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Composer-in-Residence at LunARTS Festival in Madison

June 28, 2018 - June 30, 2018

The mission of LunART Festival, June 28 ~ 30, 2018 in Madison, WI  is to support, inspire, promote, and celebrate women in the arts through public performances, exhibitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration; thus enriching our community and creating a welcoming space for learning and experimentation.

The vision of the LunART Festival is to empower women in the arts by fostering originality, honoring diversity, and strengthening equality.

Jenni will serve as the composer-in-residence for the 2018 inaugural season of this festival dedicated to celebrating women in the arts.

We are extremely excited to welcome 6 talented composers to LunART’s 2018 educational program “From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers!” Join us for the concert dedicated to showcasing their works!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 28th

From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers Masterclass

Time: 9AM-12PM |

Location: First United Methodist Church 203 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703

The goal of “From Page to Stage” is to support emerging women composers in gaining a clearer understanding of not only expressing their creativity, but also creating clear scores, cultivating relationships with performers, and the art of collaboration. The master class with festival composer-in-residence Jenni Brandon will explore works submitted by participants, while talks about collaboration and the role of the independent composer will offer participants a well-rounded approach to growing their own careers.

Gala Concert

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts 227 State St, Madison, WI 53703

Ticket price: General Admission $20 / Student $10

Cash Bar

Yana Avedyan piano | Laura Burns violin | Vincent Fuh piano | Brian Grimm cello | Satoko Hayami piano | Kyle Johnson piano

Sarah Leuwerke mezzo soprano | Laura Medisky oboe | Blakeley Menghini viola | Katie Schaag writer |  Elspeth Stalter-Clouse violin

Iva Ugrčić flute | Jacqueline Wilson bassoon


Katie Schaag The Infinite Woman feminist writing project

Jenni Brandon, Composer-In-Residence, Meditations For Piano, Violin, Viola And Cello

Veronika Krausas, 2018 Call for Scores Winner, Hopscotch Tarot for mezzo soprano and violin

Cecilia McDowall The Moon Dances for flute and piano

Jenni Brandon, Composer-In-Residence, The Dreams of Birds for alto flute and piano

Katy Abbott, 2018 Call for Scores Winner, Glisten for piano solo

Valerie Coleman, Trio Toccata for oboe, bassoon and piano

Friday, June 29th

Gala Concert

Time: 7:00PM

Location: Overture Center for the Arts 201 State St, Madison, WI 53703

Ticket price: General Admission $20 / Student $10

Melanie Cain soprano | Thomas Curry tuba | Ina Georgieva viola | Brian Grimm cello | Amy Harr cello | Satoko Hayami piano

Kyle Johnson piano | Buzz Kemper narrator | Jason Kutz piano | Michael Koszewski percussion | Wes Luke violin

Laura Medisky English horn | Valerie Sanders violin | Liz Sexe dancer & choreographer | Katrin Talbot poetry & photography

Kristina Teuschler clarinet  | Iva Ugrčić flute |  Jacqueline Wilson bassoon | Aaron Yarmel violin


Katrin Talbot, poetry reading and photo exhibition

Jenni Brandon, Composer-In-Residence, Sun Songs for soprano, English horn, cello, and piano

Galina Ustvolskaya, Composition No.1 “Dona Nobis Pacem” for tuba, piccolo and piano

Fanny Mendelssohn, Three Pieces for piano four hands

Xinyan Li, 2018 Call for Scores Winner, Mongolian Impressions for solo bassoon, percussion, and string quartet

Jenni Brandon, Composer-In-Residence, The Woman with the Unfathomable Eyes, for small chamber ensemble, narrator, and dancer

Doina Rotaru, Japanese Garden for bass flute/piccolo and electronics

Saturday, June 30th


Panel Discussion Led by Jenni Brandon composer, Katie Schaag PhD writer , and Kelly Parks Snider, Visual Artists & Activist

This engaging panel discussion is for anyone interested in arts entrepreneurship, and for those who want to learn how artists work together. Participation from attendees is encouraged.

Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Location: The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library 201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703

Free Admission!


Time: 2:00PM

Location: Capitol Lake 333 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703


Yana Avedyan piano | Shannon Farley violin | Jose Garcia-Taborda clarinet | Leanne League violin | Berlinda Lopez flute

Laura Mericle violin | Laura Medisky English horn | Juliana Mesa bassoon | Marie Pauls viola | Jen Paulson viola | Samantha Sinai cello


Jenni Brandon, Composer-In-Residence, In The City at Night for Solo English horn

Meg Huskin, Wheezie and Bear Save the Day for string quartet

Alissa Stolt, Road Trip for wind trio

Donna Howard, Musings for flute and piano

Seolhee (Snow) Kim, Trapped in a Memory for string quartet

Grace Hale, Una Voce Dimenticata for violin and viola

Amy Thomas, Dance to Youth for string quartet

Gala Concert


Time: 7:00 PM

Location: First Unitarian Society of Madison 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705

Join the LunART Festival in celebrating women in the arts! Enjoy this event featuring music by Composer-in-Residence Jenni Brandon, 2018 Call for Scores Winner Ingrid Stölzel, and Abbie Betinis, Hildegard von Bingen, Linda Kachelmeier, Elizabeth Alexander, Marilyn Bliss, Brianna Ware, Madeleine Dring, & Amy Beach. ​Featuring the LunART Festival Women’s Choir conducted by Kathy Otterson. With special guests: visual artist Kelly Parks Snider and photographers Jennifer Bucheit & Katrin Talbot.


Abbie Betinis, Be Like the Bird 5 part canon

Jenni Brandon, Composer-In-Residence, Breakable for SA choir and piano

Hildegard von Bingen, Aer enim chant

Linda Kachelmeier, Aer enim for women’s voices

Elizabeth Alexander, Faith is the bird that feels the light for SSA

Marilyn Bliss, Aurora Borealis for percussion quartet

Ingrid Stölzel, 2018 Call for Scores Winner, The Gorgeous Nothings for soprano, flute, oboe, and piano

Brianna Ware, Borealis for solo piano

Jenni Brandon, Composer-In-Residence, Great Sand Dunes for flute and marimba – World premiere

Madeleine Dring, Trio for flute, oboe, and piano

Amy Beach, Quartet for Strings Op. 89

Kelly Parks Snider, Jennifer Bucheit, Katrin Talbot, Art Work & Photography Exhibition







June 28, 2018
June 30, 2018
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