The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Jim Kahan Music Awardees

2020: Henry Oberholtzer

Henry studied with Marek Poliks, Assistant Professor of Electronic Production & Design at Berkeley College and produced an album to showcase the aesthetics of live techno music. He composed works for a small ensemble of electronic instruments which culminated in a live performance where the role of musician and sound engineer meld. The performance demonstrated the process of working with synthesizers and rhythm machines.

2019: Rebecca Xie

Rebecca attended two separate songwriting workshops—one in New York, and one in LA—at which she developed songwriting techniques, picked up advice on commercial songwriting, and collaborated with fellow musicians. Over the remainder of the summer, Rebecca worked on an album-length series of songs, collectively titled Whispers on an Empty Stage, seven of which she presented in a concert in the fall of 2019.

2018: Elliot Menard

Elliot studied the pants role through its origins in European theater and opera history.  Elliot attended NYU Steinhardt’s Classical Vocal Intensive program; worked with vocal coaches, Max Mamon and Kyle Ren, and took lessons from Kristin Gornstein, an active singer who frequently performs pants roles and works with companies devoted to producing powerful, relevant , and accessible opeas ( such as Heatbeat Opera and On Site Opera) as well as vocal teachers Kate Maroney and Michael Ricciardone.  She performed a recital of pants role arias from operas by  Mozart, Thomas, Gounod, Offenbach, Strauss, and Gluck.

2017: Henry DeMarais

Henry studied violin performance with Dr. David Fulmer, an internationally recognized composer, violinist and conductor in Pulaski, New York. Henry studied methods to bring out the artistry and beauty of works written in modern idioms. Henry performed a concert of 20th and 21st century music written for violin and piano.

2016: Gregor McGee

Gregor spent two weeks at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory studying harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, viola da gamba, and baroque dance.  Gregor presented a concert of music for harpsichord written by Couperin, Rameau, Frescobaldi, and Harrison.

2015: Hannah McKenzie-Margulies

Hannah attended the Welbourne Jazz Camp in Middeburg, VA for a week of intensive, immersive study of traditional jazz clarinet technique and improvisation. Hannah performed a set of songs with a small traditional jazz combo.