1. To explore and perform great music of the 20th and 21st centuries by:
- Commissioning new works;
- Building and developing relationships with world-class composers;
- Maintaining a special interest in performing works by Oregon and Pacific Northwest composers;
- Offering performances of the highest artistic quality.
2. To promote education and advancement of young composers by:
- Teaching, mentoring, and fostering the next generation of composers from 6th to 12th grade;
- Providing workshops and rehearsals with professional musicians performing their compositions;
- Presenting a public concert and recording of their works.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joël Belgique has been an 8-year member of FearNoMusic. He has performed at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, Alaska’s CrossSound Festival, Wyoming’s Grand Teton Music Festival, and Michigan’s Interlochen Center for Arts. In Portland, he is Principal Viola of the Oregon Symphony, has performed with the Oregon Symphony String Quartet, and with the faculty of Portland Summer Ensembles. He also is the Principal Viola and Orchestra Manager of the Astoria Music Festival and a frequent guest with Portland-based band Pink Martini.
Joel Bluestone, D.M.A., is entering his nineteenth year as co-founder and percussionist with FearNoMusic. His project The_Waters_Bluestone_Duel for percussion and live electronics has taken him all over the world. He has been the head of the Percussion department at Portland State University since 1989. Joel’s current love: performing and traveling with the San Diego-based group Swarmius, where a sonic fusion of Hip-Hop and House-Lounge-Techno meets Modern-Classical.
Violinist Paloma Griffin Hébert joined FearNoMusic in 2009 and served as the group’s Artistic Director from 2011-2014. Formerly a member of the Oregon Symphony, Paloma has also served as a guest concertmaster of the Eugene Symphony. Her solo appearances include performances with the Oregon Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra. As a member of the band Pink Martini (1999-2008), Paloma performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the BBC Orchestra and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, London’s Roundhouse and the Hollywood Bowl. Her chamber music and orchestra festival appearances include Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Arizona Musicfest and the Oregon Bach Festival. An avid teacher, Paloma maintains a private studio and coaches summer chamber music programs at Oregon State University and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In the summer of 2014, she is honored to join FearNoMusic as a coach at the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium. Paloma received her orchestral training at the New World Symphony, America’s orchestral academy led by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. She was a student of Charles Castleman at the Eastman School of Music and Ian Swensen at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Nancy Ives rejoined FearNoMusic in 2009, having been acting Artistic Director during the 2003 –04 season. She is Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony, and most recently has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Cascade Festival Orchestra, Clark College Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony. She is a member of the Rovetti Quartet and Trio Arete, and has appeared with Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle, New Music at Willamette, Music in Context, Friends of Chamber Music, the Oregon Symphony String Quartet, and the Astoria Festival.
Jeffrey Payne co-founded the FearNoMusic ensemble with percussionist Joel Bluestone in 1992. As a member of the ensemble he has appeared in New York City, California, and Colorado, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. During his tenure as Artistic Director for the group he was responsible for presentation of twenty world premiere or U.S. premiere performances of works by Pacific Northwest composers. In 1997 he founded the Young Composers Project as part of the mission of FearNoMusic and continues as its Director, overseeing the development of aspiring young creative minds around the region.
A Venezuelan native, violinist Inés Voglar Belgique is in her eighth year with FearNoMusic. Having served as Artistic Director from 2005-2011, Ines reached out to collaborate with internationally acclaimed composers, as well as present the great composers of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. She studied music under the program “El Sistema,” and came to the United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before Joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played 2 seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician. Currently, Inés is a faculty member at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp and Portland Summer Ensembles, and serves as concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. In September of 2012, Inés won a national audition for the title chair of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony. She now enjoys her time with her 2 year-old son, and regularly performs chamber music around Portland, and teaching several young violinists. Her most influential violin teachers have been Roberto Valdes and Andrés Cárdenes.
Board of Directors
- Daphne Plaut, Kaiser Permanente, President
- Jeff Payne, Director, Young Composers Project, Secretary
- Tom Sessa, General Manager, Aladdin Theater, Treasurer
- Paloma Griffin, Artistic Director
- Carl Herko, Public Relations Consultant
- Jeffrey Showell
- Sarah Kirkland Snider, Composer and co-director, New Amsterdam Records
- Andrés Cárdenes, Concertmaster, Pittsburgh Symphony and Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Evan Kuhlmann, Contrabassoon, Oregon Symphony
- Karen Wagner, Asst. Princ. Oboe, Oregon Symphony and Princ. Oboe, Cabrillo Festival
- Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Tenor, Executive Director, PHAME Academy
- David Stock, Composer
- The Robert and Mercedes Eicholz Foundation
- RACC & Work for Art
- Lewis & Clark
- The Templeton Foundation
- The Willamette Week
- Classic Pianos, Portland OR
- The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
- Kirsten Norvell, Associate Director, Young Composer’s Project
- Printing Solutions, printing
- Anna & Leo Daedalus / HELSINQI, website design
- Isabel Cattadoris, programs and graphic design
- Emily Overstreet, graphic design
- Martha Warrington, web tech
- Jack Gabel, audio/video recording
- Darius Kuzmickas, YCP photography
- Beta Collide
- Agnieszka Laska Dancers
- Third Angle Ensemble
- Friends of Rain
- Conduit Contemporary Dance
- Arnica String Quartet
- 45th Parallel
- The Aladdin Theater
- Chamber Music Northwest
- Whitebird Dance
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