Featured Artists

One hundred sixty-five stories of real musicians and musical organizations are cited throughout The Savvy Musician, representing a broad cross-section of instruments, ensemble types, genres, geographical regions, and experiences. In most cases, they aren't famous superstars, but rather pro-active musicians working to create meaningful and prosperous careers. I encourage you to learn more about these artists, as all have many interesting stories, contributions, and ideas beyond that which is included in the book. Below are updated links to their sites:

Adams, Piers Recorder
Adams, Tim Percussion
Alarm Will Sound Contemporary music group
Alonso, Tony Liturgical music composer
Amarante Ensemble Chamber ensemble
American Modern Ensemble Contemporary music group
American Voices Cultural diplomacy organization
America's Dream Chamber Artists Chamber music society
Anderson and Roe Piano duo
Anonymous 4 Medieval vocal quartet
Apap, Gilles Violin
Au Yong, Byron Composer
Bailey, Zuill Cello
Bang on a Can Music event
Bassoon Brothers Bassoon quartet
Beddage, Shirantha Jazz saxophone
Beglarian, Eve Composer
Boston Brass Brass quintet
Boston Secession Choir
Burhans, Caleb Multi-instrumentalist
Burning River Brass Brass ensemble
Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival Music festival
Canning, Lisa Clarinet
Capitol Quartet Saxophone quartet
Celenza, Anna Musicologist/writer
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Chamber orchestra
Chatham Baroque Baroque trio
Chiara Quartet String quartet
Childs, Mary Ellen Composer
Cimino, John Voice
ClassNotes Educational chamber group
Clemenzi, Eric Rock guitar/teacher
Creative Leaps International Ensemble
Cutler, David Composer/pianist
Cutler, Miriam Film composer
Cypress String Quartet String quartet
Davis, Deborah Cellist
Davis, Michael Jazz trombone
Davis, Tom Jazz composer/educator
De Ritis, Anthony Composer
Dick, James Piano
Dixie Power Trio Dixieland/Zydeco/Rock quartet
Dollison, Julia Composer/voice
Double Play Flute & tuba duo
Dresher, Paul Composer
Duane, Ja-Nae Voice
Edward Klorman Violist
Ethel String quartet
Faber, Nancy & Randall Piano teachers/composers
Farmer, Margie Artist agent
Ferguson, John Piano
Festival Hill Music festival
Fifth House Ensemble Chamber ensemble
Freund, Don Composer
Freund, Stephen Composer/cello
Fringe Mixed chamber group
Fröst, Martin Clarinet
Funderburk, Wes Jazz trombone
Garcia, Nicole Violin
Garrop, Stacy Composer
Garth Newel Music Center Music center
Genensky, Marsha Voice
Gibson, Tom Bass trombone
Grineva, Katya Piano
Hall-Tompkins, Kelly Violin
Harbison, John Composer
Harris, Allan Voice
Harvey, William Violin
Heath, Jason Bass
Hesperus Early music ensemble
Higdon, Jennifer Composer
Hines, Justin Percussion
Hough, Stephen Piano
Houlik, James Saxophone
Imani Winds Woodwind quintet
International Contemporary Ensemble Mixed contemporary ensemble
Javian, Mary Bass
Jennings, Jan Harp
Jerry's Music Independent music store
Jerseyband "Lungcore" ensemble
Jones, Sean Jazz trumpet
Jospe, Robert Jazz/world drummer
Junior Symphony of Vancouver Youth ensemble
Keating, Zoe Cello
King, Nancy Ambrose Oboe
Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa Ugandan band
Kobray, Denis Piano
Kong, Donald Composer
Kosman, Joshua Music critic
Kronos Quartet String quartet
Kurtz, David Composer
Lake, Shawna Oboe
Levit, Rob Jazz guitar
Lias, Stephen Composer
Ligeti, Lukas Composer
Little, Tasmin Violin
Ludwig, Mark Viola
Ludwin Music Publishing company
Mack, Rodney Trumpet
Mallarmé Chamber Players Mixed chamber group
Marian Anderson String Quartet String quartet
Maricle, Sherrie Jazz drummer/bandleader
Marino, Gerard Video game composer
Marks, Adam Piano
Marsh, Kerry Composer/voice
Martinez, Jim Jazz/gospel piano
McDaniel, Bridget Flute
Mingo Fishtrap Funk band
Mnozil Brass Brass septet
Mozart Festival Orchestra Chamber orchestra
Music Kitchen Concert series
Musica Viva Chamber music presenter
Musical Expressions Lesson studio
Natalia Paruz Unusual instruments
Nelsen, Jeff Horn
New Century Saxophone Quartet Saxophone quartet
New Triad for Collaborative Arts Educational organization
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Ngwenyama, Nokuthula Viola/violin
Nu: BC Collective Performing arts collective
O'Brien, Kate Violin
Okazaki, Miles Jazz guitar
Okura, Meg Composer/erhu/violin
Olympic Music Festival Music festival
Ōn Ensemble Taiko Quartet
Orion Ensemble Clarinet Quintet
Pattillo, Greg Flute
Pegher, Lisa Percussion
Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Music festival
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Contemporary music group
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Orchestra
Portland Cello Project, The Cello ensemble
Present Music Contemporary music group
Ptaszynska, Marta Composer
Puts, Kevin Composer
Quintango Chamber group
Racz, Victoria Oboe
Radnofsky, Kenneth Saxophone
Red Priest Baroque ensemble
Redshift Music Society Composer's collective
River City Brass Band Brass ensemble
Roberts, Gwyn Recorder/flute
Roffman, Sharon Violin
Rose Ensemble, The Early music vocal ensemble
Rowell, Mary Violin
Russo, Andrew Piano
Schneider, Michael Piano
Schwantner, Joseph Composer
Shah, Anjan Saxophone
Seipp, Chuck Trumpet/arranger
Shapiro, Alex Composer
Shapiro, Hong Violin
Sheridan, Patrick Tuba
Sinift, Sherry Violin
Smith, Zachary Multi-instrumentalist
Snoza, Melissa Flute
So Percussion Percussion Quartet
Sorenson, Dean Jazz composer
Soroka-Greenfield, Christine Flutist/booking agent
Squonk Opera Multimedia ensemble
Stalheim, Kevin Conductor
Stegeman, Charles Violin
Stephenson, Michael Saxophone
Stone, Tom Violin
Sturm, Fred Composer
Supové, Kathleen Piano
Sympho Chamber orchestra
Takahashi, Junko Piano teacher
Tales & Scales Educational chamber group
Taylor, Kayla Voice
Tempesta di Mare Baroque orchestra
Ticheli, Frank Composer
Tin, Christopher Film composer
Tower, Joan Composer
Treuting, Jason Percussion
Vax, Mike Jazz trumpet/bandleader
Veldhuis, Jacob Ter Composer
Vertical Orchestra Contemporary music group
Violinnovation Private violin studio
VisionIntoArt Multimedia ensemble
Voisey, Rob Composer
Volpe, Chris Trumpet
Wall, Elender Voice
Watters, Ken Trumpet
Weaver, Jay Rock guitar/engineer
Whitfield, Scott Jazz trombone/singer/arranger
Wilder, Ralph Saxophone/bandleader
Wissler, Holly Ethnomusicologist
Ying Quartet String quartet
Z, Pamela Composer/voice
Zelkowicz, Aron Cello
Zucker, Laurel Flute
Zweig, Mimi Violin


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