Daniel D'Addio is Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University where he teaches trumpet and coaches chamber music. He also serves on the faculty of The Hartt School Community Division as a trumpet instructor and chamber music coach. Dr. D'Addio is Music Director of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and has recently been appointed conductor and artistic director of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Northeast. Daniel D'Addio is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Wedge Mouthpiece Endorsing Artist.
Mason Adams is a Texas born bassoon player, currently completing his Performance Degree at The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. Mason has been a member of the Foot in the Door Contemporary Ensemble, The Hartt Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and he was a substitute with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra for the 2014-2015 season. He was a finalist in the 2014 Paranov Concerto Competition, and he recently completed a European concert tour with the BPYO.
His principal teachers include Marc Goldberg, Cheryl Huddleston, and William Short.
Hartford-based percussionist Michael Anderson performs with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and Hartford Opera Theater, as well as regularly plays and organizes performances of chamber and new music.
Michael received his Master's in Performance from The Hartt School, where he received a full tuition scholarship as a member of the honors chamber group Performance 20/20, and studied with Professor Ben Toth, Joe Galeota (African drumming), Shane Shanahan (frame drums), and Ted Piltzecker (vibraphone).
Performance highlights include premiering John Hollenbeck's Ziggurat (exterior) as part of the Whitney Live series at The Whitney Museum; an appearance with the Hartt Wind Ensemble as a winner of the Paranov Concerto Competition; a critically-acclaimed performance of John Luther Adams' Inuksuit as part of Make Music New York; performing the same work in the Electronic Music Foundation's For The Forest event as part of Arts for Peace (a project of the UN General Assembly); and performances at The Ohio Music Education Association annual conference and Ohio PAS Day of Percussion.
He attended the inaugural 2009 and 2010 Sō Percussion Summer Institutes where he studied and performed with members of Sō Percussion and other composers and musicians including Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, Dan Trueman, Grey Mcmurray, Martin Schmidt of Matmos, and Tristan Perich. He has participated in masterclasses with Keith Aleo, Richard Weiner, Tom Freer, Doug Walter, Jim Black, and Jean Geoffrey. Michael has worked with numerous composers on performances of their works, including Stuart Saunders Smith, Steven Mackey, Lukas Ligeti, and Daniel Wohl, and has premiered works by John Hollenbeck, David Macbride, Robert Carl, Ken Steen, Susan Botti, Dave Morgan, and Thomas Janson. He can be heard on recordings with the Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble, the Youngstown State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Naxos, the Foot in the Door New Music Ensemble, on John Hollenbeck's Rainbow Jimmies on GPE Records, on David Macbride's A Special Light on Innova, and on an upcoming recording of Susan Botti's Terra Cruda with the Hartt Wind Ensemble.
Michael holds a BME in Music Education from Youngstown State University, and as an educator has taught and coached private studios, marching percussion, percussion ensembles, athletic and concert bands in Connecticut and Ohio high schools, and has coached percussion ensemble and taught percussion methods classes at the university level. Michael has additionally played with the Manchester, Beth-El Temple, and Nutmeg Symphony Orchestras; The Hartt School Graduate Percussion Group, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Steelband, Foot In the Door New Music Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra as principal timpanist and section leader; The S'Mosa Percussion Quartet; Dana All-Star Band; and the Youngstown Percussion Collective.
Cathryn Cummings is a dynamic and versatile hornist whose recent performances include the United States premiere of the extensive horn cadenza in Larry Allen Smith's Symphony No. 3, and educational outreach tours of upstate New York and Long Island with the Performance 20/20 Brass Quintet. A former member of the U. S. Navy Music Program, Ms. Cummings has unique experience as a military musician, which includes serving as musical director at hundreds of military ceremonies and public performances.
Ms. Cummings was a military musician from 2001 to 2011, serving with Navy Band Northeast and Navy Band Southeast. Her service with these military bands included extensive chamber music experience in brass and woodwind quintets, as well as performing with the bands’ wind ensembles and ceremonial/marching units. Ms. Cummings has had the honor of performing for Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and in prestigious venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall (alongside the Boston Pops), Fenway Park, and Yankee Stadium. With Navy Band Northeast, she has made several appearances on NBC's The Today Show and Fox News' Fox and Friends.
Ms. Cummings has held the position of Principal Horn with the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Albany (NY), Berkshire, Cape Cod, Catskill, Glens Falls, Jacksonville, Schenectady, Southwest Florida and Utica Symphonies.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Cummings is currently an adjunct faculty member at The Hartt School, where she teaches the high brass (trumpet and horn) portion of the undergraduate brass class, and coaches a high school brass quintet at The Hartt School Community Division. She has maintained a private horn studio in Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Texas, while living in each of these areas.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Ms. Cummings graduated from the award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). She holds a bachelor's degree in brass performance and a master's degree in arts administration from Boston University, and is a candidate for a master's degree in horn performance at The Hartt School. Ms. Cummings’ principal teachers include David Wakefield, Eric Ruske, Jay Wadenpfuhl, Wayne Barrington and Jay Andrus, with additional lessons from William VerMeulen. She has studied chamber music with the Empire and Atlantic Brass Quintets at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Triton Brass Quintet, and members of the Lions Gate Trio and American and Philadelphia Brass Quintets.
Ms. Cummings is married to Eduardo Sanchez, a 12-year veteran of the U. S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program who now works for the non-profit organization that runs New England's power grid. Since leaving the Navy, they have relocated to downtown Hartford, where they and their Boston Terrier, Mimi, enjoy having fine dining, cultural events, and recreation just a short walk away.
Dr. Charles Huang is a founding member of Oboe Duo Agosto, for whom he has commissioned and exhibited a wide variety of new works. Dr. Huang has been a Fulbright Scholar, Concert Artists Guild semi-finalist, a fellow at Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and a winner of the Miami String Quartet Competition. He has recorded music by Keith Kramer on the Navona Records label, released by the Society of Composer’s Inc. He currently teaches at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, the Hartt Community Division, and the Lucarelli Oboe Masterclass. Dr. Huang has been a guest teacher and performer at the Hartt School, the University of Michigan, CCM, SUNY Purchase, Chiayi University in Taiwan, the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil, and conferences for the College Music Society and the International Double Reed Society. His principal influences include Nancy Ambrose King, Humbert Lucarelli, Ray Still and Ingo Goritzki.
Pablo Issa performs chamber music internationally. He serves as the principal cellist of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and he is also one of the cofounders of 1200 Horse Hairs, a cello quartet. He was a member of The Sound Scape Trio and Cuatro Puntos.
As an educator, Issa received Long-Term Suzuki Training at the School for Strings in New York City with Pamela Devenport and completed his pedagogic studies with Carey Cheney and Nancy Hair.
Mr. Issa taught at the Community School of the Arts at UConn Storrs, the Suzuki Music School of Westport, and Kids Empowered by Your Support in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Currently, he teaches cello and chamber music at The Hartt School Community Division.
Issa holds a Post-High School Graduate Diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy, a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, and both a Master of Music Performance and a Graduate Professional Diploma from The Hartt School.
His education was made possible thanks to the support of Fundación Arnoldo Schwimmer of Issa's native country, Bolivia.
Janet Jacobson is a versatile violinist who has built a reputation in the New England area performing in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. She is concertmaster of Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and has performed with orchestras across the country, including Hartford Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Kentucky Orchestra, and Plymouth Philharmonic. She also was a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square, performing, recording, and touring regularly with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Jacobson takes a particular interest in performing new music and is a co-founder of the 016 New Music Ensemble, which has been a featured ensemble in the Hartford New Music Festival and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. She has premiered works by David Macbride, Ken Steen, Erberk Eryilmaz, Ryan Jesperson, and many others.
An active proponent of chamber music, Jacobson has performed in venues across New England with the Living Room Players, the Sylvanus Ensemble, the Classical Gang of Hartford, and the Saraswati String Quartet, of which she is a founding member. As a soloist she performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Plymouth, NH, and the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Stara Zagora State Opera Orchestra in Stara, Zagora, Bulgaria. She has given solo lecture recitals at The Hartt School and Wethersfield Academy for the Arts.
Jacobson recently completed coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Hartt School, where she studied with Katie Lansdale. She holds a master's degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. She has taught violin, viola, and chamber music at HCD since 2009.
Jordan Jacobson is a versatile musician, excelling in many genres of music from chamber music, to orchestral, to jazz.
Jordan is in demand as a musician throughout Southern New England. He is the Principal Trombone of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and has performed with ensembles throughout the region including the Hartford Symphony, Springfield Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and the Hartford Symphony Brass Quintet. He regularly plays at Goodspeed Opera House.
He has also performed with the Utah Symphony, Kentucky Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and the Dayton Philharmonic, as well Queen City Brass Quintet, and the Dayton Philharmonic Brass Quintet. While in Utah, he was a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square, performing, recording, and touring with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
He takes a particular interest in performing new music and is a co-founder of the Hartford-based 016 New Music Ensemble. Originally from Utah, he was a member of the Salt Lake City area salsa band, Son del Callao, and has performed with the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, the Salt Lake Alternative Jazz Orchestra, and with small jazz groups under his own direction. He appeared in the Boston area as a member of the Peter Cassino Quintet.
Jordan has toured throughout the US and internationally to Russia, Finland, England, and Belgium. He has performed at the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland and at the International Association of Jazz Educators convention in Long Beach, California.
Jordan received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (CCM). He is also a graduate of the Longy School of Music and Brigham Young University.
His teachers include Tim Anderson, Norman Bolter, Darren Acosta, Russell McKinney, Jim Nova, Daniel Bachelder, and Bryce Mecham.
Jordan Jacobson is on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island and The Hartt School Community Division.
Alexander S. Kollias has performed across the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Winter Garden in New York, the Yokosuka Arts Theatre in Japan, and Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland. Kollias can be heard playing on two previously released CD’s with the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Music for 18 Musicians and In C Remixed, both receiving much critical acclaim. As a part of the GVSU New Music Ensemble, he performed at the 2007 Bang on a Can Marathon in New York. In 2009 he performed In C, at Carnegie Hall, in an ensemble organized and presented by the Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley.
As a soloist, Kollias was a winner of the 2012 Paranov Concerto Competition with his performance of Scott McAllister’s Black Dog. In 2011 Kollias won the Sewanee Summer Music Festival concerto competition and performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Sewanee Festival Orchestra. Kollias made his New York City solo debut in 2011 at the National Association of Composers USA. In 2007 he performed Mendelssohn’s Concert Piece No. 2, Op. 114 with Dr. Campbell, and won the university’s concerto competition in 2009. Most recently Kollias was an invited competitor to the 2014 Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition.
An active chamber musician, Kollias is the principal clarinetist for the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. Kollias is the clarinetist for OptiKord Trio, a woodwind trio, which was a 2016 quarterfinalist in The Fischoff competition. Kollias also performs regularly with oboist Ling Chun Yeh, as a member of The R3EDS.
A founding member of the Dixieland ensemble, French 75, Kollias also enjoys performing and exploring the clarinet’s jazz character. French 75 performed in the 2016 New Haven Jazz Festival, and is quickly gaining recognition as a premiere ensemble in the greater northeast. Along with performing, Kollias has a continuous commitment to pedagogy. His students range from young beginners to university students. As well as teaching at the collegiate level, he is on the clarinet faculty at The Hartt School Community Division and Miss Porter’s School. His young students are competitive at the district and state levels, and many continue their clarinet studies at the collegiate level. Kollias holds a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Hartt School where he studied with Ayako Oshima. A former student of Dr. Arthur Campbell, Kollias graduated with honors from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, with a degree in Music Education and Music Performance.
At home on both the upright and electric bass, Chris Langhans's passion for music has lead him to many styles and genres such as opera, jazz, classical, blues, gospel, reggae, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Baroque, musicals, Funk, Latin, and solo tours. Chris serves as principal Double Bass of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and regularly preforms with the New Britain Symphony, the Waterbury Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Goodspeed Opera Company, big bands, jazz ensembles, and musical companies.
Originally from Texas, Chris has had the opportunity to study with and take lessons from many of the world's finest bass players including Gary Karr, David Murray, Barry Green, Paul Ellison, Eric Larson, Ed Barker, Christian McBride, and John Clayton. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Hartt School of Music where he studied under Robert Black
Allison has explored various aspects of the arts, including work in the art of baking as well as life on stage as a performer. After obtaining a degree in the pastry arts from The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Allison baked for five years at various outlets throughout the tri-state area. She returned to school in 2011 to pursue life as a tubist, graduating with a degree in Tuba Performance from the Hartt School in West Hartford, CT.
Allison enjoys an active freelance career by performing with several groups including The New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, Smiling Rhino Theatre and Chatham, New Jersey's Community Players. In March 2015, she premiered a tuba concerto with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra written by Charles Menoche at Central Connecticut State University.
She is currently the instructor of tuba at Wesleyan University, while also keeping a small studio of private students. Her most recent endeavors include founding the 1920s dixieland jazz group, French 75, as well as currently being a member of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, which performs new music throughout the state of Connecticut.