2016-17 Season

Featured musicians

Hailed by the New York Times as “outstanding clarinetist”, Pascal Archer leads an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher.  He is the founder of Exponential Ensemble since 2011.  He is currently principal clarinet of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and acting principal clarinet of the Princeton Symphony.  He is also a former member of the New World Symphony where he performed for four seasons under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.  In recent years he has collaborated with the JACK and St. Lawrence string quartets, Adaskin String Trio and toured with Musicians from Marlboro.  He has performed at renowned festivals such as Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Monadnock, UBS Verbier Orchestra, Spoleto USA and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony where he performed under the baton of James Levine, Charles Dutoit and David Robertson.   Mr. Archer is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, the Hunter College (CUNY), Fordham University and the New York Summer Music Festival.  Originally from Québec, Canada, Mr. Archer holds a degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Université de Montréal (BM), Indiana University  and a Masters in orchestral performance from the Manhattan School of Music.   

Croatian pianist Javor Braĉić  is the first prize winner of international piano competitions in Italy, Croatia, and Belgium. He was hailed by New York Concert Review for “deep, genuine musicianship and an outstanding technique” at his Carnegie Hall debut. His CD album Tribute to Haydn was released by Labor Records, and his performance was broadcast on WQXR. He was invited to perform throughout the USA, Europe, China, and South Africa.

Mr. Braĉić holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Mozarteum in Salzburg where he studied with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. He holds another Master’s degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College in New York where he studied with Pavlina Dokovska. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the City University of New York, studying with Ursula Oppens, Richard Goode, and Norman Carey.


Oren Fader (www.orenfader.com), guitarist, has performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S., Europe and Asia with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent concerto performances include the “Aranjuez Concerto” with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. A champion of contemporary music, he has premiered over 200 works with guitar, and can be heard on over 40 commercial recordings and film. He performs and records new music with the Cygnus Ensemble. Mr. Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music since 1994.

Kenneth Hamrick is a multi-talented keyboard artist and conductor of opera,dance, choral, and chamber music, specializing in Baroque, Classical, and early-Romantic music and performance techniques.


Kenneth Hamrick is also artistic director of the American Virtuosi / Fusion Bande with noted performances of Handel, Monteverdi, Lully, Mozart and Rameau in modern renderings. This past January he also conducted reconstructions of American master choreographer Charles Weidman's dance dramas of J. S. Bach's Choral Passions and Oratorios as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of New York's 92nd Street Y in association with the NYU Tisch Dance Department. Born and raised in Alabama, he earned degrees at Huntingdon College, University of Montevallo, and completed performance studies in harpsichord and organ in the doctoral program at the Eastman School of Music. He participates in an international scholar exchange program for teaching at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music State University in Budapest; the Moscow Conservatory of Music and many American universities, including projects at Yale, Montclair State ,Southern Methodist, and Princeton Universities .


Praised for her rhythmic precision and dynamic range, harpist Ashley Jackson enjoys a multifaceted career as a highly sought-after musician and collaborator in New York and beyond. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied under Nancy Allen. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. As an orchestral harpist, she performs with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and Novus NY. Throughout her academic and professional careers, Ashley has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion within higher education and the performing arts, firmly believing that a deeper understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity is critical to intellectual and artistic development. She is currently an Adjunct Artist at Vassar College, and serves as the Deputy Director of The Dream Unfinished, a diverse collective of classical musicians and activists who promote NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations.


A native of Gulf Shores Alabama, Kemp Jernigan performs extensively in and around New York City in ensembles varying in size and style. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Music, Kemp has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Norfolk, Banff, Bowdoin, and the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague.  He has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra as well as playing in many different New York City venues with the ensembles Contemporaneous and Le Train Bleu. Participating in these programs and performing in these ensembles has led him to meet and play with many incredible people and live a life of sharing his love for music with others. Kemp received his bachelor’s from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Purchase and master’s from The Yale School of Music. 

Finnish-American flutist Anna Urrey is a passionate musician who enjoys a wide variety of creative performance projects. She has performed in numerous orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Mark Morris Dance Company and spent three summers in the festival orchestra under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Music Festival. A dedicated educator, Anna is a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist and teaches flute at the Marymount School of New York. She holds the Performance Certificate and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music from Rutgers University.

Cellist Caleb van der Swaagh is a current member of Ensemble ACJW – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. He is the recipient of the 2010 Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award, and was also a grand recipient from the Virtu Foundation. A native New Yorker, Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange program with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance Studies.  Caleb received his master’s degree with academic honors from New Englad Conservatory and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music.  His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber.  For more information, visit www.calebvanderswaagh.com