Akshaya Avril-Tucker '15
Lukas Bentel '15 is an artist involved in both the visual and performing arts. He is currently enrolled in the joint Brown/RISD dual degree program where he studies furniture design and multimedia computer music. Lukas has won numerous awards in the visual arts from national organizations such as the Alliance of Art and Writing. His work has been exhibited at the RISD Museum, Hecksher Museum, Hillel Gallery, Granoff Center, and the Art League of Long Island. He recently won a competition for the Seattle Next Fifty to build an installation/performance piece on the Seattle Worlds Fair grounds in June of 2012 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Seattle Worlds Fair. Lukas has worked for visual artists Tony Matelli and Norman Mooney. He attended the Manhattan School of Music studying both composition and cello performance. Lukas has studied with Juilliard professor Andre Emelianoff, and Yale professor Ole Akahoshi; and studied with Anthony Aibel for composition. He has performed at both the Bowdoin International Music Festival and at the Tanglewood Music Festival. The Long Island Philharmonic has performed Lukas’ compositions. Lukas’ work often deals with the interplay between visual art, sound art, high art culture and common everyday life.
Noah Fields '17 is a music and philosophy dual concentrator. He is a pianist, violinist, and composer involved in chamber music, orchestra, AMP, and a lot of musical theater at Brown. In Spring 2014, he conceived, directed, and produced Bernstein Extravaganza:The Best of All Possible Worlds, a revue of Bernstein's musical theater repertoire. In Summer 2014, he wrote the one-act children's musical WONDERWORLD with the support of an UTRA and the mentorship of Dr. Nancy Rosenberg.
Simon Goldring '15
Ryan Gourley '17 is a Music Theory, History, and Composition concentrator from San Antonio, Texas. Ryan is currently planning on pursuing a 5 year A.B./Sc.B. Program with Computer Engineering. Ryan picked up his first guitar when he was seven years old, quickly learning his first scale (the minor pentatonic) so he could improvise with his uncle. In 6th grade, Ryan began to learn percussion and discovered his passion for composing. At his high school, Ryan was the drumline captain as well as the principle percussion player in the school orchestra. He is a two time state-level Solo and Ensemble Competition performer, earning superior ratings on the most difficult grade of marching snare solo. He has composed and premiered two full length scores for short films, two large orchestral arrangements, winning Honorable Mention at the State Farm Texas Original Score Contest in 2010. He is a featured member of the Carnegie Hall Music Exchange and a member of the Audio Engineering Society. At Brown, Ryan is involved with the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble, Brown Opera Board, and works as an independent recording master/record producer for hire. Ryan hopes to combine his love of science and music through engineering research and eventually work in the audio engineering industry.
Devanney Haruta ’16 is a double concentrator in Music History/Theory/Composition and Mathematics from Simsbury, CT. While her studies in piano at the age of five were short-lived, she quickly fell in love with the oboe at age ten and has continued playing ever since. She is a four-year participant at the CMEA Region and All-State Festivals, the New England Music Festival, and was recently invited to play at the New York Summer Music Festival. In addition, she was a member of the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble and has performed at the Lucarelli Oboe Master Class. She has studied with oboists Harvey Goldstein, Bert Lucarelli, Mark Snyder, and Amy Mendillo, with whom she is currently studying through the Brown Applied Music Program. Over the summer she gives private lessons to beginner oboists. In addition to her love for the oboe, Devanney is also partial to solfege and has taken all three Solfege courses through the Kodály certification program at the Hartt School of Music. At Brown, she performs with the Wind Symphony and in chamber music ensembles. While she considers music her primary concentration, she is also interested in the overlap between music and math and hopes to find a career that incorporates the two.
Sydney Island '15
Crystal Rosatti '15
Benjamin Shack Sackler '16 is a MEME concentrator from Westport, Connecticut. His first instrument was the cello which he picked up at age 8. Later, Ben became involved in a local theatre, acting in various musical theatre performances when he was in middle school and it was there that he discovered live audio engineering. One of the theatre's owners and sound engineers took Ben under his wing and soon, Ben became the principle sound engineer for the Crystal Theatre in Norwalk, CT. In high school, Ben merged his audio engineering and musical passions and began composing and producing electronic music pieces of various genres. At Brown, he continues to produce and compose original music and is looking forward to creating interactive audio and visual installations.
Eleanor Siden '15
Matthew Slesinski '16 is a music concentrator in the theory/history/composition track from Philadelphia. He began playing piano in kindergarten, and switched to violin in 5th grade, and since then has fallen in love with playing, listening to, thinking about, and working with classical music. At Brown, he has been extremely active in performance. Before Brown, Matthew studied with Myanna Harvey, had been concertmaster of Philadelphia Sinfonia and its chamber orchestra, as well as several other orchestras, such as Cheltenham High School's, and he attended PMEA orchestra festivals at the state, region, and district level, as well as various music camps. For two summers, he and 3 friends formed a string quartet, with which he got to play a large amount of string quartet repertoire throughout various places in the Philadelphia area. At Brown He studies with Lois Finkel through the applied music program, has soloed with the Brown Orchestra on Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.1 and has also been its concertmaster, and he also participates in chamber music and extracurricular ensembles. In the summer of 2014 he attended the Round Top Festival Institute, and in his time at Brown he participated in masterclasses with Karen Gomyo, Joseph Genauldi, and the Kronos Quartet. He also teaches violin and in the fall of 2014 will conduct Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan's performance of Ruddigore. In general, though, Matthew loves classical music, and plans to go on after Brown in either in music theory or performance.
Brenton Stokes '14 is currently a senior at Brown university, where he concentrates in MEME and Engineering-Physics. He has been composing music since the age of six, starting with humming and emulating the songs he'd hear on thevideogameshe played. He also started playing trumpet at the age of 11 while he was in middle school, and practically grew up playing in the bands around his school district, including but not limited to: concert band, jazz band, marching band and orchestra.Right after he graduated high school, Brenton started producing music--it's been three years since, and he's just getting started. He's muchenamoured with deep house remixes of hallmark pop songs and some classics, and he also makes original works. Check him out on his SoundCloud, where he goes under the moniker of "Achaziyah the Alien", here: http://soundcloud.com/achaziyah, and if you like what you hear, feel free to visit and like his Facebookfan page, at facebook.com/alienofsound, to keep up with new music releasesand further insights!
Marion Wellington '16