Kathryn Alter is a choreographer, teacher, dancer, and musician. Her creations endeavor to send and receive visceral messages, offering others a new way to see something they may already know and the opportunity to reimagine their humanity. She works to establish platforms for others to vicariously live the emotions and states of being in her work and to share the experience of empowerment that comes with affecting the space around us.
Kathryn attended Interlochen Arts Academy, and graduated from Purchase Conservatory of Dance with the highest honors in 2001. Her choreographic work has been shown across the United States and in Mexico. In 2011, Kathryn Alter and Dancers began with the presentation of three solos as a part of the Soliloquios y Dialogos Festival at Los Talleres de Coyoacán in Mexico City. Her most recent choreographic commissions were created in Kansas at Friends University, Arizona for Instinct Dance Corps, and at the Conservatorie A Rayonnement Regional in Reunion Island. Around New York, her work has been presented as part of MAD (Movement and Dance) Weekend at Nazareth College, Dance at Socrates in Queens, Spring Movement and Performance Studio Open House at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, and the American Dance Guild Festival. Mrs. Alter is a part of the N.A.D.I.N.E. Project (http://www.nadineproject.com), and helps to organize the Choreographers’ Collective concerts in New York City. She was a 2014 recipient of a CUNY Dance Initiative residency, and a 2018 Dance at Socrates Artist.
In 2018, Mrs. Alter was named the Associate Program Director for the Limon Professional Studies Program. She teaches the Limón Company, students of the Limón Institute, and is an adjunct professor at Hunter College. Nationally and internationally she leads Limón workshops and reconstructs the works of José Limón. It has been her great pleasure to be a part of the implementation of Limón4Kids in Mexico City as a part of Saludarte. Mrs. Alter was a member of the Limón Dance Company for fifteen years, earning accolades such as: "Watching Ms. Alter devour space...I suddenly remembered how amazing José Limón was." (Juan Michael Porter II Dance Enthusiast,) and "Exuded a joy that made you want to get onstage and breathe the same air." (Susan L. Pena, Reading Eagle.) Alter was also a founding member of Riedel Dance Theater, and danced with Alan Danielson and Kazuko Hirabayashi.
Scott Allen Miller
Scott Allen Miller is a composer, educator, and bassist in New York, NY. His visceral music is concerned with memory, thought, and the passage of time, expressed through unconventional performance techniques, evocative microtonal harmonies, and a constantly-evolving approach to timbre and melody. Whether writing instrumental or vocal music for forces large or small, a primary concern is to establish a sound world unique to each composition. Miller has recently been commissioned by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Occasional Symphony, Nebula Ensemble, and Omnibus Ensemble.
Miller currently studies with Jason Eckardt as a Ph.D. student at The CUNY Graduate Center. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in 2015 where he studied with Kevin Puts, earning Master of Music degrees in composition and music theory pedagogy. Previously, Miller studied composition and double bass at SUNY Fredonia where he received a Bachelor of Music degree through his work with bassist Harry Jacobson and composers Robert Deemer, Karl Boelter, and Sean Doyle. As a Composition Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2016, Miller had the privilege of studying with Christopher Theofanidis and Stephen Hartke, as well as participating in masterclasses and brief lessons with Kaija Saariaho, Ted Hearne, Sean Shepherd, Donald Crocket, and Timo Andres. Other summer programs include the Atlantic Music Festival (2018) and the Charlotte New Music Festival (2013). Additional teachers with whom Miller has taken lessons and participated in masterclasses include Nils Vigeland, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Ludwig, Christopher Dobrian, Pierre Jalbert, Richard Danielpour, Zhou Long, George Tsontakis, Christopher Rouse, Michael Hersch, Daron Hagon, Paul Colman, Marc Mellits, and Lansing McLoskey. Recent awards include the 2015 Macht Orchestral Composition Competition for Pillars, erased and the 2013 Ethos Laureate Prize for his chamber opera Randall’s Leaf. Miller was a Finalist in the 2016 BMI Student Composers Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the 2016 Minnesota Composer’s Institute.
Miller has taught music theory, form and analysis, ear training, and composition at the Peabody Preparatory, Carroll Community College, and as a private tutor. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY College of Staten Island where he teaches musicianship, harmony, and counterpoint. [musicmiller.com / https://soundcloud.com/edmund-scott-miller]
Ty Turley is a filmmaker, comedian and economist working in New York City. He has worked on documentary films that have aired on PBS and at festivals around the world. He has worked for three years making screendance works, and in particular performances that incorporate new technologies such as body tracking, motion capture, and augmented reality. He produces sketch comedy shows, live and on the web, and performs improv comedy. He also teaches economics at Hunter College and has written an interactive online textbook on basic microeconomics for urban students. www.tyturley.com
Mark Eric Rodriguez
Mark Eric is a costume and fashion designer based in New York City, where he trained at Fashion Institute of Technology. He designed in several fashion houses and ateliers before transitioning his passions to the costume world. He enjoys bringing a fashion sensibility to the stage, often employing artisanal techniques when creating his designs. He has collaborated with choreographers: Robert Battle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Rennie Harris, Robbie Fairchild, Stefanie Batten Bland, Amy Hall Garner, Adam Barruch and Andrew McNicol. He has costumed productions for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The American Ballet Theater, BalletX, Ailey II, TU Dance, and Nimbus Dance Works among others. Instagram @MARKERICdesign #CostumesbyMarkEric
Lara Mitofsky Neuss
Lara Mitofsky Neuss is a clarinetist currently based in Tallahassee, Florida. She has performed in a variety of conferences, ensembles, and festivals including Americans for the Arts, American Single Reed Summit, Third Practice Festival, New York Youth Symphony, Brevard Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, and Banff Centre for the Arts. Most recently, Lara performed and curated an entire recital showcasing the British clarinet repertoire. As a soloist, Lara was the winner of the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition and a semi-finalist in the William C. Byrd International Competition. As a chamber musician and composer, she was the winner of the NolesinNYC Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Colorado State University Composition Competition.
A strong new music advocate, Lara is an active performer and commissioner of today's composers.
She is currently the Clarinet Project Manager of The New Works Project, a consortium project dedicated to lowering the financial barriers that exist in commissioning new music, increasing access to new music, and supporting marginalized voices within the community. She recently went on an educational and performance tour, performing and teaching new music and improvisation at colleges throughout Sweden. Lara is also a member of the Civitasolis Reed Quintet and holds a yearly composition competition for the reed quintet repertoire. In May 2019 the group made their Carnegie Hall Debut as winners of the Nolesin NYC Competition.
Equally passionate about the orchestral repertoire, Lara has performed in the Tallahassee Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and on tour with San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Performances have taken her to halls such as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Munich Philharmonic, Symphony Space, and Alice Tully Hall. Lara is currently a doctoral teaching assistant at Florida State University and holds degrees from Colorado State University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She additionally studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music and Mannes College of Music Pre-College Division. Outside of music, she enjoys studying Mindfulness and is certified in Reiki.
Clare Monfredo is a New York City-based cellist currently pursuing her DMA at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is the recipient of the five-year Graduate Fellowship. Before moving to New York, Clare studied in Leipzig, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. Clare’s festival appearances have included Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and Music Academy of the West. Clare graduated with distinction from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and received her Master’s of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she was recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award. She also currently teaches at Hunter College and is a member of the Victory Players ensemble and the multidisciplinary Sprechgesang Institute arts collective.