Announcing the Panelists for the 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency

David Johnston

We are delighted to announce the panelists for the 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency. Panels took place in late July. The quality of the applicants was extremely high and the panelists had some tough decisions to make. Thanks to each of these distinguished individuals in the music field for their expertise in selecting the eight resident composers for the coming year.

Anne Earnheart is the Development Assistant, Institutional Giving for the School of American Ballet. Prior to joining the School, Anne was a member of the Development Department at the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the Milwaukee Ballet. She is a professional singer and has performed with regional opera companies such as the Florentine Opera and the Skylight Opera Theater, and with the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House. Mrs. Earnheart received her MM from the New England Conservatory of Music and BM in vocal performance from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI).

Mary Feinsinger has music directed many shows in New York and regional theatres. She is music director of the Broadway at 92Y Chorus. A graduate of The Juilliard School in voice, she is a Teaching Artist at OPERA America. As vocalist and keyboardist of the West End Klezmorim, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the White House. She is a member of the Extension Division voice faculty at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York and was, for many years, on the piano-accompanying staff at Juilliard. A composer/lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, she has written musicals that have been produced all over the country.

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts. She is the author/illustrator of Rabbit Mooncakes, a picture book published by Little, Brown & Company. Her next book is a ghost story for young adults. She is a blogger who writes style notes for people who change the world at Hoong Yee holds a B.A. from Oberlin, diplomas from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in piano and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She is married to a nice Jewish boy from Rockaway Beach, NY where they surf with their three children, Mikki, Remy & Sky.

Elliott Sharp leads the projects SysOrk, Orchestra Carbon and Tectonics. His opera Port Bou will premiere at Issue Project Room October 2014. He has composed for Hilary Hahn, Ensemble Modern, RadioSinfonie Frankfurt, and JACK Quartet. He has been featured at New Music Stockholm, Donaueschingen, Darmstadt, and Au Printemps festivals. In 2010, Sharp created About Us, a sci-fi opera for all-teenage performers at the Bayerische Staatsoper. His work is the subject of the documentary Doing the Don’t and he has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. He was a Guggenheim Fellowship winner for 2014 and recipient of the Berlin Prize for 2015.

Diane Wondisford is Producing Director of Music-Theatre Group, a pioneering nonprofit company specializing in the commissioning, development, and production of new works of music-theatre based in NYC. Career highlights include Martha Clarke and Richard Peaslee’s Garden of Earthly Delights and Vienna:Lusthaus; Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal’s Juan Darien, nominated for 5 Tonys including Best Musical; Eve Ensler’s Extraordinary Measures; Diedre Murray and Cornelius Eady’s Running Man, finalist 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, directed by Diane Paulus; Tan Dun and Paul Griffith’s Marco Polo, winner of the Grawemeyer Award; Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma; Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam’s Dark Sisters; and Tod Machover and Robert Pinsky’s Death and the Powers. At MTG, she has also overseen international touring to 14 countries. She has been an officer and member of the Boards of Directors of The American Arts Alliance, OPERA America, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY, and served as chair and panelist for the Opera/Musical Theater and Theater programs of the NEA and the NYSCA, respectively. Currently, she is a consultant to the New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division, and Board member of the Corona Youth Music Project.


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