A passionate advocate for new music, Zoe Sorrell has premiered over thirty chamber and orchestral works by renowned composers such as George Lewis and Richard Saucedo. She has collaborated with and performed alongside such artists as John Harbison, Molly Barth, Peggy Pearson, and the Fifth House Ensemble. Trained in language and dance, Sorrell takes an interdisciplinary approach to all of her performances. Her projects combine various genres of art in order to relay political or social commentary that is relevant to today’s audiences. Sorrell’s own language works have been published by Harmony Magazine and have received top spots in poetry and essay competitions. In 2012, she commissioned and performed Moirae, a piece for flute, harp, and poetry reader by jazz composer, Chase Jackson; Moirae is set to Sorrell’s original poem by the same name. Additionally, Sorrell has studied ballroom dance, Latin dance, and ballet, and her study of movement has also extended to classes in Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method, Dalcroze, body mapping, and improvisation. Sorrell’s text-set and choreographed reinterpretation of Debussy’s Syrinx, titled Syrinx Today, uses modern dance and spoken poetry to contextualize the piece’s mythology within the context of 21st century rape culture.
Sorrell has performed all over the United States as well as in England and China and is also an active performer of historical music on the traverso flute. As an active blogger for the International Contemporary Ensemble in their 2011-2012 season, she worked closely with music gurus such as Carla Kihlstedt and James Holt. As part of the fresh inc festival in 2014, Sorrell gave world premieres as part of Make Music Chicago and at Constellation Chicago. Other accolades include winning the bronze medal in the International Flute Symposium’s Emerging Artist Competition and being selected in the National Flute Association Baroque Flute Master Class Competition. Sorrell has received acceptances to SoundScape Festival, SICPP at NEC, New Music on the Point, nief-norf Summer Festival, fresh inc festival, the Marina Piccinini International Summer Masterclasses, the International Flute Symposium, and Anatomy of Sound. As an educator, Sorrell maintains an active studio of flute and piano students, and in 2013, served on the faculty of the nationally-acclaimed Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. She is currently completing a Bachelor of music in flute performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English at the Oberlin College and Conservatory. Her teachers include Alexa Still, Kathie Stewart, Michel Debost, Kathleen Chastain, and Jean-Louis Kashy.
Daniel Morel – Prairie Polka
for flue, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
Alexander Cooke – Crossfade
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion