Photo by Daniel Ketter

This performance has been rescheduled for

April 24, 2022 @ 5:30pm

Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

Daijana Wallace’s Rhapsody [World Premiere]

Alexis Ciesla’s Dança de Lisboa [American Premiere]

Amy Beach’s Theme and Variations for Flute and Strings

The Outburst Chamber Orchestra serves as CMS-ICT’s resident group and it brings together the most dedicated chamber musicians from the region. The ensemble’s variety of instrumental combinations allow for performances of virtually the full range of repertoire available in the western classical tradition. See individual bios below.

Matthew “Diek” Diekman is a current member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Walden Chamber Music Society, and the Rio Verde String Quartet.  He’s professor of Viola at Regis University,  guest artist at the Denver School of the Arts, and has previously held positions with the San Antonio Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Sarasota Opera, and as Principal Violist of Tucson Symphony, Utah Festival Opera, and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.  He was a founding member of the Crouse Quartet and has been invited to perform in chamber music settings with the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings, and Austin Chamber Music Society, among others.    


Mark Foley is Principal Double Bass of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Double Bass and head of the Audio Production program at Wichita State University. He has been a featured soloist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, performs extensively as a jazz artist, and is also an avid bluegrass player. Passionate about promoting new and diverse music, Mark is the founder and music director of the Knob Festival of New Music, a series of concerts held in a Wichita art gallery every Fall. You can listen to his radio commentary “Musical Space” on KMUW.org.


Violinist Sophia Han is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Southeast Missouri State University. A versatile musician, Han is equally comfortable in classical and popular music settings having performed as guest soloist with orchestras across the US as well as appearing on tour with artists such as Michael Bublé, Audra McDonald, Steven Curtis Chapman, and rock band STARSET. Currently serving as Associate Concertmaster of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and member of the Rio Verde String Quartet, she has also appeared as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony, Concertmaster of the 2016 Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra, and was previously a member of the Eppes String Quartet.


Emlyn Johnson is co-director and flutist of the American Wild Ensemble, which celebrates American people, places, and stories through the commission and performance of new music. Since 2016, Dr. Johnson has commissioned over 30 new works for the ensemble’s Music in the American Wild initiative for performances in unconventional venues nationwide. Dr. Johnson also performs regularly with new music ensembles including Ensemble Signal, Alla Balena Ensemble, and tuo duo, and co-hosts the new music podcast New Music Listening Club. Dr. Johnson currently serves as Executive Director of Pro Musica Joplin and Instructor of Music at Missouri State University.


Daniel Ketter is Assistant Professor of Cello at Missouri State University, Principal Cellist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, member of the Rio Verde String Quartet, and Co-Director of the American Wild Ensemble, which celebrates the people and places that define American communities with new music.  Since 2016 AWE has commissioned and premiered over 20 new chamber works inspired by American themes and performed outdoors in more than ten national parks, with funding from organizations including Chamber Music America, National Endowment for the Arts, and Mid-America Arts Alliance.


Dr. Shannon Lowe is Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Florida.  An avid chamber musician, she performs in several groups in the southeast including: the Geldrich-Lowe Duo (with clarinetist-husband Peter Geldrich), Anon Ensemble, American Chamber Winds, and the Scirocco Quartet.  Currently, Dr. Lowe is the principal bassoonist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA) and has performed with the Jacksonville, Florida, Charleston, Hilton Head, Macon, and Columbus symphony orchestras. Previously, she was principal bassoonist of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra and the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra.


Dr. Susan Mayo has been part of the musical landscape of Kansas for over 30 years and is active as a cellist, composer, and community arts organizer. She has performed globally with both classical and alternative ensembles and is currently listed on the KCAIC Touring Roster with both the Switchgrass String Quartet and the Polk Salad Orchestra.


Clarinetist Leslie Nicholas has been on the faculties of Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgia State University, and James Madison University, among others.  He has been principal clarinetist with the West Virginia Symphony, ProMusica Columbus, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Central City Opera.  Mr. Nicholas has performed in chamber settings with distinguished artists such as: Jon Kimura Parker, Yolanda Kondonassis, Anton Kuerti, William Preucil, David Shifrin, Christopher O’Riley, and the Veronika Quartet of Moscow, among others.  He has recorded and toured internationally with Musica Harmonia, and he performs frequently with the Allegheny Trio.  He has also toured as a member of the Pastiche, Montpellier, and Blair Woodwind Quintets.


Dr. Eun-Hee Park is Assistant Professor of Music and Head of the Keyboard Area at the University of Montevallo. Her previous appointments include the Hartt School, University of Southern Mississippi, and Interlochen Arts Camp. As a founding member of enhakē, the prize-winning clarinet-violin-cello-piano quartet, Park has received many awards and grants, including First Prize at the Yellow Springs International Competition, Gold Medal at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, the Judges Special Recognition Prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and an Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum. Their Naxos album Gulfstream was selected as BBC Music Magazine’s Music US Choice, MusicWeb International’s “CD of the Month,” and Naxos Critics’ Choice.  Concerning this particular album, Gramophone stated, “[p]ianist Eun-Hee Park’s fast, light-fingered touch…provides numerous moments of purely physical delight.”


Dr. Jeb Wallace serves as full-time Horn Professor at Wichita State University, maintains an active performance schedule as Principal Horn with the Wichita Symphony and Music Theater Wichita, and as hornist with the Wichita Brass Quintet and Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. An advocate for contemporary music, Dr. Wallace has collaborated with groups such as the Ad-Venturi Horn Duo, Inverness Chamber Players, Alarm Will Sound, TACTUS, New Music New Haven, and the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and has premiered more than a dozen new works featuring the horn. He is currently recording a CD of new works for horn for Beauport Classical. He has commissioned and premiered more than two dozen new works featuring horn, working alongside composers such as Robert Bradshaw, James Naigus, Scott Wise, Warren Benson, Eric Flesher, Peter Gilbert, and many others.


M. Brent Williams is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Wichita and a member of the Rio Verde String Quartet.  He was previously on the faculties of Valdosta State University and Fort Lewis College in addition to summer positions at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory and Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop.  Williams was also Concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony and Albany Symphony Orchestra. With his group enhakē, he won the Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 3rd International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and was a finalist at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa (Japan). Williams has also performed chamber music with the award-winning Sima Trio, violinists Jinjoo Cho, L.P. How, and Matt Albert, bassist Frank Proto, and guitarist Oren Fader. He has recorded for the MSR, Naxos, Koch, Emeritus, Barsuk, Pias America, Nub, and Alchemist record labels.


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Daijana Wallace is a composer of “classical” music hailing from Junction City, KS. Her music expresses her inner thoughts and feelings, and is influenced by interactions with friends and strangers, playing chamber music, and jamming, which allows her music to take shape in different sound worlds and styles. Daijana’s music has been heard in the US and Europe, and she’s been fortunate enough to work with cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman (International Contemporary Ensemble) and participate in a reading session with vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Daijana has Bachelors’ degrees in music composition and cello performance from Wichita State University and is currently studying composition at Michigan State University.

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Alexis Ciesla is a French clarinetist who has studied in France and Switzerland. He is very interested in pedagogy, chamber music, improvisation, and traditional music from oriental Europe. He founded the Doumka Clarinet Ensemble with whom he has played several concerts, performed at festivals, and recorded albums. He has written pedagogic pieces and for Philippe Berrod, Francois Sauzeau, le Quatuor Debussy, l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Jean-Denis Michat, le Quotuor Zahir, Les Sourds-doues, Faltenradio. His publishers include: Advance Music, Billaudot, Robert Martin, IMD Klarthe, and Editions des Braques for the musical tales Halb and Loin de Garbo.