Sarah Ruth Alexander
Sarah Ruth is a diverse musician and artist – a multi-instrumentalist, she employs hammered dulcimer, harmonium, electroacoustic sound art, and extended vocal techniques. She performs frequently both solo and with multiple bands and improvisational ensembles in the North Texas area. She is a University of North Texas graduate where she focused on vocal studies and electroacoustic composition. She has also studied with Meredith Monk and members of her vocal ensemble. She enjoys varied collaborations and has worked as a sound artist for art and photography installations and an accompanist for modern dance. She tours nationally and her recent albums have been released on Obsolete Media Objects, Pour le Corps Music and Tofu Carnage Records.
Jolene Masone is a unique artist specializing in Contemporary and Experimental music for bassoon. Jolene works to explore and advance contemporary music in Dallas,Texas and bring organizations together through experimental art.
Jolene came to music early in life, begging her parents for piano lessons at a very young age. Due to her competitive nature, and a love of learning, Jolene was placed on the bassoon as a 14 year old, where she found the instrument that she would pursue for the rest of her life. Jolene fell in love with interpreting the music of living composers while pursuing her masters at Peabody Conservatory. While taking classes from David Smooke and Michael Kannen, Jolene found that she drifted toward the more interesting challenges that experimental music had to offer. When pursuing her doctorate at the University of North Texas, Jolene’s main emphasis was on interactive music for bassoon and electronics. Jolene has premiered 17 new works in the past 5 years, and looks forward to many more.
Jolene participates as a member of the Ex-Mus Ensemble, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, the Caña Trio, and is an active freelancer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She can be heard on GIA, Klavier, and Naxos labels on bassoon and contrabassoon. She is also a devoted member of the community, and teaches throughout the DFW area. Jolene attended the University of Northern Colorado, Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas.
Flutist Elizabeth McNutt is a recitalist who primarily performs contemporary music. She has premiered hundreds of new works and performed widely in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Her recordings include the solo CD pipe wrench: flute and computer and tracks on numerous other releases; her writing has been published in Organized Sound, Music Theory Online, and the Flutist Quarterly. Her chamber music activities include the Calliope Duo and the Tornado Project; she is also director of the Sounds Modern series at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. McNutt holds a DMA in contemporary music performance from the University of California San Diego. She is on the faculty at University of North Texas, where she teaches flute and directs the new music ensemble Nova.
Kourtney Newton is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance at UNT where she studies with Professor Nikola Ruzevic. As a fervent supporter of new music, she has been a featured performer at several prestigious festivals and conferences, such as New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2018, NY PHIL biennial at National Sawdust in Brooklyn 2016, SEAMUS 2016, International Computer Music Conference 2015, Electric LaTex 2014, New Music on the Point 2015, Sounds Modern Recital Series 2015-present, and Aquilla Contemporary Music Recital Series 2012-2013. Kourtney has also performed with orchestras internationally at venues in Thailand, Austria, Germany and England. She is particularly passionate about improvisation and is a founding member of the Colorado Soundpainting improvisation ensemble. She also enjoys performing as a member of the Amorsima String Trio and UNT’s contemporary music ensemble NOVA.