Current Artists in Residence

Meet the Artist in Residence Class of 2024! This year’s class represents a delightfully diverse range of instruments, styles, and genres. 

Program supported by Cathy Bernard/Bernard Family Foundation♪ 

In-kind support provided by Seasons 52 

Class of 2024

Kaiyla Gross With Soundboard

Healing, soulful, high-spirited

June: Kaiyla Gross

Kaiyla Gross is a singer-songwriter fusing gospel, R&B, and musical theater. Originally from Lusby, Maryland, Gross discovered her passion for the performing arts at Norfolk State University. A rising star in DC’s theater scene, Gross has performed at Signature Theatre (The Color Purple, RENT), Olney Theatre Center (Kinky Boots, Miss You Like Hell), Folger Theatre, and Ford's Theatre. Regional productions include Ragtime at Duluth Playhouse and A Christmas Carol at Virginia Stage Company. 


Concerts on June 12 & 26


Workshop on June 19


Paired with AIR donors Hope Eastman & Allen Childs, Bayo & Funke Oyewole, Victoria J. Perkins, and HelenLouise Pettis 

Alfred Yun With Piano

Dramatic, playful, conceptual

January: Alfred Yun

Alfred Yun is a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, producer, and audio engineer. Many of his compositions reflect his transient life and identity, drawing from his cultural background and philosophical studies. Born in Philadelphia, he lived in Korea as a child and studied traditional Korean music (gugak 국악) at the National Gugak Center. Yun has led bands at local venues, including An Die Musik Live, Franklin Park Arts Center, Mr. Henry's, and Rhizome DC, and has composed commercial scores for Kookmin University in Korea. Yun is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. 


Concerts on January 10 & 24


Workshop on January 17


Paired with AIR donors Karen Deasy and Carolyn & Martin Shargel 

Zoe Jorgensen With Bass

Introspective, dynamic, melodic

February: Zoë Jorgenson

Zoë Jorgenson is a bassist, composer, and educator whose work spans jazz, classical, indie, and folk music. She leads the Zoë Jorgenson Trio and regularly performs at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, among other events. Previously, Jorgenson has toured with big bands and chamber orchestras in the Baltics, Sweden, Finland, and the Philippines, and has conducted orchestras in Bolivia. A versatile and accomplished string pedagogue, Jorgenson is working on a masters in jazz performance and teaches violin, viola, cello, and bass. 


Concerts on February 14 & 28


Workshop on February 21


Paired with AIR donors Daniel & Sarah Gallagher, Ellen & Michael Gold, Richard & Melba Reichard, and Ava Kaufman 

Marty Risemberg With Drumsticks

Introspective, experimental, playful

March: Marty Risemberg

Marty Risemberg is a drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator. He has recorded and toured in Japan and Hungary with the jazz fusion trio Swansong and has performed at the One Belt, One Road International Youth Music Festival with the Wammie award-winning Project Locrea. Other collaborators include Outerloop, Attic Sessions Band, and Minnush. When he’s not performing, Risemberg is an educator at The International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland. 


Concerts on March 13 & 27


Workshop on March 20


Paired with AIR donors Carol & Joe Danks♪, Karen Lefkowitz & Al Neyman, and J. Alberto Martinez & Anna Pigotti

Parker Speirs With Guitar

Eclectic, deliberative, adventurous

April: Parker Speirs

Parker Speirs is a guitarist, composer, and educator. Well-versed in multiple styles of music such as jazz, rock, and classical, Speirs has performed as a studio musician and sideman, in addition to his own work as a band leader and collaborator. He can be heard on albums under his own name and his crossover trio, The Inventures, as well as with artists such as Ryan Conger, Omega Horns, and Mimi Knowles. Speirs holds a master’s degree in guitar studies and has led masterclasses on composition, improvisation, theory, ensemble interaction, and guitar. 


Concerts on April 10 & 24


Workshop on April 17


Paired with AIR donors Jamie & Jessica McIntyre, Tina & Art Lazerow, and Myrna Sislen  

Snehesh Nag With Instrument

Soulful, funky, chaotic

May: Snehesh Nag

Snehesh Nag is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator who primarily plays the sitar, exploring Hindustani classical music as well as genres such as Western classical music and electronic. He has received international acclaim for his solo sitar performances in the US, Canada, and India. As a songwriter, he works on solo projects and collaborations, including his upcoming debut EP with double bassist Debjit Mahalanobis. Nag holds a master's degree in music technology and is currently working on augmenting his sitar to explore new avenues of creative expression.  


Concerts on May 8 & 22


Workshop on May 15


Paired with AIR donors Jean & Michael Hoyt, Dale Rosenthal & Michael Cutler, and Linda & Van Hubbard  

2024 AIR Mentors:

Marcus Johnson, pianist 
Leigh Pilzer, baritone sax 
Tom Teasley, percussion 
Cathy Fink, advisor

Photos by Margot Schulman

Strathmore graciously thanks our Artist in Residence Champions for their multi-year commitment and above-and-beyond support to the AIR program. 

More to Explore



Frédéric Yonnet, Chelsey Green, Invoke, and Christylez Bacon are just a few of the incredible artists who have passed through the program.

Ward-Kong Duo

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