artistic director, pianist
Will Healy is a composer and pianist based in New York. Noted for his "lushly bluesy" sound and "adroitly blended... textures" (New York Times), he is the artistic director of ShoutHouse, a collective of hip-hop, jazz, and classical musicians. After playing trumpet in an Afrobeat band for many years, he grew interested in collaborating with performers from all corners of the New York music scene. He is also an accomplished pianist specializing in Bach, with a repertoire that includes the complete Goldberg Variations. Healy attended The Juilliard School, where he studied with John Corigliano, Steven Stucky, and Samuel Adler.
Recent awards include a 2017 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, the W.K. Rose Fellowship, a JFund commission from the American Composers Forum, and prizes in the Juilliard and Kaleidoscope Orchestra Composition Competitions. He was the recipient of the Aaron Copland Prize from the Bogliasco Foundation in 2018, and has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, and the L.A. Phil’s National Composers Intensive. Healy’s work has appeared at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Apollo, on the NY Philharmonic’s Biennial series, on "New Sounds" with John Schaefer (WNYC) and "Making Music" (WBAI), and more.
Megan Atchley is a New York based violinist and educator dedicated to creating musical experiences that resonate with her audiences aesthetically, politically and bodily. She loves making and supporting new music and does so in a variety of capacities including Artistic Director for the Firey Strings Company, member of new music/jazz/hip-hop band ShoutHouse, and frequent performer with various badass new music folks and ensembles. Megan is on faculty at Third Street Music School, Girls Prep Middle School, and the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. She holds degrees from NYU Steinhardt and Ithaca College. In addition to music Megan is passionate about feminism, food and Jane Austen novels.
Izzy Lepanto Gleicher
Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a compelling and versatile musician, performing internationally throughout the United States, China, Japan and Canada. The New York Times has called her “excellent”. Isabel is a core member of new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé, a founding member of SoundMind, and an artist member of the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival. In October at Miller Theater on the Composer Portrait Series, she will join the stage with mentor Tara Helen O’Connor and percussionist Alex Lipowski to premiere Candlemas Eve by John Zorn. Isabel has held Principal Flute positions in the Banff Festival Orchestra, and in the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As a soloist she was the winner of First Prize, as well as Best Performance of the Commissioned Piece at the 2015 Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition in Texas. Feeling equally at home as an educator, Isabel is a Teaching Artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble as well as a 2016-2017 Teaching Artist Apprentice with New York Philharmonic Education. Isabel holds a Master’s degree in Flute Performance from the Yale School of Music as well as a Master’s in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music
synthesizer, percussion, composer
Jesse Greenberg is a Queens-based composer, percussionist, keyboardist, and educator. He has performed through out the United States and Europe at festivals such as the Composers Now festival at DiMenna Center and the Festival Les Troubadours chantent l’art roman among others.
As a composer, Jesse’s work draws from maze-like medieval melodies, jazz and structured improvisation, and often draws from visual art and nature. His music for small chamber ensembles usually emphasizes communication and sometimes contains an element of instrumental theater. He was selected as a composition fellow for CISUM Percussion, received a commission from ModFest/Mahagonny Ensemble, and was featured composer on the Call and Response podcast. His wind trio “Phantasmagoria” was awarded the Jean Slater Edson Prize. In addition to performing on mallet percussion and keyboards, he composes and arranges for ShoutHouse.
Jesse studied music and philosophy at Vassar College. He teaches music privately and as a teaching artist in the NYC public schools through 92nd Street Y’s Discover Music program.
violinist, director of operations
Violinist Allison Mase began playing music at the age of four. A recent graduate of the Juilliard School and long time attendee of the Aspen Music Festival, she is a prize winner at the 2015 Paris International Virtuoso Music Competition, a three-time grand prize winner of the National League of Performing Arts Competition, and was recently selected to be a guest performer at the “Adventures of the Mind” Festival at New York University. A devoted orchestral musician, Allison has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and with the New York Philharmonia at the Lincoln Center Festival, Madison Square Garden, and a WNET ‘Live from Lincoln Center.’ She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, the Long Island Mozart Festival, the Inaugural Bach Music Festival, the Manhattan International Film Festival, NY Fashion Week, the US Supreme Court, and at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC. Allison has been playing with ShoutHouse since 2014!
Originally from Queens NY, David Valbuena is a NYC based clarinetist and educator. As an ardent performer of new music, he has premiered dozens of works for clarinet and bass clarinet and most recently performed in the Canadian premiere of Stockhausen's final work, Klang at the Montreal Nouvelles Musiques Festival. As a chamber musician, David has appeared in the Sarasota and Bowdoin International Music Festivals and is looking forward to joining The Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in the summer of 2019. David is a teaching artist with the CUNY Harmony Program and is proud to be a woodwind instructor at PS 107x in the South Bronx and at the Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Queens College.
He’s executing plans when he’s on the microphone. Originating in Baltimore and being raised in the DMV, Nuri Hazzard aims to help people get a better understanding of themselves and of each other through his music. “I want the bounce I give to be a total-being experience…mind, body, and soul.” His roots in hip-hop really are embedded in a love for good music. His parents were young and forward thinking so he grew listening to everything from Fleetwood Mac to A Tribe Called Quest to Masters at Work. He’s been studying this game for years, and writing with a true artists' sensibilities. Nuri gives a fresh combination of head-snapping musicality and verses that make you feel it in your atoms, that melds creating undeniable music.
Connell Thompson's silky tone, soulful chops, and high energy performance have made him a staple in the New York music scene. Born in CA and raised in NH, he first started playing clarinet, in grade school, picking up the saxophone in high school in order to join the jazz band. He moved to New York in 2006, pursuing music and earning his BA in Jazz Performance at NYU. Since then he has performed professionally in clubs around the world. His renditions of SZA, Rihanna, Drake, as well as afrobeats artists Runtown and Burna Boy have gained him an enthusiastic following both in the New York subways and on social media. He has performed worldwide with many eclectic groups and venues including The Blue Note with Motown band Decade of Soul, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC with classical/hip hop fusion group Shouthouse, The Otis Mountain Festival with his original Balkan party band Tipsy Oxcart, and in Lagos, Nigeria with Runtown.
Violist Caeli Smith, originally from Philadelphia, is a performer and teaching artist with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect; the New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Faculty; and the “Program for the Exceptionally Gifted” at the Heifetz International Music Festival.