Meet the Artists
Jacqueline Kerrod, Harpist, hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she began her life and playing career. A versatile performer, Jacqueline has appeared as a member of the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera and made her debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in the 2006/07 season. She is a member of American Modern Ensemble and is the regular harpist for Argento Chamber Ensemble, with whom she has also recorded. Recently she performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at Lincoln Center. As an advocate for new music, Jacqueline is a member of Clockwise (vln/hp with a special interest in commissioning and performing works by South African composers) and was a founding member of MAYA (flute/harp/percussion). The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival featured her as soloist with Ransom Wilson and the festival orchestra in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. In Quito, Ecuador, she was again the featured soloist in the same work. She has also appeared as soloist with the Colonial Symphony, Montclair State University and the SONOS Chamber Orchestras. She performed with Kanye West, Santo Gold and Antony and the Johnsons. She is the harpist for the show The Fantasticks! in New York City.
Ms. Kerrod holds both a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music at Yale University where she studied with harpist Nancy Allen.
Liuh-Wen Ting, Violist was a member of the award winning Meridian String Quartet from 1996 to 2001. She has co-founded ensemble Meme, which makes it’s debut this March at the Zankel Hall. In recent years, she has also performed with the world-renowned Persian vocalist Shahram Nazeri and Hafez Nazerias, a member of the Rumi ensemble, which began with a concert at the Town Hall, then a sold-out tour of major cities in the US, performing in venues such as the Atlantic Symphony Hall, Kodak Theater, and most recently, the Disney Concert Hall.
Liuh-Wen welcomes the challenge of tackling contemporary music. She has premiered numerous solo and chamber music works, most recently a worked by Frances White for viola, electronics and narrator for a concert at the Time Center, which received the Copland recording grant for an upcoming CD release. For her debut recital at the Merkin Concert Hall, sponsored by the Interpretation Series, she commissioned composers to write pieces based on the five elements of I-Ching. She has worked closely with AACM members such as Muhal Richard Abraham, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell as a member of the SEM ensemble, and is a staff member of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College since 1993. She has recorded chamber and solo works for Mode, Capstone, Albany, Tzadik, and Naxos labels.
Ms. Ting holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School.
Caryn Block, Composer is an accomplished flutist, conductor, music director and writer, whose music has been performed both regionally and nationally. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, commissions, fellowships and awards for her compositions, among them: New York State Council of the Arts “Meet the Composer” grant, the Alexander Gretchaninoff Prizes in Composition, and the Ada Arens Morawetz Prize in Composition. In the years 2000-2009 she was awarded ASCAP Standards Awards in Composition. In 2008, she was the recipient of a Meet the Composer Met Life Award for her trio “Arizona Views II ” scored for flute, cello and percussion and in the year 2000, she received a Meet the Composer Award for the premiere of her trio “Newport by the Sea”. Her music has been performed throughout the United States, including such venues as Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Riverside Church, Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, The American Landmarks Festival, The Women’s Interart Center, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Harold Prince Theatre, The Woodmere Art Museum, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Rutgers University, The Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, recital halls in Pittsburgh, the National Cathedral in Washington, D. C., Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, The James A. Michener Art Museum and on National Public Radio in Iowa, by outstanding chamber musicians, soloists and herself as flutist.
A full length gala concert featuring the chamber music of Caryn Block was presented at the Edith Wharton Society International Conference in 2000, held in Newport, Rhode Island. The highlight of the concert was the world premiere of her new song cycle "Lost Dreams and Other Views" for Mezzo-Soprano, Flute and Piano, the first time settings of Wharton's poetry were ever done by an American or European composer. Subsequently, in spring 2001, a special program devoted to the music of Caryn Block was filmed for Pennsylvania Cable TV "New Arts Alive" program and was broadcast for viewing in Reading, PA., Philadelphia and New York City. The program featured a variety of performances by the Encore Chamber Players.
Caryn Block has composed in every idiom-orchestra, chamber music, choral music, solo instrumental music, opera, music for dance, film, theater and electronic music. She has been commissioned to orchestral music, chamber music for new music series, vocal music for professional singers, scores for documentary films produced by such organizations RCA/GE, film shorts and sacred services by New York and Philadelphia area congregations and several private individuals, as well.
For fourteen years (1987-2001), Caryn Block served as the Music Director, Flutist and Composer-in-Residence of the stellar Encore Chamber Players of Philadelphia, a group she founded. The ensemble was dedicated to presenting innovative concerts in diverse instrumental combinations, with a particular emphasis on music of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Since 2006, she has launched a new critically acclaimed chamber music series for the ensemble in New Hope and Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Caryn Block has performed as a flutist with a diverse range of groups in Philadelphia and New York: orchestras, chamber groups, opera and theatre ensembles as well as touring as a solo recitalist in twentieth-century flute music. Dr. Block studied conducting at Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and Westminster Choir College and has conducted orchestras, opera companies, choral groups, and chamber ensembles.
Dr. Block holds a Master of Music Degree in Composition with a Secondary Major in Flute from the Juilliard School and received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Active as an educator and lecturer in twentieth-century music, she has taught at such institutions as the College of General Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Juilliard School and the West Chester University School of Music. As an interdisciplinary scholar from 1998-2000, Block presented papers on twentieth-century musical settings of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Edith Wharton at three national/international literary conferences held at Rutgers University, New Jersey and Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. for the Edith Wharton Society International Conference: 2000.
Caryn Block’s trios for flute, percussion and cello, “Arizona Views II” and “Intertwined”, are now distributed by Steve Weiss Music. The trios were reviewed in the November 2009 issue of Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society.
Since 2006, Caryn Block's biography has been included in “Who's Who In America”, and “Who’s Who in the World”. In 2010, her biography will appear in “Who's Who of American Women”.