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ABOUT THE PODCAST:

In September 2020, Adam Paul Cordle, Blaire Koerner, and Rosanna Moore launched the Soundweavers podcast as a forum for exploring the issues surrounding small ensemble musicianship. Our background as freelance and chamber musicians led us to identify three essential components of making a career as a small ensemble musician. First, we explore how major artists hone and share their craft through performance, composition, and improvisation. We delve into each guest’s educational and community engagement initiatives and the ways in which they are grappling with the social justice issues within the musical world and beyond. Finally, we examine the life skills that each of our guests have perfected on their journey through launching, developing, and sustaining their careers.

Each season features twenty-five episodes split into five cycles. Within each cycle, we feature one composer and three ensembles or freelance chamber musicians from classical, jazz, folk, traditional, and fusion genres. Every episode focuses on the music itself, the many ways in which artists are sharing their music, the work that our guests are doing to enhance their communities, and the strategies they’ve used to manage their successes. At the conclusion of each cycle, we host a cast chat, summarizing the general themes of the past cycle, addressing current events and issues, and previewing the next cycle. Each new episode is published every two weeks via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and most other major podcast platforms.​

THE CAST - SEASON 3:

EVAN HENRY

Editor

Evan Henry (b.1990) is a composer and native of Rochester, New York. He studied music formally at the Eastman School of Music (BM, 2013) and the University of Pennsylvania, and is a practitioner of Balinese gamelan gong kebyar. Evan’s compositional voice is shaped by his many musical fascinations, particularly the music of his long-time mentor Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and also by the writings of authors such as David Foster Wallace and Italo Calvino. His music has been described as light and dance-like, featuring a strong sense of melodic line, clear pitch centricity, a poetic sense of form, and a unique approach to harmony inspired from jazz. Currently, he is working on a commission from the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for their 2023 spring concert, and is planning a new scenic cantata for the Rochester based ensemble fivebyfive to premier in 2024.

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NIK JELENIAUSKAS

Operations and Production Manger

As a multidisciplinary artist, Nikolas Jeleniauskas explores different aspects of artistic communication through his work as a composer, product designer, web developer, and dancer in dramatic stage performances, crafting elegant and meaningful digital products, and writing music that is timbrally rich, deeply structured, and both intimate and dynamic.

Nikolas’ music has been hailed as “exciting and colorful”, combining the dramatic and lyrical into “surprising colors and textures”. His works have been presented throughout the world in concert halls, chamber music recitals, stage works, galleries, and in radio broadcast. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at the Eastman School of Music.

As a Product Designer and Developer, Nikolas is passionate in ensuring that digital experiences are enriching, accessible, and efficient. He has worked internationally on a wide array of projects for individual artists and businesses, from statistical databases and news delivery systems, to sports leagues, research studios, social networks, and loyalty services.

Nikolas also works as a dancer, as a guest artist in ballet and contemporary dance productions, operas, new contemporary works, and collaborations with other composers.

DR. ROSANNA MOORE

Host and Social Media

Having been described as a ‘gift to any ensemble’, harpist and actress Dr. Rosanna Moore is quickly making a name for herself as an innovative performer and storyteller. She has been featured internationally as a soloist with festivals such as the Sentmenat International Harp Festival (Spain) and the Dutch Harp Festival (The Netherlands). As an actress she works as a narrator and voiceover artist, often combining the two art forms wherever possible. Rosanna is a self professed professional composer collector. Her passion for new music has led to a collection of new concerti, solo and chamber works. She is also a harpist and advisor for The Future Blend Project. In addition to performing, Rosanna recently took up the role of Harp Instructor/ Musician in Residence at the University of Oregon as well as Harp Instructor at Opus Ithaca.

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THE CAST - SEASON 1 & 2:

DR. ADAM PAUL CORDLE

Producer and Co-host​

Dr. Adam Paul Cordle has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician in venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall (New York City) and Soehanna Hall (Jakarta). He performs with Duo590, Trio Alexander, and the Suara Quartet; in duo partnerships with violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and soprano Susan Hochmiller; and as principal violist with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. His research explores the intersection of improvisation, composition, and performance through musical gesture.

Deeply committed to the art of teaching, Dr. Cordle believes strongly in the role that chamber music plays in the development of crucial artistic, technical, ensemble, and life skills for young and pre-professional musicians. He teaches viola, violin, chamber music, music education, and music theory courses at Gettysburg College and directs Cord Studios, a community music program offering private lessons, chamber coachings, and improvisation and composition workshops. He coordinates If Music Be the Food… Gettysburg, a concert series aimed at addressing food insecurity, and Music for All Gettysburg, a community engagement program bringing music to community members at all stages of life. 

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DR. BLAIRE K.S. KOERNER

Engineer and Co-host  

 

Dr. Blaire Koerner is an upstate New York State bassoonist, performing in a variety of large ensembles, operas, musicals, and studio recordings. However, she specializes in chamber and chamber orchestra performances, playing with Ensemble Signal, Slee Sinfonietta, Chamber Music of Rochester, and multiple faculty quintets. In 2019, she co-founded her duo, Hats+Heels, with harpist Dr. Rosanna Moore, that focuses on interdisciplinary storytelling. In addition, she is the bassoon professor at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music and Eastman Community Music School.

 

A graduate of Eastman School of Music’s Arts Leadership Certificate, she is particularly interested in using this podcast to talk about the life and leadership skills chamber groups and composers need and utilize on a daily basis. 

DR. ROSANNA MOORE

Host and Public Relations

Having been described as a ‘gift to any ensemble’, harpist and actress Dr. Rosanna Moore is quickly making a name for herself as an innovative performer and storyteller. She has been featured internationally as a soloist with festivals such as the Sentmenat International Harp Festival (Spain) and the Dutch Harp Festival (The Netherlands). As an actress she works as a narrator and voiceover artist, often combining the two art forms wherever possible. Rosanna is a self professed professional composer collector. Her passion for new music has led to a collection of new concerti, solo and chamber works. She is also a harpist and advisor for The Future Blend Project. In addition to performing, Rosanna recently took up the role of Harp Instructor/ Musician in Residence at the University of Oregon as well as Harp Instructor at Opus Ithaca.

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