Artist in Residence Alumni

Class of 2021

Ellington Carthan

jazz pianist & composer

Ellington Carthan

Sponsored by Daniel and Sarah Gallagher, Tina and Arthur Lazerow, and Bayo and Funke Oyewole 

 

Just like his namesake, jazz pulses through Ellington Carthan’s veins. This up-and-coming jazz pianist, whose diverse career includes performing, teaching, producing, and composing, holds dual degrees in jazz studies and music technology.

View Archived January 13 Virtual Concert

 

Sheyda Do A

vocalist, pianist, guitarist

Sheyda Do’a

Sponsored by Cathy Bernard/Bernard Family Foundation and Richard and Melba Reichard

 

Musician, vocalist, singer-songwriter, mathematician—is there anything Sheyda Do’a can’t do? Drawing on her multi-cultural heritage and upbringing in Albania, Do’a blends sounds from across the globe into what she calls “melodies for the soul.”

View Archived February 10 Virtual Concert

 

Ceylon Mitchell V2

contemporary classical flutist

Ceylon Mitchell

Sponsored by Ellen and Michael Gold and Ava Kaufman

 

Just as the notes from his flute fly and float on air, Ceylon Mitchell is always in motion. This musician, educator, entrepreneur, and arts advocate’s mission is to keep classical music alive, authentic, and accessible. 

View Archived March 10 Virtual Concert

 

Aaron Freeman

bassist & beyond

Aaron Freeman

Sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Haywood Moore and Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr. and Belinda M. Kane

 

Although many know him by his stage name, “ijustplaybass,” Aaron Freeman does much more than that. This arranger, filmmaker, and multi-instrumentalist plays everything from guitar and bass to brass and keys. 

View archived April 14 Virtual Concert

Rui Fu

improvisational singer-songwriter

Rui Fu

Sponsored by Hope Eastman and Allen Childs

Singer-songwriter Rui Fu specializes in improvisational and impressionistic interpretations of Chinese ethnic musical traditions and modernist portrayals of ancient Taoist meditative music. Through her music, Fu initiates conversations between Indigenous music cultures and rare instruments around the world.

View Archived May 12 Virtual Concert

Becky Hill

percussive dancer

Becky Hill

Sponsored by Dale Rosenthal and Michael Cutler and Linda and Van Hubbard

 

Becky Hill was born with rhythm in her feet. This sought-after percussive dancer, Appalachian square dance caller, and choreographer “slides and shuffles her feet with the precision of snare brushes” (NPR Music). 

View Archived June 9 Virtual Concert

Class of 2020

AYO singer

pop vocalist

AYO

Sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Haywood Moore and Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr.

 

AYO’s smooth pop vocals combined with her fearless, confident lyrics create music with empowering messages that showcase her stylistic and emotional versatility.

View archived Live from the Living Room

Niccolo Seligmann

early folk instrumentalist

Niccolo Seligmann

Sponsored by Van and Linda Hubbard & Stephen and Tanya Spano

 

Niccolo Seligmann is fascinated by obscure folk instruments and early music. He plays over 20 acoustic instruments including viola da gamba and medieval fiddle, uniting historical and experimental music to create a unique listening experience.

Christian Douglas V2

singer-songwriter

Christian Douglas

Sponsored by Richard and Melba Reichard

 

Christian Douglas’ original music echoes his background as a classical tenor and musical theater performer, combining quality storytelling with a smooth, soulful voice. His heartfelt lyrics and acoustically-driven sound carry pop, jazz, and soul influence. 

View archived Live from the Living Room

Nataly Merezhuk V2

jazz violinist

Nataly Merezhuk

Sponsored by Ellen and Michael Gold & Ava Kaufman

 

Though Nataly Merezhuk’s musicianship is rooted in classical training, she embraced the role of the violin in jazz after being drawn to its improvisational nature.

View archived Live from the Living Room

Jake Blount

folk musician

Jake Blount

Sponsored by Sarah and Dan Gallagher

 

Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjoist, singer, and scholar whose performances, compositions, and research venerate and reflect the traditional music of Black and Indigenous communities in the southeastern US. 

View archived Live from the Living Room

Lucas Ashby V2

percussionist & composer

Lucas Ashby

Sponsored by Arthur and Tina Lazerow & Dale Rosenthal and Michael Cutler

 

Lucas Ashby’s genre-bending compositions are rooted in his musical worldliness. He’s played with masters of Afrofunk, Brazilian jazz, Ghanaian highlife, and more, bringing a plethora of sounds and textures to all his work.

View archived Family Jam Session

Class of 2019

Dante Pope

Dante’ Pope

Sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Haywood Moore and Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr.

 

Multi-instrumentalist Dante’ Pope communicates his love, passion, and appreciation of life through his music. Whether he is playing the piano, guitar, or drums, Pope’s signature soulful sound is infused with elements of gospel, jazz, and R&B.

Anjali Taneja

Anjali Taneja

Sponsored by Richard and Melba Reichard

 

Singer-songwriter Anjali Taneja believes in the power of Indian classical and Sufi music to transform contemporary music. By fusing R&B and pop melodies with Bollywood rhythms and Indian ragas, Taneja aims to bring the sounds of her heritage to a wider audience.

Eliot Seppa

Eliot Seppa

Sponsored by Myra Turoff and Ken Weiner

 

For Eliot Seppa it’s all about that bass! The bandleader, arranger, and composer is a master of both the upright and electric bass. His jazz fusion sound is heavily influenced by R&B, hip-hop, gospel, Latin, and African music.

Calista Garcia

Calista Garcia

Sponsored by Ellen and Michael Gold

 

Singer-songwriter Calista Garcia brings a mix of lyrical complexity and musical sophistication to her folk-rock and blues sound that harkens back to ’70s classic acts such as Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and Joni Mitchell.

Sean Heely

Seán Heely

Sponsored by Sarah and Dan Gallagher and Van and Linda Hubbard

 

Follow Seán Heely’s fiddle as he takes you on a journey through Scotland, Ireland, and America. With every bow stroke, Heely breathes new life into the rich traditions of Celtic music.

Trey Sorrells

Trey Sorrells

Sponsored by Dale Rosenthal and Michael Cutler

 

Trey Sorrells fell in love with the saxophone at age 12. After honing his sax skills in church, Sorrells became enamored with hard-bop jazz popularized by Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis. Sorrells’ unique sound combines aspects of hard-bop with gospel melodies.

Class of 2018: Sponsored by Effie & John Macklin

Gina Sobel

Gina Sobel

Sponsored by Ellen and Michael Gold

 

A devoted multi-instrumentalist, Gina Sobel is just as comfortable on the flute and saxophone as she is singing or playing guitar. Sobel combines jazz with genres from folk to rock to create a unique, energetic sound. 

Uasuf Gueye V2

Uasuf Gueye

Sponsored by Dr. J. Alberto Martinez

 

A performer, craftsman, and cultural ambassador, Uasuf Gueye’s mastery of West African musical idioms and experience learning from skilled musicians from around the world have made him a catalyst for forging unity through music. 

Drew Kid

Drew Kid

Sponsored by Myra Turoff and Ken Weiner

 

Inspired by the soul and funk jams of legends like Sly Stone and Marvin Gaye, versatile musician Drew Kid brings his new ventures in songwriting together with his background in jazz.

Chao Tian

Chao Tian

Sponsored by Linda and Van Hubbard

 

A leading performer on the Chinese dulcimer and prominent educator and advocate for Chinese traditional music, Chao Tian combines her scholarly experience with her virtuosic ability to engage a truly global crowd. 

Cecily Bumbray V2

Cecily

Sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Haywood Moore and Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr.

 

Influenced by soul, jazz, and 90s R&B, vocalist and songwriter Cecily has captivated audiences around the country and garnered comparisons to singers as diverse as Brandy and Corinne Bailey-Rae. 

Josanne Francis

Josanne Francis

Sponsored by Dale S. Rosenthal

 

A virtuosic steelpan player with a career that includes both a Carnegie Hall appearance and a music education degree, Josanne Francis has made a name for herself as both a talented musician and a highly qualified music educator.  

Class of 2017

Chris Urquiaga

Chris Urquiaga

A multi-faceted singer-songwriter, Chris Urquiaga’s music combines Latin rhythms, pop, R&B, and more. Urquiaga has been commissioned by numerous organizations including the Congressional Chorus and Prince George’s Philharmonic.

Joey Antico

Joey Antico

Joey Antico’s finesse with all things percussion makes him a well-respected musician and frequently sought after percussionist to share the stage with jazz, rock, funk, and electronic musicians.

Ethan Foote

Ethan Foote

As a composer, arranger, bassist, and songwriter, Ethan Foote employs a wide array of styles and voices in his compositions. Prepare to be blown away by this young artist’s versatility!

Patrick Mcavinue

Patrick McAvinue

An award-winning fiddler, Patrick McAvinue uses his passion for roots music to translate bluegrass traditions into an innovative language of his own and deliver a unique, energetic performance.

Simone Baron

Simone Baron

Simone Baron improvises, interprets, experiments, and arranges classical, chamber jazz, and global music on the accordion and piano. Baron reimagines the performance experience by putting unlikely ideas, artistic forms, and audiences in refreshing and revealing dialogues.

Ines Nassara

Ines Nassara

Ines Nassara’s powerful vocal ability and enthusiastic energy on stage enable her to tower over accompanying choruses, conveying shockingly palpable emotions and burning passion that are unrivaled among her peers.

Photos by Jonathan Timmes

Stay tuned for more listings of Artist in Residence program alumni!

SUPPORT YOUNG ARTISTS

Your generous support has a lasting impact on young artists in our community. Together, we help fuel their creativity, give them confidence, and support them when it matters most.

Apologies. There was an error with your donation. Please try again or contact us at donors@strathmore.org or 301.581.5145 for help.
Calista Garcia By Jim Saah 413X330 Min