ARTISTIC COMMITTEE

  Sonya Belaya  is a Russian-American musician who divides her time between Michigan and New York. As a diverse music-maker performing contemporary, improvised, and classical music, Sonya is invested in vulnerable art and the development of strong, personal collaborations. Sonya has performed as a pianist and singer with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Music Detroit, Michigan Opera Theatre, Willo Collective, Russian Renaissance, and Bang on a Can All-Stars. Currently, she is working on releasing a debut chamber folk EP entitled ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’. Sonya has been a participant in many notable music festivals, including Bang on Can Summer Festival, Banff Creative Arts Centre, and she was the Resident Fellow in Piano at the Cortona Sessions. Sonya is an active educator focused on offering music as a means of exploration and self-awareness. She has served as piano faculty at Metropolitan State University at DIME-Detroit, and worked as a dance collaborator at the University of Michigan. Her mentors include Christopher Harding, Joseph Gramley, and Christian Mecca. Currently, Sonya works as a musician at Mark Morris Dance Center, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her favorite coffee is Stovetop Roasters.   https://www.sonyabelaya.com/

Sonya Belaya is a Russian-American musician who divides her time between Michigan and New York. As a diverse music-maker performing contemporary, improvised, and classical music, Sonya is invested in vulnerable art and the development of strong, personal collaborations. Sonya has performed as a pianist and singer with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Music Detroit, Michigan Opera Theatre, Willo Collective, Russian Renaissance, and Bang on a Can All-Stars. Currently, she is working on releasing a debut chamber folk EP entitled ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’. Sonya has been a participant in many notable music festivals, including Bang on Can Summer Festival, Banff Creative Arts Centre, and she was the Resident Fellow in Piano at the Cortona Sessions. Sonya is an active educator focused on offering music as a means of exploration and self-awareness. She has served as piano faculty at Metropolitan State University at DIME-Detroit, and worked as a dance collaborator at the University of Michigan. Her mentors include Christopher Harding, Joseph Gramley, and Christian Mecca. Currently, Sonya works as a musician at Mark Morris Dance Center, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her favorite coffee is Stovetop Roasters.

https://www.sonyabelaya.com/

  Harriet Steinke  is a composer and collaborator currently based in Detroit, originally from the metropolitan area. Performances of her work from the past year include premieres with the 2017 Ann Arbor SongSlam, the 7Songwriters Series (NYC), the Third Place Concert Series (Ann Arbor), the Circle City Chamber Choir (Indianapolis, IN), as well as premieres by musicians from the University of Michigan and Cleveland Institute. She has received recent recognition from the American Composers Forum as a composer-in-residence for the 2018 Showcase as well as summer fellowships at both the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT) and Weekend of Chamber Music (NY). She studied composition with Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, and Ronald Caltabiano at Butler University.

Harriet Steinke is a composer and collaborator currently based in Detroit, originally from the metropolitan area. Performances of her work from the past year include premieres with the 2017 Ann Arbor SongSlam, the 7Songwriters Series (NYC), the Third Place Concert Series (Ann Arbor), the Circle City Chamber Choir (Indianapolis, IN), as well as premieres by musicians from the University of Michigan and Cleveland Institute. She has received recent recognition from the American Composers Forum as a composer-in-residence for the 2018 Showcase as well as summer fellowships at both the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT) and Weekend of Chamber Music (NY). She studied composition with Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, and Ronald Caltabiano at Butler University.

  Michael Malis  is a pianist and composer based in Detroit, MI. In August 2017, he released an album of duets with saxophonist Marcus Elliot, entitled “Balance.” The album was praised by the Detroit Metro Times as “contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go.” He has performed at venues such as the Yokohama Jazz Promenade (Yokohama, Japan), the Kennedy Center, Birdland (NYC), the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Stone (NYC), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, and with notables such as Marcus Belgrave,  Tyshawn Sorey , William Hooker, Jaribu Shahid,  Ken Filiano , Andrew Bishop,  Dennis Coffey , and Marion Hayden. Hhe has been lauded for his scores for film and theater, which have garnered awards, critical acclaim, and have reached international audiences. He is a founding member of Polyfold Musical Arts Collective.

Michael Malis is a pianist and composer based in Detroit, MI. In August 2017, he released an album of duets with saxophonist Marcus Elliot, entitled “Balance.” The album was praised by the Detroit Metro Times as “contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go.” He has performed at venues such as the Yokohama Jazz Promenade (Yokohama, Japan), the Kennedy Center, Birdland (NYC), the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Stone (NYC), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, and with notables such as Marcus Belgrave, Tyshawn Sorey, William Hooker, Jaribu Shahid, Ken Filiano, Andrew Bishop, Dennis Coffey, and Marion Hayden. Hhe has been lauded for his scores for film and theater, which have garnered awards, critical acclaim, and have reached international audiences. He is a founding member of Polyfold Musical Arts Collective.

  Kellen Degnan  is a versatile musician, active as both a performer and educator. An accomplished orchestral cellist, he is a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and was previously a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. He is also an avid chamber musician, and performs frequently in a variety of ensembles in Ann Arbor and Detroit, as well as Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. One of Kellen’s greatest passions is the performance of contemporary music. As a student at University of Michigan, he was a founding member of Converge New Music, a collective dedicated to the performance of works by student composers, which is still active today. He also participated in the 2017 Weekend of Chamber Music Festival in upstate New York as one of their Performance Fellows. His performance activities extend beyond the classical realm, as well, and he has collaborated on several tracks with Detroit-based band SIAS. Kellen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Kellen Degnan is a versatile musician, active as both a performer and educator. An accomplished orchestral cellist, he is a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and was previously a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. He is also an avid chamber musician, and performs frequently in a variety of ensembles in Ann Arbor and Detroit, as well as Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. One of Kellen’s greatest passions is the performance of contemporary music. As a student at University of Michigan, he was a founding member of Converge New Music, a collective dedicated to the performance of works by student composers, which is still active today. He also participated in the 2017 Weekend of Chamber Music Festival in upstate New York as one of their Performance Fellows. His performance activities extend beyond the classical realm, as well, and he has collaborated on several tracks with Detroit-based band SIAS. Kellen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

  Yuri Popowycz  is a violinist living in the Motor City. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with honors, and is active within the Detroit Bureau of Sound, Michigan Opera Theatre, and serves as assistant concertmaster in the Michigan Philharmonic. Yuri improvises and gigs around town, making electronic music (as whyouarei & Music to Stretch to) as well as visual art with what’s left of his time. He is an advocate of contemporary classical music, and has performed concerts around the globe. Yuri hopes to eventually own a large home with all of his friends in the city.

Yuri Popowycz is a violinist living in the Motor City. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with honors, and is active within the Detroit Bureau of Sound, Michigan Opera Theatre, and serves as assistant concertmaster in the Michigan Philharmonic. Yuri improvises and gigs around town, making electronic music (as whyouarei & Music to Stretch to) as well as visual art with what’s left of his time. He is an advocate of contemporary classical music, and has performed concerts around the globe. Yuri hopes to eventually own a large home with all of his friends in the city.


Are you a composer, performer, presenter, collaborator, and/or advocate, looking to get more involved? We would love to hear from you with questions, comments, etc. Write to us!

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