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Baltimore-based composer Elliott Grabill brings an authentic perspective to contemporary classical music. As a math teacher, his experiences working with students of all walks of life nurtures an artistic voice that’s both personal and relevant. His most recent song cycle, Teacher Tales, recalls the stories of injustices he witnesses on a daily basis while teaching. The songs, with self-authored lyrics, were hailed by Ron Beckett as doing “what great art has been able to do – raising awareness on issues society blindly accepts.” He brought Magnus Lindberg’s clarinet concerto. elliottgrabill.com
Known for her extensive vocal range, mezzo-soprano Elise Christina Jenkins has charmed audiences in repertoire ranging from opera and art song to operetta. Last year she joined INSeries for their Operetta Wonderland: The Magic of Victor Herbert. A frequent performer with Opera NOVA, she sang the role of Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Monisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, and in various outreach programs and recitals. Elise made her Italian debut in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Mairoi performing scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and she later returned to Italy to sing Madre Maria in Francis Poulenc’s I dialoghi delle Carmelitane. As an oratorio soloist, Elise was invited to sing Handel’s Messiah at the Korean United Methodist Church of Koinonia for their Christmas Eve service with chamber orchestra under the baton of Dr. In Dal Choi. She brought Scott Patterson’s Piano Sonata no. 3, and recommends the other performances of Afro House, among others.
Jeffrey Earl Young (ASCAP) currently studies under composer Daron Hagen of New York. His compositions range from instrumental solos and art songs, to chamber, choral, and orchestral works. Jeff’s music has been performed by violinist Lauren Cauley Kalal and percussionist Matthew Gold at the Walden School’s Creative Musician’s Retreat; by saxophone/bassoon duo Xelana at Connecticut Summerfest and again in Brooklyn; by new music ensemble Bent Frequency and the Beo String Quartet at the Charlotte New Music Festival, and many others. He sings with the Peabody Community Chorus and enjoys the new music community in Baltimore. A retired intellectual property attorney, Jeff has served on the boards of Bent Frequency, Friends of Music at Emory University, and the Atlanta Young Singers. He brought Paul Salerni’s Something Permanent. Examples of his compositions are found at soundcloud.com/youngatl-1