Amelia Lukas, Artistic and Executive Director
Flutist Amelia Lukas performs with “a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry” (The New York Times) and has “a buoyancy of spirit that comes out in the flute, a just beautiful sound” (The Boston Globe). Recent projects include performances at Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls, The Stone, Bargemusic, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Orford Sound Art Festival, and premieres of works by Columbia University composers at Lincoln Center. Lauded for her skilled interpretation of new music and “considerable technique” (NY Times), she is a member of the American Modern Ensemble and Trio Kavak. She has appeared with such orchestras as the London Sinfonietta and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Amelia manages the chamber and dance catalogues for renowned music publisher G. Schirmer acting as a resource for many of the country’s top music ensembles and dance companies. Her writing has been published by the Dance USA ejournal, and recent speaking engagements include both the Chamber Music America and Dance USA conferences. She acts as music advisor to Chicago arts service organization High Concept Laboratories and is on the Board of Directors of The Walden School. Amelia holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London where she won three prizes for musical excellence.
Charles Hagaman, Technical Director
Charles Hagaman is an audio engineer, technologist and vocalist dedicated to the promotion, performance, and documentation of contemporary and traditional classical music. Production credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and WWFM The Classical Network. Live recording and sound credits include So Percussion, Lisa Moore, Margaret Leng Tan, Mantra Percussion, Prometheus Ensemble, and Claremont Trio. As a vocalist, Charles has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Charles holds a Master’s degree in Music Technology from New York University with a concentration in Tonmeister acoustic recording technique, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Lehigh University, with additional study at Westminster Choir College in music theory and composition.
Jessica Meyer, Ear Heart Music Ensemble Manager
Known for her “polish, focus, and excitement” and “expressive, luscious sound” (The New York Times), violist and composer Jessica Meyer is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world. As a soloist, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola around the country, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for viola by commissioning new works while also composing her own. Her solo compositions explore the wide palette of sonic colors available to the viola while using traditional and extended techniques enhanced by the electronic process of looping material. Upcoming 2013-14 premieres will be presented at the Firehouse New Music Series, the Tribeca New Music Festival, and the Andy Warhol Museum. A dedicated advocate for new music, Ms. Meyer has been featured with the American Modern Ensemble, the Either/Or Ensemble, the Argento Chamber Ensemble and Ear Heart Music. She is also the founder of Piaclava (a touring clarinet, viola, and piano trio that is often called upon to perform both typical and interactive concerts), and has performed with acclaimed ensembles such as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and Classical Jam. Equally at home with many other styles of music, Jessica can regularly be seen performing on Baroque viola, improvising with jazz musicians, or collaborating with other performer/composers like bandoneonist JP Jofre in his Hard Tango Chamber Band.