About

Founded in 2004, RenegadeEnsemble originated as a choral ensemble at the University of Minnesota and gradually evolved into a mostly-instrumental chamber group. RenegadeEnsemble has performed a large variety of modern music, including such 20th century staples as “Ballet Mécanique,” “In C,” and “Sextet.” Stationed in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, RenegadeEnsemble is comprised of practicing professional musicians devoted to the promotion of music by living composers. In 2008, the ensemble performed at the Spark Festival titled “Art and Commitment” on the University of Minnesota campus alongside renowned composer/performance artist Pauline Oliveros. RenegadeEnsemble also has been a performer for the 2015 and 2016 St. Paul Art Crawl, and as a guest ensemble for the Schubert Club's 2016-2017 Courtroom Concert Series. 


Mission

RenegadeEnsemble seeks to further develop and foster an audience for contemporary art music in the upper mid-west by exposing and educating the general public to new music through performances, collaborations, workshops, and educational outreach.


Members

 
 
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Stanley Rothrock - piano

A conductor/pianist whose interests lie in contemporary music, Dr. Stanley H. Rothrock, II has conducted both instrumental and choral ensembles in cities throughout the United States and Europe. Rothrock received his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009 where he studied with Professors Kathy Romey, and Matthew Mehaffey. During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rothrock also studied with Professor Thomas Lancaster and further supplemented his education by completing an intensive study of conducting and counterpoint at L’Ecole Normal de Musique in Paris, France through the European American Music Alliance. In addition to his academic studies, Dr. Rothrock served as artistic director of RenegadeEnsemble, a mixed contemporary music ensemble devoted to performing the music of living composers. This ensemble was created by Dr. Rothrock in 2004, and continues to grow and thrive in the Twin Cities and the Upper-Midwest. Through this ensemble, Stan has collaborated with prominent contemporary composers, such as Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, and many others. Dr. Rothrock continues to work and perform in the Twin Cities and Chicago areas as a teacher and freelance musician. 

 
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Alyssa Anderson - mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson's vocal repertoire spans the ages from Baroque masterpieces to contemporary experimental music, with a focus on American and twentieth-century artsong and chamber music.

A native of Falconer, NY, Alyssa received her BM in Vocal Performance summa cum laude from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, and she completed her MM in Performance summa cum laude at the University of Minnesota. She was recently awarded the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota for her thesis on the solo vocal music of American composer Henry Cowell and a recital performance of a number of his unpublished, and virtually unknown, songs for voice and piano. 

As a founding member of the Twin Cities based contemporary music ensemble RenegadeEnsemble, Alyssa has performed premieres of several new works for voice with the ensemble including Peter Billam's Tres Casidas del Divan del Tamarit, Ton Bruynel's Le Jardin, Zac Crockett's Dance 1, and Eric Schwartz'sThe Owl and the Pussycat.

In her second year with The Rose Ensemble, Alyssa is thrilled to explore early music and performing with a small, high-quality vocal ensemble.

Notable performances include the title role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Stockhausen's Stimmung, and Gyorgy Ligeti's Sippal, dobbal, nadihegeduvel for mezzo-soprano and four percussionists. Alyssa has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, the Minnesota Oratorio Society, Metamorphosis Opera Theater, Zeitgeist, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Twin Cities Lyric Theater, the RenegadeEnsemble, the University of Minnesota's New Music Ensemble, the University of Minnesota's Bach Festival, the Jamestown Choral Society, the Fredonia College Choir, and Fredonia's Festival Chorus.

Alyssa won first place in the Minnesota District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions multiple times; other awards include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement award, the McGough Opera Award, the Ted Mann Scholarship, and the David F. Evans Performance Award.

 In 2010, Alyssa and guitarist Joseph Spoelstra formed a classical voice/guitar duo, the dream songs project. They can be heard in a number of venues in Madison, WI, the Twin Cities, and a variety of other areas in the Upper Midwest. Their debut CD of songs by Mauro Giuliani was released in 2012. Through generous grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and their many donors, TDSP has commissioned and premiered six major works for the ensemble.

Alyssa currently resides in Minneapolis.

 
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Joshua Weinberg - flute, harp

Joshua Weinberg, a Minneapolis based flutist/harpist/composer, made his solo debut in 2011 on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Since then, he has performed as soloist on the stages of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (St. Paul, MN), Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis, MN), Ted Mann Concert Hall, Conservatory Darius Milhaud (Aix-en-Provenace, France), Duomo di Pavia (Pavia, Italy), Palau de la Musica (Valencia, Spain), among others across the United States and abroad. With a passion for new and experimental music, Joshua is currently Artistic Director of RenegadeEnsemble, and has performed with Zeitgeist, nief-norf Summer Festival, Spitting Image Collective, Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, MusikaNova, Improvestra (a completely improvised orchestra), and Encore Wind Ensemble. This year, Joshua was invited for a two-week artist residency for the Hinge Arts program at the Kirkbride in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, where he will compose and perform new music for flute, harp, and spoken texts. In 2015, Joshua was the 1st Prize winner of the Schubert Club Competition, and in 2011 was the Showcase Artist for Minnesota Public Radio’s Varsity Contest. His performances have been broadcasted on Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio, and the television station TPT2. Joshua graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Olaf College (Northfield, MN) in 2015 under the tutelage of Catherine Ramirez and Elinor Niemisto, and has maintained an active freelance career since. 

 
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Will Eisenberg - horn

Will Eisenberg is a horn player from Minnetonka, Minnesota. He is the current 3rd horn of Orchestra Iowa and frequently plays as a substitute member of the Minnesota Orchestra horn section. He received a Bachelor's in Horn Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and his Master's in Horn Performance working with William Purvis at the Yale School of Music. Will has performed extensively at home and abroad, including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Italy, China, and Singapore. He has played with the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Miami City Ballet, and others. Solo performance venues have included Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, and the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage in Washington, D.C.

 
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Natalia Salemmo - soprano

Natalia Salemmo, soprano, is an emerging artist currently based in Minneapolis.

Natalia has an affinity for twentieth century and new music.  In New York City she has worked with new composers in recitals and made an appearance in Dina Pruzhansky’s new opera Shulamit, which was performed in Hebrew at the NYC Jewish Community Center in 2016.  Natalia made her South Dakota Symphony Orchestra debut in January 2017 singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  Other role credits include Gretel in Humperdink’s Hänsel and Gretel with Bronx Opera and Amore Opera, First Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Young Veronica in a workshop premiere of American composer Evan Mack’s Roscoe with Opera Saratoga as a 2014 young artist. She also performed the roles of Papagena in Peter von Winter’s Das Labyrinth with Amore Opera, Phyllis in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe with Village Light Opera Group and La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon with New York Lyric Opera Theatre.  Natalia received her BMus from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College where she performed Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both to critical acclaim. She went on to receive her MMus at Mannes College, The New School for Music where she appeared in several scenes programs and recitals.

 

 
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Matt Clark - percussion/electronics

Matt Clark is a Performer, Sound Technician, and Educator. He completed his Master’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2017 and has his education and performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He performed with various ensembles throughout the Twin Cities, and works as a sound technician at the TCF Bank Gopher Stadium and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. He also teaches as assistant band director at St. Francis High School and instructs drum line at Farmington, Lakeville South, and Buffalo High Schools.

 

Other Performers:

Christopher Raddatz - clarinet

Justin Staebell - baritone

Derek T. - trumpet

Kyle Hutchins - saxophone

Board of Directors 2017-2018

Artistic Director:  Joshua Weinberg

Executive Director of the Board: Stanley Rothrock

Assistant to the Artistic Director:  Alyssa Anderson

Treasurer:  Matthew Benson

Secretary:  Derek T.

Public Relations Director:  Joshua Weinberg