Full List of 2017-18 Guest Artists Coming Soon!
Phoenix Avalon, Violin
Phoenix Avalon, 15, is in his 2nd decade of violin obsession. Returning to the Boulder Symphony after soloing the past three seasons, Phoenix has also soloed with the New Mexico Philharmonic (2015) and Performance Santa Fe (2014). As a Performance Santa Fe EPIK Artist, he has performed in numerous solo concerts, as well as performing with Pro Musica CHAMPS, Serenata of Santa Fe, Canticum Novum, and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony.
In September 2015 Phoenix was invited to play for the national radio show “From the Top” and was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. He is the 3-time recipient of the Performance Santa Fe Davis Award, as well as a 4 year recipient of Starling Foundation/Meadowmount Grants for study at the Meadowmount School of Music. In 2015 Phoenix was the strings winner of the Jackie McGehee Young Artist Competition and received second place in the MTNA National Competition in Junior Performance.
This fall Phoenix began study at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo and continues his studies with Jan Sloman. He was a student of Carmelo de los Santos at UNM for the past 6 years and began his violin training with Rick Lohmann of Santa Fe Talent Education at the age of 3.
In addition to the summer program at Meadowmount, Phoenix also attended the Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Program and the Philadelphia International Music Festival. He has played in master classes for Joseph Silverstein, Chad Hoopes, Kathryn Lucktenberg, Daniel Han, Kimberly Fischer, Richard Rood, Martha Caplin and for the Szymanowski, Atrium, Brentano, Harrison and Jasper String Quartets. This fall he will be coached by members of the Cavani String Quartet.
Active in the Santa Fe community, Phoenix was honored to mentor the St. Michael's High School Orchestra, in addition to playing for numerous fundraisers, including the Gerard House, the Food Depot, the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, the Albuquerque Boy Choir, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and many others.
Phoenix is playing on an Amati Bros. violin, c. 1617, generously loaned by Kenneth Warren and Son Ltd. of Chicago. In addition to violin, Phoenix composed his first string quartet under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Thomas, Professor Emeritus, Juilliard Pre-College. He enjoys philosophical debate, history and snowboarding.
Cody Garrison, Piano
As an avid collaborative pianist, Cody Garrison enjoys working with a diversity of musicians and genres. He is on faculty in Metropolitan State University Denver’s music department as a staff accompanist in the brass and woodwind departments. He is the principal collaborative pianist for the Boulder Music Institute, where he works with vocal coaches from throughout the country in private sessions and master classes designed to develop singers’ technique.
Cody performs regionally and nationally with vocalists and instrumentalists, and recently collaborated with members of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Boulder Symphony. He currently serves as the staff accompanist for the Boulder Symphony and works as the rehearsal accompanist for its opera productions. Cody also was the core accompanist for the University of Jamestown’s music department from 2004-2008 and has functioned as the pianist for the International Music Camp’s music theater program. He was a semifinalist in the Amateur Pianists International Competition in 2012. When not following his passion for the piano, Dr. Garrison is a dentist in Denver, Colorado.
Elizabeth Anne Comninellis, Composer-In-Residence
Elizabeth Anne Comninellis (b. 1986) is a composer, singer, and pianist. She is a doctoral candidate in music composition at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies with Yevgeniy Sharlat and Russell Pinkston. She holds a master's degree in music composition from the University of Colorado- Boulder, and a bachelor's degree in music composition, with emphasis in vocal and piano performance, from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.
She is primarily a writer of large chamber works, many of which have theatrical bent. She regularly seeks out collaborative projects with other artists, especially in the fields of theater and dance. Many of her ideas are drawn from her committed Christian faith, from literature, visual art, and from working with other artists. She also enjoys writing works for children and regularly composes pieces for her students to perform.
The Boulder Symphony Orchestra will premiere As Lightning Flashes for symphony orchestra in April 2017. Her piece White Birds, for clarinet and electronics, was presented at the 2015 New York Electroacoustic Music Festival. Her percussion trio, Bringing in the Boat, was chosen for the Women Composers of Hartford's 2015 international score call. She was awarded the Edward J. Levy Graduate Composition Prize for her chamber work, Flight. In addition, she is a recipient of the Kent Kennan Fellowship at the University of Texas.
Ms. Comninellis has studied with many acclaimed composers of modern art music, among them Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, Carter Pan, John Drumheller, Dan Kellogg, and Richard Toensing.
Comninellis is also active as a performer and teacher. She currently holds a studio in voice and piano at The Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, TX.