Organization

NATHANAEL MAY, founder and artistic director

As a festival producer, concert organizer, recording artist, consultant, educator, and pianist, Nathanael May seeks to open doors for musicians in today’s competitive marketplace. He performs widely as a member of the Strung Out Trio and was awarded the American Prize for solo performance in 2012. Additional recognitions include the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from UW-Whitewater and awards for Service-Leadership and Faculty Scholarship from MWSU. He teaches an associate professor at Missouri Western State University.

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JAMIE LEIGH SAMPSON, executive director

Jamie Leigh Sampson is a bassoonist, composer, author, and entrepreneur. She is the author of Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics and has presented her compositions and research at internationally respected conferences and festivals. Jamie is an instructor at SUNY Fredonia.

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AARON CRAWFORD, head recording engineer

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CURTIS RUMRILL, web design

The music of Curtis Rumrill (née Dahn) explores the intersection of literary form and modern chamber music. His works with writer, naturalist and visual artist Webberly Ebberly Finnich (née Zachary Webber) tell stories of animals in desperate or violent predicaments that seek to shed light on the human condition. He is also the composer of instrumental chamber music with and without electronics, works for tape, and studio compositions (multi-track fixed media works composed on acoustic instruments played primarily by himself). In 2015 Ensemble Dal Niente featured his piece The Parasite, and Her Sister on their tour of Latin America. Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble will take on tour his recently completed concert-length work, The Passion of the Wilt-Mold Mothers, and will give it a studio recording. His music has been premiered and performed by, among others, Tony Arnold, Thomas Rosenkranz, Aiyun Huang, Jordan Dodson, the Syracuse University Contemporary Music Ensemble, Lisa Cella and Juna Winston. Alia Musica has treated both Sex Poem for Lightbulb by Beetle and Rover to studio recordings. He has been performed in the United States and internationally, including Vienna, Austria; Basel and Baden, Switzerland; Maccagno, Italy; Panama City, Panama; Bogota, Colombia; Mexico City, Mexico; Boston, MA; Bowling Green, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Syracuse, NY, in venues including the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Teatro Amador and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Panama, the University of Pittsburgh; Syracuse Univerity; Bowling Green State University; and Boston University. Works of his have been included in the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, JazzWerkstatt Wien, Vienna Roomservice Festival, Numu: Neue und Unentdeckte Musik, the soundSCAPE Festival, and Alia Musica Presents. In 2013 he co-founded MusicArte Panama, a bi-annual new music festival in Panama City, Panama. He is also Board Chair of Alia Musica, a Pittsburgh based New Music ensemble and presenting organization. Since 2011 he has been the web designer for soundSCAPE Festival in Italy and is in the process of designing a website for Frederic Rzewski. He holds a BMus in composition from Syracuse University and a MM in composition from Bowling Green State University. His primary composition teachers have been Elainie Lillios, Christopher Dietz, Kyle Gann, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Sally Lamb McCune and Patrick Long.

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soundSCAPE is a non-profit, 501c(3) public charity as designated by the Internal Revenue Service. Selection to participate in the festival is based solely on artistic merit; evaluation of application/audition materials as to levels of individual achievement and artistry. soundSCAPE does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and release of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, visitors and guests.