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Darion Smith

Peabody Preparatory Dance Program/Faculty John Hopkins University

Darion Smith is the artistic director and cofounder of Jansuphere Dance Company (JDC). Smith’s choreographic works have been presented throughout the United States and abroad in Spain and Mexico. Smith fuses different dance genres, incorporates visual art and interactive set designs and life size props to focus his artistic vision. His works are made in collaboration with award winning musicians and composers. He has worked to maintain his vision for JDC, since its founding in 2007, as a platform for collaborative exploration, providing opportunities for professional dancers, and community engagement through performances, workshops and masterclasses. In 2018, Smith was the Artist in Residence at the Pacific Lutheran University and most recently the recipient of the 2020 Mark Ryder Original Choreography Award.

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Kate Richards Geller

Music therapist/ singer/ song- writer/Vocal Improviser

Kate Richards Geller, singer-songwriter & vocal improviser, holds an MA in Music Therapy from NYU, an LCAT in NY State, and CBMT since 1997. She has worked in medical settings (pediatrics and Child Life), schools (therapeutic pre-schools), and community centers providing clinical services to individuals and groups of all ages with the goal of improving the Quality of Life through live, interactive music making. Her program, Sing for Yourself, demonstrates how a regular singing practice can create meaningful and lasting change in individuals and communities. Currently in Los Angeles, Kate serves as Music Wellness Director at Urban Voices Project, whose mission is to create supportive spaces to nurture belonging and to shift the narrative and perception of homelessness towards one of agency and community.

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Stephanie Lamprea

Soprano/ New Music Vocalist

Colombian-American soprano Stephanie Lamprea is an architect of new sounds and expressions as a performer, curator and improviser, specializing in contemporary classical repertoire. Trained as an operatic coloratura, she uses her voice as a mechanism of avant-garde performance art with an entire spectrum of vocal colors (including operatic style, straight tone, sputters and throat noises), creating “maniacal shifts of vocal production and character… like an icepick through the skull” (Jason Eckardt). She has awards from the John Cage Orgel Stiftung, St. Botolph Club Foundation and Puffin Foundation. Stephanie has performed at Roulette, National Sawdust, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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Emmy Rozanski

Trombonist/Music Faculty

Emmy Rozanski is an enthusiastic music educator and active freelance trombonist. She is adjunct music faculty at Alverno College and a teaching artist for Sistema Ravinia. Emmy holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance from Arizona State University. A
passionate visual artist, as well as musician, she has written and illustrated a children’s bookabout the trombone, Mr. Fitch Joins the Band.

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Brian Johnston

Trombonist/Music Faculty

Brian Johnston joined the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in 2018. In addition to being part of the Philharmonic, Brian is a regular Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Substitute with the New World Symphony in Miami Florida. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and is also a substitute for the Houston Symphony Orchestra & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Brian's teaching experience has included many schools in the Chicago area including the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) His primary teachers have included; Jay Friedman, John Rojak, John Faieta, Andy Malloy, Reed Capshaw, and Eric Reynolds.

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Rebecca Kautz

Adjunct Instructor, Mount Mary University

Rebecca Kautz (b.1978 Princeton, IL) is an artist working across media. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a Master’s of Arts in Education. She incorporates reflective, expository writing and drawing with action based research and social interventions which are documented with photography and video.

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Aditi Bhagwat

kathak exponent

While staying within the structure of Indian classical music and art, Aditi has vastly experimented and succeed in mixing traditional dance art and music with Jazz and other kinds of western music. She was involved in the kathak and Electronic music collaboration with the band Kartik and Gotam: Business Class Refugees in France. She was also involved with the Issue Project with New York pianist Rod Williams. She has gracefully blended the stylized gestures of kathak and the sophisticated rhythm of the Tatkaar, Chakkradhars and different Taals with varying time cycles with instruments like the djembe, drums, ghumbri, cuatrosarodsitar and many more. Bhagwat has said that change and experimentation help a person grow as an artist. Her kathak dance style shows a "mastery of the idiom" according to The Hindu

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SAGE

Non-Profit organization

SAGE brings together small business owners, budding entrepreneurs, and visionaries.Their goal is to Share the wealth of information that each member holds, Accept all situations as they come, and Grow within their own facet of business as they Encourage others through positive support.

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Jody Oberfelder

Artistic Director, Jody Oberfelder Projects

Whether on a proscenium stage, in a film, or installation, her work transforms an audience’s experience from passive voyeurism into intimate engagement. As a choreographer, director and filmmaker, Jody makes art that embraces a world full of people, sites, and ideas.

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Tom Ferguson

President, Sheboygan Visual Artists

SVA is a growing and active network of visual artists and supporters that enriches the community through the visual arts. The mission is to,

  • Empower visual artists through professional development and collaboration

  • Create opportunities for the community to experience and enjoy the visual arts

  • Promote member artists and their work

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Mike Neumeyer

Musician/Educator/Composer-UWSP

Mike Neumeyer is a versatile musician, educator, and composer based in Milwaukee, WI. As a composer,
Mike has written with one unique focus being marimba and voice. One of Mike’s marimba and voice works,
The Power of Music, was used in the documentary In Pursuit of Passion. Mike Neumeyer’s compositions have
been published by C. Alan Publications and through self-publishing. His works have been commissioned by
The UWSP Percussion Ensemble, The Oak Creek Percussion Ensemble, and various groups in Wisconsin and
Washington.

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Eric Fraser

Educator/Composer/Bansuri 

Eric is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and brings his extensive musical skills to therapeutic work with children and adults. He is also a co-founder of the groundbreaking artist collective, Brooklyn Raga Massive, which has been dubbed the “Leaders of the Raga Rennaisance” by the New York Times.

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Dallas Smith

Founder-Healing healthcare

Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith are performers on electro-acoustic harp and woodwinds.  Their music spans jazz, classical, world, and original compositions.  They have recorded and toured extensively during their thirty-five year relationship.  They are the founders of Healing Healthcare Systems, Inc., which produces The C.A.R.E. Channel, a 24-hour environmental channel broadcast in healthcare institutions around the country.  They are residents of Reno, Nevada.

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Bettina Castano

Flamenco Artist

She is one of the most extraordinary and multifaceted flamenco dancers. In addition to her program Flamenco Puro, in traditional flamenco line-up, she shows her intercultural performances with the outstanding percussionist Hakim Ludin (Kabul). This resulted in the programs flamenco & Afghanian percussion and a sensational duo program.

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AsukaUchida

Singer/ Recitalist/ Jazz-Opera

Ms. Uchida has sung as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice in France, International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel where she was chosen to sing for the Japanese ambassador in a concert. She also performed at MOMA New York, St. Katherine Cathedral in Montreal, Canada. 

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Payton MacDonald

 Professor , William Paterson University

Payton MacDonald is a composer, percussionist, Dhrupad singer, and filmmaker. All of his work centers around exploration. Whether creating ground-breaking new percussion music, singing the ancient Indian music Dhrupad, or making adventure films, Payton keeps pushing the limits of what’s possible.

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Susan Mazer

Electro acoustic Harp

Susan E. Mazer, PhD is recognized as a one of the world’s outstanding jazz harpists.She has also performed with jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal at the Village Vanguard club in New York City, with Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr., as well as other well-known musicians.  After many years of classical performance, including two degrees in music, Susan chose to move into jazz and world music.In addition, Susan is a pioneer in the development of and performance on an Electro-acoustic harp. 

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Techung

Tibetian song writer/composer

Techung is a prominent Tibetan singer/songwriter living in exile in the Adirondacks, New York. He is best known for his performances of traditional Tibetan music, dance and opera under the name Tashi Dhondup Sharzur. However, he uses his childhood nickname, Techung, when performing as a solo artist. Whether performing in traditional or contemporary styles, his dual goals are to revive Tibetan music in the Tibetan community and to expose the rich performing cultural tradition of his homeland to the world community.

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Stephanie Herman

Pillates Ballet

Stephanie Herman, former principal ballerina, danced the world with luminaries such as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov has created a TV show about enhancing lifestyles, and also uses her extensive background of body mind spirit to help others heal from physical limitations. Creator of the trademark program "Pilates Ballet by Stephanie Herman" is being taught throughout Equinox, Bay Club, Academy of American Dance, Menlo Pilates & Yoga, Jewish Community Center, NoXcuses Fitness Gym & now Google.

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Mike Neumeyer

Musician/Educator/Composer-UWSP

Mike Neumeyer is a versatile musician, educator, and composer based in Milwaukee, WI. As a composer,
Mike has written with one unique focus being marimba and voice. One of Mike’s marimba and voice works,
The Power of Music, was used in the documentary In Pursuit of Passion. Mike Neumeyer’s compositions have
been published by C. Alan Publications and through self-publishing. His works have been commissioned by
The UWSP Percussion Ensemble, The Oak Creek Percussion Ensemble, and various groups in Wisconsin and
Washington.

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Simone Kramer

Ballroom/Latin Dance

Get the best Ballroom and Latin dance instructions from Simone.

In 2019, Dance by Simone was born. Sharing her passion with the world and helping people grow in confidence through dance the same way she did, is Studio Simone’s purpose.

One day, Simone hopes to meet you face-to-face and get moving on the dance floor.

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Eric Fraser

Educator/Composer/Bansuri 

Eric is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and brings his extensive musical skills to therapeutic work with children and adults. He is also a co-founder of the groundbreaking artist collective, Brooklyn Raga Massive, which has been dubbed the “Leaders of the Raga Rennaisance” by the New York Times.

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Dallas Smith

Founder-Healing healthcare

Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith are performers on electro-acoustic harp and woodwinds.  Their music spans jazz, classical, world, and original compositions.  They have recorded and toured extensively during their thirty-five year relationship.  They are the founders of Healing Healthcare Systems, Inc., which produces The C.A.R.E. Channel, a 24-hour environmental channel broadcast in healthcare institutions around the country.  They are residents of Reno, Nevada.

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Jin JoungJin Won

Kathak/ Percussion exponent

Praised by the NY Times as “an exuberant dancer whose musicality transform[s] her dancing into somethingprimal," dancer and percussionist Jin Won is a one-of-a-kind artist in the field of Indian performing arts who explores the sonic and visual possibilities of rhythm through dance and music. An accomplished Kathak dancer and tabla player of South Korean origin,Jin began working with renowned Indian choreographers, established herself as a solo dancer,and performed internationally in countries such as Belgium, Canada, and Korea.

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Bettina Castano

Flamenco Artist

She is one of the most extraordinary and multifaceted flamenco dancers. In addition to her program Flamenco Puro, in traditional flamenco line-up, she shows her intercultural performances with the outstanding percussionist Hakim Ludin (Kabul). This resulted in the programs flamenco & Afghanian percussion and a sensational duo program.

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AsukaUchida

Singer/ Recitalist/ Jazz-Opera

Ms. Uchida has sung as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice in France, International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel where she was chosen to sing for the Japanese ambassador in a concert. She also performed at MOMA New York, St. Katherine Cathedral in Montreal, Canada. 

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Payton MacDonald

 Professor , William Paterson University

Payton MacDonald is a composer, percussionist, Dhrupad singer, and filmmaker. All of his work centers around exploration. Whether creating ground-breaking new percussion music, singing the ancient Indian music Dhrupad, or making adventure films, Payton keeps pushing the limits of what’s possible.

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Susan Mazer

Electro acoustic Harp

Susan E. Mazer, PhD is recognized as a one of the world’s outstanding jazz harpists.She has also performed with jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal at the Village Vanguard club in New York City, with Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr., as well as other well-known musicians.  After many years of classical performance, including two degrees in music, Susan chose to move into jazz and world music.In addition, Susan is a pioneer in the development of and performance on an Electro-acoustic harp. 

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Artistic  Director, Limon Dance Company

Dante Puleio

The José Limón Dance Foundation exists to perpetuate the Limón legacy and its humanistic approach to movement and theater, and to extend the vitality of that vision into the future, through performance, creation, preservation and education.

 

The José Limón Dance Foundation supports two entities: the Limón Dance Company, this country’s first modern dance repertory company, and the Limón Institute, an educational and archival resource center. In our home-base of New York City, the Limón Institute reaches close to 5,000 students and scholars annually through its education programs (including Limón4Kids), archival library, and New York City classes and workshops.

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Canadian Soprano

Rose Hegele

Canadian soprano Rose Hegele facilitates artistically rigorous performance experiences that explore the extremes of human vocal and artistic expression in 20th and 21st century art music. She has been lauded for her ease with extended vocal techniques, creating “siren-like sounds that explored extremes of the vocal range” (The Boston Music Intelligencer). Specializing in contemporary opera, chamber music, and improvisation, Ms. Hegele sings to create a space to heal souls and bodies, and to allow humans to embrace all of their complexity and humanity. Highlights include world premiering the roles of “Venus,” “Doctor” and “First Lady” in Andy Vores’s Chrononhotonthologos with Guerilla Opera in 2017; leading ensemble performances in Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Kian Khalilian’s به تماشای طلوع خورشید… be tamásháye tolúe khorsheed… to watch the sun rise… (In Memory of Abbás Kiárostamí) at Clark University in February 2020; and collaborating with the Berklee College of Music’s Neither/Nor Composers’ Ensemble to perform improvisatory works by George Lewis, Iancu Dumitrescu, Richard Carrick, and Berklee’s student composers.

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Clarinet Instructor/ Hulusi

Wen Wu

Shengwen Wu (Wen) received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degree in clarinet performance at Arizona State University. She achieved a Bachelor of Music degree atNorthern State University.

Wen is able to draw upon both eastern and western influences in her teaching and performing style. She brought a traditional Chinese instrument -- Hulusi – to America and figured out how to play a jazz blues on this instrument.

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Artistic  Director, Parul Shah Dance Company

Parul Shah

Artistic director, Parul Shah of the Parul Shah Dance Company is an internationally acclaimed
Kathak and contemporary dancer and choreographer whose work is expanding the classical
medium beyond cultural boundaries. With a dedication to excellence, Shah preserves the form’s aesthetic integrity while exploring contemporary stories and questions around belonging,
identity, and empathy. Her work aims to create shared experiences and lasting connections
between performers and audiences.

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Performer/Editor

Eric Heidbreder

Eric Heidbreder is a freelance audio editor and performer in Chicago who brings a curious mind and
collaborative spirit to every project he takes on. Recently, Eric has begun working alongside Mathew
James (Timepoint Ensemble) to produce virtual performance videos for ensembles ranging from 2-90
players—all recording in their own homes. Eric has worked collaboratively with musicians around the world to produce recordings from his home studio that have been used in film, tv, and advertising. Some highlights include Netflix Original Small Crimes, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, Vol. 2, and the LG V20
Everyday Spectacular advertising campaign.

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Bharathanatyam Dancer

Sophia Salingaros

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Sophia studied Bharatanatyam with Guru Dr. Sreedhara Akkihebbalu from the age of nine and with Guru Kalaimamani Rama Vaidyanathan from the age of 17. As a Belgian-Greek Bharatantyam dancer, she hopes to spread awareness that art knows no cultural or religious boundaries. Since her debut recital – ‘Arangetram’ - in 2010, she has given numerous solo performances in the US and abroad, most notably at Narada Gana Sabha under the auspices of Kartik Fine Arts and Vipanchee Arts Festival, Chennai, in January 2020. She is an ICCR Empaneled Artist, a 2013 Young Arts Finalist, and a 2017-2018 IndianRaga Fellow. In 2018, she was invited by the UAE Prime Minister to perform at the World Government Summit in Dubai for Indian Prime Minister Modi. Sophia also performed in Kalaimamani Rama Vaidyanathan’s 2018 - 2019 US and India tours of ‘Vivartana’. She recently graduated from Columbia University with a degree in chemistry, and passionately continues her pursuit of dance.

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Guitarist/Composer/Educator

Ryan Carraher

Carraher’s works are psychophysical unravellings characterized by catastrophic fragility, Brownian relationscapes, and stunted-spectacle. Superabundance, ambiguity, and performative impossibility lay bare one’s psychophysical limitations, and conditioned values, whilst issuing a demand for reflection and real-time mediation. Ideally, this reflection incites meaningful introspection into the origins of these limitations, previous perceptual and creative dimensions left unexplored due to them, and galvanizes personal work towards deeper, more fully-aware, performance and creative practices.

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Marcelo Solis

Marcelo has been involved with Tango all his life. Marcelo has been an Argentine Tango dancer, choreographer and instructor for over 30 years. His love for Tango dancing and tango music, particularly from the 1930’s through the 1940’s, is undeniable when you meet him. Marcelo is a milonguero

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Milind Tulankar

Born and brought up in a family with musical background, Milind started learning music from a very tender age. His grandfather Late Pandit Shankar V Kanhere (Satara) who was a famous Jaltarang player influenced Milind in taking up this unusual dying instrument the Jaltaramg. He is one of the top players of Jaltarang.

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Percussionist/Composer

Julian Loida

Called a “thought provoker” by Boston Voyager, Julian Loida is a Boston-based percussionist, composer, and producer. Loida’s musical curiosity and open-mindedness has propelled him towards a wide-range of sounds, genres, and artistic endeavors. He’s performed jazz, folk, and classical, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, songwriters/composers, and musicians of all stripes. The thirst to participate in and experience this range of sounds is partly a product of Loida’s synesthesia. Music is a full- body experience for him, with sounds often invoking involuntary sensations of color, texture, or even taste.

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Acrobat

Carol Udovich

Meet Carol Udovich, a retired 94 year young acrobat.

She was an artist all her life . Get Inspired and Learn from the Wise!

A Gymnastics Maestro who won American Turners National Festival when she was 85 Years Old

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