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Guest Artists, 2021-2022


Guest Artists, 2021-2022


Matthew Scinto – Conductor

Living Music Summit

Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as Founder and Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and the Music Director for the Civic Orchestra of New Haven (CT). He has twice studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, was recently finalist for the Assistant Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, and also currently serves as a cover conductor for the Portland (ME) Symphony. He received his Doctor of Musical Art's degree from Boston University, where he received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting.

As the Founder & Music Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, he has established the only professional chamber orchestra serving the region, with a mission to commission music collaboratively with individuals and organizations. Since 2018, the orchestra has completed and premiered numerous works with organizations such as the Heritage Museums & Gardens, the Guild of Harwich Artists, the Whydah Pirate Museum, and the Edward Gorey House. Recently the orchestra was awarded the 1st PRIZE in the American Prize Competition for Orchestra performance in 2020, and was recently named "Best New Cultural Attraction" by Yankee Magazine in 2019. Dr. Scinto has been involved in Alzheimer’s care for the past several years, working with memory care facilities at Maplewood Senior Living in Brewster, MA and Bridges in Mashpee, MA. He is also a frequent guest of the Arts & Ideas program with the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod for caregivers and loved ones with memory loss. By using aspects of music appreciation and conducting, Dr. Scinto has developed curriculum for working with individuals dealing with memory loss in order to allow them to reconnect to their loved ones and enjoy fun movement to music. He previously graduated from Syracuse University (MM, 2014 & BM, 2012) where he studied conducting and viola.



photo © Susan Wilson

Deirdre Viau – Flute

Living Music Summit
Prismatic Congruency

Deirdre Viau received a Graduate Performance Diploma in Flute from the Longy School of Music. She studied flute with Julia Scolnik and Vanessa Mulvey, and jazz improvisation with Peter Cassino. Ms. Viau is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Quinta Esencia, which performs an eclectic mix of Latin American, classical, and modern music. The group regularly commissions new works. She maintains a private flute studio in the Boston area.



photo © Susan Wilson

Yhasmin Valenzuela-Blanchard – Clarinet

Living Music Summit
Prismatic Congruency

Yhasmin Valenzuela-Blanchard's musicality is communicated through her warm and heartfelt sound both in her orchestral and chamber music performances.

She is a vibrant performer and educator throughout all of New England. In addition to the Boston New Music Initiative, she collaborates frequently with the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, Symphony New Hampshire, New England Philharmonic, Cape Ann Symphony among others.

As an advocate for contemporary music, Yhasmin has performed in the premiere of many new works as a core member of The Boston New Music Initiative.

Yhasmin holds a Bachelor’s degree in performance and music education from Conservatorio de Lima “Josafat Roel Pineda”, a Master’s Degree in clarinet performance from Texas Christian University and a Graduate Performance Diploma in clarinet performance from Longy School of Music.



Ariel Mo – piano

Living Music Summit

Chinese Canadian pianist Ariel Mo, 22, is about halfway through a Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory with Stephen Drury. She has a voracious interest in all areas of classical music, the result of a restless curiosity for new sounds and fierce devotion to every piece that crosses her path. Her last projects pre-pandemic include a multidisciplinary performance at the Cutler Majestic Theatre commemorating the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire in Jordan Hall under the direction of John Heiss. In 2018, Ariel won an NEC competition for Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie and performed three of its movements with Hugh Wolff and NEC Philharmonia. She has also played on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s pre-concert series, which celebrates new commissions; worked with composers Kajia Saariaho, Michael Finnissy, and Derek Bermel; and in master classes with Michel Béroff and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. In the summers, she has attended festivals at Bowdoin, Orford, and Gíjon, as well as the Holland International Music Sessions, Morningside Music Bridge, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.

Ariel’s past mentors include Victor Rosenbaum, Bruce Brubaker, and the duo-pianists Kenneth Broadway and Ralph Markham. At NEC, Ariel founded the Asian Students Association in hopes of celebrating its international community and fostering dialogue around all the complex, elusive possibilities of Asian identity. She was also a longtime Community Performance Fellow; edited and re-designed the literary journal; and majored in piano performance and music history. Her thesis, advised by Dr. Ellen Exner, discussed the impact of Claude Debussy’s family on his drive to compose. She is also an avid reader, painter, aspiring quadrilinguist, and (unfortunately) enthusiastic cook.


Arjun Mudan – Violin

Living Music Summit
Prismatic Congruency

Arjun Mudan is a Boston-based violist/violinist, with a particular interest in the new and the unusual. This is his first season involved with the Boston New Music Initiative. He has performed with numerous Eastern MA ensembles, including the Boston Philharmonic, Cape Ann Symphony, and Plymouth Philharmonic. He was involved in the US and Swiss premiers of major works by Helmut Lachenmann and Friedrich Cerha, and has worked with conductors such as Matthias Pintscher, Jeffrey Milarsky, Heinz Holliger, and JoAnn Falletta. His festival credits include Spoleto, Round Top, and Lucerne. Arjun has a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, and influential teachers include Michelle LaCourse, Jessica Meyer, Cyrus Beroukhim, and Dimitri Murrath.



Felicia Chen – Soprano

Living Music Summit


Felicia Chen is a dynamic vocalist and improviser with an affinity for contemporary sound art. Through her fearless approach toward the creation and interpretation of new works, Felicia eschews boundaries that limit the definition of music. Praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer for creating "siren-like sounds that explored extremes of the vocal range," Felicia employs a wide arsenal of extended techniques ranging from vocal percussion to multiphonic singing. A firm believer that classical music can be a catalyst for social commentary and change, Felicia frequently collaborates with artists and communities whose voices are underrepresented in the field. Current ensemble projects include Mazumal, a voice and cello partnership that programs new works championing diversity, and KITA duo, which explores the playful relationship between voice and percussion. Felicia is a recipient of the UC Berkeley Alfred Hertz Traveling Fellowship, the Boston Conservatory Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant, and has been a resident artist at The Banff Centre, Nief-Norf, Fresh Inc Festival, Composers Conference, soundSCAPE, and SICPP. Felicia holds degrees from Boston Conservatory, where she was a part of the inaugural class of the Contemporary Music Performance graduate program, and the University of California at Berkeley.


Minato Sakamoto – Piano

Prismatic Congruency

Minato Sakamoto is a Japanese composer, pianist, improviser, and railfan from Osaka. His compositions practice the unserious seriously, fuse spontaneous and organic qualities, and demonstrate a clear connection to the past.

Minato is currently studying towards his Ph.D. in composition at Duke University. He previously studied at Amherst College and graduated summa cum laude in 2018. As a railway addict, Minato constantly wastes his time to explore unique railways in the world. Favorite composer: Johannes Brahms. Favorite locomotive: China Railway DF4 Type.




Stephanie Clark – clarinet

Prismatic Congruency

Stephanie is a clarinetist currently studying at Trinity Laban in London. As a long time member of the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, she has premiered and recorded many original film scores, and has played in world renowned film festivals in San Francisco and throughout New England. Ms. Clark is the clarinetist in the scores to the official releases of renowned silent films "The Last Laugh" and "Varieté". She can also be heard on the soundtrack for the Jules Verne documentary "Passage to Mars" as well as the official orchestral version of Dream Theater's "False Awakening Suite". She plays regularly throughout Massachusetts and has performed with a variety of groups including Arlington Children's Theater, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, East Coast Scoring, jazz trio TRIchrO, and the contemporary experimental group Ordinary Affects. As a co-founder of the clarinet quartet J4MN, she has premiered and recorded several works, including a recording at WGBH and performing with composer and clarinetist Eric Mandat on his "Shadows from Flames". Ms. Clark studied at The Boston Conservatory where she was selected to work with artists including Louis Andriessen, Gunther Schuller, Monica Germino, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with Claire Chase. As a student of Michael Norsworthy she received her Bachelor's degree and in 2016 was the first recipient of a G.P.D. with an Auxiliary Specialization on Bass Clarinet.


Danielle Aldach – soprano

Prismatic Congruency

Danielle Aldach, soprano, is a graduate of Simpson College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her degrees are in Vocal Performance and Music Theory and Composition respectively. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. Most recently she sang in the premiere of “Confluence”, a new work by Frank Stemper and performed with Opera Project Columbus as Ida in Die Fledermaus.



Patrick williams – horn

Prismatic Congruency

Patrick Williams is a freelance hornist in the Los Angeles area. They hold a Master’s degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, having studied with Dylan Hart. While there, his work centered around the potentialities of trans expression through contemporary genres, with a focus on the music of the late SOPHIE. They are an avid chamber musician and especially enjoy playing new music. Patrick graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in Music and German; he is a two-time recipient of the Edward Poole Lay Fellowship.




Andrew Hosler – saxophone

Prismatic Congruency

Saxophonist and new music curator Drew Hosler (he/him/his) is an advocate for contemporary music. He has commissioned, premiered, and collaborated on over 150 pieces by award- winning composers, such as Andrew Mead, Jamie Leigh Sampson, Spencer Arias, Ryan Lindveit, and Marilyn Shrude. His upcoming debut solo album, delta waves, features thirteen world premiere recordings of 21st century works for the tenor saxophone. Currently, Drew is working as the Assistant Managing Director for the Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project, the Marketing and Media Staff Assistant for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, and an intern for the Akropolis Quintet.

Drew is an avid performer as a soloist. He has performed concerti by Walter Mays and William Albright with the Bowling Green Philharmonia and the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Concert Band respectively. He has also performed a variety of music for solo saxophone at the New Music Gathering, University of Kansas New Music Guild, 15-Minutes-of-Fame, New Music Mosaic, International Conference on Saxophone Pedagogy and Performance, as well as various North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences. He has won multiple prizes including first prizes in the 51st BGSU Competition in Music Performance, Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition, and Charleston International Music Competition’s 2021 Contemporary Music Competition. Drew has also performed with ensembles such as the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band and the Lima Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Drew is a founding member, saxophonist, and artistic director for the new music ensemble, The _____ Experiment. To date, the ensemble has worked with composers to premiere over 30 works for various mixed chamber instrumentations. In March 2020, The _____ Experiment released their debut album, Conversations, which includes seven world premiere recordings from five different composers.

Drew has participated in festivals such as the SPLICE Institute and the Frederick L. Hemke Institute at Snow Pond Music Festival. Additionally, he is a fellow for both the Cortona Sessions for New Music and The Next Festival of Emerging Artists. Drew is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance, a Master of Music in Chamber Music, and a Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship & Leadership from the University of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from Bowling Green State University. His primary instructors have been Timothy McAllister, John Sampen, and Jeffrey Price.



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