Sophie Fortunato: violin
Sophie Fortunato started playing the violin at the age of five. She pursued her studies in Philadelphia, PA with Yayoi Numazawa, a longtime member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and later at the Peabody Conservatory, where she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Violin Performance. Now a recent graduate of Louisiana State University with a Masters degree in Performance, Sophie has been residing in Kennett Square and freelancing in the area. Sophie has soloed with the Rose Tree Pops and has performed in masterclasses with Richard Roberts, Violaine Melançon, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Mauricio Fuks. While in Louisiana, she had the pleasure of performing with multiple Grammy award-winning artists, including soprano Hila Plitmann and singer Lauren Daigle. She also credits her time at LSU for expanding her musical experiences, as she was able to take part in ensembles that performed compositions of various styles. She taught for several years as a teaching artist for Kids’ Orchestra, an after-school music initiative for the East Baton Rouge Parish schools, and is looking forward to continuing her teaching at the Mattock School of Music.
Elliot Bild: brass
Originally from Chicago, trumpeter and composer Elliot Bild got his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University where he studied with Scott Cowan, Andrew Rathbun and Edward Simon. He just received his Masters Degree from Temple University where he studied with John Swana, Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts. Elliot has also won multiple Downbeat student music awards. In the spring of 2016, he received a grant to write all original music, inspired by poetry, to be performed with ballet. In June of last year, Elliot was selected along with 14 other fellows to participate in the Ravinia Steins Music Institute, a week-long workshop focusing on composition where he worked with Rufus Reid, Nathan Davis and Billy Childs. In August of last year Elliot attended the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, where he had the chance to work with Gary Bartz, Jeremy Pelt, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Robin Eubanks and Tia Fuller, among others. He has performed with such people as Joe Lovano, Tim Warfield, Edward Simon, Randy Brecker, Miguel Zenon, Bruce Barth, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Byron Landham, and Billy Hart.
Pat: guitar & upright bass
Pat Brennan is a Philadelphia based Jazz bass player and composer currently living in South Philadelphia. Pat graduated from The University of the Arts in center city, Philadelphia, in 2018 and is now getting his master’s in music education. During his time at UArts, he studied with Micah Jones, Kevin McConnell, Steve Beskrone, and Anthony Tidd. He also completed the Music Education and Music Business minor, giving him a well-rounded perspective of the musical world. Beginning his Journey to study music at Camden County College, Pat now leads his own Quartet, and plays with many up and coming artists around Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. While currently having Jazz as his focus, Pat grew up playing drums in a punk band, and learning every Metallica album possible. Having a diverse musical background, his goal is to broaden the horizons of his students and guide them to a deeper understanding of the music they already love.
Ken Miller: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, guitar
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Tyrone Fredericks Jr, has been playing saxophone since the age of nine. He began his jazz saxophone studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem PA and completed them at Temple University in Philadelphia, graduating with a BM in jazz saxophone performance. During his musical studies he has worked with musicians such as Ben Schachter, Tim Warfield, Dave Leibman, Neil Wetzel, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Tom Lawton, Nelson Hill and many more. A sought after saxophonist, Tyrone has played professionally over the last 15 years in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and the New Jersey shore areas. He has performed in numerous bands and ensembles that span musical genres from jazz and funk to hip-hop and rock & roll. Along with working as a professional sax man he is also both a saxophone instructor and a saxophone technician. Tyrone currently resides in the Philadelphia area where he is pursuing his Masters in Music in Jazz performance degree at Temple University.
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