Artist in Residence Program
A flagship program of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development, the Artist in Residence (AIR) program was created more than a decade ago to support artists as they transition to professional careers. Since its inception in 2005, the program has mentored 58 musicians ages 16-32. Every year a class of six is chosen after a competitive selection program. Strathmore Artists in Residence benefit from the support of mentor musicians, participate in professional development seminars, and are offered extensive performance opportunities throughout the 10-month program.
Auditions for our Artist in Residence program are held in January each year. Audition information will be posted each October and applications will be due in mid-December.
2016-2017 Artists in Residence
A multi-faceted singer-songwriter with a smooth voice, Chris Urquiaga’s music combines Latin rhythms, pop, R&B, and more. A native of Silver Spring, Urquiaga attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music, where he had the opportunity to write music of all genres for ensembles of his peers. He has written and performed songs for musicians and groups throughout the DC area including world-renowned soprano (and former AIR mentor) Carmen Balthrop, the Prince George’s Philharmonic, and the Congressional Chorus.
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. As a music student at the University of Maryland, Antico frequently performs with University ensembles including the Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble, and jazz combos. He is also a collaborator with electronic duo Todo Mas, which released their first EP, Good Night and Joy Be with You, in December 2015.
Ethan Foote’s music reflects many influences, ranging from classical to folk to jazz. As a bassist, Foote began his career playing and writing for The Sanga Equation, a DC-based progressive jazz quartet, and he continues to play regularly in the DC jazz scene. Foote has worked closely with Artist in Residence alumna and experimental folk musician Marian McLaughlin since 2013, arranging her songs for different ensembles and co-producing her second studio album, Spirit House. In 2015, Foote released his solo debut album, Fields Burning, a work that, with its complex songwriting, broad instrumental palette, and rootedness in chamber music, weaves together a form of folk-rock with romantic and mystical leanings.
Driven by his passion for roots music, Patrick McAvinue uses traditional bluegrass to create his own unique performances that embody musicality, energy, and creativity. McAvinue was recently awarded the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year, an award reserved for emerging virtuosic artists. McAvinue tours with acclaimed bluegrass super-group Audie Blaylock and Redline, Baltimore-based traditional roots quartet Charm City Junction, and is a featured recording artist for the Patuxent Music recording label. McAvinue recently released Charm City Fiddle Favorites, Vol. 1—sixteen foot-stomping solo fiddle tunes that embody Baltimore’s style of music.
accordion & piano
Simone Baron improvises, interprets, experiments, and arranges her way through classical, chamber jazz, and global music on the accordion and piano. Baron studied piano and conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann School of Music, and has performed throughout Europe, Israel, and North America. Her unique voice and re-imagination of the accordion’s possibilities have opened the door to cross-genre collaborations with dancers, actors, puppeteers, visual, and performance artists. Arco Belo, Baron’s current project with fellow AIR Ethan Foote, is a hybrid chamber jazz sextet with strings and percussion that features original compositions and innovative arrangements of works from different musical traditions.
Ines Nassara’s outstanding vocal and acting ability have landed her among the best emerging actresses in the DC area. Nassara recently graduated from Towson University where she performed extensively in the school’s musical theatre productions. Nassara was nominated for a 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing Ronny in The Keegan Theatre’s production of Hair. She has garnered critical acclaim for her powerful vocals, energy, and passion that she brings to the stage, driving the ensembles around her to new heights.
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