Wesley Ducote   A pianist of a wide-ranging repertoire, Wesley Ducote regularly performs works dating from the Renaissance to the last decade as well as the standards in between. Mr. Ducote is often in demand as a collaborator performing in vocal, instrumental, composition, and orchestral concerts. He is often seen collaborating with some of today’s brightest stars including composer/vocalist Kate Soper, Emmy winning composer and Vietnamese folk musician Van Anh Vo, flutists Leone Buyse and Carol Wincenc, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and many others. Highlights of this season include a performance of the Ligeti piano concerto with the Hear and Now Ensemble, premieres by Anthony Brandt, Karim Al-Zand, and Theo Chandler, and a new piano concerto by Max Vinetz. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ducote has played in various standard and modern chamber ensembles with coachings from Norman Fischer, Paul Kantor, Darrett Adkins, and Brian Connelly. Mr. Ducote can be found performing throughout the Greater Houston area in hospitals and museums as a Da Camera Young Artist, in concert halls with Musiqa, and even in bars and clubs with his jazz-fusion band Steve Cox’s Beard. His awards include, 1st place in the Torgrimson Swanzy Competition, 1st place in the Rapides Symphony Concerto Competition, Piano Division Winner of the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition, Red River Radio Competition Winner, and 1st place in the LMTA Yamaha Piano Competition. Mr. Ducote has attended both the Aspen and Round Top Music Festivals where he studied with Anton Nel and John Owings respectively. This summer he will be attending the Cortona New Music Sessions as the Resident Fellow in Piano. Wesley Ducote is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Brian Connelly attaining undergraduate degrees in piano and mathematics as well as a graduate degree in piano.

Wesley Ducote

A pianist of a wide-ranging repertoire, Wesley Ducote regularly performs works dating from the Renaissance to the last decade as well as the standards in between. Mr. Ducote is often in demand as a collaborator performing in vocal, instrumental, composition, and orchestral concerts. He is often seen collaborating with some of today’s brightest stars including composer/vocalist Kate Soper, Emmy winning composer and Vietnamese folk musician Van Anh Vo, flutists Leone Buyse and Carol Wincenc, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and many others. Highlights of this season include a performance of the Ligeti piano concerto with the Hear and Now Ensemble, premieres by Anthony Brandt, Karim Al-Zand, and Theo Chandler, and a new piano concerto by Max Vinetz. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ducote has played in various standard and modern chamber ensembles with coachings from Norman Fischer, Paul Kantor, Darrett Adkins, and Brian Connelly. Mr. Ducote can be found performing throughout the Greater Houston area in hospitals and museums as a Da Camera Young Artist, in concert halls with Musiqa, and even in bars and clubs with his jazz-fusion band Steve Cox’s Beard. His awards include, 1st place in the Torgrimson Swanzy Competition, 1st place in the Rapides Symphony Concerto Competition, Piano Division Winner of the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition, Red River Radio Competition Winner, and 1st place in the LMTA Yamaha Piano Competition. Mr. Ducote has attended both the Aspen and Round Top Music Festivals where he studied with Anton Nel and John Owings respectively. This summer he will be attending the Cortona New Music Sessions as the Resident Fellow in Piano. Wesley Ducote is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Brian Connelly attaining undergraduate degrees in piano and mathematics as well as a graduate degree in piano.

Francesca Ferrara   Flutist Francesca Ferrara has followed her music from Santa Monica, California, where she grew up, to New York City. With the goal of building community, she dedicates her life to performing and advocating for new music. She frequently collaborates with composers and is a member of the New York City based ensemble, Amalgama. She has performed at the Contemporary Performance Institute under the direction of Fred Sherry, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, and Fresh Inc Festival. Francesca is also the creator and director of  Common Senses , a “concert” series that brings chefs and composers together to create multi-sensory experiences. She earned a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Tara O’Connor, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory where she studied with Sarah Brady.

Francesca Ferrara

Flutist Francesca Ferrara has followed her music from Santa Monica, California, where she grew up, to New York City. With the goal of building community, she dedicates her life to performing and advocating for new music. She frequently collaborates with composers and is a member of the New York City based ensemble, Amalgama. She has performed at the Contemporary Performance Institute under the direction of Fred Sherry, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, and Fresh Inc Festival. Francesca is also the creator and director of Common Senses, a “concert” series that brings chefs and composers together to create multi-sensory experiences. She earned a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Tara O’Connor, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory where she studied with Sarah Brady.

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Bree Ahern

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