Copland: Concerto for Clarinet
Sierra Allen, originally from Seattle, is a rising clarinetist in Los Angeles. She has appeared in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and New West Symphony. In 2018, Sierra received 3rd prize in Vandoren’s Emerging Artist Competition. She was also a finalist in Pershing’s Own National Collegiate Solo Competition and the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Frances Walton Competition. Sierra is currently a student of Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Past teachers include Joshua Ranz, principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Ray Guyll, director of the Microsoft Jazz Band.
On the Shoulders of Giants
Mathew Aaron Campbell (b. 1992) is a native of Deep South Texas. His musical training started at the age of 8 when he took piano lessons followed by learning how to play drumset. His studies continued through middle school and high school with percussion as his primary instrument. He is an alumnus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and studied percussion and composition with Dr. Joe Moore III. As an award-winning composer, Mathew has had many collaborative projects with various educators throughout the nation. His passion for composing and conducting led to premieres with various student ensembles at the state and national levels. He has premiered works at The National Flute Convention in 2013, ClarinetFest in 2016, the Texas Music Educator’s Conference in 2015-2017, and many of his works were premiered at UTRGV throughout his undergraduate studies. His piece Into the Void: A Study in Disembodied Consciousness was awarded first prize in the SATB Chorus and Percussion (3- 5 Players) Category of the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. He is currently a member of Project 21: Music for the 21st Century. He is published through C. Alan Publications. His works for the Texas Prescribed Music List can be found here. Mathew is a founding member of The Uptown Collective.
Mr. Campbell is currently attending Oklahoma City University as a graduate student earning his MM in Music Composition and Wind Conducting under the direction of Dr. Edward Knight and Dr. Matthew Mailman, respectively.
Born in Southern California, Annabella Cervero has loved music since childhood. She grew up taking piano lessons and singing in church. Even as a child, Annabella would make up her own music while practicing for her piano lessons. As she reached high school, Annabella decided to pursue a career in music and became heavily involved in musical theatre and choir. In 2017, Annabella graduated summa cum laude from Vanguard University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music Composition degree. Upon graduating, Annabella was hired as a private voice and piano teacher in several studios throughout the Orange County area. In September 2018, Annabella was the featured composer of the season 2 opening concert of Stephen Nutt’s FreeLAncer concert series in Los Angeles. Annabella is very excited to be working with the Synesthesia Sinfonietta in their inaugural concert. She would like to thank her friends, family, and beloved fiancé for their undying support. Annabella gives all the glory to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Bret Iwan has loved the legacy and story behind Walt Disney for as long as he can remember, but he never dreamt life would take him to where it has; voicing Walt’s most iconic character, and carrying on a legacy he has always held in great esteem. After graduating high school in 2000, Bret decided to pursue his love of art and animation. Bret earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2004, before moving to Kansas City where he started his career at Hallmark Greeting Cards. Just before Bret's fifth anniversary with Hallmark, he received an email from a college friend, a PIXAR animator, outlining the auditions that were being held to select an understudy for the voice of Mickey Mouse. Realizing the chance of a lifetime, he didn’t hesitate before practicing and submitting his audition. After several auditions, Bret was awarded the role as the fourth official voice of the beloved character, Mickey Mouse, a character first voiced by Walt Disney in 1928. Bret moved to Los Angeles in September of 2009 to start the next chapter of his creative career. His first recording was in June of 2009, and since then, he has gone on to record for theme parks, video games, toys, promotional material, game shows, live shows, ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’, and ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’ television series. The opportunities presented by the role continue to surprise him, and he looks forward to “fillin’ in for the boss” far into the future.
Bret resides in Los Angles, California.