Fresh Ventures

See what past participants in the Fresh Inc Festival are up to! Our composers and performers maintain a habit of collaborating with one another and with 5HE for years after their participation in the festival, forming a growing network of cultural leaders nationwide. Below you will find some of their most notable projects to date, and we are proud to support their work and careers for years to come. To read more about individual participants, head to our alumni page.

More recent projects are in the process of being added – check back soon!

Fresh Inc class of 2020

Alum explores ancestry and writes non-fiction book
Sammy Sussman, composer

Composer wins Thompson Street Opera Call for Scores
Joshua Brown, composer

Alum receives graduate fellowship for research project
Ava Shadmani, violin

Violinist a runner-up for Winifred Small Prize (Royal Academy of Music)
Amalia Young, violin

Composition alum premieres new works and starts new projects
Alexa Letourneau, composer

Beyond Boundaries partners with Aspire 2 STEAM
Beyond Boundaries, ensemble

Alum engages in art activism & indie pop
Ari Schwartz, harp

Alums premiere new flute pieces, featured in Oregon Arts Watch
Sarah Jordan, composer

2020 Alum creating digital content
Spencer Arias, composer

Fresh Inc class of 2019

Prize winning composition starts duo ~, is commissioned for multiple new projects, and releases new pieces
Maya Miro Johnson, composer

Alums premiere new flute pieces, featured in Oregon Arts Watch
Victoria Calderone Moreira, flute

Sergio Delgado wins National Prize of Culture in Music, Ministry of Culture Costa Rica
Sergio Delgado, composer

Alum begins Nu Atmospheres new music ensemble
Luke Ellard, clarinet

Hub New Music performs commission
Ai Daixuan, composer

Alum releases album “Feels Like Honey”
Hannah Boissonneault, composer

Violist joins NYU Steinhardt faculty
Kate Barmontina, viola


Fresh Inc class of 2018

Composer writes piece for Astral Artist
Carle Wirshba, composer

Alum accepted in to Global Leaders Program, starts zFestival
Shoshana Klein, oboe

Emily Joy Sullivan chosen as LunART Emerging Composer, 2019
Emily Joy Sullivan, composer

Alumni ensemble creates free music camp
Adelante Winds

Alumni ensemble nominated for Austin Critics Table Award, 2019

Composition alum commissioned by Roulette
Max Johnson, composer

Alum works with Opera MODO Detroit
Evan Snyder, vocalist/composer

Alumni ensemble performs at Carnegie Hall
Ajax Quartet


Fresh Inc class of 2017

Composition alum awarded Fire Island Residency, releases new single with fellow alumni
Dan Langa, composer
Mimi Harding, flute
Sam Johnson, cello

Alums premiere new flute pieces, featured in Oregon Arts Watch
Robin Meiksins, flute

Chamber Music Composition program successful at Tarrant County College
Haley Woodrow, composer

Fresh Inc alumni release music video
Eric Salazar
Corey Denham

Kickstarter: Lost Islands, a project by the Cygnus Trio
Cygnus Trio
Erica Jacobs-Perkins, violin
Benjamin Stuchbery, flute
Jonathan Stuchbery, guitar

Kenosha Symphony Woodwind Quintet Premiers Haley Woodrow quintet
Haley Woodrow, composer

Shelby Blalock finalist for American Prize in Composition
Shelby Blalock, composer

Phoenix Down RPG and Dragon Ballad
Teil Buck, Oboe
Dylan Lloyd, Clarinet
Eric Salazar, Clarinet

Composition Alum Named Semi-Finalist for The American Prize
Shelby Blalock, composer

“RE: New Music” – Clarinet and Flute Duo
Emily Mehigh, clarinet
Robin Meiksins, flute
Laura Harrison, composer

The Passion of Joan of Arc Film Score
Dan Langa, composer
Sam Johnson, cello

Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble featured on Boston Globe
Nicole DeMaio, composer
Bradley Frizzell, clarinet
David Voss, composer
Jonathan Russ, composer


Fresh Inc class of 2016

Alum composes for The Crossing Choir and for a new opera
Ayanna Woods, composer

Alums premiere new flute pieces, featured in Oregon Arts Watch
Robin Meiksins, flute

Third Coast Percussion to premier work by Ayanna Woods
Ayanna Woods, composer

Duo Caprice Premiere
Emma Schmiedecke, cello
Matthew Kennedy, composer

Recent and Upcoming Premiers
Kyle Rotolo, composer

Evanston Concert Series and Commission Update
David Flowers, composer
Joran Roulo, soprano
Susan Bengtson, viola
Alex Holzen, flute

Three Crowns Park Recital Fundraiser
Connor Thummel, trombone

Madison New Music Festival Founded by Zachary Green, Features Performances by fresh inc Alumni
Zachary Green, composer
Jordan Roulo, soprano
Emily Sprague-Klein, piano
Robin Meiksins, flute
Emily Mehigh, clarinet

Commission for Fellow Alum Premiered at UT-Austin
Kathryn Drake, violin
David Flowers, composer

Commission from Kenosha Community Foundation
Zachary Green, composer

Arranging Projects with Driftwood Quintet, Nightingale Trio, Chance the Rapper
Ayanna Woods, composer

New Quintet Performs at Children’s Science Museum
Alex Hoelzen, flute

Formation of New Woodwind Trio
Teil Buck, oboe

365 Days of Flute
Robin Meiksins, flute

Slate Arts Performance: PROTEST
Ralph Lewis, composer
Connor Thummel, trombone

New Alumni Collaborations, Residencies and Performances
Matthew Kennedy, composer
Emma Schmiedecke, cello
Rogue Trio, ensemble
Driftwood Quintet, ensemble
David Angelo, clarinet

“Fearless Reception” World Premiere
Rogue Trio, ensemble
Ralph Lewis, composer


Fresh Inc class of 2015

Sid Richardson releases debut portrait album Borne by a Wind
Sid Richardson, composer

The Space Around Us: A Musical Meditation on Climate Change
Jessica Pollack, clarinet
Samson Matthews, composer
Eric Salazar, composer
Daniel Morel, composer

fresh inc Piece Selected for SCI 2018 National Conference
Aaron Levin, composer

Meghan Yankowskas Updates
Meghan Yankowskas, clarinet
Eric Salazar, clarinet
Daniel Harrison, composer

Premier with Mivos String Quartet
Johnathan Russ, composer

USAF Band of Mid-America Performances
Meghan Yankowskas, clarinet

Nothing Gold Can Stay
James Budinich, composer

Chamber Music with Friends
Jessica Pollack, clarinet

New Music from Jonathan Russ
Jonathan Russ, composer

Composition Soundcloud Blog
Zan Berry, cello

Down Home Christmas
Matthew Lorenz, piano


Fresh Inc class of 2014

Center for New Music, Helia Music Collective, Opera Theatre Unlimited and the Fête Concert Series
Emma Logan, composer

Communitas 161 and SunSneeze
Kevin Rank, percussion

The Syrinx Project
Zoe Sorrell, flute

New Performances from Lilac 94
Lilac 94, ensemble

Sarah’s Violin Bags
Sarah Cranor, violin

Play it Forward Instrument Donation Program
Maggie Morrison, piano

Upcoming Premieres by Isaura String Quartet
Emily Call, violin

Recital: Book of Spells
The Magic Deuce, ensemble

Recital with Limbo Quartet and Duo d’entre Deux
The Magic Deuce, ensemble

Chamber Music with Friends: Coffee Hour
Jessica Pollack, clarinet

Kleinman Competition Winner
Jonathan Hannau, composer

Premiere of Harp Duo by Lilac 94
Daniel Morel, composer


Fresh Inc class of 2013

Composition alum releases piano album
Mathew Entwistle, composer

Megan Ilnen co-presents Black Meridian
Megan Ilnen, mezzo-soprano

2013 Alum premiers Stacy Garrop’s Alto Saxophone Concerto
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone
Stacy Garrop, former Fresh Inc composition faculty

Admiral Launch Duo album release on Albany Records
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone
Jennifer Ellis, harp

Bassoon Recitals and New Works
Brin Solomon, composer

A Composer’s Big Bang – Heisenberg Uncertainty Players at the Wire
John Dorhauer, composer

Quince Vocal Ensemble Performance
Evan Williams, composer

Heart of Darkness
Megan Ihnen, mezzo soprano and Jennifer Ellis, Harp 

Young People’s Concert Series Commission, Jonestown Chamber Opera
Evan Williams, composer

Music in the American Wild
Emlyn Johnson, flute

Thin Places No. 3: Island Sanctuary Performed at Boston New Music Initiative Concert
Patrick O’Malley, composer

Kafka Fragments
Megan Ihnen, mezzo soprano

New Commissions and Recent Performances
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone
Jennifer Ellis, harp

David Raksin Arrangements
Brin Solomon, composer

Washington National Opera: Three 20-Minute Operas
Rene Orth, composer

Philadelphia Fringe Festival Commission
Rene Orth, composer

Latitude 49 at Strange Beautiful Music VI
Latitude 49, ensemble

Boise Philharmonic Double Bass
Milo Fultz, double bass

Heisenberg Uncertainty Players’ New Residency and Shout Section Big Band’s New Album
John Dorhauer, composer

the waters wrecked the sky Included on Arianna Tieghi’s In Memoriam Dinu Ghezzo Album
Evan Williams, composer

Commission for Cellotronic Games
Patrick O’Malley, composer

GRIME to be Played on WGTE’s New Music from Bowling Green
Evan Williams, composer, Rachael Claire Eid-Ries, viola, W. Gage Ehmann, cello, Andrew O’Connor, bass

New Ensemble: Quartet Datura
Marta Honer, viola


Fresh Inc class of 2012

Christopher Culp on TEDxBuffalo
Christopher Culp, clarinet

Quince Vocal Ensemble Performance
Jason Charney, composer

Brass Gig Book
Max Pankau, composer

Willingly Performed at Boston New Music Initiative Concert
Alex Temple, composer

Traveling to Tanzania for Clarinets for Conservation
Tyler Graves, trumpet

Peep Show at Links Hall
Alex Temple, composer

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and Carabao
Kyle Acuncius, percussion

Composer-in-Residence at 2014 Banff International Music Festival
Eugene Astapov, composer

Debut Solo EP: Broken Logic
Natalie Spehar, cello, Élan Duo

Spider Pieces on WFMT’s Relevant Tones
Max Pankau, composer

Parlour Tapes+ Release, Cadillac Moon Premiere, and Viola Joke Performance
Alex Temple, composer

Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble Premieres Synthetic Spaces
Erin Cameron, clarinet

Rogue Valley Symphony Assistant Principal Horn
Margarite Waddel, horn

Latitude 49 Commission
Latitude 49, ensemble, Eugene Astapov, composer

New Commissions for Latitude 49, 5HE Violinist Andrew Williams
Jesse Limbacher, composer

fresh inc 2012 Recital, Merit School of Music
David Chavannes, piano, Lily Floeter, flute, Haley Shaw, composer, Alex Temple, composer

Fifth House Ensemble Performs Steam
Chelsea Komschlies, composer

Fifth House Ensemble Performs Air
Jesse Limbacher, composer

Music and Storytelling Workshop at a West Philadelphia Library
Ray Jacinto, bassoon & Eclipse Wind Trio

Senior Composition Recital, Luther College
Sydney Kjerstad, composer

New Julliard Ensemble Commission: Myths of Ancient Bosphorus-World Premiere
Eugene Astapov, composer

Del Sol String Quartet Workshop
Rafael Valle, composer

Wartburg Composition Recital
Chelsea Komschlies, composer

International Composer’s Workshop, Laptop Orchestra, and Oxford Jazz Station
Andrew Watts, composer

New Recordings, Classical Revolution TED Talks, and NYC Debuts
Natalie Spehar, cello & Élan Duo

Orchestra NEXT, Eugene, Oregon
Margarite Waddell, horn

Classical Revolution, Madison, Wisconsin
Trace Johnson, cello

Wooden Cities, A New Music Collective
Chris Culp, clarinet

Five Piano World Premieres from Five Composers Under 30, Including Chelsea Komschlies
Jess Ryan, piano

fresh inc Collaboration: New Piece for Flute & Piano
Alex Temple, composer

Tangomani! Tango in Bassoon Solo Literature at Humboldt State University
Ray Jacinto, bassoon & Eclipse Wind Trio

Carthage College Wind Ensemble Commission
Sydney Kjerstad, composer

Fifth House Ensemble plays Ocean Body
Jason Charney, composer