Hire a Strathmore Artist in Residence
for your next celebration!
Strathmore can help connect you with the best musicians in the DC area for your own events! From the vibrancy of funk and R&B to the sophisticated lightness of classical piano and strings, finding the right live music can make your event truly harmonious. That’s where we come in! With years of expertise in curating artists to fit the musical needs of any occasion, Strathmore can help you find the perfect soundtrack for any event, from house concerts to parties and weddings. The artists below are a sampling of available artists, handpicked from the alumni network of Strathmore’s prestigious Artist in Residence program by its director, Betty Scott.
These musicians are representative of an extensive Artist in Residence roster. Scroll through our select artists below, then fill out the questionnaire about your event.
Vocalist and songwriter Cecily combines mid-century soul and jazz, ’90s R&B, and reimagined folk music.
Bond’s unique and eclectic mix of R&B, funk, and British soul make her an exciting soloist and collaborator.
Kolodner’s upbeat style of banjo playing represents the next generation of bluegrass musicians.
Singer-songwriter and pianist Urquiaga combines Latin rhythms, pop, and R&B as a soloist and leader of small ensembles, including a Strathmore Artist in Residence wedding band.
While primarily a trumpeter, Kazmierczak is equally proficient with the violin and a wide range of genres from Gypsy jazz to classical.
Nassara combines an eclectic mix of genres in her vocal work, including jazz, pop, soul, and folk. She was cast in the lead role of Dorothy in Ford’s Theater production of The Wiz in the spring of 2018.
Steelpan musician Francis draws influences from traditional Calypso music, jazz, traditional Indian, funk, rock, and classical music.
Jazz singer Seikaly has headlined at renowned DC venues such as Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. She was a semi-finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2015.
Pianist and vocalist Meadows has something for everyone in his music which combines jazz, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and funk.
Violinist Raj mixes classical Hindustani music with modern sounds, creating unique entertainment. She also performs in a duo with hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon.
Russian-American guitarist Pakhomkin is one of the bright lights of the younger generation of classical guitarists. He was the only guitarist to be featured at the Mansion at Strathmore, the Kennedy Center, and The Phillips Collection in the span of a single year.
Rice, a dynamic and compelling vocalist and songwriter, combines jazz, pop, soul, and R&B. Her versatility and unique skills as a singer and composer have allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most acclaimed musicians.
Using his 6-stringed electric cello, Wytold records his live playing on stage using a foot pedal and laptop to create his own rock-orchestral arrangements that have been featured in film, theater, dance, and with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Singer-songwriter MacDonald’s instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created and looped live through the use of a loop pedal. Her music is haunting, powerful, and driven by indie pop.
Saxophonist, composer, and educator Balbed is also the leader of the JoGo Project which features a mix of jazz and DC’s homegrown go-go music.
Christylez (pronounced “chris-styles”) Bacon is a Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from southeast Washington, DC. As a performer, Bacon multitasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and beatbox (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.
A concert pianist, accordionist and composer of infectious energy, Simone Baron is just as comfortable with classical and contemporary chamber music, jazz, as with Brazilian and Eastern European folk idioms.
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.
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.
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.
About Betty Scott
After 40 years of teaching elementary vocal music, Betty Scott came to Strathmore in 2005 as the education coordinator and manager of the Artist in Residence program. She has won a Grammy and as a result, was featured in People magazine. She is currently the director of all things AIR and has booked countless artists for special events.
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