The core members of EP are Ginny Armstrong (percussion), Michelle Crouch (soprano), Luke Dahn (artistic director), Joseph Dangerfield (conductor, artistic director), Ann DuHamel (piano), Stephen Fine (viola), and Yasmin Flores (clarinet).
Ginny Armstrong, percussion
Ginny Armstrong possesses extensive experience in percussion performance and education including concert, ethnic, and marching percussion. She received a Bachelor’s of Music in Education and a Master’s of Music in Performance from West Virginia University, where she was a member and featured soloist in the internationally renowned Percussion ’90 under the direction of Phil Faini. As a freelance musician in Nashville, TN Armstrong was a founding member of the Deep Grooves Steel Band, led by steel drum performer and clinician Mat Britain. She also founded and directed the Nashville Percussion Institute, an independent studio featured in Modern Drummer magazine. Armstrong completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa where she performed and recorded with numerous ensembles, including the prestigious Center for New Music. Currently, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Iowa. In addition she is the Adjunct Percussion Instructor at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport Iowa and performs with the Pandelirium Steel Band.
Michelle Crouch, soprano
Soprano Michelle Crouch began her musical career on the plains of Alberta, Canada. She has studied and loved all kinds of music as long as she can remember, and is thankful for parents who encouraged her musical development. Her interests in vocal music are extremely diverse. An avid student of Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music has led to both frequent inclusion on solo recitals as well as chamber ensemble performances with Early Music Voices and Voicescapes in Calgary, and Tafelmusik’s Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto. Her light and flexible vocal quality, her fascination with language and prosody, and her research interests in musical literacy make her particularly well suited to the rich and varied art song repertoire, which she has both played and sung a great deal. She finds special interest in French mélodie and the vocal music of the Second Viennese School. She recorded two early songs of Anton Webern with the University of Iowa’s Centre for New Music. She is currently working on recording a set of Brazilian pieces for the unlikely combination of soprano and bassoon. She enjoys the challenge of contemporary music, particularly from the hands of composers who understand the voice and care about language. The process of working together with them to create new vocal music is a privilege and joy. Her work as a singer is enriched by her other great love: teaching singing. She currently teaches voice at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.
Luke Dahn, artistic director
The award-winning compositions of Luke Dahn are heard throughout the United States and abroad, with performances by groups such as the Moscow Conservatory Studio for New Music, the League of Composers/ISCM, Composers, Inc., the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Boston Brass, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, the NODUS Ensemble, and by saxophonist Kenneth Tse. Venues have included Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), the Estonia Academy of Music (Tallinn), the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, Harvard University’s Memorial Church, and the Miami ISCM Festival Series.
After serving for eight years at Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa) as music professor and department chair, Dahn joined the music theory faculty at the University of Utah in 2015. As a theorist, he has done extensive research on the music of J.S. Bach, focusing particularly on the four-part chorales. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the League of Composers/ISCM in New York and is co-founder and co-artistic director of Ensemble: Périphérie, which made its Carnegie Hall debut in October 2013. Dahn earned graduate degrees in music composition from the University of Iowa and Western Michigan University, and his principal teachers include David Gompper, C. Curtis-Smith, and Ann Gebuhr. For more information, please visit www.lukedahn.net.
Joseph Dangerfield, conductor and artistic director
Joseph Dangerfield has lived and worked professionally in Germany, Russia, Holland, and New York. Over the past several years his creative voice has been garnering much attention, with performances of his works throughout the United States and abroad. American presenters include the Society of Composers Inc., the MusicX Festival at the Cincinnati Conservatory, the San Francisco New Music Festival, and the Society for Electro–Acoustic Music. His instrumental and chamber compositions have also been performed at such international venues as the Moscow Conservatory, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Tartini (Trieste, Italy) and in Cairo, Egypt.
Born in 1977, he began his composition studies at Marshall University (BFA 1999) with Michael Golden. He completed his master’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, working with Marilyn Shrude and Mikel Kuehn, and received a doctorate in 2005 from the University of Iowa, following studies under David Gompper.
Dangerfield is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Aaron Copland Award (2010), the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s Composition Prize (2010), the Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize for Excellence in Composition (2005), the Young and Emerging Composers Award (2002), and ASCAP Standard Awards. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Russian Federation and the Netherlands (2009–10), where he served as composer–in–residence with the Ensemble Studio New Music at the famed Moscow Conservatory, and lectured at Maastricht Conservatorium. In 2008, he was selected for a three–week independent senior residency in the Leighton Studios of the prestigious Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Recordings of his works are available on the Albany Records label, and many are published by European American Music and PIP Press Music Publications.
Originally trained as a pianist, Dangerfield is active as a performer and conductor throughout the United States. He has conducted various concerts (chamber and orchestral) of music, both new and from the canon in New York, Vienna, Prague, and others.
He currently resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he is Assistant Professor of music composition and theory, as well as the director of orchestral activities at Coe College. For further information, visit www.josephdangerfield.com.
Ann DuHamel, piano
Praised for the “…grace and sensitivity” of her playing as well as her enthusiastic teaching, pianist Ann DuHamel serves as Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris, as well as President-Elect of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. An ardent proponent of modern music, she enjoys both working with and commissioning works from contemporary composers, including Marc Chan, Luke Dahn, Joseph Dangerfield, Jake Endres, Edie Hill, and Linda Kachelmeier. She premiered one of these new works at the 12th Annual International Saxophone Conference in Mexico City, where her playing and teaching was described as “… a delight for the ears and the soul.”
A versatile artist, Ann’s recent engagements include the Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and the Bach D minor keyboard concerto; other award-winning concerto repertoire ranges from Mozart to Schnittke. She has collaborated with several musicians, including Maria Jette, soprano; Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano; Preston Duncan, saxophone; and Martha Councell, flute. Past performances include venues in eight countries and over twenty states, including two appearances in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Ann earned a DMA from the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Ksenia Nosikova. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was Assistant Director to Paul Wirth at the Central MN Music School.
Stephen Fine, viola
Stephen Fine teaches viola, string pedagogy, and string literature at the University of Florida. During the summer, he teaches viola, chamber music, and orchestral skills at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary. As a chamber musician, he has performed throughout the United States, in Canada, China, Finland, France, Italy, and Switzerland. His primary viola studies were with Karen Ritscher, Jodi Levitz, Katherine Murdock, and Daniel Panner. He studied chamber music with members of the Cleveland, Concord, and Emerson string quartets: Messrs. Dunham, Fischer, Sokol, Setzer, Dutton, Finckel, and Drucker.
A native Floridian from a family of attorneys, Mr. Fine is as often and as comfortable playing Baroque literature as he is New Music or the late Romantic masterworks of the viola’s catalogue. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and a Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to touring with Ensemble: Périphérie, he plays with the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival and works with Beyond the Chamber, a Florida–based–but–nationally–active chamber music outreach organization.
He lives with a pet cat named Daily Alice; reads fiction, news, and anything he can find on educational psychology. His viola was made by Emilio Celani, he plays it with a bow by David H. Forbes.
Yasmin Flores, clarinet
Dr. Yasmin A. Flores has performed as a soloist and chamber musician around the United States, and has premiered many new works that include clarinet. She received her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, in 2003. While at West Texas A&M, she studied clarinet with Mr. Douglas Storey, and also studied oboe with Dr. Robert J. Krause, flute with Dr. Sally Turk, saxophone with Mr. Donald Lefevre, and bassoon with Dr. Tina Carpenter. In 2005, she received her Master of Music in Multiple Winds from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Her professors were Dr. Deborah Bish, clarinet; Patrick Meighan, saxophone; and Jefferey Keesecker, bassoon. While living in Tallahassee, she played in several pit orchestras, performed around the area, and taught at Troy State University in Troy, Alabama in the spring of 2005. In the fall of 2005, Flores began work on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Pedagogy and was granted a teaching assistantship in clarinet at the University of Iowa under Dr. Maurita Murphy Mead. While living in Iowa, Flores taught clarinet at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, and performed with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and the Sondheim Performing Arts Center. Through the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa she was able to tour the Midwest performing new works from composers around the country. In December 2009, Flores completed her DMA essay “The Clarinet Works of Gustav Adolph Heinze” and was graduated from the University of Iowa with a DMA. In 2010, she joined the faculty of the University of North Alabama where she teaches freshman music theory, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon. Since then, she has performed on clarinet as a member of the Shoals Symphony at UNA and the UNA Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Flores’s edition of Gustav Adolph Heinze’s Concertstuck for Clarinet and Piano was recently published by Roncorp.