6Degrees Composers

6Degrees Composers is a Chicago-based collective of women composers from different musical traditions. It was founded by Regina Harris Baiocchi in 2010. The group has presented numerous concerts at Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College, the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and several churches on the West and South sides. The […]

Zoë A. Wallace, composer/guitar

Zoë A. Wallace (formerly known as Zoë Holbrook) is a classical composer and guitarist who is continually striving to broaden the repertoire for instruments in an ensemble setting. She has performed in a number of concerts as a soloist and in a duo throughout California, Illinois, and Utah, and has had the pleasure of playing […]

Nick Zoulek, saxophone/composer

“…Zoulek’s performance, on saxophones in every range, is stunningly virtuosic, whatever the genre…none of this would matter much (except to saxophonists) if he were a less imaginative composer.” (The Wall Street Journal). A modern saxophonist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters), Nick Zoulek’s artistry as a performer, collaborator, composer, and media artist has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive […]

Richard Brasseale, saxophone

Richard Brasseale is a saxophonist, composer, and educator in the Chicago area. An acclaimed saxophonist, he has played with numerous ensembles, including the Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble, Camerata Chicago, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and others. Recent solo performances include the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, North Park Orchestra, and various recitals in […]

Xavier Beteta, composer/piano

Born in Guatemala City, Xavier studied piano at the National Conservatory of Guatemala with Consuelo Medinilla. At age 18, he was awarded the first prize at the Augusto Ardenois National Piano Competition and third prize at the Rafael Alvarez Ovalle Composition Competition in Guatemala. He continued his piano studies in the United States with Argentinean […]

Nightingale Ensemble

Nightingale Ensemble is comprised of an eclectic group of instruments not often seen in the same company. The ensemble performs commissioned and already existing works by contemporary composers that explore new musical landscapes and push the pairing of instruments. In addition, they also use their unusual instrumentation to their advantage in order to perform lesser known […]

Carmen-Helena Téllez, Conductor, Producer, Inter-Disciplinary Artist

Carmen Helena Téllez is a conductor who specializes in the interpretation of new music and in the conceptualization and production of multidisciplinary music projects. In her career spanning more than 25 years she has commissioned, premiered and recorded dozens of works for instrumental and choral ensembles, symphony orchestras and opera companies in the US and […]

Constellation Men’s Ensemble

Constellation Men’s Ensemble (CME) is a Chicago-based vocal group dedicated to creating distinct performances in unique spaces, empowering the next generation of singers through educational engagement, and expanding the repertoire for men’s vocal music by commissioning new works from both emerging and established composers.  In 2016, CME founded their new music series NOVA, “new, original, vocal, […]

Anna Laurenzo, mezzo-soprano

In the spring of 2020, Ms. Laurenzo made her Off-Broadway debut understudying the role of Mrs. Van Buren and singing in the ensemble of the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at the Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage (postponed due to COVID19). Additional recent engagements include a role and company debut […]

Phil Pierick, saxophone

Phil Pierick is a saxophonist, improviser, singer, and educator based in Chicago. Equally at home performing a range of music from Renaissance motets to 21st-century works, he has been described as “the Swiss Army knife of saxophonists.” As a soloist and member of the saxophone duo Ogni Suono, he has performed over a hundred recitals […]