Violinist Ellie MacPhee hails from Greenville, South Carolina and is in her third year at Oberlin Conservatory studying under the tutelage of Sibbi Bernhardsson. Her path as a musician began with traditional folk and bluegrass tunes and propelled her into her study as a classical violinist. Ellie has attended prestigious festivals such as ENCORE Chamber Intensive, Domaine Forget, Credo Winter Intensive and The Parker String Seminar. Ellie was a finalist in the Clemson Concerto Competition, Fine Arts Concerto Competition, YAO Scholarship Competition, Oberlin Honors Recital, and the Parker String Quartet Competition. She has also performed with Credo and played with incredible pedagoges and musicians such as Levon Chilingirian, Marc Coppey, Jinjoo Cho, and members of the Cavani Quartet.
Collaborative pianist Charlotte Hill creates a distinctively gentle and clear voice in performance settings throughout the United States and Canada. She was raised by string pedagogue Meg Hill in southern New York, and has been immersed in chamber music since birth. Charlotte began her musical education at Hoff-Barthelson Music School where she studied with Rie Matsumoto and David Oei. Significant performance opportunities included master classes with Seymour Lipkin, Kenneth Cooper, Mei Ting Sun, and Alessio Bax, and the premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Ultraviolet. She is now jointly enrolled in Oberlin College and Conservatory, pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in both Politics and Piano Performance.
Cellist Elizabeth Kate Hall-Keough hails from Brooklyn, New York and is currently in her second year as a dual degree student at Oberlin College and Conservatory studying cello with Amir Eldan and theater. Elizabeth attended Greenwood Music Camp for seven summers, Eastern Music festival for two, and most recently Orford Musique Festival. Elizabeth has performed twice as a soloist for the Clarion Music Society’s annual gala, representing the youth pursuing classical music and historical performance in addition to most recently taking part in the Bach Institute at the Emmanuel Church in Boston. Elizabeth graduated from Packer Collegiate Institute in 2017. Her previous cello teachers include Marion Feldman, Astrid Schween, and Fred Sherry.
As a young artist supporting and engaging in intersectional arts and movements, I’ve been able to work alongside some passionate arts activists doing a wide array of creative resistance work in the Twin Cities. Art has added energy to advocacy, resonating with people at deeper emotional levels, while conveying what cannot be said with mere facts. I have found my voice and comfort in the arts. Through body art and multimedia sculpture, I try to capture life's beauty in the many faces, shades, and shapes it comes in, while highlighting environmental issues that impact frontline communities.
When I paint, I paint on people because a person communicates so much through their body language. My body of work explores the relationships women have with their surrounding environments and the natural world. I center my work around women because there is a strong connection between the violence inflicted on those who identify as female and Mother Earth. The extraction and exploitation of Earth’s wealth also parallels the displacement and commodification of black, brown and queer bodies. My art is often ambiguous, which allows viewers to interpret in their own way. Each piece serves as a silent tribute to the fragility and resilience of nature and humanity.
Michelle Chan is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and currently an international dance/movement therapy student at Pratt Institute. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in 2010, majoring in Ballet and Dance Education. She was awarded HKSAR/Mainland Performing Arts Exchange Scholarship when she was at school. In 2016, Michelle had also completed Inspirees Professional Dance Therapy Core Training Program which was the alternative route program in Hong Kong. Since graduation she has had great pleasure to work with various populations with diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities in the community to promote life education through multidisciplinary arts. In addition, Michelle has traveled to Nicaragua, Iceland, Myanmar, Africa, Sweden, Singapore and Taipei National University of the Arts for cultural exchange and performances. In 2016, Michelle has participated the program of artist in residence in Iceland and presented her first interactive dance theater performance “Memomentary” at the 3rd Skammdegi Festival. In 2018, she recreated her solo dance video “Land of snow and sorrow” in Iceland and integrated the experiences in dance/movement therapy training, and finally presented in New York.
Michelle actively participated in diverse productions to develop the arts field in Hong Kong, including ‘Bolero’ (2006) with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Burning My Life 201’ (2008) with Goodnews Communication International, ‘In Search of the Tree of Life in the Concrete Forest’ (2011) with Danceart, ‘Thanksgiving Music Concert 2013’ with Sharehymns Association Limited, ‘A Bit Closer’ (2014) with HKFYG, LCSD school tour "Philosophy of Happiness of Ant-men"(2016) by DancingAngels, ‘Philosophy of Happiness’ (2016) with DancingAngels, ‘Loving in the moment’ (2017) with HKFYG, ‘Separating From Separation’ (2017) with DancingAngels.
I aspire to be the pioneer to promote the field of dance movement therapy in Hong Kong, China and Asia. One of my dreams is to spread the concept, intervention and impact of dance movement therapy that integrate my cross-cultural experiences and Eastern wisdom to the community and share with people all over the world. As many people think that therapy is only offered to people who are unwell. In order to promote welling being and prosperous living, being in touch with dance movement and arts appears to be one of the ways to reach the full qualities of humanity, honesty and wholeness. I strongly believe that this approach and shift in mindset will prove beneficial to the society and to the people who are preoccupied with their busy life. Everyone and the society needs it.
Rashaun J. Allen is a writer, entrepreneur, poet and professor. He has studied at The University of KwaZulu-Natal, earned a BS in Finance/Management from SUNY Albany, and an MBA in Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose. He is also the first Fulbright scholar from SUNY Stony Brook’s Creative Writing Program where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing & Literature. He has lectured and performed at over fifty poetry slams, after-school programs, high schools, colleges, conferences and independent bookstores throughout the east coast of the United States.
Efrat Arielle Peleg is an Israeli artist who moved to the US as a young adult. She graduated from Bard College, NY, in 2015, with a dual degree in Fine Art and Asian Studies. Efrat studied abroad at Kyoto-Seika University, Japan, where she discovered how deeply connected she was to her own Israeli culture and the conflict embodied in it. This understanding urged her to return to Israel to work with human rights and peacebuilding organizations such as Solidarity of Nations and Seeds of Peace. Working in Jerusalem for the past three years, Efrat has combined art with education in a way that has allowed her to build meaningful relationships with both youth and adults, Palestinians and Israelis, in a variety of frameworks. Art helped her foster these relationships and go beyond spoken language. Therefore, Efrat sees art as a universal language, a powerful tool to communicate and share the stories that all people, anywhere, carry within. While in Jerusalem, Efrat pursued working on her personal artwork is local studios. She expresses her own stories and learnings through paintings, printmaking and imaginative illustrations.