Shelley Washington

Let's Make Some Noise Together


About the performers


Aaron Garcia

Aaron Garcia (1990, Chicago) is a Brooklyn based composer and guitarist. Aaron's music is heavily influenced by the DIY punk scene and actively aims to blur the lines between band/ensemble and song/composition. Aaron is a founding member and guitarist of multimedia collective, Transfer is Available, the co-owner of indie label, people | places | records, and works part-time at Cantaloupe Music. He performs guitar in the post-punk/math-rock/hardcore duo, this place is actually the worst.

Aaron’s music has been performed by The Chicago Composers Orchestra, Bearthoven, JACK Quartet, Alejandro Acierto, Adam Holmes, Andrew Noseworthy, Aya Terki, and Shelley Washington. He composed and played guitar in Guillemet 2010-2013.

Aaron is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Theory and Composition degree at New York University, studying privately with Michael Gordon. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at Columbia College Chicago. His past composition teachers include Julia Wolfe, Marcos Balter, David Reminick, Drew Baker, Tim Edwards, and Ilya Levinson.

Aaron enjoys biking, sci-fi, video games, and vegetarian tacos. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner and two cats.

Instagram: @aaronlovestacos



Andrew noseworthy

Andrew Noseworthy is a Brooklyn-based composer, guitarist, arranger and improviser from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. His work focuses on unlikely instrumental combinations, and features unusual or understated instruments in order to create new musical relationships within ensemble contexts. His music is concerned with seeking an identity for these underplayed voices while addressing ideas of accepting or rejecting 'locality'. He is a founding member of multimedia collective "Transfer is Available", hardcore/math/electronic duo "This Place is Actually the Worst"; and is also active as an electric guitarist and electronics manipulator, performing new music in chamber and solo settings. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Theory and Composition at NYU Steinhardt, studying with Michael Gordon.

Instagram: @getdownyall

caleb J Abner

Caleb J Abner is a composer and instrumentalist about to graduate from NYU Steinhardt. Originally from Boston, though currently based in New York, he will be receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory/Composition in May 2017. He has had works performed at various venues of varying prestige, such as His Parents’ Basement, His Dorm Room, and Miscellaneous Park Benches. As a composer, he is still finding his voice, and, no, he does not remember the last place he put it. His future plans include an extended summer residency on the Couch.


Oliver Hickman

Oliver Hickman is a composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Columbia College Chicago and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from NYU Steinhardt. Oliver has written works for both small and large ensembles including Dal Niente, The JACK Quartet, Chicago Composers Orchestra, and Mocrep. His current interests include texture, timbre, and live sound manipulation.

José A. Zayas Cabán, D.M.A.

As a concert saxophonist, José A. Zayas Cabán has presented performances and taught master classes throughout Europe, the Caribbean and North America. As a chamber musician, he currently performs nationally and internationally with the trio {tres}, and performed nationally with numerous saxophone quartets.

Mr. Zayas Cabán recently finished a DMA in Saxophone at the University of Iowa (Iowa City). He also served as Assistant Professor of Music at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where he taught saxophone and music theory.

As a music theorist, Mr. Zayas Cabán’s research focuses on the use of mathematics and data visualization to analyze symmetry in the music of 20th century composers. He also researches the cognitive perception of music, and how music theory can be used to create treatment options for individuals with communication disorders.

Mr. Zayas Cabán is the recipient of a Performer’s Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (May 2009). He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota (2007) as well as a Bachelor in Music and Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University (2005). His primary teachers include Randall Smith, Eugene Rousseau, Otis Murphy and Kenneth Tse. He has also taken part in the European University for Saxophone in Gap, France, where he studied with Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Arno Bornkamp, Christian Wirth, Jean-Denis Michat and Julien Petit.

Mr. Zayas-Cabán is also a D’Addario Performing Artist.


Michelle Painter

Violinist Michelle Painter has established herself as an in- demand artist along the east coast, with concert engagements spanning from Vermont to Florida. Known for her “lively confidence,” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Michelle brings personality, spirit, and energy to each performance. A highlight of the 2015-2016 season includes a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Cadenza by Eric Sawyer, with the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she has performed across the United States, Europe, and South Korea, taking part in series including Music from Salem, The Lighthouse Chamber Players, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Five College New Music Festival, Music in Landrum Chamber music series, and the Robert Helps International Music Festival. Michelle has performed in venues such as David Geffen Hall, Castello Brancaleoni, Teatro Cagli, and The United Nations. She has recorded the world premiere of Robert Helps’ “Quintet” for Albany Records and has performed several world premieres by Pulitzer Prize Winning Composers as well as Guggenheim Fellows.

Michelle currently serves as adjunct faculty at Columbia University as well as associate faculty for the Elizabeth Faidley Studio.

Instagram: @michellepainterviolin

Adrianne Munden-Dixon

Violinist Adrianne Munden-Dixon is an artist praised for her “animated and driven” performances (Connect Savannah). She is a current member of the Savannah Philharmonic, Shiele, and the Desdemona Piano Quartet and on faculty at the Larchmont Music Academy. She is an active performer of old and new works and has appeared in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to bars and cafes. Adrianne attended SUNY Purchase (B.M.), Carnegie Mellon University (M.M.) and spent three summers studying and performing at the Aspen Music Festival. She was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her project “Yoga Sebastian Bach”, which combines yoga with live music ranging from Bach to newly commissioned works. Outside of music, Adrianne is a surfer and certified yoga instructor.

Instagram: @amundendixon



Carrie Frey

Carrie Frey loves working with open, inquisitive performers and composers to push the limits of herself, her instrument, and the sounds that the two of them can make in various combinations. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, she has premiered over 130 compositions.

In New York City, Carrie performs regularly with Petros Klampanis Group, Aeon Ensemble, Wet Ink Large Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, and toy piano/toy viola duo Wind-Up Elephant. Her string trio, Chartreuse, has sought after the essential sounds of meat grease, horseshoe crabs, water, creaky ships, Hardanger fiddles, elephants in love, hurdy gurdy(ies?), and starlings, among many others.

As an orchestral player, she has performed at festivals around the world, including the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland; Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute in Washington, DC; the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland; and Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. For three summers she was a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Carrie enjoys helping students learn to make music they love, as others have done for her. At Oberlin Conservatory, she worked with Peter Slowik to become a better violist and person (she believes the two should align as often as possible), and received her Master’s of Music from Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program, where she studied with Nadia Sirota and Danielle Farina. Carrie is currently on the faculty of Bloomingdale School of Music, Greenwich House Music School, and Larchmont Music Academy.

Instagram: @freyaviol

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a cellist known for her "solidity and verve" (San Francisco Classical Voice). She has performed throughout the US and internationally on such series as the Chateau Festival; Chamber Players International; Luzerne Festival Series; Mohawk Trails Concerts; the Interlochen Faculty Chamber Series; and toured with the Serendip Piano Trio this season.

As a proponent of new music, Molly has premiered and recorded numerous works by living contemporary composers. She has played on the Barge Music's Here and Now Series; the Composer's Voice and Lex54 Concerts; and is currently the music director of Sanctuary, an aleatoric multi-disciplinary ensemble that develops works exploring the unique languages of dance, text, imagery and sound. Not limited to the realm of classical music, she has played with Rod Stewart; Josh Groban; The Game of Thrones Live Experience; Andrea Bocelli; and Disturbed. Molly is currently is on faculty at Luzerne Music Center, and the Larchmont Music Academy. She has studied with Julia Lichten, Astrid Schween, and Eugene Moye.

Instagram: @molly.aronson