng and has previously studied with Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, and James Hartway. She is a native of Northville, Michigan.

Suzanne Sorkin, composer

Suzanne Sorkin (b. 1974) is active as a composer and educator.  She has received awards and commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Chamber Music Now, Violin Futura, Third Millennium Ensemble, counter)induction, ASCAP, Meet the Composer and others.  Her work has been programmed on Piano Spheres in Los Angeles, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society in New York City, Denison University New Music Festival, Chamber Music Quad Cities, Florida State University Festival of New Music, and Vassar Modfest.  She has written for ensembles including Melomanie, Mannes Trio, Cabrini Quartet, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Third Angle, and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.  Residencies awarded to her include Millay Colony for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Artists’ Enclave at I-Park, ART342, Brush Creek, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.  She received her Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Chicago through the support of a four-year Century Fellowship in the Humanities.

Suzanne Sorkin has taught music composition, theory, and music history at Vassar College.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she teaches music composition and theory and serves as chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Film. 

Alondra Vega-Zaldivar, composer

Alondra Vega-Zaldivar recently obtained her MMus in Composition at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Canadian Composer Omar Daniel with her Thesis Sophie, a one act Music Drama for solo soprano and chamber orchestra.

In 2014 Alondra’s String Quartet Lyra was premiered at Orford, Quebec by the 2014 String Quartet from the CreationWorkshop in July; her piece Luna for Soprano, Cello and Piano, was performed in Milna, Croatia by participants of the UpBeat Music Festival in August; and Rise of the Cuban Cicadas for Harp and Percussion was premiered by Sanya Eng and Ryan Scott in Toronto on September. On October, Alondra organized the Composition Student Concert at the University and her piece Midnight Feast was read by the ECM+ ensemble in November.

Last summer Alondra participated in Composition Summer Intensive in South Bend, Indiana and her piece A Haunted Tableau for Soprano and Piano was premiered in Halifax.  This year Alondra was selected a finalist for the Costello Composition Prize organized by the Lyra Society organization.