Monday, March 28, 2011

Introducing: The Vespertine Orchestra

The Vespertine Orchestra is the resident music ensemble for The Vespertine Circus.

Sadie has been singing, composing, teaching, and performing (flute and piano) since she was 12 years old. Classically trained with a B.A. in Music Education from Sonoma State University. She has performed as mezzo-soprano soloist as well as choir singer with the Sonoma Bach Society. She is currently the music director for St. John’s Methodist Church in Rohnert Park, CA. Sadie as served as board member with the Santa Rosa Concert Association. She has also released several CDs in both rock and classical genres, performing works of classical composers and her own original music.

Since 1989, Jesus Contreras has written, arranged, performed, programmed, recorded, mixed, and mastered music in a number of diverse forms and styles including Latin American, experimental, Jazz, International, Classical, Pop, Rock, Alternative, Electronic, and in numerous media such as film, dance, and theater. Jesus has taught guitar, theory, and composition since 1990 in numerous styles ranging from Classical to pop/rock/country/blues from beginning to advanced levels. Jesus studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, William Albright, Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers at the University of Michigan, receiving a Masters of Music in Music Composition in 1996. Jesus studied with Daniel Asia at the University of Arizona, receiving a Bachelors of Music in Music Theory and Composition with a minor in Classical guitar performance in 1993. Jesus studied Classical guitar with Thomas Patterson at the University of Arizona on a music scholarship for performance. Jesus also started an independent music label, Mockbrawn Records, with business partner and fellow ensemble member, Eric Baldoni, of the group Cortex Bomb, based in Tucson, Arizona. Jesus recently joined the music faculty at Sonoma State University where he is teaching composition, recording, and music technology.

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