LAUREN BERNOFSKY, COMPOSER
LAUREN BERNOFSKY has written well over a hundred works, including solo, chamber, and choral music, as well as larger-scale works for orchestra, film, musical, opera, and ballet. Her music has been performed across the United States as well as internationally in major venues from Carnegie Hall to Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway.
She has over eighty publications with Theodore Presser, Alfred, Carl Fischer, Boosey & Hawkes, FJH, Hal Leonard, Grand Mesa, Balquhidder, and Wingert-Jones. Her music is often heard at festivals and conferences, including Tanglewood, The Midwest Clinic, and the International Women’s Brass Conference, and it has been played by members of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and many others. Recordings of her music can be heard on the Polarfonia, Emeritus, Blue Griffin, MSR Classics, Summit, and Albany labels. Pieces are available for purchase from Sheet Music Plus.
KEITH BROWN, PRODUCER
KEITH BROWN is a classical music host who began his radio career in Interlochen in 2016. He hosts weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on Classical IPR and is the creator, host and executive producer of the syndicated weekly program GAMEPLAY, which celebrates the music of video games.
As a voiceover artist and audiobook narrator, he has brought to life nearly 40 audiobooks as well as commercials, informational videos and e-learning presentations.
He has also co-directed opera scenes and taught opera history and diction at Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp. Highly skilled in languages, he even once had a job that involved teaching cardiac research sites overseas how to use ECG equipment... in Italian, French, and German.
His onstage engagements as an opera singer took him from Carnegie Hall to Italy to Newfoundland in repertoire from Puccini to Sondheim, earning praise by Opera News for his “warm bass-baritone” and for performances “inflected with fine rubato.” He is also a first-place winner of the American Prize in Vocal Performance, and holds degrees in classical voice from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
LAURA OSGOOD BROWN, SOPRANO
LAURA OSGOOD BROWN is a performer, educator, and director. Brown has been the soloist in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Tatiana’s Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin, Britten’s War Requiem, and Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Past operatic roles include Mimì, Micaëla, and the Female Chorus from The Rape of Lucretia. Passionate about new music, Brown also regularly collaborates with current composers.
She has directed numerous programs of opera scenes as well as full productions including Patience, Le dernier sorcier, The Little Prince, Orfeo ed Euridice, and Riders to the Sea. Her students have been recognized in national competitions such as Classical Singer, YoungArts, Schmidt, and NATS, and have been accepted to the top classical voice collegiate programs in the U.S. and abroad.
As a doctoral student at Eastman, she won the concerto competition singing Britten’s Les Illuminations, second place in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition judged by Dawn Upshaw, and was also a finalist in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition. Additionally, she premiered the role of Nora in Paul Siskind's The Sailor-Boy and the Falcon which starred Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.
Teachers include Carol Webber, Dr. Barbara Clark, Dr. Jill Pearon, and Derrick Smith. She has previously taught at the Crane School of Music, Ithaca College, and the University of Rochester. She currently serves as an Instructor of Voice and Opera at the Interlochen Arts Academy and as the Coordinator of the Interlochen Classical Voice Intensive.
BRITTANY CAVALLARO, POET
BRITTANY CAVALLARO is a poet and New York Times bestselling novelist. Her poetry collections Girl-King and Unhistorical are both available from University of Akron Press. Find out more at brittanycavallaro.com
YA-JU CHUANG, PIANO
A native of Taiwan, YA-JU CHUANG is an active performer, appearing as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and music educator. As a performer, Chuang has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships in Taiwan and the United States. She was a National Finalist at The American Prize in Piano Performance (concerto)- The Lorin Hollander Award in 2022, first prize winner at the Golden Classical Music Awards, Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso International competition, and American Protégé International Competition. She was also a top prize winner in the National Taiwan Competition. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed with many artists such as Yevgeny Kutik, Scott Dixon, Patrick Williams, Jane Bunnell, Marc Embree, Richard Fracker, Guy Yehuda, and Robert Spring. In addition, she worked as a collaborative pianist at Music Teachers National Association East Central Division competitions and National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions. As a pedagogue, Chuang presented in the MMTA State Conference, the MTNA Collegiate Chapter Piano Pedagogy Symposium, and MTNA Conference. Chuang received her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and M.M. in Piano Pedagogy from Michigan State University, M.M. in Piano Performance from Kent State University. Her primary teachers include Panayis Lyras, Derek Polischuk, Jerry Wong, Lin-Ju Ou, Juanelva Rose, and Ming-Jen Chuang. Chuang is a Collaborative Pianist at Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp.
CARRIE MAGIN, COMPOSER
Internationally-performed composer CARRIE MAGIN traverses a wide emotional range with her fresh and universal voice. Recent and significant collaborations include commissions by the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, Georgia College Choral Ensembles, the University of Cincinnati’s CCM Chorale, and Amity Trio in addition to performances by Boston Opera Collaborative, Buffalo Chamber Players, Vocalis Chamber Choir, Interlochen World Youth Honors Choir, and Ottawa New Music Creators.
Past honors include a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, four Arts Education Grants (New York State Council on the Arts), and composer residencies with the Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Chamber Music Campania in Foggia, Italy.
Carrie Magin holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She teaches at Interlochen Arts Camp and is Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Composition and Theory at Houghton College, where she was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017. Learn more at www.carriemagin.com
ANNE-MARIE OOMEN’s forthcoming book As Long as I Know You: The Mom Book recently won AWP’s Sue William Silverman Nonfiction Award (University of Georgia Press). Other titles: The Lake Michigan Mermaid (with Linda Nemec Foster, Michigan Notable Book 2019), Love, Sex and 4-H, (Next Generation Indie Award for memoir); Pulling Down the Barn and House of Fields, (Michigan Notable Books); An American Map: Essays, and a collection of poetry, Uncoded Woman (Milkweed Editions). She edited Elemental, A Collection of Michigan Nonfiction and Looking Over My Shoulder: Reflections on the Twentieth Century (A Michigan Humanities Council Project). She has written seven plays including award-winning Northern Belles (inspired by oral histories of women farmers), and Secrets of Luuce Talk Tavern. She is founding editor of Dunes Review, former president of Michigan Writers, and serves as instructor at Solstice MFA at Lasell University (MA). She and her husband, David Early, built their home on wild acreage near Empire, Michigan. Learn more at https://anne-marieoomen.com/
PATRICK OWEN, CELLO
A versatile cellist, PATRICK OWEN was appointed instructor of Cello at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2019. He remains in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra player. From 2016-2018, Owen was a member of the Portland String Quartet, becoming the quartet’s second cellist in its 47-year history.
Owen was a founding member of the Ellipsis Trio, based in Cambridge, MA. The trio has performed for Rockport Music Festival, Grove Music Festival, Charleston Music Fest, and Bargemusic in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University. His teachers include Pamela Frame, Harvey Shapiro, James Kreger and Andres Diaz.
DANE PHILIPSEN, OBOE & ENGLISH HORN
DANE PHILIPSEN is an oboist who is passionate about honoring the traditions, techniques, and musical expression of the American school of oboe playing while allowing space for the evolution of the style through innovation, refinement, and creativity.
As an orchestral musician, Dane is currently engaged as the principal oboist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in northern Michigan. As the principal oboist of the Atlanta Opera, he was recognized as the company’s “sweet-toned oboist.” He has maintained guest oboe and English horn affiliations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and others. As a soloist and collaborator, Dane regularly presents recitals and master classes that explore the repertoire for oboe alone, with piano, and within chamber ensembles.
Currently in residence at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dane is the Instructor of Oboe and Chair of Woodwinds for the Interlochen Arts Academy. Dane is also active during the summer season at ICA as the program coordinator for the Oboe Intensive and the Advanced Oboe Intensive, and he teaches at both the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Interlochen Adult Band Camp. For more information about Dane, please visit his website at danephilipsen.com.
CYNTHIA VAN MAANEN, COMPOSER
Dr. CYNTHIA VAN MAANEN’s music is performed by professional musicians, faculty members and students from around the country. Recent projects include both a commission for string orchestra and harp and also underscoring for the play The Laramie Project being produced in Northern Michigan. Her recent Artist in Residence position with the San Francisco Conservatory TACS program allowed her to focus on chamber music with electronics and provide time for both composition and teaching with that institution. In addition to concert music, she enjoys collaborating on projects with artists in other mediums.
Van Maanen’s music is focused on communicating with the audience through an emotional experience. Music is such a beautiful way of expressing the human experience and through it providing an outlet for us in whatever circumstance(s) we are living through—from the joyful to the most profoundly life changing moments.
Van Maanen teaches composition and theory for Interlochen Arts Academy. She also teaches for the Boston Conservatory High School Composition Intensive (HSCI). She is a member of ASCAP and on the composition council for NAfME.
CORBIN WAGNER, HORN
CORBIN WAGNER is a horn performer, teacher, and longtime member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Associate Professor of Horn at Michigan State University and recently retired as horn instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Kansas City-born Wagner received a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from the University of Michigan, and master’s degree in 1989.
Wagner was a 30-year member of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and is currently a member of the Peninsula Music Festival, playing fourth horn. Wagner now performs as principal horn of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He is an experienced clinician, giving clinics around the country. Wagner and his wife, Wendy, have five grown children and are richly blessed by God.
STEFAN WIEBE, AUDIO ENGINEER
STEFAN WIEBE is an audio video engineer at the New England Conservatory, having previously worked as an audio recording engineer at Interlochen Public Radio and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. His experience in recording ranges from classical chamber groups to rock bands, jazz ensemble to opera, both in the studio and in live concert settings. During his work at Interlochen, Stefan engineered numerous sessions for From The Top, recorded concerts featured on Performance Today, and managed countless live broadcasts for IPR. Along with his work in audio, he is also an accomplished classical trombone player, having played with various professional ensembles including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and in a chamber ensemble recorded for NAXOS International. Prior to coming to Interlochen in 2021, Stefan received bachelor’s degrees in both audio engineering and trombone performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.