Noa Even - Executive director
Noa Even is a Cleveland-based saxophonist dedicated to sparking deeper interest in the arts of today through the performance of contemporary music. Her duos, Ogni Suono and Patchwork, collaborate regularly with composers and provide educational experiences for students of all ages. Ogni Suono’s recent album, SaxoVoce, features new works for vocalizing saxophone duo. As a guest artist, Noa has been featured at the Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Bowling Green New Music Festival, NEOSonicFest, Omaha Under the Radar, SEAMUS, Outpost Series, Permutations, University of Arizona Saxophone Day, Ohio University Saxophone Quartet Summit, Johnstone Fund for New Music Series, and Frequency Series. She has also presented numerous master classes and clinics at schools across the country and abroad. She teaches saxophone and co-directs the New Music Ensemble at Kent State University, and holds a DMA in contemporary music from Bowling Green State University. Noa is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.
Sophie Benn - Artistic director
Praised for her “brilliant technical prowess,” Sophie Benn enjoys a multifaceted career as a cellist, musicologist, baroque cellist, and baroque dancer. She has performed solo work on three continents, including in New York, Montreal, Rio de Janiero, Bretten (Germany), Courmayeur (Italy), the Rothko Chapel (Houston), the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Severance Hall (Cleveland). Sophie is a founding member of the Cleveland Cello Quartet, which performs a fresh blend of jazz, classical, and contemporary music, and she also serves as the principal cellist of CityMusic Chamber Orchestra. She plays regularly with numerous contemporary music groups, including Ars Futura and FiveOne Experimental Orchestra. A graduate of Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sophie is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology at Case Western Reserve University. Her academic work focuses on relationships between music and the body in a wide range of topics, including ballet, contemporary dance, and performance practice.
Melissa Wallace - Intern
Melissa Wallace is an oboist and English hornist native to the Cleveland area. She holds degrees in Music performance from Baldwin Wallace University (BM) and Kent State University (MM). In addition to teaching private lessons, Melissa is a soloist at St. Richard Parish in North Olmsted and a member of the Lake Effect Concert Band.