Season 7

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 the Exponential Ensemble since 2011.  He is 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.


Gina Cuffari, Bassoon

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. 

Samantha Malk, Mezzo-Soprano

Daniel Ott is a 2013 recipient of the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received commissions from the National Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, the Chiara Quartet, and Bargemusic, among others, and has been honored multiple times by the ASCAP Foundation. His music has been set to dance by some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Larry Keigwin, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. Ott’s music has been heard all over the world, most notably at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Sadler’s Wells, the Musée du Louvre, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and currently serves on the faculty of both Juilliard and Fordham University, where he is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition.


Eric Reed, Horn


In March of 2014, hornist Eric Reed became the newest member of the American Brass Quintet. With this appointment, Eric joins the faculties of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival.  He has also appeared on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West and the Round Top Festival Institute. Eric has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Decoda and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. He has previously been a member of the Canadian Brass, Harrisburg Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, Burning River Brass and Spectrum Brass. He was also a member of the Oregon Symphony and New World Symphony, and has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Sarasota Symphony and Florida Orchestra. Originally from Indiana, Eric holds degrees from Rice University (BM) and the Juilliard School (MM).

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

Scott Wheeler, Composer


Scott Wheeler is a composer, conductor, and pianist. His music has been commissioned and performed by the orchestras of Minnesota, Houston, Toledo, and Indianapolis, as well as New York City Opera, soprano Renée Fleming, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Wheeler's opera Democracy: An American Comedy, on a libretto of Romulus Linney, was commissioned and premiered by the Washington National Opera. His most recent commission is for an opera for the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre. The Construction of Boston, Wheeler's first opera, is available on the Naxos American Classics recording. In July 2010, Naxos releases Wasting the Night: Songs of Scott Wheeler. As a conductor, Wheeler has appeared with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin, the Chamber Ensemble of St. Luke's, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and Boston new-music ensemble Dinosaur Annex, which he co-founded in 1975. He has received awards and commissions from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Koussevitsky Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, Tanglewood, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy in Berlin, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. Wheeler has received the Stoeger Prize for excellence in chamber music from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the 2010 Composer of the Year award from the Classical Recording Foundation.