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, 2016, and 2018 St. Paul Classical Music Crawl, and as a guest ensemble for the Schubert Club's 2016-2017 Courtroom Concert Series.
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.
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 has performed with Zeitgeist, Renegade Ensemble, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Described as a “passionate and gifted soloist” (Libby Larsen - 2015) with “flawless technique and intuitive musicianship” (Craig Kirchhoff - 2016), Dr. Benjamin Cold is currently Professor of Single Reeds at Bemidji State University, where he teaches applied saxophone and clarinet, single-reed techniques, applied world music and instructs woodwind chamber ensembles including saxophone quartet. As a passionate advocate of new music, he has been involved in the commissions and premieres of dozens of compositions for solo and chamber saxophone, most of which were dedicated to him. His specialty is electroacoustic saxophone, and he works diligently to find creative and unique ways of performing and improvising using live electronics, loop pedals, distortion effects and pre-recorded synthesizer. His work has been performed and recorded on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio, and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe. Dr. Cold's upcoming album, flux-mirror, is planned for release in August 2018.
Dr. Cold completed his D.M.A. in saxophone performance and pedagogy at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where he studied with Eugene Rousseau. There he was a recipient of the prestigious Berneking Fellowship, the Cohen Fellowship and instructed undergraduate and graduate saxophone quartets. Benjamin Cold received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and his M.M. from Kansas State University in saxophone performance and pedagogy. During his graduate education, Dr. Cold expanded his studies to include private instruction in conducting, teaching strategies and score study with KSU – Director of Bands, Frank Tracz, and jazz band rehearsal techniques with KSU Director of Graduate Studies, Frederick Burrack. His previous teachers include Anna Wytko, Nancy Mcmillan and Greg Keel.
Dr. Cold's clarinet accomplishments include performing as an ensemble member and soloist with the Mankato Symphony, the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Symphony. Dr. Cold maintains an active clarinet studio in the Twin Cities, MN, as well as recruits and maintains a collegiate clarinet studio at Bemidji State. He consistently participates as a guest clinician and performer at festivals including the International Clarinet Association - ClarinetFest and the annual American Single Reeds Summit.
As a devoted pedagogue and scholar, Dr. Cold maintains an active teaching and performing schedule throughout the United States and Internationally. Throughout his professional career, he has held residencies, taught master classes and given guest recitals and performances in Canada, France, Germany, Belgium and Ireland as well as many of the Nation’s top academic institutions including, but not limited to the University of Minnesota, Bowling Green State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, and the University of North Texas.
Benjamin Cold is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist and plays on Selmer Series III saxophones. He is also an E-Rousseau Mouthpieces and Legere Reeds Performing Artist and Clinician.
Photography by Steven Garcia
Michael Betz - synthesizer
John-Paul Douglas - piano
Stanley Rothrock - piano
Justin Staebell - baritone
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 Thorsteinsson
Public Relations Director: Natalia Salemmo