Ward Hartenstein

Ward Hartenstein is a composer, performer, and instrument inventor living and working in Rochester, New York. His instruments are finely crafted from clay and other materials, including recyclables and found objects. He performs solo concerts at schools, museums, and libraries, as well as collaborating with other artists, dancers, and musicians, including the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, the Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble, and Present Tense Dance.

As a teaching artist for over twenty years with Project U.N.I.Q.U.E., he uses original music and musical instruments to educate children in a variety of subject areas ranging from music to language arts to science. His programs are designed to enlighten as well as entertain by offering sights, sounds, and stories to spark the imagination.

"Listening and music making are creative processes to which we can each apply our own skills and imagination. Look, listen, reflect . . . smile!"

Bernadette Speach's work as a composer embraces a variety of styles, and includes solo, chamber and orchestral works. Her music has been recorded on Mode Records and includes Without Borders (Mode 16), with chamber works performed by the Bowery Ensemble, Anthony de Mare, Leonard Krech, Michael Pugliese, Jeffrey Schanzer and Jan Williams; Reflections (Mode 105), with performances by The Arditti String Quartet, Anthony de Mare, Lois Martin, Rozanna Weinberger, Speach/Davis & Musicians and others which was released in February, 2002.

She has performed as pianist with her husband Jeffrey Schanzer as the Schanzer/Speach Duo across the United States, in Puerto Rico, and in numerous venues in Europe. Their first CD, DUALITIES, was released on the Mode/Avant Label in 1992. She is currently working on a new CD of three decades of her percussion music including Only/Solimente (2004)- for solo vibraphone commissioned by Ricardo Souza. Her music is published by Kallisti Music Press. Bernadette received her Ph.D. in Music Composition from SUNY - Buffalo where she studied with Morton Feldman and Lejaren Hiller.

She was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship; received a commission through the American Composers Forum with funding by The Jerome Foundation to compose for the ensemble Zeitgeist, as well as commissioning funds from The New York State Council on the Arts through MusicVistas to continue her collaboration with Thulani Davis. Bernadette was a Music Composition Fellow through the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship program in 1998 - 1999.

She was the Composer in Residence at the Electronic Studios of CUNY - Brooklyn's Conservatory of Music in 2001 - 2002. Through her efforts as an administrator, fundraiser, Board member, presenter and educator with numerous organizations and institutions, Bernadette continues to bring the work of a broad range of contemporary artists to audiences in the New York metropolitan area and beyond.
Contact: bspeach@aol.com

Michaela Eremiasova (composer) was born in Prague. She is pursuing a PhD in composition at the Eastman School of Music and previously studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Michaela co-orchestrated the opera, West-The Future of the American Musical Theater by Broadway composer Charles Strouse that was commissioned by the Hanson Institute for American Music. She has received other commissions as well, most notably for ensembles including the Novus Trombone Quartet, Russell Scarbrough's big band, Eastman Trombone Choir, and the Beohmler Foundation. Michaela has also composed music for film and animation, including Cat Ashworth's documentary, Beating the Biological Clock and the animated opera, Car Crash Opera by Skip Battaglia. She has composed music for two pieces for the Present Tense Dance Company: Confluence, which premiered at the Image Movement Sound Festival in 2005, and Comma (2006).

Linda Starkweather originally hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan where she earned her degree in Theatre from Western Michigan University. For the past 30 years Linda has worked as a graphic designer, carpenter, painter, sculptor, and theatre artist. She works both sides of the curtain as actor, director, designer, and producer, and has just finished a Master degree which culminated in her one-woman, multi-media show, A Way Out Of Madness, which premiered at Blackfriars Theatre in Rochester, NY. Linda also teaches at the School of Performing Arts at Eastridge, a rigorous 4-year program for High School Students.

Linda has created the set design for Seal Maiden, a Celtic dance/theater piece for the Present Tense Dance Company, and was the film editor and costume designer for the multi-media piece, Confluence. In the fall of 2007 she will perform with Present Tense Dance as the Narrator in the phantasmagoric dance/theater piece, When the Souls Rise.

Drumcliffe Irish Arts Artistic Director Edward J. Murphy Jr. began studying Irish Dance at the age of 5 and became an accomplished dancer by early adolescence. His love for dance led him to explore the art in forms other than Irish. He attended the State University of New York at Brockport where he majored in Dance and English. He has performed with several professional dance companies including Dance Theater of Arizona, The Arizona State Ballet, L.A. Dance Works, and Southwest Dance Theater. Eddie received his Masters Degree in Arizona before working for Maude Baum and Company Dance Theater. In 1987, Eddie earned his TCRG certification to teach Irish Dance.

In 1989, he founded The Murphy School of Irish Dance here in Rochester, later renamed Drumcliffe Irish Arts. In 1994, Eddie formed Drumcliffe Dance Troupe, a performing arts group consisting of youths studying with Drumcliffe Irish Arts. The troupe has developed a reputation for its professional performance standards, Murphy's creative choreography, and high energy. Eddie is currently a Professor of Dance at the State University of New York at Brockport.