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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Soren Hamm

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Name: Soren Hamm
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/sorenhamm/home
Presentation Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 11:20 AM
Presentation Venue: Evelyn Smith Theatre
Presentation Title: Onomatopoeia Trio
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 15
Bio:

Heard on the popular radio programs Performance Today and KING FM’s Northwest Focus Live, Soren Hamm is a versatile musician, performing repertoire spanning the Renaissance through the Avant-garde. He is the first person to win both the solo and (with the Equus Saxophone Quartet) ensemble categories of Seattle's Frances Walton Competition, and was a national finalist of the MTNA Competitions on multiple occasions. Soren is passionate about chamber music, contemporary saxophone repertoire, and music outreach. He has premiered dozens of new works for the saxophone, with a special focus on composers from the Pacific Northwest.

Soren graduated from the University of Oregon (B.M.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.), and also completed study in music education at Western Washington University. His teachers include Idit Shner, Fred Winkler, and John Sampen. 

Ensemble Bio:

Onomatopoeia (all alternate spellings accepted) is Cassie Lear, flutes; Soren Hamm saxophones; and Rebecca Olason, French horn. Faced with a menagerie of seldom-paired instruments and no repertoire whatsoever, these three award-winning soloists and longtime friends came together anyways to create a new kind of chamber ensemble. The result is a versatile, 21st century sound that makes everything – from classical to folk to contemporary music – sound fresh and new. 

Onomatopoeia's mission is to support and commission living composers, perform not only in concert halls but in a multitude of settings accessible to our community, and to perform at the highest caliber varied programming providing inclusivity with regards to music style, composer background, and general musical aspects. 

Other Performers / Participants


 

Cassie Lear

Flute

Bio: Cassie Lear is a performer and teacher based in Seattle, WA. She is a winner of the Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition and Maverick Flute Competition; an alternate winner of the Francis Walton Solo Competition; and winner of the Audience Choice award at the LaTex Electronic Music Festival. Cassie performs with groups in the Seattle area, including Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, the SoundEdge Orchestra, and Puget Sound Strings, and has also performed at the National Flute Association Annual Conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Oregon Bach Festival, the International Lyric Academy in Italy, nief norf Summer Festival, and has been featured on the soundtrack of two short films, several plays, one feature-length horror film, and as soloist with the Kolkata (India) Symphony.

Cassie received her Master of Music Performance degree from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Oregon.
 

Soren Hamm

Soprano and alto saxophones

Bio:

Heard on the popular radio programs Performance Today and KING FM’s Northwest Focus Live, Soren Hamm is a versatile musician, performing repertoire spanning the Renaissance through the Avant-garde. He is the first person to win both the solo and (with the Equus Saxophone Quartet) ensemble categories of Seattle's Frances Walton Competition, and was a national finalist of the MTNA Competitions on multiple occasions. Soren is passionate about chamber music, contemporary saxophone repertoire, and music outreach. He has premiered dozens of new works for the saxophone, with a special focus on composers from the Pacific Northwest. 

Soren graduated from the University of Oregon (B.M.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.), and also completed study in music education at Western Washington University. His teachers include Idit Shner, Fred Winkler, and John Sampen. 

 

Rebecca Olason

French horn

Bio: Hornist and educator Rebecca Olason is passionate about music both as a tradition and as a living art form. She is a member of Onomatopoeia, and the Rose City Brass Quintet. She was the fourth horn in the Newport Symphony and Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and performs as a substitute with various Pacific Northwest orchestras, including the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theater orchestra.

As an avid and passionate teacher, Rebecca’s goal is to help her students discover their passions and goals in music. She has taught at Clackamas Community College, George Fox University, her own private studio and in clinics across the tri-county area. 

Rebecca graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance and with a Masters of Music in Horn Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Lydia Van Dreel and Denise Tryon.
 

Pieces to Be Performed


 
Title Composer Duration
migration dances Jessi Harvey 15