About

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RenegadeEnsemble has performed a large variety of modern music, including such 20th century staples as “Ballet Mécanique,” “In C,” and “Sextet.” Stationed in the Twin Cities of Minnesota,
RenegadeEnsemble is made up of practicing professional musicians devoted to the promotion of contemporary music. Founded in 2004, RenegadeEnsemble originated as a choral ensemble at the University of Minnesota and gradually evolved into a mostly-instrumental chamber ensemble. They have performed a large variety of modern music, including such 20th century staples as “Ballet Mécanique,” “In C,” and “Sextet,” and the ensemble performed in the 2008 Spark Festival, titled “Art and Commitment,” on the University of Minnesota campus alongside renowned composer/performance artist Pauline Oliveros. Consistent throughout RenegadeEnsemble’s history is a devotion to new music and the development of relationships between performers and composers, and in 2008 developed a composer-in-residence program. The current composer-in-residence is Randy Bauer, Princeton graduate and professor of music at Macalester College.

all photos by Paul Wegner

Performers

Alyssa2 smallAlyssa Anderson • voice/percussion/keyboard

Alyssa Anderson sings, plays, and hits things with RenegadeEnsemble and has been doing so since the very first concert. She is also the artistic director of La Bonne Chanson, a collective of professional musicians in the Twin Cities dedicated to the art of the song recital.

DavidFinal smallDavid Birrow • percussion

David Birrow birrow.david@macphail.org  plays and teaches percussion.  As a performer, his interests range from orchestral  to world music to jazz to new music. He has performed throughout Europe and  South America as an orchestral percussionist. Locally, David performs with  RenegadeEnsemble, a contemporary chamber group. He also plays vibraphone with a  jazz trio.  David teaches for the MacPhail Center for Music. He teaches percussion lessons, group classes, and is a middle school general music teacher in several Minneapolis public schools. Besides  teaching at MacPhail, David also teaches at Breck School.  His primary teaching interests are rhythm acquisition, music learning theory, and musical syntax.  David holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion  Performance from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors degree in Music  with a major in Music Education from the University of Miami.  For more information, please visit www.davidbirrow.com.

Zac2 smallZachary Crockett • voice/percussion/flute/keyboard

Zachary Crockett composes primal dances and reverent rituals that have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. He creates in diverse media including acoustic chamber ensemble, symphony orchestra, purely electronic sounds, and interactive electroacoustica. Viewing the body as key in music, he collaborates primarily with choreographers including Vanessa Voskuil.

Solange Portfolio Shoot 083Solange Guillaume • piano

Solange Guillaume is a Musician+ (Musician Plus!) living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who loves the adventure of exploring life through music creation, cultural understanding, theater, and the outdoors. She has participated in diverse artistic productions including inter-arts collaborations, musical theater, chamber and solo recitals, and new music premieres. Her recent projects synthesize elements of theater, electronica, and acoustic piano.

KyleFinal smallKyle Hutchins • saxophone

Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, a Texas native, is an active performer as both a soloist and chamber musician, having performed at many venues across the United States including the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences. As an advocate of new and experimental music, Mr. Hutchins has commissioned over twenty-five new works for both saxophone and chamber music, and is the co-founder of AVIDduo with flutist Brittany Primavera, an ensemble dedicated to performing new music for the saxophone and flute medium. In addition to an active performing schedule, Mr. Hutchins maintains a clarinet and saxophone studio in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. A recipient of the prestigious Berneking Fellowship, Mr. Hutchins is currently attending the University of Minnesota where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance; he is a cum laude graduate of the University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance. Mr. Hutchins primary teachers are Eric Nestler and world-renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. For more information, please visit www.JefferyKyleHutchins.com.

Stan smallStanley H Rothrock II • voice/keyboard

A conductor whose interests lie in contemporary music, Dr. Stanley H. Rothrock, II has conducted both instrumental and choral ensembles in cities throughout the United States and Europe. Rothrock received his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009 where he studied with Professors Kathy Romey, and Matthew Mehaffey. During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rothrock also studied with Professor Thomas Lancaster and further supplemented his education by completing an intensive study of conducting and counterpoint at L’Ecole Normal de Musique in Paris, France through the European American Music Alliance. In addition to his academic studies, Mr. Rothrock claims artistic directorship of RenegadeEnsemble, a mixed contemporary music ensemble devoted to performing the music of living composers. This ensemble was created by Dr. Rothrock in 2004, and continues to grow and thrive in the Twin Cities. Through this ensemble, Stan has collaborated with prominent contemporary composers, such as Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, and many others. Dr. Rothrock continues to work and perform in the Twin Cities area where he can be found directing choirs and teaching private students at Macalester-Plymouth United Church and at Inver Hills Community College.

Board of Directors

Stanley H. Rothrock, II

Artistic Director, stan@renegadeensemble.org

Solange Guillaume

Assistant to the Director, solange@renegadeensemble.org

katherineKatherine Bergman

Secretary, katherine@renegadeensemble.org

Katherine Bergman is a composer and saxophonist based in the Twin Cities. Her music often draws on topics of literature, folk tales, and the environment, including the natural habitat of the Upper Midwest. Katherine holds a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Her primary composition teachers have been Mary Ellen Childs, Jonathan Schwabe, and Michele Gillman, and she has received additional instruction from Samuel Adler and Forrest Pierce. As a saxophonist, Katherine performs with the Caprice Saxophone Quartet and the Encore Wind Ensemble, and maintains a private studio of saxophone students. For more information, visit www.katherinebergman.net.

 

Matt BensonMatthew Benson

Treasurer, matt@renegadeensemble.org

Matthew Benson is a Certified Public Accountant and a lay musician with a passion for the Twin Cities art scene, to which he’s thrilled to give back through working with RenegadeEnsemble. Matt works as a special project-oriented accountant at Target Corporation by day and by night spends as much time as he can taking in every piece of theater, art, and music he can find.