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ESYO Announces Encore Stage

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm





Help us raise $20,170 for 10 new ESYO scholarships in honor of the Class of 2017

Suggested Donations
Class Supporter———-$20.17

Class Sponsor———–$201.70
Class Mentor————–$2,017


Open house format featuring short performances
2-5 p.m.
at Proctors GE Theater

Saturday, June 17, 2017
free and open to the public

Beginning at 2 p.m. 

Deva Anandan, Violin             Eric Chang, Percussion

Maggie Cuddihy, Bassoon         Jerrod Deering, Trombone

Carly DeLeonardo, Clarinet     Ryan Devanandan, Violin

Aubrey Dunn, Trumpet          Avery Heaney, Alto Sax

Peter Kim, Violin             Carolyn Miner, Viola

Jihu Mun, Violin         Rafi Nizam, Viola

Ryan Vis, Viola                  Seongsik Yang, Violin

Lucie Xu, Cello              Michael Zhou, Violin

3:10-3:30 p.m.

3:30-4 p.m.

Colleen Bernstein ‘12, Internationally Renowned Percussionist
Kevin Oates ‘04, Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, Founder

4-5 p.m.

Enjoy food, drink, and conversation
throughout the afternoon in the atrium

Colleen Bernstein

Colleen Bernstein is an adventurous percussionist, pursuing her passions as both an ambitious performer of contemporary music and an enthusiastic arts educator. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2016 with degrees of Highest Distinction in Performance and Music Education, an Arts Leadership Program Certificate, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. In September 2017, she will begin two Master of Music degrees, in Percussion Performance and Chamber Music, as a Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan.

In 2016, Colleen was a featured guest in duo performances with Grammy-winning banjoist Béla Fleck on his tour stops in Rochester and Albany, NY. She toured the country with Music in the American Wild, an ensemble celebrating the National Park Service Centennial by commissioning, premiering, and recording contemporary chamber music in the Parks themselves, serving as both percussionist and conductor. In addition, Colleen co-founded and toured the metro NYC area with Soundmark Project, a quartet that commissioned and
premiered a work for theatrical percussion in collaboration with a composer and a fiction writer. She was a guest performing artist at the Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, and she became the youngest member of Creative Leaps International, a company of performers working with businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions to inspire creativity and leadership development. In 2015, Colleen received the Ludwig Albert Talent Prize at the Universal Marimba Competition, held in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. She also performed in the inaugural All-Star Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Since 2014, Colleen has curated a series of educational programs celebrating contemporary music at the Strong National Museum of Play. She has produced several interactive concerts for audiences of all ages, connecting music to the museum’s exhibits through performance, discussions, and hands-on learning activities. Her ongoing project, Toy Suite, has generated10 new compositions from Eastman students and faculty, dedicated to toys from the National Toy Hall of Fame; each year, new works are premiered at the Museum in a special celebratory concert and then archived as part of the Museum Special Collections. Colleen is also working with renowned marimbist Leigh Stevens to direct the Keyboard Percussion Pedagogy Initiative, a project involving an international team of professional educators, designed to foster new compositions for young students.

While at Eastman, Colleen performed with the school’s contemporary ensembles, Musica Nova and OSSIA, as well as the Philharmonia and the Wind, Jazz, and Percussion Ensembles. She can be heard on the newest Eastman Wind Ensemble recording, Sierra Live, which was released by Summit Records in February 2017, and on the Percussion Ensemble’s upcoming studio album alongside Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion. Colleen was granted the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, in recognition of her academic and musical achievements at Eastman.

Kevin Oates

Kevin Oates (KØ) started cello at the age of four, and was brought up through a classical background, performing with the Empire State Youth ensembles from 1997-2004. Attending the University of Southern Maine School of Music in Portland, ME, Kevin received his Bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in cello. Beginning in 2006 he began to work with Portland artists, recording on over 35 albums to date and has performed at festivals across the country such as SXSW and Mountain Jam.

Teaching public school orchestra in upstate New York and in Maine, Kevin developed a curriculum based on classical technique, knowledge and repertoire for orchestral students and engaging students additionally through content that they connect with personally while reinforcing a classical foundation. Since moving back to Maine in 2012, Kevin began his vision to revolutionize music education. He founded Maine Youth Rock Orchestra (MYRO), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that gives orchestral students educational opportunities perform alongside national touring artists. MYRO has performed with Gregory Alan Isakov, The Ballroom Thieves, Darlingside, and will be accompanying Guster this August. The vision for MYRO is to start youth rock orchestras in every state over the next 20 years, adding new opportunities for students to express themselves through music they connect with while reinforcing classical technique. He has been featured on NPR Music, Down East Magazine, Consequence of Sound and OldPort Magazine.

In 2018, KØ will be releasing two books; Rock the Classroom for teachers and Bach n’ Roll for students, giving all in the education sector a fresh perspective on the direction of music education and how to engage and reinvent.



June 17
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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GE Theatre, Proctors
432 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12305 United States
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