Aaron Barnard

Aaron Barnard is an instrument repair technician from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He studied instrument repair at Redwing Technical Institute and worked for a local music chain for 7 years before breaking off to start his own business in his hometown of Cedar Rapids.  Aaron has been specializing in vintage saxophone restoration for more than 22 years.  Aaron takes pride in making modifications to horns to accommodate players comfort and preferences while maintaining the integrity of the sound.  José was a doctoral student at the University of Iowa and was recommended to check out Aaron’s work.  The rest is history.  From simple repair to specific key modifications that enhance José’s ability to play, Aaron is the one Jose relies on to work on his saxophones.  For a full photo gallery of his shop, Click Here. Those who are interested in checking out more of Aaron’s work, please visit www.barnardrepair.com.



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Amanda Feery

Amanda Feery is an Irish composer writing for acoustic, electronic and improvisatory forces. Much of her inspiration comes from literature, visual art, and folklore, with a deep interest in exploring folk and contemporary soundworlds. She has written for orchestral, chamber and vocal ensembles, theatre, kinetic sculpture, and multimedia.

Collaborators include RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Crash Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Amatis Trio, Ensemble Mise-en, Dither, Bearthoven, Mivos Quartet, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, This is How we Fly, Orkest de Ereprijs, Lisa Moore, Amanda Gookin, Michelle O'Rourke, and Paul Roe.

She has participated as a composer fellow at The Performance Corporation's Space Program, Ostrava Days Festival, SOUNDscape Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, and the International Young Composers Meeting. Awards include the International Alliance for Women in Music Prize for Orchestral Music, the Seán Ó'Riada Composition Prize for Choral Music, Jerome Hynes Composer Award, and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composer Award.

She was recently selected to work with Grammy award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion on their 2018-19 Emerging Composers Partnership. Future projects include works for Lina Andonovska and Ball State Symphony Band.


Justin Hartmann

Justin Hartmann is a native St. Louisan, a lover of all animals (but most importantly the ones who share his home), a band nerd, a shutterbug, and a passionate video professional.

Growing up you would most likely find Justin in the practice room or marching band field, where he learned hard work and perseverance from some of the top educators in the world.  From select ensembles throughout high school and college to lugging a 30 pound tuba all over the field with the top drum corps in the world, music has always been a part of Justin’s identity.

After graduating from Truman State University with a degree in Music – Liberal Arts, Justin took a full-time job directing and technical directing the evening news at KTVO-TV in Kirksville, MO, which led him on an interesting journey across the country and set him down the path to over 15 years of experience in all aspects of video and television production.

Outside the control room, Justin enjoys freelancing at venues across the St. Louis area, and is getting a little too into directing games for the Saint Louis University Billikens basketball teams. He also enjoys cheering on Notre Dame on Saturdays, sitting on the couch watching ghost shows with his wife, Lindsay, and snuggling with his four-legged family (a puggle named Morgan, a chihuahua/pug named Bridget, and two Orange Tabby cats, Jack and Frankie).

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Gemma Peacocke

Gemma Peacocke is a US-based composer from New Zealand. She combines acoustic instruments and voices with electronics, and her work often has a sociopolitical focus. Her multimedia song cycle, Waves + Lines, premiered in June 2017 at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn with the support of a commission from the Jerome L Green Foundation. The song cycle was adapted from Eliza Griswold’s book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, and was performed by Eliza Bagg and directed by Benita de Wit. Waves + Lines will receive its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Recital Centre in April this year. Her cantata Pacific, for chamber choir, piano four-hands and electronics was premiered by the Tudor Consort at the National Cathedral in Wellington, New Zealand, in September 2017 with the support of a PADET grant. In 2019 a new work for celebrated Sean Nós singer Iarla O’Lionaird and Mobius Percussion will premiere in Princeton and New York.

Gemma is a founding member of the Kinds of Kings composers collective and was the Creative New Zealand Edwin Carr Scholar for 2014 and 2015 towards her studies with Julia Wolfe at NYU Steinhardt. A 2018 finalist for the Beth Morrison Next Generation Project and an Eighth Blackbird Lab and Mizzou International Composers’ Festival composition fellow,  she is currently studying towards a Ph.D. in composition at Princeton University.



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Mitchell Toebben

Mitchell Toebben is a composer, arranger and saxophonist from Columbia, MO. Originally from Jefferson City, he studied music at Truman State University, focusing primarily on composition and theory. While there, he was also active in its chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His musical interests have always been eclectic, with experience writing and performing in the classical tradition, jazz, musical theater and electronic music. For José, he has written sax arrangements of pieces by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák, Poulenc and many others, with aims to continue expanding the saxophone literature to encompass even more great works. His collaboration with José has also involved the design of various diagrams and other graphical elements, as well as standard forms of music notation, for incorporation into scholarly papers. For those interested in new projects or purchasing copies of completed works, please contact him at mitchelltoebben@hotmail.com.


Southern-born and Midwest-raised, Shelley Washington Writes Music to Fulfill one calling---------------------To Move.

With an eclectic palette that draws elements from jazz, rock, American folk and other contemporary musical spaces, Washington (b. 1991) seeks to tell memorable sonic stories that comment on current and past social narratives, both personal and observed. Her music has been described as "slightly wild, slightly mysterious" while having the ability to "powerfully [tell] stories." 

Shelley also performs regularly as a solo saxophonist, primarily wielding the baritone saxophone. She enjoys playing music from any genre, and she enjoys it most when her friends, new and old, write for her. She has performed and recorded with musicians throughout Kansas City, Des Moines, Brooklyn and New York City- anything from Baroque to Screamo. 

Shelley loves to learn. She holds degrees from Truman State University; a Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on Saxophone, and a Masters of Arts in Education. She just finished the Masters of Theory and Composition at NYU Steinhardt, and studied with Dr. Joseph ChurchDr. Julia Wolfe, and most recently with Caroline Shaw. As an educator, she teaches budding composers in the New York Philharmonic's "Very Young Composers" program, and recently has stepped into the Artistic Director role for the Noel Pointer Foundation located in Brooklyn, NY.

There are few things Shelley enjoys more than making noise and music, but some of them are hiking and rock climbing, reading and writing poetry, urban indoor gardening, and trying to master French classic recipes. She lives in Brooklyn in her apartment jungle and looks forward to hearing from you.