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Left to Right: Michelle Rofrano, Elizabeth Hill, Nicholas Bentz, Sarah Eckman McIver, Ledah Finck, Kika Wright, Garrett Hale, Sean Meyers, Jordan Randall Smith, Melissa Lander, Kelso Jones, James Duncan, Alex Takasugi, Brendan Betyn, Christina Mincer, Joe Isom

Left to Right: Michelle Rofrano, Elizabeth Hill, Nicholas Bentz, Sarah Eckman McIver, Ledah Finck, Kika Wright, Garrett Hale, Sean Meyers, Jordan Randall Smith, Melissa Lander, Kelso Jones, James Duncan, Alex Takasugi, Brendan Betyn, Christina Mincer, Joe Isom

About Us

SYMPHONY NUMBER ONE is Baltimore's newest chamber orchestra, performing substantial works by emerging composers, alongside riveting masterworks, beloved classics, and a twist of pop. SYMPHONY NUMBER ONE brings together great composers of the past, virtuoso performers of the present, and the leading compositional voices of the future, creating electrifying concert experiences for all of Baltimore.

Praised for presenting "full-length freshness on each program" by the Baltimore Sun, the orchestra was founded in 2015 by Music Director Jordan Randall Smith after recruiting a creative team of colleagues from the Peabody ConservatoryNicholas BentzSean MeyersMelissa Lander, and Christopher Ciampoli. In just one year's time, SYMPHONY NUMBER ONE has premiered new works of over a dozen composers, released two "must get" albums (available for purchase or download on Amazon & iTunes), and performed at Baltimore's inaugural Light City Festival. The orchestra was also highlighted in Baltimore STYLE as "brazen...like an indie rock band", featured on the acclaimed television show MPT Artworks, granted the "Category Buster" award by Baltimore Magazine for their Best of Baltimore 2016, and chosen as runner up for Baltimore's Best Band in this year's 2016 Best of Baltimore Reader's Poll.

SYMPHONY NUMBER ONE develops close working relationships with young and emerging composers, gives new works multiple hearings, produces substantial recordings, and creates unique concert experiences for the public by juxtaposing new music with the classical canon. 


Jordan Randall Smith

Founder | Music Director

Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is also the Music Director at Govans Presbyterian Church. Smith was formerly Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theater. According to the Ft. Worth Music Examiner, Jordan, "drove an intensity in the air," leading the festival’s ensemble in residence, Ars Nova Dallas, in a series of performances of Schoenberg's landmark Pierrot Lunaire. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting of Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître, “impressive.” 

Smith received a prestigious Bruno Walter Fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2010 where he studied with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, and Jennifer Higdon and conducted the festival orchestra in concert. Jordan formerly served as Apprentice Conductor of the Dallas Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus. He has mentored hundreds of young musicians in ensembles across the country including the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra. Currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, Smith is a student of Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop. Learn more: jordanrsmith.com.

Brian Tracey

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Executive Director

A recent graduate with a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, Brian Tracey is an avid performer and promoter of new music. Currently, Brian works as the Academic Services Administrator for the Peabody Preparatory, Peabody Institute.  His first experience with being part of creating new music was as a founding member of the Maryland Wind Festival (MWF) in Frederick, MD. Now in its third year, MWF commissions young composers to write a significant work that will be the centerpiece of the festival week of performances and educational activities. An internship with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's development department brought him into close contact with large-scale musical organizations. At the BSO, Tracey interned under Jessica Abel; Abel also serves on Symphony Number One's Board of Directors.

Having started off his musical activities as a pianist at the age of 8, Brian Tracey has developed an equal passion for working on the administrative side of music-making, and continues to pursue opportunities to be a force for change among young classical musicians. Originally from Douglassville, Pennsylvania, he is now in his fourth year in residence in Baltimore. Brian has already begun work in planning for Symphony Number One's 2017-2018 Season, which opens August 23 with a free concert in Mount Vernon. More dates below.

Elizabeth Hill


Elizabeth G. Hill is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her recent concert appearances include performances for the Embassy Concert Series, the Arts Club of Washington, the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, and the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany. A devoted supporter of new music, Elizabeth’s work in contemporary music ranges from solo and chamber ensemble performances,  including John Hilliard’s Piano Concerto No. 2,  the premier of the solo piano cycle “Mosaics” by Tim Rumsey, and performances for the New Voices Festival and Capital Fringe in Washington, DC. Hill is the co-founder of Meraki.
Elizabeth’s principal instructors of solo and collaborative piano include Drs. Lise Keiter, Eric Ruple, Gabriel Dobner, and Ralitza Patcheva. Elizabeth studied Piano Performance at Mary Baldwin College and James Madison University. She earned the Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in Chamber Music at The Catholic University of America. In addition to her performing career, Elizabeth maintains a successful studio of private students in the Washington, DC area since 2008. Learn more at elizabethghill.com.



Taylor Hillary Boykins


Mezzo Soprano Taylor Boykins made her Kennedy Center debut in 2014 as Mrs. Roché in Tony Small’s eco-conscious musical, Ruka. Later that year, she returned to The Kennedy Center as Alexis in the world premiere of Tony Small’s operetta Qadar with opera luminary Denyce Graves as Artistic Director.

Among her work with contemporary composers, she has co-commissioned and, in fall of 2016, will perform in the world premiere of Joshua Armenta’s Sháá Áko Dahjiníleh: Remember What They Told Us—with the Charm City Collegium. In 2015, Ms. Boykins performed in the cast of the world premiere of Frances Pollock’s Stinney.

Also in demand to sing traditional repertoire, Ms. Boykins performed works by Bizet, Montsalvatge, Schubert, Offenbach and Rossini at the Waterford Foundation in Virginia. In 2014, she sang the role of Soeur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmelites, produced by the Peabody Opera Theatre at the Modell Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.

Ms. Boykins earned the Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was a protégé of Denyce Graves. A native of Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University as a student of contralto, Nadine Washington. Learn more: taylorhillaryb.net.

Garrett Hale

PRINCIPAL OBOE | PRINCIPAL LIBRARIAN | Asst. Director of Development

Garrett is a versatile oboist and English horn player who avidly performs in large ensembles, chamber groups, and as a soloist. A sought-after performer in his home state of Maine, Garrett also has performed with groups around the northeast and Maryland. He has also performed internationally with orchestras and chamber ensembles in both Canada and Singapore. He is currently a student of Jane Marvine at the Peabody Conservatory
Garrett has performed with a number of ensembles including the Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and Maine Pro Musica. In most recent summers, he has attended the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy and Le Domaine Forget - International Music and Dance Academy (where he was the recipient of the Excellence Award in Oboe in 2014). In addition to his musical studies, Garrett is currently pursuing a minor in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University. Learn more: garretthaleoboe.com.

Nicholas Bentz


Nicholas Bentz is quickly building a reputation as a rising star across the globe. As a composer, Bentz has been commissioned by the Annual Robinson Jeffers Association Conference, SONAR New Music Ensemble, the College of Charleston Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. As a violinist, Nicholas has soloed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Philharmonic, Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and has performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas was a finalist for the Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Competition in 2012 at the Aspen Music Festival and was a finalist for the 2014 Marbury Competition. Nick won the 2014 Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy Concerto Competition. 

Nicholas received the David and Karen Stahl Memorial Scholarship from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League in 2013, and is currently enrolled at the Peabody Institute as a recipient of both the Eugene Scheffres and Richard E. Hartt Scholarship as well as the Randolph S. Rothschild Scholarship. Bentz is pursuing composition and violin studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he is co-concertmaster of the Peabody Concert Orchestra and a student of Kevin Puts and Herbert Greenberg. Learn more at nicholasbentz.net.

James Duncan


Described as “poised” and “communicative” by the Baltimore Sun, James Duncan has began to garner acclaim as a solo, chamber, and orchestral clarinetist. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Anthony McGill. He also received his Bachelor of Music Degree under the guidance of McGill at the Peabody Institute of Music. An avid chamber musician, James has performed in masterclasses for the Jupiter, Emerson, Takács, and Chiara String Quartets.



Kelso Jones, born in Louisville, Kentucky, is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in French Horn performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he is a student of Denise Tryon. He received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Performance at Eastern Kentucky University where he studied with Dr. Mick Sehmann. Jones has spent three summers attending the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina and in the summer of 2016, will be attending the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Upon completion of his degree, Jones plans to begin auditioning for professional orchestras around the United States.


AssociatE Principal FLUTE

Dr. Sarah Eckman McIver attained her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland – College Park, with a focus on modern works by flutist-composers. She began her advanced studies at McGill University in Montreal, where she developed an appreciation for historical performances and a fascination with contemporary works. While pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, she wrote a thesis on electro-acoustic music for flute and computers and at the same time began studying baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk. Her primary flute teachers include Timothy Hutchins, Peter Lloyd, and Dr. William Montgomery. Sarah served as flutist and section leader with the US Army Field Band from 2003 – 2014. She was a NFA Convention Performers Competition winner in 2015, and is an active teacher and freelancer in the Baltimore/DC region. Learn more at sarahflute.com.

Dan Rorke


Dan is a classical pianist and Baltimore-based music recording engineer who founded Charles Street Sound, a recording studio that captures the incredible live music performed throughout Baltimore each week. His work revolves around finding new ways to capture the ambience and energy of each performance. He earned a BA and BS in music and engineering from Stanford University and an MA in recording arts from the Peabody Conservatory Institute.

Mike Newman

Principal Cello

Michael Newman is a classically trained cellist from Southampton, Pennsylvania. He has been pursuing a career in cello performance at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Udi Bar-David, a cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree in May 2016 and will continue his education at the Peabody Conservatory this fall. While pursuing his Master of Music degree, he will study with distinguished cellist, Alan Stepansky (who also instructed our Principal Cellist, Joe Isom!). Most recently, Michael was awarded the Marc von May Cello Scholarship, has been selected as a co-principal of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and has joined Peabody’s first conductorless orchestra, the Peabody String Sinfonia. The Peabody String Sinfonia will perform exclusively in community venues and their mission is to bring beauty to people in challenging situations, a principle very much aligned with the values of Symphony Number One.

In May, Michael had the opportunity to play with the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael was a student member of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and was featured as a soloist in 2015. As an accomplished chamber musician, Michael has performed in various concerts and festivals, and had an opportunity to work with the Jerusalem Quartet, the Dover Quartet, the Miró Quartet and the Montrose Trio in master classes.

In addition to his studies, Michael volunteers as a teacher every summer at the Council Rock Summer Music School. He tutors cello students in two orchestras and conducts sectional training. Michael also enjoys being a private cello instructor.

Kate Cruz Flores

Production Director

Kate began playing the piano at the age of seven in southwestern Connecticut. Upon moving south to Baltimore to study at Johns Hopkins University, she sustained a solo piano practice schedule; meanwhile, she continued her piano studies with lessons both at her childhood home in Connecticut, and at the Peabody Conservatory (via the piano minor for Johns Hopkins students). Since her graduation from college with a degree in neuroscience (and a minor in classics and a Homewood Arts Certificate in dance), Kate has continued her solo piano practice schedule to maintain her repertoire. She also has used her piano expertise in church music ministry, in ensemble performances, and as an accompanist.

Kate's other great love is dance! She has danced ballet even longer than she has played the piano, and she still spends time regularly at the barre and en pointe, plus dancing ballroom, Argentine tango, salsa, and swing.

Kate also is both the pianist and webmaster for the Tykovat Trio: www.tykovat.com.

Julia Perry

Associate Principal Oboist

Julia, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Oboe performance at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, studying with Katherine Needleman. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Performance from Ithaca College, where she studied with Dr. Paige Morgan. 

As an avid teacher, Perry enjoys guiding students of all ages and levels through the challenging and rewarding experience of playing the oboe. Whether teaching in a private lesson setting, at the Summer Residential Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts, or in a full band class, Perry is able to quickly focus on the needs of each individual in order to tailor the lesson to the student’s specific needs. In addition to her experience in educational settings, Perry has performed with ensembles and festivals across the east coast, including the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Bach In Baltimore, and the Heritage Theater Festival. 


Nikita Borisevich


Violinist Nikita Borisevich, who attended the Heifetz International Music Institute in the summers of 2010 and 2012, swept onto the Russian stage as one of today’s most promising young virtuosos. He was born into a musical family and was five years old when he began studying the violin. His first teacher was his father, who was trained by students of the renowned Russian teachers Pyotr Stolyarsky and Boris Gutnikov. At age twelve, he made his debut with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra. Later, Nikita enrolled in the Moscow Conservatory on full scholarship to study with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman.

During his years at the Moscow Conservatory, Nikita toured and performed in Ukraine, Latvia, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Nikita also broadened his musical horizons by attending the Russische Musikakdemie Dortmund (2005). He has performed in such concert halls as the Great hall of the Moscow conservatory, Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain), and the W.M.P. Concert Hall “Strad for Lunch” music series in New York City.

Nikita is now pursuing further graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Victor Danchenko. In 2015, he was Artist-in-Residence for the EPPM El Paso Pro Musica Festival, and also offered Master Classes at the UTEP - The University of Texas at El Paso.

Kristin Bakkegard

Barry Richmond Principal Second Violin

Baltimore native Kristin Bakkegard is a vibrant freelance violinist and teacher stationed in the Washington, DC area. She is a tenured member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Pan American Symphony Orchestra (PASO), Apollo Orchestra, and Virginia Opera. Locally, she has performed in such venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Cathedral, and Strathmore, and she has recorded for the Tony award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company and played solo at the Norwegian Embassy.

Outside of DC, she has enjoyed playing engagements for the Fringe Festival in Philadelphia, Spotlighters Theater in Baltimore, the Takoma Ensemble in nearby Takoma Park, and the Bel Cantanti Opera Company in Silver Spring, Maryland. Major festivals she has attended include the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre; she has been awarded fellowships at the Marrowstone Music Festival and the Atlantic Music Festival.

Kristin obtained her Master’s degree in Violin Performance at the University of Maryland School of Music in 2014, and she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance at Ithaca College in 2012. Her primary teachers have been members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Karin Kilper

Principal Viola | Grants Coordinator

Karin Kilper started her musical journey at age 9 with the viola. She graduated high school from the Interlochen Center for the Arts Academy and went on to major in music at LSU. She then got her Master’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Victoria Chiang and Steven Wyrczynski. After her formal training, she was fortunate enough to study with Rita Porfiris, formerly a member of the Houston Symphony and currently Professor of Viola at the University of Hartford Hartt School.

Karin has attended such summer festivals as Eastern Music Festival, Henry Mancini Academy, and Aspen Music Festival and School. She has had chamber music master classes with members of the Ying, Cavani, American, Uptown, Brentano, and Mendelssohn quartets. Currently, Karin maintains an active performance schedule with local orchestras, including Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony and Amadeus Orchestra. In her time off, she thoroughly enjoys performing with the DC-based bluegrass band, The Bachelor and The Bad Actress and drinking as much coffee as possible.

Melissa Johnson Lander

Iris Olson Smout Principal Clarinet

Melissa Johnson Lander is an emotionally captivating artist known for her rich clarity of sound. Ms. Lander served for seven years as Co-Principal Clarinetist with the elite U.S. Army Field Band where she was a featured soloist in over 35 concerts. 

Melissa gave her solo recital debut at the age of 21 with a live radio broadcast on NPR as a result of winning the Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition. Her orchestral experience includes Principal clarinet of the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiel Opera Orchestra, and Associate Principal of the Traverse Symphony. 

Ms. Lander graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy, received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. After her career with the Army, Melissa dedicated almost a decade to staying home to care for her 3 children.  A student of Anthony McGill (Principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic), she recently completed a Graduate Performance Diploma in clarinet, and is currently pursuing a diploma in Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Contact Melissa.

Michael Rittling

Principal Contrabass | Sales Director

Michael Rittling is also the Associate Principal Bass with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in nearby Hagerstown, and Section Bass with the Apollo Orchestra in Bethesda, Maryland. He joined the bass section of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in 2009, and served as Principal from 2011 to 2014. Michael was Principal Bass with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for nearly two seasons, starting in 2009. Michael has also performed with the National Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Outside of playing, Michael enjoys teaching and maintains a private teaching studio in Baltimore. He served as Double Bass Faculty at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival in Huntsville, Alabama from 2009 to 2013, Teaching Assistant at Brevard Music Center from 2007 to 2008, and as an Instructor at the Florida State University Double Bass Camp in 2005.

Michael received Bachelor degrees in Music and Music Education from Florida State University in 2006. He attended Indiana University and completed a Master’s of Music degree in 2008 and a Performer Diploma in 2009. Throughout his education, Michael studied under Lawrence Hurst, Melanie Punter, Jeff Turner, Peter Lloyd, and Michael Allen. Michael has also attended numerous summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Center, and Sewannee Summer Music Festival.

Colin Webb

Assoc. Principal Viola | Marketing Director

Colin was born and raised in Eldersburg, Maryland and began learning the viola—his first instrument—at age 11. Since then, he has studied privately with Karen Ritscher, Carol Rodland, and Maria Lambros, among others. As an avid chamber musician and orchestral musician, he has worked with members of The Ying Quartet, the JACK Quartet, the Jupiter String Quartet, the Muir String Quartet, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he has been a rotating principal with the Boston University Symphony Orchestras and an active player in the Boston Chamber Symphony, the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, and the Marsh Chapel Collegium. Over the summers, he has taken part in the Alba Music Festival (Italy), The Castleman Quartet Program-East (New York), the International Viola Congress, the Amadeus Orchestra (England), and the Internationale Stichting Masterclass Apeldoorn (The Netherlands).

Colin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester and a Master of Music degree from the Boston University School of Music. When not engaged in musical activities, he enjoys reading and a good cup of coffee.

Katayoon Hodjati

Mackaudio Principal FlutE | Personnel Director

Katayoon (Katy) is a native of Silver Spring, MD and is a passionate performer of a variety of musical styles. Equally comfortable with early music, new music, and whatever falls in between, she enjoys playing the traverso, was a founding member of Baltimore’s Mobtown Modern Music Series, and dabbles in music from other cultures. Prior to returning to Maryland, Katayoon performed with the Symphony of the Southwest, the MusicaNova Orchestra, and The Phoenix Symphony. Recently, she was a featured soloist at The National Flute Association's annual convention. In addition to performing, Katayoon is a dedicated teacher and believes in the power of mentorship through music. She frequently serves as an adjudicator and a guest clinician, ranging from mentoring elementary school students in Baltimore's BSO OrchKids program, to holding masterclasses at the university level, to judging local and national events. She also maintains a small local private studio.

Katayoon holds performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Arizona State University, as well as a degree in Spanish from Oberlin College and a degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has been a member of The United States Army Field Band Field Band since 2004 and currently serves as the flute section leader as well as flutist in the Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet. A lifetime learner, Katayoon is also a devoted student of both yoga and Middle Eastern dance. 

Wanlu Ma


Wanlu Ma is quickly building a reputation across the globe as a extraordinarily versatile musician. Dedicated to orchestral, chamber, and solo percussion music, she has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Percussion Group, and has appeared as a marimba soloist on the Peabody Thursday Noon Series. In 2009 she won 3rd place in The First Percussion Competition of China. She holds a bachelor of music performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Robert Van Sice. She is currently pursuing her masters of music performance at Cleveland State University under the tutelage of Tom Freer.

Karena Ingram

DIRECTOR Of Composition

Karena Ingram is an emerging contemporary composer based in Baltimore, Maryland. Beginning her musical career at the age of nine, with self-teaching in violin and music theory, she is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in music composition. Her chamber ensemble works have been performed regularly throughout the Baltimore area, most notably as a part of the Livewire New Music Festival. Her solo works have also been recorded and performed by international instrumentalist, like flautist Iwona Glinka. Ingram has also been a member of Octava, developing interactive program notes to enhance the symphonic listening experience. She is also the 2016 recipient of Symphony Number One’s Maryland Award for composition. Described as “…stunning” and “…beautiful musical depictions of nature…” by Symphony Number One, Ingram’s music is reputable for its imaginative use of color and textural exploration. Ingram actively composes for contemporary chamber ensembles, large symphonic works, video games, and interactive media. Learn more: karenaingrammusic.com.

Jonathan Zepp

Associate Principal Bassoon

A native of nearby Silver Spring, Jonathan is a freelance bassoonist playing across the greater Baltimore-Washington metro area and is private instructor of bassoon. He holds an Artist Certificate from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, a Master of Music from the The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland School of Music, studying primarily under Marita Abner, Kristen Wolfe Jensen, and Sue Heineman. He has played in masterclasses, festivals, and competitions across the US and Canada and has performed publicly in more than ten states, three Canadian provinces, and seven countries. In addition to solo and large ensemble performances, chamber music has been a focus of Jonathan's study and interest, as a former member of the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet and UMD's Chamber Music Connections Quintet, and is a regular performer with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. He has enjoyed playing a huge variety of music in equally varied ensembles and is always listening for new works, new combinations, and new styles to stand alongside the greats. To see more about Jonathan's music or some of his other projects, see medpants.com.

sUsan Summers

Principal Saxophone, Publicist

Saxophonist Susan Summers is recognized as a versatile soloist and collaborative artist. She has commissioned several new works for saxophone, including Molly Joyce’s Attainability for tenor saxophone and double wind quintet, which she performed and recorded at The Delaplaine Arts Center in July 2015. Susan recently made her New York City debut at the Triskelion Arts CollabFest where she gave the world premiere of Justin Porter’s Cosmic Meditation for saxophone + electronics + dancer. Other notable premieres include Porter’s Catapult for saxophone + electronics, which was premiered at the 2015 SEAMUS National Conference where it was recognized as an ASCAP Award Finalist.
Susan earned her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where she studied with eminent saxophonist Gary Louie. In her spare time, Susan enjoys practicing POP Pilates, and sipping a cappuccino while exploring the art of lettering and calligraphy. Learn more at susansummersmusic.com

sean Meyers


Praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “technical aplomb and keen expressive nuance,” saxophonist Sean Meyers performs as a soloist and collaborative artist across the Eastern U.S. and beyond. He has commissioned more than a dozen new compositions for saxophone, including theConcerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestraby Andrew Boss, which he premiered and recorded in Baltimore in September 2015.

Sean’s repertoire also encompasses masterpieces by renowned composers ranging from Bolcom to Piazzolla. He has performed extensively in the Baltimore-D.C. area in both traditional and non-traditional venues. He has a passion for making music exciting and accessible to everyone, regardless of ability to pay or travel to traditional concert venues. He has organized and performed concerts for patients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and seniors at the Basilica Place Senior Living Community as part of his work with the Creative Access at the Peabody Conservatory. Learn more at seanmeyers.net.

Symphony Number One is Baltimore's Newes Chamber Orchestra, devoted to substantial works by emerging composers.