Melanie Voytovich is a performer, educator, and producer in the Pacific Northwest. She is dedicated to building community by creating opportunities for others to experience and perform new music. Making these opportunities financially accessible and educational for young musicians are top priorities.
Melanie has performed with groups such as Talujon, So Percussion, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Modern Orchestra, and more. Performances have taken her across the US, as well as internationally to China. As an event producer, she has partnered with organizations such as Make Music NY, Percussive Arts Society, Seattle Symphony, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Youth Symphony, and the Seattle Art Museum.
Melanie is a current Doctoral Candidate at the University of Washington.
percussion PROJECT MANAGER
Paulina Michels is a percussionist currently residing in the Pacific Northwest. Though her background is rooted in classical music, her curiosity and love of contemporary chamber music has driven her to find ways of combining improvisation and experimental ideas with new compositions. She is a founding member of Troika, an all-female percussion trio with a focus on commissioning and performing works by women. Prior to moving to the PNW, she performed with Alia Musica, Uncommon Instruments Orchestra, the Dublin Silver Band, and regularly improvised as part of the Crucible Sound Series.
Paulina holds a degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM, 2017), where she studied with Rusty Burge, Allen Otte, and Jim Culley. While there she was actively involved in collaborations with the composition department, performing on both A View from the Edge and Sonic Explorations series as well as at Electronic Music Midwest.
LARA MITOFSKY NEUSS
CLARINET PROJECT MANAGER
Lara Mitofsky Neuss is a clarinetist, educator, and administrator currently based in Tallahassee, Florida. A strong new music advocate, Lara is an active performer and commissioner of today's composers. Recent performances include appearances at the National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME), Americans for the Arts, SPLICE Electroacoustic Festival, and the American Single Reed Summit. She is the bass clarinetist of the Civitasolis Reed Quintet who will make their Carnegie Hall debut in 2019 as the winner of the Florida State University NolesinNYC Competition. Also an improviser, she recently completed an educational and performance tour in Sweden with the Orford Improvisation Ensemble.
Lara has performed as a member of a variety of ensembles and festivals including Brevard Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, New York Youth Symphony, and Banff Center for the Arts. A performer equally of the classical repertoire, she was the winner of the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition and a semi-finalist in the William C. Byrd International Competition. Lara is currently a doctoral teaching assistant at Florida State University and holds degrees from Colorado State University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She additionally studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music and Mannes College of Music Pre-College Division.
Kathie Hsieh is a percussionist, educator, composer, and arts administrator currently residing in Eugene, Oregon. She has performed around the United States and in Taiwan, with notable solo performances at Carnegie Hall and the Northwest Percussion Festival. In 2018, Kathie was invited as a guest artist at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. As a composer, Kathie has had works premiered at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and at the University of Oregon.
Kathie’s mission as an artist is to help promote equity and inclusion in the arts through collaborating and creating new works with other artists. In addition, she believes in providing equal access to the arts for all communities.
Kathie holds a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Oregon, where she is currently a Masters student studying Percussion Performance and Nonprofit Management. She currently holds the position as a teaching guest artist with Lane Arts Council and Educational Outreach Coordinator with the Oregon Mozart Players.
Derek Tywoniuk is a composer and percussionist based in Los Angeles. His compositions have been performed internationally, recorded on the Bridge and Yarlung labels, and published by Edition Peters. Recent projects include pieces for Blake Pouliot, Spectrum Ensemble, HOCKET, and Aperture Duo. As a percussionist, he has performed with Wild Up, Monday Evening Concerts, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Spoleto Festival USA, the Lucerne Festival Academy, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Smoke and Mirrors Ensemble, the last of which recorded two albums with Yarlung Records. He has also appeared as a guest artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Ryoji Ikeda. Derek earned a PhD in music composition and theory at UCLA, and also studied percussion performance at the Colburn School (MM, AD) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM).
Coming from a rock guitar background, Dave Molk embarked on jazz performance until problems with tendonitis lifted his compositional focus to the forefront. He writes mainly for pitched and non-pitched percussion, combining an energized rhythmic propulsion with expressive timbres. Molk is a close friend with producer Olde Dirty Beathoven.
In addition to his work as a board member for New Works for Percussion Project, Molk is a founding member of District New Music Coalition and Living Room Music. His research focuses on inclusive pedagogy and dismantling structural racism. He advocates for undocumented communities in and outside of higher education. He is published in Sounding Out!, New Music Box, and Indiana Theory Review. Molk earned his Ph.D in composition from Princeton University and taught composition and theory at Georgetown University.
Alyssa Resh is a percussionist working in the orchestral, chamber, solo, and new music genres. She earned her undergraduate degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing her master’s degree at Temple University. Alyssa has performed with professional groups including the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and Orchestra 2001. She has multiple years of experience teaching percussion and general music at various public schools and colleges, and is currently a member of the ENA New Music Ensemble based out of Philadelphia. When not involved in classical music, Alyssa can be seen playing drum set with her band, “the Goalie.” As a solo percussionist, she strives to lift up underrepresented voices in music through commissioning projects and performances.
Danielle Moreau is a performer and educator based in Gainesville, Florida. She recently served as adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire where she taught marching percussion for the athletic bands. While completing her doctoral work, she served as a graduate assistant in Ethnomusicology where she directed the African drum ensemble and percussion jazz ensemble.
Danielle is also percussionist of the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo, one of the only all-female percussion/low brass duos in the world. Their primary objectives include providing educational outreach opportunities for high school programs throughout the southeast and commissioning new repertoire for percussion+euphonium. Since 2017, the duo has performed as featured artists at the International Women’s Brass Conference, the International Alliance for Women in Music Conference, the Back Cove Contemporary Festival, and the Asociación Española de Tubas y Bombardinos Conference in Madrid, Spain.
Danielle earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University and is pursuing a certiﬁcate in Career and Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. She is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the College Music Society, and is a proud endorser of Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion, and Marimba One.