We are SPEAKmusic
SPEAKmusic is a collective of young performers and composers from Columbia University and the Juilliard School who believe that classical music enhances the way we see and experience life, and that learning more about it can open up our worlds in exciting and unexpected ways.
Over the last year, we performed for students in the most at-risk public school in New York, took part in a program for Chinese T.V. highlighting the importance of Classical Music, presented programs on WWFM and WKCR radio stations, and spoke and performed at the United Nations on the significance of early and continued musical education. We have performed with the renowned Daedalus Quartet at the 92nd Street Y, we premiered the works of a young Fulbright Scholar who brought to life the abandoned pianos of Chernobyl, collaborated with Temple University’s Amphibian audiovisual concert series, and performed with rarely seen 1920s silent films from the National Gallery at the New York Czech Center. Upcoming performances will see the SPEAKmusic ensemble in concerts from Chicago to Warsaw & Lodz, Poland, and back to the 92nd Street Y in New York, along with a January 2017 outreach trip to the Kenya Conservatoire.
Join us at concerts, on the radio, and through interactive video. Meet the musicians below and at our concerts, hear what they have to say about music, and see how sound and rhythm are a part of everything we do, every day.
Deborah Bradley-Kramer Ph.D, a graduate of New York University and the European Mozart Academy, is Lecturer in Music at Columbia University and was Director of Music Performance at Columbia from 1999-2013. She is founder and pianist of The Moebius Ensemble, a group dedicated to championing American music and works of emerging composers in America and beyond, and SPEAKmusic, a collective of Columbia and Juilliard musicians and faculty who are dedicated to enlivening the world of classical music to audiences of all ages. Moebius has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including Copland, Koussevitzky, Trust for Mutual Understanding and Arts International grants to fund several tours of Eastern Europe and related recordings.
While Director of Columbia’s Music Performance Program, Ms. Bradley-Kramer established the program’s principal operating budget, increased the number of students in chamber ensembles by 200%, created budget lines for numerous new endeavors such as Columbia New Music, Columbia Sounds, Early Music Columbia, groups in residence (including an ensemble to perform undergraduate composers’ pieces), Klezmer Band, and the annual Weill Hall Gala concert to name a few. In 2004 she established the Jonathan D. Kramer Memorial Fund for Young Composers in memory of her late husband, long time Columbia University composer and music theorist Jonathan D. Kramer.
Read more about Deborah Bradley-Kramer here.
Chason Goldschmitz’s music has been performed by renowned artists and ensembles such as the Juilliard Orchestra, Daedalus String Quartet, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He currently jointly studies music composition at the Juilliard School with Robert Beaser and environmental science at Columbia University, where his senior thesis involves refining new methods for analyzing sediment provenance. Chason has received composition awards from Tribeca New Music, Dolce Suono Ensemble, ASCAP, and others, and has been a featured composer on NPR's From the Top! and on classical radio stations WFMT (Chicago) and WWFM (Princeton, NJ). Chason has previously studied composition with David Ludwig and Sheridan Seyfried, conducting with Joshua Gersen and Jeffrey Milarsky, and viola with Sarah Sutton and Ellen Depasquale. As a violist, he has held principal positions with the Columbia University Orchestra and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Outside of music, Chason has led scientific research studies at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and in his free time enjoys cooking, hiking, and studying maps.
Joseph Morag, acclaimed by the New York Times for his "gorgeous tone," has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist. He is a student of Aaron Rosand, under the prestigious Dolan Prize awarded by Columbia University. Most recently, Joseph was the first soloist ever to appear in Alice Tully Hall with the Columbia University Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Jeffrey Milarsky. This summer, he served as concertmaster of the National Orchestral Institute during its groundbreaking recording of John Corigliano's First Symphony with Naxos. He also led the inaugural orchestra of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra institute, in addition to appearing with the orchestra as soloist under the baton of Bramwell Tovey. During the regular season, Joseph serves as the concertmaster of the Columbia University Orchestra, as well as New York Youth Symphony. He also pursues academic studies at Columbia University, majoring in both music and physics.
Eleanor (Ellie) Kirk, 21, is a senior at Columbia College majoring in Neuroscience and Sociocultural Anthropology. She has been studying harp for 16 years and has studied with Sarah Bullen, Lynn Williams, and currently with June Han. Ellie is a member of the Columbia University Orchestra and various chamber ensembles on campus. She attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2015, participated in the Saratoga Harp Colony in 2011 and 2012, and was named a YoungArts Finalist in Music in 2012. Ellie has played in major venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Center in Chicago. Outside of her studies, she enjoys baking, picnicking, playing with her dog, Rufus, and exploring.
Gabrielle Chou, 20, is a New York-based pianist and violinist seeking to defy genres and break barriers in music education and performance tradition. Praised for her sensitivity and artistic maturity, as well as her innovative and unique programming, Gabrielle is a pioneer in the art of uniting two instruments on the stage. She currently studies at the Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal on piano and Lewis Kaplan on violin. Gabrielle has been a piano and violin soloist with orchestras in the US, Spain, Italy, and Taiwan, and has also performed in Korea, Denmark, Germany, and France. Her hobbies include painting, writing poetry and short stories, and wandering in art museums and botanical gardens.
Kaitlin Pet is a junior at Columbia College. She has played oboe and English horn for the past ten years, first through Hartt School of Music’s Community Division and then through Juilliard Pre-College. She is currently studying with Yousun Chung. Apart from enjoying music, Kaitlin is also an avid chef. Through watching Youtube’s Japanese cuisine webseries “Cooking with Dog”, she kept up her love of cooking during freshman year and attempted to make the more simple dishes in her dorm room rice cooker (some attempts were more successful than others). This year she plans on taking full advantage of her new dorm’s full kitchen and making scrumptious meals for herself every day. Kaitlin also plans on using her love of cooking to advance her musical career: to keep dorm mates from being annoyed at her oboe practicing and reedmaking noises, she will bribe them with cookies.
Emily Shyr is a junior in Columbia College studying music and history. A native of Atlanta, she studied with Barbara Cook and was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. She currently studies with Yousun Chung, faculty at the Hartt School of Music and Juilliard Pre-College, and is a member of the New York Youth Symphony. Her historic interests encompass the antebellum period to Reconstruction, as well as civil rights. Her latest musical obsession is German Lieder, especially those by Franz Schubert. When not in the practice room or classroom, Emily enjoys playing with her rabbit named Bun, baking, and spending time with friends.
Ryan Kennedy is a fourth year student at The Juilliard School, studying organ with Paul Jacobs. He was a winner of the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition for Young Organists in 2013, and proceeded to play two recitals at the AGO National Convention in Boston, performing Vierne and Messiaen at Old South Church “with unassuming authority” (The American Organist). Recently, his performances of Bach have been featured on NPR's Pipedreams. Upcoming concerts include an all-Reger concert in Paul Hall on April 5th, in celebration of the centennial of the composer's death, and a French program at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue on April 24th. Ryan is also an accomplished pianist and composer, with a particular interest in opera and vocal accompaniment, having worked for the Caramoor Bel Canto Festival.
Sophia Sun currently studies the viola with Toby Appel at the Juilliard School since 2013. She began her musical instructions at the Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada where she played the violin and the piano. Sophia loves to play chamber music, and has performed chamber music in numerous places such as France, Russia, Italy, and Luxembourg, and around the United States for many other occasions. She believes that chamber music is one of the best ways to connect with other people through music. Aside from her love of music, Sophia also likes to go on adventures and to explore and try different kinds of foods.